Board Meeting Highlights

  • What Happened at the Board of Education Meeting Thursday, June 10, 2021. What follows are highlights, not minutes.

    Superintendent remarks. Superintendent John Simpson, as well as board members, thanked Amy Clendennen for her service on the board. She has resigned because she is moving out of the district.

    Board vacancy. The board discussed the vacancy caused by Amy Clendennen’s resignation. The consensus was to leave the position open until an election in April.

    Chartwells scholarships. Chartwells, the district’s food service provider, has donated money for four $500 scholarships for students in need to attend college.

    Planning for new school year. Dr. Simpson reported that the families of 16 students have requested a virtual program for the new school year, which will be provided through MOCAP, a state program. Regarding the use of masks, he said that the district should receive guidance on that from health authorities in July.

    Medical insurance. The board agreed to cover a one percent increase in the cost of employee medical insurance.

    Final budget adjustment 2020-21. The board approved a final adjustment to split the merchants and manufacturers surtax funds between all funds according to the tax rate that was approved in September. (It had been placed in the general fund originally.)

    2021-22 budget. The board approved the 2021-22 budget. Assistant Superintendent Pam Frazier reported a balanced operating budget, once the Proposition E bond issue expenditures are removed from the calculation, which would reflect $70 million in revenue and $69.3 in expenditures. The district received the bond issue proceeds in 2019 and 2020.

    Strategic planning. The superintendent and Assistant Superintendent Jason Adams shared strategies and a timeline to use during the 2021-22 school year in support of board-approved goals, priorities and measurements. In addition, they presented steps that will be taken in the fall to review and report on progress made as a result of the plan. You can read the plan document here$file/Strategic%20Planning%20Final.pdf

    Professional development plan. Dr. Adams presented the district’s professional development plan for next year as well as information on some of the learning opportunities for teachers.

    Student advisors to the board. Dr. Simpson announced that Olivia Hotze and Gavin Wilson will begin as student advisors in August.

    Restructuring communications. Dr. Simpson told the board that the district plans to improve communications functions in the district by merging the community relations office with alumni relations. He said that he is working with the school district Foundation to collaborate on a position focused on fundraising.

    Bristol parking lot. Assistant Superintendent Pam Frazier said that the district is continuing to discuss the possibility of leasing parking space with an event space business in Old Webster and hopes to have details for the board in July.

    Door, window bids. The board approved a $194,851 contract with Midwest Glass Tinters for door and window safety improvements, as part of the Proposition E bond issue.