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BARNET SCHOOL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 – 5:30 PM

At Barnet School

Board Members & Administration in Attendance:

Chair Shellie Samuels, Carolyn Bruckner, Nancy Frank, Richard Roosa, Shannon Larocque, Princ. Kerry Keenan, Supt. John Bacon, Bus. Mgr. Rob Billings, Minute Recorder Kathy Zita.

Public in Attendance:  Maurice Gingue (Town Road Dept.), Tina Houde, Rose Houde, Sally Anderson-Cook (Caledonian Record), Jeremy & Roxanne Roberts, Ted Faris, Dave Warden, Jennifer Crown, Dexter Willson, Jim Ingerson (JPI), Dana Young, Katie Larney-Young, Trish Pennypacker, Linda Goss, Cindy & Matt Burak, Sandra Mings-Lamar.

 

1.   Meeting called to order by Chair Shellie Samuels at 5:35 p.m.

2.   Transportation – Kitchell Hill & Brook Hill Bus Loop:  Richard Roosa started off the topic by explaining how he was approached, by some families who live on these roads, to see if a bus run could be added to service these families.  After reviewing the area, a new bus route was added tacking on an additional 15 minutes to the bus schedule.  This topic was brought to the Board a couple months ago because this route was put on last minute and there were concerns about getting children to school on time during inclement weather being that it was such a tight schedule during good weather.  There was discussion about purchasing a mini-bus with AWD capabilities that could handle this route a lot better than a big bus, even if the weather wasn’t good.  Purchasing a mini-bus would be a huge expense to us.  There was a trial run of doing this route with a borrowed 2 wheel-drive mini-bus, from Monroe.  We were charged a per trip charge of $68.00 which hasn’t been figured into the budget and therefore would be an added expense.  Now with the winter weather, there are safety concerns from families both living on these roads and other parents whose children ride this bus, as well as from the bus drivers and JPI Transportation.  Tonight’s meeting will give all those in attendance a chance to voice their concerns and to come up with a solution that will address these concerns and provide a safe situation for all involved.  Most of those in attendance are concerned about the road conditions; not necessarily always being snow covered but can be ice covered as well.  Sometimes the conditions change from the morning to the afternoon and if the bus isn’t able to make the hill, then how will parents know that they need to pick up their children at a different location.  There could be a phone chain put in place to notify parents but this can be time consuming and not always fool-proof.  Maurice Gingue explained that he and his crew are out by 3:00 a.m. to start plowing and sanding.  There is a lot of area to cover before the start of school and depending on the storm sometimes it’s hard to keep up.  Then some of the roads have cold spots that even when you put sand down it doesn’t stick.  Currently Kitchell Hill is the last leg of the plowing/sanding route because it wasn’t added to the schedule until last minute.  Plus the Town was down a truck and driver until just recently.  They are doing their best to keep the roads clear and stay on top of the inclement weather conditions.  Jim Ingerson of JPI explained that the bus drivers and town crew are in constant radio communication.  Should a bus get stuck someplace they will just radio and the town will send a truck to assist in getting that bus back on its way.  When making up the bus schedules for the year, Jim tries to keep in mind the winter months and if one of his drivers does get into trouble where can they turn that big bus around.  Unfortunately Kitchel Hill doesn’t offer a place to turn around once you start up that hill.  Jim isn’t comfortable having his drivers put chains on the bus and besides that the drivers aren’t suppose to leave the bus unattended.  Ted Faris mentioned that nowadays there are a lot more liability issues and law suits.  If the roads are too unsafe; it’s better not to be on them.  Jim Ingerson suggests that all of Kitchell Hill be off the bus route for the winter and to re-direct the bus to 4 Corners for pick-up and drop-off instead.  He also stated that if we can just get through this year, next year he can look at the bus schedule again to see what he can do.  Most of the concerned parents in attendance don’t mind the switch to 4 Corners for the winter months.  They just want to be clear that the Kitchell Hill run will be suspended for the winter and would appreciate if the Kitchell Hill run will be put back into effect when the spring comes.  Solution:  After listening to the concerns, the School Board has decided that the Kitchell Hill bus route will be suspended during the winter months (until further notice) and instead the children will be picked up and dropped off at 4 Corners and/or at the bottom of Kitchel Hill.  The bus run for Brook Hill will still be in effect.     Dave Warden and Cindy Burak wanted to thank JPI for how responsible they are and to the bus drivers for taking care of our precious cargo.

6:20p   Break

6:35p   Meeting resumes.

3.   Approval of Minutes – 12/11/07:  After reviewing the minutes, the following changes/corrections were noted: page 1, under Principal’s Report, 3rd bullet change title to Library Media Specialist.  Also change, 3rd sentence under this bullet from “each position” to “Technology Instructor position”.  4th bullet under Kitchel Hill/Brook Hill Roads; change the sentence “The big bus tried to go up the hill” to “Brook Hill”.  Page 2, under

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      the bullet for Other; item #2, second sentence change “parents” to “students” and “something” to “possible”. Item number 6 under Financial, 7th bullet; change to read “$24K due to Peacham”.  Page 3, under Strategic Planning, the fifth sentence should be changed to “It might be free”.  Under Item 9, Future Agenda Items; delete

      “Garland Hill loop” and replace with Kitchell Hill/Brook Hill route.  Motion was made by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Shannon Larocque to accept as amended.  Motion PASSES. 

4.   Financial – ’09 Budget:  Presented by Rob Billings.

·         This is draft #3 for the budget.  Expense Summary shows ’09 budget of $4,462,902.  This would be an increase of $216,960 or 5.11% from projected FYE ’08.  Rob explained that increased amount under the School Board title was in order to meet any increases in negotiations because they aren’t finalized.  Most of the increases are due to: 1) SPED funding, 2) teacher(s) moving on in a column, 3) tuition to Blue Mountain.  There is still an amount of $125,509 in the unallocated/unreserved Fund Balance that you need to think about where to put it.    The estimated tax rate calculations show a decrease of about $145K from FY’08 for local revenues from tuitions that we no longer have.  The cost per pupil amount of $13,452 is slightly above the spending threshold amount of $13,287 given by the State. Rob made the following notes: 1) The Equalized pupil calculation is from the Dept. of Education and is based on FY’07 & FY’08 data then averaged over those 2 years.  Data is frozen at 12/15/07.  2) The amounts are based on the recommendations from the Dept. of Taxes to the Legislature and are subject to final approval or change by the 2008 Legislative session.  3) The Common Level of Appraisal (CLA) percentage is calculated by VT Dept. of Taxes, Division of Property Valuation and Review.  Currently an appraisal is underway and expected to be complete for 4/1/08.

·         Rob would like for the Board to look at the Budget as a whole and decide what monetary amount and/or a percentage that they would want to see instead of trying to micro-manage.  Doing it this way will allow them to see that the money is put where it is best needed.  Carolyn Bruckner said that sometimes, as a Board, you need to look at some of the items or categories for consideration and not just leave it up to someone else to decide.

·         We would have to decrease the budget by $46K to get it below the initial spending threshold; actually it would be $42K because $4K would be taken out for the new phone system.  There was discussion about the purchase of the new mower and the reasoning behind it at this time.  Richard Roosa questioned why the FY’08 spending threshold amount of $12,594 and FY’09 amount of $13,287 have such a difference.  Rob explained that 52% of the budget is instructional expenses, 34% is support services and 18% is transportation.  It was also explained that there was $45K in other revenues from FY’08 that isn’t there for FY’09. 

·         The Board members feel that there is a level of detail that you need to look at so that you can explain to the community why there was an increase.  There was discussion about the different ways to allocate the $125K in the fund balance.  Some possibilities would be to put $38K into the Hot Lunch program to pay it off as well as what, if any, amount should go into LTM since the balance is down to about $7K.  Do we formulate what the needs are or do we just put $10K - $15K into it and then have the balance as a line item.  Rob also suggested that we establish what the long term maintenance items should be.  We should also have a plan in place as to what will need to be replaced.  The other option for allocating the $125K is to put a line item into the budget stating what the deficit will be and allocate that amount.

·         Nancy Frank isn’t comfortable with having a new mower ($12K) in this budget.  Rob suggested that we look into alternatives such as financing or lease to own for 3 years which would be a savings of $4K.  Discussed the benefits of having this mower and how it would save a lot of time that Burleigh could be using elsewhere.  Action Item:  have Burleigh look into the costs for 1) contracting out the mowing, 2) lease to buy option, or 3) buy new and finance.

·         Discussed the teaching/support staff and if there were any positions that should be eliminated.  Supt. suggested having 3 teachers instead of 4 for the 1st and 2nd grade.  You could come up with a configuration for those class sizes.  Right now there are 18 in Kindergarten, 24 in 1st and 20 in 2nd grade.  You could do 14 1st graders, a 1st/2nd grade combo of 15 and 15 2nd graders.  This way you could possibly eliminate a Para position ($14K).

·         Briefly discussed the 3rd/4th grade Maine trip that was supposed to be in the budget every other year.  Currently the budget has $3,400 for the 3rd/4th grade trip, $1K for the 7th grade trip and $4K for the 8th grade trip.  Nancy Frank gets frustrated with the trips and their costs and wanted to know why the 3rd/4th grade trip has increased and is almost as much as the 8th grade trip.

 

 

 

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·         Action Item:  Princ. Keenan offered to go through the teachers’ budgets again to see where he can cut back on some things.  The Board would like Kerry to reasonably cut where ever necessary but still allow  the teachers to catch up on the important things that had to be cut a couple of years ago.  They would also like to know what he decided to cut as a result from this.

·         Rob suggested to coming up with a policy and guidelines concerning the trips so that the conditions, etc. are clear.

·         The Board wanted to know if it was possible to have the budget presented at the next School Board meeting the way it will be presented at Town Meeting.

 

5.   Next School Board Meeting(s):

      CCSU Board Meeting:  Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. at Danville School. 

      Barnet School Board:  Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. at Barnet School.  Regular meeting.

 

 

10:25p  Motion made by Nancy Frank, 2nd by Shannon Larocque to adjourn the meeting.  Motion PASSES.          Meeting adjourns.

 

 

       

Respectfully submitted,

 

Kathy Zita

 

Barnet School Board

Meeting Minute Recorder


BARNET SCHOOL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 – 5:30 PM

At Barnet School

Board Members & Administration in Attendance:

Chair Shellie Samuels, Carolyn Bruckner, Richard Roosa, Shannon Larocque, Princ. Kerry Keenan, Supt. John Bacon, Bus. Mgr. Rob Billings, Minute Recorder Kathy Zita. Not Present: Nancy Frank 

Public in Attendance:  Bill Douglas, Dave Warden, Joe Clough, Katie Larney-Young.

 

1.     Meeting called to order by Chair Shellie Samuels at 5:35 p.m.

Approval of Minutes – 11/13/07:  After reviewing the minutes, the following changes/corrections were noted: page 2, under the first “Motion”, test bits should be test pits; Page 3, under Supt. report, 2nd bullet, change 2nd sentence to read “If the school district spends more than the State average and the proposed school budget is increased and the by the cost of living is going up 1%, they are required to have 2 votes.” Page 4, under New Business, 2nd bullet, 5th sentence should be 300 students.   Motion was made by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Shannon Larocque to accept the Minutes as amended. 

3.   Public Input:  None.

4.   Administrative Reports:

A.  Principal’s Report: (see distributed report)

·         After-School Program – (Note: Joe Clough was not present at the meeting during this discussion, he arrived later) the parent survey was sent out to families and 46 families returned the survey stating that they would utilize this program.  The amount families are willing to pay for this program ranges from $2 - $50.  20 out of the 46 would utilize the program only during sports seasons the other 26 families would utilize it on a consistent basis.  There are a few people willing to offer activities and help facilitate.  We have information on 1 possible Grant.  Shannon mentioned that he spoke with Joe Clough and got the impression that this program could be self-funded the first year.  When Joe Clough arrived later, he mentioned that it would be beneficial to have a facilitator with a developed job description for this person because there is a lot involved in running this type of program.  There are Grants available to help fund it.  Bill Douglas mentioned that the biggest problem in the past with a program like this was the busing to get kids home afterwards.  Action:  Due to time constraints for this meeting, the Board would like to discuss this further at the Jan. 8, 2008 School Board meeting.

·          Barnet Emergency Card for Sports:  (see distributed sheet) after reviewing the Board agreed that this looks fine.  Princ. Keenan said it will be reduced in size to fit into the 1st Aid kits that the coaches carry with them.

·         Library Media Job Description – There was a memo sent to faculty and staff asking for their thoughts and suggestions on this position.  The first draft of the job description was also completed for the staff to review.  Bill Douglas said that he thought it would be helpful to find someone for each position.  Another thought would be to have Barnet help fund a person from the CCSU level to work with the teachers to integrate technology in the classroom. Richard Roosa feels there is a need for more of a serious discussion surrounding this position.  Princ. Keenan would recommend that he start advertising for the librarian.  Action:  Due to time constraints for this meeting, the Board would like to discuss this further at the Jan. 8, 2008 meeting.  Princ. Keenan will draw up an advertisement to show the Board at that meeting as well.

·         Kitchel Hill/Brook Hill Roads – There is a 2-wheel drive bus that is available from Monroe, NH.  It can accommodate potentially 18 students.  This mini-bus would be used only on slippery days when the big bus can’t make the run to Kitchel Hill & Brook Hill safely.  The cost per trip charge is $68.  This could be an option this year or we could call and have parents bring them down to an alternate bus stop; or the 3rd option would be to buy the AWD mini-bus.  Richard Roosa said he received a phone call from a concerned parent whose child(ren) doesn’t live on either Kitchel Hill or Brook Hill but does take that same bus.  This parent is concerned over the safety of the other children who don’t live on those roads but have to be on the bus when it attempts to go up or down when the roads are slippery.  The big bus tried to go up the hill the other day and couldn’t make it therefore the driver had to back down.  After a couple attempts the driver was able to make it up.  Discussed that years ago the buses used to have chains and the Town would sand the roads in question very heavily so the buses could get up there.  Richard Roosa said that some of the parents would like to meet to discuss this route and voice their concerns.  Motion was made by Shannon Larocque, 2nd by Carolyn Bruckner to have bus service to Kitchel Hill and Brook Hill be suspended during inclement weather conditions and have parents bring students to Route 5 and/or 4 Corners to be picked-up or dropped-off by the bus.  Motion PASSES.  Katie Larney-Young said she spoke to Maurice Gingue regarding the fact that the roads were being sanded 45 minutes after the bus was scheduled to go through and that he claimed he didn’t know what the bus schedule was.

·         Request to Extend Bus Route off Garland Hill to Blaine Road – JPI can’t get a bus down the requested area to turn around, therefore request has been denied by the School Board.

 

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·         Action Plan – Princ. Keenan is getting concerned because this item has been pushed aside so much.  He would like to discuss this ASAP.  Action: Due to time constraints for this meeting, the Board decided to table it for now and if time allows later tonight to go back to it.

·         Personnel – Betsey Carpenter has officially announced her intent to retire at the end of this school year.  Motion was made by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Richard Roosa to accept with regret Betsey Carpenter’s intent to retire and appreciate her many years of service at Barnet School.  Motion PASSES.

