Barnet Schoolboard Minutes Archive 2009


BARNET SCHOOL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ “SPECIAL” MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 – 6:00 PM

at Barnet School

 

Board Members & Administration in AttendanceShellie Samuels, Louis Bushey, Lori Werdenschlag, Shannon Larocque, Jim Schenck, Princ. Kerry Keenan, Supt. Martha Tucker, Rob Billings, Minute Recorder Kathy Zita. 

Public In AttendanceDave Warden, Meg Clayton, Sue Jensen, Bill Douglas, Ben & Caroline Adams, Nedra Willard, Cindy Mosedale, Cathy Browne, Sandra Mings-Lamar and Sally Cook – Caledonian Record.

 

1.       Meeting called to order by Chair Shellie Samuels at 6:10 p.m.

 

2.      Public Input:  1) M. Clayton stated that there is an opportunity to combine 5/6 and 7/8 grades.  She offered the following suggestions: those classes could be re-configured so that seasoned teachers could work together.  She suggested not re-hiring a long-term sub as a way to cut back. 2) Bill Douglas inquired as to why we are in a position to have 0.16 cents on the dollar.  Supt. Tucker responded that there is a certain amount of revenue that comes from the State and that this year there isn’t as much coming from the State as there usually is.  She stated that it is primarily a revenue problem that we have no control over.  If we had the same budget as last year, the tax rate would still go up.  B. Douglas stated that he would appreciate their consideration of the budget to be what would have the least affect on the students.  C. Mosedale added that we’ve had this conversation before and we all need to work together.  The teachers and staff here this evening are here to be supportive.  The Board thanked the teachers, staff and public for their ideas, suggestions and support.

 

3.      Budget – FY11 Presented by Rob Billings, indicating what is reflected in this budget compared to 2010 budget.

·         Reduction of 1 teaching position.

·         Supplies are being reduced.

·         Water change.

·         Hot Lunch Program.

·         Small schools grants increase of $12,485

·         Changed SJA tuition –  3.4%.

·         Main Stream Grant.

·         New changes bring the tax rate to $1,389; which is a $0.1207 tax increase.

·         Reviewed the Fund Balances as of 12/22/09.

·         Suggests designating a certain amount of money toward the 2010 budget.

·         Move $70K from tuition to use towards the tax stabilization; since we may have a surplus this year, he is making the recommendation.

·         There is $20K in the budget to fund the Hot Lunch Program.

 

At this point R. Billings explained to those in attendance where the budget started out at $0.18 and then over the past few months the Board has been above to bring it down to $0.12.

 

The majority of those in attendance expressed concern that the cuts being made in the budget aren’t in the best interest of the students, i.e. cutting a position as well as 3 support staff.  There was discussion about the adult to child ratio.  The teachers and staff present tonight stated that they would like to have conversations, communication and an idea of what direction we’re going.

 

R. Billings continued with the budget breakdowns:

·         Still waiting for Legislators to come to the end of their process which will put greater pressure on the education fund.

·         Still waiting on HS tuitions from surrounding High schools.

·         Health Insurance.

·         Discussed salary contributions or commitment to the next budget.

 

C. Mosedale read off “Positive Feedback” from the Barnet Staff regarding the Budget.  Supt. Tucker mentioned that staff and teachers are always welcome to the Board meetings.  She also stated that a lot of communication needs to from the Principal to the staff and not just the Board.


 

 

7:30 p.m.    5 minute break, on a motion of Louis Bushey, seconded by Lori Werdenschlag.

 

(Notes per J. Schenck)

 

7:35 p.m.    On a motion of Louis Bushey, seconded by Lori Werdenschlag the Board went into Executive                            Session to discuss personnel issues.

8:12 p.m.    Out of Executive Session on a motion of Louis Bushey, seconded by Lori Werdenschlag.

                  No action was taken.

 

8:13 p.m.    Discussion about pursuing other revenue sources.  There was also discussion about cost savings                in areas such as thermostat settings, field trips and soccer bussing.  The next meeting at which the                      budget will be discussed is Jan. 12, 2010 at which the budget must be voted.

 

8:40 p.m.    On a motion of Lori Werdenschlag, seconded by Louis Bushey the Board went into Executive                            Session to discuss negotiations.

 

Louis Bushey left the meeting.

 

9:03 p.m.    Out of Executive Session on a motion of Lori Werdenschlag, seconded by Shannon                                          Larocque.

                  No action was taken.

 

9:05 p.m.    Meeting adjourns on a motion of Shannon Larocque, seconded by Lori Werdenschlag.

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Kathy Zita

 

Barnet School Board Minute Recorder

 

 

 



 

BARNET SCHOOL                         

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING MINUTES “UNAPPROVED”

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 – 6:00 PM

at Barnet School

 

Board Members & Administration in AttendanceShellie Samuels, Louis Bushey, Lori Werdenschlag, Shannon Larocque, Princ. Kerry Keenan, Supt. Martha Tucker, Rob Billings, Minute Recorder Kathy Zita.  

Public In Attendance:  Dave Warden, Caroline Adams, Katie Young.

 

1.       Meeting called to order by Chair Shellie Samuels at 6:50 p.m.

 

2.      Approval of Minutes – 11/10/09:  After reviewing the minutes, a motion was made by Shannon Larocque, seconded by Lori Werdenschlag to approve the minutes as amended.  Motion then PASSES.

3.      Public Input:  C. Adams stated that she was here to listen to budget discussion.

4.      Administrative Reports:

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

·         Grants:  K. Keenan stated that we’ve been awarded 2 technology grants; the first grant was for the Enhancing Education through Technology Grant for $9300, and the second grant awarded was the Vermont Education Learning Project Grant.

·         Facilities/Maintenance:  K. Keenan updated the Board regarding B. Huntoon’s health stating that he is doing well and should be back after the holidays.

·         Fibulator:  K. Keenan mentioned that the fibulator has arrived at the school and personnel/staff will be trained ASAP.

·         Alert Now Communication System:  A test-run performance was done over the Thanksgiving break by contacting staff; results were very positive.

 

B.   Superintendent’s Report:

·         VT Revenue & Budget:  Supt. Tucker distributed information and gave a brief synopsis of what it contained.

·         Technology Conference and Workshops:  Supt. Tucker stated that June 16th, 17th, and 18th are the dates for the State and National conferences within CCSU and is being funded through CCSU.  S. Samuels inquired as to what the Teacher’s technology goals are and what their progress is towards these goals.  Action Item:  K. Keenan will look into this for the next meeting.

·         CCSU Board Meeting:  Supt. Tucker is preparing the upcoming CCSU meeting to be held on Thursday, December 17th at Walden School.  She mentioned that School Commissioner Armando Vilaseca will be the guest speaker at this meeting.  She is asking each district school board to write down their questions and/or concerns that you would like the Commissioner to address and she will pass it along to him before-hand.

