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North Adams Public Schools
North Adams, Massachusetts

School Committee Meeting

04 November 2015

6:00 p.m.

Office of the Superintendent

Welcome to a Regular Meeting of the North Adams School Committee. If you have any matter to discuss with the Committee, that is included on the Agenda, you may do so during HEARING OF VISITORS by addressing the chairperson and stating your name and address.


A G E N D A
CALL TO ORDER


HEARING OF VISITORS


READING AND APPROVAL OF RECORDS

A. Minutes of 06 October 2015
B. Balance Sheet

COMMUNICATIONS

A. Mayor Alcombright, Resignation from McCann School Committee Appointment

REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

A. Certificate of Academic Excellence
B. Personnel
C. Revisions to North Adams School Committee Policy JKAA
D. North Adams School Committee Policy ECAF
E. Revisions to North Adams School Committee Policy EBC
F. Revisions to North Adams School Committee Policies IJND, IJNDB, and IJNDC
G. Colegrove Park Elementary School Update

UNFINISHED BUSINESS


REMARKS FOR THE GOOD OF THE COMMITTEE


NEW BUSINESS


ADJOURNMENT


























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North Adams Public Schools
North Adams, Massachusetts

Regular Meeting of the North Adams School Committee

04 November 2015

6:00 p.m.

Office of the Superintendent

A C T I O N A G E N D A


CALL TO ORDER


HEARING OF VISITORS


READING AND APPROVAL OF RECORDS

A. Minutes of 06 October 2015 Regular School Committee Meeting
(Enclosure No. 1)

B. Balance Sheet
(Enclosure No. 2)


COMMUNICATIONS

A. Mayor Alcombright, Resignation from McCann School Committee Appointment
(Enclosure No. 3)


REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

A. Certificate of Academic Excellence

I am pleased to inform you that this year’s recipient of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents’ Certificate of Academic Excellence is Olivia Carlson, daughter of Darryl and Patricia Carlson of Stamford. This singular honor is conferred annually on the highest ranking high school senior; a student who has distinguished himself or herself in the pursuit of excellence. Olivia is a worthy nominee.


B. Personnel
Appointments:
Sara Luczynski has been appointed Student Council Co-Advisor at Drury High School, effective 24 September 2015.

Krista Pinsonneault has been appointed Student Council Advisor at Drury High School, effective 24 September 2015.

John Moore has been appointed Junior Class Advisor at Drury High School, effective 24 September 2015

Brian Flagg has been appointed Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at Drury High School, effective 23 November 2015.

Jack Racette has been appointed Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Drury High School, effective 23 November 2015.

Christopher Piscioneri has been appointed Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Drury High School, effective 23 November 2015.

Patricia Prenguber has been appointed Math Tutor at Drury High School, effective 28 September 2015.

Brian Marquis has been appointed Substitute Teacher Assistant for the District, effective 29 September 2015.

Leon King Jr. has been appointed 2nd Shift Custodian at Drury High School, effective 05 October 2015.

Thomas Carlow has been appointed Program Assistant as Van Driver for the 21st Century After School Program at Brayton Elementary School, effective 13 October 2015.

Nicole Esposito has been appointed Monitor for the 21st Century After School Program at Brayton Elementary School, effective 13 October 2015.

Meghan Janz has been appointed Teacher Assistant in Castles II at Sullivan Elementary School, effective 28 September 2015.

Nicole Maloney has been appointed Teacher Assistant at Greylock Elementary School, effective 29 September 2015.

Lisa Ryan has been appointed Substitute Teacher Assistant for the District, effective 21 September 2015.

Laura Soave has been appointed Substitute Teacher Assistant for the District, effective 21 September 2015.

Michael Perry has been appointed Substitute Teaching Assistant for the District, effective 18 September 2015.

Deberah Lemaire has been appointed Substitute Teaching Assistant for the District, effective 14 October 2015.

Stephanie Shoffstall has been appointed Long Term Substitute Special Education Teacher at Sullivan Elementary School, effective 26 October 2015.

