BOARD OF EDUCATION Bristol, CT Regular Meeting June 8, 2005

BOARD OF EDUCATION Bristol, CT Regular Meeting – June 8, 2005 The regular monthly meeting of the Bristol Board of Education was held on Wednesday, Jun...
Author: Kellie Parks
0 downloads 0 Views 41KB Size
BOARD OF EDUCATION Bristol, CT Regular Meeting – June 8, 2005 The regular monthly meeting of the Bristol Board of Education was held on Wednesday, June 8, 2005 at 7:00 p.m., at the Board of Education Administration Building, 129 Church Street, Bristol, Connecticut. PRESENT: Chairman Barbara Y. Doyle, Vice Chairman Julie M. Luczkow, Secretary Kimberly A. B. Fabrizio (arrived 8:18), Commissioners Jane E. Anastasio, (arrived 8:15), Kizzy G. Hernandez, Gloria J. Marino, Thomas P. O’Brien, Christopher C. Wilson, Michael J. Wasta, Superintendent of Schools, Susan Kalt Moreau, Deputy Superintendent, Anthony S. Malavenda, Director of Human Resources, William Smyth, Assistant to the Superintendent for Business, City Councilman Craig Minor, Council Liaison to the Board of Education (arrived 7:43). CALL TO ORDER/PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/MOMENT OF SILENCE: Dr. Wasta called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. and asked that the audience join him in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed in memory of James Doyle, teacher within the Bristol Public Schools from 1957 to June 1992; and Genevieve Conopask, secretary at Bristol Eastern High School for 19 years. FRED SOLIANI, MENTOR OF THE YEAR, AND SCHOOL BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP AWARD PRESENTATION: Mrs. Kathleen Hallett, School Business Coordinator welcomed everyone to the 2005 mentor reception also hosted by School Business Partnership Committee Jack Hines & William Sheedy, Jr., Co-chairmen. Mrs. Hallett expressed her thanks to the core of mentors who give so much of themselves throughout the year. They touch the lives and hearts of the children they work with, and their efforts positively impact the children of this community. Dr. Wasta and Mrs. Doyle presented the 2005 honorees with an award. The honorees are as follows: Jerry Murphy Mentors of the Year: Ruby Star Batchelor and Steven Massey, Fred Soliani Award: Thomas Morrow, and School Business Partnership Award: Valley Bank. Commissioner Doyle welcomed Boy Scout Troop #20 from St. Matthews. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: On motion of Commissioner O’Brien, seconded by Commissioner Luczkow, it was VOTED: That the minutes of the May 4, 2005 regular meeting be approved as written. COMMITTEE REPORTS: No reports at this time CONSENT AGENDA: PERSONNEL: Teacher Retirements:

6/8/05 Board of Education Meeting

2.

On motion of Commissioner Hernandez, seconded by Commissioner Luczkow, it was unanimously VOTED: That the Board of Education accept the letters of retirement from the following teaching staff members, effective June 30, 2005: Barbara Cohen – Literacy Teacher – Northeast Middle School; Jeffrey Geitz – English – Bristol Central High School; Richard Leardi – Language Arts – grades 7-8 – Northeast Middle School; Noelle Owens – Business – Bristol Central High School; Lynn Tucker – Grades 7 and 8 – Language Arts – Memorial Boulevard Middle School; Teacher Resignation: On motion of Commissioner Hernandez, seconded by Commissioner Luczkow, it was unanimously VOTED: That the Board of Education accept letters of resignation from the following teachers: Bonnie Beland – Technology Education – Bristol Eastern High School – effective 6/30/05; Elias George – Social Studies – Bristol Central High School – effective 5/27/05; Robert Garry – Grade 5 – John J. Jennings School – effective 6/30/05; A-1 Teacher Resignation: On motion of Commissioner Hernandez, seconded by Commissioner Luczkow, it was unanimously VOTED: That the Board of Education accept the A-1 teacher resignation: Rosemary Silkman-Barone – Language Arts Coordinator – Northeast Middle School – effective 6/30/05; A-2 Teacher Resignation: On motion of Commissioner Hernandez, seconded by Commissioner Luczkow, it was unanimously VOTED: That the Board of Education accepts the A-2 teacher resignations: Debra Dabrowski – Bristol Central High School – Head Cheerleading Advisor – effective 4/30/05; Jennifer Dabrowski – Bristol Central High School – Asst. Cheerleading Advisor – effective 4/30/05; New Teacher Hires (effective 8/29/05): On motion of Commissioner Hernandez, seconded by Commissioner Luczkow, it was unanimously

6/8/05 Board of Education Meeting

3.

