MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING of January 8, 2015.
A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on January 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm with all members present. The student representatives were present and the press was absent. There were 16 in the audience.
Ms. Olean made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Alwin to go into executive session pursuant to M.R.S.A 405(6)(F) for Information of Confidential Record. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 7:01 pm. Out at 7:20 pm.
Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. McCabe to go into executive session pursuant to M.R.S.A 405(6)(B) Expulsion of Student. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 7:21 pm. Out at 7:38 pm.
Mr. Cowan made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to go into executive session pursuant to M.R.S.A 405(6)(A) for Assignment of Officials. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 7:44 pm. Out at 7:56 pm.
Ms. Olean made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Alwin to expel the student under consideration. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to accept the minutes of Dec. 17th as amended. All members voted in favor except Ms. Manley, Mr. Cowan and Mr. McCabe who abstained and the motion passed.
Public Input: None at this time
Ms. Gagne, adult education director, shared with the board an update on new legislation that has meshed training money with department of Labor in order to qualify for the funds. Emphasis is being placed on coordinating and co-teaching with the local business sectors.
The Board then held the second reading of ADC-R. No changes have been recommended as they have just been updated.
The Board then held the second reading of AD-Educational Philosophy Mission and the Superintendent noted that it was all still current and applicable.
The Board then held the second reading of ADA- School Unit Goals and Objectives. That citation is still accurate.
The Board then held the second reading of ADDA- School System Commitment to Standards of Discipline. It needs to be reviewed further to provide the best consistency.
The Board then held the second reading of ADF- School System Commitment to Learning Results. The language is all still accurate.
Ms. Alwin made the motion to approve policies ADC-R, AD, ADA, ADDA, and ADF and Mr. McCabe seconded the motion. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.
Felicia Knight updated the board on what’s going on at the high school this past few weeks. The Student Council won the Berwick Holiday Parade Float Trophy. She gave an update on the winter sports, 8th grade elections, finals coming up and that the parking lot is a bit difficult with the icy conditions.
The superintendent shared with the board that the multi year agreement with the town of Lebanon regarding the Martha Sawyer Library will be coming to an end. We’d like to move the employment and supervision of the librarian to the town’s responsibility. He will be meeting with the three-town selectmen to bring that person on to the town’s employment.
The Superintendent shared with the board the events of the week due to inclement weather. High winds caused a power outage for Berwick and when the power came back on there was a surge that damaged a circuit board for a dishwasher. We will also be replacing a steam unit at the high school due to an issue there as well.
This am we had a boiler burner go out at the Knowlton school and we moved students and staff to the Hussey School at 1:30 where students were dismissed at a normal time. One boiler is back on line at the Knowlton School and the other will be fixed over the weekend.
Mr. McCabe asked for comparison data regarding coaches’ salaries from surrounding districts.
Mr. Cowan shared that he is looking forward to the workshop next week regarding proficiency-based education.
Ms. Wheeler asked for a presentation regarding the drug abuse issues that have occurred in the district and local areas. She’s looking to develop a community response to the drug overdoses in the area recently.
Ms. Austin noted that the Health Center would like to host the board on Feb. 26th. Ms. Potter will forward questions regarding the Health Center to be addressed by the board.
Adjourned at 8:43pm.
Secretary of the Board of Directors