Lyme Elementary School
approved w/ changes, 3/22/17
Board Members Present: Elizabeth Glenshaw, Jay Davis, Heidi Lange, Sam Levey, Paul Mayo, Steve Toulmin, Alicia Willette. Staff Members Present: Jeff Valence, Mike Harris, Teresa Thurston, Tom Harkins. 2 members of the public (John Vogel, Hays Greenway). Recorded by R. Lohr
1. Call to Order
Chair Glenshaw called the meeting to order at 7:10 PM.
2. Business Requiring Action or Discussion
a. Approval of Minutes
The regular meeting minutes for January 26, 2017 were tabled. It was suggested that the Board member names be removed from the document where they were unnecessary and the sentence associated with the roof warrant article be changed.
A motion was made and seconded (Steve Toulmin, Paul Mayo) to approve the Lyme School nonpublic meeting minutes for January 26, 2017 as submitted. The motion passed with 6 in favor and one abstention (Willette).
b. Warrant Articles
The Warrant Articles document was distributed to the Board. There was a Board consensus to not bring the Warrant Article for the roof project forward.
It was reported that there was urgency to repair River Road problems in the Lyme Town Warrant Articles. The town budget is up 2.2%, the school budget is up 5.3% and the All Day Kindergarten would add 2.1%.
It was suggested that if the roof project be included in the Warrant Article that language be incorporated so that the length of the bond is revealed. It was recommended that the roof project not be included in the Warrant Articles, but that the public be forewarned about the upcoming need to get it done in the near future.
The Board considered endorsement of the proposed Warrant Articles:
Article 2 – Roof Loan Warrant Article was eliminated by the Board.
Article 4 – Operating Budget was unanimously supported by the Board.
Article 5 – Transfer from surplus to Post Retirement Benefit Capital Reserve Fund was unanimously supported by the Board. No amount to be raised by taxes.
Article 6 – Transfer from surplus to High School Tuition Expendable Trust Fund was unanimously supported by the Board. No amount to be raised by taxes.
Article 7 – Transfer from surplus to Special Education Capital Reserve Fund was unanimously supported by the Board. No amount to be raised by taxes.
Article 8 – Salaries of District Officials was unanimously supported by the Board.
Article 9 – Full Day Kindergarten was not supported by the Board (5 opposed, 1 in favor). This would become part of the operating budget in subsequent years.
Only if this article passes, will the Warrant Articles 10 and 11 be considered by voters. The Board discussed the option of other kindergarten programs if Article 9 is rejected.
Article 10 – Establish Trust Fund for Future Kindergarten Classes was unanimously supported by the Board. This article will be null and void if Article 9 fails.
Article 11 – Additional Kindergarten Costs (early literacy reading program) was unanimously supported by the Board. This article will be null and void if Article 9 fails.
A document was distributed to the Board regarding the LEA agreement points. The agreement is for three years, and there were health insurance, sick leave, professional development, and retirement considerations included in the agreement. The Board discussed the negotiation process with the LEA and having the legal counsel involved to help represent/interpret for the Board. The process seemed less stressful and less reactive. As the LEA members became accustomed with the process it moved along better than in previous negotiations. The issue was to be discussed further in nonpublic session.
Article 3 – Collective Bargaining Agreement was unanimously supported by the Board.
A motion was made and seconded (Steve Toulmin, Sam Levey) to accept the LEA Agreement for July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020 as submitted. The motion was passed unanimously.
c. Public Forum on February 16 at 7:00 PM
The Board decided to hold a public forum on Thursday, February 16 to review major budget issues and get better informed about community viewpoints. The Budget Committee recommended that the school district look longer term at the high school tuition. Principal Valence explained an enrollment projection algorithm that could be more precise when applied to a consistent method of investment and withdrawal of the High School Reserve Trust Fund to maintain the fund sustainability over time.
It was suggested that to promote the forum the list serve be used and the parents be made aware of it. The Board discussed some issues that could be covered in the forum such as the high school tuition reserve fund sustainability plan, uncontrollable costs, the administrative restructure plan, and unmet Strategic Plan initiatives such as the curriculum position. The Strategic Plan incorporated community and teacher input.
3. Nonpublic Session
A motion was made and seconded (Paul Mayo, Jay Davis) to enter nonpublic session in accordance with RSA 91-A:3c for discussion pertaining to personnel. The motion was passed unanimously. The roll call was conducted and the Board entered nonpublic session at 9:36 PM.
A motion to adjourn was made and seconded (Steve Toulmin, Jay Davis). The motion was passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 10:45 PM.