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Minutes from January 7, 2016

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING on January 7,  2016.

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on January 7, 2016 at 6:00 pm with all members present. The student representative was absent and the press was absent.  There were none in the audience.

Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to go into executive sessions.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.  In at 6:12 pm  Out at 6:36 pm

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Wheeler that the student under consideration be expelled from Noble High School and that the Superintendent give the student and the student’s parents written notice of the Board findings and conclusions. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to go into executive session. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 6:47 pm.  Out at 7:09 pm.

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Smith to approve the minutes of December 3, 2015.  All members voted in favor except Ms. Rose, Mr. Cowan and Ms. Manly who abstained and the motion passed.

Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to approve the minutes of Dec. 17, 2015 as amended. All members voted in favor except Ms. Rose, Ms. Wheeler and Mr. Smith and the motion passed.

Public Input:  

None at this time.

The board then reviewed a presentation from Amy Chasse of Runyon Kersteen Ouellette, the Financial Audit Firm that is utilized within our district. She gave an overview of the finances for the 14/15 school year. There were NO audit findings which is excellent.  There were two comments that were immaterial but did note it was  necessarily based on the requirements of the law. She then reviewed our General Funds and the balances therein.  We appreciate the work that RKO does for us and kudos to Denise Van Campen for her work as business manager in the district.

The board then reviewed the draft calendar for the 16/17 school year.  The Superintendent shared with board members an update from his visit with the Commissioner of Education regarding being in compliance with the local regional technical center’s calendar. We also discussed a potential schedule adjustment that would allow equal professional development for district staff. We will be looking at solutions to develop a detailed plan to present to the board and to the public for feedback. We are making an argument that we need to invest in our teachers and staff but need to be sure that parents are feeling supported by providing transportation and quality child care coverage. More to follow at upcoming meetings.

The board then held the first readings of KLA/JJIBC-Relations with Booster Clubs, KLG-Relations with Law Enforcement Authorities, KLGA-Relations with School Resource Officers and Law Enforcement Authorities, KLG-R Resource Officer/Law Enforcement Administrative Procedure.

The board then held the second reading KE-Public Concerns and Complaints.  The board discussed that this is a non required policy and there are multiple ways to bring concerns to the board. Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by  Ms. Potter to remove this policy from the board policy manual. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The board then held the second reading of policy KHB Advertising in Schools. Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to keep the policy as is. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The board then held the second reading of policy KHC-Public Distribution of Non-School Materials.  The board discussed an overview of how materials are currently reviewed.  Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Wheeler to revise the policy as amended.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The board then held the second reading of policy KI- Visitors to Schools.  Ms Wheeler  made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to eliminate policy KI from the Policy Handbook.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The board then held the second reading of policy KA-1 District Event Civility Policy.  The Superintendent is soliciting feedback from administration as to the usability of the draft policy and will bring it back the Board for consideration.

Superintendent Report:

The Superintendent shared with the board that he has participated in Four White Papers to be presented to the legislature. The topics are: Superintendent Agreements, State Assessment, Educator Effectiveness, and Proficiency-Based Diploma.  These papers will be shared with Maine regional superintendent presidents on January 14 at the winter convocation.  The intent is for unified support and presentation to the Legislature and Education and Cultural Affairs Committee.

Other Business

The board then reviewed a letter of of retirement from Ms. Paula LeShane, guidance counselor from Noble High School effective at the end of the 15/16 school year. Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded to accept the retirement of Ms. Paula LeShane with regret. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The board then reviewed a letter of of retirement from Ms. Cheryl Kuliga, Title I Director and teacher at Hussey School effective Feb. 12th, 2016. Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded to accept the retirement of Ms. Cheryl Kuliga  with regret. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared with the board a donation from Mr. David Billings in the amount of $6,700.64. Mr. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to accept his donation with gratitude.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Ms. Olean asked about where the minutes are showing up on the district web page. Those are not as up to date as we’d like to see.  We will work on correcting this.

The board then held a discussion regarding overall expulsion process and procedures.

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Smith to adjourn at 10:17 pm.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.  

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly,

Superintendent