Approved: July 24, 2007

 

Brookline School Board Meeting

CSDA Media Room

June 26, 2007

 

Dave Partridge, Chair

Marcia Farwell (late arrival 7:03 pm)

Beth Lukovits

Wanda Meagher

Cindy Ryherd

 

Carol Mace, Director of Curriculum

Mellinee Capasso, Business Administrator

Lorraine Wenger, Principal CSDA

Tony Luzzetti, Principal RMMS

Kevin Stone, Assistant Principal

Mary Kay MacFarlane, Recording Secretary

 

 

Dave Partridge called the meeting to order at 6:10 pm.

 

Minutes

 

A motion was made by Beth Lukovits to accept the minutes of May 29, 2007.  The motion was seconded by Wanda Meagher.  The motion carried by a vote of 4 yes, 0 no.

 

A motion was made by Beth Lukovits to accept the minutes of June 14, 2007 as amended.  The motion was seconded by Wanda Meagher.  The motion carried by a vote of 3 yes, 1 abstention.

 

Principal’s Report

 

I.                   PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES, EVENTS

Calendar

            June 26-28       RMMS Math Summer Institute

            June 26-27       CSDA Differentiated Instruction Summer Institute

            August 27         Staff returns

            August 29         First Day of School

 

II.                NWEA report

·        Student reports were sent home with report cards with letter.

 

III.             Staff Development

·        Summer Institute at RMMS focusing on math instruction


·        Summer Institute at CSDA presented by Melissa Dickson from SDE (Staff Development for Educators) – Differentiated Instruction and meeting State GLEs (Grade Level Expectations)

 

IV.              Personnel

·        Interviewing for Gr. 6 position; Speech Language Pathologist

 

V.                 Maintenance

·        Summer maintenance is underway

 

The last day of Kindergarten for the 2007-2008 school year will be June 17th, two days before the rest of the school.

 

The Brookline School district received the “We the People Picture in America” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for 2007.  It includes a set of 40 large scale reproductions of American art accompanied by the teacher resource book.

 

Staffing

 

A motion was made by Beth Lukovits to accept with the resignation of Diane Marshall.  The motion was seconded by Wanda Meagher.  The motion carried by a vote of 4 yes, 0 no.

 

A motion was made by Beth Lukovits to accept the recommendation of the Superintendent for Jenny Daylo for Special Education at RMMS and Christina Meachen for a .2 Music teacher.  The motion was seconded by Cindy Ryherd.  The motion carried by a vote of 4 yes, 0 no.

 

A motion was made by Beth Lukovits to fund the summer reading program at the Brookline Public Library through the teachers’ advisors account 10112011201, not to exceed $250.  The motion was seconded by Wanda Meagher.  The motion carried by a vote of 4 yes, 0 no. 

 

Business Administrator Report

 

Mellinee Capasso gave the Business Administrators report.

 

Fund Balance

 

A motion was made by Wanda Meagher to transfer an amount not to exceed $45,000 from the general fund to cover the food service deficit.  The motion was seconded by Beth Lukovits.  The motion carried by a vote of 4 yes, 0 no.

 

A motion was made by Beth Lukovits that the $8,000 for an architectural study be encumbered out of this year’s funding for ongoing action in next year’s budget, as an architect has yet to be determined. The motion was seconded by Wanda Meagher.  The motion carried by unanimous vote of 5 yes, 0 no.

 

A motion was made by Marcia Farwell to accept the donations of Evalyn Maghakian of $1,000, Nancy Heline of $1000 and IPOD raffle donations of $316 for computers at RMMS.  The motion was seconded by Cindy Ryherd.  The motion carried by unanimous vote 5 yes, 0 no.

 

Water Testing

 

Water test showed contaminates to be slightly higher inside the building, but within safety levels.  Skillings has submitted a quote of $2,694 for the rebedding of the water softeners at CSDA.

 

Maintenance

 

Danielson Plan

 

The board discussed whether or not they could proceed with staff training on the Danielson model through ETS this summer.  Training was scheduled to start next summer.  The board discussed whether or not it could be moved up to this summer.  Carol Mace feels that it is best left on schedule for next summer.  Carol thinks that she can shorten the time line from 4 years to 3 years, by skipping the pilot and going straight to implementation.

 

There was a question from the administrators on what is the last day of Kindergarten for 2007-2008.  The board said that it should be two days before the last day of school for grades 1-3.  That would be June 17, 2008.

 

Policies

 

The Board read the following policies as a first draft.

