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Committees: School Committee

Telephone: 781-741-1500
Address: 220 Central Street, Hingham, MA 02043

Persons interested in communicating with the School Committee may:

  • Send a letter to the School Committee Chair or an individual member, c/o the School Department at 220 Central Street. Letters marked Confidential will be forwarded unopened to the individual.
  • Send an e-mail to schoolcommittee@hinghamschools.com. A designated school official will receive and print or forward e-mails to the School Committee Chair for sharing and response, as appropriate.

2012 Annual Report

Hingham School Committee Sub-Committee Assignments 2013 - 2014

School Committee
(Established by Mass General Law)

The School Committee derives its authority from Massachusetts General Law and maintains its authority when they serve as a legal body. Members have no authority over school affairs when they act as an individual. The School Committee’s powers and duties consist of the following: the power to select, to evaluate and terminate the Superintendent, to review and approve the school budget, establish educational goals and standards consistent with the law’s requirements, conduct collective bargaining with all school department bargaining units, hire legal counsel for said bargaining and other general purposes and submit an annual report to the town on the state of the schools. The School Committee consists of seven members chosen by ballot from the registered voters of Hingham to staggered terms. Each term is three years which expires at the annual town election with no limit on reelection. Members serve without any compensation.

The School Committee conducts its business in open public meetings, the goal and objectives which include, but are not limited to: (i) establishing and periodically reviewing policies, (ii) assuring that the Superintendent uses competent and conscientious personnel and evaluates their performance in implementing School Committee policies, (iii) adopting budgets which will provide sufficient funds to operate the school system economically and effectively to the extent possible given fiscal constraints, (iv) monitoring the school administration’s execution of established policies and (v) establishing and evaluating annual School Committee performance objectives.

The Committee generally meets every other Monday night and establishes an annual meeting schedule during the month of August. In January, extra meetings are generally held on Thursday nights for budget discussions. In addition, each member is given one or more subcommittee assignments by the School Committee chairperson annually. Each of the six school councils is also assigned a school committee member liaison as well.

School Committee Members
Raymond Estes, Chair
Carol M. Falvey, Vice Chair
Dennis Friedman, Secretary
Paul Gannon
Liza O'Reilly
Edward Schreier
Andy Shafter

Hingham School Committee Sub-Committee Assignments 2013 - 2014

COMMUNITY OUTREACH CHAIR, Carol  M. Falvey
Liza O’Reilly
Ed Schreier
   
LONG RANGE PLANNING CHAIR, Dennis Friedman 
Ray Estes
Andy Shafter
   
POLICY CHAIR, Andy Shafter
Carol M. Falvey
Dennis Friedman
 
SALARIES AND NEGOTIATIONS CHAIR, Paul Gannon
Ray Estes
Carol M. Falvey
 
SPECIAL EDUCATION CHAIR, Ed Schreier
Liza O’Reilly
Dennis Friedman 
 
LEGISLATIVE/OTHER SCHOOL COMM. LIAISON Paul Gannon
   
REP. TO HINGHAM EDUCATION FOUNDATION Carol M. Falvey
   
REP. TO SEPAC Ed Schreier
Liza O’Reilly (alt.)
   
REP. TO FOSTER SCHOOL COUNCIL  Liza O’Reilly
   
REP. TO PLYMOUTH RIVER SCHOOL COUNCIL Dennis Friedman 
   
REP. TO SOUTH SCHOOL COUNCIL Ed Schreier
   
REP. TO MIDDLE SCHOOL COUNCIL Ray Estes
   
REP. TO HIGH SCHOOL COUNCIL Paul Gannon
   
REP. TO EAST SCHOOL COUNCIL Andy Shafter
   
CHAIR, MIDDLE SCHOOL BUILDING COMMITTEE Ray Estes
   
LIAISON TO ADVISORY COMMITTEE Rotating Calendar
   
LIAISON TO SPECIAL EDUCATION FUNDING WORKING GROUP Paul Gannon, Ed Schreier (ex. officio)
 
HS FIELDS OVERSIGHT SUBCOMMITTEE  Ed Schreier
(Short Term Assignment) Andy Shafter
Ray Estes
   
Ray Estes Long Range Planning
Salaries & Negotiations
  Middle School Rep.
  Middle School Building Committee, Chair
  Fields Oversight Subcommittee
 
Carol M. Falvey Community Outreach - Chair
Policy
  Salaries & Negotiations
  HEF Rep
 
Dennis Friedman Long Range Planning - Chair
Policy
  Special Education
  Plymouth River Rep
 
Paul Gannon Salaries & Negotiations - Chair
Legislative/Other School Comm. Liaison
  Liaison to Special Education Funding Working Group
  High School Rep
 
Liza O’Reilly Community Outreach
Special Education 
  Foster School Rep
  Rep to SEPAC (alt.)
 
