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9/9/2009

Minutes
Meeting Type:
Board of Education Meeting
Location:
Terryville High School Cafeteria
Date:
9/9/2009 7:00:00 PM

United In Our Commitment to Excellence in Education

The Plymouth Public Schools' mission is to ensure that all students learn to the best of their abilities. We support their growth into knowledgeable, skilled, and contributing citizens capable of succeeding in their work, personal, and family lives.


PLYMOUTH BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

WEDNESDAY, September 9, 2009

TERRYVILLE HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA

MINUTES

Present: Board: Ray Engle, Patrick Perugino, Roxanne Perugino, Karen Kulesa, Martin Wetzel, Lenny Morgan, Jennifer Zalaski and Gerard Bourbonniere

Excused Absence: Dan Gentile

Administrators: Dr. Distasio, Superintendent of Schools, Thomas Meehan, Director of Pupil Personnel & Special Education, Peter Lovely, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Michael Santogatta, Business Manager and Richard Trudeau, Director or Technology

1. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE TO THE FLAG

Mr. Engle called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m. The group joined in the Pledge to the Flag.

2. ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

MOTION: To adopt the agenda as presented. Motion Patrick Perugino, seconded Gerard Bourbonniere, motion passed unanimously.

3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

MOTION: To approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of August 12, 2009. Motion Martin Wetzel, seconded Patrick Perugino motion passed unanimously.

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4. PRESENTATIONS

This evening there were three presentations: (a) Dr. Distasio introduced the following new certified staff to the Plymouth Board of Education: Cayla Brayton - Grade 4, Plymouth Center School; George Bikakis - Social Studies, Eli Terry Jr. Middle School, Jennifer Briley -

Computers, Eli Terry Jr. Middle School, Mark Magas - Special Education, Eli Terry Jr. Middle School; and John Haviland - Special Education, Terryville High School; (b) a presentation of a grant award of $2,000 from ING to Mr. Robert Nave for the WWI Memorial Restoration Project

and Introduction of Plymouth's Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Pamela Wessman, Kindergarten Teacher at Plymouth Center School.

At this time Mr. Engle entertained the following Motion:

MOTION: To recess at 7:15 p.m. in order for the Board Members to meet the new certified staff members, teacher of the year, Mrs. Wessman and Mr. Nave. Motion Patrick Perugino, seconded Lenny Morgan motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Engle entertained the following Motion:

MOTION: To resume regular session at 7:30 p.m. Motion Roxanne Perugino, seconded

Lenny Morgan motion passed unanimously.

5. PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS

None

6. COMMUNICATIONS

None

7. OLD BUSINESS

None

8. NEW BUSINESS

A. Out-of-State Field Trips

MOTION: To approve the trip to Springfield, Massachusetts for Band, Special Education and Foods Class Students at Terryville High School to participate in the Big E on September 24, 2009. Motion Martin Wetzel, seconded Gerard Bourbonniere motion passed unanimously.

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MOTION: To approve the trip to Nantucket, Massachusetts for grade 11 & 12 English Students from Terryville High School to explore a link between history and literature on October 1, 2009. Motion Patrick Perugino, seconded Gerard Bourbonniere motion passed unanimously.

B. Board of Education Goals

MOTION: To approve the following Board of Education Goals for the 2009 - 2010 school years.

Goal 1: Systematically improve student performance and accelerate academic achievement for all students.

Goal 2: Promote collaboration among parents/school/community through proactive, ongoing, and open communication.

Goal 3: Integrate technology to enhance instruction, information systems, and resource management.

Goal 4: Develop a business plan that effectively manages district personnel and operations while improving fiscal responsibility.

Goal 5: Implement Scientific Research Based Intervention (SRBI) to ensure that all students are receiving the necessary support and services in the classroom and outside the classroom to achieve mastery of the state and district standards.

