Approved:  5/29/07

Brookline School Board

CSDA Media Center

April 17, 2007

 

Dave Partridge, Chair

Marcia Farwell

Beth Lukovits

Wanda Meagher

 

Richard Pike, Superintendent of Schools

Bob Kelly, Director of Special Education

Mellinee Capasso, Business Administrator

Mary Kay MacFarlane, Recording Secretary

 

Dr. Anthony Luzzetti, Principal RMMS

Lorraine Wenger, Principal CSDA

Kevin Stone, Assistant Principal

 

Beth Lukovits made motion to go into non-public under RSA 91A:3II(c) reputation & (e) litigation.  Wanda Meagher seconded the motion.  The motion carried by unanimous roll call vote 4 yes, 0 no.

 

The Board went into non-public at 6:05 pm

 

The Board came out of non-public at 6:35 pm.

 

Beth Lukovits made a motion to seal the minutes of Non-public minutes of April 17th, 2007.  Marcia Farwell seconded the motion.  The motion carried by unanimous vote 4 yes, 0 no.

 

Computer Funding

 

Evalyn Maghakian gave a presentation on proposed fundraising for computers at the schools. 

 

May/June

 

June-August

 

 

September

 

Mellinee Capasso stated that depending on how the Macs were purchased, you may not be able to sell them.  If computers were purchased through grants or federal funding they can’t be resold.  Evalyn will work with Mellinee to make sure everything is handled properly.

 

Evalyn Maghakian applied for 3 more grants, which were denied.  She is still continuing to search for more grants.

 

Rich Pike suggested an online auction.  He prefers that we don’t use the students to advertise the raffle.

 

The Board unanimously approved Evalyn’s fundraising proposals.

 

Board Member Vacancy

 

Cindy Ryherd is the first candidate.  She is interested in school expansion

projects and has worked as School Board Clerk.  She has been a project manager and her strengths are coordination and planning.  She has strong computer and presentation skills.   She has work developing and managing budget.  She could have some daytime availability.

 

Linden Marble is the second candidate.  He is a laboratory chemist.  He became interested after attending Town Meetings.  He is interested in education and enjoys teaching.  He has basic computer skills.  He is interested in creating an excellent, well run school district.  He works with prepared budgets, but has not developed a budget.  He has no daytime availability.

 

Forrest Milkowski is the third candidate.  He couldn’t be here, but submitted a letter to the board.

 

Beth Lukovits made a motion to go into non-public under RSA91A:3II(c), reputation.  Wanda Meagher seconded the motion.  The motion carried by unanimous vote 4 yes, 0 no.

 

The board went into non-public at 7:12 pm.

 

The board returned at 7:32 pm.

 

Dave Partridge thanked everyone for applying.  The Board asked Cindy Ryherd to join them.

 

Beth Lukovits made a motion to accept Cindy Ryherd as the new school board member.   Wanda Meagher seconded the motion.  The motion carried by unanimous vote 4 yes, 0 no.

 

Beth Lukovits made a motion to accept Mary Kay MacFarlane as the 2007-2008 School Board Clerk.  Wanda Meagher seconded the motion. The motion carried by unanimous vote 4 yes, 0 no.

 

Marcia Farwell made a motion to accept Debbie Paradise, assistant business administrator, as the board designated representative to the sick leave bank administration.  Beth Lukovits seconded the motion.  The motion carried by unanimous vote 4 yes, 0 no.

 

Minutes

 

A motion was made by Beth Lukovits to accept the minutes of December 19, 2006 as written.  Wanda Meagher seconded the motion.  The motion carried by unanimous vote 3 yes, 0 no, 1 abstention

 

A motion was made by Beth Lukovits to accept the minutes of January 23, 2007 as written.  Wanda Meagher seconded the motion.  The motion carried by unanimous vote 3 yes, 0 no, 1 abstention.

