School Committee Minutes 9-9-13

MINUTES OF THE HINGHAM SCHOOL COMMITTEE

September 9, 2013

Regular Session

1.    Call to Order.

The meeting was called to order by Ray Estes at 7:33 p.m. in the School Department Conference Room.

Members Present:    Ray Estes, Carol Falvey, Dennis Friedman, Paul Gannon, Liza O’Reilly, Ed Schreier, & Andy Shafter

Central Office Present:    Dot Galo, Ellen Keane, Elizabeth Flynn, and John Ferris

Visitors Present:    Wes Hutcheson, Irma Lauter, D. J. Mackinnon, Alan Perrault, Doug McCaig, Tom Pyles.

2.    Approval of Minutes.

2.1  On a motion by Dennis Friedman and seconded by Carol M. Falvey,

It was
Voted:    To approve the Minutes of the Regular Session of August 26, 2013.

2.2  On a motion by Carol M. Falvey and seconded by Paul Gannon,

It was
Voted:    To approve the Minutes of the Executive Session of August 26, 2013.

3.    Communications

Dot Galo noted the Selectmen Liaisons Assignments 2013-2014, a letter to School Committee regarding athletic issues at Hingham High School.

4.    Student Communications.  None

5.    Questions and Comments.  None

6.    Unfinished Business.

6.1  The Committee continued discussion of the 2013-2014 Meeting Calendar.  The proposed calendar reflects the change from December 2 to December 9, and the September – December School Committee dates were approved.  Dates for 2014 will be approved once the budget calendar has been finalized.  Consensus of the Committee was to schedule their Planning Meeting for Sunday, October 20th from 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon.

7.    New Business.

7.1  The Committee heard a presentation on the proposed Community Boating Center Project.  Allen Perrault introduced D. J. Mackinnon who donated the funds to conduct a study.  D. J. Mackinnon reviewed the completed study “Hingham Harbor Waterfront Improvements” prepared by Community Rowing, Inc., July 15, 2013 which envisions a 3 phase project lasting 4-6 years.  Doug McCaig reported on the success of the Hingham rowing program (132 participants), the current Lincoln Maritime facilities, and requested support for the proposed improvements and expanded opportunities for female rowers.  D. J. Mackinnon presented displays of the current Harbor configuration and the proposed recommendations for improvements.  School Committee questions/comments:  plan for boat storage, use of Steamboat Wharf.  Ray thanked them for their report.

7.2  The Committee heard a Technology Planning Report.  Dot reviewed the five supporting documents for the Hingham Public Schools Technology Report, 9/9/13, available in the School Committee “Dropbox”.  She provided a PowerPoint overview of the report, including “Why now?” (what prompts a broad plan?), “What’s already done or in process in infrastructure,?” (Thank you HEF and others),  “What about wireless-coverage vs. capacity?” (where are we now in HPS), “What’s being piloted?”. “Middle School questions for budget development”, “The vision: a continuum for incorporating the tools of technology” (SAMR), “What other initiatives beyond personalized devices”,  “What impact will there be on future operating budgets?”, “What are the next steps?”.

School Committee questions/comments: good summary report – put report on website with HyperLink, email out to parents/community just hitting the high points and directing them to website for further information, members possibly using X2 district communication list serve, incorporate the district website into technology plan due to the increased usage and focus (Weebly vs. Word Press for teacher sites), Windows XP computers will be obsolete in near future, possible surveying of parents regarding technology.  In regard to the School Committee/Superintendent technology goals for 2012-2013 – it was questioned as to when a specific proposal would be presented to the School Committee for consideration in regard to our future personalized computing environment and the need for an evaluation of what is required to get to full capacity from full coverage in order to make future budget decisions.  There was also discussion of the role of the School Committee vs. School Building Committee regarding HMS technology plans.  Ray thanked Dot for her report.

7.3  The Committee heard an update on the start of school.  Dot reported on Superintendent Back-to-School email using X2, transportation, no big enrollment surprises but slightly less than projected at HMS and HHS, PARCC Field Tests piloting for in Spring of 2014, visit to South School by MA Secretary of Education, Matt Malone.  School Committee questions/comments:  very positive comments on Superintendent’s email, possibility of “opting” out of PARCC Field Testing.

