MEETING OF THE
MONTPELIER BOARD OF SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS
January 16, 2013
Minutes Approved: February 6, 2013
Board: Sue Aldrich, Jennifer Cahill Bean, Ken Jones, Charlie Phillips, Steve Robinson, Lowell VanDerlip
Administration: Superintendent Brian Ricca, Principals Owen Bradley and Adam Bunting, Curriculum Director Karoline May, Support Services Director Mary O’Neill, Business Manager Cindy Rossi, Director of Facilities Thom Wood
Student: Meghan Wingate
Public: Denise Bailey, Shannon Baker, Gail Barrows, Zachary Beechler, David Bennett, Carrie Cook, Alice Day, Patricia Dow Collier, Lloyd Dugger, Irene Facciolo, Erica Farnham, Ben Field, Kelly Grey, Drew McNaughton, Isaac Mears, Nancy Mears, Mary Mello, Bill Merrylees, Diane Zeigler, and others
Absent: Carol Paquette
Call to Order The meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m.
Adjust/Review Agenda The bond discussion will take place after the school budget discussion. Approve signing of Necessity Resolution Certificate.
Public Comments None.
Discuss FY14 School Budget Superintendent Ricca and the Administrative Team presented the third draft of the FY14 school budget. Allocation of additional funds under a one-vote budget and under a two-vote budget was explained. The proposed FY14 budget under a one-vote provision totals $16,577,206. The proposed FY14 budget under a two-vote provision totals $16,921,711. There is $115,000 of funding for Community Connections as a co-curricular under the proposed two-vote provision budget. Mr. Jones indicated he believes the proposal to fund Community Connections as a co-curricular loses something. He said Community Connections has been an evolving, growing, successful program that is critical to the education of our children and he would like to include full funding for the program under the one-vote provision budget. Discussion in regard to funding for Community Connections ensued.
Principal Bunting provided additional information in regard to the proposed Soar Pathway program. Several community members expressed support for the music program and cautioned against any cuts to that program. Faculty, staff, and parents argued against elimination of the social worker position at Union Elementary School.
Discuss Bond Items A revised list of capital improvement bond items for FY14 was distributed. Mr. Jones proposed reducing bond two by approximately $500,000 with the elimination of some bathroom and locker room renovations. Mr. Robinson questioned what would happen to the district’s obligations in regard to the district heat initiative in the event both bonds fail. Discussion ensued. Mr. Robinson suggested putting off bond two until next year and other board members concurred. Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. Phillips, to go out for a bond of no more than $2.3 million, with first year interest payments of approximately $54,795 beginning FY14, and approximately $179,892 of second year principal and interest payments. Following a request by Mr. Robinson for further discussion in regard to the proposed budget, the motion was tabled. See further school budget discussion below. Following that discussion, the motion carried unanimously.
Approve School Budget There was expressed support for preserving the social worker position at Union Elementary School, as well as support for full funding for Community Connections. The Board discussed the possibility of $120,000 of additional spending. Mr. Robinson said he would not support a budget that did not include the social worker position. Mr. Jones suggested voting on a number and letting the administration decide how to spend the additional money. Mr. VanDerlip moved, seconded by Mr. Phillips, to approve a two-vote FY14 budget in the amount of $16,986,916. Motion carried unanimously.
Approve Recreation Department Budget Mr. VanDerlip moved, seconded by Mr. Jones, to approve the FY14 Recreation Department budget in the amount of $819,301. Motion carried unanimously.
Approve Articles for City Vote Mr. VanDerlip moved, seconded by Mrs. Bean, to approve the articles as presented with insertion of the numbers discussed. Motion carried unanimously.
Approve Signing of Necessity Resolution Certificate Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. Robinson, to approve signing of the Necessity Resolution Certificate as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Minutes of January 9, 2013
Mr. Phillips moved, seconded by Mr. VanDerlip, to approve the consent agenda including minutes of the January 9, 2013 special meeting, Warrants 29 and 30 dated January 17, 2013 in the amounts of $706,909.37 and $14,753.64 respectively, and Warrants 31 and 32 dated January 31, 2013 in the amounts of $535,000.00 and $24,667.09 respectively. Motion carried unanimously.
Announcements/Review Meeting (+/∆)
Mr. Robinson announced that he does not intend to seek reelection.
Superintendent Ricca invited others to join him next Thursday when he presents the school budget to the City Council.
Adjournment On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to adjourn at 10:02 p.m.