·         Other – 1)  Beverly Hatch from the E. Peacham Vacation Bible School has requested the use of our soccer field for a Soccer Camp June 23-26, 2008 from 1:00p – 3:30p.  Motion was made by Shannon Larocque, 2nd by Richard Roosa to allow E. Peacham Vacation Bible School to use the soccer fields from June 23 – 26, 2008 from 1:00p – 3:30p pending liability of use issues.  Motion PASSES.  2) There are a few students that, due to religious beliefs, would require missing 2 days in the fall.  The parents wanted to know if it was something that the whole school could close.  There was discussion about the school calendar and how it will soon be a state-wide calendar with holidays and days off already figured in.  Action:  The Board would allow religious holidays to be an excused absence and have teachers be sensitive and aware of these religious holidays in order to make it work as far as school work missed.  This absence would not count towards a student’s perfect attendance.  The Board will look into possibly having a policy regarding this.

7:05p    Break.

7:30p    Meeting resumes.

B.  Superintendent’s Report:

·         Emergency Generator – Filed an application for an emergency Generator for the school.  Total cost is $62K.  There is a required 50% match estimate which would be $31K.  In January if it comes through we need to ask the Town to fund it through the School budget or the Town budget.  If it goes through the school’s budget it would raise the cost per pupil.  The generator will be capable of running everything in order to keep the school going in an emergency as well as in case it is needed as a shelter.  The Select Board has $4K put aside towards this.

5.   New Business:

      Enrollment Projections – We have (2) 1st grades with 24 students, 2nd grade had 20 students.  Princ. Keenan spoke with Caroline Adams to see if she could work with the younger students.  It would be preferred to have (2) 2nd grade teachers to handle the student load because of the special needs.  Shannon asked if it would be helpful to have Cathy Browne cover some of this schedule and have the SPED person become F/T.  Bill Douglas commented that it really makes a difference with another teacher.  There was discussion using different scenarios with the teachers.  Princ. Keenan didn’t add any positions.  Using the same staff, having (2) 2nd grades, (1) 1st grade and (1) Kindergarten.  We would need to advertise for a 5th grade teacher unless someone can move into that slot within the current staff.  Then we would advertise for a lower grade teacher.  As for Middle school, we would have (2) 8th grades with 22 students, (1) 7th grade with 19 students, (1) 6th grade with 22 students and (1) 5th grade with 12 students.  According to the enrollment projections, it looks as though enrollment will drop in 2009/2010.  Princ. Keenan would suggest a Para for a Full Time Kindergarten to help with the children.

6.   Financial:  ’09 Budget – 2nd Draft

·         Biggest impact of the budget is negotiations.  We need to get that taken care of.

·         The Reserve funds used to help with the Hot Lunch program is no longer available.

·         The Principal should delete $4K for phones which is already in the budget someplace else.

·         Plant Operations shows a substantial increase because of the 1 time purchase of the new lawn mower plus fuel oil costs.

·         Student Support shows an increase for reward trips (the bus to bring students on the trip).

·         LTM has nothing in its budget and right now we don’t want to do anything with it because it will change the cost per pupil and put us over the top.

·         Allowable tuition: $24K to Peacham.

·         The Board would like for Princ. Keenan to find out how many students are going elsewhere other than the SJA, especially those going to Blue Mtn. because they are a higher tuition school.

·         VMARS – if you’re going to participate you need to notify them by 6/30th and the retirement Board by 9/1st, and then it takes effect the following year (2010).

·         Discussion on LTM may currently have $8K left in it.  If there isn’t anything going into replenishing it then none of the projects will be able to be done for next year.  Carolyn Bruckner asked if the $85K worth of discussions for Pkg. lots, ball fields, etc. was any of it figured into the budget.  Ans. NO.

·         Rob Billings said the Board needs to come up with either a figure amount or a percentage that they want to see for the budget.  Then let CCSU decide where the money will best be utilized.  Next Tuesday’s meeting

 

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      (12/18) will be the refining process and we should also have an idea of the CLA.  We will need to nail down          95% of the budget and should also go into Executive Session to nail down negotiations as well.

·         There were questions raised about Barnet’s cost per pupil ($13,379) being higher than the other districts.  Rob explained that its because Barnet chooses to offer programs and educational tools that other schools choose not to.

·         Auditors will be coming by the end of next week for CCSU and Peacham, and then the last week in December will be down in Barnet.  The audit deadline is the middle of March.

7.   Strategic Planning:

      Danville is interested in the training process.  So the cost of $1500 would be divided into $750 for each school.  Richard Roosa expressed that he feels a sense of common direction for the community; a larger sense of community that not only cares about the school and school issues but also the community as a whole.  Supt. Bacon talked with Winton about this and was told that there is a foundation (Costello Foundation) that comes into the community and does a “global” community plan.  It’s free and maybe something to look into.  Bill Douglas commented that that would take a couple of years to get going; and that having a strategic plan for the school should start now.  Supt. Bacon will look into getting on a list and finding out how long before it would get underway and what would be involved.  He will try to have it available for the Dec. 18th meeting.  He also talked to Bill Marshall about being a facilitator for this.  Bill said he might be interested but would like to know more about it.

8.   Other Business:   1) CCSU Board Meeting – Carolyn Bruckner said she isn’t able to make this meeting.  Richard Roosa said he isn’t able to make it either but told Shannon Larocque that he could vote for him during his absence.  2)  Action Plan – Princ. Keenan worked on the original draft last summer; came up with “Focus Areas” for the NECAP and DRA tests.  He had various committees look at it and provide information, ideas, etc.  After going through the revisions, the current revision # 5 shows Assessment Needs, Targets for Increased Student Performance, Action Steps and Completion Dates, and Budget.  Some of the requirements may need to come from the State.  Princ. Keenan has been following this format; other schools also use this format.  We’ve narrowed down what the weaknesses are and how we can get a handle on it.  Shannon Larocque asked will these action steps help what is going on in 2nd and 3rd grades.  Ans. Yes, we will try to watch tests and keep track of what is going on in these grades as well.  Princ. Keenan would like the Boards’ approval on the plan or to offer any suggestions they may have.  Carolyn Bruckner said she would be interested to see what the results show after the NECAP and DRA scores have come in.  After review and discussion a Motion was made by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Richard Roosa to approve Revision # 5 of the Draft Action Plan.  Motion PASSES.  3)  Mural in the Gym – The idea came out of VT Rural School Partnership.  The students came up with the idea from an Anti-bullying seminar they attended.  They want to focus on respect and not bullying people.  The students are also asking the community to share their stories about an act of kindness, showing respect or bullying someone or being bullied by someone.

9.   Future Agenda Items:

      Tuesday, December 18th:  1) Parent concerns regarding Bus #7, Kitchel Hill/Brook Hill/Garland Hill loop (1 hour), 2) Budget discussion.

      Tuesday, January 8, 2008:  1) After School Program.  2) Library Media Specialist Job Description.

10. Next School Board Meeting(s):

      Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. at Barnet School.  Special meeting to discuss Budget and Parental concerns for Bus route # 7.

      Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. at Danville School.  CCSU Board meeting.

      Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. at Barnet School.  Regular meeting.

 

9:55p    Into Executive Session for negotiations.  Motion was made by Shannon Larocque, 2nd by Carolyn            Bruckner.        Motion PASSES.

10:00p  Out of Executive Session. Motion was made by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Richard Roosa. Motion PASSES.

            No Action Taken.

10:01p  Meeting Adjourns.  Motion was made by Shannon Larocque, 2nd by Richard Roosa.  Motion PASSES.

       

Respectfully submitted,

 

Kathy Zita

 

Barnet School Board

Meeting Minute Recorder

 


BARNET SCHOOL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, November 13, 20075:30 PM

At Barnet School

Board Members & Administration in Attendance:

Chair Shellie Samuels, Carolyn Bruckner, Nancy Frank, Richard Roosa, Shannon Larocque, Princ. Kerry Keenan, Supt. John Bacon, Bus. Mgr. Rob Billings, Minute Recorder Kathy Zita. 

Public in AttendanceSally Anderson – Caledonian Record, Dave Warden, Joe Clough, Katie Larney-Young, Lori Werdenschlag, Brooksie Stanton, Steve Mills, Matt Kiley, Susan Jensen, Andy Mosedale, Nancy Bailey, Jim & Paula Ingersen of JPI Transportation.

 

1.       Meeting called to order by Chair Shellie Samuels at 5:35 p.m.

2.       Approval of Minutes – 10/9/07:  Motion was made by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Nancy Frank to accept the Minutes as written.  Motion PASSES.

      Approval of Minutes – 10/25/07:  Motion by Shannon Larocque, 2nd by Richard Roosa to accept the Minutes as written.  Motion PASSES.

3.   Public Input:  1) After-School Program: Joe Clough voiced that he would like to have a formal after-school program started.  His research shows that most of the other schools in the area do offer an after-school program.  He’s developed a survey to circulate (see distributed flyer/survey to go out in the Friday folders) to find out what kind of interest there is amongst others within the school community.  The Board questioned how this program would be staffed.  J. Clough said some schools have para-educators; some have a teacher; others have an outsider come in to run the program.  The Board asked how it would be funded.  J. Clough said that there are Grants available, otherwise they are self-funded and charge some kind of rate, i.e. $8/day from 2:45p – 5:00p.  Shannon suggested that it be posed as a question in the survey asking how much people would pay for this program. Jim Ingerson commented that they (JPI Transportation) provide transportation for one school that has an after-school program.  He feels a program like this is very positive for the children.  Shellie Samuels asked if there were any funds available for snacks to provide for the children.  Supt. said not from the government.  Shannon asked if there was any interest amongst the other school districts.  Supt. said that Danville and Walden currently have programs but not everyday.  Discussed where this program might be held after school which could be a challenge with all the other activities going on; but this could be worked out.  Right now it would have to be volunteer participation because we don’t have the funding available.  Nancy Frank mentioned that it is hard to find volunteers to keep this sort of program going.  Action:  After discussing the above, the Board isn’t opposed to the survey going out to the school community and would like to hear back on the results of the survey.    2) 3 Rivers Baseball – Need for Additional Field:  Matt Kiley and Steve Mills represented the 3 Rivers Baseball Assoc. (3RBA) and stated that they would like to expand the age group for the league from ages 8 – 12 to ages 8 – 15.  The 13+ age group need to play on a bigger field then the one currently being used by the Barnet School Soccer Field.   3RBA searched the area from Monroe to Peach looking for an area that would be suitable for the size baseball field that would be required.  It was discovered that Barnet School has property that would accommodate the size field in question.  At this point Matt Kiley produced a map and cost sheet showing the costs that would be incurred by 3RBA and Barnet School.  The Minimal Plan would be at an expense of $1,800 to 3RBA; the Moderate Plan would cost $15,200 ($4K incurred by 3RBA and $11,200 by Barnet School); the Full Blown Plan would cost $ 46,200.  This cost reflects the high end costs to produce a playing field with all the extras including night lights, announcers stand, and a quality playing filed.  3RBA said that Gary Bunnell said the soil was mostly clay.  It would also have to be set up to drain properly.  M. Kiley also pointed out that there may be some adult men/women leagues that would probably use this field.  The State of VT has Grants available to use towards the construction of the trails to get to the field.  What the 3RBA would like from Barnet School is: A) permission to construct the field; B) whatever money you can put towards it and C) if the school maintenance personnel could maintain this field as well.  Shannon Larocque asked if there are any wetlands in that area.  M. Kiley said it’s not a wetland issue; it may get moist.  The price for drainage includes making sure it’s not a mud puddle and drains properly.  If given permission, would hope to have it in place by spring but not completely finished.  Princ. Keenan asked how you would access this field.  M. Kiley replied that Louis Bushey said that there is access from behind the school.  Carolyn Bruckner wanted to know how many of these players are from Barnet.  M. Kiley said they are from all over the neighboring areas.  We don’t turn away any children.  We are projecting 22 players with 6 or 8 going to St. Jay.  More than ½ of the 22 are Barnet students.  Carolyn Bruckner asked if the girls’ softball teams can use this field.  M. Kiley said that they normally play on a 60’ field.  As yet, 3RBA hasn’t approached local contractors to see if any would volunteer their services.  Nancy Frank had concerns as to whether there would be others on the 3RBA to keep this going once M. Kiley and S. Mills aren’t involved, as

 

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well as that this will be done and no one will utilize it.  M. Kiley replied that there are others involved with the association who are interested in keeping it going.  Shannon Larocque wants to make sure that the proposed numbers are correct; some of them seem low, i.e. drainage costs.  Richard Roosa commented that if 3RBA were willing to put up the $4K, you could have a decent field.  Carolyn Bruckner would like to know that the Barnet students would benefit from this plus she’s interested to find out if this area is being used by the Science teacher for learning purposes.  Motion was made by Shannon Larocque, 2nd by Nancy Frank to allow 3RBA to test bits of soil in the proposed area for drainage and report back with the results as well as the correct amount of costs involved for this field.  Motion PASSES.

4.   Administrative Reports:

A.   Principal’s Report: (see distributed report)

·         Traffic Flow Concerns – (see distributed info. from Burleigh Huntoon)  Turns out we would need Jersey Barricades and curbs to close off the entrances to the parking lot and re-direct for pick-up/drop-off traffic lane.  The cost for (12) barricades = $3K, (5) 8’ curbs = $275.00.  We will also need a staging area to accommodate 14-16 cars that need to pull off to wait, costs = $6,900.  Range of costs for this project = $14,950 - $15,990.  Half of this cost is the staging.  Looking to use LTM for this.  This will be a good solution to the safety concerns of the pick-up/drop-off situation.  Richard Roosa pointed out that some of the parents with younger children park and brings their children in. So there will have to be a spot designated for them to park.  There was a suggestion made that they can park back by the kitchen and use the sidewalk to bring children in.  Action:  The Board will discuss this information further during the budget discussions.

·         Bus Proposal:  (see distributed sheet) Presented by Jim Ingerson of JPI Transportation.  The cost for a 2008 GMC Dura-Max, 29 passengers with 4 wheel drive would be $65K.  It would have to be built from the ground up.  Even if it was ordered now it wouldn’t be here until June/July ’08.  This bus will handle what our needs are.  We currently have 16-18 students that would utilize this bus but it would also be useful for the other bus routes that we couldn’t do because of snow, mud, etc.  The yearly cost to the school for a 5 year contract is $36K which includes fuel & fuel reimbursement, loan payments, driver salary, insurance, and inspection/maint.  Nancy Frank questioned that we would be paying for this bus for 5 years but still not own it.   Action:  Since we aren’t able to have the bus for this school year, the Board would like to discuss it during the budget discussions.  Jim Ingerson mentioned that if we do want the bus for next school year he would have to order it by January ’08.

Building Advisory Committee (BAC) – The BAC met on 11/6/07 (see distributed sheet) and based on that meeting the following recommendations were made for 2008-09:  1) Gym Lighting = $3,387.  Lighting would be upgraded with fluorescent fixtures and would include motion sensors.  They would come on immediately.  They can be purchased through Efficiency Vermont and could be installed by SJA electricity students.  There is a 2 year payback.   Motion was made by Nancy Frank, 2nd by Shannon Larocque to get lights done with current money in LTM during Feb. break.  Motion PASSES.  2) Summer painting = $6,089.  It would be about $1K more than we normally spend but would include repainting north end of bldg. to east gable end, east gable end, and southeast front of bldg. with air handler roofs, southwest front of bldg. with air handler roofs as well as interior hallway jambs and doors.  3) New Ex-mark mower = $11,409.  For time efficiency and better lawn care.  This mower would save 2-3 hours each mowing.  The tractor we currently use is 13 years old and showing wear but would last longer if it weren’t used for mowing.  The BAC also recommends that this item be budgeted under “equipment” in Burleigh’s maintenance budget as a one time purchase.  The Board wanted to know if we had a place to house this mower.  Princ. Keenan said the attachments can go into the Rec. Bldg. and the mower can be stored with the tractor.  4) Generator Transfer Switch = $14,500.  For both the generator and the switch = $51K ($45K for the generator & switch, $5K to install and $800 for the concrete slab).  Nancy Frank feels it would be important to make sure that we are prepared incase of an emergency, especially if we are a designated Red Cross Shelter.  She would rather put the money towards this rather then some of the other items.  This would be a great service to the community if there was an emergency.  Supt. John Bacon said he would write the Grant for this to see how much we could get.

