Regular Meeting

                                                                                                            September 17, 2008

                                                                                                            Hollis-Brookline Middle School

 

 

Tom Enright, Chairperson

James O’Shea, MD

Dan Peterson

Fred Hubert

Steve Simons

Tom Solon

Janice Tremblay

 

 

Susan Hodgdon, Superintendent of Schools

Tim Kelley, Principal, Hollis-Brookline High School

Pat Goyette, Principal, Hollis-Brookline Middle School

Rich Raymond, Network Administrator

Rebecca Movermann, Student Representative

Betsy A. Packard, Recording Secretary 

 

Others present included members of the Public.

 

Chairperson Tom Enright called the meeting to order at 6:15 p.m.

 

1.         AGENDA ADDITIONS / DELETIONS

 

Supt. Hodgdon presented the following additions / deletions to the agenda:

 

a)       Waive the Financial Report

b)       Add a Public Forum

c)       Add the Student Representative’s report

d)       Add the Network Administrator’s report

 

2.         MINUTES

 

Steve Simons moved that the Board accept the minutes of August 13, as written.  Janice Tremblay seconded.

 

Mr. Kelley had the following corrections:

 

Page 5 – Under “Diane Kramer – Computer” should read:  “Mr. Kelley stated that Ms. Kramer was experienced in advance placement for computer science.  The course she will be teaching is essentially a college class and has approximately 16 students.  Ms. Kramer will also help with Algebra 1.”

 

Page 5 – Under “Trudi Thompson” – add . . . “that Ms. Thompson was a highly recommended teacher, whose husband accepted a position . . . “

 

Page 6 – Under “NEASC Update,” –  first paragraph, last sentence should read:  “The NEASC is not asking the District to fix the problems . . . “

 

Page 8 – Under “Negotiations,’ – remove “Mr. Kelley” such that the first two paragraphs should read:

 

 “Teacher contracts will be up for negotiations this year.  Mr. Peterson will participate in the process.  Chair. Enright is also willing to be on the negotiation committee, and Mr. Simons has volunteered.  Ms. Tremblay stated that she would also like to participate.  Only 3 people will be able to attend any one meeting.

 

They will start to discuss what the goals should be at the next meeting.  Health insurance and retirement will be major issues.”

 

Motion carried as corrected.  6 – 0 – 1 (Peterson abstained.)

 

Supt. Hodgdon stated that in regards to the June 18, 2008 meeting, a motion had been made and passed regarding $10,000 of leftover funds being used for technology, yet the minutes did not reflect the motion.

 

Mr. Peterson stated that he recalled a discussion regarding a recommendation to take $10,000 of leftover funds to be applied to any technology needs.

 

Dan Peterson moved that the minutes of June 18, 2008 be amended to reflect the unanimous vote to encumber $10,000 for the purposes of technology needs.  Fred Hubert seconded.  Motion carried.  6 – 0 – 1 (O’Shea abstained.)

 

3.         CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

 

Supt. Hodgdon informed the Board that she had received a letter of resignation from Steven Conners, effective September 17, 2008.  Supt. Hodgdon read Mr. Conners’ letter, which stated that working for Mr. Kelley, Hollis and Brookline had been an amazing experience, and that he needed to resign for personal reasons.

 

Steve Simons moved that the Board accept Mr. Conners’ letter of resignation with regret.  Dan Peterson seconded.  Motion carried unanimously.  7 – 0 – 0.

 

Mr. Solon asked if Mr. Conners’ resignation had been anticipated.  Mr. Kelley responded that Mr. Conners had been on family leave this year, and that he was going from family leave to resignation.

 

Supt. Hodgdon stated that she also had the following communications:

 

§         Facility Needs Study

§         Leadership Team

§         DOE release ____

 

4.         PRINCIPALS’ REPORTS

 

Middle School

 

Ms. Goyette reported that the school year had gotten off to a great start.  She stated that she wanted to give credit to Linda Desmarais, who had done the job of 10.  She added that others have picked up new jobs to cover some of Ms. Desmarais’ job.

 

Ms. Goyette stated that the half-day the first day of school was plenty and worked out well for the students and staff.  The staff had a meeting in the afternoon. 

