FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
May 4, 2020
Committee Members Present: Jennifer Dumond-Chair, Kevin Lamoreau, Amanda Olson
Board Members Present: Staci Fortunato, Edward Hastings, Pia Holmes, Kevin Lamoreau
Administrators Present: James Anastasio, Donna Madore, Kathy Casparius, Troy Alexander, Teresa Beaudoin, Heather Gauthier, Sarah Landry, Maureen Thompson, Theresa Violette, Susan Walters
1. Appoint a chairperson
Motion by Amanda Olson to nominate Jennifer Dumond as chair, second by Kevin Lamoreau, so moved 3-0.
Kathy Casparius said as of today there have been no changes to the board’s 2020-2021 fiscal year budget. Mr. Anastasio said City Manager Bridgeo’s recommendation is to reduce the proposed school budget because of concerns about anticipated revenues. Administration is looking to make cuts that do not involve existing personnel or proposed new personnel. Revenue from the State (ED279) is up $1.8 million more than last year; however, that was before COVID-19. Whether or not we will maintain that level of funding is unknown. The commissioner is hoping that some stimulus money will go to states that allows education to stay whole. If there is no stimulus money many think school budgets will be at the same level as last year’s. We are waiting to see if the City Manager’s budget gets approved by the city council and whether we maintain what we currently have in the ED279 funding from the State.
3. Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) – After school meals
Ms. Casparius said Child and Adult Care Food Program is an initiative through Full Plates Full Potential and the board needs to take a vote to either accept it or not. She said the guidelines of the program state you have to have an afterschool program that is available to all students and meets every day in order to be able to access these funds. The ASD does not have an afterschool program. The board must submit a vote to the State by June 30. Maureen Thompson, Food Service Director, said even though we opt out now, if at some point we have a qualifying program available, we can choose to opt in at any time. Motion by Amanda Olson to move this to the full board with a recommendation that we opt out of the Child and Adult Care Food Program for now, second by Kevin Lamoreau, so moved 3-0.
Ms. Casparius said an RFP for transportation was put out and there was only one response which is from First Student. They provided two options because they are concerned that in order to meet our requirement of busses and mileage, they won’t be able to meet it due to COVID-19. Year one would be a little less money because they may not be able to get new busses and year two is a bit higher in costs. Motion by Amanda Olson to move the transportation proposal to the board for approval, second by Kevin Lamoreau, so moved 3-0.
Meeting adjourned at 6:02 p.m.