December 14, 2018

October 8, 2014 HSB Meeting Minutes


DATE: 10-31-2014

Hartford School District Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

October 8, 2014

7:00 PM The Getaway HHS/HACTC


Board Members present: Administration present:

Kevin Christie Tom DeBalsi

Lori Dickerson Jim Vezina

Paul Keane

Peter Merrill

Eric Michaels



7:05 PM Kevin Christie called the meeting to order.


Approval of Agenda- Kevin reports David Lauring will arrive late. WRS Contractor Selection will be moved to after the Board Priorities. Peter Merrill moves to accept the Agenda with amendment. Eric Michaels seconds. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.


Public Comments- Each comment will be given five minutes to complete.

Jeff Arnold gives his statement on artificial turf/track & budget. Jeff would like a town meeting where the Bond could be debated/informational.

Tim Fariel gives his statement on Hartford trying to accomplish both educational goals and invest in track & field.


FY 2016 Budget- Jim Vezina presents the second draft of FY 2016 budget. Report and discussion surrounded student/teacher ratio in our 3 elementary schools. Also discussed were the rising decline of juniors in Hartford High School. Tom will look at the issue, “where did the students” go and report back.Special education tuition and the cost of education per each student were discussed.


Comparability Policy-Second reading. Paul Keane motions to accept the Comparability Policy. Lori Dickerson seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion 5 yes 0 no.


Board Priorities- Tom leads the discussion of the 3 adopted goals of the Board. Peter will move to be Captain of Academic Rigor, Eric and Paul will split the District Technology position. Next meeting the Board will discuss with Tom what the job description of “Captain” will look like. The Board guidelines that were developed September 23, 2014 were discussed with Paul asking for clarification of #3. #3 reads: Act as a Board: Decisions made by majority vote (Per Robert’s Rules of Order) become Board Decisions. As such, members may not speak out or campaign against board decision (regardless of personal opinion or vote.)

Lori spoke to this, explaining if someone asks you on the street why you voted/said what you did, you may answer. But during a Board meeting each Board member should not state why/how they voted on a motion. Paul would like the VSBA President to clarify. Tim Fariel spoke to the tension that could be created if the Board members did not follow the adopted policy and spoke out on their personal feelings.


White River School Contractor Selection- David Laurin reports the process and responses for Construction Manager for the proposed renovations to WRS. David presented a matrix of three companies out of seven responses, he felt stood out.

  1. DEW-$159,259

  2. Engelberth-$175,647

  3. HP Cummings-$186,740

David reminds the Board these are estimates, not hard numbers. There is approximately $600,000 for flexibilities/contingencies. Lori Dickerson motions to direct the Superintendent accept that David Laurin go with DEW for Construction Manager of the WRS renovation project. Peter Merrill seconds. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.


Consent Agenda-Minutes of 9/19/14 and 9/23/14. Peter Merrill moves to accept the consent agenda. Eric Michaels seconds. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.


Incidental- Tom DeBalsi asks the Board if they want to continue the Policy Governance reporting in the same manner as in the past. Board members agree the template worked well and a member who has reported before will go first to show new Board members what the reporting is like. The goal is to report out on all 23 policies between August and June. All policies can be seen on the Hartford School District web site.


8:47 PM Peter Merrill moves to adjourn. Lori Dickerson seconds. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.





Respectfully Submitted

Carol Bagley