MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING on November 19, 2015.
A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the Lebanon Elementary School in
Lebanon, Maine on November 19, 2015 at 5:30 pm with all members present except Ms. Wheeler
and Mr. Cowan. The student representative was present and the press was absent. There were 20
in the audience.
Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Alwin to go into Executive Session
Pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A §405(6)(E) for consultation with their attorney. All members voted in
favor and the motion passed. In at 6:08 pm. Out at 6:43 pm.
Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Wheeler to go into Executive Session
Pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A §405(6)(E) for consultation with their attorney. All members voted in
favor except Ms. Manley and the motion passed. In at 7:17 pm. Out at 7:19 pm.
Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan.to go into Executive Session
Pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A §405(6)(B) for the Expulsion of a Student. All members voted in favor
and the motion passed. In at 7:24 pm. Out at 7:57 pm.
Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to expel the student under
consideration. All members voted in favor, except Ms. Alwin and the motion passed.
Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Wheeler to accept the minutes of
October 29, 2015 as amended. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
None at this time.
The Superintendent introduced our newest board member, Mr. Kelly Smith of Berwick. He was
sworn in and joined the board at the table.
Ms. Heidi Early-Hersey shared with the board a potential calendar for Professional Development
that would provide more equitable time to the elementary staff. Ms. Early highlighted the goals
of the proposal: Equalize the instructional day and teacher workday across all district schools,
Create 105 minutes/week of collaborative time for all teachers K-12, Increase instructional Time
for all students.
Ms. Early shared with the board the overview of the proposal and highlighted the changes. This
schedule has been implemented in MSAD 35. There has been positive momentum in 35 for the
elementary staff both for the work that Ms. Early is asking them to undergo in relation to
proficiency based education, student growth, data use, report cards, etc. as well as the ability of
staff to collaborate to address these areas of need.
Next steps: Bring this proposal back for more feedback from the board on December
3,2015. Then, put together a committee to work on this that would consist of teachers,
educational technicians, administrators and one or two school board members.
Ms. Hersey then shared with the board a quick program overview of the math curriculum. She
noted that she really liked the template for the program review. Ms Potter gets a huge shout out
for bringing it to the board to utilize. Ms. Hersey then shared with the board the process of the
development of the math curriculum with regard to the common core over the past two
years. The new everyday math program has grade level mastery goals, more focus on the
standard algorithm, and is tighter, fewer units and fewer lessons with more opportunity to expand
and go deeper as the teacher feels appropriate and to weave in other successful units that have
been developed. (110 lessons vs 175 lessons in the past.)
In grades 6-12 the curriculum has been developed and written by the staff. A text book is
utilized, but it is a tool that helps them meet the common core standards. Ms. Wheeler shared
that there was a parental concern that there is not a lot (or any) parental information going home
regarding the math programming. (Common Core 6-Common Core 11)
Ms. Hersey also shared information regarding the science standards this year. Teachers in the
Berwick Schools are piloting Foss kits that are aligned with the Next GEn standards. North
Berwick is utilizing a program that incorporates a literacy base with leveled texts. We will bring
the feedback to the board in the spring to determine appropriate steps forward for the science
curriculum in the future.
NHS Student Report; Kaitlyn Price
Student Report November 19 2015
• Shrek the Musical
• November 17 Concert
• Tidal Wavse
Shrek the Musical
Last weekend, November 13-15, Shrek the Musical was performed in the auditorium.
The play was very successful and entertaining according to both the cast and audience.
November 17 Concert
This past Tuesday the music department held a concert for band and chorus grades 8-12.
The theme was the concert was patriotism, with songs such as Our America and Anthem of Peace
were performed by the ensembles.
This past Wednesday, a group from York High School called the Tidal Wavse (Teens in
drug awareness, leading, working, and valuing self esteem) came to Noble to present their beliefs
and views on the use of drugs and alcohol in high school. After their presentation, Noble High
School started a club called Sober Friends, where students can pledge to not take drugs or alcohol
during the 2015-2016 school year.
The Superintendent also shared with the board an overview of an assembly that was put on at the
Noble Middle School to honor veterans. Mr. Scott Decouteaux, the middle school assistant
principal, organized the program. It was incredibly moving.
Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Wheeler to remove policies ICB (NR)-
Extended School Year Services, IHBAG (NR)- Programming in the least Restrictive
Environment , IHBAI- (NR) Special Education Independent Evaluations, IHBGB (NR)- Special
Education Services for Students in Private Schools or Home Schooling as they are already part of
our procedural safeguards. All members voted in favor except Mr. Smith, who abstained, and the
The board held the first reading of IHBAC, Child Find Policy which would replace the Child
The board then held the second reading of IHBA, Individual Education Plans and IHBAA,
Referral and Use of General Education Interventions to keep with minor changes as well as
IHBAL- Grievance Procedure for Persons with Disabilities. Ms. Alwin made the motion and it
was seconded by Mr. Price to keep policies IHBA, Individual Education Plans and IHBAA,
Referral and Use of General Education Interventions with minor changes and IHBAL- Grievance
Procedure for Persons with Disabilities as is. All members voted in favor, except Mr. Smith who
abstained, and the motion passed.
