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Minutes of August 18, 2016

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A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on August 18, 2016 at 6:00 pm, with all members present except Ms. Wheeler.  The student representative and the press were absent.  There was 1 person in the audience.

Mr. Stan Cowan, new board chair, was sworn in.

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Olean to accept the minutes of June 30, 2016.  All members voted in favor, except Mr Smith, who abstained, and the motion passed.

Public Input: None

Ms. Ali Kearney shared with the board an update regarding the New England Association of schools and College accreditation visitation that is forthcoming.  We are in the preparation year for the visit in October of 2017.  This is the year of the NEASC self study. She reviewed a presentation https://docs.google.com/a/msad60.org/presentation/d/1GfV38k807GVAsM5pCbV1DHLLIabHFPHnUvHCpg9KKT0/edit?usp=sharing  with the board and gave specific details regarding each aspect of the visitation requirements.   

The Superintendent then shared data results of the Kindergarten Jump Start Summer Program (http://www.kjsearlyliteracy.com/about-us.html) which is geared toward incoming kindergarten students who are two years or more behind in their literacy receptivity and awareness of print concepts.  Students made significant growth. It’s been an impressive program and will benefit the district greatly as we move towards our goal of 90% at grade level for literacy rates. KJS Summer Data 2016

The Superintendent then updated the board on the new hires within the district and the changes that have taken place. Summer New Hires and Administrators  

The Board then discussed first reading of the following policies:  

        JFABD- Admission of  Homeless Students

        JL- Student Wellness

       JKF- Disciplinary Removal of Students with Disabilities

        JKF-R Disciplinary Removal of Students with Disabilities Procedure

        DJH- Purchasing and Contracting: Procurement Staff Code of Conduct

        IGA  -Curriculum  Development and  Adoption

The board then discussed the idea of sharing of community feedback.  Mr. Smith shared his desire to have more open communication regarding feedback that has been brought forward for each member of the board.  He asked if there were a way to share more information when issues are brought forward to individual board members.  This resulted in a great conversation about what is the role of the board, what is the role of administration, how can we effectively communicate more openly amongst board members and with administration. It was determined to meet in a workshop format on Tuesday, September 6th at 7 pm.

The Superintendent then gave a transportation update. Excellent state inspection last week.  Routes are in good shape and are posted on the web

Superintendent’s Report: None at this time

Other Business:

The lack of participation at board meetings is a concern to Mr Price and he asked about developing the agendas a bit more so that parents/citizens have more information as they review them and might be encouraged to come in.  Board members then discussed what it means to have small attendance.

Ms. Olean asked about protocol regarding the program review forms and wanted to highlight the fact that these are aimed at reducing teacher presentations, etc.

Mr Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Olean to go into executive session pursuant to 1 MRSA §405(6)(B) for teacher negotiations.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed In at 9:33 pm Out at 9:45

Mr. Smith made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to adjourn at 9:46 pm

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly