• GREATER FALL RIVER VOCATIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT COMMITTEE

    MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING

    MARCH 10, 2016

                The regular meeting of the Greater Fall River Vocational School District Committee meeting was called to order at 5:08 p.m. by Chairman Paul Jennings of Westport, with the following persons in attendance:  Jeffrey Begin of Swansea, Donald DiBiasio of Somerset, Thomas Chace of Fall River, and Rajiv Nehra of Fall River.  Also in attendance were Marta Montleon, Superintendent-Director; Kyle Alves, Assistant Superintendent/Principal, and Atty. Gregory Brilhante, Legal Counsel.   

                The public hearing was opened at 5:08 p.m.  Mrs. Montleon gave a presentation on the FY17 budget. Mrs. Montleon does not recommend school choice for the 2016-17 school year due to the fact that the District is not able to accept every student that applies.   The floor was open to the public for questions regarding the FY17 budget for school choice for the 2016-17 school year. 

                Ms. Menard arrived at 5:11 p.m.

                Mr. Decio Matos ask about the approximate $3,000 cut in the supply budget for the Math department.  Mrs. Kenney explained that administration meets with each of the department heads, she specifically reviewed the math department.  The math department will be receiving new textbooks and has received everything that was asked for.  Mr. Matos further asked if there are any monies left over should a new technology come about, will the District consider funding.  Mrs. Montleon explained that new ideas/technology have been supported in the past, but that will depend on federal funds.  Mrs. Kenney further explained how expenses are categorized.

    As there were no further questions, it was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Chace, and voted unanimously on a roll call to close the public session.

                The public hearing was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. 

                It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Chace, and voted unanimously to dispense with the reading of the February 11, 2016 minutes and approve them as recorded. 

                It was moved by Ms. Menard, seconded by Mr. DiBiasio, and voted unanimously to accept the proposed superintendent’s job description as presented.

                Mrs. Montleon explained that she and Ms. Menard met to review the Statement of Interest to be filed with the Massachusetts School Building Authority.  There was a discussion about the current issues with the school building. It was recommended that a brief meeting be held before the next School Committee meeting to approve the Statement of Interest. 

                Ms. Kathy Laprise, Senior Bookkeeper has submitted his letter of intent to retire effective February 27, 2017.

                It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Chace, and voted unanimously to appoint Lauren Rebello, 1 Chester Avenue, Berkley, MA as an industry/community member of the Health Assisting program for a term of three years.

                Mr. DiBiasio recommended carrying the approval of the FY17 budget to the next meeting in order for members to review the budget in its entirety.  Mrs. Montleon explained that a meeting may need to occur sooner because of the requirement of having an approved budget 45 days prior to the first town meeting, which is by March 18th.  A meeting will be scheduled before then. 

                It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Chace, and voted unanimously that the Greater Fall River Vocational School District, Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, not be a choice school for the 2016-17             school year because of its inability to accept all students wanting to enroll from the four district communities.

                It was moved by Ms. Menard, seconded by Mr. DiBiasio, and voted unanimously to approve the 2016-17 school calendar as presented.

                Mr. Alves requested that the Admissions Policy be carried to the next meeting.

                It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Chace, and voted unanimously to approve the following expenditures:  Assurant Employee Benefits – Group Insurance Premium - $12,028; Famic Technologies, Inc. – Software Maintenance Support - $12,742; FW Webb – condensing units, heat pump condenser, and two ton air handler - $11,837; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – standardized testing for incoming freshmen students, math testing, incoming freshmen placement; on year web subscription – start-up fee one time only; math and reading interactive webinar – training – four hours - $7,250; MAVA – Spring 2016 Cohort/Student Tuition – graduate registered students; undergraduate registered students; spring 2016 cohort – READ 8000E CIT Core Course; instructional strategies; and, General Psychology - $13,229; Odyssey Advisors, Inc. – services rendered regarding preparation of the actuarial valuation of the DRVTHS other post-employment benefits plan for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015 in accordance with Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statement 45 (“GASB 45”) - $7,000; Presstek – maintenance contract for Vector52 platemaker for Graphic Communications - $8,772; and, Security Supply – supplies for Electricity program - $13,706.

