September 11, 2017

5:30 p.m.


Committee Members Present:  Tom Connors, Kati McCormick, Deborah Towle


Board Members Present:  Staci Fortunato, Edward Hastings, Pia Holmes, Kimberly Martin


Administrators Present:  James Anastasio, Donna Madore, Kathy Casparius, Heather Gauthier, Kim Silsby


Others Present: Pat Hannigan, Susan Moore



1.  Presentation - Staff Recruitment and Retention Plan

The committee heard from Pat Hannigan and Susan Moore chairs of the League of Innovative Schools Teacher Retention and Recruitment Subcommittee.


Ideas recommended by the subcommittee for recruitment:

1.  Get the word out to teachers in and out of the community about all the great things being done

      at Cony: 

a) programs for students; b) support systems for staff, i.e. workshops, courses, professional     


2.  Promotional brochures

3.  Participate in college fairs to promote our schools:

a)  the amazing staff and the opportunity to work with the best of the best

b)  health insurance benefits package, competitive salaries

c)  course reimbursement

d)  great facilities

4.  Video about Cony and the district showing what actually happens here

5.  Working with student teachers


Ideas recommended for retention:

1.  Paying for recertification

2.  Streamlining probationary portfolios

3.  Web2School training

4.  Barbeque for new teachers

5.  Creating an atmosphere of positivity

6.  Supportive mentors

7.  Informal mentors for day-to-day things

8.  Who to go to list

9.  Handbooks and manuals for everything that needs to be done


Tom Connors asked if these things are being done at the elementary schools.  Mr. Anastasio said the Innovative Schools process is specifically secondary schools but the ideas could be used as a model for elementary schools. 


2.  Further discussion on substitute teacher pay rates

            Attachment 1


Kathy Casparius provided the committee information on sub hours and costs and it was discussed.  Motion by Deborah Towle to raise the sub rate of pay for every position currently paid below $10 per hour to $10 per hour with the exception of food service.  Second by Kati McCormick, so moved 3-0.


3.  Raise recommendation for non-represented employees

            Attachment 2

Mr. Anastasio recommended a 1½ percent increase for the positions of Director of Business, Director of Food Service and Assistant Superintendent.  Recommendation for non-represented staff will be made at a later time pending support staff contract negotiations.


Motion by Deborah Towle to accept the 1 ½ percent increases for the positions of Director of Business, Director of Food Service and Assistant Superintendent.  Second by Kati McCormick, so moved 3-0.


Motion by Kati McCormick to table items 4 and 5.  Second by Deborah Towle, so moved 3-0.


4.  Functional Job Analysis


5.  Exit Interviews


6.  Job Descriptions

            A.  Music District Coordinator

                        Attachment 3

            B.  Art District Coordinator

                        Attachment 4

            C.  Wellness District Coordinator

                        Attachment 5


Motion by Deborah Towle to approve all three job descriptions.  Second by Kati McCormick, so moved 3-0.


Meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.