July 17, 2019

HSB Meeting Minutes April 8, 2015

DATE: 04-16-2015

Hartford School Board Directors Meeting

April 8, 2015

7:00 PM The Getaway


Board Members present: Administration present:

Kevin Christie Tom DeBalsi

Paula Nulty

Paul Keane

Peter Merrill

Lori Dickerson

Student members present:
Madelyn Koff
Luke LaFountaine

Mr. DeBalsi called the meeting to order at 7:08 PM.

Reorganization of the Board-Paul Keane nominates Lori Dickerson for Chair of the Board. Peter Merrill nominates Kevin Christie for the Board Chair. Discussion: voice or paper vote (Peter & Paula prefer voice votes), Lori & Kevin make statements.

Verbal vote follows the discussion Lori Dickerson for Board Chair, 3 yes 2 no

Lori Dickerson is named the new HSB Board Chair.

Lori Dickerson nominates Paula Nulty for Board Clerk. Peter Merrill asks Kevin Christie if he is interested in position. Mr. Christie declines. No discussion.

Verbal vote 5 yes 0 no. Paula Nulty is named the HSB Board Clerk.

Approval of Agenda-

Peter Merrill requests negotiation discussion be held in Public Session. No discussion. Mr. Merrill moves to accept the agenda as presented. Kevin Christie seconds. Verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.

Public Comments-

Tim Fariel, Hartford makes a statement regarding the Valley News piece written by Paul Keane. Mr. Keane requests to speak for 30 seconds and Chair, Ms. Dickerson grants his request.

Peter Merrill gives an update on support staff negotiation. He reports at this time there is no agreement.

German Exchange Program Presentation- Thatcher Hinman, HHS along with James Young, Brianna Gilam, and Alex Cooper (students) present a slide show representing one of the several exchange trips that occur every two years.

Assistant Superintendent Search and Nomination-

Mr. DeBalsi explains the process of the search and introduces Noel Bryant, his nomination for Assistant Superintendent.. Elizabeth Rathburn, Hartford parent speaks to the nomination of Ms. Bryant. Peter Merrill moves to accept the nomination of Noel Bryant. Kevin Christie seconds. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion. Ms. Bryant speaks to the Board.

Peter Merrill asks the Board for a vote of thanks to Cathy Newton who filled the temporary position for the 2014-15 school year. (The Board/audience gave Ms. Newton a standing ovation!)

Policy Review-Peter Merrill reviews with the Board members why they have policies and Board duties. Discussion: Policy Governance review, Board policies for cohesiveness, speaking in public, and one on one discussions. Kevin Christie moves to return to the process of evaluating our policies. Peter Merrill seconds. Verbal vote 4 yes 1 no (Mr. Keane) passes the motion. Mr. Merrill will present the first policies (3) at the next Board meeting.

Facilities/Project updates-

Mr. DeBalsi gives an overview of the White River School project(s) and the fitness center update. Mr. DeBalsi announces the pool will need to be closed this summer due to safety concerns during construction. He is working with the Town Selectboard to find alternatives for this summer.

Paul Keane moves to rename the facility the Fitness Center. Kevin Christie seconds. A verbal vote 4 yes 1 abstain (Paula Nulty) passes the motion.

Consent Agenda

  • Minutes of March 25, 2025

  • Resignations/Nominations

Appointment-Alexis Nelson for one year


Lindsey Patterson

Fritz Weiss

Ben Gardner

Brittany Preston

Amy Shelford

Peter Merrill moves to accept and give thanks to staff for their service. Kevin Christie seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion. 5 yes 0 no

Future Board Agendas- Policy schedule

8:57 PM Kevin Christie moves to adjourn. Peter Merrill seconds with a unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.

 Respectfully Submitted

Carol Bagley 4/16/15