K. Young asked about Barnet’s enrollment and if it is still declining.  R. Billings indicated that currently the average population for the past 2 years shows a decline.  He added that It is the same State-wide.   

 

5.   Budget – FY11:  Presented by Rob Billings, indicating what is reflected in this budget.

·         Most items in this budget are the same as the last budget.

·         Currently still without a teacher contract.

·         Staffing levels reduced.

·         Increase in fringe benefits.

·         Supplies and services updated for FY11.

·         Hot Lunch data is included and will cost $15K - $20K to maintain.

·         Maintenance Fund is continued.

·         SPED estimates should be arriving in the next couple of weeks.

·         Equalized pupil deadline is 12/15/09.

·         CREEP Program still being run through the CCSU.

·         Final calculation of CCSU budget to be presented.

·         Calculation in tax equals $1.43 and will rise or fall depending on CLA.

·         There are no carry over funds in FY11 budget.  This will affect the tax rate creating a 3 cent increase because there’s no roll-over to reduce this amount.

·         He stated that the Board needs to think about “now” and what the bottom line should be for the FY11 Budget.

·         Total for the FY11 Budget came to $4,272,442; which is a $27K increase over last years.

·         LTM has not been replenished.

·         The Board will need to clarify the changes in staffing during Executive Session.

·         It would take $400K in cuts to lower the tax rate.

There was brief discussion about when the Hot Lunch Program will no longer be a deficit item.

 

7:45 p.m.          On a motion of Shannon Larocque, seconded by Louis Bushey the Board went into Executive                            Session to discuss contract negotiations.

8:05 p.m.          On a motion of Shannon Larocque, seconded by Louis Bushey the Board came out of Executive                        Session.  No action was taken.

 

R. Billings stated that the information regarding the Budget distributed earlier is very informative.  He mentioned that 2010 will bring significant impacts as far as the general fund is concerned.  He stated that we need to look ahead 3 – 4 years when working on the budget process.  He mentioned that if the budget increases $70K more then it would require 2 votes.

Discussed using the tax stabilization fund of $70K towards the budget which would lower tax payer’s taxes by $0.03

 

R. Billings stated that the Board needs to review the budget and figure out what the bottom line should be; and to give CCSU a target to work with and to come back with the least harmful way to get there.

 

Discussed current and future class sizes and the Board asked if we could re-negotiate the transportation.

 

 

 

6.   Next School Board Meeting(s):

 

CCSU Board Meeting:  Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. at Walden School.  Dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Next Regular School Board Meeting:  Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at Barnet School

 

9:00 p.m.         On a motion of Shannon Larocque, seconded by Lori Werdenschlag the Board went into       Executive Session for Personnel issues and negotiations.

 

______            Out of Executive Session, on a motion of ____, seconded by ____.

 

_______          Meeting adjourns.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Kathy Zita

 

Barnet School Board Minute Recorder

 

 

 



 

BARNET SCHOOL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 – 6:00 PM

at Barnet School

 

Board Members & Administration in AttendanceShellie Samuels, Jim Schenck, Lori Werdenschlag, Shannon Larocque, Princ. Kerry Keenan, Supt. Martha Tucker. 

 

1.            Meeting called to order by Chair Shellie Samuels at 6:10PM. and went immediately into Executive Session     to discuss negotiations on a motion made by Shannon Larocque, seconded by Lori Werdenschlag. 

 

6:45 PM.     Out of Executive Session. Motion made by Lori Werdenschlag, seconded by Shannon Larocque.
No Action was taken.

 

6:50 PM      Meeting resumes.

 

Additional Attendance:  Andrew Mosedale, Dave Warden.

 

2.            Approval of Minutes – 10/12/09: A Motion to approve the 10/12/09 minutes was made by Shannon Larocque and seconded by Lori Werdenschlag.  Motion PASSES.

            A Motion was made by Lori Werdenschlag to approve the 10/13/09 minutes and seconded by Shannon Larocque. Motion PASSES.

            A Motion was made by Lori Werdenschlag to approve the 10/27/09 minutes and seconded by Shannon Larocque. Motion PASSES.

  

3.            Public Input:

·         Microsoft Reimbursement

 Andrew Mosedale reported that about $4600 will be awarded to the school as a result of a legal settlement.  Mr. Mosedale requested to use the unexpected funds as follows:

·         Type 2 Learn Software                       $ 800

·         Two new Netbooks                             $750

·         Discovery Video Subscription            $1500

·         One Macintosh Computer                 $1400

Shannon Larocque made a motion to authorize the expenditures of these funds up to the amount of the award.  Seconded by Lori Werdenschlag.  Motion PASSED.

 

4.            Administrative Reports:

Principal's Report: (see distributed report)


 

 

Principal's Report continued:

 

 

Superintendent's Report:

 

5.   Financial: 

 

6.   Old Business:   None.

 

7.   Future Agenda Items: (December meeting)

 

8.   Next School Board Meeting(s):

Next Regular Meeting:  Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009 at 6:00 PM. at Barnet School

Following Regular Meeting: Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 at 6:00 PM. at Barnet School

 

 

A motion to adjourn was made by Shannon Larocque, seconded by Lori Werdenschlag.  APPROVED.

 

9:40 PM            Meeting adjourns.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

James Schenck



 

 

BARNET SCHOOL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 – 5:00 PM

at Barnet School

 

Board Members & Administration in AttendanceShellie Samuels, Jim Schenck, Shannon Larocque,  Supt. Martha Tucker. 

 

 

1.                   Meeting called to order by Chair Shellie Samuels at 5:05 PM.

 

2.                   A motion was made by Shannon Larocque to have Ian Spenser be hired on a 1 year non-renewable contract and rescind the hiring as a long term substitute.  The motion was seconded by Shellie Samuels.  The board approved the motion.

 

 

 

      A motion to adjourn was made by Shannon Larocque, seconded by Shellie Samuels.  Approved.

 

5:10 PM            Meeting adjourns.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

James Schenck

 

 



 

BARNET SCHOOL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 – 6:00 PM

at Barnet School

 

Board Members & Administration in AttendanceShellie Samuels, Jim Schenck, Lori Werdenschlag, Shannon Larocque, Princ. Kerry Keenan, CCSU accountant Rob Billings. 

 

1.                  Meeting called to order by Chair Shellie Samuels at 6:05PM. and went immediately into Executive Session to discuss negotiations on a motion made by Lori Werdenschlag, seconded by Shannon Larocque. 

6:45 PM.   Out of Executive Session. Motion made by Lori Werdenschlag, seconded by Shannon Larocque.  No       Action was taken.

 

6:50 PM            Meeting resumes.

 

Attendance:  Louis Bushey, Dave Warden, Sally Cook for the Caledonia Record, Phil Hyjek

 

2.                  Approval of Minutes – 9/8/09: A Motion was made by Louis Bushey, seconded by Lori     Werdenschlag to approve the 9/8/09 minutes.  Motion PASSES.

