July 17, 2019

HSB Meeting Minutes October 14, 2015

DATE: 10-15-2015

Hartford Board of School Directors
School Board Meeting Agenda
October 14, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
 HACTC/HHS Getaway Dining Room

Board Members Present: Lori Dickerson, Paul Keane, Kevin Christie, Paula Nulty  

Administrators Present: Tom DeBalsi, Noel Bryant, Jim Vezina

Absent: Peter Merrill 

1.  Call to Order: Lori Dickerson calls the meeting to order at 7:02 PM.

2.  Approval of Agenda: Lori Dickerson request to move consent agenda right after approval of agenda. Kevin Christie move to accept the agenda changes as changed. Paul Keane seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (4 yes, 0  no).

3.  Public Comments: None

4.   Items Requiring Board Discussion and Possible Action**

  • Budget Draft 2

    • Jim Vezina reports that there has been a decrease in the number of tuition students and believes the decrease may continue. Tom DeBalsi reports that the percentage of tuition students has remained about the same, but the overall numbers are lower due to the decrease in student population. (Kevin Christie points the board to information on the VSBA website around student numbers.) Jim Vezina reports that marketing and attraction of students is important, and Lori Dickerson mentions retention also.

    • Jim Vezina reports that the revenue page was changed from the last draft with the attempt to not double count students. Also, there are 317 students on IEPs in the HSD. Tom DeBalsi informs the board that 57-58% of the money spent on providing services is reimbursed and if more than $50,000 is spent on one student in a year, 90% of that cost is reimbursed by the state. Kevin Christie points out that the community does not absorb that cost. Jim Vezina praises the special education programs in the HSD for their work successfully helping students transition.

    • Jim Vezina reports that the money has to be raised to compensate for the lower number of tuition students. The current plan is to hold on other technology/equipment upgrades and remove $100,000 from facility repair projects.

    • Jim Vezina discusses the allocation of general fund expenses and that the Hartford taxpayer does not pay for non-Hartford students’ expenses when they are attending a HSD school.

  • 2015-16 Calendar Draft 1

    • Tom DeBalsi reports that with the current draft the school year would start on August 20 and end June 8, with a Friday high school graduation. There is a teacher inservice on 10/7 as requested by the state.

  • Clarification School Personnel and the Budget 16 VSA 563(23)

    • Lori Dickerson speaks to correspondence from taxpayers who were upset around the usage of school resources to promote political issues. Kevin Christie agrees that is it the board’s responsibility to disseminate information. He moves that the board empowers Tom DeBalsi to clarify to administrators that school resources and students as couriers should not be used for political reasons. Paula Nulty seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion ( 4 yes,  0  no).


  • Policy Request - No Children Handcuffed

    • Paul Keane speaks to the question of whether an eight year-old or fourteen year-old student could be handcuffed in the Hartford school system. Kevin Christie believes that the system set up by Tom DeBalsi and Chief Kasten is going well, building trust, and that it important to keep working together to solve issues such as this. Lori Dickerson moves to table the issue until Tom DeBalsi has a chance to talk with Chief Kasten about what situations would warrant a student being handcuffed on a school campus.

  • Subcommittee/Liaison Reports:

    • Policy, Negotiations, Consolidation, HCC, Select Board, HACTC –RAB

    • Policy Committee:

      • Tom DeBalsi reports that they are working on a new hazing, harassment, and bullying policy.

    • Negotiations:

      • Lori Dickerson reports that there has been no movement in the negotiations with either the support staff or the teachers. They are at the beginning of the fact finding process with the teachers.

    • Consolidation:

      • Kevin Christie reports that at the first formal meeting they discussed how to explain to community the potential benefits and problems with consolidation for Hartford. They are working on a fact sheet for the HCC meeting and will talk with neighbors to open dialogue, which will be helpful to students in the long run.

    • HCC :

      • Lori Dickerson reports that the quarterly meeting is on 10/26 at 6:30 PM at the VA. Chief Kasten will also be speaking.

    • HACTC-RAB:

      • Paula Nulty reports on a presentation around recruiting home-schooled students to HSD and the positive response to the former home-schooled students now attending HHS. Lori Dickerson, Tom DeBalsi, and Paula Nulty praise the Tech Center’s programs and willingness for district outreach.

  • Minutes - Regular Meeting 9-23-2015

    • Paula Nulty requests to clarify the process of correspondence with a board member. In keeping with last meeting’s decision, if an email is sent to one board member, that board member should CC the clerk in their response. Paul Keane adds if the message is sent to three or more board members, the clerk should acknowledge the reception of the email and the issue should be discussed during a board meeting as to not violate the open meeting rules.

  • Accept Resignations and Appointments: None


5.  Incidental Information

  • Discussion of Future Items for Board Consideration

    • Kevin Christie would like to talk about whether is it permissible for administration to move forward on grants without bringing it to board first since they may lose  the window of opportunity.  

    • Tom DeBalsi would like to discuss where the agenda should be posted.

6.  Adjournment: 9:00 PM

Paula Nulty moves to adjourn. Kevin Christie seconds. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion ( 4 yes,  0  no).

Draft Respectfully Submitted

Hannah Prescott