Approved May 16, 2006

 

                                       Holliston Public Schools

                                        Holliston, MA  01746

 

                                      School Committee Meeting

                                             May 4, 2006

 

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

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

 

Absent: Mr. Ganzenmuller

 

Call to Order

Mrs. Deering called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.

 

Minutes

On a motion made by Mrs. Galeaz and seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee voted to approved the minutes of the April 27, 2006 School Committee regular session, as presented.

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

 

On a motion made by Mr. Jones and seconded by Mrs. Foote, the Committee voted to approve and retain the minutes of the April 27, 2006 executive session as presented.

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

 

Communications

School Committee Individual Comment

Mrs. Emmons reminded everyone that the Town Meeting will be on Monday, May 8 at the Holliston High School beginning at 7:00 pm and will continue on the following evenings, if necessary.  Mrs. Foote congratulated the Holliston High School athletic students for doing a good job.  Congratulations to Doug Lack, Holliston Art teacher, who was been named Massachusetts High School Art Teacher of the Year.  Mrs. Galeaz noted that there is an MSPG meeting on Tuesday, May 9 at 7:00 pm at Adams Middle School in a room behind the main office.  On May 23 at 7:00 pm there is a Grade 5 to Grade 6 Parent Transition meeting in the Adams Middle School Auditorium.  On May 24 there is a Grade 7 and Grade 8 Chorus Concert at 7:00 pm in the high school auditorium.  On May 25 there will be a Rams Band Concert at 7:00 pm in the high school auditorium.

 

Central Office Administrator’s Comment

Mr. Jackson announced that the Third Congressional District’s Art Competition for High School Students was held at Holliston High School on Saturday, April 29, 2006.  The Grand Prize winner was Kelley Cintra, a Holliston High School student.  Congratulations to all who participated in this competition. 

 

Mr. Jackson announced that, according to Newsweek Magazine, Holliston High School is in the top 5% of schools in the country.  Newsweek is recognizing the schools that best prepare students for college by using the number of students who take AP courses compared to the number of total students enrolled in the school system.  Holliston is one of eight schools in Massachusetts to achieve this honor.  This is an extraordinary accomplishment.  Quality high schools are a reflection and a result of a quality school system.  Students must receive proper and appropriate curriculum and instruction from Pre-K upward.  This is a recognition for which the whole district can be proud.   The teachers and the administration of Holliston High School should be congratulated for this honor. 

 

Mr. Cornely visited the Dover-Sherborn Middle School on Thursday, May 4, 2006 along with some of the Adams Middle School teachers.  The Literacy Coach from the Dover-Sherborn Middle School conducted a workshop on how to coach and assist students to read and write critically across the content areas.  It was a great workshop and thanks to Dover-Sherborn for allowing it to happen.

 

Mr. Cornely talked about the student teacher and field study program for beginning teachers.  It has been a successful program.  Mr. Cornely thanked the staff for their willingness to work with these student teachers.  This shortens the student/teacher ratio in the classroom. 

 

Mr. Jackson thanked Mr. Cornely for the success of the student teacher program which requires significant scheduling, monitoring and coordination at the Central Office level and with Framingham State College.


Mr. Jackson noted that Jaclyn Shameklis, who received the Certificate of Academic Excellence Award in the fall, will be attending
Dartmouth College. 

 

Opportunity for the Public to Address the School Committee

Fred Mason, Chairperson, Park Commissioners, addressed the School Committee.  The HYBSA approached them with a plan for a scoreboard for the Adams Middle School field.  The Park Commissioners have approved, by unanimous vote, the scoreboard and planned location of it.

 

Policy

There were no policy issues.

 

Personnel

There were no personnel issues

 

Old Business

FY07 Budget Update – Town Meeting Preparation

Mr. Jackson discussed the planned FY07 Budget Presentation at the Town Meeting on

May 8, 2006.  The FY07 School Committee approved budget is $25,644,667 which is a 3.72% increase.  He will give additional information to the School Committee prior to the meeting.  Mr. Jackson also gave an update on the “Cherry Sheet” which gives local aid estimates.  At this point, the trend is a positive one for the schools, but they must wait for the final word from the State for approved figures.

 

Presentations

Mr. Fred Snow and Mr. Randy Horn outlined the plans for a scoreboard for the Adams Middle School field to be donated by the Middlesex Savings Bank.  They hope to have the scoreboard fully installed by summer.  School Committee discussed the plan and requested an opportunity to review a rendition of the scoreboard early on in the process and that any potential issues, such as wetlands, be addressed.   Mr. Horn stated that they would have additional information in approximately two weeks.

 

On a motion by Mr. Jones and seconded by Mrs. Galeaz, the Committee voted to accept the gift from the Middlesex Savings Bank as presented for the Adams Middle School field with the understanding that the Committee would have an opportunity to review a rendition of the sign.

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

 

New Business

 

Superintendent’s Evaluation

Mrs. Emmons presented the Superintendent’s Evaluation and the various components of the evaluation which included the selection of a subcommittee, evaluation tools, grading scales and the performance quadrants.   Mrs. Deering read the evaluation summary from the subcommittee which contained very positive comments about the Superintendent.  Mr. Jackson received a total average score of 225 points which falls in the “Exemplary” range and is the highest quadrant. 

 

Mr. Jones echoed the comments read in the evaluation summary of Mr. Jackson.   He noted that the Strategic Plan is a challenging process with aggressive timelines which the Superintendent has been able to develop and deliver.  Mr. Jackson is to be commended for driving this to conclusion which has been a crisp process in the development of the goals which guide the district. 

 

Mr. Jackson thanked the Committee for their support and he looks forward to another great year. 

 

Warrants

On a motion made by Mr. Jones and seconded by Mrs. Galeaz, the Committee approved a school bill warrant in the amount of $210,469.11.

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

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Galeaz seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee approved a cafeteria revolving account bill in the amount of $20,665.13.

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

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Galeaz and seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee approved two student activity warrants: High School - $22,525.57 and the Miller Intermediate Elementary School - $3,675.00 for a total student activity warrant of $26,200.57

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

 

Items of Information

NAEYC Accreditation Placentino Preschool Program – Mr. Jackson discussed the accreditation of the preschool program and the significant amount of work involved in obtaining this accreditation. This is a great accomplishment.

 

Next Meeting Date:

Tuesday, May 16, 20067:30 pm.  There will be a presentation on a proposal to replace the bleachers at Kamitian field and the reappointment of the attendance officer.  Mrs. Deering mentioned that the Town Meeting begins on Monday, May 8 and that it may end up being more than a one night meeting.  

 

Adjournment of Open Session

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

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Galeaz and seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to adjourn to Executive Session at 7:57 pm for the purposes of bargaining with non-union personnel.  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:  Absent: Mr. Ganzenmuller

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

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Cheryl A. Kelly

Recording Secretary