Approved April 6, 2006           

 

                                   Holliston Public Schools

                                    Holliston,Massachusetts

 

                                  School Committee Meeting

                                        March 16,2006

 

Present:            Mrs. Deering, Mrs. Emmons, Mrs. Galeaz, Mr. Ganzenmuller,

Mr. Jones, Mrs. Plunkett, Mr. Cornely, Mr. Jackson

 

Absent:             Mrs. Foote

 

Call to Order

Mrs. Deering called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm.

 

Minutes

On a motion made by Mrs. Galeaz, seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee voted to approve the minutes of the March 1, 2006 School Committee regular session, as presented.

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

 

Communications

School Committee Individual Comment:

Mrs. Emmons reminded everyone that the Senior Showcase would be held on March 18, 2006.  She congratulated the hockey team for making the finals.  The Band and Chorus, with over 170 students participating, also had a great performance.

 

Mrs. Plunkett noted that kindergarten registration was held this week.  The 4th grade sports night was a great success with 120 kids participating.  Thanks to all who organized it.  The 5th grade sports night will be this Saturday night.  Tickets for the PTSA Auction being held on April 1 are still available.

 

Mr. Jones thanked Mr. Jackson and the administration for all the work involved in the updating of the policies.  The policies are now available on the school website. 

 

Central Office Administrator’s Comment

Mr. Jackson attended an emergency preparedness course at the Town Hall this week.  Many Town departments participated in the emergency drill exercises.  There are plans to have more of these sessions in the future.  

 

Mr. Jackson stated that the Town of Holliston has received a grant from the Metrowest Community Health Care Foundation in the amount of $100,000.  This was a result of a joint effort of the Youth and Family Services, Holliston Police, Fire and Schools.  One individual has been hired to work at the high school and, with Foundation approval, some of the grant money was reallocated to allow an additional person to be hired at the middle school level.  The grant will help to expand capacity to provide quality mental health support and counseling for students and their families at home and at school.

 

Mr. Jackson mentioned that the green house at the high school is now full with flowers, plants and vegetables.  It has been a collaborative effort between the Science Department and Agricultural Commission.  This program follows the Massachusetts Science Curriculum Frameworks and is a good use of the existing facilities.

 

Two high school students organized a Frisbee Tournament and earned $150.00 which was donated to the Holliston Food Pantry.  

 

Mr. Jackson congratulated all of the Destination Imagination teams for their outstanding work during the recent March 4 competition.  This is a great program that allows students to exercise different “mental” muscles.

 

Mr. Jackson also congratulated a high school student for winning a recent photo contest.  The work is on display at the high school and will go on to national competition.

 

Mr. Cornely discussed the 2006 Massachusetts Drama Festival.  The Holliston team will be moving to the semi-finals in Harvard and if successful, will be moving onto the finals.  Good luck to the theatre group.

 

Mr. Cornely mentioned that the Law Team was very successful and in the preliminary rounds won their region defeating Algonquin Regional High School on March 7 and went to the semi-final rounds.  The competition was actually held in the Framingham Courtroom.  Congratulations to the team members. 

 

Opportunity for the Public to Address School Committee

There was no public comment.

 

Presentations

There were no presentations.

 

Policy

  1. Second Reading – Policy GBJ – Personnel Records

Mrs. Emmons reviewed Policy GBJ – Personnel Records and the changes to the policy that had been discussed at the previous meeting.  Discussion was held.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Emmons, seconded by Mr. Ganzenmuller, the Committee voted to waive the third reading of Policy GBJ – Personnel Records, and approve it as amended.

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


 

  1. Second Reading – Policy JH – Excused Absences

Mrs. Emmons noted grammatical changes to Policy JH – Excused Absences, but no content changes.   Mr. Jackson suggested waiving the third reading and discussion was held.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Galeaz, seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee voted to waive the third reading of Policy JH – Excused Absences, and approved it as amended.

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

 

  1. Second Reading – Policy JICFB – Bullying        

Policy JICFB - Bullying was discussed and compared with the Harassment Policy.  Mrs. Emmons noted that policies beginning with a “J” in the code number are specifically referring to students while policies beginning with an “A” in the code represent a global philosophy.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Jones and seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee voted to waive the third reading of Policy JICFB – Bullying, and approve it as amended.

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

 

  1. Revision – Policy ACAA – Harassment

Mrs. Galeaz read through the revisions of Policy ACAA – Harassment.  Discussion was held. 

 

On a motion made by Mr. Jones and seconded by Mr. Ganzenmuller, the Policy ACAA – Harassment, is approved, as amended, on March 16, 2006.

