Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.
Pittsfield Town Office Building
1. Call to Order: Kris and A.J. present, Ray excused out of state. Meeting commenced at 7:08 p.m.
2. Amendments to the Agenda: None
3. Approve Minutes of Previous Meeting: September 6, 2017: Kris moves to amend to correctly note that the payment order noted was #1, seconded by A.J. and approved, Kris moves to approve newly edited minutes, approved and A.J. seconds, approved unanimously.
4. Community Engagement/Public Comment: None.
5. Action/Discussion Items
□ New Business:
o Payment Orders: No. 2. Lots of review of bills and Kris to follow up on several questionable payment requests. #2 is as follows: WCSU 1/5 assessment for central office $6000; Rutland City Schools 1st Qtr tuition $3,650 and 504 expenses $6,925.50; KMS ½ year tuition 2 students $15,130; WCSU prior year expense one student $2215.95; School Board member stipends $350 each (x3), Treasurer $200: Total $35,171.45. Kris moves to approve, A.J. seconds, approved unanimously.
6. Old Business:
o Review and Approve Checkbook Reconciliation: Kris moves to approve, A.J. seconds, approved unanimously.
o Update on Act 46 Process: Discuss our submission to the SBE and AOE to join the new Windsor Central Modified Unified Union School District (WCMUUSD) as a 3:1 where we would maintain our school board and school choice and avoid being “placed” into a different ED by the SBE under Act 46 if we did not have an approved plan. See attached SBE submission. The towns from the WCMUUSD (Woodstock, Pomfret, Bridgewater, Reading, Plymouth and Killington) have already approved it. The plan is to warn a meeting for the town prior to the November 30th deadline imposed by Act 46. The SBE is meeting on November 15th to consider our proposal and under Act 46 we must as a town vote to approve the plan, if the SBE has already approved it, before November 30th. We discuss and agree that a 30 day warning is required and we plan to notify the town that we are voting to join the WCMUUSD as a 3:1 contingent upon the SBE approving the plan, and if no SBE approval, the meeting will consider other options. A.J. moves and Kris seconds the plan to warn such a meeting as noted above and set the meeting for 7 pm Tuesday, November 28, 2017. The agreed upon text of the warning is:
The citizens of Pittsfield who are legal voters in the Pittsfield Town School District are hereby warned and notified to meet at the Pittsfield Town Hall on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at 7 PM to transact business:
Article 1. To see if the Pittsfield School District will approve a proposal to join with the Windsor Central Modified Unified Union School District in a 3:1 side-by-side structure, in accordance with Act 49, section 3.
Article 2. To do any other proper and necessary business.
7. Reports: None.
8. Agenda Setting for November Meeting: Special Meeting Discussion on Act 46.
9. Adjournment: Kris called the meeting to a close at 8:00 p.m.
Minutes respectfully submitted by A.J. Ruben.