      A Motion was made by Louis Bushey, seconded by Lori Werdenschlag to approve the 9/21/09   and 9/22/09 minutes. Motion PASSES.

  

3.                 Public Input:  None.

 

4.                 Administrative Reports:

Principal's Report: (see distributed report)

 

5.   Financial: 

 



 

6.   Old Business:   The purchase of the AED has been authorized.  Nedra Willard will order the device.

 

7.   Future Agenda Items: (November meeting)

 

8.   Next School Board Meeting(s):

Next Regular Meeting:  Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009 at 6:00 PM. at Barnet School

 

 

8:45 PM            A motion to go into Executive Session to discuss student issues was made by Louis Bushey,                           seconded by Lori Werdenschlag. 

9:38 PM.           Out of Executive Session. Motion made by Shannon Larocque, seconded by Lori Werdenschlag.                 No Action was taken.

 

A motion to adjourn was made by Shannon Larocque, seconded by Lori Werdenschlag.  Approved.

 

9:39 PM            Meeting adjourns.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

James Schenck

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

BARNET SCHOOL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES

Meeting to Interview Candidates for Long Term Substitute

Monday, October 12, 2009 – 6:15 PM

at Barnet School

 

Board Members & Administration in AttendanceShellie Samuels, Jim Schenck, Louis Bushey, Lori Werdenschlag, Shannon Larocque, Princ. Kerry Keenan. 

 

 

1.                   Meeting called to order by Chair Shellie Samuels at 6:15 PM. and went immediately into Executive Session for Interviews on a motion made by Louis Bushey, seconded by Lori Werdenschlag  6:16 PM.  Out of Executive Session at 8:45PM on a motion made by Louis Bushey, seconded by Lori Werdenschlag.  No Action was taken.

 

2.                   A motion was made by Louis Bushey to authorize Kerry Keenan to hire a candidate for Long Term Substitute.  The motion was seconded by Shannon Larocque.  The board approved the motion on a vote of 4 aye, 1 nay.

 

 

 

      A motion to adjourn was made by Louis Bushey, seconded by Lori Werdenschlag.  Approved.

 

8:48 PM            Meeting adjourns.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

James Schenck

 

 



 

 

BARNET SCHOOL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ EMERGENCY MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 – 6:15 PM

at CCSU office

 

Board Members & Administration in AttendanceShellie Samuels, Jim Schenck, Louis Bushey, Lori Werdenschlag, Shannon Larocque, Princ. Kerry Keenan, Supt. Martha Tucker. 

 

 

1.                   Meeting called to order by Chair Shellie Samuels at 6:15 PM. and went immediately into Executive Session on a motion made by Louis Bushey, seconded by Lori Werdenschlag  6:16 PM.  Out of Executive Session at 7:00PM on a motion made by Louis Bushey, seconded by Lori Werdenschlag.  No Action was taken.

 

2.                   A motion was made by Louis Bushey to accept the resignation of a teacher dated Sept. 22, 2009.  The motion was seconded by Lori Werdenschlag.  The board approved the motion.

 

 

 

      A motion to adjourn was made by Louis Bushey, seconded by Lori Werdenschlag.  Approved.

 

7:09 PM            Meeting adjourns.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

James Schenck

 

 



 

 

BARNET SCHOOL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ EMERGENCY MEETING MINUTES

Monday, September 21, 2009 – 3:30 PM

at CCSU office

 

Board Members & Administration in AttendanceShellie Samuels, Jim Schenck, Louis Bushey (by telephone), Lori Werdenschlag, Shannon Larocque, Princ. Kerry Keenan, Supt. Martha Tucker. 

 

 

1.                    Meeting called to order by Chair Shellie Samuels at 3:41 PM. and went immediately into Executive Session on a motion made by Shannon Larocque, seconded by Lori Werdenschlag  3:42 PM.  Out of Executive Session at 4:40PM on a motion made by Shannon Larocque, seconded by Jim Schenck.  No Action was taken.

 

 

      A motion to adjourn was made by Shannon Larocque, seconded by Jim Schenck.  Approved.

4:41 PM            Meeting adjourns.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

James Schenck

 



 

BARNET SCHOOL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 – 6:00 PM

at Barnet School

 

Board Members & Administration in AttendanceShellie Samuels, Jim Schenck, Louis Bushey, Lori Werdenschlag, Shannon Larocque, Princ. Kerry Keenan, Supt. Martha Tucker. 

Public In AttendanceDave Warden, Sally Cook for the Caledonia Record.

 

1.                    Meeting called to order by Chair Shellie Samuels at 6:03 PM. and went immediately into Executive Session on a motion made by Louis Bushey, seconded by Shannon Larocque.  6:49 PM.  Out of Executive Session. Motion made by Louis Bushey, seconded by Shannon Larocque.  No Action was taken.

 

7:00 PM            Meeting resumes.

 

2.                  Approval of Minutes – 8/11/09:    A Motion was made by Louis Bushey, seconded by Shannon Larocque to approve the 8/11/09 minutes.  Motion PASSES.

  

3.                 Public Input:  None.

 

4.                 Administrative Reports:

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

B.         Superintendent’s Report:

 

5.   New Business: 

 

6.   Financial: 

 

7.   Old Business:  

 

8.   Other Business

 

9.   Future Agenda Items: (October meeting)

 

10.  Next School Board Meeting(s):

Next Regular Meeting:  Tuesday, Oct  13, 2009 at 6:00 PM. at Barnet School

 

 

      A motion to adjourn was made by Louis Bushey, seconded by Shannon Larocque.  Approved.

8:30 PM            Meeting adjourns.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

James Schenck

 

 

 

 

 



 

BARNET SCHOOL                         

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 – 6:00 PM

at Barnet School

 

Board Members & Administration in AttendanceShellie Samuels, Jim Schenck, Louis Bushey, Lori Werdenschlag, Shannon Larocque, Princ. Kerry Keenan, Supt. Martha Tucker, Minute Recorder Kathy Zita.  

Public In Attendance:  Dave Warden, Sally Cook – Caledonian Record.

 

1.       Meeting called to order by Chair Shellie Samuels at 6:45 p.m.   There wasn’t any Executive Session on

       the agenda.

 

2.      Approval of Minutes – 6/9/09:  After reviewing the minutes, the following corrections were noted:  on page 1 for bullet under Principal’s Report; third sentence add “for the Dept. of Education” at the end.  On a motion of Louis Bushey, seconded by Shannon Larocque the minutes were approved as amended.  Motion then PASSES.

3.      Public Input:  Dave Warden mentioned that the letters of Peter Abbott from Barnet, a Civil War soldier along with some other artifacts were going to be read and discussed at meeting held on Thursday at 7:00 pm at the McIndoes Church.

