Approved April 16, 2009

Holliston Public Schools

Holliston, MA  01746

 

School Committee Meeting

April 2, 2009

 

Present:            Mrs. Emmons, Mrs. Galeaz (Chair), Mr. Gray, Mr. Jones, Mrs. Murphy,

Mrs. Pennypacker, Mrs. Plunkett (Vice Chair), Dr. Jackson, Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Cornely, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Buday, Business Manager, Mrs. Colarusso, Student Services Director

 

Absent:             No one

 

Call to Order

Mrs. Galeaz called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm.

 

Public Hearing on FY10 Budget

Mrs. Galeaz opened the Public Hearing on the FY10 Budget.  She said that the Superintendent would be presenting on the FY10 Budget later in the evening and public comment on the budget would be welcome at that time. There was no public comment at this time.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to close the Public Hearing on the FY10 Budget.

Vote:

Favor: 7

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 0

                       

Minutes

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee voted to approve the minutes of the March 19, 2009, School Committee Regular Session, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 7

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 1 (Emmons)

Absent: 0

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to approve and retain the minutes of the March 19, 2009, School Committee Executive Session, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 7

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 1 (Emmons)

Absent: 0

Communications

School Committee Individual Comment

Mrs. Plunkett thanked the PTSA for hosting the 14th Annual Auction; it was a great event. 

Mr. Gray reminded the public about the HEF Spelling Bee on April 15th at the High School. 

Mrs. Pennypacker thanked everyone for the successful Placentino Math Night.  The HEPO Book Fair was very successful.  She congratulated all of the teams that participated in the Destination Imagination event.

 

Central Office Administrator’s Comment

Dr. Jackson reported that on April 1, the first “Parent Technology Night” was held at the elementary complex and was very successful. 

Mr. Cornely named the members of the Search Committee and gave a brief update on the current status in the search for the position of Student Services Director. 

 

Opportunity for the Public to Address the School Committee

There was no public comment.

 

Presentations

A.      Update on Strategic Plan 2005-2010

Dr. Jackson presented an update of the 2005-2010 Strategic Plan.  He reviewed the Mission Statement, Vision, and Beliefs along with the goals and progress to date on these goals.  He said that this plan represents the work of a large group of individuals and that the Strategic Plan focuses our efforts and priorities.  School Committee discussion occurred.

 

Policy

A.      Request from Parent to Discuss Policy JFBA

Mr. Adam Mastrangelo discussed Policy JFBA, Elementary Program Selection, as it relates to the French Immersion Program.  He asked that siblings be exempt from the lottery process for the French Immersion program, citing research and stating that French Immersion families are committed to staying in the Town of Holliston for an extended period of time because of the program.  He asked that the policy be amended to allow for sibling preference in this program. 

 

Celeste Salley, 21 Hillside Drive; Amy Lines, 21 Vine Street; Michelle Hastings, 142 Hanlon Road; Anne Marie Reinstein, 38 Woodland Street; and Ken Szajda, Fiske Street, all spoke about the French Immersion program.  Dr. Jackson responded to the presentation and the comments.  Dr. Jackson recommended to the Committee that they do not make any changes to the current practice.  He said that the current policy gives all students equal access to the programs and this is the fairest approach.  He believes that the current selection process works.  School Committee discussion occurred and it was decided that no further action was necessary and that the current policy would remain the same.  

 

Personnel

None

 

Old Business

A.      FY10 Budget

Dr. Jackson presented a review of the FY10 Budget.  He stated the School Committee’s adopted budget number is $28,030,092, which represents a 4.46% increase.  He discussed the various components of the budget.  He stressed that the economy this year is far worse than the one faced last year.  Dr. Jackson reviewed the FY10 Budget Gap Reduction Strategy details, discussing each of the recommended cuts and the estimated savings of each line item.  Dr. Jackson stated that he has never had a more challenging assignment in Holliston than what he has presented tonight.  He has tried his best to develop a plan that minimizes the impact of these severe budget times on the community, the students and the staff.  School Committee discussion occurred. 

 

Opportunity for the Public to Address the School Committee

Lisa Goldman, 96 Wingate Rd. spoke about some of the specific recommended cuts. 

Mr. Ken Szajda, Fiske Street, as a member of the Finance Committee, spoke about his perspective in this process.

 

New Business

A.  Preschool Tuition

Mr. Buday recommended increasing the tuition for the 4-Day Preschool program to $2,000 because the program has changed from a heavily special needs program to a more integrated program. 

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee voted to increase the tuition for the 4-Day Pre-K program to $2,000 beginning with the 2009-2010 school year.

Vote:

Favor: 7

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 0

 

Warrants

On a motion made by Mrs. Emmons, seconded by Mr. Gray, the Committee voted to approve a school bill warrant in the amount of $236,132.32.

Vote:

Favor: 7

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 0

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee voted to approve a cafeteria revolving account bill in the amount of $16,001.65.

Vote:

Favor: 7

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 0

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to approve a Student Activity Replenishment Request for the Adams Middle School in the amount of $33,714.95 and two Student Activity Replenishment Requests for the High School in the amounts of $18,999.92 and $7,610.44.

Vote:

Favor: 7

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 0

 

Items of Information

None

 

Future Meeting Dates and Agenda Items

The next School Committee meeting is April 16, 2009.  The School Committee will establish the last day of school for the 2008-2009 school year, there will be a Science Curriculum presentation, a finalized 2009-2010 school year calendar presented, and continued discussion of the FY10 Budget.

 

Adjournment of Open Session

Mrs. Galeaz 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. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to adjourn to Executive Session at 9:44 pm for the purposes of discussing collective bargaining.  The Committee will not be returning to Open Session. 

 

Roll Call vote: Mrs. Emmons, yes; Mr. Gray, yes; Mr. Jones, yes; Mrs. Murphy, yes;

Mrs. Pennypacker; yes; Mrs. Plunkett, yes; Mrs. Galeaz, yes.

Vote:

Favor: 7

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 0

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Cheryl A. Kelly

Recording Secretary