Montpelier Board of School CommissionersMinutesMinutes - June 13, 2014

Minutes - June 13, 2014

1.  Call to Order The meeting was called to order at 11:05 a.m.

2.  Public Comments None.

3.  Discuss Bond Projects There was discussion about a motion made at the last school board meeting regarding bond money for bathroom renovations. Director of Facilities Thom Wood had a discussion with UES Principal Chris Hennessey and UES Head Custodian Todd Keller. Both agreed that it was too much work to get all done before school started.

Attorney Paul Giuliani stated that in spirit of the bond, all resources should not be spent at Union Elementary School. The bond was voted by the public for bathroom renovations at all three buildings. It is a conflict. With that in mind, you will have to go by what the public voted on. Superintendent Ricca stated that Act 213 did not leave much latitude. All classes and all three buildings. Improvements for roof and bathrooms.

Mr. Jones argued that the bids came in separately and higher than expected. How does the bond state to use the money? What did the public vote on? When it went to the bank after the public voted, what was different or changed? We have to go by what the public voted on, not what went to the bank. If we want to change the bond, we will have to go back to the public and ask to modify the bond with the appropriate changes.

Mrs. Aldrich said the Board should get Mr. Wood’s opinion on what needs to be done now and what can be worked on at a later date. Mr. Wood said they could work on all three, or they could do the UES bathrooms and the MSMS bathrooms and then do the MHS bathrooms and additional work at a later date. Mr. VanDerlip asked if the MHS bathrooms had to be done or whether they could be put off and the money put towards bathrooms at UES. Both Superintendent Ricca and Mr. Phillips referred to postponing one part of the three bathrooms. Mrs. Braun asked if we were doing two of the schools – UES and MSMS - or all three. Mr. VanDerlip suggested that since the bids did come in higher than expected, do two now and hold off on the high school. Mr. Phillips stated that in his opinion the high school bathrooms are the last on the list to be done.

Mr. VanDerlip moved, seconded by Mr. Phillips, to rescind the prior vote regarding bathroom renovations. Motion carried unanimously. Mr. VanDerlip moved, seconded by Mr. Phillips, to use bond money for first level north side bathroom renovations at UES, as well as second level bathroom renovations at MSMS. Motion carried unanimously.

4.  Adjournment On a motion duly made and seconded, the Board voted unanimously to adjourn at 11:24 a.m.



Dotty Rowe



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