SC Executive Session Minutes 04/09/2014
SHARON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
School Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Sharon Middle School
75 Mountain Street
Sharon, MA 02067
Present: Katie Currul-Dykeman, Marcy Kaplan, Laura Salomons, Emily Smith-Lee, Veronica Wiseman
Absent: Jon Hitter
Also Present: Tim Farmer, Glenn Brand, Attorney Harry Beach
MOTION: (Wiseman/Salomons) Moved to adjourn Open Session and enter into Executive Session to discuss a legal matter and receive an update from Superintendent on the contract discussions with the Director of Student Services and personnel matters with the intent not to return to Open Session. Yes vote: Currul-Dykeman, Kaplan, Salomons, Smith-Lee, Wiseman
Executive Session was convened at 9:34 p.m.
Legal Action by Former Custodian
The Committee was informed about a harassment claim that was filed by a Cottage Street School cafeteria employee against the Director of Food Services, who is retiring June 30th. An investigative hearing is scheduled for April 29th. G. Brand investigated the initial complaint and concluded that there was no merit to the claim of bullying and harassment.
Director of Student Services
T. Farmer asked the Committee to suspend consideration of the renewal of the Director of Student Services’ contract. Elementary Special Education teachers have met with STA representatives to file a complaint of bullying & harassment against the Director of Student Services. G. Brand will immediately investigate the claim. If the claims prove to be baseless, T. Farmer will reconsider a new contract. If the Director of Student Services is not notified by May 1st, there is an automatic rollover of the contract for one year.
There being no further Executive Session business, E. Smith-Lee asked for a motion to adjourn Executive Session.
MOTION: (Currul-Dykeman/Kaplan) Moved to adjourn Executive Session.
Prior to a vote, V. Wiseman asked for clarification regarding the process and the School Committee’s role in voting appointments/renewal of administrator contracts. M. Kaplan stated that she is also confused about the process.
T. Farmer asked that the Committee consider adding an additional meeting prior to April 30th for a vote on the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Administration finalist. He outlined his process for putting forward his recommended choice for School Committee approval. It was the consensus of the Committee to schedule a meeting on Wednesday, April 16th at 5:30 p.m. (Executive Session) and 5:45 (Open Session) for an introduction and vote on the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Finance.
Vote on Motion made by Currul-Dykeman & seconded by Kaplan: Yes vote: Currul-Dykeman, Kaplan, Salomons, Smith-Lee, Wiseman
Executive Session was adjourned at 10:11 p.m.
Submitted on behalf of the School Committee by: Helen Campanario, Recording Secretary to the School Committee