FMRSD School Board Meeting Minutes – 12/9/19

Have made a New Year’s Resolution to work harder to keep you up to date on school issues since we have some big proposal’s ahead. Starting with the official meeting minutes from the school board. If you are curious or looking for more information I would encourage you to go to https://www.sau60.org/ – Lil

Chairperson Michael Herrington called the meeting to order at 6:01PM in the Fall Mountain Regional High School Library. In attendance were Mary Henry, Joe Levesque, Rebecca Sethi, William Stahl, Scott Bushway and Sarah Vogel. Also in attendance were Lori Landry and James Fenn.

Michael Herrington requested a moment of silence to recognize the recent loss of a Fall Mountain student.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion: (Levesque/Henry) to approve the minutes from Tuesday, November 12, 2019-Public Session-Motion passed. Bushway abstained.

Motion: (Sethi/Levesque) to approve the minutes from Tuesday, November 12, 2019-Public Hearing Motion passed. Bushway abstained.

Motion: (Levesque/Sethi) to approve the minutes from Monday, November 25, 2019-Board Workshop. Motion passed unanimously.

RECOGNITIONS OF VISITORS AND PUBLIC INPUT

Jacqueline Ronning, Walpole Teacher read a letter on behalf of the teachers of Walpole Schools. The letter requested that the principal search committee consists of representatives of Walpole (teachers, site based committee representative, parents and students). Ms. Ronning stated that the school community feels that they have a unique understanding of the needs of the Walpole Schools and thanked School Board and Superintendent Landry for considering the request.

Chairperson Herrington thanked everyone for coming and commended Sam Jacobs for the impact that he has made in the Fall Mountain community over the years.

Superintendent Landry stated that she has met with Sam Jacobs and timelines have been put into place. It is the hope that a candidate will be brought forward to the board in March.

REPORTS OF ADMINISTRATORS

Gail Rowe, Linda Ferland, Hilary Robinson, Alexis Sibelian and Dori Ferrera provided the board with a presentation on student led conferences. The teachers at Vilas worked closely with the teachers from Walpole who have been doing student led conferences for some time.

Overall, the student led conferences were very successful with a 92% participation rate.

The teachers thanked Superintendent Landry for allowing them to move conferences to a time when all of the students could participate.

After discussion, a decision was made to look at the Articles of Agreement Committee recommendations at a board workshop after the budget hearing.

The default budget was presented to the board at $31,933,862 with a proposed operating budget of $32,428,708, which is $494,846 over default.

Lori Landry and James Fenn presented the draft warrant articles.

A discussion regarding the one time disparity funds was discussed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Rebecca Fortgang, Teacher Representative provided the board with a report on District Happenings.

Michael Herrington commended Gail Rowe and Aaron Cinquemani for their response to a local administrator on middle school foreign language.

Mary Ronning, student representative stated that students were preparing for the winter concert to be held on December 15th at 4:00pm-the board was invited to attend. Winter sports are currently underway. The Unified Basketball Jamboree was last weekend with Fall Mountain going undefeated. Scores released for PSATs today and school counselors will be reviewing with the students over the next couple of weeks.

CONSENT AGENDA

Personnel

DAF-1 Administration Of Grant Funds (2nd read/adoption)

DAF-2 Grant Cash Management And Fund Control (2nd read/adoption)

DAF-10 Grant Budget Reconciliation (2nd read/adoption)

JLCD Administering Medications To Students (2nd read/adoption)

GADA Employment References (2nd read/adoption)

Sunday Event Approval

Boys Varsity Basketball Holiday Tournament at KSC December 27-29, 2019.

Boys & Girls Varsity Indoor Track-Sundays through 2019-20 season (meets held at Dartmouth and UNH)

Motion: (Sethi/Stahl) to approve the consent agenda as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (Henry/Levesque) to approve JJIC-Eligibility for School Athletics (revised-1st reading). Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (Stahl/Sethi) to approve JRA-Student Records Procedure (revised-1st reading). Motion passed unanimously.

ACTION AGENDA

The board signed the Default Budget.

Motion: (Henry/Vogel) to approve the apportionment changes to the Articles of Agreement as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

Becky Sethi stated that she felt that some of the changes that were recommended by the committee should have been included in the proposed changes.

Richard Towne presented the 2020-2021 Program of Studies.

A recommendation was made to send out additional information on the latin grading system out to parents so that they better understand.

Motion: (Levesque/Stahl) to approve the 2020-2021 FMRHS Program of Studies as presented. Motion unanimously passed.

Michael Herrington explained that he received a letter requesting a letter of intent from the FMRSD. The original letter was signed by the town of Charlestown Selectboard. A request was made that the letter come from the withdrawal committee instead. Another letter was received today via email with the request. Mr. Herrington read the new request.

The board discussed the request.

Frank Emig (Acworth) stated that this letter can not be sent in because the withdrawal committee did not vote on the request.

Motion: (Stahl/Vogel) to approve a letter stating that the school board would consider entering into a tuition agreement with Charlestown. Motion passed unanimously.

TREASURER’S REPORT

Motion: (Bushway/Stahl) to accept the Treasurer’s Report for the period ending December 9, 2019.

Payroll: $ 1,710,137.43

Accounts Payable: $ 817,699.92

Motion passed unanimously.

OTHER

Superintendent Landry stated that the Cheshire Career Center is changing their time to a later start time. This will severely impact our students ability to attend.

Motion: (Vogel/Levesque) to adjourn. Motion passed unanimously.

Hearing nothing further, the board adjourned at 8:30PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Misty Bushee

School Board Clerk

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