August 17, 2017

HSB Meeting Minutes for February 8, 2017


Hartford Board of School Directors
School Board Meeting Agenda
February 8, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Hartford Town Hall

Board members present: Lori Dickerson, Kevin Christie, Peter Merrill, 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:

  • Russ North, Tim Schaal, and Skip Nalette each individually express concern about the parking lot construction, bond, and pricing. Skip Nalette reads a portion of his email that he had sent the board, and Tim Schaal does the same with his email.


3.   Changes, Additions and Approval of Agenda:

  • Peter Merrill moves to approve the agenda as presented with removal of EL-4 Financial Conditions and Activities and the Executive session. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).


4.  Consent Agenda  

  • Minutes - Regular Meeting – 1-25-2017

  • Peter Merrill moves to accept the consent agenda as presented. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 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 and Nelson Fogg introduce a marketing video from the company SketchUp that features HHS students and their work.


  • Policy EL 5 Financial Planning and Budgeting

    • HHS/HMMS/HACTC Parking Lot Bond Considerations and Cost Estimates

      • David Laurin discusses how the cost estimates for the parking lot bond were reached by working with local excavation contractor, Raymond Nott.

      • The board discusses the cost estimates, the process by which those numbers were reached, and the process for how cost estimates were established with prior projects. Board members express interest in having  a more formal costing process with future projects and discuss monetary constraints. The board thanks David Laurin.


  • Annual Review of the Ends – Part 1

    • Middle School and High School Reports

      • Tom DeBalsi explains the work that went into creating and interpreting the Ends policies. Noel Bryant explains the implications of recent legislation, Act 77 and EQS (Education Quality Standards), and how the Ends policies and Transferable Skills/Content PBGRs overlap.

      • Roy Hathorn, assistant principal at HHS, discusses testing data. HHS will educate the junior class on the SBAC test, use STAR assessment data to shape instructional goals and pay the fees for all 10th graders to take the PSATs. Nelson Fogg, HHS principal, speaks to the number of students who are benefitting from and using alternative educational pathways at HHS, and data around a safe and secure learning environment.

      • Tristan Upson, HMMS principal, discusses SBAC, Science NECAP, and STAR data and growth; how STAR data informs intervention; e-portfolios and transferable skills; and how personalization is addressed at the middle.  She speaks to the data around a safe and secure learning environment.


  • BS-R 1 Global Governance-Management Connection

    • Middle School Report on Hazing, Harassment and Bullying

      • Tristan Upson discusses the change in procedure and how parents, students, and staff are being educated. She shares proactive measures taken, and shares that HMMS may move towards PBIS and Restorative Justice practices at the middle school.


  • Policy GP 3 Board Job Outcomes

    • Board Member Committee Reports

      • There was a public hearing around the bond.

      • Regarding Act 46, there is legislation currently being looked at, which could have an affect on neighboring districts.

      • The support staff negotiations meet this afternoon and two more meetings are set up.  

      • There is an HACTC meeting set for March 14.

      • There was a meeting last night for Take a Bite Out of Hunger and the group will meet weekly. Springfield Auto is donating a van. The group is looking for sponsors and already thinking about how to take care of adults in the community who need food.

      • There is a teacher negotiation meeting next week.

    • Select Board Request for Combined Board Committee

      • Becca White reviews the a proposal to form a joint committee with the select board to develop training for board members around sensitivity to diversity in the community. The school board members have recently had implicit bias training and have policies in place to monitor their conduct. The board discusses their role in the community and what their responsibility is in regards to being part of the solution. Peter Merrill moves that the board accept the invitation to join the select board on the Hartford Commission on Equity and Diversity. The motion is seconded. The motion does not pass (2 yes, 3 no).    


6.  Meeting Review/Evaluation and Agenda Planning

  • Paula Nulty evaluates the meeting.

  • 6:30 pm Special HSB Meeting at HHS

  • Budget Discussion/Candidate’s Night is at 7 pm on February 27


7.   Adjournment

10:30 pm Peter Merrill moves to adjourn. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no.) The meeting is adjourned at 10:30 pm.



Draft Respectfully Submitted 2/9/2017

Hannah Prescott