VOTED: That the Board of Education accepts the following new teacher hires effective 8/29/05. Sarah Flaherty – Social Studies – Bristol Central High School; Philip Holtz – Physical Science – Bristol Central High School; Sharon Jacques – Business – Bristol Central High School; Kelly McCabe – Math – Bristol Central High School; Cora Sharp – Psychologist – Citywide; Judith Simonds – Special Education – Stafford School; Part Time Teacher Hired for Full Time Position: On motion of Commissioner Hernandez, seconded by Commissioner Luczkow, it was unanimously VOTED: That the Board of Education accept the following part time teacher hired for a full time position: Jessica Stifel – a .4 art teacher citywide has been hired as a full time art teacher at EDGE/MTV effective August 29, 2005. Request for an Unpaid Leave of Absence: On motion of Commissioner Hernandez, seconded by Commissioner Luczkow, it was unanimously VOTED: That the Board of Education accepts the following leaves of absence. Veronica Everett – Grade 7 – Social Studies – Chippens Hill Middle School – effective 20052006 school year; Tricia Galvin – Edgewood – Grade 4 (per article 12:4) – Edgewood School – effective 20052006 school year; Coaching Appointments: On motion of Commissioner Hernandez, seconded by Commissioner Luczkow, it was unanimously VOTED: That the Board of Education accepts the following coaching appointments: Jason Cirillo – Interim Assistant Softball Coach – Bristol Eastern High School – Effective 4/6/05 (certification completed 5/3/05); Cary Mecca – Girls’ Soccer Coach – Chippens Hill Middle School, effective 6/8/05 (certification pending); Volunteer Coaching Appointments On motion of Commissioner Hernandez, seconded by Commissioner Luczkow, it was unanimously

6/8/05 Board of Education Meeting

4.

VOTED: That the Board of Education accepts the following volunteer coaching appointment: Reinhard Walker – Football Program – Bristol Central High School, effective 5/26/05; Grants: On motion of Commissioner Hernandez, seconded by Commissioner Luczkow, it was unanimously VOTED: That the Board of Education accepts the following grants: 1. The Family Resource Center Program at South Side School 2. The Family Resource Center Program at Clara T. O’Connell School DELIBERATED ITEMS: Staff Achievement Awards: Dr. Moreau was pleased to announce the Staff Achievement Award Recipients who have performed their duties in a truly outstanding fashion and have gone beyond what is expected of them in the normal fulfillment of their responsibilities. The following recipients will be honored at a dinner on June 14th: Marsha Bansavage Catherine Cassin Thaon Crocker John Dauphinee Connie Harkey

Bernadette Langlais Eileen Norkun Linda Rich Brandon Zanauskas

The Community Achievement Award Recipient was awarded to ESPN – Shelley Hunter for their involvement in the “Play Your Way Program”. Bristol’s 2006 Teacher of the Year: Dr. Wasta was pleased to announce that Mr. Thomas Moylan, Social Studies teacher at Bristol Central High School, has been chosen as this year’s Teacher of the Year. Mr. Moylan, seated in the audience, was given applause and was supported by many colleagues from Bristol Central High School and the entire school district. Standards and Accountability: Dr. Wasta and Dr. Moreau reported on the status of the District’s Standards and Accountability initiatives through a slide presentation. Student Exchange with Italy: Mrs. Raviele presented a proposal for an exchange between Bristol Central High School and the Liceo Classico-Linguistico in Fano Italy. Fano is a seaside town in the region of Le Marche. Students at Bristol Central High School started an email exchange with students from Italy this year and are expecting the arrival of a group of Italian students during the month of October. In February we hope to send our students to Italy. The dates of the proposed journey are from

6/8/05 Board of Education Meeting

5.

