CURRICULUM AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEETING
August 14, 2019
Committee Members Present: Chair: Pia Holmes; Staci Fortunato, Kevin Lamoreau
Board Members Present: Jennifer Dumond, Heather Gauthier, Edward Hastings, Kati McCormick (5:45 p.m.), Michael Michaud, Amanda Olson
Administrators Present: James Anastasio, Donna Madore, Kathy Casparius, Troy Alexander, Nicholas Gannon, Sarah Landry, Theresa Violette
1. Firefighter Program
Nicholas Gannon, CATC Director, said they are starting a new firefighting program at CATC. He said there is a critical need for trained and certified firefighters. (Summary is attached). There are tentative plans to offer an EMS Certification within the program for the 2020-2021 school year. He explained the certifications a student would receive upon successful completion of the course. There are some dual enrollment opportunities with SMCC and EMCC. Students would receive 6 credits toward an Associate in Applied Science degree in Fire Science. An instructor has been recommended who is a recently retired firefighter from Rockland. Currently there are 12 students enrolled in the program.
2. School Culture Survey
A. Student Grades 2-6
Ms. Madore said the school culture surveys were split by elementary grades and middle/high school grades. For grades 2 – 6, there were a lot of positive responses and was similar to last year’s survey results.
B. Student Grades 7-12
As expected for students in grades 7-12, there were different types of responses. The majority of students had positive responses. Administrators reviewed the comments to try to determine the trends and what can be done differently. These surveys provide valuable information.
There were only 20 responses from parents. Again, the majority of the response were positive.
Again, the majority of the responses were positive. The administrators look at the responses carefully. There were some comments about the increasing social/emotional/academic needs of students and staff morale.
3. Professional Development Survey
This is a survey provided to staff members at the end of the year. This survey is used for the federal grant applications. What staff ask for is more professional development on managing student behaviors. Ms. Madore shared it is frustrating to find the time to do all the necessary training.
4. Student Data Reports
C. Student Behavior
Student data reports are reports the district has to submit to the Department of Education. There was only one substantiated incident of bullying because in order for it to be called “bullying” it has to meet certain criteria outlined by the DOE. Every reported incident of alleged bullying is investigated.
Ms. Madore said truancy is taken very seriously. There is a procedure in place for addressing truancy; letters are sent to parents; meetings are scheduled; plans are developed; and if the attendance doesn’t improve, parents are summonsed. She said the school department works closely with SROs and the district attorney. Truancy laws now apply to five and six year olds.
Ms. Madore went over the data on student behavior.
The total of chronically absent students is 24.20%. It includes excused absences as well as unexecused.
Motion by Staci Fortunato to table the remaining items, second by Kevin Lamoreau, so moved 3-0.
The meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.