Minutes of November 9, 2011
Members present: J.J. Prior, Stephanie Kleine, Chris Pratt, Jen Labadie, Paul Bolduc, and Malinda Scherpa.
Absent were Dana Briggs, Matt Burke, and Julie Wilber.
The meeting opened at 6:30 PM. Chris proposed a set of deadline dates between now and March 13, 2012.
• Between now and December 20, 2011, resolve all outstanding issues:
Work out a final cost figure.
Meet with Nelson and possibly Harrisville school boards and make sure that their schools would be acceptable to us and that they understand what sending our children to their schools would mean. Try to obtain a firmer cost figure for tuition.
Have the selectmen seek legal counsel to make sure that our approach has been legally sound. Do we need a ballot vote for the March 13th election or a ballot vote at the March 14th town meeting? What deadlines do we need to satisfy for posting meetings and the election?
• Write up an article for the Newsletter that outlines our work so far, lays out the options, and announces public comment meetings.
• December 20, 2011. Newsletter deadline. Officially post the meeting dates for the public comment meetings.
• January 1-7, 2012. Newsletter should be distributed during this week.
• January 10, 2012. New Hampshire Primary election date. Have the town moderator pass out a flyer reminding voters of the public meeting dates.
• January 18, 2012, 7:00 PM, Town Hall, first public meeting date.
• January 21, 2012, 2 PM, Town Hall, second public meeting date.
• Week of January 23-27, 2012, our committee meets to review the public meeting comments and decide if should proceed or have another forum.
• February 8, 2012 turn in our proposed article to the selectmen for inclusion in town warrant.
• February 28, 2012. The selectmen must post the warrant no later than this date.
• March 13, 2012, voting day.
The committee accepted the outline.
J.J. then discussed his final calculations. It was decided to enter the state adequacy funds against the bottom line costs because the money would be coming directly to the new school district as opposed to MRSD. This changed our cost range to $12,537 to $14,435 per pupil. The tax rate range would change to $12 to $17.11. J.J. will report this new figure to the selectmen.
Stephanie announced that we have a firm date to meet with the Nelson School Board. It is November 17th at 4 PM at the Nelson school. Chris, Malinda, J.J. and Paul agreed to go. Stephanie also announced that Harrisville would like to meet with us. She will work out a time and place when she meets with their board chair. It was felt that the meeting should take place before December 2, 2011.
The committee agreed to the following areas of discussion with the Nelson board:
1. Curriculum offerings especially in the arts, languages, Harris Center offerings, etc.
2. What sort of plans do they have to integrate our students into their program—new teachers? New facilities?
3. What do the people of Nelson think about 40 or so new kids arriving at their school?
4. Does Nelson have plans for a before/after school program?
5. What do you think is “special” about your school?
6. How do you handle the transition to middle school? Academically? Socially?
If we think of other questions, we need to e-mail them to Stephanie and share with the committee.
No future meeting date is scheduled at this time. It will probably be set after we meet with the Nelson school board.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM.
C. Christopher Pratt