July 17, 2019

HSB Minutes 9/27/17

DATE: 09-30-2017

Hartford Board of School Directors

School Board Meeting Agenda

September 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

Hartford Town Hall


Board members present: Nancy Russell, Kevin Christie, Peter Merrill, Michelle Boleski, Lori Dickerson

Administrators present: Noel Bryant, Tom DeBalsi


1.   Call to Order: Kevin Christie calls the meeting to order at 7:05 PM


2.   Public Comments

  • Joel Stettenheim from Norwich Solar Technologies expresses interest in working with the district to implement solar technologies and education at district facilities to move towards renewable energy solutions.  


3.   Changes, Additions, and Approval of Agenda

  • Peter Merrill moves to approve the agenda as presented. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).


4.   Consent Agenda

  • Minutes
    • Regular Meeting 9-13-2017
    • Peter Merrill moves to approve the consent agenda. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).


5.   Items Requiring Board Discussion and Possible Action

  • Policy EL 9.4 Communication and Support to the Board – Incidental Information
    • Preliminary discussion of 2016-17 SBAC Scores
      • Tom DeBalsi explains that state SBAC scores have only recently been released and are pending further review. Preliminary analysis shows that scores in grades 3 – 8 show satisfactory performance. Scores in grade 11 continue to be a challenge given the lack of student buy-in. These scores have not dropped, but remain below state average. The district is continuing to work with the high school to find a way to improve scores in grade 11.
      • Lori Dickerson notes that in accordance with policy governance, further discussion regarding plans for the improvement of scores should be added to the agenda of a future meeting.
      • Noel Bryant comments that during the following academic year, SBAC tests will be administered in grade 9, rather than grade 11.
  • VSBA/VSA Conference 10/19/2017 and 10/20/2017
    • Tom DeBalsi remarks about the upcoming VSBA/VSA Conference. Peter Merrill and Kevin Christie will be in attendance.
    • Policy EL7 Asset Protection
      • HHS/HMMS/HACTC Campus and Parking Draft 1
        • David Laurin, engineer and project planner from DuBois & King, presents the proposal for the parking lot construction project.
        • The board shows interest in parking configurations that have separate drop-off locations for parents and buses. The board also expresses interest in using Highland Avenue as the designated route for buses leaving the campus and putting in a left-turn light at the intersection of Route 5.
        • Lori Dickerson expresses interest in reviewing the necessary number of spaces with regard to staff and student parking needs. Tom DeBalsi explains that administrators will be exploring this information at an upcoming meeting.
        • Michelle Boleski suggests including a walkway along the tennis courts and the rear of the middle school gymnasium to allow for a safer passage for middle school students who arrive via bus. Permit only parking is also suggested to control the population using specific parking areas.
        • The board expresses consensus over Configuration 2.
  • Wilder School Study Committee
    • The board reviews the Wilder School Building Committee. Tom DeBalsi outlines the change in timeline for achieving the committee goals.
    • The committee shall consist of seven voting members that will be tasked with completing the five outlined goals of the committee by June 30, 2018, rather than December 30, 2017.
    • Michelle Boleski moves to accept the change in timeline on the Wilder School Building Committee. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).
    • Policy GP 3 Board Job Outcomes
      • Board Member Committee Reports
        • Act 46 Merger Study Committee (Merrill, Christie): Waiting to hear back from surrounding towns on their decision to merge.
        • Negotiations (Dickerson, Merrill, Christie): All parties met on September 27, 2017. This meeting was very productive and moving forward there is confidence that negotiations will lead to a timely agreement.
        • Hartford Community Coalition (Russell): Final numbers for food program – 17, 271 meals served during summer. All numbers with regard to families served and price per meal were highly satisfactory. There is a suggestion to advertise volunteer opportunities to middle/high school students to get involved with HCC in the future.
        • Regional Advisory Board (Boleski): Nothing to report.
        • Manifest Approval (Christie): Applauds the district for its dedication to professional development.
        • Racial Inequality Committee (Boleski, Russell): The committee met the week prior to tonight’s meeting. They met with SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice), a racial justice group. Gabrielle Lucke and Theodosia Cook were chosen to lead a training workshop on diversity.
        • Policy Review (Merrill): Nothing to report.
        • Select Board Liaison (Dickerson): Discussion at recent meeting dealt mainly with parking in downtown White River Junction.
        • Sister City Update (Boleski): The committee met the week prior to tonight’s meeting. The committee met with foreign language educators who discussed connecting with students in foreign countries via technology. The committee also discussed programming that would reach out to elementary school students.


6.  Meeting Review/Evaluation and Agenda Planning

  • Meeting Evaluation
    • Peter Merrill evaluates the meeting as satisfactory.
    • Next Agenda - Items for Discussion
      • Monitoring Report - GP 9 Governance Investment (Dickerson)
      • FY18 Budget Draft 1
      • Peter Merrill suggests inviting members of the Planning Commission to attend a future board meeting in the current cycle to discuss future developments in the town.
      • The following meeting will be held at the Memorial Middle School.


7.  Adjournment

  • Peter Merrill moves the meeting be adjourned at 9:03 PM. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).


Next School Board Meeting is Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the

Hartford Memorial Middle School

Respectfully submitted by Patrick Underhill, September 30, 2017