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Minutes of December 1, 2016

 

    MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING on December 1, 2016

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on December 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm, with all members present except Mr. Smith, Ms. Wheeler and Ms. Hopper. There were 36 in the audience.

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Olean to go into executive session for the readmittance of a student pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. §405 (6)(B). All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 6:02 pm.

Ms. Wheeler entered the meeting at 6:09 pm.

The board came out of executive session at 6:22 pm.

Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Manley to readmit the student under consideration.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Olean to go into executive session for the readmittance of a student pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. §405 (6)(B).  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 6:24 pm. Out at  6:40 pm.

Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Olean to readmit the student under consideration.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Ms. Hopper entered the meeting at 6:52 pm.

Public Input

Ms. Adina Hunter, Excel teacher at NHS, shared her concern regarding the maternity leave practice within MSAD 60 which indicates that a teacher can only take 6 weeks of their accrued sick time and utilize it toward their maternity leave. If a teacher chooses to take a longer leave (in concert with the Family Medical Leave Act) of up to 12 weeks, the remaining six weeks is unpaid leave. Ms. Courtney Brocks, an English teacher, at NHS also shared her concerns.

Ms. Michelle Silver shared a request to make some changes to the graduation ceremonies. One would be to have the impending graduates walk through their elementary schools in their caps and gowns to show younger students where their schooling will take them.  Another would be to allow students to decorate their caps.  And lastly allow the students to choose the color of their gown (white or maroon) when they order. We will bring this forward to the NHS administration for discussion.

Mr. Mike Roberts, NMS Principal, shared with the board the old and new time schedule at Noble Middle School.  He gave an update on how the change has worked out since its implementation starting this week. He also shared how he communicated this information with parents, noting that he relied heavily on the Remind system which sends text messages to families.  There was also a link on the Middle School website. Adjusted NMS Schedule

Mr. Jonathan Payne, President of the Teacher’s union, shared with the board his concern regarding the Use of Personal Vehicle policy that will be reviewed tonight at the meeting. He asked that the board look at the policy through the lens of the teacher and where the district’s policy would kick in if an accident should happen.

Ms. Olean made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert  to approve the minutes of November 10, 2016. All members voted in favor except Mr. Price, who abstained, and the motion passed.

Ms. Kaitlyn Price shared the student report:

Student Report December 1st 2016

  • The winter sport season has started at the high school
  • Students got back from Thanksgiving break this week
  • Grades close this Friday for progress reports
  • The college and career fair is tomorrow blocks 1 and 2

Ms. Olean noted that the play “All Shook Up” was tremendous and commended Ms. Price on her performance.

Mr. Cowan asked for some specifics regarding winter sports participation numbers. Mr. Connolly shared that they would update the board in approximately two weeks once numbers have been finalized.

The Superintendent presented a resignation letter from Ms. Laurie Morse, 1st grade teacher at Hussey School, effective December 22, 2016.  Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Wheeler to accept the letter of resignation of Ms. Morse. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The board then reviewed several policies as second readings;

CHCC (nr) Student/ Employee Handbooks: Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Olean to delete policy CHCC Student/Employee Handbooks.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

EEBB (nr)- Use of Private Vehicles on School Business.  The board discussed the use of the vehicles by staff and students.

   EEBB-R (nr)- Use of Private Vehicles on School Business Administrative Regulation. What are the minimal (adequate) coverage?  We need to set the limits. There was also  discussion on  how the District can be aware of any driving violations. Authorization box for student.

Both of these policies will be reviewed further by the subcommittee and brought back before the board in the future.
EI (nr)- Insurance Program-  Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to delete policy EI-Insurance Program. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

GBB (nr)- Staff Involvement in Decision Making. Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Olean to delete policy GBB-Staff Involvement in Decision Making from the policy manual. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

GBN (nr)- Family and Medical Leave

GBN-R1 (nr)- Family and Medical Leave Act Admin Procedure

GBN-R2 (nr)- Maine Family Medical Leave Administrative Procedure

The board had a full conversation regarding the concerns around these policies  in terms of limiting use of sick time for maternity, etc.  The board policy committee will take the concerns into consideration and rework the policy to be brought back for the full board to consider in the future.

The board then briefly reviewed a sample Student Substance Abuse Administrative Procedure policy so that they could provide feedback to the policy committee and code of conduct committee in the future.

Policies for first reading:   

     ADC (r)- Tobacco and Possession

     GBJ (nr)- Personnel Records and Files

     GCF (nr)- Professional Staff Hiring     

There was brief discussion regarding the above policies and the board then considered these to be the first readings.

Superintendent’s Report:

The Superintendent shared a brief overview of the testing scores that were released through eMPower and the SAT pieces.  We will have more details and more information as we dig into the data more carefully.

The Superintendent shared that Ms. Karen Gerrish, computer educational technician at the Lebanon Schools, won re-election to her legislative seat and updated the board on how we will handle her employment when she is functioning in her political role. Ms. Olean made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to approve Ms. Gerrish’s request for a leave during her legislative sessions. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent shared that Mr. Tom Ledue, was successful in a grant that he wrote for the Mary Hurd Academy for canoes and a trailer to carry them. The MHA staff is really excited about the opportunities that these canoes will bring to the outdoor portion of their programming.
Update on the Public Sports Forum. It was held Nov. 21st at 6 pm at NHS. Mr. Price gave an overview of the conversation. He noted that it was well attended and there was some difficult topics and conversations.  There was some feedback about the fact that we have higher requirements than the state requirements. Board members discussed this at length.

Other Business:

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Wheeler to move adjournment to the end of the agenda.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Wheeler to go into executive session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A §405(6)(D) Labor Contract Discussion. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 9:06 pm. Out at 9:19 pm.

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Wheeler to go into executive session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A §405(6)(D) Labor Contract Discussion. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 9:20 pm. Out at 9:56 pm.

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

Adjourned at 9:58 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly

Secretary