Approved: May 30, 2006

 

BROOKLINE SCHOOL BOARD

Captain Samuel Douglass Academy

March 28, 2006

6:00 PM

Michael Molkentine

David Partridge

Michael Dreyer

Beth Lukovits

Tom Solon

 

Dr. Anthony Luzzetti, Principal

Kevin Stone, Assistant Principal

Mellinee Capasso, Assistant Business Administrator

Carol Mace, Curriculum Director
Bob Kelly, Director of Special Education

Ruth Bobich, Recording Secretary

 

Carol Mace was present tonight representing Rich Pike, who is ill. She called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM.

 

Election of School Board Officers

Carol asked for any nominations for Board Chairperson. Dave nominated Mike Molkentine for Chair of the Board. Beth seconded the motion. The motion carried 4-0 (Tom was not yet present).

 

At this point Carol turned the meeting over to Mike M.

 

Mike asked for nominations for Vice-Chair. Mike D. nominated Dave for Vice-Chair. Beth seconded the motion. The motion carried 4-0 (Tom was not yet present).

 

Mike asked for nominations for Secretary. Beth nominated Tom for Secretary. Mike D. seconded the motion. The motion carried 4-0 (Tom was not yet present).

 

Tom arrived at 6:05.

 

Minutes

  • January 24, 2006: Dave motioned to accept the minutes of the January 24, 2006 Board meeting as written. Mike M. seconded the motion. The motion carried 5-0.
  • February 2, 2006: Dave motioned to accept the minutes of the February 2, 2006 Board meeting as written. Mike M. seconded the motion. The motion carried 5-0.
  • February 22, 2006: Dave motioned to accept the minutes of the February 22, 2006 Board meeting as written. Mike M. seconded the motion. The motion carried 5-0.
  • March 16, 2006: Dave motioned to accept the minutes of the March 16, 2006 Board meeting as written. Mike M. seconded the motion. The motion carried 5-0.

 

Mike motioned for the Board to enter into non-public session as per RSA 91-A:3II(c), “Matters, which if discussed in public, would likely affect adversely the reputation of any person”. Beth seconded the motion. By a roll call vote the motion carried 5-0. The Board, Carol Mace, Tony Luzzetti and Bob Kelly adjourned into non-public session at 6:08 PM.

 

The Board returned to Public session at 6:28 PM.

 

Continuation of Readiness Discussion/Decision

A lengthy discussion was held on this subject. There were many Staff members present tonight, as well as interested parents, for this discussion.

 

Tony presented information he has gathered from talking with the first grade teachers, as well as other staff members. Nicole Bedard, first grade teacher, also spoke. Evalyn Maghakian presented her experiences with teaching R/1 classes.  It was generally agreed that it would not be a good thing for either the students or adults to have a Readiness class with only 4-5 students, and that it would be better to keep the Readiness students together rather than distribute them among the first grade classes. Parents who spoke and  had children who went through the Readiness program spoke about the benefits of Readiness.

 

Dave stated that research on this subject was done in 2003 for Best Schools, and that information should be found and reviewed. It was suggested that a study be done of students who were in past Readiness classes as well as those who were recommended for Readiness but did not take that class. Carol Mace also suggested looking at what other schools are doing. It was stated that the year of Readiness is for developmental time that is needed, and really is not academic. Differentiated instruction in a first grade classroom would not really help these students. It was decided that research will be done, but it needs to be determined tonight what will be done for next year.

 

Dave motioned that the Readiness program continue next year as an R/1 configuration, unless the numbers are sufficient for a Readiness class. Mike M. seconded the motion.

 

Discussion continued, with more parents and staff speaking in support of this.

 

Dave amended his motion as follows: To continue the Readiness program as it is and if the numbers are small enough it will be changed to an R/1 class.

 

After another brief discussion, Dave withdrew both of his motions.

 

Mike M. motioned that we continue the Readiness program as it is unless the numbers warrant an R/1 class.  Beth seconded the motion.  A brief discussion followed, and it was agreed that this would be a good option for next year. Dave moved to end discussion. This motion was approved 4-1. Tom voted no.

