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School Committee Minutes 2010-02-24

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 WESTBOROUGH SCHOOL COMMITTEE

WESTBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

MINUTES

Wednesday                                                                                                                                                    February 24, 2010

 

The Westborough School Committee meeting was called to order at 6:10 p.m by Chairman, Karen Henderson.  Committee members present included Mr. Craig Harris, Mr. Stephen Doret, Mr. Bruce Tretter and Mrs. Ilyse Levine-Kanji. Administrators present were Assistant Superintendent, Mrs. Marianne O’Connor and Director of Finance and Administration, Mr. Daniel Hendricks.  Student Representative, Afeefa Bhatti was also present.

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

MINUTES

Mr. Bruce Tretter made a motion which was seconded by Mr. Harris to approve the minutes of January 20, 2010, as amended. The committee voted 5-0 in favor of the motion.

Mr. Tretter made a motion, seconded by Mr. Harris to approve the minutes of January 27, 2010. The Committee voted 5-0 in favor of the motion.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORTS AND HIGHLIGHTS

Mrs. O’Connor expressed her pleasure that the WHS Honors String Quartet would be performing for the Committee later in the meeting. The members of the quartet will be featured at the upcoming Massachusetts Music Educators All State Conference. They were selected by a blind panel after submitting a CD recording of their music. Mrs. O’Connor said that 98 students were recognized at the National Honor Society induction on Monday evening. She congratulated the boys Basketball team for playing well against Algonquin, although they did not come away with a win. Mrs. O’Connor also said that 9 Mill Pond students were invited to participate in a demonstration lesson under the direction of Ellin Keene, author of Mosaic of Thought. The students will demonstrate a highly effective comprehension strategy lesson to teachers attending the conference in Boston. Mrs. O’Connor stated that Kindergarten registrations are due to be returned February 26th.  Of the 227 packets that were mailed, 125 applications have been returned so far. She said if a lottery is needed, it will be held on March 24th at the Forbes Building.

Mr. Hendricks mentioned that the bad weather creates stress on the facilities. They’re working to keep on top of it. He also stated that the Town is looking into an electronic system that will allow managers to monitor their accounts with less paperwork. He reported that the budget is in process, and the energy report is “on the way”. Additionally, five vendors picked up bid information for the transportation contract. There was a pre-bid meeting on February 24th, and the bid opening will be held on March 11th.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Chairman Henderson welcomed the Honors String Quartet who performed for the Committee and received congratulations all around on the excellent job they did.

Afeefa said that 2nd term report cards have been issued. She also mentioned that the Multicultural Council held a buffet on February 11th with food from different countries available for $1. a plate. Afeefa noted that the rescheduled National Honor Society induction was held on Monday evening, and this year sophomores were included. She mentioned that students are in the process of making course selections now, and that the eighth grade info session at WHS is February 25th. She also announced that the High School Musical “Once On This Island” will be performed from March 5-7. She echoed Mrs. O’Connor’s congratulations to the Basketball Team for a well played game against Algonquin, mentioned that the Swim Team will perform at States on Friday, and said the Spring sports signup is on Thursday. She also mentioned the faculty-student volleyball match which she believed the students won.

Mr. Tretter congratulated the Middle School Hockey team for winning the championship. He stated that there were a lot of eighth graders which bodes well for next year’s high school team.

 

School Committee Meeting                                                                                                                                                           2.

January 20, 2010

 

Mrs. Levine-Kanji referred to information from MASC which stated that two thirds of the districts in Massachusetts had signed on to the “Race to the Top” initiative. Westborough was included in that figure. She also noted that the State’s budget included a committee on funding for Chapter 70.

Mr. Harris stated that he and Mr. Hendricks had met with the custodians for their initial negotiations session. He had also attended the Armstrong School Council meeting. He felt the meetings with the various school groups were very worthwhile.

