Approved March 18, 2010

Holliston Public Schools

Holliston, MA  01746

 

School Committee Meeting

March 4, 2010

 

 

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

 

Call to Order

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

 

Minutes

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to approve the minutes of the February 25, 2010, School Committee Regular Session, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 5

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 1 (Mr. Gray)

Absent: 1 (Mr. Jones)

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Pennypacker, seconded by Mrs. Murphy, the Committee voted to approve the minutes of the February 25, 2010, School Committee Executive Session, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 5

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 1 (Mr. Gray)

Absent: 1 (Mr. Jones)

 

Communications

School Committee Individual Comment

Mrs. Plunkett mentioned the next MSPG meeting is tomorrow, the next School Committee Office Hours is March 19th and the PTSA Auction is March 26th.  Mrs. Pennypacker mentioned the next HEPO meeting is March 10th, Placentino Math Night is March 24th, and Placentino Collating Day is not going to occur on March 16th.  She wished the Holliston Destination Imagination (DI) teams good luck in their competition on March 13th.  She added that Miller Movie Night is March 19th, fifth grade sports night is March 27th and the Holliston Pops Concert is Friday and Saturday night. 

 

Central Office Administrator’s Comment

Dr. Jackson mentioned that two of the DI teams are High School teams and four are Middle School teams.  He congratulated the Holliston High School Parents Group team that won the HEF Trivia Bee.

 

Mr. Cornely mentioned the fine job the HS Jazz Band did performing during the Trivia Bee.

 

Opportunity for the Public to Address the School Committee

There was no public comment.

 

Presentations

Revisions to Policy BEC; BGC/BGE; BIA; BBAA; JJF

Mrs. Pennypacker presented updates to these policies to reflect current practices. 

 

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

BEC as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mr. Jones)

 

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

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mr. Jones)

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

BIA as presented and retire BIA-R.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mr. Jones)

 

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

JIF as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mr. Jones)

 

Policy

Overnight Field Trip Request – Policy IJOA

Dr. Jackson presented an Overnight Field Trip request by the High School varsity baseball team for March 27th and 28th to do some extensive scrimmaging on Cape Cod.  Dr. Jackson recommended to approve the request.

 

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

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mr. Jones)

 

Overnight Field Trip Request – Policy IJOA

Dr. Jackson presented an Overnight Field Trip request by the High School for two students to attend the All-State Music Festival in Boston on March 18th and 19th.  Dr. Jackson recommended to approve the request.

 

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

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mr. Jones)

 

Personnel

None

 

Old Business

A.      FY11 Budget 

Dr. Jackson explained why the budget process is progressing slower than normal.  He explained the intangible negative impact of “bad budget times.”  Dr. Jackson explained the strategies to reduce the budget to minimize the impact. 

 

Dr. Jackson started the process by discussing fees.  He reviewed the current fee structure, offered some options and the additional revenue the options would generate. 

 

In discussing fees, Mrs. Pennypacker mentioned the idea of creating a tiered system for athletic fees by sport.  Mr. Gray agreed with the idea of a tiered system, offered the option of eliminating freshmen teams or eliminating a sport and looking at the costs of each sport.  Mr. Gray would also endorse raising the building use fees.   Mrs. Emmons clarified that the family cap was for High School athletics only.  She offered the idea of charging out of town groups more for building use.  Mrs. Plunkett mentioned that every time we have this type of fee discussion, we get further from a public school being public.  Mrs. Murphy requested to see a breakdown of building use fees by category. 

 

Dr. Jackson presented the next steps in the budget process.

 

New Business

None

 

Warrants

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Murphy, the Committee voted to approve a school bill warrant in the amount of $374,297.78.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mr. Jones)

 

Items of Information

Dr. Jackson distributed a letter that was sent to the Peter Pan Bus Company thanking them for transporting the blankets collected by the Placentino students for the people of Haiti to New York City.   

 

Future Meeting Dates and Agenda Items

The next School Committee meeting is March 18, 2010, agenda items will include:

 

  • Continuing FY 11 Budget discussion relating to fees and account balances
  • Introduction to the Superintendent’s evaluation

 

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 Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to adjourn to Executive Session at 8:02 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. Jones)

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Keith Buday