The Superintendent then shared with the board a letter of resignation by Ms. Carle. Ms. Olean
made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Wheeler to accept Ms. Carle’s resignation with
regret. Mr. Tom Ledue, principal, shared how much she will be missed and how appreciated she
is as a teacher at the Lebanon Schools. All members voted in favor, except for Mr. Smith, who
abstained, and the motion passed. Ms. Carle’s resignation takes effect at the end of the ‘15-’16
The Superintendent then shared a letter of resignation from Ms. Shiela Jordan, the librarian
educational technician of Noble High School. We shared our heartfelt support for Shiela and wish
her the best.
The Superintendent then shared a letter of resignation by Mr. Jeff Kaste, of the Jobs for Maine
Grads program. Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to accept the
letter of resignation. All members voted in favor, except Mr. Smith, who abstained, and the
The superintendent updated the board that Mr. Sam Torrey has completed his 31 years at Noble
Middle School and is retiring. The board accepted his resignation last spring and he has now
moved on. The board is appreciative of his dedicated services.
The superintendent then shared with the board the name of Bridget Dumont, former educational
technician at the North Berwick Elementary Schools who will replace Mr. Torrey at Noble
Middle School in the technology program. Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by
Ms. Potter to approve Ms. Bridget Dumont as a new teacher at Noble Middle School. All
members voted in favor, except Mr. Smith, who abstained and the motion passed.
The superintendent then shared with the board the name of Irene Morrison, a language arts
teacher in Lawrence Mass., who will be our new literacy coach at Noble Middle School. Ms.
Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Alwin to approve Ms. Irene Morrison as a
new teacher at Noble Middle School. All members voted in favor, except Mr. Smith, who
abstained and the motion passed.
The Superintendent shared with the board the financial summary through the end of October. The
superintendent shared that two new charter schools were approved by the state: The Maine
Charter School Commission today approved two new charter schools – one a performing arts
high school associated with the New England Music Camp in Sidney and the second a pre-K-6
school affiliated with the Margaret Murphy Center for Children in Lewiston. The commission
vote was unanimous for the Snow Pond Arts Academy, which will be on the campus of the New
England Music Camp. The school plans to contract with the national K-12 corporation for an
online curriculum that will be taught to students in a “blended learning” environment, with
teachers physically located at the school. The major concern raised was how the online learning
would be integrated with on premise instruction. “They gave us a bag of mush,” said
Commission Vice Chair Ande Smith, in terms of the description of the blending learning model.
The vote in support of Acadia Academy, associated with the Margaret Murphy Center, which
offers services to children with disabilities, was 6-to-1. Acadia Academy will initially serve
kindergarten through grade 2, with grades 3-6 added later. While associated with the Margaret
Murphy Center, it would not be a school only for students who need special services. The
commission vote on Acadia was the more contentious, with Charter Commission Chair Shelley
Reed raising concerns that the proposed school’s plan did not adequately address how to serve the
Lewiston-Auburn area, with its high poverty and ethnic diversity. Reed said the school in its
application made note of the poverty in the area, “but does not plan on feeding these
children.” She also said the school’s location would determine what children could attend. “Is
this going to be an uptown school, or a downtown school?” she asked. The commission now will
go into contract negotiations with the two schools, spelling out specifics of their operation for a
2016 opening. The state currently has seven operating charter schools, and the two new schools
will bring that number to 9. Under law the commission can approve one more before hitting its
limit of 10. That cap was established under state law and is in place until 2021. A little over
1,500 students now attend charter schools in Maine. An estimated 46 percent of those students are
enrolled in the state’s two virtual schools, affiliated with the national K-12 Inc. and Connections
The Superintendent then updated the board on some new developments in the athletic department.
Noble Athletic Department is excited about the addition of three athletic teams this winter.
At the High School we are starting a Unified Basketball team in cooperation with Marshwood
High school. The Unified team will consist of Unified Student Athletes selected from The
NOBLE and Marshwood Special Education programs and Unified Student Partners from each
school’s general student population. The rules dictate that Three Unified Athletes and Two
Unified Partners must be on the floor at all times. In addition there are some point scoring
guidelines that have to be met. Practices will be held at the Hurd School on Mondays and at the
Great Works School (Marshwood) on Wednesdays. The Coach for the newly developed
KnightHawks (the name is not definite yet) will be our own Mike Archambault. The Schedule has
yet to be developed.
In addition to the Unified team at the High School we have decided to try to run a modified Boys’
First team schedule to accommodate our high numbers we have encountered for sign ups. The
Athletic Department does not want to see our future student athletes cut if we can accommodate
them. The intention will not be to run a full schedule, due to a lack of other teams to play, but
rather to find some games and provide practice opportunities for these developing athletes.
It appears that large numbers are not unique to the High School Boys’ Basketball program this
year. At present time we have 48 Boys’ Middle School Basketball players signed up for tryouts.
In past years they would only have the option to make either the 7th or 8th grade teams. The
Athletic Department has made arrangements to add a third team to the Middle School experience.
This team of some 7th and some 8th grade students will have the opportunity to practice and
participate in some competition in order to hone their skills for the future. We are not interested in
cutting as many as 17 athletes without attempting to keep them involved in some capacity in our
Basketball program. Practices are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Hurd School.
The budget calendar for the upcoming budget season was distributed and it was noted that the
budget meetings, starting in January 28, will be held in the auditorium so that meetings can be
videotaped and then links will be posted on the district website. 2016-17 Budget Timeline
Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to adjourn at 9:51 pm. All
members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Steve Connolly, Superintendent