7:55p    Break for 15 minutes.

8:10p    Meeting resumes.

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time by 1 ½ hours, 4 days per week.  She is available and willing to do this and her time is reimbursable through SPED funding.

Motion was made by Richard Roosa, 2nd by Shannon Larocque to have Princ. Kerry Keenan approve the additional coverage totaling 26 hours for Linda Warnaar.  Motion PASSES.

B.  Superintendent’s Report:

·         Home-school Notices – from the State.

·         VSBA & VT Superintendent Association – Did an assessment in the Towns to see what Towns have been affected by ACT82 “Think Twice”.  If the school district spends more than the budget and cost of living is going up, they are required to have 2 votes.  Based on past records, Barnet would have needed 2 votes for FY07 ($43,374.75) and FY08 ($906.77)

·         Legislator Meeting – There will be a CCSU Board meeting on Thursday, December 20th in Danville.  We are hoping to invite some of our State Legislators to discuss concerns among the school districts.  Invitations will be sent to see which State Legislators can be there.

·         NEK Region In-Service – This in-service with teachers from all over the NEK region took the place of the Network meeting.  It was run by people of the State and will save money on the amount of subs required for the network meeting.

5.   Financial – ’09 Budget:  (see distributed report and highlights)

      According to Rob Billings, the 1st draft of the FY09 budget has been updated for personnel and contract changes but isn’t complete because of on-going contract negotiations.  Provisions for negotiations have been placed under function for “School Board”.  There are no updated requests for supplies and services included yet and the Hot Lunch Program budget isn’t complete.  The Revenue estimates for 2009 are incomplete because we’re still waiting for information from the State regarding equalized pupil data.  We’ve included personnel changes but only for known step changes for FY09.  The FY08 Projection is preliminary and although it seems very favorable at this time, he still needs to meet with Princ. Keenan to review estimates, etc.  What has been included for FY09 is: * Health insurance rate increase of 8.5%, * Personnel changes for resignations and new hires, * No known column movements for teaching staff, * Debt service for Bond, * Oil budget (no change but will expect that an increase will be needed), * TAN financing estimate, * Updated rates for worker comp, dental, life and disability, * Tuition adjustments, * New transportation

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      contract.  What has not been included is:  * No new salary schedule for professional and support staff, * Services, supplies & maintenance requests, or co-curricular activities, * any facilities projects, * New program initiatives for regular education & technology, * any Board or Administrative initiatives, and * CCSU assessments pending for the SU budget completion.

We may be looking at an additional $145K, based on the information and recommendations heard here tonight.  There is a lot of information to think about and therefore Rob recommends that we do not discuss the budget at a regular School Board meeting because there is too much to go over.  Key dates and deadlines to remember are 1) material needs to be to the Town Clerk by Jan. 20th, so our deadline should be Jan. 10th.  2) Common Level Appraisal (CLA) doesn’t come out until last week of Dec. 3) State-wide Tax Rate comes out Dec. 5th

Enrollment Projections (see distribute sheet):  There is a group that requires a lot of needs, therefore Princ. Keenan is proposing that we keep 2 Second Grade teachers.  Carolyn Bruckner said 44 students divided among 4 teachers don’t sound right; maybe 3 teachers for 1st/2nd grade classes.  Princ. Keenan said that some of the teachers mentioned that the 3 1st/2nd combination didn’t work out too well. 

Rob Billings said to think about what is important to you as a School Board and a Principal, and then decide what will stay in the budget and what needs to go.  Supt. Bacon asked if one of the 7th/8th grade teachers, i.e. Caroline Adams could be used to focus some of her time at the 1st/2nd grade math level.  That might help the situation.  Action:  The Board decided to designate Tuesday, Dec. 11th for a Budget “Only” meeting and Tuesday, Dec. 18th for a regular meeting and budget discussion.

6.   New Business:

·         Defibrillator – Jay Wood is writing a Grant for us, and we are at the top of list.

·         Job Description for Library/Technology - This position is 3/5ths Librarian and 2/5ths Technology Teacher.  The Princ. and Supt. will try to locate the job description for this position.  Kerry said if we can’t find the job description, he would create one based on what the school needs.  He would also like to keep the technology aspect of this position.  Supt. said the rule of thumb for an F/T Librarian is 400 students, so this size school would only need a P/T one.  Lori Werdenschlag commented that today’s Librarian is totally transformed and is now technology information based.   Kerry said he was at a meeting where it was suggested having an SU Technology person; although it would be hard to find a person to be just a P/T Librarian or a P/T Technology person.

·         Athletic Physicals/Permission Slips (see distributed sheet from Danville) - There are no physicals required at the elementary school level.  Princ. Keenan had a form that he had Eric Bogie, the schools PE teacher and Sports Director make-up for our school.  After reviewing the Board liked the Danville form except for the Social Security information.  Action:  The Board would like for Princ. Keenan to take the best of both forms and create one.

7.   Old Business:

 

 

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member is to come up with 5 names to invite to participate/commit to this.  We also need to know a time line for meetings, etc. so people don’t think it will drag on.

8.   Other Business:  7th Grade is looking for direction on their class trip.  It’s getting costly to go to Quebec City.  Last year it was $5K for the trip.  Money was raised through fundraising.  The Board feels if the staff supports it then they should move on.

9.   Future Agenda Items:

·         Job Description for Library/Technology position

·         School-wide Action Plan

 

10:55p  Break for 5 minutes.

11:00p  Meeting resumes

11:03p  Into Executive Session for negotiations.  Motion made by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Richard Roosa.              Motion PASSES.

11:20p  Out of Executive Session.  Motion made by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Richard Roosa.

            No Action Taken.

11:23p  Into Executive Session for personnel issue.  Motion made by Nancy Frank, 2nd by Carolyn Bruckner.

            Motion PASSES.

11:48p  Out of Executive Session.  Motion made by Richard Roosa, 2nd by Carolyn Bruckner.

            No Action Taken.

11:50p  Meeting Adjourns.  Motion made by Nancy Frank, 2nd by Richard Roosa.  Motion PASSES.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Kathy Zita

 

Barnet School Board

Meeting Minute Recorder

 


BARNET SCHOOL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, September 11, 2007 – 5:30 PM

At Barnet School

Board Members & Administration in Attendance:

            Chair Shellie Samuels, Carolyn Bruckner, Nancy Frank, Richard Roosa, Shannon Larocque (left after       7:40p), Princ. Kerry Keenan, Supt. John Bacon, Minute Recorder Kathy Zita. 

Public in AttendanceJacob Grant – Caledonian Record, Dave Warden, Jean Denson – Guidance, Teacher Caroline Adams, Katie Larney-Young, Lori Werdenschlag, Sandra Mings-Lamar, John Bruckner, Jim & Paula Ingersen of JPI Transportation.

 

1.       Meeting called to order by Chair Shellie Samuels at 5:35 p.m.

2.       Approval of Minutes – 8/14/07:  The following corrections were noted: change “principle” to “principal” where necessary.  Motion was made by Nancy Frank, 2nd by Carolyn Bruckner to accept the Minutes with the abovementioned corrections.  Motion PASSES.

3.       Public Input:  Dave Warden mentioned about the delay on construction of the Barnet Center Road.

4.       Administrative Reports:

A.   Principal’s Report: (see distributed report)

·         Traffic Flow Concerns – Still haven’t heard when the Dept. of Transportation will be coming to advise us.  In the meantime we have assigned a staff member to monitor the parking lot during dismissal.

·         Guided Study Program:  Students have responded well so far.  Attached are some comments from some of the teachers and what they think of it.  Some mentioned that they wished it was longer than a ½ hour.  Caroline Adams who was in attendance at this meeting gave a positive overview of the program.  Jean Denson, also in attendance, commented that it is a huge deal that the 32 students taking instrumental instruction are no longer missing out on academic studies.

·         Back to School Teacher in-service – All staff members attended a training class on “Prevention and Response to Bullying in Vermont Schools”.  It offered useful information about the differences between bullying and harassment as well as the do’s and don’ts about communicating with the students who are bullying or being bullied.  We will continue to use these types of training classes to enhance our own program.

·         Food Service – (see attached update from Annette Burrington).  Outlines some of the improvements that are currently in place, i.e. offering 2 vegetables, wheat bread and fresh green salad.  No bake sales are to happen during lunch, as it interferes with student nutrition.  Their budget is looking better from last years and they will continue with the improvements initiated in January after meeting with the School Food Service Consultant.  Kerry went over the current prices for breakfast: $1.00; reduced $.30, Lunch $1.50; reduced $.40.  Currently we have the lowest meal rates around.  Supt. John Bacon showed a comparison rate between the 4 school districts.  According to the 2007/08 rates each school charges $1.00 for breakfast but then the lunch rates go from $1.50 (Barnet), $1.75 (Walden) and $2.00 (Danville and Peacham).  Discussed whether Barnet should seriously consider raising their lunch rates.  It hasn’t been raised in a very long time and would help with the deficit.

·         Facilities/Maintenance – Burleigh is recommending that we consider repairing & repaving our driveway.  Being that this is considered part of Town Highway, Burleigh asked Maurice Gingue of the Road Dept. for advice.  Maurice suggested that the proper approach would be for a School Board member go to the Selectmen to make a formal request.  This would come out of the Town’s budget and not the school’s.  Shannon Larocque volunteered to go to the Selectmen.

·         Personnel Update – 1) Mary Prior who has taught at Barnet for 19 years has officially announced her intent to retire and take sabbatical leave after this school year ends.  She has given us early notification to make the transition easier for all involved.  Kerry Keenan recommends not waiting to long to hire a replacement.  2) Cindy Abry was hired as a home school coordinator to replace Jeff Scannell.  3) Linda Warnaar has been hired as a half-time SPED Para-educator to assist in our autism program.

·         8th Grade Class Trip – Kerry would like some direction from the Board regarding this.

·         Other – The state law requires us as a school to have any contracted services do a criminal check on its employees.  JPI currently requires a motor vehicle check, a physical exam, and drug & alcohol testing.  He isn’t required to do a criminal check but has agreed to initiate testing of all his Barnet School drivers.

 

 

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·         Revisions to bus routes 6 & 7 – The bus routes have been revised to accommodate the pick up and drop off of additional students who live in the area of Kitchel Hill & Brook Hill Roads and then back to Joe’s Brook Road and Route 5.  The revisions seem to be working just fine for now but alternate plans need to be made during the winter months because some of these roads are too hazardous for the buses to go up or down.  Jim Ingersen was invited to this meeting to share his suggestions concerning this matter.

B.   Superintendents Report:

·         Article on Early Childhood Ed – “Children’s Education a Smart Investment” outlines how kids who start learning in their early years seem to do better later on.

·         Policies that are Warned for Adoption:  Child Nutrition & Wellness, Harassment & Prevention, Student Conduct & Discipline.

·         Teacher of the Year Award – Sue Perrson has been elected as one of the Teachers of the Year Award.  The award will be given by UVM.

·         Sample Hazing Policy – For the Board’s review.

5.      JPI Transportation suggestions to bus route revisions:  Jim & Paula Ingersen were present to offer their thoughts and suggestions regarding the above bus route revision as well as any other questions anyone had.  Jim explained that these roads are very dangerous during the winter because they have steep hills and are very narrow (even when the weather is good, it’s hard to have 2 vehicles passing each other).  He said we may have to notify the parents of these students when the weather is bad to have them bring the children to the old bus stop by Robinson Mill.  Jim has also spoken to Maurice Gingue from the Road Dept. who mentioned it’s the last road to get plowed and it would be difficult to rearrange the whole schedule and the order in which the roads are plowed.  Jim also mentioned that he is very happy with the way the Road Dept. has been clearing the roads just in front of the buses.  He said right now the 4 buses are stretched to the max with their schedules as it is and to try to change anything we would have to start pushing the schedule back by 10 – 15 minutes.  Currently the high school students are at SJA 45 minutes before school starts.  Pushing the schedule back means the students will be at SJA an hour before school starts.  As it is with the current schedule and the good weather it doesn’t leave much room for any delays.  He always likes to leave at least 15 minutes left in the schedule for bad weather, etc.  He currently starts picking up the H.S. students at 6:45a in W. Barnet, that driver (Joanne Watkins) meets up with Mr. Wilson’s bus at the Town Clerks Ofc. From there Joanne starts her elementary school route by 7:00a.  Being that the 4 buses are maxed out with their current schedules, Jim offered that one solution might be to get a smaller AWD bus with a 25-35 passenger capacity.  It would be able to maneuver through the back roads easier than a big bus.   Kerry Keenan asked if a 5th bus would help with the overall schedule.  Jim answered that it absolutely would and proceeded to give examples of how and also mentioned that it would allow him to put back into the schedule the 15 minutes to spare for emergencies.  Jim and Paula then explained that it wouldn’t be much cheaper for a smaller bus.  The bus cost ($65K - $80K) might be less expensive but by the time you figure in the loan, maintenance, driver and other overhead costs it would seem to cost more.  It costs about $28K/year for used buses based on last years prices.  The bank will loan us the money for the length of the contract of the bus.  It would take about 6 + months from the time a decision is made to get a new bus, so this isn’t really going to help our situation for this year.  Results/Action Items:  The Board would like for Princ. Kerry Keenan to work with JPI to obtain more information as well as the costs involved with a smaller AWD bus.  Shannon Larocque offered to talk with the Selectmen to see if they could have Maurice Gingue change his schedule to accommodate the revised bus route.

         Sandra Mings-Lamar expressed concern for students who are late to school due to the weather that it won’t be marked against them.  Some students become very anxious and upset when they are late because of circumstances beyond their control.  Maybe the school could let them know that it won’t be marked against them in these circumstances.  Also, if the school can make sure that the student is not present before making a call to parents asking why that child is absent when the parent knows they put their child on the bus that morning and starts to feel alarmed only to get a phone call a few minutes later saying that the child is here at the school.  Kerry said he will look into this and make sure that Nedra knows whether students are definitely at school before making phone calls.

7:00p    Break for 15 minutes.

7:15p    Meeting resumes.  Motion was made by Nancy Frank, 2nd by Shannon Larocque to go into

            Executive Session for discussion on Contract Negotiations.  Motion PASSES.

7:39p    Out of Executive Session. Motion made by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Richard Roosa to come out.        Motion PASSES.  No Action was taken.

        

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6.      Financial – ’07 Financial Statement(see distributed report)  Discussed why the budget was up from $3,822,327 to $4,078,265 because of recent work that was done such as paving, new phone system, emergency lights and summer painting.  Supt. John Bacon explained the “over” budget line items on the general fund operating statement, i.e. almost $44K for a new teacher, almost $17K for a math Para-professional, $16K for Microsoft hardware/software, almost $7K for an interest rate that was higher than expected, $50K for the paving, new phone system, etc., around $100K for SPED of which 55% will be reimbursed.  There is a balance of $49,127 in the reserve account to be used towards carry forward.

