|MSC Permanent Minutes August 26, 2010|
MIDDLETON SCHOOL COMMITTEE
FULLER MEADOW NATHAN MEDIA CENTER
AUGUST 26, 2010
Members Present: Teresa Buono, Chairperson; Tasha Cooper, Maria Scarpa, and Mindy Wogan Absent: Deirdre Donarumo
Others Present: Bernard F. Creeden, Superintendent; Sharon Lyons, Director of Special Education; Steven Greenberg, Director of Finance and Human Resources; Betsy Boulanger, Principal of Howe-Manning; Diane Carreiro, Acting Principal of Fuller Meadow; Susan Olmsted, Eileen Mulligan, and Louise Kennedy, Teachers; Mary Farley, Recording Secretary
T. Buono called the meeting to order at 6:40 p.m.
1. Pledge of Allegiance: Everyone present recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
2. Remarks from the Public: None
1. Reports from Other Committees:
• School Building Committee: T. Buono reported that there was a ceremony last Tuesday morning for all those involved to sign the final I beam prior to it being put in place. It was hoisted up with an American flag on it. It is anticipated that the exterior of the building will be completed by November. M. Wogan reported that they are planning to do a “Buy a Brick” fundraiser. The engineer is working on a location for placing these bricks. It is up to the School Committee to determine a price for these bricks. M. Wogan feels they could sell about 500 bricks. This needs to go home to parents by the end of September. The Committee must determine a price that will cover the cost of the brick with the engraving and placement. M. Wogan will work on getting the cost of the bricks. The Committee must be prepared to take action on this at the next meeting.
• Anti-Bullying Subcommittee: T. Buono acknowledged how much work this Subcommittee did over the past few months. The Committee was ready to sign the policy and get it in place when the DESE came out with their model. The Subcommittee is still preparing a presentation to be given to parents during the Open House this year.
M. Wogan stated that the Extra-Curricular Subcommittee has 90% of their work in place. She presented the poster they will display. The children will sign this. The sign will be placed in the lobby. It is about being respectful to others. The theme is: “I Am a Hero.” Bully boxes are in place so students can report anonymously. Forms will be available at a location or locations to be determined. We are not quite ready to put this online. Principals have planned kick-off meetings. They are going over all this with the students by grade level.
2. Report of the Building Principals: In lieu of written reports, the building principals reported orally about the summer work and getting ready for the opening of school.
B. Boulanger reported that the custodians worked very hard getting the Howe-Manning School ready for the opening. The staff has been in. She reported on the professional development done by the teachers over the summer and what will be coming up in the fall. The children will be here on Wednesday. She reported on new staff at Howe-Manning.
D. Carreiro reported that the custodians worked very hard all summer getting the Fuller Meadow School ready. The staff has been in. Everyone is gearing up for school opening. The new Kindergarten Activity Day did not take off as well as anticipated. When parents see how this works, it may pick up. She reported on professional development that took place in the summer and what is happening in the fall.
3. Report of the Superintendent: T. Buono reported that this is a new model for the Tri-Town. On the night of the Tri-Town Union School Committee, the three individual committees will meet independently throughout the building t 6:30 p.m. and then come together for the TTU meeting at 7:45 p.m. Because of this, Dr. Creeden was not present at this time since he was speaking to the other Committees.
• The Superintendent’s Personnel update is in the Superintendent’s Report which was included in the packet.
C. NEW BUSINESS:
1. Policy Development: Bullying Prevention and Intervention (second Reading): T. Buono reported that the Committee must take a look at their Policy and make sure it is consistent with the DESE model. By the time the Committee meets in September, we will have a policy. It will only be a matter of meshing the two models.
Policies stand whether or not the parent’s signature sheet is signed and returned. Last year Fuller Meadow sent home a hard copy of the signature sheet. This year, we should probably send home a hard copy of the signature sheet at both schools.
If the Anti-Bullying Policy is done separately, they could have a signature sheet at the Open House.
M. Wogan moved to have the Handbook ready without the Anti-Bullying Policy. Second by M. Scarpa. Motion carried 4-0-0.
M. Wogan moved to put together a second handbook, a leaflet version, to be distributed later in September. Second by M. Scarpa. Motion carried 4-0-0.
T. Cooper moved that the Anti-Bullying Subcommittee be charged with looking at the Anti-Bullying Policy and Discipline Policy to be sure it matches up to the DESE model and is consistent. Second by M. Wogan. Motion carried 4-0-0.
The Wellness Committee is working on the Policy to not have food coming into the schools for Birthdays, etc. Room mothers will be in charge of what comes in for birthdays. Topsfield and Boxford have a policy against this.
D. Carreiro reported that Fuller Meadow will have Birthday Board and the children’s names will be announced in the morning announcements. At Howe-Manning, the children’s names will be announced in the morning, also. The Principals will have birthday pencils in their office for the children. Reminders should be sent to parent.
2. School Committee Annual Review:
• District Goals 2010-2011: This will be taken up at the next meeting.
• School Handbook 2010-2011: T. Buono will send out the final draft of the handbook for review. Errors, additions/deletions, omissions and/or changes should be sent back to T. Buono.
• Nutra-Kids Update: S. Greenberg reported that this new point-of-sale program will roll out on the first day of school. The contact person in Middleton is Tynne Sweeney. Letters about this are being sent home via regular mail.
• Bus Routes Update: S. Greenberg reported that the routes for this year are posted on the website. Revisions and adjustments will be made as necessary. S. Greenberg has communicated back to people who had questions and/or concerns about the posted routes.
D. CONSENT AGENDA:
1. Approval of Minutes and Payroll Warrants:
M. Wogan moved to approve the Minutes of July 19, 2010 as amended. Second by T. Cooper. Page 1, under Members present: change Maria Cooper to Maria Scarpa. Motion carried 3-0-1 (T. Buono abstained).
M. Scarpa moved to approve the Minutes of August 3, 2010 as presented. Second by M. Wogan. Motion carried 3-0-1 (M. Scarpa abstained).
M. Wogan moved to approve the following Bill and Payroll Warrants. Second by T. Cooper.
Payroll Warrant dated 9/2/10 in the amount of $216,265.30.
Bill Warrant #BW1106 dated 8/26/10 in the amount of $78,670.30
Motion carried 4-0-0
M. Wogan moved to accept the following Payroll and Bill Warrants. Second by M. Scarpa.
Payroll Warrant dated 8/19/10 in the amount of $134,489.31
Bill Warrant #BW 1106 dated 8/16/10 in the amount of $19,231.85.
Motion carried 4-0-0.
E. EXECUTIVE SESSION: At 7:30 p.m., M. Wogan moved to leave open session and enter into Executive Session to discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining with union personnel where an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining as declared by the Chair of the School Committee, and to return to open session for the purpose of adjournment only. Second by M. Scarpa. Motion carried 4-0-0 on a roll call vote (M. Scarpa, - yes, M. Wogan – yes, T. Cooper – yes, T. Buono – yes.)
F. ADJOURNMENT: At 8:48 p.m., on a 4-0-0 roll call vote, the Committee returned from Executive Session for the purpose of Adjournment only.
M. Scarpa moved to adjourn. Second by M. Wogan. Motion carried 4-0-0.