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Jamestown School Committee Workshop: May 5, 2005

Key Work of School Boards Continuing Discussion: Reorganization/Restructuring/Shared Services

Superintendent Sipala recommended a three-prong approach for this continuing discussion:

•  Shared Services : Mrs. Sipala reported that at a May 10 monthly meeting the superintendents will consider two proposals from parties interested in conducting the shared services feasibility study (So. County school districts). After a proposal is accepted, SORICO (Southern Rhode Island Collaborative) will submit a budget to the Rhode Island Foundation, with a request for funding for the study. Ms. Kaiser reported that the Foundation put her in touch with Michael Rauh, senior vice president at Washington Trust and a member of the Washington County Regional Planning Council. The Regional Council is exploring similar opportunities on the municipal side.

•  Cost Analysis and Program Evaluation : Mrs. Sipala recommended that the school committee and administration use In-Site figures (the Dept. of Ed reporting system) to perform a cost analysis of district programs; and that they then evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of current programs and base programming and budget decisions on that data. The committee agreed on the need to align all such decisions with the strategic plan and/or, if appropriate, to adjust the strategic plan to reflect current and anticipated budget constraints.

•  Reorganization : The superintendent recommended the use of an outside facilitator for the school committee's discussion of reorganization. She reported that Jamestown resident John Pini, who will retire in June as superintendent of the Chariho school district, has volunteered to serve in that capacity.

The school committee endorsed the plan and will begin the cost analysis/program evaluation this summer, with the goal of involving Mr. Pini in discussions of reorganization in October or November. If funded, the feasibility study of shared services can proceed at the same time.

The next business meeting of the Jamestown School Committee will be on May 26. A transitional workshop for current and new school committee members will be held on June 2. All meetings are held at 7 p.m. in the Melrose Multi-Purpose Room.