Montpelier Board of School CommissionersMinutesMinutes - August 17, 2011

Minutes - August 17, 2011

1.       Call to Order  The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m.

2.       Executive Session  On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to enter Executive Session at 5:30 p.m., with the superintendent remaining.  On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to leave Executive Session at 7:00 p.m.

a.       Personnel

3.       Return to Open Session  7:00 p.m. 

4.       Adjust/Review Agenda  None.

5.       Public Comments  Students, parents and community members were in attendance as an expression of support for Lynn Ribolini, former MHS athletic director.  Some took the opportunity to tell the board that they were wrong to get rid of Mr. Ribolini.  Mike Segale spoke about the number of kids Mr. Ribolini has touched over the years.  Mike Dellipriscoli expressed concern with the replacement selection process, indicating the outcome did not fit the direction the athletic committee had discussed and decided they wanted to go.  Joe Blatchford spoke about the history of athletics at Montpelier High School and the great job Mr. Ribolini has done over the years.  Following public comments, Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. VanDerlip to return to Executive Session for the purpose of discussing the information received during the public comment portion of the meeting.

6.       Executive Session

a.       Personnel

7.       Return to Open Session  7:46 p.m.  Mrs. Aldrich read a brief statement and informed those in attendance that the board would be voting on the hiring recommendations during the consent agenda portion of the meeting later on.

8.       Discuss Superintendent Limitations Reports

a.       2.2 Treatment of Staff

b.       2.3 Financial Conditions and Activities

      Superintendent Ricca requested a framework as to what the board is looking for from him in terms of the policy governance model.  Another session with the policy governance consultants was suggested.  Mrs. Herz questioned the value and effectiveness of the current reporting system.  Superintendent Ricca suggested that it might be helpful to identify the areas of concern within the limitations policies and then focus the reporting on those specific areas. 

9.       Discuss Superintendent Evaluation Process  Mr. VanDerlip expressed concern with the whole process of evaluation.  He asked Superintendent Ricca for a clear process and plan for evaluating all positions that are part of the total school program, i.e., food services, custodial, administrative support staff, etc.  Some are covered by negotiated agreement.  Superintendent Ricca will bring to the board a plan for evaluating all staff not covered by a negotiated agreement.  Status of an employee handbook was also discussed.  Mr. VanDerlip requested a timeline for completing the handbook.  Regarding the superintendent evaluation process, it was suggested that rating forms be completed in nine months.  Superintendent Ricca requested informal feedback earlier than nine months.  A further suggestion was made to distribute the survey developed in conjunction with superintendent limitations policy 2.2 at the end of the first semester.  Superintendent Ricca will review the survey to see if he has any issues with it and report back to the board in two weeks. 

10.   Update on Collaboration Efforts with WCSU  Mr. Robinson did not have anything to report.  Principal Evans reported that three U-32 students will be coming to MHS this year for an advanced science course.  Other collaboration efforts being considered include preparatory courses for the SAT and a course through Princeton Review.  Collaboration efforts between U-32 and MHS on the Chinese camp this summer were discussed.  Mrs. Aldrich expressed interest in a five minute session with the student counselors from that camp. 

11.   Update on Municipal Heating Initiative  Mr. Jones reported that he, Superintendent Ricca and Facilities Director Thom Wood met with city officials.  There is an RFP out for design services.  We are pushing to make sure the UES component is moved from the optional category to the necessary category.  Mr. Jones will provide further updates. 

12.   Consent Agenda

a.       Minutes of July 20, 2011

b.       Warrants

c.       Resignations

i)        William Burrell

ii)      George Leal

d.       Teacher Contracts

e.       Athletic Director/Trainer Contracts

f.        Co-Curricular Contract

Mr. Phillips moved, seconded by Mrs. Herz, to approve the consent agenda including minutes of the July 20, 2011 meeting, Warrants 7 and 8 dated August 18, 2011 in the amounts of $381,914.17 and $90,379.54 respectively, Warrants 9 and 10 dated September 1, 2011 in the amounts of $585,000.00 and $49,000.00 respectively, resignations, the recommendation to offer teaching contracts to Kristina Schultz (art - UES), Marianne Signorino (special education - UES), Joy Partridge (school nurse - UES), Linda Dostie (grade 1 - UES) and Morgan Lloyd (grade 4 - UES), the recommendation to offer AD/AT contracts to Devin Wendel and Jennifer Lahr, and a co-curricular contract (see listing).  Motion carried unanimously.

13.   Announcements/Review Meeting (+/∆) 

-          Mr. Phillips – “very exciting prospects” in regard to two new additions to the athletic department, hopes everyone will support them. 

-          Mr. Jones suggested a thirty minute walk-through at each school to observe some of the work that has been done.  This could correspond with when the administrator reports to the board.  Superintendent Ricca will bring this idea to the next Administrative Team meeting. 

-          Superintendent Ricca and other new employees to the district will be serving up free ice cream on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 from 4-7 p.m. at Capitol Grounds.  Thanks to Bob Watson and Carol Paquette for organizing this. 

14.   Adjournment  On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to adjourn at 8:26 p.m. 

Heather Michaud


Co-curricular Appointments

Miles, Jason

Soccer, Boys: Varsity Coach



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