December 14, 2018

Meeting Minutes September 10, 2014


DATE: 10-20-2014

Hartford School District Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

September 10, 2014

5:00 PM SOS Office


Board Members present: Administration present:

Kevin Christie Tom DeBalsi

Lori Dickerson Cathy Newton

Paul Keane

Peter Merrill

Eric Michaels



Kevin Christie called the meeting to order at 5:10 PM.


Approval of Agenda- Eric Michaels  motions to approve the Agenda as written. Lori Dickerson seconds the motion. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.


5:15 PM Peter Merrill motions to move into HSB Retreat. Lori Dickerson seconds the motion. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion.


Retreat Notes:

Peggy Brown, facilitator is working with the Board to create effective goals for the new school year. The Board participated in several hands on activities using 2013-14 goals for the School Board.

Scott Farnsworth and Sheila Powers presented the Administrative Council goals for the 2014-15 school year. They also discussed with the Board the 10 purposes of the AC.


8:15 PM Kevin Christie calls the Public Meeting to order.


Public Comments not on the Agenda- .

  • Peter Merrill refers to 2 different surveys done by separate entities ranking Vermont #3 educationally, nationally.

  • FX Flinn updates the Board on the collection of Hartford voters signatures on the circulating petition to call for a Special Meeting of the Hartford Town School District on November 4, 2014 to vote by Australian Ballot on a 3.5 million dollar Bond and to call upon the Town Clerk to issue all necessary Warning to voters for the meeting. Discussion continued with the legal number of voter signatures needed and the differences of the Town Clerk. FX Flinn reports he has filed a suit and has added the Hartford School Board as a defendant. Three Hartford Friends of Track members are present and speak to the commitment of the 475 voters who have signed the petition.

  • The merits of calling a Special Meeting was discussed

  • Paul Keane motions to move forward as a Board as they feel the community has fulfilled the Board’s request. Eric Michaels seconds the motion. Discussion- the Board owes FX Flinn a debt of gratitude for moving forward on the vote and incurring the costs of the lawsuit filed. Lori Dickerson moves the question at 8:53 PM. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.


Field House Project Approval- Peter Merrill motions to approve building the Field House stated in the original motion. Lori Dickerson seconds the motion. A discussion regarding the wording of the motion and adding the name of Michael Stone Field House as previously voted on. Each item is a separate vote of the Board. Paul Keane is adamant the name be added into the wording of the motion. A verbal vote of 4 yes 1 abstain (Mr. Keane) passes the motion.



Consent Agenda-

Minutes of August 27, 2014- Peter Merrill motions to accept the minutes as written Eric Michaels seconds the motion. A 3 yes 0 no passes the motion.


9:01 PM Eric Michaels motions to go into Executive Session (Board Process). Peter Merrill seconds the motion. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion 3 yes 0 no.




Respectfully Submitted


Carol Bagley