Brookline School Board
CSDA Media Room
March 25, 2008
Marcia Farwell (6:30 pm late arrival)
Rich Pike, Superintendent of Schools
Dawna Duhamel, Business Administrator
Carol Mace, Director of Curriculum
Mary Kay MacFarlane, Recording Secretary
Lorraine Wenger, Principal CSDA
Dr. Anthony Luzzetti, Principal RMMS
Kevin Stone, Assistant Principal
Rich Pike called meeting to order at 6:10 pm.
Approval of Minutes
Beth Lukovits makes a motion to accept the minutes of February 19, 2008. Wanda Meagher seconded the motion. The motion carried by unanimous vote 3 yes, 0 no.
Mary Kay MacFarlane spoke regarding a community service project for Brownie Troop #220 at RMMS. She spoke with Kevin Stone regarding a community service project at RMMS for the Brownies. He thought the Garden of Eaton would be a good project. The Brownies plan on planting and expanding the garden on May 5, 2008.
Beth Lukovits gave the report. The committee is working well together. There were 30 applicants for the position of Principal of RMMS. The search committee is looking to finish up with interviews (8) this week and next week the on site visits will be scheduled. A separate school board meeting may be scheduled for the finalists.
April Agenda Items
Paperless communication within districts.
John Gunderson represents the Basketball program in Brookline and would like to replace the gym floor at RMMS. He would like to talk to the board regarding a proposal to replace the gym floor. He would like to be put on the April agenda.
The board discussed setting a date of the allergy forum. The Board is looking to have a nutritionist speak and Bob Kelly will speak on 504 plans. Questions will be taken after the forum, however, there will be no questions taken on district policies.
April 15 and 17 will be looked at for potential dates.
Lorraine Wenger gave the Principal’s Report.
I. PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES, EVENTS
Mar. 27 Writers’ Festival – CSDA – 6:30-8:00 pm
Mar. 28 AIR Family Program – RMMS – 6:30 pm
Apr. 4 Report Cards
Apr. 9 Visit from Xilinx representative – CSDA-11:00
Apr. 11 D.A.R.E. Gr. 6 party
Apr. 16 Writers’ Festival – RMMS – 6:30-8:00 pm
Apr. 18 Marathon Presentation- New Zealand/Australia – CSDA- 1:00 pm
II. 2008-09 Student/Teacher ratios – (based on actual numbers)
RMMS – K- 85 students 17/1 5 sections
R- 10 students 7/1 1 teacher
1- 86 students 13.4/1 5 teachers
2- 83 students 20.5/1 4 teachers
3- 72 students 17.75 4 teachers
CSDA - 4- 110 students 22/1 5 teachers
5- 95 students 23.75/1 4 teachers
6- 93 students 23.25/1 4 teachers
III. Air Quality Monitoring
Lorraine Wenger gave the board documents regarding indoor air quality and EPA. The document from the EPA gave specifications for new portable classrooms. Good ventilation and HVAC is important.
· EPA requirements
IV. CSDA Portable
· Security – collecting quotes, looking at card entry security
· Site visit – TBD
· Portable to be installed July 15th. Site work to be done most likely in June after school is over.
V. CSDA Roof Leaks
· Harvey Construction- architect information
· Collecting quotes
VI. RMMS HVAC
· Tony to update
VII. Nomination of Professional Staff
Marcia Farwell made a motion to go into nonpublic session under RSA 91A:3IIc, reputation. Beth Lukovits seconded the motion. The motion passed by unanimous roll call vote 4 yes, 0 no. 6:50 pm.
Beth Lukovits made a motion to go into public session. Wanda Meagher seconded the motion. The motion carried by unanimous roll call vote 4 yes, 0 no. 7:17 pm.
Kevin Gorglione from Absolute Mechanical discussed HVAC issues at RMMS. There are three boilers on the RMMS side and they should be replaced one at a time. There are three boilers in the middle room. This room needs repiping as the water goes through a series of pipes instead of going directly to the boiler. The two boilers in the back room are relatively new. Boiler costs are $4,000 each. Repiping costs would be about $1,000. Replacing boilers would give you a savings of about 10-15%. Kevin would recommend doing one on the Milford Street side and one in the middle room. This would give you a good lead boiler in each room, which would help the other boilers run better. There is a circulator pump problem in the first grade wing. It has been rebuilt in the past. There is no good guess on how old the circulator is. Kevin will go into RMMS tomorrow to see what the issue is. Donna Duhamel says that there should be enough money in the budget between the two schools to pay for a circulating pump. The board asked Kevin for a hard quote for the two boilers and the repiping. The board should know by next meeting whether or not a new circulating pump is needed.
Dawna Duhamel asked Kevin Gorglione if we had a computerized boiler system which could be set up to activate thermostats remotely and have day/night settings. Kevin said that they didn’t but they could put one in, however, it is expensive and not his area of expertise. He recommended Johnson Controls. Dawna felt this type of system would save the district money on fuel. The Board agreed that it was worth looking into.
Business Administrator Report
Donna Duhamel is analyzing the Food Service, although there is a deficit. She is looking a labor costs for both schools and looking what we buy. Beth Lukovits expressed concern that the food service is in debt and uses volunteers. Cindy Ryherd is concerned that food service is increasing its deficits and wants the district to take advantage of economies of scale. Donna believes that we should look at all options including bringing in a third party to run food service. Something is not running well and Donna hasn’t finished analyzing the data. Tony Luzzetti suggested looking into linen costs. The Board wants the food service group to be self-funding as soon as possible.
Carol Mace stated that she will give a presentation on the math program at the April SAU meeting. She also stated that the teacher evaluation report will be made at the SAU Board meeting in June. The April SAU meeting will be held at 7:00 at HPS.
Reorganization of the Board
Rich Pike called for nominations of the board chair.
Beth Lukovits nominated Dave Partridge for board chair. Wanda Meagher seconded the motion. The motion passed by unanimous vote 4 yes, 0 no.
Wanda Meagher nominated Beth Lukovits for vice-chair. Cindy Ryherd seconded the motion. The motion passed by unanimous vote 4 yes, 0 no.
Beth Lukovits nominated Marcia Farwell for secretary. Cindy Ryherd seconded the motion. The motion passed by unanimous vote 4 yes, 0 no.
A motion was made by Wanda Meagher to go into nonpublic session under RSA 91A:3IIc, reputation. Marcia Farwell seconded the motion. The motion carried by unanimous roll call vote 4 yes, 0 no.
The Board came out of non-public session to announce the Nomination and Election of Professional Staff.
Richard Maghakian Memorial School
Recommendations for Contract Renewals 2008-2009
Barbara Bailey (both schools)
Marcia Bruseo (both schools)
Anna Utell (both schools)
Sharyn Matthews (both schools)
Annual to Continuing
Lauren Arruda Barbara Higgins
Betsy Black (both schools)
Judy Blood (both schools)
Evalyn Maghakian (both schools)
Karin Pillon (both schools)
Captain Samuel Douglass Academy
Recommendations for Contract Renewals 2008-2009
Annual to Continuing
Tammy Van Dyke
Date __________________________ Signed ________________________