February 14 – February 23rd. Students and teacher chaperones will miss three days of school, but will be attending classes in Italy. On motion of Commissioner O’Brien, seconded by Commissioner Marino, it was unanimously VOTED: That the Board of Education approve the Student Exchange between Bristol Central High School and the Liceo Classico-Linguistico in Fano, Italy. Saturday and Vacation School – Winter/Spring 2005: Mr. John Ryan, Director of Saturday/Vacation School reported on the Saturday /Vacation program that was provided for grade 4 and 6 students. The Saturday/Vacation School Program was developed as a means of providing additional instruction for students in order to assist students in making additional progress in reading. There was a total of 282 letters mailed out to parents with 159 students in attendance (56%). There were 127 grade four students eligible to participate in the program, 77 enrolled (61%). There were 155 grade six students eligible to participate in the program, 82 enrolled (53%). The students met for eight Saturdays beginning in March and ending in May and four days during the April vacation week for a total of twelve sessions. Commissioner O’Brien stated that we need to take a much stronger approach with parents before consequences become much more significant. The lack of student participation is reflected in the lack of interest on the parents’ part. The Board of Education needs to stress the importance of the program to parents by making it a requirement. Students who are not sufficient in reading, writing and math may not be able to move on to the next grade level. Curriculum Revisions: Grades 1-5 Art Curriculum, (Second Reading) Commissioner O’Brien complimented Mrs. Eschner on the great job she and her staff did on the Art Curriculum. On motion of Commissioner O’Brien, seconded by Commissioner Hernandez, it was unanimously VOTED: That the Board of Education approve the Grades 1-5 Art Curriculum (Second Reading): Textbook Adoption: Grades 1-5 Art Textbook (First Reading) Lori Eschner, Art Department Head presented the Grade 1-5 Art Textbook – Adventures in Art. The textbook adoption process consisted of a review of materials made available to each elementary art teacher during the 2004-2005 school year. Teachers examined and compared materials from two textbook companies. The textbooks were examined for alignment with the Bristol Elementary Art Curriculum, Bristol Power Standards, the Connecticut Visual Art Standards. All textbooks were considered for supporting the creation of original artwork,

6/8/05 Board of Education Meeting

6.

promotion of higher order thinking, integration of technological resources and core subject connections. Any questions relating to this textbook may be directed to Lori Eschner. The second presentation and vote will occur at the July Board of Education meeting. 9-12 Music Theory I Textbook (First Reading) Ruth Busse, Music Department Chair presented the 9-12 Music Theory I Textbook – Practical Beginning Theory w/CD (8th Ed.). Music Theory I is a course offered at the high school level and was recently approved as part of the 9-12 Music Curriculum. (June 2004). At the present time, there is no formal textbook for this course. It is important that a textbook be adopted because of the district-wide initiatives for common assessments and common core of learning. Any questions related to this textbook may be directed to Ruth Busse. The second presentation and vote will occur at the July Board of Education meeting. 9-12 Music Theory II Textbook (First Reading) Ruth Busse, Music Department Chair presented the 9-12 Music Theory II Textbook – Music: In Theory and Practice (7th Ed. Vol I). Music Theory II is a course offered at the high school level and was recently approved as part of the 9-12 Music Curriculum. (June 2004). At the present time, there is no formal textbook for this course. It is important that a textbook be established because of the district-wide initiatives for common assessments and common core of learning. Any questions related to this textbook may be directed to Ruth Busse. The second presentation and vote will occur at the July Board of Education meeting. 9-12 Music Theory AP Textbook (First Reading) Ruth Busse, Music Department Chair presented the 9-12 Music Theory AP Textbook – Harmonic Practice in Tonal Music (2nd Ed.). Music Theory AP is a course offered at the high school level and was recently approved as part of the 9-12 Music Curriculum (June 2004). At the present time, there is no formal textbook for this course. It is important that a textbook be established because of the district-wide initiatives for common assessments and common core of learning. Any questions related to this textbook may be directed to Ruth Busse. The second presentation and vote will occur at the July Board of Education meeting. Physical Science and Environmental Science Textbook (Second Reading) On motion of Commissioner O’Brien, seconded by Commissioner Luczkow, it was unanimously VOTED: That the Board of Education approve the Physical Science and Environmental Science Textbook (Second Reading). Student Accident and Sports Insurance – 2005-2007 Mr. Smyth discussed the student accident and sports insurance quotes that he received for 2005/2007. After analyzing the three quotes it was decided that the student accident and sports insurance be awarded to Lefebvre Insurance.

6/8/05 Board of Education Meeting

7.

