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					                     POMPERAUG REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 15
    The mission of Region 15, a District committed to excellence, is to educate our students to be capable,
productive, and enlightened citizens through proven and innovative learning experiences supported by strong
           community collaboration and decision-making based on the best interest of all students.
                                            Mission Statement, Adopted 9 December 2002; Updated 12 March 2007

                         Regular Meeting of the Board of Education
                                 Wednesday, 9 April 2008
                       Pomperaug High School, Southbury, Connecticut

  PRESENT: Mr. Joseph J. Drauss, Chairperson                     Dr. Kenneth A. Paddyfote
           Ms. Sharon Elias                                      Ms. Patricia S. Perry
           Ms. Sharon Guck                                       Mr. Joseph Rock
           Ms. Kelley Gurvis                                     Ms. Eileen Mooney Strange
           Mr. Stephen P. Moore

   ABSENT: Mr. David B. Erwin

Also Present: Dr. Frank H. Sippy, Superintendent of Schools
              Ms. Regina Albertario, Student Representative
              Mr. Olivia Roome, Student Representative

    1. Mr. Drauss called the meeting of the Board of Education to order at        Call to Order
       7:30 p.m., and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.                       Pledge of Allegiance

    2. Ms. Albertario announced the following activities and events:              Student Representatives
           ASVAB Testing Rescheduled
           Spring Break 14-18 April
           21 April Report Cards
           24-27 April Music Department trip to Virginia Beach

       Ms. Roome reported that the Guidance Association is sponsoring a
       benefit to provide prom dresses to those in need. The Student
       Council attended a conference sponsored by the Connecticut
       Association of Student Councils, and PHS received an award for
       presenting.

    3. Dr. Sippy introduced Ms. Lorrie Rogrigue, the newly appointed              Introduction of PHS
       Principal of Pomperaug High School. Ms. Rodrigue expressed her             Principal
       appreciation to the Board of Education and stated that she is              Ms. Lorrie Rodrigue
       looking forward to working with the students, staff, and parents.
Regular Meeting of the Region 15 Board of Education, 9 April 2008                           Page 2


    4. Mr. Joseph Velardi, Director of Athletics, Health, and Physical        Student Recognition
       Education, introduced the Gymnastics Team as South-West                Gymnastics Team
       Conference Champions and State Class “M” Champions. Mr. Hal
       Rettstadt is the Head Coach, and the volunteer Assistant is Jenna
       Rettstadt. Gymnastics Team members are listed below:

       Candice Byers                   Donna Nelson
       Kimberly Ferrara                Nicole Olmstead
       Whitney Garrette                Lana Porzio
       Erika James                     Bridget Powers
       Cortney Marcinczyk              Amanda Walters
       Mallory Miller                  Elizabeth Whelan

       Coach Rettstadt expressed his appreciation to the Board of
       Education, Mr. Velardi, and Dr. Sippy for their support of the team.
       Team members will receive a commemorative sweatshirt from the
       Board of Education.

       Mr. Velardi introduced the Boys‟ Swim Team as South-West               Boys‟ Swim Team
       Conference Champions, State Class “L” Champions, and State
       “Open” Champions. Mr. Fran Pentino is the Head Coach. The
       Boys‟ Swim Team members are listed below:

        Connor Ahearn         Miles Gabrielson       Matthew Meyer
        Michal Bartlomowicz   Tyler Gabrielson       Sean Mitchell
        Anthony Berlenbach    Edward Garrity         Cristopher Monroe
        Connor Cackovic       Craig Gaughan          Kelly Norris
        Taylor Callahan       Josef Gershun          Rebecca Norris
        William Carrington    Brian Hahn             Joseph Papiro
        James Chapin          Sarah Harman           Jonathan Pater
        Nicholas Cook         Cameron Hessler        Michael Piro
        Ashley Crowe          Tyler Hessler          Andrew Radlicz
        David Crudele         Benjamin Horn          Christopher Radlicz
        Sean Cusano           Kevin Kett             Shayan Riahi
        Erik Damiani          Amanda Lancor          Brendan Roche
        Eric DeAngelis        Kyle Layton            Brian Schaake
        Antonio DelVecchio    Jin Lee                Timothy Schaake
        Gregory DeWitt        Matthew Letho          Jason Scotto
        Eric Douglas          Matthew McDonald       Matthew Slawitschek
        Benjamin Dwyer        Kevin McLaughlin       Benjamin Smith
        Kyle English          Austin McMahon         Alex Tansey
        Tyler Ferraro         Travis McNamara        Connor Widman
        William Flynn         Connor McTaggart       Zachary Zupka
        Joseph Fornabaio
       Coach Pentino expressed his appreciation to the Board, parents,
       and students. He thanked the students for their hard work and
       effort. Team members will receive a commemorative sweatshirt
Regular Meeting of the Region 15 Board of Education, 9 April 2008                       Page 3