Motion: Patrick Perugino, seconded Lenny Morgan. The Chair called for a roll vote: 

Mr. Perugino, Mrs. Zalaski, Mrs. Kulesa, Mrs. Perugino, Mr. Morgan, Mr. Bourbonniere and Mr. Wetzel all voted in favor of the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

C. Appointments

MOTION: To approve the following: New Certified Staff: Mark Magas, Special Education Teacher at Eli Terry Jr. Middle School and John Haviland, Special Education Teacher at Terryville High School. Coaches: Damon Papp, Boys' Soccer Coach at Eli Terry Jr. Middle School; Paul Schwanka, Cross Country Coach at Eli Terry Jr. Middle School; Peter Veleas, Varsity Wrestling Coach at Terryville High School; and Michael McGowan, JV Girls' Soccer Coach at Terryville High School. Motion Patrick Perugino, seconded Gerard Bourbonniere motion passed unanimously.

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D. Resignations

Dr. Distasio informed the Board that he accepted the resignation of Lawrence Topazio, Special Education Teacher at Terryville High School effective August 31, 2009.

E. Board of Education Meeting Dates for the Calendar Year 2010

The Board of Education Members received in their packets the schedule of the meeting dates for the Board of Education calendar year 2010 for their review.

MOTION: To approve the Board of Education Meeting Dates for the Calendar Year 2010 as presented. Motion Patrick Perugino, seconded Martin Wetzel. At this time the Chair called for a roll vote: Mrs. Perugino, Mr. Morgan, Mr. Bourbonniere, Mr. Wetzel, Mr. Perugino,

Mrs. Zalaski and Mrs. Kulesa. All voted in favor of the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

F. Childbearing/Childrearing Leaves

MOTION: To approve a request for Childbearing Leave for Corinna Grossman, beginning on or about November 13, 2009. Following her childbearing leave, to approve the Childrearing Leave for the remainder of the 2009 - 2010 school years. Motion Martin Wetzel, seconded Gerard Bourbonniere motion passed unanimously.

MOTION: To approve the request for an extension of Childrearing Leave for Jennie Fowler until January 4, 2010. Motion Patrick Perugino, seconded Lenny Morgan motion passed unanimously.

G. School Lunch Program

Each year the Board acts regarding the school lunch program. The following motions were made:

MOTION: In accordance with Public Act 06-63, the Plymouth Board of Education authorizes Dr. Distasio, Superintendent of Schools, to sign the ED-099 Agreement for the Child Nutrition Program, and to sign any claims for reimbursement. Motion Patrick Perugino, seconded Roxanne Perugino motion passed unanimously.

MOTION: In pursuant to section 10-34 of the general statutes that participates in the National School Lunch Program, we certify that all food items made available for sale to students in our school district will meet the nutritional standards published by the Connecticut State Department of Education. Motion Patrick Perugino, seconded Lenny Morgan motion passed unanimously.

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MOTION: The Plymouth Board of Education will permit the sale of items excluded from certification as long as such sale is in connection with an event occurring after the end of the regular school day or on the weekend, such sale is at the location of such event and such food is not sold from a vending machine or school store. Motion Martin Wetzel, seconded Gerard Bourbonniere motion passed unanimously.

9. BOARD MEMBER/COMMITTEE REPORTS

A. Curriculum - Karen. Kulesa, Chair

The Curriculum Subcommittee met on September 2, 2009. The following items were discussed: (a) presentation of teacher of the year at the September Board Meeting; (b) Language Arts Textbooks - a motion will be brought before the Board to adopt the reading series "StoryTown" by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for grades k-3 students; (c) Summer Curriculum - the high school's English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies Departments worked on developing common assessments as is the middle school. Common Assessments will provide detailed data on curriculum, instruction and student performance throughout the school system.

MOTION: To adopt the reading series "StoryTown" by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for

Grades K-3 students. Motion Martin Wetzel, seconded Roxanne Perugino motion passed unanimously.

B. Facilities - Patrick Perugino, Chair

The buildings all look to be in good shape thanks to the custodial staff. The new posters hanging in the cafeteria make the area look welcoming.

C. Finance - Dan Gentile, Chair

In lieu of Mr. Gentile's absence, Mr. Engle reported that the Finance Subcommittee met prior to the Board of Education Meeting and reviewed the August accounts by facilities report and moved that it be forwarded to the Town of Plymouth Board of Finance.

