Nov. 12, 2008 School Committee Meeting


Regular Meeting of the Quincy School Committee
November 12, 2008

7:00 p.m.
Point Webster Middle School

I. Approval of Minutes: Regular Session Minutes for October 29, 2008.

II. Superintendent’s Report:

A. Kids Vote 2008

B. Academic Classroom Teacher Recognition

C. John & Abigail Adams Scholarships

III. Open Forum: An opportunity for community input regarding the Quincy Public Schools. After giving his or her name and address, each speaker may make a presentation of no more than four minutes to the School Committee.

IV. Old Business

A. Update on building projects, renovations, and construction: Mr. Murphy to report.

B. Update on the New Quincy High School:

C. Update on Central: Mrs. Bragg and Mrs. Mahoney to report.

V.  New Business:

A. American Education Celebration:

B. Homeless Policy 10.5.7: The Committee needs to take a final vote to approve the Homeless Policy (10.5.7).

C. Out of Country Trip: Quincy High School to Italy and France. See Attachment A.

VI. Additional Business:

VII. Communications:

VIII. Hearings: - none

IX. Reports of Special Committees:

A. Policy Subcommittee: Mrs. Bragg to report.

B. Budget Subcommittee: Mr. Mariano to report.

X Executive Session:

XI. Adjournment:

Subcommittees of the School Committee

Subcommittee Date Referred Business Pending
Budget & Finance
Mariano/Bragg/McCarthy 4/11/2007 HS Health Curriculum
  3/29/2008 Bus Rental Fees
  3/29/2008 Building Rental Fees
  9/10/2008 Revolving Funds 5-yrs. History
School Facilities Management    
Dwyer/Mahoney/Mariano Major Building Projects  
  3/4/98 QHS/Central/Sterling Building Plans
  10/20/2004 ADA Report
  9/7/2005 Alternative Plans for Central Middle School
  2/8/2006 Conservation
  4/9/2008 11.6 School Facility Policy
  4/9/2008 Track
  9/10/2008 NQHS gym floor named
Health, Safety & Security    
Puleo/Mahoney/McCarthy 10/18/2006 NQHS Traffic & Drop off
  4/11/2007 HS Health Curriculum
  3/26/2008 Increase School Breakfast Participation
  5/21/2008 Lockdown Policy
School Policy    
Bragg/Dwyer/McCarthy 1/10/2001 Policy Manual
  2/6/2008 Voting Places
  3/12/2008 Teacher Evaluations
  6/18/2008 Homeless Policy
  9/10/2008 Grade Configurations
  9/24/2008 Warrants
  9/24/2008 Quill Program
Special Education    
Mahoney/McCarthy/Mariano 1/17/2007 Emergency Information Form
  1/17/2007 Substitute Teachers for SPED
  3/21/2007 Implementation of IEPs
  9/24/2008 INSPIRE Initiative
Rules, Post Audit & Oversight    
Dwyer/Puleo/Bragg 10/29/2008 Faxon Field
Channel 22    
Mahoney/McCarthy 10/17/2007 Encourage greater use of



Quincy, Massachusetts - November 12, 2008
Regular Meeting of the Quincy School Committee

Regular Meeting

A regular meeting of the Quincy School Committee was held on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at the Point Webster Middle School. Present were Mr. Ron Mariano, Mrs. Jo-Ann Bragg, Mrs. Anne Mahoney, Mr. Dave McCarthy Mrs. Elaine Dwyer, and Mayor Tom Koch, Chairman.

Chairman Presiding

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The Superintendent called the roll and Mr. Puleo was absent. Present were: Dr. Richard DeCristofaro, Secretary, Mrs. Tefta Burrelli, Clerk. Messrs. O’Brien, Mullaney, Draicchio, Keith Segalla, Ms. Powell and Roberts. Ms. Tracey Christello, Citywide, and Mr. Paul Phillips, QEA. Haley Shaughnessy, NQHS associate member and Emily Hajjar, QHS associate member was present. The Committee observed a moment of silence for all our troops. The Mayor offered congratulations to Kristen Koehane Powers, Park Director, and Mrs. Elaine Koehane, Quincy Public Schools secretary, on the birth of Kristen’s daughter. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by the Point Webster chorus.

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Reg. Session Mins. Approved 10/29/2008

On a motion by Mr. Mariano, seconded by Mrs. Bragg, the Committee approved the regular session minutes for October 29, 2008. The ayes have it.

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Principal’s Welcome

Principal, James McGuire, welcomed everyone to the Point Webster Middle School. Point Webster is the new home of the Print Shop and system meeting rooms for the school system. There is a large diverse population at each grade. Clubs are popular – The Green Team, Book Worms, Student Council. These programs give students an opportunity to extend the day and to make a difference in the school and community. The chorus, under the direction of Ms. Rogers, sang Chocolate and the National Anthem. Under the direction of Mr. David Carroll, the band played the Marine Corps Hymn and the When the Saints go Marching In.

