April 12, 2017
5:30 p.m.

Committee Members Present:  Chair - Jennifer Neumeyer; Members - April Cusick, Staci Fortunato 

Board Members Present:  Tom Connors, Edward Hastings, Kimberly Martin, Kati McCormick, Deborah Towle 

Administrators Present:  James Anastasio, Donna Madore, Kathy Casparius, Lynne Adams, Troy Alexander, Teresa Beaudoin, Stew Brittner, Heather Gauthier, James Holland, Theresa Violette

1.  Title 1 Summer Programming Update 

Theresa Violette, Title I Director, looked at data for students who attended last year’s Title I summer camp.  The data shows students who attended didn’t do as well as students who didn’t attend.  Stopping the summer slide was the idea behind creating the Title I summer programming.  This year, there will be no Title I summer camp.  Instead, there will be a sign up and letters will go out to parents asking if they’d like their kids to get five books over the summer.  The kids are going to choose five books.  Along with the letter to parents there will be a listing of available opportunities for other things they can engage in during the summer.  Home Depot will work with us where the kids will have to read directions and create a kit.  The arboretum will do a story walk along with doing some planting with the kids. Our Literacy for ME Team will have volunteers who are going to read at the library at one of the parks.

2.  School Start Time Survey Outcome

The committee reviewed the outcome of the School Start Time Survey.  1,116 people took the survey which shows the majority of the people who responded are fine with the current school start times.  

Mr. Anastasio said the committee needs to consider the busing bid that was recently approved.  First Student cannot transport all students at the same time and needs 45 minutes between bus runs for elementary and secondary students.  A later start time for secondary students may affect elementary students’ start times.

The committee discussed the results and asked for additional information to be discussed at the next meeting: 

1.  Student achievement data
2.  CATC and sending schools implication
3.  Traffic flow coming into the city in the mornings
4.  Cost factor for elementary before and after school child care
5.  Attendance rates
6.  Conversation with First Student
7.  Post survey results on website
8.  Contact the newspaper with survey results

Meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.