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Jamestown School Committee Business Meeting: June 16, 2005

Vote following Executive Session: The school committee voted unanimously to appeal to the Board of Regents and, if necessary, the RI Supreme Court, the decision rendered by the Department of Education on the status of a teacher/independent contractor.


Gaeli Greene, recognized by Director of Pupil Services Elizabeth Pinto and SELAC co-chair Tracie Shea for her outstanding leadership of SELAC.

David Marshall, recognized by Mr. Brennan for his academic accomplishment as 2005 Valedictorian of North Kingstown High School.

Joseph Ucci, recognized by Mrs. Kallfelz for his organization of the Jamestown School Field Day.

Mr. Brennan, recognized by Ms. Kaiser as first place winner of the Providence bike race organized by Mayor Cicilline for elected officials statewide.


Letters received :

From the Jamestown PTO, announcing a Summer Lobster Bake on July 8.

From the Jamestown Special Education Local Advisory Committee (SELAC), the 2004-2005 Annual Report.

From a visiting team from Matunuck Elementary School, thanking the Melrose School staff and administration for the opportunity to observe the school's inclusion models.

From Chris Crawford to Superintendent Sipala, a letter concerning efforts to raise money to revitalize the athletic fields.

From Carol Nelson-Lee to Mark Haddad and Superintendent Sipala, a letter introducing the volunteer organization Rolling Agenda, an island group working to create safe bike routes for Jamestown children.

Action : Superintendent Sipala will contact these two groups to form a committee, with the town administrator, town planner, recreation department director and school administration to jointly address and coordinate these needs/initiatives.

From the Melrose and Lawn Avenue School Improvement Teams, a flyer sent home with students urging parents to vote in the recent election.

Action : The school committee will discuss at a later date the possible need for a policy to provide guidelines for the types of materials sent home in student backpacks.

Letters sent :

To Peter Gingras, NEARI, from Superintendent Sipala, providing the school committee's decision on a Level 3 grievance hearing.

Consent Agenda : The committee approved the minutes of May 26 and June 2 and payment of bills; the transfers of Christine Bernardo to Grade 7 Science, Sara Sweetman and MaryJane Moynihan (job share) to Planning/K-1 Resource, Kelly Speck to Grade 1, Harley Phelps to .5 Differentiated Instruction/Math, Chris Kent to Grade 4, and Charlene Tuttle to Grade 6. The committee rescinded the non-renewal of Holly Langton, Grade 3 Special Ed, and Michaela Shoemaker, transferred to Lawn Special Education. The committee approved the appointments of Joseph Ucci as .6 PE/Health .2 APE, Anne Gorman as .6 School Psychologist and the following appointments to summer school positions: Nicholas Alfred, Julie Calise, Erin Covell, Kristin DeSantis, Ashley Foster, Norma Gervais, Beverly Green, Kelly Grennan, Robin Herud-Lee, Patricia McDevitt, Sharon McNeil, Jane Mitchell, Michelle Smith, Kelly Speck, Sara Sweetman and Jane Wright.

New Business

Resolution on Shared Services Feasibility Study

The school committee endorsed by unanimous vote a resolution authorizing the Southern Rhode Island Collaborative (SORICO) to conduct a feasibility study of shared services. The study will be conducted at no cost to the school district. The resolution also confirmed the school committee's pledge to consider all resultant recommendations with an open mind.

Mrs. Sipala shared with the committee the feasibility study proposal presented by consultant John Cronin to South County superintendents.

Information and Proposals :

Superintendent's Report : Mrs. Sipala provided the school committee with a 2005/06 enrollment report. She is deferring filling a grade 3 position while she carefully analyzes the enrollment and special needs of that class. Mrs. Sipala also reported that a grant request has been submitted to the Rhode Island Foundation for continued support of the school's expanded afterschool programming.

Director of Pupil Services Beth Pinto and Renie Sullivan, certified school nurse-teacher, shared with the committee membership of the newly formed Healthy Food and Wellness Advisory Board, which includes representatives of the two schools, the PE/Health program, Food Services and student representatives (8 th grade). Members are Ms. Pinto, Chair, Renie Sullivan, Karen Rafanelli, Sam Pease, Kelly Speck, Pam Allen, Eric Bush, Betty Prairie, Sandra Reynolds, Pat Cook and Christine Bernardo. Ms. Sullivan shared with the school committee results of a 7 th grade survey on the school breakfast and lunch program. She also provided a summary of afterschool programs involving physical activity.

Gaeli Greene read the SELAC annual report.

Committee Reports:

Melrose School Improvement Team : No meeting.

Lawn School Improvement Team : Lawn SIT continues to work on action plans and discussed the results of a recent parent survey on the effectiveness of school communications and the success of their student's year.

SELAC : No report.

Facilities Committee : The committee will meet next week.

SORICO : Ms. Pinto attended a celebration of the Future View program, at which many Jamestown students received awards.

Legislative : Ms. Kaiser reported that the House of Representatives has proposed lifting the moratorium on charter schools and eliminating the limit on the number of charters per district.

The next business meeting of the Jamestown School Committee will be on July 7. All meetings are held at 7 p.m. in the Melrose Multi-Purpose Room.