March 1, 2024

HSB Minutes 11-27-2023


Hartford Board of School Directors

School Board Meeting Minutes

November 27, 2023 @ 6:00 pm

In-Person at Superintendent’s of Schools Office 


Members Present: Kevin Christie, Nancy Russell, Douglas Heavisides, Peter Merrill, Sara Campbell

Administrator Present: Tom DeBalsi


 1.  Call to Order 

Changes, Additions and Approval of Agenda
Mr. Christie called the Special Meeting to order at 6:05 PM.

There were no changes to the agenda.

Moved by Mr. Merrill, seconded by Mrs. Russell, to approve the agenda. Motion carried.


 2.  Governance Process (Section 4 Policy GP 2)

Superintendent Search Firm Proposals and Selection
Mr. DeBalsi gave a summary of the rubric he developed for the board to work with.The items down the side lists the qualities needed. The points along the top margin are the degree of profficiency. He suggested the board elect a subcommittee, designate a person to interview, or the whole board could interview the candidates.

Mr. Merrill shared that he reviewed the candidate packets using the rubric. 

Mr. Christie suggested going down the list with the different firms. 

Mrs. Russell asked what the objective was for tonight, to decide which tool to use or to select a firm.

Mr. Christie responded there could be two outcomes tonight, decide who to interview or possibly find a firm that meets the criteria.

The board reviewed the four proposals, discussed the qualities needed, and used the rubric to score each.

Mr. Merrill suggested selecting two firms to interview, in any format, and as soon as possible. 

Moved by Mr. Merrill, seconded by Mr. Heavisides, to interview McPherson-Jacobson and NESDEC to narrow the field down to one firm. Motion carried. 

Mr. DeBalsi will develop a Google Doc to develop the questions. Each interview will be a fifteen minute presentation from the firm followed by a question period from the board. 

The board discussed forming a search committee comprised of a variety of staff and community members. 


3.  Adjournment

Moved by Mr. Merrill, seconded by Mrs. Russell, to adjourn the meeting at 7:29 PM.


Respectfully submitted,

Cherrie Torrey

Recorder