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Melrose Avenue School
January 8, 2003

Present: Catherine Kaiser, Chairperson

Barbara Davis

Mary Keen

Elizabeth Gooding

William Brennan

Present: Katherine Sipala, Superintendent

Elizabeth Pinto, DPS

Maria Alfred, Business Manager

Present: Town Council

Town Administrator

Called to Order: Mr. Settipane called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.

2002-03 Budget Presentation: The members of the School Committee introduced themselves to the Town Council and audience. Mrs. Sipala introduced her Administrative staff to the Town Council and audience.

Mrs. Sipala gave a brief summary of her position and goals regarding the 2003-2004 School Budget.

Mrs. Sipala presented the Town Council with handouts showing the final budget figures, cuts that were made to the original budget and the narratives explaining all expenditures in the budget. Mrs. Sipala gave a summary of this handout.

Ms. Kaiser gave a brief overview of the School Committee’s work on the School Budget.

Mrs. Sipala presented the Town Council with final staff and student enrollment figures for the 2002-03 school year. She also gave a presentation with charts and graphs showing K-12 enrollment figures for the last 10 years, budget percentages, and budget increases.

Mrs. Sipala asked the Town Council members to contact her with any questions they have in order to have the information available for next week’s meeting. She asked that they have the requests to her by next Monday.

Ms. Kaiser asked the Town Council members if they had any questions at this time. Discussion was held.

Mr. Settipane asked questions regarding staff cuts and the Contingency Plan. Mr. Settipane complimented the School Committee on their Budget Presentation.

Mrs. Willis asked for a copy of the Teacher Salary/Steps/Scale figures. Mrs. Willis asked for an explanation of the difference between a Standards Coach and a Principal. Mrs. Sipala addressed her question. Mrs. Willis also asked for an explanation of the increase in the North Kingstown High School tuition. Ms. Kaiser answered her question.

Mrs. Willis also raised questions regarding out-of -district tuitions and busing. This was addressed by Ms. Pinto.

Mrs. Sipala again asked that questions for next week’s meeting be forwarded to her.

Mr. Settipane opened the floor for questions regarding the School Budget. Discussion was held.


Presentation completed: The School Committee portion of the Budget Hearing was completed at 8:09 p.m.





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