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					         TOWN OF EAST HAVEN, CT
       EAST HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
          BOARD OF EDUCATION
    REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES
35 WHEELBARROW LANE, EAST HAVEN, CT 06513
          TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2011
                7:00 P.M.

PRESENT: MR. PALLADINO, MRS. DEPALMA, MR. DENUZZO,
         MR. HENNESSEY, MR. POMPANO and
         MRS. VINEYARD

ARRIVED LATE:      MRS. KLUTH (7:18 p.m.)

ABSENT:    MRS. MAISANO and MR. SCALESSE
           MRS. ERICA FORTI, ASST. SUPT. OF CURRICULUM &
                INSTRUCTION
           MR. JASON LATHROP, BUSINESS ADMIN.

ALSO PRESENT: MR. ANTHONY SERIO, SUPERINTENDENT
              MRS. MARY ACQUARULO, DIRECTOR OF
                  PUPIL SERVICES
              MR. JOSEPH TRAVAGLINO, DIRECTOR OF
                   BLDGS. & GROUNDS
              MRS. PATRICIA LEWIS, BUSINESS MANAGER

  1.   CALL TO ORDER

       Chairperson Nicholas Palladino called the regular Board of
       Education meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. in the Boardroom at the
       High School. Mr. Palladino asked that the student reps lead them
       in the Pledge of Allegiance.

  2.   MINUTES

       Mr. Palladino asked for a motion to approve the minutes for the
       Regular Board meeting of March 22, 2011.

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         Motion was made by Mrs. Vineyard and seconded by
         Mr. Pompano.

     There was no discussion, objections or abstentions to the motion.
     Motion carries. The minutes were approved.

     Mr. Palladino asked for a motion to approve the minutes for the
     Special Board meeting of March 29, 2011.

         Motion was made by Mrs. Vineyard and seconded by
         Mrs. DePalma.

     There was no discussion or objections. There was one (1)
     abstention which was Mr. Pompano. Motion carries. The minutes
     were approved.

3.   CORRESPONDENCE
     • Chairperson, Nicholas Palladino
        Mr. Palladino stated he had no correspondence this evening.

     • Superintendent, Mr. Anthony Serio
        Mr. Serio had no correspondence this evening.

4.   SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

     • Athletic Oversight, Raymond Pompano, Chair
        Mr. Pompano reported that the spring season was up and
        running and the teams were doing well. He wanted to note that
        Pat Paulson and his crew had done a great job with the fields.

     • Buildings & Grounds, Raymond Pompano, Chair
        Mr. Pompano stated they had forwarded over information
        to the School Building Committee for all-day kindergarten
        and they would be reporting back to them at the next Board
        meeting later this month.

     • Curriculum & Instruction/Negotiations, Tia DePalma

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  Mrs. DePalma reported they had a Curriculum Subcommittee
  meeting last Thursday and had only been able to discuss two
  items on the agenda. They heard from the Middle School
  regarding their credit recovery and they were off to a very good
  start. They also spoke about the ELL CARES Program at
  Tuttle. Mr. Serio explained there was an invitation for the
  night of April 27th which was a Wednesday at 6 p.m. at
  Tuttle School. This was a special program for students and
  families of Hispanic descent living in East Haven welcoming
  the families and to learn about their cultures and provide them
  with social opportunities. This would also provide students
  with any assistance or help they may need. The pilot program
  would begin at Tuttle and then be expanded through every
  level.

  Mrs. DePalma stated they would be setting up another
  subcommittee meeting very soon to go over the Attendance
  Policy and Honors Option at the high school.

  There were some meetings scheduled for negotiations and
  hopefully they were making some headway.

  Mr. Palladino asked about whether the Mid-Management
  Contract was coming up and if they had any correspondence on
  that yet. Mrs. DePalma stated it was coming and she would
  like to see these contracts that were non-certified move along.

• Finance/Grants Subcommittee, Christine Maisano

  Mrs. Maisano was unavailable to give a report this evening.

