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Minutes of Redding Board of Education Budget Workshop, 02/08/2018

AGENDA: Redding Board of Education Budget Workshop

RECEIVED 02/12/2018 11:23am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

REDDING BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING
WITH BUDGET WORKSHOP
February 8, 2018
Minutes

ATTENDANCE:
Board of Education: Irwin, Hoffman, Parkin, Hoeing, Pilato, Reilly, Whaley
Administration: McMorran, Reiss, Martin, Hammond, Torre
Others: Approximately 5 members of the public/staff

CALL TO ORDER
Dr. Irwin called the meeting to order at 7:36pm

PUBLIC COMMENT: None

BOARD MEMBER COMMENT: None

MOTION: to amend agenda to include “Report of Long Range Planning Committee” prior to discussion of budget. Parkin, Hoffman. Unanimous.

DISCUSSION AND ACTION: REPORT OF LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE
Mr. Parkin reported that the Long Range Planning Committee had met and begun discussions related to strategic planning. He asked members of the board, and interested public, to submit comments regarding the vision and mission of the district to him for discussion at future committee meeting.

DISCUSSION AND ACTION: CONSIDERATION OF 2018-2019 BUDGET
Dr. McMorran gave a presentation highlighting a potential path to reduce the budget as currently drafted down to a 3.5% increase. The presentation sparked wide-ranging discussion including issues related to utilities, insurance reserves, the role of certain non-certified staff, the music program at JRMS, and teacher retirements. The Board also discussed relations with the Board of Finance and the potential to hold a joint meeting or otherwise measure expectations before adopting a budget. The Board briefly discussion voting on a budget but no motion was made.

PUBLIC COMMENT
Mike D’Agostino, Glen Hill Rd: Mr. D’Agostino suggested the Board move non-essential operating expenses to a capital request (e.g. water system work); he cautioned against deferring maintenance of the new JRMS gym floor; noted that the town reserve would not impact the education budget directly; noted that utility line is budgets as a worst case scenario; he would like the Board to look for greater efficiency before cutting programs.

BOARD MEMBER COMMENT
Mrs. Hoeing stated that she was inclined to agree with Mr. Hoffman that a joint meeting with the BOF is not necessary and the Board should proceed to passing a budget first.

ADJOURNMENT

MOTION: move to adjourn the meeting. Hoffman Hoeing. Approved. Unanimous.

The meeting adjourned at 10:49 pm.
Submitted and recorded by Chris Parkin, Redding Board of Education Secretary