Approved October 20, 2005 †††††††††††† Holliston Public Schools

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Holliston Massachusetts

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† School Committee Meeting

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† October 6, 2005

 

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

Mr. Ganzenmuller (arrived 8:07)

 

Absent:†††††††††† Mr. Jones

 

Call to Order

Mrs. Deering called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm.

 

Minutes

 

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mrs. Galeaz, the Committee voted to approve the minutes of the September 22, 2005 School Committee regular session, as presented.

Vote:††† Favor: 4††††††††††† Oppose: 0†††††††† Abstain: 1 (Mrs. Foote)Absent: 2 (Mr. Jones, Mr. Ganzenmuller)

 

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

minutes of the September 22, 2005 School Committee executive session, as presented.

Vote:††† Favor: 4††††††††††† Oppose: 0†††††††† Abstain: 1 (Mrs. Foote)Absent: 2 (Mr. Jones, Mr. Ganzenmuller)

 

Communications

School Committee Individual Comment

Mrs. Foote thanked everyone for their support and help to those devastated by Hurricane Katrina.She just returned from 3 weeks in Louisiana.

Mrs. Plunkett announced that registration forms for Destination Imagination are due on Friday, October 7th.She announced that the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and HEPO are co-sponsoring an outdoor clean up of the Placentino and Miller Schools on October 22nd from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. She stated that last year Box Tops raised $7,000 for HEPO, and this year the goal is to raise $10,000.She asked that everyone save their Box Tops and bring them to one of the drop off spots.The next HEPO meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 12th at 9:15 am.

 

Mrs. Galeaz announced that the next Middle School Parent Group will be held on Tuesday, October 11th at 12:00 noon. She asked people to save their old printer cartridges and bring them to one of the drop off spots to support this fundraiser. She announced that the Middle School magazine drive will be held from November 16th to December 1st.The goal of the magazine drive is to raise $25,000.The Middle School Parent Group makes 40% of sales.On-line sales are available.

 

Mrs. Emmons announced that the PTSA meeting has been rescheduled to October 18th.She acknowledged the support of those who came together to support the relief efforts following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

 

 


 

Central Office Administratorís Comment

Mr. Jackson reported that the installation of the artificial turf at Kamitian Field is complete, and that teams have begun to play on the field.He stated that this project was organized and funded by the School Building Committee, not by the School Committee.He acknowledged the hard work of the School Building Committee on this project, and thanked them on behalf of the School Committee.He stated that the School Building Committee is still working on a few other projects and repairs.

 

Mr. Cornley thanked the staff who organized the sending of supplies to the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina.Math books were sent. He announced that a meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 25th for 7th grade parents to provide information about the Johns Hopkins program for students.This program allows students who score 95% or higher on standardized tests and students nominated by their parents to take the SAT test as 7th graders.

 

Opportunity for Public to address School Committee

 

 

Mr. Mason thanked all of the town departments who juggled schedules during the installation of Kamitian Field.He also thanked the groups and individuals who helped organize the project.He stated that in a 24 hour period, 6 different games were played on the new field.

 

Presentations

 

 

A.Initial MCAS Report

Mr. Cornely presented the results of the 2005 MCAS tests.He compared Holliston students who scored advanced/ proficient in Grades 3 through 10 to their peers across the state. He provided a three-year comparison of district performance level results for 2003, 2004 and 2005.He reported on cohort comparisons that showed Holliston students making steady and sometimes dramatic progress as they move through the school system from grade 4 to grade 10.Mr. Cornley discussed next steps.He will continue to work with principals, teachers and curriculum specialists to analyze the results and begin to develop an action plan.A full report on MCAS results will be presented to the School Committee on October 20th.

 

B.Report of the Elementary Security Task Force

Mr. Jackson reviewed the history of the Elementary Security Task Force.This Task Force was formed in September 2004, following the expression of parental concerns regarding physical security at the Placentino/Miller complex.The following security enhancements have been made: a letter was sent to all parents restating our commitment to safety, all doors are now locked except front doors, a sign-out system for keys for the ďrecess doorĒ was initiated at both schools, all exterior doors were numbered by the Holliston Fire Department, HEPO Greeters were recruited, and there is an increased awareness with stricter enforcement of visitor badging.

 

The Task Force also discussed Employee picture badges and Electronic access to buildings.Mr. Jackson presented the pros and cons for both employee picture badges and electronic access to buildings, as discussed by the Task Force. The Task Force recommended further discussion of the use of employee picture badges with input from employees.The Task Force does not recommend pursuing the use of electronic access to buildings.

Discussion was held.Committee members agreed with the recommendations of the Elementary Security Task Force.

