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Rockingham School Board Minutes 2/17/20

Rockingham School Board Minutes for February 17, 2020
Posted on 02/25/2020
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@ WNESU Central Office Monday, February 17, 2020 @ 5:30 p.m.

(Minutes, Draft, Subject to Approval)



Members in Attendance: Rick Holloway, Priscilla Lambert,


Others in Attendance: Chris Pratt, FactTV


1.  Call to Order:  Rick Holloway called the meeting to order at 5:40 pm.


2.  Pledge of Allegiance:  Priscilla Lambert led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance.


3.  Adjustments to Agenda: 


            a.  Passed over all items except for Item 9.


PL moved to approve the minutes of February 3rd.

The motion passed.


4. (Formally 9) New Business for Discussion/Action, if any:


                a.  Town Meeting Preparation:  Articles have been assigned to board members. Rick Holloway agreed to write notes that will explain the portion of the 6.7 increases that the board had discretion over.


Priscilla Lambert: said it was about half that the board had no control over.  Ms. Lambert said that she voted against the increase to SU budget, but it passed.  We added a behavior interventionist at SRES and a middle school foreign language teacher.


Kristen Swartwout: added that the foreign language teacher was a position that we have always had historically.


Rick Holloway: said that people often question the surplus.  Mr. Holloway suggested being prepared to talk about the surplus and how it is related to tuition students and the tuition rates.


Chris Pratt: said that it should not be called a surplus it is unexpected revenue that is caused by tuition students. 


      b.  Equalized Pupil Discussion


Kristen Swartwout: said that the October student count enrollment was up slightly but this is not the enrollment that the state uses for the equalized pupil count.  The state goes by the average daily membership or the ADM.  The state uses a 2-year average.  FY19 dropped, FY20 did not drop significantly but the numbers were not as high as FY18.  There was also a huge drop in pre K and asked Mr. Pratt is he knew why that was?


Chris Pratt: said that the entire state is dealing with dropping enrollment. The ADM is based on a rolling average. The hold harmless cap is based on 3-percent drop of that number.


Kristen Swartwout: said another reason we were impacted was because we lost the benefit of that hold harmless cap by not voluntarily merging.

Chris Pratt:  we send enrollment numbers to the sate in October.  If anything happens after October we will not see it until the following year.  We could report to the state and then if more kids came into our schools we may not get the benefit until the following year.


Rick Holloway: so basically the high cost per-pupil is because of a reduction in FY19. 


Kristen Swartwout: added that the actual student count is higher this year than last year. 


11.  Directors’ Comments: 


Kristen Swartwout:  said that she enjoyed her time serving on the board.


Rick Holloway: thanked Kristen Swartwout for her four years of service.  It will be sad that you will no longer be on the board.


Chris Pratt:  Mentioned the ongoing independent review of the business office.  Either Wednesday or Thursday will have the info.  There is a new committee that will look at conducting an audit.  They will be receiving that report before making a recommendation.  The info will be posted to the website.


12.  Agenda Items for Next Board Meeting: No Discussion


13.  Date of Next Board/Budget Meeting – March 2nd Town Meeting, March 16, 2020 @ 5:30 p.m. (reorganization meeting) dependent upon quorum. 


14.  Adjournment:  The meeting adjourned at 5:58 pm.


Respectfully Submitted,

Josh Aberman


Board Clerk,  ___________________________

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