 

Ms. Goyette stated that she was pleased with the staff participation during the Danielson Training.  It was a full day, and although the staff was pleased with the training, they were not happy with the timing of the training, as they felt it was important to have classroom time with the students at this point of the school year.

 

 

 

 

High School

 

Mr. Kelley reported that the High School has 6 National Merit Semi-Finalists this year.  Last year they had three.  He added that State results show that there are only three schools that have more than 6 semi-finalists.  Those schools are:  St. Paul, Philips Exeter, and Hanover.

 

Mr. Kelley informed the Board that on Monday, the entire freshman class went to Boston to see the documentary “Trouble the Water.”  The documentary was on Hurricane Katrina and its effects on people.  Mr. Kelley stated that the film was powerful, but it contained objectionable language that they had been unaware of.  He explained that documentaries are not rated.  He stated that they should have pre-viewed the film, but time was limited.  He added that the chaperones had agreed that the language was bad, but the message of the film was powerful.

 

Mr. Kelley stated that he had the following action items:

 

§         Field trips

 

Mr. Kelley informed the Board that he had a couple of field trip requests.  The first was a field trip on oceanography to the Florida Keys for science classes to take place during February vacation.  The trip will be through the Newfound Harbor Marine Institute.  Mr. Ouellette will be chaperoning.  He added that this trip is similar to the trip that science classes have taken to Orlando.

 

Mr. Kelley stated that the second trip is a journalism trip to St. Louis.

 

Steve Simons moved that the Board approve both field trips as presented by Mr. Kelley.  Dan Peterson seconded. 

 

Dr. O’Shea asked if the Florida field trip was designed for high school students.  Mr. Kelley responded that it was, adding that Mr. Ouellette has a background in it.

 

Mr. Solon asked how the trip was funded.  Mr. Kelley explained that it was student funded.  Mr. Solon asked if there would be any opportunity for students who want to go, but do not have the funds.  Mr. Kelley responded that if a field trip is curriculum-based, then there are scholarships available.  However, these trips are not curriculum-based, so there will be no scholarships available.

 

Motion carried unanimously.  7 – 0 – 0.

 

§         Second Shift Custodian Supervisor Posting

 

Mr. Kelley stated that he would like to post a job opening for a second shift custodian supervisor position.  He added that they were anticipating hiring from within.   Mr. Kelley reported that there would be a bump in salary.

 

Dr. O’Shea asked if the position would go from no benefits to benefits.  Mr. Kelley responded that it would just be a shift in category, that it would not affect benefits.

 

Chair. Enright asked if Mr. Kelley had checked with Ms. Duhamel.  Mr. Kelley responded that he had.

 

Mr. Solon asked if the position would affect the chain of command.  Mr. Kelley explained that there are two shifts, and currently, there is no one in charge of the second shift.  This position would take care of that.  Mr. Solon asked if the second shift supervisor would take direction from John Gray .  Mr. Kelley responded that they would.

 

James O’Shea moved that the Board authorize Mr. Kelley to post a job opening for a second shift custodial supervisor.  Steve Simons seconded.  Motion carried unanimously.  7 – 0 – 0.

 

§         Donations

 

Mr. Kelley informed the Board that he had received a donation of two camcorders for technology from Anita Moynihan.  One is valued at $300, while the other is valued at $500.

 

James O’Shea moved that the Board accept the donation of two camcorders with thanks.  Janice Tremblay seconded.  Motion carried unanimously.  7 – 0 – 0.

 

 

Student Representative Report

 

Rebecca Movermann reported that the Student Council had been talking about shortening the school day.  They discussed taking one minute out of “passing” time, which would give them 7 minutes less each day.  She stated that the Council had not come to any conclusion, and would welcome some feedback from the Board.

 

Mr. Kelley stated that reducing the school day would help relieve the stress of students trying to get to the buses after school.  The dismissal bell is at 2:24 p.m. and the buses leave at 2:29 p.m.  Mr. Kelley informed the Board that he had challenged the students to think about shortening the day.  The suggestion has been made to take the “passing” time between classes from 5 minutes down to 4 minutes.  No conclusion has been made, despite the fact that the students have put a lot of thought into it.  He added that every minute of class instruction is important.  Mr. Kelley stated that he had not yet talked to the staff, and such a reduction would also affect them.

