August 17, 2019

HSB Minutes 3-27-2019

Hartford Board of School Directors

School Board Meeting Agenda

March 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Hartford Town Hall


Members Present:

Tom DeBalsi

Noel Bryant

Kevin Christie, arrived at 7:10

Nancy Russell

Michelle Boleski

Russell North

Abigail Koff, student representative


  1.  Call to Order

Mr. North opened the meeting at 7:00.


  1.  Public Comments  

Mrs. Russell spoke about the Dothan Brook School Biography Fair held today, fifth grade students presented information about a famous person, thank you to Mr. Burns.


  1.  Changes, Additions and Approval of Agenda

        Mr. DeBalsi, switch the monitoring report with EL3.

No executive session is needed.


  1.  Consent Agenda


`        - Regular Meeting 3-13-2019


Appointments, Resignations, Leave Requests for Professional Staff

Resignations-Riley Hopeman-MMS, Josh Miller--MMS , Mary Fitzsimmons-HHS, Sabrina Brown-District

Retirements-Gail Haynes, Kristin Burch, Jim Mitchell, Gary Hutchins, Linda Louzier


Moved by  Mrs. Russell, seconded by Mrs. Boleski  to approve the consent agenda. Motion carried.


  1.   Items Requiring Board Discussion and Possible Action


Policy EL 9 Communication and Support to the Board – Incidental Information

  • Washington DC Trip Itinerary Selection and Process, 60 students, paid for by students, wide choice of activities selected by students
  • Rick Dustin Eichler was named Vermont Elementary Principal of Year  
  • Wilder Building Project, 1st design meeting held
  • Closing on Covell property was held March 26, 2019
  • Ms Bryant has been working with committees on proficiency based learning outcomes and indicators.
  • Final mentor meeting will be held tomorrow, opportunity for new teachers to get some important information from seasoned teachers


Policy EL 2 Relationship with Students, Parents and Community

  • Student Representatives Report

Abigail- HHS Pizzazz this weekend, solar array work ongoing discussions with Norwich Technologies

        Policy EL 3 Relationship with Staff


  • Approval of Contract with the Teachers Association 2019-2020


Completed negotiations with Hartford Education Association for a one year teacher contract, Kevin, Russell, and Tom met with 3 teachers, using a facilitator issues were brought up and discussed. Salary, language items, and the appendices for extra curricular salaries were discussed. Several items were cleaned up and are now reflective of  current practices. Kevin thanked the teachers for their work using Interest Based Bargaining process. Tom thanked the board and HEA for trying the process.

Contracts are available on the district website for the public to view.

Moved by Mr. North , seconded by Mrs. Russell to approve the contract between the Hartford School District and Hartford Education Association for 2019-2020 school year. Motion carried.


Monitoring Reports:


  • The Annual Ends Report – Part 2 Ottauquechee and Dothan Brook


Principals Cathy Newton and Rick Dustin Eichler presented evidence that supports the Ends Policy goals.

DBS, relationship building-K-5 students gather in “lodges” to do a variety of activities

        project based learning opportunities in all grades

     Circus Smirkus, 4 week residency

     Drama Club, led by Lanni Luce West, Junie B Jones in April

     Ava Gallery collaboration

     What I Need, WIN groups, leveled instruction for 30 mins/3x week

     Kindergarten program support to meet student needs

OQS, Kindergarten challenges, building relationships key

     Project based learning units, schoolwide

     STEAM time, student engagement helps to decrease challenging behaviors, focus on United Nations Global Goals

     Math Menus, uses data to inform instruction, supports students’ needs

     Community involvement, invited parents/community in to see student presentations from project based learning units, improved attendance


        Policy GP 7 Board Committee Principles


  • HCOREI’s – Draft RFP for Strategic Planning and Training


Concerns; background checks will be required, inclusive language edits- not just racial inequity, change in the title?, remove the word strategic?


Moved by North, seconded by Russell to approve the RFP, subject to edits at the discretion of the superintendent  and town manager to reflect inclusion of all community members. Motion carried.



        Policy GP 3 Board Job Outcomes


  • Board Member Committee Reports
  • Select Board Liaison (North, Russell)
  • Racial Equality Committee (Boleski, Russell)
  • Sister City (Boleski, Russell)


          • Will attend the next board meeting


  • Social Media and Community Engagement (North)
  • Wilder School Building Study (Merrill)


          • Renovation kick-off meeting tonight
          • Construction potentially starting in September
          • Will work with both program directors
          • Wilder program will relocate to former WNNE building
          • HARP will stay at Palmer Court
          • Permitting, final plans, and budget review continues


  • Hartford Community Coalition (Russell)
  • Regional Advisory Board (Boleski)


          • Chamber of Commerce meeting, three chambers met, great networking opportunity


  • Manifest Approval (Christie)


        • Field trips, house closing, busy times!


  1.   Meeting Review/Evaluation and Agenda Planning

- Next Meeting Agenda/Parking Lot Items

    WRS, MMS Ends Report

        Sister City

        Superintendent-Relationship with Staff

        Community Involvement-North, VSBA information

VSA/VCSEA conference, May 15, open to board members, session on community involvement


- Meeting Evaluation   

    North completed the evaluation, meeting was satisfactory.


  1.  Adjournment

        Moved by Russell, seconded by Boleski to adjourn the meeting at 9:09.


Next Regular School Board Meeting is Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Hartford Town Hall

Respectfully submitted,

Cherrie Torrey


March 27, 2019