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Minutes of September 21, 2017

   MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING September 21, 2017

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on September 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm, with all members present except Mr. Doiron. There were 4 in the audience.  

Public Input

Ms. Shannon Rogers shared with the board concerns regarding the lack of school pride and spirit. The boosters were trying to increase the student athlete’s pride in Noble.

Mr. Kelly Smith, football coach for Noble and Berwick Resident, shared that the coaches are also pushing for more spirit and positive feedback on creating a better culture for Noble Pride. It’s starting to show and anything that the school board can do to support that change would be helpful.

Mr. Dustin Price, Berwick resident, shared his hope that we would significantly increase the potential for student pride, buy in etc. in our schools across the district.

Mr. Doiron made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to accept the minutes of July 24th as amended. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to approve the minutes of August 7 and September 7 except Ms. Hopper who was not here for the August 7 meeting and therefore abstained. All members voted in favor.

Student Report:

Ms. Kaitlyn Price shared the positive about the new gear, new pictures, the bracelets, positive momentum in the sports teams. There’s also bulletin boards throughout the building that need be updated.  She shared that there is a homecoming dance and a halloween dance coming up. The students are very excited and hoping that they will go well so that future dances can occur.

The Superintendent then shared several policies with the board for first readings.  ECAF, Use of Closed Circuit camera, GBEB- Staff Conduct with Students, GBEBA- Staff Dress Code, GCF- Professional Staff Hiring, GCSA- Employee Computer and Internet Use, GCSA-R Employee Computer and Internet Use Rules, IJNSD- MSAD #60 website.    The board considered these first readings.

The board then reviewed the following policies as second readings; JKB- Detention of Students, JKD- Suspension of Students, JKE- Expulsion of Students, JLCB- Immunization of Students, JLCC- Communicable/Infectious Diseases, JLCCA Students with HIV/AIDS, JQ Sale of Materials to Students.

Ms. Potter  made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to delete policy JKB- Detention of students from the policy manual and move to student handbooks. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Policies JKD, Suspension of Students, and JKE, Expulsion of Students will remain as is.

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Beal to replace the current JLCB and replace it with a revised policy. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Mr. Cowan made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to table JLCC until a future meeting.

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Manly to delete policy JLCCA. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Beal  to delete policy JQ and move it to staff handbooks. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The board held a discussion regarding who would be attending the MSBA conference in October.  The delegate assembly is on October 26 and the whole conference is October 26 and 27. Ms. Beal is interested. Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Manley to nominate Ms. Becky Beal as the delegate for MSAD 60. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.  Ms. Mallett and Ms. Potter will share the second slot.

Superintendent’s Report:

The Superintendent update the board on the administrative retreat that occurred over the past two days. We focused on culture and passionate leadership.  We also worked on the development of the district road map and the school road maps and a consistent message and the work that needs to happen.

The Superintendent then shared a thank you note from the Dorcas Society for allowing then to utilize the Hanson School in Lebanon for the Ham and Bean supper.

The Superintendent then shared with the board the final product from the guitar building course that he took over the summer here at Noble High School.

Other Business:

The superintendent shared that there will be a strategic planning meeting next Thursday September 28th at 6 pm with the administrative team. All are invited.

The superintendent also shared that the New England Association of Secondary Schools is having its accreditation visit here at Noble beginning on October 22nd. We’d like to invite all board members to come on that opening day. More information will be forthcoming.

Public Input #2:

Mr. Smith of Berwick shared with the board that he is very happy to be on the other side of table and watch the board working so well together. Very positive.

He also shared how much fun he’s having as the head football coach and the positive feedback he’s getting from the community and the students. The players are having a lot of fun and working together well. He noted that the change in culture at Noble is very noticeable. He also noted that the football team currently has 58 students. Last season it ws 34. There are 28 8th graders alone coming up for next year. Super positive.

Mr. Chuck Bragdon, teacher at NHS, shared that he is interested in learning more about what is happening within the school as not always do teachers have full knowledge of what students are up to in the extracurricular world.

Adjourned at  9:07  pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly

Secretary