MEETING OF THE
MONTPELIER BOARD OF SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS
July 18, 2012
Minutes Approved: August 15, 2012
Board: Sue Aldrich, Jennifer Cahill Bean, Ken Jones, Carol Paquette, Charlie Phillips, Steve Robinson, Lowell VanDerlip
Administration: Superintendent Brian Ricca
Absent: Meghan Wingate
Call to Order The meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m.
Adjust/Review Agenda Addition of Charlie Phillips’ Resolution for the VSBA. Addition of quarterly financial report to the consent agenda.
Public Comments None.
Discuss Open Meeting Law Invited Keith Vance to the meeting to discuss Open Meeting Law. It’s a grey area if the School Board creates a committee, it needs to be warned and minutes taken; create a committee and/or sub committee, if that group gathers to discuss the business, it needs to be warned and minutes taken; to err on the side of caution; uncertainty was brought to light from the unwarned meeting. Mr. VanDerlip took the responsibility of warning the first meeting; it was “his error” in not warning the second meeting. There was oversight from the committee – not intentional; it’s a good discussion to have and good to keep in mind. We will warn any committee that we set up and ask about any other committees that we are asked to be a part of if they need to warn the meeting; maybe it makes sense to appoint a chair for any committee created by the School Board.
Discuss Bond Details Project approach to the bond vote – a prioritized list with an estimate; why are there two lines for some in the bond paperwork?
Update on District Level Searches Hopefully three candidates to the second round - hope to have finalists to bring to the Board for a special meeting the week of July 30, 2012.
Discuss Fine Arts Climate around the theater and updates to the theater; some safety issues? How do we make the transition between a wish and a physical improvement; can the Montpelier Theatre Guild help us to identify what kind of improvements we can make incrementally? Can we get grants to support some of the activity/improvement in those areas? Two community members were former theater folks at U-32; could they be tapped for support? Looking at the other co-curriculars – are they on par or should we be shifting our priorities? Discussions w/Northfield – benefit from participation from them – more of an effort? We haven’t forgotten our discussions – here are some specific topics.
Approve Use of Reserve Funds for Purchase of New Cooler at MHS Mr. VanDerlip moved, seconded by Mr. Jones, to approve use of reserve funds up to $45,000 for the purchase of a new cooler at MHS. Motion carried unanimously.
Discuss Future Agenda Items
Discuss Resolution for the VSBA Hoping to bring this discussion to the State Board of Education – to Steve Dale prior to July 25; committee that reviews the resolution; and those resolutions that get into the State Board of Education’s General Meeting in the Fall; Jones to the Educational Opportunity Working Group; that group which has legislators on it is charged with strengthening the discussion between finances and results; difficulty in strengthening teachers in the State; issue of evaluation came up significantly; this may be a group that could be an ally; spurring the effort to come up with a better way to determine who the good teachers are; this resolution and find more allies. Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. VanDerlip, to move forward with this resolution. Motion carried unanimously.
Visit with Finalist for Director of Support Services Position The Board met with Mary O’Neill.
Minutes of June 20, 2012
Athletic Director Contract
Quarterly Financial Report
Mr. Phillips moved, seconded by Mrs. Bean, to approve the consent agenda including minutes of the June 20, 2012 regular meeting, Warrants 3 and 4 dated July 19, 2012 in the amounts of $59,305.97 and $34,696.75 respectively, the recommendation to offer teaching contracts to Clayton Wetzel, III (school nurse – MSMS), Hannah Geier (K-1 – UES), Karen Rodis (ELL – UES), and Kirk Kreitz (music – MSMS/MHS), the recommendation to offer an Athletic Director contract to Matthew Link, the FY12 estimated year end finance report, and co-curricular contracts (see listing). Motion carried unanimously.
Announcements/Review Meeting (+/∆)
Executive Session On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to enter Executive Session, with the superintendent remaining. On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to leave Executive Session.
Appointment of Employee
Return to Open Session 9:15 p.m.
a. Appointment of Employee Mr. VanDerlip moved, seconded by Mr. Phillips, to offer Mary O’Neill a contract for the position of Director of Support Services, pending reference checks. Motion carried unanimously.
Adjournment On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to adjourn at 9:15 p.m.
Dr. Brian G. Ricca