June 9, 2011 School Committee Meeting


Special Meeting of the Quincy School Committee
June 9, 2011
4:30 p.m.
City Council Chambers

I. Approval of Minutes: None

II. Superintendent’s Report: None

III. Open Forum: None

IV. Old Business:

A. Approval of FY2012 Budget.

V. New Business: None

VI. Additional Business: None

VII. Communications:

VIII. Hearings: None

IX. Reports of Special Committees: None

X. Executive Session: None

XI. Adjournment:


Quincy, Massachusetts - June 9, 2011
Special Meeting of the Quincy School Committee

Special Mtg.

A special meeting of the Quincy School Committee was held on Thursday, June 9, 2011 in the City Council Chambers, City Hall. Present were: Mr. Dave McCarthy, Ms. Barbara Isola, Mrs. Emily Lebo, Jo-Aun Bragg, Mrs. Elaine Dwyer, Mrs. Aune Mahoney, and Mayor Koch, Chairman.

Chairman Presiding

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The Superintendent called the roll and all members were present. Also present were: Dr. Richard DeCristofaro, Secretary; Mrs. Tefta Burrelli, Clerk; Messrs. Mulvey, Mullaney and Keith Segalla. Ms. Papile, Todd and Roberts. Mr. Michael Ellis, QEA Vice President.

The Special Meeting of the Quincy School Committee was called for the purpose of discussion and approval of the Fy2012 Budget.

Page 10 - Mrs. Bragg questioned the $10,000 in the ELL Translator line. Mr. Mullaney said that was previously funded through breakage and other line items. The grants have been cut and more translators are needed. It is considered a high priority.

Mr. Mullaney explained the cuts of those line items not funded for three years or more. They are: Severance, Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Personnel Services, Information Technology Director, take out CTE, cut the attendants for transportation, cut life guards, Expenses: Take out repairs of educational equipment programs, Staff Development. these were all consolidated into "District Wide." Cut supply lines, audio visual media, textbooks. Cut occupational education software, acquisition of instructional equipment, Non-Academic - cut fuel oil, oil, natural gas, electricity at CTE, repairs and maintenance of grounds, plant and painting, rental of the CDC, transportation and rental vehicles for athletics, remove staff development security, police services, middle school athletic supplies, ROTC uniforms, travel in-state, travel out-of-state, dues lines, memberships. Put back the funding for dues for the MASC, which is under the dues line. Remove the membership line for School Committee, conferences and acquisitions of plant equipment, custodial and maintenance.

Complete Listing Attached

See attached for complete listing.

Mrs. Bragg asked to leave Staff Development alone because there could be times when we have something in these lines.

Mrs. Mahoney wants to be able to see where we are having staff development especially since the new core curriculum is corning out in the next couple of years.

The Committee questioned the Staff Development line. Mr. Mullaney said these were all small allocations. It would be better to go through Colleen Roberts because she is doing the system-wide Professional Development.

Mrs. Lebo wants to see where the funds are going by content. Include the grant funding as well as the local money and who it is impacted.

The Superintendent said this information is in the DIP and PIP. However, he can plan to do a quarterly type of report to show where that money is being spent.

Mrs. Isola asked for a report quarterly to see where that money is going.

Mrs. Lebo questioned the Athletics line funded for $9,550. Mr. Mullaney said that line is for the Trainer.

Mrs. Bragg questioned the $8,000 principals' money used for staff development in their buildings. The Superintendent stated that the principals have $500 to spend on memberships/conferences, etc. This is contractual. As they come forward, the Superintendent said he can let the Committee know what those funds are used for.

Mrs. Bragg said the professional development money is in many different lines. and proves a point that we need to look at putting back a Curriculum Director so that this money is all coordinated. She asked the Superintendent to come forward with a plan over the next year to look at putting back a Curriculum Director.

Request for quarterly reports on PD

Mrs. Bragg made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Mahoney to ask the Superintendent to provide the School Committee with professional development quarterly reports including both budget and grants on a quarterly regular basis, and we can eliminate the lines that have no funding in them. Mrs. Mahoney asked that this be reported at the Quarterly Budget Finance meetings.

Mrs. Lebo suggested making a template of the report. The Superintendent said this should be created in the Budget and Finance Subcommittee.

On a roll call vote, Mrs. Bragg's motion passed unanimously 7-0.

To Subcommittee

Mrs. Mahoney made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Bragg, to move this into the Budget and Finance Subcommittee so we can implement the professional Development money. The ayes have it.

Mrs. Bragg made a motion, seconded Mrs. Lebo, to move $9,750 out of Staff Development Athletics (page 18) to Professional Services - Medical (page 26). The ayes have it.

On a motion by Mrs. Bragg, seconded by Ms. Isola, the Committee asked to move Historical Society $6,800 out of Staff Development. Mr. Mullaney will come back as to where to place this item. The ayes have it.

Page 25 -Mrs. Bragg tabled Painting under Repairs and Maintenance. Mrs. Burrelli will look in the prior minutes to see why the Committee put this in in the first place. This requires a 2/3 vote to not use this money for painting.

On a motion by Mrs. Bragg, seconded by Mrs. Lebo, the Committee moved approval of Mr. Mullaney's budget recommendations. The ayes have it.

Page 22 -Mrs. Lebo made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Bragg, to keep Technical Preparation, under Acquisition of Instructional Equipment in the budget. The ayes have it.

FY2012 Budget Accepted by SC

On a motion by Mrs. Mahoney, seconded by Mrs. Lebo, the Committee accepted the FY2012 School Committee Budget. On a roll call vote, the motion passed unanimously 7-0.



On a motion by Mrs. Dwyer, seconded by Mr. McCarthy, the meeting adjourned at 5:12 p.m. for the evening. On a roll call vote, the motion passed unanimously 7-0.