Mrs. Henderson concurred with Mr. Harris on the positive value of having administrators and School Committee members attend a total of 17 school council, parent group, and staff meetings to spread information about the budget. She went on to say that budget meetings will commence at the next School Committee meeting on March 10th. She mentioned that she had attended a wonderful performance of “Snow White” sponsored by SEPAC. She also encouraged people to attend the Boy Scouts pancake breakfast to be held in March.  She congratulated the students at Armstrong for their Olympic Opening Ceremony which was televised on Channel 7.

ACTION ITEMS

SCHOOL CALENDAR 2010

The Committee was in receipt of the final version of the School Calendar for 2010-2011.  Mrs. O’Connor noted that Good Friday was not listed on the calendar because it falls during the April vacation week in 2011. She indicated that the calendar, once approved, would be posted on the website.

MOTION

Mr. Tretter made a motion, seconded by Mr. Harris to approve the 2010-2011 School Year Calendar. The Committee voted 5-0 in favor of the motion.

WESTBOROUGH CIVIC CLUB DONATION OF DEFIBRILLATORS

Mrs. O’Connor introduced Mr. Mark Brady, who was representing the Westborough Civic Club. Mr. Brady announced that the Civic Club was pleased to be able to donate 2 defibrillators to the High School. He stated that the Club has been in service since 1978 and has made over $30,000 in donations in Westborough. The Civic Club’s primary fundraiser is its annual Christmas Tree sale. He said that defibrillators save lives, citing a couple of recent examples. The Club felt the high school was an appropriate location as it is public access friendly. The donation is valued at $3,282. 

MOTION

Mr. Tretter made a motion to accept with gratitude the donation from the Civic Club for the purchase of defibrillators for the high school. Mr. Harris seconded the motion and the Committee voted 5-0 in favor.

DONATION OF SCOREBOARDS

Mrs. O’Connor recommended that the Committee vote to accept a donation of two scoreboards valued at approximately $10,000. Most of the money will be contributed by WASA, however a contribution of $1,500. will be made by WASA and the Rotary Club has also offered a contribution as well. The new baseball scoreboard will include a wireless remote and will be installed in the Spring. There will also be a new portable Softball scoreboard.

MOTION

Mr. Harris made a motion to accept the donation with gratitude. Mr. Tretter seconded the motion, and the Committee voted 5-0 in favor.

WALMART DONATION TO KID’S FUND

Mrs. O’Connor recommended that the Committee vote to accept a $500. donation made by Wal-Mart to the Hastings School Kids Fund. This fund is used to assist students in need.

School Committee Meeting                                                                                                                                                          3.

January 20, 2010

MOTION

Mr. Doret made a motion to accept the donation with thanks, and it was seconded by Mr. Tretter. The Committee voted 5-0 in favor of the motion.

NEW SCHOLARSHIP

Mrs. O’Connor stated that the Armstrong Parent Group was looking for approval to hold a fundraising event on April 24th at Roller Kingdom to raise money for a new scholarship. The scholarship will be in honor of Caroline, daughter of Armstrong teacher Lisa Doiron. The $300. fee for use of the facility will be covered by the Parent Group. The scholarship will be used to pay full day tuition for an incoming kindergarten family in need.

MOTION

Mrs. Henderson made a motion to approve the new scholarship. Mr. Tretter seconded the motion, and the Committee voted 5-0 in favor.

ETHICS TRAINING

Mrs. O’Connor referenced a packet of information given to Committee members pertaining to online ethics training that all staff members are required to complete. School Committee members are being asked to do the training as well. Certificates of completion are due to the Town Clerk by April 2nd, and the training must be completed every two years.

MOTION

At 6:45pm Mr. Tretter made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Levine-Kanji to enter into Executive Session under Chapter 30, Section 21, for the purpose of discussing negotiations.  The Committee voted 5-0 in favor of the motion by roll call vote.  There was a short recess until the room cleared.

The Committee returned to Open Session at 8:17 p.m.  Upon a motion by Mr. Tretter and a second by Mr. Harris, the Committee voted 5-0 to adjourn at 8:18 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted

Ilyse Levine-Kanji

Secretary

These minutes are as recorded by the secretary to the school committee and do not become an official part of the record until so noted in a subsequent record.

