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Minutes of December 17, 2015

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING on December 17, 2015.

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the Mary Hurd Academy in North Berwick, Maine on December 17, 2015 at 6:30 pm with all members present, including Murphy, except Ms. Wheeler, Mr. Smith and Ms. Rose. The student representative was present and the press was absent.  There were none in the audience.

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Wheeler to accept the minutes of December 3, 2015 as amended.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Public Input:  

None at this time.

The Board then discussed the idea of providing a mentor for new board members. There was good discussion and recommendations to support the new members.  Supporting and encouraging the members to attend the Maine School Board Conference, going over the guidelines as to what it means to be a board member and even the signing of the policies that relate to board membership were discussed.  Preparing board members as to what the outside activities were all about and letting them know what was expected of them as new board members.  There was discussion about particular processes such as expulsion hearing; district budget meetings etc. and how we could better support the new board members.

The Superintendent then shared with the board the shortage that we have in our district and in other districts for substitute teachers. The board discussed the rate of pay for subs and where we fall in these areas. We are on the lower end of the pay scale. When we get to the budget portion of the year, we will be discussing modifying this rate to be more competitive.

The Superintendent shared with the board the grant that the Noble High School submitted to the Innovative Lab Network and Center for Innovation in Education regarding personalized learning. We’ll hear back at the end of the January about a possible $225,000 grant.

The Superintendent then shared a food service inventory list highlighting the many upcoming needs for our food service equipment. We are in the process of developing an equipment replacement cycle similar to what we have with other programs.

First Readings of Policies: KE-Public Concerns and Complaints, KHB-Advertising in Schools, KHC-Public Distribution of non-school materials, and KI-Visitors to schools.  These are non-required policies. The Policy Subcommittee meeting will meet and discuss recommendations.

Second Readings of Policies: IJO-External Credits for Community Based Activities. It was moved by Mr. Price and it was seconded by Ms. Alwin to move policy IJO from the Policy Book  to Student handbook. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. Policy IMB, Teaching about Controversial Issues. It was moved by Mr. Price and seconded to move this policy from the Board Policy book, to the Student Handbook. All members voted and the motion was passed. Policy IMB-R, Study of Controversial Guidelines was discussed. The motion was moved by Ms. Alwin and seconded by Mr. Cowan. All members voted and the motion was passed. The next policy to be discussed was, KA- Civility. Mr. Cowan made the motion to keep the policy and to link it to each student handbook. Ms. Alwin seconded it. The members voted and this motion was passed. Policy KA-1 District Sporting Event Civility Policy, was tabled until the January 7th Board meeting. Policy KDE, Responding to Threats in MSAD #60, Ms. Alwin made the motion and Ms. Potter seconded that this policy be moved to the Crisis Plans that each school have. The Board voted and it was passed. Finally policy IHBAC, Child Identification was reviewed. Ms. Alwin made the motion to change the title to Child Find. Ms. Potter seconded the motion, the members voted and it was passed.

The Superintendent shared the letter of resignation of Noble Middle School teacher, Mike Gagnon effective immediately. The motion to accept was made by Ms. Alwin and seconded by Ms. Potter. The Board voted and the motion was passed.
Ms. Kaitlyn Price shared the NHS student report:

Student Report December 17

  • Snowball Dance Turnout
  • Candy Cane Sales
  • Holiday Break

Snowball Dance Turnout

The dance held on December 5 had a turnout of approx. 150 students. All four grades were there, Freshmen made up 30%, Sophomores made up 30%, Juniors made up 25%, and Seniors made up 15% of the student there.

Candy Cane Sales

This week the Student council is holding candy cane sales during lunch. Candy Canes can be bought 2 for $1, and will be delivered Monday at Knight Time.

Holiday Break

Holiday Break for the high school starts next week Wednesday the 23.

Superintendent Report:

The Superintendent asked about the preferred budget delivery to board members. Members stated that they would like both electronic versions and in paper collated in a small notebook
Other Business

The Superintendent shared with the board the York County per pupil expenditure for administrators.

Finally the Superintendent advised of potential restructuring of elementary administration based on the increased needs for supervision and evaluation. There will be more to come at a future date.

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Alwin to adjourn at 9:02 pm.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly,

Superintendent