MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING on March 17, 2016
A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on March 17, 2016 at 7:24 pm with all members present. The student representative was absent and the press was absent. There were 11 in the audience.
Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to go into Executive Session Pursuant to 1M.R.S.A. §405(6)(A) Employment of Employee. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 6:04 pm. Out at 7:20 pm.
Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to approve the minutes of March 10, 2016. All members voted in favor except Ms. Rose who abstained and the motion passed.
Ms. Taylor, Berwick resident, shared her concerns regarding the proposed calendar change with early release for the elementary schools one day per week and was speaking specifically to the middle and high school release time at 3:00 rather than 2:25. She shared her concerns regarding impact on families in the area as well as secondary students who may have a job, etc. The board shared with her that we would consider her concerns and determine if a different option might be workable.
The board then continued to discuss the Reading Recovery Program. The board continued with a lengthy conversation regarding the program efficacy. There was dialogue with the elementary administrative team regarding interventions; what the impacts of the reduction of the program would be for students who are in need of services and uses of the interventionists to support students. Board members debated the pros and cons of reducing the program and reallocating those resources within the schools. They continue to be split on their decision as they recognize the benefits of the program as well as the need to embrace new methods to reach more students in need of remediation services.
The board then reviewed the information regarding what budgetary items were not brought to the board in the first round draft. The board asked several questions about the program costs that were not brought forward in Excel, Special Education, and at LES.
Meal Prices… The board discussed the rates for meals that are being budgeted for next year. There is an increase of 25¢ per meal built into the budget for next year. The board also discussed an additional 25¢ for grades 6-12 lunches. This would require a waiver request from the state. The board discussed this and debated it. They are going to think it through and make a final decision next week when we may have more information from School Nutrition Director Lynnette Harriman.
The Superintendent shared an update regarding Proficiency-Based Diplomas and the evaluation system requirements for the state, LD 1627. We are currently in a pilot program and we will have approximately 140 probationary and continuing contract teacher evaluations to complete next year. This directly impacts the request to increase administrative services, particularly in the evaluation process.
The board then discussed the CIP list and what we would be doing going forward.
The board then discussed the recommended additional teaching position changes that were requested in the first draft budget.
The board then discussed the changes to the admin contracts for several of the admin team.
Adult Education Budget.. Support it going forward with the increase of $15,915.00 which is a 4.8% total budget. Local allocation: $252,197 which is a $43,147 increase, which is 20.63% over the past.
Student Report March 17
This Friday the high school is hosting a throwback themed dance for grades 9-12. Students who attend are encouraged to wear clothing from the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s. Tickets for the dance can be purchased for $10 at the door.
Registration for the Sanford Regional Technical Center for Vocational programs closed last Friday for grades 10 and 11.
Next Friday is class selection day at the high school, rising Seniors will be choosing March 29, rising Juniors will be choosing March 25, and rising sophomores will be choosing March 30.
The Superintendent shared a letter of retirement from Ms. Deb Pouliot, art teacher at Noble Middle School. Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Alwin to accept the letter of resignation with regret. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
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The Superintendent shared with the board that there may be a group of students who come to the board to share their concerns regarding the change of graduation gowns to all maroon rather than allowing students to choose maroon or white gowns.
The Assistant Superintendent shared with the board the solution that was determined to support the junior class on the day of the prom to allow for flexibility in their schedules. All should work out well for the students.
The Superintendent then shared SRTC Skills USA medal winners.
Mr. Price shared Odyssey of the Mind results. We had one team, and that group took third place at Regionals.
Mr. Price shared with the board per student costs from a couple of surrounding towns, $11,100 for Sanford, $12,800 Noble and $13,500 per student for Marshwood. He shared this information with the board to give perspective of where Noble stands in relation to other districts around us.
Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Smith to adjourn at 10:23 pm. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.