APPROVED  5/17/06

 

Hollis-Brookline Cooperative School Board

Regular Meeting

April 19, 2006

Hollis-Brookline Middle School

 

 

Jim Murphy, Chairperson

Tom Enright

Dan Peterson

Steve Simons

 

 

Richard Pike, Superintendent of Schools

Tim Kelly, Principal, Hollis-Brookline High School

Pat Goyette, Principal, Hollis-Brookline Middle School

Lee Ann Blastos, Business Administrator

Mellinee Capasso, Business Administration Office

Trevor Buteau, Student Representative

Betsy A. Packard, Recording Secretary 

 

 

Others present included members of the Public.

 

Jim Murphy called the meeting to order at 5:37 p.m.

 

Steve Simons moved that the board enter non-public session under RSA 91-A:3 II (a,c,e).  Tom Enright seconded the motion.  The motion passed 4-0.

 

The board entered non-public session at 5:40 p.m.

 

The board returned from non-public session at 6:50 p.m.

 

 

Steve Simons moved that the board enter non-public session under RSA 91-A:3 II (a, c).  Tom Enright seconded the motion.  The motion passed 4-0.

 

The board entered non-public session at 6:50 p.m.

 

The board returned from non-public session at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

Steve Simons moved that the minutes of the prior non-public session be sealed.  Tom Enright seconded the motion.  The motion passed 4-0.

 

 

Steve Simons moved that the board enter non-public session under RSA 91-A:3 II (a, c).  Tom Enright seconded the motion.  The motion passed 4-0.

 

 The board entered non-public session at 7:00 p.m.

 

The board returned from non-public session at 7:35 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Chairperson Jim Murphy reconvened the meeting at 7:40 p.m.

 

1.         HOLLIS PRESCHOOL – TREE DONATION

 

Chairman Murphy recognized Paula Menard from the Hollis Preschool.

 

Ms. Menard stated that she was on the Hollis Preschool Board.  She informed the Board that 3 years ago, the Preschool started a program to celebrate Earth month, by planting a tree at the High School so when the preschoolers get to high school, they can see how much the tree has grown.  Ms. Menard stated that there was a slight change to the program this year, in that they only plan to plant one tree.  She added that the first year, the Preschool planted 3 dogwood trees, and the second year they planted 3 maple trees. 

 

Ms. Menard stated that they would like to plant the tree on May 10th in the morning, and have a rain date of May 19th.  She added that they had met earlier in the spring to discuss where and what type of tree to plant.  She stated that they would like to plant some sort of a flowering tree (crab apple or flowering pear) on the grassy area left of the building, along the sidewalk.

 

Mr. Simons stated that the High School was designed to have a wing on the end of the building Ms. Menard was talking about, so he wanted to make sure that she was aware of that so they can make sure the tree is not planted where the addition might go.  Mr. Simons added that the last tree in the front of the existing building has not survived, which he feels is due to wind, and felt that they might want to take that into consideration.

 

Ms. Menard stated that Bill Dutton was at the meeting when they discussed where the tree should go.  She stated that she would get in touch with the group and discuss placement and/or type of tree.

 

Ms. Blastos suggested that the Preschool not plant a fruit-bearing tree because the students will throw the fruit.  She stated that the Bradford Pear is a hardy tree, and doesn’t bear fruit.

 

Mr. Enright stated that one of the four maples in front of the building is dead, and suggested that it would be nice to get rid of it, and replace it.

 

Ms. Blastos suggested that she would talk with Mr. Dutton and Mr. Zold.  Ms. Menard stated that she couldn’t guarantee that if they replaced the dead maple, that the replacement tree would be the same size as the others.  She asked whom she should talk to regarding the planting.  Mr. Kelley responded that Ms. Menard could call him.

 

Steve Simons moved that the Board accept the donation of the Hollis Preschool, with the location and type of tree be coordinated with Ms. Blastos.

