December 10, 2018

Board Minutes January 14, 2015


DATE: 02-12-2015

Hartford School Board Directors Meeting

January 14, 2015

7:00 PM The Getaway


Board Members present: Administration present:

Kevin Christie Tom DeBalsi

Lori Dickerson

Paul Keane Jim Vezina

Peter Merrill Cathy Newton

Eric Michaels


Kevin Christie called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM.


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


Public Comments-

  • Bruce Riddle gives a statement of his view of the newly designed Fieldhouse bathrooms. Mr. Riddle has met with Mr. DeBalsi and the floor plan of the Fieldhouse bathrooms have been modified.

  • Jeff Arnold announced to the public he was seeking a 2 year seat on the School Board. Board members Lori Dickerson and Kevin Christie remind Mr. Arnold this is not the forum to do so.


Items Requiring Board Action


  • Report on the Actuarial Assessment of HSD Employee Retirement Benefits-Steve Taylor of Tyler Simms St. Sauveur.

Mr. Taylor reports from the document dated October 7, 2014, Hartford School District Pension and Other Postretirement Benefits, Actuarial Valuation Report for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2014 (pages 1-4).

The nearly one hour discussion included: “pay as you go” system, actuary accrued liability, annual required contribution, pension benefits (of Admin, teachers, support staff), past history of payments and definition of Auditor, SOS and School Board.


  • Board’s Financial Audit- Chris Barrett, CPA of TSS reports the preliminary audit was given to Mr. DeBalsi and Vezina. The report at this time, looks good with no findings.


  • Follow Up, Questions and Feedback on Technology Monitoring Report- The Board thought it was a good presentation. Mr. Collea was available to answer Mr. Keane’s question regarding the giving of the SBAC to HHS students. Mr. Collea explained the timing and process of the testing.

  • FY16 Budget and Tax Impact Finalization- Jim Vezina and Tom DeBalsi explain the Object Expense Description, FY2016 Budget Increase/Decrease document. The reported amount of change is $645,000.00.

Page 8 of the 29 page document titled, Hartford School District Proposed 2016 Fiscal Year (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016) Expenditure and Revenue Budgets shows a 3.9% tax rate for the taxpayer.

Lori Dickerson moves to approve the budget as presented. Paul Keane seconds the motion. Discussion: comparative data, 0% increase possibility, discrepancy of total expenditure budget for all funds amount on page 1 vs page 7 (Mr. Vezina will look into).

9:23 PM Eric Michaels calls the question. Motion to approve the FY2016 budget in the amount of $36,128, 515.00. A verbal vote 4 yes 1 no pass the motion.



  • Town Meeting Warrant and information- Board members sign the warrant for the March 3rd ballot on the above budget vote.

  • Policy Warnings- Second and final reading

    • Student Attendance

    • Hazing

Discussion/attendance-Bereavement is added to the student attendance excused absence category. Administrators have all agreed with the policy. Paul Keane moves to accept the policy with amendment. Lori Dickerson seconds. No further discussion. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.

Discussion/Hazing-No reports of hazing in Hartford school district. Eric Michaels moves to approve as written. Lori Dickerson seconds. A unanimous vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.


  • Consent Agenda

    • Meeting minutes 11/12/15

    • Meeting minutes 1/5/15 (added)

    • Leave of absence request from Eliza Minnucci remainder of year (Mr DeBalsi recommends)

Peter Merrill moves to approve the consent agenda as presented with additional documents. Lori Dickerson seconds. Paul Keane corrects the minutes of 11/12/15.


Incidental Information


2015 Town/School Meetings and planning-Mr. DeBalsi asks the Board how they would like to proceed with the February 23rd meeting.

Discussion of format, content, and possible presenters. Peter Merrill volunteers to work with Mr. DeBalsi on the presentation.


9:54 PM Eric Michaels moves to go into Executive Session for contract negotiations discussion. Lori Dickerson seconds. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.






 Respectfully Submitted,

Carol Bagley