Approved October 5, 2005†††††††††††††††††† Holliston Public Schools

Holliston Massachusetts

 

School Committee Meeting

September 22, 2005

 

Present:†††††††††† Mrs. Galeaz, Mrs. Plunkett, Mrs. Deering, Mrs. Emmons, Mr. Cornely, Mr. Jackson

Mr. Jones (arrived 7:20), Mr. Ganzenmuller (arrived 7:30)

 

Absent:†††††††††† Mrs. Foote

 

Call to Order

Mrs. Deering called the meeting to order at 7:16 pm.

 

Minutes

Corrections were made to the September 8, 2005 regular session minutes.

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee voted to approve the minutes of the September 8, 2005 School Committee regular session, as amended.

Vote:††† Favor: 4††††††††††† Oppose: 0†††††††† Abstain:0††††††††† Absent: 3 (Mrs. Foote, Mr. Jones, Mr. Ganzenmuller)

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Galeaz, seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee voted to approve and

retain the minutes of the September 8, 2005 School Committee executive session, as presented.

Vote:††† Favor: 4††††††††††† Oppose: 0†††††††† Abstain:0††††††††† Absent: 3 (Mrs. Foote, Mr. Jones, Mr. Ganzenmuller)

 

Communications

School Committee Individual Comment

Mrs. Plunkett announced that Celebrate Holliston will be held this Saturday, September 24, 2005.The school parent groups will be represented.

 

Mrs. Emmons stated that Kamitian Field is not complete and asked residents to stay off the field.She

thanked the teachers for their preparation for the school open houses.She congratulated Sherry Anderson and John Shannahan for being elected this yearís Citizens of the Year.

Mrs. Galeaz reported that the Middle School Parent Group held its first meeting.The next meeting will

be held on October 11, 2005 at 12:00.She asked residents to support the upcoming Magazine Drive and the printer cartridge fundraiser.The Middle School Parent Group makes $4.00 for each old printer cartridge that is returned.The HEF Art Auction will be held on November 5, 2005.

 

(Mr. Jones arrives at 7:20 pm)

 

Central Office Administratorís Comment

Mr. Jackson reported on the successful Jo Dee Messina concert that was held on September 17, 2005 at

the High School.He thanked the Music Parents Group, the Lions Club and Mr. Buday for their assistance

with the event, and Sherry Anderson, Nancy Dubin and Ellen Cotto for organizing the event.

 

Mr. Cornely congratulated Sherry Anderson and John Shannahan for being elected Hollistonís Citizens of


the Year.He commended all of the teachers on their successful Back to School Nights.He thanked the Holliston Federation of Teachers for allowing the mentor program to expand.He reported that 28 new teachers were enrolled in the New Teacher Institute.

 

(Mr. Ganzenmuller arrives at 7:30)

 

Mr. Jackson reported on the trash situation.He described steps that will be taken to help reduce the amount of trash at the High School.These steps include increasing the number of trash barrels, talking to students and encouraging them to police themselves, putting signs up to remind people to throw away their trash, making announcements at games and talking to the outside groups who rent the space.He reported that Studio 370 will host a stencil art show on September 30, 2005 at 7:00 pm, featuring work of artist and Holliston High School graduate, Josh MacPhee.

 

Opportunity for Public to address School Committee

There was no public comment.

 

Presentations

Strategic Plan 2005-2010

Mr. Jackson presented the Holliston Public Schools Strategic Plan, 2005-2010.He thanked the Steering Committee members and described the Development Process. He reviewed the Mission Statement, Vision and Beliefs.He discussed the following goals and critical issues listed for each of these goals: Governance and Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, Assessment and Evaluation, Human Resources and Professional Development, Student Academic Support, and Financial and Asset Management.He stated that the Strategic Plan will guide future decision making, will serve as Superintendentís goals, and will be updated annually.Discussion was held regarding the survey process and next steps.It was stated that the Strategic Plan will serve as a guide to the School Councils.It was suggested that Mr. Jackson present the Strategic Plan at the various parent group meetings.Mr. Jackson stated that the Plan will be summarized in a brochure, put on the website and discussed in a newsletter.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Emmons, seconded by Mr Ganzenmuller, the Committee voted to approve the Strategic Plan 2005- 2010, as presented.

Vote:††† Favor: 6††††††††††† Oppose: 0†††††††† Abstain: 0†††††††† Absent: 1 (Mrs. Foote)

 

Policy

A.Policy GCF - CORI Requirements

Mrs. Galeaz presented Policy GCF - CORI Requirements.Concerns of the Holliston Federation of Teachers were addressed by Counsel, and the issues have been resolved. The policy is presented without changes from the last reading.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Ganzenmuller, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to approve Policy GCF - CORI Requirements, as amended.

