December 7, 2010


Hopkinton School District School Board  

School Administrative Unit #66

Meeting Minutes

December 7, 2010

 

IN ATTENDANCE

School Board: Chairman: David Luneau, Vice Chairman: Elizabeth Durant, Board Members: Larry Donahue, William Jones, Louis Josephson

Administration: Superintendent: Steven Chamberlin, Business Administrator: Michelle Clark, Principals: Michael Bessette, William Carozza, Christopher Sousa, Director of Student Services: Dr. Valerie Aubry, Director of Technology: Matthew Stone

CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Mr. Luneau called the meeting to order at 5:30pm; Ms. Durant led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

SUPERINTENDENT ADDITIONS/DELETIONS TO AGENDA

None

CORRESPONDENCE

Mr. Chamberlin circulated Hannaford Supermarket Magazine, which pictured former Superintendent Richard Ayers and the following article in the December 1, 2010 Manchester Union Leader: Grad rate earns NH praise in new report.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

There are no minutes for approval.

PUBLIC COMMENT (1)

None

 

COMMENTS FROM THE HOPKINTON SCHOOL BOARD

Mr. Luneau welcomed students from the Hopkinton High School civics class.

Ms. Durant thanked Mr. Sousa, Mr. Kelley, and Mr. Krogman for putting on a nice National Honor Society Induction Ceremony last night at the high school.

Mr. Josephson commented on an interesting article in the New York Times, which he sent to Mr. Chamberlin, about kids nationally with good behavior and the need for power standards and ensuring learning. Mr. Josephson stated that it is a credit to the district that we are ahead of this issue.

Mr. Luneau stated that he heard on the news today that the United States was ranked 25th out of about 30 developed countries worldwide in math and reading competency; ranked number one in math, science and reading was Shanghai, China. He stated if schools were like Hopkinton we would not be 25th in the world.

STAFF REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS

  1. a. Administrator Reports
    1. i. Principal (3)

William Carozza, Principal, Harold Martin School

Mr. Carozza expressed the love they have for the arts at Harold Martin School. He stated that the arts have been a motivator in his family.

Mr. Carozza stated that it has been two weeks since the very successful opening of the playground. He thanked the anonymous donor, reflecting on what a significant gift it is.

 

Michael Bessette, Principal, Maple Street School

Mr. Bessette stated that the structure of the school day support the arts – he thanked the staff for stepping up to the challenge to make this happen for the kids.

 

Christopher Sousa, Principal, Hopkinton Middle High School

Mr. Sousa stated that the arts permeate all that they do – he appreciated the time to write about it. He stated that the brass quartette played at the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony.

Mr. Donahue stated that John Stark offers music theory. He encouraged the principal and vice principal to look at the music program and ask does this provide kids the opportunity to grow and develop further in music. He asked if it gives them the fundamentals or is it a program for involvement at a particular level of competency.

Mr. Chamberlin stated that Mr. Kelley is leading the Music Task Force – looking at the entire K through 12 programs. A preliminary report will be available in March 2011.

  1. ii. Superintendent

Steven Chamberlin, Superintendent of Schools

Mr. Chamberlin informed everyone that there are several drawings and/or paintings at the SAU office created by former Hopkinton Middle High School students.
Mr. Chamberlin stated that in North Carolina art and music teachers can receive merit pay. He forwarded board members the link to the Daniel Pink TED talk on motivation.

Mr. Luneau asked how we integrate UA into the curriculum, how is it being received, and does this mean our arts culture throughout the district touches on every student?

Mr. Chamberlin stated that from technology, library, and the classroom, the willingness of the faculty to reach out so the arts touches all students is tremendous.

Mr. Luneau mentioned that the Celebration of the Arts is on March 10, 2011 – it is one of the greatest nights of the year – he encouraged everyone to attend.

Middle School Sports Program

Mr. Meserve, Hopkinton Middle High School Athletic Director, spoke about the middle school sports proposal. He stated that the Wellness Committee and the guidance department have endorsed it.

Proposal:

To add middle school (grades 7 and 8) teams in the following sports (a middle school team for each sport):

Boys soccer

Girls soccer

Boys basketball

Girls basketball

Baseball

Softball

Mr. Meserve described why middle school sports would be better than the current system.

  1. Increased participation (numbers have been decreasing at the high school)
  2. Consistency in coaching and philosophy (Coaches would be under the athletic administration of the school.)
  3. Enhanced family/free time

Mr. Meserve explained how middle school would be paid for:

Increasing the athletic fee to $50/sport for high school and $65/sport for middle school. Overall, more money would be raised than it would be to add these sports.

