• GREATER FALL RIVER VOCATIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT COMMITTEE

    MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING

    1082 DAVOL STREET, 2nd FLOOR, ROOM NO. 237, FALL RIVER, MA

    DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM

    AUGUST 12, 2021

     

                The regular meeting of the Greater Fall River Vocational School District Committee meeting was called to order at 5:36 p.m. by Chairman Paul Jennings, with the following persons in attendance: Joan Menard, Rajiv Nehra (entered at 5:43 p.m.) and Fr. Jay Mello of Fall River, Jeffrey Begin of Swansea, and Donald DiBiasio of Somerset.  Also, in attendance were Elvio Ferreira, Andrew Rebello, Assistant Superintendent/Principal and Atty. Gregory Brilhante, Legal Counsel.

                Mr. Jennings called for the roll call.

    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. Mr. Decio Matos will be recording after Executive Session.

     

    Mr. Jennings led the Pledge of Allegiance.    

     

                It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Ms. Menard, and voted unanimously to approve the June 7, 2021 minutes, as submitted.

     

                It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Ms. Menard, and voted unanimously to approve the June 17, 2021 minutes, as submitted.

     

    It was moved by Mr. Begin, seconded by Ms. Menard, and voted unanimously to approve the June 25, 2021 minutes, as submitted.

     

    There was no citizen input.

     

    Dr. Ferreira requested that the End of Cycle Summative Evaluation be submitted to Mrs. Thompsen.

     

    Dr. Ferreira reported on the Career and Technical Education Partnership Implementation Grant. This is a three-shop program (Business Technology, Medical Assisting and Automotive Technology).  Durfee students will come to Diman from 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. three days a week – he is waiting to hear from Fall River Public Schools regarding approval of the costs associated with the grant. This item will be tabled to September.

     

    Dr. Ferreira and Mr. Kitchen reported on the Adjustment to FY22 Budget regarding the principal and interest payment of $193,500 for the feasibility study.

     

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Fr. Jay and voted unanimously to pay the $193,500 debt for the principal and interest payment of the feasibility student from the E&D funds of the FY22 budget.

     

    Mr. Kitchen reported on the final Chapter 70 numbers for FY22. The figures reflect an increase of $63,537. He is recommending that the funds be transferred to the Maintenance of Plant – Extraordinary Repairs account.

     

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Dr. Nehra and voted unanimously to supplement the FY22 budget fund Maintenance of Plant – Extraordinary Repairs with the additional Chapter 70 funding of $63,537.

     

               Dr. Ferreira reported on the following personnel changes:

    Mr. Edward Charpentier has been appointed as a Computer Programming and Web Development Instructor for the 2021-22 school year at step 6 ($60,836) plus C+B+M ($6,686) for a total salary of $67,522 of the 2018-21 DTA salary schedule.

               Ms. Stephanie DosSantos has been appointed as a Medical Assisting Instructor for the 2021-22 school year at step 3 ($54,106) of the 2018-21 DTA salary schedule

               Mr. Wyatt L’Etoile has been appointed as an HVAC Instructor for the 2021-22 school year at step 6 ($60,836) of the 2018-21 DTA salary schedule.

    Mr. David Paolino has been appointed as a Drafting Instructor for the 2021-22 school year at step 9 ($68,222) of the 2018-21 DTA salary schedule.

    Mr. James Pereira has been appointed as Director of Extra-Curricular Athletics and Social Media for a salary of $15,000.

    Mrs. Christine Powers has been appointed as an Adjustment Counselor for 30 hours per week at a rate of $45.13 an hour.

    Ms. Kelly Pytel, LPN Instructor, has submitted her letter of resignation.

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Fr. Jay and voted unanimously to appoint John Chaisson as a business/industry advisory board member of the Programming and Web Development Program for a term of three years.

     

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Ms. Menard and voted unanimously to appoint Joshua Valliere as a business/industry advisory board member of the Electronics Program for a term of three years.

     

    Dr. Ferreira reported on the substitute caller position, which is an independent stipend position.  The budgeted amount is $7,400 annually.  Attorney Brilhante suggested that a job description be created. Mr. DiBiasio suggested that the calls may be made from home as is done in other districts. Mr. Jennings reminded the Committee that the District has a policy that prevents employees from working from home. The position will be posted.

     

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Begin and voted unanimously to approve the requests from the Diman PTO for the following and to waive the use of facilities fee.

     

                Car Show – September 26, 2021 – 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (parking lot)

                Craft Fair – November 13, 2021 – 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (gym)

     

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Begin and voted unanimously to approve the request from MAVA for the use of a classroom on Tuesdays from September 7, 2021 – December 14, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. for a DESE license course and to waive the use fee.