7.4  The Committee heard an update on the Fields Project progress.  Ray reported on progress to date including bleacher installation, press box, utilities, walkways, fencing, baseball field, Multi-Purpose Field construction, scoreboards, still on a tight schedule for Homecoming on October 12th (delivery of turf carpet 9/18-23)  Ray distributed a scoreboard mock-up including “Home of Harbormen.”  Concern was expressed about the gender reference, and Dot suggested Harbormen on one side and Harborwomen on the other, with “Donated by Best Chevrolet” in center.  Consensus of the Committee was to approve the spirit of Dot’s suggestion and continue to work on the actual layout, and also to eliminate “Hingham Harbormen” on the ship’s wheel graphic.  School Committee questions/comments: accommodation of scoreboard for all sports using the MPF, not just football.  John Ferris reviewed the HPS High School Field Project budget 9/9/13 (project gap $51,323).  Ray reviewed requested Change Orders for the field and concession building.  Committee discussed various ways to celebrate the new MPF and thank the community this Fall even though the entire complex won’t be completed.

On a motion by Carol M. Falvey and seconded by Paul Gannon,

It was
Voted:    To approve payment for the following invoices:  Gale Associates, Inv. #1307305, $4,177.50; Gale Associates, Inv. # 1307306, $9,196.58; Garrity and Knisely, Inv. #9605, $4,000; Seaver Construction #1, $32,882; R.A.D. Sports #2 $1,350,448.75.

7.5  On a motion by Carol M. Falvey and seconded by Liza O’Reilly,

It was
Voted:    To approve the home schooling of Angela Bishop, grade 10, for the 2013-2014 school year.

7.6  On a motion by Carol M. Falvey and seconded by Liza O’Reilly,

It was
Voted:    To approve the home schooling of Sofia Matera, grade 5, for the 2013-2014 school year.

7.7  On a motion by Carol M. Falvey and seconded by Liza O’Reilly,

It was
Voted:    To approve the home schooling of Rebekah Sanchez-Martinez, grade 7, for the 2013-2014 school year.

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7.8  The Committee received notification of the resignation of Amy Sack, a paraeducator at Foster School, effective August 20, 2013.

7.9 – 7.29  The Committee received notification of the following appointments:  Christine Ayers White, technology assistant at HHS; Mitchell Cameron, paraeducator, HHS; Ashley Craig, paraeducator, East; Emily Davis, paraeducator at East; Kerry Donaghey, paraeducator at Foster; Danielle Ferrari, paraeducator at HHS; Nicole Finneran, l.2 Engliksh and paraeducator, HMS; Craig Gaffney, paraeducator, HHS; Steven Geddis, paraeducator, HHS; Frank Grigalunas, van driver; Victoria Harkins, paraeducator, East; Karin LeBlanc, paraeducator, PRS; Dianna Louchhcim, Title I Tutor, Foster; Kara Malone, paraeducator, HHS; Nicole Mastrangelo, paraeducator, PRS; Jessica Mathews, special ed teacher, HHS; Nicole Messina, paraeducator, Foster; Lindsay Patch, paraeducator, HHS; Cynthia Shea, paraeducator, South; Sandra Weggeman, paraeducator, East; Margaret Yanosick, paraeducator, South.

8.    Other Items Not Reasonably Known 48 Hours in Advance.  None

9.    Subcommittee Reports.

Policy will meet again on Monday September 16th and Salary & Negotiations will meet on both Wednesday September 11th and Monday September 16th.  Andy Shafter agreed to attend the Cable Advisory Committee meeting on Wednesday September 11th.

10.  Superintendent’s Report.

1)    Chapter 70 presentation on September 10th at Town Hall at 7:00 p.m., sponsored by Special Education Funding Working Group.

2)    Initial FY ’15 budget forecast on September 17th at Town Hall at 8:00 p.m.

3)    Boston Magazine rankings of Top 50 Massachusetts High Schools – Hingham High School ranked #38 (with only 1 school ranked higher spending less on a per pupil basis).  The best way to measure how well we’re doing is to establish the criteria that are most important to the Town and continually improve our performance in those areas.

11.    Executive Session.  None

12.    Adjournment.

On a motion by Carol M. Falvey and seconded by Andy Shafter,

It was
Voted:    To adjourn the School Committee meeting at 10:53 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted by:
Dennis Friedman, Secretary
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