 

Chair. Enright stated that generally issues within the building are looked at by the building administrators, not the Board.  Mr. Hubert added that the protocol is to start with teachers, then go to the building principal, followed by the Superintendent, and finally the Board.

 

Mr. Kelley added that the challenge of reducing the school day has been a nice learning experience for the students to see how changes go through the system.

 

Mr. Kelley reported that everyone was happy about the parking situation.  He added that it wasn’t as crowded as last year.  He felt this was in part due to the fact that they required those getting a parking pass must already have their license.  Last year, sophomores got their passes before they had their licenses.

 

5.         NETWORK ADMININSTRATOR’S REPORT

 

Rich Raymond, Network Administrator, reported that last year, the District had applied and was selected to be a beta site for a new product – a controller for multiple access points.  Mr. Raymond stated that they had received a production model, which they have accepted.

 

Steve Simons moved that the Board accept the controller production equipment.  James O’Shea seconded.  Motion carried unanimously.  7 – 0 – 0.

 

Mr. Peterson asked  Mr. Raymond what his opinion was of the equipment.  Mr. Raymond responded that he could now manage all access points from one interface.  Mr. Kelley added that his staff who do not have places of their own to work from could now use computers anywhere.  Mr. Raymond stated that one controller at the High School would be able to serve the Middle School also.

 

Mr. Solon asked if this had been a sales tool to buy access points.  Mr. Raymond responded that it wasn’t.  The company had needed beta sites.  The six access points that they now have, they did not pay for.  He added that he would like to get more.

 

Mr. Raymond reported that they were going to deploy a new phone system at the Middle School.  He stated that he had contacted TDS and received a spreadsheet that listed all the phone numbers of both buildings.  He then compared notes with the building secretaries to find out which lines were valid and which lines were going nowhere.  It was discovered that there were several lines that just went nowhere.  Mr. Raymond reported that the Middle School has 17 lines and the High School has 20.  There are a total of 37 lines, and it is felt that they could reduce that down to 27.  With each line costing approximately $40 per month, that would realize a $400 per month savings.  Mr. Raymond advised the Board that each school must have a phone in the elevators, and each school must have two lines for the fire system.  Mr. Raymond felt that they should keep 16 lines at the High School and 9 lines at the Middle School.

 

Mr. Raymond stated that he had talked with Brookline to see if it would make sense to trunk lines over to their district.  At a cost of $9/$10 per line, and only trunking 3 lines over, it was felt that for $30 it was not worth it.  Also, if 9-1-1 was dialed from the Middle School, it would have to go out as a “465” number.  They could, however, program the system such that any phone that is used to dial 9-1-1 would be trunked to a specific “465” exchange line.

 

Mr. Raymond informed the Board that he had also been looking at parent notification system for the other districts.  Alert Now is a system that will send a message out, such as a snow day, and will call all numbers in just a few minutes.  Groups can be set up, such as by grades, athletic teams, etc.  There is a portal for parents to access the website and see what numbers the system has for them.  Current phone numbers and email addresses that are on file can be downloaded into Alert Now. 

 

Mr. Hubert asked if Alert Now was a software solution or a service.  Mr. Raymond responded that it was a service.  Mr. Raymond explained that if a message is tagged as an emergency, it would be sent out to every phone number in the system.

 

Mr. Raymond reported that Global Connect had a cost of $2.00/student, while Alert Now was $3.00/student.

 

Tom Enright moved that the Board authorize Rich Raymond to purchase the parent notification system, Alert Now.  James O’Shea seconded.  Motion carried unanimously.  7 – 0 – 0.

 

Mr. Peterson asked if the system had been brought to the other districts.  Mr. Raymond responded that the Hollis School District had adopted it, while the Brookline School District postponed adopting it until next year.