Kristen Ciampa, Wendy Nelson, Lisa Tanner, James Holmes, Melanie Rancourt, Jamie Choquette and Keith Davis have been appointed Academic Leaders for the 21st Century After School Program at Sullivan Elementary School, effective 13 October 2015.

Christy Satori has been appointed Assistant for the 21st Century After School Program at Sullivan Elementary School, effective 13 October 2015.

Erica Manville has been appointed Service Learning Implementation Team Representative for Sullivan Elementary School, effective 15 October 2015.

Christina King has been appointed Service Learning Implementation Team Representative for Greylock Elementary School, effective 15 October 2015.

Abigail Reifsnyder has been appointed Service Learning Implementation Team Representative for E3 Academy, effective 15 October 2015.

Joyce Fruscio has been appointed Service Learning Implementation Team Representative for Brayton Elementary School, effective 15 October 2015.

Molly Meczywor has been appointed Service Learning Implementation Team Representative for Drury High School, effective 15 October 2015.

Resignations:
Steven Barbeau has resigned as 2nd shift Custodian at Drury High School, effective 05 October 2015.

Tina LaPine has resigned as Teaching Assistant at Greylock Elementary School, effective 31 August 2015.

Substitute List:
Linda Monsees, Jessica Dunn, Margaret Chieffo , Paul Holbrook, Robin Hackett, Kaitlyn Moresi, Wendi Daugherty-Gore and Joanne Dellacato have been added to the substitute list.

Recommended Action: Motion to file.




C. Revisions to School Committee Policy JKAA
(Enclosure No. 4)

As the result of a DESE regulatory review, the regulations regarding Physical Restraint (603 CMR 46.00) have been rewritten and the new regulations will go into effect on January 1, 2016. We have updated policy JKAA to comply with the new regulations.

Recommended Motion: Motion to approve revisions to policies JKAA


D. North Adams School Committee Policy ECAF
(Enclosure No. 5)

The Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) has increasingly seen requests for a sample policy on the deployment of security cameras on school district property. To that end, the enclosed model policy has been created.

Recommended Motion: Motion to adopt policy ECAF


E. Revisions to School Committee Policy EBC
(Enclosure No. 6)

MASC has made changes to the policy on emergency response plans to ensure compliance with 2014 statutory changes to Chapter 69 Section 8A requiring the inclusion of local police and fire authorities in plan development and response evaluation. Emergency response plans are also now required to be shared with these local authorities whenever plans change and they must be reviewed with them at least annually. Emergency Response Plans are also required to be drilled with students annually in the fall.

Recommended Motion: Motion to approve the revision to policy EBC.


F. Revisions to School Committee Policies IJND, IJNDB, and IJNDC
(Enclosure No. 7)

MASC had not done a major review of the technology policies since they were initially put in place. As time has passed, more and different technologies have been integrated into the education environment. As a result, MASC has rewritten these policies and removed exhibits and regulations, which are no longer relevant, from the MASC Policy Reference Manual. The newer policies also align with a more thoughtful approach to the use of technology in schools. MASC thanks the Groton Dunstable School District whose policies and approach are the basis for these policy changes. Districts adopting these policies should also remove IJNDB–E, IJNDB-R, and IJNDC-R from their manuals (these can be maintained elsewhere in the district if they are still relevant but they are not policy).

Recommended Motion: Motion to approve the revision to policies IJND, IJNDB, and IJNDC

G. Colegrove Park Elementary School Update

Chairperson Alcombright and Superintendent Montepare will update the School Committee on Colegrove Park Elementary School.


UNFINISHED BUSINESS

There are no matters to be considered at this time.

REMARKS FOR THE GOOD OF THE COMMITTEE


NEW BUSINESS

A. MASC Update
(Enclosure No. 8)

The Committee will review a request of support from the Berkshire County Education Task Force.

Recommended Motion: Motion to approve.


NEW BUSINESS


ADJOURNMENT


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