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Minutes March 4th, 2003
REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT #19
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING MINUTES FOR
TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2003

EDWIN O. SMITH HIGH SCHOOL
1235 STORRS ROAD
STORRS, CT

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by chairperson, Elena Tapia.

PRESENT:        Herbert Arico, Steve Curry, Bob Jellen, Bob Kremer, Elizabeth McCosh-Lilie,
                Debbie Potvin, Dianne Rimkus, Mike Sibiga, Linda Sabatelli, Pam Stanish,
                Elena Tapia, Blake Sullivan (student representative)

It was the consensus of the board to approve the board minutes of February 4, 2003.

OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PUBLIC TO SPEAK:

Ms. Ayla Kurdgstancer spoke to board members regarding the “No Child Left Behind Act” and the federal requirements for releasing student names to the armed forces and universities\colleges.

John Fischer, Region #19 district resident spoke to board members regarding the pool at the Mansfield Community Centre and encouraged board members to supply the needed equipment so E.O. Smith High School swim teams could use the pool for competitive swim meets.

Region #19 district residents Howard Emond, Ted Burkowski, Lyn Warren, Brian Ross and Diane Nadeau spoke to board members on behalf of the athletic facilities. Diane Nadeau also asked board members to support a wrestling team at E.O. Smith.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Finance committee chairperson, Linda Sabatelli, reminded board members that budget review meetings will be held on March 11th and March 18th with the public hearing to be held on March 25th.  Ms. Sabatelli encouraged all board members to attend these meetings.  Superintendent Silva will schedule a meeting with town officials from Ashford, Mansfield and Willington to review the Region #19 proposed budget with them.

Herbert Arico reported that the EASTCONN executive committee will be meeting on March
25th.

Student board member, Blake Sullivan, updated board members on the activities of the student congress.




SUPERINTENDENTS REPORT:

Superintendent Silva reviewed his report with board members and also pointed out two excellent newsletters distributed by the guidance department and the principals office.

SPECIAL REPORTS:

Kevin Ericson, Physical Education Department Chairman, updated board members on the activities of his department.  He also reviewed with board members the revised Graduation Requirements policy as it pertains to the physical education department.

Rebecca Cronin, a teacher at E.O. Smith, along with students, spoke to board members about their experiences with the Mosaic program, which is organized through EASTCONN.

CONSENT AGENDA:

MOTION: by Bob Jellen, seconded by Mike Sibiga, that the following items on the consent
                agenda be approved:

                That the Regional School District #19 Board of Education approve new course
                description for Drama I/II: Introduction to Drama/Monologues and Scenes.

                That the Regional School District #19 Board of Education approve the revised
                Graduation Requirements policy.

That the Regional School District #19 Board of Education approve overnight trip to Camp Woodstock, Woodstock, CT for the Mosaic Program submitted by Rebecca Cronin for two days in September, 2003, specific dates not yet scheduled by EASTCONN.

That the Regional School District #19 Board of Education approve overnight trip to New York City for Model UN, March 5-8, 2003.

That the Regional School District #19 Board of Education recognize retiring English teacher, Stephen Diamond, for his outstanding services to the students and community of Regional School District 19.

        VOTE:           Unanimous in favor

MOTION: by Elizabeth McCosh-Lilie, seconded by Pam Stanish, to approve the revised
        Use of School Facilities policy.

                VOTE:           Unanimous in favor

DISCUSSION ITEM:                Board members discussed the athletic fields renovation project.
                        There was concern among board members about the cost
                        associated with this project. Board members were concerned with
                        “the timing” of this project.

DISCUSSION ITEM:                Superintendent Silva reviewed the procedures for closing
school on inclement weather days. After a brief discussion, he informed the board that E.O. Smith High School would now open on inclement weather days only when all three-member town districts were planning on holding school.  Mr. Silva reminded the board that the high school is always closed when the Mansfield Public Schools are closed.  Previously Smith would open if Mansfield and at least one of the other two districts opened.





Meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,




Lynda C. Breault, Board Clerk