Lincoln School Committee
Minutes of March 20, 2003
Hartwell Building, Lincoln MA

  1. Greetings and Call to Order
    The meeting was called to order by Sue Hollingsworth, Chair, at 7:02 p.m.
    Members present included: Sue Hollingsworth, Chair; Jan Nyquist; Anne Doyle.; Mark Masterson; and Sherice Horton, METCO Representative.
    Also present were Michael Brandmeyer, Superintendent; Dr. Jeanne Whitten, Assistant Superintendent; and Dave Jack, School Business Administrator.
    Members absent Ashton Peery, Vice Chair; Michelle Gardner-Ince , Mark Smith, and Ron Deak, Hanscom Representatives.

  2. Public Comments
    Denise Gilbert, a teacher from the Lincoln School, read a letter on behalf of the Lincoln School staff in support of the METCO program. The letter stated that a respect and understanding of diversity is one of the district�s core beliefs and is an integral part of the mission statement. The staff concern was related to the School Committee�s decision to confirm Lincoln�s kindergarten enrollment numbers for 2003-2004 prior to admitting two METCO students per kindergarten section.

    Sue Hollingsworth thanked the Lincoln School staff for coming to the School Committee to show their support for the METCO program.

    Lincoln parent Jennifer Morris Gundy asked the School Committee to consider less expensive ways to bring diversity to the school. Sue Hollingsworth announced that the School Committee is cosponsoring a discussion on diversity at a future date. Another parent voiced a concern that the children at the school seemed very concerned about the METCO issue and suggested that someone meet with the children and talk to them. Mr. Brandmeyer thanked the parent for her suggestion and said that he will talk to the administration at the Lincoln School about talking to the students. Julie Dubrow, PTA President; stated that the first hour of the April 1st PTA meeting will be dedicated to the METCO topic.

  3. Chairperson�s and Members� Report
    Sue Hollingsworth stated that now that we are officially at war, Hanscom Air Force Base personnel is profoundly involved in that effort and asked that we keep them in our thoughts.

    Sue also acknowledged Anne Doyle whose term is up on the School Committee. Sue mentioned how much she learned from Anne while serving with her on the Committee and complimented her on the extraordinary job she did as Chair of the School Committee during the financial crisis. Other Committee members complimented Anne on the many talents she brought to the group and appreciated the rigor of her financial oversight, and her focus and dedication on curriculum.

    Mr. Brandmeyer thanked Anne on behalf of the Lincoln Public School�s administration and faculty and wished her well. He also appreciated the balance that Anne brought to the School Committee and complimented her on her ability to make hard decisions.

    Anne Doyle thanked everyone for their kind words and mentioned that she looks forward to volunteering in the schools in other capacities. Sue reported that she, Anne, and the Superintendent attended the Grade 1 Nutrition Breakfast at Hanscom Primary School on Wednesday. She commended Randy Davis for overseeing the whole event. Anne also attended the Lincoln School Grade 5 talent show presented for the first time, and thanked Pam Roberts for all her time and efforts that made for an enjoyable and successful evening. Finally, Sue Hollingsworth commended Stephanie Brown for her outstanding minutes; the rest of the School Committee agreed.

    Sherice Horton, METCO Representative; arrived at 7:33 p.m.

  4. Superintendent�s Report
    Mr. Brandmeyer complimented Hanscom Primary School staff on the creative and very enjoyable Curriculum Night held on March 5th, and also for the Nutrition Breakfast held on Wednesday, the 19th.

    The Superintendent also attended and thanked the foreign language faculty for hosting the Foreign Language potluck dinner. Mr. Brandmeyer also thanked the fifth graders and Pam Roberts for their performances at the Grade 5 talent show held for the first time at the Lincoln campus.

    Mr. Brandmeyer thanked Pam Roberts for her time and assistance in helping one of her students, Chris Stock, enter a musical piece he composed in the Massachusetts Music Educator�s Association composition contest. Chris was one of 4 winners of the contest and the only elementary age student to win.

