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NAPS School Committee Meeting

March 06, 2018
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North Adams Public Schools
School Committee Meeting
March 6, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Office of the Superintendent
37 Main Street, Suite 200

AGENDA


Welcome to a regular meeting of the North Adams School Committee. Persons having any matter included on the agenda to discuss with the committee may do so during the hearing of visitors by addressing the chair and stating their name and address.

I. Call to order

II. Hearing of visitors

III. Reading and approval of records
a. Minutes of February 6, 2018
b. Balance sheet

IV. Communications

V. Report of the Superintendent of Schools
a. Personnel
b. Proposed 2018-2019 school calendar and early release schedule
c. Equity plan
d. Safe and Supportive Schools LGBTQ

VI. Unfinished business
a. Business manager shared services update

VII. New business
a. Statement of Interest
b. Prosed policy subcommittee

VIII. Remarks for the good of the committee

IX. Adjournment

The Committee's policy of nondiscrimination will extend to students, staff, the general public, and individuals with whom it does business. No person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town or in obtaining the advantages, privileges, and courses of study of such public school on account of age, race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness.

North Adams Public Schools
School Committee Meeting
March 6, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Office of the Superintendent
37 Main Street, Suite 200

ACTION AGENDA


Welcome to a regular meeting of the North Adams School Committee. Persons having any matter included on the agenda to discuss with the committee may do so during the hearing of visitors by addressing the chair and stating their name and address.

I. Call to Order

II. Hearing of visitors

III. Reading and approval of records
a. Minutes of February 6, 2018 (enclosure 1)
b. Balance sheet (enclosure 2)

IV. Communications
There are no communications to be heard






















V. Report of the Superintendent of Schools
a. Personnel
o Appointments

1. Emily Pious, Mary Scanlon, Robyn Lawson and Abigail Reifsnyder have been appointed service learning advisory board members, effective January 12, 2018.
2. Rachel Porter has been appointed professional development in arts project coordinator for the district, effective January 16, 2018.
3. Jesse Burdick has been appointed cafeteria worker at Drury High School, effective January 29, 2018.
4. Karen DeSanty has been appointed part-time cafeteria worker at Greylock Elementary School, effective February 26, 2018.
5. Bonny Moulton has been appointed substitute teacher assistant at Brayton Elementary School, effective January 29, 2018.
6. Avery Woodbury has been appointed substitute teacher for the District, effective January 30, 2018.
7. Marie Kelly-Whitney, Emily Pious, Colleen Mulcahy, Kathleen Knox, Gail Schechman and Megan Gorton have been appointed academic leaders for the 21st Century after-school program second session at Colegrove Park Elementary, effective February 12, 2018.
8. Sarah Farnsworth, Ashley Riordan, Tracy Piekos, Donna Sadlowski, Susan Oliveri, Lois Hobbie-Welch and Christian Chenail have been appointed academic leaders for the 21st Century after-school program second session at Brayton Elementary School, effective February 12, 2018.
9. Sarah Kenney, Mallory Ryan, Maureen Zungy, and Carissa Sacherski have been appointed enrichment leaders for the 21st Century after-school program second session at Colegrove Park Elementary School, effective February 12, 2018.
10. Sarah Farnsworth, Karen Cooper, and Joann Hathaway have been appointed enrichment leaders for the 21st Century after-school program second session at Brayton Elementary School, effective February 12, 2018.
11. Peggy Shartrand, Mallory Ryan, Maureen Zungy, Courtney Bussiere, and Lisa Demarsico have been appointed assistants for the 21st Century after-school program second session at Colegrove Park Elementary School, effective February 12, 2018.
12. Shari Beauchemin, Michael Milazzo, Tina Radlowski and Pamela Martischnig have been appointed assistants for the 21st Century after-school program second session at Brayton Elementary School, effective February 12, 2018.
13. Cheryl Whitherell and Maureen Zungy have been appointed transition monitors for the 21st Century after-school program second session at Colegrove Park Elementary School, effective February 12, 2018.
14. Karen Cooper, Joann Hathaway and Pamela Martischnig have been appointed transition monitors for the 21st Century after-school program second session at Brayton Elementary School, effective February 12, 2018.
o Resignations

