October 23, 2017

Consolidation Committee - Partnership Meeting Minutes 1-28-2016


Hartford School District/Upper Valley Partnership Meeting

January 28, 2016

5:30 PM @ Hartford

Attendees: Representatives from Norwich/Hanover, Lebanon, Mascoma, Hartford, DHMC—a.k.a People Dedicated to Partnering Together to Best Serve Our Families and Children

Patrick Andrews, Mascoma Superintendent

Brewster Gove, Mascoma School Board

Joanne Roberts, Lebanon Superintendent

Frank Bass, Dresden Superintendent

Kelley Hersey, Norwich School Board

Tom Candon, Norwich School Board

Neil O'Dell, Norwich School Board

Doug Heavisides, HACTC Director

Noel Bryant, Assistant Superintendent, Hartford

Tom DeBalsi, Hartford Superintendent

Peter Merrill, Hartford School Board

Kevin Christie, Hartford School Board

Carolyn Isabelle, DHMC

Sarah Currier, DHMC

 

Overview:

Tom DeBalsi gathered us together to “think big”.  The discussion was framed around this concept: If you had unlimited resources, what new ideas or practices would you explore?

Main Discussion:

  1. Impact of Act 46
  2. Current economic drivers
  3. Community, family and childrens’ needs
  4. How best to coordinate our efforts?
  5. Areas of urgent need as well as “big ideas”

Key Themes:

  1. Is there a way to bundle purchases?  (Technology, utilities, lunch programs, supplies?)
  2. Summer programs (How best to serve regular education, special education, ELL students?)
  3. Early Programming (Supporting families. Parent groups? Parent education nights? Providing universal early childhood programs that go beyond day-care and which support the emotional, social, intellectual and physical needs of our children.)
  4. Professional Learning Opportunities (Sharing of resources; speakers, perhaps summer workshops on a specific focus area. This should include all staff--admins, teachers, paras, custodians, secretaries, SAU office)
  5. Career and College Exploration- Internships

Action Steps:

As a starting point, Superintendents will bring data/evidence to the next Hartford meeting in March for each key theme.

1.            Is there a way to bundle purchases?  (Technology, utilities, lunch programs, supplies?)

  • How much is each district spending in 16-17 in these areas?
  • Types of contracts/vendors?

Collaborative Effort Outcome: 1 goal that is agreed upon and set for 17-18

2.            Summer programs (How to best serve regular education, special education, ELL students?)

  • Student population data and needs for each district
  • Type of summer program(s) run by each district

Collaborative Effort Outcome: 1 goal that is agreed upon and set for 17-18

3.            Early Programming (Supporting families. Parent groups? Parent education nights? Providing universal early childhood programs that go beyond day-care and which support the emotional, social, intellectual and physical needs of our children.)

  • Specific needs and trends from each district

Collaborative Effort Outcome: 1 goal that is agreed upon and set for 17-18

4.            Professional Learning Opportunities (Sharing of resources; speakers, perhaps summer workshops on a specific focus area. This should include all staff--admins, teachers, paras, custodians, secretaries, SAU office)

  • Professional learning targets and opportunities already planned in each district for 16-17
  • Professional learning needs for each district

Collaborative Effort Outcome: 1 goal that is agreed upon and set for 17-18

5.            Career and College Exploration- Internships

  • What is already happening in each district- Partnerships in place; curriculum development; review of ELOs; how are credits being awarded?
  • Level of ability to shift to a viable and true competency based model and realistic timeframe for each district (Not just talking the talk on this but actually walking the walk)

 Collaborative Effort Outcome: 1 goal that is agreed upon and set for 17-18