April 28, 2014


1.    Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Ray Estes at 6:30 p.m.

Members Present:  Ray Estes, Carol Falvey, Dennis Friedman, Liza O’Reilly, Ed Schreier, and Andy Shafter

Central Office Present:  Dorothy Galo, Ellen Keane, and John Ferris

Visitors Present:  James Rossano, Alec Porter

2.    Approval of Minutes

2.1    On a motion by Carol Falvey and seconded by Liza O’Reilly,

It was
Voted:    To approve the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting held April 16, 2014, as revised.

2.1    On a motion by Carol Falvey and seconded by Liza O’Reilly,

It was
Voted:    To approve the Minutes of the Executive Session of the School Committee held April 16, 2014, as revised.

3.    Student Communications.
James Rossano reported on the following: the Robotics Team won first place in competition; the drama club’s production of Almost, Maine; AP Exams will begin next week; Italy, China and Japan trips; Jay O’Callaghan visit; Student Council assembly; Pause for Applause; Father Bill’s drive; whale watch trip; Weymouth power plant field trip.  Dr. Galo reported that the Robotics Team is looking for a corporate sponsor.

4.    Communications. None

5.    Questions and Comments.  None

6.    Superintendent’s Report.
Projected Kindergarten Enrollment Report

There will be an elementary staffing meeting on May 5, 2014.

There will be a secondary staffing meeting on May 6, 2014.

7.    Unfinished Business.   None

8.    New Business.

8.1    Ray Estes reviewed the process for the annual election of School Committee officers, scheduled for May 12, 2014.

8.2    The committee received a draft of the calendar for school year 2014 – 2015.

School Committee Questions and Comments: Pros and cons of no school scheduled for Good Friday; security and delayed start at Hingham Middle School for election day, November 4, 2014; pros and cons of two week winter recess.

8.3    On a motion by Ed Schreier and seconded by Liza O’Reilly,

It was
Voted:    To approve the recommendation from the Special Education Subcommittee to authorize the School Committee Chair’s signing of the South Shore Educational Collaborative Agreement with DESE.

8.4    The committee received a copy of the midyear update for the Superintendent/School Committee goals for 2013 – 2014.

8.5    The committee received notification of the resignation for purpose of retirement of Mary Linda Ryan, Food Services Manager at Foster School, effective June 1, 2014.

9.    Other items as may not reasonably be known 48 hours in advance of the meeting.
On a motion by Ray Estes and seconded by Carol Falvey,

It was
Voted:    To approve the payment of an invoice for $770.11 to PARE Corporation.

10.    Subcommittee and Projects Reports  None

11.    Executive Session None

On a motion by Carol Falvey and seconded by Andy Shafter,

It was
Voted:    To adjourn at 7:00 p.m. p.m. but remain in session until the conclusion of tonight’s Town Meeting.

Respectfully Submitted by:
Dennis Friedman, Secretary