Montpelier Board of School CommissionersMinutesMinutes - September 18, 2013

Minutes - September 18, 2013

1.       Call to Order The meeting was called to order at 7:06 p.m.

2.       Adjust/Review Agenda No changes.

3.       Public Comments None.

4.     Student Presentation Students from Mrs. Pine’s third grade class gave a presentation on their This is Me and What I Believe unit.

5.  Visit with Chinese Exchange Program Representatives Dr. Emily Guo from Spiral International presented the Board with a proposal for participation in a pilot program to build sister school relationships with schools in China. Under the program, Montpelier would continue to host Chinese students through the summer camp, as well as work with a Chinese school to form a co-op program for Chinese students to study in Montpelier and Montpelier students to study in China. Dr. Guo asked the Board to enter into an agreement granting permission to go forward with year one of the process. While the concept sounds promising, board members agreed on the need to review the agreement in more detail, with a definite decision promised at the next meeting on October 2, 2013.

6.    Discuss Foreign Language at Union Elementary School Brigitte Savard spoke to the efficacy of immersion as a means to learning a language. The follow-up discussion focused on language choice, the desire for exposure versus proficiency, and worries about time and financial constraints. A suggestion was made to look at other schools to see what they have done because it is believed that a lot can be learned from other people who have already gone through it. Director of Curriculum and Technology Michael Martin agreed with this approach, noting great variation in programs statewide and the importance of deciding what the expectations are. A member of the audience noted the need for long-term goals for both the District and UES.  

7.  Discuss Possible Relocation of 5th Grade to Main Street Middle School Board members, parents, community members, teachers and administrators engaged in a discussion regarding the possibility of moving fifth grade to Main Street Middle School as a possible solution to the current overcrowding at Union Elementary School.

8.     UES Principal Report Principal Hennessey reflected on the preliminary days in his new role as principal of Union Elementary and introduced the new UES blog, The Wise Owl.

9.       Consent Agenda

a.       Minutes of September 4, 2013

b.       Warrants

c.       MSMS Athletic Director Contract

d.       Co-Curricular Contracts

Mr. VanDerlip moved, seconded by Mrs. Bean, to approve the consent agenda including minutes of the September 4, 2013 regular meeting, Warrants 16 and 17 dated September 26, 2013 in the amounts of $788,643.49 and $20,794.50 respectively, the MSMS athletic director contract, and co-curricular contracts (see listing). Motion carried unanimously.

10.   Announcements/Review Meeting (+/∆)

-  Mr. Jones commented that he enjoyed tonight’s discussion and appreciated the participation.

 11. Adjournment On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to adjourn at 9:05 p.m.

 

Heather Michaud

Recorder

 

 

Co-curricular Appointments

 

Austin-Hutchins, Barbara

Project Graduation Advisor

MHS

Austin-Hutchins, Barbara

Class Advisor: Juniors

MHS

Beach, Ashley

Unified Sports Co-Coordinator

UES

Belanger, Valerie

Co-Class Advisor: Seniors

MHS

Brace, Rhonda

Crafter’s Edge Advisor

MSMS

Bravakis, Jenna

Student Leadership Advisor

MSMS

Chabot, Katherine

Earth Group Co-Advisor

MHS

Chabot, Lauren

Field Hockey Coach

MSMS

Chater, Myles

Student Council Advisor

MHS

Cobb, Peter

Soccer, Girls: Grade 8 Coach

MSMS

Cobb, Peter

Soccer, Girls: Grade 7 Coach

MSMS

Giroux, Anne

Crafter’s Edge Advisor

MSMS

Goodell, Diana

Unified Sports Co-Coordinator

UES

Kreitz, Kirk

Band Advisor

MHS

Miles, Jason

Crafter’s Edge Advisor

MSMS

Miles, Jason

Yearbook Assistant Advisor

MHS

Monmaney, Susan

Co-Class Advisor: Seniors

MHS

O’Hara, Cailin

Vocal Music Advisor

MHS

O’Hara, Cailin

Fall Play (Music Director)

MHS

Parker, Joshua

Yearbook Advisor

MHS

Pearson, Brooke

Scholars’ Bowl Advisor

MHS

Pulsifer, Corey

Homework Club Advisor

MSMS

Sabo, Tom

Earth Group Co-Advisor

MHS

Squier, Sarah

National Honor Society Advisor

MHS

Squier, Sarah

Intern Advisor

MHS

Thomas, Joy

Yearbook Advisor

MSMS

Weigand, Scott

Masque Advisor

MHS

Weigand, Scott

Drama Director

MHS

Zurowski, Tim

Soccer, Boys: Grade 8 Coach

MSMS

Zurowski, Tim

Soccer, Boys: Grade 7 Coach

MSMS

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