Montpelier Board of School CommissionersMinutesMinutes - September 7, 2011

Minutes - September 7, 2011


1.       Call to Order  The meeting was called to order at 6:45 p.m.

2.       Executive Session  On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to enter Executive Session at 6:45 p.m., with the superintendent remaining.  On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to leave Executive Session at 7:07 p.m.

a.       Personnel

3.       Return to Open Session  7:07 p.m. 

4.       Adjust/Review Agenda  None.

5.       Public Comments  Julia Donahue addressed the Board regarding her and her husband’s desire to have one of her stepchildren released from special education services.  Following discussion, Mrs. Aldrich assured Mrs. Donahue that the matter is under investigation and informed her that the Board could not comment any further on the matter due to confidentiality issues.  Superintendent Ricca promised Mrs. Donahue an answer no later than Friday, September 9, 2011.  Mr. Donahue then joined the conversation via telephone and shared his thoughts on the matter with the Board.

6.       Superintendent’s Report  Superintendent Ricca reported that the school year is off to a good start.  There is a lot of positive energy in all buildings.  Superintendent Ricca shared with the Board his plan for visiting the school buildings each month. 

The requested presentation from the new athletic directors/trainers and the session with the student counselors from the summer Chinese camp were moved to the second September meeting.  Superintendent Ricca made an overall recommendation that agenda items of this kind not be scheduled for the first September meeting.  Focus topics for the athletic directors/trainers presentation were discussed. 

7.       Discuss Organizational Chart  A chart was provided.  Superintendent Ricca reported that he has not yet had an opportunity to assess all of the holes, but he should be able to provide a more detailed report at the next meeting.  Evaluation cycles and tools and job descriptions were discussed.  Mr. Jones asked for clarification on the relationship between the superintendent and the recreation director. 

8.       Update on Employee Handbook  A draft handbook was provided.  Superintendent Ricca reported that he is in the process of soliciting samples from around the state with a focus on single districts.  The probability of one handbook covering all job classifications is probably not feasible.  Negotiated Agreements need to be reviewed for the purpose of identifying holes and assessing whether or not handbooks are needed.  Mr. Robinson cautioned that once handbooks are in place, they have to be adhered to by all parties.  Superintendent Ricca will collect additional information, evaluate what other districts are doing, and report back to the Board in steps. 

9.       Update on Superintendent Evaluation Survey  Superintendent Ricca will work with the district’s Director of Technology on a plan for distributing the survey and collecting data.

10.   Update on Municipal Heating Initiative  The relationship between the City and the school district needs to be formalized within the next two months, i.e., is the school district a partner or a customer?  Responses to the RFP are due Friday.  The responses will include a description of the activities needed in order for UES to be a part of this project.  Mr. Jones will provide further updates. 

11.   Consent Agenda

a.       Minutes of August 17, 2011

b.       Warrants

c.       Co-Curricular Contracts

Mr. Phillips moved, seconded by Mrs. Herz, to approve the consent agenda including minutes of the August 17, 2011 meeting, Warrants 11 and 12 dated September 15, 2011 in the amounts of $538,168.79 and $16,767.98 respectively, and co-curricular contracts (see listing).  Motion carried unanimously.

12.   Announcements/Review Meeting (+/∆) 

-           Mr. Jones would like to pursue periodic meetings at the different schools.

-          Mrs. Aldrich would like a follow-up conversation or information from Principal Evans on the multiple pathways model. 

-          Identification of the next student representative to the Board is in process. 

-          Mr. VanDerlip asked that student group presentations/discussions be reinstituted.

-          The Board approved Superintendent Ricca writing a Side Letter of Agreement for the Negotiated Agreement with the MEA regarding National Board Certification equivalency status for SLPs.

-          Flood recovery efforts and opportunities were discussed.

-          Mrs. Herz would to have a discussion around the issue of whether or not the district’s goal of rewarding kids for their passions aligned with the honor roll, etc.

-          Ms. Paquette commented that the changes at UES during Principal Bradley’s tenure have been amazing.

13.   Adjournment  On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to adjourn at 8:09 p.m. 



Heather Michaud



Co-curricular Appointments


Childs, Carrie

Field Hockey: JV Coach


Krauss, Mariah

Soccer, Girls: JV Coach


Murphy-Egri, Alexis

Fall Play (Music Director)


Swenson, Ernest

Football: Assistant Varsity Coach


Viens, Jessica

Field Hockey: Varsity Coach


Weigand, Scott

Drama Director




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