December 15, 2018

Meeting Minutes March 26, 2014


DATE: 06-11-2014

Hartford School District Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

March 26, 2014

7:00 PM HHS Cafeteria


Board Members present: Administration present:

Kevin Christie Tom DeBalsi

Lori Dickerson Julia Haynes

Peter Merrill Jim Vezina

Eric Michaels

Paul Keane




7:05 PM Kevin Christie calls the meeting to order


Approval of Agenda- Mr. DeBalsi asks for an Executive Session for personnel issue. Peter Merrill motions to approve with addition. Lori Dickerson seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion.


Public Comments- Bob Franzoni, CATV speaks to what works for CATV and recording the School Board Meetings. Discussion: positioning/# of cameras, and consistency of recording Board meetings.

Jeff Arnold, citizen of Hartford asks if the Board has a decision on the Code of Ethics previously discussed at a Board Meeting. He cites a recent Valley News editorial. The item will be on a future Agenda if needed. Mr. Christie reports the School Board is awaiting word from the District’s attorney, VSBA and SOS.

Peter Merrill reports the sub committee formed to discuss transportation contracts has met. A second contract with requested revisions has not been reviewed to date.


Paul Keane motions “From this day forward, no Hartford School Board policy shall be used to abridge, limit, or curtail the freedom of speech of any School Board member. No second. Discussion: not an Agenda item, and reminder from Mr. Christie the Board is awaiting word from the previous mentioned entities.

Paul Keane motions “From this day forward, the Hartford School Board welcomes all expressions of alternative opinions by School Board members without reservation”. No second. Discussion: community town meeting March 29th.


Financial Statements and Independent Auditor’s Report-Steve Taylor and Chris Barrett review the findings in the audit. Items discuss/mentioned: Actuary funds, Collaborative funds, post retirement benefits, and inventory. 7:50 PM time is warned.


Preliminary Results from Agency of Education Consolidated Federal Programs Audit- Julia Haynes reports. Discussion: Title 1 & 2A, audit is complete with requirements met. A written report should be available in thirty days.


2014 Community Recreation Bond status-Tom DeBalsi reviews the options to bring the Bond back to the table at the 29th meeting. Discussion: “holding” leftover funds, community/student survey, April 9th meeting/data & survey, flexibility of project(s), SOS checking w/insurance for community volunteerism.

8:37 PM time warned


WRS Bond Process- Tom DeBalsi updated the Board on the status of the project.

9:15 PM time warned


Town/School Meeting Committee  nominee- Eric Michaels nominates Paul Keane to be the representative of the Board. No second at this time. The Board will wait until Mr. Christie meets with the Town. Mr. DeBalsi reviews the Charter Clause regarding the Board nominee and terms.

Lori Dickerson moves to table the discussion. Eric Michaels seconds the motion. 5-0 verbal vote passes the motion. Mr. DeBalsi will also advertise for candidates to be on the joint Board.


Minutes March 17, 2014- Lori Dickerson corrects David Laurin’s spelling of his name. Peter Merrill motions to accept the minutes as amended. Eric Michaels seconds. A unanimous verbal 5-0 vote passes the motion.


March 29, 2014 Floor Meeting Planning- The Agenda is set, Hartford Town will present first. Tom DeBalsi will prepare the Resolution for Jeff Arnold.


9:28 PM Peter Merrill motions to go into Executive Session for personnel issue. Eric Michaels seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion.


10:35 Out of Executive Session

10:38 Peter Merrill motions to adjourn. Lori Dickerson seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion.



Respectfully Submitted,

Carol Bagley