• SC Minutes 04/30/2014


    OPEN SESSION

    SHARON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

    School Committee Meeting

    Wednesday, April 30, 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, Tina Kemp and students representatives from the East Elementary School

    Open Session was convened at 7:02 p.m.

    PUBLIC FEEDBACK

    Correspondence

    The following correspondence was received:

    • a letter from a community member re: line item in the budget. T. Farmer and L. Salomons responded.

    Student Advisory Committee

    Recent happenings at SHS:

    • US News Best High Schools in MA listed Sharon High School in the top 10

    • Math MCAS testing will be administered on May 13th and 14th

    • Junior Prom will be held at the Spring Valley Country Club

    • Fund-raiser, Talent for a Cause, will be at Oliver Ames High School in Easton on May 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

    • Spring Concert: May 1st at 7:00 p.m. – Small Ensemble Concert: May 8th at 7:00 p.m.

    • AP Exams: May 5th through May 15th

    East Elementary School Update

    Four students from East Elementary School reported on recent happenings:

    • Students in grade one are being interviewed by SHS students

    • The community enjoyed the recent Multi Cultural Celebration

    • MCAS & PARC testing will begin next week

    • End-of-year activities will begin shortly

    • Students in grade five will tour the Middle School in June

    • Books for Bagels event will be Friday, May 2nd at 9:15 a.m.

    • School-wide STEM Day will be Tuesday, June 17th

    • Freeze Pop Fridays will start on Friday May 30th at 3:15 p.m.

    • Spring Groove Fun Fair this year had a Harry Potter theme

    DECISION ITEMS

    Consent Agenda

    Consent agenda items:

    1-Approve Executive Session 3-26-14 minutes

    2-Approve Project Prom Sense Grant ($500) for Norfolk District Attorney’s Office

    3-Approve Policies: AC-Nondiscrimination; AC-R-Nondiscrimination; ACH=Acts of Assault/Harassment/Discrimination/Racism/Anti-Semitism/Vandalism; ADC-Smoking on School Premises; BEDB-E-Agenda Format; BG-Policy Development & Implementation; BGC-Policy Revision & Review; EEAA-Transportation

    Separate vote:

    Vote School Choice

    E. Smith-Lee asked for a motion to approve consent agenda items 1 – 3 as presented.

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

    Separate vote:

    Vote School Choice

    E. Smith-Lee asked the Committee if they need further discussion on the School Choice vote. It was the consensus of the members to take a vote at this evening’s meeting.

    E. Smith-Lee asked for a motion regarding Sharon’s participation in School Choice.

    MOTION: (Salomons/Hitter) Moved that the School Committee not participate in School Choice for the 2014-2015 due to space constraints. Yes vote: Currul-Dykeman, Hitter, Kaplan, Salomons, Wiseman. No vote: Smith-Lee

    DISCUSSION ITEMS

    Elementary Math Pilot Update

    Tina Kemp, Elementary Math Coordinator, with the aid of PowerPoint, presented an overview of the recommended math program – Math Expressions. Math Committee members: Tim Farmer, John Marcus, Lisa Lamore, Kevin Madden, Elizabeth Murphy, Tina Kemp, Nancy Buckley, Kathleen Joyce, Candi Hurwitz, Theodora Nikopoulos. The Committee voted to adopt the Math Expressions, which would replace the current Every Day Math curriculum. Areas covered in the presentation included:

    • Process – yearlong pilots in 24 classrooms, classroom observations, surveys teachers and parents, data analysis

    • The program aligns to DESE Common Core Content Standards and Standards of Mathematical Practice (reasoning, modeling, explaining, questioning generalizing)

    • Common Core Standards & Math Expressions are based on the same research

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

    TELL Massachusetts 2014 Teacher Survey Data

    T. Farmer, with the aid of PowerPoint, presented an overview of TELL (teaching, empowering, leading, learning), which is a national survey administered through the Department of Education. The survey is anonymous with the exception of work location. Fifty percent participation is required in order for the district to receive survey results. Included in the presentation:

    • Available district data – 59.81% for the district. (Cottage, Heights, Middle & High Schools) East Elementary School did not reach the 50% threshold and therefore, had no data.

