August 17, 2017

HSB Meeting Minutes from October 12, 2016


Hartford Board of School Directors
School Board Meeting Agenda
October 12, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Hartford Town Hall

Board members present: Lori Dickerson, Kevin Christie, Paula Nulty, Nancy Russell

Administrators present: Tom DeBalsi, Noel Bryant


1.   Call to Order: Lori Dickerson calls the meeting to order at 7:00  pm.


2.   Public Comments:  

  • Jeff Arnold questions the time spent on policy governance by the board. The board explains that the reintroduction of policy governance is to get the current board up-to-speed;  going forward, the board will deal with board issues through the lens of the policies.


3.   Changes, Additions and Approval of Agenda:

  • Kevin Christie moves to approve the agenda that was resubmitted. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (4 yes, 0 no).


4.   Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes -   Regular Meeting - 9/28/2016

Charter Meeting - 10/4/2016

  • Paula Nulty votes to remove the Charter Meeting minutes from 10/4/2016 from the consent agenda. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (4 yes, 0 no).

  • Kevin Christie moves to approve the consent agenda of the Regular Meeting minutes from 9/28/2016 as the Charter Meeting minutes were removed. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (4 yes, 0 no).

  • Paula Nulty moves to make the corrections to Mr. North’s name in the Charter Meeting minutes from 10/4/2016 and approve them. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (4 yes, 0 no).


5.   Items Requiring Board Discussion and Possible Action:

  • Policy EL 9.4 Communication and Support to the Board – Incidental Information

    • Tom DeBalsi reports that the HMMS 8th grade spent two days at Hulbert Outdoor Center for team building. The high school is planning to reach out to Harwood Union High School in the wake of the tragic car accident. There was a field hockey game under the lights, and homecoming went well with fireworks (paid for by student fundraising efforts).

    • Noel Bryant shares that the state has released the statewide SBAC scores and she has begun meeting with principals. The data will be seen by the board in the annual report and a monitoring report from Tom DeBalsi.

  • Policy GP 3 Board Job Outcomes – Board Member Committee Reports

    • Lori Dickerson presents how she scored the board on the monitoring report for GP 3, her interpretation, and explanations for any pieces of the policy that she felt the board was in partial compliance with.

    • The board discusses GP3.4, how much influence the board has on legislative change, and how the board might play a larger role going forward.

  • Policy GP 9 Governance Investment – Monitoring Report

    • Paula Nulty will bring the monitoring report to the next HSB meeting.

  • Policy EL 6 Emergency CEO Succession – Monitoring Report

    • Tom DeBalsi reviews the CEO succession plan in regards to who would manage which duties in the superintendent’s absence.

    • The board discusses similar plans being developed for other administrators or HSD employees in the central office.  

 

6.  Policy Governance Discussion and Training:

  • Policy Rehearsals

    • The board practices and discusses applying board policies to a hypothetical scenario, looking at what the school board can and cannot do.


7.  Meeting Review/Evaluation and Agenda Planning:

  • The board evaluates tonight’s meeting per GP2.


8.  Adjournment

9:03 Kevin Christie moves to adjourn. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (4 yes, 0 no). The meeting is adjourned at 9:04 pm.



Draft Respectfully Submitted 10/13/2016

Hannah Prescott