D. Negotiations - Patrick Perugino, Chair

Mr. Perugino reported that negotiations with the Plymouth School Administrators' Association will begin sometime in October.

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E. Personnel - Roxanne Perugino, Chair

Mrs. Perugino reported that the Personnel Subcommittee met with the Superintendent prior to the Board meeting and all items were addressed under New Business.

F. Policy - Jennifer Zalaski, Chair

No Report

G. Safety/Transportation - Martin Wetzel, Chair

No Report

H. Education Connection - Karen Kulesa

Education Connection met on September 3, 2009. The following public acts were discussed: 

(a) special education concerns; (b) certification for substitute teachers; (c) green cleaning products in schools; and (d) school crisis response drills;

I. Student Representatives

Alexis Cordone - (a) picture day for underclassmen, September 11, 2009 -

7 a.m. - 12 noon); (b) September 24, 2009 - Big E for Band, Special Needs and Vocational Food Students; (c) September 27, 2009 - Mum Festival Parade for Band Members; and

(d) October 15 - 16, 2009 Berkshire League Music Festival.

Lindsey Bordeau - (a) Thank You to Mr. Cerruto, Dr. Distasio for their help at the Lions Food booth on Saturday and Sunday morning; (b)Thank You to Mr. Bourbonniere for helping the Leo's in all they do and as their Lion Liaison to the Club ; (b)Senior Class sold pretzels, School-to-Career and Booster Club sold lemonade, Friends of Music sold baked potatoes, Leo's assisted with the food booth, bingo building, barbecue booth and assisted with parking cars and children's games; (c) Student Activity Fair - September 11th from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.; and (d) Fresh Start had their first training and the 2nd training will take place next week with the YMCA staff.

Karrick Lee - (a) THS Student Council Bloodmobile - November 17th; (b) Terryville High School open house - September 17th @ 8 p.m.; Parent/Teacher Conferences - October 7, 8 & 9, 2009; (c) fall sports will begin soon (Boys & Girls Soccer; Boys & Girls Cross Country & Girls Volleyball) - Tuesday, November 15th 1st Boys' & Girls' Varsity Soccer Games.

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10. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS/REQUESTS/INFORMATION

Mr. Meehan - Director of Pupil Personnel

Mr. Meehan reported: (a) the year got off to a great start; (b) staff participated in two days of extensive training on a variety of subjects and topics that will work towards the delivery of special education and; (c) there is one special education teacher position that needs to be filled.

Mr. Lovely - Director of Curriculum & Instruction/District Administrator In Charge

Mr. Lovely reported: (a) CMT (Connecticut Mastery Test) will be sent home with students on Friday, September 11th or Monday, September 14th and parents of elementary and middle school

students will be notified through the AlertNow System when the results will be sent home with the students; CAPT results for high school students will be sent home with the progress report and

(b) the Local Prevention Council with help from the grant from the Drug Free Communities is sponsoring a medication drop off from 9 a.m. - 12 noon in the Community Room at Town Hall on Saturday, September 19th. Everyone is welcome to drop off any of their old medication that they wish to dispose.

Mr. Trudeau - Director of Technology

Mr. Trudeau: (a) thanked the technical support team of Connor Raymond and Mr. Oleksiw, advisory for the technology club at the high school, for making it possible to broadcast tonight's meeting; (b) the set up to do line broadcasts from all rooms with be completed shortly; (c)hopefully, within the next week, we will begin taping sports and other events; and (d) HI NI Virus - brochures and information is on the website and we are looking to placing it on

 Channel 16.

Mr. Santogatta - Business Manager

Mr. Santogatta reported: (a) the custodial and maintenance staff under the direction of Joe Dennis did a great job in preparing the schools for opening day; (b) all small projects have been completed, i.e. painting, carpet replacement, several rooms retiled, cafeteria remodeling and lights replaced at Harry S. Fisher Elementary School, sidewalks replaced at Plymouth Center School, and front doors replaced at Harry S. Fisher Elementary School. These were above and beyond the normal cleaning and floor waxing that were completed by district personnel to enhance some of the buildings; (c) the hot lunch program was successfully launched at all four schools and is doing well; (d) in the process of clearing up some bus stop issues, i.e. the timing of the middle and high school bus runs; and (e) on September 17th the sign is scheduled to be installed at the high school.

