December 11, 2018

HSB Minutes 2-28-2018


DATE: 03-09-2018

Hartford Board of School Directors

School Board Meeting Minutes

February 28, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Hartford Town Hall

Present:

Nancy Russell

Lori Dickerson

Michele Belaski

Kevin Christie

Peter Merrill

Tom DeBalsi

Noel Bryant

 

Call to Order -Kevin Christie called the meeting to order 7:03 PM

Public Comments- Lori Dickerson, budget Monday night went well. Nancy Russell also said Peter did an outstanding job with the budget discussion. Kevin Christie made a statement of the resiliency of the Parkland Florida students. Our prayers and thoughts are with them.

 7:12   3.  Changes, Additions and Approval of Agenda- Tom DeBalsi confirms that an Executive Session will be needed.

            4.  Consent Agenda- None @ this time.

           

Minutes- Regular Meeting 2-14-2018- Peter Merrill moves to  accept  as presented. Lori Dickerson seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion.

 

7:20     5.   Items Requiring Board Discussion and Possible Action

                                           

Policy EL 9.4 Communication and Support to the Board – Incidental Information- Tom DeBalsi reports there’s a lot of activity around Florida school shooting/reaction. He’s proud of our kids and their maturity. Currently there are some plans for March. We’ll support and make sure it’s appropriate. There is a regularly scheduled monthly District safety meeting tomorrow.

Noel Bryant reports there was a monitor visit from AOE regarding the homeless grant. It went smoothly. Melissa Wyman did a great job. Backpack supplies distribution activity is is in the works.

 

Monitoring Reports: The Annual Ends Report – Part 1

Superintendent’s Monitoring report: Ends Policies: Noel Bryant speaks to the Universal Ends and gives a review of interpretation of the Ends Policies. Reports from the three following District schools were presented:

Tech Center- Doug Heavisides 

Hartford High School- Nelson Fogg

Hartford Memorial Middle School- Tristan Upson

 

Policy EL 4 Financial Conditions and Activities- Tom DeBalsi

- FY 19 Budget – February 26 Presentation Review- Presentation by Peter Merrill went well.

- Preparation for Saturday, March 3, 2018 Town Meeting- 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. School section of the discussion is in the morning.

Infographic is on list serv and social media accounts.

 

 

Policy GP 3 Board Job Outcomes

- Board Member Committee Reports

▪        Hartford Community Coalition (Russell)- VFW will be available for preparing meals. Currently summer programs are at WRS. There will be an information table set up on Saturday.

▪        Regional Advisory Board (Boleski)Next meeting is March 13, 2018

▪        Manifest Approval (Christie)- There have been 2 payrolls and 4 AP runs. Jim Vezaina’s reports are solid.

▪        Racial Inequality Committee (Boleski, Russell)-Met last week, making progress, sub committee work continues,

▪        Policy Review (Merrill)-There may be a  few policies to report on next week.

▪        Select Board Liaison (Dickerson)No report at this time.

▪        Sister City Update (Boleski)- Town leaders will come to Hartford in June. School component will hopefully connect while they’re here.

▪        Wilder School Building Study Committee (Merrill)-No meeting last week

6.   Meeting Review/Evaluation and Agenda Planning- Town/School Annual Meeting Dates- 10:00 AM-2:00 PM.  Doors open at 9:00 AM. School Board is first, agenda and school annual report. Salaries of officers, and the Resolution for Lori Dickerson’s service on the Board will be presented.

 - Next Agenda - Items for Discussion-Peter Merrill would like to have added, homework and/or lack there of. He would like a monitoring report of expectations, and what is appropriate. Kevin Christie suggests it be on a future agenda.

Peter Merrill moves to ask SOS for a  monitor report on homework. What is the District policy and practice? Nancy Russell seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion.

Tom DeBalsi reports on the parking lot process. The  bids were due today.  The announcement of what company will be awarded the contract will be next week.

Solar bids were due Friday before vacation. -There were 7 proposals, Mr. DeBalsi will  bring those forward to the Board.

Second part of the school’s action plans will be the three elementary schools.

Reorganization of the Board will also take place at the next Board meeting.

 - Meeting Evaluation-Peter Merrill gives the Board a satisfactory report.

At the closing of the meeting an audience participant voiced that it was very had to hear the Board’s discussion. The microphones could be turned up if it’s reported to the Board.

9:20 PM

Peter Merrill moves the Board have an Executive Session to  discuss 1 VSA 313, the appointment or employment or evaluation of a public officer or employee, provided that the public shall make a final decision to hire or appoint a public officer or employee in an open meeting and shall explain the reasons for its final decision during the open meeting; I further move that the Board enter into Executive Session to discuss the evaluation of a public employee under the provisions of Title 1, Section 313(a) (1) of the Vermont Statutes.

Nancy Russell seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion.

Peter Merrill moves to enter Executive Session to discuss: the appointment or employment or evaluation of a public officer or employee, provided that the public shall make a final decision to hire or appoint a public officer or employee in an open meeting and shall explain the reasons for its final decision during the open meeting; I furthermove that the Board enter into Executive Session to discuss the evaluation of a public employee under the provisions of Title 1, Section 313(a) (1) of the Vermont Statutes.

Nancy Russell seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion.

 

The board exited ExecutiveSession at 10:30 PM. Peter Merrill motioned, that based on the evaluation of the Superintendent the salary will be increased by 3% for next year. In addition a merit based bonus will be given which is 91.7% of 3.5% of last years salary. Nancy Russell seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passed the motion.

8.  Adjournment- Peter Merrill motioned to adjourn at 10:30 PM, seconded by Lori Dickerson. A unanimous verbal vote passed the motion.

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

Town Meeting/Candidates Roundtable is Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the Hanley Gymnasium at Hartford High School

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

Carol Bagley

3/5/18

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