53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING
The Windham Southeast School District Board will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday,
March 22, 2022 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room and remotely via Zoom.
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Meeting ID: 842 0077 2015
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I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Kelly Young, Board Chair
II. CONSENT AGENDA
• CLERK’S REPORT – Approval of Minutes – December 14 (pending), January 25 (pending), March 8, March 10, March 15 (pending)
Warrants of March 7, 2022
Warrant No. 1260 in the amount of $ 376.67
Warrant No. 1261 in the amount of 25,599.02
Warrant No. 1262 in the amount of 25,690.26
Warrant No. 1263 in the amount of 1,907.52
Warrant No. 1264 in the amount of 103,898.69
Warrants of March 14, 2022
Warrant No. 1266 in the amount of $ 32,309.45
Warrant No. 1270 in the amount of 62,106.75
Warrant No. 1271 in the amount of 935.85
Warrant No. 1272 in the amount of 870,914.37
March 11, 2022 $1,380,511.03
III. Public Comment on Non-agenda Items (10 minutes)
IV. Unfinished Business
A. Administrative Proposal for Guidelines RE: Policy C7 “Communications with Administrators (tabled from 1/25)
B. Sexual Abuse Investigation Update – Outreach and Education
C. Administration Proposal for K-12 Approach to Social Justice Curricula and Accountability (tabled from 2/8)
D. Recruitment of Diverse Candidates for Employment (tabled from 2/8)
V. Committee Appointments
VI. Administrative Report
• Resignations / Hiring
VII. Fiscal Report
VIII. New Business
A. Head Start/Early Head Start Refunding Application – Action Needed
B. VSBA Code of Ethics – Action Needed
C. 7:30 p.m. – EXECUTIVE SESSION – 1 V.S.A. §313(a)(3) the appointment or
employment of public officer or employee, provided that the public body shall
make a final decision to hire or appoint a public officer or employee in an open
meeting and shall explain the reasons for its final decision during open meeting.
EXECUTIVE SESSION (If Needed)
March 10, 2022
Attending (all by Zoom): Lana Dever, Deborah Stanford, Emily Murphy Kaur, Anne Beekman,
David Schoales (Vice Chair), Kelly Young (chair), Tim Maciel (Clerk).
Guests: Atty. Aimee Goddard and Dr. Chris Overtree
Note: These proposed minutes should be considered preliminary until they are approved by the Board at a future meeting.
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2022
REGULAR BOARD MEETING – 6:00PM
WSESD Board Members Absent: Shaun Murphy
WSESU Administrators Present: Interim Superintendent Mark Speno, Business Administrator Frank Rucker, BUHS Principal Steve Perrin, Oak Grove School Principal Mary Kauffman, BAMS Principal Keith Lyman, WRCC Director Nancy Wiese, Guilford Central School Principal John Gagnon, Green Street School Interim Principal Kate Margaitis, Facilities Director Robert Clark
Media Present: Chris Mays (Brattleboro Reformer)
Others Present: Wendy M. Levy (Board Recorder), Jaime Contois, Jody Normandeau, Benjamin Berg, Robin Morgan, Mindy Haskins Rogers
Please note: this attendance may be incomplete.
Interim Superintendent Mark Speno called the meeting to order at 6:01pm. Mark explained that, as per tradition at the annual reorganization meeting, the superintendent of schools calls the meeting to-order. Mark congratulated LD and DSt for their elections to the Board, and Shaun Murphy for being re- elected.
DS nominated KY.
AB nominated AB.
KY is the Board Chair.
B. Nominations/Election of Board Vice-Chair
KY nominated AB.
TM nominated DS.
DS is the Board Vice-Chair.
C. Nominations/Election of Board Clerk
MG nominated TM.
TM is the Board Clerk.
LD nominated DS.
LA nominated LD. LD declined.
DS is the voting member representing Brattleboro at the WSESU.
TM nominated MG.
MG is the voting member representing Dummerston at the WSESU.
MG nominated KY.
KY is the voting member representing Guilford at the WSESU.
AB nominated LA.
LA is the voting member representing Putney at the WSESU.
Jaime Contois of Putney asked if the Board will resume the practice of rotating the schedule to hold meetings in towns other than Brattleboro. MG responded: when the Board tried holding a meeting at the Dummerston School, the technology failed and the remote portion of the meeting could not happen. Jaime noted the Putney Central School has better technology. KY agreed to confirm technological capabilities with the school’s administrators.
