m January 24, 2011

Minutes - Wayland School Committee
Regular Session January 24, 2011  

A Regular Session of the Wayland School Committee was held on Monday, January 24, 2011 at 7:00 P.M. in the School Committee Room of the Wayland Town Building.

Present were:
Dr. Louis Jurist, Chair
Mrs. Barb Fletcher, Vice Chair
Dr. Malcolm Astley
Ms. Beth Butler
Dr. Shawn Kinney

Also:
Dr. Gary A. Burton
Superintendent of Schools

Mr. Brad J. Crozier
Assistant Superintendent

Mr. Geoffrey S. MacDonald
Business Administrator

Dr. Marlene M. Dodyk
Director of Student Services

Chair Louis Jurist convened the regular meeting at 7:05 P.M.

1. Comments and Written Statements from the Public:
There were no public comments.

2. Acceptance of Gifts:
Upon a motion duly made by Ms. Butler, seconded by Mrs. Fletcher, the School Committee voted unanimously
(5-0) to accept the following gifts to the WHS Sailing Team with gratitude:
• $1,000 gift from the Case family, Portland, CT
• $500 gift from the Falvey family, Wayland, MA
• $250 gift from the Yun family, Wayland, MA
• $250 gift from the Barber family, Wayland, MA
• $250 gift from the LaCava family, Wayland, MA

3. Budget Discussion:
The School Committee discussed the budget, specifically regarding the FY12 Capital request and the accountant position recommended by the School Business Administrator.

4. Joint Meeting with the Finance Committee:
• The School Committee presented its recommended operating budget for FY12 to the FinCom and answered questions.
• The FinCom indicated that they plan to present the FY12 Operating and Capital Budgets to the public on February 7, 2011.

5. Superintendent Search:
• The School Committee reviewed each of the three finalist candidates for the position of Superintendent of Schools, focusing on their strengths.
• The School Committee discussed the need for a site visit for any of the three candidates and agreed that site visits would not take place.

Upon a motion duly made by Dr. Astley, seconded by Ms. Butler, the School Committee voted (4-1) to enter into negotiations with Dr. Paul Stein. Dr. Kinney indicated his preference for Dr. Jonathan Landman.

• The School Committee agreed that Dr. Jurist and Ms. Butler would work with legal counsel to draft a contract.

6. Comments from the Public:
Betsy Brigham asked what the view of the administrators and teachers were with regard to the three candidates. The School Committee indicated the administrators’ preference was for Dr. Stein and the teachers were basically split between Dr. Stein and Dr. Landman.

7. Executive Session:
Upon a motion duly made by Mrs. Fletcher, seconded by Dr. Kinney, the School Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to convene in Executive Session at 10:00 P.M. to discuss matters pertaining to Negotiations relative to the Superintendent’s contract, as set forth in Section 23B of G.L. Ch. 39. The School Committee agreed that discussion regarding Superintendent negotiations would be in Executive Session, as conducting these discussions in open session will have a detrimental effect on the School Committee’s negotiating position.

The Chair announced that they would reconvene in Regular Session for adjournment purposes only. A roll call vote was taken as follows:

Roll Call

Dr. Louis M. Jurist, Chair

Mrs. Barb Fletcher, Vice Chair

Dr. Malcolm Astley

Yes

X

X

X

No

 

Ms. Beth Butler

Dr. Shawn Kinney

X

X

 

8. Adjournment:
Upon a motion duly made by Mrs. Fletcher, seconded by Dr. Kinney, the Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to adjourn the Regular Session at 10:44 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Gary A. Burton, Clerk
Wayland School Committee

Observers:
Carole LaMond, Wayland Town Crier
Heather Pineault, Wayland
Bethann Monahan, Wayland Middle School
Nancy Funkhouser, Happy Hollow PTO
Tracy Scheidemantel, Wayland

Corresponding Documentation:
1. Donor List to the WHS Sailing Team