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Jamestown School Committee Business Meeting: May 18, 2006

Consent Agenda : The committee approved the minutes of April 27 and May 4; and payment of bills; The committee also approved the recall of three teachers: Kristen DeSantis, grade 8 English teacher, Nicholas Alfred, grade 7 math teacher, and Patricia McDevitt, special educator in the Autism Program at Melrose. The committee endorsed two job share proposals: the position of grade 1 intervention specialist to be shared by Mary Jane Moynihan and Jennifer Francis (the committee approved Ms. Francis' rescission of a leave of absence) and the position of Lawn music teacher to be shared by Karyn Kauffman and Faith Kaplan. The committee also approved a leave of absence request by teacher assistant Mary Berry.

Old Business

Second Reading of the Student Nutrition and Physical Activity Policy : Health and Wellness Committee member Dory Vogel attended the meeting to help answer questions. The school committee requested a third reading to enable the superintendent to verify whether the ingredients of vitamin water would allow it to be sold in the school under the current wording of the proposed policy.

Information and Proposals:

The superintendent shared the most recent enrollment figures with the committee. Although numbers are currently lower than anticipated due to low kindergarten enrollment, the superintendent anticipates additional registrations in that grade level as well as new registrations by incoming military families.

North Kingstown School Start Time Committee Results. Susan Safford, a Jamestown representative on the NK School Start Time Committee, reported the study recommendation to the North Kingstown School Committee that the high school day begin at a later time -- between 7:30 and 8 a.m. The Jamestown School Committee agreed that high school students would benefit from a later start time. As Jamestown transports its high school and on-island students with the same buses, Mrs. Sipala will review the impact of the later start time on the Jamestown School transportation schedule.

Committee Reports:

Melrose School Improvement Team : Melrose SIT met with Lawn SIT to share the past year's undertakings and set goals for the coming year.

Lawn School Improvement Team : Joint meeting with Melrose SIT.

SELAC : The group discussed strategic planning, the annual report and goals and officers for the next year.

Facilities Committee : No meeting.

North Kingstown High School : No report.

SORICO : Mrs. Sipala reported that at its May 25 meeting, the SORICO Collaborative Council will receive an interim report on the feasibility study. The transportation study highlighted the collaboration currently in place; transportation directors will meet early in the summer to discuss additional opportunities to coordinate and consolidate transportation routes.

Legislative : Ms. Kaiser reported that the special education resolution was sent to all school committees with a cover letter explaining the its purpose.

Wellness : The Health and Wellness Committee met to review changes to the health and wellness policy being recommended to the school committee.

The next work session of the Jamestown School Committee will be on June 1. All meetings are held at 7 p.m. in the Lawn Avenue School Library. School Report Night will be on May 24 in the Melrose Multi-purpose Room.