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									LITTLETON UNION SCHOOL BOARD                                 DATE: January 21, 2008
LITTLETON HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC ROOM                             TIME: 4:30 p.m.
159 OAK HILL AVENUE
LITTLETON, NEW HAMPSHIRE 03561

Present:     Chair Alan Moberly, Vice Chair Millie Nelson, Board Members Milton
             Bratz, Diane Cummings, and Ann Wiggett, Principals Rick Bidgood,
             George Brodeur, and Alan Smith, Vice Principal Sally Field and Interim
             Vice Principal Linda Leavitt, Director of Student Services Kyla Welch, Director of
             the Career and Technical Center Gwen Blair

Also Present: Amy Austin, Kim De Lutis, Paul McGoldrick, Art McGrath, Reporter, The Courier,
              Leslie Robbins

Chair Moberly called the meeting to order at 4:32 p.m.

I.    Approval of School Board Minutes of January 7, 2008

             MOTION BY BOARD MEMBER BRATZ, SECONDED BY BOARD MEMBER
             WIGGETT TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF JANUARY 7, 2008.

             The following corrections were requested:

             Page 6

             Last paragraph, second line should read “Return to Public Session at 6:50 p.m.”

             Page 7

             Fifth paragraph, second line should read “Return to Public Session at 6:50 p.m.”

             ALL IN FAVOR WITH THE AFOREMENTIONED CORRECTIONS. MOTION
             CARRIED.

             A.     Approval of School Board Minutes of January 9, 2008

             The following corrections were requested:

             MOTION BY BOARD MEMBER BRATZ, SECONDED BY BOARD MEMBER
             WIGGETT TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF JANUARY 9, 2008.

             The following corrections were requested:

             Page 4

             Paragraph 2, line 7 should read “should be replaced in the Warrant Article with
             64,000 square feet”

             Third paragraph, first line should read “Board Member Cummings stated that she
             spoke to Ed Murdough at the state Department of Education and”
          Board Member Bratz suggested in the future not only identifying the individual,
          but also the agency that the individual worked for in future Board Minutes. As an
          example Board Member Bratz stated that this would serve as additional
          clarification just in the event that there were two Mr. Murdough’s working in state
          offices, one that works at the state Board of Education and one that works at the
          state Department of Revenue.

          ALL IN FAVOR WITH THE AFOREMENTIONED CORRECTIONS. MOTION
          CARRIED.

II.   FINANCIAL REPORT

          A.    Manifest Distribution

                The Manifest was circulated for signature.

          B.    Discussion Regarding the Budget

                Warrant Articles

                MOTION BY BOARD MEMBER CUMMINGS, SECONDED BY BOARD
                MEMBER BRATZ TO APPROVE THE WARRANT ARTICLES AS
                WRITTEN.

                Board Member Cummings stated she had a question before the vote
                could take place.

                Board Member Cummings questioned the use of the language “This is a
                non-lapsing warrant article. It will not lapse until the design and plans are
                complete or by June 30, 2013, whichever is first” that was used in Articles
                7, 8 and 9 of the Warrant Articles. Board Member Cummings also asked
                who had determined the date of 2013.

                Superintendent Danforth noted that the language was being used as a
                design process may not be completed in the first year and that the date of
                June 30, 2013 was a future date just to cover any unforeseen or adverse
                circumstances that may arise and to ensure the project would be
                completed by that time. Superintendent Danforth noted that the language
                above was recommended to be incorporated into the Warrant Articles by
                Counsel, Gordon Graham, of Soule, Leslie, Kidder, Sayward & Loughman
                P.L.L.C. Superintendent Danforth also advised that the Warrant Articles
                were sent to Jamie Dowe of the New Hampshire Department of Revenue
                for review and approval.

