Hollis School Board Meeting
Hollis Primary School
January 3, 2007
William Beauregard, Chair
Richard Pike, Superintendent of Schools
Mellinee Capasso, Business Administrator
Bob Kelly, Director of Special Education
Carol Mace, Director of Curriculum
Dr. Gail Paludi, HPS Principal
Carol Thibaudeau, HUES Principal
Bill Beauregard called the meeting to order at 6:15 p.m. with the budget as the first topic.
Bill asked the public for comments and Michelle Repp read a statement to the board (a copy of which is appended to the minutes).
Everyday Math Curriculum
Carol Mace explained the process of reviewing Everyday Math curriculum after 6th year review. She also informed all three parents that volunteered to be on the committee are approved. Jen moved to waive the Everyday Math evaluation process to accept the total committee recommendations. Venu seconded the motion which carried 5:0.
Jen moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by James and the motion passed 5:0.
Meeting adjourned at 11:45 pm
Statement by Michelle Repp
Appended to January 3, 2007 HSB Minutes
My comments tonight are precipitated by the behavior of the board at recent meetings.
At each subsequent meeting the School Board appears to operate in a more non-public, restrictive manner, giving the appearance of moving further from the goals we feel are imperative to keeping children with LTFA safe. To be specific, the Board is fully aware of the New Hampshire Right to Know laws, yet when I asked at the last board meeting when the procedures would be available for my review, I was told me not until after completion of the voting process.
At the November meeting, three board members stated that the LFTA policy would be presented as a package with the procedures accompanying the policy. Yet at the December meeting it appeared that the procedures had not even been reviewed, despite the fact that a vote was scheduled to take place that evening on the very topic.
Finally, one member outright stated at the 12/13 meeting that only five people needed to review and be satisfied with the procedures. He further said it was his understanding that the board neither wanted nor needed any further public opinion/comment on LTFA. You may wish to soften your approach as our opinion on this topic matters significantly. Please understand that we are fully aware and informed of our child's rights. If Hollis is unwilling or unable to provide a safe school environment for our child, then it will have to pay the expense to outsource him to a safe environment. One needs to look only 15 minutes down the road to Windham, NH to see the very stringent accommodations they make for their most severely allergic children. The items we are asking Hollis for represent only minimal cost, but require a commitment (from all levels in the chain of command) to their continued implementation.
We have tried to represent balance and be respectful throughout this entire process, while doing everything we possibly could do to create a safe environment for children that suffer from LTFA in Hollis. We urge you to rethink the manner and approach in which your last meeting was conducted, realizing collaboration with those closest to the matter is essential.