Lyme Elementary School
amended on 2/7/17, approved 3/22/17
Board Members Present: Jay Davis, Elizabeth Glenshaw, Heidi Lange, Sam Levey, Paul Mayo, Steve Toulmin, Alicia Willette. Staff Members Present: Jeff Valence, Mike Harris, Teresa Thurston, Nancy Fleming. Recorded by M. Harris.
1. Call to Order
Chair Glenshaw called the meeting to order at 7:07 PM.
2. Public Comment
There was no public comment.
3. Items Requiring Discussion
Elizabeth Glenshaw asked for an update regarding the meeting with the budget committee. Sam Levey reported that the committee approved the proposed and revised budget total. Jeff Valence recounted his presentation. Elizabeth Glenshaw announced that there would be a public presentation of the budget by the school board on Feb. 16 and that the board would next meet on Feb. 7 prior to the committee’s meeting on Feb. 8.
4. Business Requiring Action
Jay Davis addressed the board’s position regarding full day kindergarten. He reported that the Academic Committee had prepared a trial statement. Teresa Thurston added that the Department of Revenue Administration had advised her that the board must take a vote regarding all warrant articles that involve money. Jay Davis asked the board members to consider their own respective opinions. Teresa Thurston added that the DRA recommended that the petitioned article be split into two separate articles with separate funding amounts.
Jay Davis presented the committee’s statement, and board members commented on and amended it. Jay Davis offered to work further on the statement, and he then asked what the board wanted him to express at the public meeting re full day kindergarten that was scheduled for the following week. The consensus of the board supported a statement expressing a variety of opinions and research findings. The board supported his offer to send the statement to the parent committee.
Teresa Thurston distributed a draft warrant for the approval of articles for inclusion. Steve Toulmin and Sam Levey recommended deferring the roof loan for a year. There was unanimous consent to eliminate the roof article.
Elizabeth Glenshaw described the single remaining disagreement over the teachers’ collective bargaining agreement and the resulting absence of ratification. The board will consider and vote on the agreement on Feb. 7.
There was unanimous consent to approve and include the article for the operating budget of $6,774,007.
There was general consent expressed regarding the inclusion of three surplus fund articles: (a) $10,000 for the retirement benefits reserve fund, (b) $25,000 for the high school reserve fund, and (c) $70,000 for the special education reserve fund.
There was unanimous consent for the article setting the salaries of district officials.
Board members tentatively acknowledged the need for three articles for kindergarten: (a) a petitioned article for the base cost of $58,115, (b) $30,000 for a reserve fund for split classes, and (c) $19,000 for additional staff. The latter two of these would likely be set as cascading articles dependent on the first. Members agreed to defer decisions on the first two of these articles until Feb. 7. They approved the third article, i.e. the $19,000 for additional staff, by unanimous consent.
Approval of Minutes
A motion was made and seconded (Sam Levey, Jay Davis) to approve the Lyme School Board regular meeting minutes for January 9, 2017 with corrections as noted. The motion passed unanimously.
A motion was made and seconded (Sam Levey, Heidi Lange) to approve Lyme School nonpublic meeting minutes for January 12, 2017 with corrections as noted. The motion passed unanimously.
A motion was made and seconded (Sam Levey, Heidi Lange) to enter into non-public session under RSA 91-A:3(c). The motion passed unanimously and the board entered into non-public session at 9:15 PM.
The board returned to public session at 10:05 PM.
A motion to adjourn was made and seconded (Paul Mayo, Jay Davis). The motion was passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 10:06 PM.
The next Lyme School Board meeting will be on February 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM.