MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING on March 31, 2016
A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on March 31, 2016 at 7:00 pm with all members present. The student representative was absent and the press was absent. There were 32 in the audience.
Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Smith to approve the minutes of March 24, 2016 as amended. All members voted in favor except and the motion passed.
Ms. Julie Hasbrouck, Berwick Resident, shared her concerns regarding the revised Thursday proposal.
Ms. Samantha Norwood, a Freshman at Noble, shared her concern regarding the potential switch from late start to early release for professional development. She expressed several reasons why late starts were more beneficial than the early release suggestions.
Ms. Andrea Gould, a parent, shared her belief that we have a contractual issue rather than a daycare issue. She asked that the board consider what is best for students rather than what is best for teachers. She shared her concerns as well her belief that Noble students get less time for students than other schools.
Ms. Jen England, North Berwick resident and teacher at Noble High School, shared her beliefs that the late starts are very beneficial both for the students and for the teachers at the high school.
The Superintendent then shared with the board and the public that Mr. Ron Robert, Principal of North Berwick Elementary Schools, has been chosen Maine’s National Distinguished Principal in 2016 by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NASP). Ms. Olean presented him with a plaque and we held a mini reception to honor him.
The board then reviewed the final draft of the Superintendent’s budget. This budget needs to be adopted as the Board of Director’s budget this evening and therefore members of the board reviewed the draft with this in mind. It was noted that the medical insurance came in just a bit over 2% and therefore we have a cost savings there. It is reflected in this budget. Ms. Van Campen, business manager, shared other areas that were adjusted from the last meeting. The board then reviewed the details and asked specific questions.
The board discussed the thought of raising meal prices more than the originally discussed 25¢ by another 25¢. The board took a straw poll and determined not to do that this year but consider an additional 25¢ in the next budget. The board also discussed the difficulty that the federal regulations regarding school nutrition pose for our schools. There are necessary components that must be taken by students to constitute a meal that is reimbursable from the state and federal government. It is clear that there is waste occurring as students do not often choose to eat all of the food that is mandated that be taken on their trays. The board discussed various options to support composting etc. More to discuss in the future.
Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Wheeler to accept the Superintendent’s proposed 2016-2017 Adult Education budget of $347,197 representing a 4.8% increase over the 2015-2016 budget. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
The board then also discussed the purchase of a portable generator or two permanent generators for our schools that currently do not have generators. The board did a straw vote and determined to purchase two permanent generators.
Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Wheeler to accept the Superintendent’s proposed 2016-2017 District budget of $38,387,578 representing a .58% increase over the 2015-2016 budget. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Ms. Heidi Early-Hersey, Director of Teaching and Learning, shared with the board information regarding the potential schedule options for providing professional development time for our elementary staff as well as continued time for the staff in grades 6-12. There was good discussion regarding the level of communication that was undertaken in order to reach as many parents as possible. Connect Ed. calls were made, a survey was developed and over 450 people responded, etc. More feedback will be taken and we will be discussing the proposals again at the April 7, 2016 meeting.
Ms. Olean reminded the board of budget dates:
May 5, 2016- District Budget Meeting Barry S Moore Gymnasium
May 10, 2015- District Budget Referendum
The superintendent announced the retirement of Ms. Ann Harmon, educational technician in Lebanon. The board noted their happiness for Ann but sadness that she’ll be moving on.
The superintendent shared a letter of resignation from Ms. Mary Delehanty, teacher at the Hussey school who has been on a year’s leave of absences after the birth of her second child. Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Alwin to accept the letter of resignation of Ms. Delehanty. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
None at this time
Mr. Kelly Smith shared that Boulanger Paving has offered to pave the runway for the long jump at Noble Middle School. Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Smith to accept the donation. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Ms. Heidi Early shared with the board the Skip Gates presentation will be held at Marshwood High school on the Opiate Effect. April 14th 6-7:15 pm.
Mr. Price shared with the board that he began a facebook page to help communicate more information about what is going on in the district. He will keep us posted on how things are going. He also shared that he would be willing to help others start their own.
The board discussed their goal to reach more people and draw more people into the conversation. It was asked that more people come and at least speak to their concerns regarding budget etc. The numbers at the district budget meeting in May have traditionally been very low. We are seeking to gain more support and have more voices heard. Our budget meeting is May 5th and will be held at Noble High School.
Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to go into executive session pursuant to I M.R.S.A.§405(6)(D) for Labor Contract Discussion. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 8:21pm.
Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to adjourn at 9:10pm. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.