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Minutes of Redding Board of Education, 02/04/2020

AGENDA: Redding Board of Education Meeting & Budget Workshop

RECEIVED 02/10/2020 3:40pm
Kathleen R. Miserendino - Redding Deputy Town Clerk

REDDING BOARD OF EDUCATION
Regular Meeting with Budget Workshop
John Read Middle School – Community Room
February 4, 2020 – 7:30 p.m.
Minutes

ATTENDANCE
Board members:   Parkin, Whaley, Pilato, Hoffman, Reilly, Oulton
Administration:  McMorran, Pierson Ugol, Reiss, Amori, Del Conte, Hankla
Others:  14 members of the staff and public, and the recording secretary

C. Parkin called the meeting to order at 7:34 p.m.

C. Parkin acknowledged the recent deaths of two members of the Redding community, Joel Barlow High School alum Cole Montefusco, and John Read Middle School teacher Lena Green.  Dr. McMorran also spoke about the loss, saying that we have seen the true heart of all three schools, and the real caring and compassion for those who have suffered a loss.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion:  move that the Redding Board of Education approve the minutes of January 9, 2020, Regular Meeting with Budget Workshop as submitted (Reilly, Hoffman).  Approved.  Unanimous.

Motion:  move that the Redding Board of Education approve the minutes of the January 16, 2020 Regular Meeting with Budget Workshop as submitted (Whaley, Oulton).  Approved.  Unanimous.

C. Pilato asked that M. Hoffman’s comments (third paragraph of Board Member Comment) in the minutes from the Joint Boards of Education Meeting of January 21, 2020 be revised to state, “property taxes are high compared to property values,” instead of “the ratio of property values vs. property taxes is high.”

C. Parkin asked that the minutes from the Joint Boards of Education Meeting of January 21, 2020 be revised to state the name of the Region 9 Board member opposed to the votes when the vote was not unanimous, “M. D’Agostino, opposed,” in both cases.

Motion:  Move that the Redding Board of Education approve the minutes of the January 21, 2020 Joint Boards of Education Regular Meeting as revised (Hoffman, Pilato).  Approved.  Unanimous.

PUBLIC COMMENT
Jeff Fligelman, Pocahontas Road, Redding, said he supported Chris Hocker for the Redding Board of Education vacancy.

BOARD MEMBER COMMENT:
M. Hoffman said that both candidates for the Board vacancy have a leg up; Chris Hocker has experience and Bill Miller did just receive 700 votes in last November’s election.  H. Whaley thanked both candidates and said that they are both excellent choices.  J. Reilly said that he echoes the previous sentiments and that he is proud to be part of this community.

ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION:
Dr. Pierson Ugol reported on the curriculum communication update, by saying that the district will soon transition to a more unified approach, structure and storage location for all curricula, pre-K through grade 12.  Dr. Pierson Ugol also reported on a survey to parents that had just been emailed that day.

BUILDING ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

Redding Elementary School Principal, N. Hammond, said that they were already at the mid-year point in the school year.  She said she will now be meeting with staff members about their goals, and will now be making formal observations in the classrooms.  N. Hammond said that she will be discussing report cards at the next PTA meeting.  She also said that the school has 69 completed registrations for kindergarten for next school year, and that they still expect a total of 95 students to be enrolled in kindergarten for 2020-2021.

John Read Middle School Interim Principal, Dr. Amori, reported that JRMS is in a similar place as RES and that it’s hard to believe that it is mid-year already.  Dr. Amori spoke about partnering with the Mark Twain Library for a coding class that takes place onsite at the school.

DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION:  BOARD VACANCY (anticipated vote)

C. Parkin reviewed a brief time-line and by-law summary of the announced vacancy and the process by which the Board would fill the vacancy (pursuant to regulation 92.21 of the Redding Board of Education).  C. Parkin explained that they would be using a paper ballot to vote.  Chris Hocker received five votes; Bill Miller received one vote.  C. Parkin was deputized earlier in the day and swore in C. Hocker as a new Redding Board of Education member.

DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION:  INITIAL 2020-2021 BUDGET

For the initial 2020-2021 budget, Board members discussed the areas of:  heating oil; special services department restructuring; data analyst position; school dismissal manager at JRMS; legal matters budget; CES diagnostic seats; professional learning for RES and JRMS staff; part-time nurse and sub nurses; and scheduling and staffing at JRMS.

Motion:  Move that the Redding Board of Education take a short recess (Hoffman, Whaley).  Approved.  Unanimous.

After a short recess, discussion for the initial 2020-2021 budget continued in the areas of: phones; special services; pre-k tuition; and, psychological services.  It was decided to table the discussion on health insurance to the next meeting.

DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION:  APPROVAL OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN REDDING BOARD OF EDUCATION AND UPSEU CUSTODIANS FOR JULY 1, 2019 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2023.

It was decided to table the discussion since the custodians have yet to ratify this contract.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

Director of Special Services:  J. Del Conte, distributed a report on the comparison of special services enrollment from February 2019 to February 2020.  She said that reading challenges are being closely monitored.

Director of Finance & Operations:  S. Reiss, reported that the current budget is on track, with the exception of health insurance claims that are up 23% from last year, and that if claims remain at the same pace there is a possibility for the line to become overdrawn.

Motion:  Move that the Redding Board of Education transfer $7,157.02 from 23-1100-235 to 23-2320-999, and, transfer $7,157.02 from 23-1100-235 to 24-2320-999, for unneeded TRB Pension Payment to Central Office for the upgrade to the eFinancePlus System.

BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS

Communications Committee:  C. Pilato reported that they were in the process of setting up Listening Sessions, for the purpose of hearing from the community about budget concerns while in a more casual setting. She said that the Board of Education Twitter account is up and running, and that they are working on a strategy for an Instagram account.

PUBLIC COMMENT

None.

BOARD MEMBER COMMENT

J. Reilly welcomed C. Hocker to the Redding Board of Education.  He also thanked S. Reiss for his budget presentation.

C. Hocker thanked everyone for welcoming him to the Redding Board of Education.

C. Parkin thanked everyone for tonight’s discussion.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion:  Move that the Redding Board of Education meeting be adjourned (Whaley, Oulton).  Approved.  Unanimous.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:43 p.m.

Submitted by,
Colleen Pilato, Redding Board of Education Secretary

Recorded by,
Sarah Ota

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