Carol Mace, Curriculum Director
Bob Kelly, Director of Special Education
Ruth Bobich, Recording Secretary
Chairperson Mike Molkentine called the meeting to order at Present tonight were Mike M., Clay, Dave, Mike D. (), Ken, Liz, Laurie, Kevin, and Lee Ann.
The meeting opened with the
Pledge of Allegiance.
There was nothing for Open
Clay motioned to accept the minutes of the May 24, 2005Brookline School Board meeting as
written. Dave seconded the motion. The motion carried 3-0 (Mike D. and Ernie not present).
Parent request: A request has been received from a parent whose family is moving
into town in September. The parent is not sure that their house will be
ready for occupancy by August 30th when school begins, and
would like her child to begin the school year in Brookline. Ken stated to the Board that policy allows
this, on a tuition basis. Parents are responsible for tuition and
transportation. If they move in within 30 days the tuition is refunded. Dave motioned
to authorize the Superintendent to contact the parent to allow this
request for the child to begin the school year in Brookline. Clay
seconded the motion. The motion carried 4-0.
Mike M. stated that tonight was the last meeting
with the Brookline
School Board for
both Liz and Ken, since they are retiring. He thanked them both for all
that they have done.
Wellness Committee: Food Services in the entire SAU district are
currently being looked at. Mike presented a draft of “Wellness Goals” that
the Brookline and Hollis Boards would like to do. The Coop
has not yet decided. Initially this was a bill in the State legislature,
which did not pass. But there are still Federal Guidelines that must be
met by 2006. The Board members reviewed the proposal, and all agreed that
they are in favor of this. Mike D. motioned to endorse and support the
Health and Wellness Committee and be part of an SAU-wide program to
promote health and wellness in the schools. Dave seconded the motion. The
motion carried 4-0.
NHSBA Resolutions: Mike read a letter he received from NHSBA
asking the Brookline
School Board if
there are any resolutions that they would like to propose to the NHSBA.
The NHSBA would discuss resolutions received, and then present them to the
State Legislature, where they may or may not be adopted. Any resolutions
would have to be received by the NHSBA by July 8th. Mike M. has
the required form to submit if the Board has any resolutions that they
would like to forward to NHSBA.
A list of three candidates
recommended by Ken for hiring by the Board was distributed to the Board. The
list included: 1) Dianne Fitzmaurice for the Grade 3 position to replace L.
Bradbury. The recommendation is M, Off Step, salary $56,826. 2) Sacha Norris
for the Grade 5 position to replace T. Cargill. The recommendation is B, Step
1, salary $29,648. 3) Suzanne Rowse for the Grade 3 one-year interim position.
The recommendation is M, Step 1, salary $34,515.
Further discussion of these
recommendations is being delayed until the non-public session at the end of the
Calendar: 1) The last day of school was
yesterday, June 20th. 2) Field Day June 10th went
very well. All students were at CSDA for it. 3) 6th Grade
graduation was Thursday. 4) There is a new garden at RMMS, “The Garden of
Eaton”. It is located by the front door (Milford Street entrance). It was also noted that a tree has
been planted at RMMS in memory of Linda Bradbury.
Staff Development: 1) The Summer Institute will be held June 28th
and 29th at RMMS. The subject is “Guided Reading”. 2) Summer
technology workshops are being held through the SAU. 3) A data collection
workshop will be held on August 24th. It will deal with the new
regulations for Special Education due to “No Child Left Behind”. The
specifics are still being developed.
Correspondence: 1) Evelyn Maghakian is one of 10 teachers in the State of NH to be selected to participate on the NH State
Science Frameworks Committee. It will be held at the end of July in Bartlett, NH.
The Board will write a letter to Mrs. Maghakian acknowledging this honor.
2) Donations for Linda Bradbury have exceeded $1100. The money
received is for the school library. 3) A donation in the amount of $4000
has been received from the Ron Young family for RMMS. They are requesting
that it be used for special needs such as OT and support for Special Ed at
the school. Mike M. motioned to gratefully accept the donation of $4000 from
the Ron Young family and to spend it as requested. Laurie clarified the spending of the money for
the Board. She said that it is treated as a grant, and a separate fund
will be set up at the SAU that items purchased will come out of. Lee Ann
stated that the State specifies how donations of this type are to be
spent. Mike M. amended his original motion: Mike M. motioned to gladly
accept the donation of $4000 from the Ron Young family with the
understanding that he will contact them and get a specific list of what
they would like to have purchased with their donation. Clay seconded the
motion. The motion carried 4-0.
Summer Reading Program: This program is being done in conjunction with
the Town Library. Registration has begun, and will be held all week long,
at the Town Library.
Business Administrator’s Report
Lee Ann handed out copies of
her Monthly Expenditure Report.
