Brookline School Board
CSDA Media Room
June 24, 2008
Dave Partridge, Chair
Rich Pike, Superintendent of Schools
Dawna Duhamel, Business Administrator
Carol Mace Director of Curriculum
Mary Kay MacFarlane, Recording Secretary.
The Board came out of non-public session at 7:15pm.
Beth Lukovits made a motion to seal the non-public minutes of 6/24/08. Cindy Ryherd seconded the motion. The motion carried by a vote of 4 yes, 0 no.
RMMS Nursing Position
Dave Partridge made a statement regarding the position of school nurse. The board was not aware that people wanted to talk to board regarding this issue when they scheduled a meeting on this subject.
Denise Curtis has been doing the nurse job for 7 years. There are approximately 100 students coming in next year that will have medical needs. With two nurses there are communication issues and although they work hard to communicate to each other but issues do slip. She thinks that one nurse is better than two for consistency and safety reasons.
Beth Lukovits asked if there are so many children that need the services of a nurse, why isn’t having two nurses better?
Denise Curtis replied that it is a continuity issue. She and Susan Patz work hard to keep each other informed of ongoing issues but it takes more time and sometimes things slip.
Cindy Ryherd is concerned about adding any costs to the budget that we don’t have to. Everyone is feeling the crunch with gas, food and heating oil prices on the rise. There are also issues are coming down for next year like NH retirement and the less funding from the state. All of these increases can’t be absorbed in the budget and the town can’t continue to take double digit increases.
Rich Pike spoke regarding the nursing position. He stated that Dr. Luzzetti’s recommendation was that they have one nurse to most effectively serve the continuous needs of the students and staff; consistency is vital.
Beth Lukovits stated that the cost of having 2 part time nurses is less expensive than having one full time nurse. There are increased costs are somewhere between $8,000-$20,000 in benefits that needs to be absorbed in this years budget.
The nurse from H/B high school spoke who felt it was better to have one nurse for continuity and safety reasons. She feels that it is crucial to have one full time nurse.
Diane Fitzmaurice read a statement from the teachers. For safety reasons they feel it is important to have one full time nurse.
Jack Olsen stated that he understands the financial impact, however, he feels for safety and continuity there should be one nurse.
Mary Lou McCoy stated that it was more complicated to manage her child’s health issues with two nurses.
Mary Kay MacFarlane stated that the Brookline budget is very lean and if you want a full time nurse, you have to ask yourself what you are willing to give up for it. The town can’t afford more increases in the school budget.
Sally O’Hearn supports a full time school nurse at RMMS. She offered a suggestion of having split shift janitors to help cut costs.
Beth Lukovits makes a motion to accept the recommendation from the administration for a full time nurse. Wanda Meagher seconded the motion. The motion carried by a vote of 4 yes, 0 no.
Allergy Policy Status
Cindy Ryherd distributed and read the first draft of the Life-Threatening Allergy Policy
The Brookline Public School District will establish and maintain procedures for students, parents, and schools within the Brookline system that minimize the risk for children with life-threatening allergies (LTA) to be exposed to offending allergens that may trigger anaphylaxis. While it is impossible for the procedures to eliminate all risk for students diagnosed with LTA, they are intended to reduce the risk as much as possible so as to provide a safe and adequate education in the least-restrictive environment.
The procedures shall include (but not be limited to):
Once established, employees, students, and parents of the Brookline Public School District will follow the Life Threatening Allergy Procedure for dealing with life threatening allergies in the school setting. The principal of each school is responsible for the implementation and execution of this policy and procedure at their respective school(s). The procedure will be reviewed annually and modified when/if necessary to continue to maintain a safe and adequate education in the least-restrictive environment for all students within the district.
Mary Kay MacFarlane stated that there are procedures in the policy.
Dave Partridge replied that that section doesn’t state the procedures. It says that the procedures will cover these points. It outlines the points that need to be covered by the procedures.
