MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING on March 3, 2016.
A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on March 3, 2016 at 6:30 pm with all members present except Ms. Wheeler, Ms. Olean, and Ms. Manley. The student representative was absent and the press was absent. There were 0 in the audience.
Mr. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Alwin 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 6:35 pm. Out at 6:59 pm.
Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Smith to approve the minutes of Feb. 25, 2016. All members voted in favor except Mr. Cowan who abstained and the motion passed.
Public Input: None at this time.
Mr. Ron Robert, Principal of the North Berwick Elementary School, shared his proposed FY 2017 budget. North Berwick Elementary School Budget Narrative
Ms. Audra Beauvais, Principal of the Hussey School, shared her proposed FY 2017 budget.
Ms. Bev Olean joined the meeting at 7:10 pm.
Ms. Elva Lovejoy, Principal of the Knowlton School, shared her proposed FY 2017 budget.
Mr. Tom Ledue, Principal of the Lebanon Schools, shared his proposed FY 2017 budget.
Mr. Mike Roberts, Principal of Noble Middle School, shared his proposed FY 2017 budget. He shared with the board an update on the proposal for a renovation of the back wing of the Middle School.
Mr. Joe Findlay, Principal of Noble High School, shared his proposed FY 2017 budget.
Mr. Blair Marelli, Noble Athletic Director, shared his proposed FY 2017 budget.
The Assistant Superintendent shared the proposed FY 2017 Career and Technical Education budget.
The Assistant Superintendent shared the proposed FY 2017 Other Instruction Budget.
Early release conversation briefly touched upon. The administrators shared that the teachers have been predominantly positive about the potential of more time to meet as grade levels and as a professional community to work on assessments, etc. The elementary teachers really haven’t had the same amount of quality professional development time as the middle school and high school in order to work on the many state and district requirements.
Mr. Cowan thanked the entire administrative team for the efforts put forth regarding the budget.
Mr. Cowan also asked about the budget workshop and if the administrative team was invited to attend. Indeed they are.
Mr. Robert, principal of North Berwick Elementary Schools, shared briefly with the board his perception of what the small increase in administrative time throughout the district would provide to the teaching staff. He feels that more time from administration will support teachers to becoming better teachers. It would allow for more time to positively support teachers who are looking for feedback on their teaching and on handling of difficult classroom situations.
The Assistant Superintendent shared a letter of resignation from Ms. Mary Hammond, former 5th grade elementary teacher at Lebanon Elementary School. She has been on a one year leave of absence and she has decided to stay in Minnesota so will not be returning here. Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Olean to accept Ms. Hammond’s letter of resignation with regret. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
None at this time
The Assistant Superintendent shared that the board will have a draft document that is explaining the proposal for early release for elementary schools in the upcoming school year. We will discuss this proposal at the March 17th school board meeting.
Ms. Olean shared that she spent some time in Ms. Stephanie Morneault’s kindergarten class this past week to observe the kindergarten literacy block. She expressed how impressed she was with the flow of the classroom and the instruction. She encouraged other board members to get into their schools.
Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to adjourn at 8:40 pm. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.