• Food Service & PTA/PTO Advisory Committee, Kristen
  Vineyard, Chair

  Mrs. Vineyard would like to have a Food Service
  Subcommittee meeting prior to the second meeting on
  April 26th at 6:00 p.m.




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         Mrs. Vineyard wanted to mention that Mrs. Bacon and
         Mrs. Amato were on the President’s Council for the PTA/PTO
         and they had their first meeting which was very informative.
         The minutes were handed out tonight. The idea was to have
         parents become more involved and the PTO’s work more
         efficiently together.

      • Legal/Ronald DeNuzzo, Chair

         Mr. DeNuzzo reported they had a special meeting last week
         to discuss the Dodge Avenue site. Attorney Luzzi will be
         investigating this further.

      • Policy & Bylaws, Charles Scalesse, Chair

         Mr. Scalesse was unavailable to give a report this evening.

      • Personnel, Laura Kluth, Chair

         Mrs. Kluth was unavailable to give a report this evening.

5.   REPORTS/COMMUNICATION
     • Student Representatives, Kelianna Bonn & Rob Fucci
       Kelianna reported that tomorrow they had a singer/motivator
       coming to perform and send the message for kids to stay in
       school and be successful. Mrs. Harkins, a science teacher, had
       someone coming into speak with them regarding forensic science
       during third period. Also, spring sports had their first day and
       everyone won.

       Rob reported that the credit recovery and CAPT Saturdays had
       gone well. They were trying to get an AP Saturday to go over
       some intensive stuff for AP tests. SADD would be participating
       in a mock plane crash to help out the police and fire departments
       at Tweed. This was happening the week they come back from
       vacation. This was an awesome experience. May 2-6 was
       Healthy Youth Week. There was a mock car crash in the works.
       The After-Prom Committee was looking for a donation from
       the Board of Education and asked that they please donate.

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    They were going to have a senior raffle at the barbecue
    because everyone did not necessarily go to the Prom. They
    thought this would be taking place during the last week of
    school in June.

    This would need to be discussed as soon as possible so they
    could get the money to them in a timely fashion. The After-
    Prom was on May 13th.

    Mr. Palladino stated they would definitely see what they
    could do to help them out. They needed to talk to the Finance
    people first.

    Mr. Serio would get End-of-the-Year Calendars out to the
    Board.

    Rob and Kelianna informed the Board members that they were
    all invited to come.

• Superintendent and Central Office Administration

    Mr. Serio wanted to mention that Gil Simmons from Channel 8
    went to DC Moore School today with his weather station and that
    clip would be shown tomorrow morning on television at
    5:50 a.m.

•   Comments from the Chairperson, Nicholas Palladino
    Mr. Palladino wanted to inform everyone that the situation
    on Dodge Avenue had successfully been turned over to the
    Attorney General’s Office. Now they needed to wait and see.

    Mrs. Vineyard wanted to publicly remind all of them that what
    happens here in Executive Session stayed here. She was really
    tired of hearing what was in the newspaper was what was said
    here. Mr. Hennessey stated they needed to change their
    Executive Session procedures. People were putting their ears
    to the doors. Mr. Palladino stated they would have security
    remove them. He had spoken with Mr. Serio that night and
    they would have security come up and clear the hallway.


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6.   COMMUNICATION FROM PUBLIC
     Mr. Palladino asked if there was any communication from the
     public.

     Debbie Delillo, started to speak about the Arthritis Foundation
     request which was listed as 7.1 on the agenda. She would speak
     about it then.

     Patrick Madley, spoke about being downstairs with the After-Prom
     Committee tonight and asked the Board please consider giving them
     a donation. Mr. Palladino stated they would be giving them a
     donation but he would need to check with the Finance Department
     and could not at this time give him an amount.

     Any further public comment? There was none.

