HOLLIS BROOKLINE COOPERATIVE SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNUAL MEETING

Hollis Brookline High School

4 March 2009

 

Hollis Brookline Cooperative School District Board Members

Thomas Enright, Chair

Fred Hubert

James O’Shea, MD

Daniel Peterson

Stephen Simons

Thomas Solon

Janice Tremblay

 

Hollis Brookline Cooperative School District Budget Committee Members

Stephen Pucci, Chair

Greg McHale

Gregory d’Arbonne

Douglas Davidson

Lorin Rydstrom

Raymond Valle

Forrest Milkowski

 

Hollis Brookline Cooperative School District Moderator

Jim Belanger

 

Superintendent of Schools                                 Susan Hodgdon                  

Director of Curriculum and Instruction            Carol A. Mace                     

Business Administrator                                      Dawna Duhamel  

Director of Special Education                            Robert R. Kelly                    

Network Administrator                                       Richard Raymond               

Cooperative School District Clerk                     Diane Leavitt                       

 

Moderator Belanger called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

The Star Spangled Banner was played by the 7th Grade Band.

The Moderator recognized veterans of the military and thanked them for their service.

The Moderator introduced our State Representatives: Carolyn Gargasz, Dick Drisko, Don Ryder, Melanie Levesque.

The Moderator recognized Senator Peggy Gilmour who then addressed the voters.

Chairman of the School Board, Tom Enright introduced District Attorney, Bill Drescher, Superintendent of Schools, Susan Hodgdon and the School Board Members.

Tom Enright gave a presentation and thanked the Teaching Staff, Administrative Staff and the Support Staff.

Superintendent Susan Hodgdon introduced the School Administrative Staff Members.

Chairman Steve Pucci introduced the Budget Committee Members.

 

Moderator Belanger explained the rules of the meeting.

Moderator introduced Clerk, Diane Leavitt and explained roles and motions.

Moderator introduced Assistant Moderators, Dr. Jim Squires and Peter Webb.

An overview of the evening and time schedule was presented by the Moderator.

 

Roger Saunders motioned from the floor to take Articles out of order, seconded by Ray Valle.

 

Moderator brought motion to take up Article 3, before Article 2 to a vote.    Motion carried by a card vote.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Article 3.  To see if the school district will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of $43,833 to fund the increase in cost items relative to support staff salaries and fringe benefits for the 2009-2010 school year which resulted from good faith negotiations with the support staff, and which represents the negotiated increase over last year’s salaries and fringe benefits.  This is the second year of a two year contract.  The school board recommends this appropriation.  The budget committee recommends this appropriation. 

 

Motion to bring Article 3 to the floor, Tom Enright, seconded by Steve Simons.

 

Tom Enright gave a presentation for the School Board.

 

Comment by Budget Committee, Doug Davidson

 

No questions to Article 3

 

The Moderator brought Article 3 to a vote.  The motion carried by a card vote.

 

 

Article 2.  To see if the school district will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of $18,831,962 for the support of schools, for the payment of salaries for the school district officials and agents and for the payment of statutory obligations of the district.  This appropriation does not include appropriations voted in other warrant articles.  The school board does not recommend this appropriation.  The budget committee recommends this appropriation.

 

Motion to bring Article 2 to the floor by Steve Pucci, seconded by Greg McHale.

 

Doug Davidson gave a presentation for the Budget Committee.

 

Dan Peterson gave a presentation for the School Board.

 

The Moderator opened the floor to questions on the Amendment to increase the number in the budget 43,833.

 

Discussions ensued.

 

Dan Peterson moved to amend Article 2 to change the appropriation from: 18,831,962 to 18,875,795, seconded by Fred Hubert

 

Moderator brought the Amendment to Article 2 to a vote.  129 “yes”, 113 “no”.  The Amendment is carried by card vote. 

 

Article 2 amended with new number 18,875,795.

 

Moderator opened floor to discussion on the amended Article 2. 

 

Jim Murphy moved the question, seconded by voter in the audience.  The motion carried by card vote.

 

The Moderator brought Article 2 amended to a vote.  The motion carried by card vote.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Article 4.  To see if the school district will authorize the Hollis Brookline Cooperative School District to access future year state and federal catastrophic aid funds in the event that special education costs exceed budget limitations.  The school board recommends this article.

 

Tom Enright motioned by bring Article 4 to the floor, seconded by Steve Simons. 

 

Ray Valle moved to restrict reconsideration to Article 2, seconded by Doug Davidson.

 

Moderator brought motion to a vote.  The motion carried by a card vote.

 

Tom Enright gave a brief explanation of Article 4.

 

No Comment from Budget Committee.

 

Moderator brought Article 4 to a vote.   The motion carried by card vote.

 

 

Article 5. (BY PETITION).  To see if the school district will vote to exercise its sovereignty under the law and thereby prohibit the expenditure of appropriations supporting unfunded mandates related to budget retirement funding in the district without the approval of the school district at its annual meeting and as described and defined in Part 1, Article 28-a of the New Hampshire Constitution.  Whereas, the New Hampshire Constitution reads:

 

                The state shall not mandate or assign any new, expanded or modified programs or responsibilities to any political subdivision in such a way as to necessitate additional local expenditures by the political subdivision unless such programs or responsibilities are fully funded by the state or unless such programs or responsibilities are approved for funding by a vote of the local legislative body of the political subdivision.

 

Doug Davidson, private citizen, moved to bring Article 5 to the floor and amended the wording in a minor way.

 

Doug Davidson gives a presentation.

 

Discussions ensued.

 

Attorney Bill Drescher answered questions on legality. 

 

Ray Valle motioned to move question, seconded by Ann Duma.   Motion carries to move question and end debate by card vote.

 

Moderator brings Article 5 to a vote.  Motion defeated by majority card vote.

 

 

Article 6.  To transact any other business which may legally come before said meeting. 

 

No other business

 

Moderator Belanger made the motion to adjourn.  The motion carried by card vote.

 

Meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Diane Leavitt

School District Clerk