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Minutes of June 1, 2017




A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on June 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm, with all members present. There were 2 in the audience.  

Ms. Olean made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to go into executive session pursuant to Executive Session Pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A §405(6)(B) Readmittance of a student. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 6:32 pm. Out at 6:58pm

Ms. Potter  made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Olean to readmit the student under consideration.  All members voted in favor except Mr. Price who was opposed and the motion passed.

Ms. Olean made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to adjust the agenda for the evening by adding an item on the budget overview.

Public Input

Jeff Saucier, of Berwick, shared his concern regarding the hockey program.  He shared his questions around the eventual team merger with Marshwood.

Mr. Gerard Lanoie, of Lebanon, shared his concerns regarding the hiring of the football coach and that in his and others opinions board policy was ignored.

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to approve the minutes of May 18, 2017 as amended. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Student Report June 1, 2017

  • Seniors are graduating this Friday, June 2
  • Class day was Wednesday, May 31. Over 60,000 dollars in scholarships were handed out
  • The new student body president for the 17-18 school year is Jarrod Rudis, and the vice president in Maddie Momenee
  • Finals are in two weeks, June 12-16

Ms. Elizabeth Laine, an eighth grade science teacher at Noble High School, shared with the board the Restorative Justice format. She encouraged the board to attend the next meeting on June 14th at 3:30 at Noble High School. She shared her vision of Implementing Restorative Justice in MSAD #60.The board asked several questions as did members of the audience.  

Title 20-A section 1485(4) Authorization To Transfer Funds. Ms. Olean made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price that pursuant to section 1485(4) of Title 20-A, the Superintendent of Schools be authorized to transfer not more than 5% of the total appropriation for any cost center in the current fiscal year operating budget to another cost center or among other cost centers, provided that the total current fiscal year operating budget shall not be increased by such transfers. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The board then held the first readings of policies:

DJ(nr)-Bidding/Purchasing Guidelines

DJH(nr)-Purchasing and Contracting: Procurement Staff Code of Conduct

The Superintendent shared the advice from our legal and accounting systems. This was considered the first reading and will go before the policy committee.

Dustin Price offered to be on the policy committee.

The Superintendent then shared second readings of:

IJOB(nr)- Overnight Trips- recommendation:  revise and link to the employee handbook

           JICE(nr)- School Sponsored Publications- recommendation:  keep and link to the employee handbook

           JICEC(nr)- Student Distribution of Non-School Materials- recommendation: minor language changes, addition of policy definitions and link to the student handbook

           JICFA(nr)- Student Hazing- recommendation:  adjust to limit final determination to superintendent level and link to Middle and High school student and staff handbooks,

           IKF(r)- Graduation Requirements: adjust the requirements reduce the health requirement to a half credit and adjust the credits from 24.5 to 24.


Ms. Olean made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to accept the policies as presented.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared with the board the name of the person who has been offered the Noble High School Head coaching position, Mr. Kelly Smith. He gave an overview of Mr. Smith’s perspective and experience. The board was not required to vote on the candidate, this was informational.

The Superintendent then shared the retirement letter of Ms. Lorraine Pettengill, an educational technician who has worked both in Lebanon and at the Hussey School in Title I and in Special Education over the past twenty years. She will be very much missed.

Graduates walking around NMS:  Seniors were able to march through the Middle school to share their success and encourage students to work hard. This offered our middle schoolers a view of what the graduates look like.

The board then held a review of the budget process for FY 2018-  All of the information those evenings was a bit hard to digest just because there was so much, but the binders were good to help with focus.  Things to consider with the abundance of earlier information (we provided all requested items rather than providing the list that had been reviewed and reduced prior to presentation to the board).  This first level of cutting has been difficult. In general the board felt that a more refined “second draft” budget should be presented. The videos were good but need some refinement. Mr. Price suggested that we provide the video’s for PR information  first and then include a separate link to a table of budget facts, perhaps in a powerpoint format. We will discuss this further with the budget sub committee.  Also, it will be important to review the google doc which contained the questions regarding the videos, at each meeting as videos are uploaded and reviewed.  

The board then discussed scheduling a full day retreat in July to bring the board together to develop goals for the 17/18 school year, review boardsmanship and also look at district goals. July 25th 2017 was agreed upon.

The board then honored Ms. Beverly Olean, Lebanon board member as this is her last meeting.  We appreciate her six years of service and the work that she has done on behalf of the students of MSAD #60 and we will miss her greatly. We hope that her retirement will be relaxed and full of fun new experiences.

The Superintendent swore in the newest Lebanon school board member, Ms. Rebecca Beal.  Ms Beal is a former MSAD #60 elementary teacher and we are looking forward to working with her.

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

Adjourned at 9:28 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly