Approved: August 3, 2006
Hollis School Board
Hollis Primary School
June 22, 2006
Harry Haytayan, Chair
James O’Shea, MD
Richard Pike, Superintendent of Schools
Carol Mace, Director of Curriculum
Mellinee Capasso, Assistant Business Administrator
Dr. Gail Paludi, Principal HPS
Carol Thibaudeau, Principal HUES
Mary Kay MacFarlane, Recording Secretary
Harry Haytayan called the meeting to order at 5:45pm.
Harry would like table the minutes and go straight to the water issue.
HPS Water Problem
Wayne Zold was getting quotes from vendors. Mellinee said that an encumbrance can be done without deciding on a vendor. You can go with the quote that makes the most sense then it can be changed if the problem changes. The encumbrance must be booked for year end. The contingency fund has $98,000 currently. Wayne called Hutter today and they gave an estimate sight unseen at over $100,000. Skyline said that the water issue is not a roofing issue. No one has made an assessment on where the water is coming from. Pete talked with Fred Urtz agreed that it could be water that has been in there from the beginning. He talked about installing a weather veneer system. He is also looking for plans of the building. Mellinee thinks that we need to buy into a single approach. Three different views of where the problem is coming from, the roof, water has been in the wall, water is wicking up from the ground.
H/B Middle School Parking
Steve Simons and Tom Enright spoke about parking needs at the H/B Coop Middle School. In order to pave the parking lot you need to own the property. If the HSB were to give a letter of intent that it was ok for the Coop to pave the property that would be good while the property lines issue is being resolved. There are several issues that are involved, the H/B Coop Board wants to pave 3 areas, and they want an easement for two roadways
Harry Haytayan thinks that one person from the Hollis School Board and the H/B Coop School Board and the town need to meet and agree on a plan.
Life Threatening Food Allergy
Jennifer MacLeod gave a presentation. She handed out the policy and a copy of her Power Point presentation. Since the number of children with severe food allergies has tripled from the previous year, a life threatening food allergy policy needs to be created. Some allergies are so severe that they qualify for a 504 plan. Eight foods are considered the most reactive; milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts. 90% of all food allergic reactions are caused by one of these eight foods. Four out of six food allergy related deaths occurs at school.
In 2005/2006 24 HPS students were identified with a form of food allergy, 50% of those students have potentially life threatening allergies. The kindergarten/preschool window at HPS is nut free. The HPS cafeteria does not serve nut products. HPS has had two recent food allergy incidents within 12 months, both involving 3rd graders at food celebrations.
Jennifer MacLeod consulted with parents, school nurses, administrators, doctors, allergists, and food service managers, in addition to her internet research, before drafting this policy. She also worked with the NHSBA in writing the Life Threatening Food Allergy Policy.
Gail Paludi and Harry Haytayan were both concerned about policy verses procedure. Harry stated that in the past, the Board sets the policy and the administration sets the procedures. There is a question as to whether or not procedures belong in the policy.
Jennifer MacLeod stated that the template the NHSBA gave her to use had the procedures in the policy.
Venu suggested that the children be educated on the life threatening food allergies.
The Board is going to review the document to see if there are procedural bullets that should be included in policy.
Monday night there will be a public forum open to the public on this issue.
A motion was made by James O’Shea to amend the school calendar to read that on November 1, 2006 there will be no school for students and it should be marked as an X (teacher workshop day). At bottom of the calendar, report cards dates should be 12/8, 3/23 and the last day of school. The motion was seconded by Jennifer MacLeod. The motion carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.
There is a request from a Brookline parent to have their child in the Hollis School District preschool program. The school is not approved for out of district placement and there other issues that would be involved in taking in out of district children. The request can not be accepted and a letter will be sent to the parents.
Rich Pike makes a recommendation to nominate the following teachers:
Colleen McBride, Grade 5 New one year position (M, step 5)
Jamie Pelletier, Grade 5 One year position (B, step 1)
Kari Raiano, Reading Specialist .6, new position, (M+15, step 6)
James O’Shea makes a motion to accept Colleen McBride for a one year Grade 5 teaching position at M, step 5. Bill Beauregard seconds the motion. The motion is carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.
James O’Shea makes a motion to accept Jamie Pelletier for a one year Grade 5 teaching position at B, step 1. Bill Beauregard seconds the motion. The motion carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.
James O’Shea makes a motion to accept Kari Raiano as a .6 Reading Specialist at M+15, step 6. Bill Beauregard seconds the motion. The motion is carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.
Jennifer MacLeod made a motion to accept the public minutes of June 8th, 2006. Bill Beauregard seconded the motion. The motion carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.
Jennifer MacLeod made a motion to accept the workshop minutes of June 8th, 2006. Bill Beauregard seconded the motion. The motion carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.
Jennifer MacLeod made a motion to accept the non-public minutes of June 8th, 2006. Bill Beauregard seconded the motion. The motion carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.
James O’Shea made a motion to accept the public minutes of June 19, 2006. Venu Rao seconded the motion. The motion carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.
Director of Curriculum Report
Carol Mace updated the Board on assessment
NWEA Measures of Academic Progress
Preliminary costs for NWEA MAP based on % of Hollis student enrollment (823 students)
Tier I Tier II Tier III
0-50% 50-65% 65%+
$13.50 per student tested $13.00 per student tested $12.50 per student tested
All inclusive annual cost approximately $10,300.
Includes testing up to 4X per year in reading, language and math for grades 2-10
Separate cost for K-1 is $7.00 per student tested.
Separate cost for science is $2.50 per student
First year mandatory one-day training $3,550 (includes travel) for up to 60 teachers and up to 40 administrators
Additional follow up training available. Three sessions, recommend one each year at a cost of $3,950 per session.
Regional trainings are sometimes available at lower cost.
Lead time to implement – 6 weeks.
Carol Mace spoke with Milford who implemented NWEA in a slow roll out and it worked very successfully. Milford used a trainer from NWEA.
Gail Paludi thinks the Hollis schools need the NWEA. It is very successful, user friendly and gives immediate feed back. She would like to start it in second grade.
It takes 20-30 minutes to administer a survey test and then another 45-60 minutes.
Harry Haytayan asked Mellinee to look for the money to fund this in the budget. He asked Bill, Carol, Gail and Carol to have recommendations for the August meeting.
SAU Teacher Evaluation Meeting
Gail Paludi and Carol Thibideau gave an overview of evaluation models, which included the Danielson model.
A memo will go out on Monday. The recommendation is to take an in depth review of the evaluation plans.
James O’Shea made a motion to go into non-public under RSA 91-A3IIC, reputation. Jennifer MacLeod seconded the motion. The motion carried by a unanimous roll call vote.