July 20, 2019

Meeting Minutes June 11, 2014

DATE: 07-03-2014

Hartford School District Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

June 11, 2014

7:00 PM The Getaway

Board Members present: Administration present:

Kevin Christie Tom DeBalsi

Lori Dickerson Julia Haynes

Eric Michaels

Paul Keane

7:05 PM Kevin Christie called the meeting to order

Approval of Agenda- Peter Merrill moves to accept as written. Paul Keane asks that the Efficiency Assessment from the Agency of Education be added to a future agenda. Eric Michaels seconds the motion. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.

Public Comment- None

Annual Action Plan Presentations

  • Dothan Brook School- Rick Dustin Eichler presents with Linda Gilbert, Math Team Leader for Hartford School District.

  • White River School- Sheila Powers presents

  • Ottauquechee School- Michael Amos Kornfeld presents with Jennifer Lund and Kaleigh Soule

Lori Dickerson moves to accept the Annual Action Plans for DBS, WRS, OQS as presented. Peter Merrill seconds. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.

8:38-8:43 Board takes a 5 minute break

Recreation Bond Survey Results- Mr. DeBalsi reports on the 183 responses from survey monkey.

Peter Merrill makes a motion to authorize the Superintendent to use the remaining $1.5 million to build the field house and go back to the voters in March or before to ask if they would go ahead with the track and field. There is no second.

Eric Michaels makes a motion to scale down the field house to half ($750,000.00) and use $750,000.00 for track and field. Then ask the voters for another bond for the remaining money needed. Paul Keane seconds the motion.

Discussion points

  • if the field house is scaled back, would it accommodate all our needs?

  • do we need more data to regroup and go back to voters?

  • timeline for project

  • track is community minded for all to use for healthy living & revenue source

  • field house plans/durability/no frills/industrial/pump house/

  • educational vs athletic value

  • accolades for this years track team/record breakers/equipment storage

  • fundraising/grant writing

At 9:44 PM, Peter Merrill moves the question. Mrs. Bagley read the motion. A verbal vote 1 yes (PK) 4 no (LD,PM,EM,KC). Motion denied

Discussion point-

  • could reconciliation of books at end of year help with funds?

  • could bus contract add funds to this project

  • Board is reminded by Mr. DeBalsi the budget is tight, with no extras such as bus compensation (8 year contract)

Paul Keane makes a motion to split the $1.5 million 3 ways giving $500,000.00 to each project. There is no second. Motion denied.

Paul Keane makes a motion to get an estimate for a modified field house costing $750,000.00 and a field house costing $1,000,000.00. Eric Michaels seconds the motion.

Discussion points-

  • what will be the charge for the estimates? would it be pro bono?

  • will the project be completed while current Board is seated? what happens if not?

  • timing of the project is very important, construction costs going up

  • existing locker rooms can not stay as they are

10:18 PM Eric Michaels calls the question. Mrs. Bagley reads the motion.

Verbal vote 3 yes (LD, EM, PK) 2 no (KC,PM) passes the motion.

Kevin Christie instructs Mr. DeBalsi to have an update and information for the June 25, 2014 Board Meeting. Mr. Christie would also like Sheila Hastings and Mr. DeBalsi to update the Board as to how many grants have been written by then and if there is any news pertaining to grants.

White River School Renovation- Mr. DeBalsi recommends to the Board the architectural drawings need to be started. He recommends hiring David Laurin to do the project. Peter Merrill makes a motion to adopt the recommendation of the Superintendent regarding the White River School renovation project. Lori Dickerson seconds the motion. Point of clarification- using David Laurin as architecture on the WRS project. A verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.

Consent Agenda-

  • Minutes of May 28, 2014


  • Kasey Murphy

  • Brittany Lechner

  • Charles Harcourt

  • John Barrett

  • Amy Willey


  • Caitlin Flanigin

  • Chris Putnam

  • Colin McLaughlin

Peter Merrill motions to accept the Consent Agenda as presented with thanks for those who served. Eric Michaels seconds. A verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.

Incidental Information

Draft School Board Meeting Schedule 2014-15- Mr. DeBalsi presents the second draft that includes a draft work plan for policies.

End of Year Ceremonies-Mr. DeBalsi reminds the Board of the dates of HMMS and HHS graduations. The duties of each Board member is decided. Discussion of how to thank Tanner Wilson (Student Rep to the Board). The Board will present Tanner a certificate of appreciation. Also discussed for the future is a scholarship for the Board Representative.

Kevin Christie reports Superintendent’s evaluation will be in Executive Session during the June 25th Board meeting.

10:48 PM Peter Merrill makes a motion to adjourn. Lori Dickerson seconds the motion. A unanimous 5 yes 0 no verbal vote passes the motion.

Respectfully Submitted,

Carol Bagley