7.   SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS/PRESENTATIONS

     7.1 Request for Waiver of Fees from Arthritis Foundation New
           England Region

         Ms. Debbie Delillo spoke about the Arthritis Foundation and
         their request for a waiver of the fees. She stated how important
         the organization was for both children and adults and how
         many were affected by arthritis. By being able to use the track,
         those children and adults in wheelchairs would be able to
         participate. They would need bathrooms and power. They were
         willing to pay for a police officer and custodian if they could
         get the $800 waived or lowered. They were a non-profit
         organization. Their organization gave over $1 million for
         research. Over 300,000 children in the United States have
         arthritis. The Board members were thankful to be supporting
         such a worthwhile organization and event and would waive the
         fee she had requested.

               Motion to waive the fee was made by Mr. DeNuzzo and
               seconded by Mr. Pompano.



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         Any further discussion?

         There was no further discussion, and no objections or
         abstentions to the motion. Motion carries.

     7.2 Recognition of Sarah Harkins on her Outstanding
         Accomplishments in the Physical Sciences @ CT Science Fair

         Mr. Serio informed the Board that Sarah was here with her
         mom, Sue Harkins, who was a member of their high school
         science department. Sarah was a 7th grader at EH Academy.
         Sarah spoke to the Board about her experiment with antacids
         and how she had won the award and money and also a
         scholarship in the amount of $20,000 to Quinnipiac College.
         The Chairman of the Board and Superintendent presented her
         with a plaque for her outstanding accomplishments in the
         physical sciences. A picture was taken and the Board members
         congratulated her on a job well done.

8.   NEW BUSINESS
     8.1 Ratification of Appointments
         • Little Jacket Caregivers (3) (Replacement Positions)

            Mr. Serio requested the Board approve the following
            replacement appointments:

            • Viviana Nunez    Tuttle School $8.25/hr. 25 hrs./wk.
            • Alicia Rohner    DC Moore      $9/hr. 15 hrs./wk.
            • Allison Kownacki DC Moore      $9/hr. 15 hrs./wk.

                  Motion was made by Mr. Pompano and seconded by
                  Mr. DeNuzzo.

            Any discussion on the motion?

            Mrs. Vineyard asked why their pay rates were different.
            Mr. Serio explained it was probably based on their
            experience.

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      There were no objections or abstentions to the motion.
      Motion carries.

Mr. Serio stated he would like to add a position to the
agenda tonight for a before school math instructor at
Overbrook School.

      Motion to add was made by Mr. Pompano and
      seconded by Mrs. Vineyard.

There were no objections or abstentions to the motion.
Motion carries.

• Before School Math Instructor @ Overbrook School

Mr. Serio recommended the Board appoint Allison Pittman
as the before school math instructor at Overbrook School for
three (3) hours a week at the homebound rate. This position
was funded by Title I grant.

      Motion was made by Mrs. Vineyard and seconded by
      Mrs. DePalma.

Any discussion on the motion?

This was just for the rest of this year for three hours a week.

Mr. Pompano wanted to know if she was not certified, why
were they paying the rate they were suggesting. Mr. Serio
explained they were using the homebound rate; none of the
teachers that were not working wanted it. She just finished
her student teaching here. He thought that her certification
was pending.

Any further discussion? There was none.

There were no objections or abstentions to the motion.
Motion carries.




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8.2   Request for Approval of the Payment of Invoices:
      • Dated April 13, 2011 for Fiscal Year 2010-11 in the
        Amount of $1,868,079.87

      Mr. Serio recommended the Board approve the payment of
      invoices dated April 13, 2011 for Fiscal Year 2010-11 in the
      amount of $1,868,079.87.

          Motion was made by Mr. Pompano and seconded by
          Mrs. Kluth.

      Any discussion on the motion? There was none.

      There were no objections or abstentions to the motion. Motion
      carries. The bills were paid.

8.3   Possible Approval of School Calendar for 2011-12

      Mr. Serio explained that a copy of the draft calendar was on the
      agenda for possible approval tonight. This was different than
      the last one they saw. This calendar would make up snow days
      until June 22nd and then start using April vacation. Mr. Serio
      was recommending they approve this calendar tonight.

      There was some discussion on what vacation to use for snow
      days and also on professional development days.
      Mrs. DePalma was in disagreement regarding the professional
      development days happening in the middle of week.

