Hollis School Board Meeting

Hollis Primary School

April 11, 2006


Harry Haytayan, Chair

William Beauregard

Jennifer MacLeod

Anita Moynihan

James O’Shea, MD


Richard Pike, Superintendent of Schools

Lee Ann Blastos, Business Administrator

Mellinee Capasso, Assistant Business Administrator

Dr. Gail Paludi, Principal HPS

Carol Thibaudeau, Principal HUES

Mary Kay MacFarlane, Recording Secretary



Mr. Pike called the meeting to order at 7:15 pm.



Organization of the School Board


Jennifer MacLeod nominated Harry Haytayan for Board Chair.  Anita Moynihan seconded the nomination.  A vote was called and the nomination was approved 4 yes, 0 no.


Harry Haytayan opened up nominations for Vice Chair. 


Jennifer MacLeod was nominated by Anita Moynihan for Vice Chair.  The nomination was seconded by James O’Shea.  A vote was called and the nomination was approved 5 yes, 0 no.


Harry Haytayan opened up the nominations for Secretary


James O’Shea nominated William Beauregard for Secretary.  The nomination was seconded by Jennifer MacLeod.  A vote was called and the nomination was approved 5 yes, 0 no.


Principal’s Report


Dr. Gail Paludi gave the principal’s report for HPS.




Enrollment Figures


Current Information


Ed. Spec

# of classes

Full enroll-


As of 4/11/06

Change from last report

Ave. class size

Actual class enrollments








18, 18, 17, 15

Grade 1







18, 18, 18, 18, 18, 17, 18

Grade 2







21, 20, 20, 21, 22

Grade 3








20, 20, 21, 20, 20, 19, 20

Primary Totals


23 classes






Home Study Students:  HPS – 6



Hollis Early Learning Program




Supervisor Update


·        We are focusing on Writer’s Workshop, and teachers receive on-going, embedded training throughout the year.  Linda Clark, Tufts Consultant, worked with the faculty on 4/4/06 and 4/10/06.  She participated in classroom lessons and provided in-class support for teachers and students.

·        The Curriculum Supervisors meet weekly with Dr. Paludi to plan the team meeting agendas and discuss current topics regarding curriculum.

·        The monthly report from the Curriculum Supervisors is attached.




Board Goals 2005-2006



Professional Development for Staff


·         Dr. Paludi attended a workshop on “Understanding and Analyzing the NECAP Test Results” held in Bedford on March 29, 2006.

·         On April 5, 2006, Dr. Paludi and the second grade teachers visited the Harold Martin Elementary School in Hopkinton, NH to view “Writer’s Workshop” and “Reader’s Workshop” in action.


Staffing for ‘06-’07 School Year


·         It is my pleasure to recommend Mrs. Danielle Mock to fill the second grade position that has been created due to Mrs. Carole Jackson’s retirement.


Richard Pike nominates Mrs. Danielle Mock for the second grade. Anita Moynihan makes a motion to accept the nomination.  Jennifer MacLeod seconded the motion.  The motion was called to a vote and passed by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.


·        It is my pleasure to recommend Ms. Ann Hrobak to fill the .5 time Nurse position.


Richard Pike nominates Ms. Ann Hrobak for .5 time Nurse.  Anita makes a motion to accept the nomination of Ms. Ann Hrobak.  James O’Shea seconded the motion. The motion was called to a vote and passed by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.


Building Maintenance









Grade Level Team Meetings



Additional Items of Interest


·         The HPS Promoting Partnerships Team reviewed survey results and will use this feedback to plan for the future.

·         The theme for our district-wide Citizenship Week, beginning on April 10, 2006, is “PUT (Peace, Unity, and Tolerance) Your Best Foot Forward and Solve Your Problems Peacefully”.

·         The Reading Team will be screening all new incoming first grade students on April 18, 2006.

·         Kindergarten Parent Information Night will be held on April 20, 2006.