†††††††††† Vote:††† Favor: 6 †††††††††† Oppose: 0†††††††† Abstain: 0†††††††† Absent: 1 (Mrs. Foote)

 

B.Clerical Changes to the Policy Manual


Mrs. Emmons reported that the Policy Subcommittee is currently reviewing the Policy Manual with the help of Kathy Caswell.They would like to make clerical changes to correct typing mistakes and cross references and to standardized the manual.Any content changes willbe brought to the School Committee for approval.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Ganzenmuller, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to approve any needed clerical changes to the Policy Manual.

Vote:††† Favor: 6 †††††††††† Oppose: 0†††††††† Abstain: 0†††††††† Absent: 1 (Mrs. Foote)

 

Personnel

There were no personnel items.

 

Old Business

There was no Old Business.

 

New Business

A.†††† Superintendentís Report

1.††††† MASC Voting Delegate

Mr. Jackson reported that the Committee must elect a voting delegate for the Massachusetts Association of School Committees annual business meeting to be held on October 26, 2005.Discussion was held.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Emmons, seconded by Mrs. Deering, the Committee elected Mrs. Plunkett as the voting delegate, and Mrs. Galeaz as the alternate, to the MASC annual business meeting to be held on October 26, 2005.

Vote:††† Favor: 6††††††††††† Oppose: 0†††††††† Abstain: 0†††††††† Absent: 1 (Mrs. Foote)

 

2.††††† Wilder Building

Mr. Jackson stated that the Office of the Selectmen has asked the School Committee to officially turn over ownership of the Wilder School building to the Town of Holliston, so they can vote on its sale at Town Meeting.†† Discussion was held.The Committee agreed that they are turning the Wilder building over to the town for the sole purpose of selling it.If it does not sell, ownership will be returned to the School Committee.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Emmons, seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee voted to turn over the Wilder School building to the Office of the Selectmen for the sole purpose of selling it as an asset.If the building does not go up for sale, ownership shall be reverted back to the School Committee.

Vote:††† Favor: 6††††††††††† Oppose: 0†††††††† Abstain: 0†††††††† Absent: 1 (Mrs. Foote)

 

B.††††† Assistant Superintendentís Report

There was no Assistant Superintendentís Report

 

C.††††† Business Managerís Report

There was no Business Managerís Report

 

D. †††††† Principalís Report

There was no Principalís Report.

 

 


 

 

Warrants

On a motion made by Mr.. Ganzenmuller, seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee approved a Student Activity Replenishment Bill in the amount of $1,370.00 for Miller School, and $5,734.79 for Adams School.

Vote:††† Favor: 6††††††††††† Oppose: 0†††††††† Abstain: 0†††††††† Absent: 1 (Mrs. Foote)

 

On a motion made by Mr. Jones, seconded by Mr. Ganzenmuller, the Committee approved a cafeteria revolving account bill in the amount of $21,191.40

Vote:††† Favor: 6††††††††††† Oppose: 0†††††††† Abstain: 0†††††††† Absent: 1 (Mrs. Foote)

 

On a motion made by Mr. Jones, seconded by Mr. Ganzenmuller, the Committee approved a School Bill

Warrant in the amount of $501,213.83.

Vote:††† Favor: 6††††††††††† Oppose: 0†††††††† Abstain: 0†††††††† Absent: 1 (Mrs. Foote)

 

Items of Information

School Committee members received copies of letters from a parent and a student thanking the Committee for their support of the studentís participation in the All Eastern Conference Honors Ensemble in Baltimore.

 

Future Meeting Dates and Agenda Items

The next School Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2005 at 7:00 pm.Agenda items include a report from the Elementary School Security Task Force, a draft of the FY07 Budget calendar, follow up on the scoreboard, an update from the Flagg School Task Force, and a preliminary report of the MCAS results.

 

Adjournment

At 8:50pm, Mr. Jackson announced that there was a need for executive session for the purpose of collective bargaining and to discuss strategy for contract negotiations with non-union personnel.The Committee will not be returning to open session.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Emmons, seconded by Mr. Jones,the Committee voted to move into executive session at 8:50 pm, from which they will not be returning to open session.

Vote:††† Mr. Jones, yes; Mrs. Emmons, yes; Mrs. Galeaz, yes; Mrs. Plunkett, yes; Mr. Ganzenmuller, yes;

Mrs. Deering, yes:

Favor: 6††††††††††† Oppose: 0†††††††† Abstain: 0†††††††† Absent: 1 (Mrs. Foote)