Friday, April 26, 2013

CTES School Board Minutes 2/19/13

Board:  Dr. Bont-Chair, Sharon Huntley and Amanda Tyrell
Administration:  George Thomson-Principal, Linda Waite- Superintendent
Public:  LPCTV, Virginia Walsh Mack-Recording Secretary, Two members of the community.

Call to order
Dr. Bont called the meeting to order at 5:35 p.m.

Comments from the Community
Donna Bushey asked permission for her daughter to remain at CTES through the school year as she and her family have moved to Ludlow.  She doesn’t want to upset her daughter’s year.  She has been at CTES since first grade.  Sharon made a motion to have Reaghan Bushey remain at CTES through the remainder of the school year.  Motion approved.

Approval of Minutes of January 15, 2013
Sharon made a motion to approve the minutes of January 15, 2013 as presented.  Motion approved.

Finance Report
Linda reported the audit has come in and she will bring copies to the next meeting as Chris was not in the office today.

Security Update
George reported he has received quotes for security for the front door.  The handicap door will be the “main” door.  The quotes were $3,300-$4,100, $2,185.00, $2,400.00 and $1,975.00.  Discussion ensued regarding the systems used in other schools.  George said he doesn’t think CTES needs such an elaborate system as CAES has.  To replace the front windows with security glass would be an additional $2,100.00.  There was discussion around storage for video. 
Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust has an emergency tool kit that will be available.  This is a tiered system.  The first tier offers a walk through at no cost.  George’s said he thinks the quotes are comparable.  He recommends Country Side Lock and Alarm.  Amanda made a motion to authorize George to hire Country Side Lock and Alarm to install the front door security system not to exceed $2,500.  Motion approved. 

Two Rivers Supervisory Union Update
There is a governance meeting this evening to discuss the information received from other SUs.
The next meeting will be Thursday, February 22, 2013 at GMUHS at 6:30 p.m.

Principal’s Report
George gave the board a copy of the budget summary.  He said there are no big surprises and he feels they are on target.  NECAP results have come in (attached).  All percentages are above the state average.

CTES will be participating in a School Health Index.

The staff participated in CPR training on St. Valentine’s Day.

Within six weeks George should have information regarding the roof.    

George explained to the board who is eligible to attend CTES; George said he published this in the Cavendish Corner.

The alert system is changing to a new system.  Schools are using the system to communicate as well as for emergencies.

The PTO had a Bake Sale and raised $1,630.00 for programs at CTES. It was a huge success.  The PTO is also planning a Bingo Night.  The goal is to raise $5,000.00 for CTES programs.

On Wednesday, February 27th is the candidate’s forum for people who are running for local office and  an informational meeting regarding the budget.  The board agreed to meet before the Town Meeting on Monday, March 4th at 6:00 p.m. Voting will be on Tuesday, March 5th.  The board agreed to have their next meeting on Wednesday, March 20th at 5:30 p.m. 

The total principal for the trust funds is $103,264.55 and the available interest is $6,456.16.

Superintendent Report
Linda said she will be providing more information regarding the VSBIT Emergency Tool Kit.
The post fact finding meeting for the teachers is scheduled for March 12th at GMUHS.
Linda congratulated George and the teachers for the NECAP scores.

Other Business
George was asked about the number of students in the FANS unit.  There are currently 23 students.

Executive Session

Sharon made a motion to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 6:22 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Virginia M. Walsh Mack
Recording Secretary

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