 


 

 

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School Committee Minutes 2010-01-27

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[The following minutes, posted 3/02/10 on the district site, were copied on 7-Mar-2010. Minor differences in formatting do occur, please access the district site if you desire an official, formal copy.  Please also note, although they do not mention the date, these minutes were listed as those for the Regular Session of 27-Jan-2010. --webmaster]

WESTBOROUGH SCHOOL COMMITTEE

WESTBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

MINUTES

CALL TO ORDER

The Westborough School Committee meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chairman Mrs. Karen Henderson, members present included Mr. Stephen Doret, Mr. Craig Harris, Mrs. Ilyse Levine-Kanji and Mr. Bruce Tretter. Administrators present included Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Anne Towle, Assistant Superintendent, Mrs. Marianne O'Connor, and Director of Finance and Administration, Mr. Daniel P. Hendricks.

MOTION

At 6:05 p.m. upon a motion by Mr. Bruce Tretter, seconded by Mrs. Ilyse Levine-Kanji, the Committee voted 5-0 by roll call vote to enter Executive Session, under Chapter 39, Section 23B, Sub-paragraph (3).

Mr. Bruce Tretter discussed the Selectmen's Meeting held on January 26,2010 at the Town Offices.

MOTION

Mr. Steve Doret motioned, and Mr. Bruce Tretter seconded, the move back into Executive Session at 8:50 p.m. Committee voted unanimously 5-0 by roll call vote to enter Executive Session, under Chapter 39, Section 23B, Sub-paragraph (3).

At 9:20 p.m. upon a motion by Mr. Steve Doret, seconded by Mrs. Karen Henderson, the Committee voted 5-0 to adjourn.

Daniel P. Hendricks Secretary (acting)

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School Committee Minutes 2010-01-20

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WESTBOROUGH SCHOOL COMMITTEE

WESTBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

MINUTES

Wednesday                                                                                                                                                      January 20, 2010

The Westborough School Committee meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m by Chairman, Karen Henderson.  Committee members present included Mr. Craig Harris, Mr. Stephen Doret and Mrs. Ilyse Levine-Kanji.   Mr. Bruce Tretter arrived shortly after the opening of the meeting.  Administrators present were Superintendent, Dr. Anne Towle, Assistant Superintendent, Mrs. Marianne O’Connor; Director of Finance and Administration, Mr. Daniel Hendricks; Student Representative, Afeefa Bhatti.

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

MINUTES

Upon a motion by Mr. Harris seconded by Mr. Doret, the Committee voted 4-0 in favor of approving the minutes of January 6, 2010.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORTS AND HIGHLIGHTS

Superintendent Towle reported Fine Arts Director, David Jost, announced the High School Honors Quartet, directed by Richard Hager, has been selected by the Massachusetts Educators Association to perform at the All-State Conference in Boston as the featured group that will open the conference.  The performance will take place March 18th at the Seaport Convention Center in Boston.  Members of this ensemble are Anthony Liu, Tony Yang, Elizabeth Anderson and Jordan Hensley.

Mr. Tretter arrived at the meeting.

Ruisi Shang and Tony Liu accompanied Dr. Towle to the Superintendent Scholars from Central Massachusetts Luncheon at Holy Cross on January 12th.  Father McFarland, president of Holy Cross, and Mitchell Chester, Commissioner of Education spoke to the students.

Thanks were extended to Representatives Carolyn Dykema and George Peterson who each spent a morning visiting the schools in  Westborough.  They visited regular and special education classes as well as the preschool program, heard the strings orchestra, attended a principal’s meeting and talked with administrators.

Dr. Towle congratulated and introduced the Telegram Fall All Star Athletes. Each was presented a certificate of achievement.  Player of the Year Awards were given to Byron Jones, Boys Cross Country and Kasey Kraus, for Volleyball. All Star Team honorees were Jeff Bush, Boys Cross Country; Bethi Ledoux, Girls Soccer; Karly Murphy, Field Hockey; Alex Cincotta, Volleyball.

