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Melrose Avenue Schoo
December 19, 2002

Present: Catherine Kaiser, Chairperson

Barbara Davis

Mary Keen

Elizabeth Gooding

William Brennan

Present: Katherine Sipala, Superintendent

Elizabeth Pinto, DPS

Ken Littman, Town Council Liaison

Call to Order: Ms. Kaiser called the general meeting to order at 7:04 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ms. Kaiser called the Roll Call. All Present

Recognition: Mrs. Sipala recognized Mr. Bruce Engelhard, 8th grade Math teacher, for his work and support over the summer and this fall with computerizing the Report Cards and training the staff in both schools.

Public Forum: No one signed in.

Routine Items:

Correspondence: Mrs. Gooding sent letters of commendation to Mrs. Mary Lou Dudley and Mrs. Linda Rezendes. She also wrote letters to Mr. O’Dwyer and Mr. Uttley regarding their coaching efforts for the Soccer Team.

Ms. Kaiser asked Mrs. Gooding to write a letter of thanks for the support Maryanne Crawford has given the School Committee with the NK tuition issue.

Ms. Kaiser received a letter from two parents regarding the parking procedures at Melrose School.

Mrs. Sipala stated that the Parking Committee and she met with the parents today regarding this issue.

Mrs. Sipala referenced the letter received from Delta that she placed in the School Committee packet

Mrs. Sipala sent letters of inquiry to the Superintendents of Exeter West Greenwich, East Greenwich, Middletown, Narragansett and Portsmouth regarding the tuitioning of Jamestown high school students. The School Committee asked Mrs. Sipala to send a letter of inquiry to the South Kingstown Superintendent.

Mrs. Sipala sent a letter to Dr. Halley informing him of the names of the subcommittee members from Jamestown on the Tuition Committee.

Mrs. Sipala also presented a draft letter to the School Committee written to SORICO and asked for feedback from the School Committee.

Mrs. Sipala reminded the School Committee and Audience that Jamestown is hosting a speaker from RIDE on Charter Schools at the January 9th School Committee meeting.

The School Committee asked that letters of invitation be sent to Representative Bruce Long and the Jamestown Town Council.

Consent Agenda: Mr. Brennan asked to exempt the December 18th bills from the Consent agenda.

Mr. Brennan moved and Ms. Davis seconded to accept the minutes of the November 14th, December 5th and December 12th School Committee meetings; the bills from November 20th and December 4th; and the appointments of Ann Marie Cody and Charlene Tuttle to the After School Tutorial position. A vote was taken. So moved.

Mr. Brennan asked about the SORICO payment for Reading Recovery. Mrs. Sipala answered his questions.

Mr. Brennan asked about the payment for private school tutoring. Ms. Pinto addressed his questions.

Mr. Brennan moved to accept the November 18th bills. Ms. Kaiser seconded. A vote was taken. So moved.


Unfinished Business:

Budget 2003/04 Discussion: Mrs. Sipala reviewed the updated budget. A complete updated budget was given to the School Committee in their packets. Extra copies were available for the audience.

Mrs. Sipala stated that she met with Mrs. Crawford, Town Administrator, to discuss the budget and answer any questions she had.

Discussion was held.

Mrs. Sipala presented the updated budget meeting schedule to the School Committee. Discussion was held regarding the School Committee’s presentation of its budget to the Town Council.


New Business:

Presentation by Peter Gingras, NEARI re: Collaborative Bargaining Training: Mr. Peter Gingras, representative of NEARI, gave a presentation regarding Collaborative Bargaining Training. He suggested the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services to assist with this training. He stated that this would be of no cost to the school department. Mr. Gingras suggested that this be done early in the new year. It would be a two-day training that could be done over a weekend. Discussion was held.

Mr. Gingras and the School Committee discussed possible dates.

Ms. Pinto stated that she is a trained negotiator and has reading material on this subject available in her office.

Appointment of School Committee member to SORICO Legislation Committee: Ms. Kaiser stated that she would be interested in taking this position. The School Committee members thanked her.

Information & Proposals:

Superintendents Report: Lawn Avenue Gr. 8 Honor Roll: Mrs. Sipala presented the School Committee with the 8th Grade Honor Roll guidelines. She stated that at this time only an 8th Grade Honor Roll has been established. The 7th Grade Team is developing theirs and hopes to have one in place soon.

Mrs. Sipala stated that a small ceremony was held in the 8th grade area and certificates and personalized candy bars, donated by PTO, were presented to the students. Mrs. Sipala then read off the Honor Roll list. Discussion was held.

Superintendent’ s Goals 2002-03: Mrs. Sipala stated that the "Superintendent’s Goals" is a work in progress. Mrs. Sipala stated that she has too many goals and needs to consolidate. She will present her goals at a future meeting.

Committee Reports:

SIT: Mrs. Gooding reported on the Melrose School SIT meeting, which was held today. Areas of discussion were: Education Awareness Day, updating the SIT Website and Sensitivity & Diversity. She stated that the Assessment subcommittee has met twice and is looking into "trends" in the assessments taken over the years.

Ms. Kaiser reported on the Lawn School SIT meeting. She stated that areas of discussion were: Education Awareness Day, Assessments, Diversity, Honor Roll and the SALT Self-Study.

Mrs. Sipala stated that this year’s SALT Self -Study is completed and was picked up today.

SELAC: Ms. Pinto stated that SELAC also discussed Education Awareness Day in this most recent meeting. She also informed the Committee that a presentation by Wendy LaPlante from Hasbro on siblings was well received. Also discussed was the subcommittee’s work on a more "friendly" Family Referral Packet.

Facilities Committee: No meeting.

N.K. School Committee: Ms. Kaiser stated that the members for the High School Tuition subcommittee were chosen. They are Pat Watkins and Bill Mudge, representing North Kingstown School Committee.

Dates for the first meeting were discussed.

The agenda for the next School Committee meeting was discussed.

Adjourned: Mrs. Keen moved and Mrs. Gooding seconded to adjourn the meeting at 8:04 P.M.

So moved.





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