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Minutes - Wayland School Committee
Regular Session January 10, 2011  

A Public Forum/Regular Session of the Wayland School Committee was held on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 7:00 P.M. in the Large Hearing 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

Mrs. Leisha Simon
Technology Director

Chair Louis Jurist convened the regular meeting at 7:08 P.M. In remembrance of Bob Steele, a school employee, who tragically died as a result of an accident near his home, the School Committee asked for a moment of silence.

1. Public Forum and Comments and Written Statements from the Public:
Dr. Kinney began the budget forum with a presentation giving the public an overview of the Superintendent’s recommended budget and the FY12 Capital Budget.

• Betsy Meindel asked if the half time health and wellness teacher that was on the “Admin Council Wish list” was in the budget.
• Donna Bouchard asked how the two math intervention/coaches would be used and if the 2.0 Middle School request is a higher priority than the elementary math teachers.
• Stacey Adleman commented that many of our neighboring districts have a similar approach to having math intervention/coach teachers.
• Bob Meindel asked if the School Committee was recommending a separate item for technology capital than the operational budget.
• Donna Bouchard asked if the School Committee would take a data driven approach to survey the high school students and parents to see if the high school guidance secretary cut has impacted the students.
• Betsy Meindel commented that her experience is that the Guidance Department has been very well run and adequately staffed.
• John Flaherty asked if the School Committee was going to discuss the technology capital request. He specifically wondered about the 1 to 1 laptop initiative.

The School Committee thanked the members of the community for attending and asking questions related to the budget.

2. Meeting with the Finance Committee (FY12 Capital Request):
• Mrs. Fletcher and Leisha Simon presented the changes to the FY12 Technology Capital request. They answered questions from the School Committee.
• The School Committee and Leisha Simon discussed the plans for presentation with the FinCom later in the meeting.

Upon a motion duly made by Dr. Astley, seconded by Ms. Butler, the School Committee voted 4-1 (Dr. Kinney opposed) to recommend the FY12 Technology Capital request as outlined by Leisha Simon and the Technology Task Force.

The School Committee joined the FinCom in the Council on Aging at 8:28 P.M. to discuss the School Committee capital requests.

Leisha Simon reviewed the FY12 Technology Capital request with the FinCom, including major changes that have been made to the proposal since the FinCom was given the draft capital request.

3. Budget Work Session:
Dr. Burton provided several handouts related to the budget.

The School Committee asked several questions of the administrators related to the Superintendent’s proposed budget.

The Committee discussed several of the additional positions and would like to have a clear understanding of the plans for the Health and Wellness Coordinator and lunchroom supervisor by having several building principals submit narratives or attending a future meeting.

4. Approval of Minutes:
Upon a motion duly made by Ms. Butler, seconded by Mrs. Fletcher, the School Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to approve the following minutes, as amended:
• Regular Session of January 3, 2011
• Executive Session of January 3, 2011
• Regular Session of January 6, 2011
• Executive Session of January 6, 2011

5. Follow-up and Future Agenda Items:
(a) Superintendent Search Update:
The School Committee reviewed the questions prepared for the Superintendent candidate interviews.

(b) Operations Review Committee Update:
Mrs. Fletcher reported that the Operations Review Committee will provide a draft of Phase II before the end of the budget process. She also reported that Phase I was given to the Committee and administration. They will discuss the report at a future meeting.

6. Comments from the Public:
John Flaherty commented that leasing would be a better option for student 1:1.

7. Adjournment:
Upon a motion duly made by Mrs. Fletcher, seconded by Ms. Butler, the Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to adjourn the Regular Session at 11:03 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Gary A. Burton, Clerk
Wayland School Committee

Observers:
Stacey Adelman, 9 Linn Lane
Betsy Meindel, Wayland
Bob Meindel, Wayland
John Flaherty, Wayland
Donna Bouchard, Wayland