Congratulations and a certificate of achievement was extended to Bianca Homberg for being named the 2010 recipient of the National NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing awarded by the National Center for Women and Information Technology.

Mrs. O’Connor announced the kindergarten packets will be mailed January 29 and should be returned by February 26.  A curriculum day was held a week ago highlighting K-8 social studies, 21st Century Skills and streamlining the curriculum.  January 19, a full Professional Day, was held with other districts in attendance.  All staff members were involved, including librarians and nurses.

Mr. Hendricks reported an energy report will be forthcoming at the next meeting,, including consumption.  He also noted the process is underway to obtain funding for Gibbons School repairs. A Facilities Committee meeting will be scheduled.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Afeefa reported mid year exams will begin tomorrow with two exams per day.  The athletic teams are doing well with basketball and swim teams awaiting tournament bids. By invitation only, band and chorus members performed at the 53rd Honors Concert at Mechanics Hall January 16.  Maggie Adaval is one of five students to receive a bid to

School Committee Meeting                                                                                                                                                           2.

January 20, 2010

States as a result of the recent Speech and Debate Tournament.  The team was among the finalists.  The high school administration and guidance departments are preparing the Program of Studies for next year.

Mr. Tretter announced the Game of the Week is at the North Star Arena against Assabet.

 

Mrs. Levine-Kanji noted the Town Manager, Jim Malloy, gave a financial presentation to all town stakeholders last week.  She also stated she was invited to attend an history elective course, “Facing History and Ourselves”, which deals with ethical decisions and diversity of community.

Mr. Doret inquired how the recently passed Education Bill will impact the district.  The Superintendent replied it will primarily impact districts having difficulty in meeting standards or underachieving.  The Bill puts a cap on Charter Schools, allows failing districts to open Charter Schools, allows more authority for the superintendent to make changes only in under performing schools. The Race to the Top Fund may look at different ways of evaluating and will need to be discussed through negotiations.

Mrs. O’Connor added the Race to the Top brings together administrators, school committee and union to agree on best practices and how teachers perform in relation to student performance.  It is a positive step to bring the parties to the table together.  The grant could bring between $15,000 - $20,000 to the district.

Mrs. Henderson reported Mill Pond’s Black and White Dinner will be held January 23.

ACTION ITEMS

The administrators are asking to enter into negotiations with the School Committee.

MOTION

Upon the Superintendent’s recommendation, Mr. Tretter made a motion to enter into negotiations with the administrators.  Mr. Harris seconded the motion and the Committee voted 5-0 in favor of the motion.

MOTION

Mr. Tretter made a motion to approve the Massachusetts School Building Authority Initial Compliance Certification. Mr. Harris seconded the motion and the Committee voted unanimously, 5-0 in favor of the motion. This is part of the process for the Gibbons School repairs, which include window replacement, plumbing, floors, roof, infra structure.

TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE REPORT

Mr. Hendricks reviewed the charge to the committee:

  1. continue current transportation program and estimate costs for 2010-11 budget
  2. make recommendations for alternatives to current program
  3. make a recommendation regarding fees for bus service

Committee members:  Mr. Hendricks, Cindy Crowley, Jeff Slomski, Chris Fournier, Chip Dapolite, Ilyse Levine-Kanji, Karen Henderson, Lynn Oswill and Amanda Priest.

Mr. Hendricks reported the committee met 8 times.  The district has 3600 students; it transports 2000 per day.  The district is looking at a 5% increase in the cost of transportation.  It presently budgets $1.2 million dollars for transportation.  Approximately one-half of the K-6 students live outside of the 2-mile limit and cannot be charged fees.

Recommendations:

  1. Continue discussion with administrators to determine whether additional late buses could be reduced.
  2. Reduce the number of regular buses used to transport students.  Each bus costs approximately $46,000.
  3. Initiate efficiencies in the transportation program.  Administrative research on fewer stops. .

