MINUTES OF THE HINGHAM SCHOOL COMMITTEE
December 9, 2013
1. Call to Order.
The meeting was called to order by Ray Estes at 7:37 p.m. in Room 103 at Hingham High School.
Members Present: Ray Estes, Carol Falvey, Dennis Friedman, Liza O’Reilly, Ed Schreier, and Andy Shafter
Central Office Present: Dorothy Galo, Ellen Keane, Elizabeth Flynn, and John Ferris
Visitors Present: Helaine Silva, Paula Girouard McCann, Jennifer Henriksen, Katie Gallagher-Woolley, Sarah Coughlin, James Rossano, Linda Kutsch, Mary Power, Lori MacCausland, Thomas Perry.
2. Approval of Minutes.
2.1 On a motion by Carol Falvey and seconded by Ed Schreier,
Voted: To approve the Minutes of the Regular Session of November 18, 2013.
3. Student Communications.
3.1 James Rossano reported on: Band concert, Flannel Fridays, sports update, GCP hosted Japanese visitors, festival play, Read It Forward, trip to Japan, Dance Team, Student Council fundraiser – Detroit Achievement Academy – Children’s Book, school supplies, Hingham’s Got Talent.
4.1 The Committee heard a report from Hingham High School. Paula Girouard McCann reported on “Frozen Fenway” – HHS Girls Hockey will play Duxbury, School Improvement Plan goals and 2012-2013 progress to date: School Counseling programs – transition room, post-secondary planning office, SIP goals for 2013-2014. Sarah Coughlin, HHS Tech Squad teacher and students showed video about work of Tech Squad including “Hour of Code” for Computer Science Education Week, “SCAN, If You Can” training sessions and possible next steps. Katie Gallagher-Woolley spoke about plans for Hingham Tech Squad Help Desk – located in LMC and available second semester (4 out of 7 periods) and planning for all periods in 2014-2015. School Committee questions/comments: new technologies for students, consistency of website design and template, (Hingham Tech Squad website available).
4.2 Ray Estes & Tom Perry addressed concerns about recent HS fields flooding and reviewed HHS – Phase II Athletic Renovation December 9, 2013 – Project Status Report. Drainage issues largely due to filter fabric still in drains to protect drainage infrastructure and prevent sediment from flowing into wetlands, and the immature root zone in newly seeded areas. School Committee questions/comments: addressing possible icing on sidewalk due to flooding.
5. Questions and Comments. None
6. Superintendent’s Report.
1) December 1, 2013 enrollment update.
2) MSBA memo regarding FY 2014 Statement of Interest (SOI) opening.
3) Recent PISA testing summaries and Massachusetts PISA results, but Hingham students did not participate.
4) School Committee email from Declan Boland inviting a representative to attend Hingham Noise Bylaw Committee meeting December 16 at 6:30 p.m.
7. Unfinished Business.
7.1 On a motion by Andy Shafter and seconded by Carol Falvey,
Voted: To approve 7.10 Recycling Policy, as recommended by the Policy Subcommittee.
8. New Business.
8.1 The Committee received the Hingham High School CEEB Testing and Placement Report for the Class of 2013. Jennifer Henriksen, Assistant Principal, reviewed a PowerPoint overview, including Summary of Plans of the Class of 2013, SAT Summary, SAT Combined Score 1993-2013, SAT Critical Reading section 1993-2013, SAT Math section 1993-2013, SAT II subject test results, ACT scores 2008-2013, Percent of AP scores 3+ 2013, AP Scholars. School Committee questions/comments: possible correlation of AP scores with SAT II scores (World History), congratulations to teachers, make comparisons using percentiles scores for SATs rather than state and national means, recent downward trend in SAT scores, possible ACT administration at HHS, freshmen/sophomores taking SAT II tests, overview of SATs, etc. for freshmen.
8.2 On a motion by Andy Shafter and seconded by Liza O’Reilly,
Voted: To declare surplus a 1955 McCormick Farmall Cub Tractor and to authorize Director of Business – John Ferris to dispose of such equipment to the highest bidder in part, or in whole, through auctions, sealed bids or other means in accordance with Massachusetts Procurement Laws. Funds received, in excess of the cost of disposal, which may include advertisements, commissions for online auctions, additional hourly wages for personnel managing the disposal process, and other costs associated with disposal, shall be deposited to the general fund.
8.3 On a motion by Dennis Friedman and seconded by Carol Falvey,
Voted: To approve a 7D Transportation Van Award, as recommended.
8.4 The Committee received notification of the appointment of T. Dacia Shillingford-Compas as a substitute afternoon Metco transportation monitor, effective November 6, 2013.
8.5 Ray suggested changing the next School Committee meeting from Monday, December 16 to Wednesday, December 18 at 8:00 p.m. and Committee members agreed.
9. Other Items Not Reasonably Known 48 Hours in Advance. None
10. Subcommittee Reports.
School Building Committee – Ray provided an update on the Middle School project.
Special Education Subcommittee – Ed noted SEPAC meeting scheduled for December 10, 2013.
Long Range Planning Subcommittee – Dennis noted the meeting scheduled for December 18, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
Policy Subcommittee – Recently met to continue discussions on facilities and field rentals.
On a motion by Carol Falvey and seconded by Ray Estes,
Voted: To approve invoices as follows: Gale Associates, Inc. $1,334; Gale Associates, Inc. $1,689; R.A.D. Sports $187,897.36; and Seaver $212,500.
John Ferris reviewed the High School Fields Budget – Project Gap ($28,986) which is lower than the remaining contingency for the project.
11. Executive Session.
On a motion by Andy Shafter and seconded by Ed Schreier,
Voted: To adjourn to Executive Session at 9:45 p.m. to discuss specific topics/strategies for upcoming collective bargaining with the custodial and bus driver units and general strategies for bargaining with all school department collective bargaining groups.
Respectfully Submitted by:
Dennis Friedman, Secretary