Board: Dr. Bont-Chair, Sharon Huntley, Stuart Lindberg, Jessica Goodman, and Amanda Tyrell
Administration: George Thomson-Principal, Linda Waite- Superintendent and Chris Adams-Business Manager
Public: LPCTV, Virginia Walsh Mack-Recording Secretary, Ellen Cameron, Tracy Churchill, Peggy Svec, Mike Ripley, Brian Benoit, and four members of the community.
Call to order
Dr. Bont called the meeting to order at 5:38 p.m.
Comments from the Community
Steve, the 5/6 basketball coach, asked if he should be doing anything relating to safety in light of the tragedy in CT. The area does not have cell service; has this been addressed. Discussion: a number of parents that stay for the practices. The biggest issue for George, Leigh and Irene today were parents raising issues. He said today was a good day. He explained to the students why the flag was at half mast. A state trooper was at school today to be supportive. Teachers spoke to students in age appropriate ways. George locked the front doors after school. The last lock down drill went well. He will let the students know there will be a practice drill this week. The reality is if someone wants to get in the building they will. The experts say to get back to a normal routine.
Linda began communicating with the principals and board chairs with steps she felt need to be taken. All of the doors of the school should be locked. After meeting with Chester law enforcement, all of the doors at CAES were locked and all but one door at GMUHS was locked. She feels all of the school boards should consider a system similar to CAES. Linda has a letter for the school boards outlining procedures and recommendations. We need to start feeling comfortable when law enforcement is present. Linda feels the doors should be locked when possible. Suggestions: locking doors, fire safety concerns, the concern for time it takes for law enforcement to respond; should the town select board be approached, possibly working with the town of Ludlow, look at other schools security systems.
Brian Benoit expressed his concerns with the public library being connected to the school, the safety issues and the possibility of empowering the staff in some way. Linda’s recommendation is to look into enhancing security systems and changing the locks on the classroom doors. There is the concern that using mace could do more harm than good. Recess is also an issue. The possibility of getting training from law enforcement and having a school resource officer at school was discussed. Jessica made a motion to authorize the administration to continue to look into safety issues for the school. Motion approved.
Approval of Minutes of November 20, 2012
Jessica made a motion to approve the minutes of November 20, 2012 as presented. Motion approved.
Prevention of Bullying Policy F32 – Second Read/Adoption – (Action Requested)
Sharon made a motion to accept the Prevention of Bullying Policy F32 as presented. Motion approved.
FY’ 2013 – 14 Budget
George gave the board the second draft of the budget and went over the changes (explanation sheet attached). The increase in the assessment is in part due to the line items coming out of the local budget and going to the supervisory union. This is actually a decrease from this year’s costs. Discussion ensued in support for the Administrative Assistant to the Principal position. Chris said it will be more efficient to move the CTES books to the SU. Stuart does not agree. Linda said the board directs the administration on finances. Sharon made a motion to move the financial services to the principal’s office in the budget. Discussion ensued. Motion approved 3:1.
George continued to review the budget. Centralizing transportation was discussed. Chris reviewed the EEE and Collaborative Preschool portions of the budget. The potential for a capitol improvement fund was discussed.
Two Rivers Supervisory Union Update
Linda reported the finance committee is meeting at 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning. The board meeting is Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at GMUHS. The board is planning on approving the SU budget. The facilities committee is looking at properties to house the SU.
George gave the board a budget summary. There is nothing outstanding that George knows of.
Roof update: George has spoken to the people involved and is finishing the class action suit application. There is no cost to CTES.
With all of the technology CTES has it is frustrating that they do not have high speed internet service; the fiber optic service is coming.
The Holiday program was the highest attended performance in 20 years. CTES has had three emergency closing days. Friday will be a makeup day.
George will need to work on the locks so it will not be fixed tomorrow morning.
Linda shared a letter to community members with the board.
Support staff will have mediation tomorrow at GMUHS. Teachers’ fact finding is scheduled for January 10th.
Sharon made a motion to go into executive session at 7:45 p.m. to discuss staff negotiations and to invite George and Linda. Motion approved. The board came out of executive session at 8:32 p.m. No action taken.
Sharon made a motion to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:33 p.m.
Virginia M. Walsh MackRecording Secretary