June 18, 2018

HSB Minutes 1/24/18


Hartford Board of School Directors

School Board Meeting Agenda

January 24, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

Hartford Town Hall

 

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

Administrators present: Tom DeBalsi, Noel Bryant, Jim Vezina

 

1.  Call to Order: Kevin Christie calls the meeting to order at 6:02 PM.

 

2.  Executive Session: 

  • Peter Merrill motions to go into Executive Session in accordance with Vermont’s Open Meeting Law requirements, finding that premature public knowledge would place a person or entity at a substantial disadvantage, I move that the School board enter into Executive Session to discuss confidential attorney-client communications made for the purpose of providing professional legal services to the body under the provisions of Title 1, Section 313(a) (1) (F) of the Vermont Statutes. Motion was seconded by Lori Dickerson. The Board entered executive session at 6:05.
  • The Board exited executive session at 6:58. Draft Minutes to this point taken by Tom DeBalsi.
  • Acknowledging receipt and sufficiency of the petition to create a track at Hartford High School, Peter Merrill motions that the actions the petition seeks to take are beyond the authority of the Board to grant and therefore cannot be placed on the ballot. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).

 

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.  Public Comments

  • Russell North, Hartford resident and School Board candidate, advocates for a more adequately funded budget that includes a higher increase in property tax rate than the Board is currently proposing.

 

5.  Consent Agenda

  • Minutes
    • Regular Meeting 1-10-2018
    • Peter Merrill moves to approve the consent agenda. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).

 

6.  Items Requiring Board Discussion and Possible Action

  • Policy EL 9.4 Communication and Support to the Board – Incidental Information
    • Noel Bryant, Assistant Superintendent, notes on the work of a committee charged with creating rubrics for transferable skills in grades K – 5. The committee met for a very productive In-Service day last week.
    • Tom DeBalsi, Superintendent, notes on the progress of the annual report for 2017. Mr. DeBalsi looks forward to sharing the report with the community.
    • Mr. DeBalsi also recognizes the work of road maintenance personnel, police, and Butler’s Bus Service with regard to adverse travel conditions due to winter weather. The Superintendent thanks all those involved for their hard work to ensure safe travel conditions for students.
    • Policy EL 4 Financial Conditions and Activities
      • FY 19 Budget – Draft 6 and Final Budget
        • Jim Vezina, Director of Finance, presents the Board with Draft 6 of the proposed FY19 budget. Mr. Vezina outlines the major changes in object expense for FY19, including the previously proposed 6% property tax rate increase.
        • The most recent draft includes a budget reduction in the amount of $350,000 that would result from district personnel reductions equivalent to approximately 6 total positions across administration, teachers, and support staff.
        • Draft 6 of the FY19 budget expenditures total $37,807,440.00. This includes education spending of $15,920.86 per equalized pupil, resulting in a 0.003% increase in per equalized pupil spending.
        • The Board discusses the prospect of presenting tax payers with a higher property tax rate increase than previously proposed. A tenet of this discussion is how attractive the district is to communities sending tuition students and prospective home buyers. The Board is in agreement that attracting more families to the community and schools is a valuable investment.
        • Peter Merrill motions the Board accept Draft 5 of the FY19 budget, presented at the January 10, 2018 meeting. The motion is seconded. A verbal vote passes the motion (3 yes, 2 no).
        • Draft 5 of the FY19 budget expenditures total $38,157,440.00. This includes education spending of $16,151.89 per equalized pupil, resulting in a 1.8% increase in per equalized pupil spending.
        • Monitoring Reports:
          • Political Advocacy in the Classroom
            • Mr. DeBalsi presents the Board with the monitoring report on political advocacy in the classroom. The Superintendent presents his interpretation of the Global Executive Restraint policy that governs oversight of political advocacy in the classroom. The Superintendent’s report indicates compliance with the Executive Limitations Policy 1 – Global Executive Restraint.
            • Peter Merrill motions to accept the Superintendent’s monitoring report on EL Policy 1 – Global Political Advocacy in the Classroom
            • Policy GP 3 Board Job Outcomes
              • Board Member Committee Reports
                • Hartford Community Coalition (Russell): Completed draft of HS social media survey. Looking for a ((position)).
                • Regional Advisory Board (Boleski): Nothing new to report.
                • Manifest Approval (Christie): Nothing new to report.
                • Racial Inequality Committee (Boleski, Russell): The committee met last week, the RIC is still looking for applicants to join the committee. The committee has nominated a new committee member.
                  • Michelle Boleski motions the Board accept the nomination of Ann Reynolds to the Racial Inequality Committee. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).
        • 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): The committee met last week and had a productive discussion.
        • Voting Warnings
          • Peter Merrill motions to accept the annual warning for Australian ballot voting to be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 and Budget Discussion/Candidates Night to be held on Monday, February 26, 2018. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).
          • Peter Merrill motions to accept the annual warning for voting on Hartford Town School District business not involving voting by Australian ballot to be held Saturday, March 3, 2018. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).

 

7.  Meeting Review/Evaluation and Agenda Planning

  • Town/School Annual Meeting Dates
  • Next Agenda - Items for Discussion
    • Approved FY19 budget presentation
    • Meeting Evaluation
      • Peter Merrill evaluates the meeting as satisfactory.

 

8.  Adjournment

  • Lori Dickerson motions to adjourn the meeting. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).

 

Next Regular School Board Meeting is Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Hartford Town Hall

Candidates Night/Budget Presentations and Discussion is February 26, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the High School Auditorium

 

Respectfully submitted by Patrick Underhill on January 29, 2018