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Minutes of March 23, 2017

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING  March 23, 2017

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on March 23, 2017 at 6:45 pm, with all members present except Mr. Smith and Ms. Hopper. There were 47 in the audience.

 

Public Input

 

DK Horne of Berwick shared with the board his family’s concerns regarding the disbandment of the Noble/Wells Hockey program.  He shared a scenario regarding his children and the hockey team that they played for in the past years. He wanted to impress upon the board the level of commitment that the parents of the Wells/Noble team have given to the program and would support continuing the program in the future rather than joining another Coop.  

Judy Marsh of Wells shared her feelings about the disbandment of the Noble/Wells Coop.  She expressed her disappointment in the decision.  Ken Webb, also of Wells and president of the Noble/Wells Hockey Boosters also shared his concerns and disappointment in the situation.  He expressed his concern how the move was made and the lack of communication..

Ms. Olean  made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neurbert to add an executive session to the agenda for Employment of Employees.

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to approve the minutes of March 9, 2017. All members voted in favor except Ms. Wheeler who abstained and the motion passed.

Kaitlyn Price, student representative, shared the student report. She shared that there was a Chicken Ball tournament at Noble last evening.  A junior/senior team won. The student talent show held last week for grades K-12 was well attended and had various acts from all grade levels.  Advanced Placement Sign ups this week and closed yesterday.  AP testing is coming up in May.

SATs for Juniors are on April 5th. The Noble High Course catalog came out this week and signs up are in April.

The Assistant Superintendent shared with the board budget updates.  She asked the board to review the past categories of cuts that were presented on March 9 and ask any questions or share any concerns. We then moved on to a new list of cuts that were generated by our administrative team for the board to consider.  Draft Two Significant Changes  Personnel reductions, Transportation, other cost categories, Sports, were all discussed. The board asked specific questions about certain presented cuts. There was significant concern about the potential of loss of a portion of the School Resource Officer at the Noble Middle School. Members of the public also spoke to those concerns.  Mr. Jeff Saucier of North Berwick shared his concerns regarding the cut of the SRO and just the process of budgeting. Mr. Craig Keisker of Berwick also shared his concern about cutting the SRO position.  

The board had questions about the stipend lists and how that could be reduced by a percentage across the board. There was discussion regarding the best strategies to go forward and support and promote this budget.  There was question regarding the administration and where cuts would be made there.  Ms. Neubert shared her concerns about equity across the board if no cuts are made in administration.  There was discussion regarding evaluation of teachers and the mandate for evaluation of staff.

Ms. Neubert made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to go into executive session pursuant 1 M.R.S.A.§ 405 (6)(D) Labor Contract Discussion, Teachers.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 9:33 pm.  Out at 9:37 pm.

Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to go into executive session pursuant 1M.R.S.A.§ 405( 6)(A) Employment of Employees.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 9:38 pm. Out at 9:50 pm.

Other Business:

Region 9 Meeting Ms. Potter, Ms, Wheeler, Ms. Olean  and Ms. Neubert  will attend. The board will need to determine if they will be rescheduling their school board meeting that evening or just eliminating it from the schedule.  We’ll address this on March 30th.

The Assistant Superintendent shared with the board graphs that illustrated how we compare to other schools around us in terms of cost per student in conjunction with performance on the Math and English state testing through Empower ME.  MSAD 60 fares well in comparisons. ELA Comparison Charts, Comparison Chart Math

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

Adjourned at 9:59 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Susan Austin

Assistant Superintendent