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HSB Meeting Minutes August 26, 2015


Hartford School Board Directors Meeting

August 26, 2015

The Getaway 7:00 PM

Draft Minutes


Board Members present: Administration present:

Kevin Christie Tom DeBalsi

Lori Dickerson

Paul Keane Noel Bryant
Peter Merrill

Paula Nulty


Lori Dickerson called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.


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


Public Comments- None


Items Requiring Board Action:

  • Narcan availability in the schools-Tom DeBalsi and Jeanette Hutchins report to the Board. Peter Merrill moves to authorize Administration to proceed with developing a process & Policy to administer Narcan in schools, and a risk analysis associated with providing Narcan. Paula Nulty seconds. Paul Keane asks for a friendly amendment to the motion: “within three months”. Peter Merrill would accept a friendly amendment stating: “with speed all deliberate”. Mr. Keane refuses the amendment to the amendment. There is no second on the amendment from Mr. Keane. During the discussion period, Barbara Farnsworth, Second Growth, encourages the Board to consider implementing the use of Narcan in schools. Paul Keane adds a second amendment to the first motion: “attempt to complete in three months”. Paula Nulty seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the amendment to the motion. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion:  Board authorizes Administration to proceed with developing a process & Policy to administer Narcan in schools, and a risk analysis associated with providing Narcan attempting to complete the process in three months.”

  • Athletic Concerns

  • Code of Conduct- Mr. DeBalsi would like to form a committee of students, past students, parents, coaches, AD,  & HHS Administration to develop a Code Of Conduct for community, parents, coaches & spectators. Kevin Christie moves to support the Superintendent in developing a committee to assist in creating a Policy on all aspects of Code of Conduct. Peter Merrill seconds. Paul Keane offers an amendment: “try to complete in three months.” Paula Nulty seconds the amendment. A verbal vote of 2 yes, 3 no, defeats the motion. A verbal vote on the motion: “ to support the Superintendent in developing a committee to assist in creating a Policy on all aspects of Code of Conduct.” 5 yes 0 no passes the motion. Mike Perry, Chris Sneddon, Rebecca White and Scott Johnson spoke during the discussion of the motion.


  • Funding the Road to WABA- Mr. DeBalsi reports the general balance fund has not been reported by Auditors yet. He does report two accounts could be available for the funding of the road to WABA.

    • Reserve Fund-used for capital emergencies app $145,000.00

    • Impact Fees-app $46,881.37

  • The town is seeking $40,000.00 for the school’s part to pave the road to WABA and replace jump pits. Kevin Christie moves to authorize SOS to move forward tomorrow contacting the town the Board will offer the complete $40,000.00. Paul Keane seconds. Discussion includes clarity of School Board’s estimated cost. Mr. Keane requests the following statement/email be included in the minutes:

From: "Hunter Rieseberg" <hrieseberg@hartford-vt.org>

Date: Aug 20, 2015 5:17 PM

Subject: RE: Estimate

To: "Paul Keane" <pkvermonter@gmail.com>

Cc: "Thomas Debalsi" <debalsit@hartfordschools.net>, "Lori Dickerson" <dickersonl@hartfordschools.net>, "John Gregg" <jgregg@vnews.com>, "Matt Hongoltz-Hetling" <mhonghet@vnews.com>, "Sheila Hastie" <shastieod@gmail.com>, "Scott Johnson" <scott13johnson@gmail.com>, "Joseph James" <jamesj@hartfordschools.net>


The last proposal made by the Town to the School District was for the Town and the District to split up to $80,000 for this project or divided evenly at $40,000 each.  We got to this number by having the Town “donate” the cost/value of the labor and equipment to do this project as we will do this work “in-house”.

 

The $80,000 includes contingency funds so as to better prepare us for any unanticipated costs.  If all goes well, it might not cost either the Town or the School the full $40,000 but we should be prepared to expend that amount.

 

The Town has reserved $40,000 for this project.  We are asking the School District for this same amount.  This level of funding is viewed as necessary to get the job done and to avoid phasing or piecing it together.

 

Hunter F. Rieseberg

Town Manager

Town of Hartford, Vermont

171 Bridge Street

White River Junction, Vermont  05001

 

802.295.9353 (wk)

HRieseberg@Hartford-vt.org

Mike Perry and Rebecca White spoke during discussion. At 8:23 PM Lori Dickerson moves the meeting. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the original motion.


  • 2015-16 Board Goals-Finalization- Paul Keane moves to add a fourth goal to last year’s list: Policy Governance ineffectiveness or effectiveness in this District. Paula Nulty seconds. Discussion: none. A verbal vote of 2 yes and 3 no defeats the motion.


  • Town/School Charter Review Committee- Rebecca White reports 3 items would be discussed during the Charter Review

    • duplicate language

    • option tax

    • voting & election process

Paul Keane moves to  thank Hunter Reisberg for his service of 20 years to the town of Hartford. A motion is not needed therefore Mr. Keane resolves the School Board thank Hunter Reisberg for his service. Peter Merrill seconds. The Board unanimously agrees.

Peter Merrill moves to appoint Lori Dickerson to the town Charter review committee. Kevin Christie seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion. Chris Sneddon speaks during the discussion period.

  • School Board Liaison to Select Board-Rebecca White reports the Select Board no longer needs a liaison to the Board. Paul Keane requests to be the liaison. Lori Dickerson moves to have Paul Keane be the Select Board liaison for the 2015-16 year. A verbal unanimous vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.


  • Consent Agenda

  1. Minutes  August 12, 2105-The Board discussed with Mrs. Bagley the contents/structure of the meeting minutes. Peter Merrill moves to accept the minutes as amended. Kevin Christie seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion.


Incidental Information

  • Discussion of Future items for Board Agendas

    • Kevin Christie-accessing state funds for bus/parking issues at OQS & DBS

    • Peter Merrill- rules for consolidation & secure funding

    • Paul Keane-gender inclusive language

    • Lori Dickerson-transaction ad vs. legal ads for warning of meetings, cost savings


  • White River School Community Open House- Tom DeBalsi-WRS Open House, possible meeting place for 2nd meeting in September


9:29 PM Peter Merrill moves to adjourn. Paula Nulty seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion to adjourn 5 yes 0 no.




Respectfully Submitted Draft Minutes

Carol Bagley 9/1/15