APPROVED:  12-19-06

Brookline School Board

November 28, 2006

CSDA Media


Dave Partridge, Chair

Mike Dreyer

Beth Lukovits

Wanda Meagher (late 6:42)

Tom Solon


Carol Mace, Director of Curriculum

Mellinee Capasso, Business Administrator

Dr. Anthony Luzzetti, Principal RMMS

Lorraine Wenger, Principal CSDA

Kevin Stone, Assistant Principal

Mary Kay MacFarlane, Recording Secretary


Dave Partridge called the meeting to order at 6:40 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance.


Open Forum


No items




A motion was made to accept the minutes of October 24, 2006 as written by Mike.  The motion was seconded by Beth Lukovits.  The motion carried by a vote of 4yes, 0 no.


A motion was made to accept the sealed non-public minutes of October 24, 2006 by Beth Lukovits.  The motion was seconded by Tom Solon. The motion carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.




No items.


Math Presentation


Karen Pillion gave the Mathematics Presentation.  She worked with Hollis to come up with a curriculum for teachers.



Grade Level Expectations

Grade Span Expectations

Math Coordinator


Dave Partridge asked where the Math Enrichment fits in the day.  Lorraine Wenger said it is the last 25 minutes of the day.


Tom Solon asked if the checklists are available for parents. Lorraine Wenger said it should be available and can come to the office to get one.  Carol Mace is trying to get it on the website.


Tom Solon asked if there were any current assessment tools beyond NECAP.  Karen responded that outside to teacher assessment, no.  There is a year end Math assessment. 


Tom Solon asked how at home activities get reflected in what’s done in the classroom.  Karen replied that they are supplemental activities and are new this year.  Tom expressed a concern that teachers close the loop and check these activities.


Business Administrator’s Report


Mellinee said that the first manifest on Budget Sense is coming out this month.  The manifest will be the same as usual for this month.


Tom Solon asked what the appropriate procedure for preparing for a warrant article.


Mellinee Capasso will check with the state on the requirements.

Lorraine Wenger asked if building warrants should have portables rolled into it or should the be two separate items.  Mellinee said that they should be two separate warrant articles.


Principal’s Report




Nov. 30           Grade 6 Science Fair – CSDA – 7:00 PM

Dec. 5              PTO - “How to Better Understand Food Allergies” CSDA 7:00 PM

Dec. 6              Early Release – Teacher Professional Development

Dec. 12            Special Education Forum – CSDA – 7:00 PM

Dec. 18            Geography Bee – CSDA - 1:00 PM

Dec. 19            School Board Meeting





·        Early Release Workshop – to focus on math and ICT standards

·        Superintendent meetings – Special Education Coordinator & Gr. 4 Team

·        Grandparents’ Day - RMMS


III. MATH PRESENTATION – Karin Pillion, Math Coordinator


·        “Math Instruction in the Brookline Schools”

A look at the expectations, instructional practices, enrichment, and home/school connection for Brookline students



·        Overview of  2007-08 Budget

·        Set date for Budget Workshop


Budget Overview


The Board was given the school budget.


There are key components not in this budget, due to the fact that they are not available yet.  Support Staff and Professional Staff figures are not in the budget, as some items in that figure fluctuate.  Health care for example is expected to increase 14%.  Retirement rates have gone up over 50%.  This year it is 5.8%.  SAU Assessment will be finalized next week.  Any teacher wanting to use the retirement incentive benefits have until January 1st to notify administrators. 


ESL services is an item of exposure.  The district has 1.8 positions in this area.


Data warehouse piloting and SAU wide professional development are out there as a placement.


Mike Dreyer asked if the state funding was due to increase this year.  Mellinee will look into it and get back to him.


Mike Dreyer asked that Bob Kelly be at the budget workshop.


The Board had several questions regarding a permanent substitute teacher, first is the question of benefits.  Mellinee said that there are different ways of looking at this issue and she will review this at the budget workshop.


Dave Partridge noted that the bringing the fourth grade to CSDA will cause flip flopping on various line items throughout the budget.


Tom Solon asked how much more legal was due to come in.  Mellinee didn’t know and said she would check with Bob Kelly.  Mellinee stated that actual FY 06 represents the figures as of the close of the school year in June.


Mike Dreyer asked Mellinee for an expenditure report before the budget workshop on December 7th.  Mellinee is not sure she can get an expenditure report, but she can tell the Board what items were over-funded and what items are under-funded.


Dave Partridge asked that any budget questions be directed to him for summary to Mellinee before December 7th.


Committee Update


Superintendent Evaluation committee will present more information at the SAU meeting.


Tom Solon has circulated updated birth rate information and they are looking to update the housing growth projections.  This committee hopes to have some conclusions in the next few weeks.  Two additional classrooms would cover us for 5 years; an additional 4 classrooms would cover us for up to 9 years.


The insurance committee is meeting Thursday morning.  The charter of the committee is to try to save money.  The committee is discussing the possibility of self insurance as an option. 


A motion was made to go into non-public for reasons of 91-A: 3II (a), (c) compensation and negotiations by Beth Lukovits.  Wanda Meagher seconded the motion.  The motion carried by unanimous roll call vote 5 yes, 0 no.


9:05 pm.


Date __________________________      Signed       ________________________