SC Executive Session Minutes of 3/27/2007

Posted: August 17, 2007, by webmaster

MARCH 27, 2007

Present: Ms, Elizabeth Gibson, Chair
Mr. John Bowe, Secretary
Ms. Kathy Miller
Mr. Scott Stratford
Dr. Diane Stafford
Ms. Ann Rittenburg
Dr. Peter Holland, Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Patricia Aubin, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction
Dr. Gerald Missal, Director of Finance and Administration
Ms. Julia Silverman, Human Resources Manager - absent
Ms. Annie Warner, Student Senate Representative

Also present: Jim Davis, Director of Athletics, Coach Adam Pritchard & BHS Boys’ Basketball team;
Principals Janet Carey, Winn Brook School, and Bruce MacDonald, Butler School


1.1 Collective Bargaining

On a motion offered by Mr. Bowe and seconded by Ms. Rittenburg, it was

VOTED: at 7:06 p.m., to enter Executive Session for the purposes of discussing collective bargaining.

On a motion offered by Mr. Stratford and seconded by Ms. Rittenburg, it was

VOTED: at 7:29 p.m., to return to Open Session.


2.1 Call to Order

At 7:33 p.m., Ms. Gibson, Chairman of the Committee, called the meeting to order in the Community Room of the Chenery Middle School.

2.2 Superintendent's Report

Dr. Holland asked Mr. Davis, Director of Athletics, and Coach Pritchard to introduce members of the 2006-2007 Boys’ Basketball Team.  The School Committee congratulated team members and coaches for a great season and for their post season tournament play.

Dr. Aubin announced student awards in athletics, art, and social studies.  Dr. Holland announced financial gifts from the Belmont High School PTO and the Chenex Board.  Dr. Holland noted upcoming dates of importance in April and May.  Ms. Rittenburg pointed out one error that required correction regarding the date for the performance of the All Town Chorus.  Dr. Holland announced the March 31st Dinner Dance as the culminating activity for Belmont Unplugged.  Dr. Holland noted that Dr. Missal had completed the first of three MCPPO seminars.  Dr. Holland concluded his comments by reminding Committee members of the April 28th Foundation for Belmont Education Dinner.

2.3 Chairman's Report

Ms. Gibson reminded the public that the School Committee is still in the midst of budget discussions.  She noted that the Warrant Committee was meeting the next evening to discuss the allocation of free cash.
2.4 Citizens' Concerns - None 


4.1 Continued FY 2008 Budget Discussions

Mr. MacDonald and Ms. Carey presented information to the School Committee on the need for a full- day kindergarten for Belmont students.  Committee members discussed the possibilities of a full-day kindergarten program.  Members of the audience shared their views on the topic.  Committee members agreed that should funding be available, a full-day kindergarten program would be initiated.  However, Committee members also agreed that timing is an important consideration and that parents and staff need lead time to prepare for a new program.

Dr. Aubin provided information on the proposed Director of Guidance and Testing position.  She noted a number of activities on which the Director would focus.

4.2 Presentation of 2007-2008 School Calendar - Exhibit  A

Dr. Holland reviewed with the Committee a draft of the proposed school calendar for 2007-2008.  Dr. Aubin noted the two curriculum days that will take place in October and February.  The calendar will be presented again at the April School Committee meeting.  Note:  an error was found in the number of school days required by the State.  The proposed last day of school with no snow days will be June 17 and not June 12 as first presented.


(Wellington Building Committee; ESCO; Communications & Community Relations; Crofts Policy Revision; Technology Assessment & Funding; Advisory Council for the Future Needs of Belmont High School; Capital
Budget Committee; Community Education; Council on Aging; EDCO Board; ESCO Energy Study; Foundation for Belmont Education; Health Advisory Committee; ITAC; Vision 21; Warrant Committee; Youth Commission) 

Ms. Gibson stated that the previous evening the Selectmen had not reached consensus on a recommendation on the use of free cash.  The Warrant Committee will take up this issue at its next meeting on March 28.

Mr. Bowe informed the Committee that the Capital Budget Committee has had the initial presentations of department requests and will start discussions of priorities at its next meeting on March 29.


6.1 Consent Agenda - None
6.2 Personnel Items - Informational

The following items were presented for the School Committee’s information:

a. Instructional Assignments - Exhibit  B
b. Resignations - Exhibit  C
c. Retirements - Exhibit  D
d. Parenthood Leave of Absence - Exhibit  E

6.3 Business Items - None

6.4 Approval of Minutes - None


1.1 Collective Bargaining

On a motion duly made and seconded, it was

VOTED: at 9:45 p.m., to enter Executive Session to discuss collective bargaining isues.

On a motion duly made and seconded, it was

VOTED: at 10:20 p.m., to return to Open Session.


On a motion offered by Ms. Miller and seconded by Ms. Rittenburg, it was

VOTED: unanimously, at 10:20 p.m., to adjourn the meeting.
Respectfully submitted by John Bowe, Secretary


EXECUTIVE SESSION: March 27, 2007 7:00 p.m. to 7:29 p.m.

RE: Collective Bargaining

School Committee members discussed collective bargaining issues with Unit A and the Secretaries’ Union.  No actions or votes were taken.  The Committee indicated its readiness to return to Open Session at 7:29 p.m.

EXECUTIVE SESSION: March 27, 2007               9:45 p.m. to 10:20 p.m.

RE: Collective Bargaining

The Committee continued its discussions of collective bargaining issues with Unit A.  No actions or votes were taken.  The Committee indicated its readiness to conclude these discussions at 10:20 p.m.