Approved June 4, 2009

Holliston Public Schools

Holliston, MA  01746

 

School Committee Meeting

May 21, 2009

 

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

 

Call to Order

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

 

Minutes

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to approve the minutes of the April 30, 2009, Special Meeting, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 5

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 2

(Jones, Murphy)

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to approve the minutes of the May 7, 2009, School Committee Regular Session, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 5

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 2

(Jones, Murphy)

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to approve and retain the minutes of the May 7, 2009, School Committee Executive Session, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 5

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 2

(Jones, Murphy)

Communications

School Committee Individual Comment

Mrs. Plunkett said the new sign at the Adams Middle School, funded by MSPG, looks phenomenal.

 

Mr. Gray thanked the Guidance Office, particularly Lynn Culverwell, for her assistance to both students and parents.  He said that she is a very hard worker and is great with the students. 

 

Mrs. Pennypacker attended the “Art Saves Lives” exhibit at the High School, commenting that it was a great exhibit.  She mentioned some upcoming events, including concerts and the HEPO Ice Cream Social.

 

Mrs. Galeaz said that the High School Concerts last week were phenomenal.  The talent of our students is remarkable.  She also mentioned the upcoming “Holliston Unplugged” event on

June 2.  This is an opportunity for families to spend time together for an evening, without the interruption of electronics. 

 

Central Office Administrator’s Comment

Dr. Jackson and Mr. Cornely attended the MASS Spring Conference in Marlboro, which included a presentation by the Governor with a question and answer session.  It was a great conference and they both enjoyed it.  It was time well spent.

 

Mr. Cornely congratulated the members of the faculty who earned their Masters Degrees this past weekend at Framingham State College.  He read the names and degrees of each individual. 

Mr. Cornely also mentioned that he attended one session of an in-service course, Linking Standards and Brain Theory in the 21st Century being offered by Julie Elkan.  He said it was an interesting course and is part of the professional development offered to staff outside of the 4 professional days throughout the school year. 

 

Opportunity for the Public to Address the School Committee

There was no public comment.

 

Personnel (Out of order)

A.      Appointment of Student Services Director

Dr. Jackson discussed the departure of Ms. Marla Colarusso, a 21 year employee of the Holliston School System, stating that she will be missed.  He said that Dr. Sandra Einsel, an extraordinary candidate, had been selected to replace Mrs. Colarusso.  Mr. Cornely reviewed the screening process, noting there were 22 applicants for the position.  Six candidates were interviewed, resulting in 3 finalists being presented to the Superintendent.  Dr. Jackson said that the 3 finalists were exceptional candidates.  Dr. Jackson reviewed Dr. Einsel’s background and introduced her to the Committee.  Dr. Einsel discussed her work experience and education credentials.  She has been with the Walpole School System for fourteen years and is excited about this opportunity with the Holliston Public Schools. 

 

Dr. Jackson recommended the appointment of Sandra C. Einsel, Ph.D. as the next Director of Student Support Services effective July 1, 2009.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to appoint Sandra C. Einsel as the next Director of Student Support Services effective July 1, 2009.

Vote:

Favor: 5

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 2

(Jones, Murphy)

The Committee welcomed Dr. Einsel to the Holliston Public Schools.

 

Presentations

A.      Social Studies Curriculum Review

Mr. Cornely presented an overview of the review process and introduced the Social Studies Review Committee members in the audience and the speakers.  The speakers are: Paula O’Brien, Social Studies Department Leader, High School, Ginny Caruso, Social Studies Curriculum Specialist, Adams Middle School, Kathy Balcom, Social Studies Curriculum Specialist, Miller Elementary School, and Allison Lindstrom, Social Studies Curriculum Specialist, Placentino Elementary School.  They presented the Social Studies Curriculum Review, discussing the mission, philosophy and the goals of the review. 

 

Mr. Cornely summarized by discussing the timeline and budget, which focuses on the next 3 years.  He reviewed the training planned for the staff over the summer.  All the plans discussed tonight are based on resources and funding.  The purpose of this review is to learn where we are and where we need to be. 

 

Dr. Jackson said that this is a most ambitious plan and can be implemented.  This creates higher order thinking, not regurgitation of information.  He said that this is extraordinary work and it does not happen in a vacuum.  It requires extra time and resources.  He said, “You have seen the promised land, but it takes a lot of work to get there!”  School Committee favorably commented on the presentation and congratulated Mr. Cornely, the presenters and the Social Studies Review Committee for their dedication and hard work as evidenced by the presentation this evening.

 

Policy

None

 

 

Old Business

A.      School Choice Seats

Mr. Buday reviewed class size for the School Choice seats requested and recommended the following School Choice seats for the 2009-2010 School Year:  ½ day Kindergarten: 5 seats; Grade One  – 7 seats; Grade Three – 4 seats; Grade Four  – 1 seat; Grade Six – 4 seats; Grade Seven – 4 seats; Grade 8 – 2 seats.  This total includes previously approved seats combined with the new proposed seats.  School Committee discussion followed the presentation.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mr. Gray, the Committee voted to approve the following School Choice Seats for the 2009-2010 School Year:  ½ day Kindergarten: 5 seats; Grade One  – 7 seats; Grade Three – 4 seats; Grade Four  – 1 seat; Grade Six – 4 seats; Grade Seven – 4 seats; Grade 8 – 2 seats.   

Vote:

Favor: 5

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 2

(Jones, Murphy)

New Business

A.  The Education Cooperative (TEC) Contract

Dr. Jackson presented the Thirty-Second Amendment to the TEC Agreement, modified annually.  General discussion was held.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to approve the Thirty-Second Amendment to the TEC Agreement effective July 1, 2009.

Vote:

Favor: 5

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 2

(Jones, Murphy)

Warrants

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to approve a school bill warrant in the amount of $266,605.96

Vote:

Favor: 5

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 2

(Jones, Murphy)

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mr. Gray, the Committee voted to approve a cafeteria revolving account bill in the amount of $15,403.65

Vote:

Favor: 5

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 2

(Jones, Murphy)

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to approve a Student Activity Replenishment Request for the Miller Elementary School in the amount of $2,150.00 and a Student Activity Replenishment Request for Holliston High School in the amount of $22,614.95 for a total replenishment request of $24,764.95.

Vote:

Favor: 5

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 2

(Jones, Murphy)

Items of Information

None

 

Future Meeting Dates and Agenda Items

The next School Committee meeting is June 4, 2009.  The principals will present their annual School Improvement Plans and the Committee will review their FY10 meeting schedule.  The June 18th meeting will include the parent group presentations, School Committee reorganization and the Fine and Performing Arts presentation. 

 

Adjournment of Open Session

Mrs. Galeaz announced that there would be no need for an Executive Session.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to adjourn the School Committee meeting at 8:43 p.m.

Vote:

Favor: 5

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 2

(Jones, Murphy)

Respectfully submitted,

Cheryl A. Kelly

Recording Secretary