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Minutes from June 18, 2015

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING on June 18, 2015.

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on June 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm with all members present except Mr. Cowan. The student representative was present and the press was absent.  There were 11 in the audience.

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Olean to go into executive session for an employee issue. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 7:02 pm.  Out at 7:08 pm.

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Alwin to go into executive session for an employee issue. All members voted in favor and the motion passed In at 7:08 pm.  Out at 7:11 pm.

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to go into executive session for an employee issue. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 7:12 pm.  Out at  7:25 pm.

Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to go into executive session for an employee issue. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 7:25 pm  pm.  Out at 7:32 pm.

Ms. Olean made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price that the minutes of  June 4th be accepted. All members voted in favor except Ms. Alwin who abstained and the motion passed.

Public Input:  

Rebecca Green, 8-12 choral teacher at NHS, shared a letter concerning the pilot program that was approved at the last board meeting. Ms. Colston, music teacher at the Noble Middle School, shared some bullets regarding support of the music programs in the district. All shared strong support of the elementary general music program and wanted to emphasize the importance of this in their movements forward.  Mr. Chad Dickerson, music teacher at the Knowlton school, shared his strong beliefs about the general music program.  The board had discussion amongst the group regarding process and protocol and being sure that the program is vetted before being discussed.

Mr. Robert, principal of North Berwick Elementary School, shared with the board his belief that this is the best option that we have for our students here in North Berwick. We are responding to a call for action. How can we figure out the balance? He will meet with the health coordinator to discuss what the time needs would be and determine the best fit. He’ll meet with the music teacher as well to integrate this.

The Superintendent reviewed with the board summer meetings and a meeting schedule for next year. There was a lot of discussion regarding the summer schedule and being sure to address some of the concerns that have been put on the back burner as well as development of board goals etc.  Our next meeting will be July 20, 2015.  The Board will also meet August 3 at 6pm and August 20 at 7pm.  

The board then reviewed second readings of several policies.  Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Olean to eliminate Policy DH-Bonded Employees. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by Ms Potter to eliminate policy DI- Fiscal Accounting and Reporting. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.  

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Alwin to eliminate policy DID- Inventory.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The board reviewed policy DN-School Properties Disposition.  It was left as is.

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to eliminate policy DM-Cash in School Buildings. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared with the board a resignation from Ms. Katherine Roux who was the director of the Lebanon Community Learning Center.

The Superintendent then shared with the board a retirement from Mr. Sam Torrey on November 27th, 2015.  Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to accept the letter of retirement with regret. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared with the board a letter of resignation from Ms. Amber McLaughlin, school nurse at NHS. Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded to accept the letter of resignation as of June 18, 2015.  All members members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared information regarding several new hires and presented those names to be approved for employment for the 2015/2016 school year.  Ms. Amanda Butler, Occupational Therapist, Ms. Erin Cote, Mary Hurd Special Education Teacher, Ms. Kaylee Barrett, One year Kindergarten in Lebanon, Ms. Cassie Clement, Part time speech/language, Ms. Candace Flanders, Behavioral Program at NMS, and Ms. Nicole Hutzler, social worker elementary special education. Ms. Alwin  made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to accept the nominations of the new hires listed above. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Other business:

The Superintendent shared with the board some products from the 3D printer that we purchased this last year.  He gave an overview of all kinds of products that have been created this year that are forward thinking and innovative.

He shared the Adult Ed. brochure and highlighted some of the great opportunities.

The Superintendent then shared with the board the agreement with the town of Lebanon regarding the Lebanon Library.

The superintendent shared a few pictures of the school district elementary bus safety poster contest. Lebanon school students won.

The treehouse… The superintendent provided an update regarding work that is being done at both the high school out in the woods for the Project Adventure additions as well as the work that’s being done in Lebanon.

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to adjourn at 9:34 pm.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Adjourned at 9:34 pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly, Superintendent

Secretary of the Board of Director