Montpelier Board of School CommissionersMinutesMinutes - September 16, 2015

Minutes - September 16, 2015

Call to Order The meeting was called to order at 7:04 p.m.

Item I – Comments from the public on items not on the agenda

MSMS science teacher Eli Rosenberg expressed appreciation for the Board's work. New UES music teacher Samantha Funk introduced herself to the Board and expressed thanks for the opportunity to work in the district.    

Item II - Consent Agenda

    • Minutes of September 2, 2015 School Board Meeting
    • Approval of Warrants for Payroll for September 4, 2015 (Limitations Policy 2.4)
    • Approval of MESSA Negotiated Agreement (Limitations Policy 2.7)
    • Approval of Co-Curricular Contracts (Limitations Policy 2.7)

Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. VanDerlip, to approve the consent agenda including minutes of the September 2, 2015 regular meeting, Warrants 13, 14 and 15 dated September 17, 2015 in the amounts of $881,122.35, $24,962.15 and $52,539.64 respectively, the Negotiated Agreement between the Montpelier Educational Support Staff Association and the Montpelier Board of School Commissioners for 2015-2016, and co-curricular contracts (see listing). Motion carried unanimously, Mr. Hingten absent.

Item III – Board Education – Val Gardner

    • Define roles and responsibilities for the Board and Superintendent under Policy Governance

Val Gardner conducted a work session to assist the Board in making a decision on the possible use of policy governance to help define the roles and responsibilities around building the budget for FY17. Following the work session, an FY17 budget development plan was discussed.

Item IV – Board Governance Process

    • Decision – roles and responsibilities for the Board and the Superintendent under Policy Governance

Mrs. Braun moved, seconded by Ms. Muncy, that the Board follow the policies it has identified in terms of roles and responsibilities in the upcoming budget cycle. Motion carried unanimously.

    • Decision – budget process for FY17 Budget

Item V – Board Policy Monitoring/Discussion

Policy Title: 4.1 Governing Style

    • Second Reading Mandated State Policies

1.  Prevention of Hazing, Harassment, and Bulling

A second reading of the policy occurred. Mr. VanDerlip inquired as to progress on designation of an equity coordinator. Superintendent Ricca said this had not yet occurred, but would happen by the time the policy is adopted at the next meeting on October 7th.

Item VI – Board Superintendent Relationship Policies – Harry Frank (VSBA)

Harry Frank from the Vermont School Boards Association presented the Board with a model for evaluating the superintendent. Board members and Superintendent Ricca shared their thoughts on reasons for performing an evaluation, desired outcomes, and their role in the process. Following that conversation, Mr. Frank suggested a subcommittee of the Board to work with him and Superintendent Ricca to prepare a draft proposal for the full Board's review. The proposal will include sequence, tasks, etc. for the evaluation process. Appointment of the subcommittee will be included on the agenda for the next meeting on October 7th.

Item VII – Meeting Evaluation and Next Meeting Agenda

    • Board self-evaluation

To be completed at end of this meeting; Mr. Jones volunteered to tally the results.

    • Future Agenda Items

1.  Act 46

2.  Community Outreach

3.  Education Quality & Sustainability

4.  Skilled Governance

Consolidation opportunities and class size policy were specifically discussed as possible future agenda items. A work plan for prioritizing agenda items will be generated and discussed at the next meeting on October 7th.

Ms. Paquette announced her resignation from the Board for personal reasons effective immediately. She thanked the voters for the opportunity to serve, as well as the extraordinary faculty, staff and students of the district. She expressed appreciation and gratitude for the integrity and dedication of the administration. Ms. Muncy moved, seconded by Mr. VanDerlip, to accept the resignation of Ms. Paquette, with regret. Motion carried unanimously. A process for filling this vacancy will be discussed at the next meeting on October 7th.

Item VIII – Adjourn

On a motion duly made and seconded, the Board voted unanimously to adjourn at 9:41 p.m.


Heather Michaud                                                              




Co-Curricular Appointments


Austin-Hutchins, Barbara

Project Graduation Advisor


Austin, Hutchins, Barbara

Class Advisor: Juniors


Belanger, Valerie

Co-Class Advisor: Seniors


Brace, Rhonda

Crafter's Edge Advisor


Bravakis, Jenna

Student Leadership Advisor


Chabot, Katherine

Earth Group Co-Advisor


Chater, Myles

Student Council Advisor


Cody, Kelli-Ann

Crafter's Edge Advisor


Cowens, Kylie

Basketball, Girls: Head Coach


Facciolo, Irene

Auditorium Operations


Goldblatt, Hilary

Fall Play (Conductor)


Kreitz, Kirk

Band Advisor


Miles, Jason

Crafter's Edge Advisor


O'Hara, Cailin

Fall Play (Music Director)


Pulsifer, Corey

Homework Club Advisor


Russo, Marijke

Debate/Forensics Co-Advisor


Sabo, Tom

Earth Group Co-Advisor


Signorino, Marianne

Debate/Forensics Co-Advisor


Thomas, Joy

Yearbook Advisor


Vazquez, Amia

Fall Play (Choreographer)


Weigand, Scott

Drama Director


Weigand, Scott

Masque Advisor





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