 

Mr. Kelley asked what time the Preschool would be at the school.  Ms. Menard felt that they would be at the High School around between 9:45 and 10:00.  She added that she would coordinate with Mr. Zold the digging of the hole, so it will be done prior to the planting.

 

Tom Enright seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously.  4 – 0 – 0.

 

2.         OPEN FORUM

 

None.

 

3.         MINUTES

 

March 29, 2006 public session.

 

Steve Simons moved that the Board approve the public minutes of March 29, 2006 as written.  Tom Enright seconded.  Motion carried unanimously.  4 – 0 – 0.

 

 

 

 

March 29, 2006 non-public minutes (sealed)

 

Tom Enright moved that the Board approved the non-public, sealed minutes of March 29, 2006 as written.  Steve Simons seconded.  Motion carried unanimously.  4 – 0 – 0.

 

March 29, 2006 non-public minutes (unsealed)

 

Steve Simons moved that the Board approve the non-public, non-sealed minutes of March 29, 2006 as written.  Tom Enright seconded.  Motion carried unanimously.  4 – 0 – 0.

 

4.         SOFTBALL FIELD

 

Mr. Enright reported on the softball field.  He stated that the dirt work had been done.  The fence will be installed on May 2nd, and the softball team will be helping with the final raking and seeding.  Mr. Enright pointed out how the softball field is needed in early spring, and there is the problem of the field being too wet.  He then explained that they had put down 8” of sand, followed by 4” of clay, and a mixture of sand in the clay on top of that, which was rotor-tilled in.  He stated that there was a cost to do this, but he felt they should not have a problem with the field being too wet.

 

Ms. Blastos stated that on June 15, 2005 the Board talked about the softball field, and the voters appropriated $13,357 at the March 2005 District Meeting.  Ms. Blastos explained that there was a carry-forward balance of the athletic fees.  Ms. Blastos reported that the cost of the field was $26,950 (Gate City Fence and Hollis Construction), thus the cost was higher than anticipated.  She stated that there was the $13,357 appropriated at the District Meeting, and there was approximately an additional $30,000 from gate receipts.  The current balance of the athletic fees may also be used, but it’s the carry-forward amount that the taxpayers must vote on.  She added that the cost of the field was $10,000 over what had been budgeted.

 

Chair. Murphy asked if the District had the money to complete the field with no tax impact?  Ms. Blastos responded that they did.

 

Mr. Peterson asked if the gate receipts were from football.  Ms. Blastos responded that they were from basketball.

 

Chair. Murphy asked if the major cost of the softball field was from the dirt work.  Mr. Enright responded that it was, adding that the field was bigger than planned, and that they put drainage pipes in the sand underneath.

 

Mr. Peterson stated that he had some concerns.  He pointed out that when the Board talked about the softball field last year, they talked about it at the site, and they thought they knew what they were talking about.  He felt that the Board had not been diligent enough, and that they need to take the time in the future to spec out a project properly.

 

5.         PRINCIPALS’ REPORT

 

Middle School

 

Ms. Goyette stated that she wanted to highlight two items from her written report:  NECAPS and the Placement process.

 

Ms. Goyette stated that they gave the NECAPS to both the 7th and 8th grade this past fall.  She pointed out that the NEIAPS are given at grades 3, 6, and 10, and because of this, the Middle School never got any specific results.  This year they have some results.  Ms. Goyette stated that she and Ms. Rizzo had conducted an item analysis of the test results.  She stated that the next step was to sit down as a homogeneous group by departments.  The departments will then share the information with the teams.  Ms. Goyette stated that they had never had direct results for the 7th and 8th grades.

 

Ms. Goyette informed the Board that they were ahead of schedule regarding placement.  The 8th grade students are done, and they should be done with the 7th grade tomorrow.

