• SC Executive Session Minutes 08/28/2013


    EXECUTIVE SESSION

    SHARON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

    School Committee Meeting

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013

    Sharon Middle School

    75 Mountain Street

    Sharon, MA 02067

    Present: Katie Currul-Dykeman, John Hitter, Marcy Kaplan, Laura Salomons, Emily Smith-Lee, Veronica Wiseman

    Also Present: Tim Farmer, Glenn Brand, Selectman, Walter “Joe” Roach

    E. Smith-Lee asked for a motion to adjourn Open Session and enter into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing collective bargaining and negotiations with non-union personnel with the intent not to return to Open Session.

    MOTION: (Salomons/Hitter) Moved to adjourn Open Session and enter into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing collective bargaining and negotiations with non-union personnel with the intent not to return to Open Session.

    Yes vote: Currul-Dykeman, Hitter, Kaplan, Salomons, Smith-Lee, Wiseman

    Executive Session was convened at 9:41 p.m.

    STA Negotiations

    Potential future negotiation meeting dates were sent to the president of the STA. The Committee was briefed on the last negotiating meeting. The S.C. offered an increase of compensation.

    There was a lengthy discussion on strategy for future negotiation meetings and what compensation percentage could be offered to the STA membership.

    Unfair Labor Practice

    There was a brief discussion on the STA’s response to the Unfair Labor Practice filing. Possible mediation dates: September 17, 18, 19.

    Following the above discussion, E. Smith-Lee excused T. Farmer, Glenn Brand and H. Campanario at 10:20 p.m.

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

    At this time, K. Currul-Dykeman recorded.

    Specific language of Mr. Farmer’s proposed contract was discussed.

    Pertaining to the one-year roll over: It was discussed at a previous meeting to have a fixed termination date. Upon further reflection, the Chair expressed that keeping the one-year roll over language is more preferable to Mr. Farmer. The School Committee’s obligation to it will only come into play if we are notified that Mr. Farmer does not intend to retire.

    Pertaining to evaluation: There was concern regarding “anonymous” sources of information pertaining to evaluative comments by School Committee members. K. Currul-Dykeman explained that some members of the community have confidentiality and privacy rights and concerns. She felt their voices should not be ignored when expressed to a School Committee member and brought to the attention of the Superintendent prior to an evaluation. There was a further discussion of how to safeguard Mr. Farmer’s rights in balance with any legitimate sources of concern.

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

    MOTION: A motion was made to adjourn Executive Session. Yes vote: Currul-Dykeman, Hitter, Kaplan, Salomons, Smith-Lee, Wiseman

    Executive Session was adjourned.

    Submitted on behalf of the School Committee by: Katie Currul-Dykeman, Secretary to the School Committee

    Back-up Materials for the August 28, 2013 meeting

    • copy of DLR expedited hearing

    • copy of draft superintendent’s employment contract

    • copy of STA response to DLR