Approved July 16, 2009

 

Holliston Public Schools

Holliston, MA  01746

School Committee Meeting

June 18, 2009

 

Present:            Mrs. Emmons, Mrs. Galeaz (Chair), Mr. Gray, Mr. Jones (arrived at 8:00 pm), 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

Dr. Jackson called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm, per Policy BDA, School Committee Organizational Meeting.

 

Election of Officers

Dr. Jackson stated the first order of business would be the election of officers.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Murphy, Mrs. Galeaz was nominated for, and elected as, Chairperson of the Holliston School Committee.

Vote:

Favor: 5

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 1 (Galeaz)

Absent: 0 (Jones)

 

Mrs. Galeaz assumed the Chair.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, Mrs. Plunkett was nominated for, and elected as, Vice Chairperson of the Holliston School Committee.

Vote:

Favor: 5

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 1 (Plunkett)

Absent: 0 (Jones)

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mrs. Emmons, Cheryl Kelly was nominated for, and reappointed as, Secretary for the Holliston School Committee.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Jones)

 

Minutes

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mr. Gray, the Committee voted to approve the minutes of the June 4, 2009, School Committee Regular Session, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 7

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 0

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to approve and retain the minutes of the June 4, 2009, School Committee Executive Session, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 7

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 0

 

Communications

School Committee Individual Comment

Mrs. Pennypacker commented that the Grade 4 and Grade 5 Concert last week was wonderful and everyone did a great job.  She reminded HEPO members that the fiscal year is ending and all receipts must be submitted by June 30, 2009.

Mrs. Emmons echoed Mrs. Pennypacker comments about the Grade 4 and Grade 5 Concert last week saying it was a great performance.

Mrs. Plunkett wished everyone a happy summer!

Central Office Administrator’s Comment

Dr. Jackson also wished everyone a happy, safe summer.

 

Mr. Cornely congratulated the graduating students and said that he really enjoyed the graduation ceremony; the students did a great job.  He also attended the Grade 5 “Moving Up” ceremony and it was a very nice event.

 

Opportunity for the Public to Address the School Committee

There was no public comment.

 

Presentations

A.      Report from Parent Groups

 

Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA)

Mr. Ric Morant, President of the PTSA, discussed the events of the past year, stating the Auction was a great success.  PTSA awarded $30,000 in class grants and $5,000 to graduating students as part of their funding distributions.  He discussed the plans for the upcoming school year and some of the challenges being faced in these difficult economic times. 

 

Holliston Education Foundation (HEF)

Mr. Gray reviewed the terrific year for HEF and thanked everyone for their support.  The Spelling Bee was fabulous and a great fundraiser.  They had the “Spotlight on Excellence” program this year, where the winning teachers are nominated by their peers.  He discussed the grants awarded this year, particularly noting one for $11,000 to send 3 teachers to the Amazon over the summer!  This is a great opportunity for the teachers and they will bring back a wealth of knowledge to share with students.  HEF will continue to drive their fundraising efforts through the Spelling Bee or possibly a Trivia Bee!

 

Holliston Music & Arts Parents Association

Ms. Karen Berg discussed the Holliston Music and Arts Parents Association fundraising events over the past school year.  She described the various programs funded by their group as well as the number of events held at the schools over the past year.  She noted that their website provides information on their many programs.  She thanked everyone for their support.

 

Holliston Elementary Parents Organization (HEPO)

Ms. Heather Scaringella said that HEPO’s objective is to support the Placentino and Miller Schools through volunteering and fundraising efforts.  She discussed some of the fundraising events held during the school year.  This money earned was used for grants in the schools, supporting many of the events held throughout the school year.  She also discussed the future plans of the group for the upcoming school year.

 

Middle School Parents Group (MSPG)

Mrs. Plunkett described the goals of the Middle School Parents Group and their support of the Administration at the Adams Middle School.  They recognized Mr. Peter Botelho, Principal and Mr. John Harutunian, Assistant Principal, for their work at the Middle School. The magazine drive earned $18,000 and she thanked the community for their support.  She described the many programs funded by MSPG during the school year. She thanked all of the volunteers for their support. 

