Montpelier Board of School CommissionersMinutesMinutes - November 6, 2013

Minutes - November 6, 2013

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

2.  Adjust/Review Agenda Mr. Phillips requested a brief discussion about the timeline for implementation of a foreign language program at Union Elementary School.

3.  Public Comments Montpelier resident Nathan Suter expressed his support for a budget increase in excess of 2% due to concerns about staffing reductions.

4.  Visit with Director of Support Services Director of Support Services Mary Lundeen provided an overview of the special education program including information as to how the program is funded, current service delivery models, and ideas for moving forward to effectively use resources.

5. Discuss Community Connections Community Connections staff reported on the differences seen by them this year with the transition. Dave Bennett announced his resignation. Several community members expressed their support for the program. Norma Maurice asked if funding for this program could be presented as a separate ballot item.

6.  Discuss Parking Lot at MHS Director of Facilities Thom Wood provided an update on discussions with the State. The State is anxious to improve their parking situation and would like to build this summer if the project is a go. Financing options and a timeframe for making a decision were discussed. A portion of the meeting on December 4th will be reserved for a public hearing on this matter. Superintendent Ricca will follow up with City Manager Bill Fraser and with Attorney Pietro Lynn in terms of next steps.

7.   Discuss Superintendent Limitations Reports Passed over.

a.       2.3 Financial Condition and Activities

b.       2.4 Financial Planning and Budgeting

8.  FY15 Budget Conversation Requested budget scenarios were provided. Two factors to consider but not included in the numbers provided by Superintendent Ricca are the parking lot at MHS and the possible relocation of 5th grade to MSMS in FY16. If either of those projects move forward, some of the money needs to be set aside in the FY15 budget. Mr. Jones asked Superintendent Ricca to develop the proposed 2% per-pupil increase budget with 7.25 position reductions. Mr. Jones believes new models for the delivery of education need to be explored and asked Superintendent Ricca to identify possible ways to provide the same service with the reductions he requested. Mr. Phillips and Mr. VanDerlip agreed. Mrs. Aldrich believes Mr. Jones’ proposal is worth seeing, but cautioned against it.

9. Discuss Proposed Revisions to the City Charter Superintendent Ricca will seek clarification on §5-603 regarding vacancies in the office of school commissioners. Other than that, the Board approved the proposed changes recommended by the two attorneys involved in this matter.

10. Discuss Timeline for Implementation of a Foreign Language Program at Union Elementary School Mr. Phillips asked for clarification on a start date in the event a decision is made to implement a foreign language program at the elementary school. Superintendent Ricca explained that because of the Board’s directive to pursue a proficiency model, the earliest such a program could begin would be August 2015.

11.  Consent Agenda

a.       Minutes of October 16, 2013

b.       Warrants

c.       Co-Curricular Contracts

Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. Phillips, to approve the consent agenda including minutes of the October 16, 2013 regular meeting, Warrants 24, 25 and 26 dated November 7, 2013 in the amounts of $1,032,077.35, $24,674.19 and $24,459.20 respectively, and co-curricular contracts (see listing). Motion carried unanimously.

12.   Announcements/Review Meeting (+/∆)

-      Seventeen students and sixteen faculty members attended the Rowland Conference at UVM today.

-        Mr. VanDerlip inquired as to progress on the superintendent’s evaluation since it is on the schedule to be discussed at the next meeting.

 13. Executive Session On a motion duly made and seconded, the Board voted unanimously to enter Executive Session at 9:57 p.m., with the superintendent remaining. On a motion duly made and seconded, the Board voted unanimously to leave Executive Session at 10:47 p.m.

a.       Contract Matter

b.       Tuition Waiver Requests

14. Adjournment On a motion duly made and seconded, the Board voted unanimously to adjourn at 10:47 p.m.


Heather Michaud



Co-curricular Appointments


Behonjic, Mev

Basketball, Boys: JV Coach


Cornforth, Alison

Basketball, Girls: JV Coach


Foster, Nicholas

Basketball, Girls: Head Coach


Gerdel, Greg

Skiing (Nordic) Coach


Wortmann, April

Basketball, Girls: Head Coach



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