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Watertown Public Schools - School Committee Agenda, November 2010
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School CommitteeJune 21, 2010 
I.
 
Call to Order
Mr. Anthony Paolillo called the June 21 2010 meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Members present included, Ms. Eileen Hsu-Balzer, Ms. Laurie McManus, Mr. John Portz, Mr.David Leon, Mr. Christopher Beach and Mr. Mark Sideris. Also present were Dr. AnnKoufman-Frederick, Dr. Jean Fitzgerald and Ms. Allie Altman.
II.
 
Introduction of Coordinators
Dr. Koufman-Frederick introduced Ms. Mena Ciarlone as the Elementary CurriculumCoordinator; Ms. Barbara Gortych as the K-12 Assessment and GuidanceCoordinator and Ms. Arlene Shaniker and the Secondary Special EducationCoordinator.Chairman Paolillo asked that the School Committee hear a report from the StudentAdvisor. Chairman Paolillo asked next items be taken out of order.
Student Advisor
Ms. Mary Izzo reported on events at Watertown High School to include the Jr. Cruiseon the Odyssey ship on June 9
th
and final exams ending on June 22
nd
.
V.
 
Presentation/Discussion
 
i.
 
Watertown Boosters AssociationMr. Stephen Messina, Mr. Arthur Venezia and Mr. Tony Fantasia from theWatertown Boosters Association gave a report on the Watertown Boosters andfuture plans with Watertown Public Schools. Mr. Venezia reported fight night is themain fundraiser for the Fitness Center and will continue in the future. The Boostersare working with youth sports presidents to build youth sports and to join their  booster clubs with the Watertown Boosters Association. Chairman Paolillocommented that there are different High School Sports teams with their own booster clubs. Mr. Lahiff would like to see one main booster club for the High School notto say those other booster clubs would go away but to make it one big club tofundraise. Mr. Beach proposed having a summer event to supplement fight night.
 
ii.
 
Secondary School Improvement PlansMr. Jason DelPorto, Vice Principal, Watertown Middle School and Mr. Mike Noftsker, Headmaster, Watertown High School presented to the School Committeetheir School Improvement Plans.
 
III.
 
Teaching and Learning Showcase
Mr. Rob Stergis, Curriculum Coordinator, English as a Second Language and Ms.Mena Ciarlone, Grade 5 Teacher, Cunniff School gave a recap of this year’sProfessional Development Program and an overview of next year’s program. ThePDC is comprised of 10 members representing all levels of the schools who meet ona monthly basis. Courses covered 21
st
Century Skills, 13 Technology-In-Practicecourses as well as mini courses and school based courses throughout the schoolyear. Ms. Ciarlone and Mr. Stergis reported on the application Xtra Normal that is being used in the classrooms as well as WikiSpace. Classrooms are also usingKidspiration, Adaptiation, Aminationish and GarageBand.
IV.
 
Public Forum
Ms. Silka Plesh of Putnam Street, Watertown, would like to host a ForeignExchange Student from Germany. This student would be placed at the High School.Dr. Koufman is working out issues/concerns with this and will stay in touch withMs. Plesh.
VI.
 
Action Items
a.
 
Approval of Minutes
5/6/2010Subcommittee on Buildings and Grounds5/12/2010Subcommittee on Athletics6/7/2010Regular Monthly MeetingA motion was made and seconded to accept the minutes.
b.
 
Acceptance of a Gift
A gift of approximately $846.00 has been received for books to the Hosmer School Library from Hosmer School parents.A motion was made and seconded to accept the gift.
c.
 
Subcommittee on Budget and Finance
Mr. John Portz reported that the Subcommittee on Budget and Finance met on6/14 focusing on proposed cuts in the budget particularly with the Custodial staff.Fees were also discussed to include bus transportation, sports and activity feesand preschool fees. In regards to bus transportation, for at least the last sevenyears the fees were $180 per student and $250 family cap. The Subcommitteerecommended modifying that charge and proposed to increase both by 50%/ Thenew fees proposed would be $270 per student and $425 family cap. A motionwas made and seconded to accept the recommendations.
 
Mr. Portz reported that at the Middle School a $25 activity fee was instituted lastyear that allowed unlimited sports and activities. The Subcommittee made arecommendation to include an athletic fee. The Subcommittee recommended a$100 athletics fee and a $25 activities fee for the Middle School. If a student pays the $100 athletic fee, they will be able to do an activity as well. A motionwas made and seconded to accept the recommendations.The third sets of fees to be discussed were the preschool fees. Arecommendation was made to increase the fees as follows:9 hour week from $2300.00 to $2500.0010 hour week from $2400.00 to $2600.0012 hour week from $2600.00 to $2900.0025 hour week from $5500.00 to $5900.00A motion was made and seconded to accept the recommendations.A motion was made and seconded to accept the report.
VII.
 
Reports
a.
 
Chairman’s
Chairman Paolillo announced that the budget was passed by Town Council andthanked Mr. Sideris, the Town Council and Administration for all the work theydid on getting the budget passed. Chairman Paolillo thanked the Boosters for coming in tonight. Chairman Paolillo mentioned he is not sure when the nextSchool Committee meeting for the summer will be but the AthleticsSubcommittee should meet in July or August to talk about Middle School sportsso parents will know where they stand with the program. Two issues were sent back to the Policy Subcommittee – for more information - eligibilityrequirements and retired numbers. Buildings and Grounds Subcommittee needsto meet regarding the parking issue at the Hosmer School and discussions on theFamily Network and the impact they will have with the seniors needs to bediscussed. Chairman Paolillo also recommended that the Budget and FinanceSubcommittee meet.Ms. Hsu-Balzer recommended a referral to the Policy Subcommittee with regardsto the changes to the open meeting laws that take effect July 1
st
for theSubcommittee to look over the current School Committee policies to make sureware are in alignment with the current laws. A motion was made and secondedto refer this to the Policy Subcommittee.
b.
 
Superintendent’s
Dr. Koufman-Frederick reported that there are many moving on ceremonies. TheLowell and Hosmer took place, and tomorrow is the Middle School Graduationand the Cunniff School 5
th
grade ceremony. Dr. Koufman-Frederick thanked theAdministration and School Committee members for their support throughout theschool year.
c.
 
Next Meeting

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