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Minutes of December 20, 2018

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MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING December 20, 2018

 

A  meeting of the Board of Directors was held at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on December 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm, with all members present except Ms. Hopper and Ms. Beal. There were 6 in the audience.

 

The Vice Chair addressed the audience regarding the norms of Public Input.

 

Public Input:   

 

Mr. Kelly Smith of Berwick spoke to the board regarding his position as football coach at Noble in the past two years.  He wanted to let the public know that it was not an ethical or legal issue that brought forth this decision but that it was a philosophical decision on the direction of the program going forward. He wanted to thank the board for the support that they’ve provided and share his feelings about the positive changes that have been seen in the raising of school spirit, etc. He graciously shared his support of the program going forward.

 

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to accept the minutes of December 6, 2018 as amended. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

Ms. Beal entered the meeting at 7:06 pm.

 

Student Report:  None at this time

 

The board then discussed with the Superintendent the 19/20 draft budget process.  He shared with the board a list of things that need to be thought about going forward. These are not close to being finalized, just a beginning of the work that needs to be completed as we move forward in the budgeting process. The board asked several questions and more information will follow about specifics after the break.

 

Mr. Doiron made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Beal to accept the donation of $600 from the North Berwick Neighborly Craft Fair for the MSAD 60 Noble Community Lunch Fund. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

The Superintendent shared with the board a set of policies to be reviewed at the subcommittee meeting after the holidays:  

 

KBF (r) – Title I Parent Involvement

KHB (nr) –  Advertising in the Schools

KLGA (nr) – Relations with School Resource Officers and Law Enforcement Authorities

KLG (nr) – Relations with Law Enforcement Authorities

KLG-R (nr)  -Resource Officers/Law Enforcement Administrative Procedure

KI (nr)Visitors to the Schools

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The board then discussed a chapter from the book that the board has been reading about the “job” of being board members.  This week “Take Political Stands” was discussed. In our current society, this seemed to be an appropriate conversation to help board members be cognizant of statements that could impact the group as a whole.  

 

The Superintendent shared with the board a candidate for the school nurse position at Noble Middle School. Ms. Mallett made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Beal to accept the nomination of Ms. Katherine Grant for the school nurse position at Noble Middle School.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

Other:  

 

The Superintendent shared that on the next agenda there will be an update on Superintendent evaluation.

 

The Superintendent asked for the volunteers for negotiations of the two contracts.  Ms. Mallett and Ms. Beal volunteered for the AFL contract. Ms. Neubert volunteered for the Support Staff Contract.

 

Ms. Mallett asked about the standards based report cards and how the SAT scores correlate over time.  We will check in with the high school to ask about the details.

 

Second Public Input:

 

Ms. Kristen Farrell, a Noble High student, then shared a concern regarding a lockdown that occurred at NHS two weeks ago. It didn’t appear that the doors of the auditorium were checked, and the students and teacher that were in the auditorium did not even realize it was a lockdown until the second announcement that it was completed.  The Superintendent will follow up with the principal to discuss this concern.

 

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

 

Adjourned at 8:24 pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly

Secretary of the Board