|MSC Permanent Minutes January 9, 2012|
MIDDLETON SCHOOL COMMITTEE
FULLER MEADOW NATHAN MEDIA CENTER
JANUARY 9, 2012
Members Present: Maria Scarpa, Tasha Cooper, Mindy Wogan (Chairperson) and Teresa Buono
Others Present: Dr. Bernard Creeden (Tri-Town Union (TTU) Superintendent), Dianne Carreiro and Betsy Boulanger (Principals, respectively of the Fuller Meadow and Howe Manning Schools), Karen Newton, Deirdre Baker and Carrie Windmiller (Teachers) and Ellen Gaskell (Acting Recording Secretary)
M. Wogan called the meeting to order at 7:15 p.m.
1. Call to Order: Chairperson Mindy Wogan called the meeting to order at 7:21 p.m.
2. Pledge of Allegiance:
3. Remarks from the Public: None
1. Reports from Other Committees:
a. School Building Committee: The next meeting is 1/23. New milestones accomplished are the opening of the 3rd & Preschool classrooms. As of 1/4/12, another classroom was also opened. There is an important technology meeting tomorrow. M. Scarpa asked about the leaching of material into the cafeteria walls; Dr. Creeden said that he would ask about this at the 1/23 mtg.
b. Tri-Town Union Committee: January 12, 2012: Topics to be considered are: the 1/23 Professional Development Day, the new math curriculum and the Central Office Budget. The budget binders will be distributed. There will be a meeting with the Board of Selectmen on 1/24; a new MSC member will be appointed that night. There will be a discussion whether Fuller Meadow will remain the polling place for elections. The polling place may be able to be switched to the Howe Manning School. Dr. Creeden said that at a recent meeting with legislators, it was determined that the 9/6 election date won’t be changed: this date coincides with the opening of school.
2. Reports of the Building Principals: See the reports included in the packet.
a. Dianne Carreiro, Fuller Meadow School:
i. Universal screening for Math & English Language Arts (ELA) is ongoing; there will be a Data Day next month. Mrs. Pellerine led the recent staff meeting; math was discussed. Student Alana DeLuties did a great job as Principal for the Day on 12/16. 1st & 2nd graders went to the Flint Library to meet with Sen. Tarr. Meghanne Farmer will replace retiring teacher Mr. Sharp. In December, the students enjoyed some exciting enrichment programs such as Tanglewood Marionettes and Mr. Money. On 12/21/11 Army Staff Sgt. Copson visited the school and gave school a flag that had been raised in Afghanistan in honor of Grade 1 Student Cameron Russo.
b. Betsy Boulanger, Howe-Manning School:
i. IXL, Brain pop and Discovery Education were discussed. Great turnout for Parent-Teacher conferences -528 conferences were held. During one busy day in December, the band played on the radio, performed for the Board of Trade and then played the concert that night; thank you to both the band and Band Director Mrs. Colby. At the December staff meeting, using math journals and power words were covered. Drop-off , pickup and bus pickup are all going smoothly. D. Careiro spoke of the Razz Kids reading program for 1st graders. Hearing and vision screening is ongoing. Ray Boule is in the process of coming in to speak about electrical safety to the students.
3. Report of the Superintendent: See the report included in the packet.
a. The Educational Collaboratives Reform Bill was discussed; a related memo was included in the packet. The bill will be debated tomorrow. Tri-Town belongs to 2 collaboratives: Greater Lawrence Educational and North Shore. The bill’s goal is to tighten up the accountability of collaboratives.
b. At the upcoming TTU meeting, a side by side comparison of Tri-Town schools (foreign language, 5 Day Kindergarten, etc.) will be presented.
c. At tomorrow’s technology meeting, it will be determined if Howe Manning will be able to host 1/23 Professional Development Day. If not, it will be at Fuller Meadow.
d. New Howe Manning Traffic Pattern Updates: See above
e. Pre-School Arrival and Departure Plan Updates: See above
f. Wellness Committee Update: Meeting 1/18; Get Moving Night 2/10 5:30-8pm; snow day the following Saturday. M. Wogan spoke about Get Moving – the different ways to exercise and wellness ideas will be presented. She asked for teacher help & access to the loudspeaker during the event. There will be a raffle for participants. B. Creeden said Wellness Committee member Mrs. Fishman submitted a grant for a community garden.
