December 15, 2018

Board Minutes October 29, 2014


DATE: 01-19-2015

Hartford School District Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

October 29, 2014

7:00 PM HHS Cafeteria


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. The Public Bond Hearing was also called to order at this time.


Approval of Agenda- Lori Dickerson moves to approve the Agenda as written. Peter Merrill seconds. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.


Public Comments on items NOT on the Agenda-

  • Jeff Arnold of Hartford makes a statement on the process of the Bond issue and GP6. He also presents a drawing done for an alternate plan using drainage system already in place, making the cost less for the project.

  • Scott Farnsworth of Hartford, School Counselor, reports on The Hartford Coalition for student well being.


November 4th Bond Hearing Presentation and Discussion- Gabrielle Lucke, Hartford resident presents Question #1 for the November 4th Australian Ballot item; Finishing the job-Hartford Fields and Track. The purpose of the presentation is to approve the Bond then the process for the project will be discussed.

Discussion after the presentation involved the language of the Bond, and is there an alternative site for the project/plan?

7:44 PM Gabrielle Lucke calls for Point of Order. Meeting is for Bond approval discussion only, not process of project.

Discussion-use of chemicals in components of artificial turf

7:45 PM Gabrielle Lucke calls for Point of Order. Meeting is for Bond not chemical composition.

Discussion of site-Joe James, AD and Hartford resident asks if there could be a different position for the track. Lori and Peter explain the drawings/research show there is one option and that is the one being represented by the Bond issue.

Students from Hartland spoke to the promise they had been given by Joe James and Scott Farnsworth in their 8th grade, that they would have a track and field to train and compete on. Other students spoke of transportation issues that go with having track/field in various places other than on campus. Mr. James apologizes to those who were promised the track and hopes the District can get the project completed before the class graduates! He reports the Selectboard has promised to return the pits and jumps that were removed to accommodate work on WABA after that project is completed.

8:20 PM Lori Dickerson requests the meeting move on to further discussion.

Residents also spoke to the disapproval of the Bond, stating financial reasons, and higher priorities such as paving of the parking lots for the School District.

Discussion continues, with Mr. Arnold speaking to “a million dollar deficit” he feels the school has now. Mr. DeBalsi spoke to that statement, explaining Mr. Arnold is quoting a draft of the 2016 school budget without revenues reported.

8:40 PM Mr. Christie moves the meeting along.

Mr. Farnsworth reminds the community, eloquently, tonight’s discussion is not far from the discussion of the coalition on student well being. Physical activity and wellness go hand in hand. He reminds the group we’re here to support students!

8:50 PM Kevin Christie adjourns the Public Bond Hearing Meeting.

A short break is taken by the Board

9:07 PM The Board returns.

Peter Merrill motions to table the GP review and Board Priorities due to the time. Eric Michaels seconds. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.


Consent Agenda-

  • Minutes of October 8, 2014- Paul Keane corrects sentence; where do the students (go)

Peter Merrill moves to accept with modification. Lori Dickerson seconds. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.


9:10 PM Peter Merrill moves to go into Executive Session to discuss real estate matters. Eric Michaels seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion 5 yes 0 no.


9:34 PM out of Executive Session.


Lori Dickerson moves the Hartford School Board form a subcommittee of Tom DeBalsi, Peter Merrill and Kevin Christie to work with the Hartford SelectBoard around the interest of mutual property. Eric Michaels seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion 5 yes 0 no.


9:36 PM Lori Dickerson moves to adjourn. Peter Merrill seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion 5 yes 0 no.




Respectfully Submitted

Carol Bagley