December 14, 2018

Meeting Minutes May 14, 2014


DATE: 06-25-2014

Hartford School District Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

May 14, 2014

7:00 PM The Getaway


Board Members present: Administration present:

Kevin Christie Tom DeBalsi

Lori Dickerson Julia Haynes

Eric Michaels Jim Vezina

Paul Keane



Student Representative:
Tanner Wilson


7:08 PM Kevin Christie called the meeting to order.


Approval of Agenda-Tom DeBalsi adds an Executive Session for personnel matters. Eric Michaels moves to accept with  ES addition. Lori Dickerson seconds the motion. A unanimous 4 yes o No passes the motion.


Public Comments- None


Food Service Report-Jim Vezina began the presentation with a report on the Operation costs. Discussion included the $166,500.00 deficit and reasons for the deficit. HMMS had construction for months that hampered serving, tough Federal food regulations, and scheduling issues were all items lending to the deficit. Any  employee questions will be discussed in Executive Session.

Present to answer questions from Fresh Picks Cafe Services

  • Bill VanZandt- Vice President

  • Scott Bunzey-On Site Director

  • Chris Cantlin-District Manager

Two Cafe chefs prepared dinner for the Board from the select pick pasta station.


2014 Community Recreation Bond Final Draft Survey- Tom and Tanner present the final version. They will add the word “Hartford” to question #1, and amend #3 to say “indicate your top 3 choices”/”choose your top 3 options”. The survey will be released by Tom no later than 1 week and will have a deadline of 2 weeks from the release date. The survey release will be advertised in local businesses, board (McDonalds area), Post Office, and senior center. Students who would like to do community service will donate assistance for voters who need help.


Town/School Meeting Committee Representative- There are 2 applicants for the 2 open positions. Lori Dickerson nominates Bill Mann (3 yr seat) and FX Flinn (2 yr seat). Paul Keane seconds the motion. No discussion. A unanimous verbal vote 4 yes 0 no passes the motion.


Minutes 4/23/14- Lori Dickerson requests an addition of Kevin Christie taking the Chair of the public meeting. Carol will correct the minutes as requested.


Nominations by Tom DeBalsi

  • Barbara Mason

  • Elizabeth Roberts

  • Colin McLaughlin

  • Tom Wetmore

  • Heather Long

  • Lauralynn LeBlanc

  • Hope Krause

  • Wendy Russell

Eric Michaels motions to accept the Consent Agenda with the amendments. Lori Dickerson seconds the motion. No discussion. A unanimous verbal vote 4 yes 0 no passes the motion.



White River School Renovations-Tom DeBalsi gives an approximate timeline for the projects.

  • Mid May-end of June, Architect drawings

  • late September-mid October, bidding on construction work


Kevin Christie reports on statewide pre-K program. He asks Tom and Julia to present at the next Board meeting Hartford’s Pre-K activities. Julia explains the $50,000.00 grant awarded for private tuition for Pre-K students. We currently have 28 Pre-K at DBS, and 15 Pre-K at Green Mountain Child Care Center. Reimbursement is for 10 hours a week per pupil for education. Discussion included day care vs education, age of students, brain development and metrics for the program.


9:18 PM Eric Michaels moves to enter Executive Session (personnel matter). Lori Dickerson seconds. A unanimous verbal vote 4 yes 0 no passes the motion.


10:15 PM meeting adjourned




Respectfully submitted,

Carol Bagley