1. Stefani Leonczyk has resigned as Teacher at Drury High School, effective March 2, 2018.

b. Proposed 2018-2019 school calendar and early release schedule (enclosure 3)
Enclosed for your review is the proposed 2018-2019 school calendar. In conjunction with the North Adams Teachers Association, the administration is proposing the enclosed calendar which brings the teachers back for two full days of professional development on August 30 and 31, prior to the first day of school for students on September 4. School would also be closed for students on November 6, 2018 for additional staff professional development. There would be six early release days which includes four days for professional development (October 4, March 7, March 28 and June 9) and one day for parent teacher conferences (November 13 at Drury and November 15 at the elementary schools)
and an early release day on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (November 21).

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Motion to approve

c. Equity Plan (enclosure 4)
The Massachusetts Equity Plan aims to insure that all students - particularly those who are economically disadvantaged, students of color, English Learners, and/or students with disabilities - have equal access to gexcellent teachers and principalsh. The access to excellent teachers is being defined by appropriate licensure, performance ratings, and level of experience. Superintendent Malkas will review the planning and reporting requirements, as well as future steps to include equity plan strategies as part of the district improvement planning revision.

d. Safe and Supportive Schools LGBTQ
The Safe Schools Program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) Students is a joint initiative between the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) and the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth*. Founded in 1993 in response to concerns about LGBTQ youth suicides and other risk factors, the program now offers a range of services designed to help schools implement state laws impacting LGBTQ students, including the state's anti-bullying law, gender identity law, and student anti-discrimination law. The Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students provides training, technical assistance, and professional development to school administrators and staff on topics related to gender identity, sexual orientation, and school climate.

VI. Unfinished business
a. Business manager shared services update
Superintendent Malkas will update the committee on the status of the proposed shared services agreement with the Northern Berkshire School Union

VII. New business
a. Statement of Interest for Greylock Elementary School-permission to submit
Superintendent Malkas will inform the Committee on a proposed Statement of Interest for work at the Greylock Elementary School. In order to be eligible for grant funding from the Massachusetts School Building Authority, a Statement of Interest (SOI) must be approved by the North Adams School Committee and North Adams City Council. The proposed project will include:

Priority Five - Replacement, renovation or modernization of school facility systems, such as roofs, windows, boilers, heating and ventilation systems, to increase energy conservation and decrease energy related costs in a school facility.

Heating system on a single zone, limiting capacity of optimal temperature regulation
Single pane Plexiglas windows

Priority Seven - Replacement or addition to obsolete buildings in order to provide a full range of programs consistent with state and approved local requirements.

Lack of facilities for science, consumer science and technology education
Inadequate facilities for music instruction and practice
Building not handicapped accessible
No sprinkler system
90% of exterior masonry cracked and broken
Insufficient electrical capacity to safely accommodate increased technology use
No bus loop

The district specifically acknowledges that by submitting this Statement of Interest Form, the Massachusetts School Building Authority in no way guarantees the acceptance or the approval of an application, the awarding of a grant or any other funding commitment from the Massachusetts School Building Authority, or commits North Adams to filing an application for funding with the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Motion to authorize the Superintendent to submit to the Massachusetts School Building Authority the Statement of Interest dated March 6, 2018 for Greylock Elementary School located at 100 Phelps Avenue which describes and explains the aforementioned deficiencies and the priority category(s) for which an application may be submitted to the Massachusetts School Building Authority in the future.

b. Proposed policy subcommittee
The purpose of a policy subcommittee is to review new policy and changes in current policies drawing on the expertise of legal counsel, MASC, and local community partners. The subcommittee will consist of three school committee members appointed by Chair Bernard, Ellen Sutherland, and Superintendent Malkas.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Motion to approve.

VIII. Remarks for the good of the committee

IX. Adjournment



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