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Friday, December 18, 2009


MONTHLY MEETING - Thursday, December 17, 2009 at Greenwich High School

Recognition of Retiring Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Susan O. Wallerstein
Dr. Wallerstein was honored for her many years of service with the
Greenwich Public Schools by members of the school and broader Greenwich
communities. Dr. Freund announced that since the District has not yet been
able to identify an individual to assume the position, now entitled
Managing Director of Operations (MDO), Dr. Wallerstein has graciously
agreed to remain for one more month through the end of January 2010. The
search for an MDO will be re-opened.

Facilities Audit Report
Dr. Wallerstein and Anthony Byrne, Director of Facilities, presented the
Board with a report on the recently conducted Facilities Audit. The audit
report is used to update and inform the 15-year capital improvement plan.

Action on the Superintendent's Proposed 2010-11 Budget:
The Board of Education unanimously voted (8-0) to approve the
Superintendent's proposed 2010-11 Budget with the following changes:
- remove $285,000 from the Natural Gas for Heating line (replacing
estimated budget numbers with recently received actual costs)
- add $100,000 to accelerate the SmartBoard Implementation Plan
- add $135,000 for professional learning for approximately 100 teachers in
the International Baccalaureate framework
- remove $38,000 from Hamilton Avenue School budget for the swimming
- add $38,000 to the Hamilton Avenue School program for an enhanced
Science program
The approved budget of $131,509,261 is within the guidelines established
by the Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET). The budget is now submitted
to and reviewed by the BET over the next several months. The BET will act
on the Board of Education and other Town Department budgets in March 2010.
Budget documents and important dates are available on the District Web
Site at:

Additional Action Items:
2010-2011 Food Services Budget, Approved 8-0
2010-2011 Board Meeting Calendar, Approved 8-0
2010-2011 School Calendar - Revision, Approved 8-0
2011-2012 School Calendar, Approved 8-0
Authorize Application for School Construction Grant for GHS MISA Project,
Approved 8-0
Use of Hearing Officer, Approved 8-0
Gift Cap Waiver for North Street School PTA, Approved 8-0
Monthly Financial Report, Approved 8-0
Transfers of $10,000 or more, Approved 8-0
Board of Education Meeting Minutes, November 5, 2009 and November 12,
2009, Approved 8-0
Monitoring Report E-003: Math, Approved 8-0 with a note to review
questions/concerns about basic math skills

BOE 2009-10 Agenda Plan
Reviewed and adjusted per discussion (addition of January 2010 Board
Retreat). The plan is available as part of Board materials for each work
session and regular monthly meeting.

Next Board Meeting
The next meeting is the Board of Education Work Session on January 7,
2010, 7:00 PM at the Havemeyer Building.

Board of Education Meeting information is available on the GPS Web Site:
Meeting Calendar: on GPS home page and under Board section of the site
Meeting Agenda: Posted approximately 4-5 working days prior to meeting, go
to calendar on home page or Board section of the site, click on meeting
Meeting Documents: Posted approximately 3-4 working days prior to meeting
and as available, go to calendar on home page or Board section of the
site, click on meeting date.
Meeting Minutes: Posted in DRAFT form after the Board meeting, and in
Final form after Board approval on BOE Meeting Minutes page:

* A Monitoring Report is a comprehensive annual report presented to the
Board of Education by Administration. The report summarizes compliance
with a given Board Policy, detailing governance issues, management issues,
and progress made toward achieving goals and objectives set in previous
reports. Monitoring Reports may be found on the GPS Web Site at:

Kim Eves
Director of Communications
Greenwich Board of Education
290 Greenwich Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830


Phone: 203-625-7415
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Fax: 203-869-8003


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