Montpelier Board of School CommissionersMinutesMinutes - September 2, 2015

Minutes - September 2, 2015

Call to Order The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m.

Item I – Move to Executive Session for the Purpose of Contract Negotiations

Mr. VanDerlip 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 5:30 p.m. Mr. Jones moved that the Board enter into Executive Session in accordance with 1 VSA §313 to discuss contract negotiations. Mr. VanDerlip seconded and the motion carried unanimously at 5:30 p.m. On a motion duly made and seconded, the Board voted unanimously to leave Executive Session at 7:10 p.m.  

Return to Open Session 7:11 p.m.

Item II - Comments from the Public on Items not on the Agenda

The Board heard from a community member on a variety of topics.

Board Acknowledgements

This is the first meeting working with the new agenda format. Superintendent Ricca, Mrs. Aldrich and Mrs. Braun are scheduled to meet with Val Gardner tomorrow. Ms. Gardner will attend the next scheduled meeting. Part of the plan going forward is for Ms. Gardner or one of her colleagues to attend meetings to facilitate on policy governance.

Item III - Consent Agenda

    • Minutes of July 15, 2015 School Board Meeting
    • Approval of Warrants for Payroll for September 4, 2015
    • Approval of Co-Curricular Contracts

Ms. Muncy moved, seconded by Mr. VanDerlip, to approve the consent agenda including minutes of the July 15, 2015 regular meeting, Warrants 10, 11 and 12 dated September 3, 2015 in the amounts of $514,394.77, $31,090.21 and $3,138.65 respectively, and co-curricular contracts (see listing). Motion carried unanimously.

Item IV – Board Policy Monitoring/Discussion

Policy Title: 4.1 Governing Style

    • Review 4.1
    • Review documents from Board Packet
    • Discussion of how this informs the Board about the new work beginning

Mr. Jones questioned the purpose of this agenda item. Superintendent Ricca said it was an exercise for the Board to start thinking about its work in different ways. The Board needs to decide what kind of governance style it wants and how that style is going to change the way the Board does business. Mr. VanDerlip suggested that the Board work calendar be reviewed and perhaps modified.  

Item V – Board Policy Monitoring/Discussion

Policy Title: 4.1 Governing Style

    • First Reading Mandated State Policies

1. Prevention of Harassment, Bullying and Hazing

Superintendent Ricca provided a brief overview of the policy changes. The need for an appointed equity coordinator was discussed, as well as required procedures.

Policy Title: 4.2 Board Job Description

    • Brainstorm new strategies to connect with owners in the community

Passed over.

Policy Title: 4.3 Agenda Planning

    • Board Agenda Format – how to address issues that come up from Board members during the week

Passed over.

Item VI – Meeting Evaluation and Next Meeting Agenda

    • Board self-evaluation
    • Review Proposal from Val Gardner

Superintendent Ricca reminded board members that the MOU with Ms. Gardner would be signed shortly.

    • Future Agenda Items

º  Discuss Board goals. Mr. VanDerlip suggested looking at last year's goals to see if they are anything the Board wants to continue with or if they need to be altered and added to prior to budget season.

º  Review ends policies

º  Discuss strategy for public input sessions with Ms. Gardner

º  Designate timekeeper for next meeting

º  Class size policy

º  Update on consolidation possibilities

Item VII – Adjourn

On a motion duly made and seconded, the Board voted unanimously to adjourn at 8:38 p.m.


Heather Michaud                                                              




Co-Curricular Appointments


Aylward, Emily

Soccer, Girls: Asst. Varsity Coach


Basa, William

Soccer, Boys: Head Coach


Eldridge, Sophia

Field Hockey Co-Coach


Kessler, Sam

Soccer, Boys: JV Coach


Link, Kayla

Field Hockey Co-Coach


Noonan, Timothy

Cross Country: Varsity Coach


Shea, Timothy

Cross Country: Asst. Varsity Coach









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