                Superintendent Danforth further noted that it is the inclination to have all
                design work completed as soon as possible and that the language above
                was typical language so eventualities were covered and the School
                District would not have to go back to the taxpayers if something
                unforeseen should happen and the design phase could not be completed
                in that first year.
THE BOARD AGREED UNANIMOUSLY TO ACCEPT THE WARRANT
ARTICLES AS WRITTEN. ALL IN FAVOR. MOTION CARRIED.

Default Budget

MOTION BY BOARD MEMBER BRATZ, SECONDED BY BOARD
MEMBER CUMMINGS TO ACCEPT THE DEFAULT BUDGET AS
PRESENTED. ALL IN FAVOR. MOTION CARRIED.

The Default Budget was circulated for Board signature. Superintendent
Danforth noted that the Default Budget will need to be posted along with
the Warrant Articles and the MS-26 form by January 28, 2008.

Budget Presentation

A discussion regarding the January 14, 2008 Budget Hearing ensued. All
agreed that the joint presentation of different sections of the Budget by
Board Members and the Superintendent was positive at the Hearing and
that the School Board and Superintendent should proceed with the same
format for the Deliberative Session.

THE BOARD MEMBERS AGREED BY CONCENSUS THAT ALL
RESPONSIBILITIES AS OUTLINED FOR BOARD MEMBERS AND THE
SUPERINTENDENT SHOULD REMAIN THE SAME FOR THE
DELIBERATIVE SESSION.

Board Member Bratz noted that he will provide the salary explanation at
the Deliberative Session.

Superintendent Danforth noted that as discussed she has rearranged the
slides regarding the Operating Budget to be at the beginning of the
presentation rather than the end as presented at the Hearing. The
Superintendent had also added the additional slide that was requested
regarding salaries to the beginning of the presentation for the Deliberative
Session as well.

Board Member Cummings noted that she needs to get with the
Administrative Team to gather more input as to have a stronger stance on
why the School District needs to move forward with a K through 6th right
now. Board Member Cummings advised that she was concerned that if
the School District should wait to build, that they may come up against
“emergency” repairs to Mildred C. Lakeway (ie: asbestos). These
“emergency” repairs would not be covered under the renovation costs.

A discussion regarding Mildred C. Lakeway and asbestos removal to date
ensued.

Principal Brodeur advised that most of the asbestos has been
encapsulated at Lakeway and as long as that asbestos is left alone (in
carpeting and tiling) that it is fine. It is when that carpet or tile is damaged
that there is concern and abatement must take place.
                 Board Member Cummings asked if the figure of $3.79 million included
                 asbestos removal. Principal Brodeur advised that the contractor would
                 make an allowance in his proposal regarding asbestos removal. Principal
                 Brodeur advised that Dan Hebert had written this into his proposal for
                 Lakeway and he believed that the amount was not to exceed
                 approximately $140,000.00 for this removal.

                 Vice Chair Nelson asked if there was any lead paint in Mildred C. Lakeway
                 elementary school. Principal Brodeur stated it is unknown, however that
                 there is lead bearing solder in all pipes and plumbing. Replacing the
                 plumbing and HVAC because of this concern was also noted in Dan
                 Hebert’s proposal.

                 Review of Annual Report 2007

                 A draft copy of the proposed Annual Report for 2007 was circulated for
                 Board Members review and approval.

III.   COMMITTEE REPORTS
                A. None.

IV.    OLD BUSINESS
                 A. Calendar

                 The proposed School Calendar for 2008-2009 will be discussed at a future
                 meeting.

V.     NEW BUSINESS
                A.     Policies – 1st Reading
                             IKF – High School Graduation Policy
                             IKFA – Early Graduation

                 MOTION MADE BY BOARD MEMBER WIGGETT TO APPROVE 1ST
                 READING ON POLICY IKF – HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION POLICY
                 AND POLICY IKFA – EARLY GRADUATION.

                 A Technical Advisory from the New Hampshire Department of Education
                 titled “Alternative Pathways to High School Graduation” was distributed to
                 Board Members for their review.

