Approved January 5, 2006 Holliston Public Schools

Holliston Massachusetts

 

School Committee Meeting

December 15, 2005

 

Present: Mrs. Galeaz, Mr. Jones, Mrs. Plunkett, Mrs. Deering, Mrs. Foote, Mrs. Emmons,

Mr. Cornely, Mr. Jackson

 

Absent: Mr. Ganzenmuller

 

Call to Order

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

 

Minutes

On a motion made by Mrs. Galeaz, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to approve the minutes of the December 1, 2005 School Committee open session, as presented

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

 

Communications

School Committee Individual Comment

Mrs. Galeaz announced that Technology Safety Week will be held January 30 - February 3, 2006. MSPG will sponsor a parent education evening on January 31st. The next MSPG meeting will be held on January 10th at 12:00 noon.

Mrs. Plunkett reported that Destination Imagination needs appraisers for their upcoming tournament in March. She announced that HEPO recently appropriated $14,000 for teacher grants.

Mrs. Emmons announced that the PTSA Auction will be held on April 1, 2006 with a Beach Party theme. She encouraged local businesses to support this event. She reported on the wonderful Middle School and High School band concerts.

Mrs. Foote congratulated the High School students who performed in the band concert.

Mrs. Deering stated that she also attended the Middle School band concert, and congratulated the students on a wonderful performance. She thanked Doug Lack for organizing the faculty art show in Studio 370. She stated that her family enjoyed the display of faculty art work and was impressed with the talent of our faculty.

Central Office Administrators Comment

Mr. Jackson announced that Ginny Carusso and Julie Elkin, two Middle School teachers, presented a session at the Northeast Curriculum Conference. He stated that ninety people attended the session and the feedback from participants was very positive.

Mr. Cornely thanked HEF for funding teacher training for a writing program. The training will be held on Saturday, January 28th from 9:00 - 1:00 pm. There are 60 spaces, and 40 teachers have already signed up to participate in this training.

 

Opportunity for Public to address School Committee

There was no public comment.


 

Presentations

 

A. Holliston Youth Baseball and Softball - Patio Proposal

Mr. Connors and Mr. Baker from the Holliston Youth Baseball and Softball Association presented a proposal for a fundraiser to pay for the second set of lights installed by Granite City last spring. The lights at the Adams School Baseball Field were won in the Granite City contest, but a $50,000 loan was taken out to fund the lights at Damigella Field. The Field of Dreams Fundraising Program includes the installation of a brick patio with benches. Families and businesses will have the opportunity to become sponsors by buying patio bricks and other parts of the patio. The names of the sponsors will be engraved in the bricks. A picture of the proposed patio was displayed, and it was agreed that this patio would enhance the looks of the property. Local landscapers have agreed to install the patio at no charge.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Galeaz, seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee voted to allow the Holliston Youth Baseball and Softball Association to proceed with the Field of Dreams fundraiser, as presented.

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

 

B. September 2005 Stanford Test Results

Mr. Cornely presented the results from the September 2005 Stanford Tests for Grades 2 through 9. He discussed the next steps which include focusing on the results in teams, developing action steps through collaboration and regular monitoring of progress by learning teams. The area of writing/open response and spelling continue to be areas where improvement is needed. Discussion was held regarding the use of results as part of the package of identifying individual strengths and weaknesses. It was acknowledged that by moving the testing period from January to September we lost the ability to compare past years and have now started a new baseline of data.

 

C. Holliston Youth Save our Students Program

This presentation has been postponed due to a scheduling conflict. Peggy Coleman and Bill Wexler will present this program at the next meeting.

 

Policy

A. Policy AD - Educational Philosophy - Revision

Mrs. Emmons stated that while reviewing policies, the Policy Subcommittee discovered that Policy AD - Educational Philosophy was inconsistent with the mission statement developed as part of our new Strategic Plan. The Policy was read with the Schools new mission statement.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Emmons, seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee voted to approve Policy AD - Educational Philosophy, as amended.

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

 

B. Policy JK - Student Discipline - First Reading


Mrs. Galeaz announced that at the recent MASC/MASC Conference, it was recommended that School Committees have a policy on student discipline. The Policy was read. The policy is general, as specifics are outlined in each of the student handbooks. It was recommended that the Committee waive the second and third readings of this policy, and adopt the policy at this time.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee voted to adopt Policy JK - Student Discipline.

