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Minutes of September 7, 2017

  MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING September 7, 2017

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on September 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm, with all members present except Ms. Neubert and Ms. Hopper. There were 4 in the audience.  

Mr. Doiron  made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to enter into executive session pursuant to 1M.R.S.A. §405(6)(B) for readmission of a student. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 6:31 pm. Out at 6:55 pm

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

The board then went on a tour of the Middle School led by Principal Mike Roberts.

Ms. Hopper and Ms. Neubert entered the meeting at 7:25 pm.

Public Input

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to accept the minutes of August 17th  as amended. All members voted in favor except Ms. Beal who abstained and the motion passed.

The board then discussed the Maine School Management Association’s Fall conference in Augusta. Ms. Neubert is interested as well as Ms. Beal. We will follow up with this at further meetings.

The board then discussed the new policy manuals that have been updated for the board. The superintendent walked through the manuals and explained the processes. The pink policies are in process of being reviewed.  We have approximately 40 policies to be reviewed this year.

The board then reviewed policy BEDH for the second reading.  Ms. Neubert made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to accept policy BEDH as presented. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent then shared with the board updates on employment New Hires, Retirements, and Resignations.  He shared the resignation of Irene Morrison, Literacy Coach at NMS. Mr. Doiron made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to accept the resignation of Ms. Morrison. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent shared the hiring of the following staff , Mike Kneeland- English Teacher at NHS, Mary Briggs Special Education Reading Teacher at NHS, Matthew LeBlanc a Case Manager NHS, Rebecca Pawling an Art Teacher at  NMS, Colleen Saverese an Office Clerk at NMS.

The Superintendent then updated the board on the enrollments at the start of school. We have seen an increase throughout the district which has impacted our classroom numbers. Enrollment for 9.5.2017

The board then discussed the impacts of the moves on special education, classroom sizes, etc.

The Superintendent then shared with the board the Strategic Planning Timeline for this coming year. Timeline Link Those on the board who would like to participate in the process are invited to do so. The administrative team as well as community partners will be involved as well.

Other Business:

The Superintendent shared with the board updates from the kindergarten jumpstart program.  

The Superintendent shared a request from Mr. David Kathios for a land Quick Deed exchange for some property on the edge of the property.  NMS has a fence that encroaches onto Mr. Katrhios’ property behind a pond between Cranberry Meadow Road and Old Sanford Road.  The request was for a quick deed exchange of that property for a small plot of land owned by the district on Old Sanford Road.  Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to approve a Quick Deed exchange with Mr. Kathios. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent shared with the board Eagle Scout Colby Amidon’s donation of  2 hexagonal picnic tables for the Hanson School as well as a set of bleachers.  It was a tremendous gift to our community. Eagle Scout Service Project

Maine’s ESSA has finally been approved by the federal government.

Ms. Mallett asked about the Transfinder information system for transportation.  It has been a very difficult system to navigate as it does not interface well with Infinite Campus.  

Mr. Price shared with the board an update on the football team.  Very positive evening with a large crowd and very enthusiastic approach.  

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

Adjourned at  8:33 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly

Secretary