School Committee Action Notes

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Jamestown School Committee Business Meeting: November 18, 2004


Letters received :

• From the Rhode Island Association of School Committees, notice of a $1882 savings realized by Jamestown through the Electric Aggregation Pool.

• From Lawrence Purtill, President of NEARI, requesting that Jamestown School Department submit Barbara Ricci's name as the ESP Member State President choice to attend the ESP Conference in San Diego.

• From Superintendent Sipala, copies of letters sent by Jamestown third graders to the Town Council expressing concern about the state of disrepair of the town playground.

• From Nancy Logan, corrections to the high school review report.

Letters sent :

• To Legislators Jack Reed, Patrick Kennedy, Teresa Paiva Weed, and Bruce Long; and to members of the Newport and Middletown school administration and school committees – an invitation to participate in a December 2 work session to discuss local concerns and the agenda for the upcoming legislative season.

• To Arlene Petit, Town Clerk, stating that a proposed change in cable TV area service grouping will not impact Jamestown School Department.

Consent Agenda : The committee approved the minutes of October 21 and November 4; and payment of bills.

Old Business

Discussion of the High School Review Report : School committee members discussed the need to have two parallel discussions – the first on a high school of record; and the second on potential (future) candidates for regionalization if, after completing its research on this option, the committee deems regionalization to be a viable and desirable response to declining enrollment. Committee members will discuss their top choices for high school of record at the Dec. 16 meeting. If no vote is taken that evening, the discussion will conclude (with vote) at the January 20 business meeting.

New Business

First Reading of the Medication Policy: A second reading will include clarification of the wording requiring doctors' instructions in addition to the original prescription-labeled container.

First Reading of the No Idling Policy : A second reading will include clarification of “longer duration loading and unloading,” as well as deletion of extraneous details.

Information and Proposals:

Superintendent's Report :

•  Developmental Assets Training : Superintendent Sipala reported that presentations on Developmental Assets will be made on March 4 (for staff) and March 5 (for the community). The March 5 presentation will be part of the third annual Jamestown Education Awareness Day.

•  Budget 2005/2006 Timeline : The superintendent provided a proposed timeline.

•  Report on Busing to Quest School : The superintendent reported that a review of all present bus runs yielded no solution for the late arrival home time of the Quest/Meadowbrook bus. Neither Narragansett nor North Kingstown is able to take on the afternoon run. Adding Quest to the Prout/South County Montessori run would add significant time to a run that already serves nearly 30 students. A dedicated Quest/South County Montessori run cannot be achieved without adding an additional bus. The different dismissal times of area private and public schools remains a major obstacle in transporting students. The school committee thanked the superintendent for looking into the parent suggestion of a Quest/South County Montessori run and for all efforts made throughout the past year to address parent concerns.

Committee Reports:

Melrose School Improvement Team and Lawn School Improvement Team : The two SITs met jointly.

SELAC : The group hosted a workshop on the ABCs of IEPs. The next meeting will focus on plans for Education Awareness Day (March 5).

Facilities Committee : Mr. Brennan reported that he met with Superintendent Sipala, Lew Kitts and Jamestowner Arek Galle of William Warner Architects to discuss Lawn Avenue School problem areas such as bus pick-up lanes, parking for buses and staff, etc. Mr. Brennan will propose to the facilities committee that funding be devoted to the production of a display board illustrating solutions to these problems, achieved through a “campus” configuration of the two school properties. The board can be used to highlight the problems as possible solutions are explored.

North Kingstown : NKHS is now ranked “high performing.”

RIASC : The Rhode Island Association of School Committees will survey school districts on their interest a group rate for workers' compensation insurance.

Jamestown Education Foundation : Ms. Gooding reported progress on the Osprey Project (a live feed from the osprey nest on Jamestown School property).

The Jamestown School Committee will hold a Legislative Work Shop on December 2. The next business meeting will be on December 16. All meetings are held at 7 p.m. in the Melrose Multi-Purpose Room.