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

 

C. Policy IHAMA - Teaching about Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco - First Reading

Mrs. Emmons read Policy IHAMA - Teaching About Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco. This Policy states that the District will provide age-appropriate, developmentally based drug and alcohol education and prevention programs in grades K-12, in accordance with state and federal law. The Policy outlines the objectives of this program. Questions were raised regarding the need for this policy and regarding the alignment of these objectives with what we currently teach. The Policy will be reviewed by school personnel prior to the second reading.

 

Personnel

A. Adams Middle School Principal Search - Update

School Committee members received a copy of the advertisement for the Adams Middle School Principal that appeared in the newspaper. Mr. Jackson reported that the Adams Middle School Principal Search Committee held its first meeting in preparation for the paper screening of candidates. He stated that this is a very competitive job market, with 7 Middle School Principal positions currently open.

 

Old Business

There was no old business to report.

 

New Business

A. Superintendents Report

1. Draft 06 - 07 School Calendar

Committee members received a draft of the 2006 - 2007 School Calendar. This calendar was developed based on the feedback received from the survey. The calendar includes Wednesday, August 30th as the opening day for students with June 13th as the 180th day of school. Opening Day for teachers would be Monday, August 28th. Mr. Jackson reported that this calendar commits us to keeping the first day of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur as no school days. It also establishes the practice of making the 2nd day of Rosh Hashana and Good Friday as school days. Discussion was held regarding this calendar. The Committee agreed that the calendar should be finalized as soon as possible. It was stated that it can not be finalized until Professional Days are confirmed, but a preliminary calendar could be adopted at the next meeting.

 

2. Follow up to Joint Committee on Education Listening Tour

Mrs. Deering and Mr. Jackson reported on the recent Joint Committee on Education Listening Tour hosted by Representative Karen Spilka. Mrs. Deering and Mr. Jackson attended a meeting for Superintendents and School Committee members that was held prior to the public meeting. They stated that it was very informative and valuable. Issues discussed included Chapter 70 reductions, Charter School inequities, and Special Education Circuit Breaker.


B. Assistant Superintendents Report

There was no Assistant Superintendents Report.

 

C. Business Managers Report

1. FY07 Budget Calendar Review

Mr. Buday introduced the FY07 Budget Timeline. The Fiscal Year 2006 Budget review will be presented and discussed at the January 5, 2006 School Committee meeting. The Budget Workshop for New Initiatives will be held on January 14th. The budget review meeting with the Finance Committee will be held on March 14, 2006. Discussion was held.

 

D. Principals Report

There was no Principals Report.

 

Warrants

On a motion made by Mr. Jones, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee approved a cafeteria revolving account bill in the amount of $18,310.28.

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

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee approved a school bill warrant in the amount of $345,231.15.

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

 

On a motion made by Mr. Jones, seconded by Mrs. Galeaz, the Committee approved a High School activity replenishment bill in the amount of $1,360.11.

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

 

On a motion made by Mr. Jones, seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee approved a High School activity replenishment bill in the amount of $5,897.15.

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

 

Items of Information

School Committee members received a copy of a page from the Conference booklet of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Conference held last month in San Diego. One of our new employees, Jamie Cohen, a Speech and Language Therapist at Placentino, presented a break out session on Thematic Play in Children with Autism using Video Modeling. Committee members also received a copy of a note sent to Joan Carragher, President of the Holliston Music Parents Association, thanking them for their generous donation of over $20,000 of instruments and equipment for the High School Music Department. Committee members also received an article that appeared in the December 4th Metrowest Daily News regarding Hollistons partnership with Framingham State College. They also received a packet of thank you notes from students in Monroe, Louisiana, who received the backpacks and supplies sent by Holliston students as part of the Hurricane Katrina Backpack Project.

Future Meeting Dates and Agenda Items


The next School Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 7:00 pm. Agenda items include an FY06 budget update, a preview of the January 13th Professional Day, a presentation on Save our Students, a video presentation of the past Professional Day, the 06 - 07 School Calendar and policy presentations.

 

Adjournment

At 9:30 pm, Mr. Jackson announced that there was no need for Executive Session.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Jones, seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee voted to adjourn the School Committee meeting at 8:23 pm.

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