 

6.         OPEN FORUM

 

Cindy Ryherd addressed the Board and asked if the agenda for the meetings could be posted and perhaps a link set up on the webpage.  Mr. Raymond stated that he used to get the agendas to post and would be willing to post them again.  Supt. Hodgdon stated that she would look into it.

 

Ms. Ryherd stated that there was no place on the High School webpage that stated when progress reports and report cards come out.  Mr. Kelley responded that it had now been corrected.

 

Ms. Ryherd asked if there were some way to get the school newsletter electronically.  Mr. Kelley responded that the newsletter was electronic, and went out electronically.  The issue could be that the school did not have a valid email address, so he asked that Ms. Ryherd call the school with an email address.

 

Mr. Peterson asked Supt. Hodgdon to make sure that the Board’s minutes get posted.  He stated that the last minutes on the webpage were May and June and August should be there.  Mr. Raymond stated that seeing that the minutes get posted was his issue.

 

7.         SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

 

Supt. Hodgdon reported that during the Commissioner’s meeting with superintendents the following issues were discussed:

 

§         Out-of-district placement and assigning AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress)  accountability.  Looking for 95% participation/attendance.

§         Competency assessment process.

§         Education Information System (EIS)  an online system for tracking certification and HQT (Highly Qualified Teacher) status.

§         Impact of State Budget Shortfall on Catastrophic Aid – District won’t be getting as much as in the past.

§         Redesigning High Schools Initiative – Carol Mace, Mike Tenders, Tim Kelley and Supt. Hodgdon went to the conference and were able to cover lots of different sessions.  Next steps include engaging the Board, and then the public.

 

8.         FY10 BUDGET OVERVIEW / PRIORITIES

 

§         Oil Lock In

 

Supt. Hodgdon reported that Ms. Duhamel had locked oil costs in at $3.49 / gal.  She added that Board members should have received an email from Ms. Duhamel showing the budgetary impact this price will have on the schools’ budgets.

 

Chair. Enright stated that the first oil price offer had been $4.60.

 

§         Well

 

Supt. Hodgdon stated that on September 11th, Ms. Duhamel had sent out an update on the well issue.  She reported that approximately $28,000 had been spent to-date.  Skillings had drilled down approximately 1900 feet.  They also had hydrofracted well #3, and added a new pump.  This work has added about 1.4 gals / minute to the system.

 

Supt. Hodgdon informed the Board that Skillings feels there would be no benefit to install a monitoring system.  Such a system would cost about $20,000.  John Gray feels the monitoring system would be beneficial.  Skillings is recommending hydrofracting the other two wells at a cost of $6,000 per well.

 

Chair. Enright asked what the next step should be.  Supt. Hodgdon responded that the next step should be resolving the difference of opinion on the monitoring equipment. 

 

Mr. Simons stated that Mr. Gray had said that the well was recovering nicely each morning.  Therefore, it might be worth hydrofracting the other two wells.

 

Chair. Enright felt that they should sit down with Skillings and see why they should hydrofract each well a second time.  He also felt they should have a discussion regarding the monitoring equipment.  Mr. Gray feels having the monitoring equipment would be better for managing the wells.  Chair. Enright questioned why Skillings had first proposed the monitoring equipment and was now discouraging the purchase of such equipment.  Chair. Enright proposed that Skillings, Ms. Duhamel, John Gray and a couple of Board members meet.

 

Mr. Solon asked if the other wells were as deep.  Chair. Enright responded that they weren’t and he did not recommend drilling anymore.

 

Mr. Solon asked what the monitoring equipment would monitor.  Chair. Enright explained that if there was a drawn down, currently, all three wells go down.  With the monitoring equipment, they would have the ability to manually “rest” a well.

 

 

 

 

9.         NEASC RECOMMENDATIONS

 

Mr. Kelley reported that at the end of August, a retreat for the department heads was held.   One of the goals of the retreat was to address the NEASC recommendations, specifically, the space issues.  Mr. Kelley felt it might be worthwhile to invite a NEASC member to a Board meeting to discuss the importance of addressing the NEASC’s recommendations.  He added that they need to address the space and cafeteria needs as a report to the NEASC was coming due.

 

Mr. Kelley reported that another NEASC recommendation was to reinstate funding for transportation to other districts for participation in courses not offered at the High School. 