       from the Board of Education.

       On behalf of the Board of Education, Dr. Sippy extended
       congratulations to the Gymnastics Team and the Boys‟ Swim Team.

    5. Upon a motion by Mr. Rock, seconded by Ms. Elias,                   Motion Made and Passed
       IT WAS VOTED                                                        Approval of Amended
              “to approve the 24 March 2008 regular meeting                Minutes
              minutes with the following amendment to Item                 24 March 2008
              No. 11: Dr. Paddyfote also expressed his
              appreciation to Mr. McLiverty „for negotiating the
              bus contract, and he also extended his
              appreciation to Dr. Sippy.‟”
       and passed unanimously with Mr. Drauss, Ms. Elias, Ms. Guck,
       Ms. Gurvis, Mr. Moore, Dr. Paddyfote, Ms. Perry, Mr. Rock, and
       Ms. Strange voting “Aye.”

    6. Upon a motion by Mr. Rock, seconded by Ms. Elias,                   Motion Made and Passed
       IT WAS VOTED                                                        to Change Order of
              “to change the order of Agenda Item No. 8.1.3. to            Agenda Items
              precede Agenda Item No. 8.1.2.”
       and passed unanimously with Mr. Drauss, Ms. Elias, Ms. Guck,
       Ms. Gurvis, Mr. Moore, Dr. Paddyfote, Ms. Perry, Mr. Rock, and
       Ms. Strange voting “Aye.”

    7. Mr. Drauss stated that, based on the citizens‟ feedback at the      2008-09 Proposed Budget
       7 April 2008 Public Hearing, the Board decided to reduce the
       proposed 2008-09 budget.

       Dr. Sippy reviewed the negotiated certified salary increase, the    Salaries
       Step Salary Grid for certified staff members, and the significant
       number of certified staff members retiring. Dr. Sippy noted that
       the proposed increase in the extra-pay line item will be used
       mainly for custodial coverage and maintenance.
Regular Meeting of the Region 15 Board of Education, 9 April 2008                                                                                                   Page 4

                                             FY2007-2008 FY2008-2009 Dollar
       Obj        Description                Approved      Proposed      Increase     % of line % of TB
         111      Certified Personnel           25,899,930   26,896,433     $996,503      3.85%    45.04%
       111P       Program Improvements                   0      327,600     $327,600      0.00%     0.55%
         112      Classified Personnel           5,280,517    5,865,064     $584,547     11.07%     9.82%
         119      Extra Pay/Extra Duty           1,248,423    1,236,988      -$11,435    -0.92%     2.07%
         121      Certified Temporary Staff        493,363      522,965       $29,602     6.00%     0.88%
         122      Classified Temporary Staff       226,913      249,827       $22,914    10.10%     0.42%
         123      Overtime                          55,704       76,000       $20,296    36.44%     0.13%
         201      Pension                          352,763      380,000       $27,237     7.72%     0.64%
         206      Social Security                  495,000      525,000       $30,000     6.06%     0.88%
         209      S.S. Medicare 1.45%              250,000      310,000       $60,000    24.00%     0.52%
                  Salaries                    $34,302,613    $36,389,877 $2,087,264       6.08%    60.93%


                                                      Step 1              Step 2                 Step 3               Step 4          Step 5
                                                      8.4                 15.6                   16                   17              14.6
                                                      Step 6              Step 7                 Step 8               Step 9          Step 10
                                                      17.6                24.2                   21.5                 13.6            13.6
                                                      Step 11             Step 12                Step 13              Step 14
                                                      17.3                17                     15.6                 149.45          361.45
                                                                                                                                      41.35%


