May 10, 2007


These notes were prepared by Polly Ward to the best of her understanding. If you find any inaccuracies, please contact the Superintendent of Schools Office at 871-0555 within one week after receiving the notes.

Present: Dan Cecil, Ellen Brasier, Ralph Baxter, Sr., Wendy Houlihan, Suzanne Godin, Steve Bailey, Jeanne Crocker, Kathy Germani, Megan Welter and Polly Ward.

1. Welcome – review of agenda

2. Approval of minutes from April 26, 2007

  • Approved

3. Updates from Scott and Dan

  • Scott is at Skillin tonight to talk about the high school project.
  • Dan reviewed the work they are doing on the drawings for the web site
  • Have received a draft proposal on geothermic exploration – the proposal is high, Dan will try to meet with them soon to go over the proposal.

4. Update re City Council Meeting, May 7, 2007, and next steps

  • Wendy distributed the proposed bond ordinance being considered by the Council
  • Council voted 6-1 to pass this ordinance onto second reading
  • Jake Viola spoke eloquently to this item.

5. Planning for meeting/video of “critical friends”

  • Molly suggested broad-based group of local people to come together and ask a series of questions – then tape it so that it can be shown on TV.

6. Planning for Virtual Tour inc. video

  • Julie York is ready to do it, she has identified the students who will do it
  • Coral and Jake are willing to do this
  • Would be nice to have some tour participants:
    • Could ask the members of Chalkboard
    • Another alternative would be to see if there would be some Brown and/or Skillin parents
    • May be interesting to have some Middle School students with their parents, e.g., two 7 th graders from each school.

7. Planning for meeting with school “neighbors”

8. Review of Timelines

i. Draft of letter… first communication

ii. Updates from Randy (Brown School PTA)

  • Kathy, Randy and Scott attended.
  • Were asked why we were doing the high school before the middle schools
  • Randy will be bringing the questions from the meeting at Brown
  • Randy did a wonderful presentation and was able to answer the questions about the project.

9. Other

  • June 7, 2007 – 3D model from Harriman

Next meetings: June 7, 2007 and June 21, 2007 – 6.30 SPHS library