    • Survey covered instructional time, class size, facilities & resources, community support & involvement, managing student conflict, teacher leadership, school leadership, professional development, instructional practices & support.

    Next Steps: Principals review data and share data with staff. Superintendent meets with principals.

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

    Superintendent Evaluation

    E. Smith-Lee stated that Mr. Farmer provided members with evaluation material and artifacts. Members send their individual evaluations to the Chair, who creates one evaluation document, which will be voted on at the May 14th meeting. The same evaluation criteria are followed for teachers and administrators. Proficient is the new exemplary. Mr. Farmer was evaluated on the following goals:

    Goal One – Student Learning Proficient

    Goal Two – Professional PracticeExemplary

    Goal Three – Home & School CommunicationExemplary

    Goal Four – Shared Vision DevelopmentProficient

    Process for Review and Release of Executive Session Minutes

    E. Smith-Lee presented an overview on the procedure for releasing Executive Session minutes. Minutes are reviewed every six months. K. Currul-Dykeman, Secretary to the School Committee, will review the minutes with E. Smith-Lee.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPDATES

    Heights Evacuation Drill Update

    G. Brand updated the Committee on the successful Heights Elementary School evacuation drill. All students were transported by bus to the designated evacuation location, the Community Center.

    Elementary Enrollment Update

    The latest enrollment figures were reviewed and discussed. Administration is closely monitoring the numbers.

    SUPERINTENDENT’S ITEMS

    T. Farmer updated the Committee on the following:

    • Congratulations to SHS teachers Shawn Kenner for reeiving the Theodore William Richards Award for Excellence in Teaching Secondary School Chemistry and Nevedi Das and Andrew Tessier for presenting at Tech Forum – a Who’s Who on MA technology/STEM leadership

    • U.S. News & World Report ranked Sharon Public Schools tenth in MA

    • Fingerprinting update – investigating the possibility of mobile/local appointments

    • PARCC/MCAS update

    • Update on the recent forum on Building in Sharon sponsored by the League of Women Voters

    Other Business

    Topics not reasonably anticipated 48 hours in advance of the meeting

    Vote: Senior Trip to Newport, R.I.

    T. Farmer asked the Committee to vote approval for a senior trip to Newport, R.I.

    MOTION: (Salomons/Hitter) Moved to approve the senior trip to Newport, R.I. on May 30th as presented. Yes vote: Currul-Dykeman, Hitter, Kaplan, Salomons, Smith-Lee, Wiseman

    Vote: SHS PTSO Installation of Signage ($1,519)

    T. Farmer asked the Committee to approve the signage donated by the SHS PTSO in the amount of $1,519. It was clarified that this signage does not violate School Committee policy.

    MOTION: (Salomons/Wiseman) Moved to approve the SHS PTSO signage donation in the amount of $1,519 as presented. Yes vote: Yes vote: Currul-Dykeman, Hitter, Kaplan, Salomons, Smith-Lee, Wiseman

    There being no further business, E. Smith-Lee asked for a motion to adjourn Open Session and enter into Executive Session to discuss legal matters with the intent not to return to Open Session.

    MOTION: (Salomons/Hitter) Moved to adjourn Open Session and enter into Executive Session to discuss legal matters with the intent not to return to Open Session. Yes vote: Yes vote: Currul-Dykeman, Hitter, Kaplan, Salomons, Smith-Lee, Wiseman

    Open Session was adjourned at 10:32 p.m.

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

    Back-up Materials for the April 30, 2014 meeting

    • copies of correspondence

    • copy of 3/26/14 Executive Session & Open Session minutes

    • copy of Prom Sense Grant documentation

    • copy of policies AC, AC-R, ACH, ÅDC, BEDB-E, BG, BGC, EEAA

    • Math Pilot information (Math Expressions)

    • teacher survey information

    • superintendent evaluation information

    • field trip request information

    • SHS PTSO signage information