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Minutes of May 26, 2016

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING on May 26, 2016

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on May 26, 2016 at 6:30 pm, with all members present.  The student representative and the press were absent.  There were 3 people in the audience.

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Mr Cowan to add in an executive session pursuant to  4056A Duties of officials. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. An additional executive session was added to the agenda.

Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Smith to add item 7 to the agenda which would allow reallocation of budget funds up to 5%.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. Item 7 is added to the agenda.

Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to go into executive session pursuant to 4056B  for a readmission hearing of a student. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.  In at 6:38 pm. Out at 7:03 pm.

Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Alwin to readmit the student under consideration.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Smith to go into executive session pursuant to 4056A Duties of officials. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 7:06 pm. Out at 7:14 pm.

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Alwin to approve the minutes of May 12, 2016.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Public Input: None

Mr. Connolly shared with the board and the public some feedback regarding concern about transgender students within the school system. The school board has not dealt with this matter or changed any policies because it is a federal and a state law and not one that the school board can provide action on. He clarified that secondarily, state and federal funding provide us with approximately 2.6 million dollars and those funds are contingent upon the district following these federal and state laws.

Ms. Brenda Gagne shared with the board an invitation to the adult education graduation on June 6, 2016.

The board then heard from the District Evaluation Steering Committee with a presentation regarding the work that has been done over the past two years on the teacher and principal evaluation process.  Ms. Wheeler  made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to adopt the Marshall and Westwood rubrics, set of InTASC and PSEL standards, two-part system (80% Professional Practice, 20% Student  Learning and Growth), and the District Steering Committee presented by the District Evaluation Task Force.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Ms. Emily Cook, of North Berwick shared with the board her concerns regarding the policies  or laws around students being able to access facilities based on their gender identification and the safety and privacy of all students.
The Superintendent then shared an informational letter regarding the legislative mandates around gender identity and the policies of the district. He reiterated that no policy has been changed. The board had a good discussion regarding the concerns and noted that we will work to communicate with the community regarding our policy that is already in place.

Mr. Cowan made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price that pursuant to 1485(4) of Title 20-A, the Superintendent of Schools be authorized to transfer not more than 5% of the total appropriation for any cost center in the current fiscal year operating budget to another cost center or among other cost centers, provided that the total current fiscal year operating budget shall not be increased by such transfers.

Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Alwin to accept the following new teaching candidates Ashley Phaneuf Hanson, Grade 1; Laura Peartree, Hanson Grade K; Kristine Gray LES Grade 4; Adam Nye, NHS Life Science; Sarah Salisbury, NHS, Science; Sarah Stowell, NHS, Biology; Thomas Bonello NMS Art.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared a letter of resignation from Ms. Beth Simpson-Robie a speech language pathologist in Lebanon. Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by to accept the resignation of Ms. Simpson-Robie with regret, all members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared a leave of absence request from Ms. Lee Perkins for the 16/17 school year. He shared with the board the situation around the leave.  Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to deny the leave of absence request. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared a letter of resignation from Ms. Kate Anderson of the Hussey School. Ms. Wheeler  made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Smith to accept the letter of resignation with regret. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared a letter of retirement from Ms. Martha Couture of the Hussey School. Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to accept the letter of resignation with regret. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent shared two probationary teachers to be added to our lists. Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Mr Price to move Ms. Brigette Dumont and Ms. Irene Morrison to probationary 2 status. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Superintendent’s Report:

The Superintendent then shared with the board an opportunity to work with EPIC to implement the School Success Model for Non-Cognitive Skills (I.e., Maine Learning Results Guiding Principles) It is a five-year high school grant opportunity and we will put forward an application. The board was in agreement to pursue the opportunity.

The Superintendent then updated the board on several North Berwick and District events.  Ron Robert received a Legislative Sentiment from House Majority Leader Mark Eves on Thursday, May 26th in recognition of his outstanding service to the district and his distinction of Maine Principal of the Year.  There are also two student award winners in North Berwick.  Maine Clean Water Week Poster Contest winner was Freya Qualls, 3rd grader.  The Bus Safety Poster Contest Winner Division 2 for the state was Sylvia Murray, a fifth grader.

The Superintendent also shared that 31 students at Noble Middle School participated in Math Olympiads this year.  The gold pin is awarded to those in at least the top 2% and this year Rain Bugado earned that award.  The silver pin is awarded to those in the top 10% and this year the following students were awarded…Ethan Bent Lucas Bent, Anthony Prak, Ian Tasker, Jamie George and Wallace Morton.  And the embroidered patch is awarded to the top 50% of all participants and those students from NMS included:  John Kodzis, Liam Sullivan, Luke Safford, Colin Kitchen, Breenah Williams, Emma Badger, Stuart Power, Lily Smith, Isaac Hayes, Cormac Mallett, Nicholas Sirois, Celia Momonee, Melissa Pass, and Noah Spinney-Hernandez.

The Superintendent shared with the board the donation by Karen Walker of a vintage Gretsch Pathfinder trumpet that is valued at approximately $300.  The trumpet was recently repaired/restored by Michele Kingston and is in perfect working condition. The trumpet will be available to a MSAD 60 student who might not be able to afford to play an instrument in the band program.

 Other Business:

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Smith to go into executive session for negotiations pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A.405§(6)(D).  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 9:15 pm. Out at  9:35pm.

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Smith to adjourn at 9:44  pm.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly