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Jamestown School Committee Business Meeting: July 7, 2005

Note: Because the election of school committee chair, co-chair and clerk was inadvertently left off the published agenda, this action will be at the August 25 meeting.


New town council liaison to school committee, Bill Kelly; and retiring Chariho superintendent John Pini, who has volunteered to facilitate the school committee's ongoing discussion of restructuring/reorganization options.


Elizabeth Pinto, recognized by Terri Tamase, on behalf of the Jamestown School Special Education Local Advisory Committee (SELAC), for her knowledge, vision, leadership and advocacy for children.


Letters received :

From the 4 th grade teachers, affirming the success and value of the art enrichment program.

From Education Commissioner Peter McWalters, recommending that schools acquire an automated external defibrillator.

From Peter Gingras, National Education Association (NEARI), about a possible contract violation.

From Peter Gingras, NEARI, seeking an arbitration hearing for a reduction of staff dispute.

From Patrick Lynch, Attorney General, announcing the 7 th annual Open Government Summit on August 5.

Letters sent :

From Amato Deluca, attorney for Jamestown School, to James DiPrete, Chairman of the Board of Regents, stating that the Jamestown School Committee is appealing the decision of the Commissioner of Education in the case of Anne Gorman vs. the Jamestown School Department.

Consent Agenda : The committee approved the minutes of June 16 and payment of bills for June and June 24 and; the appointments of Patricia McDevitt as a teacher in the autism program; Faith Kaplan as music teacher, (replacing Karyn Kauffman for the year); Kristen Desantis as 8 th grade English teacher; and Julie Calise as a .4 preschool teacher (a job share). The committee also approved a leave of absence request from Kaitlyn Downing.

New Business

Approval of the Technology Contract with North Kingstown School Department. Superintendent Sipala shared minor changes recommended by the school attorney. A vote to approve the agreement will be made at the next meeting.

Information and Proposals :

Superintendent's Report :

Mrs. Sipala provided the school committee with an updated enrollment report.

Presentation on Insite and Program Analysis for Restructuring/Reorganization Work : Mrs. Sipala and Business Manager Maria Alfred presented school expenditures broken down by instructional and administrative costs and the school committee submitted questions to guide the upcoming analysis of program costs and efficacy. Mrs. Sipala noted that the objective is to evaluate how funds are spent, what results they produce, and whether or not change is required or merited. Mrs. Alfred reported on savings anticipated to result from the legislature's recent vote on pension reform: $75,510; final revenue figures for FY 2006 state aid and targeted aid: $14,778 more than budgeted; and possible savings on charter school tuition due to recent legislation: approximately $25,000.

Committee Reports:

Melrose School Improvement Team : No summer meeting.

Lawn School Improvement Team : No summer meeting.

SELAC : No meeting.

Facilities Committee : Windows in the select areas (kitchen and clinic) will be replaced this summer as a trial test of the product under consideration for window replacement program. Scheduled painting and replacement of carpeting will be done this summer, as will refurbishing of the library. The committee discussed the need to coordinate independent projects such as the improvement of the ball fields, the creation of bike-friendly routes to school, etc. The Rec Department has the right to utilize school grounds/playing fields and also the obligation to maintain them. After walking the grounds, the facilities committee noted that these areas are poorly maintained and expressed a reluctance to embrace plans for adding infrastructure when the current facilities are not being properly taken care of.

SORICO : Ms. Kallfelz reported on the June 20 presentation by the Education Partnership.

North Kingstown : Ms. Kaiser reported that no additional budget decisions have been made and that the anticipated meeting of the North Kingstown School Committee and NK Town Council did not occur.

The School Committee will hold a retreat at Rhode Island College on August 18 at 4 p.m. The next business meeting of the Jamestown School Committee will be on August 25. Regular Business Meetings are held at 7 p.m. in the Melrose Multi-Purpose Room.