Category: Schools

School Committee to Meet on Monday, January 14th

The Newton School Committee will meet on Monday, January 14th first, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 210 with a vote to move into Executive Session in Room 304 to discuss strategy in preparation for Collective Bargaining with the Newton Teacher’s Association. Following the Executive Session, the Committee will convene in Room 210 for Open Session. The agenda includes the following:

School Committee to Meet – Monday, December 10th – 6:00 p.m. Executive Session and 7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting

The School Committee will meet on Monday, December 10th first, at 6:00 p.m. in Room 210 and vote to move into Executive Session and convene in Room 304 to discuss strategy for collective bargaining with the Newton Teachers Association and on the Howitt OML (Open Meeting Law) violation. The Committee will then meet at 7:00 p.m. in Open Session in Room 210. The agenda includes the following:

  • Superintendent’s Report including a welcome to the Jingshan Students
  • 30 minutes of Public Comment
  • New Business Discussion
    • High School Principals update including School Schedule
    • MCAS Update
  • Other Business
    • Fiscal and Operational Update
    • Facilities Update
  • Consent Agenda – Votes on the following:
    • Lincoln-Eliot and Newton Early Childhood Program Educational Space (See Facilities Report)
    • Buffer Zone – Burr/Williams and Angier/Williams
    • Draft 2019-2020 School Calendar
    • Zervas 1 – day Liquor License Request
    • Payroll, Contract and Warrant Authorization
    • SC Appointee Asa Hopkins to the Energy Commission
    • Approve Pay Increases for:
      • 1) Non-Aligned Personnel: Assistant Superintendents, Executive Directors – Human Resources and Community Education; Directors: Facilities, Program Accountability and Inclusion, Finance, Business and Planning and Career and Technical Education; Assistant Directors – Human Resource; Managers – Human Resources, Student Services, Facilities, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and SEL District Leader; Generalists –Human Resources; Confidential Executive Assistants; Executive Assistants; Administrative Assistants; Arttorneys, Analysts – Business and Finance, and Grants; Specialists: Non-Aligned Salary Increase; and
      • 2) Superintendent: Superintendent Salary Increase Memo
  • Preview Elementary Math
  • Communications

NOTE:  All referenced documents for this meeting can be found here.

School Committee to Hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, November 27th

The Newton School Committee will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, November 27th at 630 p.m. at the Seashole Auditorium, Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Road on a Citizens Petition filed requesting the following actions:

  • Adopt a policy of total transparency regarding curriculum concerning history, social studies, geography,
    and any and all topics related to the conflicts in the Middle East and to world religions.
  • Allow the public immediate and continual access to all teaching materials used and discussed in these areas including, but not limited to text books, hand-outs, assignments, films, power-point presentations, speakers, internet resources, and workshops
  • Vet all teaching materials and approaches concerning the above topics using a panel of scholars, historians and educators
  • Immediately cease all teaching on these topics until such time as properly vetted, unbiased materials can be identified
  • Contact students by official mail to explain how some of the materials they were taught qualify as biased and propaganda and were not explained as such to the students, and apologize for these errors
  • Convene an all-school seminar on “the new anti-Semitism” which makes of the Jewish state, “the Jew among the nations” with special workshops for teachers and students. The new anti-Semitism has been widely studied and consists at base of the treatment of Israel in ways no other nation state is treated
  • Terminate Superintendent David Fleishman

The Notice of Public Hearing can be found here.

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of November 11th

Auburndale Historic District Commission:  The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install 31 solar panels at 26 Maple Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to wood and metal fence sections at 33 Hancock Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace all existing windows

Community Preservation Committee:  The Community Preservation Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Pre-proposal request for an off-cycle full proposal of $600,000 to supplement $2.3 million of CPA funding previously appropriated for this project
  • Intent by Planning Department to return $805,000 in unspent funds and request to use $75,000 of retained funds for program revisions to the Newton Homebuyer Assistance Program
  • Re-Vote to accept minor revisions to the unit mix for a previously approved grant of $3.2 million in CPA funds for the Stanton Avenue Senior Housing/Golda Meir House Expansion
  • Working Session on updating the Community Preservation Plan drawing on the FY2020-FY2024 Capital Improvement Plan
  • Staff updates on current/anticipated proposals and projects

Economic Development Commission:  The Economic Development Commission will meet on Tuesday, November 13th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Economic Development Updates
  • Chair updates
  • Discussion of the Washington Street Vision Plan

Newton Human Rights Commission:  The Newton Human Rights Commission will meet on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 106C. The agenda includes the following:

  • Hate Incidents
  • Student Reports
  • Policies and Procedures
  • LGBTQ+ Resource Guide
  • Question 3 – Election Results
  • Human Rights Award – December 4th
  • MLK Day Community Celebration
  • Information Dissemination
  • Genocide Exhibit 2019

Note:  The agenda also includes a calendar of upcoming events.

