Thursday, November 15, 2012

CTES School Board Meeting 10/16/12 Minutes

Board:  Dr. Bont, Sharon Huntley, Stuart Lindberg and Jessica Goodman
Administration:  George Thomson-Principal, and Linda Waite- Superintendent
Public:  LPCTV, Virginia Walsh Mack-Recording Secretary, Michael Ripley, Peggy Svec, Connie Kendall, Christine Balch, Deb O’Brien, Amanda Tyrrell, and Joe Vullo

Call to order
Dr. Bont said there is no quorum at 5:30 p.m. so the board members present will listen to reports.
No quorum until 6pm. Dr. Bont called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Comments from the Community

Approval of Minutes of September 18, 2012
Jessica made a motion to approve the minutes of September 18, 2012 as presented.  Correction:  Under Budget- The overall savings of interest for CTES for the Vermont Municipal Bond Bank Refunding was $65,648.31.
Minutes approved as amended.

School Board Candidate Presentations
Dr. Bont said there is a vacancy on the board.  The board has been petitioned by Amanda
Tyrrell.  Amanda presented the board with a letter of interest.  She said she cares about this school and the community.  She feels her educational background would benefit the board.  Dr. Bont thanked Amanda.    

Appointment of School Board Member
Sharon made a motion to appoint Amanda Tyrrell to the CTES school board until March 2013.  Motion approved

Spring 2012 Science NECAP Scores
Linda gave the board the science NECAP results for CTES (attached).  George said some students who qualified had accommodations (Nimble Tools).  There is a correlation between the MAPS and NECAP tests.  The NECAP tests will not be given in 2014.  There will be a new test which will be a national test.  
13 – 14 Budget Planning Timeline
George said it is time to start planning for next year’s budget.  Linda said there may be some related services shifts in the budget.  Health care costs may increase significantly.  George will put a timeline together and share it with the board.  George said moving the financial services to the SU will have to be discussed with the board.  He feels this may cost CTES more than it does now. 

 New Supervisory Union Update
The new supervisory union’s name is Two Rivers Transition Supervisory Union.  The board authorized the co chairs to negotiate contracts with Linda and Bruce Williams.  Bruce will be the Superintendent and Linda will be the Associate Superintendent.  The board sees this merger as a two year transition.  There will be a superintendent search next year.  There is a meeting at GMUHS on Thursday evening.

Principal’s Report
George gave the board a budget summary.  He said the budget looks good.  One Para has not been hired and since 6 new students have enrolled he may have to hire someone for the position.  The annual audit has been completed.  He is waiting for the results.  He feels there will be a slight deficit.
The MAPS testing is finished.  About 50% of students regressed in reading over the summer months.  65% of students regressed in math.  The NECAP testing is almost complete.

The first and second grade screening is complete.  The results help group students and to get extra help for the students who need it.  The “summer slump” was seen in both the upper grades and the lower grades.  George was asked if he could gage how the students did that participated in the summer program.  George said it is difficult to determine; the variables are different.  Every student would have to be looked at individually.  The tests are just a “snapshot”. 

The bus was sold for $750.00.  George met with representatives from the insurance company regarding the roof.  The insurance company will personally get involved since they know the parties involved.  Today the staff had a speaker come in from WISE on reducing sexual abuse with students.  The staff will have training.  George said the math and FanS unit programs are going well.
The Ludlow after school program coordinator asked to meet with George.  Linda reported they could not do any combining right now because the grant funds which support this program are specifically for the Ludlow school.

Conferences are scheduled for this Thursday.  IPads are starting to be used by students.

Superintendent Report
Linda reported the WSWSU Board and the WSWSU Education Association met last night and remain at impasse. Linda will attend the SE Superintendents meeting tomorrow.  The VSBA conference is October 25th and 26th at Lake Morey.  Linda hopes there will be participation from the board.

Other Business
The testing for the FanS unit has just been completed.  Peggy reported the class is very busy.  There are 22 students in the class.  They are using a new program with new materials which is time consuming.  They will know more next month.  Parental help was offered.  If the number of students increases the administration will evaluate the needs.  The administration will bring the policy regarding classroom size.  Linda said they can only report on student success to the board and the community on a broad basis.  George said he knows the teachers are working hard and he feels the FanS program is going well.  Teachers should not be doing clerical work.  Comparing discipline from this year to last is hard to compare.     

Executive Session
Jessica made a motion to go into executive session at 7:33 p.m. to discuss personnel and to invite the administration.  Motion approved.  The board came out of executive session at 7:50 p.m.  No action taken.

Jessica made a motion to adjourn.  Meeting adjourned at 7:51 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Virginia M. Walsh Mack
Recording Secretary

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