January 2014

UNAPPROVED DRAFT

1/13/14

BOARD APPROVED

 

CORRECTIONS

 





Ferrisburgh Central School

Board of Directors’ Meeting

Thursday, January 9, 2014

6:30 PM

FCS Art Room

 

 

Minutes

 

Board                                      Administration                                    Guests/Visitors

D. Tatlock                                K. Cannon                                           Lou McLaren              

B. Clark                                   J. Taft-Blakely                                     Deb Rooney   

C. Kayhart                                                                                           Peter Stapleford

K. Boyle                                                                                              David Frank

J. Gramling                                                                                          Chris Flinn

 

 

Call to Order:

            The meeting was called to order at 6:35 p.m. by Chair Tatlock.

 

Approval of Minutes:

Motion was made by C. Kayhart, seconded by J. Gramling, to approve the minutes of the December 12, 2013 meeting.  So voted and motion carried.

 

Public Communication:

            None this evening.

 

Reports to the Board:

            Board Member Reports/Comments – None this evening.

 

            Principal’s Report – Principal Taft-Blakely reported on the following:

-          The School Improvement Plan has been approved by the Agency of Education.  A summary was distributed and a full report will be given out at the February meeting.

-          Staff evaluations are in the second cycle of observations for all new staff and plan to be completed by February recess.

 

Superintendent’s Report – Not available this evening.

 

Business Manager’s Report – Business Manager Cannon reported the following:

-          Reviewed the outcome of the VUHS Special Meeting on January 8th.

-          A small grant for three 2-way radios has been received for FCS.

-          Solar update – Norm Etkind, School Energy Management Program Director at the VT Superintendents’ Association, will be creating a model document for schools on the decision of solar.

 

 

 

Educational Presentation:

David Frank, from SunWood Biomass, presented information on a wood pellet boiler system retrofit.  The budgetary life cycle cost analysis was reviewed. 

-          Installation cost = $210,000

-          Approximately $16,901/year = pellet cost

-          Approximately $31,091/year = heating oil cost

-          A 15 year life cycle savings (estimated) would be $148,088

-          An engineer will be needed to review the plans and the site.  It would be about a two month process for the installation to occur.

-          Financing – would be a municipal leasing and would not need to ask the voters, other than through budget.  A bond would have to go through a bond bank by May 15 and be voted on by the voters.

Motion was made by B. Clark, seconded by K. Boyle, to agree not to spend no more than $7,500 for an engineer study on a Request for Proposal (RFP) of a wood pellet biomass system.  So voted and motion carried.

 

Action Items:

Business Matters – Approval of Bills and Directors’ Orders:  Motion was made by C. Kayhart, seconded by B. Clark, to approve the bills in the amount of $299,963.70.  So voted and motion carried.

 

Adopt FY ’15 Budget:  Business Manager Cannon reported there were minimal changes from the last meeting to include:

o   Small change in the Administrative Assessment

o   Addition of Four Winds program

o   Security upgrades included

-          Total expenditure shows a 8.41% increase

-          Net Spending = 3.93% increase

-          Equalized Pupils = 201.63  (last year – 203.69)

-          Cost per Pupil = $14,802.83  (last year - $14,098.94)

-          Tax Rate = $1.5936  (last year - $1.4483) – a 10.03% increase

-          Equalized Rate = $.8089  (last year - $.7175)

-          Percentage Elementary = 50.76%  (last year – 49.54%)

-          The base rate increased by $.07 – from $.94 to $1.01

-          Capital Improvement Fund to be included for $20,000 and Technology Fund for $10,000

 

Information requested on the cost of an addition teacher and classroom:

Mobile classroom – 14x52 mobile unit, $750/month lease + water hook-up + sewer hook-up + electric hook-up = $19,000

Teacher (salary and benefits) – approximately $65,000

This would be an increase of $.04 on the tax rate.

 

Principal Taft-Blakely reported she had met with the staff about the request.  P. Stapleford stated “Any action has its consequences – either positive or negative.” 