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

 

Personnel

 

  1. Introduce next Adams Middle School Principal

The new Adams School Principal, Mrs. Jessica Huizenga, was introduced by

Mr. Jackson.  She is currently an Assistant Principal in Randolph holding a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Social Science with a minor in Secondary Education from Erskine College in South Carolina.  Mrs. Huizenga will be joining Holliston on July 1, 2006.  Committee members warmly welcomed Mrs. Huizenga.

 

  1. Superintendent Evaluation Process

The process this year will mirror last year’s.  The evaluation must be completed prior to the departure of any board members to allow them time to comment.  On April 6 Mr. Jackson will be doing a presentation on his goals and objectives and the progress on each one.  Evaluation forms will be completed, compiled, reviewed by the Superintendent and information will be presented to the public in May.


Old Business:

Mr. Jones reported on the Tuesday (3/14/06) meeting with the Finance Committee.  The School Committee had approved two budget motions at the last meeting.  The FY07 budget of $25,740,201 represents a 4.11 percent increase over FY06 level.  This includes an energy cost increase of $397,127 or a 1.61 % increase.  Mr. Jones stated that the school department was able to work to the Finance Committee’s 2.5% guideline excluding the increase in energy expense.

 

In addition, the School Committee also approved a budget motion to request an additional $285,000 in capital related to technology purchases.   Mr. Jones continued that at this point there is no additional money for capital expenses from the Town perspective.  We will need to work with the Finance Committee for the next 4-6 weeks leading up to Town meeting to determine what the process will be going forward with that proposal. 

 

At the Finance Committee meeting on Wednesday night (3/15/06) they received an update on the Town status in terms of the budget.  The Town is approximately $250,000 over on expenses, about one million dollars over on the capital requests and State money promised is an ever changing number.  The Finance Committee will work with this information over the next 4 weeks or so.  The School Department will need to determine their next step.  There will be an update at the next School Committee meeting.

 

New Business

Mr. Cornely discussed the plans for the March 17 Professional Development Day developed by each of the schools.  This will be a building-based day with many activities planned for all school levels.

 

Mr. Jackson stated that this day is aimed at having a strong focus on tangible objectives and results.  This is all to improve direct instruction in the classroom.  We will see School Improvement Goals integrated into all of the professional development programs. 

 

Mr. Cornely distributed an updated list of the high school professional development information.

 

Warrants

On a motion made by Mr. Jones, seconded by Mr. Ganzenmuller, the Committee approved a cafeteria revolving account bill in the amount of $21,660.56.

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

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Galeaz and seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee approved a school bill warrant in the amount of $477,325.70.

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

 

On a motion made by Mr. Jones and seconded by Mr. Ganzenmuller, the Committee approved two student activity warrants: High School - $9,251.70 and Adams Middle School - $30,000.

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


 

Items of information

  1. French Immersion Teacher awarded French Government Scholarship

Mr. Aaron Snyder, French immersion Teacher, has been awarded a French Government Scholarship. This is the 3rd Holliston teacher to attend the training which runs for 3 weeks in France. 

 

  1. Memorandum Regarding Town Meeting

This memo is a reminder of the Annual Town Meeting on Monday, May 8, 2006 (as many days as necessary) and the Annual Town Election on Tuesday, May 23, 2006.

 

  1. Suburban Coalition Annual Legislative Breakfast

This breakfast will take place on Monday, April 10, 2006 from 9:00 – 11:30 am in The Great Hall at the State House.  Representative Sal DiMasi, speaker of the House of Representatives and Dr. Barry Bluestone, Director of the Center of Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University are the Keynote Speakers.

 

  1. Elementary Essentials

The Placentino School Elementary Essentials, Principal’s Corner, was included in the School Committee packet.

 

  1. Middlesex & Norfolk District Forum on School Emergency Planning

Senator Karen E. Spilka sent an invitation to attend the School Emergency Planning Forum which will take place on Tuesday, March 28, 2006. 

 

Future Meeting Dates and Agenda Items

The next School Committee meeting will be Thursday, April 6 at 7:00 pm. The budget hearing will be the first item on the docket.  There will also be a discussion about the strategic plan in reference to goals for the year.  Mr. Jackson noted that Mr. Cornely will be working with the principals to give a comprehensive report on what happens during the course of the school year in terms of professional development.  

 

Adjournment

Mrs. Deering announced that there would be a need for an Executive Session to discuss collective bargaining from which the Committee will not be returning to open session.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Ganzenmuller and seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee voted to adjourn to Executive Session at 8:10 pm for the purposes of discussing collective bargaining.  The Committee will not be returning to open session.

 

Roll call vote: Mr. Ganzenmuller, yes; Mrs. Emmons, yes; Mrs. Plunkett, yes; Mrs. Galeaz, yes; Mr. Jones, yes; Mrs. Deering, yes;  Absent: 1 (Mrs. Foote)

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

 

The Open Session adjourned at 8:10 pm.