MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING on April 16, 2015.
A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on April 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm with all members except Mr. Cowan. The Superintendent was absent from the meeting. The student representative was present and the press were present. There were 4 in the audience.
Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Rose that the minutes of April 2nd be accepted as amended. All members voted in favor except Ms. Olean and Ms. Alwin, who abstained, and the motion passed.
Ms. Ann Stewart asked about the GPS and camera systems and whether we were able to find a grant to support them for the buses. The Assistant Superintendent noted that we are looking for and may have found reasonably priced options for this but further testing needed to be completed.
Mr. Cowan entered the meeting at 7:05 pm.
The board then reviewed a number of policies for the second time and the following motions were made:
Ms. Potter made the motion to drop policy CH Policy Implementation and was seconded by Ms.Olean. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Ms. Potter made the motion to drop CHA Development of Administrative Procedures and was seconded by Ms. Alwin. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Ms. Potter made the motion to table CHCCA- Student/Employee Handbook and it was seconded by Mr. Price. The administration will do more research into area schools and their employee handbooks and bring that information back to the board for further review. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Ms. Potter made the motion to eliminate policy CHD Administration in the Absence of Policy and was seconded by Ms. Olean. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Ms. Potter made the motion to eliminate policy CL-Administrative Reports and was seconded by Ms. Alwin. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Ms. Potter made the motion to eliminate policy CM School Unit Annual Report and was seconded by Ms. Alwin. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Mr. McCabe made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Alwin to adopt the proposed school calendar based on the failed vote of the teachers association to adopt the memorandum of understanding, which would have spread professional development time throughout the school year rather than two additional days at the end of the school year. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Evaluation Task Force update was given by the Assistant Superintendent and Ms. Andrea Rose; task force members. Ms. Rose shared the work that has been completed and that the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent have been attending teacher meetings at all of the schools to update staff on the process specifically regarding the area of evaluation around student progress: Student Learning Objectives. More information will be forthcoming.
The Assistant Superintendent shared with the board the retirement letter of Ms. Lola Wright who has been a long time bus driver with the district. The board acknowledged her retirement and asked the Superintendent to express their gratitude for her years of service.
Board meeting date- April 30th no meeting. Mr. McCabe noted the board would be able to attend to any extra business at the conclusion of the gathering for the district budget meeting on May 7th (i.e., approval of probationary 1 to year 2, probationary 2 to year 3, probationary year 3 to continuing contracts). All members were supportive of this. Budget process is May 7th town meeting, May 12th district budget vote. Next board meeting would be May 21st.
Student Update- Ms. Page shared that the SBAC went well, SATs on Wednesday, PNY was here doing demonstrations, Freshmen touring SMCC tomorrow, Seniors have one foot out the door. Spring sports have started and those teams look bigger and more impressive than usual. The District already has many qualifiers for the Southwestern
Championships. National Honor Society Bowling for Breast Cancer Awareness event was scheduled to occur soon.
Mr. Price shared his ride along experience with the SAD 60 bus. He rode both the MS/HS run and the Elementary run. The behavior was appalling on the elementary run. He felt that having an adult on every bus would not make a bit of a difference given what he observed. He felt that the school bus is a “limbo” land where there are no rules. The culture needs to change. The board had a conversation regarding these concerns and discussed with members of the public ways to address the concerns. Developing clear ground rules that can be supported by parents and administration would be important along with perhaps developing a Parent/Student contract. This will be discussed further in a small subcommittee of board members and interested staff. The assistant superintendent will organize this.
Mr. Cowan asked for an update on the impact of SBAC and SAT. Would like information regarding how many students are taking these tests and also how many are taking AP testing. The board had a conversation regarding the Common Core and the reality of the standards and the implementation of those standards.
Mr. McCabe asked about teacher attendance and whether or not we could have specific data regarding overall teacher attendance. The board had some questions regarding protocols, etc.
Mr. Cowan made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Alwin to allow the Superintendent to offer teaching contracts during June, July and August of 2015.
The Assistant Superintendent shared the nomination of Ms. Patti Gilley as assistant principal/guidance counselor in Lebanon. Ms. Olean made the motion and it was seconded by
Ms. Rose to accept the nomination of Ms. Patti Gilley. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Mr. McCabe made the motion and it was seconded to hire Mr. Steven Connolly as Superintendent for the 15/16 school year. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Ms. Wheeler shared that she would be talking to Maine Municipal regarding shared positions for the district and the impact that it has had in her opinion.
Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Alwin to adjourn at 8:20 pm. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Adjourned at 8:20 pm.
Sue Austin, Assistant Superintendent Secretary of the Board of Directors