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Quality of Education Committee Minutes 12/28/2004

RAYNHAM QUALITY OF EDUCATION COMMITTEE

 December 28, 6:00 pm                                                53 Orchard Street
 Meeting Room, Town Hall                                             Raynham, MA  02767


MINUTES

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 Donohue
                Betty Thompson

Absent: Mary Hocking
Marie Smith, Chairman Finance Committee
John Thomas
        
The Chairman called the meeting to order at 6:15 p.m.

Sue thanked Karen for compiling the survey information and discussed how she was planning on assembling the results.  There was a brief discussion on the positive and negative comments.

John Donahue asked if there were other speakers the committee would like to invite to the meeting.  It was agreed to invite Dr. McIntyre to the January 10, 2005 meeting.  A brief discussion followed.

The committee agreed to draft the survey and wait until Dr. McIntyre speaks before it is finalized.  A total of twenty-five surveys would be sent out.  It was agreed to limit the survey questions to fifteen.  Steve suggested defining the categories such as Finance/Funding, Administration and Staffing or Support.

Since the Raynham Quality of Education Committee has been receiving inquiries from many sources, Gordon suggested that educational questions be addressed by Sue O’Brien and that all other questions be addressed by Chairman John Donahue.  The Committee agreed.

The following tentative questions would be included in the Superintendent’s survey

Financial:
1. What percentage of the town budget is spent on education for 5-year period?
2. Is this percentage higher, lower or has it remained the same?
3. Did your town meet your requested budget?  If not, what percentage did it meet?
4. Does your school benefit from secondary financial support (foundations, business, partnerships, user fees for sports and extra curriculum, parking permits, busing)?
5.  What percentage of budget is Special Education and is it trending higher, lower or constant?

Administration/Staffing:
1. Does your school system sacrifice support personnel (guidance counselors, principals, etc.) to keep class size smaller?
2. What methodology do you use to prioritize cuts in staff?
3.  What is your ratio for student/principal, student/guidance, student/teacher for grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12
4.  Do you employ teacher aides?  If so, in what grades?
Education:
1.  What are 2-3 programs that you possess that attribute to your high MCAS scores?
2.  Are art, music and physical education part of your core curriculum?  If different at each grade level, please explain.  K-4         5-8     9-12   How many sessions - offerings?
3.  What grade level should foreign language begin?
4.  What strengths does your system have that would allow you to succeed?
5.  How many advance placement courses (history, math, science, computer programming, foreign language, English calculus, biology, chemistry, physics and other?

A course booklet and profile would also be requested from each participant.

The Committee agreed to invite Dr. McIntyre to the January 10, 2005 meeting.

John Donahue suggested that since there are a lot of items to be priced out, the results obtained from the residential survey should be submitted to the Financial Committee as soon as possible.  Gordon advised that the committee should review the survey and determine whether they agree with it, at what level they agree and what they want to recommend from it.  He explained that every component would be priced.

Minutes of the December 13, 2004 meeting were reviewed.  Sue motioned, Gemma seconded, unanimous vote by the Committee to accept the minutes of the December 13, 2004 meeting as written.

Next meeting was scheduled for January 10, 2005 at 6:00 p.m.

Gordon motioned to adjourn meeting, Sue seconded, unanimous vote by the Committee to adjourn the meeting.  Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,



Donna Guay,
Recording Secretary


 
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