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Minutes of March 24, 2016

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING on March 24,  2016

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on March 24, 2016 at 6:30 pm with all members present. The student representative was absent and the press was absent.  There were 16 in the audience.

Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to go into executive session for the expulsion of a student pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A §405(6)(B).  In at 6:32 pm.  Out at 7:01 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.

Mr. Cowan made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Wheeler to go into executive session for the expulsion of a student pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A §405(6)(B).  In at 7:08 pm.  Out at 7:28 pm

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

Ms. Wheeler  made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter  to approve the minutes of March 17, 2016.  All members voted in favor except and the motion passed.

Public Input:

Ms. Julie Hasbrouck, Berwick Resident, discussed her concerns regarding the proposal for the increased collaborative time and the increase to the school day.  She does not believe that adding to the instructional day is a good option for elementary students. The Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent shared with the public the thoughts behind increasing instructional time, and also about the fine tuning of the proposal to meet the needs of families.

Ms. Engle of Berwick, expressed her concern regarding the end of the day and extended time for the school day. She encouraged not lengthening the school day if possible.

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.  The board discussed applying for the waiver so that we have the opportunity to increase food prices for grades 6-12 if we received it. All school board members expressed their concerns for raising prices. There are conflicts regarding this as the board struggles with the impact on families.

The Board then discussed the CIP/Maintenance List and what would be the appropriate projects to accomplish this coming year. There was a conversation about committing $20,000 to a portable generator that could be added in an emergency to any school.  There was also a conversation about the univent system at the Knowlton School and whether or not we will finance it over a number of years. There was consensus on the board to finance over ten years but with the goal to pay it off as soon as possible.  The board also concluded to complete the middle school project to functionality without new equipment. That equipment will be part of the 2071-2018 budget.

The board then discussed the reading recovery program and whether or not to include it in next year’s budget. The administration shared a document that depicted the programing that would be in place if RR was removed from the budget. Board members debated the pros and cons of reducing the program and reallocating those resources within the schools.  They took a straw poll and determined that they would support the reduction of the RR program in the FY 17 budget.

Superintendent Report:

None at this time

Other Business:

Mr. Price asked about if there was a policy regarding staff posting to parent led social media.  Yes, it is 1 M.R.S.A§405(6)(A).

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to add an executive session pursuant to  I M.R.S.A§405(6)(A) to discuss several administrative positions. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 9:48pm.

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Wheeler to go into executive session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A §405(6)(A) Employment of Employee. In at 9:53 pm

Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to go into executive session  pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A§405(6)(A)Labor Contract Discussion. In at 10:00 pm

Mr. Smith made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to go into executive session pursuant to  1 M.R.S.A §4056(A) Employment of Employee. In at 10:29 pm

Mr. Price  made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Alwin  to adjourn at  11:05 pm.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly,

Superintendent