m December 20, 2010

Minutes - Wayland School Committee
Regular Session  December 20, 2010  

A Regular Session of the Wayland School Committee was held on Monday, December 20, 2010, at 7:00 P.M. in the Senior Center 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 (arrived at 7:28 p.m.)

Mr. Geoffrey S. MacDonald
Business Administrator

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. Special Matter - HSBC:
(a) Change to HMFH Amendment #2:
Mrs. Lea Anderson presented “Amendment #2” with a total increased cost of $132,250. The amended contract amount $5,532,250. The increase will be funded by using currently budgeted contingencies.

Upon a motion duly made by Mrs. Fletcher, seconded by Dr. Astley, the School Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to approve the change to HMFH Amendment #2.

3. Review of Field Trip Policy:
Mrs. Fletcher walked the Committee through the Field Trip Policy. Dr. Astley asked for clarification and questioned the need for trips to come before the School Committee. Dr. Kinney questioned the need for recurring trips to come to the School Committee. The Subcommittee will determine if overnight/late night field trips must come before the School Committee. If so, no change to policy; if not, consider changing policy to exclude annual trips with no significant changes.

4. Suburban Coalition Discussion:
Dr. Astley reviewed possible priorities that the School Committee would like him to focus on in his work with the Suburban Coalition. The School Committee consensus was to focus on Special Education funding with some interest in revenue sources.

The School Committee also discussed the role of their advocacy as it relates specifically to lobbying to reduce the Federal military budget to support education.

5. Continued Discussion of FY12 Budget:
Dr. Burton reported that the budget was coming together. He is working on the presentation while Mr. MacDonald continues to create the budget in MUNIS.

6. Approval of Accounts Payables and Payroll Warrants:
Upon a motion duly made by Mrs. Fletcher, seconded by Ms. Butler, the School Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to approve payment of the following:
• Wayland Public Schools Accounts Payable warrant, dated 12/20/2010, in the amount of $103,158.73
• Wayland Public Schools Payroll warrant, dated 12/16/2010, in the amount of $1,065,858.97

7. Approval of Minutes:
Upon a motion duly made by Mrs. Fletcher, seconded by Dr. Kinney, the School Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to approve the following minutes as amended:
• Regular Session of December 13, 2010

8. Follow-up and Future Agenda Items:
(a) Superintendent Search Update:
The School Committee reviewed the dates for the next steps in the Superintendent’s Search.
(b) Operational Review Committee Update:
No discussion.
(c) Future Agenda Items:
• Field trip safety issues
• Alumni fundraising

9. Comments from the Public:
Mr. Sciacca discussed his thinking on a recent Boston Globe article on “Group IQ” and linking to his previous comments about creativity and collaboration.

10. Executive Session:
Upon a motion duly made by Mrs. Fletcher, seconded by Ms. Butler, the School Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to convene in Executive Session at 8:30 P.M. to discuss matters pertaining to Personnel and Collective Bargaining with the School Department’s unions and Negotiations, as set forth in Section 23B of G.L. Ch. 39. The School Committee agreed that discussion regarding union contracts would be in Executive Session, as conducting these discussions in open session will have a detrimental effect on the School Committee’s negotiating position.

11. 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 8:56 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Gary A. Burton, Clerk
Wayland School Committee

Observers:
Lea Anderson, HSBC
Tom Sciacca, WVN

Corresponding Documentation:

1.  HMFH Amendment #2

2.  Massachusetts Policy for School-Sponsored Student Travel (Chapter 71, Section 37N)