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Board Meeting Agenda 2-13-17

SWANTON SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

SWANTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LIBRARY

February 13, 2017

6:00 PM

 

AGENDA:   

 

6:00pm         Call Meeting to Order

  • Agenda Amendments

6:05pm         Comments and Correspondence from the Public (Listen)

  • Possible Topics for Future Board Meeting Agendas
  • Tribute to Outgoing Board Members – Mary Wood and Jay Cummings

6:10pm         Approval of January 9th Board Meeting Minutes (Action)

6:15pm         Business Report (Action)

  • Check Warrants

6:30pm            Principal’s Report

  • Professional Development
  • Student Activities Report
  • Facilities Update
  • Upcoming Events

6:45pm            Superintendent’s Report

  • Legislative Update and Advocacy Strategies
  • Channel 15 Budget Information Filming
  • Franklin NE Contract Settlement
  • SY18 School Calendar

7:00pm          Old Business

  • Act 46 Independent Study Update
  • Accept Mary McLaughlin Resignation Letter
  • Superintendent Goals and Evaluation

7:20pm            New Business

  • Prepare Media and Television Budget Information
  • 911 Phone System Compliance

7:45pm          Future Board Meeting Dates

  • FNWSU Board Meeting – March 8th, 2016 6:30 at Sheldon Elem.
  • Swanton Elem. Board Meeting – March 13th, at 6:00 PM
  • Act 46 Independent Study Committee Meeting – Feb. 15th, March 28th, April 12th, May 1st, 7:00 PM @ MVU Library
  • Negotiations Meetings
    • Teacher Negotiations – March 2nd, April 17th, May 4th, 7:00 PM, MVU Library
    • Support Staff Negotiations – Feb. 23rd, 6:00 PM, MVU Library

8:00pm                           Anticipated Executive Session

(Answer the Executive Session Compliance Question…Where premature public knowledge would clearly place the Board or other party at a substantial disadvantage)

  • Negotiations Update
  • 2 Contract Issues
  • Land Negotiations

8:20pm          Exit Executive Session

  • Possible Action

8:30pm          Adjournment

FY2017 School Board Goals:

  1. Develop a 3-5 year strategic vision and plan that focuses on what the community wants for children.
    1. Maintain a safe school environment and a plan that encourages respect between students and adults
    2. Update facility plans with short and long term goals
  2. Increase two-way communication and transparency between the school and community.
    1. Continue improving communication with administration, staff, and the community
      1. Utilize social media
      2. Connect with Safe Routes to School and RISE-VT
  • Reach out to senior citizens
  1. Engage community about pros and cons of a governance merger
  2. Increase frequency of student performance reporting at board meetings
  1. Increase efficient use of resources to maximize learning potential for all students.
    1. Continue to right-size the school based on enrollment changes and resource needs
    2. Ensure staff and administrator performance is evaluated
    3. Monitor school culture
  2. Ensure challenging learning opportunities are in place for all students.
    1. Focus on enrichment programs
    2. Promote additional science, technology, engineering, arts, and math experiences

*Public Comments at Board Meetings

The FNWSU and District School Boards are working to improve the response to public comments made at Board meetings.  

The Board reserves the right to ask visitors the following questions before they are invited to address complaints to the Board:

Have you directed your complaint through our “Complaint” Policy i.e.:

  • Attempt to address the complaint first with teacher/staff member, and,
  • If not satisfied, discuss complaint with the principal, and,
  • Still not resolved, then meet with the superintendent,
  • Only then, will the Board hear your concern at a Board meeting.

When speaking with the Board, if the complaint becomes personal, disrespectful, or threatening, then the Board chair may rule the speaker “Out of Order” or,

If the complaint addresses specific personnel or is evaluative then the Board chair may invite the complainant into executive session, and,

The Board chair may limit speaking time for each individual and ask that similar points of view from multiple speakers not be presented.

