Montpelier Board of School CommissionersMinutesMinutes - April 14, 2015

Minutes - April 14, 2015

1.  Call to Order The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m.

2.  Adjust/Review Agenda  Addition of an action item and addition of two items to the consent agenda.

3.  Public Comments Nathan Suter inquired and Superintendent Ricca responded in regard to the current status of negotiations with the Montpelier Education Association and the Montpelier Educational Support Staff Association. 

4.  Visit with Finalist for MHS Principal Position The finalist gave a short presentation and then responded to questions from the Board and others in attendance.

5.  Visit with Michael Martin, Director of Curriculum & Technology Mr. Martin gave a PowerPoint presentation in regard to proficiency based learning and personalized learning plans.

6.  Discuss Class Size Policy and Next Steps Superintendent Ricca presented an alternative proposal for dealing with the class size policy. Rather than establishing a committee as previously agreed upon, he recommended a superintendent study group made up of one teacher and one parent from each school and himself. This would allow for much more efficient use of everyone's time and still provide opportunity for community input. There was discussion in regard to community values, academic research, committee makeup and public involvement. Mr. Jones and Mr. Hingtgen noted the need for a charge to guide this work regardless of whether a committee or a study group. Mr. VanDerlip moved that the Board follow the process outlined by Superintendent Ricca and asked that the Board generate a charge. Mr. Jones will draft a charge for review at the next meeting. A suggestion was made for a two-tiered process, i.e., a quick tweak of the current policy to make it more useful followed by a longer process examining the bigger issues and a new policy. There was consensus to table further discussion and decision on this matter until after the draft charge is reviewed at the next meeting.

7.  Follow-up Discussion Regarding Meeting with the Boosters Passed over.

8.  Discuss Val Gardner's Visit to the Board Passed over.

9.  Action Item Mr. Hingtgen moved, seconded by Mr. VanDerlip, to approve use of $75,000 from the FY15 fund balance for the purchase and installation of new network switches. Motion carried unanimously.

a.  Approve Use of $75,000 from FY15 Fund Balance

10.  Consent Agenda

a.  Minutes of March 18, 2015

b.  Warrants

c.  Resignations

i)  Mary Redmond

ii)  Gabi Davis

iii) Lindsay Vanoli

iv) Anne Giroux

v)  Brooke Pearson

d.  Unpaid Leave of Absence Request

e.  Financial Report

f.  Recreation Department Fund Balance Request

g.  Field Trips

i)  Irish Humanities - April 17-28

ii)  MHS Scholars' Bowl to Chicago, Illinois – May 29-31

iii)  French 5 to Montreal – May 15

h.  Co-Curricular Contracts

Mr. VanDerlip moved, seconded by Ms. Paquette, to approve the consent agenda including minutes of the March 18, 2015 regular meeting, Warrants 51 and 52 dated April 9, 2015 in the amounts of $586,120.12 and $8,771.39 respectively, Warrants 53 and 54 dated April 23, 2015 in the amounts of $861,581.74 and $24,713.72 respectively, teacher resignations, an unpaid leave of absence request, the FY15 third quarter financial report, use of $5,300 from the Recreation Department's fund balance to pay for a capital needs assessment of the building on Barre Street and all buildings and structures under its supervision, three field trips, and co-curricular contracts (see listing).  Motion carried unanimously.  

11.  Announcements/Review Meeting (+/∆)

12.  Executive Session Mrs. Braun moved that the Board find that discussing contract negotiations in open session would put the Board at a substantial disadvantage. Mr. Jones seconded and the motion carried unanimously at 10:01 p.m. Mr. Jones moved that the Board enter into Executive Session in accordance with 1 VSA §313 to discuss contract negotiations. Mrs. Braun seconded and the motion carried unanimously at 10:01 p.m. On a motion duly made and seconded, the Board voted unanimously to leave Executive Session at 10:45 p.m.

a.  Contract Negotiations

Action Taken None.

13.  Adjournment On a motion duly made and seconded, the Board voted unanimously to adjourn at 10:45 p.m.


Heather Michaud



Co-curricular Appointments


Barker,   Scott

Tennis,   Boys: Co-Coach


Cain,   Brian

Golf   Coach


Cain,   Lilli

Tennis,   Boys: Co-Coach


Chater,   Myles

Lacrosse,   Boys: Head Coach


Furber,   Laura

Tennis,   Girls: JV Coach


McCarthy,   James

Baseball:   Head Coach


Watson,   Wendy

Tennis,   Girls: Varsity Coach


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