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Minutes of February 1, 2018

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING February 1, 2018

 

A  meeting of the Board of Directors was held at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on February 1, 2018 at 6:30 pm, with all members present except Ms. Potter, Mr. Cowan and Ms. Hopper.  There were 5 in the audience.  The regular meeting started at 7:47 pm with 11 in the audience. The media was present.

Mr. Doiron  made the motion and it was seconded by  Ms. Beal  to go into executive session pursuant to §405(6)(B), Extended Suspension of a Student.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 6:33  pm.  Out at 7:15  pm.

Mr. Cowan entered the meeting at 6:54 pm.

Ms. Neubert  made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Doiron to approve an extended suspension of the student in question. All members voted in favor except Mr. Cowan who abstained and the motion passed.

Mr. Doiron  made the motion and it was seconded by  Ms. Beal  to go into executive session pursuant to §405(6)(B), Readmission of a Student.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 7:16 pm.  Out at 7:37 pm.

Mr. Doiron recused himself from the meeting.

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

Ms. Beal made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Doiron to move item number 6, presentation of the Samsung Technology Prize, up on the agenda to right before public input. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Ms. Yuhong Sun, Holden Ganiere and David Xue talk about the $25,000 Samsung Technology Prize Solve For Tomorrow.

The vice chair shared the norms regarding public input.

No public input at this time.

Ms. Beal made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Doiron to approve the minutes as presented for January 18, 2018. All members voted in favor except and the motion passed.

Ms. Amy Chase from RKO, the district audit firm, and Ms. Denise Van Campen, Business Manager, reviewed the financial audit for the district FY ending June 30, 2017.

The district received an unmodified opinion (which is good), with no audit adjustments and no material weaknesses or significant deficiencies.  Two minor details were noted and were adjusted. There were also no findings in the Child Nutrition Program.

Student Report:

Student Report February 1st, 2018

Student Council:

Recently, the student council has been working on the pep rally that occured last Friday, as well as the spirit days this week. They were unable to have a meeting this week, but one thing that may be discussed, according to Jarrod Rudis the student council president, is whether the batons at graduation should be held by the class president and vice president, or by two students chosen by a panel of impartial teachers and students based on community involvement.

Upcoming Sporting Events:

  1. Cheering states at Bangor, February 10
  2. Wrestling regionals at Marshwood, February 9 and 10
  3. Wrestling states at Sanford, February 16 and 17

The arts:

Three students won scholastic art awards: Olivia Marcotte, Sierra Burns, and Hannah Guy

Slide show showcasing art pieces that won scholastic awards: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/18kDLllyigzOmwbjEh4NRYYvwr6txcBDbG87KejlZCCA/edit#slide=id.g2d5bd4ff6b_0_0

 

  1. Southern Maine Regional Service Center

    Twelve districts met to consider next steps in the RSC process.  The focus areas are Food Service and Custodial Supplies.  MSAD #60 already participates in the Food Service co-op, and we will be adding the custodial supplies regional service.  Though we are complying with the law, MSAD #60 would still lose $46 per seat, or roughly $138,000 in 2019 budget, and additional $91 per seat in 2020, or approximately $273,000.


    2. ED 279’s

    Due to the MDOE’s redistribution of Career and Technical Education resources, MSAD #60 will lose $120,000 in 2019, $230,000 in 2020, and $86,000.  The state provides funding two years in arrears (a “look back”).  One of our SRTC satellite courses, Early Childhood Education, moved back to SRTC this year.  The state provided look back funds for this year; however, as is uncustomary, the state decided not to provide the second year of those funds.  We will experience the loss of look back for the next two years related to the Culinary program as well.


    1967 Private and Special Law – MSAD #60 municipalities will be shared based on two factors: Pupil Count and Property Valuation.  A municipality’s percent of the member municipalities’ total pupil count averaged by the municipality’s percent of the member municipalities’ total property valuation.


