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JAMESTOWN SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
Melrose Avenue School<
May 1, 2003

Present: Catherine Kaiser, Chairperson

Barbara Davis

Mary Keen

Elizabeth Gooding

William Brennan

Present: Katherine Sipala, Superintendent

Executive Session RI 42-46-5, exception 2 Pertaining to Collective Bargaining or Litigation: Mr. Brennan moved and Mrs. Keen seconded to convene in Executive Session at 5:30 p.m.

Mrs. Keen moved and Ms. Davis seconded to adjourn at 7 P.M.

Call to Order: Ms. Kaiser called the general meeting to order at 7:13 pm.

Mr. Brennan moved and Mrs. Gooding seconded to seal the minutes of Executive Session RI 42-46-5 Exception 2. A roll call was taken. Mr. Brennan; yes, Mrs. Gooding; yes, Ms. Kaiser; yes, Mrs. Keen; yes, Ms. Davis; yes. So moved.

Ms. Kaiser led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ms. Kaiser called the Roll Call. All Present.

Open Forum: Gaeli Greene, Co-Chair of SELAC thanked Barbara Davis for being liaison between the School Committee and SELAC and presented her with a gift.

Mrs. Rafanelli, Co-Chair of the PTO wished Barbara Davis and Mary Keen the best of luck and thanked them for their service to the school.

Recognition: Mrs. Sipala recognized the retiring School Committee members. She presented Ms. Davis and Mrs. Keen with rosebushes and books bought and dedicated in their names to both schools. Mrs. Sipala explained why these particular books were chosen.

Mrs. Gooding spoke on the many contributions made by Mrs. Keen to the Jamestown Schools.

Mr. Brennan spoke regarding Ms. Davis’ commitments and contributions to the School Committee.

Mrs. Keen expressed her feelings in leaving the School Committee and her pleasure serving on the Board.

Ms. Davis expressed her thoughts on her years serving on the School Committee.

Correspondence: Mrs. Gooding stated she wrote to the Chairs of SELAC thanking them for the Educational Awareness Day. Mrs. Gooding also wrote to the members of the subcommittee who reported on the Standards Testing.

 

 

Routine Items

Consent Agenda: Mrs. Keen moved and Ms. Davis seconded to accept the consent agenda with discussion.

Mrs. Sipala explained the request for a 2-Year Leave of Absence for Charlene Tuttle to work with GEMS NET. Discussion was held.

A vote was taken to accept the minutes of 3/27/03, the bills for 3/27, 4/03, 4/10/, 4/11, 4/14, and 4/25 and the request for the 2-Year Leave of Absence for Charlene Tuttle. A roll call was taken:

Mr. Brennan: yes, Mrs. Gooding; yes, Ms. Kaiser; yes, Mrs. Keen; yes, Ms. Davis; yes. So moved.

Unfinished Business

School Calendar 2003 – 2004: Mrs. Sipala presented the 2003-04 School Year Calendar to the School Committee for the second time. Discussion was held.

Ms. Davis moved and Mrs. Gooding seconded to approve the 2003-04 School Year Calendar as presented. A vote was taken. So moved.

Key Work of School Board Discussion: Mrs. Sipala reported on the State Superintendents/School Committee meeting. She stated that the Jamestown School Committee made a presentation. Discussion was held.

Ms. Kaiser spoke on the State Legislation she has been involved with. A three-minute TV clip of her presentation was shown.

Mrs. Sipala spoke on Key Works Collaboration with the Jamestown community.

Mrs. Sipala opened discussion on integrating the new School Committee members into Key Works.

New Business

Information & Proposals: Mrs. Kaiser presented a Proclamation from the Town of Jamestown proclaiming the week of May 5-11 as Jamestown Teacher Appreciation Week.

Superintendent’s Report: Mrs. Sipala reported on the State Funding Report. Mrs. Sipala informed the School Committee of two changes:

  1. There was slight increase in Kindergarten monies.
  2. Jamestown is no longer considered a poverty area and we have lost our Title I monies for the next ten years. This amounts to approximately $85,000. yearly used for reading recovery and after school programs, and summer school.

Discussion was held.

Mrs. Sipala presented the new Pesticide Law to the School Committee as requested. She informed the Committee that Mr. Kitts, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds would now be able to take a course that would license him to use pesticides in the schools. Discussion was held.

Mrs. Sipala presented the North Kingstown High School Honor Roll.

Mrs. Sipala extended an Invitation to the "Arts Alive" program being held May 9th and 10th at the Melrose School.

 

Committee Reports:

SIT/Melrose: Mrs. Gooding reported that the committee met on April 24th and reviewed the SALT Survey Data as it applied to the updated School Improvement Plan.

SIT/Lawn: Ms. Kaiser stated that the committee met on April 10th and discussed the School Improvement Plan and recognized that the Melrose Plan will be submitted this year. Also discussed the results of the Assessment subcommittee and the use of this information with the Lawn Math teachers.

SELAC: Ms. Davis reported that they reviewed the Educational Awareness Day surveys. Also discussed were the Annual Report and the new parent information pamphlet being worked on.

Facilities Committee: Mr. Brennan reported that the committee met on April 23rd and areas discussed were the Fire Marshall’s Inspection, closed door policy, research of magnetic doors, brick removal at Lawn Avenue, interior painting and carpeting for the 5th grade area, air-conditioning the computer lab and the exterior lighting.

Mrs. Sipala informed the Board that the Ali Dunn Packer Board of Directors would like to donate an Art Center/ Gallery at the Lawn Avenue School. Discussion was held.

NKHS: Ms. Kaiser spoke on the North Kingstown High School discussion of how non-academic subjects are included in the ranking system.

Mr. Brennan asked about the percentage of North Kingstown students on the honor roll as compared with Jamestown students. Mrs. Sipala said she would look into it.

Ms. Davis reported on the Joint Committees meeting held on April 28th.

Adjourned: Ms. Davis moved and Mrs. Keen seconded (for the last time) to adjourn the meeting at 8:22 p.m. So moved.

 

THE AFOREMENTIONED MINUTES ARE HEREBY APPROVED:

 

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