Approved May 4, 2006

 

Holliston Public Schools

Holliston, MA  01746

 

School Committee Meeting

April 27,2006

 

Present:            Mrs. Deering, Mrs. Emmons, Mrs. Foote, Mrs. Galeaz,

Mr. Ganzenmuller, Mr. Jones, Mrs. Plunkett, Mr. Cornely,

Mr. Jackson

 

Absent: No one.

 

Call to Order

Mrs. Deering called the meeting to order at 7:03 pm.

 

Minutes

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett and seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee voted to approved the minutes of the April 6, 2006 School Committee regular session, as presented.

Vote:             Favor:   7             Oppose: 0                  Abstain : 0                    Absent: 0

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Galeaz and seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee voted to approve and retain the minutes of the April 11, 2006 special meeting, as presented.

Vote:             Favor:   7             Oppose: 0                  Abstain : 0                    Absent: 0

 

Communications

School Committee Individual Comment

Mrs. Plunkett said that there is a public HEPO meeting scheduled for May 3 at the Placentino Cafetorium to vote officers for next year.  This is an important meeting so please try to attend.  There will also be a discussion prior to the meeting on the proposed new police station for approximately 15-20 minutes.  Mrs. Emmons congratulated the HEF Spotlight on Excellence Award recipients, Placentino Elementary-Christina Powers; Miller School-Susan Conway; Adams Middle School-Alicia Multer; Math Coordinator- Pat Rourke; Holliston High School-Ron Poskus.  The ceremony was this evening with families, friends and students in attendance.  Mr. Jones stated that he chaperoned the 8th grade field trip to Washington, DC.  The kids had a good time and everything went very well.  Special thanks to the chaperones, organizers and teachers involved in the trip.  Mrs. Galeaz noted that Nature’s Classroom students leave on Monday, May 1 for the school week.  The 6th Grade Chorus Concert was Wednesday night, April 26 and it was wonderful!  The “Fore Kicks” 6th Grade evening is Friday night, April 28.  The next MSPG meeting is scheduled for May 9 at 12:00 noon.

 

Central Office Administrator’s Comment

Mr. Jackson spoke with the High School Parents’ Group Tuesday night.  The discussion was around the status of the FY07 budget development process and then general discussion about the high school.  Mr. Cornely stated that the HEF awards were an opportunity to celebrate five professionals and the awards were well deserved.  Mr. Cornely said that both he and Mr. Jackson went to the Miller School today where the High School Environmental Club joined the 4th and 5th graders to work on a project where they were learning about acid rain.  Thanks to all involved.  Hope to encourage more activities between the schools.

 

Opportunity for the Public to Address the School Committee

There was no public comment.

 

Presentations

There were no presentations.

 

Policy

There were no policy issues.

 

Personnel

A.    Approval of Updated Job Descriptions

Mr. Jackson presented updated job descriptions for Teacher Mentor; Math Curriculum Specialist, Pre K to 8; Elementary School Literacy and Social Studies Curriculum Specialist and Elementary Assistant Principal.  Mr. Cornely discussed the Teacher Mentor job description and the changes to the mentoring section with respect to attendance in training sessions and changes to the Compensation section.  Further, there will now be an Elementary School Literacy and Social Studies Curriculum Specialist in the Placentino and Miller Schools and the job description reflects this change.  The change to the Math Curriculum Specialist position is that it will now be evaluated by the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.  Mr. Jackson discussed the modified Elementary Assistant Principal job description which now reflects current administrative practice and also the administrative structure and school structure that we have at the elementary level.  This position has been realigned to talk about primary responsibilities and then the shared responsibilities with the principals.  Mrs. Deering asked the Committee to approve the modified job descriptions. 

 

On a motion made by Mr. Ganzenmuller and seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to approve the modified job descriptions: Teacher Mentor; Math Curriculum Specialist, Pre K to 8; Elementary School Literacy and Social Studies Curriculum Specialist and Elementary Assistant Principal. 

Vote:             Favor:   7             Oppose: 0                  Abstain : 0                    Absent: 0

 

 

Old Business

A.    Set meeting time for May 16,2006, meeting

School Committee discussed the new date and meeting time for the May 16 meeting.  It was decided that the meeting will be Tuesday, May 16 at 7:30 pm.