 

Ms. Goyette informed the Board that she would like to request a transfer of positions.  She stated that Ms. Jahns, grade 7th English teacher, had requested the transfer to the library/media position.  Ms. Goyette stated that she had interviewed Ms. Jahns and felt that Ms. Jahns had the skills and interest for the position, and was therefore, excited to request the transfer.

 

Steve Simons moved that the Board approve the transfer of position of Ms. Jahns from 7th grade English to library/media.  Tom Enright seconded.  Motion carried unanimously.  4 – 0 – 0.

 

High School

 

Mr. Kelley called the Board’s attention to the first three items on his written report.  He stated that they had started the scheduling process, and thus were analyzing the need for staff.  He informed the Board that he needed to cancel some courses due to low enrollment, and needed to combine some courses for more efficiency.  The following are the courses to be cancelled:  American Studies; Desktop Publishing; Advanced Computer Applications; Recreational Activities; Team & Individual Sports; Anthropology.  The following courses have been combined:  Drawing 2 and AP Art (semester 2); Adaptive PE & Personal Fitness; Reading 9 & 10; Political Philosophy & Philosophy.

 

Mr. Peterson asked if the courses had been whittled down to classes.  Mr. Kelley responded that they hadn’t yet. 

 

Mr. Kelley stated that he was looking forward to getting the wheels in motion for the MMS student information system.  He felt that the software should allow them to build an efficient master schedule and begin the process of gathering baseline data.

 

Mr. Kelley stated that he had forwarded a copy of the building goals for 2006.

 

Mr. Kelley stated that he was extremely proud of the 11 students who have met the requirements to participate in the National Merit Scholarship competition.

 

Mr. Kelley informed the Board that it was extremely unheard of to have a student go to the next level of the National Mathematics Competition.  Patrick McDaniel, a 9th grader, has been invited to sit for the United States of America Mathematics Olympiad Exam on April 18th and 19th.

 

Mr. Kelley stated that he had received two letters of resignation, one from Deb Kissell as the National Honor Society Co-Advisor, and the other from Joe Spence, Boy’s Basketball Coach.  Mr. Kelley then read the following:

 

      Deb Kissell is to be commended on her initiatives to move this group into a stronger and more dedicated service organization.  She has brought Hollis Brookline High Schools’ National Honor Society more in alignment with the national and state chapter goals and made membership more meaningful for our students.  In particular, she and Steve Connors organized a “Volunteer Fair” this year for all of our students, to open their eye to the concept of community service.  The school community is grateful for her help in moving this organization forward.

 

      Joe Spence has led the team for four years, prior to that he served as girls JV basketball coach.  Joe is a graduate of Hollis High and has been a life long resident of our community.  His dedication and passion to the game was reflected in the way his teams played basketball.  They worked hard, played as a team and were always in control of their emotions.  The highlight of Joe’s career was winning the State Class I Championship in 2005, the first basketball title in over 30 years.  We thank Joe for all he has done for the athletes at his school.

 

Mr. Kelly stated that the Board had received a copy of the School Resource Officer Memorandum of Understanding.  He stated that Chief Ux would be forwarding a list of potential candidates by the beginning of June.  Interviews will then take place with the hope of recommending a candidate by June 10th.

 

Mr. Simons stated that in regards to Section 4.5 of the Memorandum, he had always had a concern, and hoped that the wording was strong enough that the Board has input of whose hired.  Mr. Kelley stated that Chief Ux will take applications from officers within the force, and forward the names of the officers that are qualified.   Mr. Kelley stated that he didn’t want to go through the interview process with officers that aren’t qualified for the position.  Mr. Simons asked why that isn’t stated in the Memorandum.  Mr. Kelley responded that it was a method of collaboration.  He pointed out that everyone wants the program to work, and didn’t see the Memorandum causing it not to work.                     

 

Mr. Kelley anticipated that it was in everyone’s best interest to make the program work.

