MINUTES OF THE HINGHAM SCHOOL COMMITTEE

April 8, 2013

Regular Session

The meeting was called to order by Caryl Falvey at 7:38 p.m. in the School Department Conference Room.

Members Present:    Caryl Falvey, Ray Estes, Carol M. Falvey, Andy Shafter, and Paul Gannon

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

Visitors Present:    Alec Porter, Roger Boddie, Mark Cullings, Suzanne Buchanan, Carol Pyles, Carol Meyer and Jim Watson.

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

It was
Voted:    To approve the Minutes of the Regular Session of March 25, 2013.

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

It was
Voted:    To approve the Minutes of the Executive Session of March 25, 2013.

New Business.

The Committee received information about the proposed Hingham Heritage Museum at Old Derby.  Mark Cullings reviewed a PowerPoint presentation “The Hingham Heritage Museum & Visitor Center at Old Derby,” including old photographs, mission, reasons for museum, infrastructure issues, 1966 major donors, “The Plan,” the cost (approximately $2,900,000), and funding.  Suzanne Buchanan displayed and spoke about several artifacts.  School Committee asked questions/made comments: timeline, fundraising coordinator, difference between Historical Commission, Historical Society and Hingham Historical District.  Dot Galo noted hiring of a part time archivist.

The Committee heard an update on the bidding and budget development processes for the High School Fields Project.

The Committee discussed plans for Town Meeting presentations.  Dot Galo noted the pre-Town Meeting meeting scheduled for Sunday, April 21 at 2:00 p.m.

The Committee received a summary of meetings and agendas for Hearings by the MA Legislature’s Joint Committee on Education.

On a motion by Ray Estes and seconded by Andy Shafter,

It was
Voted:    To approve proposed pay increases for substitutes, part time, hourly and per diem workers, as recommended by the Salary & Negotiations Subcommittee.

Ray Estes reviewed the benchmarking process, which hadn’t been performed in 7 years, used to review central office administrators’ & principals’ salaries.

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

It was
Voted:    To approve a new three-year contract, August 1, 2013 to July 31, 2016, for Dorothy Galo, Superintendent of Schools, with first year salary, as recommended by the Salary & Negotiations Subcommittee.

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

It was
Voted:    To approve a new three-year contract, July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016, for Ellen Keane, Assistant Superintendent, with first year salary, as recommended by the Salary &  Negotiations Subcommittee.

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

It was
Voted:    To approve a new three-year contract, July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016, for John Ferris,  Director of Business & Support Services, with first year salary, as recommended by the  Salary & Negotiations Subcommittee.

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

It was
Voted:    To acknowledge the recommendation of the Superintendent for a contract renewal for July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016, with first year salary, for Chuck Cormier, Principal of Plymouth River School.

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

It was
Voted:    To acknowledge the recommendation of the Superintendent for a contract renewal for July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2018 with first year salary for Debbie Stellar, Principal of Foster School.

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

It was
Voted:    To acknowledge the recommendation of the Superintendent for a contract renewal for July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016, with first year salary for Paula Girouard McCann, Principal of Hingham High School.

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

It was
Voted:    To acknowledge the recommendation of the Superintendent for a contract renewal for July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016 with first year salary for Joseph Andrews, Technology Manager.

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

It was
Voted:    To adopt a resolution withdrawing from participating in the State’s School Choice  Program for the 2013-2014 school year, due to enrollment and capacity concerns.

The Committee received notification of the resignation for the purpose of retirement of Mary Hayden, a grade 5 teacher at East School, effective June 30, 2013.

The Committee received notification of the resignation for the purpose of retirement of Cynthia Rossini, a grade 2 teacher at South School, effective August 25, 2013.

The Committee received notification of the resignation of Judith Beausejour, a technology specialist at South School, effective June 30, 2013.

The Committee received notification of the Alternative Leave of Absence for Andrew Hoey, a social studies teacher at Hingham High School, for the 2013-2014 school year.

Superintendent’s Report.

1)    April 1 enrollment update
2)    Projected K & new grade 1 enrollment status report.

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

It was
Voted:    To adjourn at 8:57 p.m.

Carol M. Falvey
Secretary
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