 


B.     FY07 Budget

Mr. Jackson distributed the final modifications of the FY07 recommended budget.  On April 6, School Committee heard indirectly that the Finance Committee had not accepted the School Committee voted budget and could not recommend that number.  On April 11, there was a special meeting of the School Committee to discuss a new number of $25,664,667, which they voted to approve.  Mr. Jackson presented the individual items to be adjusted.  This list is his final recommendation to make the line item adjustments to the FY07 budget.  Mr. Jackson reviewed each of the proposed reductions with the corresponding savings.  Reduce utilities, reduce Summer SPED, High School Assistant Principal at bottom step, High School SSA retirement (this was an unanticipated retirement), salary savings, Placentino parking expansion (hope to possibly fund through FY06 funds), eliminate new part-time curriculum coordinators, which was a difficult decision given the need for these positions, eliminate new Miller MCAS tutor, and “hopeful salary savings,” which have yet to be identified.  The items totaled $123,129.  Mr. Jackson requested that the School Committee approve these line item reductions which would bring the bottom line into balance.  School Committee discussed.  Mr. Buday clarified that the utility savings are the result of the Town locking into the electricity rate for two years.  They are also trying to lock in a rate for natural gas. 

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Galeaz and seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee voted to approve the reductions to the FY07 budget as presented by Mr. Jackson. 

Vote:             Favor:   7             Oppose: 0                  Abstain : 0                    Absent: 0

 

C.     Grounds Maintenance Supervisor

Mr. Jackson noted that approval of this position was put on hold pending additional information on the FY07 budget.  Mr. Jackson stated that he can now recommend this proposal as originally brought forward. This would be adding a new position to the Highway Department that would be responsible, with others, for grounds maintenance.  The School Department would be funding 25% of the position while the Parks Department would also fund 25% and the Highway Department would be funding 50% of the position.  The school department portion would be funded through the athletic revolving account, maintenance of fields and grounds, and is an appropriate use of those funds.  School Committee discussed the position and responsibilities of the position. Mrs. Deering asked the Committee to approve the “Grounds Maintenance Supervisor” position with Mr. Jackson working with the Highway Department to modify or tighten up the description. 

 

On a motion made by Mr. Ganzenmuller and seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee voted to approve the “Grounds Maintenance Supervisor” position.

Vote:             Favor:   7             Oppose: 0                  Abstain : 0                    Absent: 0

 

D.     School Choice Update

Mr. Jackson said that there would be no School Choice Update this evening.

 


New Business

A. Establish Last Day of 05-06 School Year

Mr. Jackson said that school was closed for two days due to inclement weather on December 9, 2005 and January 3, 2006.  Mr. Jackson recommended that the School Committee establish Tuesday, June 20, 2006, as the last day of the 2005-2006 school year.  There was School Committee discussion. 

 

On a motion made by Mr. Ganzenmuller and seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee voted to approve Tuesday, June 20, 2006 as the last day of school for the 2005-2006 school year.     

Vote:             Favor:   7             Oppose: 0                  Abstain : 0                    Absent: 0

 

Warrants

On a motion made by Mr. Jones and seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee approved a school bill warrant in the amount of $296,135.22.

Vote:             Favor:   7             Oppose: 0                  Abstain : 0                    Absent: 0

 

On a motion made by Mr. Jones, seconded by Mrs. Galeaz, the Committee approved a cafeteria revolving account bill in the amount of $23,162.51.

Vote:             Favor:   7             Oppose: 0                  Abstain : 0                    Absent: 0

 

Items of Information

A.   Elementary Essentials

B.   Miller Messages

C.   Memorandum from the Town Clerk – Open Meeting Law Reminder

 

Next Meeting Date

The next meeting date will be Thursday, May 4, 2006 at 7:00 pm.  Mr. Jackson stated that the subcommittee on the Superintendent’s evaluation will be presenting the evaluation to the public.  They have also received notice that the Youth Baseball and Softball Association received a donation of a scoreboard for the Adams Baseball Field and information will be submitted to the Committee for review.   

 

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 - School Committee meeting will begin at 7:30 pm.  (Note date and time change.)

 

Adjournment of Open Session

At 7:45 pm 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. Jones and seconded by Mr. Ganzenmuller, the Committee voted to adjourn to Executive Session at 7:45 pm for the purposes of discussing collective bargaining.  The Committee will not be returning to open session. 

 

Roll Call vote: Mrs. Emmons, yes; Mrs. Plunkett, yes; Mrs. Galeaz, yes; Mrs. Foote, yes; Mr. Jones, yes; Mrs. Deering, yes:  Mr. Ganzenmuller, yes.

Vote:             Favor:   7             Oppose: 0                  Abstain : 0                    Absent: 0

 

Respectfully submitted,

Cheryl Kelly, Recording Secretary