                 Board Member Bratz asked how students demonstrate proficiency at
                 Littleton Union School District. Superintendent Danforth noted that core
                 competencies are not in place as yet. Principal Smith noted that there is a
                 test for computer literacy.

                 A discussion regarding credits required for graduation and differing
                 diplomas ensued. New Hampshire State Minimum Standards requires a
                 minimum of 20 credits. Littleton requires a minimum of 28 credits.
Director of Student Services Kyla Welch wanted to open up the
conversation regarding the School District’s needs for alternative
pathways to a High School diploma for Special Education students. The
Director noted that Littleton is currently paying tuition for students that
attend the Charter School and Adult Education program in Lisbon. She
further noted that the mandatory age increase to the age of 18 will be
taking place in the Fall of 2009. She stated that in several instances they
are losing students (dropout) at the 20 credit mark. The Superintendent
also expressed concern for students who achieve the 24 credit mark and
dropout in our district as if they were enrolled in a different school district
they could have gotten a diploma at this point.

Board Member Bratz stated that the graduation policies appearing in the
1st Reading draft of policies IKF and IKFA are those of the Department of
Education, and not those of Littleton High School and that the Littleton
High School graduation policies replace those of the Department of
Education for the 2nd Reading. Regarding the recommendation that
different levels of degrees be offered, Board Member Bratz stated his
concern that in states that have implemented this model (e.g., New York)
they are not necessarily recognized as equally valuable by employers, and
that further discussion is necessary.

The Superintendent suggested that the Policy Committee meet and
discuss the language in Policies IKF and IKFA and then resubmit to the
School Board for a 2nd Reading.

THE BOARD MEMBERS AGREED BY CONSENSUS TO HAVE THE
POLICY COMMITTEE MEET TO DISCUSS THE LANGUAGE IN
POLICIES IKF AND IKFA AND RESUBMIT TO THE BOARD FOR A 2ND
READING AT A FUTURE MEETING.

Vice Chair Nelson and Board Member Cummings recapped the “Friends
of Lakeway” meeting that took place on January 17, 2008. Board Member
Cummings suggested warning all future meetings of the School Board so
that all School Board Members could attend should they wish. Principal
Bidgood noted that he was thrilled with the number of people that attended
the meeting.

Board Member Cummings advised that she would like to have a meeting
to meet with the Recreation Department and Coaches. She would like to
have this meeting warned. Superintendent Danforth requested the time
and date of the meeting so that the meeting could be warned. Board
Member Cummings advised that no specific date or time had been set as
of this date. Superintendent Danforth noted that we would need to post 72
hours in advance as this type of meeting would not fit the “Special
Meeting” criteria of 24 hours in advance.

Board Member Cummings asked what other type of Marketing for the new
school can be done. Superintendent Danforth noted that she spoke with
Bob O’Connor, Channel 2, to help get the message out to the community.
               Board Member Cummings would like to discuss more ideas for Marketing
               at the next School Board meeting.

               Ms. Henny Bogardus asked if the description of where the property the
               School District is looking to purchase can be made clearer as stating it is
               the corner of Oak Hill and Elm is misleading. She asked if the property
               map can be distributed. Superintendent Danforth advised at this time the
               map cannot be distributed, however the School District will look for a
               better way to describe the location of the property.

               Board Member Cummings stated that she wants to develop an Exit Poll at
               a March Board meeting. She would like this meeting warned.

               Kim De Lutis, Amy Austin and Leslie Robbins asked if another “Friends of
               Lakeway” meeting could take place as they know several others that
               wanted to attend but were not able to. The Board agrees by consensus to
               have another meeting on a Thursday before the Deliberative Session.
               Board Member Cummings asked that this meeting be warned.
               Superintendent Danforth asks for the specific date and time to warn this
               meeting. It was determined that the second “Friends of Lakeway” meeting
               time and place will be determined after the School Board meeting and
               communicated. Principal Bidgood stated that he will request Bob
               O’Connor, Channel 2, to attend and record the presentation.

