June 18, 2018

HSB Minutes 1/10/18


Hartford Board of School Directors

School Board Meeting Agenda

January 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Hartford Town Hall

 

Board members present: Michelle Boleski, Peter Merrill, Nancy Russell, Lori Dickerson, Kevin Christie (via phone)

Administrators present: Tom DeBalsi, Jim Vezina, Noel Bryant

1.   Call to Order: Lori Dickerson calls the meeting to order at 7:02 PM.

2.   Public Comments

  • Michelle Boleski shares about her experience attending Exhibition Night at the Hartford High School.

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 12-13-2017
    • Special Meeting with the Select Board 11-15-2017
    • Resignations, Appointments, Leaves, Retirements
      • After 31 years in the district, Charlie Reibel, Assistant Director of the HACTC, will be retiring in June 2018.
      • 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 comments about the recent winter weather conditions that have plagued the district, resulting in an unexpected snow day before the start of winter break and extreme cold.
    • Noel Bryant comments on Exhibition Night, which took place at the Hartford High School on 1-9-2018. This was the culminating event for The EYE Program at HHS. The Assistant Superintendent notes that the program has been extremely successful and is seeing increased enrollment. Special commendations to HHS teachers: Erin Stevens, Melissa Wyman, and Katie Hluchyj for their work with the program.
    • Policy EL 4 Financial Conditions and Activities
      • FY 19 Budget – Draft 5 including Revenue Projections
        • Jim Vezina, Director of Finance, presents the Board with Draft 5 of the proposed FY19 budget. Mr. Vezina outlines the major changes in object expense for FY19.
        • Lori Dickerson expresses concern with state mandates pertaining to the reallocation of federal education grants to educator retirement plans. Mrs. Dickerson refers to these mandates as “cost shifting”.
        • The Board and Administrators discuss figures regarding the percent increase in tax rate.
        • The Board expresses significant concern with state policies pertaining to the funding of education. The Board stresses a need to focus on sustainable practices and investing in the future of Vermont.
        • Peter Merrill motions that the Superintendent and Director of Finance present the Board with a budget that results in a property tax increase of 6%. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).
        • Gerry Williams, a Hartford resident for 50+ years, expresses a desire for the Board to increase its communication with the public regarding issues facing the Board that require community involvement to achieve desired outcomes.
        • Russell North, a Hartford resident, echoes the concerns of the Board and Mrs. Williams. Mr. North advocates for an even steeper increase in the tax rate in order to make a statement to the state and the community about the importance of investing in education.
        • Policy EL 7 Asset Protection – Solar RFP Draft
          • Tom DeBalsi presents the Board with a request for proposals to sign a 25 year net metering agreement with a 500kw solar generation facility. This draft agreement invites proposals from qualified companies who can provide third-party privately-owned solar PV systems to partially meet its long-term electric needs. The ultimate goal of the Hartford School District is to sign a Net Metering Agreement with the successful Applicant(s), which will install, own, and operate a (500)kW net-metered solar photovoltaic installation, and provide the net metering credits and possibly associated environmental attributes to the Hartford School District for a 25-year period.
          • Peter Merrill motions that the Superintendent make typographical corrections to the agreement and add a provision that includes an educational component. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).
          • Monitoring Reports:
            • Policy GP 7 – Board Committee Principles (LD)
              • Lori Dickerson presents the Board with the monitoring report on Policy GP 7. Mrs. Dickerson evaluates that the Board is in compliance of Policy GP 7.
              • Peter Merrill motions that the Board accept the monitoring report presented on Policy GP 7. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).
  • Policy B/SR 3 – Accountability of Superintendent (PM)
    • Peter Merrill presents the Board with the monitoring report on Policy B/SR 3. Mr. Merrill evaluates that the Board is in compliance of Policy B/SR 3.
    • Lori Dickerson motions that the Board accept the monitoring report presented on Policy B/SR 3. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).
    • Policy GP 3 Board Job Outcomes
      • Board Member Committee Reports
        • Hartford Community Coalition (Russell): Nothing new to report.
        • Regional Advisory Board (Boleski): Nothing new to report.
        • Manifest Approval (Christie): Working well, had some questions upon the last review and is working with Jim Vezina to resolve.
        • Racial Inequality Committee (Boleski, Russell): Nancy Russell expresses her excitement regarding the most recent meeting of the Racial Inequality Committee, which she characterized as the most productive meeting since the committee’s founding.
        • Policy Review (Merrill): Nothing new to report.
        • Select Board Liaison (Dickerson): Nothing new to report.
        • Sister City Update (Boleski): Nothing new to report.
        • Wilder School Building Study Committee (Merrill): A meeting took place on 1-3-2018. This included a tour of the facilities and informative discussion about the history of maintenance. 

6.   Meeting Review/Evaluation and Agenda Planning

  • Town/School Annual Meeting Dates
  • Next Agenda - Items for Discussion
    • Finalized budget discussion
    • Budget presentation
    • Superintendent report on political advocacy within schools
    • Finalize Superintendent evaluation
    • Meeting Evaluation
      • Peter Merrill evaluates the meeting as satisfactory.

7.  Adjournment

  • Peter Merrill motions to adjourn the meeting. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion. The meeting is adjourned at 8:55 PM.

Next Regular School Board Meeting is Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Hartford Town Hall 

Respectfully submitted by Patrick Underhill, January 11, 2018