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Minutes of January 18, 2018

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING January 18, 2018

 

A  meeting of the Board of Directors was held at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on January 18, 2018 at 6:15 pm, with all members present except Ms. Mallett and Ms. Potter.  There were 3 in the audience.  

Ms. Neubert made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Doiron to go into executive session pursuant to §405(6)(A), Employment of Employees.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 6:22  pm.  Out at 7:00  pm.

The vice chair shared the norms regarding public input.

Ms. Beal made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to approve the minutes as presented for December 21, 2017. All members voted in favor except Mr. Doiron and Ms. Hopper and the motion passed.

No Student Report

The Superintendent shared with the board updates regarding the Facilities and Finance Committee.  He asked Ms. Austin, the Assistant Superintendent, to update the board on The Ryan House Project which would provide transitional housing to students in need if it comes to fruition. RHP is NOT part of the district and has been developed as a separate corporation that is seeking nonprofit status. This program will not be adding any additional funding requirements from the district so that it will not impact local taxes.  There will be a general meeting here at Noble High School on January 30th, at 6 pm in the library to share information and talk about how folks can help.

The board then discussed the facilities and finance committee and the general discussions regarding what will be brought forward to the board in the budget this year. Paving and roofing cannot be lease purchased and therefore will need to be fully budgeted this year. There are other projects that can be lease purchased and put into the budget over a few years time frame.

There was a brief discussion regarding language and wording for the Vision/Mission/Values and the board agreed to allow the superintendent to make a few more adjustments and they will be brought forward to the board next meeting for a final vote.

The board then reviewed a draft calendar for 2018/2019.  The superintendent shared with the board

Mr. Doiron made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to table the discussion of the Samsung Award until the next board meeting. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then reviewed the Financial Summary for the district of 12/31/2017. The board asked questions regarding the numbers for a clearer understanding.  

The board then received the resignation of Ms. Sue Valenti, school nurse at Noble Middle School.  Ms. Hopper made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to accept the letter of resignation of Ms. Valenti with regret. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Other Business:

The Superintendent shared with the board the article regarding Mr. Jon Grenier for his selection in the WCSH varsity club member.  He also was awarded the president’s scholarship at Franklin Pierce college which is worth up to $100,000 in total over four years.

The Superintendent also shared with the board that Ms. Morgan Griffin, a senior who plays soccer and runs on the track and field team was one of 15 high school scholar athletes in New England to receive the Triple Impact Award.  Congratulations Morgan!

The Noble High School cheerleaders were crowned as the SMAA Cheering Champions this past Saturday at South Portland High School. The superintendent gave a blow by blow of the competition.  Congratulations!

The Superintendent also shared with the board that the boys and girls track teams are doing a great job! Girls are 10-0 and the boys are 8-2.

Mr. Cowan made folks aware that the coaches of the track teams were not happy with last Saturday’s calling off of the meets due to weather.

Mr. Cowan also asked about a plan for if we get more snow days.  We are looking at utilizing different options to share with the commissioner if we use more days. A brief discussion about blizzard bags occurred but since those are not approved by the state at this point (NH has approved their use), we are unable to offer this alternative snow day resource.

Public Input II

Ms. Terri Wright of Berwick Public Television asked if we were talking with our state representatives regarding these snow day issues. Thus far we haven’t had good response back but we will keep trying.

Ms. Neubert made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Beal to adjourn. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Adjourned at  8:13 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly

Secretary of the Board