December 9, 2015 Minutes
UNION BOARD OF EDUCATION December 9, 2015
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order by A. Estell at 6:37 p.m.
A. A. Estell, A. Blank, C. Taylor, J. Garden, H. Matthews, J. Reardon, Supt., S. Jackopsic, Prin., & L. MacPherson, recording secretary. S. Martinez was not in attendance. Also in attendance some townspeople.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
J. Garden made a motion to approve the minutes of November 18, 2015. Seconded. Unanimously approved.
INDIVIDUALS TO BE HEARD
The Board of Finance is requesting our 2016-2017 Board of Ed Budget by January 15, 2016.
a. Superintendent's Report J. Reardon reported that the administration is working on the 2016-2017 Board Budget. We will only have estimates for some of the line items by mid-January 2016. Eastconn & the town have balanced out for our 2014-2015 Budget. We will be balancing figures of our Budget with Eastconn & town treasurer every month going forward. J. Reardon explained the Minimum Budget Requirement info from the 2014-15 & 2015-16 school years. We still have free bus transportation to Woodstock Academy for another couple of years. J. Reardon mentioned savings to the town for transportation to Windham Tech & Cheeney Tech because of a cooperative agreement with Stafford.
b. Principal's Report S. Jackopsic reported on the wonderful program the Woodstock Academy students put on for 5-8. The MacKinnon's uncle shared his adventures of climbing Mt. Everest with our middle school students. He showed video & a slide show. The teachers decorated the gym & had treats for the students. They had a great morning. The 7th & 8th grade went to the town hall today to listen to a World War II Veteran about being a prisoner of war for four years. Parent/teacher conferences are this week. The book fair is also this week. The Holiday Bazaar is next week. We thank Mrs. Vennart for heading up the book fair & bazaar even though she has no students at the school. Dance will be December 18. S. Jackopsic will be applying for a Profession Learning Grant. The 8th grade fundraising is going well for their DC trip in May, 2016.
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COMMITTEE REPORTS No Reports this month except Personnel
d. Personnel Teacher Contract listed below
a. Review the bills. J. Reardon & A. Estell reviewed the bills and everything was in order.
b. 2014-15 Budget J. Reardon reported that Eastconn is in agreement with our town treasurer's figures for 2014-15 & closed out the budget.
c. Budget 2015-16 We are in a $14,000 deficit for the 2015-16 Budget. The Board of Ed will meet with the Board of Finance soon. It's mostly due to tuition.
1. No old business
1. Executive Session - Personnel - Discussion of Proposed Teacher Contract A. Blank made a motion to go into executive session at 7:40 p.m. & invite J. Reardon to stay. Seconded by J. Garden. Unanimously approved. Came out of executive at 8:45 p.m.
2. Possible Action Re: Teacher Contract A. Estell moved to accept the new teacher contract. Seconded by H. Matthews. Unanimously approved. The contract was signed by J. Reardon & A. Estell.
3. Strategic Planning Session The Strategic Planning Session will be held at 1 p.m. on Dec. 15, 2015 in the school library.
4. Authorized transfer of budget funds J. Reardon presented the need to transfer $6000.00 from #30100 unemployment to #31700 legal fees. These funds were needed to cover legal advice during contract negotiations. A. Estell made a motion to transfer these funds. Seconded by J. Garden. Unanimously approved
INDIVIDUALS TO BE HEARD
Motion by A. Blank to adjourn at 9:07 p.m. Seconded. Passed unanimously.
Respectfully Submitted, Linda MacPherson, Recording Secretary