• SC Minutes 02/10/2016


    OPEN SESSION

    SHARON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

    School Committee Meeting

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

    Sharon Middle School

    75 Mountain Street

    Sharon, MA 02067

    Present: Katie Currul-Dykeman, Jon Hitter, Marcy Kaplan, Laura Salomons, Emily Smith-Lee (arrived at 6:40 p.m.), Veronica Wiseman

    Also present: Tim Farmer, Jahmal Mosley, Susan Owen, Jose Libano, Bob Pomer, STA members, students, and members of the community

    Open Session was convened at 6:35 p.m.

    V. Wiseman asked for a motion to enter into an emergency Executive Session with the intent to return to Open Session “for the purpose of discussion around the issue of the School Committee and Sharon Teachers’ Association negotiations related to the FY 17 school calendar. This emergency motion is necessary as this topic was not part of the original justification for entering executive session and because the STA only recently (February 5, 2016) responded to the School Committee’s most recent proposals regarding the 2016-2017 calendar, and because if the School Committee waited until its next regularly scheduled meeting (February 24, 2016) to vote upon a FY 2016-2017 school calendar, the Sharon School community – students, families, teachers and staff – would be irreparably harmed by the School Committee’s delay in making that final determination.

    This brief meeting will be held in executive session pursuant to, a) Exception 2 of the Open Meeting Law, relating to the conducting of collective bargaining sessions, and b) Exception 3 relating to the School Committee’s subcommittee’s discussion of its negotiating strategy, and because the Chair has determined under Exception 3 that an open discussion of such strategy would have a clear detrimental effect on the subcommittee’s bargaining position.”

    MOTION: (Salomons/Kaplan) Moved to enter inter executive session for the purposes read into the minutes by V. Wiseman. Yes vote: Currul-Dykeman, Hitter, Kaplan, Salomons, Wiseman

    Open session was convened at 7:10 p.m.

    PUBLIC FEEDBACK

    Correspondence

    The following correspondence was received:

    • Letters – re. club fees (requesting not to implement club fees)

    • Letters – re: support of FLES Program

    • Email - re: IEP meeting process

    • Email – re: questioning if there is a SPED quota for certain level of services

    SHS Student Representatives

    Recent happenings at SHS:

    • Book & Blood Drive – monies will be donated to various charities

    • NHS basketball game – money will go to Heart Association

    • Meetings continue win juniors – re. college application process

    • Teen Speak Out – January 29th

    • Sport play-offs coming up

    • Follow SHS on Twitter, Facebook and You-Tube

    Open Forum

    Eagle Scouts were in attendance as a requirement for their Merit Badge.

    DECISION ITEMS

    Consent Agenda:

    1. Approve 1/20 and 1/27 Open and Executive Session Minutes

    2. Approve Amended CHARMS Collaborative Agreement

    3. Separate vote: Approve 2016-2017 School Calendar

    4. Approve SHS All State Music Festival Trip-Boston, MA (March 10 & 11)

    MOTION: (Smith-Lee/Salomons) Moved to approve consent agenda items #1 2 & 4 as presented. Yes vote: Currul-Dykeman, Hitter, Kaplan, Salomons, Smith-Lee, Wiseman

    Separate vote: Approve 2016-2017 School Calendar

    Prior to the vote, it was noted that over months, the School Committee has been discussing with the STA numerous options for the 2016-2017. This version will have school starting for students on August 31st, (teachers start on August 29th), school on the Friday prior to the Labor Day weekend and no school on November 8th (National Election Day) and. There being no additional calendar discussion, V. Wiseman asked for a motion to approve the version that was in the S.C. drop-box.

    Prior to the vote, members in the audience representing the STA spoke in opposition to the version of the 2016-2017 school calendar. School Committee members explained to the audience the rationale and vetting process that was used in reaching this version of the calendar.

    MOTION: (Salomons/Hitter) Moved that the School Committee adopt and accept as the school department’s 2016-2017 school calendar the version that was in the S.C. drop box, which has no school on November 8th and a full-day of school on the Friday before the Labor Day weekend. If approved, this version will replace the version voted by the S.C. on December 3, 2015. Yes vote: Currul-Dykeman, Hitter, Kaplan, Salomons, Smith-Lee, Wiseman

    DISCUSSION ITEMS

    SHS Program of Studies

    Jose Libano and Bob Pomer highlighted the changes/revisions to the 2016-2017 Program of Studies.

