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Minutes of September 20, 2018

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING September 20, 2018

 

A  meeting of the Board of Directors was held at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on September 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm, with all members present except Superintendent Connolly.  There were 10 in the audience.

 

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Beal to go into executive session pursuant to M.R.S.A §405(A) Duties of an Official.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 7:02 pm. Out at 7:10 pm.

 

The Vice Chair addressed the audience regarding the norms of Public Input.

 

Public Input:   

 

Mr. Russell Nadeau, of North Berwick, parent of a Lebanon kindergartener discussed his concerns regarding the implementation of the allergy protocols in the Hanson Schools. He wanted to make the board aware of what he conceived as roadblocks and inadequacies in the policy for students with severe nut allergies.

 

Ms. Linda Cyr, grandmother of the little boy shared her concerns regarding the safety of her grandson. She expressed her hope that the school would work with the family to consider it becoming a nut free school.

 

Mr. Nadeau shared his concern that there are chestnut trees at other elementary schools.

 

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Beal to accept the minutes of September 6, 2018 as amended.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Price to table the evaluation system videos and the board retreat material until the next meeting as the Superintendent wished to share this work. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

Student Report:  William Mallett, our new student representative, updated the board on the school store with the initial opening with the homecoming gear. Ms. Plaisted and the student council are the group that are getting this working. There is a bonfire on Thursday evening after the boys home soccer game. The football team will be playing Mt. Ararat on Friday evening.

 

The Assistant Superintendent shared with the board the language of the lease agreements for the copiers and buses.  Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Manley to lease purchase 1 large and 4 minibuses.  All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Mallett to lease purchase technology equipment. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

The Assistant Superintendent discussed with the board the MSBA Delegate Assembly on October 25, 2018.  Ms. Neubert stated that she would like to be the delegate. Ms. Beal nominated Ms. Neubert and it was seconded by Ms. Potter. All Members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

The Assistant Superintendent shared with the board an update from the technology department.

 

The Assistant Superintendent shared with the board the resignation of Ms. Debbie Bordeaux, 4th grade teacher at the Knowlton School.  Ms. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Beal to accept the resignation of Ms. Bordeaux with regret. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

 

Other:  

 

Mr Doiron asked about the security information night that was discussed for our parent community. We are planning the community night for either October 10th or 11th. Final details will follow.

 

Ms. Hopper shared that there will be a candidates’ night on October 23rd at 6 pm at the Berwick Public library. Republican, Democratic and Independent candidates will be invited and school funding will be discussed.

 

Ms. Beal asked about the code of conduct review committee. Ms. Austin will work on that. It will be set up prior to an upcoming board meeting.

 

Second Public Input:

Mr. Nadeau shared some informational pamphlets regarding nut allergies.

 

Mr. Price made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to enter an executive session pursuant to 1MRSA §405(6)(D) for Labor Contract Negotiations. In at 8:03 pm. Out at 8:12pm.

 

Ms. Mallett and Ms. Beal will participate in the AFL-CIO negotiations.

Ms. Neubert will participate in support staff negotiations.

 

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

 

Adjourned at 8:12 pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Susan Austin, Assistant Superintendent

Secretary of the Board