MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING on April 7, 2016
A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on April 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm with all members present, with the exception of Ms. Alwin. The student representative was present and the press was absent. There were in the audience.
Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Wheeler to approve the minutes of March 31, 2016. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to amend the agenda to add in the signing of the Superintendent’s contract. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to approve the continuing contract of the Superintendent. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
The board then signed the budget warrant articles for the town meeting and referendum coming up in May.
The board then continued the discussion regarding the school calendar and the potential changes on a weekly basis. Matt Ouellette, representing the Sanford Y Care program that provides child care support within the schools in MSAD 60, shared his experience this year in Sanford as they have had early release across the district grades K-12. Mr. Ouellette shared with the board the different options available through the Y program and discussed communication and marketing strategies to get the word out. The board heard from Mr. Ron Robert, principal at North Berwick Elementary Schools, who shared his beliefs that this is more of an academic decision and he felt that the best solution is to allow the late starts for 6-12 and early release for the K-5 folks. There was also much conversation regarding the options available to parents for the early release times to ensure that there was child care available. There was also discussion that with the small extension of the school day, allow a bit more recess and more relaxed time. The board did a quick straw poll regarding keeping the same type of school calendar or adding in professional development equity for all staff. Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to approve the school calendar for 2016/2017 with professional development equity for all with continued late starts for grades 6-12 weekly and early releases for grades K-5 weekly with supports and child care provided as needed for the elementary students. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Ms. Wheeler also asked that we put the idea of “mindfulness” on the agenda in the future. Several board members shared their agreement that we talk about this for the future.
The board then held the first reading of JLCD Administering Medication to Students. It needs to be updated for medical marijuana as well as the use of epipens. The superintendent has reached out to both Maine School Management Association and our school attorney’s Drummond Woodsum to determine the most appropriate incorporation of these newer needs. We will be also reviewing other district’s policies and compare it to what we require.
Upcoming budget date reminders:
April 20, 2016 (week of) -Annual Budget Book
May 5, 2016- District Budget Meeting Barry S Moore Gymnasium
May 10, 2015- District Budget Referendum
NHS Student Report:
Student Report April 7, 2016
Last week from March 31- April 1 the sophomore class went on their trip to Boston. While on the trip, they got to tour the Harvard University Campus, go on the Boston Duck Tour, see the Blue Man group, and much more. Overall the students really enjoyed the trip, but were disappointed when the tour of MIT didn’t happen on the trip.
Last Friday the Freshman class went on a field trip to Southern Maine Community College to tour the campus.
Last Wednesday the high school hosted the District art show. The showcasing had many great pieces from grades k-12.
This Saturday, Noble is taking some students to compete in the National History Day competition.
Next Tuesday is SAT testing for juniors.
The Noble High School Math Team had a state meet performance April 5 in Augusta! Our team finished in the top third of all schools, and Samantha Wu had the 4th highest individual score (65 out of 72) and tied for 13th overall in the state! Our mathletes yesterday were:
Samantha Wu, Roger Luo, Leo Yu, Mark Wang, Sarah Therrien, Jon McCarthy, Nico Doucette, Nash Tasker, Jarrod Rudis and Ben Wiggin.
Some Noble chorus students are going to Westbrook tomorrow to perform Beethoven with the USM orchestra and various other high school chorus groups.
The Superintendent shared with the board that York County Community Action donated $500 toward the Believe Scholarships as well as Spence and Matthews donated $500. Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by to approve the donations. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. The following list of donors were acknowledged…
|York Hospital||Silver, $250|
|Clubhouse Kids||Bronze, $100|
|Loco Coco’s Tacos||Team Supporter, $20 G.C.|
|Falls & Webb Oil Inc||Silver, $250|
|Spence & Matthews Insurance||Gold, $500|
|East Coast Biologics Inc||Bronze, $100|
|York County Comm Action||Gold, $500|
|Mojos BBQ Shacks||Team Supporter, GC (Upon Request)|
|North Berwick Auto||Bronze, $100|
|Flat Rock Bridge Family Resort||Bronze, $100|
|Fogarty’s Restaurant||Team Supporter, $20 G.C.|
|North Berwick Family Medicine||Bronze, $100|
The Superintendent provided the following dates:
Monday, April 11 in Lebanon at 4:30 with the selectmen to review the budget.
Wednesday, April 13 NMS Band concert at NHS
Thursday, April 14, The Opiate Effect at Marshwood HS at 6:30 pm.
Tuesday, April 19, North Berwick Selectmen to review the budget.
April 16-24 School Break. The Central Office will be closed on 4/18 and 4/22
April 19, Berwick Selectmen at 6:30 pm
April 27 District Band Concert at 7 pm, NHS 6 pm will have an open house at the Noble Health Center.
April 28 Next Board meeting.
The Superintendent shared that he will be attending a meeting at Pratt Whitney with Brenda Gagne and AJ Dufort to present on several opportunities that we provide here at NHS and through Noble adult education. (Jen can you put in the powerpoint here?)
The Superintendent shared with the board a well crafted reflection and explanation of art work that he highlighted from the art show from Kai Gehring. (Jen, can you put the picture in here and her response to Steve?)
The Superintendent shared with the board the final year end dates and the plans for those final days. He also shared with them that the majority of the kindergarten staff was working with the Kindergarten Jump Start creators to be provided professional development around the program.
Summer Calendar: District Data Day, June 17
August 18-19 Admin Team Retreat
Aug 20-23 Skillful Leader
August 24-25 New Teacher Orientation
Mea Benefits Trust, our increase was 2.19%, very low compared to other districts.
Southern Maine Athletic Association has chosen Noble as the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award for the 2015/2016 season. We are very proud of this recognition.
Mr. Smith updated the board on the Boulanger paving donation. They are going to pave the high jump section as well. The school maintenance crew will prep the ground and Boulanger will finish up the paving.
Ms. made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Protter to adjourn at 9:14 pm. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.