February 24, 2014

7:30 p.m.

School Department Conference Room


1.    Call to order.

2.    Approval of Minutes.
2.1    Minutes of the Joint School Committee/ Board of Selectmen Meeting held on February 6, 2014
2.2    Minutes of the School Committee Meeting held on February 10, 2014

3.    Student Communications.

4.    Communications.

5.    Questions and Comments.
Audience comments are always welcome as agenda items are discussed.  In addition, the School Committee has set aside fifteen minutes on this Agenda to enable members of the audience to raise questions and make comments on any matter of general concern that is not on the agenda.      To facilitate this process, interested speakers are asked to provide the Superintendent or School Committee Chair with the nature of the question/comment, in writing, prior to the start of the meeting.

6.    Superintendent’s Report.

7.    Unfinished Business.

8.    New Business.
8.1    To hear a report, and take action as appropriate, on revised language (as proposed by Town Counsel) for the Special Education Funding Working Group’s proposed warrant item to establish a trust/reserve fund for extraordinary special education costs.

8.2    To award a bid for the South School Energy Management System, as proposed by John Ferris.

8.3    To take action to declare as surplus a list of obsolete and/or unneeded equipment items, as recommended by John Ferris.

8.4    To hear an update on the disposition of the middle school modular unit and take action to declare the modular unit surplus to the needs of the school district.

8.5    To hear an update on the proposed FY 15 Operating Budget, with reductions as recommended by the administration, and to take action on the School Committee’s FY 15 Operating Budget.

8.6    To hear an update on the proposed FY 15 Capital Budget, with reductions as proposed by the Capital Outlay Committee, and to take action on the School Committee’s FY 15 Capital Budget.

8.7    To hear a proposed change to the HPS bullying policy that reflects recent MA legislation.

8.8    To hear a report from the Policy Subcommittee, and take action as appropriate, on a proposed pilot of fees for spring 2014 use of school facilities by Hingham youth sport groups.

8.9     To act on a draft of a proposed SC Annual Report for the 2013 Town Report.

8.10    To receive notification of the appointment of Karin LeBlanc as a long term substitute Grade 3 teacher at PRS.

8.11    To receive notification of the appointment of Julie Dale as a Tutor and Special Education Inclusion Paraeducator at PRS.

8.12    To receive notification of the temporary appointment of Ashley Trudeau as a Kids in Action teacher.

8.13    To receive notification of the following advancement on the salary scale effective February 1, 2014: Audrie Knight, M60, Step 13.

8.14    To receive information regarding a field trip of the high school Quiz Bowl Team to Washington, DC National History Bowl and Bee Competition on April 25 – 27, 2014.

9.    Other items as may not reasonably be known 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

10.    Subcommittee Reports.

11.    Executive Session.

12.    Adjournment.

NEXT SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING  –  March 10, 2014 at 7:30 P.M. in the School Department Conference Room