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Minutes of March 30, 2017



A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on March 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm, with all members present.  There were 16 in the audience.

Mr. Smith is the time keeper.

Ms. Olean is the norm checker and we are focusing on “We” will stand for our decisions and we will be time bound.

Public Input

Ms. Deb Randall of North Berwick shared her concern with the lack of nut awareness that occurred on the Washington field trip. She asked that a nurse from the school be able to attend a trip when there are students with life threatening allergies on the field trip. Other folks spoke up and shared their experiences.

Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to approve the minutes of March 23, 2017. All members voted in favor except Mr. Smith who abstained and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared with the board a proposal to make up the time lost due to excessive snow days this year.  He gave an overview of the reason for the need for the make up time.  He also shared the direction that was given by the Commissioner of Education.  The proposal entails eliminating the early release/late start days beginning April 27 for the remainder of the year to make up 2 hours per day there. Add 20 minutes to the end of the day to add the rest of the time which would provide together with five days.

Last student day would be June 14th and teachers would end on June 15th.

Kaitlyn Price, student representative, shared the student report via her laptop.

Student Report March 30, 2017

  • SAT testing is next Wednesday, April 5
  • The school musical next fall will be “Into the Woods”
  • Course registration for next year is going to be:
    • Tuesday, March 28 – sophomores
    • Friday, March 31 – freshmen
    • Friday, April 7 – juniors
    • Grade 8 course registration will happen after April vacation.
  • On Saturday two junior Noble students, Morgan Griffin and Ray Horne, competed in the Maine State Science Fair at Colby College.  Morgan and Ray are the *first* Noble students to compete in the Science Fair, and one of 160 other entries from 26 different schools there.  Although they did not place, their poster and presentation before the judges was highly respectable and deserves commendation for their first time competing.  Their topic and title was “Prediction of Probable Germination Patterns in the State of Maine Based on Laboratory Growth of Nasturtium officinale“.
  • Softball has a game at Winnecunnet, Saturday, April 1 at 9:00
  • Boys & Girls Track has a meet at York, Thursday, April 13 at 3:30

The Superintendent shared with the board The Community Engagement Center work for “Look Who Got Caught Reading”

The Superintendent shared pictures from various events throughout the district in the past few weeks. Cat in the Hat Visits NBES.

The Superintendent shared updates from food service:  A quick note about our special events at NMS.

 “The students of NMS were treated to a couple of very special meals this month. On Thursday March 16th the students arrived in the cafeteria to see Celebrity Chefs, Nutrition Services Director Tyler Goodwin, Resource Officer Milton Fogg, MS Principal Mike Roberts and Assistant Principal Melinda Luders waiting to cook Asian style stir fry lunches to order for the students. The students selected their favorite ingredients and the chefs stir fried them up right in front of the students. A delicious lunch and a great show rolled into one!”

  “As part of the School Breakfast Challenge our Noble Schools participated in during the month of March. Friday March 24th, NMS students were treated to an omelet bar with all the fixins. Nutrition Services Director Tyler Goodwin and Kitchen Manager Julie Downs cooked omelets to order for the students. Students selected their choice of fillings and the Chefs cooked them up to order. A great start to the school day.”  Omelette Bar at NMS   

Reagan Kelley, a freshman at Noble, has become a finalist in the FAB Freshman category of the Varsity Maine Awards. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the red carpet event located at USM’s Costello Sports Complex.

Representative Karen Gerrish and Superintendent Connolly have been working closely together on a bill to change the current ineffective truancy laws.  After reviewing laws from several states and looking at how the Maine system does little to hold parents and students accountable for truancy, Karen presented a bill that includes:

* changes in the required school truancy reporting timeline

* clearer definition for truancy

* stiffer penalties for parents (a DA could even require a parent to attend school with the child)

* penalties that impact older students (i.e., revocation of a driver’s license)

* it requires more involvement of community services.

Rebecca DeWan’s scholarly research has been recognized by USM and by the Maine Music Educators Association.  I have been invited to present my research at the Thinking Matters Symposium at USM on April 28 and at the MMEA Conference on May 19 at UMaine Orono.

The Superintendent then shared the draft 17/18 calendar.  Mr. Smith asked that we potentially adjust the end of the year NOT to have the snow days on the calendar as it seems to confuse people.  There was some discussion about just stating “Snow days will be added on.”  There was also discussion regarding the parent conference nights and if it were feasible to change them from Thursday to Wednesdays in November.  We will table this til the next meeting for final adoption.

The Superintendent then updated the board on the budget.  He gave them an overview of the budget proposal and the intentions of the administrative team to provide a zero based budget for the board to consider.  He shared a fact sheet that provided comparisons of expenditures between this year and the FY 18 budget proposal. The board noted the loss from the state at this point is slated at just under $514,000.  The board asked many questions and heard from the administrators in the room as well.

The Assistant Superintendent shared the literacy staff information that had been requested.  She explained that it is hard to separate strictly literacy staff from those providing intervention services, which encompass reading and math.  She explained the role of the literacy coaches in the past three years, the addition of consultants to provide professional development for literacy and the roles of the educational technicians.

Special Education Director, Susan Macri, gave an overview of maintenance of effort, as well as our obligations under Free Appropriate Public Education via the special education program that we provide in MSAD 60.The board asked several questions and were able to follow up with their thoughts and concerns.  FAPE

The Assistant Superintendent shared with the board the Code of Conduct work that had been done.  MSAD #60 K-12 Code of Conduct

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to go into executive session pursuant  1 M.R.S.A.§405(6)(A) Duties of an Official.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 10:06 pm.  Out at 10:30 pm.

The board then discussed the concerns that were brought up regarding the dissolution of the Wells/Noble Hockey coop.  The consensus of the board after this discussion was that this was an administrative decision and that further board meeting time would not be necessary. However, the athletic director will be reaching out to the Noble hockey players and their families to have an informational meeting to discuss the program going forward.

Mr. Smith made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Olean to go into executive session pursuant 1 M.R.S.A. §405 (6)(A) Employment of Employees.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 10:36 pm.  Out at  10:44 pm.

Other Business:

The Superintendent noted that if a Health Teacher position is eliminated from the Noble High School, the Policy Subcommittee will have to reopen policy IKF, to amend graduation requirements from 1 Health credit to .5.

Mr. Smith  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 10:45 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly