Approved Minutes - November 16, 2021
Norwich Free Academy
Board of Trustees Regular Meeting
Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 5:30 p.m.
Norwich Free Academy
Latham Building Board Room (#1101) / Virtual Meeting
Norwich, CT 06360
TRUSTEES PRESENT: Diana Boisclair; Allyn Brown, III; Betsy Conway; Keith Fontaine; DeVol Joyner; David Kalla; Denise Lindell; Maria Miranda; Todd Postler; Mark Tramontozzi and William Warzecha
ABSENT: Chris Jewell
ADMINISTRATION PRESENT: Head of School, Brian Kelly; Director of Finance and Human Resources, Rich Freeman; Director of Communications, Mike O’Farrell, Executive Director NFA Foundation, Kathy McCarthy, Coordinator of Alternative Programs, Win Columbano and Recorder, Mary Vega
1. Call to Order – Chairman DeVol Joyner called the meeting to order at 5:32 p.m.
2. Secretary’s Report
a. Approval of Minutes:
Motion by D. Kalla, seconded by D. Boisclair, to approve the September 21, 2021 Regular Meeting minutes. All in favor Motion Passed unanimously
3. Consent Agenda
a. Policy Updates
1. Homebound Instruction – Policy #6173
2. Compliance with Sectiom 504 Regulations of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 – Policy #3511
Motion by W. Warzecha, seconded by D. Lindell, to approve both policy updates. All in favor Motion Passed unanimously
3. Alternative Program Initiative
Motion by T. Postler, seconded by D. Lindell, to approve the exploration endeavor of an alternative program initiative. All in favor Motion Passed unanimously
4. Information & Planning
a. Spotlight – NFA Band and Color Guard
Dr. Kelly recognized and introduced 6 students from the marching band and color guard – Jackson Bell (drum major), Aiden O’Farrell (drum major), Sarah Henry (woodwind captain), Eamon Manley (brass captain), Jayden Bottomley (percussion captain) and Taina Delva (color guard). He stated that while they are all very talented, he wanted to recognize them for being outstanding examples for our community and stated how very proud he is of them. Each of the students introduced themselves and briefly spoke of their experiences as being part of the band family. DeVol Joyner thanked them on behalf of the Board.
b. Reports and Updates
1. Super intendent’s Report
a. Dr. Kelly, along with W. Columbano, gave a presentation on the Alternative Program Initiative.
a. Monthly Finance Report
R. Freeman provided a financial report for the period ending October 31, 2021. He also briefed the Trustees on other financial matters.
5. General Agenda Items
Mr. Joyner reminded board members that there is no December meeting and that the next regular meeting will be held in January.
6. Communications/Discussion – None
7. Other Business - None
8. Executive Session - None
Motion by D. Kalla, seconded by T Postler, to adjourn the meeting at 6:40 p.m.
All in Favor Motion Passed unanimously
Mary E. Vega
Approved: January 25, 2022