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Minutes of March 9, 2017

 

    MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING  March 9, 2017

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on March 9, 2017 at 6:30 pm, with all members present except Ms. Wheeler. There were 2 in the audience.

 

Public Input

None at this time

 

Ms. Olean made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to approve the minutes of March 2, 2017. All members voted in favor except Mr. Smith who abstained and the motion passed.

 

The Superintendent shared with the board the multiple retirements of MSAD #60 employees. Driver, Bob Noble, who has worked for the District for 13 years. We also heard from Ms. Kathy Clark, a 19 year Hussey School custodian veteran. Also retiring at the end of June is Lynn Thyng, Accounts Payable clerk, who has been employed with us for nearly 30 years!  

 

The retirement of Ron Robert was also shared. Ron is the principal of the North Berwick Elementary Schools. Ms. Hopper made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Smith to accept the letter of retirement with great regret and eternal thanks. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

The Superintendent then shared that we are considering broadening our coop for the Hockey team alignment with Marshwood and Traip Academy.

Update on the trip to Augusta to speak before the joint education and appropriations committee to discuss the governor’s budget and it’s ramifications on this district.

 

The Superintendent shared with the board budget updates and various scenarios that we are looking at to develop this budget as fiscally responsible as possible.  Personnel reductions, Transportation, other cost categories and sports were all discussed. The board asked specific questions about certain presented cuts. There was also discussion regarding the ability to increase revenues through various options (increased costs of events, etc).  The Superintendent then also discussed the potential for grant opportunities that are easily overseen with little supervision. The board threw out several ideas to support this idea.

 

Ms. Neubert noted that the most important aspect for students is the teachers and she would prefer that we do a 0% increase for next year rather than cut staff.  And the same going for the negotiations and a 0% increase for this year and maybe a package for the years in the future. There is a concern that we cannot go any further with cuts to our supplies, etc and still provide what we need for programs to continue.  

 

The board then worked on their maintenance of their budget binders.  

 

The board heard from Ms. Rossana Pass who asked permission to take students on a trip out of the country to Peru and Machu Picchu in April of 2018.  Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to approve the potential trip. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

The board then reviewed the budget documents that were presented and the board asked questions about specific aspects of the fund balance, what could be paid with the fund balance (one time expenses) but isn’t associated with salaries and ongoing expenses. The videos will be released to the public next week.  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.  

 

Ms. Olean made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to accept the donations of $500 from Girls Who Grant for the snack pantry and $1000 of leveled text books from Katie McClay of Mudpies Daycare.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to go into executive session pursuant 1M.R.S.A. §405(6)(D) Labor Contract Discussion, AFL CIO.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 9:12 pm.  Out at 9:22 pm.

 

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to go into executive session pursuant 1M.R.S.A.§405 (6)(D) Labor Contract Discussion, Teachers.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 9:22 pm.  Out at 9:45 pm.

 

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert 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 9:46 pm. Out at 9:54 pm.

 

Other Business:

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

 

Adjourned at 9:57 pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly

Secretary