7.      New Business:

·     Strategic Planning 10/24/07- Winton Goodrich.  This will be tabled until the next school board meeting.

·     Hot Lunch Cost:  Discussed whether to raise the price from $1.50 to $2.00.  It could go into effect after winter break in January this way people will have time to be notified of the new price change.  Carolyn Bruckner feels that a $.50 cent raise is a huge jump.  She suggests maybe raising the price to $1.75 then next year increase to $2.00.  The Board decided to table this discussion until the next Board meeting.

·     8th Grade Class Trip – Kerry would like some direction on this before he meets with the 8th grade parents.  The main concern seems to be the cost of the trip and all the fundraising that is involved.  Last year the Washington DC trip would have cost around $21K.  Instead the class went to New York City for a shorter amount of days and the trip cost $18K.  This year the Washington trip will be around $24K.  It was also pointed out that the 7th grade trip to Quebec is also climbing.  Last year it was $5,500.  There was a lot of discussion surrounding this topic as well as comments and suggestions from those in attendance.  Supt. mentioned that it’s important to explain “what” the purpose of the trip is for.  Is it tied to the curriculum or just for fun?  C. Bruckner feels that if you ask parents “where do you want to go” it will create a problem.  The trip is either a tradition or its not.  R. Roosa wonders if the students absorb all that they see and do.  The amount of $$, and time involved would be justified if it was supported more by the students instead of the school and the parents.  Also, if the school is going to declare this trip as part of the curriculum then the school should pay the bill, which he would be against.  If we don’t foot the bill then we could support an end of year trip.  S. Larocque said that someone suggested just having a 1 day of fun.  In that case, Shannon feels that it should be done on a non-school day and without using the $3K that was budgeted.  N. Frank said that when the Washington DC trip began years ago, it was truly exciting but now with costs being so high its hard to raise the $$ and then dictate what is to be done.  Carolyn Adams offered the following suggestion: a) maybe combine the 7th and 8th grade trip together and do it in the beginning of the year; b) research doing something that is closer to home such as an adventure retreat and c) have students be accountable and do research and give presentations afterwards to assess what they have learned.  K. Keenan suggests a compromise by the Board supporting ½ the trip and parents/students fund-raise the other ½.  John Bruckner mentioned to maybe set up a type of trust fund to be used for the Washington DC trip.  L. Werdenschlag believes students should have an opportunity to see Washington DC but couldn’t believe the costs associated with this trip.  Suggested maybe going to Boston instead.  R. Roosa wanted to know if there was a policy on field trips and if not, maybe that is a starting point.  N. Frank thought that maybe the 7th grade could look into going to Boston instead of Quebec.  Also believes the 8th grade trip needs to be part of the curriculum, not change the curriculum to fit the trip.  She is also concerned about having the support of the 8th grade teachers for this trip; and is interested in finding out what it would take to get the support of the teachers.  J. Denson said that the trip needs to work with the curriculum.  In some cases students can’t be given a choice when it has to do with the curriculum.  Other suggestions were for the students to give presentations on the place they want to visit; and that Kerry should present the Washington DC trip as usual and if there is a lot of resistance then present a Plan B trip.  N. Frank would like to hear what the teachers come up with before deciding about the $3K budgeted for Washington DC and what it will be used for.  Results/Actions Items:   It was decided to have the 8th grade teaching team come up with alternate places, based on the curriculum that would make an alternative Plan B trip and that Kerry Keenan will gather the information from the teachers and present it at a Special School Board meeting on Sept. 25, 2007 at 6:00 p.m.  At this meeting it would be hopeful that the Board can decide on a Plan B trip for Kerry to present at the 8th grade parent/student meeting at the end of Sept., beginning of Oct.

8.      Old Business Policies to be Warned for Adoption:

·   Child Nutrition & Wellness:  Motion was made by Nancy Frank, 2nd by Carolyn Bruckner to adopt this policy.  Motion PASSES.

 

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·   Harassment and Prevention Policy:  Motion was made by Nancy Frank, 2nd by Richard Roosa to adopt this policy.  Motion PASSES.

·   Student Conduct and Discipline Policy:  Motion was made by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Nancy Frank to adopt this policy as amended: last page number 3, at the end of the first sentence add “only in accordance with Vermont State Board of Education rules”.   Motion PASSES.

9.      Other Business:

·   Policy on Hazing (Mandatory):  For review.  It appears that the current policy was designed for a college fraternity setting although there are some sections that we might be able to use.  The Board will bring it back again to discuss what sections they can use.

·   CCSU Executive Committee Meeting:  Carolyn Bruckner isn’t able to attend the Thursday meetings for the next few months.  Nancy Frank offered to fill in for Carolyn for the upcoming meeting but can not do all of them.

·   Bus Background Checks:  Could take up to 4 weeks to get the results.

·   Mary Prior Retirement/Sabbatical Leave:  Motion was made by Richard Roosa, 2nd by Carolyn Bruckner to accept, with deep regret, the retirement and sabbatical leave of Mary Prior.  Motion PASSES. 

10.    Future Agenda Items:

·   Strategic Planning

·   Hot Lunch Costs

·   5th Bus information/costs

11.    Next School Board Meeting(s):

         Tues., Sept. 25, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. at Barnet School.  This will be a Special meeting to discuss Plan B of the 8th grade trip and contract negotiations.

         Tues., October 9, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. at Barnet School.  Regular scheduled meeting.

         Thurs., Sept. 27, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. – CCSU Executive Committee meeting.

 

10:26p.m.          Motion was made by Nancy Frank, 2nd by Carolyn Bruckner to adjourn the                                      meeting.  Motion PASSES.  Meeting adjourns.

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Kathy Zita

 

Barnet School Board

Meeting Minute Recorder

 


BARNET SCHOOL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, July 10, 2007 – 5:30 PM

At Barnet School

Board Members & Administration in Attendance:

            Chair Shellie Samuels, Carolyn Bruckner, Nancy Frank, Richard Roosa, Shannon Larocque (left after       7:40p), Princ. Kerry Keenan, Supt. John Bacon, Minute Recorder Kathy Zita. 

Public in AttendanceJacob Grant – Caledonian Record, Dave Warden, Jean Denson – Guidance, Teacher Caroline Adams, Katie Larney-Young, Lori Werdenschlag, Sandra Mings-Lamar, John Bruckner, Jim & Paula Ingersen of JPI Transportation.

 

1.       Meeting called to order by Chair Shellie Samuels at 5:35 p.m.

2.       Approval of Minutes – 8/14/07:  The following corrections were noted: change “principle” to “principal” where necessary.  Motion was made by Nancy Frank, 2nd by Carolyn Bruckner to accept the Minutes with the abovementioned corrections.  Motion PASSES.

3.       Public Input:  Dave Warden mentioned about the delay on construction of the Barnet Center Road.

4.       Administrative Reports:

A.   Principal’s Report: (see distributed report)

·         Traffic Flow Concerns – Still haven’t heard when the Dept. of Transportation will be coming to advise us.  In the meantime we have assigned a staff member to monitor the parking lot during dismissal.

·         Guided Study Program:  Students have responded well so far.  Attached are some comments from some of the teachers and what they think of it.  Some mentioned that they wished it was longer than a ½ hour.  Caroline Adams who was in attendance at this meeting gave a positive overview of the program.  Jean Denson, also in attendance, commented that it is a huge deal that the 32 students taking instrumental instruction are no longer missing out on academic studies.

·         Back to School Teacher in-service – All staff members attended a training class on “Prevention and Response to Bullying in Vermont Schools”.  It offered useful information about the differences between bullying and harassment as well as the do’s and don’ts about communicating with the students who are bullying or being bullied.  We will continue to use these types of training classes to enhance our own program.

·         Food Service – (see attached update from Annette Burrington).  Outlines some of the improvements that are currently in place, i.e. offering 2 vegetables, wheat bread and fresh green salad.  No bake sales are to happen during lunch, as it interferes with student nutrition.  Their budget is looking better from last years and they will continue with the improvements initiated in January after meeting with the School Food Service Consultant.  Kerry went over the current prices for breakfast: $1.00; reduced $.30, Lunch $1.50; reduced $.40.  Currently we have the lowest meal rates around.  Supt. John Bacon showed a comparison rate between the 4 school districts.  According to the 2007/08 rates each school charges $1.00 for breakfast but then the lunch rates go from $1.50 (Barnet), $1.75 (Walden) and $2.00 (Danville and Peacham).  Discussed whether Barnet should seriously consider raising their lunch rates.  It hasn’t been raised in a very long time and would help with the deficit.

·         Facilities/Maintenance – Burleigh is recommending that we consider repairing & repaving our driveway.  Being that this is considered part of Town Highway, Burleigh asked Maurice Gingue of the Road Dept. for advice.  Maurice suggested that the proper approach would be for a School Board member go to the Selectmen to make a formal request.  This would come out of the Town’s budget and not the school’s.  Shannon Larocque volunteered to go to the Selectmen.

·         Personnel Update – 1) Mary Prior who has taught at Barnet for 19 years has officially announced her intent to retire and take sabbatical leave after this school year ends.  She has given us early notification to make the transition easier for all involved.  Kerry Keenan recommends not waiting to long to hire a replacement.  2) Cindy Abry was hired as a home school coordinator to replace Jeff Scannell.  3) Linda Warnaar has been hired as a half-time SPED Para-educator to assist in our autism program.

·         8th Grade Class Trip – Kerry would like some direction from the Board regarding this.

·         Other – The state law requires us as a school to have any contracted services do a criminal check on its employees.  JPI currently requires a motor vehicle check, a physical exam, and drug & alcohol testing.  He isn’t required to do a criminal check but has agreed to initiate testing of all his Barnet School drivers.

 

 

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·         Revisions to bus routes 6 & 7 – The bus routes have been revised to accommodate the pick up and drop off of additional students who live in the area of Kitchel Hill & Brook Hill Roads and then back to Joe’s Brook Road and Route 5.  The revisions seem to be working just fine for now but alternate plans need to be made during the winter months because some of these roads are too hazardous for the buses to go up or down.  Jim Ingersen was invited to this meeting to share his suggestions concerning this matter.

B.   Superintendents Report:

·         Article on Early Childhood Ed – “Children’s Education a Smart Investment” outlines how kids who start learning in their early years seem to do better later on.

·         Policies that are Warned for Adoption:  Child Nutrition & Wellness, Harassment & Prevention, Student Conduct & Discipline.

·         Teacher of the Year Award – Sue Perrson has been elected as one of the Teachers of the Year Award.  The award will be given by UVM.

·         Sample Hazing Policy – For the Board’s review.

5.      JPI Transportation suggestions to bus route revisions:  Jim & Paula Ingersen were present to offer their thoughts and suggestions regarding the above bus route revision as well as any other questions anyone had.  Jim explained that these roads are very dangerous during the winter because they have steep hills and are very narrow (even when the weather is good, it’s hard to have 2 vehicles passing each other).  He said we may have to notify the parents of these students when the weather is bad to have them bring the children to the old bus stop by Robinson Mill.  Jim has also spoken to Maurice Gingue from the Road Dept. who mentioned it’s the last road to get plowed and it would be difficult to rearrange the whole schedule and the order in which the roads are plowed.  Jim also mentioned that he is very happy with the way the Road Dept. has been clearing the roads just in front of the buses.  He said right now the 4 buses are stretched to the max with their schedules as it is and to try to change anything we would have to start pushing the schedule back by 10 – 15 minutes.  Currently the high school students are at SJA 45 minutes before school starts.  Pushing the schedule back means the students will be at SJA an hour before school starts.  As it is with the current schedule and the good weather it doesn’t leave much room for any delays.  He always likes to leave at least 15 minutes left in the schedule for bad weather, etc.  He currently starts picking up the H.S. students at 6:45a in W. Barnet, that driver (Joanne Watkins) meets up with Mr. Wilson’s bus at the Town Clerks Ofc. From there Joanne starts her elementary school route by 7:00a.  Being that the 4 buses are maxed out with their current schedules, Jim offered that one solution might be to get a smaller AWD bus with a 25-35 passenger capacity.  It would be able to maneuver through the back roads easier than a big bus.   Kerry Keenan asked if a 5th bus would help with the overall schedule.  Jim answered that it absolutely would and proceeded to give examples of how and also mentioned that it would allow him to put back into the schedule the 15 minutes to spare for emergencies.  Jim and Paula then explained that it wouldn’t be much cheaper for a smaller bus.  The bus cost ($65K - $80K) might be less expensive but by the time you figure in the loan, maintenance, driver and other overhead costs it would seem to cost more.  It costs about $28K/year for used buses based on last years prices.  The bank will loan us the money for the length of the contract of the bus.  It would take about 6 + months from the time a decision is made to get a new bus, so this isn’t really going to help our situation for this year.  Results/Action Items:  The Board would like for Princ. Kerry Keenan to work with JPI to obtain more information as well as the costs involved with a smaller AWD bus.  Shannon Larocque offered to talk with the Selectmen to see if they could have Maurice Gingue change his schedule to accommodate the revised bus route.

         Sandra Mings-Lamar expressed concern for students who are late to school due to the weather that it won’t be marked against them.  Some students become very anxious and upset when they are late because of circumstances beyond their control.  Maybe the school could let them know that it won’t be marked against them in these circumstances.  Also, if the school can make sure that the student is not present before making a call to parents asking why that child is absent when the parent knows they put their child on the bus that morning and starts to feel alarmed only to get a phone call a few minutes later saying that the child is here at the school.  Kerry said he will look into this and make sure that Nedra knows whether students are definitely at school before making phone calls.

7:00p    Break for 15 minutes.

7:15p    Meeting resumes.  Motion was made by Nancy Frank, 2nd by Shannon Larocque to go into

            Executive Session for discussion on Contract Negotiations.  Motion PASSES.

7:39p    Out of Executive Session. Motion made by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Richard Roosa to come out.        Motion PASSES.  No Action was taken.

        

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6.      Financial – ’07 Financial Statement(see distributed report)  Discussed why the budget was up from $3,822,327 to $4,078,265 because of recent work that was done such as paving, new phone system, emergency lights and summer painting.  Supt. John Bacon explained the “over” budget line items on the general fund operating statement, i.e. almost $44K for a new teacher, almost $17K for a math Para-professional, $16K for Microsoft hardware/software, almost $7K for an interest rate that was higher than expected, $50K for the paving, new phone system, etc., around $100K for SPED of which 55% will be reimbursed.  There is a balance of $49,127 in the reserve account to be used towards carry forward.

7.      New Business:

·     Strategic Planning 10/24/07- Winton Goodrich.  This will be tabled until the next school board meeting.

·     Hot Lunch Cost:  Discussed whether to raise the price from $1.50 to $2.00.  It could go into effect after winter break in January this way people will have time to be notified of the new price change.  Carolyn Bruckner feels that a $.50 cent raise is a huge jump.  She suggests maybe raising the price to $1.75 then next year increase to $2.00.  The Board decided to table this discussion until the next Board meeting.

