Combined Meeting with the School Board July 16, 2013
South Hero Town Hall, Tuesday 7:00 PM
Selectboard Present: Chris Herrick, Jonathan Shaw, and Anne Zolotas
School Board Present: Ken Kowalewitz, Kris Bowser, Sue Bumbeck and Mike Bishop
Others Present: Sharon Roy, Town Clerk. Mitchel Cypes, Administrative Assistant, Jenny Perry (Folsom School Principal), Stephen Beoard (Folsom School Maintenance) and George Nelson (GISU)
1. Called to Order:
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Chris Herrick at 7:00 pm. Introductions were given.
2. Setting Goals:
- Building maintenance needs.
- How to improve communication between the two boards.
- How the school should be used as a community center
3. Building Maintenance needs:
Recent projects include new windows. The Folsom School building committee is expected to provide a report of building maintenance needs in September. The budget for maintenance is $5,000, which has often been used for other needs. Other building needs include roof maintenance, foundation repair caused by standing water and rot, the back of the gym that needs constant painting, cosmetic work to make the building more attractive and a new gym floor.
4. Improving communication between the two boards:
It was agreed that to improve communication between the two boards, periodic meetings need to be set up to keep continuity of communication. The Selectboard invited the School Board to come to a meeting quarterly. How to reach out to various demographics both with school age children and without was discussed.
5. How the school should be used as a community center and how this use should be financed:
Concerns were raised that the fees charged for groups using the school building as a community center does not cover the costs. It was agreed that a review of the costs charged for people to use the school as a community center should be reviewed and that there should be charges for use of school equipment.
The current student body has been stable the last few years with 120 students. Tax information of the $5.5 million of school taxes collected approximately half goes to the State. Approximately $3.2 million of the school taxes collected in South Hero come from non-residents. Whether the boards should discuss the tax situation with the legislatures, the benefits, detriments and past discussions of school district consolidation, and the exemption of school maintenance from Act 68 was discussed.
7. Parking Lot
Concerns regarding fire truck access, traffic flow, space utilization, maintenance, LED lighting, new sidewalk locations and whether the parking lot should be paved and striped were discussed. It was agreed that the Town road department should be involved in the decisions. School board stated that the safest place for student drop-off is in the back of the school.
The need for security improvements especially since the space is used as a community center and shares space with the library was discussed. The Selectboard stated that they are aware of security needs throughout the Town.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Mitchel Cypes Chris Herrick, Chair