Approved February 25, 2010

Holliston Public Schools

Holliston, MA  01746

 

School Committee Meeting

February 4, 2010

 

Present:            Mrs. Emmons, Mrs. Galeaz (Chair), Mr. Gray, Mr. Jones, Mrs. Murphy (late – arrived at 7:02 p.m.), 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 21, 2010, School Committee Regular Session, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mrs. Murphy)

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to approve the minutes of the January 22, 2010, School Committee Special Meeting, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mrs. Murphy)

 

Communications

School Committee Individual Comment

Mrs. Plunkett mentioned the MSPG meeting is February 5th, the second Adams School all school dance was January 29th, the next Parent Network meeting is February 23rd, the next School Committee Office Hours will be February 26th at 9:00 a.m. at Coffee Haven, there will be a workshop given by High School students for parents on March 22nd titled: Facebook: Stay One Step Ahead of Your Children, The PTSA auction is March 26th.  Mrs. Pennypacker mentioned she attended Miller Math Night last week, Placentino Math Night is March 24th, the next HEPO meeting is March 10th, she attended the 4th and 5th grade band concert this week, the 6th grade chorus and band concert is on February 9th, the all district jazz night is on February 10th and she wished good luck to the Adams band and chorus students trying out for all-district and 6 students going to Weston to compete in Math council.

 

Central Office Administrator’s Comment

Dr. Jackson reminded the community that there are only a few more days that the students will be raising funds for the children and citizens of Haiti. 

 

Mr. Cornely announced that this Saturday our High School Engineering Team, led my Mr. Galster, will be in a competition hosted by the Boston Society of Civil Engineers at Northeastern. 

 

Opportunity for the Public to Address the School Committee

There was no public comment.

 

Presentations

None

 

Policy

Overnight Field Trip Request – Policy IJOA

Dr. Jackson presented an Overnight Field Trip request by the High School’s Model UN Team to attend the Boston Model UN Conference at UMass Amherst.  Dr. Jackson recommended to approve the request.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Emmons, seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee voted to approve the request as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 7

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 0

 

Personnel

None

 

Old Business

A.      Request to Name Varsity Baseball Field after Harvey Krupnik
Mrs. Galeaz suggested to table the item until February 25, 2010, in order to allow more time for feedback.  No one on the committee objected.

 

New Business

A.      Review of Pre-School and Full Day Kindergarten Tuitions
Mr. Buday presented a recommendation for tuition changes for the Pre-School and Full Day Kindergarten programs.  The recommendation was to set the 2009-2010 school year tuition rates for Full Day Kindergarten at $ 3,475, 5-Day Pre-School at $ 3,375 and 4-Day Pre-School at $ 2,500.  A general discussion followed.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to approve the tuition changes as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 7

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 0

 

B.      Superintendent’s Recommended FY11 Budget

Dr. Jackson presented his recommended FY11 Budget.  He outlined the process and assumptions.  Dr. Jackson discussed each new initiative that was presented at the prior meeting and his rationale for the ones he brought forward.  He summarized the total cost of the initiatives and the spending plan drivers for the FY11 Budget.  Dr. Jackson explained the difference between a spending plan and the appropriation and what the schools would need in the appropriation based on the spending plan that was presented.

 

Dr. Jackson summarized the proposal as a 7.22% increase in the appropriation that supports a 3.2% increase in spending.  He concluded by reviewing the budget calendar and next steps in the process.

 

Mr. Jones summarized the presentation as a $ 1 million dollar cut in revenue and a $ 1 million dollar increase to the school’s run rate.  Mrs. Emmons asked about the change in treatment of the State Fiscal Stabilization Funds from FY10 to FY11. 

 

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 $281,500.63.

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 $17,774.56.

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 High School in the amount of $11,992.57.

Vote:

Favor: 7

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 0

 

Items of Information

Dr. Jackson presented the courses that the TEC On-line Courses Program would be offering. 

 

Future Meeting Dates and Agenda Items

The next School Committee meeting is February 25, 2010, agenda items will include:

 

  • The Superintendent’s Recommended FY 11 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 Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to adjourn the School Committee meeting at 8:01 p.m.

 

Vote:

Favor: 7

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 0

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Keith Buday