and Nancy Orde of Hollis Transportation Inc. told the Board that it is
increasingly difficult to get bus drivers.
of the Hollis Transportation drivers live out of town, in Milford
or Merrimack.Historically, most of the drivers lived
·The drivers work an average of 4 hours a
school-only drivers work 2 hours a day.
requests for route changes are reviewed by the Superintendent and Hollis
Transportation together. Health and Safety issues are paramount.
Hollis School Board has no intention of micromanaging bus routes.The Hollis School Board feels these
special requests should continue to be handled by the Superintendent and
of video cameras on the buses was discussed.Currently, one bus has a video-camera,
but it is not currently in use.Rich suggested revisiting this next year to possibly expand video
camera usage for behavioral/bullying monitoring.The HSB agreed.
trips will cost the district more with increased gas prices.The HollisSchool District pays for
gas.The fees parents pay for field
trips cover only the cost of the driver and wear and tear on the vehicle.
District currently pays $2.09 for diesel bus
lieu of cutting field trips, it was suggested that the parent field trip
fee could be increased to offset the gas costs.
Ordes requested that all of the school calendars
be kept in sync as much as possible, and thanked the HSB &
administrators for their accomplishments in this area for SY 2005-2006,
saying the calendars are more in sync than they have been in years.
Regina McCalmont raised the issue
of parking at HollisPrimary
School.She stated that some more parking spaces are needed, especially for
volunteers with small children.The HSB
and Dr Paludi agreed, stating that we’ve been working on it and the update
would be given under the “Old Business” portion of the agenda.
A motion was made by Doug Cleveland to accept the minutes of August 4th, 2005.Anita Moynihan seconded the motion.The motion carried by unanimous votes 5 yes,
Kathy de Lacy made a motion to accept the request for maternity leave
for Julie Sommorostro and Amy Young.Anita Moynihan seconded the motion.The motion passes with congratulations to both by unanimous vote 5 yes,
Richard Pike gave the
Richard Pike made a staff
nomination for a .5 Registered Nurse position to upgrade the Preschool Nurse
Assistant, Ann Hrobak, to an RN.This is
necessary due to licensing requirements and would be beneficial to the school
because Ann could then perform more functions. This would only have a budget
impact of about $300, which has already been budgeted.
Kathy de Lacy made a motion to upgrade the Preschool Nurse Assistant to
be a .5 RN.Anita Moynihan seconded the
motion.The motion carried by unanimous
vote 5 yes, 0 no.
In other news, Richard Pike will
also be sending out a general letter to parents soon.
Harry Haytayan voiced his support
for the pre-Board meeting he has with Rich, Lee Ann, Gail and Carol.Harry reiterated the Board’s role to set
policy and to have oversight.He
congratulated the Board for a job well done with some recent tough issues.
Business Administrator’s Report
Lee Ann Blastos gave the Business
preliminary audit report shows we’ll give back $88,000 to the Town of
some of which is from IDEA and Medicaid.The final report will be given in October with a formal audit
presentation at the October Board Meeting.
District will receive approximately $14,000
2005/2006 Expenditure report, which will be available next month, will
show shortfalls in oil of $9,617, $2,858 in insurance and $6149 Workers
Compensation Insurance due to claims experience.
has rejected our claim for the boiler damage, stating that they feel it is
Controls was our maintenance provider at that time. Johnson Controls is
also our current maintenance provider; however, we are considering switching
to Granite State Plumbing and Heating.The boiler was beyond warranty, so there is no way to pursue
Jennifer MacLeod gave the
recycling update.This year, the
recycling program has been expanded to include cardboard as well as the mixed
paper we began recycling last spring.We
have been able to negotiate a deal with our trash vendor, Waste Management, to
include a recycling dumpster for mixed paper and cardboard.The recycling dumpster only costs $34/month,
versus $300/month for a trash dumpster of nearly the same size.Both HUES and HPS have begun recycling with
student collections taking place once per week.At HUES, each classroom sends a representative out with the recycling;
at HPS the third grade classes are rotating responsibility for collecting from
all the classes (due to weight of bins).At this point it appears that we may have enough volume of recycling to
completely remove one of the two trash dumpsters at each school.This would be a savings of $600/month for the
district.(The $68 cost of the two recycling
dumpsters is absorbed by the lower monthly rate negotiated overall).We can do this at any time, without a
penalty.However, because the school
year is just beginning, we are going to monitor the situation over the first
two months to ensure that our estimates are correct.Thanks to the DIRT team for working hard on
this for over a year!
