July 18, 2019

Meeting Minutes August 28, 2013

DATE: 01-13-2014

Hartford Board Meeting Minutes-Hartford Board of School Directors

August 28, 2013 @ 7:00 PM

SOS Board Room

Board members present:     Administrators Present:

Jeff Arnold                                        Tom DeBalsi

Peter Merrill                                     Julia Haynes                        

Kevin Christie                                 

Lori Dickerson

Eric Michaels


Call to order 7:07 PM Kevin Christie

Approval of Agenda: An Executive Session is added to discuss an Auditor’s concern and a real estate issue. Peter Merrill motions to approve the agenda as amended. Eric Michaels seconds the motion. A verbal unanimous vote passes the motion.

Public Comment relative to items not on the proposed agenda- Jeff Arnold announces the passing of Phil Bouthilier in this thoughtful speech: “Two weeks ago, on August 7, 2013, we lost Phil Bouthilier who I first met when I joined the School Board in 2009. Phil taught Chemistry at Hartford High for 42 years which must be a teaching record. He also pioneered Hartford's hockey program. I remember him telling me about Hartford's first hockey rink which was set up where the tennis courts are now and it was open air. He was always gracious and ready to serve. He had a mischievous glint in his eye and in retirement, he was still volunteering to run lab experiments for Mrs. Archembeault's science class while wearing his zany costumes, much like his wife would do when she entertained the kids at Dothan Brook School during her time as their executive secretary. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him!  And, it must be mentioned that it was Phil who created the Hurricane emblem that is our school's athletic symbol that we emblazon on all our teams to keep them strong. Thank you Phil. We expect to see you looking down on us from the new ceiling of the renovated hockey rink.”

Items Requiring Board Action

  • Superintendent Beginning of Year Update- Mr. DeBalsi gives quick updates on: food service, HMMS construction, new phone system, technology, elementary schools (carpeting), and the overall starting of the year. Mr. DeBalsi also spoke of the District opening celebration. Sue Thomas was guest speaker. There was some discussion of tuition student additions and total numbers of students in the District. Peter Merrill asks Administration to speak to the tragic untimely death of a HHS senior this summer. Julia Haynes spoke of Scott Farnsworth’s MAC meetings and the Upper Valley’s involvement. The next MAC meeting is 9/11/13. Mr. DeBalsi will ask Scott Farnsworth to attend a future Board Meeting to give an update.
  • Board and Superintendent Priorities for 2013-14- Data used from the 7/10/13 Board Retreat was categorized and is being used as an exercise to prioritize the issues. The exercise resulted in the following votes for prioritization
    • Academic Rigor
    • Calendar
    • Technology
    • Innovation
    • Student Well Being
    • Facilities

Consent Agenda:

Nominations/Resignations: None

Minutes of August 13, 2013- Peter Merrill moves to accept as presented. Lori Dickerson seconds. A unanimous verbal (4-0, 1 abstention) vote passes the motion.

Incidental Information:

Board Use of Technology- Mr. DeBalsi asks the Board for any questions or concerns using the Chrome Books. Discussion included folder utilization, placement of Google docs, and the ease of use.

Executive Session- 8:55 PM Lori Dickerson moves to go into ES for real estate and auditor issues. Eric Michaels seconds the motion and a verbal unanimous vote passes the motion.

Adjournment- 9:23 PM Out of ES. Peter Merrill moves for adjournment, Lori Dickerson seconds and a unanimous verbal vote passes the motion.


Respectfully Submitted,

Carol Bagley