 

Mr. Simons felt that discussion of bringing a bond issue forth to the District for a vote would show progress.

 

Mr. Peterson questioned what the prioritization of the NEASC’s recommendations were.  Mr. Kelley responded that the NEASC’s biggest concerns were the space needs.  Most of the recommendations made regarded space issues. 

 

Mr. Simons felt that the Board should bring a bond issue forward again in March. 

 

Mr. Solon questioned if the Board should bring forth the same proposal as last year with updated figures, or if the Board should revisit the issue.  Mr. Simons felt they should get all the players together again and revisit the issue.  Mr. Kelley recommended that they make a decision quickly so they can get the information out to the public in plenty of time.

 

Mr. Solon felt that a bond issue would hinge on the reports coming out of the space/facilities committees.  He pointed out that last year, voters wanted to know what the long-range plan was.  Mr. Solon wondered when they would hear from the committees.

 

Mr. Peterson reported that he sat on the Hollis Facilities Committee.  He stated that he has asked that the committee address as part of any option, if expansion is advisable or not.  He stated that the committee debated whether they should make such a recommendation or not, but at the last meeting they agreed that they would provide insight as to whether expansion made sense or not.  Mr. Peterson added that the committee has also been trying to understand the State Aid Rules, now that they have changed.  He explained that the State is now recommending a square footage per student as guidelines, and anything above their recommendations would not be eligible for State Aid.  There are questions regarding expanding the cafeteria and how it would fall under the State Aid guidelines.

 

Mr. Solon asked what the square footage per student was at the High School.  It was thought to be 140 square feet per student.  Mr. Hubert felt that the current square footage per student and what the State guidelines are should be confirmed.

 

Mr. Peterson felt it would behoove the Board to make a decision much earlier this year.  He felt that the Board should be more aggressive and have more public forums/hearings.  Mr. Kelley felt that they could have used another month last year.

 

Dr. O’Shea asked if Supt. Hodgdon could envision a way to provide the NEASC report to elementary school parents.  He felt that they should know that not addressing the NEASC’s recommendations could mean losing accreditation.

 

Mr. Kelley felt that they should invite reporters to the next meeting, as articles in the papers get the voters attention.

 

Dr. O’Shea wondered if this was an opportunity to think about expansion of a classroom wing, and if the staff should think about programming.  Mr. Kelley stated that he had some thought regarding changing the building, in that it should be a building for 900 students, not 1300.  It would give the ability to be more flexible.  He added that if he had to choose, he would choose classroom space over cafeteria space.  He stated that currently, he could not think about adding classes/courses/programming because they have no space.  Mr. Kelley stated that he would feel better if there were more space to work with.

 

Mr. Peterson pointed out that the Facilities Committee was looking at facilities and expansion from a prospective mainly for Hollis.  He added that the Committee was specifically charged not to look at the educational aspect.

 

Mr. Hubert questioned what the possibility was of the Committee presenting four options and not making a recommendation at this point in time.  Mr. Peterson responded that the Committee had been charged to make a recommendation.  Mr. Solon was concerned that the Committee would outline the impact of the various options, but not make a recommendation.  Mr. Peterson responded that the Committee had been specifically charged to make a recommendation.  However, a discussion regarding money spent now versus money spent later would not be factored in.

 

Mr. Solon stated that there was a similar committee in Brookline and wondered when their deliverables were expected.  Mr. Hubert responded that the Brookline committee was charged to deliver in March.  He added that the Brookline committee was charge to look at educational components and contingency plans.  He felt that the committee’s report would be out before any district meetings.  Mr. Solon wondered if there were any way that the Brookline committee could give some input now, as they play a significant part in the process.  Mr. Hubert stated that the Brookline committee would be breaking down cost to tax impact level and the average cost per homeowner.  He added that one driver is additional people moving into town.

 

Mr. Peterson questioned if a cafeteria committee needed to be formed.  Mr. Solon asked if anything had changed significantly that would impact last year’s data.  Mr. Simons responded that nothing really had changed, adding that he would get Mr. Kelley, Hutter, and the architect together.  Mr. Solon felt that the big change was communication.  Mr. Peterson stated that the big impact was the State Aid regulations.  He felt that they didn’t analyze it correctly last year, that they had assumed a straight 40%.

