Approved August 27, 2009

Holliston Public Schools

Holliston, MA01746

 

School Committee Meeting

July 16, 2009

 

Present:††††††††††† Mrs. Emmons, Mrs. Galeaz (Chair), Mrs. Pennypacker, Mrs. Plunkett (Vice Chair),

Dr. Jackson, Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Cornely, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Buday, Business Manager, Dr. Einsel, Student Services Director

 

Absent: ††††††††††† Mr. Gray, Mr. Jones, Mrs. Murphy

 

Call to Order

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

 

Minutes

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee voted to approve the minutes of the June 18, 2009, School Committee Regular Session, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 4

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 3

(Gray, Jones, Murphy)

On a motion made by Mrs. Pennypacker, seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee voted to approve and retain the minutes of the June 18, 2009, School Committee Executive Session, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 4

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 3

(Gray, Jones, Murphy)

Communications

School Committee Individual Comment

Mrs. Pennypacker wished the Holliston sports teams, who are playing over the summer, good luck in their competitions.

 

Central Office Administratorís Comment

Dr. Jackson said the buildings are being cleaned, there are programs for students with special needs and we are preparing for the opening of school.The buildings are less active, but not inactive.

Mr. Cornely discussed the various grant money received by the school department.While there have been some decreases in the various grants, the Title One Grant was a disappointment in that the decrease was more than expected.

 

Opportunity for the Public to Address the School Committee

There was no public comment.

 

Presentations - None

Policy - None

Personnel - None

Old Business - None

 

New Business

A.      High School/Adams/Miller Handbook Approval

Mr. Cournoyer reviewed and explained the changes to the High School Handbook.Group discussion followed the review.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee voted to accept the proposed modifications to the 2009-2010 Student/Parent Handbook for Holliston High School.

Vote:

Favor: 4

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 3

(Gray, Jones, Murphy)

Dr. Jackson reviewed the Adams Middle School Handbook and discussed the proposed changes.Group discussion followed the review.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Pennypacker, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to accept the proposed modifications for the 2009-2010 Student/Parent Handbook for the Adams Middle School.

Vote:

Favor: 4

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 3

(Gray, Jones, Murphy)

Dr. Jackson discussed a few small changes to the Miller Elementary School Handbook.General discussion followed.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee voted to accept the proposed modifications to the Student/Parent Handbook for the Miller Elementary School.

Vote:

Favor: 4

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 3

(Gray, Jones, Murphy)

There were no significant changes to the Placentino Handbook so Committee discussion was not necessary.

 

B.      Schedule Readiness Walkthrough

Dr. Jackson discussed the Readiness Walkthrough and the purpose of it.He said it originally was a team building event with the School Committee and other Town Departments.There has been no turnover in any of the major boards in Town, including School Committee, for three years.Attendance at this event has diminished.Given that school opening is a busy time of the year, he is recommending that this event be eliminated for this school year with the option to bring it back in the future, should the need arise.There was School Committee discussion and it was decided to eliminate the walkthrough for this school year and review this decision annually.

 

C.      Annual Disclosure Statement

Dr. Jackson reviewed the Annual Disclosure Statement with the Committee.This form must be completed by Committee members as a disclosure of a financial interest in a general school fee voted on by the Committee.These fees include the School Transportation Fee, Athletic Fee, Student Activity Fee and School Lunch Price.It has been decided that the members should complete this form annually, with a copy of it remaining in the Superintendentís office and the original to be filed with the Town Clerk.If any new fees arise during the school year requiring a School Committee vote and impacting Committee members, a new form must be completed.

 

Warrants

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to approve a school bill warrant for FY09 in the amount of $225,900.48.

Vote:

Favor: 4

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 3

(Gray, Jones, Murphy)

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to approve a school bill warrant for FY10 in the amount of $63,548.74.

Vote:

Favor: 4

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 3

(Gray, Jones, Murphy)

Items of Information

None

 

Future Meeting Dates and Agenda Items

The next School Committee meeting is August 27, 2009.Items on the agenda will include: Opening Day and Readiness Report, New Hire Report, and the Energy Committee will present to the School Committee.Other items may be added prior to this date.

 

Adjournment of Open Session

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

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Emmons, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to adjourn the School Committee meeting at 7:45 p.m.

 

Vote:

Favor: 4

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 3

(Gray, Jones, Murphy)

 

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Cheryl A. Kelly

Recording Secretary