4.      Administrative Reports:

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

·         Update on Summer Camp:  The program went on for the month of July, served 10 – 20 students from 8am – Noon Monday through Thursday.  It was developed and coordinated by Caroline Adams, a teacher as well as teachers Susan Jensen and Cindy Mosedale and Laurie Pollard and Kim Lenton, para-educators.  The feed back received from the students participating was very positive.

·         Facilties/Maintenance:  1) summer work is complete; 2) installation of isolation values was done; 3) extra parking/drop off lane was constructed and will add 25-30 additional parking spaces and should alleviate traffic having to back-up during drop-off and pick-ups; 4) transfer switch installation was complete and invoices will be submitted.  We are now ready for the purchase of a generator when grant funds are available.

·         Personnel Update:  Welcome to new hires: 3rd Grade teacher James Lamar; SPED teacher Henri Moser; Spanish teacher Caroline Friederich and One on one SPED para-educator Karen Cheney.

·         Technology Audit:  Performed in June by Phil Hyjek.  He reviewed the technology recommendations from the “draft” Strategic Plan as well as interviewed the technology committee and all the teachers.  We’ve already received his report and have started implementing some of his recommendations.  

·          Positive Behavior Support (PBS):  Eight staff members including the Principal attended a PBS BEST Conference June 22-25 in Rutland, VT.  The purpose of the conference was to start to implement a school-wide PBS.  (See distributed behavior matrix).  The Principal will keep the board informed as the PBS system progresses.

B.   Superintendent’s Report:

·         Current Activities at CCSU:  1) Technology Planning; 2) Strategic Planning and 3) Retreat (Principal Leadership).  The Supt. will keep the Board informed as these items become productive, etc.

 

5.   New Business:  None.

 

6.   Financials:  The Building Bond needs a re-financing done; which will save us a substantial amount of money.  The Resolution was distributed for review and approval. 

 

7.   Old Business:

·         Action Plan 2009/10 (see distributed draft #4) This document is required by the State and is ready for adoption.  On a motion of Jim Schenck, seconded by Lori Werdenschlag this Action Plan was approve and adopted as submitted.

·         Strategic Plan – Adopt 5 year Goals:  Supt. would like to have the first years goals adopted at the Sept. meeting. After reviewing and discussing this further; a few minor changes/corrections were noted.  On a motion of Shannon Larocque, seconded by Jim Schenck the 5 year goals were adopted as amended.

·         Technology Discussion:  Principal Keenan mentioned that one of the advanced notices is to have technology integrated to the classrooms.  We are in the process of having more computers in the library as well as the classrooms.  Melissa Bushey will assist teachers with this integration.   It was recommended to adopt the National Technology Standards which Principal Keenan is looking to do.

·         Strategic Plan:  Principal Keenan is hoping to expand the strategic plan through our website.  He would also like to install smart boards in the classrooms.  Action Item:  At the next meeting he will have a time line for when these things will happen.

·         Technology:  Phil Hyjek is available across the SU 100 days, a portion of which will be spent supporting Barnet.  He is willing to meet with the Board to go over any questions they may have. 

·         Policy Volunteers and Work Study Student Policy:  On a motion of Louis Bushey, seconded by Shannon Larocque this policy was adopted as submitted.  Motion then PASSES with one opposed.

 

8.   Other Business:  1) AED:  On a motion of Jim Schenck, seconded by Shannon Larocque it was approved to purchase an AED around the cost of $1300.  This cost is to be split with the Town.  Motion then PASSES.  2)  Parking/Waiting Lane:  A letter from Burleigh states that the Selectmen would like for the school to pay for more than what the Board originally approved.  A Board member will attend the Selectmen meeting to find out what they are expecting us to pay.  3)  Welcome Back to School Breakfast.

 

9.   Future Agenda Items:

 

10.  Next School Board Meeting(s):

Executive Committee Meeting:  Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. at CCSU

Next Regular School Board Meeting:  Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. at Barnet School

 

9:03 p.m.         Meeting adjourns.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Kathy Zita

 

Barnet School Board Minute Recorder

 

 



 

BARNET SCHOOL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, June 9, 2009 – 6:00 PM

at Barnet School

 

Board Members & Administration in AttendanceShellie Samuels, Jim Schenck, Louis Bushey, Lori Werdenschlag, Shannon Larocque, Princ. Kerry Keenan, Supt. Martha Tucker.

Public In Attendance:  Dave Warden, Katie Larney-Young, Sally Cook - Caledonian Record

 

1.       Meeting called to order by Chair Shellie Samuels at 6:00 PM and went immediately into Executive Session on a motion made by Louis Bushey, seconded by Lori Werdenschlag.  6:39 p.m. Out of Executive Session.  Motion made by Louis Bushey, seconded by Lori Werdenschlag.  No Action was taken.

7:00 p.m.          Meeting resumes.

 

2.      A motion was made by Shannon Larocque authorize Kerry Keenan to hire a language teacher and a special education teacher barring any unforeseen issues as determined by a final interview with Martha Tucker. Second by Louis Bushey.  The motion passed

 

3.      Approval of Minutes – 5/12/09:  After reviewing the minutes the following corrections were noted:  On page 2, change “o” to “on”.  A Motion was made by Louis Bushey, 2nd by Lori Werdenschlag to approve the 5/12/09 minutes as amended.  Motion PASSES.

4.      Public Input:  None. 

5.      Administrative Reports:

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

·         Transfer Switch - There is no new information on the transfer switch at this time.  Shannon Larocque described that the funds for this were from a special legislative fund and that we were “pre-approved”.  He described that we install the device and send the invoices to Cathy Hilgendorf and she will reimburse the school district.  Shannon also reported that $4,000 was also being held in a town account for the switch.  To take action, we would have to authorize $20,000 from the Long Term Maintenance Fund and acquire the $4,000 from the town for the job.  Upon completion, we would be reimbursed for the whole amount from the state.  Shannon described the February application for Emergency management may also be used to pay or reimburse for the generator and transfer switch.  Any further discussion was deferred to the “Other Business” part of the meeting.

·         Food Service Grant – The food service grant was not granted.  A request was made that the School Board fund the remaining amount to complete the hardware and software purchase.  Further discussion was deferred to the “Other Business” part of the meeting.

·         Strategic Plan – The Strategic Plan has been distributed as discussed in previous meetings.  The final responses are due June 10, 2009.  Only 13 had been received as of June 9.  There was discussion of extending the deadline.  There will be a last ditch effort to encourage some more responses, but the school board will work with what it has.

·         AED – The AED was quoted at $2,450.  Louis Bushey will approach the selectmen about cost sharing this item.

·         Tech Audit – The status of the Technology Audit was reported.  The printed report is due shortly.

·         PBS Team – The PBS Team will be attending a seminar and workshop in Killington shortly.  Further details are in the Principals printed report.

