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Nottingham School Board

Public Session
December 2, 2009
Official Minutes as of December 16, 2009

School Board Members Present: School Board Members Absent:


Jack Caldon, Chair
Amy Plante, Vice Chair
Dave O’Brien
Frank O’Hanlon
Dawn Fernald

Others Present:
Michael Ludwell, Superintendent
Terry Leatherman, Assistant Principal
Lorraine Ferland, School Board Secretary
Mike O’Neill, Consultant MRI

Visitors:
There were no visitors.

Opening
Dr. Caldon called the meeting to order at 7pm.

Non Public Session


A non-public session was held.

Public Comments
There was no public.

School Board Business


A. Approval of School Board Minutes—11-18-09 Public/Non-public Minutes
Mr. O’Hanlon made a motion to approve the public minutes of November 18, 2009.
Ms. Fernald seconded.
Motion unanimously approved.

There were changes:


Page 2, Superintendent’s Report, add ‘Special Ed. Director’ after ‘Ms. Kebler’.
Page 3, B, 6th paragraph, change to read ‘Dr. Caldon suggested that any student
could….’ and remove ‘revised’ in that sentence as well.

Ms. Plante made a motion to approve the non-public minutes of November 18, 2009.
Ms. Fernald seconded.
Motion unanimously approved.

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There were changes:


Add Ms. Fernald to roll call.

B. Principal’s Report
The volunteers at the Nottingham School have increased this year.

Lego League Proteus won their latest competition and will compete at the regionals.
The Lego League program is parent run. Nottingham School has more teams than
other much larger cities in the state.

Nottingham Reads Program will have a Sock Hop on December 11 beginning at


5:30pm. This is for children through Grade 2 and their parents. Books are continuing
to be sent to kids under 5 years old through the Nottingham Reads Program.
Currently, there are 80-85 families receiving books.

December 17 at 6pm is the school concert.

C. Superintendent’s Report
The Joint Board approved Dave Somners as the new Business Administrator.
The deadline has passed for students to apply to Coe Brown. There are 64 students in
the current 8th grade class and 30 have applied to Coe Brown.

Old Business
A. Budget
Ms. Carvalho and Mr. O’Neill updated the Board with changes to the budget.
The budget proposal amount for the math textbooks is $15,922.11 and the budget
proposal amount for the architectural fees is $18,000.

Potential considerations for warrant articles are personnel (kindergarten aides if the
student enrollment exceeds 65), grounds and facility improvements and architectural
fees.

The Board can make changes to the budget prior to January 7.

Mr. O’Neill said health care costs increased 23%.

B. Default Budget
The default budget is the budget from last year minus any one–time expenditures plus
any contractual obligations (salaries, tuitions and insurance).

The default budget for 2009-2010 was $9,286,390.51. The default budget for 2010-
2011 is $9,653,740.18 with a difference of $367,349.67.

There was discussion about items that should be and shouldn’t be in the default
budget; corrections were made.

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C. Dover Tuition Rate


Mr. O’Neill stated that Nottingham is $110,000 short for DHS tuition rate for 2009-
2010. The Agreement between Nottingham School Board and Dover School Board
states that the tuition rate will be given to the Nottingham School Board by December
of the previous year for the following school year. Dr. Caldon said Nottingham
shouldn’t have to pay this increase for 2009-2010 as Dover School Board didn’t get
the increase to Nottingham by December 2008.

The attorney will review the Agreement.

D. Athletic Program
Ms. Leatherman distributed Nottingham School Athletic Philosophy and try-out
scoring rubrics.

Ms. Plante made a motion to approve Nottingham School Athletic Philosophy and
try-out scoring rubrics as presented and amended. This will be revisited yearly.
Ms. Fernald seconded.
Motion unanimously approved.

New Business
A. Policy #JICDD-Student Discipline; Out of School Actions
Ms. Plante made a motion to post Policy #JICDD-Student Discipline; Out of School
Actions
Mr. O’Hanlon seconded.
Motion unanimously approved.

Financial Business
A. Bills and Manifests were reviewed and signed.

B. Operating Budget Statement (2nd meeting of the month)


The operating budget was discussed.

Set Next Agenda


Items to include: budget, warrant article draft, community newsletter and The Forum
article draft, deliberative session meeting, review of Dover calendar.

Future Meeting Dates


December 16, 2009 7pm School Board Meeting
December 28, 2009 7pm Joint School Board Meeting
at the SAU Office
January 6, 2009 7pm School Board Meeting

Adjournment
Ms. Fernald made a motion to enter into non-public session per RSA 91-A:3 IIc and e at
8:36pm.
Mr. O’Hanlon seconded.

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Roll Call was taken. Dr. Caldon-yea, Ms. Plante-yea, Mr. O’Brien-yea, Mr. O’Hanlon-
yea, and Ms. Fernald-yea.

Motion to move into non-public unanimously approved.

The meeting returned to public meeting at 9:03pm.


No votes were taken in non-public.

Ms. Plante made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:04pm.


Ms. Fernald seconded.
Motion to adjourn unanimously approved.

Respectfully Submitted by Lorraine Ferland, School Board Secretary