Special Events



Carol Thibedeau gave the Principal’s report for HUES.

Hollis Upper Elementary School Principal’s Report

Carol Thibaudeau, Principal

Candice Fowler, Assistant Principal

April 11, 2006





Ed. Spec.

# of classes

Full Enrollment

As of  4/5/06

Change from last report

Ave. class size

Actual class enrollments

Grade 4







23, 23, 24, 24, 24,24


Grade 5







20, 21, 21, 21, 22,22

Grade 6







20, 20, 20, 21, 22,22



18 classes






Home Study: 9










Curriculum & Instruction



·        Our fifth Senior Luncheon took place on March 16th with a very festive ballgame theme hosted by Ms. Noonan’s class.

·        Adjustments to the HUES Playground Fundraising Campaign have been made & several wonderful, new ideas are currently under consideration.

·        Mrs. Colthart (music teacher) and her performing arts students just completed their spring shows entertaining school audiences (HUES + HPS) and parents/guests during evening performances. This popular event was orchestrated in conjunction with the HUES Art Exhibit coordinated by Alex Pope (art teacher) who successfully managed to hang/display approx. 400 pieces of art!

·        HUES Students continue to thrive in academic competitions: Cecille Yang, 6th grader, was the winner of the American History Essay Contest, Lauren St. Hilaire, 6th grader, placed 6th in the State Spelling Bee, Andrew Cappetta, 5th grader, placed first in the NH Association of American Mothers, Inc. annual statewide essay contest, and Izzy Starr was among the 28 NH semifinalists for the 2006 Letters About Literature contest.

·        Math Olympiad students celebrated their final meeting last week with an awards ceremony and refreshments. Dr. Eshed hosted the event with Karen Kelley, Mathematics/Science Curriculum Supervisor, and Carol. She announced that this opportunity would continue next year for students with two teams. She is also helping to coordinate a playground fundraising event with her DI team.

·        Tom Williamson, physical education teacher, coordinated the annual Jumprope for Heart event with students and raised an impressive $5638.35 for the American Heart Association.

·        Senora Grant organized a fun-filled Foreign Language Week for students & staff during March 3-9. This year’s theme was, ‘Life can seem like a jungle without learning another language.’

·        D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduation was held on March 20th for 5th grade students with Officer Kevin Irwin and Chief Ux. The event was well attended by parents & guests.

·        Brenda Nickerson organized a phenomenal Read Across America week for HUES on March 6-10 with community guest readers, schoolwide DEAR time, staff book browse, morning announcement poetry selections, and the participation of two 4th grade students in the annual Read with Senators in the Senate Chamber event.

·        Shailagh Klicker, 4th grader teacher, recently completed her Rotary grant-sponsored Sugaring unit with students & parents-lots of positive feedback and compliments on this seasonal activity.



Looking Ahead





Richard Pike recommends Caryn Miller for a one year term for 4th grade teacher to cover a family leave.


Jennifer MacLeod makes a motion to accept the recommendation of Caryn Miller for 4th grade teacher.  James O’Shea seconds the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.


A motion was made by Harry Haytayan to accept the retirement of Carole Jackson,       with regrets.  Jennifer MacLeod seconded the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.


Business Administrator’ Report


Lee Ann needs two board members to review manifests, with one alternate.  James O’Shea and Jennifer MacLeod volunteer.  Bill Beauregard will be the alternate.


MS22 needs to be submitted.  Lee Ann needs Board signatures for the MS22.


Lee Ann projects that the contingency of  $75,000 will be returned.  There should also be IDEA money coming in.


There have been increases in fuel, electricity and legal fees this year.  She feels it has been a fiscally responsible budget this year.  The large balance for language arts will be spent soon for new textbooks.


Due to illness and accidents, there have been increases in maintenance overtime.


The claim with the boiler has been turned over to Attorney Drescher.