 

Trevor Buteau  reported that the “Laramie Project,” a student directed play,  was based on a collection of interviews conducted in Laramie, Wyoming following the 1998 beating death of gay University of Wyoming student, Mathew Sheppard.   Mr. Buteau reported that there had been a week of awareness/tolerance at the High School.  Cast members went to classrooms all week long and performed sections of the play, which sparked discussion on tolerance.  The cast felt it got people talking and awareness was raised.  The play was well attended and well received.  He stated that there had been rumors of an organized protest against it, but nothing came of it.  He stated that a woman from the Souhegan Valley Boys and Girls Club in Milford had approached the cast to perform the play for the Club.  The cast will be performing it for the Club in early June.

 

‘Mr. Kelley stated that the students came to him in September regarding the play, so it has been in the works all year. 

 

Chair. Murphy commended the students for their good work.  Mr. Peterson stated that it had been a great show.

 

Mr. Buteau reported that the general consensus regarding the new parking program was that it was going well.  He stated that there were only a few complaints from students who have to park at the ball field, and some students have started carpooling with students who have parking permits.

 

Mr. Kelley added that the students that park at the ball field get out sooner, and on rainy days, the bus drivers will pick the students up as they are walking to the school from the ball field.

 

Mr. Peterson asked if they had police assistance every day.  Mr. Kelley responded that they didn’t have it every day, but when the police are available.  Mr. Kelley stated that the students know that if their driving is dangerous to others, they will lose their privilege to park this year and next. 

 

Mr. Peterson stated that he had concerns regarding the students having to park at the ball field and having to cross traffic.  Mr. Kelley stated that there is a crosswalk, but they needed to get it painted.  Chair Murphy suggested that they also get some signage.  Mr. Kelley stated that he had asked for speed bumps last fall, but the request hadn’t gone anywhere.

 

Copies of the reports are available.

 

6.         POSSIBLE FUTURE HIGH SCHOOL ICE HOCKEY TEAM PRESENTATION

 

Chair Murphy recognized Ron Rupp, High School Athletic Director.

 

Mr. Rupp distributed a proposal for a high school ice hockey team.  He explained that the first page of the proposal explained the purpose and philosophy of the High School Athletic Program for all sports.  He felt that athletics was an extension of the classroom, and that an ice hockey team would fit into that philosophy.

 

Mr. Rupp stated that page two explained gender equity and Title IX.    He informed the Board that he had called Pat Corbin, NHIAA Director, to check on this issue, and was told that the High School was ok.  He added that if there is a boys' program at the High School, yet there isn’t an equivalent girls' program, then the girls are allowed to try-out for the boys' team.  However, the opposite is not true.  Males cannot try-out for female teams.

 

Mr. Simons asked about numbers of female students vs. male students.  Mr. Rupp responded that it’s not about numbers in high school, as it is in college, but rather, it is about the number of sports teams.

 

Mr. Rupp stated that page three explained how ice hockey would impact other programs at the High School.  Mr. Rupp stated that at some point, the High School would have every sport offered by the NHIAA.  They currently have every sport except Nordic ski, boy’s volleyball, and ice hockey.  He noted that the fastest growing sport at the high school level is bowling, and stated that 10 states have it.  The NHIAA expects this sport to be a NHIAA sponsored sport within the next five years.  Mr. Rupp stated that all the JV and Varsity sports are fully funded except for football.  It was Mr. Rupp’s recommendation to do the same for ice hockey as they did for football, that is, ice hockey would be funded by the community club for three years, at which time the Athletic Department and the School Board would make a decision in terms of funding the sport beyond the third year.

 

Mr. Rupp explained that page four was a proposed budget for a 3-year plan.  The team would carry 20 players, and have a 12-game schedule the first year.  He stated that ice time was the greatest expenditure.  He informed the Board that he had talked with Souhegan, and they spend $10,000 - $11,000 per year for ice time.  Adding the proposed cost of officials, scorekeeper, transportation, uniforms, and coaching to the ice time, a proposed total cost for the first year is $20,044.  The second year is proposed to be a total cost of $18,144 (adding two additional games to the schedule).  The third year is proposed to be a total cost of $20,044 (adding two more games to the schedule and the addition of an assistant coach).  He added that there would be a user fee of $400.00 per player. 

