A beautiful day today, and hoping that
decides to skip our neck of the woods next week!
Looking back to this past week, we had an information-filled School Committee
meeting on Tuesday. Check the minutes for the official version, but below are
the highlights from my perspective. (Remember – the page numbers in red are those associated with documents from the 10/23
agenda packet in the IQM2 portal on the School Committee page of our web site.) Sandy
Report of the Student Representatives
We said good-bye to our Italian students after a wonderful exchange! Dates to note: 10/28 – MAAV Walk and Candlelight Vigil (http://maav.org/home/maavs-17th-annual-walk-candlelight-vigil/information-on-maav-walk-2012/); 10/29 – Senior Halloween Dance at the KofC; 10/29 – “They Don’t Call it “Dating” Anymore: A Parent’s Guide to Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships” (http://www.melroseschools.com/mhs/pto.cfm); 10/30 – MHS delayed opening; 11/1 – 8th Grade Parent Info Night at MHS Resource Center; 11/1 – MCAS retakes; 11/2 – Q1 closes; 11/8 – MHS blood drive.
Announcements of the Superintendent
Supt. Taymore enthusiastically welcomed Winthrop School Interim Principal Cynthia Santosuosso, an experienced
teacher and Head Teacher. With equal enthusiasm she welcomed our new
Business Manager, Jay Piccone. Lincoln School
Announcements of the Chair: Ms. Thorp referred to the updated Rolling 3 Month Agenda (p. 3)
We ultimately approved the School Committee minutes of
10/9/12 (pp. 4-8), second votes required on
Policy #4122: Non-Union Salary Schedules, Repeal of Policy #4213: Professional
Staff Salary Schedules, Repeal of Policy #4305: Support Staff Salary Schedule,
and Amendment and Renaming of Policy #4304: Support Staff Contracts and
Compensation Plans (pp. 9-12); MHS Field Trip
Requests to Costa Rica, Denmark, NY (for Spanish Exchange students), and Model UN
in Providence (pp. 13-16); and warrants (pp. 17-70).
Policy and Planning
Lincoln Principal Brent Conway and Site Council Co-Chair (and PTO President) Annalise Conti presented their 2013 School Improvement Plan (SIP) (pp. 71-90) after which MVMMS Principal Tom Brow and Site Council Co-Chair Kristen Harvey presented the 2013 MVMMS SIP (pp. 91-117). *Enrollments for the district as of October 1st, as required to be reported to the state, were presented (p. 118). * The School Committee By Laws were changed to support the posting of meeting documents 24 hours in advance of meetings rather than the day of meetings (p. 119).
Educational Programs and Personnel
METCO Director Doreen Ward offered an update on student enrollment, successes, and challenges of the program in
(pp. 120-125). * Athletic Director Pat Ruggiero presented a review
of the athletics program, including participation numbers by sport and season, status
of fields, and concussion statistics as reported to the state (pp. 126-128). Melrose
Finance and Facilities
City of Melrose Chief Information Officer Jorge Pazos reviewed his MPS Technology Overview, including staffing, projects, challenges (with recommendations), and a district computer inventory (pp. 129-137). * Ms. Casatelli announced that the School Committee would begin a Facebook page soon.
As the weather folks speculate on
, hope you are able to get out and enjoy tomorrow’s
fall beauty and spend some time with the special people in your life. And
thanks (as always) for sharing your time and talents with some of the special
people in our lives – our fantastic students. Sandy