      Any further discussion? There was none.

            Motion was made by Mr. Pompano and seconded by
            Mr. DeNuzzo.

      Any further discussion on the motion? There was none.




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    Mr. Palladino requested a roll call vote.

          Mr. DeNuzzo         -      Yes
          Mrs. DePalma        -      No
          Mr. Hennessey       -      Yes
          Mrs. Kluth          -      Yes
          Mr. Pompano         -      Yes
          Mr. Vineyard        -      Yes

    Vote was five (5) in favor of approving the calendar with one
    (1) objection. Motion carries. The calendar was approved.

8.4 Approval of the Following Out-of-State Field Trips

       • EH Academy to New York Museum of Natural
         History/Liberty & Ellis Island on June 14, 2011

       • EH Academy to Boston Museum of Science, Fenway
         Park, Charles Theatre

    Mr. Serio requested the Board approve the out-of-state field
    trips being requested by the EH Academy.

          Motion to approve was made by Mr. Pompano and
          seconded by Mrs. Vineyard.

    Any further discussion on the motion?

    There was discussion on the number of chaperones going which
    did meet the criteria of 10 students for every chaperone.
    Mrs. Johnson also explained that the trip to Fenway Park was
    strictly an educational one. It was regarding the history of the
    park. It was a great trip. This was their 8th grade class trip.

    Mr. DeNuzzo thought that the PTO should be thanked for
    the statement at the bottom of the field trip. Mr. Palladino
    was concerned about what bus company they would be
    using. He wanted to make sure that they were registered
    and insured. Mrs. Johnson stated she would ask the
    company to forward that information. Mr. Palladino stated

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          they would like copies of the certificates provided. If she
          had any questions, she should contact the police
          department.

          Any further discussion? There was none.

          There were no objections or abstentions to the motion. Motion
          carries.

9.    OLD BUSINESS

      9.1 Any questions or comments on the Board Briefs (3-22-11)

          Any questions on the Board Briefs? There were none.

10.    INFORMATION ITEMS
       Mr. Palladino asked if there were any questions on the
       informational items. There were none.

       10.1    Correspondence
                10.1.1 Resignations/Retirements - None
                10.1.2 School Newsletters
                 10.1.3 FYI – EHHS HOSA State Leadership
                            Conference Winners
                 10.1.4 EHHS Invitation to Education Awards Night
                           on May 18, 2011
                 10.1.5 Monthly School Calendar for April 2011

          Motion to go into Executive Session was made by Mrs. Kluth
          and seconded by Mr. DeNuzzo.

      There was no discussion, objections or abstentions. Motion carries.
      Those in Executive Session were Mr. Serio and Mrs. Acquarulo.

      Out of Regular Session at 7:57 p.m.
      Into Executive Session at 7:57 p.m.


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  11. EXECUTIVE SESSION

     11.1 Discussion of Administrative Complaint

           Mr. Serio handed out what he had received from Leander
           Dolphin to the Board members.

               Motion to go out of Executive Session was made by
               Mrs. Vineyard and seconded by Mrs. DePalma.

           There was no discussion, objections or abstentions. Motion
           carries.

     Out of Executive Session at 8:22 p.m.
     Reconvened Regular Session 8:22 p.m.

  12. ESTABLISHMENT OF NEXT REGULAR MEETING:

     THE NEXT REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE
     BOARD OF EDUCATION – APRIL 26, 2011 – EAST
     HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL, 35 WHEELBARROW LANE, EAST
     HAVEN, CT 06513 at 7:00 p.m.

 13. ADJOURNMENT OF REGULAR MEETING

     Motion to adjourn was made by Mrs. Vineyard and seconded by
     Mrs. DePalma.

     There was no discussion on the motion, no objections, and no
     abstentions. Motion carries. Meeting adjourned at 8:23 p.m.


RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED,




MR. NICHOLAS PALLADINO, CHAIRPERSON
EAST HAVEN BOARD OF EDUCATION



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