School Committee Meeting                                                                                                                                                           3.

January 20, 2010

 

  1. School Committee should consider implementing fees for student parking and bus fees.

The committee does not recommend dropping grades 7-12 busing.  It did recommend an  increase in the loading, and if implementing fees, to collect them early, develop the routes, and possibly eliminate one or two buses.  The time spent on a bus must also be taken into consideration, especially for those 14 and under.  There is a four hour minimum in the contract, which should be reduced.

Mr. Doret pointed out the reason the School Committee is looking into this matter is because of the dire financial straits of the town.  There is a significant amount of money in this area.

ELL STATE RESULTS

Mrs. Joanne Fridley is a Department of Education certified ELL trainer.  The Westborough ELL program has 346 students enrolled from over 18 countries who speak 30 different languages.  The Department of Education has three units of measure: (1) achievement – percentage of LEP students making adequate English progress. Westborough has 87% making that progress.  (2) attainment – percentage of students scoring at level 5.  55% met the target versus 25% at the state level.  (3) MCAS – students have made adequate progress since 2007.

Westborough is one of fourteen districts in Massachusetts with a Title 1 school where Limited English Proficiency students are making significant progress.  Based on the results of students in the school, Westborough is eligible to apply for Title 1 Academic Achievement Grant funds covering the period March 2010 to August 2011.  As a model district, Westborough’s best practices will be evaluated.  The grant for $25,000 can be used for professional development, instructional materials and teacher collaboration.  $5,000 will be provided to cover the cost of the review. There will be more grant funds available in the second year for developing materials, increase instruction. The funds can be used to supplement only.

In response to Mr. Harris’s question, Mrs. Fridley responded teacher training is required by the Department of Education, but is an unfunded mandate. Sixty Westborough teachers have received four-day training. Westborough has the only suburban program recognized and eligible for the grants.

FY10 FINANCIAL REPORT

Mr. Hendricks presented the Committee with a financial report for the period July 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010, which is on target.  There will be some changes in the lighting account due to changes that have been made.  Salaries, Expenses and status of the Warrant Articles is included.

Mrs. Levine-Kanji inquired about the $3 million dollar out of district tuition account.  A discussion of reductions in IDEA funds, Circuit Breaker and Chapter 70 ensued.  The Committee was also given a copy of an updated list of Capital Expenses.  Mr. Hendricks was asked to create a “must do” capital column so that major necessary repairs will not fall through the cracks.

 

SCHOOL CALENDAR 2010

The Committee was in receipt of a draft version of the School Calendar for 2010-2011.  It has also been sent to the WTA union president. School will open September 1 for students.  There will be no school September 6 and 9. A vote on the calendar will be taken at the next school committee meeting, February 10, 2010.

MOTION

At 7:32 Mr. Tretter made a motion, seconded by Mr. Doret to enter Executive Session under Chapter 30, Section 21, for the purpose of discussing negotiations.  The Committee voted 5-0 in favor of the motion by roll call vote.  There was a short recess until the room cleared.  The Committee returned to Open Session at 9:12 p.m. Upon a motion by Mr. Tretter and a second by Mrs. Levine-Kanji, the Committee voted 5-0 to adjourn at 9:13 p.m.

 

School Committee Meeting                                                                                                                                                           4.

January 20, 2010

Respectfully submitted

Ilyse Levine-Kanji

Secretary

These minutes are as recorded by the secretary to the school committee and do not become an official part of the record until so noted in a subsequent record.