MS Alpine will not be added, in an effort to keep this revenue neutral. If MS Alpine were added, the total cost to add all the sports would be approximately $1700 (this would be offset by charging for season basketball passes).

Mr. Meserve stated that the goal is to do what is best for all kids.

Brenda Quinn, community member, stated that the middle school level is a sensitive, vulnerable time, with much physical diversity. She said that kids are better off playing at the level where they are able.

Shannan Tawney, community member and representing the soccer club, stated that they have questions on how HYSA and the soccer club will function, or if they will function if middle sports goes through.

Glen Brehio, community member and HYSA and soccer club board member. Mr. Brehio stated that the kids who typically do not make the soccer club play for HYSA; the timeline for forming team rosters is early June. Mr. Brehio stated that the soccer club might dissolve if middle school sports create. He is concerned about making seventh and eighth graders choose a sport early on.

Mr. Luneau asked if there would be a practical way to have all the tryouts work/run together by the school: middle school, soccer club, and HYSA.

Mr. Meserve stated that he would hate to see the soccer club not function. He stated that the goal is to do what is best for kids. Mr. Meserve stated that he believes this is the best alternative and they will address the concerns.

David White, community member, stated kids would not fall through the cracks. He said we already have a program there will now just be a middle school team.

Abbey Luneau, Hopkinton High School senior, stated that she is in favor of having middle school sports. She has been in the district since the sixth grade and said being on a school team is better.

Shannan Tawney stated that not every child plays soccer or basketball – she would like to see golf and competitive cycling. She thinks it is important to bring back downhill skiing. She asked if this was the right time to ask community members to pay a higher fee? She is concerned that many people do not know that this discussion is going on and asked if there should be a community awareness night.

Abbey Luneau complimented the sports programs in our district – it has been nice for her.

ITEMS FOR BOARD DISCUSSION

  1. a. Hopkinton School District 2011-2012 Budget
    1. iii. Tiers of reductions

Mr. Chamberlin gave the following overview:

He stated that the budget presented on November 30, 2010 represents a 2.7%, $435,000 increase; this value results in a 0.68/1000 increase to the tax rate. The district has a projected revenue decrease. A reduction in state aid of $160,000 (estimate as of November 15, 2 010), a reduction in the estimated unreserved fund balance of $300,00 – this results in an increase to the tax rate of 0.72/1000.

He stated that the current expense and revenue impact on the local tax rate is $1.40/1000, which combines the local tax rate and state tax rate. The shift in aid from the state to local property owners impacted the state tax rate. The state tax rate has decreased by $0.24 (part of the $1.40/1000 increase reflects this shifting of aid).

Mr. Chamberlin stated that the budget presented on November 30 with contributions to two trust funds (Vehicle Replacement: $25,000 and Health Insurance: $25,000) supports an overall tax rate increase of $1.16/1000.

Mr. Chamberlin explained each of the following tiers and its affects:

Tier I: Affect Program Area

Tier II: Significantly Impacts Program Area

Tier III: Alters Brand Area

  1. iv. Revenues: Education Jobs Fund (Action Item), NH Adequacy Aid, unreserved fund balance, new streams, 2010-2011 budget restrictions

Mr. Chamberlin stated that part of the Education Jobs Fund can be used to support early retirement compensation. The current recommendation is to utilize some of the Education Jobs Fund aid to support the additional early retirement.

Mr. Chamberlin gave an overview of the following revenue streams for consideration:

  • Tuition enticement for staff: 50% of Hopkinton resident cost/student
  • Parking fee HHS students
  • Building use fees
  • Individual music lesson fee
  • Increase in athletic fee
  • Restrict spending Dec. 2010 – June 2011
  • Revenue from Health Insurance Trust

Mr. Chamberlin will schedule a Listening Post to discuss fees with community members.

  1. v. Trust funds: current values, contributions, withdrawals

Mr. Chamberlin gave an overview of the current trust funds and recommended the following funds be contributed to in the 2011-2012 budget:

Vehicle Capital Reserve Fund                         $25,000

Health Insurance Trust                                     $25,000

School Building Repair and Maintenance      $50,000

Withdrawls:

Health Insurance Trust                                    $20,000

  1. b. Early Retirement Requests (Action Items)
    1. vi. HEA (4)

Mr. Chamberlin recommended all four retirement requests be granted.

Sandra Boyko

Patricia Heinz

Madelon Kaplan

Karen May

  1. vii. HESS (1)

Mr. Chamberlin stated that one HESS staff member has taken advantage of the retirement incentive offered. Mary King has given her notice effective the end of this school year.

