BROOKLINE SCHOOL BOARD
Captain Samuel Douglass Academy
February 8, 2005
Susan Heard, Chair
Michael Molkentine, Vice-Chair
David Partridge, Secretary
Elizabeth Eaton, Co-Principal
Lorraine Wenger, Co-Principal
Kevin Stone, Assistant Principal
Kenneth DeBenedictis, Superintendent of Schools
Lee Ann Blastos, Business Administrator
Carol Mace, Curriculum Director
Ruth Bobich, Recording Secretary
Chairperson Susan Heard called the meeting to order at 6:07 PM.
In attendance tonight are Sue Heard, Mike Molkentine, Dave Partridge, Ken DeBenedictis, Liz Eaton, Laurie Wenger, Kevin Stone, Lee Ann Blastos, Carol Mace and Bob Kelly.
Mike motioned for the Board to enter into non-public session as per RSA 91-A:3II (c),"Matters, which if discussed in public, would likely affect adversely the reputation of any person". Dave seconded the motion. By a roll call vote, the motion carried 3-0. The Board, Ken and Bob Kelly adjourned into non-public session at 6:08 PM.
The Board returned to public session at 6:30 PM.Mike motioned to seal the minutes of the non-public session. Dave seconded the motion. The motion carried 3-0.
Members of the Town Finance Committee were not yet present for the Budget Hearing. Sue asked if anyone in the audience objected to postponing the Budget Hearing for about twenty minutes, to give the Finance Committee time to arrive. There was no opposition to this request.
January 11, 2005 workshop minutes: These minutes will be accepted at the next Board meeting or workshop.
January 25, 2005 BSB meeting: Mike motioned to accept the minutes of the January 25, 2005 Brookline School Board meeting as written. Sue seconded the motion. The motion carried 2-0-0. It was noted that Dave was not yet a member of the Board that night, so he could not vote on the minutes.
Ken recommended to the Board the hiring of Marcia Bruseo, OTR/L, to replace Ann Kline, pending his interview of her to be held Monday February 14, 2005. She would be hired at Bachelors + 7 step, salary to be adjusted to pay her from her first day of employment through the end of the year. Liz has already interviewed her.Mike motioned to authorize the Superintendent to appoint Marcia Bruseo to the position of Occupational Therapist at a Bachelors + 7 step pending his interview with her and the agreement of her salary, which should be around $40,000 per diem. Dave seconded the motion. The motion carried 3-0.
A notice of retirement has been received from Barbara Burgher, to be effective at the end of this school year. Ken recommended accepting her resignation, with regrets.Mike motioned to accept with regrets the retirement of Barbara Burgher, effective the end of this school year. Dave seconded the motion. The motion carried 3-0.
The presentation to the School Board by Math Coordinator Karen Pillion was rescheduled to the Board meeting to be held on March 22, 2005. The presentation to the Board by Computer Specialist Pam Shaw was rescheduled to the Board meeting to be held on April 19, 2005.
Liz informed the Board that the "Excellence in Education" award has been applied for again this year. Last yearís application has been revised and submitted, and something should be heard about it in March. Sue thanked Liz for her efforts in working on this to resubmit the application this year.
Kevin Duhaime, representing the Brookline Basketball Commission, read a letter to the Board informing them that the Brookline Basketball Club is donating $3140 to the Board for the purchase and installation of glass backboards at CSDA. They are also requesting that the purchase be made from Porter Athletic Corporation, who installed the current backboards. They are requesting that the backboards be purchased and installed before the 2005-06 basketball season. Kevin presented a quote from Porter Athletic Corporation, which includes both purchase and installation, and noted that they are an insured crew. Sue expressed her appreciation of this donation, as did Ken.Mike motioned to gratefully accept the donation of $3140 from the Brookline Basketball Club for the purchase and installation of glass backboards at CSDA. Dave seconded the motion. The motion carried 3-0. Kevin was thanked by all for this generous donation. Lee Ann was given all necessary paperwork.
Kathy OíSullivan spoke as both a citizen of Brookline and a former School Board member. She thanked Sue Heard for her years on the School Board. Sue responded that she has enjoyed the experience and has learned a lot, and she thanked the community for giving her this opportunity.
At 6:50 PM the Brookline School Board meeting was suspended for the Brookline School Board Budget Hearing to be held.
The meeting of the Brookline School Board resumed at 9:20 PM, following the closing of the Budget Hearing by the Brookline Finance Committee.
Outcome after the Budget Hearing
Under Curriculum Stipends, function 2210: reduce by $2600
Elimination of half-time Kindergarten teacher and have time Kindergarten Aide: Function 1100 reduced by $28,844
Account line 2900-201: reduce by $11,250 by decreasing the number of paraprofessionals from 16 to 8
After discussion, it was decided not to remove the $28,844 for the half-time Kindergarten teacher and the half-time Kindergarten Aide from the budget.
Mike motioned to reduce the 2005-06 budget by $13,850, from $6,155,620 to $6,141,770. Dave seconded the motion. The motion carried 3-0.
Dave motioned to reduce the cost of the telephone system on the Safety Warrant from $35,000 to $17,407, thereby reducing the total amount of the Safety Warrant from $50,691 to $33,098. Mike seconded the motion. The motion carried 3-0.
Sue is recommending that a UPS be purchased out of this yearís budget for a cost of $880.00.
There was some further discussion on the phone system. Sue recommends that the phone part of the Safety Warrant Article be added to the budget, and leave just the other two items (smoke detectors and the bell system) on the Warrant Article. It was decided to discuss this further at a workshop.The Board will be holding a workshop on Tuesday February 15, 2005 at 8:30 am at CSDA.
Kenís handout included information he has prepared for the Board for the new Principal search. This information included a copy of the advertisement to be placed, a time line for the events to hopefully follow, and the listing of the responsibilities that the Principal Search Committee will have.
The proposed make-up of the Principal Search Committee is: 2 School Board members, 2 Staff members (one Professional, one Support), 1 Community representative, 1 continuing School Administrator (Laurie), 1 Director of Curriculum (Carol Mace), and 2 PTO representatives., for a total of 9 on this committee. Carol Mace was asked if she would Chair this committee, and she accepted.
Ken will have the advertisement placed for this Sunday.
School Board Policies
These will be on the agenda for the next Board meeting.
Mike motioned for the Board to enter into non-public session as per RSA 91-A:3II (c),"Matters, which if discussed in public, would likely affect adversely the reputation of any person". Dave seconded the motion. By a roll call vote, the motion carried 3-0. The Board adjourned into non-public session at 10:00 PM.
The board returned to public session at 10:02
Sue motioned that the board seal the non-public minutes. Mike seconded the motion. By a roll call vote the motion passed 3-0.
Mike motioned that the meeting adjourn. Dave seconded the motion. By a roll call vote the motion passed 3-0.The meeting was adjourned at 10:08