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School Committee Minutes 2010-01-06

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Thursday, 28 January 2010 17:00

[The following minutes, posted 1/28/10 on the district site, were copied on 28-Jan-2010.  Minor differences in formatting do occur, please access the district site if you desire an official, formal copy --webmaster]

WESTBOROUGH SCHOOL COMMITTEE

WESTBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

MINUTES

Wednesday                                                                                                                                          January 6, 2010

 

The Westborough School Committee meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m by Chairman, Karen Henderson.  Committee members present included Mr. Bruce Tretter, Mr. Craig Harris, Mr. Stephen Doret and Mrs. Ilyse Levine-Kanji. Administrators present were Superintendent, Dr. Anne Towle, Assistant Superintendent, Mrs. Marianne O’Connor; Director of Finance and Administration, Mr. Daniel Hendricks; Student Representative, Afeefa Bhatti; Director of Technology, Kathy Martin, Director of Pupil Personnel Services, Maureen Ferguson; Principal, Pattie Berkey.

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

MINUTES

 

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School Committee Minutes 2009-12-16

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WESTBOROUGH SCHOOL COMMITTEE

WESTBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

MINUTES

Wednesday                                                                                                                                    December 16, 2009

 

The Westborough School Committee meeting was called to order at 5:10 p.m by Chairman, Karen Henderson. Committee members present included Mr. Bruce Tretter, Mrs. Ilyse Levine-Kanji. Administrators present were Assistant Superintendent, Marianne O’Connor; Director of Finance and Administration, Mr. Daniel Hendricks; Town Manager, Jim Malloy.

Upon a motion by Mr. Tretter, seconded by Mrs. Levine-Kanji, the Committee voted 3-0 in favor of entering Executive Session under Chapter 30, Section 21 to discuss collective bargaining strategies.

At 5:55 p.m. the Committee returned to Open Session and declared a short recess.

At 6:10 p.m. Mrs.Henderson called the meeting to order.  Student Representative, Afeefa Bhatti, joined the meeting.

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

MINUTES

Upon a motion by Mr. Tretter, seconded by Mrs. Levine-Kanji, the Committee voted 3-0 in favor of approving the minutes of December 2, 2009.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORTS AND HIGHLIGHTS

Superintendent Towle extended thanks and appreciation to the Board of Health, the secretaries and school nurses for the time and effort they have put forth in setting up the H1N1 vaccine program in the schools.

Dr. Towle wished everyone Happy Holidays and best wishes for the New Year.  The schools will close the end of the day on December 23 for the break.

Superintendent Towle presented Ellen Scannell a plaque in appreciation for her years of dedicated service to the school district.  Mrs. Scannell, who will be retiring next week, worked for Marianne O’Connor for six years, and worked in the district for fifteen years.

Mrs. O’Connor reported the Robotics team won a silver medal and the Judges Award in competition last Saturday in Connecticut.  Advisor, Maria Homberg, accompanied the team.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Afeefa noted the Winter Sports season is underway at the high school   Ned’s Coffee House was a successful evening.  A blood drive will take place December 17, sponsored by the National Honor Society.  The Winter Concert season is underway.  The Wind Ensemble and Concert Choir have performed.  The a cappella group, orchestra and chorus will perform next week.  Dress for Success, Stuff a Bus, and a food drive have all contributed to giving back to the community.

Mr. Tretter announced the Gibbons Middle School Concert will be held December 21 at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Tretter also brought up the subject of school spirit and questioned why some high school events have been under attended.  Ned’s Coffee House, a 20 year tradition, had difficulty finding an audience and the Winter Ball was cancelled due to lack of interest.  The Lobby-O has addressed the matter in an article in its recent publication.

Mrs. Levine-Kanji noted the Transportation Sub Committee met today and is coming closer to resolution.  The Committee will present recommendations January 20.

Mr. Stephen Doret arrived at 6:20 p.m.

School Committee Meeting                                                                                                                                           2.

December 16, 2009

Mr. Doret reported he will be attending an Energy meeting in Westborough December 17.  He has been working in Wisconsin this week on similar energy needs.

Mrs. Henderson thanked the members of the faculty and staff, and the parents and public, who attended the public meetings for the superintendent candidate, Marianne O’Connor.  The School Committee will take a vote January 6 on whether to appoint or extend the search.

ACTION ITEMS

Dr. Towle recommended the Committee accept the donation of a digital piano from the Music Parents and a grant from Avidia Foundation, valued at $2200.