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Dr. Distasio - Superintendent

Administrators, principals and staff were acknowledged for a very well organized and smooth school opening this year along with Mr. Santogatta, Mr. Dennis and the custodial staff for doing such a wonderful job in preparing our school facilities for this school year. 

The Opening Meeting for all staff took place on August 24, 2009 in the new Terryville High School auditorium. Plymouth's Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Wessman, was introduced to the staff. There were welcoming speeches from Mr. Lovely, from the Administrators Unit, Mrs. Darlene Oakes, Vice-President of the PTA Council. Ten staff members were recognized for perfect attendance last year.

Katie Gudeczauskas, a Terryville High School student, was recognized for receiving the Lion's Club distinguished honor as "Lion of the Year". Katie was one of 8 award recipients nationwide and one of 22 in the world to win this award.

Parents were encouraged to discuss the importance of bicycle safety with their children by encouraging them to always wear a helmet, be careful of traffic, and always go at a manageable speed when riding. Drivers were also encouraged to please drive defensibly and be cognizant of children riding their bicycles.

To the best students in the world, the students in the Plymouth Schools, may you have very productive and enjoyable school year.

11. Public Comments Regarding Agenda or Non-Agenda Items

Mr. Mark Lyons, 39 Old Waterbury Road, Terryville CT - His question: With Chartwells coming in and taking over our cafeteria are we (the taxpayers) going to receive a monthly financial as to how the cafeteria is doing ? Whether it is making or loosing money.

Dr. Distasio explained that this portion of the meeting was for Public Comment and the Board does not normally make it a practice to answer questions. But he went on to assure Mr. Lyons that the Finance Subcommittee meets monthly not only to review the bills for the cafeteria but they review all the accounts for everything that is in the budget. Dr. Distasio explained to

Mr. Lyons that the subcommittee meeting is a public meeting and takes place prior to a Board Meeting. 

12. Board Liaisons to Schools

Mr. Perugino - Harry S. Fisher Elementary School

September 11 - 18 Book Fair

September 11, 2009 Welcome Back Picnic - 5 p.m.

September 16 Open House (pre-k - grade 2 from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.)

(grades 3 - 5 from (7:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.)

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PTA Officers for the 2009 -2010 School Years

President Erica Lumbard

Vice-President Rosalinda Hunt

Treasurer Christine Pilbin

Corresponding Secretary Becky Theriault

Mr. Engle - Plymouth Center School

First Meeting is Tuesday, September 15th at 7 p.m.

Mr. Wetzel - Eli Terry Jr. Middle School

No Report

Mrs. Zalaski - Terryville High School

No Report - Group meets every other month beginning in November

Mr. Gentile - SEPTA

Excused Absence - No Report

13. Final Board Comments

Mrs. Perugino - Congratulations to Mr. Nave, welcome back staff, and welcome to the new teachers.

Mr. Bourbonniere - Congratulations to Katie Gudeczauskas for receiving such a prestigious award, congratulations to Mr. Nave and Mrs. Wessman, and with respect to Chartwells, his child is very happy with the meal choices that are offered.

Mr. Perugino - Congratulations to Katie Gudeczauskas, Mr. Nave and Mrs. Wessman and it was great to see the administration and staff helping out at the fair.

Mrs. Zalaski - It was nice to see the amount of parent attendance at the Eli Terry Jr. Middle School Open House and a reminder to parents: It is important to be a part of your child's education.

Mrs.Kulesa - Welcome back new and past student representatives.

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Mr. Engle - Congratulations to Mr. Nave and Mrs. Wessman, welcome student representatives and new teachers. Everyone of the subcommittee meeting is open to the public and the public is always welcome to attend.

14. Next Regular Board Meeting

Mr. Engle stated that the next Regular Board of Education Meeting will be held on October 14, 2009 at 7 p.m. at Terryville High School.

15. Adjournment

MOTION: To adjourn the meeting at 8:12 p.m. Motion Roxanne Perugino, seconded

Lenny Morgan motion passed unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

___________________________

Patrick Perugino

Secretary

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