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Jamestown School Committee Work Session: February 5, 2004

Unfinished Business

Budget 2004/2005 Vote: The school committee approved by unanimous vote a revised budget total, $13,605,727, reflecting the $10,000 reduction made by the town council. Upon the superintendent’s recommendation, the NK tuition line was reduced by $10,000.

Information and Proposals:

Superintendent’s Report:

Mrs. Sipala shared with the committee the projected surplus for the fiscal year ending 2/29/04. The projected surplus of $367,342 includes one-time savings such as the lower, renegotiated NK tuition rate and a drop in special education transportation costs due to a reduction of runs and a sharing of runs with neighboring communities. The superintendent informed the committee that after considering the immediate needs of the district, she will use $63,990 of the projected surplus to purchase hardware, software and to fund maintenance requests,

• The superintendent provided quarterly figures on bridge token purchases. Jamestown currently sends two buses across the Pell Bridge to transport students to special education programs. Ms. Kaiser reported that she spoke with Rep. Bruce Long about the possibility of submitting a bill to reimburse the district for the cost of tokens when transportation is mandated by state or federal law. Ms. Gooding will send Rep. Long a written request on behalf of the committee.

• The committee discussed the proposed amendment to the Board of Regents regulations to lengthen the school day. Mrs. Sipala informed the committee that she will attend the Feb. 9 public hearing and welcomes committee involvement.

The superintendent reported on the meetings of the Department of Education’s committee on regional transportation. The group did not have the opportunity to review the final report being forwarded by the department to the legislature.

Technology Plan Presentation:

Samira Hakki and Sue Murdock presented the technology plan and identified its ties to the strategic plan. The committee asked questions about providing accelerated options for students; encouraging community and student participation on the tech committee; and identifying opportunities to coordinate technology with town departments. Mr. Filkins discussed the need to attach timelines to the plan’s goals, and Mr. Brennan shared his belief that technology services and resources should be directed largely at the upper grades. Ms. Sipala informed the committee that grade-level tech outcomes are being defined.

The next business meeting of the Jamestown School Committee will be on February 26. All meetings are held at 7 p.m. in the Melrose Multi-Purpose Room.