Hollis School Board 8:30 AM SAU Office May 12, 2005
Harry Haytayan, Chair
Kathy de Lacy
Ken DeBenedictis, Superintendent
Gail Paludi, Principal, HPS
Carol Thibaudeau, Principal, HUES
Candice Fowler, Asst. Principal, HUES
Robert Kelly, Director of Special Education
Meeting called to order by Chair Haytayan. Don Ryder offered to answer any questions we have about education funding. Senate finance committee will be discussing it today at 1 PM. $1.03 million would be the amount of the shortfall to Hollis if it passes in Senate at level voted by the House. A portion of this, albeit small, includes the Coop. Ken estimates that $900,000 of the $1.03 million shortfall would be borne solely by the Hollis School District.
Kathy suggested getting a jump on the cuts by initiating meetings with administrators to review budgets and target areas for future cuts.
8:58 AM – Staffing
Anita made a motion for Danielle Mock to fill the vacancy in Grade 3 next year. Kathy seconded. Motion carried 5:0.
Kathy made a motion to accept Elaine Fallon’s resignation with regret. Anita seconded. Motion carried 5:0.
Discussed Destination Imagination letter requesting funds for Tennessee trip. Although the Board certainly appreciate and supports the DI teams, the Board is unable to offer financial assistance at this time. Kathy moved and Doug seconded for Jenn to write a letter in response to Krista Whalen. Motion carried 5:0.
Discussed letter regarding HUES tuition. Ken will draft a letter requesting immediate payment for April, May and June and compromise on the balance.
Review of letter regarding HIPPA. No vote or action needed.
Discussion of HESSA’s request to initiate discussions for the 2006-07 Master Contract. The Board feels that it would be premature to begin 2006-07 discussions when the 2005-06 contract is still unresolved.
The calendar for 2005-06 was reviewed. Anita asked why it was necessary to start school prior to Labor Day. Gail explained that to start later would be extend the school year too close to July 4th. Kathy moved to accept the 2005-06 calendar, Doug seconded. Motion carried 5:0. The calendar can now be distributed.
9:40 AM Principals Report
Kindergarten enrollment for 05-06 is currently at 67 students. At this level we could have five sections of K with 13.4 students per section. With four sections, there would be 16.7 students. Grade 1 is at 116. We could have six classes with 19.3 students, or seven classes with 16.6 students per class.
Given the historical experience with increasing enrollments throughout the summer, Gail feels that the numbers will still change. She suggested moving a teacher from Grade 3 down to Grade 1 for 2005-06. Gail felt that more mature students (3rd graders) would be better able to have a larger class size. Gail stated that first grade is so critical and such an adjustment that a smaller class size is essential for first grade. Gail also urged the Board to decide today so that placements can be completed and necessary staffing adjustments made. Gail will speak to Allison Annand to see if she is interested in teaching first grade next year.
Carol distributed the Nature’s Classroom surveys for review. The Board should contact Carol with any suggestions or comments.
At 10:10 AM, Gail Carol and Candi left the meeting.
Doug moved and Jennifer seconded the motion to enter Non-Public session under RSA 91-A:3II (a) compensation of public employee.
A roll call vote was taken with all members voting in the affirmative. The Board entered Non-Public session at 10:10 AM.
At 11:45 AM the Board returned to Public Session.
A motion was made by Harry to seal the Non-Public minutes until further notice and to have Atty. Flygare notify Phil Pratt that he will be advising us on labor issues and will be reviewing contracts. Kathy seconded and motion carried 5:0.
Anita moved and Kathy seconded to pursue a special district meeting for the tentative agreement with the support staff. Motion carried 5:0.
12:05 Medicaid Update – Robert Kelly, Director of Special Education
By early October the district should receive approximately $24,000 to $27,000 from Granite State Billing. On May 11th, $10,261 was received. Bob will check with Gerry Zelin for clarification of the mileage reimbursement rate. Letters will be sent to Special Ed. parents who submit for reimbursement that tokens must be used and receipts for tolls must be submitted from this point forward. Bob will draft and send letter.
Anita moved and Kathy seconded to adjourn the meeting at 12:55 PM. Motion carried 5:0.