MOTION

Mr. Tretter made a motion to accept the donation with great thanks.  Mr. Doret seconded the motion and the Committee voted 4-0 in favor.

Superintendent Towle announced the Westborough Country Club Charitable Corporation has donated $500 each to the Kids’ Fund at Armstrong, Fales, Hastings and Mill Pond Schools.  The Fund provides assistance to children for field trips, snacks, whatever is needed.  She recommends acceptance. 

Mr. Tretter made a motion to accept the recommendation with great thanks.  Mr. Doret seconded the motion and the Committee voted 4-0 in favor.

The contract with the Paraeducators Unit of the WTA will expire on June 30, 2010.  The paraeducators unit employees are asking to enter into negotiations with the committee.  The Superintendent recommends the School Committee agree to enter into negotiations.

MOTION

Mr. Tretter made a motion to accept the recommendation.  Mr. Doret seconded the motion and the Committee voted 4-0 in favor.

The contract with the Secretaries Unit of the WTA will expire on June 30, 2010.  The secretaries unit employees are asking to enter into negotiations with the committee.  The Superintendent recommends the School Committee agree to enter into negotiations.

MOTION

Mr. Tretter made a motion to accept the recommendation.  Mr. Doret seconded the motion and the Committee voted 4-0 in favor.

The contract with the WTA will expire on June 30, 2010.  The teachers are asking to enter into negotiations with the committee.  The Superintendent recommends the School Committee agree to enter into negotiations.

MOTION

Mr. Tretter made a motion to accept the recommendation.  Mr. Doret seconded the motion and the Committee voted 4-0 in favor.

Mrs. Henderson reviewed the School Committee representatives that will be negotiating with the unions:

Teachers                Mrs. Henderson and Mr. Doret

Paraeducators       Mr. Tretter and Mrs. O’Connor

Secretaries             Mrs. Levine-Kanji

Custodians            Mr. Harris

School Lunch       Mr. Harris

Administrators     Dr. Towle

School Committee Meeting                                                                                                                                           3.

December 16, 2009

MISSED TIME AT FALES SCHOOL

The Fales School was closed for a day because of a break in a water main November 10.  To make up the time missed, the school will add five minutes to the beginning of the school day starting after the Holiday break.  The early recess will end five minutes earlier.

Mr. Tretter noted the Joint Labor/Management team was consulted and agreed.

MOTION

Mrs. Levine-Kanji made a motion for the Fales School to start five minutes earlier to make up the time.  Mr. Tretter seconded the motion and the Committee voted 4-0 in favor.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE LABOR ATTORNEY

MOTION

Mr. Tretter made a motion to appoint Elizabeth Valerio of the Deutsch/Williams law firm as the School Labor Attorney.  Mrs. Levine-Kanji seconded the motion and the Committee voted 4-0 in favor.

DISTRICT STANDARDS STEERING COMMITTEE

Dr. Towle presented the Committee with an action plan to formalize the process of the School Committee and administrative teams to involve stakeholders in the planning for the next fiscal year’s budget.  The process will involve staff meetings and school councils.  The principals will present the budgets to the Committee and will include a team leader who will explain how reductions will affect programs.  A member of the School Committee and the administration will attend a school council meeting in each of the schools.

Mrs. Henderson requested the proposed plan from the school councils contain cost saving and efficiency information.

MOTION

At 6:35 p.m. upon a motion by Mr. Tretter, seconded by Mrs. Levine-Kanji, the Committee voted 4-0 by roll call vote to enter Executive Session under Chapter 30, Section 21, for the purpose of discussing contract negotiations.

 

The Committee returned to Open Session at 7:15 p.m., signed bills.  Upon a motion by Mr. Tretter and a second by Mr. Doret, the Committee voted 4-0 to adjourn at 7:16 p.m.

Respectfully submitted

Ilyse Levine-Kanji

Secretary

These minutes are as recorded by the secretary to the school committee and do not become an official part of the record until so noted in a subsequent record.

 

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