Montpelier Board of School CommissionersMinutesMinutes - November 14, 2012

Minutes - November 14, 2012

 

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 7:08 p.m.

a.       Contract Negotiations

3.       Return to Open Session 7:08 p.m.

4.       Adjust/Review Agenda No changes.

5.   Public Comments District parents shared concerns about a fifth grade teacher at Union Elementary School. At the conclusion of the comment period, Mrs. Aldrich informed the group that the Board would return to Executive Session prior to adjournment for further discussion on the matter.

6.    Discuss Athletics with MHS Athletic Director and Athletic Trainer Jen Lahr and Matt Link provided information on admission fees for sporting events. Discussion ensued. Mrs. Aldrich complimented Ms. Lahr and Mr. Link on their availability to all students regardless of whether or not the students are involved in sports. Mr. Robinson requested a return visit from Ms. Lahr and Mr. Link to address head injury concerns. Mr. Jones inquired about the process for a decision regarding the football program for next year.

7.       Presentation on Foreign Language at UES – Karoline May and Owen Bradley Sample world language models and an implementation plan were distributed.

8.       Review Second Grade Data Superintendent Ricca provided a summary of three years of Fountas and Pinnell assessment data for the second grade class. Socio-emotional data for this group was also provided. Logistical preparations are in process for the addition of a fifth second-grade classroom on January 2, 2013. Principal Bradley has begun the process of identifying a balanced student roster for this classroom.

9.       Review Class Size Policy The existing policy was provided. Following discussion, there was sufficient interest in conducting a policy review to consider possible changes. Superintendent Ricca will look to similar districts for their parameters and obtain feedback and input from teachers. The Board will revisit this policy at a future meeting in 2013.

10.   Review Bond Items Director of Facilities Thom Wood will attend the next meeting on December 5th. In an effort to prepare for that meeting, Mr. Wood will meet with each building principal and come up with Phase I, Phase II and Phase III lists for each building. The Phase I lists will include items essential for the continued functioning of the schools. The Phase II lists will contain solid 20-year investments items. The Phase III lists will contain items that could be addressed with thoughtful planning over the next 10 fiscal years. The date for the City Council to approve the contract for construction of the heat plant is November 28, 2012. Mr. Jones recommended a motion to provide clarity in regard to the proposed bonds, and which includes a firm commitment to funding the connection for UES to be part of the district heating system. Mr. Wood will play a vital role in selecting the mechanical contractor to do the work. Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. Phillips, that the Montpelier School Board of Directors will request that the City vote on a bond item that includes only those investments necessary for maintaining the physical integrity of the three schools. Included in this bond will be the costs necessary for retrofitting the heating plant at Union Elementary School to connect to the District Heat Distribution system being constructed by the City. The Montpelier School Board of Directors may request that the City vote on an additional bond item that includes other costs important for the improved operation of the schools. The Board will communicate to the public that the first bond is necessary for the continuing operation of the schools and the second bond is for the optimal operation of the schools. Motion carried unanimously, Mr. Robinson absent.

11.   Review FY14 Budget The Administrative Team has taken its first swing at the FY14 budget. The team reviewed line item numbers and will identify priorities next week. Superintendent Ricca expects to have substantial numbers from the state before the next meeting on December 5th. Superintendent Ricca inquired if there were any other considerations as the Admin. Team discusses priorities. Mr. Phillips expressed interest in continuation of after-school programs.

12.   Consent Agenda

a.       Minutes of November 7, 2012

b.       Warrants

c.       Co-Curricular Contracts

Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. Phillips, to approve the consent agenda including minutes of the November 7, 2012 regular meeting as amended, Warrants 21 and 22 dated November 19, 2012 in the amounts of $798,646.37 and $31,875.00 respectively, and co-curricular contracts (see listing). Motion carried unanimously, Mr. Robinson absent.

13.   Announcements/Review Meeting (+/∆)

14.   Executive Session

15.   Evaluation of Personnel On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to enter Executive Session at 8:50 p.m., with the superintendent remaining. It was decided that the board would not return to open session for any formal action on this matter. On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to leave Executive Session at 9:30 p.m.

16.   Adjournment On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to adjourn at 9:30 p.m.

 

Heather Michaud

Recorder

   

Co-curricular Appointments

 

Baker, Shannon

Basketball, Girls: Grade 7 Coach

MSMS

Dwyer, Larry

Basketball, Boys: Grade 8 coach

MSMS

Foster, Nicholas

Basketball, Boys: Head Coach

MHS

Gerdel, Greg

Skiing (Nordic) Coach

MHS

Kiefer, James

Basketball, Girls: Grade 8 Coach

MSMS

Pellegrini, John

Basketball, Girls: JV Coach

MHS

Wortmann, April

Basketball, Girls: Head Coach

MHS

Zurowski, Tim

Basketball, Boys: Grade 7 Coach

MSMS

 

 

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