MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING on February 5, 2016.
A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on February 5, 2016 at 6:30 pm with all members present except Ms. Alwin, Ms. Wheeler and Mr. Cowan. The student representative was present and the press was absent. There was one in the audience.
Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Rose to go into Executive Session Pursuant to 1M.R.S.A. §405(6)(A) Employment of Officials. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 6:35 pm.
Mr. Cowan entered the meeting at 6:55 pm.
Out at 7:03pm.
Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Rose to go into Executive Session Pursuant to 1M.R.S.A. §405(6)(A) Employment of Officials. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 7:04 pm.
Out at 7:28 p
Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to approve the minutes of January 14, 2016 as amended. All members voted in favor except Mr. Price who abstained and the motion passed.
None at this time except a clarification request from Mr. Jonathan Payne regarding the minutes of January 7, 2016,
The Superintendent then shared with the board a donation for the robotics program at Noble Middle School through the excel program. Mr. Kelly Smith shared with the board the benefits of the robotics program and why he’s so supportive. The board held a discussion regarding financially supporting the STEM projects and increasing information and publicity regarding the programs so that the board is more aware.
Ms. Rose made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to accept the donation from ETE Solar for the purpose of defraying the cost of the NMS student registration fees to participate in the Maine Robotics Spring Track Meet in May, 2016. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
The Superintendent then updated the board on the District Evaluation System. He updated them on the progress of the district team as well as what is happening at the state level. The district is quite a bit ahead of a majority of districts in the state at this time. There is much difficulty for all staff, administrators and teachers, in full understanding of the process and the system. Mr. Jonathan Payne, MSAD 60 Teacher Association President shared a reflection on how the staff were feeling about the consistent moving targets presented by the states in this evaluation process.
The board then held the second reading of policy KA-R District Event Guidelines. Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to accept Policy KA-R District Event Guidelines as presented this evening. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
The Superintendent then shared with the board an update regarding the budget process ahead. Next week will be a general conversation that will lead to specific scheduled meetings in the weeks ahead. Some of the discussion that is ahead: two contracts being negotiated this year. Medical insurance is being budgeted at an increase of 10% but we won’t know for sure until April what the actual number is. We were able to lock in oil at a price of $1.50 per gallon for the first 120,000 and the last 10,000 are locked in at $1.32. Vocational tuition will increase by approx. $9,000 due to an additional program. Transportation has been approved by the State for 2 large buses. We will ask for 3 in addition to those 2 in order to maintain the fleet in good working order. The Superintendent proposed a K-5 administrator reconstruction. There is a carryover from the 2014-15 milrate of $378,000. It has been proposed that Special Ed/ Tech lease IPads at a cost of $30,000, for 2016-17. NMS physical plant update, there will be major renovations in Technology /Shop wing. Food service local subsidy to increase substantially for next year accompanied by a proposal for .25 per meal increase.
The Superintendent updated the board on upgrades in the food service department in regard to the dishwasher at the middle school. The major equipment list for food service needs to be put on a cycle and we are working on that currently.
The Superintendent shared with the board an article from the Maine Association of School Board Officials regarding lunch programs. MeASBO Fall 2014
The Superintendent shared with the Board, the two statements from the proposals to the state on supervision and evaluation and proficiency based diplomas. The statements are as follows;
- Some measure of student performance must be part of a teacher’s evaluation, but whether it is a state or local assessment should be a local decision. The first year of new MEAs should establish a baseline for going forward and not be compared to previous assessments.
- We support proficiency-based learning, but there needs to be a refinement of graduation standards with fewer content areas required by the state. There also needs to be better clarity on graduation requirements for special education students.
The Superintendent then updated the board on the draft calendar for 2016/2017.
Ms. Price shared her student report from Noble High School.
Student Report January 21 2016
- Chorus Concerts
- Alumni Panel
This week the high school is having their midterms, ending Semester One. Monday will begin Semester Two.
The high school had their chorus concert last Thursday, January 14, grades 8-12. The concert consisted of four ensembles; Eighth Grade Chorus, Chorale, Treble, and Chambers. The chorus concert went very well.
Yesterday the Middle School had there chorus concert, and it went incredibly well. One unusual, but fantastic aspect of this concert was there were enough participating boys to have an all men’s choir.
Last week on Wednesday, January 13, The high school had a school wide meeting. Some Noble Alumni came back to discuss their experiences after high school, primarily focusing on college.
The Superintendent presented Elva Lovejoy as Interim Knowlton principal/District Title I coordinator. He also presented Heather Lafrance as Interim Assistant Principal for the Hussey School. Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to approve the nominations as presented by the Superintendent. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
None at this time
The Assistant Superintendent informed the board that budget meetings will be live streamed starting next Thursday. There will be a link on the district website that will also be posted on our Facebook page.
The Superintendent then shared with the board that we had our third professional development day with Carrie Thurston who is one of the creators of the Kindergarten Jumpstart Program. It is a very beneficial set of skills that she brings to our teachers. We are focusing on district benchmarks and having 90 % of our students in Kindergarten meeting those benchmarks in reading. We are very excited about the work that she’s doing with us here in the district and feel that it will be immensely beneficial in the immediate future.
Ms. Olean made the request to receive the budget packets electronically a week ahead if possible. We will absolutely make our best efforts to do that.
Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Rose to adjourn at 9:06 pm. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.