SUMMARY NOTES - Wednesday October 26, 2022 – Regular School Committee Meeting
Posted by MSC on 11/1/2022
Call to Order
Executive Session to conduct strategy relative to collective bargaining with the Masconomet Association of Support Staff (Executive Session Purpose #3).
Remarks from Chair - Welcome, happy fall
Comments from Audience - There were none
Welcome Christine Bolzan as a Boxford School Committee Representative
SAB Report - Senior Stella Nagle reported that student council elections took place, and they had their first official meeting; focus is on promoting community; school spirit has been high - excited to keep it going; spirit week; hall decorating; pep rally; senior halloween dance.
Approval of Co-op Wrestling Program with Essex-North Shore Agricultural and Technical School (ENSAT)– J. Daileanes – Masco has been the guest school in this co-op for the past two years; it expired last June and all parties would like to renew; ENSAT submitted the co-op form, which was approved by MIAA. SC voted to approve.
Middle School Principal’s Report – P. McManus
Please review the attached slide deck for a summary of this report.
Gotcha Tickets are given for actions of kindness to be entered into a raffle
Project 351 (one for each town in the state) for 8th graders
Class Meetings - Culture of Kindness, Expectations for middle school
Student Council involvement with Thanksgiving Food Drive
Discussion about how is the schedule being received; Survey being distributed (details in superintendent’s report), but anecdotally, students like the dropped class and short Wednesdays, but the quick switch between classes and the long block are hard to get used to; M-block has had positive feedback from both staff and students. Survey will gather direct feedback from staff and students.
Discussion about excels: all the programs offered are filled and running; if there is more interest than space, it can be expanded to meet demand; these are often tailored to what students want.
Superintendent Report - Please visit this link to the October 26, 2022 edition of the Masconomet Superintendent's Report to the School Committee
Strategic Planning Update
Schedule Review Committee Update
Congratulations to Cast and Crew of Chicago
Good Luck to Our Fall Sports Teams
Tri-Town Council Programs
Discussion on student feedback about school lunches (from Dr. Harvey’s weekly student meetings): Work is being done to improve options, since several factors have so far made it different from the popular pre-pandemic service; options must follow the guidelines of the state-wide free-lunch program; the number of students getting school lunch has increased significantly; dining services has been short-staffed and seeking to remedy that in order to return to pre-pandemic service, particularly at Java. This includes breakfast options, which had previously been offered at Java.
The committee voted to appoint Tasha as delegate with Zillie as alternate.
The committee voted on the MASC resolutions: #1 - yes, #2 - yes, #3 - yes, #4 - vote inconclusive, #5 - yes, #6 - yes
Policy First Readings
Consent Agenda: Policies JA-JHD
Reviewed and voted to approve the first read. Second vote to follow.
Approve Collective Bargaining Agreement with Masconomet Association of Support Staff
Voted to approve the agreement as presented.
Community Relations– J. Mclean - will meet Wed Nov 2nd at 6:30
Anti-Racism – W. Hodges - will meet Mon Nov 7th at 6:30
Policy – M. Ogden - will meet Fri Dec 2th 11:30
Negotiations – T. Cooper
Turf Field Task Force – T.Cooper - SC liaisons Tasha and Trevor and Athletic Director John Daileanes met with Turf-Up representatives Missy McSweeney and Mary Shannon; Turf-Up group is researching schools in area to put together a new spreadsheet to run our own scenarios on revenue potential; Masco awaiting update from Stantec (should have by Fri) for updated cost projections; SC task-force scheduled next meeting on Wed Nov 16th with Turf-Up reps to review data points; anticipate they will come to SC meeting on Nov 30th.
Liaison Updates - Trevor has requested SC meetings be posted on Middleton town website; Zillie is coordinating town-based listening sessions in Topsfield monthly on Saturday mornings.
N. Consent Agenda
Voted to approve consent agenda.
O. Entered into Executive Session to conduct strategy relative to bargaining with non-union personnel (Superintendent Harvey) (Executive Session Purpose #2).
Please refer to the “Public Meetings” page on the Masconomet Website for a list of upcoming meetings and agendas.
NB: School Committee meeting minutes are not intended to be a transcription of the meeting. All meetings are video recorded and the complete videos are posted on-line at: https://www.masconomet.org/domain/41
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