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Melrose Avenue School

November 14, 2002

Present: Catherine Kaiser, Chairperson

Barbara Davis

Mary Keen

Elizabeth Gooding

William Brennan

Present: Katherine Sipala, Superintendent

Maria Alfred, Business Manager

Call to Order: Ms. Kaiser called the general meeting to order at 7:03 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ms. Kaiser called the Roll Call. All Present

Recognition: Mrs. Sipala recognized this year’s Soccer Coaches, Fred Uttley and Noel O’ Dwyer, for their dedication and work with the team.

Dr. Betty Young of URI asked to recognize two teachers for their outstanding work with GEMS Net. Mrs. Mary Lou Dudley completed 158 hours of Professional Development in Science and Literacy. Mrs. Linda Rezendes completed 160 hours of Professional Development in Science and Literacy. Dr. Young presented them with certificates for their accomplishments.

Public Forum: No one signed in.

Ms. Kaiser asked that comments and discussion regarding the budget be held until the presentations were made and School Committee discussed the items.

Announcements and Correspondence: Ms. Kaiser received an email from SORICO with the agenda for the November 25th Key Works Committee Meeting. She stated that Jamestown was on the agenda to present.

Mrs. Keen received information on Training for Government Officials be to held on January 25, 2003. The School Committee encouraged new candidates for School Committee to attend.

Mrs. Sipala informed the Committee that she inserted her letter to Superintendent Halley in their packets.

Consent Agenda: Approval of Minutes; Payment of Bills;

Long Term Substitute Appointment; Mrs. Tamara Harris was appointed to the Long Term Substitute position.

Coaching Appointment: Mr. David Pritchard was appointed to the position of Girls Basketball Coach for the 2002-03 School Year. Mr. Eric Bush was appointed to the position of Boys Basketball Coach for the 2002-03 School Year

After School Program Appointment; Appointed to the After School Tutorial positions were Ms. Sandra Reynolds, Mrs. Kerri Ferreira, Ms. Faith Birtwell and Mrs. Pat Cook. Appointed to the After School Tutorial Assistant position was Ms. Jo Anne Augustinho.

Grade 8 Advisor Appointment: Mrs. Leslie Wolken was appointed to the Grade 8 Advisor position.

Mrs. Keen moved and Mr. Brennan seconded to accept the Consent Agenda as presented. A vote was taken. Unanimous.

Unfinished Business:

Technology Acceptable Use Policy/ Second Reading: On hold.

Internet Acceptable Use Policy/Second Reading: On hold.

Permission for Technology Use and Internet Access/Second Reading: On hold.

Web Consent Policy/Second Reading: Mrs. Gooding moved and Ms. Davis seconded to accept the second reading of the Web Consent Policy. A vote was taken. Unanimous.

New Business:

Information & Proposals:


Superintendent’s Report: Budget 2003-04: Ms. Kaiser opened discussion on the North Kingstown High School Tuition.

Mrs. Sipala presented the School Committee with copies of information on past tuition fees from North Kingstown.

Ms. Kaiser stated that a great deal of information was received from North Kingstown this week regarding the tuition issue. Ms. Kaiser handed out copies of North Kingstown’s June InSite report and informed the Jamestown School Committee that they will be meeting with the North Kingstown School Committee at their next meeting on November 20, 2002 to review the Jamestown Contract.

Ms. Kaiser presented a graph depicting Tuition Costs, Fixed Cost, Number of Students and Variables that help comprise a budget.

Ms. Kaiser stated that some of the ideas they would like to discuss with North Kingstown include a request that North Kingstown consider holding the tuition increase until January 2003; that North Kingstown look at the September enrollment numbers and keep the tuition cost to that number; not to use InSite for figuring the tuition cost; and for North Kingstown to consider an Annual Cap.

Ms. Davis encouraged parents to attend the North Kingstown School Committee meeting for support.

Mrs. Sipala stated that she will write to the Union Representatives asking for negotiations to begin in December.

The negotiating teams for the JTA will be Mary Keen, Cathy Kaiser, Kathy Sipala and Beth Pinto

The negotiating team for JESPA will be Lew Kitts, Buckey Brennan, Barbara Davis, Kathy Sipala and Beth Pinto.

Technology Presentation: Mrs. Sue Murdock, Technology Coordinator, gave a PowerPoint presentation of the Technology Proposal. Discussion was held.

Special Education Presentation: Ms. Pinto delivered her Special Education Budget to the School Committee with a power point presentation. Discussion was held.

Mrs. Gooding asked to write a letter to the Town Council inviting them to the School Committee meeting on December 5, 2002 to present their questions regarding the School Budget.

Mrs. Sipala asked that in this letter Mrs. Gooding inform the Town Council that the Superintendent would be available anytime before then to go over the line items in the budget with them.

Mr. Brennan asked that the budget costs that are non-negotiable be separated for viewing. Mrs. Sipala stated that she and Mrs. Alfred would work on this request.

Discussion was held.

Committee Reports:

SIT Committee. Ms. Kaiser reported on the Lawn Avenue SIT meeting. She stated that discussion was held on High School transition for our 8th graders and that Mrs. Leslie Wolken will be the Liaison between Jamestown and NKHS. Also discussed was the 8th grade honor roll, which will go into effect this quarter and the work being done on the honor roll for 7th grade. Ms. Kaiser stated that the SIT Mission was approved and that the SIT Chairs will be Bruce Engelhard and either Ms. Julia Held or Mr. Paul McDermott.

Mrs. Gooding reported on the Melrose Avenue SIT meeting. She informed the Committee that discussion was held regarding the Jamestown School Website; placing the Curriculum on the Web, review of the SALT Survey and an overview of the State Test Scores.

SELAC: Ms. Davis stated that the committee met this past Tuesday and Anne Gorman, School Psychologist, gave a wonderful presentation on ADD/ADHD. Ms. Davis informed the Committee that a sub committee met before the presentation to discuss the Parent Referral Packet, which they are reviewing in the hope of making it more user friendly.

SELAC would like to send copies of their minutes to the School Committee in the future.

Ms. Davis stated that Ms. Pinto, DPS, gave a presentation on the Special Education portion of the budget.

Ms. Davis commended Ms. Pinto on her budget presentation to the School Committee this evening.

Facilities Committee: Mr. Brennan informed the Committee that they will not be meeting until the Budget is finalized.

North Kingstown School Committee: Ms. Kaiser read a list of new courses being added to the curriculum at North Kingstown High School.


Adjourned: Mr. Brennan moved and Mrs. Gooding seconded to adjourn the meeting at 9:05 P.M. So moved.






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