 

HHS Parent Group

Dr. Jackson reviewed the activities of the HHS Parent Group over the past school year.  He described the various fundraising events, stating that their hallmark fundraiser is the Christmas Tree Sale.  They also coordinate the Teacher Appreciation Breakfast for the high school staff.  He said they provide scholarships for graduating seniors and many teacher grants.  He discussed the future plans of the group and said that membership recruitment will be one area of focus for the upcoming school year

 

Dr. Jackson said these groups are very important to the schools, particularly in this current economic climate.  He thanked all of the groups for their efforts, support and encouragement, in addition to their fundraising.

 

Report from Wellness Committee

Mrs. Galeaz introduced the members of the Wellness Committee.  Mr. Buday presented the “Annual Report of the Wellness Committee.”  He described the events sponsored by the group over the past school year.  He talked about the Wellness Expo held in May, stating it was a success.  They have scheduled the next Wellness Expo for March 20, 2010.  He also talked about the “Holliston Unplugged” evening held in June this year.  He shared the plans for the upcoming school year and thanked the Committee for their work this past year.

 

Dr. Jackson and the School Committee thanked the group for their work this year. 

 

Mr. Jones arrived at 8:00 pm.

 

Policy

None

 

Personnel

None

 

Old Business

None

 

New Business

A.      Appoint Attendance Officer

Dr. Jackson recommended the appointment of Officer Dave Gatchell as Attendance Officer for the 2009-2010 school year, with an annual stipend of $1,575.00.  The position investigates and enforces violations of the truancy laws.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to approve the appointment of Officer Dave Gatchell as the Attendance Officer for the 2009-2010 school year.

Vote:

Favor: 7

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 0

 

B.      Summer Curriculum and Professional Development Update

Mr. Cornely reviewed the many workshops planned for the summer months.  He described the focus of the activities and the staff involved.  They have a busy summer planned.

 

Dr. Jackson mentioned the July 21 “Annual Summer Retreat for Administrators,” describing the events planned for the day.  He also talked about the August 31 PTSA Breakfast.  He said that the work in the schools continues over the summer months.

 

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 $310,201.59.

Vote:

Favor: 7

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 0

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to approve a cafeteria revolving account bill in the amount of $17,082.39.

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 the Student Activity Replenishment Requests totaling $36,024.09

Vote:

Favor: 7

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 0

 

Items of Information

A.      Announcement of K-5 Literacy Initiative (tentative)

Dr. Jackson discussed the enVisionMATH Program and the many benefits received from Holliston’s participation in this program.  Holliston has received, at no cost, new textbooks and curriculum products with a retail value of $229,000 for their participation in the program.  In addition, the teachers from this program received extensive training for a state of the art curriculum.  This is very exciting for the school system.  This was accomplished through the efforts of Ms. Pat Rourke, Curriculum Coordinator.

 

Dr. Jackson shared some more exciting news that Holliston has, again, been selected to participate in a Reading and Language Arts program, “Reading Street.”   This is a comprehensive program with daily targeted instruction for all levels within the classroom and allows for more consistency across the grades and within the classroom in reading and language arts instruction.  The materials for this program will be provided at no cost to Holliston and, at the end of the study in 2010-2011, Holliston will receive classroom and teaching materials for this program.

 

Dr. Jackson estimates that the value of both of these programs to the Holliston Schools will approach a half million dollars.  This is again, the result of the work of the Curriculum Specialists. 

 

Future Meeting Dates and Agenda Items

The next School Committee meeting is July 16, 2009.  Topics to be discussed include:  handbook approval, if necessary, scheduling of the “Readiness Walkthrough,” and Committee assignments for the upcoming year.

 

Adjournment of Open Session

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

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mr. Gray, the Committee voted to adjourn to Executive Session at 8:37 pm for the purposes of discussing collective bargaining and bargaining with non-union personnel.  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