 

Mr. Simons stated that Dr. O’Shea, Mr. Kelley, Mr. Karwoski, Hutter, and the architect were on the committee last year.  Mr. Peterson asked to have an update at the next meeting.

 

Ms. Ryherd stated that the PTA would be willing to do what needed to be done to get the word out and get voters to support the initiative.

 

Mr. Solon felt it was important to pick a fixed number for student population to use for modeling.  Mr. Hubert agreed that a number was needed to calculate square footage per student.

 

Steve Simons moved that the Board present a proposal at the March 2009 District Meeting to expand the cafeteria and add classrooms to the High School.  James O’Shea seconded. 

 

Chair. Enright stated that he would support the motion with the understanding that they would come back next month, discuss the issue, and make a new motion if needed.

 

Mr. Peterson felt they should get more data before taking such a vote.  Dr. O’Shea stated that all the data he needed he had from the educational leaders.

 

Motion carried.  6 – 0 – 1.  (Peterson abstained.)

 

Mr. Peterson stated that he would like to address the following at the next meeting:

 

1)       State Aid

2)       An understanding of what other options would be

 

10.        POLICIES

 

Mr. Simons informed the Board that he was only bringing forward one policy (Policy IFA – Instructional Needs of Students with Different Talents) for final approval.

 

Steve Simons moved that policy IFA – Instructional Needs of Students with Different Talents be presented for final approval.  Janice Tremblay seconded. 

 

Mr. Solon felt that the policy did not say anything of value.  He felt the policy was ambiguous. Mr. Simons explained that the reason they have the policy was due to the DOE insisting that the District have a policy like this.  Mr. Kelley added that if such a policy was not in place, then they would have the right to say “too bad,” but this policy says that they will look into the issue.

 

Motion carried.  6 – 1 – 0. (Solon against.)

 

11.        ENROLLMENT PROJECTIONS

 

Chair. Enright asked that Supt. Hodgdon move forward with obtaining enrollment projections.

 

12.        FY10 BUDGET OVERVIEW / PRIORITIES

 

Chair. Enright stated that he had asked for this item to be on the agenda so that all the Board members could voice their expectations.

 

Chair. Enright felt that there shouldn’t be any instructional increases that could not be accommodated within the current budget.  He stated that he would like to see the budgets as flat as possible, since they will have increases in fixed costs (fuel, electricity, etc.), and that they have negotiated contracts this year.

 

Mr. Hubert agreed and felt it would be easier to sell an expansion if the budget was low.

 

Dr. O’Shea asked for an update on the 5th team at the Middle School.  Ms. Goyette responded that a 5th team would be good this year, as they have class sizes of 24-26, and a couple of classes of 29 in the 7th grade.  Next year, both grades will be very full, and then the following year there is a dip in student population.  Thus, Ms. Goyette did not feel as though she could ask for additional staffing to support a 5th team.

 

Mr. Kelley questioned if the administrators would be able to propose items if they could counter balance them.  Ms. Tremblay stated that a “0” budget increase is difficult to deal with.  She added that she was hearing creative thinking, and felt that that was what needed to be done to offset things.

 

Mr. Kelley informed the Board that he had a wish list, which included:

 

            Advance Placement courses

            More hands-on courses

            Looking at splitting some programs

            Looking at bringing some out-of-district students back in-district

           

Mr. Kelley stated that the numbers in Social Studies were growing, but felt there may be ways to meet that need without new staff.  He added that AP Government and AP Psychology were cancelled last year.

 

Mr. Kelley stated that they needed some breathable space.  He felt that the space crunch did impact student learning.

 

Mr. Solon stated that he would like to look at programs that would be money generators by offering them to students at other schools, such as special education classes.  He felt that the school could serve a multitude of need, adding that they have exceptional staff.  He felt that a gifted program might satisfy other schools’ needs and accepting student from other schools could help to defray the costs.  Mr. Simons stated that the DOE has great control over that kind of stuff.  Mr. Kelley added that if they had, for example, an AP Chemistry class that they couldn’t fill, perhaps they could bring students from other districts in.  Mr. Solon felt they should look into gifted, as well as special needs courses that could be offered to students from other districts.