     

    Dr. Ferreira provided an overview of the expenditures.

     

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Begin and voted unanimously to approve the following expenditures: Applied Educational Systems - Health Assisting software - $5,860; Blackboard EngageTechnology – website and content mgmt.. system (CARES Act) - $5,111; Dell Marketing LPTechnology – shared svr per user (CARES Act) - $15,756; Frontline Technologies - Aesop  - $5,175; Learn by Doing, Inc.           - Albert Student Licenses (CARES Act) - $7,722; Ontario Investments, Inc.- Rental for equipment (CARES Act) - $25,678;  Ontario Investments, Inc.            - 4 year lease for class of 2024 (CARES Act) - $24,767; and, WB Mason (FY21) - Furniture for new guidance office in locker room and desk for administration - $6,598.

     

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Ms. Menard, and voted unanimously to approve the sale of equipment - Polar Cutter 78ES (Serial# 6961603).

     

    Mr. Rebello reported on the 2022 School Improvement Plan. Fr. Jay asked about improvement in the social/emotional needs area. Mr. Rebello further referenced Goal 3. There was a discussion about the addition of counselors to serve the needs of the students – Mr. Rebello stated that the Guidance Dept. is advocating for an additional counselor. Dr. Ferreira further stated the District has taken steps with the use ESSER Grants for the addition of the counselors in FY22.

     

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Fr. Jay, and voted unanimously to accept the 2022 School Improvement Plan, as submitted.

     

    Dr. Ferreira provided an overview of the changes made to the Medical Emergency Response Plan.

     

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Fr. Jay, and voted unanimously to accept the 2021-24 Medical Emergency Response Plan, as presented.

     

    Dr. Ferreira and Mr. Rebello provided the update on the 2021-22 master calendar.

     

    Dr. Ferreira provided an update on the CVTE Admissions guidance. The Admissions Sub-Committee will need to review the Admissions Policy and submit the revised policy to the Department of Education by October 1st.

     

    Dr. Ferreira reported that the City of Fall River will be holding a Public Safety meeting on August 24th to discuss traffic concerns in the area of Stonehaven Road.

     

    Dr. Ferreira provided a report on the ESSER II Grant. He provided a breakdown of the grants by category. The requirements for ESSER II are to report exact amounts. There was a discussion about the Grant Program Manager as a stipend position. Dr. Ferreira explained that the grant has been received – any amendments can be made and approved by the state. Mr. Jennings asked members to review the categories and it can reviewed at a later date.

     

    Dr. Ferreira provided the MSBA Update. The District has met with the Fall River Fire Department and Policy Department regarding logistics of the new building. A neighborhood meeting is scheduled for next week. The District is waiting for the FY21 reimbursement number. The District is scheduled to be on the December 15th MSBA Board meeting agenda. The District will have 120 days to get approval from the communities to move forward with the project.

     

    Mr. Jennings provided the report of the Housebuilding/Facilities Sub-Committee meeting – the parking lot base budget is $150,000 and the specs will be revised to reflect the base amount.

     

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Fr. Jay and voted unanimously to approve the request to name the Carpentry CNC Center after Mr. Robert Ciosek.

     

    Attorney Brilhante reported that the Grievance Sub-Committee meeting will take place in September.

     

    Dr. Ferreira provided a report on the FY20 Student Activity Preliminary Audit Recommendations.

     

    Dr. Ferreira requested that the 2021-22 Fuel Bid be tabled to September.

     

    Dr. Ferreira provided a requested update to the LPN Student Handbook regarding financial hardship. Mr. DiBiasio asked about the amount of students in the LPN Program – Dr. Ferreira reported 46 full-time students and 15 part-time students. The District will increase enrollment after this school year due to COVID requirements for spacing. Mr. DiBiasio also suggested exploring into the part-time night program.  

     

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Begin and voted unanimously to approve the addition of the tuition payment hardship appeal language to the 2021-22 LPN Student Handbook.

     

    Attorney Brilhante reported that the Committee will address the DAA contract after Executive Session.

     

    Mr. Kitchen provided the monthly financial report.

