May 26, 2018

HSB Minutes 4/25/17


 Hartford Board of School Directors

School Board Meeting Agenda

April 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Hartford Town Hall

 

Board members present: Peter Merrill, Kevin Christie, Nancy Russell, Russell North, and Michelle Boleski

Administrators present: Tom DeBalsi, Noel Bryant

 

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

 

2.  Public Comments

 

3.  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 (5 yes, 0 no).

 

4.  Consent Agenda

  • Minutes
    • Regular Meeting 4-11-2018
      • Russell North notes an error in the minutes pertaining to his last name. Mr. North is incorrectly referred to as “Mr. Russell” in the minutes and suggests amending this error.
      • Nominations/Resignations/Leave of Absence Requests for Professional Staff
      • Peter Merrill moves to approve the consent agenda as amended. 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
    • Noel Bryant commends an HHS senior on her capstone “Adopt-A-Grandparent” program.
    • Tom DeBalsi informs the Board of a $4 million grant program for school safety.
    • Policy EL 7 Asset Protection – Solar Project RFP Review and Decision
      • Peter Merrill moves to postpone discussion of the Solar Project RFP Review and Decision until the Board retreat on May 9, 2018. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).
      • Monitoring Reports:
        • GP 6 – Board Members Code of Conduct
          • Nancy Russell presents the Board with the Monitoring Report on Policy GP 6 – Board Members Code of Conduct. Peter Merrill reads the report to the Board on behalf of Mrs. Russell. Mrs. Russell finds the Board to be in overall compliance of Policy GP 6 – Board Members Code of Conduct.
          • Peter Merrill moves to accept the Monitoring Report on Policy GP 6 – Board Members Code of Conduct. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).
  • Student Homework Review
    • Tom DeBalsi presents the Board with the Monitoring Report on the Student Homework Review. Mr. DeBalsi reads the report to the Board. Mr. DeBalsi notes that at the elementary level, homework is consistently encouraged, but not required, in the form of personal reading for purposes of supporting literacy instruction, not for extending content. However, at the middle and high school level, there are inconsistencies in both frequency and amount of homework being assigned.
    • Russell North echoes Mr. DeBalsi’s findings and notes his experience as a parent with students in the district has been inconsistent with regards to the amount and frequency with which homework is assigned.
    • Mr. DeBalsi explains his intentions to survey district staff in order to get a better idea of the current state of homework policies among classroom teachers.
    • Peter Merrill suggests that in his continued review, Mr. DeBalsi reach out to parents
    • Policy GP 3 Board Job Outcomes
      • Board Member Committee Reports
        • Hartford Community Coalition (Russell): The HCC is partnering with Hartford PD to sponsor Take Back Day at the Quechee Library on April 28th from 9:00 – 10:30 AM and at the Wilder Library from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM. The annual block party will take place June 6th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at Lyman Point Park. The Understanding Opiate Addiction program is holding two more sessions on May 1st and May 8th from 6:00 – 8:15 PM.
        • Regional Advisory Board (Boleski): Nothing new to report.
        • Manifest Approval (Christie): Things are moving along well, nothing significant to report.
        • Racial Inequality Committee (Boleski, Russell): The committee has yet to be reconstituted. The Board discusses the timeline and action steps towards responding to the recommendations made by the committee.
        • Policy Review (Merrill): Nothing new to report.
        • Select Board Liaison (North): Nothing new to report.
        • Sister City Update (Boleski): Itinerary is still being developed. Michelle Boleski suggests that the committee present its progress to the Board.
        • Wilder School Building Study Committee (Merrill): Nothing new to report.

 

6.   Meeting Review/Evaluation and Agenda Planning

  • Next Agenda – Board Retreat – Training with Jim Fitzpatrick
  • Special Board Meeting/Board Retreat May 9th @ 4:30 PM
  • Internet Safety community training on May 3, 2018 at HMMS from 6:00 – 8:30 PM
  • 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 (5 yes, 0 no). The meeting is adjourned at 8:27 PM.

 

May 9 is a board training at the Superintendent’s Office at 5:00 PM

 

Next Regular School Board Meeting is Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Hartford Town Hall