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Minutes of July 24, 2017

 

                   MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING July 24, 2017

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the The Central Office in North Berwick, Maine on July 24 2017 at 3:30 pm, with all members present. There were 0 in the audience.  

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Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Mallett to add the reading of policy of BEDH to the board meeting agenda. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Ms. Neubert made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Beal to approve the minutes of June 15th as amended. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared with the board information regarding state subsidy reimbursement.  The legislature reinstated $704,550.00.  He reviewed all of the potential items that the board might want to consider to go back into the budget with these funds.  He discussed with the board replacing the $200,000 that we moved out of Fund Balance, funds to support the SRO, field trips, the community engagement center director, Project Search, the attendance clerk, kindergarten and MHA teachers etc. The board discussed the list at length and then Ms. Neubert made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to reinstate the following items:

o Replace $200,000 Fund Balance

o Field Trips $23,500

o Excel Project SEARCH tuition $6,650

o Community Engagement Center Director $29,000

o Grant Writer portion $25,000

o NHS Attendance Clerk $30,000

o MHA teacher $67,600

o Lebanon K teacher $67,600

o North Berwick K teacher $67,600

o MHA teacher $67,600

All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Ms. Erin Dickson, Health Coordinator, shared with the board the Wellness Policy, JL and gave the board an overview of the changes and the goals of the policy.  The policy is in place to encourage positive implementation of healthy choices for both physical activity and nutrition. Board members asked questions and Ms. Dickson provided thorough answers and updated the board on physical activity and nutrition incentives throughout the district.

Ms. Beal made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to approve the Wellness policy JL as presented. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then swore in the new board members. Ms. Mallett went first. And then Mr. Doiron was sworn in.  

The board then reviewed seating of the chair and vice chair for the new year. Ms. Neubert made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to nominate Mr. Price as board chair.  No other nominations. All members voted in favor except Mr. Price  who abstained and the motion passed.

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Manley that Ms. Neubert be the vice chair.  All members voted in favor except Ms. Neubert who abstained, and the motion passed.

The board then discussed policy BEDH Public Relations at Board Meetings as a first reading. Members made various suggestions to tighten up the policy.  This was considered the first reading and it will be brought back to the policy committee for reviews.

The board then discussed the surplus chromebooks.  The superintendent asked that we notify municipalities  that we have surplus chrome books for sale and then those that remain will be sold to the general community. Mr. Cowan made the motion and it was seconded by Mr Doiron to notify the municipalities about the sale of the chrome books. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared with the board lease purchase agreements around the purchase of a bus. Mr. Cowan made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to approve the lease purchase agreement. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared with the board lease purchase agreements around the purchase of univents. Ms. Manley  made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to approve the lease purchase agreement. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared with the board lease purchase agreements around the purchase of technology-mlti. Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Beal to approve the lease purchase agreement. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared the resignation of Ms. Ashley Mowatt, 4th grade teacher at the Knowlton School. Ms. Beal made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Hopper to accept the letter of resignation with regret.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared the resignation of Ms. Kacie Ferraro, math teacher at the Middle School. Ms. Neubert made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Beal to accept the letter of resignation with regret.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared the resignation of Mr Harley Johnson, social studies teacher at Noble High School. Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Doiron to accept the letter of resignation with regret.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent updated the board another resignation of Dawn Bowden, athletic trainer at Noble High School.  She’ll be headed south. We are sad to see her go and wish her the best.

The Superintendent then updated the board on new teacher hires:  Ms. Melissa Royce, Ms. Liz Erickson, Mr. Matt Reid.

Other Business:

The board discussed the idea of a facilities and finance sub committee. The board was open to the idea and folks are thinking about volunteering for the positions.

Mr. Price publicly acknowledged the work of Mr. Cowan as board chair this past year. All members thanked him as well for his dedicated service.

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

The next meeting is August 17th at 7pm at Noble High School.

Adjourned at  6:04  pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Susan Austin

Secretary