Montpelier Board of School CommissionersMinutesMinutes - June 1, 2011

Minutes - June 1, 2011


1.       Call to Order  The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m.

2.       Executive Session  On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to enter Executive Session at 6:30 p.m., with the superintendent remaining.  On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to leave Executive Session at 7:17 p.m.

a.       Personnel

3.       Return to Open Session  7:17 p.m. 

4.       Adjust/Review Agenda  Mrs. Aldrich requested a discussion in regard to a survey question from the Vermont School Boards Association.  Superintendent Mason requested a discussion in regard to the 2010-2011 school calendar. 

5.       Public Comments  George Cook thanked the Board for sixteen great years with the district. 

6.       Discuss Facility Upgrades at MSMS  Passed over.  The Honeywell contract was discussed briefly.  Mr. Jones suggested taking advantage of the free assessment services offered by the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation.  The discussion then turned to the district energy project.  There is a bond vote scheduled for June 14, 2011.  There was board consensus that at this point there is insufficient information to assess the potential benefits of the district’s participation in this project.  Superintendent Mason will forward the information he has received from the city to all board members. 

7.       Review Teacher Supervision & Evaluation Model  A written review and recommendations in regard to the current teacher supervision & evaluation model was provided by Superintendent Mason.  Superintendent Mason reminded the board that this model is part of the Negotiated Agreement and any changes to it would have to be included as part of the bargaining process.  The role of students in evaluating teachers was discussed, as well as teacher self-evaluations. 

8.       Discuss VSBA Survey Question  Kerri Lamb from the Vermont School Boards Association inquired as to the district’s practice for allowing children of non-residential teachers to attend school in the district at no cost.  There is no formal district policy on this issue in place at this time.  The pros and cons of such a policy were discussed.  Mrs. Aldrich will respond to the VSBA that although there is no policy on this issue at this time, it is an ongoing discussion and something the district may consider in the future. 

9.       Discuss 2010-2011 School Calendar  Despite the no school announcement for Friday, May 27, 2011 due to flooding in downtown Montpelier, Superintendent Mason asked the board to consider not adjusting the school calendar for academic year 2010-2011 as the district will still exceed the state’s minimum requirement for days in school.  Mr. VanDerlip moved, seconded by Mrs. Herz, to accept the superintendent’s recommendation in regard to the school calendar for academic year 2010-2011.  Motion carried unanimously. 

10.   Consent Agenda

a.       Minutes of May 18, 2011

b.       Warrants

c.       Unpaid Leave of Absence Requests

d.       Pavilion Project Bid

Mr. Robinson moved, seconded by Mr. Jones, to approve the consent agenda including minutes of the May 18, 2011 meeting, Warrants 49 and 50 dated June 9, 2011 in the amounts of $515,814.96 and $40,917.85 respectively, three teacher unpaid leave of absence requests based upon recommendations of program managers, and Blue Ridge’s bid in the amount of $57,720.00 for construction of a picnic pavilion at the Recreation Field.  Motion carried unanimously.

11.   Announcements/Review Meeting (+/∆) 

Superintendent Mason directed the board’s attention to the UVM teacher-of-the-year photographs on display in the library. 

The following comments were made:

+   Art show last night quite a treat (Mr. VanDerlip)

+   5-8 band concert, music teachers did a phenomenal job (Mrs. Herz)

+   New England Secondary School Consortium forum a real eye opener (Mr. Phillips)

12.   Adjournment  On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to adjourn at 7:53 p.m. 




Heather Michaud






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