Anyone making a comment can expect a response from the Board that will fall into one of the following categories:

  • Thank the person with no further action planned.
  • Respond immediately by the Board chair or administration.
  • Direct the administration to contact and respond to the person.
  • Seek clarification from the administration at a specified meeting.
  • Add the topic to a future Board agenda.
  • Refer the matter to an executive session.
  • Hold a public hearing on the matter.
  • Send a note of appreciation.

Act 46 Independent School Governance Study 1-30-17

Act 46 Independent School Governance Study

MVU School Library

January 30, 2017

7:00 – 9:00 PM

 

Committee Members and Staff:

Bob Berger – Chair, Connie Beyor, Toby Maguire, Bob Irish, Jason McConnell, Terri O’Shea, and Winton Goodrich

 

Visitors:

 

Agenda:

 

7:00 – 7:15           Call meeting to order

Minutes from past meetings

Overview of meeting topics and desired outcomes:

  • Discuss legislative updates and what they mean to FNWSU
  • Discuss data
  • Discuss who will do what by when
  • Other

 

7:15 – 8:00           Legislative Updates

  • Win
  • Jason
  • What this means for committee
  • Committee next steps

 

8:00 – 8:45           Data discussion

  • What we have and what it means
  • What we still need
  • Worksheet assignments

 

8:45 – 8:55      Other

 

8:55 – 9:00      Summary and adjournment

 

Act 46 Independent original Study Time Line

  • August through December – Research Study options
  • December 14, 2016 – Complete Study draft
  • December, 2016 – Provide draft Study recommendations for local school board review
  • January 4, 2017 – Present Study recommendations to SU Board
  • January 20, 2017 – Include Study recommendations in Town Reports
  • February, 2017 – Information meetings
  • March, 2017 – Community vote on Study recommendations at Town Meetings
  • October, 2017 – School boards present Act 46 rationale to the State Board of Education

 

Scheduled Meetings

  • January 30th, 2017, 7:00-9:00 MVU Library
  • February 15th, 2017, 7:00-9:00 MVU Library
  • March 28th, 2017, 7:00-9:00 MVU Library
  • April 12, 2017, 7:00-9:00 MVU Library
  • May 1st, 2017, 7:00-9:00 MVU Library
  • May 23rd, 2017, 7:00-9:00 MVU Library

Act 46 Meeting Notice

NOTICE

FRANKLIN NORTHWEST SUPERVISORY UNION ACT 46 INDEPENDENT STUDY COMMITTEE MEETINGS

The Following Franklin Northwest SU Act 46 Independent Study Committee Meetings will be held:

Missisquoi Valley Union Middle High School Library

at 7:00 pm on the following dates

  • January 30 – Feb. 15 – March 28 – April 12 – May 1 and May 23, 2017

 

Agenda: Preparing for the following: Scope of Project, Gathering and Assessing data regarding the Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union’s ability to meet or exceed each of the following Act 46 goals:

  • Provide substantial equity in the quality and variety of educational opportunities statewide; Data needed:
  • Lead students to achieve or exceed the State’s Education Quality Standards, adopted as rules by the State Board of Education at the direction of the General Assembly;
    • Data needed: Education Quality Standards –
  • Maximize operational efficiencies through increased flexibility to manage, share, and transfer resources, with a goal of increasing the ratio of students to full-time equivalent staff;
  • Promote transparency and accountability; and
  • Delivered at a cost that parents, voters, and taxpayers value:

 

Act 46 Independent Study Time Line

  • August through December – Research Study options
  • December 14, 2016 – Complete Study draft
  • December, 2016 – Provide draft Study recommendations for local school board review
  • January 4, 2017 – Present Study recommendations to SU Board
  • January 20, 2017 – Include Study recommendations in Town Reports
  • February, 2017 – Information meetings
  • March, 2017 – Community report on Study recommendations at Town Meetings
  • October, 2017 – School boards present Act 46 rationale to the State Board of Education

Act 46 Independent Study Committee Meeting – January 16, 2017

Act 46 Independent Study Committee Meeting

January 16, 2017  10:00am

Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union Office Conference Room