NON-PUBLIC SESSION PER RSA 91 A:3

               MOTION BY BOARD MEMBER BRATZ, SECONDED BY BOARD
               MEMBER CUMMINGS TO ENTER INTO NON-PUBLIC SESSION AT
               5:42 P.M. UNDER PARAGRAPH II, SECTION 2 OF RSA 91 A:3 OF THE
               RIGHT-TO-KNOW LAW TO DISCUSS (1) THE DISMISSAL,
               PROMOTION, COMPENSATION, DISCIPLINING, OR INVESTIGATION
               OF CHANGES OF A PUBLIC EMPLOYEE; (2) THE HIRING OF ANY
               PERSON AS A PUBLIC EMPLOYEE; (3) MATTERS THAT WOULD
               ADVERSELY AFFECT THE REPUTATION OF ANY PERSON, OTHER
               THAN A MEMBER OF THE BOARD; (4) CONSIDERATION OF THE
               ACQUISITION, SALE, OR LEASE OF REAL ESTATE OR PERSONAL
               PROPERTY. All Administrators and the Board Clerk were excused. The
               Superintendent attended the Non-Public Session.

CONCLUSION OF NON-PUBLIC SESSION

               MOTION BY BOARD MEMBER BRATZ, SECONDED BY BOARD
               MEMBER WIGGETT TO RETURN TO PUBLIC SESSION AT 6:22 P.M.
               ALL IN FAVOR AFTER A ROLL CALL VOTE. MOTION CARRIED.

               MOTION BY BOARD MEMBER BRATZ, SECONDED BY VICE CHAIR
               NELSON TO ACCEPT THE RESIGNATION OF THE BUSINESS
               MANAGER, KIM MCDADE, EFFECTIVE JANUARY 21, 2008 AND TO
               GIVE MS. MCDADE TWO WEEKS SEVERANCE PAY. ALL IN FAVOR.
               MOTION CARRIED.
                    MOTION BY BOARD MEMBER BRATZ, SECONDED BY BOARD
                    MEMBER WIGGETT TO GIVE PERMISSION TO THE
                    SUPERINTENDENT TO FIND A NEGOTIATOR TO REPRESENT THE
                    BOARD IN ORDER TO PURCHASE PROPERTY THAT IS PART OF
                    GREENWOOD ACRES, WITH A COST UP TO $5,000. ALL IN FAVOR.
                    MOTION CARRIED.

                    MOTION BY BOARD MEMBER BRATZ, SECONDED BY BOARD
                    MEMBER CUMMINGS TO APPROVE THE CUSTODIAL AND
                    CAFETERIA STAFF SALARY SCHEDULES FOR 2008-2009 THROUGH
                    2012-2013. ALL IN FAVOR. MOTION CARRIED.

VI.   ADJOURNMENT

                    There being no further business to come before the Board. MOTION BY
                    BOARD MEMBER BRATZ, SECONDED BY BOARD MEMBER
                    WIGGETT TO ADJOURN AT 6:43 P.M. ALL IN FAVOR. MOTION
                    CARRIED.

Respectfully submitted,


Pamela M. Lockwood
Board Clerk
LITTLETON SCHOOL BOARD                                          DATE: January 21, 2008
LITTLETON HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC ROOM                                TIME: 5:42 P.M.
159 OAK HILL AVENUE
LITTLETON, NEW HAMPSHIRE 03561

                           NON-PUBLIC SESSION MINUTES

Present:    Chair Alan Moberly, Vice Chair Millie Nelson, Board Members Milton Bratz,
            Diane Cummings, and Ann Wiggett, Superintendent Danforth

Personnel matters were discussed.

Land being considered for purchase was discussed.

MOTION BY BOARD MEMBER BRATZ, SECONDED BY BOARD MEMBER WIGGETT TO
RETURN TO PUBLIC SESSION AT 6:22 P.M. ALL IN FAVOR AFTER A ROLL CALL VOTE.
MOTION CARRIED.

								
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