MINUTES OF THE HINGHAM SCHOOL COMMITTEE

November 18, 2013

Regular Session

1.    Call to Order.

The meeting was called to order by Ray Estes at 7:32 p.m. at Plymouth River School.

Members Present:    Ray Estes, Carol Falvey, Paul Gannon, Liza O’Reilly, and Ed Schreier

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

Visitors Present:    Derek Smith, Helaine Silva, Melissa Smith, Paula Girouard McCann, Katie Roberts, Charles Cormier, Alec Porter, David Jewett, Mary Eastwood, James Rossano, Ted Alexiades, Linda Kutsch, Jim Taylor, Anne Kerrebrock, Jim Watson, Carol Meyer of the Hingham Journal

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 Planning Meeting of October 20, 2013.

2.2    On a motion by Ed Schreier and seconded by Paul Gannon,

It was
Voted:    To approve the Minutes of the Regular Session of November 4, 2013.

3.    Student Communications.  James Rossano reported on:  Musical “Mystery of Edwin Drood” November 21-23, Holiday Fair, Mini Spirit Week before Thanksgiving, American Recycling Day, GCP – Visit of students from Japan, video conference with students in Jordan.

4.    Communications.

4.1     The Committee heard a report from Plymouth River School.  Charles Cormier, Principal, provided a PowerPoint overview regarding revision of School Improvement Plan required by DESE for Level 2 schools and school improvement goals for 2013-2014.  PRS is a Level 2 school due to results of “High Needs” students (threshold goal fell short by one point).  Chuck reviewed action steps to narrow proficiency gaps in ELA and math, including Tier 1, 2, and 3 interactions for ELA and math at grades 3-5.  Melissa Smith, Assistant Principal, reviewed a PowerPoint overview of PRS MCAS results, including decrease of warnings and increase in advanced, Student Growth Percentiles targets, and conclusions.  Chuck reviewed HEF grant “Pig Out on Reading” initiative, and Poetry contest: “Math is Everywhere.”  School Committee questions/comments:  poetry contest, Chuck “kissing the pig,” “High Needs” students-special education, low income and ELL students.  Ray thanked Chuck.

5.    Questions and Comments.  None

6.    Superintendent’s Report.
1)    MASS Legislative Report – Update on recently proposed legislation: change in maximum level of education from 16 to 18 years, Chapter 222 – services to out of school students, unfunded mandates.
2)    HMS & HHS Core Subject Class Sections and class sizes – HMS average 21.9 and HHS average 19.7.  HMS – ten years – 11.8% increase in enrollment and 3.9% increase in core subject sections.  HHS – ten years 20% increase in enrollment – 27.7% increase in core subject sections.  Discussion ensued relative to overall enrollment at MS vs. HS and likely population at HS over the next decade.
3)    November 1 enrollment.
4)    FY ’15 Budget Assumptions & Guiding Principles.
5)    HHS – AP Honor Roll Award from College Board.
Carol congratulated Paula and Directors on AP Honor Roll Award.

7.    New Business.

7.1 (taken out of order after item 7.3). The Committee heard a financial forecast update. Ted Alexiades, Town Administrator, reviewed the second financial forecast for the FY ’15 budget year and beyond.  Ted reviewed the Five Year Forecast & included projections for revenues and expenditures based on 2% wage increases without steps and lanes included.  Ray thanked Ted.

7.2    The Committee heard a report on Spring 2013 MCAS testing.  Ellen Keane, Assistant Superintendent, reviewed a PowerPoint overview of 2013 MCAS results, including percentage prof./adv., CPIs, Student Growth Percentiles, grades 3-8 ELA, math, science, and grade 10 ELA, math and science scores, district strengths, areas of concern and improvement
steps.  School Committee questions/comments:  grade 7 math results, grade 8 science results, increase in grade 4 ELA and math results, possibility of MCAS tutoring support for grade 8 students.  Katie Roberts addressed grade 8 science concerns and plans to improve future results.  Ray thanked Ellen.

7.3  The Committee heard a report on the 2013 Accountability Reports.  Ellen Keane, Assistant Superintendent, reviewed a PowerPoint overview of Hingham’s Accountability results for 2013, including school percentiles, CPPI results for all students and high needs students, Accountability levels and DESE requirements for Level 2 schools.  School Committee questions/comments:  East School – number of High Needs students, first time for accountability status – previously insufficient data (fewer than four years).  Ray thanked Ellen.

7.4 The Committee received a draft of a proposed recycling policy.  Carol M. Falvey read the Recycling Policy draft recommended by the Policy Subcommittee as a first reading.  School Committee members should send comments to Andy Shafter, Chair of the Policy Subcommittee.

7.5  Dot Galo reviewed an updated draft of Superintendent Goals for 2013-2014, including changes that reflect discussion at November 4th School Committee meeting.  Consensus of the School Committee was to accept and support the goals and proposed actions is presented.

7.6  The Committee heard an update on the High School Fields Project.  Ray commented on: concession building, progress to date, no complaints on lighting and sound since readjusted for multi-purpose field, baseball field, softball field, punch list items.

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

It was
Voted:    To approve payment of the following invoices:  Drohan Tocchio & Morgan $3,868.68; Pare Corporation $12,522.22; Seaver $202,671.00.

7.7  The Committee received information regarding a field trip of the High School Model UN Club to Sheraton Boston & Harvard University January 30 – February 2, 2014.

7.8  The Committee received notification of the resignation for the purpose of retirement of Martha Robinson, administrative assistant in the high school counseling office, effective March 31, 2014.

7.9  The Committee received notification of the appointment of Kathie Hale as a paraeducator at South School, effective November 4, 2013.

8.    Other Items Not Reasonably Known 48 Hours in Advance.  None

9.    Subcommittee Reports.

Liza reviewed a summary of a MASC/MASS Annual Conference, including PARCC resolution by MASC to delay implementation.  Ray and Ed thanked Liza.
Carol reported on a recent Community Outreach meeting.
Ray reported on the School Building Committee – HMS 80% complete – projected to be completed three months early.  Saturday, November 23, tour of the new HMS facility at 11:00 a.m. and then HHS fields thereafter.
Dot noted that the HEA, Unit B, Paraeducators, ratified the tentative agreement for a one year successor contract for the school year 2013-2014.

10. Executive Session.  None

11. Adjournment.

On a motion by Carol Falvey and seconded by Ed Schreier,

It was
Voted:    To adjourn the School Committee meeting at 9:35 p.m.