POINT PLEASANT BEACH SCHOOL DISTRICT
POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NEW JERSEY
MIDDLE STATES COMMITTEE MINUTES
March 26, 2009
Members Present: Patrick Hanrahan, James Ireland, Terri M. King, Lisa Kitchenman, Michael Landers, Carol Luccioni, June Monticello, Bob Mulligan, Jerri Parlow, John Ravally, Steve Shohfi, Bill Whitman, and Bob Callan
1. Ms. King introduced a new member of the committee, Mr. Bob Callan, and explained that he will be taking Mr. Bill Whitman’s place. She publicly thanked Mr. Whitman for the contributions he has made to the committee.
2. Ms. King informed the committee that the finalized Mission Statement, which the committee had agreed upon at the last meeting, will be submitted to the board for approval at the March 31, 2009, board meeting. She also presented information to the committee regarding the district’s Educational Outcome Goals and Educational Process Goals, and explained that because both of these policies have to tie in with the Mission Statement, certain changes were needed to accomplish this. It was agreed that the changes which Ms. King proposed to each of these two policies were necessary and that these modifications would be submitted to the board for approval on March 31st.
3. Ms. King discussed the Middle States standards with the committee and explained that part of the accreditation process required a school district to show compliance with each of the 12 Middle States standards. She distributed a handout to the committee which correlated the standards with the District Performance Reviews of NJQSAC and briefly explained how the DPRs contained in the NJQSAC document showed compliance with the Middle States standards. Dr. Ravally was then introduced and gave a PowerPoint presentation. The focus of his presentation was how the district’s performance in QSAC closely relates to the district’s compliance with the Middle States Standards.
4. Data regarding academics in both Antrim Elementary School and Point Pleasant Beach High School (standardized test scores, PSAT results, SAT results, etc.) was distributed to all committee members, and Ms. King publicly thanked Mrs. Loretta Cozzi, guidance secretary, for her assistance in compiling all data. Ms. King then discussed how the district has historically met and continues to meet all benchmarks in the area of academic assessment.
5. The next information that was distributed and discussed at length was the results of the opinion surveys that had been administered to community members, parents, teachers, students, and alumni. Based upon these results, the committee agreed that three objectives (two social and one academic) be targeted as areas needing improvement. The two agreed upon social objectives were bullying at the elementary level and substance abuse at the high school level. The academic objective was 21st century learning.
6. The next meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday, April 30, 2009, at 6:00 p.m.
7. All committee members were thanked for their attendance, and the meeting was adjourned.