BERLIN BOARD OF EDUCATION
April 9, 2012
MINUTES – MOTIONS ONLY
Attendance: Gary Brochu
Jeffrey Cugno Absent
Cynthia Kobus Absent
Also in attendance: Superintendent of Schools David B. Erwin; Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and InstructionBrian Benigni; Director of Business Operations Roman Czuchta; Director of Human Resources Denise Parsons; Director of Pupil Personnel Services Linda Holian; Assistant Principal of Berlin High School Janet Parlato; Principal of Griswold SchoolLaurie Gjerpen; Assistant Principal of Griswold School Christian Strickland; Principal of Hubbard School Alfred Souza; Principal of McGee Middle School Dr. Scott Ratchford; Assistant Principal of McGee Middle School Barbara Ventura; Principal of Willard School Salvatore Urso; and Assistant Principal of Willard School Lauren Feltz.
I. CALL TO ORDER
Mr. Brochu called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. in the Board of Education (“the Board”) meeting room at238 Kensington Road,Berlin,CT. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by student, Abigail Rochette. A Moment of Silence was observed.
II. BOARD AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMUNICATIONS
III. INFORMATION AND REPORTS – PART I
1. BerlinHigh School
- Catherine M.McGeeSchool
IV. STUDENT PRESENTATIONS
B. Elementary Students – Measurement Olympics
A short recess was taken from 8:08 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
V. RECOMMENDED ACTION – PART I
A. Presentation and Approval ofBerlinHigh School ED-042
Paul Jorgensen, Program Architect, from Silver Petrucelli + Associates and Thomas Smith, Program Manager, from Gilbane Building Company presented final plans and specifications for Phase I of the Berlin High School Renovate as New Project. Phase I addresses hazardous abatement, selective demolition and the construction of the pre-engineered technology building. Messrs. Jorgensen and Smith provided the Board with an anticipated timeline from approval of the plans to completion of Phase 1.
Moved by Mr. Richards, seconded by Ms. Campanelli, to approve final plans and specifications for Phase 1 of the Berlin High School Renovate as New Project (State Project #007-0065EE/RR), dated April 9, 2012 as presented.
Board members and Messrs. Jorgensen and Smith discussed how communications for this project will be handled. A draft copy of Mr. Smith’s proposal for communications was provided to Board members. Mr. Smith provided an overview of the concept of a School Building Advisory Committee for this project.
MOTION CARRIED: 7:0; including President Brochu
VI. AUDIENCE OF CITIZENS
VII. CONSENT AGENDA
- Approval of Minutes
- Regular Meeting of March 26, 2012
- Special Meeting of March 14, 2012
- Special Meeting of April 2, 2012
- Payment of Bills – Period ending March 31, 2012
- Resignation – Mary E.GriswoldSchool– Teacher of Grade 2
Nicole O’Connors, teacher of grade 2 atMaryE.Griswold School, has submitted her letter of resignation, effective March 30, 2012.
- Request for Leave of Absence –MaryE.GriswoldSchool– Teacher of Grade 4
Stephanie Arigo, teacher of grade four atMaryE.Griswold School, has submitted a request for a leave of absence, for childrearing purposes, to begin immediately following her maternity leave (anticipated to begin on or around July 1) and continue through the end of the 2012-2013 school year. This leave would be unpaid.
Mr. Richards requested the minutes of the regular meeting of March 26, 2012 be removed from the consent agenda.
Moved by Ms. O’Donnell-Moss, seconded by Mr. Oakes, to approve the consent agenda as amended.
MOTION CARRIED: 6:0
Mr. Richards requested that portion of the minutes under Section V. Consent Agenda, page 3, which begins “There was …” be changed to read, “There was …” and Mr. Richards also requested that portion of the minutes under Section V. Consent Agenda, page 4, line 1, which begins “A special …” be changed to read “A special …” The corrections were made to the minutes.
Moved by Mr. Richards, seconded by Ms. O’Donnell-Moss, to amend the minutes of the regular meeting of March 26, 2012.
MOTION CARRIED: 4:1:1; with Board members Oakes abstaining and Matulis opposing.
VIII. INFORMATION AND REPORTS – PART II
B. Status of the Board of Education’s Adopted Budget for 2012-2013
C. Activity Fund R