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Melrose Avenue School
January 9, 2003

Present: Catherine Kaiser, Chairperson

Barbara Davis

Mary Keen

Elizabeth Gooding

William Brennan

Present: Katherine Sipala, Superintendent

Elizabeth Pinto, DPS

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.

Public Forum: No one signed in.

New Business: None

Budget 2003/04 Discussion and Vote: Ms. Kaiser stated that the School Committee met with the Jamestown Town Council yesterday evening regarding the initial budget presentation and tonight was a good time to gather thoughts and ideas for the big presentation next week.

Mrs. Sipala stated she had several questions after last night’s meeting. Discussion was held.

Members of the School Committee stated that questions regarding the budget were raised in several area’s; Discretionary salaries, Teacher salaries, Support staff, Out-of-District Transportation, High School Tuition, Enrollment figures and the Principal position.

Discussion was held regarding the best way to present the School Committee’s Budget to the Town Council.

Mrs. Sipala stated that she would form an outline and plan for the presentation.

Ms. Kaiser stated that the Committee should be prepared for the suggestion of more cuts from the Town Council. Discussion was held.

Mr. Brennan asked the Committee whether they felt they need to inform North Kingstown School Department that the Jamestown School Committee was "exploring other options" regarding the placement of Jamestown high school students. Discussion was held regarding the timing of a letter.

Mrs. Gooding stated that this year the School Committee was united in its approval of the budget.

Ms. Pinto gave handouts to the School Committee regarding a question brought up at a previous meeting in regard to services to private school students. Discussion was held.

Adjourned: Ms. Davis moved and Mrs. Gooding seconded to adjourn the meeting at 8:12 p.m.




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