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Quality of Education Committee Minutes 11/22/2004


 November 22, 2004, 6:00 pm                                          53 Orchard Street
 Meeting Room, Town Hall                                             Raynham, MA  02767


Present:        John Donahue, Chairman
Karen Crisafulli
Tammy Perry, E.C.P.O.
                Sue O’Brien, School Committee
Gordon Luciano, Board of Assessors
Gemma Kochan, L.P.O.
Stephen Donahue
John Thomas
Absent: Mary Hocking
Betty Thompson
Marie Smith, Chairman Finance Committee
The Chairman called the meeting to order at 6:10 p.m.

Sue O’Brien motioned, Gemma Kochan seconded, unanimous vote by the Committee to approve the minutes of the November 11, 2004 meeting.

Chairman John Donahue introduced Mr. George Guasconi, Assistant Superintendent of the Bridgewater Raynham School District.

John Donahue explained that the Raynham Quality of Education Committee was formed to evaluate the educational offering for Raynham children.  He asked that Mr. Guasconi not feel the need to defend the District and to be forthcoming and frank with the committee.  

Mr. Guasconi explained in detail the budget process for FY 06.  He provided line item details of the FY 05 budget for the committee.  He explained that building principals and all departments would have to justify every line item in their budget and that the budget must tie directly to the strategic plan of the District.  He stated that the budget must be completed by year end of 04 in time to be distributed to the towns and the residents.

Mr. Guasconi discussed the additional funds requested for the High School.  He explained that there were severe scheduling problems at the high school.  He then discussed busing and the issues surrounding the regional benefits.

Mr. Guasconi explained that there was currently no funding available for curriculum development and in order to do it right, the District should be investing at least $300,000 per year.  Their current budget is $0.

Mr. Guasconi talked about a new possibility, virtual classrooms.

Mr. Guasconi agreed that prior commentary by Dr. Bemis regarding the student to principal ratio was accurate.  He agreed that at most, 500 students per principal was appropriate.

Mr. Guasconi discussed user fees at the middle and high school level.  His opinion is that the well-rounded student needs extra-curricular and sports.  It was his opinion that any user fee was too much.

Next meeting was scheduled for November 29, 2004 at 5:30 p.m.  Mr. Caputo will be available for questions.

Gordon Luciano motioned to adjourn meeting, John Thomas seconded, unanimous vote by the Committee to adjourn meeting.  Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Donna Guay,
Recording Secretary

Town of Raynham 558 South Main St., Raynham, MA 02767
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