Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Live reporting: School Committee - Feb 9, 2016

Present:  Bergen, O'Malley, Schultz, Jewell, Douglas (late), Bilello (late)
Absent:  Scofield 

1. Routine Business

Citizen’s Comments 

Review of Agenda
minor adjustment on order of presentations

Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the January 26, 2016 School Committee Meeting.
motion to accept, seconded, passed 4-0

Payment of Bills Dr. O’Malley
Payroll Mrs. Douglas (not present)

FHS Student Representatives

  • Alana
thanks for the past 2 snow days
caps and gowns coming soon, 

  • Julie 

new food policy for within the school building
teachers have discretion in their classrooms
new lanyard policy, have on their presence, need not wear them

parents dropping kids off in student parking lot
need to use the loop not the parking lot

Correspondence: Budget to Actual – Miriam Goodman

2. Guests/Presentations

b. Student Services Update 
Deborah Dixon, Director
Sue Borchard and Stephanie Geddis

reviewing the section 504 requirements
379 0r 6.7% percent of the students

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education

Q - on the immunization requirement
roughly 20 students in this category over the last 2 years
not that they don't need it, the records are normally required for admission
we serve them and then follow up on the records

special education is specially designed instruction for the students

Special ed programs at Jefferson, Keller and Oak St
all schools provide inclusion based class services

review of types of disabilities
autism the #1 category

full inclusion (608), partial inclusion (53) and sub separate (90) are the three types of delivery

some students are serviced outside the district

comments from Tom Hehir, special education educator at Harvard

Special education survey coming in March, targeting families and faculty

Leaping into Kindergarten, Feb 29 (leap day)

Best Buddies at FHS now on Twitter
@bestFHSbuddies    https://twitter.com/BestFHSBuddies

getting buddies involved with more than just football
did volleyball, basketball and working on others

Best Buddies Holiday party

pep rally before the Thanksgiving break

Jason, co-president of Best Buddies at FHS

"when parents are involved, the success is marvelous"

SEPAC Chair - Sara Mulcahey

parents can help each other, recommendations, support
monthly workshops open to the public


The SEPAC group is a 501(c)3 operating separately but collaboratively with the school district

Caryn Budd, Vice Chair SEPAC
mother of Korey, now 16 with a passion for life
Guild School, Waltham

O'Malley - thanks, very proud of the students

Jewell - comments to reinforce the parents getting involved with their children's development, it is so critical to the overall success

Bilello - use of more technology to help with some of the disabilities, need more professional development to support the teachers servicing the students

Bergen - is it tracked to see how many students with services eventually don't need the services?
- it is tracked but we haven't got the numbers handy

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