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School Committee Minutes 01/11/2007
Minutes of 1/11/07

Present:          Steven Anderstrom, Chairman; Susan Kennedy, Vice Chairman; Christine Croke, Secretary; Steven Burns; Heather Blakeley

Also Present:  Dan Durgin, Superintendent; Deb Boyd, Business Manager; Mary Ellen Brunelle, Associate Superintendent; Andrew Samuelson, Principal; Charlotte Lundgren, Recording Secretary

Audience Present:  Carol Fuller, Dawn Merriman, Karen Augustus, Nancy Alakoski, Nancy Peloquin, Amy Sweet, Jennifer Iller, Sarah Kakish, Paul Hmel, Bruc stearns, Jim Wettlaufer

Motion 07-01 to approve the minutes of 12/14/06.  Motion approved – 4 in favor, 1 abstention.

Mrs. Boyd reported that the $42,000 REAP grant has not been processed yet.  Once processed, the deficit balance will clear out.  Very little will remain to get through the end of the year.

Mrs. Boyd gave an overview of the 207/08 budget.  

Mr. Samuelson presented the 2007/08 budget to the Committee.

There was some discussion with the Committee and the audience regarding staffing plans for next year.

MOTION 07-02 by Christine Croke, second by Steven Burns, to accept the financial report until audited.  Motion approved unanimously.

Mr. Durgin discussed a memo regarding a meting with Glenn Koocher of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees to organize a training session/refresher course on the following:  school committee roles and responsibilities; school finance; communication with the public; school leadership standards and evaluations; ethics laws; open meeting law; conflict of interest; and special education.


Holland-Wales Regionalization Study Committee – next meeting on 1/30/07 - still looking at properties.
Union 61 Curriculum Subcommittee – 1/8/07 – meeting with Katie Fitzgerald to go over new math program.  Also discussed word study curriculum and MCAS data
Union 61 Personnel Subcommittee – 1/3/07 – discussed job descriptions which will be presented later in this meeting.

Mr. Samuelson reported that the doors in the intermediate section of the building have all been painted and thanked Mr. Stearns and Mr. Turkington for getting that done.  Due to the lateness of the meeting, he abbreviated his comments and asked that the Committee read his report.

Mr. Durgin reported that there are150 new computers in the building which should be up and running in 2 months.  Mr. Durgin thanked Mr. Wettlaufer and Mr. Fife for going down to Electric Boat to pick up the new computers.  

Policy GCK-GCRD were presented for second reading and request for adoption.

MOTION 07-03 by Susan Kennedy, second by Heather Blakeley, to approve Policy GCK-GCRD in its entirety

Mr. Durgin asked the Committee to accept the computer donations.  

MOTION 07-4 by Susan Kennedy, second by Heather Blakeley to accept the donation of computers by Electric Boat and Mass Mutual
Motion approved unanimously.

New job descriptions were presented to the Committee for approval.  Job Descriptions:  Director of Technology; Facilities Manager; Executive Assistant to the Superintendent; Administrative Assistant to Business Manager/Human Resource Specialist; Administrative Assistant to Associate Superintendent/Director of Special Education and Student Support Services

MOTION 07-05 by Steven Anderstrom, second by Heather Blakeley to accept the job descriptions as listed  Motion approved unanimously.

MOTION 07-06 by Susan Kennedy, second by Heather Blakeley to adjourn meeting at 8:52 pm

Town of Holland 27 Sturbridge Road, Holland, MA 01521
Phone: 413-245-7108 Fax: 413-245-7037
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