MINUTES OF THE HINGHAM SCHOOL COMMITTEE
October 22, 2012
Regular Session

The meeting was called to order by Caryl Falvey at 7:32 p.m. at South Elementary School.

Members Present:    Caryl Falvey, Ray Estes, Carol M. Falvey, Dennis Friedman, Paul Gannon, Edward Schreier, Andy Shafter (8:15)

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

Visitors Present:    Roger Boddie, Wes Hutcheson, Jennifer Lowe, Kathleen Jordan, Mary Eastwood, Marian Hamrock, Gretchen Laudenat, Elizabeth O’Neill, Julie Chandler, Emily Toney, Cindy Rossini, Judy Beausejour, Kathy LeBlanc, Patricia DiMartinis, Linda Kutsch, Helen Bias, Carol Meyer of the Hingham Journal.

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

It was
Voted:    To approve the Minutes of the Special Meeting of October 4, 2012.

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

It was
Voted:    To approve the Minutes of the Regular Session of October 9, 2012, as amended.

Communications.

The Committee heard a report from South Elementary School.  Mary Eastwood, Principal, provided a presentation including the following: Thank you’s, South theme “Prepare the child for the path not the path for the child.”  It takes a village to prepare the child for the path,” academic curriculum, and differentiation – “Ahoy Columbus” (gr. 5), “seasonal counting” (K), Affective Ed (EQ); Second Step/Steps to Respect, “Buzz” program, PTO Bee Kinder than Necessary “Toss a Pebble in the Pond” school/grade level events, and Story Time with principal, HEF grant – playground program, Thanksgiving Feast (11/16), and instilling Habits of Mind.  School Committee asked questions and made comments: enjoyed seeing videos of students.

The Committee received a draft of proposed School Committee/Superintendent Goals for 2012-2013.  Dot Galo reviewed the proposed draft of School Committee/Superintendent (SMART) goals: Academic Excellence/21st Century Skills: formation of South Shore group, MA Accountability System/PPI, alignment with CCSS; Technology: personalized computing, tech staffing, SW/hardware data management – Educator Evaluation system, on line virtual learning at the secondary level; Personnel: salary/benefits benchmarking, contract negotiations – Ed. Evaluation System, collective bargaining FY ’13, professional staff data collection/leadership planning; Communications & Outreach: survey based school activities, FY ’14 budget visuals, Superintendent’s newsletter, Title IX agreement implementation; Asset Management: HMS construction, proposed HHS field project, list of most costly repair/capital items, Spec. Ed Funding Working Group.  School Committee asked questions and made comments: Academic Excellence-21st Century, current MA Accountability ratings, Technology – virtual learning, concern with timing given HMS opening – completion of report in Summer of 2013 before tech decisions made for HMS, tech specialists presentations regarding possible changes.  Personnel – none, Community Outreach, participation of School Committee Community Outreach Committee, Asset Management –

November 27 meeting with Boosters, capital/repair list – by FY ’13, change title of Spec. Ed Funding Working Group.

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

It was
Voted:    To adopt the initial proposed draft of the School     Committee/Superintendent  goals for 2012-2013, with suggested recommended changes.  Andy Shafter             abstained.

The Committee received summary information about parent surveys conducted at each school in spring 2012.  Dot Galo reviewed the process and guidelines used by principals in spring 2012 to conduct and analyze parent surveys.  She also reviewed the parent survey process (similar to that followed in the past) and presented a summary of results of the 2012 Parent Surveys (consistent with 2006 findings) noting general satisfaction by parents, there is no single voice on issues and while patterns are important, the voice of one may have merit and provide reflection.  School Committee asked questions and made comments:  Principals used Survey Monkey, complete parent survey on annual basis to look at trends, include question “would you encourage family with children to attend HPS?”, student surveys.

The Committee received information regarding an overnight field trip of the Global Citizenship Program to Quebec and Montreal, Canada February 15-19, 2013.

The Committee received information regarding an overnight field trip of Middle School French 8 class to Quebec City May 3-5, 2013.

School Committee asked questions and made comments:  www.saraswish.org, an international travel safety foundation should be consulted, request that field trip forms be typed and consistent forms be used, comparable costs of field trips to Canada.

The Committee received notification of the resignation of Caitlin Corey, a paraeducator at Hingham Middle School, effective October 19, 2012.

The Committee received notification of the resignation of Krista Tanguy, a paraeducator at Hingham Middle School, effective October 26, 2012.

The Committee received notification of the appointment of Maureen Carlson as Accounting Assistant at the Central Office, effective October 29, 2012.

School Building Committee

Ray Estes reported that steel will be delivered this week, and foundation work 80% completed.

Superintendent’s Report

1)    HMS & HHS core subjects/enrollments/sections/class size
HS – 25% 25+
MS – 33% 25+

2)    Revised Budget Calendar.  Caryl Falvey suggested scheduling a Saturday meeting with the  Education Subcommittee January 12, 2013.

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

It was
Voted:    By roll call vote, with all in favor, to adjourn to Executive Session at 8:57  p.m. to discuss strategies related to Collective Bargaining with the HEA,                 Unit B, Administrators’ Association, Food Service Workers, Bus Drivers,  & Custodians.  The Committee stated it would not return to Open Session.

Carol M. Falvey
Secretary

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