August 21, 2018

HSB Minutes 3/14/18


 Hartford Board of School Directors

School Board Meeting Agenda

March 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Hartford Town Hall

Board members present: Kevin Christie, Peter Merrill, Michelle Boleski, Russell North, Nancy Russell (Mrs. Russell arrived at 7:50 PM)

Administrators present: Tom DeBalsi, Noel Bryant

 

  1. 1.      Call to Order – Superintendent: Tom DeBalsi calls the meeting to order at 7:06 PM.

 

  1. 2.      Reorganization of the Board
  • Oath of Office for Newly Elected Board Directors
    • All school board members present (Boleski, Merrill, Christie, and North) take the Oath of Office
    • Nominations for Board Chair
      • Peter Merrill moves to nominate Kevin Christie for the position of Board Chair. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (3 yes, 0 no).
      • Nominations for Board Clerk
        • Peter Merrill moves to nominate Russell North for the position of Board Clerk. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (3 yes, 0 no).

 

  1. 3.      Public Comments

 

  1. 4.      Changes, Additions and Approval of Agenda
  • Peter Merrill moves to accept the agenda as presented. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (4 yes, 0 no).

 

  1. 5.      Consent Agenda
  • Minutes
    • Regular Meeting 2-28-2018
    • Town Meeting 3-3-2018
      • Correction: Peter Merrill makes correction related to the designation of who composed the school board in the minutes.
      • Nominations/Resignations/Leave of Absence Requests for Professional Staff
        • Peter Merrill moves to approve the consent agenda and the 1-year leave of absence being taken by Heather Baker-Morris. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (4 yes, 0 no).

 

  1. 6.      Items Requiring Board Discussion and Possible Action
  • Policy EL 9.4 Communication and Support to the Board – Incidental Information
    • Tom DeBalsi discusses the challenges related to travel and inclement weather. Mr. DeBalsi also comments on the moments of silence observed at HMMS and HHS today in honor of those who died at the Parkland, FL school shooting.
    • Policy EL 7 Asset Protection – Parking Lot/Campus Renovation Construction Contractor Bid Selection and Award
      • Mr. DeBalsi informs the Board about the various bids made by regional contractors to take on the parking lot/campus renovation construction project. Mr. DeBalsi asks the Board to approve a contract for Nott’s Excavating totaling $1,151,770.00 to complete the project.
      • Peter Merrill moves to accept the Superintendent’s recommendation to award the contract to Nott’s Excavating. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (4 yes, 0 no).
      • Monitoring Reports: The Annual Ends Report – Part 2
        • Assistant Superintendent, Noel Bryant, provides an introductory review of the Ends Report for the Board.
        • Cathy Newton, Principal at Ottauquechee School, outlines progress and initiatives aimed at achieving the Ends Policy goals at OQS. Overall, Mrs. Newton describes the growth and positive changes observed at OQS because of these initiatives including surprising growth in reading levels of students in 4th grade.
        • Sheila Powers, Principal at White River School, outlines progress and initiatives aimed at achieving the Ends Policy goals at WRS. Mrs. Powers explains some unique challenges facing WRS and the gains being made in proficiency-based learning. Mrs. Powers also highlights the growth of after school programs and clubs at WRS.
        • B/SR 1 Global Governance-Management Connection
          • Peter Merrill presents the B/SR 1 Monitoring Report to the Board. Mr. Merrill concludes that the Board is in compliance of Policy B/SR 1.
      • GP 1 Global Governance Connection
        • Peter Merrill presents the GP 1 Monitoring Report to the Board. Mr. Merrill concludes that the Board is in compliance of Policy GP 1.
        • Nancy Russell moves to accept both monitoring reports presented by Mr. Merrill. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).
        • Policy Warning – Class Size
          • Peter Merrill presents the Board with a warning requiring the Board to enact a class size policy.
          • 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): Office restructure underway; other operations moving along well; on schedule.
              • Racial Inequality Committee (Boleski, Russell): Met on March 7th, drafting a new charge for a reconstituted committee.
              • Policy Review (Merrill): New drug use by employees policy.
              • Select Board Liaison
              • Sister City Update (Boleski): Nothing new to report.
              • Wilder School Building Study Committee (Merrill): Nothing new to report.
              • Reassign Committee Representation
                • Peter Merrill moves to reaffirm the representation to the various board committees with the change of select board liaison being assigned to Russell North. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).
                • Nancy Russell takes the Oath of Office.

 

  1. 7.      Meeting Review/Evaluation and Agenda Planning
  • Next Agenda - Items for Discussion
    • Rick Dustin-Eichler will deliver the Ends Report presentation for DBS.
    • Meeting Evaluation
      • Peter Merrill evaluates the meeting as satisfactory.

 

  1. 8.      Adjournment
  • Peter Merrill motions to adjourn the meeting. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal votes passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no). The meeting is adjourned at 9:21 PM.

 

Next Regular School Board Meeting is Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Hartford Town Hall

Respectfully submitted by Patrick Underhill, March 16, 2018