Approved as Amended: May 30, 2006*
BROOKLINE SCHOOL BOARD
Captain Samuel Douglass Academy
April 10, 2006
Michael Molkentine, Chair
David Partridge, Vice-Chair
Tom Solon, Secretary
Dr. Anthony Luzzetti, Principal
Kevin Stone, Assistant Principal
Richard Pike, Superintendent of Schools
Lee Ann Blastos, Business Administrator
Mellinee Capasso, Assistant Business Administrator
Carol Mace, Curriculum Director
Ruth Bobich, Recording Secretary
Chairperson Mike Molkentine called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM.
The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Rich Pike introduced himself to the members of the audience who were present tonight to address the Board. He established the ground rules with them for what should be discussed in public session and what should be discussed in non-public session.
Markus and Sherry Ermel, parents of 13 year old Chelsea, were present tonight to discuss their experience with the Staff and their daughter’s education in the Brookline schools (she is now in the Middle School). Sherry Ermel spoke highly of the staff, and the staff’s interaction with their family, starting with when Chelsea was almost three years old and continuing until she left the District. She said the staff educated themselves completely about Chelsea’s condition, and that there was always a high level of communication between the parents and Chelsea’s team. Sherry stated that because of the staff, Chelsea far exceeded the expectations that were predicted for her, and she can now read, write and do some math enough to function independently. The Board thanked the Ermels for speaking about their experiences.
Mary Kay MacFarlane asked the Board about the number of teachers for first grade next year, and if it would be as reported in the Hollis Brookline Journal. Mike M. said that it has not yet been decided.
Cathy Ingram said that she submitted a letter to the Board earlier in the day. The Board reviewed the letter, and said it will be discussed in non-public session.
Beth asked why Ruth, the Board’s Recording Secretary, does not take minutes for the Board’s non-public session. She said that the recording secretaries of other Boards in town do the non-public minutes. There were several emails sent between Board members today that showed support for this. Rich Pike said that his experience has shown that the minutes in a non-public session are usually done by a Board member. It was determined that a decision was not needed tonight, and research will be done on this subject.
Mike M. 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”. Dave seconded the motion. By a roll call vote, the motion carried 5-0. The Board, Rich, Tony and Kevin adjourned into non-public session at 6:30 PM.
The Board returned to public session at 8:40 PM.
Business Administrator’s Report
Dave 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”. Mike M. seconded the motion. By a roll call vote, the motion carried 5-0. The Board, Rich Pike and the SAU staff present (Lee Ann Blastos, Mellinee Capasso, and Carol Mace) adjourned into non-public session at 9:00 PM.
The Board returned to public session at 9:15 PM. Lee Ann and Mellinee left the meeting at this time.
A handout prepared by Tony and Kevin was given to the Board. It listed their recommendations for Grade Configuration for the 2006-07 school year. Rich had asked Tony to speak with the BTA to ask if the Association would agree to delay teacher assignments from April 30th (the date that is in the contract) to May 30th. It is felt that by May 30th there will be better information available to use for teacher assignments. Tony spoke with Mrs. Williams about this request, and she will get back to him with a response.
A brief discussion was held on the number of students for a Readiness class, and at what number it would be an R/1 class instead.
Tom questioned about having only four teachers for next year’s third grade classes. Rich Pike suggested putting this item on the agenda for the next meeting. That way others can attend if they wish to discuss this topic.
Dave moved to delay teacher assignments until May 30, 2006, subject to approval by the Teachers’ Association. Mike M. seconded the motion. The motion carried 5-0.
Special Education Coordinator Search Committee
A handout of the nine search committee members chosen was given to the Board. Administration spoke to the Board about one other candidate who requested to be on the committee, Jen Dolloff. They did not feel she could represent either building, since she worked at both and only worked part-time. Due to her expertise within the State department of Education, Administration asked the Board if she could be added to the committee as a community member. Mike M. stated that he didn’t feel that she would add anything to the committee that wasn’t already represented by others on it. Dave added that the committee, once it met, would have the right to ask anyone they wanted to sit in on the committee.
Dave motioned for the Board to appoint the following nine members to the Special Education Coordinator Search Committee: Two School Board members, Tom Solon and Mike Molkentine; two Administrators, Dr. Luzzetti and Mrs. Wenger/Mr. Stone; two Special Education teachers, Francine Hirsch (RMMS) and Andrea Martel (CSDA); two regular Education teachers, Evalyn Maghakian (RMMS) and Tim O’Connell (CSDA); and the Director of Special Education, Robert Kelly. Mike M. seconded the motion. The motion carried 5-0.
Tony and Kevin will arrange the first meeting, and will communicate the date to the Board representatives. The Chair of the committee will be chosen at that meeting.
Ed Spec Committee
Ads will be placed for this committee in various places, such as on the Town website, in the PTO newsletter, as well as the Hollis Brookline Journal. Anyone interested in being on this committee should submit their intent to the Board in writing.
Request for Tuition Waiver
Rich Pike has received a request for tuition waiver for the rest of this school year for a student currently enrolled at CSDA. He said he has discussed this situation with Laurie. The parent who has physical custody no longer resides in Brookline, but it would be in the child’s best interests to finish the school year at CSDA. Transportation would not be an issue. Mike M. motioned to grant the tuition waiver for the CSDA student for the remainder of the school year. Dave seconded the motion. The motion carried 5-0.
Reduction in Force Policy
A copy of this policy was given to the Board members. This policy might need to be used if a Special Educator applied for the Coordinator position, and was not the candidate chosen. There would then be an extra staff member. Rich said he spoke with the people who helped write this policy. As per the policy, notices were sent out to anyone who might be affected by this. The policy lists all the steps that must be followed for a reduction in force.
Dave motioned for this Board meeting to continue beyond four hours. Beth seconded the motion. The motion carried 5-0.
Dave motioned for the Board to enter into non-public session as per RSA 91-A:3II(b), “the hiring of any person as a public employee”. Mike M. seconded the motion. By a roll-call vote, the motion carried 5-0. The Board adjourned into non-public session at 10:15 PM.
*At the May 30, 2006 meeting the April 10th minutes were amended to:
Mike Dreyer moved to amend the minutes of April 10, 2006 to record that the Non-Public Minutes were sealed at 12:05 AM. Beth Lukovits seconded and the motion carried 4:0.