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HSB Meeting Minutes June 24, 2015


Hartford School Board Directors Meeting

June 24, 2015

7:00 PM The Getaway

Draft Meeting Minutes



Board Members present: Administration present:

Kevin Christie Tom DeBalsi

Lori Dickerson Jim Vezina

Paul Keane Cathy Newton

Peter Merrill

Paula Nulty




Lori Dickerson called the meeting to order at 7:01 PM.


Approval of Agenda- Peter Merrill moves to approve the Agenda as presented. Kevin Christie seconds. Discussion: Paul Keane states, he had asked an item be on this Agenda. He had been given conflicting answers as to when the item would be discussed. Tom DeBalsi and Lori Dickerson answered to this.

Verbal Vote: 4 yes 1 no The Agenda is approved as presented.


Public Comment-None at this time


House Bill 361- Nicole Mace, VSBA Legal Counsel presents. Ms Mace presented ACT 46 and the moving parts of the Bill and how to navigate through it.

Discussion: transitioning support, grandfathering, supervisory vs district, sub committee

Paul Keane moves to form a sub committee of Kevin Christie & Peter Merrill to reach out to neighboring towns to discuss options for consolidation. Paula Nulty seconds. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.


HAVTEI Dissolution- Tom DeBalsi reviews the past reasoning of HAVTEI. Doug Heavisides and Jim Vezina speak to the present needs for accounting purposes. Peter Merrill moves to approve the dissolution resolution of HAVTEI and authorize Superintendent of Schools to sign & finish the necessary papers for dissolution. Kevin Christie seconds. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.


Lawrence music trust request- Tom DeBalsi has had a request from Robert Gattie to update/replace old computers used to compose & produce music in the lab. The request is in the amount of  $14,650.00. The money would come from the Lawrence Music Trust Fund. Kevin Christie moves to approve the the request to move forward to improve the music lab using Lawrence Music Trust Fund monies. Peter Merrill seconds. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.


Board Authorization for Superintendent to Hire Professional staff over summer months- Kevin Christie moves to authorize Superintendent of Schools to hire professional staff over the summer months. Paul Keane seconds. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.


Second Reading Concussion Policy- Discussion: Paula Nulty asks for clarification of medical health care provider family member. Peter Merrill responds, immediate family, such as parent, grandparent, sibling. Mr. Merrill said he would accept a definition of immediate family for clarity. Paula Nulty moves to approve the concussion policy with the addition of immediate family member (health care provider) language change in the return to play section of the policy. Paul Keane seconds. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.


Consent Agenda

  • Minutes of Regular Meeting June 10, 2015

  • Resignations

    • Hilary Hamilton-SLP, MMS

    • Wendy Russell-Spanish, HHS

  • Appointments

    • Joseph Jones-Library HMMS

    • Jessica Poludin-HARP

    • Richard Jenkinson-Counselor HHS

    • Alicia Dale-Music DBS

    • Alisha Keel-Counselor OQS

Peter Merrill moves to approve the consent agenda as presented, with thanks for those staff leaving the District and welcome to those coming into the District. Kevin Christie seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion. 5 yes 0 no


Peter Merrill opens a discussion surrounding the significant  loss of special educators in the District. Does the SOS know why? Tom DeBalsi said he has conducted exit interviews and any further discussion would need an Executive Session.


Future Agenda Items

  • Lori Dickerson reports the Narcan discussion is slated for either the first meeting in September or the last meeting in August. The nurses for the school district need to be present for the discussion.

  • Mr. Keane feels the Agenda should be determined at each meeting not by the Board Chair & SOS

  • Mr. Christie opens discussion about the road to WABA and is there a cost update?

    • Mr. DeBalsi has not had an update and the $35,000.00 cost is the last estimate. The School District has not closed its books the the school year and negotiations for staff and support personnel are not finished.

  • Rebecca White- Select Board liaison reports on the Town Hall opening, use of rooms, and Charter Committee invitation for seats on the sub committee

  • Lori Dickerson reminds the Board, next meeting is a facilities tour and discussion of maintenance. Byron Baribeau, and Mark Smith will be advising the Board of the buildings and grounds needs. Board meets at 5:00 PM July 22, 2015 at SOS to begin the tour.***


9:05 PM Peter Merrill moves to adjourn. Paula Nulty seconds. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion. Meeting is adjourned 9:05 PM




Draft Minutes Respectfully Submitted,

Carol Bagley July 1, 2015