MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING December 6, 2018
A meeting of the Board of Directors was held at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on December 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm, with all members present except Ms. Hopper and Ms. Beal. There were 6 in the audience.
Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Beal to go into executive session pursuant to 1M.R.S.A. §405(6)(A) Employment of Officials. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 6:30 out at pm. Out at 7:17 pm.
The Vice Chair addressed the audience regarding the norms of Public Input.
Shawn Works, of North Berwick, shared some suggestions regarding the voting at North Berwick Elementary School as it can become quite concerning regarding the number of people who attend voting and the safety of students.
Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to accept the minutes of November 15, 2018 as amended. All members voted in favor except Mr. Doiron who abstained and the motion past.
Student Report: None at this time
Mr. Doiron made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to move item 9, North Berwick Voting up to item 6 so the Board could discuss the citizen’s issue concerning voting. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
The board then discussed the polling locations in each of the towns. There are particular concerns in North Berwick and Lebanon. The state mandates that all schools who send to a regional vocational center must be within five days of matching calendars, which impacts our flexibility in terms of days off, etc. We would prefer to have no voting at the schools, but the towns don’t have a place to host this. We will be looking into options going forward, for example, teacher workshop or no school days on elections.
The Superintendent shared with the board a set of policies that were reviewed at the subcommittee meeting last week.
JLCCC- Headlice Guidelines This is a non-required policy; however, the recommendation is to include the verbiage from the Maine School Management Association. We would remove our language and replace it. Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Doiron to accept the policy as presented. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
JLCD-Administering Medications to Students This policy has been significantly changed based on the recommendations of the committee according to the Maine School Management and Drummond Woodsum Guidelines. Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Schaeffer to accept the policy as presented. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
JLCD-R Administering Medication on School Field Trips. This procedural policy has been updated according to Maine School Management. Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Doiron to add this policy to our manual. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
JLCE-Use of AEDs This is a non-required policy; however, we are recommending continuation of keeping the policy in place with adjustments and a break down from one policy to separating out into the policy and the procedure. Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Schaeffer to approve policy JLCE and JLCE-R as presented. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
JLFA- Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response. This is a new policy that is required and was reviewed by the committee to provide instruction/prevention K-5 regarding sexual abuse as well as appropriate responses to this concern. Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Beal to add this policy to our manual as presented. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
KE Public Concerns and Complaints. The policy subcommittee made the recommendation to clarify that some decisions are school based rather than board based, team decisions vs. board based etc, (IEP, 504s, etc). Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to accept the policy as amended. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Ms. Terri Wright, Community Action Coordinator for Berwick Community Public TV, shared with the board that community TV is facing a crisis regarding proposed rules by the FCC that could eliminate public access.
HOW CAN WE SAVE PUBLIC ACCESS?
BEFORE DECEMBER 14TH
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FCC Open Commission Meeting Here you will find all the documents presented, the agenda, and additional information:
This summary was released by the Alliance for Community Media:
FNPRM on Cable Franchising
Summary: The FCC has issued a Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making on Cable Franchising
There will be public comment and reply deadlines this Fall. The FCC may issue a ruling in 2019.
Impact on communities and PEG: The FCC is proposing to rule that all “In-Kind” cable franchise obligations other than PEG capital costs and build-out requirements are a “franchise fee” under the Cable Act and thus count against the 5% franchise fee cap. The FCC would define “In-Kind” contributions so broadly as to undermine the Cable Act’s intent to provide franchise fees to communities for use of public rights of way. Any non-monetary benefit could conceivably be charged back against franchise fees – from backhaul services, to electronic program guides, to the value of PEG channel capacity itself. The charge backs would be at fair market value as determined by the cable industry, so we believe in some areas franchise fees might be eliminated in their entirety.
Wireless Order Summary: The FCC has issued a Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order on Wireless Infrastructure
Impact on communities and PEG: The impact on towns, cities and counties will be immediate – the Order severely limits local control over siting of wireless facilities, and limits the compensation for the use of public rights of way to direct costs. Limiting right-of-way compensation to costs will cost communities billions of dollars in revenue and will increase political pressure at state level and in Congress to reduce or eliminate cable franchise fees of all types.
MAINE PUBLIC – EDUCATION – GOVERNMENT (PEG) NON-DISCRIMINATION BILL
The Community Television Association of Maine members have submitted a bill to be presented before the Maine Legislature in the next session. This bill addresses many issues municipalities have had when negotiating with the cable provider. It also addresses issues public access stations have brought up such as:
Let us broadcast in High Def – same as all other channels
Let us provide our program line up to be shown with all others
Stop sending our channels into the 1300’s.
For municipalities, it strengthens language surrounding negotiation renewals, distance and number of houses required for expansion, and time frames.
For additional information please visit the Community Television Association of Maine’s website.
If you would like to help Berwick Community TV and other public access stations to pass this bill, please contact your Senator and Representative – Ask them to support the PEG Non-Discrimination Bill.
Here is a template you can use to mail/email your representatives – PEG Support Letter Template
The board then had an update from the Facilities and Finance Committee. There was discussion regarding the Lebanon Elementary School and the plan going forward to eventually replace that building. There was a public facilities forum at LES on Nov. 29th that ran from 6:00-7:30 pm. Neil Rapoza of Civil Consultants presented as did other members of the MSAD 60 admin team. Ms. Potter gave an overview of the facilities and finance team thoughts regarding the work that needs to be done in all of the towns in regards to expansions for the elementary schools. The Superintendent wanted to be sure that the public knows that we are only in the early stages of developing these ideas and we hope that the public will be involved with helping us develop this along the way to the approval stages.
The Superintendent shared with the board a candidate for a special education program at the Knowlton School. Ms. Beal made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Mallett to accept the nomination of Ms. Rebecca Bolstridge for the position at the Knowlton. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
December 15th Polar Express event at the Hussey School sponsored by the PTO. Ms. Price is going to be the conductor this year! Please join the crew for the festive bus ride.
Second Public Input:
Ms. Shannon Rogers, of Berwick, shared with the board, a concern regarding a varsity coaching position and wondered if there would be any public forum regarding it. The Superintendent noted that this is a personnel matter and would not be discussed in public.
Paul Chaisson, of Lebanon, shared with the board his question regarding process of hiring or dismissal of coaches. The Superintendent shared the overall process in a fairly generic manner.
Mr. Price, citizen of Berwick, shared with the board and public a letter in support of Kelly Smith.
Mr. Bryson Lessard, of Berwick, a student at Noble High school, shared with the board his feelings regarding the football coaching position. He asked that people consider the perspective of the kids and the staff.
Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Doiron to adjourn.
Adjourned at 8:55 pm.
Secretary of the Board