Approved January 7, 2010

Holliston Public Schools

Holliston, MA  01746

 

School Committee Meeting

December 10, 2009

 

Present:            Mrs. Emmons, Mrs. Galeaz (Chair), Mr. Jones (arrived at 7:05 pm), Mrs. Murphy,

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

 

Call to Order

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

 

Minutes

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee voted to approve the minutes of the November 5, 2009, School Committee Regular Session, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 4

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 1 (Murphy)

Absent: 2

(Jones, Gray)

Communications

School Committee Individual Comment

Mrs. Emmons congratulated all of the fall sports teams, especially the football team.  It was a great season. 

Mrs. Plunkett reminded the public about the School Committee coffee hour scheduled for December 11th from 9:00 am – 10:00 am at Pejamajos.

Mrs. Pennypacker announced upcoming concerts and meetings scheduled for the next several weeks. 

Mrs. Galeaz thanked the Miller School for the holiday bags distributed this week throughout the town.  The entire school participates in this event with administration, parents, students, teachers and volunteers all assisting. 

(Mr. Jones arrived at 7:05 pm)

 

Central Office Administrator’s Comment

Dr. Jackson said he has already received the first thank you note for the holiday bags distributed by the Miller School.  This tradition is a nice reminder that serving others is a gift.  He mentioned the upcoming combined Adams Middle School and Holliston High School Winter Band Concert scheduled for December 14th and the combined Adams Middle School (Gr. 7 & 8) and Holliston High School Winter Chorus Concert scheduled for December 17th.  Both events are scheduled in the High School auditorium beginning at 7:00 pm. 

Mr. Cornely announced that today was the kick-off for a professional development program, “21st Century Teaching & Learning,” which will meet through the end of the school year.  He reviewed the names of the program attendees and noted their commitment to this program.

 

Opportunity for the Public to Address the School Committee

There was no public comment.

 

Presentations

A.      HEF Intensive Study Grant Results

The Holliston Education Foundation launched a new grant program for intensive study.  They funded three programs this past summer for Holliston teachers.  Renee Popek, an art teacher at Placentino, participated in a program about mosaics.  She discussed the weekend program and showed the process of making mosaics and brought along samples of mosaic artwork.  Heidi Finnegan and Kate Meo, both teachers at the High School, participated in a weeklong poetry project at the Frost Museum and Poetry Center in New Hampshire.  They presented a slide show and discussed the program stating that it was “incredibly inspiring.”
Chris and James Levasseur and Courtney Bowker talked about their Amazon expedition which was a hands-on research experience on the conservation and protection of the rainforest.  They discussed how it can be incorporated into the science curriculum in the schools.  It was a great experience.

 

New Business (out of order)

A.      HHS Technology Plan

Dr. Jackson and Michael Cournoyer presented the Holliston High School Technology Plan.  They discussed where Holliston is today and their vision for the future.  The students and teachers need to be equipped with the right tools to improve instruction at the High School.  Dr. Jackson discussed the first step in this process, stating that we need to investigate all of our options.  He recommends forming a committee to explore the options available at a cost of $20,000.  He described a timeframe to accomplish this goal and requested the Committee approve $20,000 of the Fall Town Meeting Allocation for Technology to fund this initial study.  Part of this study will include teachers receiving MacBooks as this equipment is part of the initial recommendation to be studied.  School Committee discussion followed.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to allocate approximately $20,000 from the Fall Town Meeting Capital Allocation for School Technology for this study.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1

(Gray)

 

Presentations (continued)

B.  November 30th Professional Development Day Recap

Mr. Cornely reviewed the events of the November 30th Professional Development day.  He discussed the various workshops held throughout the day, noting it was a very busy day with lots of new learning!

 

Policy

A.      Policy IHBAA – Observation of Special Education Programs – Second Reading

Mrs. Pennypacker read all of the changes to Policy IHBAA – Observation of Special Education Programs.  School Committee discussion followed.  Mr. Jones asked if requests for special education services needed to be made in writing or verbally.  He said the policy was not clear on this point.  Dr. Jackson will check with legal counsel and advise the subcommittee about this question.  The School Committee accepted the changes to the policy reviewed tonight.

 

B.      Changes to Policy KHC – Distribution of Materials in School

Dr. Jackson discussed this policy and said the changes being recommended reflect current practices.  School Committee discussion followed the presentation. 

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee voted to approve Policy KHC, Distribution of Materials in School, as revised and retire Policy KHC-P.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Gray)

 

Personnel

None

 

Old Business

A.      Finalize 2010-2011 School Year Calendar

Dr. Jackson discussed the 2010-2011 School Year Calendar.  The Committee has previously approved opening day, school holidays, vacations and the tentative last day.  This calendar adds the conference, switchover and tentative exam days. 

On a motion made by Mrs. Pennypacker, seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee voted to approve the 2010-2011 School Year Calendar as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Gray)

 

New Business

A.      Approval of Nature’s Classroom Field Trip

Dr. Jackson discussed the overnight field trip for Grade 6 to Nature’s Classroom to Charlton, Massachusetts from April 26 – 30, 2010. 

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to approve the Adams Middle School Nature’s Classroom Field Trip to Charlton, MA from

April 26-30, 2010.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Gray)

 

 

 

 

 

Warrants

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mrs. Murphy, the Committee voted to approve a school bill warrant in the amount of $572,130.14.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Gray)

 

 

 

 

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee voted to approve a cafeteria revolving account bill in the amount of $13,562.96.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Gray)

 

 

 

 

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to approve a Student Activity Replenishment Request for Holliston High School in the amount of $19,715.76.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Gray)

 

 

 

 

 

Items of Information

A.      Stanford Test Letter to Parents

 

Future Meeting Dates and Agenda Items

The next School Committee meeting is January 7, 2010.  Topics will include the presentations of the mid-year review of the School Improvement Plans and one half (visual portion) of the Fine and Performing Arts presentation.

 

Adjournment of Open Session

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

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Emmons, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to adjourn to Executive Session at 9:17 pm for the purposes of discussing collective bargaining and negotiations with non-union personnel.  The Committee will not be returning to Open Session. 

 

Roll Call vote: Mrs. Emmons, yes; Mr. Jones, yes; Mrs. Murphy, yes; Mrs. Pennypacker; yes; Mrs. Plunkett, yes; Mrs. Galeaz, yes.

 

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Gray)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Cheryl A. Kelly

Recording Secretary