1. HERO Program Update: The Kid to Kid Program will be lead by P. LaFranchini.
2. FY 2013 Budget Development: Dr. Creeden presented. There was a copy of the PowerPoint presentation in the packet; it will be on the school website tomorrow; see the PowerPoint presentation for details.
1. S. Greenberg said that there is a proposal to reconfigure the technology department: the top 3 Tech positions will be split among the Tri-Town. The next 2 positions will be split between the 2 Middleton elementary schools.
2. Hiring a TTU-wide maintenance person is being proposed; the person would service all the elementary schools in the Tri-Town.
3. FY 13 Town Budget Guidelines
i. S. Greenberg said that the FinCom guideline is a 2% over the current fiscal year, or $180K. There will be a loss of federal and state money. Revolving accounts will probably be lower than FY 12; there will be a estimated total of a $400K revenue loss.
4. Discussions about the “Angelica’s Bus”; it will be discontinued. Arrangements will be made for the affected students.
5. Overview of FY 2013: See above.
3. School Calendar 2012-2013 Draft #2: Dr. Creeden reported. The calendar was included in the packet.
1. There will be a smaller number of Early Release days. Good Friday will be a school day. Parent-Teacher Conferences will be Thursdays and Fridays and Early Release Days will move from Mondays to Fridays. At the next TTU meeting, Curriculum Director Christine Elliot will speak to the need for more professional development days because of the new math curriculum. The MSC discussed the impact of the elections during the upcoming school year on the elementary schools; this will be on the agenda for the 1/24 meeting with the Board of Selectmen (BOS).
2. The teachers have a copy of the draft calendar and are giving feedback to Dr. Creeden.
4. School Committee Annual Report FY 2011: T. Buono said that the MSC wouldn’t get a copy of the Annual Report until a later date. T. Buono asked where the MSC will meet in the future; Dr. Creeden said at the present time, it would be Fuller-Meadow. The MSC and the principals provided T. Buono with information to include in this report. The 1st draft will be available at the Feb. 6th meeting.
5. Correspondence: None
6. Other: All the commemorative school bricks have been sold.
1. Meeting Minutes of Previous Meetings: Copies of which were included in the packet.
a. 1/13/11 Regular Meeting: Tabled until the next meeting.
2. Bill Warrants and Payrolls:
i. Bill Warrants and Payrolls – Sign and Vote to Accept:
1. Payroll 12/30/11& 1/06/12 $252,116.64
2. BW#12-16 1/09/12 $46,399.80
3. BW#12-16 1/09/12 $9.82
4. BW# TTU 12-10 1/09/12 $415.56
ii. Bill Warrants and Payrolls – Vote to Accept Only:
1. Payroll 12/02/11 & 12/09/11 SPECIAL PAY $345.39
2. Payroll 12/16/11 & 12/23/11 $277,675.34
3. BW# 12-14 12/19/11 $46,045.93
Motion made by M. Wogan to pay the Bill Warrants and Payrolls as read by T. Cooper, seconded by T. Buono. Motion passed unanimously.
4. BW# 12-14A 12/19/11 $10.47 (M. Wogan must abstain)
5. BW# 12-15 1/03/12 $20,212.11
Motion made by T. Cooper to pay the Bill Warrants and Payrolls as read by T. Cooper, seconded by M. Scarpa. Motion passed 2-0-1, with M. Wogan abstaining .
1. Acceptance of Donations to the Schools: None
At 9:15 pm, T. Buono moved to adjourn, seconded by M. Wogan. Motion passed unanimously.
Acting Recording Secretary for Mary Farley
Per the new Open Meeting Law, here is a list of the documents that were either distributed to the TSC before the meeting in a packet, or at the meeting:
2. Attendance Log
3. Preliminary MSC Minutes – 1/13/11 Regular Meeting
4. Superintendent’s Report
5. Bill Warrant and Payroll Sheet
6. Principals’ Reports
7. Middleton Elementary Schools 2012-2013 School Year Calendar – Draft (1/9/12)
8. NESDEC 2011-2012 Enrollment Projections
9. NESDEC Historical Enrollment – Boxford, Topsfield and Middleton
10. Memo from Sen. Bruce Tarr re: Educational Collaboratives Reform
11. Superintendent’s FY13 Operating Budget Request – Copy of PowerPoint presentation (1/9/12)