Agenda

10:00AM

  • Review data/information from Act 46 meetings
  • Merging Town Meeting narrative
  • Preparing Written Narrative for annual Town Meeting Report
  • Next steps
  • Set next meeting date

Other

School Board Agenda – Jan 9, 2017

SWANTON SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

SWANTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LIBRARY

January 9, 2017

6:00 PM

 

AGENDA:   

 

6:00pm         Call Meeting to Order

  • Agenda Amendments

 

6:05pm         Comments and Correspondence from the Public (Listen)

  • Possible Topics for Future Board Meeting Agendas

 

6:10pm         Approval of December 12th Board Meeting Minutes (Action)

 

6:15pm         Business Report (Action)

  • Check Warrants
  • Budget Finalization
    • Capital Improvement Fund
    • Playground Maintenance – Jason Butler

 

7:00pm            Superintendent’s Report

  • Legislative Update and Advocacy Strategies

 

7:15pm          Old Business

  • Act 46 Independent Study Update

 

7:30pm            New Business

  • School Board Secretary-resignation
  • Town Report
  • Superintendent Goals and Evaluation
  • Board Member Petitions

 

7:50pm          Future Board Meeting Dates

  • FNWSU Board Meeting – February 1st , 2016 6:30 at MVU Library
  • Swanton Elem. Board Meeting – Feb. 13th, at 6:00 PM
  • Act 46 Independent Study Meetings – 16th, 10:00 AM @ SU Office
  • Teacher Negotiations – Jan. 11, 7:00 PM in MVU Library
  • Support Staff Negotiations – Feb. 2, Feb. 23, 6:00 PM in MVU Library

8:00pm                           Anticipated Executive Session

(Answer the Executive Session Compliance Question…Where premature public knowledge would clearly place the Board or other party at a substantial disadvantage)

  • Negotiations Update

 

8:20pm          Exit Executive Session

 

8:25pm          Adjournment

 

 

 

FY2017 School Board Goals:

  1. Develop a 3-5 year strategic vision and plan that focuses on what the community wants for children.
    1. Maintain a safe school environment and a plan that encourages respect between students and adults
    2. Update facility plans with short and long term goals
  2. Increase two-way communication and transparency between the school and community.
    1. Continue improving communication with administration, staff, and the community
      1. Utilize social media
      2. Connect with Safe Routes to School and RISE-VT
  • Reach out to senior citizens
  1. Engage community about pros and cons of a governance merger
  2. Increase frequency of student performance reporting at board meetings
  1. Increase efficient use of resources to maximize learning potential for all students.
    1. Continue to right-size the school based on enrollment changes and resource needs
    2. Ensure staff and administrator performance is evaluated
    3. Monitor school culture
  2. Ensure challenging learning opportunities are in place for all students.
    1. Focus on enrichment programs
    2. Promote additional science, technology, engineering, arts, and math experiences

 

*Public Comments at Board Meetings

The FNWSU and District School Boards are working to improve the response to public comments made at Board meetings.  

 

The Board reserves the right to ask visitors the following questions before they are invited to address complaints to the Board:

Have you directed your complaint through our “Complaint” Policy i.e.:

  • Attempt to address the complaint first with teacher/staff member, and,
  • If not satisfied, discuss complaint with the principal, and,
  • Still not resolved, then meet with the superintendent,
  • Only then, will the Board hear your concern at a Board meeting.

 

When speaking with the Board, if the complaint becomes personal, disrespectful, or threatening, then the Board chair may rule the speaker “Out of Order” or,

If the complaint addresses specific personnel or is evaluative then the Board chair may invite the complainant into executive session, and,

The Board chair may limit speaking time for each individual and ask that similar points of view from multiple speakers not be presented.

 

Anyone making a comment can expect a response from the Board that will fall into one of the following categories:

  • Thank the person with no further action planned.
  • Respond immediately by the Board chair or administration.
  • Direct the administration to contact and respond to the person.
  • Seek clarification from the administration at a specified meeting.
  • Add the topic to a future Board agenda.
  • Refer the matter to an executive session.
  • Hold a public hearing on the matter.
  • Send a note of appreciation.