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Minutes May 18, 2017

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING  May 18, 2017

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on May 18, 2017 at 6:45 pm, with all members present.  There were 12 in the audience.  

Ms. Hopper is the norms checker.

Ms. Wheeler is the time keeper

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to go into executive session pursuant to Executive Session Pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A §405(6)(E) Consultation with Attorney. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 6:51 pm. Out at 7:17 pm

Mr. Campbell Badger shared with the board and the audience a legal opinion regarding the hiring of a former school board member as the head football coach. There were no questions from the board at this time. C. Badger Letter re; Head Football Coach  

The board then honored Mr. Kip Duval for his many years as the varsity Wrestling Coach at Noble High School.

Public Input

Ryan McCabe, of Berwick, shared with the board his concern regarding the legality of the hiring of the football program.  He stated that this was not about the individual but the ethics of hiring someone who had been on the board at the time of his candidacy.

Jeremiah Mulligan, of Berwick shared with the board a written statement regarding his feelings about the hiring of the head football coach. He read from the Maine State Law. He shared his disappointment with the process and with what appears to be a clear conflict of interest. He asked that the coach resign from his position as the head football coach.

Gerard Lanois, of Lebanon, shared with the board his issue with the process and the conflict of interest policy. He expressed his serious concerns regarding what he feels are policies being flexed through this recent practice.

Heidi Alverson, of Berwick, shared with the board her concerns to support her son and his friends in playing football going forward. She’s concerned about the message that this is sending to students.

The Superintendent then shared with the board and the audience the process of hiring which is the same process that they utilize in hiring coaches. There were four interviewers, there were four candidates, there was a point system which was adhered to. A candidate was put forward and the position was offered.

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Wheeler to add an executive session pursuant 1 M.R.S.A §405(6)(A) for employment of employees to the agenda. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Ms. Olean made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to approve the minutes of May 4, 2017. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Student Report May 18, 2017

  • Senior finals are next week
  • The girls track and field team finished out their regular season, quad meet schedule, undefeated with a record of 12-0 beating Marshwood, Sanford and Massabesic. Our 47 female athletes have been working very hard this season and are setting themselves up to have a strong showing this weekend at the York County Championships here at Noble, as well as the SMAA championships next Saturday which are also home.
  • Softball has a home game vs Bonny Eagle this Friday
  • Musical auditions for Into the Woods are on June 5

The Superintendent then shared with the board the contract for the teacher’s union going forward to 2020. Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to accept the teacher’s contract for the 2017-2020. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared with the board the contract for the AFL/CIO union going forward to 2019. Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to accept the AFL/CIO contract for the 2017-2020.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared with the board a donation from Marc Motors of $1500 for supplies for Pride Day at Noble Middle School. Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Olean to accept the donation from Marc Motors with appreciation. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared with the board a list of probationary teachers throughout the district who are moving from Probationary 1 to 2 and  Probationary  2 to 3.  He also shared a list of Probationary  3 employees who are moving to continuing contract.  Ms. Wheeler  made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Olean to approve the list of Probationary teachers. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent shared with the board the nomination of Mr. Troy Blatner for the position of mathematics teacher at Noble High School for 2017/2018.  Ms Olean made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to approve the nomination of Mr. Blatner. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared with the board letters of resignation of Mr. Scott Descoteaux, Ms. Katherine Claesson, Mr. Chad McCormick. Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to accept the letters of resignation from Ms. Claesson, Mr. Descoteaux, and Mr. McCormick. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared the retirement letters of two support staff, Ms. Charlotte Gardner, and Ms. Patty Parrott. They will be missed.

The Superintendent then shared with the board an update on the grants that have been written this year.

The Superintendent then shared with board an update from the state that MSAD #60 has met their requirements regarding the ESEA.

Noble Youth Strikes Out Cancer event is this Saturday at the Berwick Recreation Field. Please join them.

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Smith to go into executive session pursuant to Executive Session Pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A §405(6)(A) Employment of an Employee.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 8:37 pm. Out at 9:21 pm.

Ms. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to go into executive session pursuant to Executive Session Pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A §405(6)(A) Duties of Appointees. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 9:24 pm. Out at 10:08pm

Ms. Hopper made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to adjourn.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Adjourned at 10:09 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly

Secretary