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Minutes from April 2, 2015

                  MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING on April 2, 2015.

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on April 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm with all members. The student representative was present and the press was present. There were 26 in the audience.

Ms. Potter made the motion at 7:00 pm and was seconded by Mr. Price to go into executive session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A §405(6) A. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. Out at 7:19 pm

Mr. Price made the motion and was seconded by Mr. McCabe that the minutes of March 26th be accepted as amended. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Public Input:

Ms. Ann Stewart, of North Berwick, addressed the board and shared her concerns regarding no GPS and cameras on the buses. She was hopeful that we could put that equipment back into the budget.

Ms. Lorinda Layton and Mr. Dan Layton, of North Berwick, addressed the board regarding concerns with a former employee and an arrest that was made. They shared the concerns regarding the process around the criminal background checks. They also shared concerns regarding the lack of communication between investigative entities and the school department. The other concern that was brought forward was regarding the relationship between the employee and a supervisor.

Ms. Kristina Hayes-Devlin, Berwick, shared her concerns regarding a past incident (7 years ago) where a student was allowed to get into her vehicle.

Ms. Susie Pearson, of Berwick, shared with the board concerns from her husband Michael who was a special needs driver. She read a piece of a letter that was given to Mr. Connolly from Mr. Pearson approximately 2 years ago.

Jeff Wood, Berwick, asked a specific question regarding the investigation and the superintendent shared his response.

Ms. Shannon Rogers, of Berwick, and a current driver, shared her concerns regarding the negative classification of her peers due to past incidents. She also shared a concern regarding the lack of GPS and cameras next year.

Mr. McCabe made the motion and it was seconded that the Vote entitled, “Voted to call and Approve the Warrants for the Budget Meeting and the Validation Referendum and to Authorize the Notice of Amounts Adopted,” be approved in form presented to this meeting and that a copy of said Vote be included with the minutes of the meeting. There was some discussion regarding the addition of the bus cameras in the town meeting. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The board then signed the budget warrants for the three towns.

The board then held first readings of policies CH- Policy Implementation, CHA- Development of Administrative Procedures, CHCAA- Student Employee Handbook, CHD- Administration in the Absence of Policy, CL- Administrative Reports and CM-School Unit Annual Report. The board gave a brief amount of feedback and then will share any other ideas with Ms. Potter who is on the policy committee. None of these policies are required.

The Board then held the second reading of the school calendar for 15/16. Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded to approve the calendar contingent upon the teacher association vote, which will close on April 3. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The board held a brief conversation about board goals and when to have a bigger and broader discussion. The board agreed that a meeting in July would be a positive time to sit down and review goals.

Mr. Carston Kocek, student representative, shared an update for the board from the high school. National History Day had many winners from Noble Middle School Noble High School. A total of 22 students participated. Odyssey of the Mind members also went to states and placed.

Please check out the MSAD 60 Superintendent’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/msad60superintendentpage?fref=ts for updates.

Carston also shared that he is a member of the Portland Junior Pirates and they won the state championship and then just won the Nationals in Michigan. Wahoo!!!

Other business:

The superintendent shared an update on the “Back Pack” program. Increased supplies has allowed for to be able to provide more backpacks for our students who are food insecure.

The superintendent shared two new endorsements for student diplomas. A STEM endorsement (Science Technology Engineering and Math) and Liberal Arts, SEAL (Social Studies, English, Arts and World Language) endorsement. Here are the requirements to attain the endorsements STEM General, STEM Engineering, S.E.A.L General . The Superintendent also discussed a thought to develop a pathway that is 20 credits and requires the passing of the HiSet.

The Superintendent shared a request for a year’s leave of absence from Elizabeth Norcia who is a teacher in Lebanon. Ms. Rose made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to approve the LOA. All members voted in favor and the motion.

The Superintendent shared a letter of retirement from Mr. Rick Melanson. Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. McCabe to accept his letter of retirement with regret. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Ms. Potter made the motion at 8:57 pm and was seconded by Mr. Price to go into executive session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A §405(6) A. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. Out at

Mr. Price made the motion and Ms. Rose seconded to adjourn. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Adjourned at 9:20pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Steve Connolly
Secretary of the Board of Directors