MEETING OF THE
MONTPELIER BOARD OF SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS
August 15, 2012
Minutes Approved: September 5, 2012
Board: Sue Aldrich, Jennifer Cahill Bean, Ken Jones, Charlie Phillips, Steve Robinson, Lowell VanDerlip
Administration: Superintendent Brian Ricca, Director of Facilities Thom Wood
Public: Members of the Montpelier City Council, Mayor John Hollar, City Manager Bill Fraser, and others
Absent: Carol Paquette, Meghan Wingate
Call to Order The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m.
Public Comments None.
Review of Vermont Open Meeting Law – Jim Condos, Secretary of State Secretary of State Jim Condos gave a presentation clarifying elements of Vermont’s open meeting law in regard to school boards and municipalities. Mr. Condos answered specific questions in regard to committee work by school boards.
Executive Session On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to enter Executive Session at 6:10 p.m., with the superintendent remaining. On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to leave Executive Session at 6:40 p.m.
Return to Open Session 6:40 p.m.
Discuss Bond Projects – Thom Wood, Director of Facilities Mr. Wood distributed a list of proposed bond projects with associated costs totaling $4,399,979. The list of projects was discussed. Mrs. Aldrich noted the need to take care of items involving safety issues first. She would also like to add to the wish list items, noting the theater at MHS is in pretty poor shape. Mr. VanDerlip requested tax impact numbers for a bond of this size. Timing issues, i.e., getting the bond on the ballot, 30 day warning notice, etc., were discussed. Mr. Jones wants public input early. He suggested a public session for the first meeting in September with a presentation including pictures of the delayed and deferred maintenance issues that need to be addressed.
Enrollment Update Superintendent Ricca reported current enrollment at 1,065 students. This number includes preschool and EEE students and is in line with projections from last year. Superintendent Ricca will bring those projections to the board retreat on August 20th. Mr. VanDerlip requested the survival rate from entering kindergarten through high school.
Discuss Agenda Items for 8/20/12 Suggested discussion items for the Board’s meeting with the Administrative Team included budget parameters, foreign language, board priorities, bond issues, Community Connections, supervision and evaluation, use of computers PreK-12 and district-wide late start in conjunction with Common Core goals. Mr. Robinson questioned the objective for the meeting on the 20th, noting the need to pare down the list and focus on limited items in order to make the meeting valuable. Following further discussion, it was agreed that the focus of the discussion for the meeting with the Administrative Team would be board priorities, budget parameters, and supervision and evaluation.
Update on Negotiations Mr. Phillips reported that the teacher group is going to fact finding. Mr. Robinson reported that he is working on a date to meet with representatives from the Support Staff Association in the next couple weeks. Superintendent Ricca and Mr. Jones are also working on a date to meet with their group.
Minutes of July 18, 2012
Mr. Phillips moved, seconded by Mr. Robinson, to approve the consent agenda including minutes of the July 18, 2012 regular meeting, Warrants 7 and 8 dated August 16, 2012 in the amounts of $467,263.28 and $59,446.96 respectively, the recommendation to offer teaching contracts to Heather Bates (kindergarten – UES), Jacqueline Love (literacy coach – UES), and Ivy Zeller (independent studies coordinator – MHS), and co-curricular contracts (see listing). Motion carried unanimously.
Adjournment On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to adjourn at 8:01 p.m.