Approved March 4, 2010

Holliston Public Schools

Holliston, MA  01746

 

School Committee Meeting

February 25, 2010

 

 

Present:            Mrs. Emmons, Mrs. Galeaz (Chair), 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:             Mr. Gray

 

 

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 February 4, 2010, School Committee Regular Session, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mr. Gray)

 

Communications

School Committee Individual Comment

Mrs. Plunkett mentioned the HEF Trivia Bee will be next Wednesday, the next MSPG meeting is next Friday and the PTSA Auction is March 26th and the online auction site is open.  It can be found at hollistonptsa.org.  Mrs. Pennypacker mentioned the next HEPO meeting is March 10th, Placentino Math Night is March 24th, and Placentino Collating Day is March 16th.  She congratulated four Adams students who made the Central District Band.  Mrs. Galeaz mentioned that the Pops concert will be March 5th and March 6th.

 

Central Office Administrator’s Comment

Dr. Jackson acknowledged and congratulated HCAT on their 25th anniversary. 

 

Mr. Cornely congratulated the Engineering Team on winning 2nd place for aesthetics and 2nd place for load bearing for their paper mache bridge.

 

Opportunity for the Public to Address the School Committee

There was no public comment.

 

Presentations

A.      2010 Strategic Plan

Dr. Jackson introduced Mr. Michael Benadon and thanked him for facilitating the strategic planning process.  Mr. Benadon described the process.  Mr. Peter Savas presented the Mission/Vision/Beliefs contained in the plan.  Dr. Jackson presented and described the Strategic Framework.  Dr. Einsel presented the All Students Achieving at their own individual best level of performance strategic focus area.  Mr. Cornely presented the Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum strategic focus area.  Mrs. Allison Lindstrom presented the State of the Art Instruction strategic focus area.  Mr. Michael Cournoyer presented the Student Assessment strategic focus area.  Dr. Jackson presented the Collaborative School Climate strategic focus area.  Mr. Buday presented the Technology strategic focus area.  Mr. Cornely presented the Professional Development strategic focus area.  Mr. Jay Marsden presented the Resources strategic focus area, the Communication strategic focus area and the Holliston’s Commitment to Excellence strategic focus area.  Mr. Benadon provided a conclusion. 

 

A general discussion followed.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Emmons, seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee voted to approve the 2010-2015 Strategic Plan as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mr. Gray)

 

B.      Revision to Policy BEC;BGC/BGE;BIA’;BBAA;JJF

 

C.      Retirement of Policy Reference BIA-R

Mrs. Galeaz recommended postponing these two items until next week.  No one on the committee objected.

 

Policy

Overnight Field Trip Request – Policy IJOA

Dr. Jackson presented an Overnight Field Trip request by the Adams School for the sixth grade to attend Nature’s Classroom.  Dr. Jackson recommended to approve the request.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Murphy, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to approve the request as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mr. Gray)

Personnel

None

 

Old Business

A.      FY11 Budget (taken out of order, item B went first)

Mr. Jones presented the current status of the FY11 Budget, highlighting the School’s budget history and discussing the challenges going forward.  A general discussion followed.

 

B.      Request to Name Varsity Baseball Field after Harvey Krupnik

Dr. Jackson shared his thoughts on this process and this issue as opposed to the merits of the person being recommended for the tribute.  Dr. Jackson proposed the creation of an Holliston High School Athletics Hall of Fame.  A general discussion followed.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mrs. Murphy, the Committee voted to have the  Superintendent, the High School Principal and the Athletic Director investigate the possibility of creating a Holliston High School Hall of Fame.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mr. Gray)

 

New Business

None

 

Warrants

On a motion made by Mrs. Pennypacker, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to approve a school bill warrant in the amount of $446,802.46.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mr. Gray)

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Pennypacker, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to approve a cafeteria revolving account bill in the amount of $17,933.97.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mr. Gray)

 

Items of Information

Dr. Jackson presented two letters from the Miller School to World Vision and The American Red Cross regarding the Hearts for Haiti fundraising program for Haitian relief.

 

 

 

Future Meeting Dates and Agenda Items

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

 

  • Continuing FY 11 Budget discussion.- a vote on the budget may be necessary
  • Reviewing the policy recommendations that were postponed from this meeting
  • An overnight field trip request

 

Adjournment of Open Session

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

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Emmons, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to adjourn to Executive Session at 8:38 pm for the purposes of discussing collective bargaining.  The Committee will not be returning to Open Session. 

 

Roll Call vote: Mrs. Emmons, yes; Mr. Gray, absent; Mr. Jones, yes; Mrs. Murphy, yes;

Mrs. Pennypacker; yes; Mrs. Plunkett, yes; Mrs. Galeaz, yes.

 

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mr. Gray)

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Keith Buday