March 22, 2017

Union Board of Education

Date: March 22, 2017

6:33 P.M.

Call to order: The meeting was called to order at 6:33 P.M. by Andrea Estell.


Attending: A. Estell, J. Garden, H. Matthews, J. Swanson and

Superintendent J. Reardon.  A. Blank and J. Zieger were absent.


New Business: Superintendent Reardon reported that after meeting with the Board of Finance, it was decided to postpone the town budget hearing to the beginning of May. He expressed concern that Union’s grant money would be reduced annually because of contributions to the Teacher Retirement Fund if the current state budget passes.  Loss of Special Education money is a concern as well.  Board chairperson A. Estell suggested a need for a study to provide a base to reflect current educational expenditures.  Mr. Reardon will be attending a Superintendent’s meeting on March 23rd. He anticipates that the state budget will be discussed, as well as cost sharing by towns, because teacher retirement funding is a concern.  Representative Pat Boyd has been doing a great job of keeping the Board of Ed. informed and up to date. A. Estell mentioned that the CTN website from March 20th, which recorded the Education Committee hearing, is worth reviewing. She noted that this information is approx. 325 minutes into the recording.  Superintendent Reardon also reported that Union School received a “Schools of Distinction” grant in the amount of ~$24,000.00 from the CSDE.  This will enable us to upgrade technology, as well as engage in professional learning activities.


A.Estell addressed the recent implementation of Student-led Conferences. Superintendent Reardon emphasized this will be built into the Strategic Plan for next year and noted that Curriculum Night would be a great opportunity to introduce this. Other Board members suggested that students will need to prepare and role play and be monitored as it is introduced and implemented. Board members also noted and agreed that it has been beneficial for our school and community to offer Preschool and Kindergarten.


Policy: Transportation #3541, second reading.

Policy was read and all Board members complied.


Motion by J. Swanson to adjourn at 7:20 P.M.   Seconded by J. Garden.  Unanimously approved.


Respectfully submitted,


Michele Powers