Amended & Approved:  August 4, 2005

Meeting of the Hollis School Board

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

 

Present: 

Harry Haytayan, Chair

Doug Cleveland

Kathy de Lacy

Jennifer MacLeod

Anita Moynihan

Lee Ann Blastos, Business Administrator

Richard Pike, Superintendent

 

9:03pm  Meeting called to order by Chair Haytayan

 

              Discussion of the Farley Building:  Doug and Harry will work with Tom Enright and Steve Simons of the Co-op Board to reconfigure the property line between the Farley Building and the Middle School.  This must be resolved within about one year’s time when the Farley Building reverts to Hollis ownership.

 

9:09pm  Parking Situation at the SAU Office

            Doug presented three possible options for expanding parking at the SAU office.

 

Option:

Lowest bid:

Lowest bid submitted by:

1. To expand the front parking lot per Doug’s diagram (extra lane up to tree on left)

$6,795

Hollis Construction

2. To expand parking into the soccer field; fencing required

$7,443

Hollis Construction

3. To expand parking behind the existing barn

$12,789

Hollis Construction

 

On principle, (and price) the Board overwhelmingly favored the first option.  Several Board Members expressed a desire to avoid paving any part of the soccer field, even though it is technically SAU-owned land, as Doug pointed out.

 

If Option 1 is to be pursued, it was suggested that the Hollis School Board get Historic District Commission approval, since the changes would be visible from the road.  A suggestion was made to plant a row of trees between the parking area and Rte 122 to improve aesthetic and appeal to the HDC.

 

Kathy made a motion to recommend to the SAU Board Option 1 (expanding the front parking lot) with the caveat that it include a landscaping plan, approved by the HDC and paid for jointly by the SAU.  Motion seconded by Jennifer.  Motion passed 5-0.

 

9:24pm  Staffing

Rich Pike presented, on behalf of Gail Paludi, two staffing changes:

  1. An interim one-year position for Jessica Cue as a first grade teacher
  2. A full contract for Maureen Chorma to join the Hollis Integrated Preschool Program as a .5 speech-language pathologist/.5 Preschool Coordinator.

Kathy made a motion to accept both as new hires for the 2005-2006 school year.  Motion seconded by Anita.  Motion passed 5-0.

 

9:27pm Wellness Program Goals

 

·        Anita proposed adding a goal of “reducing/eliminating refined carbohydrates” (from the school lunch program).

·        Rich Pike suggested editing Goal #4 to read “to further develop nutrition education.”

·        It was discussed and decided that the Wellness Committee should be an SAU-wide endeavor.  Anita requested to Doug that this be added to the SAU agenda for September.

·        School lunch prices have not increased in approximately 10 years.  In order to make the recommended changes to meet the stated wellness goals, it may be necessary to increase the lunch price from $1.75 to $2.00.  No formal action taken on this yet.

 

Anita made a motion to adopt the Hollis School Board Wellness Program Goals as stated in the draft, with revisions as stated above.  Motion seconded by Jennifer.  Motion passed 5-0.

 

9:36pm Food Service Manager Job Description Changes 

Lee Ann reported that the Co-op has agreed to hire someone to free up some of Sheila O’Donnell’s time so that she will be able to dedicate more time to being on-site at the Hollis Elementary schools.

 

Anita made a motion to amend the Food Service Manager’s job description to read that the Food Service Manager is required to “implement School Board Wellness Goals, established by each district, as they apply to Food Service.”  Motion seconded by Kathy.  Motion passed 5-0.

 

9:48pm  Recycling

Jennifer gave Rich Pike a brief summary of the recycling pilot program that was started this past spring in the two Hollis elementary schools.  According to estimates from Joan D’Esopo and Mike McNulty, who were both instrumental in the pilot’s success, approximately 400 pounds of paper was recycled each week at the schools.  The volume was equal to about 1/3 to ½ of a dumpster at each school, each week.  Currently, each school has two dumpsters for trash.  It is thought that if the schools were to begin recycling corrugated cardboard in addition to mixed paper, that possibly each school could cut one trash dumpster and replace it with a dumpster-style cardboard recycling container.  According to Jennifer’s research with our trash vendor, a cardboard recycling container would cost less than a trash dumpster because we would not be paying dumping fees for its contents, as we do with trash.  (In fact, the cardboard would be revenue-generating, although not necessarily for the school.)  It was discussed that changes to our trash contract need to go through Lee Ann;  Jennifer and Lee Ann will follow up with our vendor before renewing our trash contract.

Furthermore, Jennifer will work on an improved disposal plan for our mixed paper recycling, as the system used during the pilot program (private vehicle transport) is not feasible given the volume we are generating.  Jennifer will report back to Lee Ann and the Board when appropriate.

 

9:56pm Policy discussion

Rich suggested listing on future agendas which specific topics (i.e. policies) will be discussed and reviewed, in the interest of any members of the public who may wish to attend.

 

Doug suggested that Kathy O’Sullivan prepare drafts of the policies with each Board’s changes in a different color (e.g. HSB edits in green, Co-op edits in purple, BSB’s in blue).  Once all Boards have finished their individual reviews, all changes and comments should be viewed and approved by all three Boards, in the interest of uniformity.

Anita felt that this was a good idea in theory, but that it would slow the process down, especially for our Board, which is ahead of the other two in this review process.  Anita suggested that we should proceed with our schedule, and that Kathy can maintain/edit our policies on-line at a later date as the other Boards complete their reviews.  It was mentioned that this function is actually part of Kathy’s contract with us.

 

Policies C, D, E, F, G, and H will have their official second reading at our next meeting, with topic descriptors listed on the agenda.

 

10:10pm  Motion made by Kathy to accept Maryann Zagami’s request for maternity leave, effective November 1, 2005.  Motion seconded by Jennifer.  Motion passed 5-0.

 

The next meeting of the Hollis School Board will be Thursday, August 4, 2005 at 8:30am at HPS. 

 

10:35pm Kathy made a motion to adjourn.  Anita seconded.  Motion passed 5-0.