       Dr. Sippy reviewed medical insurance line item and the increase in                                                                               Insurance
       co-pays by certified staff members. He noted that the Region is a
       premium-based organization and that there have been a number of
       staff members in the system with serious illnesses.
                                           FY2007-2008 FY2008-2009 Dollar
       Obj    Description                  Approved    Proposed    Increase        % of line   % of TB
       203    Life Insurance                     64,457        75,000    $10,543     16.36%       0.13%
       204    Workmen's Compensation            256,000       264,960     $8,960      3.50%       0.44%
       205    Unemployment Compensation          18,000        32,000    $14,000     77.78%       0.05%
       207    Medical Insurance Benefits      7,046,054     7,525,651   $479,597      6.81%      12.60%
       208    Blue Cross & Blue Shield                0             0         $0      0.00%       0.00%
       210    Teamster Medical                  455,910       512,746    $56,836     12.47%       0.86%
       213    Disability                         43,050        50,000     $6,950     16.14%       0.08%
       324    Property Insurance                164,609       177,777    $13,168      8.00%       0.30%
       651    Liability (General)                17,500        25,000      7,500
                                              8,065,580     8,663,134   $597,554       7.41%     14.51%


       207*** Medical Insurance Benefits                                $479,597                           207*** increased 10.5% or $739,836 yet----
                                                                                                           increase is 6.81% or $479,597
                                                                                                           Increases in employee co-pays
                                                                                                           contributions and specific riders
                                                                                                           deductibles = $260,200 revenue
          210 Teamster Medical                                           $56,836
                                                          90%           $536,433

       Dr. Sippy reviewed the increase in costs for utilities, noting that                                                                              Utilities
       steps are being take to save energy.
                                                          FY2007-2008         FY2008-2009            Dollar
       Obj      Description                               Approved            Proposed                   Increase        % of line     % of TB
       320      Electricity                                         850,000           1,100,000             $250,000         29.41%          1.84%
       321      Propane Gas, Water                                   88,700              84,000              -$4,700         -5.30%          0.14%
       323      Repairs & Maintenance Service                     1,273,456           1,368,764              $95,308          7.48%          2.29%
       329      Other Property Service                              256,830             302,500              $45,670         17.78%          0.51%
       341      Telephone                                           150,000             150,000                   $0          0.00%          0.25%
       326      Sewer Assessments                                         0              49,915              $49,915          0.00%          0.08%
       413      Cust/Maint Supplies                                 192,000             222,000              $30,000         15.63%          0.37%
       328      CGS Capital Carryover                                     1                   1                   $0          0.00%          0.00%
       414      Fuel Oil                                            444,914             720,500             $275,586         61.94%          1.21%
       621      Natural Gas                                          95,086             105,086              $10,000         10.52%          0.18%
                Facilities                                      $3,350,987            $4,102,766            $751,779                         6.87%

                                                                              Electricity                   $250,000
                                                                              Fuel Oil                      $275,586
                                                                                               70%          $525,586

       80% represented by salary, insurance, and maintenance
Regular Meeting of the Region 15 Board of Education, 9 April 2008                           Page 5


       Ms. Strange commented on the increases to electrical usage, noting
       that the biggest increases are for the oldest buildings. Ms. Strange
       stated that the budget document will be available at each Town
       library.

       Dr. Paddyfote noted that children are the most important
       investment, and schools are a national treasure because they
       provide the road to employment and create opportunities for
       people to lead productive lives. He commented on the need to pay
       for education.

       Mr. John Michaels, Chairperson of the Southbury Board of Finance, Comments from Citizens
       apologized for his 7 April Public Hearing comment regarding
       having trouble supporting anything over 6 percent, and he
       retracted the statement. He noted that the Region 15
       Administration has been exceedingly cooperative and always
       willing to provide information in a timely fashion. He noted the
       Southbury Board of Finance meeting on the 23rd of April, which
       Mr. McLiverty and Dr. Sippy will attend.

       Mr. Drauss thanked Mr. Michaels stated that he appreciated his
       comments and sincerity.

    8. Ms. Perry commented on the retirement on Mr. Thomas Santoro            Personnel
       from his Grade Four teaching position at Pomperaug Elementary          Policies/Curriculum
       School. She noted that he has 35 years of experience, and that the     Committee
       Board will accept his resignation with regret.

