October 21, 2018

HSB Minutes 6/27/18


DATE: 07-02-2018

 Hartford Board of School Directors

School Board Meeting Agenda

June 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Hartford Town Hall

 

Board members present: Russell North, Kevin Christie, Peter Merrill

Administrators present: Tom DeBalsi, Noel Bryant

 

1.  Call to Order: Kevin Christie calls the meeting to order at 7:06 PM

 

2.  Public Comments

  • Peter Merrill comments on the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME that nonunion workers cannot be forced to pay fees to public sector unions.

 

3.  Changes, Additions and Approval of Agenda

  • Russell North moves to approve the agenda as presented. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (3 yes, 0 no).

 

4.  Consent Agenda

  • Minutes
    • Regular Meeting 6-13-2018
    • Nominations/Resignations/Leave of Absence Requests for Professional Staff
      • Ann Doton-MacDonnell – HHS (English)
      • Krista Cook – WRS (Special Education)
      • Peter Merrill moves to approve the consent agenda. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (3 yes, 0 no).

 

5.   Items Requiring Board Discussion and Possible Action*

  • Policy EL 9.4 Communication and Support to the Board – Incidental Information
    • HHS/HACTC/HMMS campus parking lot construction project on schedule and on budget.
    • HHS students recently arrived back from Ecuador after participating in a service learning trip. This trip marked the first time that students have been able to receive credit for their participation.
    • Policy EL 1 Executive Restraint
      • Permission for Superintendent to hire professional staff over summer months
        • Peter Merrill moves to authorize the Superintendent to hire professional staff over summer months. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (3 yes, 0 no).
  • River Valley Memorandum of Understanding and Dual Enrollment Policy Approval
    • Russell North moves to adopt the Dual and Concurrent Enrollment Agreement between the Community College System of New Hampshire and the Hartford School District and the associated policy. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (3 yes, 0 no).
    • Policy GP 7 Board Committee Principles
      • HCORI Work Group Update
        • The School Board reviews the Draft HCORI Recommendations regarding Training, Strategic Planning, and Future HCOREI Charge as reviewed by the Hartford District School Board and Hartford Selectboard.
        • Russell North expresses his discomfort with naming particular equity planning organizations in the recommendation regarding a Strategic Plan for Equity and Inclusion.
        • Peter Merrill expresses his discomfort with the wording in the committee member selection process. He recommends replacing the word “vote” with “advise”.
        • The School Board also discusses the length of terms and standing committees.
        • Peter Merrill moves to accept the draft of the HCOREI charge subject to the edits discussed tonight and subject to acceptance by the Selectboard. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (3 yes, 0 no).
        • Policy GP 3 Board Job Outcomes
          • Board Member Committee Reports
            • Hartford Community Coalition (Russell): Food program up and running out of the White River School, it has been a huge success so far.
            • Manifest Approval (Christie): New healthcare plans being implemented.
            • Select Board Liaison (North): Nothing new to report.
            • Sister City Update (Boleski): Visitors have spent the past week exploring the different villages in Hartford and seeing all it has to offer. The Sister City committee has done a fantastic job hosting our guests and providing them with much to see and do during their stay.
            • Wilder School Building Study Committee (Merrill): Productive meeting took place on June 20, 2018 where the committee discussed funding options to assist in ADA compliance.

 

6.   Meeting Review/Evaluation and Agenda Planning

  • Meeting Evaluation
    • Russell North evaluates the meeting as satisfactory.

 

7. 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, Peter Merrill moves that the School Board hold an Executive Session to consider the negotiation of real estate purchase or lease under the provisions of 1 VSA, Section 313(a) (2) of the Vermont Statutes. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (3 yes, 0 no).
  • Peter Merrill moves that the School Board enter into an Executive Session to consider the negotiation of real estate purchase or lease under the provisions of 1 VSA, Section 313(a) (2) of the Vermont Statutes. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (3 yes, 0 no). The School Board enters into Executive Session at 7:39 PM.
  • The School Board comes out of Executive Session at 8:05 PM.
  • Peter Merrill moves that the School Board authorize the Superintendent and the Chair of the School Board to enter into negotiations with respect to real estate purchase or lease. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (3 yes, 0 no).

 

8.  Adjournment

  • Peter Merrill moves to adjourn the meeting. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (3 yes, 0 no). The meeting is adjourned at 9:02 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, August 22, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Hartford Town Hall