December 15, 2018

Meeting Minutes January 8, 2014


DATE: 04-15-2014

Hartford School District Board of Directors Meeting Minutes (Draft)

January 8, 2014

7:00 PM The Getaway

Board Members present: Administration present:

Kevin Christie Tom DeBalsi

Lori Dickerson Julia Haynes

Peter Merrill Jim Vezina

Eric Michaels

Jeff Arnold

Student Representative:

Tanner Wilson

Meeting called to order at 7:15 PM by Kevin Christie

Approval of Agenda- Peter Merrill motions to approve the Agenda as presented. Lori

Dickerson seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion. 5-0

Public Comments- Jeff Arnold reads his resignation. Mr. Arnold will not be seeking another

term on the Board. Citizens wishing to run for the Board seat are reminded to get required

signatures and submit their name.

FY15 Budget Hearing- Mr. DeBalsi speaks of the positive news article regarding the budget in

Valley News, also Mr. Vezina and Mr. DeBalsi were in a news piece aired 1/8/14 on Channel

Jim Vezina ran through the budget highlighting certain line items. Discussion with the Board

included; tuition rates, CLA, revenue, expenditures, student population, and health/dental

insurances. There will be 2 more budget hearings, and the information will be available on the

web site.

2014 Bond Proposals-Mr. DeBalsi requests the Board give him clarity on proposing two

separate Bonds. (one each for WRS & field house project) Discussion included; receiving

accurate/current estimates, fieldhouse importance to use exercise equipment, future of project

if the Bond fails, and Jeff addresses the option to create the track without the expense of the

artificial turf. Mr. DeBalsi will ask the town treasurer to be present at the next Board meeting for

the signing of the Bond proposal(s).

Annual Report Review-Julia Haynes presents the proposed report for the Hartford Town/

School Annual Report. Highlighted in the expansive report are; student test scores, community

information (most up to date), enrollment #s, graduation dropout rate, HACTC Student Climate

Survey results, technology report and extra curricular activities. Youth Risk Behavior may

be added before print time. Dual enrollment and post secondary guidance planning were

discussed. Tanner Wilson suggests the planning begin at least in the ninth grade. He feels

it’s important for students who haven’t thought of the future, this will also allow tracking

the student’s four years of high school. Lori thinks the Tech Center should be a part of the

conversation as not all students will go to college and trades jobs are the current need.

Town and School Meeting Preparation-Peter Merrill will assist Tom DeBalsi with the February

24th meeting presentation.

February 11th Bond meeting Mr. DeBalsi will add a few slides to his previous presentation on

the Bond issue. Discussion including considering a joint Bond with the town, timing of this, East

end of WABA and the field house. The Board agrees to keep an open dialogue on the Bond

Consent Agenda-Minutes of 12/17/13 meeting. Jeff Arnold asks the minutes to include the

after ES notes. Tom will forward them to Carol to add. Peter Merrill makes a motion to defer

voting on the minutes until the requested information is added. Lori Dickerson seconds

the motion. A unanimous verbal vote 5-0 passes the motion.

9:15 PM Peter Merrill motions to adjourn. Jeff Arnold seconds the motion. A unanimous

verbal vote passes the motion.

Respectfully Submitted:

Carol Bagley