Montpelier Board of School CommissionersMinutesMinutes - July 17, 2013

Minutes - July 17, 2013

 1.       Call to Order The meeting was called to order at 6:45 p.m.

2.       Executive Session On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to enter Executive Session at 6:45 p.m., with the superintendent remaining. On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to leave Executive Session at 7:04 p.m.

3.       Return to Open Session 7:04 p.m.

4.       Adjust/Review Agenda The Financial Condition and Activities report will be moved upward on the agenda.

5.       Public Comments None.  

6.       Discuss Superintendent Limitations Report A handout was distributed and discussed.

a.       Financial Condition and Activities

7.       Discuss Field Trip

a.       Orford, New Hampshire – Jason Miles Trip details were provided. Mr. Phillips moved, seconded by Mr. VanDerlip, to approve Jason Miles’ field trip request to Orford, New Hampshire on August 23-25, 2013. Motion carried unanimously.

8.       Review Superintendent Limitations Policy In an effort to prepare the best report possible, Superintendent Ricca asked the Board for suggestions on methods to capture the needed data. Mrs. Braun suggested a Survey Monkey survey. Since November was the time selected for a more thorough evaluation of the superintendent, the Board will need information back to them by the second meeting in October. With that in mind, it was suggested that the survey be sent out by the end of September. Board members will send questions to include on the survey to Superintendent Ricca. Mr. Jones wants to follow up with the public on some of the bond projects to complete, as he remembers a discussion about getting more substantial community involvement in this regard. Mr. VanDerlip inquired as to the status of the technology systems review. Superintendent Ricca expects a report on that later this week or early next week.  

a.       Treatment of Staff

9.       Discuss Policy Waiver Criteria Mr. Phillips inquired as to the existence of any models that could be reviewed. Superintendent Ricca will check on that. Mrs. Aldrich suggested inviting the K-1 team to a meeting to discuss how they evaluate and why they believe it is important not to make exceptions. A discussion in regard to making kindergarten admission dates reflective of one’s gender was added to the list of parking lot items.

10.   Discuss Spiral International Proposal Superintendent Ricca gave an overview of the proposal. Mr. VanDerlip expressed interest in knowing more about Spiral International, acknowledging that the concept of developing an international exchange program sounded really good. Mr. Jones would like to know more about Spiral International’s experience with the language exchange.

11.   Action Items

a.       Approve Signing of AFL-CIO Local 1369 FY14-16 Negotiated Agreement Mr. Phillips moved, seconded by Mr. VanDerlip, to approve signing of the AFL-CIO Local 1369 FY14-16 Negotiated Agreement. Motion carried unanimously.

b.       Approve Signing of Updated Member Agreements to Continue Participation in the Vermont Education Health Initiative Medical and Dental Programs Beyond June 30, 2014 Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. Phillips, to approve signing of the updated member agreements to continue participation in the Vermont Education Health Initiative medical and dental programs beyond June 30, 2014. Motion carried unanimously.

12.   Consent Agenda

a.       Minutes of June 19, 2013

b.       Warrants

c.       Teacher Contracts

d.       Co-Curricular Contracts

Mr. Phillips moved, seconded by Mr. VanDerlip, to approve the consent agenda including minutes of the June 19, 2013 regular meeting, Warrants 3 and 4 dated July 18, 2013 in the amounts of $363,862.03 and $45,133.81 respectively, the recommendation to offer teaching contracts to Rachel Aldrich-Whalen (kindergarten – UES), Vanessa Freeman (kindergarten – UES) and Nathalie Sugarman (social worker – MSMS/MHS), and co-curricular contracts (see listing). Motion carried unanimously.

13.   Announcements/Review Meeting (+/∆)

-          Ben Field and Alex Stetter are the new student representatives to the Board.

-          Congratulations to UES physical education teacher Emmanuel Riby-Williams who became a citizen of the United States on July 8, 2013.

-          The Board sends its condolences to Beverly Morgan and the family of Don Morgan who passed away last week.  

14.   Adjournment On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to adjourn at 8:01 p.m.


Heather Michaud



Co-curricular Appointments


Bagley, Eric

Soccer, Girls: Head Coach


Bianchi, Timothy

Soccer, Boys: JV Coach


Eldridge, Sophia

Field Hockey: JV Coach


Lyons, Gwendolyn

Soccer, Girls: JV Coach


Miles, Jason

Soccer, Boys: Head Coach


Murphy, John

Football: JV Coach


Noonan, Timothy

Cross Country: Varsity Coach


Robinson, Norm

Cross Country: Assistant Varsity Coach



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