Montpelier Board of School CommissionersMinutesMinutes - October 6, 2010

Minutes - October 6, 2010




October 6, 2010


Minutes Approved:  October 20, 2010


Board: Sue Aldrich, Carolyn Herz, John Hollar, Charlie Phillips, Steve Robinson, Rick Vanden Bergh, Lowell VanDerlip

Administration: Superintendent Mark Mason, Curriculum Director Patty Gaston, Principal Owen Bradley, Principal Peter Evans

Student: Ben Rose

Public: Members of the MHS Football Team, Chris Engelhard, Arne McMullen, Sandy Vitzthum, and others



1.     Call to Order The meeting was called to order at 7:08 p.m.

2.     Adjust/Review Agenda Mr. Hollar welcomed Ben Rose as the new student representative.  Principal Evans will discuss his decision to cancel the upcoming homecoming dance.  An Executive Session will be added prior to adjournment.

3.     Public Comments None.

4.     Student Presentation Bill Burrell and members of his fifth grade class performed a musical presentation. 

5.     Discussion with Football Representatives Members of the football team and parents presented a request for continued funding for the football program.

6.     Discuss Homecoming Dance Principal Evans informed the board about his decision to cancel the upcoming homecoming dance scheduled for Saturday, October 9, 2010.  Principal Evans identified three areas of concern that need to be addressed before any future dances are scheduled.  The areas of concern  identified included students’ use of alcohol prior to arriving at and during dances, students’ use of controlled substances prior to arriving at dances, and the dancing itself, specifically grinding.  Principal Evans is working with members of Project Graduation, the junior class, student council and others on putting a plan together that ensures all students taking part in future dances are safe and engaged in making positive and healthy decisions. 

7.     Visit with Curriculum Director Curriculum Director Patty Gaston reviewed highlights and invited questions on the 2009-2012 draft action plan.  Mr. Vanden Bergh noted the importance and helpfulness of more direct linkage between the indicators in the action plan and the indicators in the ends policies.  Superintendent Mason volunteered to return with a revised document incorporating this request. 

8.     Visit with UES Principal Principal Bradley provided a status report on Union Elementary School.  Items discussed included attendance at open house, transportation, enrollment, diversity, student attendance at parent-teacher conferences, and maintenance and facilities. 

9.     Indicator Report on End #3 Passed over.  Superintendent Mason requested a few additional weeks to gather the data for this report. 

10.  Discuss Superintendent Limitations Report A written report was provided.   

a.     2.0 Global Superintendent Constraint

11.  Discuss October 1 Enrollment Numbers A handout was provided.  A request was made to receive this information in the customary format, i.e., absent pre-kindergarten numbers.  Superintendent Mason will email board members with this information.   

12.  Superintendent’s Reports Superintendent Mason will invite Dr. Dale Stafford to attend the October 20 meeting to discuss the health effects of subconcussive impacts.  An FY12 budget timeline was distributed.  In light of recent travel advisories, Barbara Austin-Hutchins will be attending the next scheduled meeting to discuss the overseas field trip to Italy scheduled for April 2011.  The board will be asked to sanction this trip.  Superintendent Mason will give his opinion on field trip parity at the next meeting.  Superintendent Mason requested a vote on the economic aspect of the proposed MEA Agreement.  Mr. Hollar declined the vote request until such time as all proposed language changes are identified.  Superintendent Mason will email this information to Mr. Hollar. 

13.  Appoint Board Succession Committee Mrs. Aldrich and Mr. Robinson volunteered to serve on this committee.   

14.  Consent Agenda

a.     Minutes of September 15, 2010

b.     Warrants

c.     Co-Curricular Contracts

Mr. Robinson moved, seconded by Mrs. Herz, to approve the consent agenda including minutes of the September 15, 2010 meeting, Warrants 15 and 16 dated October 7, 2010 in the amounts of $492,740.19 and $18,537.14 respectively, Warrants 17 and 18 dated October 19, 2010 in the amounts of $725,528.46 and $25,250.00 respectively, and co-curricular contracts (see listing).  Motion carried unanimously.

15.  Executive Session On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to enter Executive Session at 9:03 p.m., with the superintendent remaining.  On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to leave Executive Session at 9:07 p.m. 

a.     Negotiations

16.  Adjournment On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to adjourn at 9:07 p.m. 




Heather Michaud










Co-curricular Appointments


Austin-Hutchins, Barbara

Class Advisor: Juniors


Austin-Hutchins, Barbara

Project Graduation Advisor


Dugger III, Lloyd

Band Advisor


Goodell, Diana

Unified Sports Co-Coordinator


Keinath, Charles



McGraw, David

Student Council Advisor


McGraw, Jody

AFS Advisor


McGraw, Jody

National Honor Society


Murphy-Egri, Alexis

Vocal Music Advisor


Pearson, Brooke

Debate/Forensics Co-Advisor


Russo, Marijke

Debate/Forensics Co-Advisor


Sabo, Thomas

Earth Group Co-Advisor


Scharf, Richard

Earth Group Co-Advisor


Sholk, Ellen

Scholars’ Bowl Advisor


Tillotson, Jerry

Yearbook Advisor


Tillotson, Jerry

Yearbook Assistant Advisor


Watson, Anne

Class Advisor: Seniors


Youngwood, Susan

Solon Spectrum Advisor


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