m October 13, 2009

Minutes - Wayland School Committee
Regular Session    October 13, 2009  

A Regular Session of the Wayland School Committee was held on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 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

Dr. Marlene M. Dodyk
Director of Student Services

Chair Louis Jurist convened the regular meeting at 7:08 p.m. He welcomed the observers and asked for public comment.

1. Comments and Written Statements from the Public:
A parent provided the Committee with an anonymous email he received related to elementary MCAS scores.

2. Special Matter – HSBC Update:
Lea Anderson and Dianne Bladon of the High School Building Committee described the possibility of using a “Construction Manager at Risk” for the high school building project. This process could save a considerable amount of time, resources, and possibly some of the most qualified contractors in the area.

Upon a motion duly made by Mrs. Fletcher, seconded by Mrs. Cohen, the School Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to affirm the vote of the HSBC to pursue contacting Town Counsel to enter into all necessary and appropriate agreements for the design, construction and other related expenses to expand and modernize Wayland High School, including but not limited to a project funding agreement with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) for losses associated with the Town’s performance of its obligations and exercise of its rights under such agreement.

Second Motion under the High School Article: Upon the recommendation by Town Counsel Mark Lanza, the HSBC members informed the Committee of some draft language for the Town Meeting.

The HSBC also provided the School Committee with an informational mailer and a fact sheet for the community. Both of the flyers have been approved by the Office of Campaign Finance. Dianne Bladon also discussed sign boards for the forum and the schools.

3. October 1st Enrollment Report and FY’11 Projections:
Dr. Burton provided the School Committee with the 2009-2010 Enrollment Report that was prepared by Joy Buhler. He answered questions posed by the Committee members. Dr. Burton also provided the Committee with the most current enrollment numbers as reported on October 1st.

4. Discussion re: Revised Field Trip Policy.:
Mrs. Fletcher presented proposed changes to the Field Trip Policy and regulations/guidelines. Some suggestions were made to the policy and it was issued for comment.

5. Preliminary FY’11 Budget Principles:
The School Committee reviewed a draft of the FY’11 Budget Principles. The group consensus was to make no changes to the content of the Budget Principles.

6. Superintendent’s Goals for 2009-2010:
Dr. Burton presented his goals for FY’10. He received feedback from the members of the Committee.

Upon a motion duly made by Mrs. Fletcher, seconded by Mr. Dieffenbach, the School Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to accept Dr. Burton’s goals with suggested revisions.

7. Approval of Accounts Payable & Payroll Warrants:
Upon a motion duly made by Mr. Dieffenbach, seconded by Mr. Astley, the Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to approve the following accounts payable and payroll warrants.
• School Department Payroll warrant, dated 9/24/2009, in the amount of $1,083,344.78
• School Department Accounts Payable warrant, dated 10/26/2009, in the amount of $250,187.22

8. Suburban Coalition:
Mr. Astley updated the School Committee on the last Suburban Coalition meeting he attended. He also asked the other members to give him clear direction for his efforts with the coalition.

9. Approval of Minutes:
Upon a motion duly made by Mr. Dieffenbach, and seconded by Mrs. Fletcher, the School Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to approve the following minutes as amended:
• Regular Session of September 29, 2009

Upon a motion duly made by Mr. Dieffenbach, and seconded by Mrs. Cohen, the School Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to approve the following minutes as amended:
• Executive Session of September 29, 2009

10. Comments from the Public:
A community member advocated for providing a rich atmosphere and environment to students to help them reach to their highest potential.

11. Executive Session:
Upon a motion duly made by Mr. Dieffenbach, seconded by Mrs. Fletcher, the Committee voted unanimously (5-0) in a roll call vote to convene in Executive Session at 9:12 P.M. for the purpose of matters pertaining to Personnel, 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.

12. Adjournment:
Upon a motion by Mr. Dieffenbach, seconded by Mrs. Fletcher, the Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to adjourn the Regular Session at 10:27 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Gary A. Burton, Clerk
Wayland School Committee

Observers: Lea Anderson, HSBC
                Betsey Brigham, Rice Road