Holliston Public Schools

Holliston, MA 01746

 

APPROVED 2/16/12

School Committee, Regular Session

February 2, 2012

Minutes

 

Attendance:  Mrs. Plunkett (Chair), Mr. Jones, Mrs. Murphy, Mrs. Galeaz-Weber, Mrs. Pennypacker (Vice-Chair), Mrs. Emmons, Dr. Jackson, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ahern, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Buday, Business Manager

 

Absent:  Mr. Gray

 

I.          Call to Order 

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

           

II.         Minutes from the following School Committee Meeting:   

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Galeaz-Weber, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to approve the minutes of the January 5, 2012, School Committee Regular Session, as presented.

Vote:

Favor:  5

Oppose: 0

      Abstain: 1 

(Mrs. Emmons)

 Absent: 1

(Mr. Gray)

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Galeaz-Weber, seconded by Mrs. Murphy, the Committee voted to approve and retain the minutes of the January 5, 2012, School Committee Executive Session, as presented.

Vote:

Favor:  5

Oppose: 0

     Abstain: 1 

(Mrs. Emmons)

Absent: 1

(Mr. Gray)

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Emmons, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to approve the minutes of the January 20, 2012, School Committee New Initiatives meetings, as presented.

Vote:

Favor: 5

Oppose: 0

  Abstain: 1

(Mrs. Galeaz-

    Weber)

Absent: 1 (Mr. Gray)

III.       Communications:

A: Oral

1. School Committee Individual Comment

      Mrs. Pennypacker commented on the Holliston School Jazz Night which will be

      held on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:00pm; on Wednesday,

      February 29, 2012, a Music and Arts Meeting will be held in the RAMS Library;

      and on Monday, February 13, 2012, there will be a HABA Meeting

     

      Mrs. Galeaz-Weber stated there will be a High School Open House on Thursday,         February 9, 2012.

 

Mrs. Plunkett commented that on February 15, 2012, at 7:30 pm, the Board of Selectmen scheduled another meeting at the Adams School regarding the prospective casino.  This announcement is for the benefit of the parents as many of them were not aware of the last meeting.  She also mentioned:

-         The PTSA Auction Will be held on Friday, April 27, 2012 at the Warren  Conference Center.

-         Next School Committee office hours will be held at Pejamajo on February 9, 2012 from 8:00-9:00am.

 

 

2. Central Office Administrator’s Comment

 

-Dr. Jackson stated that events are taking place in the lower level grades at the    Miller and Placentino schools on helping children become 21st Century learners.           It’s a sharing session with parents to familiarize them with the Reading Street   program and the EnVision Math program. 

-On Wednesday, January 25th, Adams Middle School supported a “Prevention of           Bullying” parent workshop.  It was presented by high school students regarding    what students are saying about navigating social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Xbox, etc.  It is parent education in the area of technology.  Over 40          parents had attended this workshop.

 

-Dr. Ahern shared a story regarding the BYOD Program from a French class she attended at the high school.  The teacher had the students use their device for research. Instructional time was maximized because the students didn’t have to walk back and forth to the computer lab.  One of the expected challenges was that a couple of students didn’t have their own device.  This, however, was quickly rectified because the teacher had a couple of computers for them to use.  Another challenge was one student was having technical difficulties connecting to Moodle, but another student helped point her in the right direction and everything   worked out.  The lesson took about 25 minutes which was what the teacher had planned. 

 

3. Opportunity for Public to Address School Committee

 

      Mr. Bill Dowd spoke about the issues surrounding the effort to reduce the

      employee healthcare benefit plan for the Town of Holliston.

                                   

IV.       Presentations:

A.     FY13 Superintendent’s Recommended Budget  - presented by Dr. Jackson.

 

1.         Dr. Jackson illustrated how the Budget Process works within the School System.

We are using the same process we’ve used for the past 8 years.  Central to that process is the New Initiatives (which are individual building requests ).  The New Initiatives were presented to the School Committee on January 20, 2012.

 

2.         Dr. Jackson described the Budget Atmosphere

We are at the end of 4 year cycle where Holliston Public Schools will no longer receive any additional State or Federal aide.

 

3.         Dr. Jackson reviewed the FY13 budget drivers that can and can’t be influenced.

 

4.         Dr. Jackson then presented his recommended FY13 New Initiatives

 

5.         The Superintendent’s total FY13 recommended budget increase is at 7.99% or             2.2 million dollars, increase over FY12.

 

6.         Dr. Jackson went over in detail the Recommend Next Steps.

 

A discussion ensued regarding the use of the term “new initiatives.”  The consensus of the Committee was most of the “new initiatives” that Dr. Jackson recommended were neither “new” nor “initiatives” and that most were either required to maintain current programs or to respond to State mandates.

 

V.        Policy:

Policy JJIF – Athletic Concussion Policy

 

Mrs. Pennypacker read aloud the Athletic Concussion Policy.

Discussion ensued regarding how much of this policy is currently being followed.  We have been pro-active in adhering to the scope of this proposed policy.  Currently, we are having the parents of student athletes take the on-line training.  The hardest part of the policy is figuring out the protocol of when the students can return to academics and sports which could prove to be a little more controversial. 

 

The public is directed to contact the School Committee with any questions or concerns. 

The next policy meeting will be held on Monday, February 6, 2012.

 

VI.       Personnel:

A. 

                                               

VII.      Old Business:

A. 

                                               

VIII.     New Business:

 

            A.  Gift Acceptance

           

            Dr. Jackson stated that we have received 100 pairs of Companion 2 multimedia speaker           systems from Bose Corporation that has a value of $9,995. 

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Emmons, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to accept the gift from Bose as presented.

           

Vote:

Favor:  6

Oppose: 0

      Abstain: 0 

 

 Absent: 1

(Mr. Gray)

 

            B.  Field Trip Request

            Mr. Cournoyer is requesting an overnight field trip to Dartmouth College Model UN.

           

On a motion made by Mrs. Pennypacker, seconded by Mrs. Galeaz-Weber, the Committee voted to approve the overnight field trip as presented.

           

Vote:

Favor:  5

Oppose: 0

      Abstain: 1 

   (Mrs. Murphy)

 Absent: 1

(Mr. Gray)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IX.       Warrants:

On a motion made by Mrs. Galeaz-Weber, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to approve the school bill warrant in the amount of $188,256.76.

 

Vote:

Favor:  6

Oppose: 0

      Abstain: 0 

 

 Absent: 1

(Mr. Gray)

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Galeaz-Weber, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to approve the cafeteria revolving account bill in the amount of $9,430.20.

 

Vote:

Favor:  6

Oppose: 0

      Abstain: 0 

 

 Absent: 1

(Mr. Gray)

On a motion made by Mrs. Galeaz-Weber, seconded by Mrs. Pennypacker, the Committee voted to approve the high school student activity replenishment account warrant in the amount of $3,102.36.

 

Vote:

Favor:  6

Oppose: 0

      Abstain: 0 

 

 Absent: 1

(Mr. Gray)

                                               

X.        Items of Information:

            A.

            B.

 

XI.       Next Meeting Date

             The next School Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2012, at

             7:00pm in the High School Library.  

 

XII.      Adjournment of Open Session

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

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Pennypacker, seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee voted to adjourn.

 

Vote:

Favor:  6

Oppose: 0

      Abstain: 0 

 

 Absent: 1

(Mr. Gray)

 

            The meeting adjourned at 8:30p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

Robin Tusino