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School Committee Meeting May 16, 2019

by Yvette Cain
May 18, 2019

The School Committee met on Thursday, May 16, in the High School Library.  No student representatives were present this evening, due to other school-related activities!  All Committee members were present. 

During comments, Cynthia Listewnik encouraged attendance at the evening’s Art Saves Lives event, Martha Devoe recognized the Walk for Wex and the Junior-Senior prom Friday evening at the State Room in Boston; Anne Louise Hanstad mentioned the success of the Junior Class Dumpster Day and upcoming graduation.  Additionally, parents of members of the Junior class are being sought as volunteers for the all night graduation party at ForeKicks.  (email Ms Hanstad if interested).

As this was Martha Devoe’s last meeting of her 3-year term on the School Committee, her dedication was recognized by her committee colleagues, Dr. Brad Jackson, Superintendent, and Lisa Taylor, a resident who spoke during public comments to Devoe’s talent and tenacity. 

Dr. Jackson reported that 23 graduating seniors would receive a seal of bi-literacy.  He also reported that the MA School Building Authority has received 61 Statements of Interest from MA schools this year, and anticipate 12-15 approvals.  Peter Botelho, Assistant Superintendent, recognized Dr. Jackson for assuming the presidency of the MA Association of Superintendents.

Peter Botelho proposed a Professional Development Model for the 2020-21 school year created by the Professional Development Council following surveys of parents and teachers.   School Committee members were asked to share their thoughts.  More time with the information is needed as committee members felt the shift in the PD model is presently only conceptual.  

In other news, the Committee extended thanks to members of the voting community for passing the FY2020 School Budget.  No word has been received concerning the grant requesting surveillance cameras.  Interim asphalt repairs are planned for the Placentino/Miller parking lots. 

Andy Morton presented an overview of the superintendent’s evaluation.  Among the areas of strength, the following were included:  The preparation of the Statement of interest to the MA School Building Authority, his leadership at MA Association of Superintendents, his support of risk taking in professional development, his response to School Committee members, the PowerSchool rollout supporting improved communications, and his momentum for #Hollistoninnovates.

The School Start Time Sub-Committee recommended changes to school start times, and the Committee voted to approve the school start changes beginning in the 2020-2021 school year.

Dr. Jackson appointed Bryan DiGiorgio attendance officer for the 2019-2020 school year at an annual stipend of $1600. 

Four warrants were approved before the School Committee adjourned into executive session. The next SC meeting is June 6, at the HHS Library.


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