Montpelier Board of School CommissionersMinutesMinutes - July 20, 2011

Minutes - July 20, 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 7:03 p.m.

a.       Personnel

3.       Return to Open Session  7:03 p.m. 

4.       Adjust/Review Agenda  None.

5.       Public Comments  Mr. Thomas J. Amidon, Class of 1957, and Mr. Stephen Adams, Class of 1959, presented a trophy to the School Board that they won in February 1957.  Back in February 1957, Mr. Amidon and Mr. Adams skipped school and went to Mad River Glen and entered the New England Interscholastic Championship Slalom Race.  Mr. Adams won first place, Mr. Amidon won second place, and Mr. Adams’ brother, Bill, won third place.  They had swept the circuit.  The trophy was sent to the school but the school refused it because the boys had skipped school to participate in the event.  Mrs. Aldrich accepted the trophy on behalf of the board and said the trophy would be placed in the trophy case at Montpelier High School. 

6.       Update on Municipal Heating Initiative  Mr. Jones spoke of the findings of the committee.  Union Elementary School uses a mass amount of energy.  Normal usage is .3, UES uses .7.  When converted, UES will use 20% less.  This is more than estimated.  Montpelier High School has a good heating plan.  The cost may not be as high when at full capacity.  Mr. Jones suggested that they look at the Honeywell contract.  The Municipal Heating Committee is assigning an additional advisory committee member to help Mr. Jones and the board. 

7.       Update on Athletic Director/Trainer Position  Superintendent Ricca advised the board that Principal Evans is conducting interviews for both positions this week.  Nominees will be presented to the board for consideration at the next meeting in August.  Mrs. Aldrich suggested that the nominees should receive copies of all policies so that everyone is on the same page.  Once the new Athletic Director is hired, s/he should make a presentation to the board on the current status of all sports.  This presentation was recommended for the first meeting in September.  The board would also like to discuss the co-curricular plan and goals at the September meeting.  Mr. Jones said he would again reach out to U-32. 

8.       Consent Agenda

a.       Minutes of June 15, 2011

b.       Warrants

c.       Teacher Contracts

d.       Co-Curricular Contracts

Mr. Phillips moved, seconded by Mrs. Herz, to approve the consent agenda including minutes of the June 15, 2011 meeting, Warrants 3 and 4 dated July 21, 2011 in the amounts of $646,741.61 and $49,299.84 respectively, the recommendation to offer teaching contracts to Colleen Purcell (foreign language - MHS), Ronald Allen (driver education - MHS), Catherine Clements (match coach - UES), Shelby Quinn (grade 3 - UES), Wendy Albert (grade 3 - UES), Rachael Keaton (kindergarten - UES), Barry Gruessner (science - MHS), Julie Morton (english - MHS), Richard Scharf (science - MHS) and Ivy Zeller (SAP counselor - MSMS/MHS), and co-curricular contracts (see listing).  Motion carried unanimously.

9.       Announcements/Review Meeting (+/∆) 

-          Mrs. Aldrich introduced Superintendent Ricca to the community and welcomed him.  She discussed that in early October they plan to have a public get-together for the community and Superintendent Ricca. 

-          Mrs. Aldrich requested a five-minute presentation from students about events, activities, projects and happenings.  She also inquired about the status of a student member representative to the school board. 

-          Mrs. Aldrich asked Superintendent Ricca to schedule visits from the principals, Ms. Little and Mrs. Gaston. 

-          Mrs. Herz inquired about the annual retreat between the administration, the board, and the superintendent.  One has not been scheduled for this year, but will be explored. 

10.   Adjournment  On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to adjourn at 7:35 p.m. 

Dotty Rowe


Co-curricular Appointments

Bagley, Eric

Soccer, Girls: Head Coach


Bianchi, Timothy

Soccer, Boys: JV Coach


Murphy, John

Football, Varsity: Head Coach


Noonan, Timothy

Cross Country: Varsity Coach



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