·         School Year End Activities – It was reported that the end of year activities and class trips were very successful.

B.   Superintendent’s Report:

·         Stimulus Money – The stimulus money identified for Barnet includes money for PBS and for technology improvements.  Martha Tucker suggested coordinating software and hardware at the CCSU level before distribution to the specific town projects.

6.   New Business: 

 

7.   Financial:  The details of the Tax Anticipation Note were discussed.  Shannon Larocque made a motion that the Board borrow from Passumpsic Savings Bank the sum of $1,280,820 with a 1 year note.  Second by Louis Bushey.  The motion passed.

 

8.   Old Business:  

 

9.   Other Business:  1) Louis Bushey reported on comments he received about the awards ceremony occurring during the daytime.  The reasons were explained by Kerry Keenan.  The amount of time for the shifted awards amounts to about 35 minutes.  2) Projected Enrollments were questioned.  Kerry Keenan reported that current indications are that Kindergarten will have 18 students.  There is a need for two 3rd grade classes.  The remainder of classes appear to be consistent with this year.  Three students are expected from Peacham will join the 7th grade.  These will be reviewed more carefully in July.

10. Future Agenda Items: (July Retreat)

Future Agenda Items: (August meeting)

11. Next School Board Meeting(s):

July Retreat:  Tuesday, July 14, 2009 from 8:30AM to 12 Noon at Lori Werdenschlag’s house

 

12. Adjourn:

      Louis Bushey made the motion to adjourn. Second by Lori Werdenschlag.  Approved  Meeting ended at 8:25PM

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

James Schenck

 



 

BARNET SCHOOL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 – 6:00 PM

at Barnet School

 

Board Members & Administration in AttendanceShellie Samuels, Jim Schenck, Louis Bushey, Lori Werdenschlag, Shannon Larocque, Princ. Kerry Keenan, Supt. Martha Tucker, Minute Recorder Kathy Zita. 

Public In Attendance:  Dave Warden, Katie Larney-Young, James Lamar, PE teacher Eric Bogie, School Nurse Nedra Willard, Sally Cook – Caledonian Record.

 

1.       Meeting called to order by Chair Shellie Samuels at 6:15 p.m. and went immediately into Executive Session on a motion made by Louis Bushey, seconded by Shannon Larocque to discuss a student issue and personnel contracts.

6:47 p.m. Out of Executive Session.  Motion made by Louis Bushey, seconded by Shannon Larocque.

7:00 p.m.          Meeting resumes.  A motion was made by Louis Bushey, seconded by Shannon Larocque to                                  approve Princ. Keenan’s recommendation for a temporary teacher.  Motion then PASSES.

 

2.      Approval of Minutes – 3/10/09:  After reviewing the minutes, A Motion was made by Shannon Larocque, 2nd by Lori Werdenschlag to approve the 3/10/09 minutes as written.   Motion then PASSES.

3.      Public Input:  Dave Warden expressed some concern about the Hot Lunch Program article that was in the newspaper and what he was told from CCSU.  Brief discussion followed about the article and it was decided that D. Warden would follow-up with Supt. Tucker. 

4.      Administrative Reports:

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

·         Update on School Program:  PE Teacher Eric Boogie presented a breakdown of the sports and PE activities he is involved in.  He highlighted what he does with each class during PE and health classes as well as school wide events that occur outside of normal instruction.  He listed the various activities he has each class doing and stated that grades K-2 have PE 2 times/week for ½ hour each time and grades 3 – 8 have PE 2 times/week for 45 minutes each session.  School Nurse Nedra Willard presented the Health Education program for the VT State Level as well as the Barnet Health curriculum.  She explained that grades 5 – 8 meet one time during the week for 45 minutes and discuss topics such as bullying, social interactions, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and situations the students may be facing in today’s world.

·         Parent Communication:  There was a request from a parent for early acceptance into kindergarten.  After discussions with the K teachers and an evaluation of the student, Princ. Keenan supports the recommendation to allow early enrollment.

·         Facilities/Maintenance:  An application has been submitted for a VT Green Energy Development Fund Municipal Technical Assistance Program Grant.  Burleigh is also pursuing the possibility of VT Solar installing solar panels exclusively for heating water to the school’s kitchen.

·         Assessment Report:  This report outlines the review of the Grade level teams, collaborative assessment teams, vertical teams and the Barnet Leadership Team.  They have analyzed and discussed the results of the 2008 NECAPs and have compared them to results from 2006 and 2007.  The report also lists all the things they have learned from analyzing these results.

·         Automatic External Defibrillator (AED):   There was discussion surrounding the AED and the benefits of having an AED at the school.  We have expressed our interest to CALEX and they have recommended that we wait for a Legislative Bill to pass before getting one.  The cost is $2200 - $3000.  Louis Bushey stated that he would talk to the Select board about helping out with half the cost.  This will be updated at the next meeting.

·         Swine Flu:  The Dept. of Health explained what symptoms we should look for and how we should address the Swine Flu.  The Supt. will be monitoring this situation as well within the school system.

B.   Superintendent’s Report:

·         Writing Leadership:  Would consist of a 2 year plan to help us move forward in this area.  Supt. has sent a list of Leaders to the district Principals.

·         Stimulus money:  The money is to be used for SPED and Title I & 2D.  It will be a substantial amount, i.e. $250K over a 2 year period.  The Supt. will work with each district to propose how this money should be spent.  It will not be used for other programs except for the programs that it is intended for.

5.   New Business: 

·         Strategic Plan “Draft” – (see distributed information).  The Strategic Plan Steering Committee submitted a draft of the strategic plan based on recommendations from those who participated in the SP meetings.  The mission statement hasn’t been added as yet.  The next step would be to re-visit this at the next meeting and then discuss distribution of the plan or just send it out by the end of May.  Between June and July we can come up with a Board approval Strategic Plan.  Once it is approved, there should be a letter from the Board sent along with the distribution.  Supt. will distribute early next week a list of people to get feedback on SP draft.

6.   Old Business:

·         Tech Audit:  This is scheduled for the week after next.  The Tech Committee met with the Supt. and Principal to compile questions for the Tech audit.  This audit will be very helpful and we should have information to look at by the June meeting.

·         Parent Involvement Policy:  There haven’t been any changes.  It was also noted that it is only required to have one reading before adoption unless there are a lot of changes.

·         Facilities Update:  The emergency generator and SJA Electrical students.  We need to let them know that there is grant money for the emergency shelter, which is available but only for schools under construction.   The Senate changed wording so that schools could access this money for a Transfer switch.  It was also noted that Burleigh Huntoon is looking into estimates for this.

7.   Other Business:  1) Per Rob Billings, Barnet is going to be audited.  A motion was made by Louis Bushey, 2nd by Lori Werdenschlag to authorize Rob Billings to have the cash accounts audited. 2) Barnet School Auction we were able to raise $4K in order to upgrading the software and hardware for the Food Service Dept.  3) 3 Rivers League has scheduled games and wanted to know if the concession stand could be opened for a group that may want to raise some money.