     

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Ms. Menard and voted unanimously to approve the following transfers:

     

     

    Move from

    Move to

    Instructional Software - English (Duplicate entry

    100.2455.4.551.614

     $     11,600.00

     

    Testing - Expense

    100.2720.4.000.509

     $       1,529.00

     

    Field Trips - Academics

    100.2440.4.550.600

     

     $      2,700.00

    Testing - Academics

    100.2720.4.550.509

     

     $      7,403.00

    Instructional Software - Culinary Arts

    100.2455.4.505.614

     

     $      1,526.00

    Instructional Software -  Graphic Arts

    100.2455.4.511.614

     

     $      1,500.00

     

     

     

     

    Supplies - Food Science

    100.2430.4.530.503

     $       5,000.00

     

    Student Body - Food Science

    100.3520.8.530.600

     

     $      5,000.00

     

     

     

     

    Maintenance of Plant - Extraordinary Maintenance

    100.4300.8.000.623

     $      7,700.00

     

    Technology - Dues & Subscriptions

    100.1450.5.309.601

     

     $      1,000.00

    Instructional Equipment – Electronics

    100.2420.4.503.610

     

     $      6,700.00

     

     

     $     25,829.00

     $    25,829.00

     

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Ms. Menard and voted unanimously to approve the following transfers from available funds to the recommended accounts to clear deficit account balances as of June 30, 2021:

     

     

     

     

     

    Account Description

     From:

     To:

    100

    1100

    8

    314

    647

    School Committee - Advertising

     $       (10,471.00)

     

    100

    1210

    8

    315

    101

    Superintendent Director - Salary

     

     $          1,643.00

    100

    1210

    8

    315

    200

    Superintendent Director - Secretary Salary

     

     $              710.00

    100

    1210

    8

    315

    601

    Superintendent Director - Dues & Subscriptions

     

     $              901.00

    100

    1220

    8

    313

    104

    Principal/Asst. Superintendent Director Salary

     

     $          1,729.00

    100

    1220

    8

    313

    200

    Principal/Asst. Superintendent - Admin Assistant

     

     $          5,488.00

    100

    1220

    8

    313

    605

    Principal/Asst. Superintendent - Student Expenses

     

     $        41,169.00

    100

    1230

    8

    323

    604

    Job Placement - Miscellaneous Expense

     $          (8,304.00)

     

    100

    1230

    8

    550

    604

    Miscellaneous Expense - Academic

     $       (14,453.00)

     

    100

    1410

    8

    310

    102

    Business Office - Business Manager Salary

     $       (18,412.00)

     

    100

    1410

    8

    310

    606

    Business Office - Equipment

     $          (1,587.00)

     

    100

    1420

    8

    000

    204

    Human Resources Coordinator Salary

     

     $              690.00

    100

    1430

    8

    000

    132

    In-House Legal Counsel

     

     $              897.00

    100

    1450

    8

    000

    507

    Technology - Supplies

     

     $          2,823.60

    100

    1450

    8

    000

    508

    Technology - Software/Hardware

     

     $      136,421.55

    100

    1450

    8

    309

    124

    Technology - Salaries

     

     $        10,143.98

    100

    1450

    8

    309

    133

    Technology - Chromebooks

     

     $          1,000.00

    100

    1450

    8

    500

    508

    Technology - Hardware Non IT Depts

     

     $      141,257.56

    100

    2305

    4

    000

    107

    Teachers Salary

     $     (334,158.11)

     

    100

    2325

    4

    000

    304

    Daily Substitute Salaries

     

     $        52,346.35

    100

    2330

    4

    000

    303

    Instructional Aides/Paraprofessionals Salary

     $       (57,296.41)

     

    100

    2340

    8

    555

    108

    Librarian Salary

     

     $          4,950.06

    100

    2357

    4

    000

    197

    Professional Development Salary

     

     $          7,417.00

    100

    2357

    4

    000

    628

    Teaching - In-State Travel

     

     $                88.32

    100

    2357

    4

    000

    648

    Prof. Dev. Expenses - Non-Salary/Non-Contractual

     

     $        14,007.09

    100

    2410

    4

    000

    609

    Textbooks - Academic & Vocational

     

     $        20,999.01

    100

    2415

    4

    511

    503

    Supplies - Graphic Arts

     $       (14,408.09)

     

    100

    2416

    4

    508

    503

    Diman Remodel Supplies - Electrical

     

     $        14,408.09

    100

    2420

    4

    504

    610

    Equipment - Carpentry

     

     $        28,993.00

    100

    2420

    4

    505

    610

    Equipment - Culinary Arts

     

     $        69,875.00

    100

    2420

    4

    514

    610

    Equipment - Machine Shop

     

     $          8,307.00

    100

    2420

    4

    552

    610

    Equipment - Math

     

     $        18,344.00

    100

    2430

    8

    500

    629

    Clothing Allowance

     

     $              479.00

    100

    2440

    4

    000

    600

    Field Trips

     $       (13,582.00)

     

    100

    2451

    4

    309

    610

    Technology - Student & Staff Devices

     $     (112,416.00)

     

    100

    3100

    8

    311

    110

    Dean of Students Salary

     

     $          5,996.00

    100

    3200

    8

    520

    111

    Health Services - School Nurse Salary

     $          (5,996.00)

