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Jamestown School Committee Business Meeting: January 20, 2005


Janet Kraus, by the RI Art Education Association for her recent presentation. Ms. Kraus shared with the committee examples of work done by 3 rd and 4 th grade students in Art Enrichment.

Lark Goodyear, for completion of Advanced CORE training. Ms. Goodyear described key components of the program for the committee.

Theresa Colantuano, for completion of the Comprehensive Program in Sensory Integration.


Letters received :

From the RI Department of Health, notice of a Feb. 14 public hearing on the Rules and Regulations for School Health Programs.

From Peter Gingras, NEARI, concerning the union's assertion that three teachers were not properly credited with prior public school teaching service.

* Received by Town Administrator Mark Haddad, notice from the State of RI Engineering Division concerning Jamestown Bridge demolition.

From Matthew Clarke, Meredith & Clarke/Bank of Newport Insurance Services, concerning the town/school's insurance.

Consent Agenda : The committee approved the minutes of December 16; and payment of bills.

Old Business

Second Readings of the Medication Policy and the School Bus No Idling Policy: The committee approved both policies.

Information and Proposals:

Superintendent's Report :

•  Director of Pupil Services Beth Pinto presented the committee with a list of areas targeted for policy revision.

•  Superintendent Katherine Sipala reported that the RI Foundation has awarded the Conanicut Community Coalition $50,000 annually for three years to fund a Teen Center program. The group hopes to have a director in place by March.

•  The committee approved a request for a temporary teacher assistant in the preschool to support the needs of new students with special needs. The position will be funded by Federal Grant 94-142.

Committee Reports:

Melrose School Improvement Team : Melrose SIT discussed plans for a school curriculum guide.

Lawn School Improvement Team : SIT continued to follow-up on its joint meeting with teachers. Small groups will focus on individual action plans. SIT also sponsored a meeting with 5 th grade parents to discuss the planned closure of a sixth grade classroom next year.

SELAC : The group continued to plan for Education Awareness Day (March 5); and reviewed its bylaws.

Facilities Committee : Lisa Carlisle will head a Lawn Avenue School Playground committee. The project will be funded by grants and donations. The school committee received a letter from Tree Warden David Nickerson concerning plans to develop the wooded forest between the two schools as a town forest/park. Budget implications of this plan will be discussed at the Feb. 10 school committee meeting.

North Kingstown : Ms. Kaiser shared the NK School Department (proposed) calendar for 2005-2006. Ms. Sipala reported that Jamestown will coordinate date(s) of professional development day(s) with the NK calendar to enable the two districts to coordinate professional development offerings as applicable.

SORICO : Ms. Kallfelz reported on the Jan. 10 joint meeting of Southern Rhode Island school committees and legislators. The meeting was organized by SORICO.

Legislative : Ms. Kaiser reported that a task force of school committee members, superintendents and legislators will meet on January 29 to address issues raised at the Jan. 10 joint legislative meeting.

The Jamestown School Committee will hold budget workshops on February 3, 10 and 17. All meetings are held at 7 p.m. in the Melrose Multi-Purpose Room.