m December 7, 2009

Minutes - Wayland School Committee
Regular Session    December 7, 2009  

A Regular Session of the Wayland School Committee was held on Monday, December 7, 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

Dr. Gary A. Burton
Superintendent of Schools

Mr. Brad J. Crozier
Assistant Superintendent

Ms. Joy E. Buhler
Business Administrator

Dr. Marlene M. Dodyk
Director of Student Services

Chair Louis Jurist convened the regular meeting at 7:05 P.M. and asked for public comment.

1. Comments and Written Statements from the Public:
A parent asked about the status of the Middle School principal search.

2. HSBC Update:
Lea Anderson, Chair of the HSBC, updated the School Committee on progress made on the high school building project. She outlined several steps that the School Committee needed to take to continue with the project.

Upon a motion duly made by Mr. Dieffenbach, seconded by Mr. Astley, the School Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to proceed with CM at-risk as recommended by the HSBC.

3. Superintendent’s FY’11 Recommended Budget Presentation:
Dr. Burton presented his recommended budget for FY’11 and meets the FinCom guideline. The recommended budget will be 2.33% below the current FY’10 budget.

The Committee Chair, Dr. Jurist, asked for public comment.
• A parent commented on her disappointment in the cuts in Classics and SADD.
• A parent asked about the budget detail that would be posted online.
• A community member commented that the technology operational budget should be carefully observed so that resources are available to support the capital investments.
• A staff member asked about the specific cuts at the high school.
• A student asked several questions related to the impact of the cuts on the high school program.
• A parent asked if the administration has gotten as creative as possible with the budget process.

Dr. Burton answered questions posed by the School Committee. For the next meeting, Mrs. Fletcher will aggregate questions from the Committee.

The Committee discussed topics related to the budget discussion at their future budget meetings.
December 21st – Personnel, Offsets, & Budget to Actual
January 4th – SC Presentation/Public Forum, Review Non-Personnel & Offsets
January 11th – Offsets and Capital
January 14th – Possible Meeting
January 15th – Budget due to FinCom

4. Approval of Accounts Payable & Payroll Warrants:
Upon a motion duly made by Mrs. Fletcher, seconded by Mr. Dieffenbach, the School Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to approve the following warrants:
• School Department Payroll warrant, dated 12/3/2009, in the amount of $1,133,207.58
• School Department Accounts Payable warrant, dated 12/1/2009, in the amount of $322,032.09

5. 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 November 30, 2009
• Executive Session of November 30, 2009

6. Comments from the Public:
There were no public comments.

7. Executive Session:
Upon a motion duly made by Mrs. Cohen, seconded by Mr. Dieffenbach, the Committee voted unanimously (5-0) in a roll call vote to convene in Executive Session at 10:08 P.M. for the purpose of matters pertaining to Collective Bargaining, as set forth in Section 23B of G.L. Ch. 39.

              Roll Call



Dr. Louis Jurist



Mr. Jeff Dieffenbach

Mr. Malcolm Astley

Mrs. Deb Cohen

Mrs. Barb Fletcher






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

8. Adjournment:
Upon a motion by Mrs. Fletcher, seconded by Mrs. Cohen, the Committee voted unanimously (5-0) to adjourn the Regular Session at 10:39 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Gary A. Burton, Clerk
Wayland School Committee






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