December 9, 2015 Minutes

UNION BOARD OF EDUCATION                         December 9, 2015



     The meeting was called to order by A. Estell at 6:37 p.m. 



A.      A. Estell, A. Blank, C. Taylor, J. Garden, H. Matthews, J. Reardon, Supt., S. Jackopsic, Prin., & L. MacPherson, recording secretary. S. Martinez was not in attendance. Also in attendance some townspeople. 



J. Garden made a motion to approve the minutes of November 18, 2015. Seconded. Unanimously approved.  






     The Board of Finance is requesting our 2016-2017 Board of Ed Budget by January 15, 2016.



a.      Superintendent's Report  J. Reardon reported that the administration is working on the 2016-2017 Board Budget. We will only have estimates for some of the line items by mid-January 2016.  Eastconn & the town have balanced out for our 2014-2015 Budget.  We will be balancing figures of our Budget with Eastconn & town treasurer every month going forward.  J. Reardon explained the Minimum Budget Requirement info from the 2014-15 & 2015-16 school years.  We still have free bus transportation to Woodstock Academy for another couple of years.  J. Reardon mentioned savings to the town for transportation to Windham Tech & Cheeney Tech because of a cooperative agreement with Stafford.    

b.      Principal's Report  S. Jackopsic reported on the wonderful program the Woodstock Academy students put on for 5-8.  The MacKinnon's uncle shared his adventures of climbing Mt. Everest with our middle school students. He showed video & a slide show.  The teachers decorated the gym & had treats for the students. They had a great morning. The 7th & 8th grade went to the town hall today to listen to a World War II Veteran about being a prisoner of war for four years.  Parent/teacher conferences are this week.  The book fair is also this week.  The Holiday Bazaar is next week.  We thank Mrs. Vennart for heading up the book fair & bazaar even though she has no students at the school.  Dance will be December 18. S. Jackopsic will be applying for a Profession Learning Grant.  The 8th grade fundraising is going well for their DC trip in May, 2016. 





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COMMITTEE REPORTS    No Reports this month except Personnel

     a. Curriculum   

     b. Communication       

     c. Transportation 

     d. Personnel  Teacher Contract listed below               

     e. Building   



a.   Review the bills. J. Reardon & A. Estell reviewed the bills and everything was in order.    


b.   2014-15 Budget  J. Reardon reported that Eastconn is in agreement with our town treasurer's figures for 2014-15 & closed out the budget.       

c.   Budget 2015-16  We are in a $14,000 deficit for the 2015-16 Budget.  The Board of Ed will meet with the Board of Finance soon.  It's mostly due to tuition.   



1.  No old business 



1. Executive Session - Personnel - Discussion of Proposed Teacher Contract   A. Blank made a motion to go into executive session at 7:40 p.m. & invite J. Reardon to stay. Seconded by J. Garden. Unanimously approved. Came out of executive at 8:45 p.m.      

2. Possible Action Re: Teacher Contract A. Estell moved to accept the new teacher contract. Seconded by H. Matthews. Unanimously approved. The contract was signed by J. Reardon & A. Estell. 

3. Strategic Planning Session The Strategic Planning Session will be held at 1 p.m. on Dec. 15, 2015 in the school library. 

4. Authorized transfer of budget funds J. Reardon presented the need to transfer $6000.00 from #30100 unemployment to #31700 legal fees. These funds were needed to cover legal advice during contract negotiations.  A. Estell made a motion to transfer these funds. Seconded by J. Garden. Unanimously approved   






     Motion by A. Blank to adjourn at 9:07 p.m. Seconded. Passed unanimously. 

Respectfully Submitted, Linda MacPherson, Recording Secretary