July 18, 2019

HSB Meeting Minutes May 13, 2015

DATE: 05-19-2015

Hartford School Board Directors Meeting

May 13, 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

Student Reps:

Madelyn Koff

Luke LaFountaine

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

Peter Merrill moves to accept the Agenda as presented. Lori Dickerson amends the Agenda to add an Executive Session for SOS evaluation. Paul Keane seconds the motion with amendment. A unanimous verbal vote 3 yes 0 no passes the motion (LD, PK, PM present at time of the vote)

Rebecca White, Board liaison, offers the two new meeting rooms in the Municipal Building for the Board’s use. The larger room of the two could seat 45-60 people, while the smaller could accommodate 20-30 people.

Regional Resource staff: Mary Bouchard, Kim Carroll, Rick Clavelle, Kit Farnsworth, and Jen Kravitz present an overview of the collaborative program. The Board then tours the Resource Center with time for a question and answer period. At that time, David Laurin, architect, answers some questions of logistics and planning. Mr. DeBalsi is working with staff on updates greatly needed for the dated staff and student areas. Many original (1977) areas still remain untouched and are not in compliance with state/federal regulations such as ventilation. Handicap accessibility is also an issue in the present space.

Peter Merrill would like to request financial numbers on the savings associated with mainstreaming our students into society.

Facility Projects Update(s)- David Laurin reports on White River School and the Fitness Center. All projects are on budget at this time.

Road to WABA- Mr. DeBalsi explains the plans/drawings by David Laurin. Hunter Reisberg, Tad, and Richard are present from the Town SelectBoard. The selectmen propose the cost of the paving, parking, area be shared. The cost of the proposed project is $120,000.00. Discussion of the project cost, alternative materials, timeline, and expenses.

Paul Keane moves to direct Superintendent to find $55,000.00 by June 1st or find a lower amount of money to work with the town on this project. Peter Merrill moves to amend the motion, to say: after the books are closed (end of July) charge the Superintendent to see what funds may be available and to let the Board know of any competing needs for money.

Verbal vote on the amendment: 4 yes, 1 (PK) no. The amendment passes. Verbal vote on the now amended motion passes with 4 yes 1 no .

Sherman Manning Pool Update- Hunter and Tad report on the Aquatic Center bussing and costs. This will be swim lessons only 10:00 - 1:00. The town is discussing open swim times/costs with Lebanon.

Board Meeting date change to May 26th due to negotiations meeting.

Summer Meeting Schedule for the Board:

May 26, 2015

June 10, 2015 Block Party, Meeting at 7:00 PM

June 24, 2015

July 22, 2015 4:00 PM Facilities tour-Kevin Christie will drive a school van/small bus(Board members) to all HSD facilities

August 12, 2015 Board Retreat Superintendent’s Building, 5:00 PM

Lori Dickerson will be the HCC (Hartford Coalition) liaison for the meetings which are on first Wednesday of every month from 4:00-6:00 PM

Consent Agenda-

  • Meeting minutes April 22, 2015

  • Meeting minutes March 28, 2015, please adjust member elect :


  • Carl Hubbell-SPED HMMS

  • Shawn Cassidy-Collision Repair & Refinishing

  • Diane Brzozowski-Science HHS

  • Cathy Newton-Principal OQS


  • Eliza Minnucci-Kindergarten OQS

  • Melanie McGovern-SPED HMMS

  • Lauren Fisher-Guidance OQS

  • Amy Wheeler-Guidance DBS

  • Anne Weber 504 Case Manager HHS

  • Kara McKeever-6th Grade HMMS

  • Jennifer Applebee-SPED OQS

Letters not returned- Amy Willey SPED HARP

Peter Merrill moves to accept the consent agenda with amendment, with thanks for those leaving the District and welcome to those coming in. Paul Keane seconds. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.

Future Agenda Items-

  • Mr. Keane would like transforming the library to a media center added to the next agenda

  • Madelyn Koff would like to see the Agenda posted on the list serve-TD will do it

Peter Merrill moves to go into Executive Session for the purpose of Superintendent evaluation. Paula Nulty seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion 5 yes 0 no

Peter Merrill moves to enter ES Paul Keane seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes 5 yes 0 no.

 Minutes respectfully submitted,

Carol Bagley 5/19/15 2:30 PM