·     8th Grade Class Trip – Kerry would like some direction on this before he meets with the 8th grade parents.  The main concern seems to be the cost of the trip and all the fundraising that is involved.  Last year the Washington DC trip would have cost around $21K.  Instead the class went to New York City for a shorter amount of days and the trip cost $18K.  This year the Washington trip will be around $24K.  It was also pointed out that the 7th grade trip to Quebec is also climbing.  Last year it was $5,500.  There was a lot of discussion surrounding this topic as well as comments and suggestions from those in attendance.  Supt. mentioned that it’s important to explain “what” the purpose of the trip is for.  Is it tied to the curriculum or just for fun?  C. Bruckner feels that if you ask parents “where do you want to go” it will create a problem.  The trip is either a tradition or its not.  R. Roosa wonders if the students absorb all that they see and do.  The amount of $$, and time involved would be justified if it was supported more by the students instead of the school and the parents.  Also, if the school is going to declare this trip as part of the curriculum then the school should pay the bill, which he would be against.  If we don’t foot the bill then we could support an end of year trip.  S. Larocque said that someone suggested just having a 1 day of fun.  In that case, Shannon feels that it should be done on a non-school day and without using the $3K that was budgeted.  N. Frank said that when the Washington DC trip began years ago, it was truly exciting but now with costs being so high its hard to raise the $$ and then dictate what is to be done.  Carolyn Adams offered the following suggestion: a) maybe combine the 7th and 8th grade trip together and do it in the beginning of the year; b) research doing something that is closer to home such as an adventure retreat and c) have students be accountable and do research and give presentations afterwards to assess what they have learned.  K. Keenan suggests a compromise by the Board supporting ½ the trip and parents/students fund-raise the other ½.  John Bruckner mentioned to maybe set up a type of trust fund to be used for the Washington DC trip.  L. Werdenschlag believes students should have an opportunity to see Washington DC but couldn’t believe the costs associated with this trip.  Suggested maybe going to Boston instead.  R. Roosa wanted to know if there was a policy on field trips and if not, maybe that is a starting point.  N. Frank thought that maybe the 7th grade could look into going to Boston instead of Quebec.  Also believes the 8th grade trip needs to be part of the curriculum, not change the curriculum to fit the trip.  She is also concerned about having the support of the 8th grade teachers for this trip; and is interested in finding out what it would take to get the support of the teachers.  J. Denson said that the trip needs to work with the curriculum.  In some cases students can’t be given a choice when it has to do with the curriculum.  Other suggestions were for the students to give presentations on the place they want to visit; and that Kerry should present the Washington DC trip as usual and if there is a lot of resistance then present a Plan B trip.  N. Frank would like to hear what the teachers come up with before deciding about the $3K budgeted for Washington DC and what it will be used for.  Results/Actions Items:   It was decided to have the 8th grade teaching team come up with alternate places, based on the curriculum that would make an alternative Plan B trip and that Kerry Keenan will gather the information from the teachers and present it at a Special School Board meeting on Sept. 25, 2007 at 6:00 p.m.  At this meeting it would be hopeful that the Board can decide on a Plan B trip for Kerry to present at the 8th grade parent/student meeting at the end of Sept., beginning of Oct.

8.      Old Business Policies to be Warned for Adoption:

·   Child Nutrition & Wellness:  Motion was made by Nancy Frank, 2nd by Carolyn Bruckner to adopt this policy.  Motion PASSES.

 

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·   Harassment and Prevention Policy:  Motion was made by Nancy Frank, 2nd by Richard Roosa to adopt this policy.  Motion PASSES.

·   Student Conduct and Discipline Policy:  Motion was made by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Nancy Frank to adopt this policy as amended: last page number 3, at the end of the first sentence add “only in accordance with Vermont State Board of Education rules”.   Motion PASSES.

9.      Other Business:

·   Policy on Hazing (Mandatory):  For review.  It appears that the current policy was designed for a college fraternity setting although there are some sections that we might be able to use.  The Board will bring it back again to discuss what sections they can use.

·   CCSU Executive Committee Meeting:  Carolyn Bruckner isn’t able to attend the Thursday meetings for the next few months.  Nancy Frank offered to fill in for Carolyn for the upcoming meeting but can not do all of them.

·   Bus Background Checks:  Could take up to 4 weeks to get the results.

·   Mary Prior Retirement/Sabbatical Leave:  Motion was made by Richard Roosa, 2nd by Carolyn Bruckner to accept, with deep regret, the retirement and sabbatical leave of Mary Prior.  Motion PASSES. 

10.    Future Agenda Items:

·   Strategic Planning

·   Hot Lunch Costs

·   5th Bus information/costs

11.    Next School Board Meeting(s):

         Tues., Sept. 25, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. at Barnet School.  This will be a Special meeting to discuss Plan B of the 8th grade trip and contract negotiations.

         Tues., October 9, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. at Barnet School.  Regular scheduled meeting.

         Thurs., Sept. 27, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. – CCSU Executive Committee meeting.

 

10:26p.m.          Motion was made by Nancy Frank, 2nd by Carolyn Bruckner to adjourn the                                      meeting.  Motion PASSES.  Meeting adjourns.

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Kathy Zita

 

Barnet School Board

Meeting Minute Recorder


BARNET SCHOOL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, June 12, 2007 – 5:30 PM

At Barnet School

 

Board Members & Administration in Attendance:

            Chair Shellie Samuels, Carolyn Bruckner, Richard Roosa, Shannon Larocque, Princ. Kerry Keenan,         Supt. John Bacon, Minute Recorder Kathy Zita.  Not present: Nancy Frank.

Public in AttendanceJacob Grant – Caledonian Record, Dave Warden, Cindy Mosedale, Don Wernecke          (arrived later).

 

1.       Meeting called to order by Chair Shellie Samuels at 5:40 p.m.

2.       Approval of Minutes – 6/12/07:  Motion was made by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Richard Roosa to approve the Minutes as amended.  The following corrections were noted: Under “New Business” Carolyn would like it to be clarified that the Algebra program is an existing program and has been around since Tania Nitsche was the Math teacher.  Also, the first sentence should be changed to “addressing why not having an Algebra….”   There was a brief discussion and some questions regarding how the algebra class is run.  Motion was made by Shannon Larocque, 2nd by Carolyn Bruckner to accept the Minutes with the abovementioned changes.  Motion PASSES.

3.        Public Input:  None.

4.       Administrative Reports:

A.   Principal’s Report: (see distributed report)

·         Traffic Flow Concerns – As of this meeting, Kerry hasn’t been able to get a hold of anyone from the State Transportation Dept. to look into the traffic flow for picking-up/dropping-off.  As soon as he gets some information, he’ll pass it along.

·         Revised copy of School Calendar – There was an incorrect date on the last one which has since been corrected.

·         Copy of Master Schedule – See distributed schedule.  It appears that the teachers put a lot of thought into this schedule in order to make it work for everyone.

·         Industrial Tech Equipment – We’ve paid the rental fee up till 7/1/07.  There is about $8K worth of inventory if we had to “replace” it.  The actual cost to sell it would be cheaper.  Kerry would like some direction from the Board as to what we should do with the inventory.  Shannon suggested getting a price for a self-storage unit or what another container would cost us.  Richard suggested putting it on the agenda to decide if this will be a program that we will offer in the future.  Cindy Mosedale mentioned that there is a lot of wood stored there that could be very useful for certain projects.  It would be a shame to get rid of it being that it was donated to the school.  Motion by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Richard Roosa to authorize Kerry Keenan to make the necessary arrangements with Tom Tolle to continue to store the Industrial Tech Inventory until Tom Tolle feels its time for us to vacate the storage facility he is offering.  Motion PASSES.

·         Computer Tables (10 12) – These are smaller size computer tables that are currently being stored on the stage at Town Hall.  Kerry says we don’t have a need for them.  He would like to sell them.  A Motion was made by Richard Roosa, 2nd by Shannon Larocque to have Kerry Keenan offer the computer tables at a fair price via Silent Auction to the Community.  Motion PASSES.

B.  Superintendent’s Report:

·         Summer Camp – There are about 90 students in attendance this year from K-8 grades.

·         Deficit in Hot Lunch Program – Wait until the Fall to see what the auditors come up with then transfer money from the General Fund to off-set.

·         Strategic Plan – Would like to spend some time talking about a Strategic Plan for this school for the next 5 years.  Get the Community involved.  Find out where we’d like to go in the next 5 years and lay-out some direction to get there.  It was noted that in the past it was difficult to get the community involved, maybe that has changed.  Richard Roosa suggested getting input from people in the community at all levels.  He is willing to put the necessary energy into doing this.  Shannon suggested having someone from the VSBA come and speaks about this in order to get us started in a good direction.  John Bacon offered to contact Wenton Goodrich to get some feedback or ideas.  John also told of how Peacham did some brainstorming on something similar to this.  They had 80 people who were assigned randomly to different groups and were given a topic to discuss (pros, cons, concerns, etc.)  If we generate the right question then people will come to give their input.  Tax rates will also be playing a factor.

 

 

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5.      Financial:

·         TAN – Letter from Bill Hoar, Town Clerk indicating that we would be using Community National Bank because they had the better interest rate = 3.80%, reinvestment rate = 5.30%.

6.      New Business:

·         Master Schedule – It doesn’t look like we will be able to do the Language Exploratory program as hoped.  With the extra demand and prep time required for the Math and algebra classes, Cindy Mosedale and Caroline Adams didn’t feel they could also provide for an exploratory language class.  Cindy Mosedale can help with the non-algebra students in Math classes.  Carolyn Bruckner asked about the extra study hall besides the Guided study.  Kerry replied that twice a week when students are in band, the remainder of the students do something else or have a study hall so the non-band students have something doing while the others are in band.  There are 16 non-algebra and 14 algebra students.  There will be 4 out of 8 classes where Cindy can help with the math.  Carolyn Bruckner also wanted clarification as to when the school day actually starts.  It was stated that the official school start time is 7:55 a.m.  Therefore, students can be marked tardy at 7:56 a.m.  The Guided Study Program will begin at 8:00 a.m.

·         Traffic Flow – As stated earlier, there isn’t any information just yet.  The people that Shannon has talked to briefly won’t do the survey for nothing.

·         3 R’s Training – Shannon spoke to Wenton Goodrich about different issues.  One thing Wenton recommends is that the School Board has a separate email account for just school board stuff.  The reason being is that if we were ever subpoenaed for something, then they would legally have access to everything in our own personal accounts.  There is a website that is available to School Board members that holds a lot of information.  Wenton also recommends methods of evaluations should be done every year for the Principal, Superintendent, employees, etc.

7.      Old Business:

·       Child Nutrition and Wellness Policy – 3rd Reading:  Under the Section “Goals for Nutrition Education”, Richard Roosa would like to see more knowledge of Diabetes and Obesity come to the forefront in order to address their seriousness impact on children’s health.  Add on to the last sentence, after Learning Opportunities, “especially for Obesity and Diabetes”.  He would also like to see some type of regular report accessing how well the children measure on physical activity performance.  It will give us an idea of how well our children are progressing in this area.  Pat McWilliams wanted to know what the point of this would be.  Some students aren’t as active or athletic as others.  The Supt. mentioned that the President’s National Fitness Program is done a couple of times a year to determine how well students are measuring up.  It was also mentioned that teachers should be encouraged to integrate physical activities into their curriculum as much as possible.

7:30 p      Motion by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Shannon Larocque to go into Executive Session for Student    Issues.  Motion PASSES.

8:10 p      Motion by Richard Roosa, 2nd by Carolyn Bruckner for the Board to come out of Executive Session.          Motion PASSES.  No Action taken.

8:12 p      Motion by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Richard Roosa to go into Executive Session for Contract        negotiations.  Motion PASSES.

9:18 p      Motion by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Richard Roosa for the Board to come out of Executive Session.          Motion PASSES.  No action taken.

9:18 – 9:25 p     Break

9:25 p      Meeting resumes.

·         Shellie Samuels asks the Board to consider and discuss the Barnet School Board Policy on Prevention of Harassment of Students.

·         Carolyn believes after hearing the testimony in an earlier executive session, that there may be an issue with the procedure for dealing with harassment rather than a problem with the policy.

·         Princ. Kerry Keenan indicates that Jean Denson has an in-service scheduled to train the staff on bullying based on a training that Jean recently attended.

·         Shellie asked Supt. Bacon if we have had a harassment policy before.  The answer is “yes” but the proposed policy has new language.

·         Carolyn asks Supt. Bacon if he could bring the procedures next time.  John says yes.

·         The Board discusses the current and proposed policy on harassment, makes some revisions and agrees to bring it back for another reading at the next meeting.

 

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·         Shellie asks the Board to consider and discuss the Barnet School Board Policy on Student Conduct and Discipline.

·         The Board briefly discusses the proposed Student Conduct and Discipline policy and agrees to bring it back for another reading at the next meeting.

 

8.     Future Agenda Items:

 

9.   Next School Board Meeting(s):

 

      Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. at Barnet School.

 

10:58 p    Motion made by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Richard Roosa to adjourn the meeting.  Motion PASSES.

 

10:59 p    Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Kathy Zita

 

Barnet School Board

Meeting Minute Recorder 

 

 


Board Members & Administration in Attendance:

            Nancy Frank, Carolyn Bruckner, Richard Roosa, Shannon Larocque, Princ. Kerry Keenan, Supt. John

            Bacon, Minute Recorder Kathy Zita.  Not present: Chair - Shellie Samuels.

Public in AttendanceJacob Grant – Caledonian Record, Sandra Mings-Lamar, Katie Larney-Young, Dave Warden, Teachers Sue Jensen and Cathy Browne, Don Wernecke (arrived later).

 

1.       Meeting called to order by Vice-Chair Carolyn Bruckner at 5:35 p.m.

2.       Approval of Minutes – 5/8/07:  The following corrections were noted: Page 4, 2nd paragraph after “bullets” take out “was”; should read Dick Roosa asked….. Page 7, change the date of the next regularly schedule meeting to June 12th.  Throughout the document, change “Principle” to “Principal” where necessary.  Motion made by Nancy Frank, 2nd by Richard Roosa to accept the Minutes as amended.  Motion PASSES.

3.       Public Input:  None.

4.       Administrative Reports:

A.   Principal’s Report: (see distributed report)

·         Hood Fundraiser – we tried this last year but didn’t have good results because we started too late.  We will try again this year.  It only runs during baseball season.

·         New phone system – Questions were raised about the warranties/maintenance contracts:  3 out of the 4 companies offer 2 year warranties on parts and labor.  The 4th offered a 5 year warranty but was the high bidder.  None of the companies offered maintenance contracts.  They provide for service calls and repairs at a rate of $75 to $100 per hour, after the warranty period has expired.  Once one of the companies offered us a $400 allowance for our old system, the others did the same.  After consulting with the BAC, Shannon and Burleigh decided to commit to Current Concepts Corp.  The system will start to be installed next week.

