Montpelier Board of School CommissionersMinutesMinutes - May 6, 2015

Minutes - May 6, 2015

1.  Call to Order The meeting was called to order at 7:07 p.m.

2.  Adjust/Review Agenda The class size committee charge agenda item will be moved to the next meeting due to the absence of two board members who desire to be part of that discussion. The follow-up discussion in regard to the meeting with the Boosters will be moved upward on the agenda.

3.  Public Comments Montpelier resident Richard Sheir weighed in on the class size policy matter and recommended a consultancy rather than a committee to examine the issue.

4.  UES Student Presentation Miss Jennings and members of the Jumping Beans jump rope team demonstrated their routines. UES Jump Rope for Heart has raised almost $9,000 for the American Heart Association. Mr. Hingtgen commented that the UES physical education program is awesome and thanked UES physical education teachers Miss Jennings and Mr. Riby-Williams for their energy and enthusiasm.

Three members of Mrs. Pierce’s fifth grade class showcased one of their writing pieces from this year. Mr. VanDerlip complimented the students on their voice, organization, and choice of vocabulary.

5.  Follow-Up Discussion Regarding Meeting with the Boosters Mrs. Aldrich reported that the meeting with the Boosters quickly transitioned from fundraising in general to fundraising for the auditorium project at the high school. The Boosters group indicated at this point they are basically tired and fundraising through them for the auditorium project would be tricky. They did, however, recommend a full-blown campaign rather than a piecemeal approach since those efforts have apparently generated the most success in the past. Paul Gambill who attended the meeting promised that the space could be a continual revenue source if the District had a state-of-the-art facility. A suggestion was made to allow the State to use the mud lot for parking in exchange for them renovating the auditorium and then transitioning to a rental arrangement once the renovation money is paid off. Mr. VanDerlip inquired as to legal restrictions for fundraising for capital improvement projects. The relationship between the Boosters and the District was discussed.

6.  Discussion with UES Principal Chris Hennessey Principal Hennesey gave a PowerPoint presentation reflecting on the 2014-2015 school year. Highlights of the presentation included the Veterans Day march, UES’ 75th birthday and winter carnival, the third grade puppet residency, the walking school bus, bingo, the Scripps spelling bee, storykeepers, and the UES playground project. Mr. Hingtgen recommended building the walking school bus as a test study. He also requested to hear more about the technical work being done around academics next time around.

7.  Discussion with Director of Support Services Mary Lundeen Mrs. Lundeen and District special educators Pat Collier and Carrie Cook shared information on the new reading programs adopted this year, as well as student data demonstrating progress utilizing the new programs.

8.  Follow-Up Discussion from Community Forum Passed over.

9.  Discussion Regarding Val Gardner’s Visit to the Board Passed over.

10.  Discussion Regarding Transportation Policy Recommendation from the Leadership Team Given the fact that the transportation policy is not being enforced as currently written, the Leadership Team proposed the following recommendation to the Board. Beginning in 2015-2016, enforce the policy as it is currently written. This will mean that some students currently riding the bus will no longer be able to ride the bus. Those notifications will go out before the end of the school year. In the fall, the Leadership Team and the bus company will review and analyze ridership for “bad weather” routes, anticipating the increases that may take place. In addition, the Leadership Team will report back to the Board in time for FY17 budget conversations and make further recommendations for the policy.

Mr. Hingtgen expressed hope for the notifications regarding rider ineligibility to be provided in a very relationship building way. A request was made for the report back to be delivered in October. Mr. Hingtgen noted the need to explicitly consider and address the walking school bus component in the transportation policy conversations. Following discussion, there was consensus to accept the Leadership Team’s recommendation in regard to the transportation policy and proceed as outlined.

11.  Discussion of Class Size Committee Charge Rescheduled to May 20th meeting.

12.  Action Item  Mr. VanDerlip moved, seconded by Mr. Hingtgen, to approve the contract for the incoming MHS principal as recommended by the administration.  Motion carried unanimously. 

a.  Approve MHS Principal Contract

13.  Consent Agenda

a.  Minutes of April 14, 2015

b.  Warrants

c.  Resignations

i) Tom Cate

ii) Gary Griffith

iii)  Trees-ah Elder

d.  Teacher Contracts

Mr. VanDerlip moved, seconded by Mr. Hingtgen, to approve the consent agenda including minutes of the April 14 2015 special meeting, Warrants 55 and 56 dated May 7, 2015 in the amounts of $604,768.26 and $19,239.80 respectively, teacher resignations, and the recommendation to offer teaching contracts to Erin Davey (special educator – MSMS), Sarah Loveless (CBL – MHS) and Samantha Funk (music – UES). Mr. Hingtgen requested a future discussion regarding the sustainability of part-time positions long-term. Motion carried unanimously.

14.  Announcements/Review Meeting (+/∆)

15.  Adjournment On a motion duly made and seconded, the Board voted unanimously to adjourn at 9:32 p.m.


Heather Michaud


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