 

IF - INSTRUCTIONAL APPROACH

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Category P
Also IJO

It is the policy of the Board that instruction will be aligned with the goals and mission of the School District, and the rules of the NH Department of Education.

Instruction will be focused on meeting the instructional needs of students with different talents, interests, and development.

The instructional program will include:

1.  Procedures for diagnosing learner needs

2.  Methods and strategies for teaching that incorporate learner needs

3.  Resource-based learning opportunities

4.  Techniques for the evaluation of student outcomes

5.  The provision of remedial instruction as needed

All instruction will reflect the acknowledgment of diversity and respect for differences

Instruction will also include, where possible, consideration of all available community resources, including but not limited to organizations, businesses, talented individuals, natural resources, and technology to engage each student in achieving the necessary skill and knowledge.

Students will be encouraged to participate in year-round learning.

Legal Reference:

NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.04(a)(6), (j), (k)(4-6), Policy Development

NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.06, Culture and Climate

NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.14(h), Summer Learning

NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.27(b)(3), High School Curriculum, Credits, Graduation Requirements, and Cocurricular Program

New Policy: July 2005



DISCLAIMER:This sample policy manual is copyrighted to the New Hampshire School Boards Association and is intended for the sole and exclusive use of NHSBA Policy Service Subscribers. No portion of this manual may be reproduced, copied, transmitted, distributed, in any form, except as needed for the development of policy by a subscribing district. The materials contained in the manual are provided for general information only and as a resource to assist subscribing districts with policy development. School districts and boards of education should consult with legal counsel and revise all sample policies and regulations to address local facts and circumstances prior to adoption. NHSBA continually makes revisions based on school districts' needs and local, state and federal laws, regulations and court decisions, and other relevant education activity.

 

 


BROOKLINE SCHOOL BOARD                                                                       IHBA

           

PROGRAMS FOR PUPILS WITH DISABILITIES

 

The Brookline School District shall provide a free appropriate public education and necessary related services to all children with disabilities residing within the District, in accord with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and New Hampshire law.

            It is the intent of the district to ensure that students who are disabled within the definition of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are identified, evaluated and provided with appropriate educational services.  Students may be disabled within the meaning of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act even though they do not require services pursuant to the IDEA.

            who are not eligible for services under IDEA, but, because of a qualifying disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, need or are believed to need specialized instruction or related services, the district shall establish and implement a system of procedural safeguards.  The safeguards shall cover students’ identification, evaluation, educational accommodations, and placement. This system shall include notice, an opportunity for the students’ parent(s)/guardian(s) to examine relevant records, an impartial hearing with the opportunity for participation by the students/ parent(s)/guardian(s), the right to be represented by legal counsel, and a review procedure.

 

            The district recognizes its obligation to provide an education for all students determined to be educationally disabled and in need of special education and related services.  This obligation shall begin when a student reaches three years of age and shall continue until the student’s 21st birthday or until such time has he/she receives a high school diploma, whichever occurs first, or until the child’s IEP Team determines that the child no longer requires special education in accordance with federal and state law.  At the discretion of the Superintendent and/or his/her designee, students who reach the age of 21 during the academic year may be allowed to complete the remainder of the school year.

 

Legal Reference:

 

            20 U.S.C. § 1401 et seq. (reauthorized July 1, 2004)

            34 C.F.R. § 300.1 et seq. (effective October 13, 2006)

            RSA 186-C:1 et seq.

NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 1100 et seq., Rules for the Education of Children with Disabilities, available at http://www.ed.state.nh.us/education/doe/ organization/instruction/specialed/lawsrulespolicies.htm

 

 

                       

KDA - PUBLIC INFORMATION PROGRAM

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Category R
See also KA

The Board will do its best to keep the people informed of the affairs of the district. To achieve its goals for good school-community relations and maintenance of open two-way channels of communication with public, the Board authorizes the Superintendent to:

1.  Prepare or guide the preparation of informational materials including the annual report, newsletters, articles for periodicals, newspapers and/or radio releases, special pamphlets and other assigned material, and to maintain close liaison with news media and publicity organizations.

2.  Provide staff members with resources for preparation of material for community and staff distribution to include but not be limited to the district website, handbooks, information leaflets, etc.

3.  Organize or assist in development of speakers' bureaus and speaking engagements with civic, PTA, church and other groups.

4.  Assist in coordinating work with civic and other groups which support the school system.

The Board expects that "affairs of the district" will include by not be limited to school performance, student progress, personalized learning strategies, and academic opportunities.

