• GREATER FALL RIVER VOCATIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT COMMITTEE

    MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING

    MAY 16, 2017

                The regular meeting of the Greater Fall River Vocational School District Committee meeting was called to order at 5:38 p.m. by Chairman Paul Jennings of Westport, with the following persons in attendance:  Jeffrey Begin of Swansea, Donald DiBiasio of Somerset, Renee Howayeck, Rajiv Nehra and Joan Menard of Fall River. Also in attendance were Thomas F. Aubin, Superintendent-Director, Elvio Ferreira, Assistant Superintendent/Principal, and Atty. Gregory Brilhante, Legal Counsel.  

                The roll call was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

                It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Begin, and voted unanimously to dispense with the reading of the April 11, 2017 minutes and approve them as recorded. 

                Student representative Elijah Fullerton provided a report of student organization activities including MCAS, prom/post-prom, graduation, job fair, SkillsUSA, Math Team, and sports.

                Mr. DiBiasio left at 5:40 p.m.

                Mr. DiBiasio returned at 5:41 p.m.

    Mr. Jennings made the following announcement: In accordance with Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 30A, Section 20(f), any member of the public may make an audio or video recording of this public meeting.  A member of the public who wishes to record a meeting must first notify the chair and must comply with reasonable requirements regarding audio or video equipment established by the chair so as not to interfere with the meeting. The meeting is recorded.

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Ms. Menard and voted unanimously to re-elect Paul Jennings as Chairperson of the Greater Fall River Vocational School District Committee.

     

    It was moved by Mr. Begin, seconded by Dr. Nehra and voted unanimously to re-elect Donald DiBiasio as Vice Chairperson of the Greater Fall River Vocational School District Committee.

     

                It was moved by Ms. Menard, seconded by Mr. DiBiasio and voted unanimously to re-elect Lisa Rogers as Treasurer of the Greater Fall River Vocational School District Committee.

     

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Dr. Nehra and voted unanimously to re-elect Jeffrey Begin as Assistant Treasurer of the Greater Fall River Vocational School District Committee.

     

    It was moved by Ms. Menard, seconded by Mr. DiBiasio and voted unanimously to re-elect Lucy Thompsen as Secretary of the Greater Fall River Vocational School District Committee.

     

    Mr. Jennings will announce with the members of the Sub-Committees at the next meeting.  

     

    Mr. Raymond Machado, Department Head of Graphic Communications provided an overview of the cost savings to the District with respect to terminating the contracts with Xerox and entering into an agreement with Canon.

     

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Ms. Menard and voted unanimously to approve the contract termination with Xerox and enter into a three-year contract with Canon.

     

    Mr. Aubin provided the following personnel changes:

     

    Ms. Annmarie Furtado has been appointed as LPN Instructor, effective April 3, 2017 at Step 11 ($72,061) per the 2015-18 Diman Teachers’ Association Basic Academic/Vocational Salary Schedule.

     

    Mr. Joseph Costa has been appointed as Automotive Collision Department Head, effective 2017-2018 school year.

     

    Mr. Jeffrey Rita, Automotive Collision Instructor, submitted his letter of resignation, effective April 24, 2017.

     

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Begin and voted unanimously to appoint Alexus Correia as a business/industry member of the Electronics program for a term of three years.

     

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Begin and voted unanimously to appoint William Gomes, Jr. as a business/community member of the Graphic Communications program for a term of three years.

     

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Begin and voted unanimously to appoint Stephen Krudys as a business/community member of the Carpentry/Cabinetmaking program for a term of three years.

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Begin and voted unanimously to appoint Kenny Sousa as a business/community member of the Automotive Collision program for a term of three years.

     

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Begin and voted unanimously to appoint Emma St. Michel as a business/community member of the HVAC program for a term of three years.

                Mr. Aubin provided an overview of the 2017-18 admissions.  A discussion ensued about the admissions process and changes to the state frameworks.

                It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Ms. Menard, and voted unanimously to allow the bypass list up to 375 students for the incoming freshmen class.

                Mr. DiBiasio questioned where the additional students will be coming from.  Mr. Aubin explained that the students will come from the next highest scores.  If there is an imbalance in numbers, the communities will be notified.

    It was moved by Ms. Menard, seconded by Mr. DiBiasio, and voted unanimously to accept the donation from Brayton Point Energy of welding test coupons to the Metal Fabrication program.

