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Minutes from March 19, 2015



 A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on March 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm with all members present except Ms. Rose.  The student representatives were absent and the press was absent.  There were 16 in the audience.

 Ms. Alwin made the motion at 6:03pm and was seconded by Mr. Cowan to go into executive session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A §405(6) A.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. Out at 6:09 pm

 Ms. Potter made the motion and seconded by Ms. Alwin that the minutes of March 12th be accepted as amended. All members voted in favor except Mr. McCabe who abstained and the motion passed.

Public Input:  

Mr. Jeff Martel expressed concern regarding the granting of credit for high school classes taken prior to high school but not having those grades factor into their grade point average.  He was asking for clarification regarding the conversations around the policy.  Members of the board shared with Mr. Martel that the consensus was regarding the awarding of credit, but there wasn’t consensus about the counting of the GPA.  The board gave the policy decisions to the policy committee and then asked the high school administration to draft guidelines to insert into their handbooks.

Ms. Ann Stewart of North Berwick asked a clarifying question regarding this.

Mr. Thomas Ledue, principal of Lebanon Schools, announced to the board that the Lebanon Schools have been awarded the Maine Green Schools Award.

Mr. Rick Ingalls thanked the board for reinstating the clerk position to the budget.

The Superintendent presented to the board a proposal to delete Policy IKFD. He presented a guideline that will be put into the handbooks of both the high school and the middle school.

The superintendent then shared with the board an update on the first draft of the 15/16 calendar.  There was some question regarding use of professional development days/hours and breaking them up in a different way for this coming year.  This would allow extended work time for elementary staff without impacting the typical calendar year.

The Superintendent then shared some letters from students to servicemen and women who are serving in areas of conflicts. The Community Engagement Center is working in conjunction with the Pease Greeters.

The MEA benefits trust released the data that the highest level of increase would be 5%.  We had budgeted 7% and will adjust the budget down from there.

The Superintendent shared an article “Regional Network selects 20 NE schools to participate in New Personalized Learning Initiative.”  Noble High School is one of five Maine schools to be selected. We’ll be provided a team of school coaches for the next two years and they’ll provide feedback from observations of teachers as they hone their skills in the classroom.

The Superintendent asked if there were any questions from the board regarding the financial summaries from January and February?

Ms. Wheeler thanked the assistant superintendent and the high school principal for responding quickly to an opportunity to have a speaker come in to the high school tomorrow morning who will address heroin use in the community.  Michael Delone, director of “An American Epidemic” will take time to address high school students.

Ms. Wheeler also shared that next Tuesday we have the community forum with public health officials, police etc. addressing the concerns of opiate addiction in our community.  Please share and join if you can make it.

The board then had a tour of the health center at Noble High School. The school nurses and health center staff were able to answer questions about the program, give an overview of the services provided and the positives and negatives that occur when two entities merge and move forward. The board was able to ask questions of all present. Mr. McCabe asked about reproductive health services and specifically made the request to have full clarity regarding the prescribing of the Morning After Pill.  It has NOT been prescribed at the Noble Health Center but we will follow up.  Space seems to be the highest need for the health center and nurses.

Mr. Tom Ledue, principal in the Lebanon Schools shared the overview of the 15/16 school budget. He noted that all of the administrators worked together to focus on the district goals of 85% literacy.  Tom highlighted the lean budget.  Lebanon Budget-Board 03 Sheet1

Ms. Audra Beauvais presented her budget for the Berwick Elementary Schools.  2016 Berwick Budget Narrative

Mr. Ron Robert presented his budget for the North Berwick Elementary Schools. North Berwick Budget 2015-2016

Ms. Kitty Roberts and Ms. Brenda Cravens presented the transportation budget to the board. 15-16 Transportation Budget 031215 

The board reviewed an updated second draft of the budget.  Mr. McCabe asked specific questions about the Mary Hurd Academy and what the costs would be if it didn’t exist.

Ms. Alwin brought up the use of the undesignated fund balance to bring down the cost of the district budget. The board had a discussion around this and the law that states that the fund balance should be no greater than 3%.

The board had a full discussion about where to go from here. What do you do in the tight situations that we are in? There are no places that are over expanded.  There was discussion about co-curricular cuts and what is warranted.  No matter what we do, it will bring people out.  It was determined that we need to pull together some talking points for the board members.

Other business:

Ms. Wheeler asked about the Washington DC trip and the bus breakdowns.  There was another breakdown on the way home. The Superintendent shared that they will be following up with Coach Company and to discuss repercussions.

Ms. Wheeler discussed an article that was brought to the attention of school administration and the school board. The article was questionable in many members of the board’s mind and they asked about why that particular article was being utilized.

Ms. Olean made the motion at 10:17pm and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to go into executive session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A §405(6) A .All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Ms. Alwin left the meeting.

Ms. Olean made the motion and Ms. Potter seconded to adjourn. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Adjourned at 10:45pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly

Secretary of the Board of Directors