Montpelier Board of School CommissionersMinutesMinutes - February 1, 2012

Minutes - February 1, 2012



1.       Call to Order  The meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m. 

2.       Adjust/Review Agenda  No changes.

3.       Public Comments  None. 

4.       Auditor’s Report – Mike Segale  Mr. Segale summarized the FY11 audit report.  There were no findings.  Mr. Segale confirmed that the prior year recommendations were all implemented during FY11.  Mr. VanDerlip moved, seconded by Mr. Phillips, to approve the FY11 audit report.  Motion carried unanimously. 

5.       Update from the Recreation Department  Mr. McMullen presented a proposal for increasing program fees.  A handout was provided.  Mr. McMullen explained that there has not been any program fee increases for several years.  Mr. VanDerlip opined that he would like the Recreation Board to reconsider increasing the fees for swimming lessons.  Mr. Jones commented that in the event there is a decline in attendance in any program with the increase in fees, it is his hope that the Recreation Board will reconsider. 

6.       Legislative Update  Superintendent Ricca updated the Board in regard to Senate Bill 194 introduced by Senator Mullin of Rutland regarding consolidation of supervisory unions.  The proposal is to divide the state into sixteen supervisory unions.  Superintendent Ricca encouraged board members to communicate their feelings on this issue to public officials. 

7.       Update on Municipal Heating Initiative   Superintendent Ricca reported that early numbers have been received from the engineers.  The cost of conversion at UES will be approximately $363,000, with the asbestos abatement work totaling approximately $185,000, for a total of $548,000.  If the school district is going to participate, heat exchangers will need to be put in place at MHS and UES in order to hook on to the system.  The cost of this work will be approximately $132,000 for UES and $106,000 for MHS, for an additional $238,000.  The City is interested in working with the school district on this once they solidify what their costs for this project are going to be.  If the school district is going to partner with the City, Mr. Jones indicated it is time to begin working with them on a pricing model.  He noted the need for another board member to work with him on this in order to provide input in discussions with the City.  Mr. Phillips suggested former board member Rick Vanden Bergh as a qualified individual for a project of this type. 

8.       Discuss Projects for External Funding  Mr. Jones requested that the Board initiate a procedure for school projects with outside funding.  There are currently two projects, Tom Sabo’s work developing a sustainable food curriculum and John Bloch’s interest in establishing a wired classroom at the high school.  Mr. Sabo will present his project to the Board soon and Mr. Jones is going to invite Mr. Bloch to come and speak to the Board.  Mr. Jones asked fellow board members for their assistance in identifying other ideas that may benefit from strong community participation and provide students with greater opportunities outside of the classroom. 

9.       Discuss Principal Search Committee  The search committee will include two members of the Administrative Team, two faculty members, two students, two parents and Superintendent Ricca.  Mrs. Aldrich and Ms. Paquette also volunteered to serve on the committee.  Applications are due February 24, with interviews scheduled for March 8 and March 13. 

10.   Consent Agenda

a.       Minutes of January 18, 2012

b.       Warrants

c.       Resignation

i)        Karen Smereka

d.       Unpaid Leave of Absence Request

e.       Community National Bank Banking Services Proposal

f.        Audit Renewal Proposal

Mr. VanDerlip moved, seconded by Mr. Phillips, to approve the consent agenda including minutes of the January 18, 2012 meeting, Warrants 31 and 32 dated February 2, 2012 in the amounts of $511,342.84 and $18,651.11 respectively, a teacher resignation, a teacher’s unpaid leave of absence request, Community National Bank’s proposal for banking services, and Fothergill, Segale & Valley’s proposal for audit services.  Mr. VanDerlip questioned best practice around the issue of life span for an auditor in a relationship with a school district and requested that Superintendent Ricca perhaps check with a finance officer at the Department of Education to see what recommendations they have for school districts in this regard.  Motion carried unanimously.

11.   Announcements/Review Meeting (+/∆) 

12.   Adjournment  On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to adjourn at 8:23 p.m. 




Heather Michaud





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