Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Live reporting: School Committee - Aug 13, 2019

Present:Feeley, Linden, Douglas, Scofield, Bergen, Schultz

1. Routine Business a. Review of Agenda b. Citizen’s Comments
i. In the spirit of open communication, “the School Committee will hear public comment not related to an agenda item at the beginning of each regular School Committee Meeting. The Committee will listen to, but not respond to any comment made. A Committee member may add an agenda item to a future meeting as a result of a citizen comment” – from Policy BEDH
c. FHS Student Representative Comments
none - school vacation
d. Superintendent’s Report

Weds/Thu leadership retreats principals first then entire admin team
working on bias response
workshop last Sunday, building upon that momnetum 
review draft of district improvement plan

lots happening in the school buildings
very busy around the schools
lots of celebrations and orientations happening to help with the Sept
High School Experience last week for incoming 9th graders almost 300 of the incoming class participated

final hiring still in process, admins looking to close out positions
new teacher orientation next week
new hires and background in packet for mext meeting

2. Guests / Presentations
a. None

3. Discussion / Action Items
a. School Handbooks

one of the summer activities during this time was revision to the handbooks for each school
tonight's revision includes feedback from the school committee provided last week
5 policies added this year (field trip, homework, military and foster children, physical constraint policy)

attendance notification procedure
allowing principles to reach out to parents with children frequently absent

added helmet lawns and other items to the bike riding section

added language for vaping to tobacco use

elementary schools did not have language for food in classroom, updated this time

added line about school nurse requirements for field trips

section 2
clarified departure expectations for Davis Tahyer

added 5 minutes to the school day, on time arrivals for clarity

Oak St new mission and vision
Parmenter mission, vision revamped

*** middle school section
attendance and check for in Google classroom
student illness pattern noticed, cell contact and parent dismissal without seeing nurse
helmet language not in middle school section

Remington book doesn't have a Q&A section

*** high school section
added language for excessive absences, esp with hospital stay

new bell schedule for high school, reflecting added time, and some adjustments

bullying section less detailed than other grade levels, actually due to formatting it is the same for all

school council not mentioned in HS section

vaping understated? was added to sections, first offense is suspesion

I recommend approval of the Franklin Public Schools Student/Family Handbooks as discussed.

Motion to approve, seconded, passed 6-0

b. Policy – 2nd Reading / Adoption
I recommend adoption of the following policies as discussed:

i. BEC – Executive Sessions
ii. BEDG – Minutes
iii. JKAA – Physical Restraint of Students
motion to approve, seconded, passed 6-0

c. Budget Discussion and Revised Budget
I recommend that the School Committee adopt a revised FY 20 budget of $64,702,500.
approx $500K 'extra' normally allocated later in the year - requested early for this time to use before the school year starts

eliminate the high school parking fee, administrative concern cost of implementation wanted to be avoided
added back 2 kindergarten ESP (originally 6, approved 4)

motion to approve, seconded, passed 6-0

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