    Mill Rate – The MDOE increased the mill rate for education from 8.19 to 8.51.  This is a drastic increase (.32¢ per $1000 property valuation per community) to local taxpayers, as this shifts more burden from state taxes to the local share.


    3. Supt Newsletter  – please go to www.msad60.org and click on the newsletter image.


    4. Building Projects

    “Owls Nest” cottage, Hanson Elementary, $220,000 over five years, and the MDOE pays $110,000 of the cost.

    NMS phase three – remaining asbestos abatement; exterior fascia; some roofing; administrative wing; library to “learning commons”, “maker space,” and “studio;” central “hub” of classroom areas, locker rooms, and chorus/band room.  $720,000, which will be recommended as lease/purchase

    NBES office expansion (still determining cost)

    $120,000 Hussey boilers

    $75,000 Lebanon water quality improvements

    $30,000 annual NHS exterior wall upgrades

    generators, $30,000 per school (3-4 schools)

    $40,000 Hussey playground structures


    5. York County PPE comparison (last MDOE posted data was 2015-2016, so it is used as an example)

    6. Sp Ed 2018-2019 – We currently are aware of 34 known incoming Kindergarten heavy needs cases via Child Development Services (CDS).  Of those cases, ten students are identified as needing significant specialized placement in small setting programs.  We are currently at full capacity in our specialized in-district placement programs (i.e., medical, MR, or autism programming), so we will need to address staffing concerns next fall.  For comparison, the current 17-18 CDS case total is 22 students with much fewer significant heavy needs cases.  The 16-17 CDS intake was 18 students.  

Also, as you may recall, our Sp Ed population increased 9% (50 kids district-wide) this year alone, due to new enrollments.  Many of our caseloads are currently at capacity.  

Total anticipated staffing increases based on Sp Ed projection = $600,000.


  1.  Seacoast article Ryan House Project Moves Forward and Ryan House Project meetings

    8. Insurances – While we do not receive insurance premium cost changes until at least April 1, we watch our loss ratios for a general rule of thumb guide.  We received the loss ratio reports for 2017.  Our 2016 loss ratio was 71.2. (This means that for every dollar Anthem collected from MSAD 60, Anthem’s expenses were only about 71¢ on that dollar.)   Our 2017 loss ratio was 74.1.  This will be good news (hopefully) for insurance rates for the coming year.

    9. The superintendent met with Berwick Town Manager regarding Berwick Housing Plans – Berwick is using the planning services of Kathy Connor from Southern Maine Planning and Development.  An update is as follows:
    * 90-unit retirement community across from Hussey School.  Possibly a 55+  community, but may have children if the grandparents are guardians, likely modular homes

    * 16-unit subdivision submitted (Jan 16) across from the town library behind Haflinger Road, unapproved at this time

    * Two 18-unit buildings off Cemetery Road- don’t have the road

    * 200 units in downtown area about 10 years out, includes workforce housing for Prime Tanning location revitalization

    The Superintendent shared with the board the resignation of Ms. Chris Mara, Literacy Coach at the Berwick Schools. Mr. Cowan made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to accept the letter of resignation with regret. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

The Superintendent shared with the board the resignation of Ms. Melinda McCardell, Music Teacher in Lebanon Schools. Mr. Cowan made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to accept the letter of resignation with regret. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

The Superintendent brought before the board the name of Ms. Wendy Ryan for school nurse at the Noble Middle School.  Mr. Doiron made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to support Ms. Wendy Ryan as the nurse at the Noble Middle School. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

Other Business:

 

The Superintendent shared the newest Superintendent newsletter Good News Volume 2 !

 

The board then received information about three donations at Noble Middle School.  There was a donation of $500  from Cloyd and Michelle Tavenner, $600 of services from Nostos MMA and $900 of product from Toys in the Attic.  Ms. Beal made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Mallett to accept the donations with thanks. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

Public Input II

 

Ms. Neubert made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Beal to adjourn. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Adjourned at  9:15 pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly

Secretary of the Board