Wilmington Public Schools
161 Church Street
Wilmington, Massachusetts 01887
Telephone: (978) 694-6000 Fax: (978) 694-6005
Minutes of the Regular School Committee Meeting September 8, 2010
1. Roll Call: Chairwoman Margaret Kane called the Regular Meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.
Present were, Mr. Mario Marchese, Superintendent Joanne Benton, Mr. Robert Hayes, Mrs.
Kathleen Carroll, and student representatives Katie Aoki and John Keegan.
Mr. Steven Higgins arrived at 7:10 p.m. and Mr. Quincy Vale arrived at 7:11 p.m. Dr. Leslee
Quick was not present.
2. Approval of Items by Consensus:
A. Introduction of Items by Superintendent
B. Requests to Withdraw Items
C. Items for Approval:
1. Approval of Minutes: August 25, 2010 – Regular Session
2. Approval of High School Field Trip to Washington, DC
3. Consideration for Items Withdrawn from Consensus
Superintendent Benton requested approval of the Regular Session of the School Committee
minutes for August 25, 2010.
Chairwoman Kane requested a motion to approve the Regular Session of the School Committee
minutes of for August 25, 2010.
Motion, by Mr. Mario Marchese, seconded by Mr. Robert Hayes to approve the Regular Session
minutes for August 25, 2010. Motion passed unanimously.
Chairwoman Kane requested a motion to approve the out of state Field Trip for Washington, DC.
Motion by Mr. Mario Marchese, seconded by Mr. Robert Hayes to approve the out of state field
trip to Washington, DC. Motion passed unanimously.
3. Student School Committee
Seniors Katie Aoki and John Keegan are the student representatives for the 2010-2011 school
year. Katie reports the first week of school has gone smoothly. Sports are well under way and
the clubs have started up as well. Club WHS had its first meeting on Wednesday. The Rotary
Club will have its first meeting on Thursday. The P.E.A.C.E. (People Everywhere are Created
Equal) will have their first meeting on Friday. The Drama Club has a field trip planned to see
Wicked in Boston on September 18th. They are also putting on several productions this year.
Katie is the Ambassador for her grade and helped organize a new club, Captain’s Council, and
will keep you all up to date on the developments of this group during its first full year at
Wilmington High. The Band is preparing for a Columbus Day Parade in Boston. The Strings
Attached Orchestra is working on fundraisers and preparing for a trip to Austria this spring.
Chairwoman Kane pointed out the importance of having the Student School Committee members
participating in the School Committee meeting and thanked them for coming tonight.
4. Superintendent’s Report
1. Introduction of New Staff
2. Anti-bullying information
3. Education Jobs Funds
The new staff was welcomed and Superintendent Benton commended the Leadership Team for
their hard work in hiring the additional staff members. She said that there were 782 applicants
for the 3rd grade opening alone. We have the best and brightest here at Wilmington and I hope
they are all happy to be here. Superintendent Benton took an opportunity to introduce the new
staff members. They are:
Robert Ard – High School Chemistry teacher
Caroline Blazer – Middle School .4 Math teacher
Jennifer Burgess – Wildwood School Special Ed teacher
Jessica Bush – West Intermediate Special Ed teacher
Brian Caira – Wildwood School L.T. Sub Eng/Language Arts
Megan Cool - High School Business Technology teacher
Judith Corwin – West Intermediate L.T. Sub Grade 5 teacher
Jaclyn Dalessandro – High School Math teacher
Katelyn DiNocola – Woburn Street 1st grade teacher
Zachary Jagentenfl – Middle School Music teacher
Hope Keenom-Doran – Middle School Assistant Principal
Michelle MacDonald – Woburn Street 1st grade
Adam Mackie – Middle School 6th grade Science teacher
Dennis Mahoney – High School Assistant Principal
Teresa Marshall – High School Chemistry teacher
Patrick Mawn – High School Math teacher
Robin Mezzarino – West Intermediate .6 Music teacher
Patrick McInerney – Woburn Sreet 2nd grade teacher
Gary Nicoloson – Middle School Special Ed teacher
Annette Owen – Woburn Street 3rd grade teacher
Kim Provensal – West Intermediate Special Ed teacher
Bethany Smith – West Intermediate School Pyschologist
Patrick Taylor – Middle School 7th grade social studies teacher
Amanda Tetreault - .Middle School 4 French teacher
Jennifer Walker – High School Chemistry teacher
Chairwoman Kane was very impressed with the hiring as well and happy you are all here. Thank
you for coming to the meeting tonight and please join us anytime for another School Committee
Superintendent Benton included some additional information regarding the anti-bullying
policies. Marjorie Daniels came on opening day to speak and it included training all employees
of the school system on anti-bullying. The bus drivers were also included in the training because
bullying can happen on buses, playgrounds, and outside of school areas. The response from the
staff has been great. The legislation states we need to train all staff. Templates have been put
together for all the principals on these new policies to help. A report of bullying includes a form
that needs to be completed by both the person(s) being bullied and the person(s) who bullied.
