Montpelier Board of School CommissionersMinutesMinutes - March 6, 2013

Minutes - March 6, 2013

1.       Call to Order The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. by Superintendent Ricca.

2.       Board Reorganization and Introduce New Board Members Superintendent Ricca opened nominations for Board Chair. Mr. Phillips nominated Mrs. Aldrich for Chair. There were no further nominations and Mrs. Aldrich was elected unanimously. Ms. Paquette nominated Mr. Phillips for Vice Chair. There were no further nominations and Mr. Phillips was elected unanimously. Election of a Treasurer and a Parliamentarian were deferred until the next meeting when there are additional board members in attendance.

3.       Adjust/Review Agenda A second resignation was added to the consent agenda.

4.       Public Comments None.

5.       Presentation of Award Superintendent Ricca presented Mrs. Aldrich with a certificate from the Vermont School Boards Association in recognition of her twelve years of service on the board.

6.       Update on Common Core – Karoline May A transition timeline was distributed and discussed. The Board asked for a full report on the reserved professional development time for teachers at the next meeting on March 20th. Mr. VanDerlip asked if the supervision and evaluation rubric would be updated to reflect transition to the Common Core.

7.       Discuss the Possibility of Moving the 5th Grade to Main Street Middle School Superintendent Ricca shared that Principal Arnold believes some construction would have to be done in order to accommodate additional students at Main Street Middle School. There would also be some staffing implications. Superintendent Ricca asked board members for specific information they want in order to further this discussion at the next meeting on March 20th. Mr. VanDerlip believes incorporating grades 5-8 in one building is a feasible middle school model. He would like to know how many fifth grade classrooms would be required for the next few years, the foreseeable shortage of classrooms, and how that might be remedied. Mr. VanDerlip also believes that moving the 5th grade to Main Street Middle School would take the pressure off one school and even things out a bit, would better utilize the staff at MSMS, and would better equalize the supervision and evaluation process for teachers. Ms. Paquette expressed uncertainty about whether 5th graders are ready to make the change to middle school. Mr. Phillips believes moving the 5th grade to MSMS would help with the strong thrust to incorporate preschool at UES. Mrs. Bean requested birthrate information and projections. Mrs. Aldrich would like multiage information for that age group.

8.       Discuss Collaboration Efforts with U-32/Northfield Superintendent Ricca asked board members if they have specific things in mind or if there are areas they want him to examine. Mrs. Aldrich suggested reaching out to the other boards to see if they are still interested. Mr. Phillips is more optimistic about sharing opportunities with Northfield than with U-32. Mrs. Aldrich suggested that Superintendent Ricca approach WCSU Superintendent Bill Kimball and ask that he speak with the U-32 board.

9.       Discuss Tuition Waiver Request Superintendent Ricca and Principal Arnold believe granting the tuition waiver request would be in the best interest of the student. Mr. Phillips moved, seconded by Mrs. Bean, to grant the tuition waiver request as recommended by the superintendent. Motion carried unanimously.

10.   Consent Agenda

a.       Minutes of February 20, 2013

b.       Warrants

c.       Resignations

i)        Owen Bradley

ii)       Acacia Jackson Vance

d.       Co-Curricular Contracts

Mr. Phillips moved, seconded by Mrs. Bean, to approve the consent agenda including minutes of the February 20, 2013 regular meeting, Warrants 37 and 38 dated March 14, 2013 in the amounts of $585,000.00 and $30,000.00 respectively, two resignations, and co-curricular contracts (see listing). Motion carried unanimously.

11.   Announcements/Review Meeting (+/∆)

-          Mrs. Aldrich thanked Principal Bradley for his service and wished him well.

-          Mr. VanDerlip requested written superintendent reports with future board packets.

-          The calendar for the second meeting in March calls for some recommendations in terms of administrator and administrative staff contracts.

-          FY15 budget priorities should also be put back on the agenda for March 20th.

-          Mr. Phillips asked Superintendent Ricca to include priorities around the budget in his written report.

-          Mr. VanDerlip suggested a discussion in regard to the preschool program as another agenda item for March 20th.

-          Mr. VanDerlip also requested a program report from the Director of Special Education.

-          Superintendent Ricca thanked the public for their gift of approving all of the school’s ballot items.

12.   Adjournment On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to adjourn at 8:10 p.m.


Heather Michaud




Co-curricular Appointments


Miles, Jason

Auditorium Operations


Monmaney, Susan

Co-Class Advisor: Seniors


Squier, Sarah

National Honor Society Advisor




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