 

Mr. Rupp stated that Souhegan gives their ice hockey team a certain amount of money for the team budget.  If the team goes over that amount, then the team goes to the school’s booster club for additional funds, and from there, figures out the players’ user fee.

 

Deducting the offset from the player’s user fees, the total costs for the first three years would be:

 

Year 1               $12,044

Year 2               $10,014

Year 3               $12,044

 

Mr. Simons questioned if there would be enough students to play?  Mr. Rupp responded that pages six and seven showed a roster of students who are currently playing ice hockey for community recreational teams.  The students range from grades 11 to kindergarten.  He added that this was his 4th year as the Athletic Director, and during his first year as AD, he was approached by the football club regarding the addition of football to the High School athletic department.  Two weeks later, the ice hockey club came to him with the same request for ice hockey.  He stated that they couldn’t do both at the same time.  Football is now doing well, so he felt that this was the time to move forward with ice hockey.

 

Mr. Peterson asked where they would get ice time?  Mr. Rupp responded that they would get their ice time at Skate III in Tyngsboro. 

 

Bob Field, a member of the ice hockey club, stated that he had approached Mr. Rupp 3 years ago, but the timing wasn’t right.  In the past 3 years, they have funded and grown from 2 teams to 12 teams.  They now have 76 players.  He stated that there are some students that are playing elsewhere and are not on the list.  He confirmed that they would be able to get ice time at Skate III, and felt it wouldn’t be a problem.

 

Mr. Peterson asked about transportation for practices.  Mr. Field responded that Mr. Rupp would have to decided about that.  Practice time would be after school from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

 

Mr. Peterson asked if there were other schools that would be using Skate III for their ice time.  Mr. Field responded that Dracut and Nashua now have their own rinks.  Mr. Simons asked if they felt confident they could get the ice time.  Mr. Field responded that he was the President of Youth Hockey and communicates with Skate III all the time, adding that he had checked into it already. 

 

Mr. Rupp stated that in regards to transportation to practices, there already were several sports at the High School that practice off-campus, such as tennis practicing in Brookline, and golf at the golf course.  These students have a waiver signed, and drive themselves.

 

Mr. Peterson asked if there would be just one level.  Mr. Rupp responded that it would be one team of 20 players.  It would be a club status for the first years.  He stated that he would be calling schools with sophomore and JV teams to set up the schedule with.  He added that after the season was over, they would evaluate it.  Mr. Rupp explained that you wouldn’t get students that had never played, that many have been playing since 4th grade.  He added that they may want to evaluate whether to go to varsity status or not.

 

Chair. Murphy stated that there would only be 20 players on the team.  If the youth hockey has multiple teams, and there is only one team at the High School, he wondered what value they gain by having the High School team.   Matty Turcott responded that the 12 teams include students from 6 years old to high school age.  She stated that there are no competitive teams at the high school level during the school year; therefore, it would allow these students to play during the school year.

 

Mr. Enright asked if Souhegan had both boys and girls teams?  Ms. Turcott responded that they did.  Mr. Enright asked if this could grow into teams for both boys and girls.  Ms. Turcott responded that it could.

 

Mr. Enright stated that cost is the driving factor, and if there is a maximum of 20 players on the team, if the user fee goes up, how will parents feel?  Ms. Turcott responded that parents are now paying about $2,000 per year for their child to play hockey, so it would still be a bargain for them.  Mr. Field responded that $400 with 20 players is $8,000.  In addition, they will have other ways of raising money.

 

Mr. Enright stated that there would be three pieces to raising the money:  the District’s portion, the user fee, and fund raising.

