APPROVED:  4-17-07

Brookline School Board Meeting

CSDA Media Center

January 23, 2007


Dave Partridge, Chair

Beth Lukovits

Wanda Meagher

Tom Solon


Rich Pike, Superintendent of Schools

Bob Kelly, Director of Special Education (left at 8:04 pm)

Carol Mace, Director of Curriculum (left at 10:05 pm)

Mellinee Capasso, Business Administrator (left at 10:15 pm)

James McElroy, Brookline Finance Committee (left early)

Mary Kay MacFarlane, Recording Secretary


Lorraine Wenger, Principal of CSDA

Anthony Luzzetti, Principal of RMMS

Kevin Stone, Assistant Principal



Public Session opened at 6:54 pm


Beth Lukovits made a motion to seal the non-public minutes of January 29, 2007.  The motion was seconded by Wanda Meagher.  The motion carried by unanimous vote 4 yes, 0 no.


Open Forum


No items.




Deferred to next meeting.



Beth Lukovits accepts with regrets the retirement of Patricia Nelson and thanks her for her years of service.  Tom Solon seconded the motion.  The motion carries by unanimous vote 4 yes, 0 no.


There was a request from the Renkin family to keep their child in the Brookline Schools through the end of the year.  They are moving to Hollis and have a P&S. They would also


like to have tuition waived.  The Board had questions that can only be answered in non-public session, so the discussion was tabled until non-public session.

Budget 2007-2008


Mellinee Capasso distributed the budget to the Board.


The Board had a list of administrative cuts to the budget totaling $154,248.  The Board decided to not cut the position for the school psychologist.  This left administrative cuts at $139,308.


Beth Lukovits made a motion to accept the administrative budget cuts of $139,308.  Wanda Meagher seconded the motion.  The motion carried by unanimous vote 4 yes, 0 no.


The budget increase for fiscal 2007/2008 is $579,712.  The represents a total budget increase of 11.65% increase over last year.  This increase includes the school psychologist.


Mellinee Capasso reviewed the revenue portion of the budget.  She stressed that revenue that comes from the State of NH is not a secure number.  The 2.2 million that is in the revenue report could be subject to change at any time either up or down.


Dave Partridge asked Mellinee Capasso to rework the percentages so that they can see what percentage each sub group is of the total budget increase.  Dave Partridge wants to see what percentage of the budget SPED is and what percentage of the increase is related to SPED.  Dave would like to see this done for each sub group of the budget.  Mellinee will rework the numbers to show that.


2008 Budget Analysis


Special Education                                             $138,997

Operating Budget                                             $231,160

Benefits                                                            $185,551

Contracted Services                                         $  39,944

Materials, Expendable Supplies                         $  28,900

Equipment                                                        $  15,685

Competition, Dues, Misc                                  $         25


Total                                                                $640,263


Support Staff Warrant Articles              $  73,248


Transfers to Special Revenue Funds                  $  24,331


Grand Total Increases to 2008 Budget  $737,842         10.52%*

*This increase doesn’t include the $14,940 for a School Psychologist.


Mellinee Capasso reviewed the maintenance accounts.  Wayne Zold went through both schools and made recommendations that are included either in the maintenance analysis or in major repair considerations.


Maintenance Analysis


Salaries                                                            $    4,996

Heating/Ventilating Services                              $    4,359

Fire Alarm/Pull Stations RMMS                        $    5,400

Fire Alarm/Pull Stations/Mag Doors CSDA      $    4,650

General Maintenance                                        $    3,000

Insurance Liability                                             $  11,447

Expendable Supplies                                         $    2,000

Utility (Lighting RMMS)                                   $    3,000

Utility (Lighting CSDA)                         $  10,000

Utility (Oil RMMS)                                           $    1,838

Utility (Oil CSDA)                                            $    6,242

Replacement Equipment (RMMS)                    $  15,000

Replacement Equipment (CSDA)                      $    2,000


Total Increase                                                   $ 81,232


The Board had a lengthy discussion regarding current and future maintenance issues.  Dave Partridge requested a list of future maintenance items that would justify the need for an expendable trust.  The Board asked Mellinee Capasso to check the last time the ventilation systems were checked/cleaned.


Beth Lukovits made a motion to put the magnetic doors for RMMS back in the budget.  Wanda Meagher seconded the motion.  The motion carried by 4 yes, 0 no.


The Board discussed the need of capital improvement/maintenance items at RMMS such as the need for an elevator and painting of the school.


Five minute break at 9:00 pm


Board resumed meeting at 9:07 pm


The Board continued discussion of the 2007/2008 budget.


The Board discussed putting a warrant article together for an expendable trust that would be funded by a dollar amount of the unreserved fund balance each year.


The Board discussed adding the cost of a security system for the front door entry at RMMS and CSDA to the budget.  CSDA has a firm quote, however, the Board needs more information on what is needed at RMMS.


Playground equipment could be done as a fund raiser and not included in the expendable trust.  Classroom furniture should be left as an item for the expendable trust.


The Board had a lengthy discussion about class size, differentiated instruction and meeting the educational needs of all students from those who need help to those who are gifted. 


The Board discussed setting up a workshop for further budget discussions.  Tuesday the 6th of February from 4-6:00 pm at CSDA.


Principal Reports


Lorraine Wenger gave the principals’ reports.



Jan. 26             Report Cards

Jan 30.             “Differentiated Instruction – Part 1” – CSDA 7:00 pm

Feb 2-4            “Peter Pan” – CSDA Theater Group

Feb 12             Early Release RMMS & CSDA

Feb 13             “Differentiated Instruction Part 2” – CSDA 7:00 pm

Feb. 19            Chinese New Year Assembly RMMS &CSDA

Feb 20.            School Board & Budget Hearing-CSDA-7:00 pm

Feb. 21            “Differentiated Instruction – Part 3” Parent presentation – CSDA 7:00 pm




Staff Nomination


Richard Pike nominates Deborah Prince Smith for a .2 Music teacher replacement.


Beth Lukovits made a motion to accept Deborah Prince Smith as a .2 Music Teacher for the remainder of the school year.  The motion was seconded by Tom Solon.  The motion carried by a vote of 4 yes, 0 no.



Goal Setting Meeting


Goal Setting Meeting will be postponed. 


Future Agenda Items


A motion was made by Beth Lukovits to go into non-public session under RSA 91-A:3IIc, reputation.  Tom Solon seconded the motion.  The motion carried by unanimous roll call vote 4 yes, 0 no.


10:20 pm



Date __________________________      Signed       ________________________