SPAULDING HIGH SCHOOL & BARRE TECHNICAL CENTER CAMPUS

UNION DISTRICT

REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

Campus Library

April 28, 2008

 

 BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Christine Conti, CHAIR, Representing Barre Town, term expires 2009

Martin Prevost, VICE-CHAIR, Representing Barre City, term expires 2008                              

John Santorello, CLERK, Representing Barre City, term expires 2009

Giuliano Cecchinelli, Representing Barre City, term expires 2010

Nancy Pope, Representing Barre Town, term expires 2011

John Pizzo, Representing Barre Town, term expires 2010

 

BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT:

Therese Taylor, Representing Barre City, term expires 2009

Brianna Baker – Class of ’08, SHS/BTC Non-voting Student Representative

Meredith Grubb – Class of ’09, SHS/BTC Non-voting Student Representative

 

ADMINISTRATORS PRESENT:

Gail Conley, Interim Superintendent of Schools                Bob Phillips, Principal                                       

Penny Chamberlin, Assistant Tech Director                    Chris Hennessey, Assistant Principal

 

GUESTS PRESENT:


Video Vision Tech

David Delcore, Times Argus

Lori Matava

Andrea Richardson

B. J. Griffith

Nealsa Welch

Lisa Drown

Tom McSweeney

George Drew


 


1.         Call to Order

 

The Chairperson, Christine Conti, called the Monday, April 28, 2008, meeting to order at 5:30 p.m., which was held in the SHS & BTC Campus Library, 155 Ayers Street, Barre, Vermont. 

 

2.         Curriculum Reports

 

A.     Cosmetology Presentation

 

Ms. Chamberlin distributed a memo, dated 4/28/08, regarding the Cosmetology Program. She explained that currently first-round applications from 44 students had been received for the FY ’09 school year, with the potential for an additional 20-24 student in the upcoming second and third-round application process.  Ms. Chamberlin also provided financial data demonstrating FY ’09 anticipated expenses at $142K and revenue at $363K.  She also briefly spoke about the plan to offer Cosmetology as part of the evening Adult Education Program.

 

The Board discussed the impact to the FY ’09 budget already passed, and that if the third teacher was added back $40K would have to be raised to cover the expense. Mr. Phillips explained the program was self funding and that revenue should be sufficient to cover the position.  He said the program’s popularity and historical high enrollments actually helped to support other starter programs within the Tech Center. 

 

Dr. Conley reminded the Board that tech funding was based on a rolling six-semester average, noting that by decreasing the number of instructors, and based on state standards, the impact would be to the number of students permitted, ultimately affecting the tech funding in approximately 2 ˝ years. 

 

The Board agreed to consider the issues and take action regarding this matter at the May 5, 2008, meeting.

 

2.         Public Comment

 

None

 

3.         Items for Discussion/Action

 

A.     Scholarship Fund Investment Policy (DFA)

 

The Board agreed to Mrs. Pope’s suggestion that the Finance Committee review the policy and bring recommendations for revisions to the Board at the May 19, 2008, meeting.

 

4.         Items for Board Action

 

A.     Driver Education Contract

 

Mr. Phillips distributed a proposal detailing scheduling and changes involved to add a second driver education teacher back into the budget, which would address the needs of the 206 students enrolled. He said classes would increase to approximately 14 and that on-the-road driving time would be utilized before school and some limited driving after school. 

 

The Board reviewed an analysis prepared by Mr. Shepard, and distributed by Dr. Conley, outlining some of the costs and savings anticipated through staff resignations, retirements, etc.

 

On a motion by Dr. Pizzo seconded by Mr. Prevost, the Board unanimously voted to approve the FY ’09 Driver Education contract for Allan Wilmott at $53,161.

 

The Board thanked Mr. Phillips for the time and consideration in developing the schedule. They said the goal to maximize class size and resources was met in this challenge.

 

B.     Athletic Director Contract

 

The Board agreed to discuss this matter in executive session.

 

C.     Music Teacher Contract

 

Dr. Conley advised the board with the resignation of Mr. Zorn, the position could be offered to Mr. Booth, who was previously riffed in the FY ’09 budget process.

 

On a motion by Mr. Santorello seconded by Mr. Cecchinelli, the Board unanimously voted to approve the FY 09 music teacher contract for Robert Booth at $36,357.

 

D.     Teacher Retirements

 

The Board recognized Mr. Zorn’s tireless and dedicated contributions to the music programs, students, community over the past 30 years. 

 

On a motion by Mr. Prevost seconded by Mr. Cecchinelli, the Board unanimously voted, with regret and best wishes, to accept notice of the teacher retirements for Arthur Zorn.

 

The Board recognized Ms. Schmidt’s years of service to the special education program, students and school community. 

 

On a motion by Dr. Pizzo seconded by Mr. Prevost, the Board unanimously voted, with regret and best wishes, to accept notice of the teacher retirements for Katherine Schmidt.

 

E.     Teacher Resignations

 

None

 

6.         Other Business

 

None

 

7.         Executive Session

 

A.     Student Expulsion Hearing, Title 1 § 313 (a) (7)  - for five (5) individual students

B.     Personnel Contract, Title 1 § 313 (a) (3)

 

At 6:15 p.m. on a motion by Mr. Prevost seconded by Mr. Cecchinelli, the Board unanimously voted to enter into executive session, pursuant to Title 1 § 313 to discuss a personnel contract and student matters.

 

Dr. Conley, Mr. Hennessey, and Mr. Phillips were invited into the executive session.   

 

At 9:05 p.m. the Board exited the executive session.  

 

8.         Items for Board action

 

On a motion by Dr. Pizzo seconded by Mr. Prevost, the Board voted to approve the Athletic Director/Activity Director contract for Patrick D. Merriam at $65,000.  Motion passed. Mr. Santorello and the Chair abstained.

 

9.         Adjournment

 

On a motion by Dr. Pizzo seconded by Mrs. Pope, the Board unanimously voted to adjourn at 9:20 p.m.  

 

Next meeting Date: 

 

Meetings are regularly scheduled for the first and third Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted.  The first meeting is planned as a business meeting; the second meeting is conducted as a policy review and working/discussion meeting.

 

The next regular business meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 5, 2008, at 6:00 p.m.

The next planning/discussion meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 19, 2008 at 6:00 p.m.   

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,  

Donna Holden