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Minutes - Wayland School Committee
Regular Session   August 24, 2010  

A Regular Session of the Wayland School Committee was held on Monday, August 24, 2010, at 6:30 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 Ashley

Dr. Shawn Kinney  

No school administrators were present due to the offsite administrators program.   

Chair Louis Jurist convened the regular meeting at approx. 6:30 pm 

1. Short Executive Session:

Upon a motion made by Mrs. Fletcher and seconded by Dr. Astley, the committee voted unanimously (3-0, Dr Kinney had not yet joined the meeting) in a roll call vote to convene in executive session to continue the evaluation of Superintendent Search firms.

              Roll Call

Yes

No

Dr. Louis Jurist

Mrs. Barb Fletcher

X

X

 

Dr. Malcolm Astley

X

 

2. Return to Open Session:

Jurist, Fletcher, Astley and Kinney, agreed to go into executive session for the purpose of interviewing the 3 Superintendent Search Firm Finalists.  As explained by the chair, the interviews were considered a continuation of the evaluation process of the firms which is to be conducted confidentially. 

3. Return to Executive Session:Upon further consideration in executive session, it was determined that the interviews of the search firms should be conducted in open session.  No other topics were discussed. Committee returned to open session.

4. Return to Open Session:

Upon a motion made by Mrs. Fletcher and seconded by Dr. Kinney, the committee voted unanimously by roll call vote to adjourn Executive Session (4-0) and conduct Search Firm interviews in open session. 

5. Comments from the Public:

A community member praised Mr. Tutwiler’s proposal to add a Fine Arts requirement to the HS graduation requirements 6.       

6.  Search Firm Finalist Interviews:

Three search firms were interviewed by the school committee for approximately 1 hour for each firm.  The firms listed in order of appearance with their representatives are: 

NESDEC, New England School Development Council, represented by Dr. Arthur Bettencourt, Assistant Executive Director and Dr. Gary Baker, Staff Associate, Executive Searching, Planning 

HYA, Hazard Young, Attea & Associates, Ltd., represented by Dr. John Connelly, Senior Associate 

FMS, Future Management Systems, represented by Dr. William Garr, Executive Vice President and Dr. Richard Warren, Senior Consultant.                                                                

Committee members discussed the relative merits of the three firms.  Upon a motion made by Dr. Kinney and seconded by Mrs. Fletcher, the committee voted unanimously (4-0) to select FMS as Wayland’s Superintendent Search Firm. 

7.  Warrants:

Upon a motion made by Mrs. Fletcher and seconded by Dr. Astley, the committee voted unanimously (3-0-1, Kinney abstained) to approve the payroll warrant of 8/12/2010, the accounts payable warrant of 8/23/2010 and the 8/23/2010 payroll warrant from the high school building project.  

8.  Comments from the Public:          

A Community member commented that he agreed with the SC choice of FMS but for a different reason. 

9.  Executive Session:                  

Upon a motion duly made by Mrs. Fletcher, seconded by Dr. Kinney, the Committee voted unanimously (4-0) in a roll call vote to convene in Executive Session for the purpose of matters pertaining to Collective Bargaining with the WTA, as set forth in Section 23B of G.L. Ch. 39.  The School Committee agreed that discussion regarding union contracts with the WTA would be in Executive Session, as conducting these discussions in open session will have a detrimental effect on the School Committee’s negotiating position. 

              Roll Call

Yes

No

Dr. Louis Jurist

Mrs. Barb Fletcher

X

X

 

Dr. Malcolm Astley

Dr. Shawn Kinney

XX

 

           

The Chair announced that the Committee would reconvene in Open Session immediately following the adjournment of the Executive Session for adjournment purposes only. 

10. Adjournment:Upon a motion duly made by Mrs. Fletcher, seconded by Dr. Kinney, the Committee voted unanimously (4-0) at 11:45PM to adjourn the Regular Session. 

Respectfully submitted,   

Shawn Kinney, Ph.D

Wayland School Committee

Observers:

Tom Sciacca, WVN