MINUTES OF THE HINGHAM SCHOOL COMMITTEE

January 14, 2013

Regular Session

The meeting was called to order by Ray Estes, Vice Chair, at 7:32 p.m. in the School Department Conference Room.

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

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

Visitors Present:    Rick Swanson, Heather Rodriguez, Paula Girouard McCann, Helaine Silva, Alec Porter, Doug Holley, Steven Dings, Mike Nash, Laura Marwill, Bill Seymour and Peter Spanos from Gale, Ted Healey, Henry Howie, Peter MacIntyre of  HCAM, Keith Jermyn (10:22), Tom Pyles (10:22).

Communications.

The Committee heard a report from Hingham High School.  Ray Estes apologized to Principal Paula Girouard McCann for the rescheduling of the High School Report.  Paula introduced Rick Swanson, Assistant Principal, to speak about Green Initiatives at HHS.  Rick reviewed a PowerPoint and spoke about the following:  pursuing the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School status, holding the fifth annual “Environmental Teach In,” expanding the garden, food composting, “Slash the Trash Fridays and Competition.” He discussed the Green Committee’s fundraising at Hingham Farmers Market and how the funds have gone to purchase compostable plates (Styrofoam trays are gone); their “Random Acts of Greenness” program and how they hope to get a third hydration station, and their drives to collect used sneakers and used sports equipment.  School Committee asked questions/made comments: Green Committee initiatives in place for six years, status of green house.  School Committee thanked Rick.

Student Communications.

Steven Dings and Mike Nash reported on the following:  sports update: track relays, ski team, girls basketball, boys basketball, girls swim team, boys swim team, boys hockey, girls hockey, Student Council – Random Acts of Kindness, handprint mural, and coat drive.

New Business.

The Committee received the Hingham High School CEEB Testing & Placement Report for the Class of 2012.  Heather Rodriguez reviewed the “Profile of CEEB Testing & Placement, Class of 2012”  including: Summary of Plans, SAT Summary, SAT combined scores 1992-2012, SAT-Critical Reading, Math& Writing 1992-2012, ACT scores (an alternative college test viewed more as an achievement test than the reasoning based SAT tests), SAT Subject Tests: AP scores: (52% senior class took one or more AP tests), percentages of AP Grades 3 or higher (AP tests are scored 1-5), and A.P. Scholar Designations.  School Committee asked questions/made comments: percentage attending four year colleges, tracking graduation rate from college, percentage of counselor time devoted to college planning and application process, all of the students taking A.P. Chemistry scored a perfect 5, and A.P. curriculum designed to prepare students to take A.P. tests.  School Committee thanked Heather.

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

It was
Voted:    To adjourn to Planning Board at 8:30 p.m. and to re-convene to the School Committee meeting later in the evening.

The meeting was re-convened at 10:22 p.m. by Ray Estes.

On a motion by Andy Shafter and seconded by Paul Gannon,

It was
Voted:    To approve the Minutes of the Regular Session of November 28, 2012.

Communications.

Dot Galo noted a letter from Attorney Madeja, representing Citizens for a Balanced Field Project, email from MASS regarding National Fingerprint Check Bill and a letter from Christine Smith in support of MPF project.

The Committee reviewed the designation of a “seat” at the new MPF bleachers in honor of POWs/MIAs Ed Schreier introduced Keith Jermyn, Hingham’s Veterans Agent who supported the designation.

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

It was
Voted:    To designate on the home side of MPF, a seat, or space and in honor                     of POWs/MIAs.

The Committee heard an update on matters related to the permitting process for the High School Fields Project.

The Committee took up another review of its proposed “Usage Policy” after receiving updated Note suggestions from the Chair and attending the Planning Board meeting at 8:30.
Caryl Falvey proposed expanding the Additional Notes to include:

•    Use of PA will be allowed for HPS and Hingham youth sport organizations.  Typical use includes: playing of the national anthem, player introduction, half time show, play-by-play for football games, public service announcements and for use at graduation.
•    Prior to the first day of the Fall and Spring seasons, the HPS will post the beginning and end dates of the season, the hours of light operation and the dates and times of all games using the PA system.  The HPS reserves the right to update the schedule as necessary to accommodate unanticipated changes in the game schedules.
•    No lights will be turned on if the MPF is not in use unless in an emergency situation.
Ray Estes reviewed the “Usage Policy” for the proposed MPF, updated January 8, 2013 and proposed the following PA revisions to the Usage Policy:

Last week of August through 3rd week of November:
PA until 7:30 pm twice a week M-F, and, in addition, PA until 10:00 pm for 3 Friday night games during the season
PA from 4:00- 8:00 pm for 2 Saturday night games per season, except for daytime high school events to be determined by the school administration.

Third week of March until Second week in June:
PA twice a week M-F until 7:30 pm, and, in addition, PA until 8:30 pm on 3 Friday night games during the season
PA from 4:00-8:00 pm for 2 Saturday night games per season, except for daytime high school events to be determined by the school administration.

On a motion by Ray Estes and seconded by Dennis Friedman,

It was
Voted:    To revise the Usage Policy for the MPF as stated above.

It was also recommended that clarification be made about use by “other groups” as discussed in the Priority of Use, Notes section in the MPF Usage Policy Power Point on page 23.  It was decided that “other groups” would not be allowed to use lights and amplified sound.

On a motion made by Ray Estes and seconded by Paul Gannon.

It was
Voted:    To amend the statement to provide:

“The School Committee adopted a usage policy that encompasses all usage of the fields.  This is how we have always operated.  We have prioritized the users in the following manner: (1)   Hingham Public Schools; (2) Hingham Youth Sports; (3) Hingham Organizations; (4)  Other groups if there is remaining availability except that lights and amplified sound will not be available to these other groups.”
On a motion by Andy Shafter and seconded by Ray Estes,

It was
Voted:    To approve Town Meeting Warrant language for the High School Fields Project with the following revisions:

Article B: delete tax parcel number reference and correct bleacher                     seating number to 2202
Article D: replace “permit” with “allow” and replace “70-foot high”                     with “80-foot” high light poles (base adds additional height)

The Committee discussed the proposed reductions (“value engineering”) to the High School Fields Project cost estimates.

The Committee received notification of the resignation for the purpose of retirement of Kathleen Campbell, an administrative assistant at Hingham High School, effective February 28, 2013.

The Committee received notification of the resignation of Rosanna Nigro, a paraeducator at East School, effective December 14, 2012.

The Committee received notification of the appointment of Caroline Rice as a .4 nurse at East School, effective January 2, 2013.

The Committee received notification of the appointment of Kimberly Goldsmith Forgue as a paraeducator at Hingham Middle School, effective November 5, 2012.

The Committee received notification of the appointment of Molly Keif as a long term substitute teacher at East School for the remainder of the 2012-2013 school year.

The Committee received notification of the appointment of Dawn Maglio as a van driver, effective January 2, 2013.

The Committee received notification of winter coaching assignments, as recommended.

Other.

Dot Galo noted a letter from Gale Associates regarding Hingham Middle School safety inspection.

School Building Committee.

Ray noted an update sent to the Hingham Journal.

On a motion by Carol Falvey and seconded by Paul Gannon,

It was
Voted:    To adjourn the School Committee meeting at 11:50 p.m.

Carol M. Falvey
Secretary