 

Business Administrator’s Report

Mellinee Capasso, Assistant Business Administrator, was present tonight. She distributed copies of her Monthly Expenditure Report to the Board. She asked the Board to review the report, and if they have any questions to email her about them.

 

Mellinee left the meeting at this point.

 

Brookline Staff – Board Discussion, Non-Public Session – Personnel

The Board postponed these two items until their next Board meeting, which will be in early April.

 

Special Education Audit

Resumes were given to the Board for their review.

 

Bob Kelly has been in contact with the State DOE. He said that all 3 Districts are due for their regular State on-site visit next year (2006-07 school year). Bob said they could do Brookline this year if the Board wants this. Mike D. thanked Bob, and said that the Board is considering having a third party come in to review their processes.

 

NH Department of Education Special Education Survey

Two forms can be found on the DOE website, one is one page and the other is four pages. Bob Kelly suggested that if a survey is used, the Board includes pre-school parents and parents of children who have already been through the system as well as parents of current students. Mike D. said that any information gotten back about our programs would be useful, and that it would be very valuable to have the information now while looking for a special Education Coordinator. Pam Gross said that there is a website available to use with the form to adapt it for their specific use. She will give the Board the website.

 

Special Education Coordinator Search Process

Rich Pike had asked Mike M. to have the Board approve the ad for this position tonight. This position was mentioned in the general ad for all SAU positions that was already released.  The Board agreed that the ad was okay as written.

 

Mike D. read what was done at the last meeting, at which Bob Kelly was not present, from the minutes of that meeting (March 16, 2006). Tim O’Connell mentioned that there are also some websites that the job can be listed on.

 

Mike M. and Tom are the Board representatives on the search committee.

 

Principals’ Report

A copy of their report was given to the Board. Highlighted were: 1) The Family Contra Dance Friday night at CSDA. This is the AIR culminating event. 2) The Chorus Concert, Grades 3-6, at CSDA on April 6th at 7 PM. 3) Kindergarten Tra La April 13. 4) The Readiness, Grade 1 and 2 Spring  Musical will be held April 19th in the afternoon and April 20th in the morning. It was noted that this schedule is hard for parents who cannot take time off from work. 5) NECAP results were mailed home to parents. There will be a presentation to the Board at a future meeting. 6) The Writers’ Festivals at both schools were well attended. 7) The Artist in Residence Program took place this month. 7) Support Staff evaluations have begun. 8) Grade 5 DARE graduation is April 20th.

 

NECAP Review

Carol Mace gave out a handout with the NECAP results of this year, comparing them to State averages. The NECAP is the New England Common Assessment Program that is used by New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, in grades 3-8. This new testing has the ability to track the progress over time of individual students. This was not possible with the NHEIAP testing done previously. Carol said that our schools did very well when compared to the State averages. She still needs to do an item analysis, and develop strategies for improvement. Carol said she did not yet have any data to compare New Hampshire to the other two states. When asked if the NECAP results could be used to judge how well the SPED program is working, Carol replied that it’s a goal to work for and look for improvement, and now individuals can be followed to see their progress. Carol said that she wanted to recognize the excellent teaching staff, the administration, and the support of parents and the community.

 

NHSBA Policy Services

Kathy O’Sullivan is no longer working at the NHSBA. It will cost $750.00 to continue the policy work. The Board agreed to continue to do so, since this item is already in the budget.

 

Minutes

Mike D. motioned to seal the minutes from the non-public session held earlier tonight. Beth seconded the motion. The motion carried 5-0.

 

Ed Spec Committee

Beth motioned to form an Ed Spec Committee composed of 1 School Board member (Tom), 1 Finance Committee member, 1 member of the Planning Board, 1 Administrator, 1 Teacher, and 4 members at large. Mike M. seconded the motion. The motion carried 5-0.

 

Readiness Committee

Beth motioned to form a Readiness Committee, members to be determined at a later date. Mike M. seconded the motion. The motion carried 5-0.

 

 

Mike M. motioned to adjourn the meeting. Tom seconded the motion. The motion carried 5-0. The meeting adjourned at 9:45 PM.

 

 

 

 

 

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