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MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING of November 20, 2014.

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at Noble High School in North
Berwick, Maine on November 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm with all members present. The student
representatives were absent and the press was absent. There were 6 in the audience.
Ms. Wheeler, Board Chair, shared with the audience the Civility Policy and reviewed the
pertinent points for the audience and school board members.
Ms. Olean made the motion, at 7:02 pm, and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to go into
executive session for the expulsion of a student pursuant to 1 MRSA 405 (6)(B). All
members voted in favor and the motion passed. Out at 7:52 pm.
Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Olean to expel the student under
consideration. All members voted in favor except Mr. Price and Mr. Cowan and the motion
passed.
Mr. Cowan made the motion at 7:35 p.m. and it was seconded by Mr. Price to go into
executive session for Negotiations pursuant to 1 MRSA 406 (6)(D). All members voted in
favor and the motion passed. Out at 7:59 pm.
24 people joined the meeting and the student representative joined the meeting.
Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Alwin to accept the minutes of Nov.
6th as amended. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Public Input:
Ms. Brenda Gagne shared that the 11th annual pajama party occurred Nov. 19th with 125
people present highlighting Ms. Martha Couture and Parker the Pig. It was well received.
Mr. Ron Robert shared an update regarding enrollment numbers and space constraints at
North Berwick Elementary School. He introduced Gwen MacEachern, Megan Lambert and
Heather Hasty, teachers at NBES, who shared their experiences there. The board asked
questions regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the spaces at the NBES and wanted to be
sure that the crowded conditions were not impacting learning negatively. The teachers spoke
to the benefits of the work being done and appreciative of administration and parental
support. They noted that there were benefits to the closer proximity of the space and there
were areas that will continually need to be addressed.
Ms. Kitty Roberts, Transportation Director and Ms. Brenda Cravens, Transportation
Coordinator, presented to the board an update on transportation, runs, and the challenges that
are presented when transporting students. There was discussion regarding the space on the
buses, the instruments etc. There was then discussion regarding the new policy in terms of
establishing set pick-ups and drop offs for students with little flexibility. There was
discussion regarding the policy and general support of continuing it as is for the safety of the
students.
The Board then reviewed policy credits earned prior to high school and the incorporation of
those grades in the student’s grade point average. In this second reading of the policy IKFC, it was noted that this is not a required policy. The superintendent shared sample language regarding incorporation of the GPA into the 8th grade. The question is, should we be adding
the grades from earlier years for advanced courses into the GPA or not. There was much
discussion among board members and Mr. Jeff Martel and Ms. Karen Martel spoke to the
board regarding their support of the inclusion of earlier grades into the high school GPA. Mr.
Martel encouraged the board to continue to think forward. Ms. Wheeler shared that she is
concerned about incorporating the earlier courses into the GPA because it might discourage
students from taking courses at a younger age due to the fear of the earlier courses hurting
their GPA. The policy committee will bring a revised IKFC to the board in the near future.
Mr. McCabe made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Alwin to table the policies that
were supposed to be reviewed tonight for a future meeting. All members voted in favor and
the motion passed.
NHS Student Update:
Carsten Kocek updated the board on what’s going on at the high school these past two weeks;
senior superlatives, upcoming vacation, and French mentoring once every three weeks at the
elementary levels. National Honor Society will be selling baked goods etc. at the teacher
workshop days on Monday and Tuesday. This money will be used to fund projects during the
remainder of the school year. Ms. Wheeler challenged Mr. Kocek to bring back things that
we need to address as well as those things that are going well.
Superintendent Update:
none at this time
Other business:
Ms. Kelly Connor, director of the musical, shared with the board an overview of the
production and the students involved. She shared that there were over 41 students involved
in the play and they were able to share resources with the Rochester Opera House this year
and increased opportunities. There were rave reviews for the production and the board
thanked Ms. Connor and the cast who were able to join us this evening.
Mr. Price made the motion to go into executive session and it was seconded by Ms. Potter for
teacher negotiations pursuant to 1 MRSA 405 B. All members voted in favor and the motion
passed. In at 10:42 pm. Out at 10:52 pm. Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by
Ms. Potter that the board ratify the Tentative Agreements and Mediator’s Recommendations
for a successor contract for the MSAD 60 Teachers Association. All members voted in favor
and the motion passed.
Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to adjourn. All members
voted in favor and the motion passed.
Adjourned at 10:54 pm.
Respectfully Submitted,
Steve Connolly
Secretary of the Board of Directors