    It was moved by Ms. Menard, seconded by Mr. DiBiasio, and voted unanimously to accept the donation from Granite City Electric of miscellaneous electrical           materials to the Electricity program.

    It was moved by Ms. Menard, seconded by Mr. DiBiasio, and voted unanimously to accept the donation from IBEW Union #223 of a 3M label machine to the          Electricity program.

    It was moved by Mr. Begin, seconded by Mr. DiBiasio, and voted unanimously to accept the donation from Mr. Joseph Martins of assorted electrical       fillings and      devices to the Electricity program.

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Begin, and voted unanimously to accept the donation from Martin Urban of 50 pieces of jobber length HSS drills          ranging in size from ¼” to ½” diameter; 1 lot of assorted 1” lathe toolholders, 1 lot assorted taps, and 1 milling stop to the Machine Tool Technology program.

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Begin, and voted unanimously to accept the donation from Millwork One has donated 17 sheets of solid surface materials to the Carpentry/Cabinetmaking program.

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Ms. Menard, and voted unanimously to approve the request from the American International College for the use of a classroom on May 22, 2017 and June 5, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for MTEL prep classes for reading specialists.  The fee for the use of a classroom for both dates will be $210.

    It was moved by Ms. Menard, seconded by Mr. DiBiasio, and voted unanimously to approve the request from the Diman Alumni Association for use of the auditorium on November 5, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. for the Annual Rockin’ for Scholarships event.  There is no fee for this use.

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Begin, and voted unanimously to approve the request from the Diman Summer Basketball League for use of the gymnasium on Monday and Thursday nights from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. beginning on June 19, 2017 – August 11, 2017. There is no fee for this use. Mr. Aubin explained that the District will cover the cost associated with a trainer being present at the games.

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Begin, and voted unanimously to approve the request from the Massachusetts Workforce Development Board for use of the Room 251 Restaurant on June 20, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. for a meeting.  There is no fee for this use.

    Mrs. Torres provided a report on the housebuilding project, which is on schedule and under budget.  The open house will be either on June 19th or 20th

    Mr. Aubin provided an update on the physics lab project.  The project is expected to be completed prior to the start of school, exclusive of the cabinets, which have a longer lead time.

    Mr. Aubin and Attorney Brilhante provided an overview of the proposed work that Heery International will provide as a project manager for the physics lab project.

                It was moved by Ms. Menard, seconded by Mr. DiBiasio, and voted unanimously to retain Heery International for the following services relative to the Physics Laboratory project: initial review, pre-construction meeting, weekly progress meetings, review RFI/PCOs, close out assistance. The stipend for such services is not to exceed $10,000.

     

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Ms. Menard, and voted unanimously to approve the following expenditures: Apex Learning - Comprehensive Courses for EPP - $14,000; Certiport  - Gmetrix/MOS license - $5,750;  JDI Productions - Graduation sound, camera equipment, usb drive with graduation on it, chairs, and high top tables - $11,970; National Travel Systems - Flight and hotel for students and advisors going to Nationals - $35,932; New England Surface - ACBM Abatement – C-Wing - $21,275; Michael Oliveira -Meal money for students and advisors attending Nationals - $7,500; Securadyne Systems - Cooler/freezer alarm install/monitor - $7,200; Wise Guy Productions - Video production of Graduation - $9,200; and, Six Flags – 2017 junior class trip - $14,511.

    Mr. Ferreira provided a report on the student activities account. 

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Ms. Menard, and voted unanimously to approve the transfer of all balances labeled “close out to deficit account” and transfer the total amount of $20,822.21 to the Photography Club balance.

    Mr. Aubin provided a report on the transfer request from Mrs. Kenney.

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Begin, and voted unanimously to approve the transfer of $100,000 from the Extraordinary Repair Account (present balance $174,507) to the LPN Salary Account. 

    Mr. Aubin provided a brief overview of the monthly financial report.

    Mr. Aubin provided the superintendent’s report.  There was a discussion about the free and reduced lunch program.

    Mrs. Torres provided a report on the 2018 International Club trip to China.  The administration is considering changing the destination due to concerns.

                It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Begin, and voted unanimously to adjourn at 6:38 p.m.

                                                                            Respectfully submitted,

                                                                            Lucy Thompsen

                                                                            Lucy Thompsen

     

     

     

    Materials included:          April 11, 2017 Minutes

                                        Elected/Appointed District Members 2016-17

                                        Student Activity Accounts Report

                                        Transfers Request

                                        Monthly Financial Report

                                        Superintendent’s Report