December 15, 2018

Meeting Minutes February 12, 2014


DATE: 02-24-2014

tford School District Board of Directors Meeting Minutes (Draft)

February 12, 2014

7:00 PM The Getaway/HACTC


Board Members present: Administration present:

Kevin Christie Tom DeBalsi

Lori Dickerson Julia Haynes

Peter Merrill Jim Vezina

Eric Michaels

Jeff Arnold




Kevin Christie called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM.


Approval of Agenda- Peter Merrill moves to accept the Agenda as presented. Lori Dickerson seconds the motion. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion w/o discussion.


Public Comments- Two bus drivers are present  from the Hartford District and ask when the bus privatization would occur. Kevin Christie answers, the discussion would be some time after town meeting. Mr. Chrisite said a decision depends on the recommendation of the Administration and what the District needs to do for the kids. Mr. DeBalsi said he would warn the meeting, and the discussion would be on a future Agenda.


FY 2015 Budget Hearing- Jim Vezina highlights revenue items from Hartford School District FY 2015 General fund Revenue document. Discussion included; Homestead Tax, tuition rates, and School Tax rates. Mr. Vezina also discussed page 4 of the above named document with items of Budget Changes. Discussion included a taxpayer asking why the increase in substitute salary costs. Mr. DeBalsi, Ms. Haynes and Mr. Christie spoke to the staff’s need for professional development. Mr. DeBalsi said he would be willing to do a breakdown of long term need, and professional development needs.

7:50 PM time is warned.


Field House Proposal-  Mr. DeBalsi and David Laurin present drawings of floor plans for the Field House. Discussion included; locker rooms drawings, roof slope, weight/workout room, excavation/drainage, simpler building plans,  and track w/o artificial turf field.

8:17 PM time is warned.


Annual Report Review- Mr. DeBalsi reports the Annual Report will be up on the District web site by 2/13/14. The publishing will be available the end of next week. Thanks again to Julia Haynes for all of the work that went into the publication. Discussion regarding data in the report included; reading scores, SBAC, and Audit report. Mr. DeBalsi said the final Audit report can be presented to the Board meeting after next. Kevin Christie would like the Secretary of Education to come down and do a community engagement piece for Hartford.


Minutes of January 22, 2014- Peter Merrill asks for correction in a quote, Jeff Arnold asks for clarification/correction on a statement. Peter Merrill motions to accept the minutes with amendments. Lori Dickerson seconds the motion. A unanimous verbal vote 5-0 passes the motion.


Nominations of Professional Staff- Hetty Thomae Special Education


Resignation of Professional Staff- Ania Barciak, Sheila Vowinkel, William (Bill) Bradley, Wendy Kares, Tom Eberhardt (2 year extended leave to study abroad)


Peter Merrill motions to accept the resignations and nominations as presented, with thanks to those who are leaving. Lori Dickerson seconds the motion. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion.





8:55 PM Lori Dickerson motions to go into Executive Session (labor contract). Eric Michaels seconds the motion. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion.


The Board returned from Executive Session at 9:50 PM. No Action taken. Peter Merrill motions to adjourn at 9:55 PM. Lori Dickerson seconds the motion. A unanimous verbal vote 5-0 passes the motion.




Respectfully Submitted,

Carol Bagley