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Jamestown School Committee Business Meeting: May 26, 2005


Letters received :

From SORICO (Southern Rhode Island Collaborative an announcement of a June 20 workshop on the Education Partnership report, Teacher Contracts: Restoring the Balance.

From Peter Gingras, NEARI, a letter about contract violation.

Letters sent :

To Governor Donald Carcieri, Representative John Patrick Shanley, Representative Bruce Long, Representative Steven Costantino, and Senator Teresa Paiva-Weed, copies of the resolutions on pensions, fire codes, charter schools, out-of-district transportation and scope of bargaining signed by members of the Jamestown School Committee and Jamestown Town Council.

Consent Agenda : The committee approved the minutes of April 28 and May 5 and payment of bills. The committee accepted a letter of retirement from teacher assistant Gayle Davis and teacher Harle Phelps and recognized them for 20 years of service to the school department.

New Business

Policy of Student Nutrition and Physical Activity : Director of Pupil Services Beth Pinto and school nurse Rene Sullivan led a discussion about the nutritional content of food items sold and/or consumed in school, national recommendations for physical education and current levels of physical activity at Jamestown Schools. The school committee agreed on the need to form an advisory committee to generate recommendations for student nutrition and physical activity at the two schools.

Information and Proposals: The committee reviewed a report on budget-to-actuals.

Committee Reports:

Melrose School Improvement Team : Melrose SIT planned a June Volunteer Breakfast, discussed the math curriculum and inter-grade expectations, reviewed a rough draft of the curriculum guide and talked about supervision of students on the playground.

Lawn School Improvement Team : Lawn SIT continues to meet with teachers to work on action plans and will follow the lead of the Melrose SIT in producing a curriculum guide.

SELAC : No report.

Facilities Committee : No report.

SORICO : At the June 20 SORICO workshop, Ms. Kaiser will introduce the shared services initiative to So. County school committee members.

Legislative : Ms. Kaiser testified before the Senate Finance Committee on scope of bargaining.

Jamestown Education Foundation : Ms. Gooding shared the progress of the osprey project and summer programs and reported that the teen center is creating a float for the Memorial Day parade.

The Jamestown School Committee will hold a transition workshop with new committee members on June 2. The next business meeting of the Jamestown School Committee will be on June 16. All meetings are held at 7 p.m. in the Melrose Multi-Purpose Room.