School Board Meeting Minutes
BARRE TOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Minutes are not official until approved by the Barre Town School Board
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT:
Guests: Video Vision Technician
BOARD SECRETARY: Donna Holden
1. Call to Order
The Vice-Chairperson, Brenda Buzzell, called the Wednesday, May 21, 2008, meeting to order at 6:02 p.m., 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
3. Consent Agenda
On a motion by Mr. Kirkland seconded by Mr. Bond, the Board unanimously voted to approve the warrants, and minutes of May 7, 2008, as submitted.
A. First Reading of Independent
Educational Evaluation Policy (IHBB) for Removal
Mr. Bond explained the policies under consideration for removal were not required policies, and that frequently changing federal regulations govern these requirements. He said rather than try to keep the policies in line with the regulations; the Committee recommended they be removed.
Mrs. Gossens asked that the SU create a district-wide procedure that would provide consistency in special education evaluations and implementation of the federal regulations.
On a motion by Ms. Moore seconded by Mr. Kirkland, the Board unanimously voted to approve the First Reading of Independent Educational Evaluation Policy (IHBB) for Removal, First Reading of Independent Education Evaluation Procedures Policy (IHBB-R) for Removal, First Reading of Schedule A (IHBB-R) for Removal, and First Reading of Provisions of Special Education Services to Private School Students Policy (IHBC) for Removal, as presented.
E. First Reading of Adult Anti Harassment Policy (GBBA)
Mr. Bond explained the version under consideration would completely replace the current policy’s language. He said the new model policy was up to date with statutory changes.
On a motion by Ms. Moore seconded by Mr. Bond, the Board unanimously voted to approve the First Reading of Adult Anti Harassment Policy (GBBA), as presented.
5. Board Discussion Items
Mr. Crowley advised the Board that overall feed-back regarding the unsuccessful launch of the After School Program (ASP) in January included issues with cost, and mid-year timing. He said a recent parent information night conducted by the YMCA for a September initiation, brought out only one family. Mr. Crowley advised that the ASP would initially need 12-14 students to be viable and said BTMES would be renewing the sign-up and subsidy information campaign; however, the YMCA has announced they would make the decision in July whether to continue pursuing an ASP at BTMES for the fall.
Ms. Moore suggested expanding the program to a Supervisory Union level, and inviting the Barre City School community to participate in the Program. She said that initial feed-back to her also was with respect to the cost factor. She reported that in her research of other area ASP costs she found a significant difference in the BTMES fees.
The Board agreed that fees could/should also be examined, and that subsidy was available to qualifying families, but acknowledged the highly organized ASP being offered through the YMCA was recognized as a quality after-school-program..
The Board asked Mr. Crowley to continue with promoting the ASP by recruiting parents, disseminating information including subsidy information, and to investigate with the YMCA how BTMES could collaborate and offer the ASP opportunity to other area schools.
Mr. Crowley also distributed a list of
short-term after school club and other activities provided this year for
short blocks of time, and involved approximately 551 students. It was
noted these were funded through the Federal EPSDT grant program, and the
YMCA Program would be paid for by those who use it.
Mr. Crowley advised the Board the school was not awarded any portion of the needs based grant.
7. Regular Reports to the Board
Written reports are typically provided in Board packets.
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. Monthly Reports to the Board (2nd meeting of the month)
Mr. Crowley reviewed current and upcoming events. Further information is available at www.btmes.org.
Dr. Paul Moccia advised the Board the grade 4 and 8 NECAP science testing was completed and results would be available next fall, however would not be connected to the annual yearly progress (AYP) determinations. He also provided the NECAP results in reading, math, and writing. Dr. Moccia advised the Board the school made AYP for all students grades 3-8 in reading and math, however did not meet the AYP benchmark in the free and reduced lunch and disabilities sub-categories.
Dr. Carmel Sperry provided an oral report.
Mr. Tom Walz had nothing to add to his written report.
Mrs. Laurie Gossens distributed a copy of the 12/18/07 State Board of Education Special Education Spending Designation Report, noting that among other statistics, spending in Barre ranked 53 out of 60, and the student/teacher ratio ranked 45.
Mrs. Gossens will provide a report on the BTMES special education department reorganization plan at the June 4, 2008 meeting.
The next monthly meeting is scheduled for June 12, 2008, at 5:30 p.m., in the Supervisory Union Central Office Conference Room.
9. Other Business None
10. Executive Session
At 7:45 p.m. on a motion by Mr. Bond seconded by Ms. Moore, the Board unanimously voted to enter into executive session, pursuant to Title 1 § 313 to discuss personnel matters.
Mr. Crowley and Mrs. Gossens were invited into the executive session.
At 9:25 p.m. the Board exited executive session.
11. Next Meeting Dates
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:
June 4, 2008 – 6:00 p.m.
On a motion by Mr. Kirkland seconded
by Ms. Moore, the Board unanimously voted to adjourn at 9:25 p.m.