Modular Classroom News

The hot topic many have been waiting for relates to the plans by the School Building Committee (SBC) for the new modular classrooms. You might recall the initial plan presented to the School Committee at the June 14, 2016 meeting was for modulars:

 Representatives from the School Building Committee, Ms. Gaffey, Mr. McLaughlin and Mr. Scenna, joined the Committee for discussion on the configuration of instructional programs. The Superintendent provided history and invited the School Building Committee members to present their recommendation for the best approach. At their meeting earlier today the School Building Committee voted to add modular units to the Horace Mann, Winthrop and Hoover Schools for the 2017-2018 school year that will require Committee approval, and the School Building Committee provided the pros and cons of that decision. Discussion included making financial estimates for the modular units and build outs available for review, and support for the K-5 amodel as it makes the most sense and is supported by the community.

At the following meeting on June 28, 2016, the School Committee voted to approve the SBC recommendation for use of modular classrooms at Horace Mann, Hoover and Winthrop Elementary Schools:

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I voted against the motion. My concern then was the lack of discussion or presentation to the School Committee about sheltering our children from winter weather and possible external intrusion.

Until the formal presentation to be given at the meeting tomorrow, I can not say for sure, but the plans presented in the agenda packet suggest there will only be modulars added to Winthrop and Hoover, and those new rooms will be connected to the main building by an enclosed hallway. Additionally, the plans seem to suggest Horace Mann will be remodeled, rather than have two new modular rooms.

School Committee Meeting Agenda Preview, 27 Sept 2016

 

The agenda for tonight’s meeting can be found here:

http://melrosecityma.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=2663&Inline=True 

As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.

School Committee Meeting Agenda, 27 Sept 2016

There will be votes on: 

The Consent Agenda, consisting of

  • School Committee Meeting Minutes from 13 Sept 2016
  • Quarterly Donations Report (pg. 3)
  • And the Warrants (6, totaling $223,437.41, pg. 4)

 There may be discussion on: 

Superintendent Announcements

Subcommittees

  • Educational Programs and Personnel:
    • ELA Midcycle Program Review (pg. 48)
  • Finance and Facilities:
    • Rental Agreement Review (pg. 56)
  • Policy and Planning
    • No New Business

School Committee Chair

  • Portable Classroom Property Siting and Expected Room Occupancy (pg. 58)
  • Committee Retreat and Action Items (not previewed in agenda packet)
  • General Announcements (not previewed in agenda packet)
  • Liaison Reports (not previewed in agenda packet)

Additionally, there is need of an executive session: 

  • To approve executive session minutes of Sept. 13, 2016
  • To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with the Asst. Superintendent of Pupil and Personnel Services
  • To conduct strategy sessions with regards to collective bargaining with the Secretaries Union

 

Agenda Preview: 13 Sept 2016 Meeting

The Melrose School Committee meets tonight to hear discussions on how the Melrose Public School Administration feels the opening of the school year has gone. While tonight’s meeting will have few votes, we will be discussing a variety of topics, including: the work completed over the Summer at Hoover Elementary School and the Learning Commons at MHS; The concussion report from SY15/16; and an update on enrollments across the district.

Speaking of enrollments, the number many of us were waiting for is 320. That is to say while we planned for a bump of up to 325 incoming Kindergarten students, we have at this time only 320 K students.  The chart on pages 53 and 54 illustrate the increases in enrollment over time: 320 K students and 326 1st grade students, followed by decreases in the higher grades below 290 students per grade. Keep these numbers in mind as we move forward during the school year in discussions on the modular classrooms, staffing requirements and the budget.

The agenda for tonight’s meeting can be found here: http://melrosecityma.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=2658&Inline=True

As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. (ldeselm at cityofmelrose.org)

School Committee Meeting Agenda, 13 Sept 2016

There will be votes on: 

The Consent Agenda, consisting of

  • School Committee Meeting Minutes from 23 Aug 2016
  • The Concussion Report (pg. 6)
  • The Personnel Report (pg. 8)
  • The Monthly Budget Summary (pg. 10)
  • And the Warrants (3, totaling $91,555.20, pg. 28)

 There may be discussion on: 

Superintendent Announcements

  • Opening Day Update (not previewed in agenda packet)
  • Emergency Plan Update (pg. )
  • Summer Facilities Work (pg. 3)
  • Superintendent’s Proposed Working Groups for 2016-2017 (not previewed in agenda packet)
  • Superintendent Updates (pg. 5)

Subcommittees

  • Policy and Planning
    • Enrollment Expectation: Fall 2016 (pg. 53)
  • Educational Programs and Personnel:
    • No New Business
  • Finance and Facilities:
    • No New Business 

School Committee Chair

  • Student Advisory Committee Representatives (pg. 55)
  • Committee Delegate to MASC (not previewed in agenda packet)
  • Liaison Reports (not previewed in agenda packet)