• SC Minutes 02/08/2017



    School Committee Meeting

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017

    Sharon Middle School

    75 Mountain Street

    Sharon, MA 02067

    Present: Katie Currul-Dykeman, Jon Hitter (left meeting at 8:30 p.m.), Marcy Kaplan, Laura Salomons, Emily Smith-Lee, Veronica Wiseman

    Also present for Open Session: Tim Farmer, Jahmal Mosley, Victoria Greer, John Marcus, Susan Owen, Susan Fisichella, Amy Steinberg, Jose Libano, Robert Pomer, members of administration and teaching staff, student representatives, members of the community and a member of the press

    Open Session was called to order at 7:00 p.m.


    Open Forum

    There were no community members present for participation in Open Forum. Members of the audience will participate in the discussion during the Open Forum Budget portion of the agenda.


    The following correspondence was received:

    1) Eleven pieces of correspondence were received, which expressed full-support of the FLES Program.

    2) A letter from a SHS student re: an article she is writing for the Talon. M. Kaplan responded to the student inquiry.

    SHS Student Representative

    Recent happenings at SHS:

    • Mock Trial Team is heading to compete in the state finals

    • Students are now able to order lunch sandwiches on line

    • Winter sports are winding down

    • Third term is beginning

    • Students can now sign up for exercise class during Eagle Block


    Consent Agenda:

    1. Approve Open Session Minutes (Jan. 25, 2017)

    2. Approve SHS Senior Trip – Newport, R.I. (May 30, 2017

    3. Approve SHS Science Quiz Regional Competition, Connecticut (March 4, 2017

    Separate Vote:

    4. Approve contract for Dr. Victoria Greer as Superintendent of Schools effective July 1, 2017

    MOTION: (Salomons/Smith-Lee) Moved to approve consent agenda items #1-3 as presented. Yes vote:Currul-Dykeman, Hitter, Kaplan, Salomons, Smith-Lee, Wiseman

    Prior to the vote, M. Kaplan provided a brief recap of the superintendent search process, which preceded tonight’s vote.

    E. Smith-Lee, S.C. secretary, negotiated the contract with Dr. Greer, and presented an overview of the negotiation process:

    • three-year contract with the possibility of negotiating a fourth year. Salary increases over the three-year contract, mirrors the same percentage increase as the STA negotiated increases.

    • salary reflects what surrounding communities are paying superintendents ($186,000)

    There being no further discussion on Dr. Greer’s contact, M. Kaplan asked for a motion.

    Separate vote:

    Approve contract for Dr. Victoria Greer as Superintendent of Schools effective July 1, 2017.

    MOTION: (Smith-Lee/Salomons) Moved to approve the contract with Dr. Victoria Greer as presented at this evening’s meeting. Yes vote:Currul-Dykeman, Hitter, Kaplan, Salomons, Smith-Lee, Wiseman

    At this time, Dr. Greer signed her contract with the Sharon Public Schools.


    FY 2018 Open Budget Forum

    T. Farmer, with the aid of PowerPoint, presented a brief overview of the 2018 preliminary budget, which was discussed at the January 11th and January 25th meetings.

    Areas covered in the presentation:

    • Staff salary rollover costs: $1,040,524.05

    • Increase in CB funding from 2017: $202,453

    • Increase in SPED tuitions from 2017 to 2018: $322,328.93

    • Totals: $1,020,399.98 or 2.47% of the budget

    • Increase of staffing needs due to increased enrollment: $36,431

    • Required staffing for moving the district forward: $195,003

    • Budget reductions from Supplies/Materials; SPED savings, staff reassignments, decrease in summer budget: $102,193.07

    • 1.55 FTE increase over 2017 budget

    • 2018 budget total: $42,423,517.74 (2.79%), which is the percentage recommended by the Priorities Committee

    Amy Steinberg, Children’s Center Director and Susan Fisichella, Director of Student Services, with the aid of PowerPoint, presented an overview of the ESY (Extended School Year) services provided to SPS students.

    Areas covered in the presentation:

    • ESY services are designed to provide education to students with disabilities as mandated by IDEA.

