SPAULDING HIGH SCHOOL & BARRE TECHNICAL CENTER CAMPUS
April 28, 2008
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
Martin Prevost, VICE-CHAIR,
John Santorello, CLERK,
BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT:
Brianna Baker – Class of ’08, SHS/BTC Non-voting Student Representative
Gail Conley, Interim Superintendent of Schools Bob Phillips, Principal
Penny Chamberlin, Assistant Tech Director Chris Hennessey, Assistant Principal
Video Vision Tech
David Delcore, Times Argus
B. J. Griffith
1. Call to Order
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,
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.
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
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
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.
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
6. Other Business
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.
On a motion by Dr. Pizzo seconded by Mrs. Pope, the Board unanimously voted to adjourn at 9:20 p.m.
Next meeting Date:
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.