• SC Budget Sub Committee Minutes 10/10/2012


    SHARON, MA 02067

    School Committee

    Budget Subcommittee

    Minutes – October 10, 2012

    School Administration Building

    Sharon Middle School

    75 Mountain Street

    Sharon, MA 02067

    Present: Timothy Farmer, Glenn Brand, Susan Owen, Ken Wertz, Jonathan Hitter, Laura Salomons, Emily Smith-Lee and the Finance Committee representative

    The meeting was convened at 6:00 p.m.

    MOTION: (Salomons/Smith-Lee) Moved to approve the minutes from the September 5, 2012 meeting. Yes vote: Hitter, Salomons, Smith-Lee

    Areas of discussion for this meeting:

    MASBO Report (MA Association of School Business Offices)

    G. Brand presented a brief overview of the administration’s action plan, which is in response to the MASBO recommendations. Timeline – end of May for implementation. G. Brand will present a final report to School Committee in June.

    FY 2014 School Committee Budget Guidelines

    L. Salomons asked that budget discussions start as early as possible (November and December). Areas of discussion that would impact the operating budget would include: school department funding of approved field trips, full-day kindergarten tuition (data needed for tuition discussion, i.e. what is the current kindergarten curriculum, how is the half-day and full-day structured, etc.), participation in School Choice and the restoration of the elementary foreign language program.

    Initial Review of 2014 Capital Outlay

    G. Brand presented the “unfiltered” Capital Outlay requests (district-wide) for FY 2014. Requests, in no order of priority, were:

    Cottage Street School

    Construction of staff bathrooms – existing space, i.e. closets, etc. would be converted into handicapped accessible adult bathrooms.

    Replacement of hot water tank

    East Elementary School

    Replacement of cafeteria tables

    Construction of staff bathrooms (same as Cottage)

    Construct live parking drop off loop (similar to what is used at the Middle School)

    Heights Elementary School

    Feasibility study – Last addition to Heights was in 1994. Areas that need study include parking, replacement of light fixtures and hot water system, traffic flow, roof analysis, etc. Focus of the study would be to identify infrastructure.

    Install card access security similar to the Middle School.

    Sharon High School

    Feasibility study using the MSBA model and would tie-in with the Strategic Plan. The last renovation to SHS was in 1997. Focus would be on infrastructure i.e. electrical, auditorium, tile, carpet, labs, generator, etc., for the purpose of long-range planning.

    It was noted that the High School is a designated emergency center for the Town and the Red Cross.


    Enhance infrastructure at East and Cottage. High speed internet connection (hardware), general district and laptop carts. John Marcus, Director of Technology, will provide additional information regarding this request.

    Special Education

    Dividers for individual workspaces.


    Replacement of old foot ball helmets.

    Resurfacing of the SHS track


    Finish repairs to One School Street (parking, roof replacement and handicapped accessible upgrades).

    Maintenance truck with plow.


    Replace the food service POS system.


    Following the presentation, there was a brief discussion on the Capital requests. Further vetting of the list will continue.

    Next meeting is scheduled for November 14th at 6:00 p.m. Topic of discussion at the November 14th meeting will be examining the five-year forecast and how it aligns with the Strategic Plan.

    MOTION: (Salomons/Smith-Lee) Motion to adjourn. Yes vote: Hitter, Salomons, Smith Lee

    Meeting was adjourned at 7:00 p.m.

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