Ed Schreier Special Education - Chair
Community Outreach
  Rep to SEPAC
  South School Rep
  Liaison to Special Education Funding Working Group (ex. officio)
 
Andy Shafter Policy – Chair
Long Range Planning
  East School Rep
  Fields Oversight Subcommittee
 
 


Additional information about the Hingham Public Schools is posted on the Hingham Public Schools website

ANNUAL REPORT – 2012

As of October 1, 2012, there were 4143 students enrolled in grades K-12 in the Hingham Public Schools, an increase of 56 students over October 1, 2011.  In addition, the district had responsibility for funding and/or programming for 62 pre-school students in the integrated program, 61 out-of-district students (special education), and 7 vocational students. 

The 2012 Town Election saw Dennis Friedman and Paul Gannon elected to the School Committee, replacing retiring members Linda Hill and Barbara Cook.  Caryl Falvey, Raymond Estes, and Carol M. Falvey were elected School Committee Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary, respectively, in May 2012.

School leadership changes in 2012 included the appointments of Elizabeth Flynn, who succeeded Jean Curtis Loud who retired as Director of Student Services, and Mary Eastwood who replaced Eliza Burns as South School Principal. Susan Keyes assumed the leadership of the Foreign Language Department, succeeding Judith Rielly who retired, and Melissa Smith replaced David Whiting in the shared role of Assistant Principal for the East and Plymouth River Schools. 

The Annual School Department Operating Budget for fiscal year 2013 (school year 2012-2013) was approved at the April 2012 Town Meeting at $40,567,321; another $429,444 was appropriated for Capital Projects.

In Fall 2012, the School Committee met in a Planning Meeting to establish goals and priorities for the then upcoming FY 14 season.  Subsequent to that meeting, Budget Guidelines and Assumptions were developed and approved by the School Committee.  In December 2012, the School Administration proposed a “needs-based budget” that is (at the time of this writing) in the process of refinement and adoption or other action by the SC, Selectmen, Advisory Committee, and ultimately by Town Meeting.   

The official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Hingham Middle School was held in late June 2012. Funded by an October 2011 Special Town Meeting and Debt Exclusion Ballot Vote, the construction work began promptly in Summer 2012 and has proceeded on course under the stewardship of the School Building Committee, Chaired by Ray Estes. An anticipated completion date of late Spring 2014 will allow for the necessary steps that will assure a September 2014 opening and the subsequent demolition of the current building and reconstruction of new playing fields and parking facilities.  

At the same Town Meeting and Ballot vote, citizens also agreed to fund construction costs for Phase I (track reconstruction and tennis court repair) and design fees for Phase II (multi-purpose field, drainage improvements, and other possible attributes) of a much needed, comprehensive high school fields improvement project.  Summer 2012 saw the completion of a newly reconstructed track and a resurfacing of the tennis courts at the high school. An Ad Hoc High School Fields Study Committee worked closely throughout 2012 with the designer, Gale Engineering, to develop recommendations for School Committee action. Permitting meetings began in late fall, with plans for a Town Meeting 2013 funding request.     

Academically, Hingham students continued to perform above state averages at every grade and subject on the 2012 MCAS.  The percentage of Hingham students performing at the proficient or advanced levels increased in grade 3 reading and math, grade 4 English Language Arts (ELA ) and math, grade 5 science, grade 6 ELA, grades 6, 7 and 8 math, and grade 10 ELA, math and science. In grade 10, 100% of students scored at the proficient or advanced level in ELA, 96% in math, and 91% in science, with 72% scoring at the advanced level in ELA and 77% scoring advanced in math.  All members of the Class of 2012 demonstrated proficiency on the ELA, math and science MCAS tests that are required for a state certified diploma. Student Growth Percentile (SGP) reports released by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) are used to measure student performance changes on MCAS over time. In Hingham, SGPs were rated as “high” at grade 5 ELA, grades 4 and 5 math, grade 7 ELA, and grade 10 ELA and math.

