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Minutes

Augusta School Department

POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING

September 10, 2018

6:30 p.m.

 

Committee Members Present:  Staci Fortunato-Chair, Christopher Clarke, Pia Holmes

 

Other Board Members Present:  Jennifer Dumond, Edward Hastings,

 

Administrators Present:  James Anastasio, Donna Madore, Kathy Casparius, Kim Silsby

 

 

The committee chair asked for clarification from the Superintendent regarding the policy on how new students are assigned schools when registering.

 

Motion by Christopher Clarke to amend the agenda.  No second.

 

Mr. Anastasio said two times in the last five years students were moved from one elementary school to another.  The goal was to balance class sizes for the benefit of teachers and students.  Prior to that, one elementary school grade would have 14 students and another school in the same grade would have 26.  At the time students were moved to other schools, parents were assured that the goal was to keep their children in that same building until they completed their elementary career.  Continuity and keeping siblings in the same building is also a priority.  Requests from parents to change schools are kept until July and are reviewed to make sure siblings are included.  Administrators try to accommodate as many requests as they can - again looking at equity.  He said the idea of neighborhood schools hasn’t been alive in the way that it had been for a long time due to district programs, i.e., ELL population at Farrington, autism program at Lincoln, and pre K at Gilbert and various special education programs across the district.  Hussey doesn’t have special programs because it doesn’t have space.  If parents register a child a few days before school begins, principals can only place them in the smallest class sizes.  All our elementary schools have approximately 300 students.  The goal of equity has worked very well.  Mr. Anastasio said there is the thought that within the Augusta School Department parents have school choice.  Maine law does not give students school choice - the law gives students the right to go to school in Augusta.

 

Motion by Christopher Clarke to amend the agenda to add as the first item discussion of policy JC:  School Attendance Areas, second by Pia Holmes, so moved 2 to 1.  Yeas – Clarke, Holmes; Nays – Fortunato

 

            Existing Policy JC

                        Attachment 1

 

The committee discussed policy JC.  Motion by Christopher Clarke to delete the second sentence and add a sentence stating this policy will be added to new student enrollment form packets and send the revised policy to the board for a first reading.  Second by Pia Holmes, so moved 3-0.

1.  Review new policy DJH: Purchasing and Contracting:  Procurement Staff Code of Conduct.

            New Policy DJH

                        Attachment 2

            Existing Policy DJH

                        Attachment 3

 

The committee reviewed policy DJH.  Motion by Christopher Clarke to move existing policy DJH, with revisions as required, to the board for a first reading, second by Pia Holmes, so moved 3-0.

 

2.  Review existing policy ACAD:  Hazing and existing policy JICFA:  Student Hazing.

            Existing Policy ACAD

                        Attachment 4

            Existing Policy JICFA

                        Attachment 5

 

Motion by Christopher Clarke to keep policy ACAD as is and delete policy JICFA, second by Pia Holmes, so moved 3-0.

 

Motion by Pia Holmes to table items 3, 4, and 5, second by Christopher Clarke, so moved 3-0.

 

3.  Review new policy JLIB:  Student Dismissal Precautions.

            Rationale

                        Attachment 6

New Policy JLIB

                        Attachment 7

 

4.  Review new policy JLIE:  Student Automobile Use and Parking and existing policy JHFD:

     Student Automobile Use.

            Rationale

                        Attachment 8

             New Policy JLIE

                        Attachment 9

            Existing Policy JHFD

                        Attachment 10

 

5.  Review new policy JO:  Employment of Students

            Rationale

                        Attachment 11

            New Policy JO

                        Attachment 12

 

6.  Review new policy JLFA:  Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response

                        Attachment 13

 

The committee discussed policy JLFA.  Motion by ChristopherClarke to move policy JLFA to the board for a first reading, second by Pia Holmes, so moved 3-0.

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:44 p.m.