Staff Recognition

Ms. Colleen Roberts introduced the 2008 MAST Award winners, Robert McGillicuddy and Gina Joyce, both are teachers at Sterling. They received a Professional Development Award grant of $1,000.

Amer. Ed. Contest Winners Present

Ms. Roberts then introduced the winners of the American Education Contest. Then ranged from kindergarten students to high school students. The students introduced their posters and the high school students read their essays. The students received a Certificate of Appreciation from the School Committee and a gift. At 7:55 p.m. there was a brief recess for photographs and handshakes. The meeting resumed at 8:06 p.m.

Student Recognition

This year there are 184 high school students in Quincy awarded the John and Abigail Adams scholarship. The School Committee congratulated them.

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Open Forum

Mr. Paul Phillips passed out copies of an interview in Education Week with Finnish Education Expert, Reijo Laukkanen, and asked the members to read it at their leisure. He also thanked everyone who took a stand on Question 1.

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Building Update

Mr. Kevin Murphy spoke to a meeting he and the Superintendent had with Honeywell representatives. Several topics were discussed and heating was one of them. There is a procedure in place now to report any problems to Honeywell. Level One training has been completed and it was very successful. A computer lab at Broad Meadows was ruined due to a leak. Honeywell replaced everything. He thanked Honeywell for responding so quickly. The PA system at Atherton Hough School second floor is complete, the electrician will move on to Atlantic and then Bernazzani. The move is going well in the old Vocational School. We are ahead of schedule.

With regard to the additional lighting for North Quincy High School, Mr. Murphy has spoken with Joe Carndell of National Grid. They are going to put SMA lights up for Hancock and East Squantum Streets. The lights will be facing the building and should light up the front. Mr. Murphy thinks that should fix the problem.

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QHS Bldg. Committee

Mrs. Dwyer reported that there will be a Quincy High School Building Committee meeting tomorrow.

Central Bldg. Committee

Mrs. Bragg reported that the RFP for the Project Manager will be advertised next week. They expect a Project Manager on board by March.

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Homeless Policy 10.5.7 Approved

On a motion by Mrs. Bragg, seconded by Mrs. Dwyer, the Committee approved the Homeless Policy, 10.5.7, On a roll call vote, the motion passed 6.0. Mr. Puleo was absent.

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QHS to Italy/France Approved

On a motion by Mrs. Dwyer, seconded by Mr. McCarthy, the Committee approved a trip to France and Italy for Quincy High School students from April 18 – 25, 2009. The ayes have it.

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Title I Supplement Policy to Policy Subcommittee

On a motion by Mrs. Bragg, seconded by Mrs. Dwyer, creating a Title One Supplement Policy into the Policy Subcommittee was approved by the Committee. The ayes have it.

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The Superintendent reminded everyone of the events coming up – Professional Teacher Status Recognition, Community Service Learning Event. Mayor Koch commended Sterling Middle School for their Veterans Day celebration which he attended.

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Policy Subcommittee Update by Mrs. Bragg

Mrs. Bragg reported that the Policy Subcommittee met on November 5 for an update on the Quill Program. This program seems to be in limbo right now. She is hoping to get the program back in the spring. She will continue discussion with Ms. Stice. Also, they discussed the closing of schools on November 4 for election. Some employees did not receive pay for that day. Those employees that did not work, won’t get paid until the end of the school year when the day is made up. If it was made a “snow day,” it would cost the school system $57,000. It was the decision of the subcommittee to make “no changes.” They asked the Superintendent to try and reduce the number of polling places in the schools. The Superintendent is checking into how other school systems handled that day. On a motion by Mrs. Bragg, seconded by Mrs. Dwyer, the Committee approved the Policy Subcommittee minutes. The ayes have it.

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Budget Subcommittee Update by Mr. Mariano

Mr. Ron Mariano reported that the Budget Subcommittee met prior to the School Committee meeting to review the quarterly report. This report showed expenditures through September 30. It is not a telling determination of where we are at this time. There are a couple of line items that we need to watch – the Directors line, Utilities, SPED tuition. We will see where we are at the end of the year. Mr. Mariano suggested there may be more cuts at the state level in January. On a motion by Mr. Mariano, seconded by Mrs. Bragg, the Committee accepted the Budget Subcommittee report. The ayes have it.

The Committee sent well wishes to Nick Puleo who has not been feeling well. He did not attend tonight’s meeting.

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The Committee noted the following resignations:

Nurse: Lorraine Kelly


The Committee noted the following appointments:

Occ. Therapist: Tara MacLeod

Paraprofessional: Diane Markarian

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On a motion by Mrs. Bragg, seconded by Mr. Mariano, the meeting adjourned at 8:27 p.m. for the evening. There was no Executive Session. On a roll call vote, the motion passed 6-0. Mr. Puleo was absent.