• SC Minutes 11/18/2015



    School Committee Meeting

    Wednesday, November 18, 2015

    Sharon Middle School

    75 Mountain Street

    Sharon, MA 02067

    Present: Marcy Kaplan, Laura Salomons, Emily Smith-Lee, Veronica Wiseman

    Absent: Katie Currul-Dykeman, Jon Hitter

    Also present: Tim Farmer, Jahmal Mosley, Lisa Lamore, Kevin Madden, Elizabeth Murphy, Bill Brack

    Open Session was convened at 7:00 p.m.



    There was no correspondence to come before the Committee at this time.

    SHS Student Representatives

    Recent happenings at SHS:

    • SHS drama department will perform the musical, Spamalot, this weekend

    • Spirit Week will be for the next two weeks

    • Cultural Fair was held all day today

    • Winter Sports start Nov. 30th

    • Student Council sponsored blood drive had a successful turnout of donors

    • Thanks to the Class of 2015 and the Boosters for donating new wall pads for the gymnasium

    • Student Government Day was Nov. 13th


    Consent Agenda:

    Prior to the vote, V. Wiseman stated that consent agenda items #1-3 would be voted together and item #4 (FY 2016-2017 School Calendar) would be voted on at the 12/2 meeting.

    1. Approve Open and Executive Session Minutes (Nov. 4, 2015)

    2. Approve SHS PTSO Fall Grants ($7,429.72)

    3. Approve SHS FAME donation ($600)

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

    4. Approve FY 2016-2017 School Calendar – hold vote until 12/2/15

    V. Wiseman presented another FY 2016-2017 calendar option for consideration, which would have school on the Friday before Labor Day weekend; no school on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving; have one-half school day on the second day of

    Rosh Hashanah. There was a discussion on the proposal. The Committee was not in favor of having school over Rosh Hashanah. T. Farmer will explore the possibility of

    having school on January 2nd as an alternative school day. The FY 2016-2017 will be a consent agenda item for the Dec. 2nd meeting.


    Elementary School Improvement Plans

    L. Lamore, K. Madden and E. Murphy highlighted for the Committee the Elementary School Improvement Plans. The goals are based on the District’s Strategic Plan.

    1) Meeting the Needs of All Learners – in order to meet this goal:

    • Implementation of RIT blocks in reading and math in all 3 elementary schools

    • Progress monitoring – using i-Ready as a tool, collaborative support of the math and reading specialists, DDMs, working with data team, meeting with teachers to insure the needs of all students are being met

    2) Respectful partnerships – in order to meet this goal:

    • Teachers continue with SEI courses – reaching out for supporting English language learners

    • Best practices course – two task force committees are gathering information from teachers

    3) Establishment of a Physically & Emotionally Safe Environment – in order to meet this goal:

    • Transitioning to district-wide ALICE lock-down procedures – in the process of educating staff, students and community on the lock-down procedures.

    • Training continues with Responsive Classroom

    • Experiencing Differences is being tied into curriculum

    • Currently evaluating bullying/harassment curriculum

    4) Provide Relevant Experiences that Integrate Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

    • Second year of Math Expressions Program

    • Draft revisions for General Science Standards are underway

    • STEM lessons have been incorporated into each grade level

    • All grade levels now have IPAD carts

    • Grade one now has FLES Program

    Following the presentation, there was a Q&A with the Committee.

    Town Budget Policy Statement DRAFT

    T. Farmer presented an overview of the document received from the Finance Committee.

    Seven suggestions were listed, which asked the Board of Selectmen, School Committee and Capital Planning Committee to consider adopting the suggestions as part of the FY 2017 budget process. There was a lengthy discussion, which included input from Bill Brack, Chair of the Finance Committee, on the seven suggestions. Committee members weighed in on suggestion #6 “Agree that the goal of the budgeting process will be to arrive at a budget that does not exceed a 2 ½% increase in property taxes and seek to avoid a Prop 2 ½% override unless required for financing of extraordinary capital budget items.”

    Following a lengthy conversation, it was the consensus of the Committee to continue dialogue with the Town Committees on the proposed list of considerations. The School Department’s preliminary budget will be presented in January. A possible follow-up meeting with the Finance Committee could be scheduled in January after the preliminary budget presentation.

    Sharon Medical Marijuana Dispensary

    T. Farmer stated that the Town of Sharon has received an application for a Medical Marijuana Dispensary. With the aid of PowerPoint, T. Farmer presented an overview of the process to date. Included in the presentation:

    • Three years ago the Annual Town meeting approved a medical marijuana dispensary to be located on Route 1.

    • The Town stands to gain a six-figure dollar amount to be added to the General Fund.

    • Sharon Education Foundation and SHS Boosters would receive money for the contract.

    • Safety concerns have been addressed, which include 24 hr. security guard, 24 camera monitoring, etc.

    This agenda item was an FYI discussion item.

    Standard III, Community Engagement (hold over until full Committee is present)


    • Sharon Girl Scout Trust Update

    V. Wiseman informed the Committee that this past summer the Girls Scouts sold the Girl Scout house on Station Avenue. The proceeds would be converted into scholarships for Sharon Girl Scouts. Sue McAvoy, SHS guidance counselor, is a trustee and will oversee the scholarship process.


    T. Farmer informed the Committee that the DESE is likely to adopt MCAS 2.0, which is hybrid of MCAS and PARCC, as the future testing instrument of MA students.

    Other Business

    There being no other business, V. Wiseman asked for a motion to adjourn Open Session.

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

    Meeting was adjourned at 9:50 p.m.

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

    Back-up Materials for the November 18, 2015 meeting

    • copies of consent agenda materials

    • Superintendent evaluation documents

    • copy of elementary school improvement plans

    • copy of school calendars

    • copy of PP presentation (Medical Marijuana Dispensary)

    • copy of Town Budget Policy Statement (Draft)

    • copy of PP Supt. Items