m December 21, 2010

Minutes - Wayland School Committee
Special Session  December 21, 2010  

A Special Session of the Wayland School Committee was held on Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 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:
Bill Garr, FMS
Richard Warren, FMS

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

1. Comments or Written Statements from the Public:
There were no comments or written statements.

2. Superintendent Search:
• Foster Wright, the Chair of the Superintendent Search Committee, provided an update on the process conducted by the Search Committee, as well as an overview of the three finalists recommended to the School Committee by the Search Committee. (See attached memo for details.)
• The three finalists include:
? Jonathan Landman, Ed.D. – current Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning of the Randolph Public Schools, Randolph, MA
? Paul Stein, Ed.D. – current Deputy Superintendent of the Newton Public Schools, Newton, MA
? Anne Shaloka Wilson, Ph.D. – current Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources of the Brookline Public Schools, Brookline, MA
• The School Committee then reviewed a document provided by FMS that summarizes the remaining timeline for the search and the details regarding the visits to Wayland by the three finalist candidates. (See attached document for details.)
• Mrs. Fletcher volunteered to serve as the point person to organize the visits to Wayland by the three finalist candidates.
• The School Committee then brainstormed potential questions for the Committee to ask in its interviews of the three finalist candidates. Each School Committee member agreed to develop questions for the interviews in the following areas:
? Developing/Managing a Budget – Mrs. Fletcher
? Philosophy around Long Range Planning – Mrs. Fletcher
? 21st Century Skills – Mr. Astley
? Challenges facing children – Mr. Astley
? Grade Level vs. Neighborhood Schools at the elementary level – Dr. Jurist
? Leveling/Gifted and Talented Programs – Dr. Jurist
? Staff Evaluation – Dr. Kinney
? Interaction with School Committee – Dr. Kinney
? Safety Issues – Ms. Butler
? Differentiated Instruction for all students (esp. those in middle) – Ms. Butler
? Experience working with Town Government – Future Management Systems (FMS)
? FMS will also develop a couple of case studies to be used in the interviews
• The School Committee decided upon three possible dates for the visits to Wayland:
? Tuesday, January 11th
? Thursday, January 13th
? Wednesday, January 19th
• Dr. Jurist will send a letter to each Search Committee member thanking them for their participation in this process.

3. Comments from the Public:
There were no public comments.

4. Adjournment:
Upon a motion duly made by Mrs. Fletcher, seconded by Ms. Butler, the Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to adjourn the Special Session at 9:05 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Barb Fletcher, Vice Chair
Wayland School Committee

Observers:
Tom Sciacca, WVN
Susan Wagner, News Reporter
Abby Jordan, Wayland