Approved:  November 8, 2006

Brookline School Board Meeting

CSDA Media Center

October 24, 2006


Dave Partridge, Chair

Mike Dreyer

Beth Lukovits

Wanda Meagher

Tom Solon (late arrival 6:45)


Richard Pike, Superintendent of Schools

Lorraine Wenger, Principal CSDA

Kevin Stone, Assistant Principal RMMS/CSDA

Mary Kay MacFarlane, Recording Secretary


Dave Partridge called the meeting to order at 6:35 pm with the pledge of allegiance


Open Forum


No items




Beth Lukovits made a motion to accept minutes of September 26, 2006.  Mike Dreyer seconded the motion.  The motion carried by unanimous vote 4 yes, 0 no.


Superintendent Report


The Board discussed the memo that will go to Special Education parents regarding how to get questions answered.  The memo will go out with a letter in early November 2006.


A meeting with Special Education will be set for the first week of December.


Language Arts Presentation


Betsy Black gave a presentation on Language Arts.


Language Arts


There are 5 areas that are central to the teaching of reading

  1. Phonemic awareness
  1. Phonics
  2. Text Comprehension
  3. Fluency
  4. Vocabulary


Metacognitive knowledge also plays a role in reading.  It is an awareness and understanding of how one thinks, monitors comprehension and uses strategies before , during and after reading.


SAU #41 Curriculum






Supplementary Materials


Supplementary Activities


John Collins Writing Program

1.      Gets ideas on paper – brainstorming

2.      Writing shows knowledge on topic.  It is a correct answer to a specific question.

3.      Writing that has content and meets up to 3 specific standards called Focus Correction Areas.  It is read aloud and reviewed by the writer.

4.      Type 3 writing that is critiqued by another.

5.      Publishing quality writing.


Writing Source Program


Cross Curricular Activities


Tom Solon asked how the curriculum was chosen.  Carol Mace has a certain process for assessing curriculum.  There may be answers to what other programs were considered in the minutes of 3 year ago.


Mike Dreyer asked how often to children have access to a specialist.  Betsy rotates through both schools.


Mike Dreyer asked where we can improve.  Betsy said that workshops are in place to help with metacognitive knowledge.  The program needs supplementation in grammar and writing.  Unit tests and Gates McGinity test are used to assess students.


Beth Lukovits asked why the language arts program isn’t in Kindergarten.  Betsy replied that Kindergarten has a reading program but there is no hard text book, there are paper books.


Mike Dreyer asked if we are providing enough resources for a successful language arts program.  Betsy feels comfortable with the program and that all students’ needs are being met. 


Dave Partridge asked if the teachers are embracing the differential program with language arts.  Betsy Black says yes.


Mike Dreyer asked if the kids are prepared for the coop with the program we have.  Betsy replied that she feels that they are well prepared for the middle school.


Tom Solon asked if there is a way to evaluate the teachers to see who is implementing the curriculum the best.  No.


Hollis Transportation


Al and Nancy Orde came to speak with the Board.  Rich Pike says that the communication between him and the Ordes has been very good.  Rich frequently discuss bus routes.  Safety is considered first. 


Tom Solon wants to know how to best compliment a driver.  Compliments and complaints can go through the Superintendent or to the Ordes directly.


Wanda Meagher asked that if there is a policy on what drivers do if the parent is not at the bus stop to meet the child.  There is no policy, but the practice is that the driver will not let a young child walk alone.


Mike Dreyer asked where we are with capacity.  Al said that they are good with the elementary school, it is the Coop where they are having issues.  Capacity is 71 students, however, Al considers another bus once the bus hits 55 students.


Bus drivers do a H/B Coop run first and then an elementary school run.


Denny Townsend applauds Steve who drives down Rocky Pond Road.  She wants to know  how you decide on a new request.  She has an H/B Coop issue that she discussed with the Ordes. 


Principals Report


Lorraine Wenger gave the principals report.




Oct. 23 – 27    Red Ribbon Week

Nov. 1             Teacher workshop Day – No School

Nov. 3             Marks Close

Nov. 13 – 17   Parent-Teacher Conferences

Nov. 22 – 24   Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 28           School Board Meeting





·        NECAP – Completed for Grades 3-6

·        Teacher Workshop – Mini-workshops on Language Arts, Math, and Special Education

·        Communication from Fire Department

·        Blue Ribbon Achievement Award – recognition of extraordinary efforts of school volunteers during the 2005-06 academic year


III. LANGUAGE ARTS PRESENTATION – Betsy Black, Language Arts Coordinator


·        “Language Arts in the Brookline Schools”

What areas does Language Arts include?  What are the components of effective reading instruction according to the research?  What’s new with SAU 41 Language Arts curriculum? What programs and materials do we use at RMMS and CSDA?  Attend a lively slideshow presentation featuring the answers to these questions, followed by a gallery of photos showing Language Arts instruction in action throughout K - 6 classrooms.



