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Quality of Education Committee Minutes 10/25/2004


        October 25, 2004, 7:00 pm                                                  53 Orchard Street
        Meeting Room, Town Hall                                                        Raynham, MA  02767


Present:        John Donahue, Chairman
                Gordon Luciano, Board of Assessors
                Marie Smith, Chairman Finance Committee
                Sue O’Brien, School Committee
                Tammy Perry, E.C.P.O.
                Gemma Kochan, L.P.O.
                Stephen Donahue
                Karen Crisafulli

Absent: Mary Hocking
Betty Thompson
                John Thomas

The meeting was called to order at 7:15 p.m.

Sue motioned, Marie seconded, unanimous vote by the Committee to accept the minutes dated October 11, 2004 as written.

Sue distributed copies of strategic plans and surveys that she had discussed at the last meeting.   A brief discussion followed.  

Steve acquired a copy of a questionnaire that was prepared by the Town of Easton and had been distributed to several communities.  The questionnaire was more of an open-ended type that took a long time to complete.  The group agreed to keep the questions in a multiple choice or yes/no format.  Steve said that Easton had sent out ten questionnaires and only two had been received back in six weeks.  John said if we send out twenty-five and receive eight to ten back, he thought that would be pretty good. Steve suggested sending out the largest quantity.  

The Committee identified 25 towns they would like to review that are based on the similar demographics as Raynham.  It was suggested that Dr. McIntyre prepare the cover letter as it might help to get a better response.  Gordon stated that the cover letter be co-signed by Dr. McIntyre and Board of Selectmen and Chairman of the Raynham Quality of Education Committee John Donahue as it would indicate the survey came from an independent study.  

John asked if there was a timeline.  Gemma replied that the goal was to have the survey ready for the November 15th Town Meeting.

Karen discussed the printouts that she had downloaded from the internet.  She also discussed the school budget for the Town of Pentucket that was very detailed.  

As an incentive, John suggested offering the results of the survey to those communities who return their school system survey.

Sue said she had spoken with Dr. McIntyre and he felt that it would be important to have George Guasconi address the group to answer questions about the budget.  John will invite George to speak at the November 22nd meeting.

Karen asked if Dr. Bemis had been invited to attend one of the meetings.  John suggested Dr. Bemis be invited to discuss the curriculum.  Gordon suggested inviting Dr. Bemis to the meeting on Monday, November 1st if she is available.   He also advised that no meetings will be scheduled on November 8th and 15th.  The meetings will resume on November 22nd and December 6th.  

John suggested making a priority list. The compiled list is below.

1.      Draft resident survey.
2.      Draft school system survey
3.      Cover letter from Dr. McIntyre and Chairman of QOE
4.      Figure out ways to get the survey out to the resident’s as soon as possible.  Idea was to distribute at Town Meeting.  Will Tony allow Backpack Express, must have Superintendent’s approval.

The Bourne survey was discussed.  Karen suggested the possibility of having a multiple choice survey geared to kids to get their perspective on class size, books, etc.   John said we should focus on just the two surveys.  The group agreed to distribute the resident survey at the Town Meeting.  It was suggested to put the survey on the web-site and leave copies at the town hall.  Drop-off locations were also discussed.  Deadline for the return of the completed survey is December 1, 2004.

There was a brief discussion on the types of questions to include. It was decided to include some non-classroom type questions.  John asked the group to email him the questions by category and he would compile them.  Steve suggested that a question on class size be structured.

Sample Question:  What do you think is the appropriate class size?

Grade           Students
Pre K-1 15-18
2-4             19-22
5-8     23-26
9-12            26+

The Committee agreed to meet on Monday, November 1, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. if Dr. Bemis is available.

Gordon motioned to adjourn meeting.  Sue seconded.  All present voted to adjourn meeting.  Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Donna Guay,
Recording Secretary

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