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Late posting of July board minutes .. apologies  ... Wavell



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The motion was seconded by Wavell and approved. \par }\pard {\f20\ul Board Orders}{\f20 :\par }\pard {\f20 Upon a motion by Amy seconded by Wavell the following board orders were unanimously approved for payment: Board Orders #1 for $5,727.01; and #2 for $30,644.93\par }\pard {\f20\ul Superintendent Report}{\f20 :\par }\pard {\f20 Bill reviewed six general goals adopted by the WWSU Executive Committee for 2002-2003. In particular he stressed the effort to be made to take advantage of grant money, etc. to increase provisions of early education services (0-5 year olds). \par }\pard {\f20\ul Executive Session}{\f20 :\par }\pard {\f20 On a motion by Kent, seconded by Deb and unanimously approved the board moved into executive session (6:05 PM) for the purpose of discussing teacher and staff contract negotiations. The board came out of executive session at 6:18 PM. \par }\pard {\f20 Insurance:\par }\pard {\f20 The problem of finding a new carrier for WWSU insurance has been resolved in a surprisingly benevolent fashion. The new policies are priced so that Moretown will actually pay in FY 2003 marginally lesss than was budgeted ($8194, vs. $9,642) \par }\pard {\f20\ul Policy Review Program}{\f20 :\par }\pard {\f20 Drafts of policies E2-Budgeting, E5-Risk management, F4-Search and seizure, F5- Interrogation or searches of students by law enforcement personnel or others, and F6- Collection and maintenance of education files  were reviewed and after discussion and some changes were approved for warning in the August issue of Moretown Matters. Deb will produce final drafts of policies C3-C7, D1, D3, D10 and E1 to be published on the list serve for review and adoption for warning at a special board meeting scheduled for Monday, August 5th at 2PM at the school library. In addition Kent assigned as homework a board review of policies F8-Student medication, F1 6-Harassment of students, G1-Curriculum development, and G2- Student assessment, also to be reviewed at the above special meeting.\par }\pard {\f20\ul Tuition Policy}{\f20 :\par }\pard {\f20 A policy statement on the tuitioning of non-resident students has been researched by Kent and Roberta with attorney Liz Grant. The big concern is that the non-discrimination requirement for accepting tuitioned students  if extended into the special ed area could potentially completely swamp an already excessive demand. It appears that a policy can be written with well defined program restrictions which would meet this concern. Inevitably, however, any such restrictions could be challenged in the courts should any parent decide to do so, and the outcome would be uncertain. It was agreed that based on the researched information and the board discussion, Wavell would produce a draft proposal for review by the board, for ultimate review through Kent and Roberta, by Liz Grant for her assessment of the legal risk. The goal would be to have this policy also ready for warning in August. \par }\pard {\f20 \page }{\f20\ul Old Medical Insurance Billing}{\f20 :\par }\pard {\f20 Due to confusion in the manner in which VT Blue Cross/Blue Shield arranged for billings, unpaid medical insurance premiums by Moretown only recently surfaced in an audit. Michelle confirms that these bills were received but never paid \endash hopefully the last carry-over from the infamous Rob Billings year.\par }\pard {\f20\ul Trails on Town/School Land}{\f20 :\par }\pard {\f20 John Atkinson joined the meeting. The board had received a proposal from him in respect to developing a network of walking, biking and cross-country ski trails on the town/school land behind the school. John has developed wide support within the Moretow community for this project which is planned to be pursued on the basis of volunteer work and the support of outside grants. The board offered their general support and indicated that the board is open to proposals requesting an allocation of  money from future budgets to support this project.\par }{\f20\ul Student Survey}{\f20 :\par The student survey developed by a student committee under the guidance of Roberta was distributed to all students in the school. The survey sought student input and comments in respect to bussing, gender equity, disciplinary, lunch program, homework , and playground issues. Roberta's collation of these data for the board provided both entertainment and food for thought. After discussion the board responded to these data by supporting a proposed administration inititive to look into increasing the playground activity opportunities; i.e. the amount of "stuff" available on the playground.\par }\pard {\f20\ul Technology Information Document}{\f20 :\par }\pard {\f20 The Technology Report distributed to board members, which detailed the plans for upgrading and expanding the use of digital technology in the classroom was discussed. This proposes an ambitious program  based on training and use of MarcoPolo.com, a broad based web site source of classroom support material in a wide range of fields.   This is to be integrated with the use of LCD projectors and laptop computers, ultimately in every classroom. On a motion by Kent and seconded by Amy the board unanimously approved the ad option of this report. It was agreed that Roberta would provide the board with a progress report for review at their regular meeting in December.\par }\pard {\f20\ul After School Program Update}{\f20 :\par }\pard {\f20 Current initiatives are seeking to integrate a chess club and a french language club aong with the formal after school program dealing with instrumental music. The extension of the use of study hall so that students additional to those in the music program could participate in supervised activity until 5:30PM was discussed. This, however, introduces problems. It was agreed that these activities should be developed carefully in a pragmatic manner with Roberta ensuring that each addition to the program would be properly planned and integrated before being offered.\par }\pard {\f20\ul Recreation Committee Update}{\f20 : \par }\pard {\f20 Deb reported on a meeting of the committee which she attended. The committee would like to integrate the basketball nets in some fashion and are talking about tennis courts etc.  Apparently there is still some lingering belief that construction fund money is available  as a funding source. The Schultz property screening question came up and selectboard member Washburn expressed the view that Moretown should help with a screening solution. Schultz will present Kent with a proposal including cost and also attend the August Board meeting at which this issue will be aired.\par }\pard {\f20\ul Action Planning Report}{\f20 :\par }\pard {\f20 Wavell had forgotten that he had sent community members this report believing that Deb was to do so. Since she hadnt the issue was tabled till the next meeting at which the report will be formally adopted by the board.\par }\pard {\f20\ul Music Teacher}{\f20 : \par }\pard {\f20 Roberta requested authority to offer a 3 day a week employment contract to Karen Martin Retchless to provide K-6 general music and instrumental instruction.   She was originally offered the contracted 4 day a week position, but wanted only a 3 day a week commitment. On a motion by Deb, seconded by Amy the board authorized Roberta to offer a teaching contract to Ms. Retchless.\par }\pard {\f20\ul Community Service Project}{\f20 :\par }\pard {\f20 Robert informed the board that Danny Liptak from Harwood is to conduct a community service project which will involve the relocation of the school flag pole and the reconstruction of the perennial garden.\par }\pard {\f20\ul Q & S Schooling Model}{\f20 :\par }\pard {\f20 Roberta and Karen are scheduled to visit the Sharon Academy (a private school) on July 17th.\par }\pard {\f20\ul Next Regular Board Meeting}{\f20 :\par }\pard {\f20 The August regular board meeting was rescheduled from its normal time to Monday, August 19th.\par }\pard {\f20\ul Adjournment}{\f20 :\par On a motion by Kent seconded by Amy the board meeting was adjourned at 8:18 PM.\par \par APPROVED\par \par \par \par Date: __________________ _________________________________________\par }\pard {\f20 \tab \tab \tab \tab \tab \tab Wavell Cowan - Board Clerk}\par }
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