 

A motion was made by Beth Lukovits to accept the minutes of February 12, 2007 as written.  Wanda Meagher seconded the motion.  The motion carried by unanimous vote 3 yes, 0 no, 1 abstention.

 

A motion was made by Marcia Farwell to accept the minutes of March 27th, 2007 as written.  Beth Lukovits seconded the motion.  The motion carried by unanimous vote 4 yes, 0 no.

 

Beth Lukovits made a motion to accept the 2nd reading and approval of the Wellness Policy, JLCF.  Wanda Meagher seconded the motion.  The motion carried by unanimous vote 4 yes, 0 no.

 

Business Administrator Report

 

Mellinee Capasso gave the business administrator report.  Two board members need to be authorized to review the AP manifests.  Wanda Meagher and Dave Partridge will do it and Cindy Ryherd will be an alternate.

 

Mellinee Capasso needs a W4 for Marcia Farwell and Cindy Ryherd.

 

Mellinee distributed the expenditure report.  At this point, she doesn’t see any issues.

 

Network Administrator Report

 

Rich Raymond gave a presentation on internet access, as Hollis and the Coop have cancelled their contract with Destek, effective June 30, 2007, and Brookline will need to get a new internet service provider.

 

Current Internet Service - Destek

Option 1:        Charter $864/month

Option 2:        Charter & Verizon $831/month

Option 3         Verizon & Covad

 

Rich Raymond talked to other schools that used VPN, as proposed by Charter, and they are unhappy with the service.

 

Under Option 3, the iPrism filter blocks images, IM and Utube.  Options 2 and 3 require that we not be networked with the other districts, but can contact them via the internet.  The commitment is only for one year. Erate would give you a 40% discount in the future.

 

Dave Partridge was concerned that we need change service quickly.  Rich said that the company needs 45 days notice. 

 

The board had a lengthy discussion regarding internet options.

 

Dave Partridge asked Rich to check with Charter to see if they would be willing to fiber optic deal for Brookline.

 

 

 

 

 

Principal’s Report

 

 

A preliminary calendar was distributed.  Lorraine Wenger has concerns with keeping the school open on voting days.

 

Marcia Farwell suggested having a monitor/police officer to keep people from wandering thru the school. 

 

Lorraine Wenger suggested having a workshop day on the voting day.  The Board was comfortable with having a floating teacher workshop day and using it on the Primary day. 

 

Rich Pike suggested adding a day to the end of the year and having a no school day on Election Day.

 

Beth Lukovits made a motion to approve the 2007/2008 calendar with a floating teacher workshop day to be scheduled on Primary day.  Wanda seconded the motion.  The motion carried by unanimous vote 4 yes, 0 no.

 

NECAP Presentation

 

Kevin Stone, Betsy Black and Karen Pillion gave the NECAP presentation.

 

NECAP Overview

 

Math Areas Assessed

 

Reading Assessed

 

Writing Areas Assessed

 

Focus Areas for Next Year

 

Implications for Instruction

 

The presentation closed with questions

 

Correspondence

 

Judith McBride sent a letter of resignation to Richard Pike.

 

Beth Lukovits made a motion to accept with regret the resignation of Judith McBride at the end of the year.  Wanda Meagher seconded the motion.  The motion carried by unanimous vote 3 yes, 1 no.

 

The Fire Department did an inspection and made recommendations regarding flammable materials hanging from the walls and ceilings.  Dave Partridge is going to talk to the Fire Chief regarding these issues.

 

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Insurance Committee – Wanda Meagher has done some research on line and has requested self insurance information.

 

Education Specification Committee- Cindy Ryherd said she would be the Board representative.

 

CIC Committee – Dave Partridge will continue to be the Board representative.

 

Policy Review Committee – Marcia Farwell will take over for Mike Dreyer.

 

Marcia Farwell made a motion to go into non-public session under RSA 91A:3II (a) compensation & (c) reputation. Beth Lukovits seconded the motion.  The motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

 

10:04 pm

 

 

 

 

 

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