Holliston Public Schools

Holliston, MA01746

 

School Committee Meeting

May 6, 2010

 

 

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

 

 

Call to Order

Mrs. Galeaz called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.

 

Mrs. Galeaz announced that there is an immediate need for an Executive Session to discuss negotiations with non-union personnel from which the Committee will be returning to Open Session.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mr. Gray, the Committee voted to adjourn to Executive Session at 6:31 for the purposes of discussing collective bargaining after which the Committee will be returning to Open Session.

 

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

 

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mrs. Pennypacker)

 

The Committee returned to open session at 7:03 p.m.

 

Minutes

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to approve the minutes of the April 15, 2010, School Committee Regular Session, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mrs. Pennypacker)

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to approve and release the minutes of the first April 15, 2010, School Committee Executive Session, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mrs. Pennypacker)

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to approve and retain the minutes of the second April 15, 2010, School Committee Executive Session, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mrs. Pennypacker)

 

Communications

School Committee Individual Comment

Mrs. Plunkett mentioned that the next MSPG meeting is tomorrow, the next School Committee Office Hours will be held on May 14th at Pejamajoís at 9:00 a.m., and Town Meeting is May 10th at 7:30 p.m.

Central Office Administratorís Comment

Dr. Jackson distributed a memo to the parents regarding Senior events.

 

Mr. Cornely mentioned Mr. Keim hosted a principal from Kuwait, Gatti Associates was evaluating Reading Street, and he attended a bullying seminar at Bridgewater State College.

Opportunity for the Public to Address the School Committee

There was no public comment.

 

Presentations

A.      Destination Imagination Demonstration

The Destination Imagination team that is going to the Nationals presented to the School Committee.

 

B.      Curriculum Database Demonstration

Mr. Cornely led a presentation of the Atlas Rubicon curriculum database.Mr. Cournoyer demonstrated the administratorís functions.Mrs. Bodmer demonstrated a High School science unit.Mr. Ng demonstrated a Middle School science unit.Mrs. Lindstrom demonstrated an Elementary School science unit.A general discussion followed.Mr. Jones commented on how software like this can fundamentally change the way curriculum is developed, shared and improved, similar to how technology has changed the software development process in businesses.

 

Policy

None

 

Personnel

Superintendentís Evaluation

Mrs. Emmons presented the Superintendentís evaluation.She described the process and announced the Superintendent received a score of 217 (Exemplary).†† Mrs. Plunkett read the summative results.A general discussion followed.

 

Old Business

FY11 School Budget

Mr. Jones informed the School Committee that the School Nurses Unit and the Paraprofessionals Unit have agreed to take unpaid furlough days on the professional days next school year.He acknowledged their significant commitment to the budget process and thanked them.

 

Mr. Jones read a letter from Dr. Jackson regarding his compensation for the 2010-11 school year.Dr. Jackson had forgone his salary increase this year to help fund critically needed services.He proposed to continue to hold his salary at his July 2008 rate and in addition take four unpaid furlough days.Mr. Jones added that the net impact would be a salary reduction for Dr. Jackson, the committee did not request this, the committee wants to offer competitive salaries, and they reluctantly accepted this.Mr. Jones thanked Dr. Jackson personally and on the behalf of the School Committee for his contribution.

 

Warrants

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to approve a school bill warrant in the amount of $161,387.77

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mrs. Pennypacker)

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to approve a cafeteria bill warrant in the amount of $14,521.96.

Vote:

Favor: 7

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 0

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee voted to approve a student activity replenishment warrant in the total amount of $34,149.83.

Vote:

Favor: 7

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 0

 

 

Items of Information

Dr. Jackson discussed a letter to Mrs. Weene about the Placentino Schoolís donation to the Holliston Food Pantry Shelf.

 

 

Future Meeting Dates and Agenda Items

The next School Committee meeting is May 20, 2010, agenda items will include:

 

  • Vote on the Superintendentís Contract
  • Update from the Assistant Superintendent on Reading Street

 

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 9:02 p.m. for the purposes of discussing collective bargaining.The Committee will not be returning to Open Session.

 

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

 

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mrs. Pennypacker)

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Keith Buday