November 2012

THESE MINUTES ARESUBJECT TO BOARD APPROVAL AT THE NEXT BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

CHESTER ELEMENTARYSCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION

November 19, 2012

The regular meeting of the Chester Board of Education was held on Monday, November 19, 2012.  In attendance Lianne Rutty,Peg Reyer, Ashley Marsh, Amy Safran, Laurie Rubinow, Sean Savoie, David Fitzgibbons, Nicole Sypher, and Wendy King (7:20 arrival).  Also in attendance were Dr. Ruth Levy, Superintendent, Dr. Joanne Beekley, Assistant Superintendent, Michael Barile,Principal, and Mr. Garth Sawyer, Business Manager.

 CALL TO ORDER

Dr. Levycalled the meeting to order at 7:05pm. 

She opened the floor for nominations for the office of Chair.  Wendy King was nominated. 

On motion duly made and seconded, the Board unanimously VOTED to elect Wendy King as Board Chair for a term of one year.

The floor was then opened for nominations for the offices of Vice-Chair and Board Secretary.  Laurie Rubinow was nominated for the office of Vice-Chairman and Amy Safran was nominated for the office of Secretary.

On motion duly made and seconded, the Board unanimously VOTED to elect Laurie Rubinow as Board Vice-Chair for a term of one year.

On motion duly made and seconded, the Board unanimously VOTED to elect Amy Safran as Board Secretary for a term of one year.

CONSENT AGENDA

Peg Reyer requested that the minutes of September 27, 2012 be pulled from the consent agenda so that edits for clarification may be suggested. 

On motion duly made and seconded, the Board unanimously VOTED to approve the consent agenda consisting of the Accounts Payable Report.

The Board discussed the minutes and agreed with the clarifications presented by Ms.Reyer as follows:

Under the Superintendent’s Report, Under the heading of Information and Communication ;Solar Panel Project:

The last sentence in the first paragraph shall read:  “The Board of Finance and the Board of Selectmen have endorsed the idea to use up to $8000 to go forward with a grant request for placing additional solar panels on the CES roof.”


The first sentence of the third paragraph shall read:  “Ms. King noted that this was discussed and the initial installation approved by the Board in July.”

The first sentence of the fourth paragraph shall read:  “Upon a motion made by Peg Reyer and seconded by Laurie Rubinow, the Board unanimously VOTED to endorse the proposal from the Chester Clean Energy Group to go forward with the grant and to place the additional solar system on the roof of the Chester Elementary School.”

The second paragraph in its entirety shall be moved to just below the motion and vote to endorse the proposal from the Chester Clean Energy Group.


On motion duly made and seconded, the Board VOTED to approve the minutes from  the regular meeting of September 27, 2012 as presented with the edits listed above.

PUBLIC COMMENT

None

OTHER ITEMS:

Principal’s Report – M. Barile

Mr. Barile reported that there was a good turn out for the service initiatives with lots of community support.

Every teacher is involved in the work to move to the Common Core State Standards.

Chester Elementary students Daniel Hearn and Briar Rosales presented the Board with a report on recent events at the school.

REPORTS:

Financial Status Report – Mr.Garth Sawyer

Mr.Sawyer gave a brief update of the financial status.  There has not been much change since the last report.  There was a reduction in the cafeteria deficit.  Extra funds were usedin the custodial account for the extra preparation of the school for the Elementary School of the Year visit.     

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Finance

The Finance Committee meeting will meet again on November 27th, 2012. 

Curriculum

The Curriculum Committee will meet again on January 16, 2013.                             

Joint PK-12 Policy Committee

 The Curriculum Committee will meet again onJanuary 16, 2013.

Supervision District

No Updates

Joint BOE Preschool StudyCommittee

A report was given by David Fitzgibbons and Nicole Sypher

Joint BOE 6th GradeStudy Committee

A report was given by Peg Reyer

  ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT– J. Beekley

General Update

Dr. Beekley reported on the November 14th Common Core State Standards presentation done by all the administrators for parents.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT - R. Levy

District Update

Dr. Levy updated the Board on recent activities and initiatives.  She congratulated the school on their recent CAS Climate Award.  She reported that Mike Barile has joined the CAS Elementary Board. 

Dr. Levy also reported on the CABE/CAPSS convention she and David Fitzgibbons attended last Friday.

Information and Communication

Dr. Levy mentioned that the Joint BOE Calendar Committee will be meeting on Wed.,November 28th to look at this year’s calendar and discuss possible recommendations for this year and the 2013-14 calendar.

Dr. Levy presented the major budget drivers for the proposed 2013-14 Chester Elementar ySchool budget.

The Chester Parks and Rec is no longer requesting the construction of storage at the school.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

None

FutureAgenda Items:

8.1  Next regular Joint BOE meeting Dec 06, 2012
8.2  Next regular CES BOE meeting Jan. 30, 2013
8.3 BOE & Community input on 2013-14 budget (On-going)
8.4  Presentation of Draft CES Budget for2013-14  (Jan.) – R. Levy
8.5  Review Strategic School Profile (when available from State) – J. Beekley
8.6  CES BOE 2013-14 Budget Workshops (Feb 06th,Feb 14th, Mar. 19th)
8.7  Vote to adopt CES Budget for 2013-14 (Mar.)
8.8  Vote on staff non-renewals (Mar.)
8.9  Present CES 2013-14 Budget at town meeting(TBD)

ADJOURNMENT

On a motion duly made and seconded the Board unanimously VOTED to adjourn at 8:50p.m. 

Respectfully Submitted,

Ruth Levy,

 

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