We need to be sure a record is kept of all incidents. We will also need a committee formed for
anti-bullying. We are putting together an outreach program for the community as well as a
streaming piece for all to view and participate. This way we know everyone is trained to handle
a bullying situation.
Governor Patrick has allocated money for state support of education totaling $4.7 million.
Wilmington received $36,000. Mr. Paul Ruggiero stated the stimulus grant amount increased by
$25.00 for each student. The money was used to cover the Chapter 70 cut. Every district
received an increase of $25.00 per student. Our total amount was $180,000. These funds can be
used for FY12. Superintendent Benton recommended that we reserve funds for FY12.
Mr. Mario Marchese asked about the Race to the Top Grant. Superintendent Benton stated that
Wilmington is not eligible for Race to the Top Funds because the WTA decided not to support it.
If we had been eligible we would have received $60,000 over the next 4 years.
Mr. Quincy Vale asked if the incremental $25.00 per student assistance will be something to
anticipate for future years or is this one time funding?
Mr. Paul Ruggiero said the state aid is calculated on property, worth of property, and how much
the district can contribute. The number can fluctuate based on enrollment. Aid numbers are
calculated with a specific formula and the number for this year was bumped up $25.00. This is a
way to keep teachers in the classrooms and the money is to be used for salary and benefits.
Mr. Quincy Vale asked if we control the $180,000 reserved for FY12? Does the interest go to
Mr. Paul Ruggiero said the state controls the funds and there are specific applications and
processes we must follow when the money is needed. We need to apply for the funds when we
need them. If we end up not using the money by the end of FY12, we don’t receive it.
Mr. Quincy Vale asked if it will increase at all next year?
Mr. Paul Ruggiero said no it won’t.
Mr. Mario Marchese asked if it is smart to save the money and is there any fear that the surplus
will be cut by the amount we have in reserve?
Mr. Paul Ruggiero said the money is Wilmington’s. There is a chance, but the money is ours
and the money not spent this year will be available in FY12.
Mr. Mario Marchese asked if they could say no to our asking for money?
Superintendent Benton said they can’t take the money from us. Most school districts are trying
to hold onto the money for FY12 because there won’t be anything for that year.
Mr. Robert Hayes asked that when the school department puts together the FY12
budget/proposal to indicate how the funds will be used and what positions will be saved.
Chairwoman Kane stated Mr. Robert Hayes would like to participate on the committee for the
5. Old Business
1. Vote on Middle School and High School Handbooks
2. Vote on the District Professional Development Plan
3. Vote to approve Superintendent’s Goal
Chairwoman Kane requested a motion to approve the High School and Middle School
Motion by, Mr. Robert Hayes, seconded by Mr. Mario Marchese to approve the Middle School
and High School Handbook. Motion passed unanimously.
Thank you to Principal Eric Tracy and Principal Christine McMenimen for providing
information on the handbooks.
Chairwoman Kane requested a motion to approve the District Professional Development Plan.
Motion by, Mr. Quincy Vale, seconded by Mr. Mario Marchese to approve the Professional
Development Plan. Motion passed unanimously.
