Board Meeting Minutes – March 13, 2012

Regular board meeting – March 13, 2012

Board members in attendance:  Andrea, Tiffany, Brad, Shelley, Genevieve, Casey, Michael
Board members absent:  Mark
Others in attendance:  Jon Vogel, Dawn Bolotow

The meeting was called to order at 7:20 pm.

The Board approved the Feb. 2012 meeting minutes.

Principal Hire: Brad and other board members appreciated the hiring process where they were able to learn more about Dawnʼs background, experience and recommendations.  Andrea made a motion that we hire Dawn Bolotow on a one-year contract for the principal position for the 2012/2013 school year.
Tiffany seconded the motion. The board voted all in favor of Dawn Bolotow as the Springwater principal.

Staff:  Stacey McKinney will not be returning next year, due to her need for part-time work and the likelihood that her husband’s job will require them to relocate.  Dawn recommended contract renewal for all of the teachers except Aaron and Wendy, who are employed on temporary contracts.  The Board discussed the teachers’ preference for two-year contracts, and the potential ramifications.  Dawn recommended two-year contracts for all teachers who have been employed by Springwater for more than three years:  Jon, Faith, Troy, and Rae. The rest of the teachers were recommended for one-year contracts because they have not completed a probationary period, and/or because they are returning next year on a job share contract, which is in effect for only one year.  The board voted unanimously in favor of these recommendations.

Preschool:  Cara Seifert will not be teaching preschool with us next year. We will need to post this position.

Outdoor School:  The board discussed and determined that it was not necessary for practical or legal liability purposes, nor in the budget, for two staff members to attend each ODS, given the number of parent volunteers.  The board also discussed and determined that siblings should not be permitted to attend ODS with parent volunteers.  The board discussed and determined that, given the financial ramifications, students would be allowed to attend ODS only if the fee had been paid.  Options available to families would be:  (a) pay the fee in full (noting that some or all of this cost could be defrayed through participation in scrip); (b) don’t got to ODS; or (c) apply for financial hardship and negotiate the details with Dawn.

Other:  The board discussed scheduling State of the School, and posting the open board position.  The board discussed class reconfiguration and the input provided by staff during the work session.

The meeting adjourned at 9:45pm.