·         Paving handicap parking – The BAC reviewed bids on 6/4/07 and recommends using Blaktop Inc. at a price of $3,394.75, if the Board chooses to do this.  This will still leave a $10K balance in LTM.  Nancy Frank expressed some concern about having a balance of $10K in LTM if something else should require attention.  The Supt. said that there will be carry-forward money we could draw on if necessary.  He planned to talk about this during the Financial part of the agenda but said there is $44K unallocated money.  Motion made by Nancy Frank, 2nd by Shannon Larocque to approve paving for the handicap parking.  Motion PASSES.  At this point, Shannon produced a diagram of where the paving would be.  Richard Roosa expressed concern about all the activity and double-parking surrounding picking up and dropping off and the safety of students involved with this.  He was wondering if the area in question should be arranged differently so people could discharge students along the curbside and not the “2nd Tier” when they double park.  The current design poses a concern for people not seeing students when they aren’t dropped off where they’re suppose to be.  Maybe make it “parallel” instead of “pulling in” parking.  Nancy Frank suggests paving the handicap parking space as planned and then having someone come and look at the flow of traffic to offer suggestions to address Richard’s concerns.  Supt. wondered if it was possible to use the curb within the circle; except that it’s unlawful for cars to pass a bus with its lights on, even if it’s parked.  Shannon stated that we may have to have a separate vehicle lane just for picking up/dropping off.  He said he’d be willing to look at this during the winter months when he had more time to commit to it.  The Supt. will get Shannon the name of a person from Traffic & Transportation Dept. to take a look at this with him.

·         French & Spanish Teacher Certification:  According to Bob Goodreau, State Dept. Licensing Consultant, he said that Cindy and Caroline can co-teach under Cindy’s Social Studies license.  The class is more of a “cultural diversity exploratory” than a grade in French or Spanish.  They don’t have to be licensed in French or Spanish to do it this way.

·         7th Grade NECAP math test scores: have been reviewed and placement tests were done to see if students are ready for algebra.

·         Hours spent on Core Curriculum:  (see distributed sheet) based on the information provided, Nancy Frank had some concerns with the start time of 7:45am homeroom and end time.  It was a little confusing to figure out why Math hours seemed so long, and what they are offering.  It also seemed as though there was an awful lot of “Study hall” time. Kerry mentioned that this was based on last year’s schedule to give the Board an idea.  He would like to discuss the Guided Study program in further detail later on.

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·         Parent Communication:  Received a letter from a parent commending bus driver Joanne Watkins for her conscientious and professional manner in which she handled a potentially unsafe situation.  The parent mentioned “Joanne is to be applauded for going way beyond the scope of her duties as the driver of a school bus and taking the safety and welfare of her passengers and the concerns of their mother’s to the next level”.  Carolyn Bruckner, pleased with the way the bus driver handled this, would like to see some type of protocol put in place for situations like this so that everyone knows what to do should something like this happen again.

·         Student Activities/Issues:  The 8th grade trip to NYC was a great experience.  $15,292 was raised for the trip including $40 each in food fees, plus the $3K in the budget for a total of $18,292.  The 7th grade Quebec City trip was also a big hit.  $2500 was raised for the trip plus $55 each for food fees, plus the $1K in the budget for an approximate total of $5535.  We may have to look at a rise in the amount of these trips, especially to Canada.  Next year we will have the expense of passports ($80.00/person), this year we were able to get away with using Birth Certificates.

·         Guided Study Program:  Cathy Browne was present to answer any questions from the Board Members.  Kerry stated that there are various suggestions from teachers regarding this program.  Most of the teachers feel it’s a chance for them to reach students who are struggling as well as help enrich other students.  Other teachers felt it is a way to build on teacher-time with students; we can build on areas such as Writing, Math or any other weak areas that need to be addressed.  20 out of 25 teachers support this program.  Shannon L. stated that there is concern about students being taken out of class to attend band/chorus, etc.  Kerry said that this will help to keep students from falling too far behind or missing classes.  Cathy Browne also answered some questions from the Board.  Kerry mentioned that everyone in the bldg. as far as teachers, paras, and staff are involved in the Guided Study (GS).  Nancy Frank is concerned that the ½ hour to do this isn’t really enough time to have everything organized and have it really work the way it is being proposed.  Cathy Browne agreed it will take a lot of work and collaborating for this to work successfully.  We would start off small and build on it from there.  Kerry said that at the beginning of the year it would be worked out that each student will have his/her own schedule.  It will be a huge undertaken to put this all together but most of the teachers would like to try it for a year to see how it works out.  Therefore, Kerry is asking the Board to support this idea, to try it for a year.  The Board wanted it stated what the official “start” time is of the school so students wouldn’t be marked “tardy”.  Kerry said that at 7:55 am announcements would start instead of 8:00am.  The end-time would change from 2:40 pm to 2:45 pm.  Guided Study would be scheduled from 8:00am to 8:30am.  Then the other classes would start.  Shannon stated that he appreciates the initiative of the teachers to make this a better school.

·         PLC Initiative: (see distributed draft Meetings Schedule for 2007/08) Regular meetings with Staff and the various “Teams” will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Tuesdays and Thursdays will be used for IEPs, 504 meetings, etc.  It is a lot of work but the teachers support the PLC.  Teachers stay after regardless of whether they have a meeting.  Cathy Browne added that “EST” on the schedule is considered “all staff” meetings.

·         Hearing Impaired Students:  We now have 4 students who are hearing impaired.  They’re in grades K, 1, 2, and 3.  They each have the amplification system currently but other recommendations have been made such as placing tennis balls on the legs of desks and chairs and carpeting in the classrooms (doesn’t have to be wall to wall), and acoustical tiles.  Kerry mentioned that he understood we had a problem with carpet in the past but this wouldn’t be bound down and would be able to be moved from classroom to classroom with the student.  There is also a blanket that can be put on the doors as a sound barrier; the cost is about $350.  The Kindergartener will be reimbursed through the State 100% but the others are considered 504 statuses and therefore will receive no re-imbursement.  Motion was made by Nancy Frank, 2nd by Shannon Larocque to start-off with tennis balls on the legs of desks and chairs being that this wasn’t something in our budget.  Motion PASSES.  This should be looked into further down the road around budget time.  Cathy Browne mentioned that it has been put into the IEP for the one student to receive carpeting, etc. because it is 100% reimbursement.  Kerry will keep the Board updated on how this is working out.

7:25 pm           Break

7:40 pm           Meeting resumes

·         Report Cards:  Are complete and have been sent home along with a School Report (see distributed report).  We will also try to have s School Report like this available for Town Meeting as well as other places where it should be distributed for review.

 

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·         School Calendar 2007/08:  Looks as though school will be starting on Aug. 27, then will have off for Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 and Sept. 3.  Nov. 12th will be NEK In-service but it wasn’t indicated as a day off on the calendar.  This calendar also is synchronized with other calendars to try and avoid conflicts of dates.  Motion by Richard Roosa, 2nd by Shannon Larocque to accept the 2007/08 School Calendar.  Motion PASSES.

·         3 Rivers Baseball:  Would like to put up an 8’ foul pole to catch foul balls and prevent them from going over the fence into the woods.  They have the fencing to do this and make it easy for Burleigh to still be able to mow.  Motion by Shannon Larocque, 2nd by Richard Roosa to allow 3 Rivers to construct a Foul Pole fence as long as it is a chain-link fence.  Motion PASSES.

·         Industrial Tech Equipment:  We still have equipment stored in Tom Tolle’s barn.  If it is at all possible Kerry would like to try and hold on to it in case we can use it.

B.  Superintendent’s Report

·      Staff Contracts:  Need to be signed by the Chair.

·         Insurance rates:  Rates will be going down by 30%-40% ($10K) due to more competition among School insurances.

·         E-Rate:  Money for reimbursement on telecommunications.  Barnet is scheduled for $12K which can be as a credit on your bill.

·         CCSU Summary Sheet:  Lists all that CCSU does for the Districts.

·         Legislation:  On June 20th Gay Simmonton will be coming to Hardwick as part of a “Listening Tour” to hear what people have to say and talk about the new Legislation laws that have been passed.

5.      Financial:

·         TAN:  Rob has been in touch with Town Clerk Bill Hoar about the Tax Anticipation Notes.  Rob spoke with Shellie Samuels about finding a lending company to cover the TAN.  Shellie mentioned that she thought it would be a good idea to appoint someone from the Board to work with Rob on deciding on a bank/lending company.  The Board decided to appoint Shellie Samuels to work with Rob.

·         Operating Statement:  Revenue balance changed.  There was $240K more added for interest earned, totaling $4,225,684 projected for 6/30/07 revenues.

·         Fund Balance Report:  accumulation of financial transactions.  Unreserved Fund Balance (independent of reserve fund) = $44,279.00.  We still have $70K that was put into tuition reserve.  $19K is owed to reserve fund from the Hot Lunch Program.  It was questioned as to where the money came from to put towards the Hot Lunch Program?  It came out of one of the reserve funds.  Richard Roosa expressed that he would like to receive this financial information before the meetings so he can look it over and digest the information.

      Supt. recommends making the Reserve Funds whole instead of separate ones.  The $44,279 left in unreserved could be used towards the paving so that there is still money left in LTM.

6.      New Business:

·         Algebra Program:  Caroline Adams could not be at the meeting tonight but she sent along a letter (see distributed letter and Algebra info.) addressing why having an Algebra program for our 7th and 8th graders would help to get them ready for the courses offered at the SJA.  Kerry Keenan supports this idea and believes in addressing the needs of all students.  Nancy Frank pointed out that this program may not meet the needs of “all” students because not every child will meet the needs of a program like this.  Shannon wanted to know what the difference was between Courses 1 – 3.  Course 1 and 2 are at the 7th grade level and course 3 is the 8th grade level.  Discussed how students test out to see what level they fall under at the Academy.  Katie Larney-Young asked if this was in addition to Math or a separate program.  It was explained that kids learn at different rates, some students are ready for algebra I in 8th grade and do well.  Some 7th graders pick it up easily.  Shannon asked how you would incorporate the Algebra Program and a Language Program.  Kerry said it can be done if that is what the Board wishes.  The students would be broken down into groups.  It was mentioned that Accelerated Programs should be offered to students who are ready in order to meet the needs of “all” students, if that’s where their needs are.  Richard Roosa doesn’t feel the current program challenges the students the way they should be.  He would be more interested in the Guided Study program.  He also wanted to know if this teacher can teach an Algebra Program and a Language program.  Kerry replied that he was told by the teachers involved that all these programs can be done.  Don Wernecke pointed out that this is not new; at one time there was a foreign language offered over a decade ago.  Studies showed that the Algebra course turned out to be more valuable then a foreign language.  Sandra Mings-Lamar stated that she felt Algebra was more important because the language program

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·         is just a cultural exploratory program.  Nancy Frank said she would rather see an “enhancement” of what we have now, but if we had to choose then she would pick the Guided Study and Algebra programs over the language program.  Kerry Keenan feels we have an opportunity to have it all.  We can incorporate the algebra program and give it a try as well as the Guided Study and Language.  There was some resistance from the Board about giving things “a try” but they also appreciate the energy and willingness of the teachers to try something outside their realm.

After these discussions, the following Motions were made:

Motion by Richard Roosa, 2nd by Shannon Larocque to accept the schedule for the PLC initiative.  Motion PASSES.

 

Motion by Richard Roosa, 2nd by Shannon Larocque to accept the schedule for the Guided Study Program.  Carolyn Bruckner doesn’t feel that we can vote on this because of contractual obligations.  Motion was re-tracked.  New Motion by Richard Roosa, 2nd Nancy Frank to have it be accepted that the Guided Study Program be put into the beginning of the school day, based on the contractual agreement acceptance.  Motion PASSES.  The Board would also like for Kerry to look into the schedule to see if there was a study hall built into it somewhere.

 

Motion by Nancy Frank, 2nd by Shannon Larocque to have Algebra I offered as part of the 8th grade Math curriculum.  Motion PASSES.

 

Motion by Richard Roosa, 2nd by Shannon Larocque that for this current year that French/Spanish cultural diversity, be introduced to 7th and 8th grades for one period a week.  Motion PASSES with 1 abstention. 

 

7.      Old Business:  Policy Readings on 1) Child Nutrition & Wellness, 2) Harassment and Prevention Policy, and 3) Student Conduct and Discipline Policy.  Also Proposal on Composting will be “Tabled” until next School Board Meeting.

8.      Future Agenda Items:

·         Policy Readings mentioned above.

·         Compost Proposal

·         Updated Master Schedule

·         Traffic Circulation for a Safe Pick-up and Drop-Off

·         Report on 3R Training of New School Board members, their Roles & Responsibilities (by Shannon Larocque)

9.      Next School Board Meeting:

         Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 5:30 pm at Barnet School.

 

9:55 pm           Motion by Nancy Frank, 2nd by Richard Roosa to go into Executive Session for the

                        discussion of Negotiations and Personnel.  Motion PASSES.

11:00 pm         Motion by Richard Roosa, 2nd by Nancy Frank to go out of Executive Session.  Motion                       PASSES.

         Action Taken:

         Motion by Nancy Frank, 2nd by Richard Roosa to offer Burleigh Huntoon a 2 year contract with a raise for the first year as discussed by the Board with the expectation of  a retirement package to be offered in the second year of the contract.  Motion PASSES.

        

         Motion by Richard Roosa, 2nd by Shannon Larocque to offer Kerry Keenan a contract with a raise as discussed by the Board with said contract being subject to previous Motions.  Motion PASSES.

11:28 pm         Motion by Nancy Frank, 2nd Richard Roosa to adjourn the meeting.  Motion PASSES.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Kathy Zita,

 

Barnet School Board

Meeting Minute Recorder                                   

 


 

BARNET SCHOOL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, April 10, 2007 – 5:30 PM

At Barnet School

Board Members & Administration in Attendance:

            Nancy Frank, Carolyn Bruckner, Shellie Samuels, Richard Roosa, Shannon Larocque, Princ. Kerry

Keenan, Supt. John Bacon, Minute Recorder Kathy Zita.

Public in Attendance:  Taylor Reed – Caledonian Record, Sandra Mings-Lamar, Bill Douglas, Lori

             Werdenschlag, Katie Larney-Young, Dave Warden, Nancy Bailey, Alicia Hingston, Don

            Wernecke (arrived later).

 

1.       Meeting called to order by Chair Nancy Frank at 5:35 p.m.

Nancy mentioned that she wanted to change the order of the agenda because they had a lot to discuss in Executive Session regarding negotiations.  Therefore after Public Input they would go into Executive Session and if it wasn’t too late when they were finished, they would continue with the rest of the agenda.

2.       Approval of Minutes – 3/13/07 and 3/21/07:

·         3/13/07 Need to clarify the CCSU Board as Carolyn Bruckner, Shellie Samuels, and Richard Roosa.  CCSU Executive Committee Rep. will be Carolyn Bruckner.  Motion was made by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Shellie Samuels to accept the Minutes as amended.  Motion PASSES unanimously.

·         3/21/07 1) On page 2, change “three years ago” to “two years ago”.  2) On page 3 change 1st grade teacher to 1st/2nd grade teacher.  Motion was made by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Richard Roosa to accept the Minutes as amended. Motion PASSES unanimously. Carolyn Bruckner said it would be nice to have people identify themselves when they are addressing the Board.     

3.       Composting Program Proposal:  (presented by Bill Douglas)

Presented an incentive package from Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District (NEKWMD). 

·         There would be free hauling and tipping fees for the school for the entire school year.

·         NEKWMD will work with the school to re-negotiate their trash contract.

·         Willing to provide all materials needed and help us to set up an on-site compost.

·         Will train the kitchen and maintenance staff.

·         Presentations to all staff, School Board, and students.

·         Provides 48 gallon totes with lids and wheels for storage of food scraps.

Just to name a few of the incentives.  After the incentive period:

·         $2.00 per tote.

·         $5.00 every time the truck stops at your site.

·         $30.00 per ton tipping fee at composting site.

·         On site composting is an option, which wouldn’t cost the school anything.