 

Chair. Murphy stated that the Board will talk about the proposal, that they would not be making a decision that night. 

 

Mr. Peterson asked if there would be any gate receipts.  Mr. Field stated that there could be, that the rink allows it, however, they would have to hire a police officer.

 

Mr. Peterson asked where they would be playing their home games.  Mr. Field responded that they could play some at St. Anselms, but mostly at Skate III.

 

Mr. Peterson asked whom the team would be playing.  Mr. Rupp responded that they would be Division 3 schools, such as John Stark, Monadnock, Souhegan, and Con-Val.  It would be the same schools as the football team plays.

 

Dean Firmani stated that the children start playing ice hockey at a young age, and play all the way through their school years.  He stated that some people are contemplating moving out of town if their student can’t play at school because the student wants to play beyond high school level.

 

Mr. Rupp stated that if there were any further questions, the Board could either contact him or Mr. Kelley.  He added that he was trying to get the schedule together for the upcoming season; therefore the sooner the Board made a decision the better.  He hoped for a decision by the next Board meeting.

 

Chair. Murphy stated that he couldn’t guarantee a decision by the meeting.  He also cautioned the group to not use the District/School name for any fund raising.  Mr. Rupp stated that the group was selling tickets to raffle off a motorcycle.  Ticket and posters have already been printed up.  Mr. Rupp added that he thought the issue with using the name was centered around the “gaming night” that had been planned.  Chair. Murphy stated that if they have things already posted, the Board wouldn’t make them take them down, but from this point forward, they were not to use the District’s/ School's name.

 

Mr. Kelley stated that he wanted to make the Board aware that he and Mr. Rupp were in favor of anything that keeps students involved.

 

Mr. Peterson gave his compliments to the people present that night, and for their community involvement.  He added that it was greatly appreciated.

 

7.         BUSINESS ADMININSTRATOR’S REPORT

 

Budget Year-to-Date

 

Ms. Blastos distributed her report, and stated that on October 19, 2005 she distributed a memo stating where they were with the budget.  At that point in time, the District had a $195,000.00 shortfall.  The shortfall was due to staffing, oil overage prices, vocational education transportation, property liability insurance, the High School site well, overage of athletic fields due to the State Track Meet, fuel for transportation, and vocational education tuition.  Ms. Blastos reported that as of that day, she estimated an unencumbered fund balance of $20,000 or $0.  She cautioned the Board that they still had May and June to get through.  She stated that she froze the budget in January, and as a result has made up the shortfall.  She added that they had also purchased textbooks as directed by the Board, of which the cost had been absorbed in this budget.

 

Mr. Peterson asked if the new software was coming in.  Ms. Blastos responded that they should receive it July 1.  Mr. Peterson asked if the software will have the capability to get off paper and get the information on-line. Ms. Capasso responded that the new software will be Windows-based, not DOS based, thus they will be able to save and attach files. However, they will have to look into security issues.  They will need to define ports in the system that the Board members can access.  One of their goals is to figure out how to structure reports and how to deliver the information. 

 

Ms. Blastos reported that they were also looking at the phone system and the Internet provider.  She stated that they were talking about forming a committee to look into all the technology stuff.

 

Ms. Blastos reported that the Hollis Brookline Middle School Project was almost complete.  She stated that there still were some questions, but they pertained mostly to clean-up, parking and Farley.

 

Mr. Simons informed the Board that he had met with the Selectmen.  He stated that they were not crazy about turning over the parking area to the District.  He stated that out of the discussion came the idea of utilizing the parking area northwest of the building.  This is the area that Hutter used for staging and parking when the portables were being used.  It is currently graveled, but could be paved.  The lot line would be altered by a transfer of deed, and they would get an easement for the two driveways.  Mr. Simons stated that he would go to the Selectman meeting on Monday to get formal approval.  Mr. Simons stated that the District might have to do something to the old parking lot to get it back into a reasonable state.  He added that there was $15,000 available.