    Courses Added: World Studies English/Social Studies; Foundations English 3; Comics & Culture (SEM elective); The World Today (SEM elective); AP Computer Science Principles

    Courses Dropped: Current Events in the World Today; Astronomy (SEM elective – topic to be covered in existing Physics 2 course; Applications of Latin; Ancient Greek Language 7 Culture (note: Latin will still be offered at SHS)

    Other Changes: renaming of courses was for clarity; environmental science is now a full-year course; approximate homework time for each course has been included; time management worksheet has been added; internships have been formalized.

    A vote on the Program of Studies will be a consent agenda item at the February 24th meeting.

    FY 2017 Preliminary Budget

    T. Farmer presented a brief overview of the preliminary budget, which was discussed/vetted at January 27th Open Budget Forum meeting. Following the highlighted budget presentation, there was a lengthy budget discussion. Areas covered in the discussion included:

    • L. Salomons read a statement in favor of the proposed preliminary 2017 budget presented by the Superintendent, which includes $63,728 for the FLES program.

    • not in favor of cutting a program that is successful/working

    • sustainability is always a concern for all programs (ie. LEAP, FLES, etc.) every year

    • M. Kaplan read a statement, which outlined her reasons for opposing the FLES program.

    • wants to vote curriculum (FLES) through IGA policy

    • concerns with sustainability of the FLES program

    • concerns with ever increasing tax burden on citizens

    • questions how struggling students access FLES

    • J. Hitter supports the administration’s preliminary budget, which includes money for the FLES Program.

    • data have been supplied that FLES is working

    • why are there not expectations on all programs? If certain programs are not working, money could be reallocated for better programs.

    • base budget decisions on facts

    • E. Smith-Lee expressed her reasons for opposing the preliminary budget if it includes money for the FLES program.

    • should have a process for fairly assessing programs

    • would support leaving money in this years budget to follow this gr. 1 FLES cohort and assess data

    • disinclined to support what is being presented for FLES in 2016-2017

    • K. Currul-Dykeman expressed her concern for SPED programs (ie. NECC, Pathways) and the current music program as well as her reservations in supporting the FLES program in the 2016-2017 budget.

    • would like current music program reevaluated

    • V Wiseman supports the administration’s preliminary budget, which includes money for the FLES Program.

    • vote LEAP and FLES under S.C. IGA policy

    • incumbent on the S.C. to make a decision and vote the preliminary budget

    Kindergarten Revolving Account Surplus – Due to the lateness of the hour, this agenda item will be discussed at a subsequent meeting.

    School and District Report Cards - Due to the lateness of the hour, T. Farmer highlighted the district report cards. Complete information is in the drop-box and on the district’s website.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPDATES

    Capital Outlay Update

    Next Capital Outlay meeting is scheduled for March 17th. There will be specific questions on the 1:1 initiative and the SMS field track study.

    SUPERINTENDENT’S ITEMS

    SPS Task Force and Committee Updates

    T. Farmer presented a brief overview of the task force committee information that is in the drop-box. If members have individual questions, please contact the Superintendent directly.

    Other Business

    There being no other business, V. Wiseman asked for a motion to adjourn Open Session and enter into Executive Session for the purposes of discussing negotiations with unionized personnel and preparation for negotiations with unionized personnel with the intentions not to return to Open Session.

    MOTION: (Smith-Lee/Kaplan) Moved to adjourn Open Session and enter into Executive Session for the purposes of discussing negotiations with unionized personnel and preparation for negotiations with unionized personnel with the intentions not to return to Open Session.

    Yes vote: Currul-Dykeman, Hitter, Kaplan, Salomons, Smith-Lee, Wiseman

    Meeting was adjourned at 10:02 p.m.

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

    Back-up Materials for the February 10, 2016 meeting

    • copy of correspondence

    • copies of consent agenda materials

    • budget spreadsheet

    • kindergarten revolving account information

    • district report card information

    • task force committee information

    • CHARMS Collaborative information

    • copies of SHS program of studies

    • copy of executive session materials