APPROVED: 5/18/05

Minutes from the HB Coop Board Workshop held

Wednesday, May 4, 2005 in the HBHS Conference Room

In attendance: Chair Pam Kirby, Anne Dumas, Steve Simons, Jim Murphy, Betty Hall and Lee Ann Blastos, Ken DeBenedictis. Regrets: Tom Enright.

Pam Kirby called the meeting to order at 7:08 p.m.

Ken reviewed the package of information from Attorney Drescher that he updated based on our conversation with Mr. Drescher last meeting. The packet included a timeline of dates to meet regarding decisions, postings, forwarding of materials to the Court and the DRA, etc. It also included a calendar of necessary events, and the actual petitions that will be filed with the Court.

Steve Simons moved that the Board take the necessary steps to call a special district meeting on August 9, 2005, for the purpose of presenting to the voters of the district a warrant seeking approval of cost items relating to negotiated collective bargaining agreements and, to that end, to direct counsel for the District to proceed to take any and all steps are legally required to request the superior court, pursuant to RSA 197:3, to authorize said meeting as provided in that statute. Said petition to superior court not to be filed before Monday, May 23, 2005.

Jim Murphy seconded the motion.

Betty Hall initiated a discussion about some of the impacts if this does not pass.

Lea Ann Blastos provided some example data illustrating the impact:



Sample Professional Staff
(Bachelorís Level 6)

Sample Support Staff

(Custodian Level III)

Salary, Current Contract



Salary if New Contacted had been available (includes step and raise adjustments)



Blue Choice Family Plan




Blue Choice Family Plan




Increase in Health Care



Effective Difference without the new contract



Percentage of Base Pay



Jim Murphy spoke to the need to prepare a proactive public position on this petition. He took the action to produce a press release explaining what we did, why we did it, and what to expect going forward. The release will be forwarded to the committee chair for review prior to release to the media.

A vote was taken, the motion to petition for the Special District Meeting was passed 5-0-0.

The board agreed to transmit a copy of the packet including the petition to the Budget Committee by the end of the day Friday, May 6, 2005.

Ken DeBenedictis then gave an update on the building permit issue.

The State Fire Marshallís office is aware of our plight; we expect a decision tomorrow (May 5th).

Ken will talk with the building inspector on Friday to update him on our progress in securing the approvals that are holding up our building permit.

Doris Lindgren arrived at 8:07 p.m. as a Notary Public to witness the boardís signature of the petition and to notarize same. She left immediately after notarizing the signatures.

Steve Simons will pick up the petition on Thursday morning to deliver it to the attorney.

The discussion returned to the topic of the building inspector and his concerns over the building permit for the middle school addition/renovation.

Steve reports that, if necessary, we can get the necessary individuals from our contractors to attend the Board of Selectmenís meeting if necessary.

The next agenda item was a discussion about our Goals for the coming year.

Betty asked some questions regarding the formation of the Instructional Practices Committee. Ken reported that Tim Kelly, the incoming principal, has expressed interest in getting into the loop sooner than later.

Anne Dumas brought the list of goals from a previous meeting. She highlighted "getting control of the school" as a general issue. This further broke down into issues that include Senior Privilege (what are they, do we as a board like them), and discipline (is it fair and consistent).

Pam Kirby also raised the question of how department heads are structured. She would like to hear from Charlie Flahive on his recommendations for this.

Pam would also like to see a School Resource Office added to the budget.

Jim Murphy added to the list the production of a space/facility plan for the high school, as well as an ongoing and increasingly important need to communicate the value propositions of the Co-op versus the arguments for reduction and/or dissolution that would likely come up.

Pam Kirby expressed a strong desire to see a means of having the board communicate on the web.

Pam also said she would like to see our district web site improved. Jim Murphy added he though this could be integrated into the curriculum in some manner.

Steve Simons moved adjournment at 9:06 p.m., Jim Murphy seconded. The motion passed 5-0-0.



Respectfully Submitted,

James Murphy, Secretary