Montpelier Board of School CommissionersMinutesMinutes - November 16, 2011

Minutes - November 16, 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 7:10 p.m.

a.      Confidential Student Matter

3.      Return to Open Session  7:10 p.m. 

4.      Adjust/Review Agenda  The FY13 Recreation Department budget will not be presented at tonight’s meeting.  Agenda item #7 will be adjusted to a presentation of FEMA restoration of the Dog River Recreation Field. 

5.      Public Comments  None.

6.      Student Presentation  Students from Anne Watson’s Chemistry in the Community class presented data in support of their argument for discontinuing the bottled water contract for the cooler in Central Office. 

7.      Presentation of FEMA Restoration of the Dog River Recreation Field  A copy of the grant application for the project was distributed.  The maximum out-of-pocket expense from the Recreation Department budget will be $10,000.  DuBois Construction was the only bidder on the project.  Following discussion, there was consensus for Mr. McMullen to go ahead with a letter of intent for this project with DuBois Construction.

8.      Visit with Community Connections  Bill Merrylees, Assistant Director at Community Connections, presented the Board with a funding request from the FY13 budget.  Mr. Merrylees explained that Community Connections is without money for next year to cover services they want to maintain.  The requested funds will support direct services to students. 

9.      Superintendent’s Report

a.      FY13 School Budget  A handout was provided.  Superintendent Rica emphasized that there are many factors yet to be determined.  Class size was discussed briefly.  Superintendent Ricca will locate and provide the Board with the class size data compiled last year.  Mr. Jones cautioned the Board about the possibility of needing to fund a pretty significant asbestos remediation project in the event the UES building becomes one of the anchors for the heating initiative project. 

b.      Field Trips  Superintendent Ricca distributed a comprehensive listing and cost information for annual field trips at both MSMS and MHS.  Members of the board shared concerns about equal access to these events.  Board members recognized the need for additional information and input before any changes to current policy are contemplated.  This item will be put back on the agenda in late January. 

10.  Discuss School Dances  Deferred.

11.  Discuss Student Achievement Recognition  Deferred.

12.  Consent Agenda

a.      Minutes of November 2, 2011

b.      Warrants

c.      MHS Field Trip Request

d.      Co-Curricular Contracts

Mrs. Herz moved, seconded by Mr. Phillips, to approve the consent agenda including minutes of the November 2, 2011 meeting, Warrants 21 and 22 dated November 21, 2011 in the amounts of $746,330.75 and $19,605.50 respectively, the MHS Music Department’s field trip request to New York City on April 12-15, 2012, and co-curricular contracts (see listing).  Motion carried unanimously.

13.  Announcements/Review Meeting (+/∆) 

-          Congrats to MHS on being named one of the top high schools for math and science achievement. 

14.   Adjournment  On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to adjourn at 9:18 p.m. 

Heather Michaud


Co-curricular Appointments

Baker, Shannon

Basketball, Girls: Grade 8 Coach


Cain, Brian

Hockey, Girls: Assistant Varsity Coach


Dwyer, Larry

Basketball, Boys: Grade 7 Co-Coach


Kiefer, James

Basketball, Girls: Grade 7 Coach


Parento, Rob

Basketball, Boys: Grade 7 Co-Coach



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