·        Conceptual Overview for 2007-08


  1. Space- CSDA-per recommendation of Ed Spec Committee
  2. Safety & Security – RMMS & CSDA
  3. Personnel – RMMS & CSDA
    1. Special Education

                                                               i.      School Psychologist – RMMS & CSDA

                                                             ii.      Case Manager – RMMS (.5) & CSDA (1.0)

                                                            iii.      Increased Reading – RMMS (.5)

                                                           iv.      Paras

    1. Sixth Grade Teacher – CSDA
    2. General

                                                               i.      Custodian – CSDA (1.0)

                                                             ii.      Kitchen – CSDA (part time)

                                                            iii.      Permanent substitute teacher – RMMS & CSDA

  1. Maintenance


The Brookline Fire Department was concerned that they were not called at the first whiff of propane at RMMS.  The fire department felt that the fire alarm should have been pulled at first whiff instead of going up the managerial chain to call the fire department.  Everything has been checked over.  The fire department was also noticed that doors were blocked open.  The fire department recommends magnetic lock doors.  The current fire panel at RMMS is not sufficient to accommodate the magnetic lock doors.


Steve Lieber , driver of Bus 9, has donated $400 to each school.


Dave Partridge would like to see Betsy Black’s presentation on the web page.


The Finance committee will be able to meet with the school after the books are finished in November 2006.


Recess break 9:10 pm


Return from recess at 9:17 pm


Wellness Policy Review


Policy JLCF – Wellness Policy, Second Reading


It is the policy of the Brookline School Board that a comprehensive school-based Wellness Program be established and reviewed annually.


In addition, the Brookline School Board recognizes the importance of appropriate daily physical activity and exercise as a way of minimizing certain childhood health problems.


Toward that end, the District will involve students, parents, staff, administration and community leaders in assessing the school’s nutrition and physical activity environment, and will recommend an appropriate program that will enable all students to take advantage of proper nutrition and daily physical activity.


Mike Dreyer thinks that the second paragraph should be deleted as well as “Toward that end” in the third paragraph.


The revised Wellness Policy JLCF reads as follows:


It is the policy of the Brookline School Board that a comprehensive school-based Wellness Program be established.  The Superintendent or designee shall be responsible for implementation and annual review of the program.


The District will involve students, parents, staff, administration and community leaders in assessing the school’s nutrition and physical activity environment, and will recommend an appropriate program that will enable all students to take advantage of proper nutrition and daily physical activity.


Mike Dreyer makes a motion to accept the revised draft as a second reading.  Beth seconds the motion.  The motion carries by unanimous vote 5 yes, 0 no.


Committee Update


Dave Partridge has submitted revised CIP for $600,000 for a 4 room expansion at CSDA


Tom Solon  reports that the education spec committee had a meeting on October 3rd.  Updates to forecast will be ready for this year’s budget.


Wanda will be following up on the insurance committee.


Tom Solon asked Beth Lukovits where they were with full day Kindergarten, as that would impact the school expansion program.  Beth said that the committee would not have a report ready for this budget cycle.


Mike Dreyer reported that the Superintendent Evaluation Committee should have everything ready for the November 2nd SAU meeting. 


Dave Partridge requested that the Board send any goals for consideration to him for a goal setting session with Rich. 


A motion was made by Mike Dreyer to go into non public session under RSA 91 A:3II(c), reputation.  The motion was seconded by Beth Lukovits.  The motion carried by unanimous roll call vote 5 yes, 0 no.


9:50 pm


Continuation of Public Session Minutes

Public Session resumed at 10:40 PM.


Beth Lukovits motioned to seal the minutes from the previous non-public session.  Wanda Meagher seconded the motion.  The motion passed 5-0.


Beth Lukovits motioned to adjourn.  Wanda Meagher seconded the motion.  The motion passed 5-0.


The meeting adjourned at 10:42 PM.



(Continuation of Minutes:  Submitted By Tom Solon)






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