MINUTES OF THE HINGHAM SCHOOL COMMITTEE

 

June 18, 2012

 

Regular Session

 

 

The meeting was called to order by Ray Estes, Vice Chair, at 7:31 p.m. in the School Department Conference Room.

 

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

 

Central Office Present:            Dot Galo, Ellen Keane, Jean Curtis Loud, John Ferris

 

Visitors Present:           Jennifer Lowe, Paula Girouard McCann, Roger Boddie, Mary Eastwood, Marian Hamrock, Eliza Burns, Donna Keaney, Jean Garrity, Maureen Fernaldi, Caitlin Stanton, Joe King, Anne King, Ellie Hickey, Linda Hill, Tony Catinella of the Hingham Patch, Carol Meyer of the Hingham Journal, Neil Simpson of the Patriot Ledger.

 

 

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

 

It was

Voted:              To approve the Minutes of the Regular Session of June 4, 2012.

 

New Business.

 

The Committee received Hingham High School’s School Council Improvement Plan.  Paula Girouard McCann, Principal, reviewed the status and work completed to date on the School Improvement Plan (SIP) goals for 2011-2012.  She presented and reviewed the HHS SIP goals for 2012-2013: develop advisory program for freshmen; pilot Global Citizenship Program (funded for 2nd year by HEF); develop a Senior Capstone project; review role and services offered by the Counseling Department and promote the Theme of Respect.  Ray Estes thanked Paula for her report.  School Committee asked questions/made comments:  Global Citizenship Program could fulfill future senior project requirement.

 

The Committee received Hingham Middle School’s School Council Improvement Plan.  Roger Boddie, Principal, reviewed the status and work completed on SIP goals for 2011-2012.  He presented and reviewed the HMS SIP goals for 2012-2013: Transition to the new state evaluation procedure and standards; analyze results of the parent survey; look at feasibility of shifting from an elective to an exploratory program and evaluate protocols and procedures centered on ensuring safety during construction.  Ray Estes thanked Roger for his report.  School Committee asked questions/made comments:  will look at homework policy- research on value of homework and amount assigned.  Roger noted the pending retirement of Marion Rubbo, library/media para educator after 15 years.

 

The Committee received South School’s School Council Improvement Plan.  Eliza Burns, Principal, introduced the SIC members present in the audience and reviewed work completed to date on the SIP for 2011-2012.  She presented and reviewed South School SIP goals for 2012-2013: promote and encourage academic excellence for all students; provide opportunities to develop students’ physical and emotional wellbeing and awareness of social responsibilities; and encourage communication, support and collaboration with parents and the community.  Ray Estes thanked Eliza for her report and for her service as principal.  Eliza Burns will be the new Cole School principal after 13 years as a teacher, assistant principal and principal in the Hingham Public Schools. School Committee asked questions/made comments:  use of technology in teaching math, use of web-based learning applications for math, literacy,

etc., documenting and analyzing data results from web-based technology.  Dot Galo announced that Mary Eastwood has been appointed as the new Principal of South School.

 

Dot Galo recommended that Elizabeth (Liz) Kurlan Flynn be appointed as the new Director of Student Services and reviewed the screening process that was followed to fill the position.  Linda Hill, Chair of the Screening Committee, reviewed the candidate skills and characteristics that were identified by the Screening Committee and confirmed that Liz Flynn meets all of the qualifications.  Donna Keaney, Co-chair of SEPAC and a member of the Screening Committee, shared several parental concerns about the candidate and concluded her remarks stating that they looked forward to working with the recommended finalist.  Dot Galo and Ray Estes clarified and spoke to the parental concerns that were expressed.  Ellen Keane, Assistant Superintendent, and Jean Curtis Loud, Director of Student Services, spoke in support of Dr. Galo’s recommendation of Liz Flynn for Director of Student Services.  School Committee asked questions/made comments: strength of screening process and encouraging parent input during the search processes.  Audience questions/comments: Ellie Hickey, Caitlin Stanton, and Maureen Fernaldi spoke in opposition to the appointment of Elizabeth Flynn as the new Director of Student Services.

 

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

 

It was

Voted:              To approve the appointment of Elizabeth Flynn as new Director of Student  Services, subject to negotiations. Approved 5-0 with one abstention (Andy Shafter).

 

John Ferris presented a cost comparison of bus leasing and outsourcing for FY13-FY15.  Over the three- year period, leasing was more affordable and the bid received was under the FY13 budgeted amount.  Leasing and operating HPS buses also afforded more flexibility over drivers and uses (field trips, summer school, sports competitions, and Town Meeting).

 

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

 

It was

Voted:              To approve the bus lease award to First Student, as recommended.

 

The Committee received notification of the resignation of Lisa Byrne, a para educator at Hingham High School, effective June 14, 2012.

 

The Committee received notification of the resignation of Allan Jones, a school bus driver, effective June 1, 2012.

 

The Committee received notification of the appointment of Maura Talbot as a grade 4 teacher at Plymouth River School, effective August 27, 2012.

 

The Committee received notification of the appointment of Susan Willison as a grade 4 teacher at Plymouth River School, effective August 27, 2012.

 

John Ferris reviewed the proposed change orders to the track and tennis court projects.

 

On a motion by Dennis Friedman and seconded by Andy Shafter,

 

It was

Voted:              To authorize up to $20,000 from the track article to refurbish the area between the concession/storage building and the track as detailed.

 

On a motion by Andy Shafer and seconded by Carol M. Falvey,

            It was

Voted:              To authorize up to $3,500 from the Tennis Court Article for the purpose of purchasing windscreen for the refurbished tennis courts to be installed by HPS personnel.

 

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

 

It was

Voted:              To approve the authorization for the Superintendent (with the awareness and approval of the Chair) to establish salaries for individuals and non-collective  bargaining groups during the summer, provided that they are within budget and  reflect parameters established by already approved agreements.

 

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

 

It was

Voted:              To award the copy paper bid to W. B. Mason at a price of $41,613.60, as                                          recommended.  Five were in favor.  Dennis Friedman was opposed.

 

Subcommittee Reports.

 

School Building Committee:  Ray Estes reported on the following:  the HMS construction project was on target, Groundbreaking Ceremony was scheduled for 6/22, there was a meeting on the Clawback with state officials  and it was recently determined that the tennis courts at the middle school are under the control of the HPS.

Long Range Planning:  Andy Shafter noted a meeting on June 25th with the Ad Hoc Field Study Committee and a separate Long Range Planning meeting to be scheduled.

Policy:  Carol M. Falvey will schedule a meeting.

 

Superintendent’s Report.

 

1)         Projected 2012-2013 enrollments and grade level sections as of 6/8/12.

2)         North River Collaborative special education transportation annex and lease at the Hingham Depot.

3)         North River Collaborative Technology Grant approved for ten districts including Hingham.

4)         Recent meeting with Dwight Harman, a CATZ representative and Christine Falvey, Hingham            Sports Partnership, regarding concussion tests for students in grades 5 and 7 using HPS        equipment to be conducted after school hours. CATZ would manage and HSP would pay for the         program.

 

 

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

 

It was

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

10:32 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Carol M. Falvey

Secretary

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