July 18, 2019

HSB Meeting Minutes April 22, 2015

DATE: 04-28-2015

Hartford School Board Directors Meeting

April 22, 2015

7:00 PM The Getaway


Board Members present: Administration present:

Kevin Christie Tom DeBalsi

Lori Dickerson Cathy Newton

Paul Keane

Peter Merrill

Paula Nulty

Lori Dickerson called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

Approval of Agenda-Peter Merrill moves to adopt the Agenda as presented. Discussion: clarification of Policy Review. Paula Nulty seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion 5 yes 0 no.

Public Comment-

Rebecca White-liaison from Selectboard to School Board

Paul Keane- Presents gavel with instructions to Lori Dickerson

Policy Review- Mr. DeBalsi and Cathy Newton present the Hartford School District Ends Policies. Discussion: electronic portfolios

Paul Keanes moves to amend the policy to add, “Students will master the skills of reading and writing cursive and will develop a personal legal signature.” Discussion: Cathy Newton speaks to the inappropriateness of having such a specific curriculum. Madelyn Koff, student representative speaks to the 7th grade project on cursive writing. At 7:39 PM Lori Dickerson moves the discussion. The motion has no second.

Community Forum- Lori Dickerson speaks to the unhappiness of the stakeholders of Hartford. Discussion: where to meet, (public events, different schools, new municipal building), targeting questions, items to discuss.

Peter Merrill moves to create a community forum to discuss area consolidation bringing forth public information for incentives available from the State. Kevin Christie seconds. Discussion: district specific, VSBA assistance. Paul Keane moves to amend the motion to be district specific. Discussion: VSBA help with District/Regional information. Mr. Keane withdraws his motion to amend. A verbal vote 4 yes 1 no (Mr. Keane) passes the motion.

Board Committee Assignments- Mr. DeBalsi

  • HACTC RAB- Paula Nulty

  • Teacher Negotiations- Kevin Christie, Lori Dickerson

  • Support Staff Negotiations- Peter Merrill

  • Signing Manifests- Kevin Christie

  • Policy Sub Committee- Peter Merrill

Consent Agenda

  • Minutes of April 8, 2015, Peter Merrill has one correction (Mr. Merrill “asks” Mr. Christie if he would consider Board Clerk position)

  • Appointment- William Goldsworthy, STEM HACTC

  • Resignation- Erica Rogstad, SPED OQS

Peter Merrill moves to accept the Consent Agenda as amended with thanks to those leaving the District. Paula Nulty seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion 5 yes 0 no.


Instruction in Cursive Handwriting and Multiplication Tables- Cathy Newton speaks to the curriculum that of fluent math facts and rapid recall of facts. Cursive handwriting is taught at 3rd and 4th grade levels in the District. 8:32 PM Lori Dickerson moves the discussion along.

Board Calendar-Mr. DeBalsi shows the  Board how to access their District Google Calendar. The Board will consider an August Retreat and a break in meetings in July

Discussion of future Agenda Items-

  • Rebecca White will report next meeting of pool options for town children this summer

  • Paula Nulty asks if reports of class size, teacher retirements could be discussed (due to continued negotiations, this is not possible at this time per Mr DeBalsi)

At 8:45 PM Peter Merrill moves to go into Executive Session. Lori Dickerson reports Superintendent Evaluation will be added to the ES Agenda. Paul Keane seconds. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.

8:47 PM Paul Keane moves to enter Executive Session for Superintendent Evaluation and Negotiations. Kevin Christie seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion 5 yes 0 no.
9:46 Board left Executive Session with no action taken. 9:47 PM Peter Merrill moves to adjourn. Paula Nulty seconds. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.

Respectfully Submitted  Minutes 4/28/15

Carol Bagley