Study Comm Meeting Minutes August 25, 2011
CSSU RED Study Committee August 25, 2011
Members Present: Zoe Erdman, Wendy Goodrich, Mary Catherine Jones, Jeanne Jensen, Charlie Magill, Deb Baker-Moody, Chris Kapsalis, Colleen MacKinnon, Bob Mason, Elaine Pinckney
Members Absent: Bob Goudreau, Russ Caffry, Lisa Falcone, Rich Lowrey, Brian O’Regan, Sue Thibault
Approval of July 21, 2011 Minutes
ACTION: Chris Kapsalis made the motion to approve the minutes as amended. Charlie Magill seconded. Motion carried unanimously.
Local Control Update and Discussion
The minutes from the 8/15/11 Local Control sub-committee meeting were distributed.
A RED Local Council can provide enhanced opportunities for community involvement, which provides the potential for greater control.
Concerns of decreased control may be community misperception of current powers of local boards.
Article 18 states, “Your Plan must address how local participation in the development of RED policy and budget development will be assured.”
May want to think about incorporating a structure for councils that already exist and build into it specific responsibilities for the RED Board with a set schedule.
Facilities in terms of local control could be the challenge. How do you slice the pie? The votes are co-mingled. Would all towns support one specific town in a multi-million bond vote? What are equal facilities?
Financial/Cost Benefit Discussion: Tax Rates Discussion
Can’t establish a RED to subsidize another town by reapportioning assessment.
Discussion ensued in relation to the 5-year estimated equalized homestead tax rate and changes in contribution to the Education Fund.
Alternative Approaches: Principal Hiring Suggestion
What if all the principals were hired by the SU Board? Procedures for Hiring would need to be developed to allow for local community input.
Interesting concept which should be considered if the committee decision is not to form a RED.
Group Activity – RED: Why and Why Not: Questions and Answers
Items that stand out as key.
Would like to hear feedback on this list from principals.
General consensus that it would be valuable to add RED Study Committee to the CSSU governing board agenda as a Common Topic presentation on September 14th. Will not highlight the 3 Whys and 2 Why Nots on the list presenting.
Next meeting of the Study Committee will be the “decision meeting.”
Next Meeting Next meeting is scheduled for 9/22 6-7:30pm at CSSU. It is important that all Study Comm, Members be present at this meeting.