 

Mr. Kelley informed the Board that they had cut down on the number of exchange students because of space issues.  He stated that he understood Mr. Solon’s ideas, adding that he would look into it, but wasn’t sure about bussing.  He stated that distance learning may be an option, that is, accessing the school’s teachers from other sites.

 

Chair. Enright stated that at the next meeting, they would hear the administrators’ overviews and thought for next year.  Ms. Goyette stated that she and Mr. Kelley would meet prior to October, and then present their priority list at the October Board meeting.  Budgets would be ready by the end of October, to be presented at the November meeting.

 

Mr. Hubert questioned if the Board was going to look into bus scheduling software.  Chair. Enright stated that the District ran the same number of buses at the secondary level as at the primary level, adding that it gave someone a job.  He stated that the District is only required to bus students through 8th grade.  He wondered if they should perhaps only bus students through sophomore year.

 

Mr. Kelley felt that the busses were fuller in the morning this year.

 

Mr. Hubert felt that as far as keeping someone employed, the bus drivers were not the District’s employees, as the District contracts the bus company.

 

Dr. O’Shea questioned teacher’s being certified and new regulations.  Ms. Goyette responded that it was not a new regulation.  If a special education teacher taught a pullout course (such as math), then he/she must also be certified or a Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT).

 

Mr. Solon asked if the administrators had any idea of the number retirees this year.  Mr. Kelley responded that he didn’t at that point in time.

 

Chair. Enright asked if the Board had made a decision as to what they wanted to do about the Special Education (NESDEC) report. 

 

Dr. O’Shea stated that he was in the minority of doing a study last year, letting the new superintendent have time in the District.  He questioned whether money should be spent at the SAU level or at the District level. 

 

Supt. Hodgdon stated that she had met with Bob Kelly and had discussed getting a report out to the administrators. 

 

Mr. Peterson stated he preferred problems being solved at the district level rather than the SAU level.

 

Ms. Goyette stated that one conversation that they needed to focus on was out-of-district placements, adding that they needed to bring it back to the district level.

 

Mr. Peterson felt that each district should look at the issues involved, then solve at that level.

 

Mr. Solon stated that before acting on any issues in the report, he would like to talk to an investigator.  He felt that the way the report had been written, it sounded as if certain tasks were presumed to be the correct thing.  He wanted to understand what was viewed as “givens,” and what were viewed as “variables.”

 

Chair. Enright stated that NESDEC had made statements at the beginning of the report that they never addressed in the report.  He added that the report merely stated what the District had and/or was doing, but never stated what other districts were doing.

 

Chair. Enright asked that all Board members read the report before the next meeting, as they needed to address it.

 

Mr. Peterson stated that he understood Mr. Solon’s desire to talk with a representative from NESDEC, but wondered when it would happen.  He stated that he didn’t want to see any further delay.  He felt that Supt. Hodgdon and the administration should sit down and discuss the report.  Mr. Solon responded that he would like to have someone from NESDEC at the next School Board meeting, which would be before the SAU Board meeting, where the decision will be made.

 

Dr. O’Shea felt that the Board needed to prepare themselves for the issue that the way the School Board may want to go may not be the way the SAU Board will want to go.

 

Supt. Hodgdon stated that they needed to discuss this issue, but they were up against a tight timeline.  Mr. Simons suggested a special meeting.

 

Mr. Kelley asked what would happen if one board voted one way, and the other two boards voted another way.  Dr. O’Shea responded that the majority wins.

 

13.        SUPERINTENDENT REVIEW COMMITTEE

 

Mr. Solon agreed to be the School Board’s representative to the Superintendent Review Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Simons moved that the Board enter non-public session under the provisions of RSA 91-A:3 II (c) reputation.  Dan Peterson seconded.  A roll call vote was taken with all members present voting in the affirmative.   7 - 0 - 0.

 

Board entered non-public session at 9:00 p.m.