Food Service looked into cardboard verses Styrofoam trays.  Styrofoam is $.04 per tray.  Cardboard is $.25 per tray or $22,500 annual.  Upper Elementary does not have a dishwasher.  To have a dishwasher and use plastic trays will cost approximately $16,000-$20,000.


Jennifer MacLeod stated that getting Styrofoam out of trash would help reduce trash costs.  She noted that Biodegradable.com sells earth friendly non-styrene trays for $.14 per tray.  Styrene is a chemical that has known health impact.  Jennifer will work with Lee Ann on this issue.


Lee Ann needs to check with the DOE on this website, to be sure it is acceptable.


Anita Moynihan made a motion to authorize Jennifer MacLeod and James O’Shea to find a non-Styrofoam tray alternative, not to exceed $.14. Bill Beauregard seconded the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.


James O’Shea makes a motion to approve Bill Beauregard as School Board Representative to the Hollis Budget Committee. Jennifer MacLeod seconded the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.


A motion was made by Anita Moynihan to nominate Kathy de Lacy as the bussing representative for the Hollis School Board.  Jennifer MacLeod seconded the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.


Public Forum


Peter Graves is concerned about classroom size and feels strongly that smaller is better.  He supports hiring another teacher for 5th grade.


Harry Haytayan said that the board will take it under advisement.


Christina Hillard also is concerned about class size.  She feels that 20 children to 1 teacher in 4th grade is too large.


School Board Candidate Interview


Susan Heath, James McCann, Venu Rao, Jayshree Schrubb, and Audrey Augun interviewed for a seat on the Hollis School Board.


The Board asked the candidates the following questions:


1.  What is your greatest personal strength?

Susan:     focused and passionate

James:     work well with others and respects other people’s opinions

Venu:      available time

Jayshree: adaptable

Audrey:   work to consensus


2.      How do you see your role as a school board member?

Susan:     Raising education standards of all students

Jayshree: Good negotiator


3.      What do you see as the biggest challenge for the Hollis School District?

Susan:     Improving test scores for all students

James:     To continue improving our schools

Venu:      Don’t know the strengths and weaknesses of the schools

Jayshree: Growth of the district

Audrey:   Growth of schools and range of student capabilities.


4.      What qualities do they have that make them a good team player?

Susan:     Likes parameters

James:     Open minded and looks at both sides

Venu:      His experience with the school he runs and his background in project management.

Jayshree: Experience in business world

Audrey:   Being able to work with all types of people


5.      What are your areas of interest?

Susan:     Curriculum, future planning and budget

James:     Operations, future planning and curriculum

Venu:      No preference, no strength in curriculum

Jayshree: Curriculum, budgeting

Audrey:   Future planning


6.      What your opinion was on performance based pay?

Susan:     Mentoring teachers should be more important than pay

James:     It has its place, but shouldn’t be overemphasized

Venu:      You need a good evaluation process and training process to make it work

Jayshree: Tricky issue, not the best idea for teachers.

Audrey:   Should be a component of teachers’ pay


7.      How would you manage a parent that calls you upset about a school issue?

Susan:     Listen to them

James:     Direct them through the teacher and administration

Venu:      Listen and advise on how to resolve

Jayshree: Work with teacher

Audrey:   Go to the teacher, then the administration.  Guide through system.


8.      Do you see this position as a 1 year commitment or longer?

Susan:     A 1 year commitment, unless the Board was receptive to her, then she would run again.

James:     A 1 year commitment or longer.  He sees it as an internship.

Venu:      Has no idea.  If he feels he made a difference, he would continue.

Jayshree: Has no problem committing to 1 or 4 years.

Audrey:   Has flexibility to do either a 1 or 4 year commitment.


The Board thanked all the candidates for their time and interest in the position.


James O’Shea made a motion to go into non-public under RSA 91-A3: IIc, reputation.  Anita Moynihan seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken 5 yes, 0 no.  The board entered Non-Public session at 9:55 PM.