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MINUTES
CURRICULUM AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEETING
January 9, 2019
5:30 p.m. 

Committee Members Present:  Chair:  Pia Holmes; Jason Bersani 

Board Members Present:  Staci Fortunato, Edward Hastings, Kevin Lamoreau, Michael Michaud 

Administrators Present:  James Anastasio, Donna Madore, Kathy Casparius, Teresa Beaudoin, Sarah Landry, Kim Silsby 

Others Present:  Lea Allee, Elijah Bezanson, John Millett, Hannah Richardson, Toni Richardson, Katherine Slein, Jodi Watson-Kurz  

Motion by Jason Bersani to amend the agenda to move item #4 to the top of the list and make it #1 and bump the other three down, second by Pia Holmes, so moved 2-0. 

1.  Request for proposed club

          Attachment 1 

Kim Silsby explained the procedure for an interest group requesting approval to become a club. Hannah Richardson, Lea Allee and Elijah Bezanson, Cony High School students, gave a presentation on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes proposed club.  It is a national organization of students who are Christian athletes who get together at school and share their common interests.  They said even though it’s called the fellowship of Christian Athletes they are accepting of anybody who wants to join the group.  The group’s volunteer advisor is Maria Sleeper. 

Motion by Jason Bersani to send the request to the full board, second by Pia Holmes, so moved 2-0. 

2.  Course Approval – Eyewitness to History

          Attachment 2 

Kim Silsby explained the process of how a new course is recommended for approval.  The new course, Eyewitness to History, was unanimously approved by the Cony Curriculum Committee.  Jon Millett and Katherine Slein, both Social Studies Teachers, explained what the course will entail.  When SAT scores were analyzed they found they could help raise reading scores by offering a Social Studies course using literature to engage students instead of using textbooks. 

Motion by Jason Bersani to send the request to the board for approval, second by Pia Holmes, so moved 2-0. 

3.  Report on Department of Education School Report Card 

Mr. Anastasio gave the committee an overview of the DOE School Report Card.  It was released to Superintendents on Dec. 28.  It was scheduled to be released to the public Jan. 4 but it has not been released because there are many questions about accuracy of the data presented. 

4.  Review of current elementary schools class sizes

          Attachment 3

Mr. Anastasio said the attached current elementary schools class sizes show the impact of adding two kindergarten teachers to reduce class sizes.  The plan is to add two more teachers at one more grade level.  School balancing at the elementary schools has worked well. 

The meeting adjourned at 6:28 p.m.