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Minutes from June 4, 2015

     MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING on June 4, 2015.

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on June 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm with all members present except Mr. McCabe, Mr. Cowan, and Ms. Alwin. The student representative and the press were absent.  There were 6 in the audience.

Mr. Cowan entered the meeting at 7:04 pm.

Mr. Price  made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Rose  to go into executive session for an investigation of charges against an employee pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A §405(6)(A) .  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.  In at 7:00 pm.  Out at 7:09 pm.

Ms. Olean made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to go into executive session for  discussion regarding disposition of property pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A §405(6)(D) .  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 7:10 pm.  Out at 7:30

Ms. Potter  made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to go into executive session for a discussion regarding employment of employee pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A §405(6)(A). All members voted in favor and the motion passed.  In at 7:31 pm. Out at 7:55 pm.

Ms. Potter  made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Olean to go into executive session for Information in Confidential Records; Discussion and Review pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A §405(6)(F).  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.  In at 7:56 pm  Out at 7:57  pm.

Ms. Potter  made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to go into executive session for Hearing of Complaints against a person pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A §405(6)(A).  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.  In at 7:58 pm  Out at 8:00 pm.

Mr. Price  made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Olean to go into executive session for an Information and Confidential Records pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A §405(6)(F).  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.  In at 8:02 pm. Out at 8:06 pm.

In Regular session at 8:10 pm.

The Superintendent introduced our new student representative, Ms. Katelyn Price for the 2015/2016 school year. She was welcomed by all.

Mr. Robert, principal of the North Berwick Schools and Ms. Erin Dickson, Health Coordinator for the district shared a presentation regarding health and wellness domains.  They discussed a potential pilot program for the North Berwick fourth and fifth graders for the upcoming year.  The pilot would replace general music at those upper levels with a broad spectrum of health domains that are critical to the learning of fourth and fifth graders.  Those domains include Social and Emotional, Physical Health, Healthy Decisions and Communication, Personal Safety and Community Connectedness.  This curriculum would be implemented by the guidance counselor with support from other resources.  The board discussed the significant need at the fourth and fifth grade level for health and wellness instruction. The board felt positive about the idea and asked for feedback as things go along.

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to accept the minutes of May 26, 2015 as amended. All members voted in favor except Ms. Manley and the motion passed.

Public Input:

Ms. Deb Butler noted that she was grateful that Smarter Balance Testing was completed.

The Superintendent introduced Mr. Jonathan Payne, new president of the Teacher’s Union.  He is the technology integrator at the high school. He noted that Mr. Chuck Bragdon is the vice president.  He asked that he be added to the email list for the board agendas. Mr. Payne also noted concern regarding our school board policy that ties the standardized testing to the graduation requirements. Particularly for those students who are opting out of the state standardized testing. More to follow.

The Superintendent discussed the disposition of the ipads that will be replaced in the coming year.  We have approx 290 ipads that need to be dispersed.  The recommendation is that as the ipads are pulled and the ne(arts and technology) and the remainder of those will be offered to the municipalities for $75 each and then to the public for $125 each.  Mr. Cowan made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to sell the devices to the public. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The board then discussed their own board goals and will set up a retreat date in the summer.

The Superintendent shared with the board that Ms. Karen Gerrish who was out on leave as she was a representative to the state legislature will be returning. There was some discussion about the success of the plan that was in place for covering Ms. Gerrish’s position while she was away. The board will discuss this further at a future date.

The Superintendent then presented in nomination four individuals for teaching positions within the district, Ms. Kaitlyn Eastman, Ms. Andrea Cole, Kristin MacKenzie, Rachel Lee.  Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to accept the nominations of the four teachers presented. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared the request of Mr. Aaron Wynne for a one year leave of absence in order to further his education. Mr. Cowan made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Olean to approve the one year leave of absence for Mr. Wynne. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared the resignation of Ms. Laurel Twombley, physical education teacher at Lebanon Elementary Schools. Ms. Olean made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Rose to accept the letter of resignation with regrets. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then updated the board on the funding information from the state level for education. There are extra funds that have been allocated to keep the mill rate at 8.23 rather than the 8.48 that was originally proposed.

The Superintendent shared a request from one of the board members regarding email blasts and newsletter and asking that the email addresses be blind rather than shared more openly.

The Superintendent also shared a request from Ms. Rose about reviewing the proficiency based curriculum and grading system and how it has been working.

Berwick Summer Reading Program

Next school board meeting will be June 18, 2015.

Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to adjourn.


Adjourned at 9:34 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly, Superintendent

Secretary of the Board of Directors