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Minutes of November 16, 2017

 

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING November 16, 2017

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on November 16, 2017 at 5:45 pm, with all members present except Mr. Doiron. There were 6 in the audience.  

Ms. Neubert made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to go into executive session to consult with legal counsel per 1 M.R.S.A. §405(6)(E).  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 5:53 pm.  Out at 6:05 pm .

Ms. Neubert made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Doiron to go into executive session for the readmission of a student per 1 M.R.S.A. §405(6)(B).  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 6:07 pm.  Out at 7:28  pm .

Public Input

Leighann Wurtz who teaches at the Knowlton School expressed her concern regarding a potential program.

Carol Carlin who teaches at NMS shared her concerns regarding behavior at Noble Middle School and that it has become an uncomfortable place to work due to this student behavior.  She shared her concern about the planning room and how it has not become a deterrent for behavior. Detention has also not been a deterrent.  She is also concerned about teacher morale and student discipline.  

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

Student Report:  The fall musical, Into the Woods, had shows last Thursday-Sunday. The run was very successful, and students and faculty enjoyed the show.

  • Winter Sports are starting practice next week.
  • The was a Halloween dance Oct. 28. There was not very high attendance. Student suggestions for how it could improve is having the dance the weekend before halloween rather than halloween weekend.
  • There was a dodgeball tournament yesterday. There was a great student turnout, and those who went report that it was extremely fun.
  • This past Tuesday we also had a chorus concert honoring our veterans. It was extremely well attended and appreciated.

The Superintendent updated the board on the strategic planning process that has been going on for the past several weeks. Anyone can access the timeline and information about the strategic planning by going to this link:  http://www.msad60.org/blog/category/future-60/.  The board then discussed finalizing the mission statement with support from the administrative team. The Superintendent then shared a Realtime Board that highlighted data that we are gathering towards specific goals.

The board then discussed the budget timeline for the coming fiscal year. The Superintendent shared some of the major concerns to discuss in the budget time frame.

The Board then reviewed the following policies as Second Readings

           IHBGA(r)- Home School Participation in School Programs The recommendation at this time is to table this policy at this time as the high school is updating. Mr. Cowan made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to table policy IHBGA(r) until a future meeting. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

           IHCDA(r)- Post Secondary Options Rule  Mr. Doiron made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to accept policy IHCDA(r) Post Secondary Options Rule be approved as amended. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

           JHB(nr)- Truancy- the committee reworked section 3 on the procedure and added a legal reference to state statute. Ms. Beal  made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to accept policy JHB with revisions. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

           JICC(nr)- Student Conduct on Busses  The subcommittee made note of a legal reference as well as a reference to the code of conduct to be added to the policy. Ms. Neubert  made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to accept policy JICC with revisions. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

           JJ(nr)- Student Clubs and Organizations- Mr. Cowan made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to remove the policy from the manual. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

           JLDBG(r)- Reintegration of Students from Juvenile Correctional Facilities – Mr. Doiron made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Beal to keep JLDBG as is. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

           GCSA(nr)- Employee Computer and Internet Use- Mr. Doiron made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Beal to keep GCSA as is. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

GCSA-R (nr)- Employee Computer and Internet Use Rules- Ms. Beal made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to keep GCSA as is (with fixing the typo)  and added in the form cited in the policy as GCSA-R1. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

IJND(nr)- MSAD #60 Website  Mr. Doiron  made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to accept policy IJND with revisions. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

IJND-R(nr)- Website Guidelines  Mr. Doiron  made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to accept policy IJND-R with revisions. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then brought forward a candidate for the English Language Arts position at Noble Middle School. Mr. Doiron made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Beal to approve Peter Casasa Blouin as the 6th grade ELA teacher at NMS. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared a letter of resignation from Julie Patten, who is the adult ed. Career advisor. She will be missed.

Other Business:

The Superintendent shared that we will be starting negotiations with the administration

Mr. Cowan shared his concern regarding the behavioral components at the Middle School. The board then held a larger discussion about discipline throughout the district and how to best support students and teachers. The Assistant Superintendent shared the plan going forward for a small group of students at NMS to occur in the near future.

Mr. Cowan also asked some clarifying questions regarding the proficiency-based presentation that will be happening on December 7.  

Mr. Cowan made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Beal to add two executive sessions at the end of the meeting. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Mr. Price shared with the board a donation from Pratt Whitney that allowed the theatre to purchase a shark tooth scrim.  The musical really benefitted from the donation and it was very much appreciated. The board expressed their thanks.  

Public Input #2:

Ms. Pam Texeira, of Lebanon, and a teacher at Noble Middle School shared her concern regarding educational technicians being pulled as substitutes.

Ms. Carol Carlin, shared that she believes the Middle School can become better and that the staff and students will rise to the occasion if allowed the support.

Ms. Neubert  made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Beal to go into executive session for employee employment pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. §405(6)(A).  In at 9:38 pm Out at 9:44 pm.

Ms.Neubert made the motion and it was seconded to go into executive session for a complaint investigation update pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. §405(6)(A).  In at 9:45 pm. Out at 9:50 pm.

Mr. Cowan made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to go into executive session for information of confidential records pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. §405(6)(F).   In at 9:50 pm. Out at 10:05 pm.

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

Adjourned at  10:05  pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly

Secretary