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Melrose Avenue School
May 15, 2003

Present: Catherine Kaiser, Chairperson

Elizabeth Gooding

William Brennan

Present: Katherine Sipala, Superintendent

Elizabeth Pinto, DPS

Maria Alfred, Business Manager

Ken Littman, Town Council Liaison

Julie Kallfelz – elected School Committee member

James Filkins – elected School Committee member

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

Roll call was taken.

Ms. Kaiser recognized and welcomed newly elected School Committee members Julie Kallfelz and James Filkins who were sitting in the audience.

Open Forum: No one signed in.

Recognition: Mrs. Sipala recognized the following people for their efforts toward the Jamestown School and students. PTO – Karen Camp, Karen Rafanelli, Diane Wright. Yearbook – Trish Evangelista, Eileen Muldoon, Leslie Barrette, April Leonard, Roger Brin. Robotics – Jack Hubbard, Joe Logan, Nancy Lush, Gail Chase, Beverly Barber, Carol Nelson-Lee, Peter Fay, Laura Dussault, Fran Cook, Sue Murdock, Margie Holmes, Martha Vigneault, Peter Hansen, Ed Baptista, Maureen Rotondo, Jean Lambert, Fred Reis, Jim Pazera, Samira Hakki.

Correspondence: Ms. Kaiser presented a letter from SELAC for thanking the School Committee for their involvement in Educational Awareness Day.

Ms. Kaiser also received a newsletter from the Interlocal Trust informing schools that the Health Insurance Pool will not be available.

Mrs. Sipala presented a letter from the Interlocal Trust informing the school about an increase in insurance costs in the future for unforeseen catastrophes

Mrs. Sipala sent a letter to Mr. DeLuca, the attorney for the school, regarding negotiations with North Kingstown School Department.

Mrs. Sipala presented the School Committee with SORICO’s agenda for the May 12th Annual Meeting. Discussion was held.

Mrs. Sipala gave the Committee members a copy of a political cartoon regarding the Jamestown School and NKHS tuition issue.


Routine Items

Consent Agenda: Mr. Brennan moved and Mrs. Gooding seconded to accept the consent agenda with the exclusion of item C. A vote was taken. So moved.

Mr. Brennan opened discussion regarding the resignation of the 7th grade Math teacher. Mr. Brennan asked that an exit survey be given to the teacher and expressed his own personal regret that the school was losing an excellent teacher.

Mrs. Sipala explained the reason the teacher was leaving.

Mrs. Gooding stated she would write a letter to the teacher and include an exit poll.

Mr. Brennan moved to accept the resignation with regret. Mrs. Gooding seconded. A vote was taken. So moved.

Approval of Minutes 5/1/03: Accepted.

Payment of Bills 5/8/03: Accepted.

Resignation: Accepted with regret.

Unfinished Business

Meeting Plan for June, July, August: Mrs. Sipala opened the discussion on meeting plans for June, July and August. Discussion was held.

The meeting on May 22nd will be a workshop/business meeting to elect the new chair and vice chair of the School Committee.

The June 5th meeting will be a workshop/business meeting discussing Key Work Alignment.

June 13th will be a School Board Retreat.

July and August dates will be discussed further but July 10th and August 21st were tentatively scheduled.

Mrs. Sipala asked what topics the Board Members would want to discuss at the Retreat. Suggestions were taken.

New Business

Information & Proposals

Superintendent’s Report: Mrs. Sipala presented the Committee with a copy of the budget increases in other Rhode Island Communities; the 8th grade Honor Roll; the NKHS 3rd quarter Honor Roll; and a copy of the legal definition of Pesticides.

Mrs. Sipala presented the School Committee with the enrollment figures for the present school year and the anticipated enrollment for the fall of 2003. Discussion was held.

Discussion was held regarding tuition paid for students attending schools outside the district. Mr. Brennan opened a discussion on Charter Schools.

Ms. Kaiser spoke regarding legislation on Charter Schools

Mrs. Gooding suggested that this topic be brought up at the next SORICO Key Work meeting.

Mrs. Sipala reported on the updated Jamestown School Website regarding School Committee information. Discussion was held.



Committee Reports:

SIT/Melrose: Mrs. Gooding reported that the Melrose SIT met today and are working on the School Improvement Plan. She stated that items discussed were ways to strengthen school/parent/community partnerships, next year’s Educational Awareness Day, Mathland information night, a Community Involvement Week in the Fall of 2003 and their Mission Statement.

SIT/Lawn: Ms. Kaiser reported that discussion was held on timelines, the exit questionnaire, fire safety, the assessment subcommittee and the Lawn Avenue School Improvement Plan.

SELAC: Ms. Pinto reported on the last SELAC meeting. She stated that discussion was held regarding the Annual Report, goal setting for next year, the new principal and the support staff training by Mr. Speck.

Mrs. Perry, speaking for JESAPA, thanked the administration for the training program and for its support to the Teacher Assistants. Mrs. Perry also mentioned and presented a copy of the new parent friendly pamphlet SECLAC has developed

Facilities Committee: Mr. Brennan reported that the Committee meet on Wednesday night and the issues discussed were the Lawn Avenue School’s brick façade, the Fire Marshall’s requests and final inspection, carpeting for the 5th grade area, ventilation of the Seelinger Lab, painting to be done at both schools, air conditioning in the Melrose server room and the refurbishing of the front entrance of Lawn Avenue School.

NKHS: Ms. Kaiser stated that the NK School Committee continued the on-going discussion regarding class rank.

Mrs. Gooding thanked Mr. Ken Littman for being the Town Council Liaison to the School Committee and congratulated him on being the top vote getter in the election and his new position as Chair of the Town Council.

Adjourned: Mrs. Gooding moved and Mr. Brennan seconded to adjourn the meeting at 8:21 p.m. So moved.




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