Hollis Brookline Coop School Board
SAU Business Office
July 10, 2008
Tom Enright, Chair
Dan Peterson, Vice Chair
Susan Hodgdon, Superintendent
Dawna Duhamel, Business Administrator (joined us at 8:35 AM)
Tim Kelley, HBHS Principal
Tom Enright called the meeting to order at 8:05 AM.
Chair Enright introduced Bill and Karen Garside and their two children who were present at the meeting. The Garsides have been residents of Hollis for the past eleven years. He then provided information about the Garsides’ plans to bring a young lady from Rwanda at the end of the summer in the hopes of providing an opportunity for educating her in the United States. The Garsides will be her legal guardians during her time in the States and are seeking a commitment from the Hollis-Brookline Coop School District that will allow the student to attend classes at HBHS. The educational opportunity is mandatory in order to allow the guardianship and to obtain a visa. The long-range plan is for the student to pursue secondary education after completing required high school courses.
Principal Kelley provided further information related to historical times when tuition has been charged for students at HBHS. He also confirmed that this is not a foreign exchange student, a program that currently has four students attending HBHS. He informed the Board that Legal Counsel had advised that SAU 41 could waive the requirement for guardianship to allow enrollment at HBHS. This would serve to overcome the stalemate between the Guardianship process and our enrollment process.
Bill Garside summarized the events that led up to the current request and provided a bit of background information on the student.
Tom Enright expressed a concern about setting a precedent and reminded members of the Board of an earlier instance where a resident proposed to bring students from a different district to our district and enroll them in our school(s).
Dan Peterson moved to formally accept the student to be tuitioned into Hollis-Brookline High School at the standard rate of $9570 per year. Steve Simons seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0-0.
Dan Peterson moved to waive tuition upon notification of legal guardianship. Steve Simons seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0-0.
(At this time, the Garsides left the meeting).
Superintendent Hodgdon and Dawna Duhamel presented three employees who were inadvertently left off the list for wage increase consideration for the upcoming year and asked that action be taken.
Ř John Gray, Head Custodian – Based on outstanding performance, Dawna recommended a 4% increase. Steve Simons moved to grant the 4% increase; Janice Tremblay seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0-0.
Ř Amy Cassidy, Food Services Manager – Recommendation was for a 3% increase. Steve Simons moved to grant the recommended 3% increase; Dan Peterson seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0-0.
Ř Scott Field, IT Technician – Recommendation was for a 4% increase, based in part on the anticipated increase in workload for the upcoming year. Steve Simons moved to grant the recommended 4% increase; Janice Tremblay seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-1-0.
Dawna Duhamel requested that John Gray’s contract and PDF be reviewed. Dawna will bring a summary of the areas of concern to the board meeting on August 13, 2008 for further review and action.
Steve Simons made a motion to go into non-public session under RSA 91-A:3 (c) reputation. Dan Peterson seconded the motion. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote 4 yes, 0 no. The Board moved into non-public session at 8:50 AM.
The Board returned to public session at 9:10 AM. Dan Peterson moved to seal the minutes from the 7-10-2008 non-public session. Steve Simons seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0-0.
Dan Peterson moved to adjourn at 9:11 AM. Steve Simons seconded the motion. Motion approved unanimously and meeting adjourned at 9:11 AM.