May 8, 2019


     The meeting was called to order by A. Estell at 6:37 p.m.



  1. A. Estell, J. Garden, A. Blank, H. Bradway, J. Reardon, Supt., S. Jackopsic, Prin., L. MacPherson, recording secretary, M. Huda, teacher. Not in attendance: L. Roberts & J. Petersen.   



  1. A. Blank made a motion to approve the minutes from April 10, 2019.  Seconded.  Unanimously approved.



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  1. Superintendent’s Report  Joe reported on the various items that are being discussed at the state level including teacher pensions & regionalization.  The Appropriations Committee’s budget for Education Cost Sharing funding was about $1,200.00 less than the Governor’s proposal for the Fiscal Year 2020.        
  2. Principal’s Report  Students in grades 3-8 are taking the Smarter Balanced tests.  The DC trip will be next week for the 7th & 8th grade students headed up by Mr. Rae & Mrs. Escalona.  We had the first responders and the town crew for a taco hot lunch today to thank them for their service and support.  Amanda Gaug, who coordinates all the hot lunches, does a great job along with the other volunteers.  Tomorrow is our third annual Health Day for the students.  May 23rd at 6:30pm is our art show & spring concert.  May 31st is Field Day.  June 12th is the last day of school & graduation.  There are a few field trips planned for grades PreK-6 grade.               



  1. Curriculum  no new info     
  2. Communications  Our Lieutenant Governor might be visiting the school
  3. Transportation  no new info    
  4. Personnel  Joshua Lambert will be taking over some of Carl & Jan’s work at the school       
  5. Building  Waiting for the snow guard installation on the roof by Ross Solar
  6. EASTCONN  Amy is informed about new bills that pass at the state level





    Page 2 May 8, 2019


  1. Review the bills. Amy & Joe reviewed the bills & everything was in order.     


  2. 2018-19 Budget  Still projecting about a $10,000.00 deficit at this time.



  1. 2019-2020 Board of Ed Budget  The Town Meeting will be  May 13th to vote on the Budget.  We have reduced our Board of Ed Budget by over $70,000.  J. Garden made a motion to approve the revised budget.  Seconded by A. Blank.  Unanimously approved.



  1. Union School Calendar 2019-2020 Adjustment  J. Garden would like to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. A discussion followed.  J. Garden made a motion to make this change on our calendar.  Seconded by H. Bradway.  A vote followed. Two for the calendar change, two against the change.  This didn’t pass.  It was suggested that the staff & students research this & bring this to the Board for another vote at another time.  The Board would also like to get community input.   
  2. Budget transfers  Steve distributed a list of BOE Budget Transfers to various accounts. H. Bradway made a motion to approve these transfers. Seconded.  Unanimously approved.    
  3. Board of Ed date change (Move from 6/12 to 6/5/2019) Since graduation is June 12th the BOE is changing the June meeting date to June 5, 2019.  A. Blank made a motion to change the June meeting date to June 5, 2019.  Seconded.  Unanimously approved.
  4. Teacher resignation  Alex DeCaro submitted her letter of resignation effective at the end of this school year. H. Bradway made a motion to accept her resignation with regrets.  Seconded.  Unanimously approved.  Everyone wished her well. She has done a fantastic job.





         Motion by A. Blank to adjourn at 7:57 p.m. Seconded. Passed unanimously.


    Respectfully Submitted, Linda MacPherson, Recording Secretary