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Minutes of October 13, 2016

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING on October 13, 2016

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on October 15, 2016 at 7:00pm, with all members present except Mr. Cowan and Ms. Manley.

Public Input

Ms. Colleen Fleming, parent, shared with the board positive feedback regarding the Homecoming this past week. Very positive and a lot of school spirit was displayed.

Ms. Fleming then shared with the board that she was looking at the Building Use policy committee make up and the hope was that there would be a variety of community representation on that committee but that currently most of the of the committee is school employees.

Ms. Fleming also shared her concern regarding the girls basketball coaching system currently in place at Noble and asked for some input into the process and a way to be part of the solutions for improving the sports program at Noble. She also asked for a process to address concerns with coaches and with the program in general.

Mr. Jonathan Payne, president of the MSAD 60 Teachers Union, spoke regarding Maine Question 2, formally An Act to Establish The Fund to Advance Public Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education,  a citizen-initiated referendum question that has qualified for the Maine November 8, 2016 statewide ballot. It seeks to increase state aid to public schools by instituting a surcharge of 3% on Maine income taxes for those with income above $200,000 a year. There was minimal conversation regarding this.

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to approve the minutes of September 22, 2016 as amended as well as September 29, 2016 as presented.  All members voted in favor with one abstention (Ms. Wheeler) and the motion passed.

Ms. Kaitlyn Price, student representative, gave her student report:

PSAT’s for the high school are next Wednesday, October 19

HOMECOMING!

Bonfire was a huge hit , many people showed up, everybody seemed to be having a good time

The homecoming football game was a lot of fun. There was a lot of student fans in the bleachers. The football team ended up winning!!

The homecoming dance was popular, those who went said they really enjoyed it.

Spirit Week

Pep rally was a bust, there wasn’t much student participation at first, but it did build over the course of the event

Animal day Monday was the least popular event

Superhero day was the most popular event

Overall there was very high student body participation during spirit week

The Superintendent then shared with the board a donation of $1,000 from Pratt & Whitney in North Berwick, for the North Berwick Elementary School. Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to accept the donation. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Mr. Smith agreed to be MSAD #60 School Board Representative at the Maine School Board Conference at the end of October.

The Superintendent then shared policies DJH Purchasing and Contracting: Procurement Staff Code of Conduct as well as GBEC Drug Free Workplace for a second reading. Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Olean to accept these policies as presented.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared policy GCFB Recruiting and Hiring of Administrative Staff as a second reading. There were a few minor changes to update the policy. Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms Olean to accept policy GCFB as presented. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared procedure GCFB-R Recruiting and Hiring of Administrative Staff Procedure. The board reviewed that policy and had discussion regarding maintaining the current policy and what direction the board would like to go regarding interviews of all administrative positions.  There was some discussion and the board determined they’d like to table it for this meeting to think about it and then make a decision at the next meeting.

The Superintendent then shared policy GCOA Evaluation of Professional Staff.  The board had a lengthy discussion regarding the adjustments that may need to be made (i.e., adding current Chapter 180 Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth citation, job descriptions and the new evaluation system).

Ms. Potter motion and it was seconded by Ms. Olean to accept policy GCOA Supervision and Evaluation of Professional Staff as amended. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared policy GCOC Evaluation of Administrative Staff.  The board had a brief discussion and suggested adjustments regarding legal references and matching this policy to GCOA language.  Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Smith to accept the policy as amended. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then reviewed the first readings of policies:

            GCQC –Resignation of Staff

             IHBAD –Personnel Development

             IHBAE –Parent Involvement

             IHBAL (r)- Grievance Procedure for Persons with Disabilities

             IHBG (r) Homeschooling  

             IKF (r)- Graduation Requirement

He pointed out a few interesting facts regarding Homeschooling and Graduation Requirements.  The board will think about this in the future in preparation for a second reading.

The board then discussed  DJH-R – Bidding and Purchasing Guidelines and developing a procedural guideline. This policy was removed and classified as a procedural guideline.

The board asked for a physical policy book with all the policies in place.  These will be made and distributed to board members at an upcoming meeting.

The Superintendent shared a  NAESP Article on Ron Robert regarding his status as Maine National Distinguished Principal of the Year.  

The Superintendent shared information about a Buddy Bench in Lebanon.  The students of the Hanson School have a new bench on our  playground – a Buddy Bench. A Buddy Bench is a spot where children can sit when they need a friend to play with. Friends will notice the student on the bench and invite them to play. It was presented to the school at the Sept. 28th scout meeting. The bench was built by Webelo Scouts Brayden Blanchette, Connor MacKenzie, and Camden Bruce from Cub Scout Pack 369. They constructed it during the summer and earned their Build It Pin as a result. The lumber for the bench was generously donated by Eldredge Lumber & Hardware. The scouts displayed the bench in the gym during lunches on Friday and explained how to use the bench to all students in grades K- 3. Our students and staff are very appreciative of this beautiful, useful addition to our school! The following poem is inscribed on the seat:

If you sit here then we’ll know…

A friend will come and off we’ll go…

So sit and wait with a willing heart…

Because this bench is where friendships start.

 

 

The Superintendent shared information about a recent meeting he and the Lebanon Elementary Schools administration had with the town Sestercentennial committee.  In preparation for the 250th Anniversary of the founding of the town, the schools are working with Nancy Wyman of the Lebanon Historical Society and Melissa Cyr of the Lebanon Festival Committee.  The Superintendent shared ideas being discussed for student participation (i.e., focusing the Lebanon Celebration of Learning on the anniversary, working with high school students to create a phone app self-guided town tour).

October 7- Staff Professional Development Day, due to SRTC state conference.  It was a very productive day. We highlighted the non-negotiable literacy strategies across the content area. (These are considered non-negotiable because students must be proficient at them in order to be successful readers and writers.)  Staff self-selected mini-sessions to attend on such topics as: Literacy Lesson Design and Lesson Tuning, Writing Rubric Development, Effective Vocabulary Instruction, Interactive Note Taking, Constructed Response with Better Answers, and Differentiated Reading Instruction.  Other sessions for the day included: Heinemann Word Study workshop, Using STAR Data Results to Drive Instruction, Low Incidence Disabilities Training, Safety Care Training, NEASC Self-Study Committees, and Executive Functioning.  

Other Business:

Discussion occurred regarding the November election and the use of the Lebanon and North Berwick Schools. Student safety at NBES and LES was a concern, as those are voting polls during the school day.  Plans are in place to keep citizen and student activity separate and productive for all.  Central Office will also contact state and local police to request presence at those polls.

Mr. Smith made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to adjourn.

Adjourned at 8:57pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly

Superintendent