Brookline School Board
Captain Samuel Douglas Academy
May 30, 2006
Dave Partridge, Acting Chair
Richard Pike, Superintendent of Schools
Carol Mace, Director of Curriculum
Lee Ann Blastos, Business Administrator
Bob Kelley, Director of Special Education
Dr. Anthony Luzzetti, Principal RMMS
Lorraine Wenger, Principal CSDA
Kevin Stone, Assistant Principal
Mary Kay MacFarlane, Recording Secretary
Don Edson Presentation on Geothermal Energy
Don Edson gave a presentation on geothermal energy and how it has been used at schools, how it works and how school districts around the country money on their energy bills.
Call To Order/Pledge of Allegiance
Dave Partridge called the meeting to order at 7:05pm
Business Administrator Report
Lee Ann Blastos gave the report
A motion was made by Beth Lukovits to accept the minutes of March 28th as written. The motion was seconded by Tom Solon. The motion carried by unanimous vote 4 yes, 0 no.
A motion was made by Mike Dreyer to amend the minutes of April 10th to record that the non-public minutes were sealed at 12:05 am . Beth Lukovits seconded the motion. The motion carried by unanimous vote 4 yes, 0 no.
A motion was made to approve the amended minutes of April 10th by Tom Solon. The motion was seconded by Mike Dreyer. The motion was carried by unanimous vote 4 yes, 0 no.
No items for Open Forum
Special Education Coordinator Interview
Bob Kelley introduced Pam Twitchell-Gross as a candidate for the SPED Coordinator.
Ms. Twitchell-Gross started teaching Kindergarten. From there she developed an interest in Special Education. She has experience working with many districts, programming supervision of staff, staff development, budgets and management. She missed teaching and came to Brookline to teach 1st grade and after one year moved back into special education in Brookline. For the last 2.5 years she has been doing overseeing the SPED program in Brookline. Manages IEP for all preschoolers in the district. Manages referrals and out of district students.
Mike Dreyer asked about her educational goals and how will it help the district. Ms. Twitchell-Gross is looking into getting her masters in SPED administration at Plymouth State College. By going to classes, she gets many new ideas from others that can be used in the district.
Ms. Twitchell-Gross was asked what are you going to do in first 100 days for the district. She wants to get everyone familiar with the manual and that it changes. She wants to assemble a collaborative team to do what is best for the children. Communication with students and families needs to be strengthened.
Ms. Twitchell-Gross was asked what can you do as a manager to increase collaboration. She would start with a survey so the families can express how they feel. Possibly a forum. Calling to check in with families at random to see how things are going.
Beth Lukovits asked what she feels the coordinator’s roll is in stopping the revolving door syndrome. Ms. Twitchell-Gross replied being available to give support, giving feedback, more training for staff.
Ms. Twitchell-Gross was asked to describe mediation process when there is a problem between parents and providers. Ms. Twitchell-Gross replied that it is important for everyone to be listened to and to keep the child at the forefront.
Tom Solon asked as an administrative team member what tools would you use in that role. Ms. Twitchell-Gross replied trying to work with staff to help them work it out with the parent.
Ms. Twitchell-Gross was asked what happens when an outside person comes in. She replied to listen to everyone and then discuss what is in the best interest of the child and come up with the best plan.
Mike Dreyer asked what kind of changes would you make to lure good talent to Brookline when there is shortage of SPED educators. Ms. Twitchell-Gross he best educators out there believe in the team approach, to show you have a good collaborative team would draw people. Also training would be a draw.
Mike Dreyer asked how would you handle the NCLB requirements. Ms. Mitchell Gross stated that we are required to follow them. We need to use the parts that work.
Tom Solon asked about training. Ms. Twitchell-Gross asked if he was talking about workshops or schools? She would like to be able to address all the programs that are out there, looking at resources available.
Mike Dreyer asked if Ms. Twitchell-Gross is willing to fight for the funding she needs. She believes in studying and prioritizing her needs before requesting funding.
Dave Partridge asked where Ms. Twitchell-Gross would like to see Brookline and yourself in 5 years. She would like to complete here masters in SPED Administration and would like to pursue mediation and reading, as well. She would like to be in Brookline in 5 years. This district has changed a lot in the last 5 years. Looking at the changing needs in programs over the next 5 years. She wants to be in compliance in all cases and that every child gets what they need. She would like all case managers to be happy to be working here.
Tom Solon asked what she sees as the most critical skills that the coordinator needs to succeed .Ms. Twitchell-Gross replied collaboration and working with people, knowledge of the law and being available to talk about problems
Beth Lukovits asked if Sunrise represented her administrative experience. Ms. Twitchell-Gross replied yes she hired, fired and did reviews of staff members.
Rich Pike asked what she would to bring together regular education and special education. Ms. Twitchell-Gross replied that the new early intervention programs are important and to work with regular educators to do what is best for the child.
A motion was made to go into non-public session under RSA 91-A:3IIc reputation by Beth Lukovits. Tom Solon seconded the motion. The motion carried by a roll call vote 3 yes, 1 no.
The Board came out of non-public at 8:55pm, followed by a short break.
Policy and Procedures
Tom talked to Kindergarten and 3rd grade teachers about increased class size.
The board discussed whether these issues are decided at the administration level or at school board level. Dr. Luzzetti will discuss these issues with the administration.
Rich Pike presented a calendar that is in line with all the other districts with the exception of February 2nd.
A motion was made to accept the 2006-2007 School Calendar by Beth Lukovits. The motion was seconded by Tom Solon. The motion carried by a unanimous vote 4 yes, 0 no.
The Board discussed the Townsend bus that is turning around at CSDA. A parent has complained about the bus and sees it as a safety issue. The administration does not feel that this is an issue that needs to be pursued.
The SAU Board is going to have a committee for the hire of the Business Administrator position. Beth Lukovits will represent the Brookline School Board. The administrators will discuss who will represent them.
Bob Kelley needs a statement from the Board accepting federal funds. This will be an agenda item for June.
The Board discussed the election of new officers. They decided to wait until after a new board member is found.
The Board is putting together an education spec committee. Jerry Farwell has agreed to participate, however to date no one from the finance committee or planning board has volunteered to participate. The Board is going to continue to pursue these boards for participation in this committee.
A motion was made to go into non-public under RSA 91A:3IIb, hiring; RSA 91A:3IIa, compensation: RSA 91A:3IIc reputation by Beth Lukovits. The motion was seconded by Tom Solon. The motion carried by a unanimous roll call vote 5 yes, 0 no. The Board went into non-public with Rich Pike, Bob Kelley and the School Administrators at 9:45 pm.
Next board meeting is on June 27th.