Lee Ann said she had good
news for the Board, although it will not be official until June 30th.
As of today, the Anticipated Fund Balance is approximately $221,000. That
amount breaks down approximately as follows:
~ $96,000 is unanticipated revenue, which will go back to
$5604 interest gained
$34,614 additional catastrophic aid money
$9596 building aid received
$32,898 received from bond refinancing
$2608 Impact fees
~ $121,000 balance
$55,000 from the vacant 6th grade
position (budgeted but not needed)
$65,000 IDEA funding received
installation update: Lee Ann
contacted Gemini Electric, as was requested, and verified their warranty
maintenance costs and did reference checks. All of the reference checks were
very good, citing Gemini’s efficiency, exceptional work quality, good workers,
and the fact that they didn’t over-run their estimates. References were
received by Lee Ann from both school districts and fire inspectors. There is a
one year warranty on parts and labor. Since this item did not go out for bid (quotes
were received) , Lee Ann requested that the Board waive the bid policy in order
to have the smoke detectors installed by Gemini Electric. Dave motioned to
authorize Lee Ann to contract with Gemini Electric for the smoke detectors
installation and to waive Bid Policy DJC to do so. Clay seconded the motion.
The motion carried 4-0. It was noted
that this company was recommended by input from a community member.
School Board Member Committee Updates
Insurance Committee: Mike M. is the Board’s representative on this
committee. The other members so far are Lee Ann Blastos, Jack Flanagan,
Don Edson, Michelle Mosca, Barbara Higgins and Amy Fessenden. A community
member and a Finance Committee member are still needed. The date for the
first meeting of this committee has not yet been set. Lee Ann requested to
be told the date as soon as possible. She would like to have a
representative of the current insurance carrier present to go over the
Administration Evaluation Committee: Mike is the Brookline Board’s representative
on this committee. The other Boards are represented by Doug Cleveland and
Steve Simons. The committee’s suggestion is for the SAU Board to budget a
percentage of the total payroll to give to the Superintendent to divide up
between the Administrators for merit increases. The committee still needs
to meet with Lee Ann and Rich Pike to finalize some items (SAU Support
Staff benefits, the evaluation process, performance rating and salary
Mike informed the Board that
at the last SAU Board meeting Medicaid letters were discussed. A letter will be
included in IEP packets for parents to see if their child is eligible to be
signed up for Medicaid benefits.
Dave had two policies that
he would like the Board to consider. He presented them tonight for discussion.
School Temperature policy: Dave gave out information that showed how
children’s performance was linked to the temperature of the classroom. He
is recommending that during the months when heat is needed that the classroom
temperature be maintained between 68 and 70 degrees, and that at no time
will classroom temperature be above 75 degrees. Discussion of this
proposal followed. It was noted that particularly at RMMS it may be
difficult to meet this in some individual classrooms. Because of the way
the school has been added on to there are eight boilers. Clay asked about
getting an HVAC expert in for an estimate. It was suggested that this
would be a good item to add to the list for the Long-Range Planning
School Bus Idling Policy: Dave said that when the buses (and carpool
cars) are idling while waiting for students exhaust enters the basement
classrooms. He is proposing that buses and carpool vehicles do not idle
unnecessarily. Lee Ann said she will arrange a discussion with Al Orde
Policies C and D: Dave has distributed these so that they are
available to the public. Clay is the Board’s representative working with Kathy
O’Sullivan on revising the policies. He has reviewed all of the C and D policies
with her. Mike D. had a lot of questions about these policies. After a brief
discussion, it was decided that Mike D. will discuss his questions with Kathy,
keeping Clay informed. A workshop can be held after that, if necessary. This was the
second reading of policies C and D tonight.
Policies E and F: These were received by the Board tonight for the
First Reading. Dave will make these
available to the public.
The Disposal of School
Property: RMMS has a piano that has been replaced with a better one. Liz would
like to advertise to see if anyone is interested in bidding on the old one. Any
bids received would be brought to the Board. Lee Ann will email a proposal to
the Board with what is expected as a reasonable bid. The person whose bid is
accepted will also have to remove the piano.
Mike M. 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”. Clay seconded the motion. By a roll call vote the motion carried 4-0. The Board adjourned into non-public session at .
At Clay motioned to enter into public session from
non-public session. Dave seconded the motion. The motion carried 4-0.
Ken nominated the following
candidates to the Board:
Dianne Fitzmaurice for the Grade 3 position to
replace L. Bradbury
Sacha Norris for the Grade 5 position to replace
Dave motioned to accept the recommendations of the Superintendent for
Dianne Fitzmaurice and Sacha Norris. Clay seconded the motion. The motion
Clay 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”. Mike M. seconded the motion. By a roll call vote the motion carried
4-0.The Board adjourned into non-public
session at .