December 15, 2018

Meeting Minutes August 13, 2014


DATE: 10-20-2014

Hartford School District Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

August 13, 2014

7:00 PM SOS Office


Board Members present: Administration present:

Kevin Christie Tom DeBalsi

Lori Dickerson

Paul Keane

Peter Merrill


Approval of Agenda-Peter Merrill motions to accept the Agenda as presented. Lori Dickerson seconds the motion. Peter, Lori, Kevin vote yes, Paul abstain. The motion passes 3-0.


Public Comments relative to items not on the agenda- None

Alex DeFelice gave an update on Selectboard/town matters.


Alternative Sites for Fitness Equipment- Mr. DeBalsi included in the Board packet, two documents regarding the use of fitness equipment at the Bus Barn site, and HHS classrooms. Scott Farnsworth (Guidance) and Joe Collea (HHS Principal) were present for the discussion that included: ventilation, asbestos flooring, square footage, soundproofing, teacher floaters, schedules, Aquatic Center membership/class time, safety, and costs. Mr. Keane expressed safety issues of the athletes who are not using fitness equipment prior to games. Mr. DeBalsi would like those issues reported to him from the Athletic Director (as reported to him from trainer). The Board requests data of injuries be investigated by SOS and report back.

Discussion of the state of the equipment and costs associated with storage/set up.

7:55 PM, Peter Merrill motions to have Superintendent of Schools investigate the report of rising number of athletic injuries and report back at the next meeting. And instructing the Superintendent of Schools to facilitate the Aquatic Center use as scheduled for next year. And to abandon the fitness equipment use until it can be put into the new field house. Lori Dickerson seconds the motion. Discussion: time of construction, disruption of teachers (HHS), exact amount of purchase price of equipment, and the delay of finding a solution for use of the equipment. 8:10 PM Peter Merrill calls the question. A vote of 3 yes (Lori, Peter, Kevin) and 1 abstain (Paul) passes the motion.


State Mandated Proficiency Exam- Mr. Keane has concern for the HHS faculty regarding regulations of the mandate. Mr. Keane motions to notify the Agency of Education that until the matter of consolidating districts into regional districts is settled, not one minute of Hartford School District faculty/staff time shall be spent on creating a PROFICIENCY EXIT EXAM (AKA EXPERIENCE or EXERCISE). Lori Dickerson seconds for the purpose of discussion. Mr. Farnsworth speaks to what is best for the student. He explains there is a lot of excitement in Vermont about this, and will show proficiency in areas. He also reminds the Board, faculty/staff will be looking for Board support for this. Mr. Keane is concerned if there is consolidation, Hartford may not be able to keep all of their work. Mr. Christie said language in the Bill will leave the decision making to each town. At 8:35 PM Mr. Keane withdraws his motion, Lori Dickerson withdraws her second.


Football Coach’s Retirement- Mr. Keane moves in honor of the 28 years of service and leadership of Coach Mike Stone, the new Field House be named in his honor. Lori Dickerson seconds. Discussion- Lori states it’s an appropriate name, Peter does not know Coach, so has no comment, Kevin supports the motion.Discussion of Mike or Michael with agreement of Coach Michael (Mike) Stone Field House. A unanimous verbal vote 4-0 yes passes the motion.


Consent Agenda-


Minutes 6/25/14 Mr. Keane asks for a correction on page 1 it’s

Resignations/Nominations from Mr. DeBalsi- None

Peter Merrill moves to accept as presented with the one amendment. Lori Dickerson seconds the motion. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion. 4-0 yes.


Incidental Information- Mr. DeBalsi provides a timeline for the Board of the beginning of the school year. Mentor training, new teacher orientation, and employee social (the Board is invited to attend on the 21st @ 1:00 PM) are planned for the week of the 19th.

Chris Barrett (auditor) has been in but the full on audit is scheduled for the end of September.


Next Board Meeting is August 27, 2014 7:00 PM @ The Getaway.


8:55 PM Peter Merrill motions to go into Executive Session for personnel matter. Lori Dickerson seconds the motion. A unanimous verbal vote 4 yes 0 no passes the motion.



Respectfully Submitted,

Carol Bagley