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Minutes of June 9, 2016

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING on June 9, 2016

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on June 9, 2016 at 6:30 pm, with all members present.  The student representative and the press were absent.  There were 5 people in the audience.

Ms. Wheeler  made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Smith to add in an executive session pursuant to  M.R.S.A §405(6)(B)  Readmission of a Student. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.  In at 6:30 pm. Out at 6:43 pm.

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

Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to approve the minutes of May 26, 2016.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Public Input: None

The Superintendent and Board Chair presented to Ms. Andrea Rose and Ms. Jacqueline Alwin  plaques honoring their years of service to the MSAD 60 community.  A small celebration with refreshments followed.

Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to amend the agenda of the meeting to move up the contract ratifications. All members voted in favor the the motion passed.

The Superintendent shared with the board the potential support staff contract that was negotiated and has been ratified with the support staff union. Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded to ratify the contract for the support staff. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Board then held the first reading of policy JLCD  regarding administration of medicine as well as the medical marijuana policy. The board heard updates from the superintendent and then considered that their first reading.

The Superintendent then shared with the board a donation from the Town of Lebanon for $300 for use in the Lebanon Community Learning Center.

The board then heard from the Superintendent regarding technology replacement equipment in the current lease.  Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Rose (with emphasis from Mr. Cowan) to authorize the replacement of certain technology equipment under the district’s 2015 $138,637 techonology lease purchase. The replacement occurred because of faulty Nexus tablets for which the District received a credit. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared with the board an update regarding the assistant principal position at the Hussey School.  He shared a biography of Ms. Shannon Swiger, the candidate who is being brought forward. Shannon Swiger-currently literacy coordinator and quasi AP in Seabrook. UNH PhD in literacy and schooling, Sacred Heart masters in Teaching, finishing last required AP course at this time (Will be done after holiday).  Works with Seabrook teachers on minis and face to face coaching through Marshall rubrics, oversees Title grants and RTI reading interventions for her school, former technology integrator, educational author on pieces like Developing Higher Order Comprehension in Middle Grades.

The Superintendent then shared with the board an update regarding the assistant principal position at the North Berwick Elementary School. Michelle Keniston – currently NBES grade five teacher, did an outstanding job in interview, she was the unanimous first choice.  She has completed AP course work, has been a NB teacher leader for years, respected voice and positive force in the school.  She is resigning her teaching position and will be 1/2 time AP, 200 day contract.

The Superintendent presented several names of several teaching candidates, Tyler Winsor, Benjamin Francisco, Julianne Smith, Shawna Boyd, Susan Valenti, Spencer Hodge, and Justin Pietruch. Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Rose to approve the nominations of new teachers. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The superintendent then presented letters of resignations from Mr. Marco Lamothe, 5th grade teacher at ELKS and Ms. Michelle Keniston, 5th grade teacher at NBES. Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Rose to accept the letters of resignation with regret. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Superintendent’s Report:

The Superintendent then updated the board on the newly named Maine Evaluation system (MAARS) and when the information from the EmPower test results will be available. They will not be available until October of 2016.  

 

Other Business:

Ms. Potter asked about being sure that the agenda is attached to an email rather than just being adjusted in the google docs.  It will be addressed going forward.

Ms. Wheeler asked about the progress of maintenance director, Kevin Moore, and the Superintendent gave an update on his progress.

The Superintendent then discussed with the board developing a budget process subcommittee that would begin in early September. He asked the board to think about that. They felt it was a good idea and will think about participants for the future. We will follow up on this. The purpose of the committee would be to develop a protocol for the budget process that meets the needs of the board and of our administrative team.

The Superintendent shared with the board two summer dates for meetings, June 30 and August 18.

The Assistant Superintendent shared with the board that the North Berwick Food Pantry would like to join forces with the Mary Hurd Academy.  There was a lengthy conversation about the long term situation with the MHA and potential growth in North Berwick etc. The plan will be to potentially work out a two year plan with the NB food pantry folks and determine need from there.  We will do a program review of the Mary Hurd Academy in October of 2016 and determine next steps at that point.

Mr. Cowan asked the board about the idea that Michelle Silver shared with some board members regarding the graduation walk through the elementary schools and the middle school.  All members felt that was a great idea.

The board then discussed the graduation gowns and the one color. It was noted that adult education utilized the old tradition and had maroon and white gowns. In the future it would be beneficial for the two programs to keep in sync with one color for all.

Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Rose to go into executive session for employment of employee pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A.405§(6)(D).  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 9:12 pm. Out at 10:21 pm.

Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Rose to adjourn at 10:21 pm.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly

Superintendent