Most Recent School Board Meeting Minutes
Minutes are not
official until approved by the Barre Town School Board
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT:
BOARD SECRETARY: Donna Holden
1. Call to Order
The Chair, Brenda Buzzell, called the Wednesday, September 21, 2011 meeting to order at 6:00 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. Paterson seconded by Mr. Tewksbury, the Board voted to approve the minutes of September 7, 2011 Regular Board Meeting, as amended. Ms. Moore abstained.
4. New Business
Co-Presidents, Joanne Codling and Kim Benson, along with Vice-President Pat MacAskill appeared before the Board to sign the Supervisory Union-wide Para-Educator Master Contract.
Mrs. Buzzell congratulated the Association and Negotiation Committee for reaching a successful contract.
Mrs. Buzzell and Mr. Tewksbury advised that as discussed at the Board’s retreat, a new Supervisory Union School Transportation Committee (to be comprised of residents from Barre City and Barre Town), was proposed to study bussing options at an SU-wide level. They explained the work and members of this Committee would be discussed at the next SU meeting (10/13) and that among other issues the Committee would address motivations such as savings, efficiencies, and to comply with VT Act 153, which requires studies to combine purchasing and services.
5. Old Business
6. Administrative Reports to the Board
Dr. Bacon provided an oral report, including distribution of a VT School Board Association model policy “Use of Restraint and Seclusion” pursuant to Rule 4500, and recommended the Policy Committee consider whether the school would adopt a policy. He advised that items from the cancelled August 29th teacher in-service day have been rescheduled to October 10th. He also recommended rescheduling of the teacher day be left until nearer the end of the year, after snow days were accounted for, and included in the calendar.
Dr. Bacon also reported in the spirit of Act 153, the purchase of the woodchips was underway from a former Vermont vendor, and would be for less cost per ton and at a comparable quality. He also notified the Board the purchase of duct cleaning equipment was planned, and would be use throughout the district.
Mrs. Buzzell and the Board welcomed Mr. Crowley back from his Tropical Storm Irene flooding ordeal. Mr. Crowley thanked the Board and local communities for the overwhelming support that he personally, and his hometown community in Rochester received.
Mr. Crowley also informed the Board that outside organizations may request the use of our kitchen. Mr. Kirkland reminded all that the kitchen had new equipment and must be used in compliance with state regulations. Discussion ensued and the Policy Committee agreed to draft a policy on kitchen use.
Mrs. Nye and Mr. Crowley provided current and upcoming event information. For a calendar of events, and additional school information, visit www.btmes.org.
Mr. Crowley distributed a class count report, which prompted limited discussion. Mr. Crowley agreed to keep the Board informed of future changes.
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.
7. Other Business
On a motion by Mr. Tewksbury seconded by Mr. Kirkland, the Board unanimously voted to approve the warrant, as submitted.
8. Future Agenda Items
Restructuring Plan and Security Matters. Mrs. Buzzell asked Board members to contact her with items of interest.
9. Executive Session
At 7:19 p.m. on a motion by Mr. Paterson seconded by Mr. Kirkland, the Board unanimously voted to enter into executive session, pursuant to Title 1 § 313, to discuss negotiations and a student matter.
Dr. Bacon was invited into the executive session.
At 8:15 p.m. the Board exited executive session.
10. Next Meeting Dates
Meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month, in the school library, unless otherwise noted. The next Barre Town School Board meeting dates are:
On a motion by Mr. Kirkland second by
Mr. Paterson, the Board unanimously voted to adjourn at 8:16 p.m.