MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING on February 5, 2015
A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on February 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm with all members present. The student representatives and the press were absent. There were 2 in the audience.
Ms. Potter made the motion and was seconded by Ms, Alwin that the minutes of January 22nd be accepted as presented. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Ms. Jill Farwell shared her interest with the policy IDFC- High School Credit Prior to Grade 9.
The Student Representative entered the meeting at 7:08 pm.
The Superintendent updated the board on the 2015/2016 Draft Academic Calendar and the parameters that were put into place as the York County Superintendents worked together to develop in sync with the Sanford Regional Technical Center (SRTC). He gave an overview of the days that were student days and teacher days. The Winter Conference is no longer available as an option due to the necessity of in sync days with the SRTC program. We are looking at alternatives for professional development time to provide the opportunity for staff to have the highest level of consistent interaction in real-time.
The Assistant Superintendent and the Board Chair shared with the board an update on the organization of a community forum to address substance abuse issues here in our three towns. We will be organizing the forum in March and will try to provide access to resources. More updates will follow.
The board then held a discussion regarding policy IKD- Academic Recognition, Latin Honors, and Grade Point Average. The board discussed the eventual removal of the Top Ten and move towards Valedictorian and Salutatorian with the installation of Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude and Cum Laude. There were a few adjustments made to the policy and Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to accept policy IKD as amended. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
The board then held a discussion regarding policy IKFC- granting credits for classes prior to 9th grade. The board discussed the options that were available. The policy subcommittee met and had in depth discussions regarding the policy and shared their concerns regarding creating a policy in a rapidly changing environment. There is no policy currently in place. We would like to move forward with no policy in place due to the fact that the landscape is moving forward rapidly due to the standards based diploma that is being required by the state.
Mr. Carsten Kocek shared with the board an update from the high school. He noted that the snow days were appreciated and it was beneficial to keep the student drivers safe and off the roads. He discussed the upcoming pep rally. He also shared an update from the French tutors going into the elementary school and how well parents and students have received it. He shared with the board that the winter track team is sending more student athletes to states than ever. Carsten noted school spirit might be a little low right now, as participation in spirit week is lowered than hoped. Winter is dragging on, and people are tired.
The board then reviewed their goals as presented by the superintendent in draft form. They are:
- Communication – The MSAD 60 Board will strengthen communication with parents regarding standards.
- Healthy Lives – The MSAD 60 Board will encourage and enable healthy
lifestyle choices among students in the areas of nutrition, fitness, and substance abuse prevention.
- Program Efficacy – The MSAD 60 Board will be informed about the results of new programs and curriculum that have been adopted and new assessments that have been implemented. The Board will determine the potential for continued support of those programs, curriculums, and assessments.
- Educator Effectiveness – The MSAD 60 Board of Directors will promote and support the implementation of a district‐wide teacher evaluation system in compliance with MRSA Chapters 180 and 508.
- Proficiency-Based Diplomas – The MSAD 60 Board of Directors will be knowledgeable of and support the district’s shift to a PBD system.
- Budget – The MSAD 60 Board of Directors will sponsor a district budget that supports and maintains vital programs and services.
7. Board Member Support System – The MSAD 60 Board will develop a system to support new Board members.
The Superintendent shared the retirement letter of Ms. Pamela Brezak, kindergarten teacher in Lebanon Schools. Ms. Beverly Olean made the motion and it was seconded Ms. Andrea Rose to accept the letter of resignation with regret for the end of school year 2015.
Mr. Price shared that he is touring schools. He was very impressed with North Berwick Elementary School and how the principal ran the school. These have been positive experiences for him.
Adjourned at 8:44 pm.
Secretary of the Board of Directors