July 18, 2019

Meeting Minutes for the HSB Annual Floor Meeting March 26, 2016

DATE: 03-27-2016

Hartford Board of School Directors
School Board Meeting Agenda
March 26, 2016 @ 10:00 AM
Hartford High School Hanley Gym

Board Members Present: Lori Dickerson, Peter Merrill, Nancy Russell, Paula Nulty

Administration Present: Tom DeBalsi

1.  Call to Order: Roger Bloomfield calls the annual floor meeting to order at 10:04 am.

2. Recognition of Service for Michael Kainen

  • Lori Dickerson and Dick Grassi speak to Michael Kainen’s professionalism and commitment to the town of Hartford while serving as the moderator for nine years. They extend their thanks to Michael Kainen and are grateful for his service. He has chosen not to seek reelection. Therefore, they would like the resolution to be recorded that Michael Kainin has made a difference with his service, and gift him with a plaque and gavel.

10: 11 am  Mr. Flinn moves to recess the Town School District Meeting during the Selectboard Presentation. Peter Merrill seconds. A verbal votes passes the motion.

11:05 am  Roger Bloomfield calls the school board meeting to order.

2.  Accept School Annual Report

  • Peter Merrill moves to accept the school annual report. Nancy Russell seconds. A verbal vote passes the motion.

  • Brief School Presentations - DBS, HHS Awards

    • Lori Dickerson introduces Rick Dustin-Eichler, DBS high school principal, to make a presentation. Rick Dustin-Eichler thanks the board for the invitation and is going to highlight three events that have happened over the past year. He also encourages the community to check out the school website and Facebook page to see the amazing things that are happening daily.

    • Rick Dustin-Eichler shares two clips from WCAX. The first clip focuses on a program that has been going on for 3 years where 5th graders interview individuals to learn why they vote and participate in the democratic process. They normally just visit the polls; however, this year, the 5th graders visited Montpelier to ask lawmakers why they vote and feel it is important to participate in government. The students also had a chance to talk to the Governor Shumlin. The second clip focuses on DBS being named a model school for their counseling program by the American Association of School Counselors. DBS is only the second school in Vermont to have received this recognition.  Also, Rebecca Lallier was named Vermont state counselor of the year. She has a huge impact on the lives of students and the award is well-deserved for her work at DBS and work on behalf of school counselors in the country.

    • Lori Dickerson thanks Rick Dustin-Eichler. She then introduces James Dixon, HHS English teacher and speech/debate team coach. James Dixon explains that the team participates in competitions throughout Vermont and in Hanover and that the debate team has been very successful. Both speech and debate help students develop integral skills that are necessary for college and career success. This year, the team won the Vermont speech state tournament. He would like to recognize all of the members of the speech team for their willingness to try something new and for their success. HHS junior Lucy Danger won first place with a speech revolving around the representation of minorities in the media, which is one part of her work to eradicate discrimination in her community. Lucy Danger presents her speech.

    • Lori Dickerson thanks James Dixon and Lucy Danger. Peter Merrill reads off other state and national accomplishments made by faculty/staff and students on the state or national level.


3.  Accept Meeting Minutes from Annual Floor Meeting 3-29-2015

  • Peter Merrill moves to accept the minutes. Nancy Russell seconds. A verbal votes passes the motion.


4.  Set Salaries for School Board Members per Meeting, Chair per Annum, Clerk per Annum

  • Peter Merrill moves that all school board members earn $50 per meeting, the chair earns $150 per annum with the clerk earning $75 per annum. Lori Dickerson seconds. A verbal vote passes the motion.

  • In response to Mr. Collins’ question, Peter Merrill clarifies that the rates proposed are the current rates.


5.  Resolutions

  • Peter Merrill reads the resolution for Russell North for his service on the school board. He served with competence, honesty, and sensitivity. Peter Merrill points out that Russell North is a single parent and that he took the time to help the school/community. He moves for a vote of appreciation for time of service and for the resolution to be entered into the records. Nancy Russell seconds. A verbal vote passes the motion.

  • Mr. Collins moves that Paul Keane’s service on the school board and his contribution to the town of Hartford be acknowledged. The motion is seconded. A verbal vote passes the motion.

6.  Adjournment

11:38 am Peter Merrill moves to adjourn the school district meeting. Lori Dickerson seconds. A verbal vote passes the motion.

Draft Respectfully Submitted 3/27/16

Hannah Prescott