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Quality of Education Committee Minutes 01/17/2005


 January 17, 2005, 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.
                Gordon Luciano, Board of Assessors
Gemma Kochan, L.P.O.
Stephen Donohue
                John Thomas

Absent: Mary Hocking
Betty Thompson
                Sue O’Brien, School Committee
                Marie Smith, Chairman Finance Committee

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 6:15 p.m.

The following comments/adjustments were made to the survey.

SPED Question #5 was eliminated
Per pupil expenditure was added to Question #1
Question #2 would help in comparing and will give a 5-year history.
“Add non-special ed” to Question #9
Question #14 is where budget cuts would be listed
Suggested changing Question #2 from Actual to Level Funded.
The survey would be sent to only outstanding MCAS communities.  

John Donahue will finalize the survey and cover letter.  A return address will be added to the letter.  Gordon suggested giving the surveys to Barbara for addressing and mailing.

There was a discussion on having someone from the Finance Committee and Advisory Board present when the School Committee reviews the budget line items.  It was suggested that a monthly or quarterly review board be part of the review process.  The idea of a monthly or quarterly review board would add credibility.

Gordon will recommend to the Board of Selectmen that wording must be very specific when in the grant writing and article writing process.  A discussion on the librarian position followed.  

A discussion on the way the School Committee budget is prepared, how it is reviewed and how line items are prioritized was held.  Transferring between line items without approval was also discussed.  How much money was actually being moved between line items was questioned and would be confirmed during an audit.  It was agreed that the budget process needed to be corrected.

John Donahue stated that he would like to see three budgets running and John T. discussed how Bridgewater used their gifted money.  

John Donahue asked if there was a charter in the School Committee. He was advised that state regulation is very specific about the duties of the committee.  He suggested obtaining a copy of the state requirement for the School Committee so it could be referenced in our final report.  Gordon stated that there was no reason why we couldn’t make our set of recommendations for the May town meeting.  If Bridgewater does not agree, we can reformulate alternatives, reconvene in summer and in the fall advise them of our decision.

Gordon said the next step would be to get Sue’s analysis and forward the information to the Finance Committee to cost out.    

Next meeting was scheduled for January 31, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. at the town hall.  

Minutes of the January 13, 2005 were reviewed.  Gordon motioned, John seconded, unanimous vote by the Committee to approve minutes as written.

Gemma motioned, Tammy seconded, unanimous vote by the Committee to adjourn meeting.  Meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Donna Guay,
Recording Secretary

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