• SC Minutes 10/14/2015



    School Committee Meeting

    Wednesday, October 14, 2015

    Sharon Middle School

    75 Mountain Street

    Sharon, MA 02067

    Present: Katie Currul-Dykeman, Jon Hitter, Marcy Kaplan, Laura Salomons, Emily Smith-Lee

    Absent: Veronica Wiseman

    Also present: Tim Farmer, Jahmal Mosley, Bernadette Murphy, Laura Smolcha

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


    Open Forum

    There were no community members present for participation in Open Forum


    Correspondence was received regarding the following:

    • letter from the Recreation Advisory Committee re: an appointed S.C. representative to the committee. V. Wiseman will be the representative.

    SHS Student Representatives

    Recent happenings at SHS:

    • Juniors and Sophomores took the PSATs today

    • Class officer elections are underway

    • The Talon comes out 10/15/15

    • Freshmen will attend a presentation on dating violence

    • School picture retakes are this week

    • Early release day – 10/20/15

    • Fall sports are mid-way through their season

    • Teen Speak Out – 10/16/15


    Consent Agenda:

    1. Approve Executive & Open Session Minutes (Sept. 30, 2015)

    2. Approve donation from Shaw’s Supermarkets Charitable Fund for Heights Elementary School

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

    Separate vote:

    Approve Cafeteria Workers’ Three-year Contract (2015-2018)

    Prior to the vote, T. Farmer highlighted areas of contract:

    • .5%, 1% and .5% wage increase over 3 years, plus a 2% increase between steps

    • step salary chart was compressed to 12 steps

    • separate category for SMS & SHS lead cooks

    • increase in: clothing allowance, longevity and retirement sick-leave buy-back

    • language clarification for grievance procedure

    MOTION: (Salomons/Kaplan) Moved to approve the Cafeteria Workers’ Three-Year Contract (2015-2018) as presented. Yes vote: Currul-Dykeman, Hitter, Kaplan, Salomons, Smith-Lee

    Separate vote:

    Approve counsel for contract negotiations

    E. Smith-Lee asked for a motion to approve legal counsel for contract negotiations, which was discussed/vetted in Executive Session at the Sept. 30th meeting.

    MOTION: (Kaplan/Salomons) Moved to approve the School Committee to engage outside legal counsel for contract negotiations.

    Yes vote: Hitter, Kaplan, Salomons, Smith-Lee – No vote: Currul-Dykeman


    Assessment Advisory Committee

    T. Farmer highlighted the proposed make-up of the Committee:

    Administrators: Jose Libano, Kevin O’Rourke, Donna Brown

    Elementary teachers: Kara Burr (need additional teacher volunteer)

    SMS: Kendra Engel, Elise Coulibaly

    SHS: David Heller, Zach Snow, Lori Ayotte

    Parents names were randomly drawn by E. Smith Lee

    Elementary: Julie Goldberg; alternate – Yulong Li

    SMS: Amy Garcia; alternate – Deborah Spencer

    SHS: Jason Wolfe – Peter XU

    The S.C. will vote on the composition of the committee at the October 28th meeting..

    2016-2017 School Calendar

    B. Murphy and L. Smolcha, on behalf of the Social Studies department, spoke in favor of having school on Election Day (2016). It was noted that it would be a setting for on-hands civic education. There was a lengthy discussion on why the S.C. reached the decision not to hold school that day – in direct response to the Town officials, Police Department and Fire Department requests for safety reasons not to have students/staff in the building. Staff were encouraged to watch the S.C. meeting (4/29/15) that town officials attended for a better insight/understanding for the no-school decision.

    B. Murphy, on behalf of the STA membership, suggested the following changes to the 2016 calendar:

    • one-half day on Good Friday (PD for teachers in the a.m.)

    • one-half day for second day of Rosh Hashanah (PD for teachers in the a.m.)

    • school day district-wide on Election Day

    • start school no earlier than August 29th

    There was a discussion on the STA input. However, further discussion should take place during negotiations.

    Calendar approval will be a consent item on the October 28th agenda.

    Superintendent Evaluation Rubric, Standard 1 – Instructional Leadership

    E. Smith-Lee opened up discussion on Standard 1 – Instructional Leadership. Areas covered in the discussion:

    • greater or lesser weight in the evaluation for elements beyond the Superintendent’s control

    • add to the ratings – i.e. proficient+

    • Superintendent provide bullet points for further S.C. discussion

    • what is a reasonable expectation for the Superintendent’s role

    • Superintendent provide “pieces of evidence” – examples as evidence, i.e. examples of “diverse learners needs”

    • Superintendent provide evidence (without names) of a staff member, supervised by the Superintendent, whose performance has improved

    • S.C. needs to know what has been completed – i.e. how many times schools have been visited

    • how often the Superintendent reviews and uses data

    • need specifics that can be quantified

    • S.C. would like more feedback from the Superintendent – re: how he has performed exemplarily. T. Farmer will provide tangible experiences.

    It was noted that these discussions would not effect T. Farmer’s evaluation for the current school year.


    The Budget Subcommittee met and discussed fees with Bill Martin, Athletic Director. The subcommittee will make recommendations to the S.C. in November.

    Policy Subcommittee met this evening before the S.C. meeting. Policies were examined, particularly JKAA – Regulations for Restraint of Students. Student activity account policy and how they are audited was also discussed. Next meeting is scheduled for November 14th at 6:00 p.m.


    With the aid of PowerPoint, T. Farmer highlighted the following:

    • Harvard Club of Boston recognized SHS teacher, Leah Silipo, as an outstanding secondary school teacher. Student award recipients: Sarah Shapiro and Dhruv Singh

    • Safety training continues (339 staff have completed the on-line training)

    • Elementary early release – Oct. 16th

    • .5 data analyst has been reviewing various data bases and has determined variables upon which to analyze data and make decisions. A meeting with the administrative team is scheduled for Oct. 19th.

    • Dr. Mosely presented an overview of the on-line mandated Civil Rights training

    • 1965 class reunion, hosted by T. Farmer, was held at SHS on Oct. 10th

    Other Business

    There being no other business, E. Smith-Lee asked for a motion to adjourn Open Session.

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

    Meeting was adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

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

    Back-up Materials for the October 14, 2015 meeting

    • copies of correspondence

    • copies of consent agenda materials

    • Superintendent evaluation documents

    • enrollment spreadsheets

    • copy of school calendars

    • draft of assessment advisory committee members