8.   Future Agenda Items:

9.   Next School Board Meeting(s):

Next Regular Meeting:  Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. at Barnet School

 

 

9:00 p.m.         Meeting adjourns.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Kathy Zita

 

Barnet School Board Minute Recorder

 

 



 

BARNET SCHOOL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ “RE-ORGANIZATIONAL” MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 – 6:00 PM

at Barnet School

 

Board Members & Administration in Attendance:

            Shellie Samuels, Jim Schenck, Louis Bushey, Lori Werdenschlag, Supt. Martha Tucker, Princ. Kerry

Keenan and Minute Recorder Kathy Zita.  Absent: Shannon Larocque.

Public in Attendance:  Dave Warden, Nedra Willard, Becky Boardman, Elizabeth McFaul, Jean

            Denson.

 

1.       Meeting called to order by Supt. Martha Tucker at 6:15 p.m.

 

2.      Board Organization:

·         Chair – Shellie Samuels.  Nominated by Louis Bushey, 2nd by Lori Werdenschlag.  Motion PASSES unanimously.

6:20 p.m.          Into Executive Session to discuss Personnel and Student Issues.  Motion was made by                           Louis Bushey, 2nd by Jim Schenck.

6:35 p.m.          Out of Executive Session.

6:50 p.m.          Meeting resumes.

            Motion was made by Jim Schenck, 2nd by Louis Bushey to allow one of the teachers to finish out    the school year at 60% as requested.  Motion then PASSES.

      Board Organization: (Continues)

·        Vice-Chair – Lori Werdenschlag.  Nominated by Louis Bushey, 2nd by Jim Schenck.  Motion PASSES unanimously.

·         Clerk – Jim Schenck.  The Supt. explained some of the responsibilities of this position including recording the School Board minutes if Minute Recorder isn’t able to.  Jim Schenck volunteered to be Clerk. 

·         CCSU Board, Executive Committee (3) – Shannon Larocque, Louis Bushey, Shellie Samuels.  Shellie Samuels will be on the Executive Committee.

·         Authorize Chair to Sign Contracts – Motion was made by Jim Schenck, 2nd by Louis Bushey to have Shellie Samuels sign Contracts.  Motion PASSES unanimously.

·         Board Meeting Schedule, Time and Location:  2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at Barnet School.  If a Special Meeting is required, it will be the 4th Tuesday of the month unless the date and time need to be determined based on the scheduling availability of the School Board Members.  The 2008/2009 School Board Meeting dates are as follows:  2009: March 10, April 28, May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8.  2010:  Jan. 12, Feb. 9, Mar. 2 (Town Mtg.), Mar. 9 (Organizational).

·          Person Responsible for Recording Mtg. Minutes:  Kathy Zita.  If Kathy isn’t at a meeting or when it’s during Executive Session, then the Clerk of the School Board records the minutes.  Motion was made by Louis Bushey, 2nd by Jim Schenck to have Kathy Zita continue to record the Minutes for the School Board meetings.  Motion PASSES unanimously.  

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

·         Method of Posting SPECIAL MEETING:  CCSU, Barnet School, Town Clerks Office, Barnet Store (2 copies; one for each store).

·         Procedure for Handling Directors Orders:  Shellie Samuels.  This is normally done every Wed. or as necessary, after Mary Collins, the Bookkeeper is at the school.  Motion was made by Louis Bushey, 2nd by Jim Schenck to have Shellie Samuels sign Warrants/Directors Orders on Wednesdays.  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 Mtgs./Exec. Session Guidelines. Supt. went over the contents for Open Meetings and Executive Session guidelines.  3) Review of Table of Contents for Policies.  Supt. said that he didn’t have this for this meeting but will have it for a future meeting.

·         Facilities Committee Chair:  Shannon Larocque.  Motion was made by Louis Bushey, 2nd by Jim Schenck to have Shannon Larocque represent the School Board and represent the Facilities Committee. 

3.      Approval of Minutes: 2/10/09:  After reviewing the minutes, the following corrections were noted:  On page 1 under Administrative Reports; change Principles to Principal’s.  On page 2, under Other Business; change SV Solar to CV Solar.  Motion was made by Jim Schenck, 2nd by Louis Bushey to accept the Minutes as amended.  Motion PASSES. 

4.      Public InputElizabeth McFaul was in attendance to update the Board on CV Solar and to obtain authorization to write a grant.  This discussion will be brought up later in the meeting under item # 6 of the agenda. 

5.      Administrative Reports:

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

·         School Programs: 1) Art Presentation by Becky Boardman.  She mentioned that she strives to introduce students to the media and various artists; as well as the skills of the artists’ nature.   She also introduces visual arts, cultures and the importance of each.  She believes this class helps students because it requires a different part of their brain to function.  She demonstrated some of the work from each class. 2) Guidance Presentation by Jean Denson.  She started off by mentioning how fortunate she feels to be able to work with a professional staff as well as being with the children.  She explained that she spends 60%-70% of her time doing guidance related responsibilities.  She tried to talk with teachers on a regular basis about the difficulties they may face in class; as well as other matters that she tries assisting them with.  The focus this year is writing journals.  She mentioned that there is a lot of follow through with the students.  The other 40% of her time is spent working on the collaboration

·         Parent Communication:  See letter from a parent dated 3/5/09.

·         Facilities/Maintenance:  Elizabeth McFaul arranged for CV Solar to come for a slight visit on Feb. 18, 2009.

·         School Calendar:  Regarding the 2 ½ days for the PBS staff development were not in addition to the 2 ½ days for grade level meetings; but rather instead of.

·         Alert Now – This is a service that can provide communications from the school to parents and community especially when it would be helpful during snow days, early releases, etc.  The cost would be about $3.00/student or $600/day.  Action Item:  The Board decided to table this until later in the agenda.

B.   Superintendent’s report: 

·         Tech Audit – Ready to begin in Barnet around April.

·         Workshops for Senator Leigh – We will be getting money for Title I and SPED.  At this point, we still don’t know about facilities.

·         Stimulus package for homeowners:  Supt. mentioned that it will be important to be in the planning process for when the stimulus package becomes available.

6.   New Business:

      Follow-up to Town Meeting – The main concern again this year was the Hot Lunch Program deficit.  Some one asked a question as to whether there is any account of what is purchased locally.  Some of it is purchased locally; most is purchased, in bulk, from a supplier which saves on costs.  The Board received a letter from a concerned community member regarding the food program; they also mentioned that it might be helpful if the Board presented the costs, etc. surrounding the food program so that the community understands what is involved.