       Upon a motion by Ms. Perry, seconded by Ms. Strange,                   Motion Made and Passed
       IT WAS VOTED                                                           to Approve Personnel
              “to approve the Superintendent‟s personnel                      Recommendations
              recommendations as listed on Exhibit A and to
              accept Mr. Santoro‟s resignation due to retirement
              with regret.”
       and passed unanimously with Mr. Drauss, Ms. Elias, Ms. Guck,
       Ms. Gurvis, Mr. Moore, Dr. Paddyfote, Ms. Perry, Mr. Rock, and
       Ms. Strange voting “Aye.”

    9. Dr. Sippy commented on the impact of the proposed 2008-09              Comments
       budget during difficult economic times. He respectfully
       recommended that the Board adopt the proposed 2008-09 budget
       in the amount of $59,430,160 for a 5.88 percent increase. He noted
       the need to keep the community in mind while making
       compromises.
Regular Meeting of the Region 15 Board of Education, 9 April 2008                            Page 6

       Ms. Strange commented on the 1.0 middle school teacher in
       support of special education to meet Adequate Yearly Progress,
       questioning the impact on AYP. Dr. Sippy noted that there is still a
       .5 position for intervention and students will be targeted using this
       resource. He noted that whenever one makes this level of
       reductions there will be negative consequences. Ms. Strange
       questioned the impact of other students who are not on that
       borderline, and she questioned the negative impact on them. In
       response to Ms. Strange regarding class size, Dr. Sippy noted that
       class size is monitored and he will recommend to the Board to
       address the issues as needed. Ms. Strange noted that large class
       sizes can impact every student in the class.

       Ms. Elias commented on the budget process noting that many
       residents were unhappy with the percentage of the budget, which
       was presented at the Public Hearing. She stated that she believed
       the reduced budget of 5.88 percent to be a very good balance given
       the financial climate.

  10. Upon a motion by Dr. Paddyfote, seconded by Mr. Rock,                    Motion Made and Passed
      IT WAS VOTED                                                             to Adopt the Proposed
            “to adopt the 2008-09 budget in the amount of                      2008-09 Budget
            $59,430,160 or a 5.88 percent increase.”
      and passed with Mr. Drauss, Ms. Elias, Ms. Guck, Ms. Gurvis, Mr.
      Moore, Dr. Paddyfote, Ms. Perry, and Ms. Strange voting “Aye,”
      and Mr. Rock abstaining.

  11. Upon a motion by Mr. Moore, seconded by Ms. Strange,                     Motion Made and Passed
      IT WAS VOTED                                                             for Recommendation for
             “to recommend that in the call to the District                    the Referendum
             Meeting the vote on the motion to adopt the
             budget shall be a “yes” or a “no” vote on the
             voting machines in each of the member Towns on
             the day following the District Meeting as specified
             in State Statute 10-51(a), with the Board of
             Education recommending the hours to be from
             6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.”
      and passed with Mr. Drauss, Ms. Elias, Mr. Erwin, Ms. Guck, Ms.
      Gurvis, Mr. Moore, Dr. Paddyfote, Mr. Rock, and Ms. Strange
      voting “Aye,” and Ms. Perry voting “Nay.”


  12. Mr. Drauss reviewed the following upcoming meeting schedule:             Future Business
         1. Monday, 28 April, Board of Education
            Pomperaug High School All Purpose Room No. 103
            7:30 p.m.
Regular Meeting of the Region 15 Board of Education, 9 April 2008                    Page 7

           2. Tuesday, 6 May, Board of Education District Meeting
              Pomperaug High School All Purpose Room No. 103
              7:30 p.m.
           3. Wednesday, 7 May, Board of Education Budget Referendum


  13. Upon a motion by Dr. Paddyfote, seconded by Mr. Rock,            Adjournment
      IT WAS VOTED
             “to adjourn the evening‟s meeting.”
      and passed unanimously with Mr. Drauss, Ms. Elias, Ms. Guck,
      Ms. Gurvis, Mr. Moore, Dr. Paddyfote, Ms. Perry, Mr. Rock, and
      Ms. Strange voting “Aye.”

                                       Respectfully submitted,


                                       Patricia S. Perry
                                       Secretary

       Gretchen I. Usawicz, Board Clerk

				
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