|MSC Preliminary Minutes July 19, 2010|
|Middleton School Committee|
Fuller Meadow Nathan Media Center
July 19th, 2009
The regular meeting of the Middleton School Committee was held on Monday, June 19th at the Fuller Meadow Nathan Media Center.
Members present: Tasha Cooper, Deidre Donarumo, Maria Cooper and Mindy Wogan
Members Absent: Teresa Buono
Others present: Steven Greenberg, Director of Finance and Human Resources,
Dr. Bernard Creeden, Superintendent of Schools
Presiding: Mindy Wogan, Vice Chair
Vice Chair Wogan called the meeting to order at 6:36.
1. Everyone present recited the Pledge of Allegiance
2. There were no remarks from the Public
1 Reports from Other Committees
Middleton School Building Committee (MSBC) - Ms. Wogan reported that the school building project is on schedule and going well. The next meeting of the School Building Committee is Monday, August 16th here. Dr. Creeden added that the monthly reports of the Project Manager are available on the MSBC website. Ms. Wogan reminded viewers that if they wish to be kept updated on the project they can add their e-mail addresses to the mailing list by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
Anti Bullying Sub-Committee - Ms. Wogan reported that the sub committee has met three or four times and has divided into additional sub committees which have also met. The final report and a draft policy are included in tonight’s packet. The policy has been reviewed to make sure it is in compliance with state law. The purpose is to teach children about respect and friendship. The policy includes clear guidelines about incident reporting and ramifications. Ms. Wogan went through the policy asking for comments.
Ms. Donarumo pointed out that the policy and the report should be up on the website for thirty days for comments from the public. The comments should be made to the School Committee.
Dr. Creeden added that two votes are needed to adopt the policy. Tonight’s vote is a vote to post the report and the draft policy on the website. The vote to adopt the policy requires that all members of the School Committee be present.
Ms. Donarumo made a motion to accept the policy for posting. Ms. Wogan seconded the motion. The motion carried 4-0-0.
Ms. Wogan is looking for appropriate speakers for each school. She has found someone for Fuller Meadow and hopes to bring her in in October. The cost is $1100 for three programs. The committee has not yet contracted the speaker for Howe-Manning. The sub-committee is also planning monthly programs. It will start in September with a contract to “Be a Hero.” Posters and hero cards will be developed. In December they will ask the children to contribute a dollar of their own money to Toys for Tots. Ms. Cooper asked if parents could be asked to match the contribution. Ms. Scarpa suggested giving the donations to the Library’s Neighbors in Need program. Dr. Creeden mentioned that the Howe-Manning School Council also picks a group to donate to.
Ms. Scarpa made a motion to allow the students to be asked to donate $1.00 for a charity to be determined at the next meeting. Ms. Donarumo seconded the motion. The motion passed 4-0-0.
Ms. Cooper asked Dr. Creeden if there was any information about the anti-bullying curriculum. Dr. Creeden said that there was a proposal which would be discussed at the Tri Town Union meeting.
Ms. Wogan directed the Committee to the budget on page 29 of the Anti Bullying Advisory Committee Final Report. She said that some items would need to be purchased before school begins. She asked the Committee to approve $3150.00.
Ms. Cooper made a motion to approve spending $3150.00. Ms. Scarpa seconded the motion. The motion passed 4-0-0.
Two staff members, Dale Marshall and Meredith Peachy will be going to the Second Step Training for Trainers sessions.
Superintendent’s Report – This report is included in the packet. Dr. Creeden went over the personnel updates detailed in the report, including funding for an adjustment councilor at Howe-Manning. Copies of the District Goals were distributed. Comments should go to Ms. Buono. They will be reviewed in September.
The Free and Reduced Price School Meals Eligibility Guidelines were in the packet. However, no income guidelines were included. Dr. Creeden asked for a vote to accept the guidelines whatever they end up being.
Ms. Donarumo made a motion to accept the Guidelines. Ms. Cooper seconded the motion. The motion passed 4-0-0.
Facilities Director’s Report – Dr. Creeden presented Mr. Clifford’s Report. He explained the Nutrikids system which will provide tracking of children’s meal choices. Students will be provided with a card like an ATM card. Parents will be able to see what their children are buying in the cafeteria. The cards will be kept in the cafeteria to prevent loss. All six schools will be using the same system. Food Service workers will have more time to interact with the children.
The domestic hot water heater at Fuller Meadow is in the process of being replaced.
The audio visual system project at Fuller Meadow is on going. The podium, projector and screen have been paid for by Cable Access. Air conditioning is being added to the broadcast studio.
C. New Business
The District Goals and School Handbook items were tabled.
D. Consent Agenda
Minutes – Ms. Scarpa made a motion to accept the minutes of the June 10th meeting. M. Donarumo seconded the motion. The motion carried 3-0-1.
Bills and Payroll – Ms. Donarumo read the warrants. There were three gifts to be accepted.
Ms. Donarumo made a motion to accept $250 from Laura and Chuck Cavallaro for Special Education Programming. Ms. Cooper seconded the motion. The motion passed 4-0-0.
Ms. Donarumo made a motion to accept $300 from the Middleton PTO for the Howe-Manning Wall of Heroes. Ms. Cooper seconded the motion. The motion passed 4-0-0.
Ms. Scarpa made a motion to accept a gift of $718.07 from Michelle Fitzpatrick by way of a transfer of her after school program stipend, gift to be used for the Howe-Manning Wall of Heroes. Ms. Donarumo seconded the motion. The motion passed 4-0-0.
Ms. Wogan made a motion to approve Bill Warrant #1103 dated 07/19/10 in the amount of $23,188.16. Ms. Scarpa seconded the motion. The motion passed 4-0-0.
Ms. Wogan made a motion to approve the following Bill and payroll Warrants. Ms. Scarpa seconded the motion.
Payroll Warrant dated 6/24/2010 in the amount of $603,885.64
Payroll Warrant dated 7/8/2010 in the amount of $141,195.65
Payroll Warrant dated 7/8/2010 in the amount of $258,817.42
Payroll Warrant dated 7/22/2010 in the amount of 130,907.16
Bill Warrant #1033 dated 6/15/2010 in the amount of $39,012.54
Bill Warrant #1034 dated 6/28/2010 in the amount of $40,480.29
Bill Warrant #1035 dated 6/30/2010 in the amount of $50,878.20
Bill Warrant #1101 dated 7/6/2010 in the amount of $16,807.92
Bill Warrant #1101 Café meal tax dated 7/3/2010 in the amount of $13.33
Bill Warrant #1102 dated 7/12/2010 in the amount of $9,178.01.
The motion carried 4-0-0
Financial Update - Mr. Greenberg updated the Committee on the FY ’10 closeout. The School Department will be returning about $170,000 to the Town. This is mostly the result of health insurance savings. Once this is reconciled Mr. Greenberg will supply a written report. The School Department must report to the State how every dollar is spent.
E. Executive Session Ms. Donarumo made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss contract negotiation. Ms. Wogan seconded the motion. Ms. Donarumo voted yes. Ms. Cooper voted yes. Ms. Scarpa voted yes. Ms. Wogan voted yes.
F. Adjournment – Ms. Wogan made a motion to adjourn the regular meeting. Ms. Donarumo seconded the motion. The motion passed 4-0-0. The regular meeting was adjourned at 7:28.
Mary Jane Morrin, Acting Recording Secretary