APPROVED March 25, 2008

Brookline School Board Meeting

CSDA Media Room

February 19, 2008

 

Dave Partridge, Chair

Marcia Farwell

Beth Lukovits

Wanda Meagher (late arrival 8:00)

Cindy Ryherd

 

Richard Pike, Superintendent of Schools

Carol Mace, Director of Curriculum

Lorraine Wenger, Principal CSDA

Dr. Tony Luzzetti, Principal RMMS

Kevin Stone, Assistant Principal

Mary Kay MacFarlane, Recording Secretary

 

 

Dave Partridge called the meeting to order at 6:37 pm and opened the hearing on the Expendable Trust.

 

Expendable Trust

 

A motion was made by Cindy Ryherd to expend no more than $5,300 to replace existing tables.  Beth Lukovits seconded the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 4 yes, 0 no.

 

Beth Lukovits made a motion to close the expendable trust public hearing.  The motion was seconded by Cindy Ryherd.  The motion carried by a vote of 4 yes, 0 no.

 

Minutes

 

Cindy Ryherd makes a motion to approve the public minutes of December 17, 2007.  Beth Lukovits seconded the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 4 yes, 0 no.

 

Cindy Ryherd makes a motion to approve the non-public minutes of December 17, 2007.  Beth Lukovits seconded the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 4 yes, 0 no.

 

Cindy Ryherd makes a motion to approve the public minutes of December 18, 2007.  Beth Lukovits seconded the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 4 yes, 0 no.

 

Cindy Ryherd makes a motion to approve the public minutes of January 10, 2008.  Beth Lukovits seconded the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 4 yes, 0 no.

 

Wanda Meagher makes a motion to approve the public minutes of January 24, 2008.  Cindy Ryherd seconded the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 3 yes, 0 no.

 

Wanda Meagher makes a motion to approve the non-public minutes of January 24, 2008.  Cindy Ryherd seconded the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 3 yes, 0 no.

 

Cindy Ryherd makes a motion to approve the public minutes of January 28, 2008.  Beth Lukovits seconded the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 4 yes, 0 no.

 

Cindy Ryherd makes a motion to approve the non-public minutes of January 28, 2008.  Beth Lukovits seconded the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 4 yes, 0 no.

 

Administrative Reports

 

Lorraine Wenger gave the principal’s report.

 

Programs, Activities, Events

 

February 22                 Progress reports

February 25-29            Winter Vacation

March 3-7                    Read Across America and Artist in Residence Week

March 4                       District Meeting 7:00 pm CSDA Gym

March 11                     Early Release

March 19                     Nashua Symphony at RMMS & CSDA

March 27                     Writer’s Festival CSDA 6:00-8:00

 

Goals

 

Principal Search Process

 

Beth Lukovits reported that the committee is almost complete.  The committee is only short one member from the public.  Twelve resumes have been received to date.

 

Organizational Meeting                                     March 5

Screen applications/establish interview questions            March 17

Interviews                                                                     Week of March 24th

Follow-up reference checks                                          Following interviews

Selection of candidates to visit/establish questions          Following interviews

On-site visits                                                                 Weeks of March 31st & April 7th

Selection of finalists                                                       Following site visits

Visits to school                                                             Week of April 14th

Interview by School Board                                           April 22nd

Selection of Principal                                                    Following Interviews

Begin position                                                               July 1st

 

Correspondence

 

Senator Kenny sent a letter to Dave Partridge.  Senator Kenny wants a constitutional amendment regarding public education

 

There is a scholarship fund for children/step-children/grandchildren of school board members for $5,000.

 

Sylvia Mansfield sent a letter to the Board regarding the after-school program and rent.  The after-school program/summer program has a rent of $5 per day and $125 a week during the summer program.  Sylvia Mansfield stated in her letter that the rent was waived because the after-school program/summer program was giving services to the district.  Dave Partridge asked if the district is being given services from the after-school program that the district would normally have to pay for.  Kevin Stone said that in the past there have been several special education children who have participate in the summer program.  The Administrators will do some research on this information and look into facility use policy.  The board will collect the information and then contact Sylvia Mansfield.

 

Dave Partridge would like to look into how much special education costs for a year and send a bill to the federal government.  The board feels that there is merit in documenting these costs.

 

Marcia Farwell makes a motion to have Dave Partridge use SAU resources to develop the costs for special education for the last 5 years.  Beth Lukovits seconded the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 4 yes, 0 no.

 

The Board discussed setting a date for the allergy forum.  The Board was looking into having a doctor present at the forum.  Cindy Ryherd is going to talk to a doctor regarding being present for allergy forum.

 

Dave Partridge asked the administration where we are with the heating system, as he is seeing a lot of bills.  Marcia Farwell will ask Kevin from Absolute Mechanical to come to the March 25 school board meeting to talk about the state of RMMS.

 

 

 

 

 

Indoor Air Quality

 

Dave Partridge asked what we currently doing to check air quality and is the state willing to do anything.  Rich Pike attended a conference on indoor air quality.  Rich would like to get together with administrators and building supervisors and walk through the buildings using the checklist he received from the conference.  The Board would like to be proactive on this issue.

 

Rich Pike stated that we won a $155,000 grant from the state to retrofit our buses for cleaner diesel fuel.

 

Review of Budget Presentation

 

The Board discussed the budget presentation.  There is an issue regarding staff salaries increases.  The board will take this matter up with the business office this Friday.

 

A motion was made to adjourn by Beth Lukovits.  The motion was seconded by Wanda Meagher.  The motion carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.

 

8:45 pm

 

 

 

 

 

Date __________________________      Signed       ________________________