August 12, 2010 Minutes of Special Meeting / Marlow School Board / John D. Perkins School, 7:00 p.m.


Present:                                   Joseph Scharf, Board Chair

                                                Ernie Perry, Board Member

                                                Stephanie Tickner, Board Member

                                                Marcia Levesque, Board Member

                                                Ken Dassau, Board Member

                                                Phyllis Peterson, Principal

                                                Wayne Woolridge, Co-Superintendent of Schools

                                                Tim Ruehr, Business Administrator for Towns

                                                Kathy Selvidio, Recording Secretary

Present for all or a portion of the meeting:  Bud LeFreniere, Nancy Tomasko

1.  Call to order:  Mr. Scharf called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.

The purpose of this meeting was to discuss a possible tuition agreement with Unity.  Mr. Scharf shared that Marlow is one of the top schools to receive Unity students if they need to tuition out.  The date that Unity taxpayers vote is August 23rd.

Mr. Woolridge shared with the board what the two warrant articles will be that Unity is to vote on.  One would be to build a new school; if this passes minor renovations will need to take place.  The second would be to do a renovation, if this passes, Unity students will need a new home for approximately two years.  It is Mr. Woolridge’s belief that the voters will choose to build new, or at least renovate.  Mr. Woolridge believes that the state will grandfather them in and allow some building aide.

The board needs to determine that if they need to take students, they would then need to have an emergency meeting after the vote on August 27th

Some points that were discussed:

  • willingness to go 20 per classroom
  • portables
  • segregate Unity students from Marlow students with use of portables.
  • Use of unanticipated revenue

Joe Scharf and Wayne will contact Unity to encourage them to get together with Marlow before hand to discuss some concerns and accommodate those. Input from Unity is needed.

Mr. Woolridge laid out some other options to entertain:

  • Split sessions
  • Portables
  • Take on as many as possible and move overflow to other schools.

Ken Dassau made a motion for the board to authorize the chair and superintendent to share concerns and ideas with the Unity School Board.

Stephanie Tickner seconded the motion, vote taken, 5–0, motion passed.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathleen Selvidio

Recording Secretary