Montpelier Board of School CommissionersMinutesMinutes - November 2, 2011

Minutes - November 2, 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 7:07 p.m.

a.       Negotiations

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

4.       Adjust/Review Agenda  Mr. VanDerlip requested a discussion about security systems within the school buildings.  Superintendent Ricca asked for consideration of a draft collaboration vision statement between MPS and WCSU.  Mr. Jones requested a discussion of talking points for the upcoming joint meeting with the Northfield School Board.

5.       Public Comments  None.

6.       Student Presentation  Fifth grade students Meredith Stetter and Nadia Scoppettone reported on their service learning project aimed at reducing waste and increasing sustainability at Union Elementary School. 

7.       Action Item

a.       Approve Signing of AFL-CIO Local 1369 FY11-12 Negotiated Agreement  Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. Robinson, to approve signing of the AFL-CIO Local 1369 FY11-12 Negotiated Agreement.  Motion carried unanimously. 

8.       Discuss FY13 Budget  Superintendent Ricca reported that staffing needs for next year have been assessed.  Initial budgets from all program managers are due to Business Manager Rossi by November 4.  Notification of health insurance increases are expected the week of November 14.  Superintendent Ricca inquired as to how much more feedback the Board wanted to give in terms of priorities.  Mrs. Aldrich requested projected enrollment numbers and birth rate data.  Superintendent Ricca will e-mail that information to board members tomorrow. 

9.       Discuss Student Achievement Recognition  Deferred.

10.   Discuss Field Trip Equity  The issue of responsibility for paying for field trips that are part of the curriculum was discussed.  Mr. Robinson asked if we, as a public school, were creating programs and field trips based on someone’s ability to pay and went on to suggest that perhaps those fields trips should not be part of the program unless the district is willing to find a way to fund them.  Mr. Phillips expressed concern about curricular versus non-curricular field trips.  A screening committee was proposed to assess financial need on a case-by-case basis.  The need for additional information was identified.  With this information, there was consensus that the board could engage in a solution-oriented discussion. Mr. Phillips suggested checking with other school boards to see how they handle this issue.  Superintendent Ricca will also check with the Vermont Superintendents Association. 

11.   Update on Municipal Heating Initiative  No report.

12.   Discuss Security Systems  In light of recent vandalism events at neighboring Twinfield school, Mr. VanDerlip requested confirmation of the existence of security systems in the district school buildings, including confirmation that the systems are up-to-date and functioning properly.  Superintendent Ricca will confirm.

13.   Discuss Draft Collaboration Vision Statement  Superintendent Ricca distributed the draft statement prepared by him and WCSU Superintendent Robbe Brook.  Superintendent Ricca explained that the sole purpose of the statement is to preserve collaboration efforts between the two districts regardless of who is sitting in the superintendent chairs.  Mr. Phillips moved, seconded by Mr. Jones, to approve the collaboration vision statement between the Montpelier School District and Washington Central Supervisory Union.  Motion carried unanimously. 

14.   Discuss Talking Points for Joint Meeting with the Northfield School Board  Mr. Jones would like to learn more about Northfield’s existing relationship with Norwich.  Mr. VanDerlip would like to discuss opportunities to collaborate on hard to serve students.  Other items discussed included the possibility of a foreign language lab and collaboration opportunities in the areas of drama/theater/art.  Superintendent Ricca will e-mail WSSU Superintendent Gossens a list of proposed talking points in advance of the joint meeting on November 7.

15.   Consent Agenda

a.       Minutes of October 19, 2011

b.       Warrants

c.       MHS Field Trip Request

d.       Co-Curricular Contracts

Mr. Phillips moved, seconded by Mr. VanDerlip, to approve the consent agenda including minutes of the October 19, 2011 meeting, Warrants 19 and 20 dated November 9, 2011 in the amounts of $936,362.57 and $46,276.76 respectively, David McGraw’s field trip request to Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire on November 6-7, 2011, and co-curricular contracts (see listing).  Motion carried unanimously.

16.   Announcements/Review Meeting (+/∆) 

-          The boys’ soccer team was recognized for its performance in yesterday’s semi-final game against U-32.  A brief discussion in regard to fall athletics ensued.  Mr. Jones suggested that the school board prepare a congratulatory letter expressing how the fall of 2011 was a great example of Montpelier student athletes.

-          The issue of student behavior at school dances was again raised.  Following discussion, there was consensus to include this topic as a future agenda item. 

17.   Adjournment  On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to adjourn at 9:50 p.m. 

Heather Michaud


Co-curricular Appointments

Bennett, Daniel

Basketball, Boys: JV Coach


Foster, Nicholas

Basketball, Boys: Head Coach


Gerdel, Greg

Skiing (Nordic): Coach


Turley, Chris

Hockey, Girls: Head Coach


Wortmann, April

Basketball, Girls: Head Coach


Zurowski, Kerri

Intramural Coordinator: Boys and Girls


Zurowski, Tim

Basketball, Boys: Grade 8 Coach



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