 

Chair. Murphy asked if there was an issue with the septic.  Mr. Simons responded that there wasn’t as the septic was way down back, and would still remain on the Town’s property, thus it wouldn’t be an issue for the District.

 

Mr. Peterson asked about the amount of parking in the newly designated area.  Mr. Simons felt there would be more parking spaces than the lot where the portables were, and it is accessible to the back doors of the school.

 

Mr. Peterson stated that the Town was OK if the District just graveled over where the portables were.  Mr. Enright added that the Selectmen don’t want the District to do anything right now.  They are not sure what they are going to do with it, so it would be a waste of money to do anything right now.  Mr. Enright added that the northwest parking area was adjacent to the athletic field, so they could perhaps put a path to the field.

 

Steve Simons moved that the Board pursue developing a parking area in the northwest corner of the building, get approval from the Selectmen, and transfer of property.  Dan Peterson seconded.  Motion carried unanimously.  4 – 0 – 0.

 

Hiring Budgets

 

Ms. Blastos informed the Board that she would be giving them a "nomination" sheet that will be by position and show the dynamics (budgeted amounts) between the new hires and the position being replaced.

 

Manifest Signatories

 

Ms. Blastos stated that this was the time of year when she needed to seek two signers and one alternate for the manifest.  She added that all manifests will be on the table on the 29th of the month.

 

Dan Peterson moved that the Board appoint Steve Simons and Tom Enright to be signatories for the Manifest.  Jim Murphy seconded.  Motion carried unanimously.  4 – 0 – 0.

 

Chair. Murphy will get an alternate for the manifest.

 

Coach Korcoulis

 

Ms. Blastos stated that the Board needed to vote on the subject discussed in their non-public session regarding Coach Lou Korcoulis.

 

Tom Enright moved that the Board pay the balance of Lou Korcoulis' salary of $20,342.70 to his estate.  Steve Simons seconded.  Motion carried unanimously.  4 – 0 – 0.

 

Healthcare Plan Changes

 

Chair. Murphy stated that the Board had talked about co-pay changes for the professional staff, but never formally voted on it.

 

Mr. Enright asked where the Chairman was with his idea to look at it for everyone.  Chair. Murphy responded that there was an outstanding question that has been sent to the legal counsel, but he was OK with it regarding professional staff.

 

Tom Enright moved that the Board implement the new health insurance co-pay structure that was implemented in the professional staff contract.  Dan Peterson seconded.  Motion carried unanimously.

4 – 0 – 0.

 

Copy of the report is available.

 

8.         NOMINATIONS

 

Supt. Pike stated that Mr. Kelley had mentioned in his report that two math candidates had been sent to the Superintendent's office, but they may not be ready for this meeting.  Supt. Pike stated that he had interviewed one of  the candidates yesterday, and therefore, would like to nominate Christina Brown for the position of Mathematics (replace Duffy).  Ms. Brown is currently at Merrimack High School.  He added that there will be a savings of $2,191 on the salary for this position.

 

Mr. Enright stated that the math calculations only showed the difference in salary, not the benefits.  Supt. Pike stated that until the candidate is hired and chooses which benefits they want, they don't know the difference in benefit costs.  Ms. Blastos stated that benefits information cannot be disclosed due to HIPPA laws.  However, they can monitor it internally.

 

Mr. Simons asked how the Board could find out what the savings or cost would be regarding benefits.  Ms. Blastos responded that until the candidate is hired and chooses their benefits, they don't know what the savings/costs will be.  Once they have chosen, that information can't be disclosed.  In the past the District has budgeted for a family plan.  She added that "life altering events" can take place throughout the year, so individuals can change their plans or come on board having never participated before.  Thus, benefits is a dynamic budget.

 

Mr. Enright pointed out that last year they had a $140,000 issue.  Ms. Blastos responded that that issue was strictly salary, not benefits.  She added that she had met with all the Administrators last week and gave them the new budget and new positions, so they all understand what they can and cannot do.