 

Chair Tatlock clarified that the Administration was recommending that the current 5/6 configuration remain for next year, and that while the Board could vote to add a teacher and additional space, they would be overriding the wishes of the Principal and Superintendent.  He also pointed out that while all five board members are parents of upper-elementary students, the board's obligation is to present a responsible budget to the taxpayers.

 

Motion was made by B. Clark, seconded by C. Kayhart, to the addition of a teacher and a (single room) temporary place.  Discussion ensued.  With no further discussion, the motion was voted, three in favor, one abstention.

 

This will be a 7.9% increase in net spending and a 14% tax rate increase.

           

Motion was made by B. Clark, seconded by C. Kayhart, to adopt the budget in the amount of $3,620,120 for the 2014-15 school year.  So voted and motion carried.

 

Motion was made by B. Clark, seconded by J. Gramling, to approve the warning for the Capital Improvements fund in the amount of $20,000 for major repairs and/or improvements to the school building.  So voted and motion carried.

 

Motion was made by B. Clark, seconded by J. Gramling, to approve the warning for the creation of the Technology Fund in the amount of $10,000 for the purpose of improving and maintaining technology infrastructure in the building. So voted and motion carried.

 

Adoption of Annual Meeting WarningsMotion was made by B. Clark, seconded by C. Kayhart, to approve the Warning of Articles.  So voted and motion carried.

 

Motion was made by B. Clark, seconded by C. Kayhart, to approve the Warning of the Annual meeting on March 4, 2014.  So voted and motion carried.

 

Motion was made by B. Clark, seconded by C. Kayhart, to approve the Warning of the Informational meeting on March 3, 2014.  So voted and motion carried.

 

Establish Tuition Rate for 2014-15 – Business Manager Cannon recommended that the tuition rate for next year remain at $9,500.  This is the same rate as the past few years.  Motion made by J. Gramling, seconded by K. Boyle, to set the tuition rate for next year at $9,500.  So voted and the motion carried.

 

Budget Information Planning – Principal Taft-Blakely and J. Gramling will work together on this and bring a review to look at the ANWSU meeting on January 22.

 

Policy Matters – None this evening.

 

Personnel – None this evening.

 

Other – None this evening.

 

Discussion Items:

J. Gramling stated there have been some issues of the cleanliness of the building and smaller maintenance issues.  Principal Taft-Blakely stated she would speak to the custodial staff about these issues.

 

Future Agenda Items:

            Bob McNary – Solar

            School Improvement Plan

Executive Session:

            None this evening.

 

Next Meeting Dates:

            January 22, 2014         6:30 PM           ANWSU Board Meeting          VUHS Library

            February 13, 2014       6:30 PM           FCS Board Meeting                  FCS Art Room

            March 4, 2014             6:30 PM           FCS Budget Info Mtg.              FCS

 

Adjournment:

With there being no further business to be discussed, the Chair declared the meeting adjourned at 8:48 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

GLORY MARTIN

Recording Secretary

 

 

***Subject to Board approval

 

 

 

UNAPPROVED DRAFT

1/31/14

BOARD APPROVED

 

CORRECTIONS

 





Ferrisburgh Central School

Board of Directors’ SPECIAL Meeting

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

5:15 PM

ANWSU Office

 

 

Minutes

 

Board                                                  Administration                                    Guests/Visitors

D. Tatlock                                                       

J. Gramling                                         

C. Kayhart                                                                                          

 

 

Call to Order:

            The meeting was called to order at 5:15 p.m. by Chair Tatlock.

 

The purpose of the meeting is to approve and adopt an amended warning for the Annual Meeting.

 

Article 4.         Shall Ferrisburgh Town School District hereafter start its annual meeting on the Saturday before the first Tuesday in March beginning at 1:00 p.m. to transact any business not involving voting by Australian ballot pursuant to 17 VSA s2604(b)?

 

Motion was made by C. Kayhart, seconded by J. Gramling, to approve the amended article to the warning as presented.  So voted and motion carried.

 

Adjournment:

With there being no further business to be discussed, the Chair declared the meeting adjourned at 5:18 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

GLORY MARTIN

Recording Secretary

 

 

***Subject to Board approval

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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