MEETING OF THE
MONTPELIER BOARD OF SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS
March 21, 2012
Minutes Approved: April 4, 2012
Board: Sue Aldrich, Jennifer Cahill Bean, Ken Jones, Carol Paquette, Charlie Phillips, Steve Robinson, Lowell VanDerlip
Administration: Superintendent Brian Ricca
Public: Ally Brigham, Steve Dale, Ivan Jermyn, William Jestes, Jim Lovinsky, Emily Montague, Anna Scoppettone, Lillian Smith, Don Taylor
Absent: Ben Rose, Meghan Wingate
Call to Order The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.
Adjust/Review Agenda A student presentation will be added. The governance presentation will be moved upward on the agenda.
Public Comments None.
Student Presentation Several members of the Main Street Middle School Crafters Edge class presented a preview of their upcoming performance of the play Annie Jr.
Update on Municipal Heating Initiative Mr. Jones provided a status update. The City Council met last week and agreed to allow city staff to investigate this project using private sector customers. The current business plan does not include the high school, just the elementary school. Mr. Jones has outlined for the city what the school district needs in order to consider this a solid proposal. If the school district does join, the city will be looking for a ten-year obligation. Mr. Jones suggested that the school district consider requesting a price certain from the city for the delivery of heat. The city will provide as much information as they can generate before the school district’s next meeting in two weeks.
Governance Presentation – Steve Dale and Jim Lovinsky Steve Dale, Executive Director of the Vermont School Boards Association, and Jim Lovinsky, Chair of the Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union, gave a PowerPoint presentation on the issue of good governance. Presentation points included why we have school boards, the essential role of the board, the essential work of school boards, legal responsibilities, and guidelines for effective and ethical operations. Mr. Lovinsky will return for a specific discussion on policy governance on April 18, 2012. He asked board members to review its set of policy governance policies in advance of the meeting and come prepared with knowledge of the policies and questions.
Discuss Bond Timing Passed over.
Discuss 2011-2012 Calendar Superintendent Ricca presented his request for an adjustment to the 2011-2012 school calendar. This request involves waiving the flood day on August 29, 2011 so that the school year ends on Friday, June 15, 2012. Required minimum days will still be met with this adjustment. There was consensus to honor this request.
Minutes of March 7, 2012
Unpaid Leave of Absence Request
Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. Phillips, to approve the consent agenda including minutes of the March 7, 2012 meeting, Warrants 39 and 40 dated March 29, 2012 in the amounts of $729,106.74 and $26,000.00 respectively, a teacher’s unpaid leave of absence request, an administrator’s resignation, and co-curricular contracts (see listing). Motion carried unanimously.
Announcements/Review Meeting (+/∆)
- Jessica Sweeney has been selected to play in the senior all-star high school basketball game this coming Saturday.
Annie Jones was selected for the Dream Dozen.
Mr. Jones informed the Board that he testified (on his own behalf and not on behalf of the Montpelier School Board) before the State Board of Education in regard to the state requirement for algebra and geometry.
Mr. Phillips would like the tables arranged in more of a semi-circle.
Mr. VanDerlip requested time at the next meeting for a conversation about the agenda and time to reflect on tonight’s governance discussion.
Mr. Jones requested future agenda items to learn more about Tom Sabo’s and John Bloch’s innovative projects.
Adjournment On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to adjourn at 9:17 p.m.