HOLLIS/BROOKLINE COOP BUDGET COMMITTEE

January 7, 2008 Minutes

 

·       Members Present:  Forrest Milkowski, Lorin Rydstrom, Doug Davidson, Dan Peterson, Ray Valle and Greg d’Arbonne.

·       Members Absent: Mort Goulder and Fred Hubert.

·       Guests/Public Present: None.

 

COMMITTEE ORGANIZATION:

 

MEMBERSHIP

Phone/office

e-mail/mail

Forrest Milkowski

Chairman

673-0399

603-759-1352 (cell)

ForrestMilkowski@earthlink.net

Forrest@Market-Advantage.net

P.O. Box 604, Brookline 03033

Lorin Rydstrom

Vice Chairman

465-2178

881-3700 (work)

Lorin.rydstrom@fctg.com

124 Dow Rd, Hollis, 03049

Greg d’Arbonne

Secretary

H: 672-5830

W: 978-657-1271

C: 978-604-8835

H: Gdarbo6844@aol.com

W: Gdarbonn@systems.textron.com

65 Cleveland Hill Rd., Brookline 03033

Dan Peterson

School Board Rep

465-3858

DanJPeterson@usa.net

22 Shedd Lane, Hollis, 03049

Morton Goulder

 

H: 465-2298

W: 821-5396

cfreed@flegal.com

cgoul96540@aol.com

97 Ridge Rd., Box 419, Hollis 03049

Doug Davidson

 

H: 465-3071

W: 465-3077

C: 603-689-5805

rangerfund@charter.net

4 Sumner Lane, Hollis 03049

Ray Valle

465-2800

566-1020 (cell)

delv@tds.net

85 Rideout Road, Hollis 03049

Fred Hubert

H: 672-9469

W:

C: 617-947-0823

 

H: fhubert67@yahoo.com

W: Fred.Hubert@skillsoft.com

46 Westview Rd., Brookline 03033

 

1.      Committee Chairman Forrest Milkowski called the meeting to order at 5:24 PM.

 

2.      Lorin Rydstrom made a Motion that the Minutes be accepted as read and amended. Doug Davidson seconded the motion.

 

a.       Motion: Lorin Rydstrom made a motion that the Budget Committee accepts the December 17, 2007 Minutes as read and amended. Doug Davidson seconded the motion.

b.      Vote: 5 in favor of the motion, none against. Ray Valle was not present during this portion of the meeting. The motion passed.

 

3.      Dan Peterson stated there may be a Warrant Article for extracurricular activities in addition to the other Warrants. Forrest Milkowski stated he will contact Dawna Duhamel, the SAU Business Administrator, and will ask for the information on the breakdown on the co-curricular activities. Dan stated the figures he had were $324,522 for the High School and $62,557 for the Middle School. Forrest feels that recurring expenses for these co-curricular activities such as maintenance of the track, etc., need to be included in the budget and not put in this separate Warrant. Dan stated the School Board will be looking at the budget again. Currently, there are 5 Warrants that will be presented to the voters: the Budget; the Support Staff Contract, the Teacher’s Salary Increase, the cafeteria/Classroom expansion; and co- curricular activities funding.

 

4.      Dan Peterson provided the Budget Committee members with the Student population projections for the Coop for the 2006-2007 through 2014-2015 school years, as provided by the New England School Development Council (NESDEC):

 

School Year    

Population for

Grades 7 through 12

Population for

Grades 9 through 12

2006 - 2007

1354

893

2007 - 2008

1356

922

2008 - 2009

1373

907

2009 - 2010

1401

907

2010 - 2011

1380

912

2011 – 2012

1394

916

2012 - 2013

1367

922

2013 - 2014

1372

959

2014 - 2015

1318

901

 

 

Discussion by the Budget Committee focused on whether these numbers were accurate or not. Dan stated, based on projections from the past and the actual numbers that resulted, the projections were always higher than the actual population. This does not mean the current figures are inaccurate but he wanted to make this point. Projections would rise with a spike this year (2007 – 2008 School Year) at the High School and then a decline out for 5 years when the numbers increase again. Forrest Milkowski will contact Rick Towne, the Hollis Fire Chief, to discuss if there are any safety issues with the High School’s current cafeteria situation.

 

5.      Discussion of Warrant for Teacher’s Salary Increase: Dan Peterson stated that $366,242 would be the increase amount in the Warrant on the Teacher’s Salary (increases for COLA, Merit, Step and Benefits costs). Forrest Milkowski will talk to Dawna Duhamel about this amount with a breakdown of the costs that make-up this figure.

 

6.      Dan Peterson stated we should discuss what terms the Bond, if passed, should be (5 year, 10 years, whatever). Discussion by the members centered on how to handle this issue. Forrest Milkowski will ask Dawna Duhamel for the Bond payment Schedule. Lorin Rydstrom made a motion that, if the Cafeteria Bond is presented as a Warrant, the Budget Committee recommends it be a 5 year Bond. Doug Davidson seconded the motion. After much discussion on this issue, Ray Valle made a Motion that this motion be tabled. Lorin Rydstrom seconded the motion.

 

a.       Motion: Lorin Rydstrom made a motion that, if the Cafeteria Bond is presented as a Warrant, the Budget Committee recommends it be a 5 year Bond. Doug Davidson seconded the motion.

b.      Motion: Ray Valle made a motion that this motion be tabled. Lorin Rydstrom seconded the motion.

c.       Vote: 6 in favor of the motion, 0 against. The motion passed and the Motion by Lorin Rydstrom was tabled.

 

7.      Next Meeting: Forrest Milkowski stated the Budget Committee should meet soon after the next Coop School Board Meeting, preferably before the end of January, so the Budget can be posted properly. The 28th of January at 5 PM at the Hollis-Brookline Middle School was selected as the date for the next meeting of the Budget Committee.

 

8.      Lorin Rydstrom made a Motion to adjourn the meeting. Greg d’Arbonne seconded the motion. All voted in favor. The Chairman adjourned the meeting at 6:39 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Greg d’Arbonne

Secretary