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HSB November 12, 2014


DATE: 01-20-2015

Hartford School District Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

November 12, 2014

7:00 PM The Getaway HHS/HACTC


Board Members present: Administration present:

Kevin Christie Tom DeBalsi

Lori Dickerson

Paul Keane

Peter Merrill

Eric Michaels


Kevin Christie called the meeting to order @ 7:01 PM.


Approval of Agenda-Peter Merrill moves to accept the Agenda as presented. Eric Michaels seconds. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.


Public Comments relative to items not on the Agenda-

  • Jeff Arnold, Hartford resident would like the Board to revisit the Field House vote, and use the money for a track.

  • Paul Keane, Board member/resident, wants to discuss computers for SBAC test at a future meeting.


Digital History Brief Presentation and visit to Classroom- Mike Hathorn gives a brief overview of his History/Technology class. The Board visits the second floor classroom, decked out in all its purples, greens, bright colors and concrete tables! Awesomeness!


Governance Policy Review- Peter Merrill presents the Policies listed and gives each a grade. Items to work on include: vision, Admin strategic leadership, roles, collective decisions, future proactivity, group responsibility, long term ends, Board development, Board process, monitoring, and framework of the Board.

  • GP1-Global Governance Commitment

  • GP2-Governing Style


Mandated Policy Warnings- First Reading of the below listed policies.

  • Student Attendance

  • Hazing


Board Priorities- Tom DeBalsi presents the Board with a draft for assessing goals. The Board needs to set priorities for monitoring: Technology, Facilities, and Academic Rigor. Paul Keane moves to have Technology report first. Discussion: Eric and Lori would like Academic Rigor first, however Paul’s request to discuss SBAC which will be taken in March (with a 3 month time frame) seems to need addressing. Lori Dickerson moves to monitor Technology, Academic Rigor and Facilities last. Paul Keane seconds. Discussion: timeline.  9:20 PM Kevin Christie moves the question. Discussion: Mr DeBalsi will attempt to have a report for the December 10, 2014 Board meeting. If needed, he will ask the Chair for an extension. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.


Minutes October 29, 2014- Peter Merrill moves to approve the minutes as written. Eric Michaels seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion.


Incidental Information-Narcan (Naloxone) Update- Tom DeBalsi references a letter from Jeanette Hutchins, Hartford School Nurse that suggests Hartford HHS not have Narcan on hand. Discussion: no protocol at this time, tendencies of violence (when medicated with Narcan), liabilities of schools & nurses. Mr. Keane clearly states he disagrees with the recommendation. Mr. DeBalsi will continue to monitor the issue and if a protocol is received the discussion would continue.


9:51 PM Peter Merrill motions to go into Executive Session for a negotiating of contracts discussion. Eric Michaels seconds. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.







 Respectfully Submitted,

Carol Bagley