MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING on October 1, 2015.
A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on October 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm with all members present except Mr. McCabe and Ms. Alwin. The student representative was present and the press were absent. There were 2 in the audience.
Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to accept the minutes of September 17, 2015. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Public Input: Ms. Brenda Gagne, Adult Education Director, shared that at her state director’s meeting today, Noble was noted to have met or exceeded all of the state goals. There was special attention paid to three particular areas.
3 performance fourth in the state…
academic intensity… didn’t meet the top 10 but we are working on that.
post test… Noble was number 8 in the state. Very positive
The board then discussed the upcoming school board conference and who would be attending.
Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to nominate Ms. Olean as the board delegate for the school board conference. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to nominate Ms. Rose as the alternate board delegate for the school board conference. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
The board then discussed a re-entry protocol that was brought forward in the past. It will be brought forward again. There was quite a bit of discussion regarding the clarity of the administration’s role in recommending re-entry etc.
Ms. Kaitlyn Price, student representative, shared her student report from Noble High School:
- Homecoming game and dance
Noble High School won their homecoming game against Greely High School. The crowds were very enthusiastic during the game and the student attendance was high. People also really like the new mascot addition.
The homecoming dance was held the following Saturday. Students who attended reported that they had a really great time and can’t wait until the next dance.
Last week sign ups for the October’s PSAT’s took place. The test was offered to both sophomores and juniors for $15.
The Superintendent then shared the October 1st enrollments. There was significant discussion surround the class sizes in K and 1 in Berwick and Lebanon. It was clear that the board feels that small class sizes are a priority for our district. Numbers as high as 18-20 in Kindergarten and 1st grade are too high. The board discussed budgeting for next year and supports for the larger classes this year. We will follow up more regarding this issue going forward.
The board then discussed a schedule to set up Coffee with the Board sessions for all staff in each school/town. The superintendent will put together a schedule and advertise it.
Bleacher facilities for the B Gym were discussed. The Athletic Director, physical education teachers and Superintendent met and discussed a compromise for seating. One single tier bench that runs the length of the gym will be constructed.
The superintendent discussed with the board the development of a representative group: parents, coaches, teaching staff etc., who utilize the facilities to discuss appropriate strategies for fee schedules for facility use. There was a lengthy discussion regarding the various groups that currently utilize the facilities and what the message is that is being sent to some of the local youth groups. There is a fear that we are alienating some of them. The schools are the center of our towns and sharing information for our local groups are important. Building the youth sports programs would also benefit the overall sports programs in the district. We also discussed the approval process for when flyers that requested to be sent home. The Superintendent’s office must approve whatever is sent home and we have basically stated that if it is NOT school oriented we will not be sending it home.
Policy Second Readings:
The board held the second reading of Policy IJOC, School Volunteers. There were only two small changes recommended. One was the addition of the definition and the second was the addition of “program director.” Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to accept IJOC as written. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
The board held the first reading of Policy ILD -Educational Research: Student Submission to Surveys, Analyses, or Evaluations. There were some additions regarding how parents are notified. Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to approve policy ILD as written. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
The board held the first reading of Policy IMBB, Exemption from Required Instruction. There were some additions and some changes made to address the new legislation. A section was missing in the policy and was added in. Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to accept the policy as amended. After much conversation about the policy matching state statute, Mr. Price withdrew his motion. The board determined to do a final reading for the next meeting on the 15th.
The board then held the first reading of Policy IMD- Period of Silence. Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to accept the policy as presented. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
The board then held the first reading of Policy IMDA- Patriotic Exercises. There was a suggestion to revise the policy to reflect Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to accept the policy change as recommended. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
The board then held the first reading of Policy IMDB-Flag Display. Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Rose to accept the policy as presented. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
The board then held the first readings of two required and three non-required policies. The Superintendent asked for feedback on any that might require any changes. Please share with the superintendent, or the two board members, Ms. Potter and/or Ms. Olean. Policy IIJ, Differentiated Instruction (non required), Policy IJJ Instructional and Library Materials Selection (required), IJJ-E Instructional and Library Materials Selection form, IJO External Credits for Community-based Activities (non-required), IJOB Overnight Trips. These will all be reviewed in the subcommittee; recommendations will be made and brought back to the board at the next meeting.
The Superintendent shared with the board an update on technology. The kindergarten and other elementary classrooms received their tablets over the past few days.
The Superintendent then shared the American School Board Journal and highlighted some articles for the board to focus on. The ESEA reauthorization was one in particular.
Ms. Potter noted that the National School Board Conference is to be held in Boston, 2016.
Ms. Potter noted that she has heard that Lebanon will be doing their voting in May this year. We will follow up to be sure that this is accurate. It will be important for us to get the word out to all folks early on.
Ms. Rose asked about the curriculum review cycle and how those will move forward in the future. The first information will be brought forward on the Kindergarten Jump Start. Science is the focus for curriculum review for this upcoming year.
Ms. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to adjourn at 9:43 pm. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Adjourned at 9:43 pm.
Steve Connolly, Superintendent
Secretary of the Board of Directors