    • ESY services are determined by the student’s IEP team to insure that the student does not experience significant regression

    • ESY summer goals: prevent regression; promote skills from school to home; provide transitional opportunities; enable students to maintain community connections and vocational supports

    • provide opportunities for staff training and professional development

    • budget history– over the years, ESY positions have been incorporated into the operating budget

    • schedule – June 26 – July 30

    • staffing: 19-20 academic assistants; social worker, speech language pathologist; occupational therapist; physical therapist, psychologist, BCBA/Behavior interventionist; teachers

    Following the presentations, there was a Q&A with members of the audience.

    K. Currul-Dykeman asked for an update on the LEAP Program.

    A vote to approve the preliminary 2018 budget will be a consent agenda item at the February 15th meeting. The final budget will be voted on at the May Town Meeting.

    Sharon High School Program of Studies

    J. Libano and R. Pomer presented an overview of the minor recommended changes to the Program of Studies, which included course language changes for clarity. No courses were dropped. Courses added included: Detective Fiction; Philosophy of Science Fiction; AP Economics; Honors Band; AP Art History; Arabic I and Arabic II. Course name changes included: Hidden Histories now called Gender, Class & Race in the U.S.; Genocide now called Preventing & Confronting Global Injustice; Math 10 now called Foundations in Geometry.

    Unified Arts requirement changed from 2.5 credits to 5 credits beginning with the Class of 2021.

    Following the presentation, there was a brief Q&A with the members. An approval vote on the POS will be a consent agenda item at the February 15th meeting. The parent meeting on the POS is scheduled for March 2nd. A separate vote will be taken on the graduation requirement for the Class of 2021.

    SPS Task Force Updates

    T. Farmer, J. Mosley and J. Marcus provided updates on the following Task Force Committees:

    • Homework Task Force – final recommendations by March – no need to continue this task force into the next school year

    • Diversity Task Force – working on “White Paper” – recommending that some form of this task force exist beyond the current strategic plan

    • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) – continuing to develop tool kit, 6-12 scope and sequence, pilot of Strong Kids preK-5

    • Performing Arts Task Force – has been examining SPS music, theater and dance programs in comparison to surrounding communities. Data has been collected and is being analyzed. Presentation to the S.C. will be in mid-March

    • Enrollment Task Force – begun to examine neighborhoods as part of a possible redistricting plan; exploring options through demographics, transportation and phases

    (student population, new development, secondary enrollment). Task Force Committee will present their recommendations for Phase 1 to the S.C. in March

    Workplace Task Force – presentation to the S.C. will include: process for an investigation; process for employee who files a harassment or bullying complaint; harassment checklist to insure process is followed

    Wellness Taskforce – has been discussing the components of the Working on Wellness Grant; surveyed faculty; in the process of analyzing participants responses


    • Policy subcommittee met on February 7th and discussed social media policy, policies

    AC-R Non-discrimination and IGA Curriculum Development.

    • SPS met with the Capital Outlay Committee – re: 1:1 Program

    • V. Wiseman will meet with the Board of Selectmen on February 19th re: wording for Town Article to increase S.C. Board from 6 to 7 members


    T. Farmer, with the aide of PowerPoint, updated the members on the following:

    • Heights Elementary School was recognized by the DESE as a Commendation School

    • Pictures were provided to explain the scope of the renovation at SHS due to the sprinkler malfunction

    • 2018 kindergarten enrollment numbers to date

    • Capital Outlay spending update (FY 2017 has a balance of $197,953)

    • Pros/cons of alternate funding for the 1:1 Program will be a discussion item on the Feb. 15th agenda

    Other Business

    There being no other business, M. Kaplan asked for a motion to adjourn Open Session.

    MOTION: (Smith-Lee/Wiseman) Moved to adjourn Open Session. Yes vote: Currul-Dykeman, Kaplan, Salomons, Smith-Lee, Wiseman

    Open Session was adjourned at 10:15 p.m.

    Submitted on behalf of the School Committee by: Helen Campanario, Recording Secretary to the School Committee

    Back-up Materials for the February 8, 2017 meeting

    • copies of correspondence

    • copies of consent agenda materials

    ª copy of PP Task Force Updates

    • copy of preliminary 2018 budget and PP presentation

    • copy of current class sizes

    • copy of Program of Studies & memorandum

    • copy of PP presentation – Supt. Items