MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING on March 26, 2015.
A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on March 26, 2015 at 6:30 pm with all members. The student representative was present and the press was absent. There were 3 in the audience.
Ms. Potter made the motion at 6:30 pm and was seconded by Ms. Olean to go into executive session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A §405(6)A. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. Out at 7:00 pm
Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter that the minutes of March 19th be accepted. All members voted in favor except Ms. Rose who abstained and the motion passed.
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The Superintendent shared with the board the nomination of Ms. Susan Macri as Director of Special Education for the 15/16 school year. He shared an overview of her career thus far and highlighted her work here in the district this year as the assistant director. Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to approve Ms. Susan Macri as Director of Special Education for 15/16. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Ms. Ruth Venell shared talking points regarding the special education budget and the Mary Hurd Academy in particular. She shared information that identified the cost savings to the district with the implementation over the past two years. Mary Hurd Academy
The board reviewed an updated third draft of the budget. The superintendent shared that the overall increase is 1.08% with a tax impact of 3.39%. This is an extremely tight budget with very little wiggle room. The superintendent and the board discussed areas where the board might want to put funding back in or areas to take out. Specifically they discussed adding funds to the supply line in Berwick and $59,000 in transportation for additional after school busing. This would increase the tax impact to 3.81%. The board members took their time and asked questions of the superintendent on specific topics. There was also a concern about culture on the buses and how to address the problems that have been brought to the attention of the board members. There was a lengthy discussion regarding this and we will work on the concerns.
The Superintendent then shared an update from Blair Marelli, Athletic Director, that we’ve been awarded the SMAA good Sportsmanship Award for the whole athletic department. It highlights the positive culture of our student athletes.
Mr. Cowan made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. McCabe to adopt the proposed district budget of $38,167,372.00 for FY 16. The board discussed how impressed they were with the way that the administrative team came forward and presented a doable budget for the board to sift through. They also appreciated that they admin team was present for many of the meetings. There were also kudos to Denise VanCampen as the business manager who is always on top of it. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Ms. Alwin made the motion and seconded by Ms. Olean to adopt the proposed adult education budget for FY 16. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
The Board then reviewed the proposed calendar for 15/16. The superintendent highlighted the changes. It will be reviewed again before voting.
Legislative update… The house voted unanimously to allow sufficient time for Implementation for the Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth System for Educators. Need to hear from the Senate next.
SRTC/Noble senior Ryan Perry took a very difficult Solidworks Associates exam. He received a perfect score of 240. An amazing accomplishment! Congratulations!
The Superintendent shared with the board thank you notes from students who were able to hear from him as The Cat in the Hat.
The Assistant Superintendent shared information regarding a grant that was
Mr. McCabe shared that he learned from a custodian that propping open doors can cause some major issues.
Ms. Olean made the motion at 8:35 pm and was seconded by Ms. Potter to go into executive session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A §405(6)A. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Mr. Price made the motion and Ms. Rose seconded to adjourn. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Adjourned at 8:50pm.
Secretary of the Board of Directors