Currently Peacham and Danville both have composts on site.  Peacham has their compost go to a

farmer.  Bill Douglas would like to get approval from the Board to proceed with this so he can talk to the staff to get everyone on board.  There will be some training involved.  There won’t be any start up costs to us; it will just take a little more effort from the kitchen staff.  There are lots of opportunities for using the compost for a variety of things.  Barnet students already have some awareness to composting.  Bill is hoping to start this by next year. 

Some questions from the Board:  What is the actual process for this?  A:  It will depend on what NEKWMD has to say.   Shannon Larocque is curious to know how much compost is generated through the school.  Carolyn Bruckner wanted to know if there was a certain distance or location for the compost site.  The Board would like for Bill Douglas to proceed with this.  Bill will try to come back to the next School Board meeting with a representative to answer any questions and explain what to expect from this program.

4.   Busing Issue 2 in 1:  1) A Peacham parent was asking about busing students from Peacham, who attended Barnet School, to St. Johnsbury Academy.  They would come to our designated bus stops if necessary.  Board discussion:  There are about 40 Peacham students attending SJA.  The morning bus load would be more of a problem then after school.  There would be less after school because students participate in sports and other after-school activities.  Carolyn Bruckner suggested sending a letter to families of High School students to see who would use the bus.  At one time there use to be a charge to ride the     SJA bus.   The Board would like for Kerry Keenan to look into this further to see what can be done.  This was also brought up once before at a meeting.  We will have to look back to see what the outcome was.  Note from Kathy Zita:  See Minutes from School Board Mtg. dated 3/14/06, page 1 (45 rider capacity, $7,000/yr. or $280/rider, or $1.60/day per rider). Prices are from a year ago.

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4.      Busing Issue (continued)  2)  Can the Peacham bus be coordinated with the Barnet bus so they can meet somewhere on the route to transfer the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders going to/from Barnet School?  There are a couple of locations where the buses could meet; it would be just a matter of coordinating the time.  Again the Board would like for Kerry Keenan to look into this to see how and where it can be done and report back on both busing issues at the next School Board Meeting.

5.      Public Input:  1) Lori Werdenschlag said it would be nice if the School Board meetings were set up so that everyone could hear what is being said.  It was pointed out that sometimes the central vacuum, etc. can drown out what is being said during the meetings.  The Board has the same problem when someone from the public speaks.  Everyone needs to speak up a little louder.  2)  Lori Werdenschlag also mentioned that she didn’t appreciate trying to get here right from work and then have the agenda changed.  Nancy Frank sympathized with her and also stated that sometimes it is necessary to move things around on the agenda to accommodate those that maybe part of a presentation/discussion and are only available before or after a certain time.  Nancy Frank also apologized for any inconvenience this change may have caused anyone, but they do need to go into Executive Session to discuss some important matters and then depending on when they were out of Executive Session, would determine whether to continue with the rest of the agenda or table until the next meeting.

 

6.      Next School Board Meeting(s):

 

Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. at Barnet School in the Library.

 

6:15 p.m.    Into Executive Session.  Motion was made by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Shannon Larocque to go into Executive Session for the purposes of discussing negotiations and personnel issues.  Motion PASSES unanimously.

 

11:08 p.m.   Out of Executive Session.  Motion was made by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Shellie Samuels to come out of Executive Session.  Motion PASSES unanimously.

 

                  No Action taken.

 

11:10 p.m.   Meeting adjourned.  Motion was made by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Shellie Samuels.  Motion PASSES unanimously.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Kathy Zita,

 

Barnet School Board

Meeting Minute Recorder      

 


 

BARNET SCHOOL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING MINUTES
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 — 5:30 PM
at Barnet School


Board Members & Administration in Attendance:
Nancy Frank, Richard Roosa, Shannon Larocque, Carolyn Bruckner, Shellie Samuels, Principal Kerry Keenan, Superintendent John Bacon
Public in Attendance: Dave Warden, Sylvia Bedor, Katie Larney Young, Susan E.
Jensen, Lori B. Werdenschlag, Patricia Stone, Amy Welch, Sandy Garand, Sheila
L. Bean, Marybeth Vereline, Sue Persson, Bobby Farlice — Rubio, Roxanne
Roberts, Mark Mitchell, Mona Marceau, Sheryl Moghari, Susan Thompson,
Marianne Briggs, Joyce C. Evans, Laurie Jefferson, Rose Houde, Doreen White,
Sandra Jefferson, Audrie L. Bogie, Sylvia Laferriere, Jacob Grant (Reporter,
Caledonia Record), Josh Weble and Kyle DuBreuil (News 7)
Meeting called to order by Nancy Frank at 5:30 p.m.
2. Supt. John Bacon reads e-mail from Vermont Secretary of State, Deborah Markowitz regarding issue with documentation of executive session from School Board meeting dated 2/15/07 (See Attached).
Richard Roosa disagrees with Secretary of State’s interpretation Of the law regarding open meetings and documentation of meeting minutes.
Shannon Larocque quotes excerpt from article from Deb Markowitz’s web site on
Open Meeting Law which appeared to contradict the e-mail presented by Supt.
John Bacon.
Katie Larney Young summarizes a telephone discussion that she had with Kathy DeWolfe at the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office regarding the acceptance of a person’s resignation. Mrs. DeWolfe believed that a resignation did not need to be voted on by the board and could simply be discussed and accepted.
Sue Persson thanked the board for their time and support regarding the school budget. She wanted to remind the board of Princ. Kerry Keenan’s tremendous people skills in dealing with the Barnet School Staff and hoped that the Board would keep this in mind when making any decisions in regard to Princ. Keenan continuing in his current position.
Unidentified resident asks if the taxpayers fund the school, why aren’t they allowed to know why the Barnet School Board does not support Princ. Keenan.
Nancy Frank defends the purpose of executive session with regard to personnel issues and talks about the potential damage that could be done if these discussions were open to the public.


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Mona Marceau asks how many times the Board has used executive session this year. Nancy replied that she was not sure. Supt. John Bacon explained that it is a normal part of the Boards agenda. Mona Marceau voiced her concern the executive session is privilege is being abused. She indicated that in her time on the Barnet Selectboard, executive session was only used once. David Warden indicated that although be doesn’t necessarily like all the executive sessions, he understands that with the amount of students and staff at the school that there was much more cause to use executive session.
Jacob Grant from the Caledonia Record claimed that, from his understanding of executive session, Personnel Issues is not a valid reason to enter into executive session. He went on to read some of the allowable reasons to go into executive session based on the Vermont Open Meeting Law. Mr. Grants last point was that when a subject is well know to the public, that a public board is not allowed to go into executive session regarding that subject.
Unknown person shared that she had not ever met a more ethical person than Kerry Keenan.
Marybeth Vereline asked how long ago was an evaluation done of Princ. Kerry Keenan. John replied that the last evaluation was done in June of 2006. Sylvia Bedor voiced concerns about the decision to notify Princ. Kerry Keenan that his contract would not be renewed without first evaluating him with respect to improvement of deficiencies from the previous evaluation.
Marybeth Vereline asked about teacher evaluations of Princ. Kerry Keenan. Supt. John Bacon indicated that evaluations were completed by the Barnet School teachers three years ago and have not been done since. He also stated that there is no regulation requiring that teachers be given the opportunity to evaluate their principal.
Principal Kerry Keenan spoke about the appropriateness of executive session for discussions of issues surrounding his employment. He encouraged further discussions of this issue by the Board, but did not wish for the discussions to take place in open session. Princ. Keenan also voiced his appreciation of the overwhelming support that he has received from the school staff, the public at Town Meeting and from the community in general.
6:08 Richard Roosa makes a motion “that the Barnet School Board go into executive session to discuss a contract, evaluation, and employment of an employee, the discussion of which, in public, would put the Barnet School Board at a significant disadvantage”. The motion was seconded by Carolyn Bruckner. Motion Passes.
6:10 Board goes into executive session for above stated reason.
 

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8:37 Motion made to come out of executive session by Carolyn Bruckner and seconded by Shellie Samuels. Motion Passes.
8:41 Board reconvenes the public portion of the meeting.
Princ. Kerry Keenan recognizes the Barnet girl’s basketball team for the win of the Rotary Tournament and the Barnet team winning the sportsmanship award.
Shannon Larocque makes a motion “to allow Principal Kerry Keenan to retract is resignation contingent upon his acceptance of a plan to address the concerns of the Board”. The motion was seconded by Richard Roosa. Motion Passes.
Nancy Frank scheduled a special meeting for teachers interviews to fill a 1st grade position. Kerry Keenan reminds Nancy that there is a Facilities Committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. on March 26th The meeting for teacher interviews is scheduled for March 26th at 6:45 p.m.
Action Item: Princ. Kerry Keenan to get teaching candidate resumes to the Board members along with some sample teacher interview questions.
Board agrees to make a decision of which 1 grade teaching candidate to hire the night of the interviews so as to not lose a candidate by delaying.
Nancy Frank reminds everyone that the next regularly scheduled meeting is April 10th at 5:30 p.m.
Marybeth Vereline asks if there is a separate meeting scheduled to address the petition involving Princ. Kerry Keenan, which was submitted to the Board during the previous meeting. Nancy indicated that this petition was addressed during executive session.
9:46 Richard Roosa makes a motion “that we adjourn”. Motion seconded by Shellie Samuels. Motion Passes.
Respectfully submitted,
Shannon J. Larocque, Secretary
Barnet School Board
 


BARNET SCHOOL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ “RE-ORGANIZATIONAL” MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 – 5:30 PM

at Barnet School

 

Board Members & Administration In Attendance:

            Nancy Frank, Carolyn Bruckner, Shellie Samuels, Richard Roosa, Shannon Larocque, Princ. Kerry

Keenan, Supt. John Bacon, Minute Recorder Kathy Zita.

Public In Attendance:  Sandi Carr, Joan Call, Dave Warden, Bill Douglas, Nancy Bailey, Nedra Willard, Sandy Jefferson, Mona Marceau, Jacob Grant – Caledonian Record, Danna Gray, Katie Larney-Young, Sylvia Bedor, Melissa Bushey, Cindy Mosedale, Gail Lantagne, Sue Persson, Jackie Gilmour, Jon Smires, Sandra Mings-Lamar, Josh Webber, Amy Welch, Laurie Jefferson, Ken Hammer, MaryBeth Vereline, and others who may have attended but not signed the attendance sheet.

 

  1.  Meeting called to order by Supt. John Bacon at 5:30 p.m.

 

  1. Board Organization:

·         Chair – Nancy Frank.  Nominated by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Shellie Samuels.  Motion PASSES unanimously. 

      At this point Chair Nancy Frank thanked the Board for their nomination and welcomed the   new Board Members as well as the public in attendance.

·         Clerk – Shannon Larocque.  The Board explained some of the responsibilities of this position to the new Board Members and that this position is traditionally given to the newest elected member(s).  Shannon Larocque volunteered to be Clerk.

·         CCSU Board, Executive Committee (3) – Carolyn Bruckner, Shellie Samuels, Richard Roosa.

·         Authorize Chair to Sign Contracts – Motion was made by Shellie Samuels, 2nd by Carolyn Bruckner to have Nancy Frank sign Contracts.  Motion PASSES unanimously.

·         Board Meeting Schedule, Time and Location:  2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Barnet School in the Library.  If a Special Meeting is required, the date and time will be determined based on the scheduling availability of the School Board Members.  The 2007/2008 School Board Meeting dates are as follows:  2007: March 13, April 10, May 8, June 17, July 10, Aug. 14, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 11.  2008:  Jan. 8, Feb. 12, Mar. 4 (Town Mtg), Mar. 11 (Organizational).

·          Person Responsible for Recording Mtg. Minutes:  Kathy Zita.  Nancy Frank explained that for quite a number of years we have paid Kathy Zita to record our Minutes.  If Kathy isn’t at a meeting or when it’s during Executive Session, then the Clerk of the School Board records the minutes.  Shannon Larocque stated that he felt there was a conflict of interest surrounding Kathy because her husband was on the School Board and thought that someone like the School Secretary should do this or have it opened for nominations if someone else was interested in the position.  Shellie Samuels mentioned that Kathy has been recording the minutes preceding her husband’s elected term as a Board member.  Dave Warden said that Kathy recorded minutes while he was on the Board and he doesn’t feel there would be a conflict of interest.   It was asked if there were any nominations for this position.  None were mentioned.  Motion was made by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Shellie Samuels to have Kathy Zita continue to record the Minutes for the School Board meetings.  Motion PASSES with 3 in favor and 2 opposed.  

·         Person Responsible for Getting Meeting Minutes to CCSU Office:  Kathy Zita and/or School Board Clerk Shannon Larocque.

·         Method of Posting SPECIAL MEETING:  CCSU, Barnet School, Town Clerks Office, Barnet Store.

·         Procedure for Handling Directors Orders:  This was normally done every Wed. or as necessary, but it was decided it might be better to do this on Tuesdays when Mary Collins, the Bookkeeper is at the school.  Motion was made by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Shannon Larocque to have Shellie Samuels, and if she isn’t available then Richard Roosa, to sign Warrants/Directors Orders on Tuesdays.  Motion PASSES unanimously.

·         For Distribution, Review and Discussion:  1) FERPA Rights & Privacy Act of 1974. Supt. briefly went over the contents of this and how it pertains to the family privacy act.  2) Open

 

 

 

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Mtgs./Exec. Session Guidelines. Supt. went over the contents for Open Meetings and Executive Session guidelines.  Richard Roosa mentioned that there was a typo under “Permissible Subjects for Discussion”, it makes reference to Section 317(b), should be Section 313 (b).

·         Facilities Committee Chair:  Shannon Larocque.  Nancy Frank stated that it was not mentioned on the School Board Organization Form from CCSU but that a School Board Member needs to head up this committee which was put in place to keep the School facility running smoothly.   Currently the advisory committee consists of: Supt. John Bacon, Princ. Kerry Keenan, Facility Dir. Burleigh Huntoon, Dave Warden, Richard Stevenson, Gary Briggs, Dennis McLam, Rob Warren and Kathy Zita as Meeting Minute Recorder.  Shannon Larocque volunteered for this position.   

 

  1. Approval of Minutes: 2/13/07 Motion was made by Shellie Samuel, 2nd by Carolyn Bruckner to approve the Minutes.  Motion PASSES. 

      Richard Roosa stated that the Minutes were not recorded properly according to Section 313 of the

      Executive Session guidelines.  It was not recorded that there was a Motion to go into or out of         Exec.Session.  Being that the “Motion to approve the Minutes” already PASSED,        an amended or   revised Motion could not be made.   Supt. believes that the Minutes are valid.  Shellie said she had the       notes at home stating who made the motions, etc.  Richard Roosa said that being the Minutes were         not in compliance with the guidelines, then technically Kerry Keenan’s resignation can be withdrawn.  A       Motion was made by Richard Roosa, 2nd by Shannon Larocque to not accept the resignation of Kerry Keenan.  Motion DEFEATED with 2 in favor and 3 opposed.

      The conversation turned to the legality aspects of the situation.   It was decided that Deb Markowitz, VT       Secretary of State should be consulted on this matter.  A Motion was made by Carolyn Bruckner,           2ND by Shellie Samuels to have John Bacon look into the validity of the 2/13/07 meeting      Minutes.  Motion PASSES unanimously.  The Board specifically wants to know do they       invalidate the action taken, and   what to do about amending them.  This information should be made available to the Board and to the public.   