      CV Solar Update – Elizabeth McFaul stated that CV Solar came to look at the school site and the building.  Afterwards, they indicated that we have excellent solar exposure.  They figure the cost to be in the area of $22K and are willing to work with us on this.  The next step is to apply for a $5K Municipal Technical Assistance (MTA) Grant.  This grant would need a 100% match.  She stated that she is looking for authorization from the Board to apply for the grant and if so to obtain each Board members signature on a letter of support as well as a separate one from the Superintendent.  The Supt. stated that she isn’t sure the Board could give an answer based on this new information without consulting with members of the Facilities Committee.  E. McFaul said that she can address things with Shannon in order to get things to in order to keep things moving.  Motion was made by Jim Schenck, seconded by Louis Bushey to authorized Elizabeth McFaul to write the Clean Energy Development Fund Municipal Technical Assistance Grant and to have Shannon Larocque as the Board Representative to assist Elizabeth to get the grant process going.  Motion then PASSES.

7.   Financial:  None.

8.   Old Business:

·         2009/10 School Calendar – See distributed calendar.  Motion was made by Louis Bushey, seconded by Lori Werdenschlag to approve the 2009/2020 calendar.  Motion then PASSES.

·         Strategic Planning – Supt. stated that Winton is planning to be here on the 25th of this month.  Louis Bushey reported that the Steering Committee hasn’t gotten together since school vacation.  The Supt. is looking for a letter or email indicating whether or not the meeting for the 25th is good; or if it needs to be rescheduled, in which case someone needs to contact Winton.

·         Alert Now – Principal Keenan explained that Alert Now is a service that can provide communication from the school to parents and the community incase of emergencies or if the school needed to close early, etc.  Currently the school has a phone chain which can take nearly two hours to notify families if there is an early closing, etc.  With Alert Now it would be done within ten minutes.  The Board approves of this idea but would like to wait until next year to try it since there may not be any more snow days expected for this year.

9.   Future Agenda Items:  1) PE and Health Presentation, 2) Facilities Update, 3) Financial Update – Projected and 4) Parent Involvement Policy for approval.

10.  Next School Board Meeting(s):

 

CCSU Board Meeting: Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. at Danville School (Dinner at 5:30 p.m.)

Regular Meeting:  Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. at Barnet School.  Executive Session will be first followed by Open Meeting at 6:45 p.m.

 

8:45pm    Meeting Adjourned.

 

 

Respectfully submitted

 

 

 

Kathy Zita  `~



 

BARNET SCHOOL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 – 6:00 PM

at Barnet School

 

Board Members & Administration in AttendanceShellie Samuels, Jim Schenck, Louis Bushey, Lori Werdenschlag, Shannon Larocque, Princ. Kerry Keenan, Supt. Martha Tucker, Minute Recorder Kathy Zita. 

Public In Attendance:  Dave Warden, Katie Larney-Young, Elizabeth McFaul, Music teacher Sue Persson, Burleigh Huntoon.

 

1.       Meeting called to order by Chair Shellie Samuels at 6:08 p.m. and went immediately into Executive Session on a motion made by Louis Bushey, seconded by Jim Schenck.  6:45 p.m. Out of Executive Session.  Motion made by Jim Schenck, seconded by Shannon Larocque.  No Action was taken.

7:45 p.m.          Meeting resumes.

 

2.      Approval of Minutes – 1/13/09:  After reviewing the minutes the following corrections were noted:  On page 1, under Administrative Reports “Principles” should be “Principal’s”.  Second bullet under Principal’s report “Linda Fogg” should be “Linda Lyon”.  A Motion was made by Jim Schenck, 2nd by Louis Bushey to approve the 1/13/09 minutes as amended.  Motion PASSES.   Approval of Minutes – 1/19/09:  Motion was made by Jim Schenck, 2nd by Shannon Larocque to approve the minutes as written.  Motion then PASSES.

3.      Public Input:  None. 

4.      Administrative Reports:

A.   Principles Report: (see distributed report)

·         Update on School Program:  Princ. Keenan presented a schedule of faculty and/or student presentations so the School Board could be kept informed about curriculum related subjects.  Sue Persson was in attendance to give a presentation on the music curriculum.  She distributed a folder containing information pertaining to how she teaches students to read music from K – 8th grade.  She teaches them rhythm, music notes and starting in 5th grade she introduces Band, instrument; and jazz band.  New this year is a composer’s Club.  She is proud of the fact that the children love to sing and they are having fun.  The Board commended on the fine job that she’s doing getting the children to sing and feel confident about music and/or instruments.

·         Bidding Process – Burleigh Huntoon was in attendance to explain about the bidding process that seemed to cause some confusion at the last meeting.  He explained that if a job was over $15K, it was put out to bid.  Since then, the amount dropped to $10K that was needed to obtain 3 bids.  Murphy Electric has been our house electrician since before Burleigh came on board.  They will do minor projects because Burleigh isn’t an electrician.  It is the same for Trombly Plumbing and Heating.  The line item amount for these projects is taken from Burleigh’s budget.  Norm Stevenson and Son has been the Painting Contractor since 1999.  The work is done with no complaints just compliments.  Stevenson and son have taken very good care of the school.  Burleigh explained that buying direct with D & C Transportation is saving at least $0.30/ gallon.  Louis Bushey explained that the purpose for bringing up the bidding process wasn’t because of any negative comments but rather for equity and fairness issues.

·         Extra Parking Lane/Waiting Area – this project will be taken on by the Selectmen as a summer project.  Our cost may be for signage and the rental of a roller.  The costs will come from long term maintenance and will run from $1K - $1,800.  There was discussion about this coming out of the surplus in the budget instead.

·         Staff Development/Curriculum & Instruction – January 19th teachers attended a CCSU-wide in-service on writing. Teachers learned about the value of “talking writing structures” with students before expecting them to write well.  Teachers practiced scoring student work samples with the rubric.  Those who attended found the in-service to be helpful toward improvement of our writing instruction.

·         NECAP Scores – The results are in for our reading and math scores.  They were above state average in all grades except fifth.  Teachers will be analyzing the results and will determine what we need to do to help students not meeting the standards.

·         Don Wernecke Memory Tree – David Scott, representing the National Wild Turkey Federation is asking permission to plant a Black Walnut tree at the school in memory of Don Wernecke.  The Board thinks this is a great idea but would prefer a tree other than walnut tree.

·         2009/2010 School Calendar – There was discussion about the amount of ½ days for this calendar.  There are 3 extra ½ days.  Also, the early dismissal time changed from 1:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. to help with the schedule of the high school bus.  Supt. Tucker suggested putting the calendar down as an agenda item for further discussion at the next meeting.

·         Census Taker Training – space has been provided in the library for monthly U.S. Census Bureau “Census Taker Training” through June.  The bureau is expecting to hire 800 part-time census takers in VT.

B.   Superintendent’s Report:

·         School Goals & Action Plan – Would like to review and discuss this at the March meeting.

