Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Live Reporting: School Committee - Jan 10, 2017

Present: Bilello, Scofield, Douglas, Bergen, O'Malley, Schultz, Jewell
Absent: none

1. Routine Business
Citizen’s Comments - none
Review of Agenda
Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the December 13, 2016 School Committee Meeting. 
recommend approval, seconded, passed 7-0

Payment of Bills Dr. O’Malley
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives

Nicolas Gnaman
a lot going on during the break
basketball event, Coaches vs. Cancer - raised $$$
wrestling, girls swim 4-0
girls track beat Mansfield
Frosh-Soph meeting on Sunday
academic team and mock trial scrimmaging to prepare
OSKEY coming up, planning underway (mid-Mayish)
Central Districts festival this weekend

Alexander Chitarra (absent - sports commitments)

Correspondence: Budget to Actual – Miriam Goodman

2. Guests/Presentations
a. Representative Jeffrey Roy
thank you for the opportunity to be here
sworn in as State Representative for 3rd term

congratulations to Maureen on your wind up
in my ten years on the committee, I'd worked with 4 superintendents
and you were good to work with

bills and priorities as topics for next session
Jan 20 filling deadline for this term

teen sexting bill stall in Ways and Means committee, looking to refile
addressing the situation as a request from the police to provide some options on what charges would be/could be filed against the teen offenders

student data privacy bill being crafted to meet needs of parents and students
don't want to turn schools into marketplaces 

annual physicals include evidence of screening by personal physicians rather than have the schools

looking for a driving course with actual practice sessions rather than just classroom instructions

curriculum frameworks for genocide, civics, and 

conference in Dec, walked away with info on IEP and individualized instruction
to bring it to ILP for all students currently voluntary for school districts

working with the manufacturing caucus
renaissance of manufacturing within MA is alive and well
want to close to universities where innovators are
need 100,000 highly skilled folks but don't have the people ready and qualified for these positions
Tegra Medical is one local Franklin manufacturer that is looking
announcement coming in Feb of program to help with this need

SAFE Coalition working to address opioid crisis

What is happening with the foundation budget?
that requires funding, money is in short supply?
but folks are talking about it

May 7 - Horace Mann statue scheduled for dedication, 2:00 PM

Bilello - thank you for all the work that you do for us and Medway especially with funding for education
technology costs money and it costs to keep it updated

Roy - as part of the student data privacy bill it did contain a provision for a specialist at the school district and it was removed, it is not the best way to spend the local district money

Bergen - thanks for the emphasis on the civics and genicide
bigger mental health issue, counselors 

Roy - human services funding some assistance on student loan repayment

Schultz - what can we do as a SchCom to help the foundation budget discussion?

Roy - keeping an open mind is probably one key, in a discussion on the individualized instruction, how important is class size in that discussion? That is a discussion that needs to take place, consider that. I am not an expert in the science of class size. It is one way to save money

O'Malley - I was here when the foundation budget started in 93 and it was talked of getting fixed in 94, it has been around a long time but hasn't been done? Why? Everything is changing and not to the inexpensive side of things. How can we get the urgency of our voice to the state house

Roy - I assure you that the urgency has been heard, at the same time that this was introduced a series of tax cuts were introduced to remove $3B in tax revenues, there is not any appetite in increasing taxes. Some folks have a glamorous view of what we are getting and we are paying for it. I worked on the road bill, it went to the voters and the $10B bill was turned down. So we now need to fund the roads from the same fund as education. If you are not prepared to pay for these things, you can't come to the Legislature and say what are you doing

O'Malley - the victims of all of this is our children

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