     

    100

    3400

    8

    303

    312

    Food Services - Salaries

     

     $      163,685.00

    100

    3510

    8

    000

    112

    Athletics - Coaches Salary

     $       (79,896.00)

     

    100

    3510

    8

    000

    604

    Athletics - Miscellaneous Expense

     $       (32,563.00)

     

    100

    3510

    8

    000

    628

    Athletics - Transportation Expense

     $       (51,226.00)

     

    100

    4110

    8

    000

    602

    Custodial Services - Vehicle Repairs

     $       (29,974.00)

     

    100

    4120

    8

    000

    617

    Custodial Services - Heat

     $       (75,967.00)

     

    100

    4130

    8

    000

    620

    Utility Services - Electricity

     $       (80,211.00)

     

    100

    4210

    8

    000

    310

    Maintenance of Grounds - Grounds Services

     $          (8,376.00)

     

    100

    4210

    8

    000

    507

    Maintenance of Grounds - Grounds Supplies

     $       (37,358.00)

     

    100

    4220

    8

    000

    507

    Maintenance of Building - School Bldg. Supply

     

     $      150,211.00

    100

    4221

    8

    000

    507

    Diman Remodel Maint of Grounds - School Bldg Supply

     

     $        23,754.00

    100

    4225

    8

    000

    407

    Building Security System - Contractual Services

     

     $        21,980.00

    100

    4230

    8

    000

    408

    Maintenance of Equipment - Maintenance Contract

     

     $        35,941.00

    100

    5100

    8

    000

    626

    Estimated Sick Leave Buyout

     

     $          5,301.00

    100

    5100

    8

    000

    639

    Retirement

     

     $        15,000.00

    100

    5200

    8

    000

    627

    Medical & Dental Insurance Expense

     $       (74,864.00)

     

    100

    5350

    8

    310

    659

    Central Office - Davol Street Lease

     

     $        54,563.00

     

     

     

     

     

     

     $ (1,061,518.61)

     $  1,061,518.61

     

    Dr. Ferreira provided the superintendent’s report. Mr. Rebello further reported on school updates.

     

    The following vote is under agenda item “Other items not reasonably anticipated 48 hours prior to the meeting”.

     

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Begin and voted unanimously to approve the following expenditures: Cengage Learning - Senior Software – Medical Assisting - $8,076; Cristia Lesher Associates- SPED Consultant - $11,600; FLI Environmental - Asbestos Testing - $13,975; Moodle US - UnHosting with onboarding and support for year 1 – Learning Management System – LPN Program (Institutional – HERFF Funds)- $13,466; Tremblay’s Bus - Summer Acceleration Program - $8,275.

     

    Ms. Tara Mancini, District Data Analyst, has submitted her letter of resignation, effective August 23, 2021. There was a discussion about the salary for a new District Data Analyst. Mr. DiBiasio suggested leaving it to the administration’s judgement regarding the salary. Dr. Ferreira recommends a one-year contract to get the position filled as soon as possible.

     

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Ms. Menard, and voted unanimously on a roll call at 6:48 p.m. to enter into Executive Session for the following: Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §21(a), paragraph 3, to discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating position of the public body and the chair so declares: AFSCME, DTA, & DAA and 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: Storekeeper Individual Contract.

     

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Dr. Nehra, and voted unanimously on a roll call at 7:25 p.m. to rise into Open Session. Mr. Jennings, Ms. Menard, Mr. Begin, Dr. Nehra and Mr. DiBiasio voting yes.

     

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Ms. Menard, and voted unanimously to accept the Diman Administrators’ Association, as negotiated.

     

    It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Mr. Begin, and voted unanimously to create the storekeeper position utilizing the old job description.

     

         It was moved by Mr. DiBiasio, seconded by Dr. Nehra, and voted unanimously to adjourn at 7:28 p.m.

     

                                                                            Respectfully submitted,

     

                                                                          

                                                                            Lucy Thompsen

     

    Materials Included:      June 7, 2021 Minutes

                                        June 17, 2021 Minutes

                                        June 25, 2021 Minutes

                                        FY21 Transfers

                                        FY22 Transfers

                                        2021-22 School Improvement Plan

                                        2021-24 Medical Emergency Response Plan

                                        2021-22 Master Calendar – Revised

                                        June 11, 2021 Memo from Jeffrey Riley, Commissioner – Admissions

                                        City of Fall River Correspondence

                                        ESSER II Grant Budget Narrative

                                        FY20 Student Activity Preliminary Audit Recommendations

                                        E-Mail Request Naming Carpentry CNC Center

                                        Memo

                                        Monthly Financial Report

                                        Superintendent’s Report