  1. c. 2011-2012 Hopkinton School District Calendar (Action Item)

Mr. Chamberlin explained that the calendar is an action item this evening. Overall, the reaction to the calendar has been positive. The most divisive element is the February/March/April vacation issue.

8. Public Comment (2)

None

9. Materials Included

Principal Reports (3)

Superintendent Report

Nomination Packet

Safe Routes to School Round 5 (letter of support, survey results)

Revenue Streams for Consideration Memorandum

Expendable Trusts/Capital Reserve Summary

  1. 10. Important Dates

12/14/10 – School Board Meeting, MSS Cafeteria, 5:30pm

12/21/10 – School Board Meeting, MSS Cafeteria, 5:30pm (If Needed)

12/22/10 – Half Day of School

12/23/10 – 12/31/10 – Holiday Recess

01/05/11 – School District Budget Presentation: Budget Committee Meeting, 6:30pm, Town Hall

01/12/11– School District Budget Presentation: Budget Committee Meeting, 6:30pm, Town Hall

02/02/11 – Public Hearing, 6:30pm, Hopkinton Middle High School auditorium

03/12/11 – Annual School District Meeting

 

ACTION ITEMS

11. The Hopkinton School Board approve the Superintendent’s nomination of Kelly    Martin, long-term high school English substitute, Hopkinton Middle High School.

A motion was made by Mr. Josephson, seconded by Mr. Jones, motion carries, all in favor, not opposed.

12. The Hopkinton School Board approve the Superintendent’s recommended Hopkinton School District 2011-2012 Calendar.

A motion was made by Mr. Josephson, seconded by Mr. Jones, motion carries, voted 4 in favor, one opposed.

  1. The Hopkinton School Board approve the Superintendent’s recommendation to accept the federal Education Jobs Fund aid of $80,999.24 or more.

A motion was made by Mr. Josephson, seconded by Mr. Jones, motion carries, all in favor, not opposed.

 

NONPUBLIC SESSION

19. Nonpublic Session for the Discussion of Matters as Per RSA 91-A: 3, II (a)

Personnel

At 8:43pm Mr. Jones made a motion, seconded by Mr. Josephson that the Board enter into nonpublic session in accordance with RSA 91-A:3 (a) for discussion of personnel. Motion passed on a roll call vote: Mr. Luneau (yes), Mr. Jones (yes), Ms. Durant (yes), Mr. Josephson (yes), Mr. Donahue (yes).

RETURN TO PUBLIC SESSION

At 9:17pm a motion was made by Mr. Jones, seconded by Mr. Josephson to return to public session, motion passed, all in favor, not opposed.

  1. The Hopkinton School Board approve the Superintendent’ recommendation to grant Harold Martin School Kindergarten Teacher Sandra Boyko’s request for early retirement.

A motion was made by Mr. Jones, seconded by Mr. Josephson, motion     carries, all in favor, not opposed.

15.  The Hopkinton School Board approve the Superintendent’ recommendation to grant Maple Street School Fourth Grade Teacher Patricia Heinz’s request for early retirement.

A motion was made by Mr. Jones, seconded by Mr. Josephson, motion carries, all in favor, not opposed.

16.  The Hopkinton School Board approve the Superintendent’ recommendation to grant Harold Martin School First grade teacher Madelon Kaplan’s request for early retirement.

A motion was made by Mr. Jones, seconded by Mr. Josephson, motion carries, all in favor, not opposed.

17.  The Hopkinton School Board approve the Superintendent’ recommendation to grant Harold Martin School Reading Teacher Karen May’s request for early retirement.

A motion was made by Mr. Jones, seconded by Mr. Josephson, motion carries, all in favor, not opposed.

18.  The Hopkinton School Board approve the Superintendent’ recommendation to grant Maple Street School Instructional Assistant Mary King’s request for early retirement.

A motion was made by Mr. Jones, seconded by Mr. Josephson, motion carries, all in favor, not opposed.

20. Adjournment

At 9:20pm a motion was made by Mr. Jones, seconded by Mr. Josephson to adjourn the meeting, motion passed, all in favor, not opposed.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Jean Eaton

Maple Street School, Hopkinton, NH

Nonpublic Minutes

December 7, 2010

Nonpublic Session for the Discussion of Matters as Per RSA 91-A: 3, II (a)

Personnel
During the nonpublic session the Board discussed personnel.

Mr. Jones motioned to come out of nonpublic session, seconded by Mr. Josephson, motion passed on a roll call vote: Ms. Durant (yes), Mr. Luneau (yes), Mr. Jones (yes), Mr. Josephson (yes), Mr. Donahue (yes) all in favor, not opposed.

The board came out of nonpublic session at 9:20pm.

RETURN TO PUBLIC SESSION