November 5, 2018
6:30 p.m. 

Committee Members Present:  Jason Bersani, Chair; Edward Hastings, Kati McCormick 

Board Members Present: Christopher Clarke, Jennifer Dumond, Staci Fortunato, Pia Holmes 

Administrators Present:  James Anastasio, Donna Madore, Kathy Casparius, Troy Alexander, Teresa Beaudoin, Sarah Landry, Kim Silsby 

Others Present:  Kevin Lamoreau, Mike Byron 


1.  Minimum Wage – Rates that need to change 

The minimum wage is going up to $11.00 per hour January 1, 2019.  There are non-represented positions that will not be up to minimum wage in January. Kathy Casparius’ recommendation is to move the wages up to minimum wage to be compliant with the federal laws and then look at the scale as a whole at a later time. 

Motion by Edward Hastings to bring the non-represented wage steps to minimum wage effective January 1, 2019, second by Kati McCormick, so moved 3-0. 

2.  Administrator Sub Rate of Pay – Discussion

          Attachment 1  

Mr. Anastasio thanked the committee for allowing him to hire a substitute administrator.  He said a salary for that position needs to be developed and included on our substitute pay scale.  The pay rate that was discussed is an hourly rate based on the administrator base salary. He said they would also need approval to create a budget line.  Mr. Hastings would like a discussion on all substitute pay at December’s Finance Committee meeting. 

3.  Structuring of Google Drive Site 

Kathy Casparius said this item is more of a policy or an Education Committee item as there is no financial impact.  The committee decided to discuss this item at a board workshop. 

4.  Ongoing Budget Discussion 

Mr. Hastings asked for the update for Item 5. Mr. Anastasio said the administrative team is taking into consideration administrative goals, board goals, and other things that have an impact on what we do and trying to figure out what to include in the budget that is submitted to the board.  He said there’s concern about class sizes at the primary level which spins off to people and space.  There are some other things people are suggesting we do and they all have to do with supporting students and teachers including being competitive with teacher salaries.  He said they are looking at creating a three year plan and hope to put it in writing and submit it to the board before the budget is submitted.

Mr. Hastings explained how he wanted the budget data set up.  Mr. Anastasio asked that board members let him know what they would like. 

5.  Administration Update on the Budget (2019-2020) Process 

See #4 above. 

Meeting adjourned at 7:17 p.m.