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Minutes of October 29, 2015



A regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on October 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm with all members present except Mr. McCabe. The student representative and the press were absent. There were 31 in the audience.

Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to accept the minutes of October 15, 2015 as amended. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Public Input:  

None at this time.

Ms. Rose and Ms. Olean updated the board on the Maine School Board Association conference in Augusta last week. They shared with the board the various sessions that they attended:

The Superintendent updated the board on the conference he attended in Wisconsin noting that Noble High and Hall Dale High received a substantial amount of positive attention.  He noted that the Maine contingent met with Linda Darling Hammond and discussed performance assessments.  She is developing a bank of common performance assessments that will be available soon for free.

Mr. Price shared Ms. Kaitlyn Price’s, student representative, student report from Noble High School:

Texting While Driving Presentation

  • Sports
  • Music
  • Theatre

Texting While Driving:

Last week the entire high school assembled in the auditorium for A presentation on texting and driving which was sponsored by AT&T. During the presentation there was a slideshow on stats about the predicament, and we concluded with a video on people who experienced it, or were affected by it. Afterwards the students were for the most part emotionally affected, and very upset about the stories and said they will not text and drive.


The fall sport season has come to an end for our sports teams. The winter season will soon be starting up.


The football team had a very good season this year, and have concluded their season in the playoffs.


On November 17, the high school band and chorus will be joining together for an extravaganza in the auditorium, where each ensemble will be featured in their own, and combined pieces.


The school’s musical this year is Shrek the Musical. They are currently in tech week and working hard for the end result. Their performance dates will be November 13-15 in the auditorium.

The board then reviewed as a first reading the I policies which focus on special education. These are not required policies and we have spoken with the special education director to cross reference if those policies need to be continued in the future.

The board then reviewed policy IIJ, Differentiated Instruction,  as a second reading .  Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Wheeler to remove the policy from our policy book and move it to the school handbooks. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The board then held the second reading of IJJ, Instructional and Library Materials Selection. It is a required policy but needs to be updated.  There has been substantial work done to the MSMA policy and we would like to do a comparison and bring it back with a final second reading (more updated MSMA version) in the near future.  That covers IJJE as well.

The board then held the second reading IJO External Credits for Community Based Activities.  This is a non required policy and the policy committee feels like it should be in the student handbook.  Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cown to remove the policy from our policy book and move it to the Noble High School student handbook.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The board then held the second reading of policy IJOB, Overnight Trips.  This is a non required policy and could be easily replaced by IHOA which would be a more specific policy and accompanying forms that will be more cohesive and comprehensive.  The board agreed to look at this option and asked the policy committee to take the adoption of policy IHOA under consideration for a future meeting.

The Superintendent and Ms. Rose updated the board on the evaluation system and the professional development that was conducted in each of the grade levels today.

The Superintendent shared with the board a technology tool called Kahoot and quizzed the board on the evaluation program. www.Kahoot.it

The board then discussed the idea of Coffee with the Board and finding the best time to meet with staff.  There was a discussion regarding providing the opportunity during the lunch time frame rather than before or after school. We went around the table and came up with some suggestions. Will follow up in the near future.

Other Business

Ms. Wheeler thanked the Middle School for the BARR work that they are doing. It is making a difference already.

Ms. Alwin heard from a town coach that they are having difficulty getting space at the high school gym due to the varsity teams playing on Saturday mornings.  We will look into it.

Ms. Wheeler will check into whether or not there is a new Berwick board representative on the horizon.

The superintendent noted that we are currently working on job descriptions and evaluation documents for all of our support staff.

The superintendent shared that we are developing a facilities use policy and asked for a board representative. Mr. Cowan and Ms. Rose volunteered to represent the board.

Mr. Price made a donation to the Berwick Elementary Schools, Literacy collection texts, $261.13.  Ms. Wheeler made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to accept the donation. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The Superintendent shared with the board that we will be having a coach’s summit in March.  We will be opening up to all the district coaches and may even open it up to a broader base.

Mr. Jonathan Payne, president of the MSAD 60 Teacher’s Union shared that he is excited to share the Stand Up for Students ballot initiative.  It is a focus on providing funding of 55% as is stated in the law to fund education by state government.  This is a 3% tax surcharge that impacts only those incomes over $200,000.

November 16 at 6 p.m. at Noble High School Auditorium  We are excited to invite parents, grandparents, educators, coaches and community members to “Raising Thriving Students”.  Nationally recognized speakers, Tim and Donna Duffey, to speak on how to build developmental assets in young people.  This event will focus on steps toward preventing substance abuse and promoting success in young people. Homework help & entertainment is available for your kids during this event. Contact janice.eldridge@msad60.org.

Ms. Wheeler updated the board on what the Heroin Task force is doing throughout the district to encourage support of those families who are struggling with Heroin and other drug addictions.

Ms. Alwin made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Cowan to adjourn at  8:41 pm.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Adjourned at  8:41 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Sue Austin, Assistant Superintendent