October 23, 2017

HSB Minutes 9/13/17


Hartford Board of School Directors

School Board Meeting Agenda

September 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

Hartford Town Hall

 

Board members present: Kevin Christie, Lori Dickerson, Peter Merrill, Michelle Boleski, Nancy Russell

Administrators present: Tom DeBalsi, Noel Bryant

 

1.   Call to Order: Kevin Christie calls the meeting to order at 7:00 pm    

 

2.   Public Comments:

  • Peter Merrill shares about the incident that took place at DHMC on September 12th and the effect violence has on the community. Lori Dickerson commends the first responders. Tom DeBalsi notes that the district has a program (Project Search) that runs out of DHMC and how that program was impacted.

 

3.   Changes, Additions and Approval of Agenda:

  • Peter Merrill moves to approve the agenda as presented. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).

 

4.   Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes
    • Regular Meeting 8-23-2017
    • Peter Merrill moves to approve the consent agenda. 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 discusses impact of the incident at DHMC on district programs. General consensus regarding how the situation was handled by the district is positive. Tom DeBalsi notes that the district is off to a good start this fall. He notes that all major committees have met and are in full swing.
    • Major projects have come in at budget.
    • Middle School elevator project will meet Monday, construction will begin next week.
    • Noel Bryant shares information regarding the state accountability system with respect to ESSA. Hartford is slated to have an integrated field review this year. These reviews are to take place every three years.
    • Wilder School Updates and Study Committee
      • Work in student area at Wilder School is complete. Tom DeBalsi notes that improvements to the facilities there have gone well.
      • Tom DeBalsi expresses concern with December 30, 2017 deadline for the completion of Wilder School study. Peter Merrill suggests amending this deadline at the next meeting and moves to have it placed on the agenda for September 27th. Kevin Christie suggests having an outline of the amended timeframe ready before the next meeting.
      • Tom DeBalsi expresses frustration with an article written about the Wilder School project in the Valley News that suggested the school was in poor condition. He notes that the condition of the school prior to the first day of school is not an adequate reflection of the condition the school was in when students arrived.
      • The board welcomes the article’s author to revisit the school.
      • Policy EL 6 CEO Succession – Monitoring Report
        • The board is provided with the report regarding the district plan to manage the district in the event Tom DeBalsi is unable to perform his responsibilities as superintendent. The report notes the existence of a Succession Team which includes Noel Bryant, James Vezina, and Linda Nash, who would take charge of the district in this event. This is the first such plan to exist in the district.
        • Lori Dickerson moves to accept the monitoring report EL 6 CEO Succession and the superintendent has met the obligations for the monitoring report. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).
        • Policy EL7 Asset Protection - Monitoring Report
          • The board is provided with the report detailing the insurance plan the district has with Vermont School Board’s Insurance Trust.
          • Lori Dickerson moves to accept the monitoring report EL 7 Asset Protection and the superintendent has met the obligations for the monitoring report. The motion was seconded.  A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).
          • Policy EL8 Compensation and Benefits – Monitoring Report
            • The board is provided with the report that demonstrates his compliance with compensation and benefits of teachers, support staff, and administration. Tom DeBalsi notes the transparent nature of compensation negotiations in the district.
            • Nancy Russell moves to accept the monitoring report EL 8 Compensation and Benefits and the superintendent has met the obligations for the monitoring report. The motion was seconded.  A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).
            • Policy GP 3 Board Job Outcomes
              • Board Member Committee Reports
                • Act 46 Merger Study Committee (Merrill, Christie): Nothing official to report.
                • Negotiations (Dickerson, Merrill, Christie): October 30 and October 31 are the negotiation dates. Teachers on the 30 and support staff on the 31.
                • Hartford Community Coalition (Russell): Final numbers on summer program: over 15,000 citizens served. Additional funding became available to continue winter service.
                • Regional Advisory Board (Boleski): Met September 12. Secure plan, ahead of schedule to develop and change programs at HACTC.
                • Manifest Approval (Christie): New accountant will take position starting September 25.
                • Racial Inequality Committee (Boleski, Russell): Progress was made at the last committee meeting. The committee has broken into subcommittees to focus their explorations on support options from within the community. A proposal will be presented at the committee’s next meeting. Kevin Christie expresses his satisfaction with the developments of this committee.
                • Policy Review (Merrill): Nothing official to report.
                • Select Board Liaison (Dickerson): The Select Board discussed the rotary plans at route 5 and Sykes Avenue. Lori Dickerson expressed concern with the plans.
                • Sister City (Boleski): The committee has been in contact with Tom DeBalsi who connected them with the foreign language department at Hartford High School.

 

6.   Meeting Review/Evaluation and Agenda Planning:

  • Peter Merrill evaluates the meeting as satisfactory.

 

7.   Executive Session:

  • 8:18pm: Peter Merrill moves that the board go into Executive Session. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no). The board enters executive session.
  • 9:25pm: Executive session concluded.
  • Peter Merrill moves to request the board's attorney to proceed with an offering of an interim agreement for health insurance to meet the required deadlines while we continue to negotiate. All in favor.

 

8.  Adjournment

  • 9:30pm: Peter Merrill moves the meeting be adjourned. The motion is seconded. All in favor.

 

Next School Board Meeting is Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the

Hartford Town Hall

 Respectfully submitted by Patrick Underhill, September 15, 2017.