Commission on Disability:  The Commission on Disability will meet on Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion of Plastic Straw Ban
  • Approval of Minutes
  • CDBG Report
  • Accessible Fines Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • ADA Coordinator’s Report
  • Discussion of the Northland Project
  • Operation Access

Design Review Committee:  The Design Review Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the Trustee’s Room at the Newton Free Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Introductions
  • DRC Meetings Process and the Open Meeting Law
  • DRC Meeting Schedule
  • Current Project Updates
  • Capital Improvement Plan and future projects schedule
  • Introduction to Guidelines
  • Comments on Guidelines
  • Embedded Carbon presentation and discussion

Youth Commission:  The Youth Commission will meet on Wednesday, November 14th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Welcome to visitors (Dana Hanson and Saul Lee, Student Ministry Director for the Boston Chinese Evangelical Church)
  • Group Work – Questions for Student Mental Health Survey

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish a rear chimney at 154 Beacon Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install condensers and approval for installed vents at 48 Reservoir Avenue
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install fence sections and gate at 17 Lee Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to rebuild a second story bay and replace windows in both bays; replace rubber roofs and fill in skylight at 9 Lawrence Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to change previously approved doors and to install a second story railing at 61 Gatehouse Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to approve stone facing on chimney and to modify second story vent pipe at 46 Woodman Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install a generator; rebuild existing retaining wall; change condensers, rear skylights, roofing and railing material; and remove dormer at 46 Chestnut Hill Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to build a rear addition at 25 Essex Road

Zoning Board of Appeals:  The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet on Thursday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber and will hold a public hearing on a Chapter 40B permit – Comprehensive Permit to construct 69 rental units (60 units will be affordable at a range of incomes) and 3300 square feet of clinic space at 160 and 160R Stanton Avenue. Notice of the Hearing can be found here.

Newton Historical Commission:  The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Thursday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Partial Demolition Review to replace slate roof with asphalt by the Newton Housing Authority for property located at 541 Grove Street
  • Full Demolition request for 991 – 993 Washington Street
  • Full Demolition request for 72-74 Circuit Avenue
  • Full Demolition request for 24 Smith Avenue
  • Full Demolition request for 291 Dorset Road
  • Full Demolition request for 44 Mignon Road
  • Working Session to discuss possible additions to 242 Islington Road – Local Landmark property

School Building Committee:  The School Building Committee will meet on Thusday, November 15th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center. The agenda includes the following:

  • Building Conditions Report for 150 Jackson Road and 687 Watertown Street
  • Lincoln-Eliot – Educational Program and Plan; Space Summary Template
  • Newton Early Childhood Program –  Educational Program and Plan; Space Summary Template

School Committee Meeting – Wednesday, November 14th

The School Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 14th at 4:00 p.m. in Room 304. The agenda includes the following:

  • Special meeting with State Delegation to discuss upcoming legislation and the state budget process
  • Special meeting to discuss Courageous Conversations and Social Emotional Learning -Looking towards the future
  • Vote to enter into Executive Session to discuss strategy in preparation for collective bargaining with the Newton Teachers Association
  • Following the Executive Session, the School Committee will reconvene in open session
  • Presentation and Vote to approve the Newton Schools Foundation donation
  • Superintendent’s Report
  • New Business
    • Career and Tech Ed
    • Naming Committee – 225 Nevada Street (Horace Mann/Carr)
    • Update on Fiscal Operations and Facilities
    • Update from the Transportation Steering Group
    • Discussion and Vote:  Term increases for Food Services Contract
  • Old Business
    • Update by Arrowstreet:  Educational Program for Lincoln-Eliot and Newton Early Childhood Program
    • Consideration and Deliberation on the Modification of the Superintendent’s Contract
  • Consent Agenda
    • Vote to approve GELF and Cabot PTO one-day liquor license
    • Vote to approve EDCO Articles of Agreement
    • Vote to approve Field Trips
    • Vote to approve 10-22-18 Minutes
  • Preview – Food Services

All documents related to the agenda items can be found here, including the Superintendent’s modified contract.

Naming Committee to Meet – Thursday, November 1st

Naming Committee:  The Naming Committee for the School Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 1st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 304 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Review Committee’s recommendation regarding naming of the building located at 225 Nevada Street (Carr School)
  • Discuss proposed outline for a final report to the School Committee
  • Discuss additional suggestions or proposals for the School Committee regarding
    • Ways to honor/recognize people whose names were on school
      buildings once the school ceases to exist
    • Ways to catalog and honor the city’s built and changing school
      building environment and the changing school grade structure
    • Observations regarding the diversity (or lack thereof) of names on
      school buildings

 

School Committee to Meet on Monday, October 22nd

The Newton School Committee will meet on Monday, October 22nd at 6:00 p.m. in Room 304 in Executive Session to discuss strategy in preparation for Collective Bargaining with the Newton Teacher’s Association and discuss strategy with respect to litigation of Civil Matter #18-2283 Koplan Vs. Newton School Committee and DLR Docket No.:MUP-18-6983, Newton Teachers Association v. Newton School Committee.

The School Committee will then meet at 7:00 p.m. in Room 210. The agenda includes the following: