Approved February 4, 2010

Holliston Public Schools

Holliston, MA  01746

 

School Committee Meeting

January 21, 2010

 

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,

Dr. Einsel, Student Services Director

 

Absent:             No one

 

Call to Order

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

 

Minutes

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to approve the minutes of the January 7, 2010, School Committee Regular Session, as presented.

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 and retain the minutes of the January 7, 2010, School Committee Executive Session, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 7

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 0

 

Communications

School Committee Individual Comment

Mrs. Plunkett mentioned the Middle School dance is January 29th, Youth & Family Services has a Parent Network Meeting on January 26th, School Committee Office Hours are January 22nd at Coffee Haven and the PTSA Auction is March 26th.

 

Mrs. Pennypacker mentioned that Miller Math Night is January 28th, the Miller Band Concert is February 2nd and the Holliston Music/Arts Parents Group meeting is January 27th.

 

Central Office Administrator’s Comment

Dr. Jackson mentioned the schools would be starting a Haiti relief fundraising effort.  It will conclude on February 5, 2010.  The mid-year Community Newsletter will be mailed on January 25, 2010. 

 

Mr. Cornely mentioned he attended a superintendent’s conference today where Dr. Einsel was recognized. 

 

Opportunity for the Public to Address the School Committee

There was no public comment.

 

Presentations

A.                  Fine & Performing Arts Curriculum Review
Mr. Britton began the presentation with an overview.  Mr. Stanton presented the findings for the grades 4-8 instrumental program.  Mr. Lordan presented the findings for the grades 9-12 instrumental program and the recommendations for the districts instrumental program.  Mr. Britton presented the findings/ recommendations for the grades 9-12 vocal program.  Mr. Stanton presented the findings for the grades 1-8 general music program.  Mr. Lordan presented the findings for the grades 9-12 general music elective program.  Mr. Britton presented the recommendations for the general music program.  Mr. Britton gave examples of learning beyond the classroom.  A general discussion followed.

B.                  Request to Name Varsity Baseball Field (Policy FF)
Mr. David Capobianco and Mr. John Shanahan presented the highlights of Harvey Krupnick.

Dr. Jackson did not offer a recommendation and presented the Committee’s options.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Emmons, seconded by Mr. Gray, the Committee voted to table this item until the February 4, 2010 meeting. 

Vote:

Favor: 7

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 0


Policy

A.      Policy IHBAA – Observation of Special Education Programs
Mr. Gray described the proposed changes to the policy.  A general discussion followed.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mrs. Murphy, the Committee voted to adopt policy IHBAA as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 7

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 0

 

B.      Policy IHAMBA – Sex Education Parent Notification

Mrs. Emmons described the proposed changes to the policy.  A general discussion followed.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to amend policy IHAMBA as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 7

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 0

 

 

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 $377,133.41.

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 cafeteria revolving account bill in the amount of $14,768.17.

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 Miller School in the amount of $192.00.

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 January 22, 2010, at 4 p.m. in the High School Library.  This will be to present the Fiscal Year 2011’s New Initiatives.

 

The next regular School Committee meeting is February 4, 2010, agenda items will include:

 

  • The Superintendent’s Recommended FY11 Budget
  • A request from citizens to name the High School Baseball Field

 

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 Mr. Gray, the Committee voted to adjourn the School Committee meeting at 8:56 p.m.

 

Vote:

Favor: 7

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 0

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Keith Buday