School Committee Update, April 29 Meeting

The April 29 School Committee Meeting covered the following items. Please note that all reports related to the agenda items below can be found at You can also view the meeting at Lexmedia ( by going to the On Demand/Watch Us portion of the site.

1. Vote to Approve Lexington High School 2014-2015 German Student Exchange Trip to Erding and Berlin, Germany, June 23 – July 15, 2015 – APPROVED
2. Vote on Solar Task Force Recommended Solar Panel Installation
3. Youth Risk Behavior Survey
4. Vote on Recommendation to Address Fiske Overcrowding – the committee voted to approve the recommendation for a team—teaching approach in the Fiske 5th grades to resolve a projected enrollment of 27 or more students in the three Fiske grade classrooms for the 2014-2015 school year. As part of the contract with the LPS teachers’ union, if an elementary school class has 27 or more students an aide will be hired to help in the classroom; the approved recommendation would have two fully certified teachers in these classrooms whenever core academic are taught rather than a one teacher and one aide in each classroom.
5. FY 2014 3rd Quarterly Financial Report
6. Traffic Safety and Mitigation Policy (First Reading)
7. Public Hearing on School Choice (scheduled for a vote on May 13; Dr. Ash recommended that Lexington continues to not participate in the School Choice program, which would allow students who do not live in Lexington to send their children to Lexington Public Schools if there is room).
8. School Committee Liaison Assignments—assignments reviewed based on agreements to date.

Consent Votes
1. Vote to Approve Lexington High School 2014-2015 French Student Exchange Trip to Antony, France, and Brussels, Belgium, February 5-21, 2015–APPROVED
2. Vote to Accept a $700 Donation from Weidong Wang and Microsoft Corporation for the Chinese Language Program at Lexington High School–APPROVED
3. Vote to Accept a $250 Donation from Xiongwei Zhou and Rong Li in Support of the 2014 LHS Science and Engineering Fair–APPROVED

The Vote to Establish a Subcommittee to Examine School Holiday Recognition was postponed to a later meeting due to time constraints.

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