July 19, 2019

HSB Meeting Minutes May 26, 2015

DATE: 06-01-2015

Hartford School Board Directors Meeting

May 26, 2015

7:00 PM The Getaway


Board Members present: Administration present:

Kevin Christie Tom DeBalsi

Lori Dickerson

Paul Keane

Peter Merrill

Paula Nulty

Student Representative Present:

Madelyn Koff

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

Approval of Agenda-Peter Merrill moves to adopt the Agenda as presented. Kevin Christie seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion 5 yes 0 no.

Public Comments-None


  • HMMS Action Plan- John Grant, Heather Cleveland, staff and parents present the Middle School two year plan. Discussion: extracurricular activities, multi tier support system, advisory period, and data to support the Action Plan

  • HHS Action Plan- Joe Collea, Nelson Fogg and Scott Farnsworth present the High School’s Plan. The Plan included discussion of the Advisory period, H Block, Naviance, and PLP.

Kevin Christie moves to accept the HMMS & HHS Action Plans as presented. Paul Keane seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion 5 yes 0 no.

HHS Library/Media Center changes- Nelson Fogg presents a 3D representation of a media center developed by Mr. Hathorn’s class. Mr. DeBalsi reports on the 3 year plan for the changes. Paul Keane moves to create a media center while maintaining the library books. Kevin Christie seconds. Discussion: Librarian position/staffing

A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.

Consent Agenda-

  • Minutes May 13th meeting-no changes

  • Authorization for Tom DeBalsi to sign at the closing of the Building Trades House on June 15, 2015

  • Appointments/Resignations:


Michael Landeau-English HHS

Kara Ciambra-English HHS


Hope Krause-OQS

Sandra Moon-Music DBS

Scott Farnsworth-Guidance HHS

Peter Merrill moves to accept the Consent Agenda as presented, with best wishes to those leaving and welcome to those coming in to the District. Paul Keane asks to amend the motion to thank Scott Farnsworth for all he’s done in the community & District. Mr. Merrill accepts the amendment, Kevin Christie seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion 5 yes 0 no.

Future Agenda Items-Mr. Merrill reports the Harassment Policy will be on the Policy Sub Committee Agenda in September. Discussion of time frame and revisiting the entire policy. 9:32 PM Ms. Dickerson moves the meeting.

June 1, 2015: After reading the draft minutes Mr. Keane emails the following:

Re the harassment policy please add this sentence:

"Paul Keane objects to Mr. Merrill ' s notice of a delay in adding LGBTQ inclusive language to the harassment policy  until after students have returned to school in August a delay Mr. Keane contends  perpetuates  an unwelcoming  and perhaps thereby an unsafe  environment for those students."

Please be sure not to change my words without my permission.

This was the whole point of my call for the policy to be revised months  ago and I repeated it after Mr. Merrill spoke.


Peter Merrill moves to go into Executive Session for the purpose of SOS evaluation. Paula Nulty seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion. 9:33 PM Peter Merrill moves to enter ES. Paula Nulty seconds. A 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.

10:05 PM the Board comes out of Executive Session No action taken. 10:07 PM Paul Keane moves to adjourn. Lori Dickerson seconds. A unanimous verbal vote 5 yes 0 no passes the motion.

 Respectfully Submitted

Carol Bagley 6/1/15