VOTE ON THE TM/MG MOTION: THE MOTION CARRIED WITH 8 VOTES IN FAVOR.
Approval of Minutes – December 14 (pending), January 25 (pending), February 8, February 24, and
Warrants of February 7, 2022
Warrant No. 1234 in the amount of $88,756.02
Warrant No. 1235 in the amount of 3,000.00
Warrant No. 1236 in the amount of 556.29
Warrant No. 1237 in the amount of 1,755.00
Warrant No. 1238 in the amount of 6,700.00
Warrant No. 1239 in the amount of 932.52
Warrant No. 1240 in the amount of 824,648.18
Warrants of February 14, 2022
Warrant No. 1241 in the amount of $ 318.00
Warrant No. 1242 in the amount of 3,905.00
Warrant No. 1245 in the amount of 97.60
Warrant No. 1246 in the amount of 2,606.25
Warrant No. 1247 in the amount of 213.34
Warrant No. 1248 in the amount of 210,163.04
Warrants of February 22, 2022
Warrant No. 1249 in the amount of $ 19,342.60
Warrant No. 1250 in the amount of 75.00
Warrant No. 1251 in the amount of 1,001.65
Warrant No. 1252 in the amount of 139,858.43
Warrants of February 28, 2022
Warrant No. 1256 in the amount of $ 2,500.00
Warrant No. 1257 in the amount of 1,420.22
Warrant No. 1258 in the amount of 132.49
Warrant No. 1259 in the amount of 45,726.09
February 11, 2022 $1,373,178.16
February 25, 2022 $1,440,899.53
Benjamin Berg, a sophomore at BUHS, spoke in favor of having Mark Speno continue as Superintendent. KY thanked Benjamin for his comments, and encouraged him to participate in the WSESU meetings, as hiring the superintendent is that Board’s purview. Other attendees spoke in support of Berg’s statement. KY noted she does not want to establish the precedent of the Board responding to public comment on non-agenda items.
Interim Superintendent Mark Speno noted staff just returned from a break, and they are stressed. Mark thanked the staff.
Business Administrator Frank Rucker shared a document, “Windham Southeast Supervisory District Capital Plan.”
• $200,000 for the hot water distribution system
• $450,000 for a related project: the HVAC control system
• $325,000 for heat recovery ventilation units
• $50,000 for cooling systems for summer- and after-school programs
• $100,000 for privacy- and general upgrades to the locker rooms
• $75,000 for Title IX requests to the Sawyer Field bathrooms
• The estimated total federal funding for these projects is $785,000
• $650,000 for HVAC and control system upgrades
• $400,000 for window systems
• $75,000 for the playground
• The total estimated federal funding for these projects is $1.1million
Frank reviewed items from the Green Street School portion of the Capital Plan. They included:
• $110,000 for roofing, which is not ESSER-eligible
• $25,000 for windows, which is ESSER-eligible
• $35,000 for the handicap-access ramp
• $16,000 for paving the basketball court
• $50,000 for windows
• The total estimated federal funding for these projects is $111,000
• $350,000 for the boiler
• $180,000 for the air-handling unit
• The total estimated federal funding for these projects is $530,000
• $50,000 for heating fuel tanks and distribution
• $25,000 for playgrounds
• The total estimated federal funding for these projects is $75,000
• $165,000 for the unit ventilators
• $50,000 for windows
• The total estimated federal funding for these projects is approximately $215,000
• $50,000 for windows
• The total estimated federal funding for this project is $50,000
• $75,000 for outdoor learning spaces
• The total estimated federal funding for this project is $75,000
MOTION BY MG TO APPROVE COMPLETING THE GUILFORD CENTRAL SCHOOL UNIT VENTILATOR REPLACEMENT PROJECT FOR THE REMAINING EIGHT CLASSROOMS AND MOVING FORWARD IN FY22 WITH THE FIRST PHASE OF GUILFORD CENTRAL SCHOOL WINDOW REPLACEMENTS AT A TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF $215,000, ALL OF WHICH WILL BE APPLIED FOR REIMBURSEMENT BY THE ESSER FEDERAL GRANT. DS SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
VI. COMMITTEE REPORTS
VII. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
• “Windham Southeast Supervisory District Capital Plan.”
This represents my understanding of the above dated meeting. If you have any changes, please submit at the next meeting.