m September 21, 2009

Minutes - Wayland School Committee
Regular Session    September 21, 2009  

                                                                 

A Regular Session of the Wayland School Committee was held on Monday, September 21, 2009, at 7:00 P.M. in the School Committee Room of the Wayland Town Building.

Present were:
Dr. Louis Jurist, Chair
Mr. Jeff R. 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

Also from the HSBC:
Lea Anderson, Chair; Dianne Bladon; Eric Sheffels; Fred Knight

Fred Turkington (Town Administrator)

BOS Members:
Michael Tichnor, Chair; Steven Correia; Sue Pope; Joe Nolan, Tom Fay

FinCom Members:
Sam Peper, Chair; Cherry Karlson, Bob Lentz, John Bladon, David Gutschenritter, Paul Grasso, Richard Stack

Chair Louis Jurist convened the regular meeting at 7:11 p.m.

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

2. Approval of Revision to Policy JJICA re: Home Education Students’ Participation in WHS Athletics:
Upon a motion duly made by Mr. Astley, seconded by Mrs. Fletcher, the School Committee voted (5-0) unanimously to approve the revision to Policy JJICA re: Home Education Students’ Participation in WHS Athletics.

3. Review of the 2009 Annual Town Report:
The Committee discussed the major topics with the Chair for inclusion into the 2009 Annual Town Report.

4. Approval of Minutes:
Upon a motion duly made by Mrs. Fletcher, and seconded by Mrs. Cohen, the School Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to approve the following minutes as amended:

• Regular Session of August 31, 2009

5. 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 9/2/2009, in the amount of $13,011.50 (manual paycheck)
• School Department Payroll warrant, dated 9/10/2009, in the amount of $1,072,995.87
• School Department Accounts Payable warrant, dated 9/14/2009, in the amount of $717,226.45

8. Report on School Opening and Enrollment:
Dr. Burton updated the Committee on the current enrollment of students in the district. He also discussed the start of the new school year; specifically, the implementation of fee-based busing and other transportation and logistical concerns.

9. Special Matter – HSBC Update:
Mrs. Lea Anderson, Chair of the High School Building Committee, presented the progress to date by the HSBC (presentation slides attached). Mrs. Anderson and other members of the HSBC answered questions from the School Committee, FinCom and Selectmen. The HSBC recommended the School Committee submit a ballot question to the Selectmen for the next Town Election.

Upon a motion duly made by Mr. Astley, seconded by Mrs. Fletcher, the School Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to submit the HSBC’s warrant language as written.

Upon a motion by Mr. Dieffenbach, seconded by Mr. Astley, the School Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to request that the Board of Selectmen place the question on the ballot.

10. Discussion re: Sale of School Property:
Dr. Burton recommended that the School Committee pursue researching the possible sale of school-owned property. The School Committee authorized Dr. Burton to continue to gather information.

11. Draft of Superintendent’s Goals:
Dr. Burton discussed a draft of his FY10 goals. The three main topics centered on Differentiated Instruction -- meeting the needs of all learners, teacher evaluations, and technology. Several members of the School Committee gave Dr. Burton some feedback on the draft, and he will present a final draft at the first meeting in October.

12. H1N1 Flu Update:
The school administration is working with the town Board of Health on addressing prevention and contingency plans in the event of an H1N1 flu outbreak. All information has been updated on the school’s websites.

13. Project Blueprint Update:
Mr. Crozier updated the School Committee on Project Blueprint.

14. Negotiations Working Group:
Dr. Jurist and a member of the School Committee will attend the negotiations working group meetings.

Upon a motion duly made by Mr. Dieffenbach, seconded by Mr. Astley, the School Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to appoint Dr. Jurist and Mrs. Fletcher be appointed to the town’s negotiations working group.

15. School Committee’s Listserv:
Mr. Dieffenbach discussed with the School Committee several ways to invite new members to join the School Committee’s listserv. He will take the necessary steps to be discussed.

16. Suburban Coalition:
As the School Committee representative, Mr. Astley asked the School Committee to direct him regarding issues of the Suburban Coalition.

17. Comments from the Public:
A parent requested that friends be allowed to ride a bus home on limited occasions. She also suggested diverting some of the profits from the fee-based busing to support ELNA.

A parent asked the School Committee to look into the cost and programming of Wayland’s After School programs. She discussed some comparison costs from area schools.

18. 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 10:15 P.M. for the purpose of matters pertaining to Personnel and Collective Bargaining, as set forth in Section 23B of G.L. Ch. 39.

Roll Call                                           Yes            No
Dr. Louis Jurist                                  X
Mr. Jeff Dieffenbach                           X
Mr. Malcolm Astley                             X
Mrs. Deb Cohen                                X
Mrs. Barb Fletcher                             X

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

19. Adjournment:
Upon a motion by Mr. Dieffenbach, seconded by Mrs. Fletcher, the Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to adjourn the Regular Session at 10:40 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Gary A. Burton, Clerk
Wayland School Committee