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Minutes of April 26, 2018

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING April 26, 2018

 

A  meeting of the Board of Directors was held at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on April 26, 2018 at 5:45 pm, with all members present except Mr. Doiron.  There were 2 in the audience.

 

Mr. Cowan made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to go into executive session pursuant to 1. M.R.S.A. §405 (6)(B) Expulsion of a Student. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 6:21 pm. Out at 6:43 pm

 

Ms. Neubert made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Mallette to expel the student under consideration pursuant to 20-A MRSA §1001(9) on the grounds that such expulsion is necessary for the peace and usefulness of the schools, and to direct the Superintendent to provide the student’s parents written notice of this action and develop a reentry plan for the student as required by law. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

The vice chair shared the general norms of Public Input

 

Public Input:  

 

Ms. Brenda Gagne, director of Noble Adult and Community Education shared invitations to the board for the Adult Education Graduation on June 11, 2018.

 

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to approve the minutes of  April 5th as amended. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

Mr. Cowan shared with the board that there are over 130 students signed up for spring track and they are showing a lot of potential.

 

Ms. Neubert made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Beal that the Vote entitled, “Vote to Call and Approve the Warrants for the Budget Meeting and the Validation Referendum and to Authorize the Notice of Amounts Adopted” be approved in form presented to this meeting and that a copy of said Vote be included with the minutes of this meeting.  All voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

VOTE TO CALL AND APPROVE THE WARRANTS FOR THE BUDGET MEETING AND THE VALIDATION REFERENDUM AND TO AUTHORIZE THE NOTICE OF AMOUNTS ADOPTED

 

VOTED: That the warrant for the Maine School Administrative District No. 60 (the “District”) Budget Meeting presented to the meeting be approved and that a District budget meeting be called for May 21, 2018  for the purpose of voting on the annual budget for the District for the 2018-19 fiscal year;

 

That the Warrant and Notice of Election for the District Budget Validation Referendum presented to the meeting be approved, and that a District budget validation referendum be called for June 12, 2018 for the purpose of approving the budget adopted at the District budget meeting for the 2018-19 fiscal year; and

 

That the form of Notice of Amounts Adopted at Budget Meeting presented to this meeting be approved, and that the superintendent of Schools of the district be authorized and directed to complete said Notice in accordance with the District budget meeting on June 8, 2017, and to cause copies of said Notice, as completed, to be delivered to the municipal clerks of each municipality of the District for posting at the polling places for the June 12, 2018 District budget validation referendum. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

The board then held a  discussion regarding the draft calendar. There was much discussion about the reality of snow days in the state of Maine and trying to address the need for some make up days rather than just tacking them on to the end of the year. Ms. Beal made the motion and it was seconded by to approve the 18/19 school calendar. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

The Superintendent  then shared with the board the language around the Regional Services Centers and the vote that needs to be held by the board because it will be going before the voters at the town meeting. Ms. Beal asked who the Regional Centers benefit and it was difficult to surmise. The Superintendent shared that his colleagues here in Southern Maine are trying to work together to make the best use of this idea and join forces. Superintendent Connolly read:  Do you approve of Regional School unit No. 60 forming a regional service center with other area school administrative units to facilitate joint purchasing of supplies and to retain State subsidy, as set forth in an application and interlocal agreement approved by the Commissioner of Education? Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to enter into the formation of SRC.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

The Superintendent updated the board with regard to the RFP for copiers for the district. There are some nice features that will allow people to more efficiently print.

 

The Board then reviewed the financial updates. The superintendent gave an overview and noted that we are on track in our expenditures.

 

The Superintendent shared with the board a donation from DATCO to support the MSAD #60 Book Mobile of $1500.00 Ms. Beal made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Hopper to accept the donation with pleasure. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

The Superintendent shared with the board the name of Ms. Devi Ornberger as a Kindergarten teacher at the Hussey School and Ms. Susan Jocumb as a special education teacher at the Knowlton School. Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Beal to approve Ms. Ornberger and Ms. Jocumb as new hires. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

The Superintendent shared with the board the resignation of Ms. Laurie Gildart as a 5th grade teacher at the Lebanon Elementary  School, Ms. Sarah Chadbourne as a second grade teacher at the Hanson School in Lebanon, Mr. Chris DiBernardo, math teacher at Noble Middle School, Ms. Ann Duntley, special education teacher at Noble Middle School, Ms. Lizzy Barker, Social Studies teacher at Noble High School.  Mr. Cowan made the motion and it was seconded by Ms Neubert to accept the letters of resignation. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

Other:

 

The Superintendent shared with the board how well the District Band Concert went last night. It was phenomenal.

 

Superintendent Connolly shared two articles about the 2018 Girls Softball Team. Portland Press Herald article  The high school softball preview and Foster’s  Kids at the heart of Melanson’s way.

 

Ms. Potter shared her experience with MAPT regional safety conference. She noted that the transportation department does a wonderful job and the drivers were very positive and supportive. The day consisted of skills courses and professional development as well.

 

The Superintendent shared with the board that the new North Berwick Board Member, Astrida Schaeffer, met with him last week and she will be joining the board after the finalization of the budget process. She will begin the first Thursday in June.  

 

The Superintendent asked board members to look at their schedules for the summer to see if there was a day in the summer (first week of August) to have a retreat.  

 

The Superintendent updated the board on his trip to Peru with the high school Spanish students.  The group was fantastic, as they tried and did everything. From eating coy and alpaca, to climbing in some altitudes as high as 12,000 feet, the eight girls and Sra. Pass were troopers.  The trip started in Lima, continued to Cusco and Machu Picchu, and included pyramids, terraces, ruins, and sacred sites such as: Sacsayhuaman, Puca Pucara, Coricancha, and Huaca Pullana. On the last day in the Sacred Valley, the group tried their hands at whitewater rafting the Urubamba River.  What a great time!

 

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to go into executive session pursuant to 1. M.R.S.A. 405 (6)(B) Readmission of a Student. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 8:35 pm. Out at 9:02 pm. Ms. Potter made the motion and was seconded by Mr. Cowan to readmit the student under consideration. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

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

Adjourned at  9:08 pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly

Secretary of the Board