SC Budget Sub Committee Minutes 10/10/2012
SHARON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
SHARON, MA 02067
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.
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.
TOTAL FOR THE ABOVE REQUESTS:$802,484
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