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Minutes of Redding Board of Education Special Meeting, 06/21/2021

AGENDA: Redding Board of Education Special Meeting

RECEIVED 06/28/2021 11:47am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

REDDING BOARD OF EDUCATION SPECIAL MEETING
June 21, 2021 – 6:30 p.m.
Held Remotely Pursuant to Executive Order No. 7B
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Minutes

ATTENDANCE
Board members: Parkin, Whaley, Pilato, Hocker, Hoffman, Reilly (Oulton absent)
Administration: Harrison, Pierson Ugol, Zachery
Others: 4 members of the staff and public, and the recording secretary.

CALL TO ORDER
C. Parkin called the Redding Board of Education Special meeting to order at 6:32 p.m.

PUBLIC COMMENT
Ben Oksman, Long Wall Road, said that he has three concerns about the DEI work being conducted:
1) theories of racism are unsubstantiated; 2) inclusive concepts of equity are often political in nature; and, 3) how will the schools filter out extreme ideas. He also said he urged the committee to reconsider the use of the word “equity.”

BOARD MEMBER COMMENT
None.

HEALTH CLAIMS REPORT
Director of Finance & Operations, Clarence Zachery, presented the healthcare claims report for May, saying that Redding continues to have a high claims year. He said that May was another high-claims month and that the budgeted amount for the healthcare reserve will likely be used. A short discussion followed about the fiscal year ending amount in the reserve and the future consideration of moving out of the self-insuring model.

FISCAL YEAR-END FINANCIAL UPDATE AND ALLOCATION OF ANY UNSPENT FUNDS
C. Zachery presented a financial update that included outstanding contractual obligations and other committed funds, and said that the projected amount of unspent funds for FY21 will be $123,073.87. A discussion that focused on VERIP payments and prepayments followed; C. Zachery concluded that he needs to check with V. Cram on two of the VERIP payments that he had included as obligations for FY21. C. Zachery spoke of the need for a new well at JRMS and asked the BOE to consider this project. It was decided to move consideration of this project to the Facilities Committee, with M. Hoffman saying that there is much history and also prior work to the wells system at JRMS. A motion was made by H. Whaley, and seconded by J. Reilly, to move all unspent funds to the health claims reserve. Discussion then turned to the amount that should be in the reserve and whether or not there should be a cap in the language of the motion; the motion was then withdrawn by H. Whaley and deemed withdrawn by C. Parkin.
Motion: move that the Redding Board of Education authorize the Director of Finance & Operations to: 1) not accelerate VERIP payments scheduled for next year into the current year; 2) use unspent funds to fund the health insurance reserve up to $600,000; and, 3) return any remaining money to the Town of Redding. (Hoffman, Whaley). Approved. Unanimous.

PUBLIC COMMENT
None.

BOARD MEMBER COMMENT
C. Pilato thanked the staff of the schools for making the year as successful as it was given how many challenges that were faced.

ADJOURNMENT
Motion: move that the Redding Board of Education Special meeting be adjourned. (Hoffman. Whaley). Approved. Unanimous.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

Submitted by Colleen Pilato
Secretary, Redding Board of Education

Recorded by Sarah Ota

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