November 15, 2018

HSB Minutes 6/13/18


Hartford Board of School Directors

School Board Meeting Agenda

June 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Hartford Town Hall

 

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

Administrators present: Noel Bryant

 

1.  Call to Order: Kevin Christie calls the meeting to order at 7:01 PM.

 

2.  Public Comments:

  • Ann Reynolds, former member of the now defunct Racial Inequality Committee, shares her disappointment in the loss of momentum and progress that has resulted from the committee’s dissolution. Ms. Reynolds also shares articles with the Board containing information about implicit bias and white privilege; as well as, a book review on systematic racism.
  • Russell North would like to congratulate the boys and girls lacrosse teams on their victories.
  • Michelle Boleski would like to thank Ann Reynolds for coming to tonight’s meeting to comment on the Racial Inequality Committee.

 

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 5-9-2018
    • Regular Meeting 5-23-2018
    • Nominations/Resignations/Leave of Absence Requests for Professional Staff
      • Nominations:
        • Daniel Thomas – HHS (Math)
        • Bonnie Underwood – DBS
        • Lisa Lewis – HMMS (Counselor)
        • Michael Finley – HHS (Special Education)
        • Christopher Kondi – HHS (Math)
        • Kim Moreno – Interim Special Education Director
        • 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 7 Asset Protection
    • HACTC Best Room Design/Architect Selection
      • Doug Heavisides, HACTC Director, proposes hiring Smith & Vansant to design the HACTC Best Room.
      • Peter Merrill moves that the Board accept Mr. Heavisides’ proposal to hire Smith & Vansant to design the HACTC Best Room. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).
      • Policy EL 9.4 Communication and Support to the Board – Incidental Information
        • Update on School Climate Initiatives
        • Fantastic graduation ceremony last Friday
        • Policy GP 1 – Global Governance Connection
          • 5thCharter Commission Process and Overview of Needs
            • Leo Pullar, Hartford Town Manager, delivers a presentation to the Board regarding the 5th Charter Commission and topics pertaining to the revision of the Charter.
            • Peter Merrill moves the Board partner with the Selectboard in the form of a joint committee to review and revise the 5th Charter. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).
            • Policy GP 7 Board Committee Principles
              • HCORI Work Group
                • Russell North moves to accept the volunteers, Kevin Christie and Michelle Boleski, to serve in the HCORI work group. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).
                • Monitoring Reports:
                  • B/SR Unity of Control (MB)
                    • Michelle Boleski presents the Board with the Monitoring Report on Policy B/SR – Unity of Control. Ms. Boleski finds the Board to be in overall compliance with Policy B/SR – Unity of Control.
                    • Peter Merrill moves to accept the Monitoring Report on Policy B/SR – Unity of Control. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).
  • GP 2 Governing Style (MB)
    • Michelle Boleski presents the Board with the Monitoring Report on Policy GP 2 – Governing Style. Ms. Boleski finds the Board to be in overall compliance with Policy GP 2 – Governing Style.
    • Peter Merrill moves to accept the Monitoring Report on Policy GP 2 – Governing Style. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).
  • Student Homework Review, part 3
    • Noel Bryant presents the Board with the results of parent surveys from HMMS and HHS on how much time their student(s) spend on homework each night. Mrs. Bryant also presents the Board with a working draft of a district homework policy.
    • Policy GP 3 Board Job Outcomes
      • Board Member Committee Reports
        • Hartford Community Coalition (Russell): Hired driver for food program which starts June 18th.
        • Manifest Approval (Christie): New AP specialist, Alisha St. George.
        • Policy Review (Merrill): Recently met to discuss nutrition policy and compliance with school lunch programs.
        • Select Board Liaison (North): Nothing new to report.
        • Sister City Update (Boleski): Visitors arriving June 23rd. Finalizing plans and agenda for their visit.
        • Wilder School Building Study Committee (Merrill):

6.   Meeting Review/Evaluation and Agenda Planning

  • Next Meeting Agenda – Summer Hiring, Summer Board Retreat Date
  • Meeting Evaluation
    • Michelle Boleski evaluates the meeting as satisfactory.

 

7.  Adjournment

  • Peter Merrill move to adjourn the meeting. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no). The meeting is adjourned at 8:58 PM.

 

*Public comment to add information not considered will be had prior to any vote of the Board.

 

Next Regular School Board Meeting is Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Hartford Town Hall