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Minutes of February 16, 2017

    MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING on February 16, 2017

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on February 16, 2017 at 6:20 pm, with all members present except Ms. Wheeler and Ms. Neubert. There were 8 in the audience.

Mr. Smith made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to go into executive session for the expulsion of a student in accordance with 1 MRSA §405 (6)(B).  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 6:25 pm.

Mr. Smith made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to come out of executive session.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. Out of 6:52 pm.

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Smith  to expel the student under consideration pursuant 20 MRSA § 1000(A)(1). 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 discipline of a student pursuant to   In at 7:05 pm.  Out at 7:39 pm.

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Olean  to expel the student under consideration pursuant 20 MRSA section 1000A subsection 1.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.  

Public Input- None at this time

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Hopper  to approve the minutes of February 2, 2017. All members voted in favor except Ms. Olean who abstained and the motion passed.

The board then heard from several high school students, Audrey Gorman, Lillian Friars and Meredith Podolec, who wanted to discuss the ability to decorate their graduation caps for graduation to show individuality etc. Pre- approval would be sought so that everything would be appropriate and respectful.  Qualifications would be put into place.  We would look into what those qualifications would look like.  The students shared a petition that was signed by 100 or more students as well. The board chair and the superintendent shared with the presenters that although this is not within the purview of the board but that they would support what the administration determined.

Ms. Shannon Rogers, a mother representing the senior class student body, shared the desire to have maroon and white gowns again rather than one color only.  She brought forward the philosophy behind why they wanted to have the option to choose which color they’d like to have for their gowns. She shared a survey that was completed by 35 seniors.

Emily Lafame of Berwick shared her belief that being able to decorate the caps would be a thoughtful thing for the students and a great momento for the future.  

Student Report:

Ms. Kaitlyn Price, student representative, shared the student report:

The Senior fundraiser, Bob Marley has been rescheduled to April 12 due to the snow.

Wrestling All states @ Marshwood will be Saturday, February 25

NORTH BERWICK, Maine – The Knights picked up their first win of the season on senior night Wednesday.  Noble (1-16) led by five at the half and was up 12 at the end of three. Massabesic (3-14) cut the lead to eight in the fourth.  Amy Fleming led the way with 20 points. Raegan Kelly added 15 and senior Kendra Silvers tossed in 11. Senior Lilly Friars scored all six of her points in the third to help expand the lead. Seniors Kerri Fleming and Audrey Gorman also chipped in. Noble ends the season Thursday at Marshwood; the game could be moved to Friday due to weather. (Dabreio)

The board then moved into a workshop session to discuss the first round budgets… we discussed major questions and then went into a gallery style

Mr. Cowan asked for the board to share their questions with the admin present. Mr. Price asked for clarification regarding Teaching and Learning and the increases there. Ms. Van Campen explained the increases based on last year and the changes that will be implemented. We discussed where the literacy information is pulled together so that we can have a better understanding of the cost of literacy throughout the district. The board then broke into a gallery presentation by the administration and spoke with folks individually and asked further questions.

The board then discussed the contract for the Superintendent for the FY’18 school year. The Superintendent will receive a 1.5% increase.The Board expressed their appreciation to the Superintendent for his strong leadership and commitment to both  students and schools of MSAD #60.

Ms. Olean made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to accept the superintendent’s contract for the FY 18 school year. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Other Business:

The Superintendent shared with the board a bill before the legislature regarding the evaluation system that is in place… utilize the state assessment or not in terms of evaluative purposes.

The board discussed going up to Augusta on March 3 to share their concerns about the Governor’s budget proposals.

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

Adjourned at 10:02 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly

Secretary