As a result of a waiver from NCLB (No Child Left Behind) requirements granted at the federal level, Massachusetts implemented a new accountability system for classifying districts and schools.  This accountability system is used to classify districts and schools on a five level scale from the highest performing in Level 1 to the lowest performing in Level 5.  The Hingham 2012 accountability results were as follows: East School–insufficient data (three years of data required for a new school), Foster School–Level 1 (also designated as a Commended School), Plymouth River School and South School–Level 2 (High Needs subgroup), Hingham Middle School–Level 1, Hingham High School–Level 1 (also a Commended School), and district–Level 2 (district level same as lowest level school).  A school percentile was also reported indicating a school’s overall performance relative to other schools in Massachusetts with the same grades.  The Hingham school percentiles were as follows: East–NA, Foster–86th, PRS–97th, South–90th, HMS– 87th, and HHS–94th.  The Commendations for Foster and HHS were among the only 64 schools in MA so recognized in 2012

Following the Spring 2011 MA DESE adoption of the federal Common Core Standards, now the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy, Hingham administrators, teachers, and support staff at all levels continue work on aligning and revising local curriculum to better prepare students for the 2013 MCAS.  The curriculum realignment efforts will be completed by the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

On June 2, 2012, 272 students graduated from Hingham High School. Of these graduates, 94%planned to continue their formal education.Academic accomplishments of the HHS Class of 2012 include8 National Merit commended students, 72 Advanced Placement Scholars, 3 NationalScholars, and51 members inducted into the National Honor Society.  At the Annual Senior Awards Night, 233 members of the Class of 2012 were honored.  Almost $295,000 in local scholarship funds was awarded to these graduates.  Myriad awards were also presented in recognition of students' outstanding performance in academic areas or involvement in school organizations.

Outstanding sportsmanship defined the athletic program during 2012.  Six different teams were honored as great representatives of the town and their sport.  The Girls Cross-country Team, the Wrestling Team, and the Boys Indoor Track team each earned Patriot League Sportsmanship honors.  The girls and boys ice hockey teams received the prestigious Malloy Award.  The Boys Golf Team was awarded the MIAA Division II Sportsmanship Award, and the Boys Spring Track Team was honored by the Massachusetts State Coaches Association.

HHS teams won five state championships in 2012.  Girls Indoor Track won the Division III championship and both Boys and Girls Spring Track Teams won the state relays.  The fall girls and boys crew teams won the Massachusetts Public School Rowing Championship.  Seven teams were Patriot League Champions – Girls and Boys Indoor and Spring Track, Girls and Boys Tennis, and the Baseball Team.  Coach Fred Jewett, boys indoor and spring track coach was named MIAA Coach of the Year and District I (including all of New England and New York and New Jersey) Coach of the Year. A very special celebration occurred at the annual Thanksgiving Day game when the Athletic Department celebrated the installation of the new track.  At halftime of the game, more than 90 former captains and coaches were recognized for their efforts in establishing a “Legacy of Excellence” for the Hingham High School Track Programs.  Hingham won that day’s football game 17 – 14. Participation remains very high as 72% of the high school student population is involved with interscholastic athletics.

The four elementary schools continue to enhance instruction in literacy, math, science, and social studies through a variety of initiatives including Response to Intervention (RTI) models of targeted instruction, updated curriculum and assessment materials, technology support, tutoring, holiday and seasonal celebrations, book clubs, literacy and math nights, involvement with the community, cultural enrichment programs, and service projects.  Each of the elementary schools has designed, posted, and trained staff in school-specific behavior matrixes in order to create safe and productive learning environments that foster responsibility and respect.

During 2012, Hingham Public Schools staff undertook a self-assessment process that is a required component of the MA DESE Coordinated Program Review Process that will culminate with a site visit in March 2013.  The particular programs that are being audited for compliance with laws and regulations are Special Education, Civil Rights, English Language Learner Education, and Title I.  In Fall 2012, Hingham High School received the report of a Spring 2010 Title IX Audit and developed and signed a Resolution Agreement to improve alignment with the requirements of the federal law that promotes equal access to athletic programs and resources for both boys and girls.

The Hingham Public Schools again benefitted from strong and long-standing community partnerships in 2012.  The cooperative efforts and generosity of parents, PTO’s, booster and other community groups, civic organizations, the Hingham Education Foundation and the Hingham Sports Partnership, have again supported the School Department in realizing its mission and achieving both short and longer term goals.  The School Department and the School Committee gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the many community efforts that serve to enhance the excellent facilities, programs, and activities of the Hingham Public Schools.  In November 2012, the School Committee and School Department hosted the third annual Community Partners reception at which another deserving Class of individuals, businesses, and community organizations were recognized for their unique contributions to the Town’s Schools.

A special thank you goes also to the citizenry and voters of the Town for their ongoing support and financing of education budgets and their recent funding of the “under construction” new middle school and the track, tennis, and Phase II design project that is nearing completion at the HHS campus. 

 

DOROTHY GALO, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools

SCHOOL COMMITTEE                

Caryl Falvey, Chair                    
Raymond Estes, Vice-Chair        
Carol M. Falvey Secretary
Andrew Shafter                                                             
Edward Schreier, D.D.S.
Dennis Friedman
Paul Gannon