Legal References:

NH Code of Administration Rules, Section Ed. 306.04(a)(11), Policy Development
NH Code of Administration Rules, Section Ed. 306.04(k), Policy Development


Revised: February 2006



DISCLAIMER:This sample policy manual is copyrighted to the New Hampshire School Boards Association and is intended for the sole and exclusive use of NHSBA Policy Service Subscribers. No portion of this manual may be reproduced, copied, transmitted, distributed, in any form, except as needed for the development of policy by a subscribing district. The materials contained in the manual are provided for general information only and as a resource to assist subscribing districts with policy development. School districts and boards of education should consult with legal counsel and revise all sample policies and regulations to address local facts and circumstances prior to adoption. NHSBA continually makes revisions based on school districts' needs and local, state and federal laws, regulations and court decisions, and other relevant education activity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LA - INTER-ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONS

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Category O
See also KA

The School Board recognizes that the schools of the District have the primary responsibility for the formal education of the youth of the District. We recognize that many organizations, while not primarily concerned with education, play a definite role in the education of the youth of the District. Therefore, it shall be the desire of the Board to establish positive working relationships with other public and private organizations involved in the education process. The District will cooperate with all governmental agencies or organizations in the community to assist in furthering the educational process in such ways as described below.

1.  With post-secondary school institutions:

a.  Within its resources and according to abilities and efforts of each individual student, the District will prepare students for successful experiences in post-secondary institutions.

b.  To the extent appropriate and applicable, the District will utilize the resources of post-secondary institutions for the development of its own staff.

c.  The District will cooperate with post-high school institutions in selected areas of research and experimentation which have the potential to increase the effectiveness of teacher preparation or staff development and/or which directly improve the local instructional program.

d.  The District will share the responsibility for preparation of teachers and other school workers with institutions of higher education.

2.  With other Districts:

a.  The District will work cooperatively with other Districts in selected programs which can be better done in cooperation than by single Districts acting alone.

b.  The District will assume appropriate responsibility for improving the climate for education in the state and nation, particularly with reference to expanding the fiscal base, providing for efficient expenditure of funds, and bringing about state or federal legislation which improves education or contributes to District goals.

3.  The District will cooperate with professional educational organizations recognized by the District as important forces for the improvement of education.

4.  The District will cooperate with institutions such as educational service units and regional organizations whose aims are to improve the education of children, when their programs are in keeping with or contribute to the goals of the District.

Legal Reference:

NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.04(k), Policy Development, School-Community Partnerships


Revised:   October 2005



DISCLAIMER:This sample policy manual is copyrighted to the New Hampshire School Boards Association and is intended for the sole and exclusive use of NHSBA Policy Service Subscribers. No portion of this manual may be reproduced, copied, transmitted, distributed, in any form, except as needed for the development of policy by a subscribing district. The materials contained in the manual are provided for general information only and as a resource to assist subscribing districts with policy development. School districts and boards of education should consult with legal counsel and revise all sample policies and regulations to address local facts and circumstances prior to adoption. NHSBA continually makes revisions based on school districts' needs and local, state and federal laws, regulations and court decisions, and other relevant education activity.

 

 

A motion was made by Beth Lukovits to accept as first reading policies IF, IHBA, KDA and LA.  The motion was seconded by Wanda Meagher.  The motion carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.

 

The board wants to discuss the Amherst Sexual Predator policy at its next meeting after Rich Pike gets a legal opinion.

 

Summer Board Meeting Schedule

 

 

Open Forum

 

Amy Fessenden noted that the stipend program for Special Education Para professionals is due to start.  She wanted to know how we insure that people do not get more than they are entitled.  Dave Partridge will talk to Mellinee Capasso to ensure compliance.

 

Mary Kay MacFarlane noted that the Town of Brookline may have money in their budget for a crossing guard and that Chief Goulden said that he was waiting to hear from the school for the name of a volunteer.

 

Cindy Ryherd asked when do the goals get more specific than the general goals set at the June meeting.  Dave Partridge explained that the meeting was more of a brainstorming session.  The administration will meet with Carol Mace to discuss these items.

 

Wanda Meagher asked if there was a response from parents from the NWEA.  The administrators said that they have received no calls.

 

Wanda Meagher asked about security at RMMS.  Tony Luzzetti said that the code has not been changed yet, but it will be done.

 

A motion to adjourn was made by Beth Lukovits.  The motion was seconded Wanda Meagher.  The motion carried by a roll call vote of 5 yes, 0 no.

 

8:12 pm

 

 

 

Date __________________________      Signed       ________________________