                It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Chace, and voted unanimously to award the bid to Alliance Machinery, Inc., 24 St Martin Drive, Building #2, Marlborough, MA for one CNC Machining Center for the price of $81,984.

                It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Begin, and voted unanimously to approve the 3% increase in tuition starting next year and to pay off the     remaining balance of the building lease in the amount of $180,000 from the Capital Improvement Account. 

                 Mrs. Kenney provided an overview of the monthly financial report.

                It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Ms. Menard, and voted unanimously to accept the donation of 16 Par 64 lights to the Diman Theater Club from Mr. Christopher Nunes.

                It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Chace, and voted unanimously to approve the request from the Diman Theater Arts Program for          the use of the auditorium on Friday, April 1, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for a fundraiser – The Crucible Public Performance. There will be no fee for this use.

                Mrs. Montleon gave her monthly report of school accomplishments and special events.  Mr. Chace questioned the changes in numbers on the co-op placement report.  Mrs. Montleon explained that there are various reasons students leave a co-op placement: lack of transportation, low performance, or a seasonal position.  Mr. DiBiasio asked whether the SkillsUSA is already budgeted for all of the competitions, Mrs. Montleon stated that it is budgeted.

    The calendar of events is as follows:

                            MARCH              10        Public Hearing FY17 Budget - School Committee Meeting

                                                    19        Trades Fair

                                                    20        Open House – 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

                                                    25        Holiday – Building Closed

     

                            APRIL                7         Spring Advisory Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

                                                    14        School Committee Meeting

                                                    14        Faculty Meeting

                                                    18        Holiday – Building Closed

                                                    18-22   School Vacation

                                                    26        MASC Day on the Hill – The State House, Boston

                                                    29        Professional Development Day – No School for Students

                                                                29-30   SkillsUSA State Competition

     

                            MAY                  3          Faculty Meeting

                                                    12        School Committee Meeting

                                                    19        OVS Banquet – White’s of Westport

                                                    24        Faculty Meeting                                                          

                                                    30        Holiday – Building Closed

     

                            JUNE                 3          Senior Prom

                                                    6          Graduation Rehearsal – 11:00 a.m.

                                                    7          Faculty Meeting

                                                    8          Awards Night – 6:00 p.m.

                                                    9          Graduation – 6:00 p.m.

                                                   16         School Committee Meeting

     

                Mrs. Montleon explained that the April 14, 2016 School Committee meeting will need to be rescheduled due to the Massachusetts Outstanding Vocational Award Banquet will be held that night.

                 It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Chace, and voted unanimously on a roll call at 6:41 p.m. to rise to Executive Session for the following: Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §21(a), paragraph 3, to conduct strategy with respect to collective bargaining if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the public body and the chair so declares: DAA Contract; Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §21(a), paragraph 3, to conduct strategy with respect to collective bargaining if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the public body and the chair so declares: DTA Demand to Bargain – Understanding by Design Process;  Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §21(a), paragraph 3, to conduct strategy with respect to collective bargaining if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the public body and the chair so declares: AFSCME Sick Leave MOA; Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §21(a), paragraph 2, to conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel or to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with nonunion personnel: Executive Assistant to the Superintendent/Secretary to the School Committee Contract

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Chace, and voted unanimously on a roll call at 7:14 p.m. to rise into Open Session.

                It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Chace, and voted unanimously to adjourn at 7:15 p.m.

                                                                            Respectfully submitted,

                                                                      

                                                                            Lucy Thompsen, Secretary

     

    Materials included:         February 11, 2016 Minutes

                                        FY17 Budget

                                        Superintendent-Director Job Description

                                        2016-17 School Calendar

                                        Admission Policy

                                        Monthly Financial Report

                                        Superintendent’s Report