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Minutes of June 30, 2016

 

                                          MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING on June 30, 2016

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on June 30, 2016 at 6:00 pm, with all members present except Mr. Smith.  The student representative and the press were absent.  There were 9 people in the audience.

Ms. Wheeler  made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to add in an Executive Session Pursuant to M.R.S.A §405(6)(E) Legal Rights and Duties of School Unit. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.  In at 6:01pm. Out at 6:10 pm.

Mr. Cowan made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Wheeler to go into Executive Session  Pursuant to M.R.S.A §405(6)(B)Expulsion of Student. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 6:15 pm. Out at 7:03 pm.

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

Public Input: None

The Superintendent shared with the board that the Administrative Union has agreed to the contract proposed.  Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Wheeler to accept the contract as presented. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to approve the minutes of June 9, 2016.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Board then welcomed two new board members to the school board. Ms. Nancy Neubert of Lebanon and Ms. Rebecca Hopper of North Berwick were sworn in by the Superintendent.

The Board then underwent reorganization for the upcoming school year. Ms. Potter nominated Stan Cowan as board chair and it was seconded by Ms. Wheeler. All members voted in favor except Mr. Cowan who abstained and the motion passed.

Ms. Olean nominated Mr. Price as vice chair for the coming school year. It was seconded by Ms. Manley.  All members voted in favor except Mr. Price who abstained and the motion passed.

Ms. Wheeler asked about a possible presentation by MSBA for a regional board workshop sometime over the summer.  They were great topics that would be good for the board to discuss. We will look into that.

North Berwick received a donation from Hannaford of $1,000 to support the student activity account at North Berwick Elementary School. Ms Olean made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Wheeler to approve the donation. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Board then viewed a presentation regarding health education in the district. Ms. Erin Dickson, the district health coordinator, shared an overview of the program that was presented at the North Berwick Elementary Schools 4th and 5th grade classes. The Board also heard from the Berwick Elementary School guidance counselors and principals to review the guidance curriculum work that is done in their schools. NBES and Berwick Wellness Update Link.The board then held a conversation regarding general health education in the district and where it will be heading next year.

The Board then heard from Heidi Early Hersey (Director of Teaching and Learning) and Tracy Roberts, first grade teacher at the Hussey School regarding the science curriculum within the grades K-5 realm. Science Curriculum Update Link. They gave an overview of the science pilot that occurred this year.  Ms. Early Hersey shared a scope of the pilot work that needs to be completed in Science by the end of December.

The board then held the second reading of JLCD Administration of Medication. The Superintendent reviewed the policy changes that the committee made and  discussed them. Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Wheeler to approve policy JLCD as presented. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Board then reviewed the 2016/17 Calendar and some of the minor changes that need to be addressed for the coming year.

The superintendent shared with the board new staff hired for the upcoming year. The Superintendent then presented a letter of resignation from Ms. Beth Simpson Robie, Speech Language Pathologist of Lebanon and a letter of retirement from Mr. Larry Millett, Math teacher at NHS.   Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Olean to accept the letters of resignation and retirement with regret. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared a financial summary up through May 30, 2016.  He gave an overview of the summary and answered questions from the board.

Ladies track team and softball team won the sportsmanship awards. The board asked that a note be sent to the teams.

The Superintendent then shared with the board information on three lease purchases that need to be approved from the board. One was for technology, one was for buses and one was for univents.   Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded to move that the vote to authorize the lease purchase of ipads.

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Wheeler to move that the vote to authorize the lease purchase of three buses

Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Olean to move that the vote to authorize the lease purchase of then univents.

Superintendent’s Report:

Other Business:

Title I, II, and II were approved. Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to go into Executive Session Pursuant to M.R.S.A §405(6)(A) Duties of Employee. In at 9:31 pm. Out at 9:36 pm.

Ms. Olean made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to adjourn at 9:36 pm.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly

Superintendent