Beth Lukovits makes a motion to accept as a first reading the LTA Policy
Wanda Meagher seconded the motion. The motion carried by a vote of 4 yes, 0 no.
Jack Olsen stated that there isn’t a reference in the policy to a 504 plan. Dave Partridge stated that the 504 is law and will be in the procedure. The board wants to keep it separate from the policy.
Jack Olsen what happens if there is a conflict or a problem. Dave Partridge stated that you talk to the principal first, then the superintendent, then the school board.
Beth Lukovits made a motion to go to nonpublic under RSA 91-A:3II(c) reputation. Wanda Meagher seconded the motion. The motion carried by a vote of 4 yes, 0 no.
The Board went into non-public at 8:10 pm.
The Board came out of non-public at 8:45 pm
Beth Lukovits made a motion to seal the minutes of non-public session June 24, 2008. Wanda Meagher seconds the motion. The motion carried by a vote 4 yes, 0 no.
CSDA will send information to parents with packets. Information will include student password and instructions to register. There would be a 2-3 week window to register. RMMS to follow. The board understands that there are families without internet service and they would continue to get paper notices.
Rich Raymond spoke regarding the phone system. The H/B Middle School wants to upgrade to the Voight phone system and would like to use the fiber optic network that runs through CSDA. The H/B Middle School has asked if the Brookline School district would be willing to house equipment that would enable them to decrease their costs. Brookline would get an upgraded HP switch at no additional cost. Impact on the bandwidth is small. The gateway that would interface with the gear would belong to the H/B Coop and they would be responsible for it. Dave Partridge needs a statement that says “If the H/B Coop drops or switches out of that service, the H/B Coop does not own the switch, Brookline does.” Rich Raymond doesn’t think that will be a problem.
Global Connect is a parent notification system. It costs $2 per student and there would be no additional charge for staff. There is unlimited use. You get 6 months for free. This would be a district wide program. Each student can have up to 6 phone numbers. They can contact people by phone and email. If one district didn’t want to participate a district could participate independently. Rich Raymond will check to see if the pricing would change if a district participates independently.
Business Administrator Report
Dawna Duhamel gave the business administrator report.
Dawna Duhamel stated that the Brookline School District needs to transfer money to cover the anticipated food service deficit.
Beth Lukovits made a motion to authorize the business administrator to issue a RFP for a food service manager. Wanda Meagher seconds the motion. The motion carried by a vote of 4 yes, 0 no.
The date for the inspection of the portable unit is July 11th in Maine. Dave Partridge asked Rich Pike to double check to make sure someone from the State of NH is going to check the air quality in the portable.
Lorraine Wenger gave the principal’s report.
i. RMMS – starts June 30
ii. CSDA – starts July 1
Dave Partridge has two maintenance issues. First, there are branches by basketball court need to be trimmed at RMMS. The cost is estimated to be $200. The trees need to be looked at and Dawna Duhamel needs to be consulted.
The second issue is that the bleachers by CSDA are in need maintenance. Lorraine Wenger said that they have two quotes, $500 to fix the bleachers or $500 to remove them. She recommends having them removed. Since the Baseball league uses those bleachers and not the school, the Board agreed that the Baseball league needs to pay to repair them or the school will remove them for safety reasons. Dave Partridge will contact the Brookline Baseball league regarding this issue.
Tabled until the next meeting.
Rich Pike recommends Stephen Martus for a .6 Physical Education teacher.
Marcia Farwell makes a motion to accept Stephen Martus as a .6 Physical Education teacher at B, step 1. Beth Lukovits seconded the motion. The motion carried by unanimous vote 4 yes, 0 no.
Energy Independence Initiative
The Brookline School Board unanimously and enthusiastically supports Venu Rao and the Energy Independence Initiative project he is working on.
A motion to go into non-public under RSA 91-A:3(c)reputation was made by Marcia Farwell. Beth Lukovits seconded the motion. The motion carried by unanimous roll call vote 4 yes, 0 no.
Date __________________________ Signed ________________________