Jennifer MacLeod gave the Food
Services Manager update.Amy Cassidy has
been hired as the new FSM for the HollisSchool District and the CoopSchool District. She has a BS in Nutrition from UNH, is a
registered dietician, and has been working as the director of the Head Start
Program in Lawrence, MA.Her first day will be Monday, September 26th.
Jennifer MacLeod is to speak with
the principals and Bill Aldrich to find out what measures we are taking in each
building to conserve lights, computers and heat.
Dr. Gail Paludi gave the report
for the HollisPrimary
is currently under-enrolled by 3 students.
card update by Sue Astone
among all three grades at HPS for consistent wording.
Arts and Math sections better correlate to HUES report card now.
asked about the role of cursive writing in the curriculum, citing her
perception that some teachers seem to emphasize it more than others.Harry Haytayan requested that Carol
Thibaudeau report back to the Board on this after further investigation.
was a discussion about the Performance Descriptors remaining the same vs being changed entirely.It was recommended that the descriptors
be changed entirely so as to underscore for both students and parents
that the rubrics are different, the performance descriptors are
different, and that it is a different report card.Sue, Gail, and their committee will
come up with a full set of new Performance Descriptors and will submit
them to the HSB for review and approval asap, so they can be used on the 1st
report card of the 2005-06 SY.
Carol Thibaudeau gave the HollisUpperElementary School
two remaining staff openings will soon be filled.
Town of Hollis has submitted
an “aggressive” request for gym and cafeteria time.Considering the increased price of oil
and energy, Carol and the HSB are concerned.Additionally, custodians need to be on
hand when the building is in use, amounting to 272 hours of overtime.The request includes Sundays, which
typically has been a day of rest for the staff and building.It was decided that Carol would respond
to the Hollis Recreation Department that Sundays are not available, the
cafeteria is not available and the HollisSchool District needs to
recoup its costs for non-academic after school activities.
is going back to ACE Paving to get another
estimate based on the revised plan, slightly fewer spaces.This will include the new parking spaces
at both HPS and the SAUOfficeBuilding.
FarleyBuilding: We are waiting for
the Co-op to send us a letter outlining their proposal for the boundary
Ansaldo, RN and Ellen Lencsak, RN joined the meeting to discuss the number
of students with life-threatening food allergies in our schools.Ellen stated that the number of these
students has tripled this year as compared to last year at HPS.Gail and Ellen have their own internal
procedure for handling these cases (a 3-page Individual Health Plan);
additionally, some parents have provided documentation which goes into
greater detail.The HSB does not
currently have a policy stating our position on this topic.
At the October meeting Richard Pike will present a
draft from Kathy O’Sullivan for a food allergy policy.
Moynihan will be the SAU Wellness Committee Representative
Cleveland will be the Budget Advisory Sub-Committee Representative.
JICK:Pupil Safety and
Bullying/Harassment was read.
Anita Moynihan made a motion to accept JICK: Pupil Safety and
seconded the motion.The motion passed
by unanimous vote 5 yes, 0 no.
new representative is needed for the Regional Services and Education
Center Committee.Kathy de Lacy
will be the contact person.We, as
a board, will share duties if needed.
Bob Kelley gave the update on SPED
procedure manual for SPED is almost finished.It will be completed in the coming
Anita Moynihan made a motion to go into non-public under RSA 91A:II B& C to discuss transportation, negotiations and
possible litigation.The motion was
seconded by Kathy de Lacy.The motion
was called to a roll call vote 5 yes, 0 no.
Kathy de Lacy made a motion to have Richard Pike hire Kathy O’Sullivan
to negotiate both our professional contract and our support staff contract for
2006-2008.Doug Cleveland will be the
Hollis School Board liaison to Kathy O’ Sullivan and the Unions.Anita Moynihan seconded the motion.The motion carried by unanimous vote 5 yes, 0
Kathy de Lacy made a motion to come out of non-public at 1:40 pm.Anita Moynihan seconded the motion.The motion carried by unanimous vote 5 yes, 0
Anita Moynihan made a motion that the Hollis School Board should
negotiate our contracts independently of other school districts.Kathy de Lacy seconded the motion. The motion
carried by unanimous vote 5 yes, 0 no.
Kathy de Lacy made a motion to adjourn at 1:43 pm.The motion was seconded by Anita
Moynihan.The motion carried by
unanimous vote 5 yes, 0 no.