Minutes of November 7, 2019

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MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING November 7, 2019

A meeting of the Board of Directors was held at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on November 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm, with all members present except Ms. Mallett, Ms. Beal, Ms. Hopper and Ms. Schaeffer.

Mr. Doiron  made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to enter into executive session pursuant to 1MRSA 406(D), Contract Negotiations.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 6:01 pm. Out at 7:00 pm .

Ms. Mallett and Ms. Hopper entered the meeting at 6:02 pm

Ms. Beal entered the meeting at 6:25 pm. 

Mr. Doiron,  Berwick board member, shared the explanatory statements regarding public input. 

Public Input:  Mr. Mike Roberts, shared with the board the update regarding the day at NMS.  There had been a special event, Book-o-ween, held by the 6th grade staff and students that highlighted literacy and students dressed up as their characters in their chosen books. It was a really positive experience for all. Next week, Nov. 14th there will be a 7th grade exhibition entitled “Wax Museum” where students have read biographies and will become the “wax museum character” of their chosen person.  Parents are invited in (as they were at Book-o-ween) and will circulate throughout the building examining the wax museum characters. All are welcome to attend

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to accept the minutes of October 17th as amended. All members voted in favor except Mr. Doiron who abstained, and the motion passed. 

Ms. Mallett shared with the board her experience at the Maine School Board Association conference at the end of October.  She shared with everyone information regarding the keynote speaker, Dr. Donna Beegle and her journey from generational poverty to obtaining her doctorate.  She discussed the several different sessions that she attended. She shared with the board her, “a ha” moments regarding boardsmanship and the code of ethics. She felt that she got a lot of reminders regarding appropriate roles of board members etc. Selection of the superintendent, policy review and implementation, adjudication, expulsion,  management of school property are the primary roles of the board members. Regular professional development of the board is highly recommended. Her notes will be shared with board members electronically for their perusal. 

The board then reviewed Policy Second Readings:

AC(r)- Nondiscrimination/ Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.  

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert  to accept policy AC(r). All members voted in favor and the motion passed. 

ACAA(r)- Harassment and Sexual Harassment of Students

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was by Ms. Beal to accept policy ACAA(r).  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. 

ACAB(r)- Harassment and Sexual Harassment of School Employees

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to accept policy ACAB(r).  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. 

ACAD(r)- Hazing 

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Doiron to accept policy ACAD(r).  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. 

Ms. Beal made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Doiron to accept the resignation of Ms. Megan Abbot, school psychologist, with regret.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. 

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Doiron to accept the resignation of Ms. Emma Eliason, VEH Kindergarten Teacher.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. 

The superintendent shared with the board the construction team of  Kevin Moore, Travis Doiron, Nancy Neubert, Steve Connolly, Denise Van Campen, Deb Randell, Rick Ingalls, Mike McIntire

and asked for board approval. Ms Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Beal to approve the construction team. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.  

The superintendent shared that an overnight trip provided by the Multiple Pathway Program to the High Cabin in the White Mountains will be occurring next week and he also shared with the Hiking Club from the high school will be going on a trip to Mt. Chocorua. Neither of these trips are new, but he was just making them aware. 

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

Adjourned at  8:35 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly

Secretary of the Board