School Board Meeting Minutes
BARRE TOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Minutes are not official until approved by the Barre Town School Board
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
Guests: Video Vision Technician
BOARD SECRETARY: Donna Holden
1. Call to Order
The Chairperson, David Harrington, called the meeting to order at 6:03 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18, 2006, which was held in the Barre Town Middle and Elementary School Library, 70 Websterville Road, Barre Town, VT. A flag salute followed.
2. Visitors and Communications
Mrs. Buzzell invited parents and their children age birth to 6-years to attend the Mysterious Fall Morning, sponsored by Barre Area Success by Six and Central Vermont Early Childhood Council, which will be held at the Aldrich Public Library on Saturday, October 28, 2006 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.. The mini dabble day event will conclude with a free book presented to each child.
Mrs. Lamb announced David Stefaniak Holiday Gift Drive would kick-off during the first week of November.
3. Consent Agenda
On a motion by Mrs. Lamb seconded by Mr. Gagne, the Board unanimously voted to approve the warrants, and minutes of October 4, 2006, as submitted.
4. Board Action Items
Mrs. Lamb advised the Board the policy was not ready for action. Therefore, and by consensus, the Board agreed to postpone action on this item to the November 1, 2006, meeting.
The Board discussed and agreed by consensus to cancel the December 20, 2006 meeting, barring any unforeseen issues that would require holding the regularly scheduled meeting.
5. Board Discussion Items
Dr. Riggen reviewed the 2006-07 Action Plan, which identified three new areas of concern resulting from the recent Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) Report. He said the revised Plan would be referred to the Curriculum Committee for further review.
Ms. Moore explained for multiple reasons including issues discussed at the Board’s summer retreat, appreciation and respect for the 90/90/90 Report theories, and ultimately receipt the recent AYP results, the Board agreed to develop a new committee, which would hold its first meeting on November 8, 2006 at 8:15 a.m. and each Wednesday monthly, thereafter. She said the preliminary committee name, “Student Success Foundation Committee”, would be discussed at the meeting along with the committee goals and purpose, which included “…to develop strategies to improve the foundations upon which to build a framework for the educational success for all children at BTMES.”
Dr. Moccia provided the Board with sample 2005 3rd and 8th grade New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) exams in an effort to demonstrate the range of testing 636 grade 3-8 students were exposed to recently for 13 days. He said 99% of the students were tested, with 88 make-up tests scheduled. Further reported was that the tests for three-state consortium will be mailed to a central location and scored by trained teachers.
6. Old Business
Dr. Riggen agreed to include notice in the next School Newsletter to parents and solicit feedback regarding any safety and/or confidentiality issues surrounding the quarterly publishing of honor roll student names and grade levels in the newspaper.
7. Regular Reports to the Board
Written reports are typically provided in Board packets.
Dr. Fagan thanked the BTMES Board, administration, staff and faculty for the welcoming accommodations prepared for the SU staff, and distributed a map of the school depicting the locations of where SU staff members are located throughout the building.
Dr. Riggen provided information on current and upcoming events, which may also be viewed on the school Web site at www.BTMES.org.
All Committee meetings are held in the BTMES 2nd floor conference room. Approved minutes for each Committee can be viewed on the Website at www.BTMES.org.
8. Bi-Monthly Reports to the Board (2nd meeting of the month)
Dr. Moccia invited Board members to attend all or any part of the next staff development day scheduled for Tuesday, November 21, 2006.
Mrs. Gossens provided a verbal report, which included in part information regarding the timely submission to the State of SU estimated special education costs, special education substitute teacher training, and Unified Sports programs activity.
Mr. Walz added to his report a discussion regarding the extensive electronic database SU student data available to teachers that has not been utilized. It was agreed that training in utilization and accessibility would be included in future staff development plans.
The next meeting is scheduled for November 9, 2006.
9. Other Business
The Board discussed and agreed the Policy Committee would investigate and address matters of how administration of grants should be handled and bring a draft policy back to the Board for consideration.
10. Executive Session
At 8:45 p.m. motion by Mr. Gagne seconded by Mrs. Lamb, the Board unanimously voted to enter into executive session, pursuant to Title 1 §313, to discuss contractual and personnel matters.
Dr. Fagan was invited into executive session.
At 9:45 p.m. the Board exited
Future meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month, unless noted. The next Barre Town School Board meeting dates are:
November 1, 2006 – 6:00 p.m.
On a motion by Mrs. Lamb seconded by
Mr. Gagne, the Board unanimously voted to adjourn at 9:45 p.m.