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Minutes From February 11, 2016

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING on February 11,  2016.

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on February 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm with all members present except Ms. Alwin and Ms. Rose. The student representative was absent and the press was absent.  There were 6 in the audience.

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to go into Executive Session Pursuant to 1M.R.S.A. §405(6)(B) Long Term Suspension of a student.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.  In at 6:05 pm.  Out at 6:30 pm

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan that the student under consideration be suspended for up to 45 school days to obtain appropriate evaluations before returning to school. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Ms. Alwin entered the meeting at 6:30 pm.

Ms. Potter  made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Alwin to go into Executive Session Pursuant to 1M.R.S.A. §405(6)(A) Employment of Employee. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 6:23 pm.  Out at 7:30  pm.

The Student Representative entered the meeting at 7:30 pm.

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Alwin  to approve the minutes of Feb. 3, 2016 as amended.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Public Input:  

Mr. Jonathan Payne, president of the SAD 60 Teacher’s Association asked some questions regarding the Teacher Evaluation PG plan.  He asked about what exact plan was chosen.  The Superintendent shared with him the 240 point rubric aspect as well as the student learning objective component.  The 240 points are based on the marshall rubrics and the 4 one-on-one mini-observations and 2 group observations.  The remaining 60 points are based on the Student Learning Objectives.

He also asked the board to think about class sizes versus class load at the 6-12 grade level.

Ms. Lynnette Harriman, Food Service Director, and Ms. Karen Ward, Food Service Assistant shared with the board their budget presentation.

Food Service Budget Narrative

There was question about increasing meal prices by $0.25 and determining what the appropriate amount to go up by, given the funding that the district will need to put into the food service program in order to make it whole. The board also discussed the difficulties with regard to the regulations around food requirements, etc.

Ms. Kitty Roberts, Transportation Director and Ms. Brenda Cravens, Transportation Coordinator,  shared with the board their budget narrative and budget presentation. Transportation Budget Narrative

 

Student Report February 11, 2016

Student Report February 11

Noble had a snow day last Friday due to bad weather conditions.

This week the Student Council is selling homemade chocolate heart lollipops for a fundraiser.

Noble Cheering placed Third at states and will advance to New England regionals which will be on March 19, in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The team was also awarded the Sportsmanship award.

The High School Wrestling team scored third at regionals Saturday, February 6.

Noble Athlete, Nina Tasker, had an undefeated season. She placed first in hurdles at the SMAA championships and set a new championship record of 8.84 seconds.  Congratulations Nina!

Ms Van Campen shared with the board several documents that were created to provide supporting documentation regarding board requests for more specifics on budget items.  

Mr. Kevin Moore, Facilities Director, shared with the board his budget presentation for the year ahead.

Facilities Budget Narrative

The Business Manager, Denise Van Campen shared with the board an understanding of the fund balance and how we are going to use the funds to offset Capital Improvement Plan costs. She also shared an overview of projected revenue for the draft budget. Board members asked clarifying questions along the way. There was much discussion regarding the fund balance and how that impacts the budget going forward.  The board asked several questions and had good conversations that generated even more thoughtful questions regarding fund balances and implications for taxpayers.

The Superintendent then shared with the board a presentation regarding the need for increased administration at the elementary level for the coming school year.         Elementary Admin Restructuring

The Superintendent shared with the board a request for a leave of absence for one school year from Ms. Sarah Perham, first grade teacher at North Berwick Elementary School. Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Alwin to approve a leave of absence request from Ms. Sarah Perham. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent shared with the board that Ms. Rhonda Tweed has been hired as a Hussey Elementary  interim interventionist for the remainder of the school year.

Superintendent Report:

None at this time

Other Business

The Superintendent shared with the board a draft calendar for 2016/2017. The MSAD #60 calendar aligns with the Sanford Regional Technical Center calendar.

The Superintendent shared with the board various pictures of classroom libraries look like to demonstrate the district support for text-rich environments.  

Ms. Alwin asked briefly about the idea of the Thursday regular early release for elementary students to increase professional development time. We’ll be following up with that after February break.

Mr. Cowan asked for an agenda item to be added in the future to meet with the administrators regarding evaluation: how the new system is shaping up from their views, and how the pilot year is going. He also asked to set up a meeting with teachers to hear how they are feeling.

Ms. Olean asked about ongoing program reviews as well. Two presentations have occurred this year.  The Superintendent noted that he will be sharing a program review in the near future.  He also noted Kindergarten JumpStart as a third topic that has been reviewed this year.

Ms.Potter  made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to adjourn at 10:47 pm.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly,

Superintendent