 

Mr. Ganzenmuller arrives at 8:07 pm

 

 

 

Flagg School Task Force Update (moved in the agenda from Old Business)

Members of the Flagg School Task Force presented a revised draft of a Memorandum of Understanding for the Redevelopment of the Flagg-Cole Building.The group proposed that the Flagg-Cole Building be developed by a Redevelopment Committee made up of 2 representatives delegated by the School Department, 2 representatives delegated by the Park Commission, 2 representatives delegated by the Board of Selectmen and 1 representative delegated by the Community Center Task Force. This Committee will work toward creating the short-term (2005-2006), mid-term (2006 - 2008) and long-term (2008 and beyond) plans for the Flagg-Cole Building.The Task Force hopes to have the Committee in place by November 1, 2005.Discussion was held regarding including a representative delegated by the Community Center Task Force, as this group does not include elected town officials. Members of the Task Force will look into this concern and report back to the School Committee, prior to the Committeeís approval of the Memorandum of Understanding.††††

 

 

 

Policy

A.Policy JICFA - Prohibition of Hazing - Third Reading

Mrs. Emmons completed the third reading of Policy JICFA - Prohibition of Hazing. Legal Counsel has reviewed the Policy.Discussion was held and minor clerical corrections were made.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Ganzenmuller, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to adopt Policy JICFA - Prohibition of Hazing, as read.

Vote:††† Favor: 6††††††††††† Oppose: 0†††††††† Abstain: 0†††††††† Absent: 1 (Mr. Jones)

 

Personnel

There were no personnel items.

 

 

 

Old Business

A.Kamitian Field Scoreboard

Mr. Carboneau, Athletic Director, and Mr. Hart, President of HABA, presented a new rendering of the proposed scoreboard for Kamitian Field.The new rendering is based on feedback provided by the School Committee.The Committee provided additional feedback with specific concerns about the size of the company telephone number.Discussion was held regarding the acknowledgment of a donation versus an advertisement.†† The Committee requested an updated rendering. Mr. Carboneau and Mr. Hart agreed to bring the feedback to the potential donor, and another rendering will be presented based on this feedback.

 

B.School Calendar Survey

Mrs. Deering and Mr. Jackson presented a draft of a survey regarding the school calendar.Those completing the survey will be asked to complete questions and set priorities regarding professional days, religious holidays, and the start and end dates of school. This survey will be available to parents and staff on-line and feedback will be used in the development of future school calendars.

 

New Business

A.†††† Superintendentís Report

1.††††† Acceptance of Donation

Mr. Jackson announced that the School received a cash donation of $2,500 from Newell Rubbermaid, as part of the Jo Dee Messina fundraising concert.The School will receive an additional $7,500 worth of supplies.Upon acceptance by the School Committee, these funds will be put into the gift account.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Emmons, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to accept the $2,500 cash donation from the Newell Rubbermaid Company, and to place these funds into the School gift account.

Vote:††† Favor: 6††††††††††† Oppose: 0†††††††† Abstain: 0†††††††† Absent: 1 (Mr. Jones)

 

B.††††† Assistant Superintendentís Report

There was no Assistant Superintendentís Report

 

C.††††† Business Managerís Report

1.FY07 Budget Development Calendar

Mr. Buday presented the Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Timeline.Important dates to note are the budget workshop for new initiatives on January 14, 2006 and the Superintendentís recommended budget to School Committee at the February 2, 2006 meeting.

 

2.Surplus Bus

Mr. Buday announced that the School owned a 35 passenger bus that could no longer be used as a school bus.He requested that the Committee vote to dispose of the bus by including it in the fall town auction, as required by Massachusetts General Law.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Ganzenmuller, seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee voted to include the Schoolís surplus bus in the fall town auction.

Vote:††† Favor: 6††††††††††† Oppose: 0†††††††† Abstain: 0†††††††† Absent: 1 (Mr. Jones)

 

D. †††††† Principalís Report

There was no Principalís Report.

 

 

 

Warrants

On a motion made by Mr. Ganzenmuller, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee approved a School Bill Warrant in the amount of $202,339.05.

Vote:††† Favor: 6††††††††††† Oppose: 0†††††††† Abstain: 0†††††††† Absent: 1 (Mr. Jones)

 

On a motion made by Mr. Ganzenmuller, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee approved a cafeteria revolving account bill in the amount of $17,020.94.

Vote:††† Favor: 6††††††††††† Oppose: 0†††††††† Abstain: 0†††††††† Absent: 1 (Mr. Jones)

 

Items of Information

School Committee members received copies of the Placentino School newsletter, Elementary Essentials.

 

Future Meeting Dates and Agenda Items

The next School Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2005 at 7:00 pm.Agenda items include the Kamitian Field scoreboard, MCAS follow up report, and the Flagg School Memo of Understanding.

 

Adjournment

At 9:25 pm, Mrs. Deering announced that there was a need for executive session for the purpose of collective bargaining.The Committee would not be returning to open session.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Ganzenmuller, seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee voted to move into executive session at 9:25 pm, from which they would not be returning to open session.

 

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

Mrs. Deering, yes:

Favor: 6††††††††††† Oppose: 0†††††††† Abstain: 0†††††††† Absent: 1 (Mr. Jones)