BERLIN BOARD OF EDUCATION

April 9, 2012

MINUTES – MOTIONS ONLY

REGULAR MEETING

 

Attendance:      Gary Brochu                                                    

                        Kristin Campanelli                               

                        Jeffrey Cugno                           Absent

                        Julie Erickson                                                             

                        Cynthia Kobus             Absent            

                        Irene Matulis                                                               

                        Timothy Oakes                                    

Kathleen O’Donnell-Moss                                                       

                        John Richards                                                  

 

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

            A.       BerlinBravos

                        1. BerlinHigh School

  1. Catherine M.McGeeSchool

 

IV.       STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

            A.       RichardD.HubbardSchool

            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.

 

FAVOR:         ALL  

MOTION CARRIED:  7:0; including President Brochu

 

VI.       AUDIENCE OF CITIZENS

 

VII.     CONSENT AGENDA

  1. Approval of Minutes
    1. Regular Meeting of March 26, 2012
    2. Special Meeting of March 14, 2012
    3. Special Meeting of April 2, 2012
    4. Payment of Bills – Period ending March 31, 2012
    5. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

FAVOR:         ALL  

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.

 

FAVOR:         ALL  

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 Reports

            1. BerlinHigh SchoolEnterpriseFund – Period ending February 29 2012

            2.  Berlin Public Schools Activity Fund – Period ending February 29, 2012

D.        Facilities Related Updates

1.  Code Renovations –BerlinHigh School

2.  Indoor Air Quality –CatherineM.McGeeSchool

E.         TEAM Program Update

 

IX.       RECOMMENDED ACTION – PART II

            B.         Establishment of Graduation Date

 

BerlinHigh Schoolgraduation is held on the Sunday following the 180th day of school.  The date for this year’s graduation will be Sunday, June 17, 2012.  The ceremony will be held atCentralConnecticutStateUniversity beginning at 1:30 p.m.

 

Moved by Ms. Erickson, seconded by Ms. Campanelli, to approve the graduation date for Sunday, June 17, 2012.

 

FAVOR:         ALL  

MOTION CARRIED:  7:0; including President Brochu

 

C.        Non-renewal of Contracts for Non-tenured Teachers

 

Superintendent of Schools David B. Erwin recommended the non-renewal of contracts for two non-tenured teachers who were given a one-year contract for the 2011-2012 school year.  Lisa Hatton was hired for one year to fill a math vacancy at Berlin High School, resulting from Amanda Gagnon being hired as an assistant principal and Lindsay Henry was hired for one year to fill a vacancy at Griswold School due to a childrearing leave.

 

Moved by Ms. O’Donnell-Moss, seconded by Ms. Campanelli, that the contracts of employment for the following non-tenured teachers not be renewed for the 2012-2013 school year, upon their expiration at the end of the current school year:  Lisa Hatton, teacher of mathematics at Berlin High School, and Lindsay Henry, teacher of grade 2 at Mary E. Griswold School.

 

In response to Mr. Richards’ question if this process for non-renewal of contracts for non-tenured teachers is the same as that which was last done for the last non-renewal of contact for a non-tenured teacher, Mr. Brochu indicated yes and provided the statutory process for the dismissal of a non-tenured teacher.

 

FAVOR:         ALL  

MOTION CARRIED:  6:0

 

X.        ADJOURNMENT

 

Moved by Ms. Campanelli, seconded by Mr. Oakes, to adjourn the meeting at 10:17 p.m.

 

FAVOR:         ALL  

MOTION CARRIED:  6:0

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Irene Matulis, Secretary,BerlinBoard of Education