Friday, October 10, 2014

Southbridge School Committee Agenda - October 14, 2014

LOCATION: Robert G. MacKinnon Council Chambers, 41 Elm Street

DATE: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

TIME: 7:00 PM


I. Pledge of Allegiance

II. Public Input

III. Call to Order 

IV. Roll Call

V. Approval of Minutes
            A. Regular School Committee—September 23, 2014
            B. Committee of the Whole—October 6, 2014

VI. Chairperson’s Announcements

VII. Reports
            A. Representative of the Student Advisory Committee
                 1. Cameron Boisvert

VIII. School Committee Reports – FY’15
            A. Curriculum Subcommittee-Mrs. Donovan
            B. Ad-Hoc Committee-Superintendent Evaluation-Mrs. Donovan
            C. Negotiations Subcommittee-Mrs. Quinney
            D. Sped PAC Liaison-Mrs. Quinney
            E. Family & Community Engagement Subcommittee-Mrs. Congdon
            F. School Committee/Student Advisory Committee – Mrs. Congdon
            G. Policy Subcommittee-Mrs. McLoughlin

IX. Presentations
            A. SMHS Spotlight-Homecoming 2014
                 1. SMHS Students
            B. MCAS Results-2013/2014 School Year
                 1. District Leadership Team
            C. Principal Entry Plans 2014/2015 School Year
                 1. Ms. Melissa Earls, SMHS Principal
                 2. Mr. William Lataille, CSS Principal
                 3. Mr. Vinnie Regan, WSS Principal
                 4. Ms. Mary Skrzypczak, ERS Principal

X. Report of the Finance Director

XI. Report of the Superintendent

XII. School Committee Actions
             A. Budget transfer requests in the amount of $555,118.45 per the budget transfer 
                  request sheet.

XIII. Unfinished Business
             A. Second Reading of policy File EFC: Food Services
             B. Physical Education Teacher position at Southbridge Middle/High School
             C. Signing of SEA Unit C Contract

XIV. New Business
            A. The next regular School Committee meeting will be held on October 28, 2014, at                                    7  p.m. in Council Chambers.
            B. First Reading of policy File BEDBA: Consent Agenda
            C. First Reading of Policy File BEDB: Meeting Agenda
            D. First Reading of policy File BEDB-E: Agenda Format
            E. Member Forum

XV. Executive Session - None

XVI. Open Session           
           A. Adjournment


  1. Half a Million Dollar Transfer?October 11, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    A transfer of $555,000 ? What kind of "padding" did Buzz and the girls do to this budget?
    Does anyone in this town have confidence in these dishonorable "leaders?"

  2. Half a Million Dollar Transfer?October 11, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    Is.this $500,000. money for unemployment costs, legal fees, lost arbitration costs, hiring more administrators for central office, or paying for the big raises McLoughlin doled out to the teachers union?
    Or is building a "honest" budget one more of inabilities? It's obvious that moving over a half million dollars, so early in the school year demonstrates, quite clearly, that the people responsible for budget (school committee) either were inept or fraudulent.

  3. Time for State AuditorOctober 11, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Our superintendent, by her own admission, "is not a budget person." Should we really expect a person in charge of our schools, including the 25 million dollars we doled out to the school system? Why? If the school committee and superintendent over-spend, say 3.6 million dollars (can we ever forget that disaster? 60 teachers ultimately lost their jobs) can we expect the town to bale us out again?

    Why is the Town Council so silent on the destruction this current school committee and administration is causing? They appropriated 25+ million dollars this year. Are they pleased with the results? Moving over a half million dollars from line item to line item is startling. How much money have they hid in line items to account for their gaffs, political union paybacks, etc? If the Town can't investigate these activities, perhaps it's time for the State Auditor to review the school department books.

    1. " Our superintendent, by her own admission, "is not a budget person."

      Makes one wonder what her grocery bill looks like.

  4. Can't wait to hear the BS and lies about those "guaranteed to be better" MCAS scores. The over-needed and overpaid administrators will tell us how the MCAS scores where improved. They will cherry-pick the sparse spots where minimal improvement was shown; fluff over the majority of dismal results; and tell how we've got the "perfect team" to guarantee even better results next spring.

    And the bobbleheads will sit there confirming this massive victory with their dumb faces bobbling to every tie being spewed.

    We all saw the same scores that they did (assuming that pat Gardner and principal Earls finally figured out how access the data via the Dept. of Ed secure website.

    Get the hip boots out, the %$#@ will be shoveled at us in record amounts during this BS report.

  5. Tired of Sped Pac ReportOctober 11, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Do we really need to here Mrs. Quinney spatter and sputter every meeting about a SPED Pac that is as dysfunctional as the school committee?

    Mrs. Quinney needs to stop wasting time and start doing something besides attacking hard working staff at school committee meeting, and giving the same PAC report over and over. Enough!

  6. How many K- 6 students do we have?
    How many 7-8 Graders?
    How many HS students?

    1. For the 2013-2014 year:
      Grade # of students
      K-6 973
      7-8 371
      9-12 502

  7. MCAS scores and Enrollment hit new liesOctober 11, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    1846 students. A significant decline during the past two years.
    Perhaps the moderator could verify that.

    1. That data excludes 105 Pre-K students from what I can see. And it's for last year. I don't have the info for this year.

    2. The 2014-15 numbers are registered October 1 with the DESE. Those numbers should available shortly. Want to bet which direction they went?

  8. $13,500 Per Student !October 11, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Let's do the math . . .
    $25,400,000. Budget ÷ 1846 students = $13,500. Per student. Seriously!

    Time for change!

  9. Thank you for your timely response Hope This Helps, it is appreciated.

    We could send all the High School kids to Saint John's & Notre Dame Academly and save money.


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