MINUTES OF THE HINGHAM SCHOOL COMMITTEE

July 23, 2012

Regular Session

 

The meeting was called to order by Caryl Falvey at 7:04 p.m. in the School Department Conference Room.

 

Members Present:        Caryl Falvey, Ray Estes, Carol M. Falvey, Dennis Friedman, Paul Gannon, Edward Schreier, Andy Shafter.

 

Central Office Present:            Dot Galo, Ellen Keane, Elizabeth Flynn, John Ferris

 

Visitors Present:           Debbie Stellar, Tony Keady, Chuck Cormier, Margaret Conaty, Amanda Donovan, Lindsey Barbee, Jean Garrity, Donna Keaney, Mary Power, Irma Lauter, and Carol Meyer of the Hingham Journal.

 

On a motion by Andy Shafter and seconded by Ed Schreier,

It was

Voted:              To approve the Minutes of the Regular Session of June 18, 2012, as amended.

 

On a motion by Andy Shafter and seconded by Ed Schreier,

It was

Voted:              To approve the Minutes of the Special meeting of July 9, 2012.

 

Communications.

Dot Galo noted a letter from DESE notifying the Hingham district that the Coordinated Program Review (CPR) onsite review has been scheduled during the week of March 4-8, 2013.

New Business.

The Committee received East School’s School Council Improvement Plan.  Tony Keady, Principal, introduced Amanda Donovan, East School teacher and a member of School Council and provided an overview of the completion and progress to date on the goals and action steps for the 2011-2012 School Improvement Plan.  Tony reviewed the East School 2012-2013 School Improvement Plan goals and action steps, including student writing, the use of technology to improve instruction, safe and secure school environment and strength in school/family partnership.  Caryl thanked Tony for his report.  School Committee made comments/asked questions:  Results of 2011-2012 outcome benchmarks.

The Committee received Foster School’s School Council Improvement Plan.  Debbie Stellar, Principal, provided a summary of the completion and progress to date on the goals and action steps for the 2011-2012 School Improvement Plan.  Debbie reviewed the 2012-2013 School Improvement Plan goals and action steps, including literacy, math, Habits of Mind, community service and global awareness.  She noted that the Title I literacy coach would be supervising a summer on-line learning program. Caryl thanked Debbie for her report.  School Committee made comments/asked questions:  Repairs due to vandalism at Foster School and community building award for Foster School float at July 4th parade.

The Committee received Plymouth River School’s School Council Improvement Plan.  Chuck Cormier, Principal, provided an update on the completion and progress to date on the 2011-2012 School Improvement Plan goals and action steps.  Chuck reviewed the 2012-2013 School Improvement Plan goals and action steps, including literacy, math, creative play within wooded settings, Massachusetts Educator Evaluation system and Professional Learning Communities (PLC). He also discussed the  concept of Nature Deficit Disorder and its impact on children.  Caryl thanked Chuck for his report. School Committee made comments/asked questions:  Inside Out activity.

The Committee received the Hingham Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) 20111-2012 Year End Report.  Donna Keaney and Jean Garrity, Co-chairs, provided a summary of the SEPAC 2011-2012 End of Year Report, including presentations, grant funding, a new website, and Facebook page, a new annual Fun Run Walk, newsletters, an information brochure and goals for 2012-2013.  Caryl thanked Jean and Donna for their report and for devoting their time to the Special Education Director search.

Ed Schreier reviewed the proposed Ad Hoc Committee recommendations for the field project.  School Committee made comments/asked questions:  possible location of a second all-purpose turf field.

On a motion by Ed Schreier and seconded by Andy Shafter,

It was

Voted:              To accept recommendation of the Ad Hoc Committee for the location of the multi-purpose game field bounded by the track and field to west, tennis courts to south, baseball field to east and high school facilities to the north, and the                            components of the rest of the Phase II plan and to authorize the designer to move forward.  Six in favor and one opposed (Dennis             Friedman).

 

On a motion by Ray Estes and seconded by Carol M. Falvey,

It was

Voted:              To approve the proposed School Committee meeting calendar for 2012-2013, as amended.

 

On a motion by Ray Estes and seconded by Paul Gannon,

It was

Voted:              To approve the salary & benefit increases for the following support staff:  Marion Garvin, Supervisor of School Transportation, Paul Field, Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds, Nancy Silvia, Secretary, Judy Beausejour, Technology Specialist,  and Lawrence Babcock, High School Building Manager as outlined in a memo from John Ferris.

 

On a motion by Ray Estes and seconded by Carol M. Falvey,

It was

Voted:              To ratify the 2012-2013 salaries of the Director of Student Services, the Principal of South School, the Assistant Principal for PRS and East Schools, and the Foreign Language Director, as recommended by the Superintendent.

 

On a motion by Ray Estes and seconded by Paul Gannon,

It was

Voted:              To approve a Retainer Agreement for FY July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 with Ropes & Gray for labor relations services for $40,000, as outlined in a memo of June 29, 2012.

On a motion by Ray Estes and seconded by Carol M. Falvey,

It was

            Voted:              To approve the home schooling application for Patricia Breen (grade 3) for the 2012-2013 school year.

The home schooling application for CosetteYungton (grade 3) was withdrawn.

On a motion by Ray Estes and seconded by Ed Schreier,

It was

Voted:              To authorize Dr. Galo to continue to serve as a SSEC Board member for  2012-2013.

 

The Committee received notification of the resignation of Lysa Curry, a para educator at Foster School, effective June 30, 2012.

 

The Committee received notification of the resignation of Molly Howard, a para educator at South School, effective June 30, 2012.

 

The Committee received notification of the resignation of Marion Rubbo, a para educator at Hingham Middle School, effective June 30, 2012.

 

The Committee received notification of the following appointments:  Stacey Baker, social studies, middle school; Alysia Campbell, science, high school; Benjamin Campbell, sped, high school; Adam Derosier, grade 3 LT sub, East; Caitlin Fahey, grade 4 LT sub, East; Eileen Farrell, grade 4 LT sub, Foster; Jennifer Gonzalez, .5 Spanish, PRS; Alyce Jordan, Sped K, East; Michelle Markowitz, grade 5, Foster; Jennifer Natale, grade 4, South; Kathryn Noonan, grade 5, Foster; James O’Keefe, .4 science, .6 math, high school; Jill Rowley, science, middle school; Michelle Ryan, .5 school psychologist, middle school; Melissa Smith, Assistant Principal, East and PRS; Emily Toney, grade 5, South; Kate Tortola, English, high school; Maria Zade, foreign language, high school.

Subcommittee Reports.

School Building Committee:  Ray Estes reported on the following: construction and site clearing underway, fortified foundations, communications with neighbors.

Policy:  Carol M. Falvey will schedule a meeting date.

Long Range Planning:  Andy Shafter recommended scheduling the Saturday Walk Around and reported on the July 9 meeting.  Andy also reported on a meeting with himself, Selectman Irma Lauter, Dot Galo, and John Ferris to discuss a proposed 2012-2013 draft objective for asset management.

Ad Hoc High School Fields:  Ed Schreier noted the next meeting July 30th.

Superintendent’s Report.

1)         Projected September enrollment: elementary class sections and secondary projections.

2)         DESE District Standards & Indicators.

On a motion by Ray Estes and seconded by Edward Schreier,

It was

Voted:              By roll call vote, with all in favor, to adjourn the School Committee meeting at

9:40 p.m.

Carol M. Falvey

Secretary