Holliston Public Schools

Holliston, MA  01746

 

School Committee Meeting

June 3, 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..

 

Absent:             Mr. Jones

 

Call to Order

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

 

Minutes

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mr. Gray, the Committee voted to approve the minutes of the May 20, 2010, School Committee Regular Session, 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 approve and retain the minutes of the second May 20, 2010, School Committee Executive Session, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mr. Jones)

 

Communications

School Committee Individual Comment

Mrs. Murphy thanked the public for re-electing her and was looking forward to three more years on the School Committee.  In addition, Mrs. Murphy mentioned that she attended the third annual Inter-Generational Cookout/eighth grade service day today at Adams and thanked W.T. Holmes, Ashland Lumber, MSPG, Mrs. Calhoun, Mrs. Cronin, Dr. Harutunian and his staff, Mr. Craft, Ms. Rice, Ms. Everett and her staff, Mrs. Cheever, Mrs. Arena-Derosa and Mrs. Osten.

 

Mrs. Pennypacker thanked Mrs. Murphy for the community service day.  Mrs. Pennypacker mentioned the HEPO Ice Cream Social is June 4th, HEPO volunteer breakfast is June 9th and HEPO fiscal year ends June 30th, any teachers that have received grants need to spend them by June 30th, the 4th and 5th grade band concert is June 9th and she attended a number of music events last week and all were enjoyable.  Mrs. Pennypacker thanked the community for their support of the Miller Destination Imagination Team that went to Tennessee for the Global Competition.  

 

Mrs. Emmons thanked the public for re-electing her and wants to keep the dialog open with the community regarding the budget and to contact her or any committee member.  Mrs. Emmons congratulated the Middle School Band for their performance during the Memorial Day parade.

 

Mrs. Plunkett thanked the public for coming out to vote, she attended the middle school concert, the Senior Awards Night and the community service day.

 

Mrs. Galeaz congratulated Mrs. Emmons and Mrs. Murphy for being re-elected and thanked the community for their support during the election.

 

Central Office Administrator’s Comment

Dr. Jackson mentioned an article in the Lowell Sun that identified the Adams Middle School as the number three school in Massachusetts in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth 2009 Talent Search.  Dr. Jackson announced that we will no longer be printing the student handbooks.  They will all be on our web site, saving both natural resources and overhead cost.

 

Mr. Cornely congratulated the students at the Senior Awards Night and thanked the donors and Mrs. Culverwell for her efforts.  Mr. Cornely mentioned that next week is the Miller Mustangs concert, yesterday was the final Mentor-Mentee meeting of the year, and congratulated the Boy’s Track Team, Boy’s Lacrosse Team, Girl’s Track Team and Girl’s Softball Team for qualifying for the state tournament.

 

Opportunity for the Public to Address the School Committee

None

 

Presentations

A.      School Improvement Plans

Dr. Jackson described what the Committee was about to hear from the four schools.  The principals will be presenting a final update to this year’s plan and next year’s plan. 

 

Mrs. Weene and Mrs. Stewart presented the Placentino Elementary School School Improvement Plan.  Its goals related to: Curriculum and Instruction; Communication; Health, Safety and Well Being.  A general discussion followed.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to approve the Placentino Elementary School School Improvement Plan for 2010-2011, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mr. Jones)

 

Mr. Keim and Ms. Maloney presented the Miller Elementary School School Improvement Plan.  Its goals related to: Curriculum/Instruction/Assessment; School Environment; Student Academic Support.  A general discussion followed.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to approve the Miller Elementary School School Improvement Plan for 2010-2011, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mr. Jones)

 

Mr. Botelho and Dr. Harutunian presented the Adams Middle School School Improvement Plan.  Its goals related to: Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment; School Culture and Environment; School and Community Relations.  A general discussion followed.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to approve the Adams Middle School School Improvement Plan for 2010-2011, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mr. Jones)

 

Mr. Cournoyer and Mr. Bender presented the Holliston High School School Improvement Plan.  Its goals related to: All Students Achieving at their own individual best level of performance; Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum; State of the Art Instruction; Student Assessment; Collaborative School Climate; Technology; Resources; Professional Development; Communication; Holliston’s Commitment to Excellence .  A general discussion followed.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to approve the Holliston High School School Improvement Plan for 2010-2011, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mr. Jones)

 

Policy

None

 

Personnel

None

 

Old Business

None

 

New Business

A.      Revised 2010-2011 School CalendarDraft
Dr.
Jackson
presented a revised 2010-2011 School Calendar to the School Committee.  The change re-designates the four professional development days to four unpaid furlough days.  Dr. Jackson informed the School Committee that on these days, the Extended Day program will also be closed.  Dr. Jackson recommended the School Committee adopt the revised calendar.


On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to adopt the revised 2010-2011 School Calendar, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mr. Jones)

 

B.      Annual Disclosure by Elected School Committee Members
Dr.
Jackson
described the Annual Disclosure document that was included in the packet. 

C.      FY11 School Committee Schedule
Dr.
Jackson
presented the tentative dates for the School Committee Meetings for the 2010-2011 school year.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to adopt the 2010-2011 School Committee Meeting Schedule, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mr. Jones)

 

Warrants

On a motion made by Mrs. Plunkett, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to approve a school bill warrant in the amount of $198,339.64

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 approve a student activity replenishment warrant in the amount of $33,563.03.

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mr. Jones)

 

Items of Information

Dr. Jackson highlighted a letter from the Holliston Panty Shelf to the Placentino School.

 

Next Meeting Date

The next School Committee meeting is June 17, 2010, agenda items will include:

 

  • School Committee reorganization.
  • Summer Curriculum Schedule
  • Appointment of Attendance Officer
  • Policy

Dr. Jackson mentioned the Holliston High School Graduation will be June 6, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. at the High School Field House.

 

Adjournment of Open Session

Mrs. Galeaz announced that there would not be a need for an Executive Session.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Gray, seconded by Mrs. Plunkett, the Committee voted to adjourn to Regular Session at 9:08 p.m. 

 

Vote:

Favor: 6

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 1 (Mr. Jones)

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Keith Buday