July 19, 2019

HSB Meeting Minutes from April 26, 2017

DATE: 04-29-2017

Hartford Board of School Directors

School Board Meeting Agenda

April 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

Hartford Town Hall

Board members present: Kevin Christie, Peter Merrill, Michelle Boleski

Administrators present: Tom DeBalsi, Noel Bryant

1.   Call to Order: Kevin Christie calls the meeting to order at 7:01 pm.


2.   Public Comments:

  • The Vermont NEA is against health care insurance being negotiated through the state instead of locally.

3.   Changes, Additions and Approval of Agenda:

  • Peter Merrill moves to approve the agenda as amended. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (3 yes, 0 no).

4. Consent Agenda:

  •  Minutes

    • Regular Meeting 4-12-2017

    • Corrected Minutes from the Annual Meeting

  • Resignations and Appointments

    • The appointment is Sabrina Brown.

  • Peter Merrill moves to approve the consent agenda. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (3 yes, 0 no).

5.   Items Requiring Board Discussion and Possible Action:

  • Policy EL 9.4 Communication and Support to the Board – Incidental Information

    • HHS hosted a retreat about tolerance the Friday before spring break.

    • The administrative team has been developing a district action plan, incorporating grades pre-K-12.

    • Overview of High School QUEST Program, Bill Elberty, Coordinator

      • Bill Elberty reviews the history of QUEST and the changes over the years. The program utilizes an online software program PLATO to design individualized educations that can serve 1,000 consecutive users. The tutorials for the classes focus on what knowledge students lack. The program also runs a summer school that can provide remedial or advance credits. Last year, the program provided over 50 different courses, and there are also middle school students participating. The board thanks Bill Elberty for his work.

  • Policy EL 7 Asset Protection – Second Solar Proposal

    • Nathan Stumpff from Catamount Solar reviews the challenges presented by the rooftops and the system that would best work with the space constraints. Their partner organization Mountain Funds would provide the capital for the project and lease the roof. The district could have the option of buying the technology in year six. HSD would receive a fixed discount on the energy for the life of the system. There would be no upfront cost and the renewable energy credits will never be sold.  They would install a kiosk display to show the real-time information about the project, and would come to meet with educators, developing educational tools to utilize the data that comes from the project.

    • Peter Merrill moves to advise the superintendent to explore the options to determine which proposal would be the most advantageous to the district. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (3 yes, 0 no).

  • Policy GP 9 Governance Investment:

    • Summer Retreat Planning and Training

      • Becca White, Selectboard representative, asks if the board would be open to a joint training. The board discusses some ideas for the summer retreat training such as impact of new development or promoting the community/district.

      • The board supports Tom DeBalsi reaching out to the Selectboard around coordinating trainings.

  • Policy GP 3 Board Job Outcomes

    • Board Member Committee Reports

      • Act 46 Merger Study Committee (Merrill, Christie): Peter Merrill speaks to steps that neighboring districts have been taking and the challenges they have been facing.

      • Negotiations (Dickerson, Merrill, Christie): The mediation meetings are being set up.

      • Regional Advisory Board (Boleski): There is a meeting next Tuesday. The students will present their portfolios.

      • Racial Inequality Committee (Boleski, Russell): The first meeting is May 31.

6.  Meeting Review/Evaluation and Agenda Planning:

  • Items for next meeting(s):  RPF for the solar energy proposal, presentation by the Eye Program, policy monitoring reports (GP 8 Board Committee Structure by Peter Merrill, EL 2 Relationship with Students, Community by Tom DeBalsi), summer retreat and training needs, review end of the year dates

  • Peter Merrill evaluates tonight’s meeting.  

7.  Adjournment:

8:30 pm Peter Merrill moves to adjourn. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (3 yes, 0 no.) The meeting is adjourned at 8:40 pm.

Draft Respectfully Submitted 4/9/2017 by

Hannah Prescott