·         NECAP Results – proposing that Princ. Keenan share the NECAP results with the Board at the April meeting.

·         Grant for Generator – Burleigh Huntoon made a mistake with the deadline date for applying for the generator funds grant.  Therefore, it cannot be considered at this time.  We can try again at a later date.

5.   New Business: 

6.   Financial:  Preparing to present on March 3rd.

7.   Old Business:   Strategic Planning:  Louis Bushey reported that some of the teams are still compiling their goals and will be reporting back to the Steering Committee on the 17th.  We are expecting 10 minute presentations from each of the action teams.  Winton would like to come back on March 25th to review what has been done with the action and steering committees.

8.   Other Business:  1) Elizabeth McFaul has been doing some research for a planning grant.  The applications are due 2/27th.  She mentioned a few companies that would come to do a site evaluation for a small fee.  She is asking the Board if they want her to write a grant applying for the planning funds.  She would also need to know what relevant information the Board would want included.  Part of the process is getting the information gathered and application done and submitted in a timely manner.  After some discussion, a motion was made by Jim Schenck, seconded by Louis Bushey to authorize Elizabeth McFaul to spend up to $300 to have SV Solar come to do a sight visit.  Motion then PASSES.  2) Supt. Tucker reported that she will be having an outsider come and evaluate the Tech audit for Technical Services.

 9.  Future Agenda Items: (March meeting)

Future Agenda Items: (April meeting)

10.  Next School Board Meeting(s):

Next Regular Meeting:  Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. at Barnet School

 

9:00 p.m.          Into Executive Session for personnel.   A Motion was made   by Louis Bushey, 2nd by Jim Schenck.

9:15 p.m.          Out of Executive Session.  A motion was made by Jim Schenck, 2nd by Shannon Larocque.

                        No Action Taken.

9:16 p.m.          Meeting adjourns.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Kathy Zita

 

Barnet School Board Minute Recorder

 

 



 

BARNET SCHOOL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 – 6:00 PM

at Barnet School

Board Members & Administration in AttendanceShellie Samuels, Jim Schenck, Louis Bushey, Lori Werdenschlag, Shannon Larocque, Princ. Kerry Keenan, Supt. Martha Tucker, Business Mgr., Rob Billing, Minute Recorder Kathy Zita. 

Public In Attendance:  Dave Warden, Sandra Mings-Lamar, Katie Larney-Young.

 

1.       Meeting called to order by Chair Shellie Samuels at 6:10 p.m. and went immediately into Executive Session.

6:30 p.m. Out of Executive Session.  Motion made by Jim Schenck, seconded by Shannon Larocque.

Action taken:  Motion was made by Lori Werdenschlag, 2nd by Louis Bushey to approve the request to allow a student to complete the school year at Barnet and to further direct the Principal and teachers to develop a transition plan.  Motion then PASSES.

 

2.      Approval of Minutes – 12/9/08:  Motion was made by Jim Schenck, 2nd by Lori Werdenschlag to approve the 12/9/08 minutes as written.  Motion PASSES.  Approval of Minutes – 12/30/08:  Motion was made by Jim Schenck, 2nd by Shannon Larocque to approve the minutes as written.  Motion then PASSES.

3.      Public Input:  None. 

4.      Financial:  (Presented by Rob Billings)  FY10 Budget proposal V4.0

Rob presented the FY10 Budget.  He stated that the following is in this proposal:

What is not in this proposal is:

Total budget amount for FY10 = $4,266,823.00 or a 0.40% increase.

There was discussion about what to do with some of the money in the funds.  The Hot Lunch program has a deficit of $17K.  Questions as to whether we could pay for the hot lunch program or does it have to be presented to the Board.  Motion was made by Jim Schenck, 2nd by Shannon Larocque to use the unreserved fund balance of $48K to reduce the high school deficit for ’08, ’09, and ’10; $13K to LTM; $29K towards reducing tax rate.  Motion then PASSES.

Motion was made by Jim Schenck, 2nd by Shannon Larocque to approve the V.4 FY10 Budget of $4,266,823 as presented.  Motion then PASSES.

5.      Administrative Reports:

A.   Principles Report: (see distributed report)

·         Facilities/Maintenance:  Burleigh Huntoon shopped around and got fuel for $1.49/gallon.  Princ. Keenan also presented the 2009 LTM recommendations from Burleigh and the Facilities Committee which consisted of 1) yearly painting by Norm Stevenson @ $4,320; 2) tables and chairs to replace the ones in the gym @ $2,896; 3) isolation valves @ $1,320; 4) Extra Parking Lane/Waiting Area, originally @ $9,800; new cost $13,947.  Facilities Committee is recommending this at half the price.  Discussion about the Town might be able to help in which case it would cost a lot less for this.  Due to the economic times, there was discussion about whether or not to put some of these projects out to bid.

·         Personnel Update:  Burleigh returned from sick leave on Monday, 12/22/08.  Linda Curtis is now Linda Fogg.

 

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·         Budget:  The Principal and Supt. will be meeting on Friday to finalize budget cuts that meet the final budget approved at the Dec. 30th meeting.

·         School Climate Survey:  The Principal will be addressing with parents the school’s food service.    He will also include a more detailed overview of our efforts toward improvement in the Principal’s letter in the Town Report.

B.   Superintendent’s Report:

·         Vermont Emergency Management is accepting Grant Applications for generators.

·         Energy Update – met with Elizabeth McFaul who is not able to make it to this meeting.  She would like to move forward as planned.  And she will continue to attend meetings to report progress.

6.   New Business:  Dissection Policy.  Motion was made by Louis Bushey, seconded by Lori Werdenschlag to accept this policy as written.  Motion then PASSES.  Supt. and Principal are still working on the procedures for this policy.

7.   Old Business:   Strategic Planning:  Katie Young presented how well the meeting went and how the team broke up into groups.  If felt like the meeting went very well.  The next meeting will be Feb. 17th at 6:00 p.m.  The Action Team will report on the meeting after that date.

8.   Other Business:  1) Technology Audit for Danville and Barnet – once budgets are passed, the Supt. will call necessary persons to get this going.  2) Driveway – This will be discussed at the next meeting.  3) Bidding for internal/external work – discussion surrounding requirements for sending jobs out to bid on jobs $2,500+.  The Supt. suggested having Burleigh Huntoon come to a meeting to discuss this further.  Supt. asked about how the FC worked and what role it played.  There was detailed discussion surrounding the bidding.  It was suggested that anything under $5K doesn’t need to go out to bid.  The Board should communicate to Burleigh Huntoon that it should be kept in mind that there are others that use the facility.

 

9.   Next School Board Meeting(s):

Next Regular Meeting:  Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. at Barnet School

Monday, January 19, 2009 – Budget Committee meeting.

 

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Kathy Zita

 

Barnet School Board Minute Recorder