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Roberta Barone <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 19 Nov 2000 19:30:27 -0500
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Hi Jeanne,
Under Principal's report, please change to read that, "road leading to
septic system on hill behind school would be blocked off and Safety Zone
signs posted to insure safety of students and prevent any other vehicles
driving up this road during hunting season..  Thanks.  RB
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From: "Jeanne Lamica" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, November 17, 2000 9:41 PM
Subject: 001114 MES Minutes


> &#65279;MORETOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
> School Board Minutes
> Tuesday, November 14, 2000
>
> UNAPPROVED
>
> Attendance
>
> Dave Deutl, Kent Holden, Mike Strojny, Karen Horn, Wavell Cowan,
> Bill Riegel,
> Michelle Baker, Roberta Barone, Judith Sutphen, Susan Vantine,
> Jeanne Lamica
>
> 5:30 p.m.
>
> Mike Strojny called meeting to order.
>
> APPROVAL OF MINUTES
>
> Kent Holden motioned to approve October 10, 2000, MES minutes.
>  Karen Horn
> seconded.  Passed unanimously.
>
> Foreign Language
>
> Judith Sutphen approached the board advocating a Foreign Language
> program in the
> MES curriculum.  At this time the school does not have the funds
> for this and suggested
> she inquire again before August 2001.  Other possibilities for
> incorporating this  program
> included asking the WWSU on a K-12 basis rather than on an elementary
> basis and/or
> offering Foreign Languages in the After School Program.
>
> 6:12 - 7:15 p.m. Michelle Baker - 1999/2000 Draft Audit Report
> & 2000/2001 Budget
> 1st Draft
>
> Mike Strojny asked Michelle about the Audit's recommendations,
> and what happened
> with the $30,000 Construction Acct.  Michelle determined the
> Construction Acct was
> mingled into the General Acct as a fund balance for the Construction
> Account could not
> be found.
>
> Wavell Cowan asked about the retirement funds and it asked about
> a possible
> discrepancy in the Special Ed figures.
>
> Kent Holden asked if MES took out a loan.  Michelle answered
> that MES had previously
> authorized a line of credit and that it was used.  Kent also
> asked if Michelle heard from
> Joe Gaboree regarding the  double payment he received on the
> same invoice.   Michelle
> reported she left phone messages to him and that he did not respond
> to any of them.
> Wavell Cowan motioned to authorize Kent to draft a letter for
> review to Joe Gaboree for
> repayment on the double-paid invoice.  Karen Horn seconded.
> Passed unanimously.
>
> Dave Deutl noted there was a typo on page 20 of the Draft Audit:
> instead of the word
> "teachers", it should be "full year support staff".
>
> In regards to the Budget 1st Draft, Wavell questioned the FY2000
> 9.3% increase
> believing it to be fictional due to contract issues.  He also
> questioned the 33.7%
> increase in the Early Ed totals.  Further discussion on these
> two questions will resume
> using the list serve with a focus on decreasing the tax rate
> for the Moretown community
> and keeping the Special Ed tax rate at 2.01.
>
> 7:15 - 7:20 p.m.   After another brief discussion on  budget
> cuts, the MES board
> decided to hold a special board meeting on Thursday, November
> 30, from 5:30 to 6:45
> p.m. for further discussion.
>
> Governance
>
> Earlier this evening Bill Riegel mentioned that at the last Governance
> meeting the
> general consensus seemed to go forward especially on the issues
> of Curriculum,
> Assessment and Policies.  He invited MES board members to an
> open meeting at
> Harwood Union on Thursday, November 30th at 7:00 p.m.
>
> Wavell Cowan motioned that the MES board send WWSU a proposal.
>  Kent Holden
> seconded.  Dave Deutl opposed.  Passed 4 to 1.
>
> Harwood Assessment
>
> Mike Strojny reported that Liz has not drafted a letter to Commissioner
> Wolk.  He also
> noted that there has been no formal response from Harwood.
>
> PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
>
> Kent Holden motioned to authorize the Board to hire Tina Kennedy
> as a
> paraeducator.  Wavell Cowan seconded.  Passed unanimously.
>
> Roberta Barone announced the resignation of Larry Godin effective
> November 24, 2000.
>
> The Board acknowledged that Roberta could have the road that
> leads to the back of
> school blocked off as hunters were walking through carrying guns.
>
> Policies
>
> Kent Holden distributed a set of 50 policies to each board member
> for review.  Any
> changes can be put on the list serve.  Together the board will
> examine ten or so policies
> at each board meeting with completion by March 2001.
>
> BOARD ORDERS
>
> Dave Deutl motioned approval of the following Board Orders:
>
> check warrant #19 in the amount of $         79.81
> #21 in the amount of                        $162,032.38
> #17 in the amount of                        $  38,412.62
> #18 in the amount of                        $  36,232.25
> #20 in the amount of                        $  44,003.80
>
> Kent Holden seconded.  Passed unanimously.
>
> Transportation
>
> Wavell Cowan motioned to draft letter to Bill Riegel explaining
> our position based on the
> new information available to the MES board.  Karen Horn seconded.
>  Mike Strojny
> opposed.  Passed 3 to 2.
>
> OTHER
>
> Bill Riegel distributed to each MES board member a copy of the
> Vermont Education Law
> Book 2000.
>
> The Board received a $300 donation for the library and music
> departments from Maxine
> Grad.  Mike Strojny motioned to authorize Kent to send her a
> letter of thanks.  Dave
> Deutl expressed concern about accepting money from a public official.
>  Wavell Cowan
> seconded.  Passed 4 to 1.
>
> 8:45 p.m.
>
> Kent Holden motioned to go into Executive Session for the purpose
> of discussing
> personnel issues.
>
> 8:55 p.m.  Out of Executive Session.
>
> Dave Deutl motioned to adjourn meeting.  Karen Horn seconded.
> Passed unanimously.
>
>
> Signed by:____________________________Dated:_____________________________
>                 Kent Holden, Clerk

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