On motion of Commissioner Luczkow, seconded by Commissioner Hernandez it was unanimously VOTED: That the Board of Education approve the Student Accident and Sports Insurance – 2005/2007 be awarded to Lefebvre Insurance. 2005-2006 Board of Education Policy Affirmation Each year, it is customary that the Bristol Board of Education reaffirm the documents included in the Manual are its policies. On motion of Commissioner Luczkow, seconded by Commissioner Wilson, it was unanimously VOTED: That the Board of Education reaffirm that the documents included in the Manual are its policies. Old Business: Commissioner O’Brien commented on the death of a good friend, Jim Doyle and would like us to remember him for all he has done for education. Mr. Doyle was truly committed to education and fought hard for what he believed in. New Business: Commissioner Doyle discussed the petitions she received from Stafford School parents. Since our figures are constantly changing, our decision will not be finalized until closer to the beginning of the school year. Dr. Wasta stated that it is very beneficial for us to wait until July to make our decisions. Information: Chippens Hill Middle School is requesting a waiver for June 14th regarding hats and caps. The students would like to raise money for the Foundation for Children with Cancer by paying $1.00 to wear a hat on that day and proceeds will be given to the Foundation. On motion of Commissioner Luczkow, seconded by Commissioner Marino, it was unanimously VOTED: That the Board of Education request a one day waiver of the Student Dress Code on June 14th allowing students to wear hats at Chippens Hill Middle School. PUBLIC COMMENT Lisa Trahan, 34 Jennifer Road reiterated her concerns about the increase in class sizes at Stafford School. After viewing the power point presentation on power standards, she is very curious to know the sizes of the classes. The increase in class sizes is a real disadvantage to students and a total disservice to the teaching staff. The CMT’s add additional stress for students and teachers and by having smaller classrooms we can better focus the needs of the students.

6/8/05 Board of Education Meeting

8.

Steve Stadnicki, 92 Lancaster Road is concerned about his daughters’ fourth and first grades at Stafford School. He does understand the July timeline but feels the increase in classes will affect the CMTs. Claire Bart, 191 Castle Road feels the July timeline is somewhat refreshing but is concerned that Stafford School is a Title I school that needs to be looked at and may be criteria for more prudent planning. She would also like parents to receive information on data collection in regard to instructional adjustments. David Rzonca, 48 Brookside Drive is concerned with the increase in class sizes especially after viewing the Power Point presentation this evening. He feels there will be very little learning time and teachers will be doing more assessing. Mr. Rzonca also agrees with the Board of Education that it is up to the parents to take an active role in their children’s education. Bob Hammer, 228 Morningside Drive, East reiterated his concerns about the increased class sizes at Stafford School. He asked the Board of Education who makes the final decision in regard to class sizes. CONVENE INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION: There being no further business to come before the Board. On motion of Commissioner Wilson, seconded by Commissioner Luczkow, it was unanimously VOTED: That the Board of Education convene into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing pending expulsions and ongoing negotiations. (8:20 p.m.) EXECUTIVE SESSION: The Board of Education convened into Executive Session at (8:35 p.m.) PRESENT: Chairman Barbara Y. Doyle, Vice Chairman Julie M. Luczkow, Secretary Kimberly A. B. Fabrizio, Commissioners Jane E. Anastasio, Kizzy G. Hernandez, Gloria J. Marino, Thomas P. O’Brien, Christopher C. Wilson; Michael J. Wasta, Superintendent of Schools, Susan Kalt Moreau, Deputy Superintendent, Anthony S. Malavenda, Director of Human Resources, William Smyth, Assistant to the Superintendent for Business; City Councilman Craig Minor, Council Liaison to the Board of Education. Expulsions: Discussion of pending expulsions. Negotiations: Discussion of on-going negotiations. RECONVENE INTO PUBLIC SESSION: On motion of Commissioner Fabrizio, seconded by Commissioner Marino it was unanimously VOTED: The Board of Education reconvenes into Public Session to vote on any items discussed in Executive Session. (9:29 p.m.) On motion of Commissioner O’Brien, seconded by Commissioner Luczkow it was unanimously

6/8/05 Board of Education Meeting

9.

VOTED: That the Board of Education ratify the contract with AFSCME 818. On motion of Commissioner O’Brien, seconded by Commissioner Wilson, it was unanimously VOTED: That the Board of Education authorize the Superintendent to award salary increases to the fifteen non-bargaining employees for the 05-06 school year at a level he shall determine, based upon performance, provided that the total of such salary increases shall not exceed $32,000. ADJOURNMENT: On motion of Commissioner Fabrizio, seconded by Commissioner Hernandez it was unanimously VOTED: That the Board of Education meeting be adjourned ( 9:30 p.m.) Respectfully Submitted:

Kim D’Amore Kim D’Amore Recording Secretary

Suggest Documents