SC Minutes 06/11/2014
SHARON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
School Committee Meeting
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Sharon Middle School
75 Mountain Street
Sharon, MA 02067
Present: Katie Currul-Dykeman, Jon Hitter Marcy Kaplan, Laura Salomons, Emily Smith-Lee, Veronica Wiseman
Also present: Tim Farmer, Glenn Brand, Dr. Kristina Dahlen, Jen Orthman
MOTION: (Salomons/Wiseman) Moved motion to adjourn Open Session and enter into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing several litigation/legal matters affecting the School Committee and School Department and release of Open & Executive Session minutes. Yes vote: Currul-Dykeman, Hitter, Kaplan, Salomons, Smith-Lee, Wiseman
Open Session was convened at 8:04 p.m.
There were no community members present for participation in Open Forum.
The following correspondence was received:
• A letter from a family expressing their concern on how an “inappropriate on-line behavior” was handled.
• A letter from a family expressing their concern on how testing of their SPED child was administered.
E. Smith-Lee noted that all correspondence, in its entirety, is read and reviewed by the School Committee.
Student Advisory Committee
There were no Student Advisory Committee members present at this evening’s meeting.
School Committee Reorganization
E. Smith-Lee announced that she was removing her name for consideration as Chair.
MOTION: (Kaplan/Salomons) Moved to nominate Veronica Wiseman as Chair for the 2014-2015 school year. Yes vote: Currul-Dykeman, Hitter, Kaplan, Salomons, Smith-Lee, Wiseman
M. Kaplan thanked E. Smith-Lee for her leadership as Chair.
MOTION: (Kaplan/Hitter) Moved to nominate Emily Smith-Lee as Vice-Chair for the 2014-2015 school year. Yes vote: Currul-Dykeman, Hitter, Kaplan, Salomons, Smith-Lee, Wiseman
MOTION: (Kaplan/Smith-Lee) Moved to nominate Katie Currul-Dykeman as Secretary for the 2014-2015 school year. Yes vote: Currul-Dykeman, Hitter, Kaplan, Salomons, Smith-Lee, Wiseman
Consent agenda items:
- Approve Executive & Open Session minutes (5/14 & 5/28)
2. Approve Policies: IHAM-Health Education; JICJ-Electronic Devices; JIH-Interrogations & Searches; JLA-Student Insurance Program; JLC-Student Health Services & Requirements; JLCA-Physical Examinations of Students; JLCB-Immunizations of Students; JLCC-Communicable Diseases; JLCD-Administration of Medication; Recycling Policy as reviewed, discussed and revised at the May 28th meeting
MOTION: (Salomons/Kaplan) Moved to approve the consent agenda items 1 & 2 as presented. Yes vote: Currul-Dykeman, Hitter, Kaplan, Salomons, Smith-Lee, Wiseman
Separate vote: PARCC/MCAS for 2014-2015
There was a discussion at the May 28th meeting regarding the pros/cons of assessment tools, PARCC or MCAS. It is the School Committee’s decision to determine whether to remain with MCAS for use PARCC for 2014-2015. T. Farmer highlighted his memo, which outlines and recommends the implementation of PARCC. The deadline for informing the DESE is June 30th.
MOTION: (Smith-Lee/Salomons) Moved to approve the Sharon Public Schools switch from MCAS to PARCC for the 2014-2015 school year. Yes vote: Currul-Dykeman, Kaplan, Salomons, Smith-Lee, Wiseman. No vote: Hitter
Final FY 2015 Budget
G. Brand highlighted the June 2nd memorandum re: Final FY 15 school budget. Over the past 3 months, there have been minimal changes to the budget, which was presented in February. Adjustments included:
• Library reorganization – elimination of 3.4 support staff; addition of 1.4 librarians
• In-house “Pathways” Program (CHARMS) – added one SPED teacher, one vocational teacher, PT speech therapist and five instructional assistants
• Maintain .20 music strings teacher
The final budget will be voted on at the June 18th meeting.
