Lyme Elementary School
approved w/ changes, 9/28/17
Board Members Present: Board members Elizabeth Glenshaw, Jay Davis, Hayes Greenway, Pinky Tullar, Alicia Willette, Sam Levey. Administrators Jeff Valence, Michael Harris. Public: Jules McCutcheon, Steven Dayno, Helen Skelly, Heather Stadheim.
1. Call to Order
Superintendent Harris called the meeting to order at 6:05 PM. He explained the board election process and opened the nominations.
2. Election of Officers
Jay Davis nominated Elizabeth Glenshaw for the position of board chair and the nomination was seconded by Alicia Willette. There being no other nominations, the vote was taken and Elizabeth Glenshaw was elected as Board Chair 5-0-1 (Glenshaw).
Chair Elizabeth Glenshaw then opened nominations for the position of board vice chair. Elizabeth Glenshaw nominated Jay Davis as Vice Chair and Heidi Lange as Secretary as a slate and the nomination was seconded by Alicia Willette. There being no other nominations, the vote was taken and Jay Davis was elected unanimously as Board Vice Chair and Heidi Lange as Secretary.
3. Public Comment
A proposal made by Julie McCutcheon to establish a “high school of record” and request a bid from some schools to help determine which school the Lyme residents would attend. One option would be for Lyme to make the lowest bid the school of record and designate it as the single high school for the District. A second option would be to institute a voucher system for Lyme students to attend New Hampshire public schools: if any residents want to attend at a less expensive public school than the school of record, the town would pay for it and if a school costs more than the contracted school, the resident would need to pay the difference above the contracted price. Only New Hampshire public schools would be among the choices and paid by the Lyme School District. If residents wanted to attend private school, the entire tuition would be their responsibility. It was stated by Ms. McCutcheon that Cornish is doing this (partial payment or voucher). A third option proposed by Ms. McCutcheon would be to institute a voucher system that also included private schools among the options, with the same payment scheme. The Board reminded Ms. McCutcheon that it is understood to be against the law in New Hampshire to provide only partial tuition payment and that the Board has a legal opinion on this matter. It was suggested that the attorney be contacted to confirm whether the legal opinion is current and still correct. It was noted that current New Hampshire law precludes the District from contracting with New Hampshire private schools for school choice, but that pending legislation may change which New Hampshire schools are eligible for public tuition funds.
Steven Dayno, a teacher at the Lyme School welcomed the new Board members and commented that in the past there has been faculty representation on some of the Board committees and he asked if the Board would consider inviting a faculty representative to the participate on the Board committees this year.
4. Items for Business Requiring Action
A. Approval of Minutes
A motion was made and seconded (Jay Davis, Sam Levey) to approve the Lyme School Board special session meeting minutes for January 26, 2017 as submitted. The motion passed with 4 in favor and two abstentions (Greenway, Tullar).
A motion was made and seconded (Jay Davis, Sam Levey) to approve the Lyme School Board regular meeting minutes for February 7, 2017 as submitted and amended. The motion passed with 4 in favor and two abstentions (Greenway, Tullar). The change was to eliminate the sentence about 14%.
A motion was made and seconded (Jay Davis, Sam Levey) to approve the Lyme School Board special session meeting minutes for February 9, 2017 as submitted. The motion passed with 4 in favor and two abstentions (Greenway, Tullar).
The Board discussed details associated with warning Board meetings and group emailing.
A motion was made and seconded (Alicia Willette, Jay Davis) to approve the Lyme School Board special session meeting minutes for February 16, 2017 as submitted. The motion passed with 4 in favor and two abstentions (Greenway, Tullar).
A motion was made and seconded (Sam Levey, Alicia Willette) to approve the Lyme School Board nonpublic session meeting minutes for February 16, 2017 as submitted. The motion passed with 4 in favor and two abstentions (Greenway, Tullar).
Principal Valence spoke about faculty work and special education on the in-service days and how it mirrors the Dresden schedule. A comment was made regarding the parent-teacher conference scheduling and the Board discussed the topic, scheduling models, and the middle school conference process. The Board suggested that the teachers consider some different time allocation scheduling ideas. The Board discussed the eighth grade graduation date.
A motion was made and seconded (Alicia Willette, Hayes Greenway) to approve the 2017-18 school calendar for Lyme School. The motion passed unanimously.
5. Business Requiring Discussion
Chair Glenshaw welcomed the new Board members and would conduct a more formal discussion about the Board by the existing Board members at the next Board meeting.
Chair Glenshaw distributed a document of the Committee assignments. Board members were asked to email their committee service preferences to the chair. The Committee assignments will be finalized at the next Board meeting.
6. Communications and Reports
A. Superintendent Report
Superintendent Harris reported that the school finances are good and the added revenues have offset expenses. It is projected to be a $45,000 end-of-year surplus. There will be an orientation for new Board members prior to the next meeting.
Chair Glenshaw cited some information about the pending legislation in New Hampshire.
A motion to adjourn was made and seconded (Davis, Tullar). The motion was passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:57 PM.