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Minutes - Wayland School Committee
Regular Session   January 19, 2010  

A Regular Session of the Wayland School Committee was held on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, at 7:00 P.M. in the School Committee Room of the Wayland Town Building.

Present were:
Dr. Louis Jurist, Chair
Mr. Jeff Dieffenbach, Vice Chair
Mr. Malcolm Astley
Ms. Deb Cohen, Esq.
Mrs. Barb Fletcher

Also:
Dr. Gary A. Burton
Superintendent of Schools
Mr. Brad J. Crozier
Assistant Superintendent

Chair Louis Jurist convened the regular meeting at 7:06 P.M.

1. Comments and Written Statements from the Public:
• A community member commented on the class size in art and questioned why the entire art position at the high school was not restored.
• A community member asked why several lines in the Superintendent’s 2004 evaluation were redacted.

2. Discussion re: the Release of Materials for the Superintendent’s Annual Evaluation:
Mr. Dieffenbach gave a brief history and implications of the result of the recent court ruling and the Committee discussed the release of comments and possible future steps that will be used in the Superintendent’s annual evaluation.

Upon a motion duly made by Mr. Dieffenbach, seconded by Mrs. Fletcher, the School Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to release the individual written evaluation comments from school committee members from the Superintendent’s evaluations 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009.

Mrs. Cohen will review the documents to redact.

An additional request was made for copies of the invoices from the School Committee’s attorney. The Committee’s consensus was to inform the individual of the cost of complying with the request.

3. FinCom Package for FY’11 Budget:
Mrs. Fletcher reviewed the information that will be given to the FinCom tonight and the format for the presentation next week.

The FinCom requested information related to the Capital technology request. Mr. Dieffenbach will work with Leisha Simon and the Technology Taskforce to compile the requested information.

The School Committee discussed the content of a budget summary for the community and a communication to the listserv.

4. Approval of Accounts Payable & Payroll Warrants:
Upon a motion duly made by Mrs. Cohen, seconded by Mr. Dieffenbach, the School Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to approve the following warrants:
• School Department Accounts Payable warrant, dated 1/19/2010, in the amount of $464,293.23

5. Acceptance of Gifts:
Upon a motion duly made by Mr. Dieffenbach, seconded by Mrs. Fletcher, the School Committee voted unanimously

(5-0) to accept the following gift with gratitude:
• A donation in the amount of $1,000 from the Doyon Family Fund to the WHS Robotics Program.

6. Approval of Minutes:
Upon a motion duly made by Mr. Dieffenbach, seconded by Mrs. Fletcher, the School Committee voted unanimously

(5-0) to approve the following minutes, as amended:
• Regular Session of January 11, 2010
• Regular Session of January 14, 2010
• Executive Session of January 14, 2010

7. Comments from the Public:
A community member stated he would provide committee members with an article. He commented on more holistic measures of success aside from standardized tests. He also commented on negotiations related to the perceived sacrifice by the teachers relative to their current compensation packages.

8. Executive Session:
Upon a motion duly made by Mr. Dieffenbach, seconded by Mr. Astley, the Committee voted unanimously
(5-0) in a roll call vote to convene in Executive Session at 8:23 P.M. for the purpose of matters pertaining to Collective Bargaining, as set forth in Section 23B of G.L. Ch. 39.

              Roll Call

Yes

No

Dr. Louis Jurist

X

 

Mr. Jeff Dieffenbach

Mr. Malcolm Astley

Mrs. Deb Cohen

Mrs. Barb Fletcher

X

X

X

X

 

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

9. Adjournment:
Upon a motion by Mrs. Fletcher, seconded by Mr. Dieffenbach, the Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to adjourn the Regular Session at 8:44 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Gary A. Burton, Clerk
Wayland School Committee

Observers:
Susan Foster, 23 Old Connecticut Path
Tom Sciacca, WVN
Stacey Adelman, 9 Linn Lane
Rick Sharton, 50 Aqueduct Road