Brookline School Board Meeting
CSDA Media Center
January 23, 2007
Dave Partridge, Chair
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.
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.
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
Contracted Services $ 39,944
Materials, Expendable Supplies $ 28,900
Equipment $ 15,685
Competition, Dues, Misc $ 25
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.
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.
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
RMMS & CSDA
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.
Date __________________________ Signed ________________________