Non-Public Meeting of HB Co-op Board Meeting held
Wednesday, April 19, 2006 in the HBMS Middle School
The board entered Non-Public Session at 5:40 pm
In attendance: chair Jim Murphy, Dan Peterson, Steve Simons, Tom Enright, SAU41 Superintendent Rich Pike, HBHS Principal Tim Kelley, HBMS Principal Pat Goyette.
REASON: RSA 91-A:3 II (a, c)
The board deliberated on a contract Grievance by HESSA on behalf of Tom Borick related to his termination in December, 2005.
Discussion of the materials presented in the March 29, 2006 hearing ensured.
Tom Enright moved that the Board uphold the grievance of Mr. Borick and reinstate him effective May 1, 2006 and award him back pay, less any pay received for his work as a substitute teacher during the period in question. Steve Simons seconded the motion. The motion passed 4-0.
The Board decided that these minutes did not need to be sealed, since it is publicly observable that Mr. Borick was let go, and it will be publicly observable that he will be back at work.
REASON: RSA91-A:3 II (a)
The board reviewed a request by a staff member to have their salary scale changed from M to M+30.
The Superintendent and board members discussed the transcripts provided by the staff member and HEA in detail.
After significant discussion, chair Jim Murphy suspended the discussion until the next scheduled board meeting due to the minimal attendance at this meeting. He expressed an opinion that this matter should probably be acted on by more than a minimal board.
OUTCOME: No action or decision was made.
The Board decided that there was no need to seal these minutes.
REASON: RSA91-A:3II (e)
Superintendent Rich Pike reported on recent conversations he had with Attorney Drescher regarding the pending litigation with Leslie O’Shaugnessy.
Attorney Drescher suggested that things had progressed to the point where the board retain the services of an attorney who has experiences more appropriate to this type of case. He offered up several suggestions.
Rich Pike also reported that all materials requested under the RSA 91-A freedom of information request had been delivered to Attorney Drescher, but Ms. O’Shaugnessy’s attorney had yet to pick them up.
Tom Enright moved that the Board authorize the Superintendent to retain the services of Attorney Tom Flygare if necessary. Steve Simons seconded the motion. The motion passed 4-0.
The board discussed whether these minutes should be sealed. Since it is a matter of public record that a lawsuit has been filed, combined with the public manner in which Leslie O’Shaugnessy and Mort Goulder have been discussing the suit, the Board decided there was nothing in this session that needed to be sealed.
Steve Simons moved that the board return from non-public session. Dan Peterson seconded the motion. The motion passed 4-0.
The board returned to public session at 6:50 p.m.
[An additional period of non-public session ensued, these minutes were sealed. See separate minutes]
The board entered non-public session at 7:30 p.m.
REASON: RSA 91-A:3 II (a)
Business administrator Lee Ann Blastos and Assistant Business Administrator Mellinee Capasso joined the meeting.
Ms. Blastos made a request for the Board to authorize the district to pay out the balance of Coach Lou Kourcoulis’s contract to his estate. This was requested in deference to his 42 years of service to the district.
Ms. Blastos reported that the upaid salary for this year is $20,342.70.
The board also discussed paying out the balance of his accrued sick time.
Since a motion to authorize must take place in public session, no action or decision was made.
The board further decided that the minutes of this discussion do not need to be sealed since all the information contained herein will become part of the public minutes when the motion is made.
REASON: RSA 91-A:3 II (a, c)
Ms. Blastos reported to the Board her intention to retire at the end of June, 2006. Since formal action on this position is an action for the SAU board, the purpose of this session was to simply inform the Board of the administrations intention to promote Assistant Business Administrator Mellinee Capasso to the succeed Ms. Blastos.
A discussion of plan ensued, and the board offered some insights to Ms. Blastos and Mr. Pike on what kinds of information about their transition plan would be helpful during the formal presentation at the SAU Board.
Since no compensation information was discussed and no adverse comments were made regarding Ms. Capasso’s reputation, the Board decided that the minutes of this session need not be sealed.
Steve Simons moved that the board return to public session. Dan Peterson seconded the motion. The motion passed 4-0.
The board returned to public session at 7:35 p.m.