           

            Nancy Frank mentioned that she wanted to change the agenda for Public Input next and then go into           Executive Session and to find the correct term to use for going into Exec. Session that would comply             with what is mentioned in Section 313.

 

  1. Public Input (note:  my apologies to anyone I may have missed speaking at this meeting or if I did not catch the name of the person speakingKathy Zita)

·         Sandy Carr doesn’t support Kerry as a Principal.   Spoke of a breach in confidentiality.  Spoke of the incidents surrounding her daughter when she had an accident.  Mentioned the humiliating circumstances surrounding her daughter after Kerry had an assembly at the school informing everyone of what happened, especially when she specifically asked him not to say anything, except to any necessary staff/faculty.  Commended the School Board for their confidentiality concerning issues surrounding Kerry’s resignation.

·         Mona Marceau spoke regarding a letter she sent to the Board (see dist. ltr).  She understands what its like to be under fire in the public eye but also wants the Board to know that a lot of the reaction and concern from the community is because of what isn’t being said and they aren’t getting answers.  Supports Kerry but would like to know why the Board doesn’t. 

·         Sylvia Bedor had a petition signed by 253 community members (115 are parents of students, 15 are staff who work at Barnet and the balance are from community members) all in support for Kerry Keenan being Principal at Barnet School.  The community petitioners are disappointed that the Board accepted Kerry’s resignation and is hoping that 1) the Board would rescind the acceptance of the resignation, 2) allow Kerry Keenan to withdraw his resignation and 3) renew Kerry’s contract as Principal.

·         Joan Call spoke about why her family chose to come to Barnet.  She doesn’t understand why when a Principal resigns; it would generate a petition going around.  She understands the School Board cannot speak for Kerry regarding the issues surrounding all of this.  The community has asked Kerry to talk about his resignation and he has declined.  Yet it appears that something else has been said to cause people to have a petition.  Neither the Board nor Kerry is required, by law, to discuss anything that is discussed in Executive Session.  She supports and respects the Board and their decision to do what they feel is necessary.

 

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            Public Input (continued)

 

·         Dave Warden said that he supports Kerry Keenan as Principal.

·         Danna Gray said that she is new to the community.  She has 2 boys attending Barnet School and said that Kerry has opened his arms to her boys and has worked with them in a way that he has gained the respect of her troubled son, which doesn’t come easy.

·         Ken Hammer wanted to bring up some other helpful options for everyone to consider: 1) it needs to be recognized that it wasn’t the acts of the 2 preceding Board Members but rather their terms   were up for re-election.  2) The “Gag Order” is what did the Board in at Town Meeting.  The Board should speak to the community regarding what they are trying to do and where they are trying to lead the school.  3)  According to State Information for FY05 in the Public System, the average cost for a pupil is $11K+.  In St. Johnsbury the cost is $10K+, Danville is $10K+ and Barnet is $14K+.  It’s easy to be popular with a lot of people when you’re spending too much money.  At this point he handed out an S.A.S.R.S.

·         Amy Welch said the 2 School Board Members being replaced was actually one because one of the School Board Members resigned to run again.  She said that she supports Kerry Keenan and also asked if it would be possible to hire bus monitors on some of the buses.  Mr. Wilson’s in particular because there have been occasions where her son was bullied and had his head-set broken, there are also students’ pulling on the emergency handles, etc.  She mentioned that she spoke with Dean of Students in St. Johnsbury and they are very happy with the bus monitors they have.  Nancy Frank suggested that Amy go through the appropriate channels by talking with Kerry Keenan to start to resolve this matter.

·         John Smires said that he supports Kerry Keenan.

·         Kerry Keenan said that he has been trying to deal with this matter in an appropriate manner.  He stated that he did tell his staff and faculty about his resignation before presenting it to the Board, so they wouldn’t hear it from someone else.  He said he was resigning because he didn’t have the support of the Board.  When asked if he could say who told him he didn’t have the support of the Board, Kerry replied that he was told by Superintendent Dr. John Bacon.

·         Mona Marceau said that after hearing what Kerry just said, she hopes that it is possible to take back his resignation.

·         Dave Warden hopes that whatever the problems or situations may have been, that they can be resolved if Kerry Keenan stays as Principal.

·         Cindy Mosedale agrees with what Dave Warden just said.  She feels that the community is split over this issue.  It’s makes things uncomfortable and doesn’t have that comradely feeling anymore.

·         Sue Perrson wanted to thank the Board for their long hard thankless hours.  She mentioned that the first year Kerry was Principal a questionnaire was sent to staff.  Wondered why that wasn’t done lately. 

·         Bill Douglas said that Kerry is the third Principal he has had to work with.  He said that everyone has their positive and negative points and regardless of what the issues maybe, he would like to see the Board try to work through this.    

·         Gail Lantagne asked Kerry Keenan that enlight of the support he is receiving, would he consider rescinding his resignation.  Kerry replied that he would have to see how things played out with the present Board.

·         Melissa Bushey said that Kerry has offered a lot of support for the PTF and their ideas.  When some of these ideas and information was brought before the Board she felt that she wasn’t heard or wasn’t given a warm welcome from the Board.  It was nice to see the Board give a warm welcome for everyone attending this meeting.

·         Shannon Larocque – he is hearing from the community that they support the Principal.  Sounds like they would like some outlines from the Board as to how the Principal is evaluated.  Nancy Frank responded that the Board and the Principal set up goals and priorities to go over each year and are reviewed yearly.

·         Richard Roosa mentioned that after looking at the record of Kerry Keenan, there were some serious issues stated.  Would it have been possible to rectify these issues?  The Board did not want to elaborate on this because most of the issues were discussed in Executive Session and they do not want to say anything that would breach confidentiality.

 

 

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                  Public Input (continued)

 

·         Someone asked who reviews the teachers’ goals.  Nancy Frank responded that the Principal does that.   They also said that our students scored well on NECAP tests, doesn’t that reflect the leadership of our Principal.  Nancy Frank replied that you could also credit that to the outstanding teachers that we have.

 

7:20 p.m.    Into Executive Session.  Motion made by Richard Roosa, 2nd by Shannon Larocque to go into Executive Session to discuss Labor Contracts.  Motion PASSES unanimously.

7:55 p.m.    Out of Executive Session.  Motion made by Richard Roosa, 2nd by Shellie Samuels to come out of Executive Session.  Motion PASSES unanimously.

 

                  Action Taken:  Motion made by Richard Roosa, 2nd by Shellie Samuels to put a committee together with Carolyn Bruckner and Shannon Larocque to find an experienced negotiator.  Motion PASSES unanimously.

 

8:00 p.m.    Into Executive Session.  Motion made by Richard Roosa, 2nd by Carolyn Bruckner to go into Executive Session to discuss Labor Relations regarding an employee.  Motion PASSES unanimously.

8:15 p.m.    Out of Executive Session.  Motion by Richard Roosa, 2nd by Carolyn Bruckner to come out of Executive Session.  Motion PASSES unanimously.

 

                  Action Taken:  Motion made by Richard Roosa, 2nd by Shannon Larocque to have John Bacon send a letter to the party involved with the discussion in Executive Session.  Motion PASSES unanimously.

 

8:17 p.m.    5 minute Break.

8:22 p.m.    Meeting resumes.

 

8:23 p.m.    Into Executive Session.  Motion made by Richard Roosa, 2nd by Shellie Samuels to go into Executive Session to discuss a Labor Contract regarding a particular employee.  Motion PASSES unanimously.

11:17 p.m.   Out of Executive Session.  Motion made by Richard Roosa, 2nd by Shellie Samuels to come out of Executive Session.

 

                  Action Taken:  Motion made by Richard Roosa, 2nd Shellie Samuels to recommend discussing this matter on 3/21/07.   Motion PASSES unanimously.

 

  1. Next School Board Meeting(s):

 

      Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. at Barnet School.  Note:  This meeting will be called to order and then go into Executive Session.

      Thursday, March 22, 2007 – CCSU Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m. at Danville School.

      Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. at Barnet School.  Barnet regular scheduled meeting.

 

11:20 p.m.   Meeting adjourned.  

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Kathy Zita,

Barnet School Board

Meeting Minute Recorder                                                                             

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BARNET SCHOOL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, February 13, 2007 – 5:30 PM

at Barnet School

 

Board Members & Administration In Attendance:

            Nancy Frank, Bob Zita, Carolyn Bruckner, Shellie Samuels, Bill Marshall (@ 6:50p.m.), Princ. Kerry

Keenan, Supt. John Bacon, Notetaker Kathy Zita.

Public In Attendance:  Dave Warden, Andy Mosedale, Mary Prior, Liddy Roberts, Brooksie Stanton, Sylvia Bedor, Nancy Bailey, Sue Perrson, Katie Larney-Young, Becky Bordmann.

 

  1.  Meeting called to order by Chair Nancy Frank at 5:35 p.m.

 

  1. Approval of Minutes: 1/9/07Motion made by Bob Zita, 2nd by Shellie Samuels to approve the

Minutes of 1/9/07.  Motion PASSES.

 

  1. Public Input None.

 

  1. Administrative Reports:

A.  Principal’s ReportSee distributed report.

·         Sky Cast Contract - Would like to get out of the SkyCast Contract.  Currently costing us $3,732.00 this year.  If we stay with them it would wind up costing $10K including phone costs.  Would like to switch to Sovernet which would give us a substantial savings and we would still have the same protection from power surges.  We wouldn’t have to change any of our numbers and we would be better tied into CCSU.  It’s a broader band and there is enough money in the budget to accommodate switching over.  A Motion was made by Carolyn Bruckner, 2nd by Shellie Samuels to allow the Technology Dept. to switch over to the Sovernet Contract.  Motion PASSES with 1 abstained.  Bob Zita mentioned that when Sky Cast was first recommended a couple years ago, it was the best way to go and it cost us a lot of money to get it up and running.  He feels there will still be problems when we switch to Sovernet.  Bob also wanted research done to make sure that there are adequate lines running to the bldg. to accommodate what the Tech. Dept. is proposing.    Andy Mosedale replied that a lot of things have changed since going with Sky Cast and research has shown that going with Sovernet will be a better choice for us now.

·         Food Service Recommendations – See sample lunch menu and distributed report.  After reviewing this report, there were a few questions about bulk purchases and if things were purchased at a minimum to get a lower price.  The Board would like to be kept updated throughout the year on how the Food Service is doing.  They would also like for John Bacon to have copies of the Food Service Audit Report for Town Meeting.

·         PLC Teams Update – See distributed report.

·         Facilities Update – Added more light to the Parking Lot area by putting a flood light on a pole which lights up the parking lot area better.  The cost for this will be $140/year.

·         8th Graders Fundraising – Half way to their goal for the NYC trip.

·         Parent Letter offering suggestions – The Board will look this over.

·         3 Rivers League – They are asking for the use of the field house bathrooms when there are tournaments.  The Board has some concerns with this as far as maintaining and keeping the bathrooms clean, supervision, having keys handed out for this, etc.

B.      Superintendent’s Report:

·         Blue Mountain’s Supt. – Called to say that they would be willing to send a bus up this way for students going to their school.

·         Peacham School Peacham had a Community Forum about 3 weeks ago regarding their school.  They are going to try everything they can to keep the school up and running with out sending students to different schools.

·         Success in VT Schools – According to a report issued from the VSA, VPA and VSBA, it shows Barnet School does well; slightly above the average test scores.

·         Framework for Containing Property Taxes – Guidelines being proposed to keep spending down and the concerns over CLA.

 

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  1. Financial

·         Bus Contract Renewalthere were a few typos, i.e. 1) change NH to VT, and 2) on pg. 7 has an extra “0” by the miles.  Jim Ingerson put the clause in stipulating we can cancel the contract, without penalty, if we are dissatisfied with service.  The Board will sign the contract when the typos are corrected.

·         ’07 Financial Update see dist. Report.  There is a $14K surplus anticipated for the General Fund.  There is a larger deficit in tuition because of more students than we anticipated.

·         Logging Money – isn’t showing under “Other Revenue”.  Need to check to see if it’s in there.

·         Announced Tuition for ’08 – see distributed form.  Shows the tuition for the surrounding schools.  The School Board asked if John Bacon could have a list of tuitions for other neighboring schools, including Oxbow, for Town Meeting.

 

  1. New Business:

Preparation for Town Meeting:  Budget Committee approved the budget.  They understand that most of the increase is out of our control because of tuitions, etc.  They would also like the audit report for the Food Service.  There was some discussion on HS tuition increasing to $52,333.  Is this number correct?  How come we went up if we have less HS tuitioned students?

 

7:30 p.m.         Break for dinner

7:55 p.m.         Meeting resumes

 

  1. Old Business:

·         Child Nutrition & Wellness Policy – 1st Reading.  Required to have this policy.  It was developed by people from Barnet, Peacham and Danville.  Its purpose is to have healthier students and help prevent child obesity.  Want to start limiting sugar treats and replace them with healthier options.  Bill Marshall asked about food allergies and if there is any reference to Article 504 which protects children with food allergies and covers what needs to be done.  There is a Wellness Committee in place which keeps an eye on what is being served.

Motion made by Bob Zita, 2nd by Bill Marshall to Warn this Policy for hearing.

Carolyn Bruckner isn’t in agreement with Section V., paragraph C - The last paragraph

sounds very restrictive.  Section IV., paragraph B – remove “including the sale of approved

 foods or drinks from vending machines”.  Section II., paragraph A – Fix a typo to read “part”

instead of “parts”.

A new Motion was made by Bob Zita, 2nd by Bill Marshall to bring this policy back for a

 2nd  reading with the recommended changes.  Motion PASSES.

·         Harassment & Prevention Policy – 1st Reading.  This replaces the existing policy and has been revised and upgraded.  On the third page – should read Independent review process if the person doesn’t feel that the school and/or administration hasn’t handled it properly.  Also, need to identify 2 key designated employees within the building that students can go to as well as any other employee/adult.

Motion was made by Bob Zita, 2nd by Shellie Samuels and Bill Marshall to bring this policy back for a 2nd reading.  Motion PASSES.

·         Student Conduct & Discipline Policy – 1st Reading.  This replaces an existing policy and has been revised and upgraded.  The first policy doesn’t provide for a hearing for the Board.  Discusses conduct and discipline for SPED.  It was recommended to take out the “references” and just stop it at the end of the sentence before that.  Item #4, change the referred policy to name our policy.

Motion made by Bob Zita, 2nd by Bill Marshall to bring this policy back for a 2nd reading.  Motion PASSES.

 

  1. Other Business Pre-Town Meeting will be on Thurs., March 1st at 7:00 p.m. at Barnet School.

 

 

 

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  1. Future Agenda Items:

·         What to do with Ind. Tech. Equipment

·         Policies (for 2nd Reading):            Child Nutrition & Wellness

Harassment & Prevention

Student Conduct & Discipline

            Action Items for John Bacon:

·         Copies of Food Service Audit Report and Announced Tuitions for neighboring Schools, including Oxbow, for Town Meeting.

 

  1.  Next School Board Meeting:

 

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. at Barnet School

 

 8:50 p.m.        Into Executive Session for negotiations and personnel

11:10 p.m.       Out of Executive Session.

                        Action taken: accepted the resignation of Principal Kerry Keenan

11:11 p.m.       Meeting adjourned.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Kathy Zita

 

Kathleen Zita, Note taker

Barnet School Board