MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING on September 22, 2016
A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on September, 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm, with all members present except Ms. Wheeler, Ms. Hopper and Ms. Olean. Ms. Hopper entered the meeting at 7:08 pm. Ms. Olean entered at 7:14 pm. The student representative and the press were absent. There were 14 in the audience.
Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Smith to accept the September 15th minutes of the board meeting as amended. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Ms. Colleen Fleming and Ms. Sandy Colantuoni, soccer booster representatives, shared with the board positive information regarding the athletic director, Blair Marelli, his support of the programs, his willingness to be flexible, provide guidance and support with regard to sports programming to the booster clubs and parents. She shared many examples of positive events and interactions with Mr. Marelli and the booster clubs. She also noted that the athletic trainer, Dawn Bowden had been professional and provided excellent expertise in a personal situation.
Mr. Cowan noted that earlier in the week, the superintendent had correspondence regarding some concerns around the athletic programs. He met with one of the parents and discussed a plan to address some of the concerns as well as to create a community forum to focus on positive steps to address the group’s concerns.
Stacey Bradburn, high school physical education teacher, shared with the board his perspective on the work that our athletic director has done and offered to speak at the community forum as well.
Ms. Dawn Bowden, athletic trainer, shared with the board the many positive things that Mr. Marelli has brought to the sports teams here at Noble. She highlighted the things that he has personally built for the programs. He was also nominated and won the 6th Man Award that was presented to him by his Athletic Director peers.
Ms. Potter noted that from the board’s perspective, that Mr. Marelli has their full support.
Mr. Cowan made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to have an open sports forum in the future for the community. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Mr. Rick Melanson, softball coach at Noble High School, shared his support of Mr. Marelli and highlighted his belief that the integrity that Mr. Marelli has shown has been incredible. He holds coaches, players, and spectators accountable to the same level. Mr. Melanson stated that Mr. Marelli is very supportive, helpful, and that Mr. Marelli oversees a program of high integrity and equity.
Mr. Rod Brown, a three sport coach, shared his perspective on the views on the great support Mr. Marelli has shown for all sports programs.
Mr. Daniel Lawrence, teacher and coach at Noble High School, shared his positive experiences concerning Mr. Marelli. Mr. Lawrence reported that Mr. Marelli is very much on point with all laws and expectations of his coaches. He is always on top of things and knows exactly what needs to be done.
Ms. Nicole Breton, JMG teacher and coach, shared her support of Mr. Marelli as well.
Ms. Jennica Burke Osborne, a resident of North Berwick, Noble grad and present French Teacher at Noble High School spoke. She made the request of the board to name the stage within the Hussey Theatre the Shiela M. Jordan Stage in honor of Shiela Jordan, a former staff member at NHS who recently passed away from cancer. Ms. Osborne gave an overview of the incredible job that Ms. Jordan had done with the Hussey Theatre and building the drama program at NHS.
Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Olean to dedicate and name the stage in the Hussey Theatre after Ms. Shiela Jordan. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Mr. Stacey Bradburn, longtime teacher at Noble High School, shared with the board a request to name the Noble varsity baseball field after Mr. John Sullivan, a longtime teacher at Noble High School and former baseball coach and winner of the state championship (1971).
Ms. Joanne Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Dustin Price to dedicate and name the Baseball field after Mr. John Sullivan. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
The Superintendent shared with the board a notification of the Spanish Department’s new trip to New York City. Members discussed the trip and were very supportive. They did not need to formally vote on the trip, but they were informed.
The Superintendent shared with the board an update on required policies. Policy IGA, Curriculum Development and Adoption needs some updates as it has outdated language from the former Learning Results days (i.e., Parameters for Essential Instruction). Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Olean to accept the updated policy IGA as amended. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
The board then reviewed policy JKF Suspension/Expulsion of Special Education Students and were asked to accept it as presented as no changes were necessary. Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr.Price to accept policy JKF as presented. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
The Board then reviewed a draft of policy JKF-R from Maine School Management Association. Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Smith to accept the policy as presented. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
The Board then reviewed a draft policy of JFABD, Admission of Homeless Students, from Maine School Management Association. Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to accept the policy as presented. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
The Board then reviewed a draft policy of DJH, Purchasing and Contracting: Procurement Staff Code of Conduct. The board noted that there is no protocol in place at this point (DJH-R). The Superintendent shared a procedure from another district that may fit the needs of the district. It will be brought forward for consideration in the near future.
Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to accept policy DJH as presented. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
The Superintendent shared that the policy regarding student wellness is going to be postponed until second semester. Some of the things that the policy subcommittee would like to emphasize is consistency among the messages sent out regarding nutrition. This info will be provided to the committee that will work on the policy and will be brought forward in the future.
The Superintendent then shared with the board information about a sample policy regarding naming new and existing facilities. He asked that the board hold on to these for future times.
The superintendent shared a list of policies that the board is being asked to read as a first reading:
DJH(r) – Purchasing and Contracting: Procurement Staff Code of Conduct
GBEC(r) – Drug Free Workplace
GCFB(r) – Recruiting and Hiring of Administrative Staff
GCFB-R (r) – Recruiting and Hiring of Administrative Staff Procedure
GCI – Professional Staff Development Opportunities
GCOA(r) – Employee Computer and Internet Use Policy
GCOC(r) – Evaluation of Administrative Staff
Discussion of the Budget Subcommittee: The board talked about the process of the budget and how to streamline and organize the process so that it was more user friendly. Ms. Manley, Ms. Wheeler, Mr. Price, and Mr. Cowan, have agreed to do this. We will follow up at a future meeting to discuss the needs. A padlet will be sent home in the near future via email by Steve.
Superintendent’s Report: None at this time
The Superintendent shared an update from Ms. Patti Gilley, principal of the Lebanon schools, regarding the numbers at the second grade at the Hanson School. In looking at our numbers in second grade, we have 81 total students. Our four classes have 20,19, 21, and 21 students listed, however, three of our students are in a self-contained class and spend the majority of their day in that smaller setting which reduces that class of 21 to 18. Comparing the second grade to third grade, we have 93 third graders which precipitated the addition of another class of third graders. As a whole, the second grade this year has minimal behavior challenges as opposed to the third grade which has a significant number of students in high need of behavior support. At this point in time, the numbers in second grade are not cause for administrative concern. Superintendent Connolly also spoke to the leadership team rep from second grade and she agrees with this summation.
The Superintendent asked again about the Maine School Board Association conference on October 27 and 28th in Augusta. At this point, Mr. Smith and Ms. Olean are potentially able to attend. We will follow up with members in the future.
The Superintendent then shared with the board a situation regarding marching at graduation. A homeschooled student would like to participate although he will not be receiving a Noble diploma. The board discussed it briefly and supported the Superintendent’s discretion to make a decision in this matter..
Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Olean.
Adjourn at 9:22 pm.