Elementary Foreign Language Update
With the aid of PowerPoint, Foreign Language Coordinator, Dr. Kristina Dahlen, and FL teacher, Jen Orthman, presented an update on the elementary FL program. Topics covered in the presentation included:
• FLES proposal addresses FL Curriculum Review and SPS Strategic Plan recommendations as well as the guiding principles of the MA Frameworks.
• Pros/cons of having a Chinese, French and Spanish FLES program were examined.
• Effective FL programs integrate culture and create natural links to other disciplines.
• FLES Proposal would be to offer one FL at all 3 elementary schools:
-year one – FLES Gr. 1 and 2; FLEX Gr. 5
-year two – FLES Gr. 1, 2 and 3; FLEX Gr. 5
-year three – FLES Gr. 1, 2, 3 and 4; FLEX Gr. 5
-year four – Full FLES implementation Grades 1-5; advanced FL class in Gr. 6
• SPS students will be able to study one FL for 12 years, resulting in FL proficiency.
• Next Steps include: creating a curriculum for first year of FLES implementation; hire qualified FL/elementary education certified teachers; provide PD regarding curriculum and expectations for best practices.
Thanks to committee members: Tim Farmer, Lisa Lamore, Kevin Madden, Lisa Lamore, Leah Jeri, Wei Li, Bette Mayer, Jen Orthman, Jane Sullivan, Karen Woods.
Following the presentation, there was a Q&A with the Committee.
Changes to the elementary, middle, high and athletic handbooks were discussed. Revised S.C. policies will be included in the handbooks. Handbooks will be placed on line as soon as they are approved. Vote on the handbooks is scheduled for the June 18th meeting.
L. Salomons reviewed the following policies:
• CBI-Evaluation of the Superintendent – Added language from MASC and MASS
• EBB-First Aid – Had been reviewed by school nurses; minor language clarifications
• KF-Community Use of School Facilities – eliminate exhibits (already imbedded in rental rates; eliminate “previous year” column
Vote on the above policies will be taken at the June 18th meeting.
Contingency Funds: Elementary Teachers
T. Farmer highlighted his June 7th memo re: elementary enrollment. Administration is recommending hiring two K-6 contingency teachers that are in the FY 2015 budget (add another section of gr. 2 at East and gr. 3 at Heights). The recommendation is made due to the composition of the children at these grade levels. There was a discussion on administration’s recommendation.
Summer Meeting Date
Possible discussion items for a summer meeting would include: class size maximums, feasibility studies, team building, budget.
ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPDATES - None at this time
DESE has approved the CHARMS Collaborative Agreement with participating districts. SPS will receive the Agreement in the fall.
V. Wiseman asked for a motion for release of Executive Session minutes.
MOTION: (Smith-Lee/Salomons) Moved to release the following Executive Session minutes in response to a response to a public records request: 1/29, 2/26, 3/2, 3/14, 3/18. Yes vote: Currul-Dykeman, Hitter, Kaplan, Salomons, Smith-Lee, Wiseman
MOTION: (Hitter/Smith-Lee) Moved motion to adjourn Open Session. Yes vote: Currul-Dykeman, Hitter, Kaplan, Salomons, Smith-Lee, Wiseman
Open Session was adjourned at 10:16 p.m.
Submitted on behalf of the School Committee by: Helen Campanario, Recording Secretary to the School Committee
Back-up Materials for the June 11, 2014 meeting
• copies of correspondence
• copy of Executive Session & Open Session 5/14/14 & 5/28/14 minutes
• Memo re: MCAS/PARCC decision
• copy of final budget memorandum
• PowerPoint presentation re: Elementary FL Program
• Policy information
• Handbooks: elementary, middle, high school, athletic
• Memo re: elementary enrollment
• copy of On-Line Payment Contract
• Executive Session: copies of legal counsel letters