Chairwoman Kane requested a motion to approve the Superintendent’s Goal.
Motion by, Mr. Mario Marchese, seconded by Mr. Steven Higgins to approve the
Superintendent’s Goal. Motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Mario Marchese thanked the Superintendent Benton for her goals. They are ambitious and
hopes she achieves all of them.
6. New Business
1. School Committee Rep for Nurses’ Negotiation Team
2. Wilmington’s Voting Delegate – MASC Annual Business Meeting
Superintendent Benton said we have already settled the nurse’s contract for this year. The
contract negotiations are for future contracts. Volunteers are needed for the negotiations.
Chairwoman Kane would like to appoint Mr. Robert Hayes and Dr. Leslee Quick. If Dr. Leslee
Quick is not available, then Chairwoman Kane will fill in.
Superintendent Benton said Mr. Robert Hayes has volunteered to attend the conference in
November for the MASC and is recommending him to be the voting delegate. We will provide
you guidelines on voting. Chairwoman Kane will be the alternate.
Chairwoman Kane requested a motion to appoint Mr. Robert Hayes as the voting delegate for the
Motion by, Mr. Mario Marchese, seconded by Mr. Steven Higgins to appoint Mr. Robert Hayes
as the voting delegate at the MASC Conference. Motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Quincy Vale said he has gone to the conference in the past and found the conference to be
interesting. They were very specific with their votes and many of the topics really didn’t apply
to Wilmington or were too hard to dispute.
Mr. Robert Hayes thanked Mr. Quincy Vale. He informed the committee he volunteered to
attend the conference because he needs 8 hours of training.
Mr. Mario Marchese thanked Mr. Robert Hayes for taking on so much.
8. Board Members Questions and Comments
Mrs. Kathleen Carroll wishes luck to all the new teachers and congratulations.
Mr. Robert Hayes commented on the Town of Burlington as being the second school in
Massachusetts to participate in the “One on “One” program. Is this something Wilmington could
possibly explore? When properly implemented, the student interaction increases and there is a
greater interest in learning.
Superintendent Benton said Principal Pat Larkin of Burlington High School hosted a group of
principals on this very topic and Mr. Eric Tracy and Mr. Dennis Mahoney attended and we will
be hearing about a plan like this soon. We’ll need to work with the town on wireless and capital
project. It may be something to consider with our possible newly renovated/addition to
Wilmington High School. This is an opportunity for us to come up with creative ideas for
Chairwoman Kane said this would be a good use of grants to implement a program like this.
Mr. Steven Higgins said he’s extremely excited for the possibility of “One on One”. He
welcomed everyone back to school and looks for a great year a head. He thanked the Buildings
Department. The first School Building Committee meeting will be next Wednesday, September
15, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wilmington High School library. It is a public meeting.
Mr. Mario Marchese said thank you and welcome to everyone especially the new teachers.
Mr. Quincy Vale welcomed the new teachers and thanked everyone on the committee and
schools for the handbooks and the work that went into it. It’s very helpful. He wished
Superintendent Benton luck on completing her goals.
Chairwoman Kane said she is excited for the start of the new school year. She said you can see
it in the eyes of the children. They’re enjoying the bus and they all come home with smiles.
You can tell that the parents are very excited and supportive and it’s nice to see such a positive
response to the year school. It’s very important.
9. Other Reports
1. Subcommittee Reports
11. Future Meeting Dates and Agenda Items
a. September 22, 2010
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 7:00 at the Wilmington High
School library. We will be presenting NEAS&C reports.
Chairwoman Kane requested a motion to adjourn the School Committee meeting.
Motion by, Mr. Steven Higgins, seconded by Mr. Mario Marchese to adjourn. Mr. Quincy Vale,
yes; Mrs. Kathleen Carroll, yes; Chairwoman Kane, yes; Superintendent Benton, yes; and Mr.
Robert Hayes, yes. Motion passed unanimously.
The meeting adjourned at 7:56 p.m.
Dr. Leslee Quick, Secretary