MEETING OF THE
MONTPELIER BOARD OF SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS
September 5, 2012
Minutes Approved: September 19, 2012
Board: Sue Aldrich, Jennifer Cahill Bean, Ken Jones, Carol Paquette, Charlie Phillips, Steve Robinson, Lowell VanDerlip
Administration: Superintendent Brian Ricca, Director of Facilities Thom Wood
Student: Meghan Wingate
Public: Dave Bennett, Keith Vance
Call to Order The meeting was called to order at 6:31 p.m. by Mr. VanDerlip.
Executive Session On a motion duly made and seconded, the Board voted unanimously to enter Executive Session at 6:31 p.m., with the superintendent remaining. On a motion duly made and seconded, the Board voted unanimously to leave Executive Session at 7:06 p.m.
Return to Open Session 7:06 p.m.
a. Contract Negotiations Mr. Phillips moved, seconded by Mr. VanDerlip, for approval to contact the Montpelier Education Association to see if issues relative to the teachers’ contract can be resolved. The motion passed 5-0, Mr. Robinson abstaining, Mr. Jones absent.
Adjust/Review Agenda No changes.
Public Comments Dave Bennett, on behalf of Community Connections, provided an update on funding. In a nutshell, Mr. Bennett informed the Board that funding for the Community Connections program is basically depleted. They are currently seeking grants, but Mr. Bennett wanted to alert the Board that Community Connections will most likely be looking to them for some funding for next year.
Bond Presentation – Thom Wood, Director of Facilities Mr. Wood gave a PowerPoint presentation documenting and detailing projects for inclusion in the proposed bond.
Bond Discussion Superintendent Ricca broached the idea of moving the bond vote from November to March. This would allow the Board to do its due diligence in regard to the district heat initiative. Superintendent Ricca spoke with City Manager Bill Fraser and Mr. Fraser believes this is a reasonable idea. Mr. Jones supported the idea of delaying the bond vote until March, noting the need for public involvement to gather the community’s thoughts and input before the vote. Superintendent Ricca cited the importance of educating the community on the need for the bond and providing fact-based information. Mr. Robinson would like to initiate the public engagement process sooner rather than later in order to get the community focused on the magnitude of the project. Mr. Jones volunteered to draft a press release for the Board’s consideration by next Monday.
Harassment – Second Reading One of the designated employees for receiving complaints at MHS needs to be changed. Mr. Robinson asked Superintendent Ricca for assurance that he had reviewed the policy requirements and was comfortable with the levels of accountability contained therein. With this assurance, the policy will be warned for adoption.
Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources and the Internet – Second Reading The screening procedure for electronic information was discussed. Mr. Robinson expressed concerns similar to those expressed on the harassment policy in regard to the burdensome nature of reporting requirements. Superintendent Ricca promised to bring concerns about the screening procedure to the Tech. Committee. With no substantive changes offered, the policy will be warned for adoption.
Minutes of August 15, 2012
Mr. Phillips moved, seconded by Mr. Jones, to approve the consent agenda including minutes of the August 15, 2012 regular meeting, Warrants 11 and 12 dated September 13, 2012 in the amounts of $540,000.00 and $37,000.00 respectively, a teacher resignation, and co-curricular contracts (see listing). Motion carried unanimously.
Announcements/Review Meeting (+/∆)
Mr. Phillips, at the request of Myles Chater, offered a reminder about homecoming games being changed to September 28 and 29.
Mr. Robinson would like a discussion about the policy surrounding admission fees for extra curricular activities.
Adjournment On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to adjourn at 8:43 p.m.