 

Steve Simons moved that the Board approve the nomination of Christina Brown for the math position as nominated by Supt. Pike.  Dan Peterson seconded.  Motion carried unanimously.  4 – 0 – 0.

 

9.         COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

 

The members of the Board were appointed to committees as follows:

 

Budget Committee                                                            Dan Peterson

Instructional Practices Committee                                      Tom Enright and Betty Hall or Michelle Mosca

Support Staff Negotiations                                                 Steve Simons and Pam Kirby (Meeting May 13th)

SRO Review Committee                                                    Pam Kirby

Alternative Energy                                                             Pam Kirby

RSEC (Regional Service Educational Collaborative)              Steve Simons

 

Supt. Pike stated that he would like to get Judy Koch from RSEC come give a presentation to the Board in the fall.

 

10.        APPORTIONMENT

 

Chair. Murphy stated that a charge for the Apportionment Committee had been passed around last month.  He stated that he had “tweaked” it a bit.  He informed the Board that he added two members of the Coop Budget Committee (one from Hollis, one from Brookline) to the committee member makeup.  Thus the committee membership will consist of the following:

 

2 Members of the Coop School Board, one each from Hollis and Brookline.

2 Members of the Coop Budget Committee, one each from Hollis and Brookline, designated by the Budget Committee.

1 Member or Designee of the Hollis Board of Selectmen.

1 Member or Designee of the Brookline Board of Selectmen.

1 Member or Designee of the Hollis Budget Committee.

1 Member or Designee of the Brookline Finance Committee.

2 Citizens At-Large from the Town of Hollis appointed by the School Board

2 Citizens At-Large from the Town of Brookline appointed by the School Board

The SAU 41 Superintendent (non-voting).

 

Mr. Peterson pointed out that there was an even number of voting members on the committee.  Chair. Murphy didn’t feel this would be a problem.

 

Chair. Murphy informed the Board that the other change he made was that the organizational meeting of the committee shall take place prior to June 1, 2006.  He added that the committee will be a catalyst for discussion, and should see what other districts do.  He felt that the recommendation of the committee may not necessarily be “fair,” but should be something acceptable.    He added that the timeline for “deliverables” was no later than the Board’s December meeting, as the Board will need time to act upon the recommendation, and then will need to disseminate the information.

 

Mr. Peterson asked how a new apportionment formula will affect the budget.  Chair. Murphy responded that they will know the total cost of the budget, they just won’t know who picks up what portion of the budget.

 

Dan Peterson moved that the Board accept the Charge for the Apportionment Review Committee.  Steve Simons seconded.  Motion carried unanimously.  4 – 0 – 0.

 

Chair. Murphy stated that he would get a press release out to solicit committee members.

 

A copy of the Charge is available.

 

11.        DISTRICT CLERK AND DISTRICT TREASURER APPOINTMENTS

 

Chair. Murphy informed the Board that he had stumbled across the District Clerk and District Treasurer’s appointments.  He stated that he asked Ms. Lindgren if there were any records on it.  He also checked the laws on it.  Chair. Murphy informed the Board that the District Clerk has to be appointed each year, that it is a one year term.  The District Treasurer can be 5 years.  He stated that he had pro forma letters of appointment for the Clerk for one year, and for the Treasurer for 3 years.

 

It was recommended that the Treasurer position wait until the next meeting.

 

Tom Enright moved that the Board appoint Teresa Noel as the District Clerk.  Dan Peterson seconded.  Motion carried unanimously.  4 – 0 – 0.

 

Chair. Murphy reminded the Board that there was a workshop meeting set for May 2, 2006 at 5:30 p.m. at the High School.

 

Steve Simons moved that the Board adjourn.  Tom Enright seconded.  Motion carried unanimously.   4 - 0 - 0.

           

The meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.