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Minutes of November 2, 2017

   MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING November 2, 2017

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on November 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm, with all members present except Mr. Doiron. There were 6 in the audience.  

Mr. Cowan made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Beal to go into executive session for the consideration of expulsion of a student per 1 M.R.S.A. §405(6)(B).  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 6:04 pm.  Out at 6:38 pm .

Ms. Neubert made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Beal to expel the student under consideration. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Mr. Cowan made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Beal to go into executive session for the consideration of expulsion of a student per 1 M.R.S.A. §405(6)(B).  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 6:47 pm.  Out at 7:17 pm .

Ms. Neubert made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to expel the student under consideration. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Public Input

None at this time

Ms. Potter  made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to approve the minutes of October 19, 2017 as amended. All members voted in favor except Ms. Beal who abstained and the motion passed.

Noble Middle School Principal, Michael Roberts, shared with the board updates from his school. The middle school had a dance where 350 students attended.  Very positive and only concern is regarding the number of students outside being picked up in a very short period of time, as the lighting is poor, and there were a lot of vehicles.  

He also shared that there are an average of 150-175 drop offs at the Middle School each morning. This is of concern in that it creates quite a backlog of traffic each day. He encourages parents to put their children on the big yellow bus to alleviate that level of traffic. Traffic out of NMS is now being routed down Cranberry Meadow Road toward Old Sanford Road.

Parent Teacher conferences are a hot topic because of the limited number of spots for parents.  NMS recently doubled the slots and called parents who were on the waiting list to set up conference times. An elementary teacher also noted her concern for the time provided to meet all families.

Grading system change has brought up some questions from families, and administration is working at providing as much information as possible regarding the language changes.

Behavioral concerns were discussed regarding a specific number of regular education students who are having  major difficulties maintaining their composure at school within the classroom settings. The Superintendent shared that a solution to the behavior problem in regular classroom settings is in the works.

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/.  Following is the draft Vision/Mission/Values document to date.

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. Budget Timeline FY’19

The Board then reviewed the following policies as first readings:

           IHBGA(r)- Home School Participation in School Programs

           IHCDA(r)- Post Secondary Options Rule

           JHB(nr)- NR Truancy

           JICC(nr)- Student Conduct on Busses

           JJ(nr)-Student Clubs and Organizations

           JLDBG(r)- Reintegration of Students from  Juvenile Correctional Facilities

Student Report:

None at this time.

The Superintendent then shared the resignation of Noble Middle School Social Worker Jenny Moskowitz, LCSW.  Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded to accept the resignation of Ms. Moskowitz with regrets. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Other Business:

The Superintendent then shared a letter of thanks from Pat McLaughlin representing The North Berwick Food Pantry.  The folks from the pantry love the flexibility the Mary Hurd space has provided them, and they love working with our MHA students and staff.

Crisis plans and the changes pages were shared with the Superintendent and he shared the concurrence page with the board.

The Superintendent then shared with the board a downward trend of civility occurring at this time and some examples of difficulties that our administration is facing.  

Ms. Beal updated the board on her attendance at the Maine School Board Association’s fall conference. She updated the board on the workshops that she attended.  

Public Input #2:

Ms Holly Lowery of North Berwick expressed her concern regarding the NMS parent conference issue and the fact that she was unable to obtain a conference for her child. She shared that she hoped in the future that more opportunity would be made for parent teacher conference times.

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

Adjourned at  9:27  pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly

Secretary