July 20, 2019

HSB Meeting MInutes from June 22, 2016

DATE: 07-20-2016

Hartford Board of School Directors

School Board Meeting Agenda

June 22, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

**** Hartford Town Hall ****



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


Administration Present:  Tom DeBalsi and Noel Bryant 


1. Lori Dickerson called the meeting to order at 5:00 PM.


2. The first order of business was approval of the consent agenda. A review of minutes from the June 8, 2016 meeting occurred.

There were no appointments or resignations.


Ms. Russell made the motion to accept the consent agenda.  Mr. Christie seconded.  The motion carried.


3. Ms. Dickerson asked if there were any changes to the agenda. Mr. DeBalsi requested a very brief executive session for a real estate contract issue.  It was decided to do it before the board training.  Ms. Russell moved to accept the agenda as amended.  Mr. Christie seconded.  The motion carried.


4. There were no public comments.


5. Ms. Dickerson talked to the rest of the board about drafting a letter to the HEA which would include suggestions for getting the process as soon as possible.  Ms. Dickerson asked Mr. DeBalsi to contact the lawyer so that he could be present.  Discussion followed among the board supporting this suggestion.  Mr. DeBalsi asked if the board would like him to draft a letter.  The board would like to see 2 meetings per month beginning in August and agree upon dates for meeting.  Mr. Christie made a motion to send out letters via the Supt. to the respective unions of the Board’s intent to begin meetings in August. Ms. Russell seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously.


Policy Reading 2:  Sportsmanship


Sheila Powers (principal at White River School and member of the Policy Committee) was present to answer any questions.  A discussion about the policy followed about the focus of the policy.  The committee purposely focused on the sportsmanship aspect of athletics.  Sheila told the board that the committee spent many hours looking at other policies and crafting the language.  They felt it was a teaching opportunity to be able to address sportsmanship.  Ms. Nulty expressed concern that the policy did not include all aspects of athletics (e.g., the opportunity to exercise, participate in competitions, etc.) and that in this policy, athletics were defined by sportsmanship.  She suggested inserting:  “the primary educational purpose of which is the development of good sportsmanship” in the second sentence.  Ms. Nulty made the motion that the policy be accepted with the above change.  Mr. Merrill seconded.  The motion was unanimous. 


6. Ms. Russell moved to have an executive session. Mr. Christie seconded.


Mr. Merrill moved to go into executive session.  Ms. Nulty seconded.  The Board moved into executive session.


The Board came out of Executive Session at 5:45, no action was taken.


7. Mr. Merrill made a motion to adjourn the regular meeting for Board training.  Ms. Nulty seconded.  It was a unanimous.  The board adjourned at 5:48 and after a brief recess will participate in training on policy governance.


Respectfully submitted,


Noel Bryant