July 20, 2019

HSB Minutes 2/14/18

DATE: 02-20-2018

Hartford Board of School Directors

School Board Meeting Agenda

February 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Hartford Town Hall


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

  • Peter Merrill comments on the Board’s decision not to place the construction of a track on the upcoming ballot. Mr. Merrill clarifies that the Board’s decision was made based on the legality of what the Board was being asked to do and the decision was made in light of the guidance provided by the Board’s attorney. Mr. Merrill also discusses the appropriate routes through which issues can be brought before the Board and considered for discussion and voting.
  • Lori Dickerson shares with the Board photos of the old Hartford swimming hole taken in 1957. Ms. Dickerson also comments on the tragic school shooting that took place in Florida today. The Board expresses their sympathies for the members of the impacted community.


3.  Changes, Additions and Approval of Agenda

  • Peter Merrill moves to validate and ratify the call and conduct of the January 24, 2018 meeting of the Board of School Directors of the Hartford Town School District, and to confirm in all respects the actions taken thereat. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).
  • Peter Merrill moves to approve the consent agenda. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no).


4.  Consent Agenda

  • Minutes
    • Regular Meeting 1-24-2018


5.   Items Requiring Board Discussion and Possible Action

  • Policy EL 9.4 Communication and Support to the Board – Incidental Information
    • Noel Bryant, Assistant Superintendent, informs the Board that the Integrated Field Review was recently conducted in the Hartford School District. Ms. Bryant explains the process the district underwent and that a report will be coming soon with commendations and recommendations.
    • Ms. Bryant also presents the Board with the Annual Town Report
    • Tom DeBalsi, Superintendent, informs the Board on the status of several initiatives the district has had underway. This includes the campus parking project, HMMS elevator, and solar technology initiative. Mr. DeBasi explains that the approved campus parking plan has begun being implemented and the HMMS elevator has completed construction.
    • Policy EL 2 Relationship with Students, Parents and the Community
      • New Town/School Recreation Fields/Facilities Committee Initiative
        • Jeff Moreno, HHS Assistant Principal, presents the Board with information regarding a joint venture between the school district and parks and recreation department to revitalize the recreation facilities used by the schools and town. This includes the creation of a committee to take on a systematic and comprehensive approach to this initiative to build sustainably.
        • Policy EL 4 Financial Conditions and Activities
          • FY 19 Budget – February 26 Presentation, Informational Materials
            • Doug Heavisides, Director of the HACTC, presents the Board with his suggestions for a social media outreach strategy. Mr. Heavisides explains the benefits of an increased, sustainable social media presence and the impacts it would have on community opinion of the Board’s decisions.
            • Monitoring Reports:
              • GP 5 Board Chairs Role
                • To be revisited.
                • Policy GP 3 Board Job Outcomes
                  • Board Member Committee Reports
                    • Hartford Community Coalition (Russell): Tentative new location for Take a Bite Out of Hunger program at the White River School.
                    • Regional Advisory Board (Boleski): Nothing new to report, meeting in May.
                    • Manifest Approval (Christie): Just completed the AP and payroll.
                    • Racial Inequality Committee (Boleski, Russell): Excited about the work of the committee, recent training in Burlington was a success.
                    • Policy Review (Merrill): Nothing new to report.
                    • Select Board Liaison (Dickerson): Attended the 2/13/18 meeting where there was much discussion about the WABA.
                    • Sister City Update (Boleski): Nothing new to report.
                    • Wilder School Building Study Committee (Merrill): Nothing new to report.


6.   Meeting Review/Evaluation and Agenda Planning

  • Town/School Annual Meeting Dates
    • 2/26 Budget Presentation & Candidates Night
    • 3/3 Candidates Roundtable
    • 3/6 Voting Day
    • Next Agenda - Items for Discussion
      • ENDS Monitoring from principals
      • Meeting Evaluation
        • Peter Merrill evaluates the meeting as satisfactory.


7.  Adjournment

  • Peter Merrill motions to adjourn the meeting. The motion is seconded. A unanimous verbal vote passes the motion (5 yes, 0 no). The meeting is adjourned at 9:04 PM.


Next Regular School Board Meeting is Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Hartford Town Hall


Candidates Night/Budget Presentations and Discussion is February 26, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the High School Auditorium


Respectfully submitted by Patrick Underhill 2/20/2018