  5. Time Scheduled Appointments
    1. Instrumental Music Program: Update
      Jerry Schultz reported that the proposed Instrumental Music Program for fifth grade students received a generous donation in the amount of $3,000. He expects more donations will be arriving in the near future. Mr. Schultz has also written a Lincoln School Foundation Grant in hopes that the school may receive funds to continue the program and implement it in grades 6, 7, and 8. March 28 is the target date for the fifth graders to begin the 12 weeks of instrumental music instruction. Mr. Schultz thanked Howard Worona for all his help in making this program become a reality.

      Mr. Brandmeyer thanked all those who worked with Jerry to raise the money to start the program this school year. Jan Nyquist thanked Mr. Schultz and said it was nice to hear about a new and exciting program being implemented.

      Mark Masterson arrived at 8:15 p.m.

    2. Kindergarten 2003-04: Program Decision
      Based on the information gathered at the Kindergarten Forum on March 10th and with a signed petition put forth by future kindergarten parents to the School Committee, the Superintendent presented four models to the Committee for discussion and a decision for the 2003-2004 kindergarten program.

      The four choices are:

      1. Full day kindergarten
      2. 80% kindergarten
      3. 80% with full day tuition options using 2 sections
      4. 80% with full day tuition option using 4 sections.

      Discussion ensued around the four models put forth. Anne Doyle stated that the tuition option is new territory for the district. Mark Masterson said Maynard is facing the same issues.

      Sue Hollingsworth moved to accept the recommendations of the Superintendent that the School Committee vote to provide the 80% kindergarten program through the operating budget; and to establish a kindergarten enrichment program for the balance of the day (using the 4 section model) and offering it to parents at the tuition rate of $1,650 per year, providing a minimum of 30 families elect to participate. Mark Masterson seconded.

      Approved 3-0. Jan Nyquist abstained and Sherice Horton, METCO Representative; abstained.

    3. Set Boston and Hanscom Meeting Dates
      Mr. Brandmeyer proposed to set the May 1st School Committee meeting in Boston and the June 5th meeting at Hanscom. Sue Hollingsworth requested that only Hanscom business be placed on the agenda for the June 5th meeting.

      Jan Nyquist had a question regarding the compliance of open meeting laws if the Committee did choose to meet at Hanscom on June 5th. Mr. Brandmeyer will check with the Attorney General�s Office in regards to the law.

  6. Curriculum
    1. Academic Support Services Report
      Dr. Jeanne Whitten presented a report on how the Academic Support Services Grant monies were used last summer to deliver services to children whose MCAS results showed they need improvement. The program this summer will meet four days a week for four weeks at the Hanscom campus from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The concentration this summer will be in Math due to the number of students whose performance fell in the needs improvement category. A summer program will also be offered in Boston for some Lincoln METCO students who need academic assistance.

  7. Policy
    1. Enrollment of Non-Resident Students: Vote
      Anne Doyle presented the proposed policy of non-resident students to members of the School Committee. Mark Masterson thanked Anne and Ashton Peery for their time and efforts working on the subcommittee with the Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School School Committee; and the Sudbury School Committee, to collectively review policy of non-resident students.

      Anne Doyle moved to approve the Admission of Non-Resident Students Policy JECB and to make the adjustments to the related policies:

      • Student Residency (JECA): Change title to Admission of Resident Students and delete paragraph titled �Children of Employees�.
      • Procedure for Admittance on Nonresident Students (JECB-R). Delete
      • Admission of resident students (JECA): Change title to Entrance Age (JEB)

      Mark Masterson seconded. Approved 4-0. METCO Representative concurred.

  8. Budget and Financial
    1. Warrant Approval
      Jan Nyquist moved to approve the warrants totaling $694,952.37
      This warrant consisted of one Payroll and three Accounts Payable.
      Mark Masterson seconded. Approved 4-0. METCO Representative concurred.

  9. Old Business
    No discussion.

  10. New Business
    No discussion.

  11. Approval of Minutes
    Sue Hollingsworth moved to approve the minutes as written of the School Committee meetings on the following dates:
    February 24th, February 27th and March 6th.
    Jan Nyquist seconded. Approved 3-0. METCO Representative concurred. Mark Masterson abstained.

  12. Information Enclosures
    No discussion

  13. Adjournment
    Sue Hollingsworth moved to adjourn the meeting.
    Mark Masterson seconded. Approved 4-0. METCO Representative concurred.
    The meeting adjourned at 9:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by
Stephanie Brown