RSU 83/M.S.A.D. #13 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017

QUIMBY SCHOOL, BINGHAM, MAINE  04920

7:00 p.m.

 

6:00-6:45 p.m. - PERSONNEL COMMITTEE Meeting

Leo Hill, Janneke Strickland, and Elizabeth Brochu

Review of Pep Band Coach, Girls Middle School Basketball Coach, and Ed Tech I candidates

Janneke Strickland and Elizabeth Brochu met with Jordan Ledwith as pertains to her interest in becoming our Pep Band Coach.  They also met with Dulcie Welch who has applied for an Ed Tech I position at Quimby School.  Leo Hill and Elizabeth Brochu met with Andrew Marden on October 6th regarding his interest in serving as the Middle School Girls Basketball Coach for 2017-18.

 

6:45 p.m. – NEGOTIATIONS COMMITTEE Meeting

                        Brian Malloy, Pauline Lagasse, and Janneke Strickland

                        Central Office Staff

The Committee met with Jeanette Casey and Doris Vermette to discuss the Central Office compensation conditions for 2017-18.

 

I.                CALL TO ORDER – The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m.

 

II.             ATTENDANCE

 

Present:           Elizabeth Brochu, Pauline Lagasse, Bonnie Atwood, Brian Malloy, Danette Messer, Jessica Mills, and Janneke Strickland

 

Absent:            Jennifer Cates (unexcused), Leo Hill (excused), and Adrienne Mathieu (excused)

 

Also present:   Dulcie Welch, Jordan Ledwith, Melissa Lyons-Vitalone, Lee Harper, and Virginia Rebar

 

III.           PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - Conducted

 

IV.           APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (Regular meetings – will not be done at special meetings)

a)     Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to approve minutes of September 12, 2017 (regular meeting), September 28, 2017 (special meeting) and September 6 and September 19, 2017 Negotiations Attendance Sessions.

 

V.             PUBLIC INPUT ON AGENDA ITEMS - None

 

VI.           ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

a)     Principal’s Report

·       We are off to a strong start this school year. Teachers and staff had various trainings on the August 28 and 29 workshop days. 

·       Corey Farnham is now managing both the district events calendar and the facilities usage calendar.   

·       The new scoreboard for the soccer field is operational and working well.  

·       Scott Laweryson has been nominated for the 2017 U.S. Cellular Most Valuable Coach Fan Vote Contest.  

·       Quimby is like a brand-new school with new teachers, staff, and grade levels. Students and staff are settling in well. 

·       We had good turnouts at the open house evenings for all three schools. 7-12 grade students have received their new laptops.   

·       Our Pre-Kindergarten program at Moscow has seven students. We had an open house day for them on Tuesday, September 5 which went very well. They had a great first official school day on Wednesday, September 6. 

·       I have been in all 3 buildings every day, and in almost every classroom every day. Our schools have a welcoming and family like atmosphere to them. Teachers and staff are providing quality instruction and support to all students.  

b)     Special Education Director’s Report

·       The Special Education Department has gained several valuable new support staff members to start the school year and retained most of the support staff we had last year.  In conjunction with Title 1 supports, we are able to provide an educational technician in every classroom K-6th grade to help teachers provide both academic and behavioral supports.  The teachers are the drivers of their classrooms and know what is best for the students in them.  Coupled with an Ed Tech to help carry out the plans, we are hoping this will help provide more in classroom supports to keep students in the least restrictive environment.  We also have several students in need of 1:1 behavioral support to obtain an appropriate educational program.  This means that some classrooms may have more than one Ed Tech attached to it.

·       By and large, we have had a successful start-up.  We have faced some behavioral challenges that are requiring maximum effort from the entire team to plan appropriate programming for these students.  Tom Collins, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, with a focus on school consultation has graciously accepted the invitation to assist us in evaluating some of the more complex behavioral cases.  A thorough evaluation will help school staff plan appropriate programming and placement for the most severely behaviorally challenged students.  While we have had some challenges, I am pleased to say that everyone including: bus staff, custodial staff, Ed Techs, teachers, social worker, the administrative assistants, and the entire administrative team have rolled with the punches and adapting on the fly to make a safe environment for students.

 

VII.        ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA

a)     Ms. Rebar asked that X (c) October 6 Workshop and VIII (c) November 9 Showcase be added to agenda

 

VIII.      GOOD NEWS

a)     Somerset Public Health Awards – Ms. Rebar directed the Board’s attention to an e-mail from Julie Richard regarding awards given to local people from Somerset Health.

b)     Positive Press/Guest Speaker – Nick Rogers, Morning Sentinel article – As mentioned in the Principal’s report, the positive press from the Morning Sentinel regarding a guest speaker was shared.  Lessons:  perseverance and positive attitudes are essential.  Program was well received by students.

c)     Ms. Rebar announced that our collaborative STEM coaching program will be part of the KVSA November 9th Showcase sponsored by area Superintendents.

 

IX.           COMMUNICATIONS

a)     Financial Statement - Reviewed

b)     Report of September 21, 2017 AOS meeting – Various Board members attended a recent joint Board meeting with RSU 74 and MSAD #59 regarding forming an AOS.  Interest in this effort has diminished in light of Drummond & Woodsum presentation.  The next meeting is in January.

 

X.             REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT

a)     Enrollment – A report was submitted that needs to be adjusted.  187 students are enrolled.  Board members will receive a fine-tuned copy in the mail.

b)     Consider development of a five-year plan/Board goals – Ms. Rebar suggested that the Board consider developing a Sub-Committee to study conditions and establish a five-year plan proposal for the District.  Janneke Strickland and Bonnie Atwood volunteered.

c)     Ms. Rebar reviewed the entire program of required trainings and events that took place on October 6—our staff workshop day.

 

XI.           SUB-COMMITTEE REPORTS (Ad-Hoc Restructuring Committee, Finance Committee, Policy Committee, Negotiations Committee, Transportation Committee, Buildings and Grounds Committee, Personnel Committee)

Finance (Elizabeth Brochu, Pauline Lagasse, Bonnie Atwood)

Policy (Leo Hill, Danette Messer, Janneke Strickland)

Negotiations (Pauline Lagasse, Brian Malloy, Janneke Strickland, Adrienne Mathieu [alternate])

Transportation (Leo Hill, Jennifer Cates, Adrienne Mathieu, Danette Messer)

Buildings and Grounds (Jennifer Cates, Leo Hill, Bonnie Atwood, Jessica Mills)

Personnel (Leo Hill, Elizabeth Brochu, Janneke Strickland, (alternate) Jessica Mills)

 

a)     Report of Personnel Committee

Janneke Strickland and Elizabeth Brochu met with Jordan Ledwith as pertains to her interest in becoming our Pep Band Coach.  They also met with Dulcie Welch who has applied for an Ed Tech I position at Quimby School.  Leo Hill and Elizabeth Brochu met with Andrew Marden on October 6th regarding his interest in serving as the Middle School Girls Basketball Coach for 2017-18.

b)     Report of the Negotiations Committee

The Committee met with Jeanette Casey and Doris Vermette to discuss the Central Office compensation conditions for 2017-18.

            Mr. Malloy invited Board members to attend negotiations sessions.

 

XII.        OLD BUSINESS - None

 

XIII.      NEW BUSINESS

a)     Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approve the nomination of Dulcie Welch as Title I Ed Tech I for 2017-18 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

b)     Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Elizabeth Brochu the Board unanimously voted to approve the nomination of Jordan Ledwith as Pep Band Coach for 2017-18 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

c)     Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Jessica Mills the Board unanimously voted to approve the nomination Andrew Marden as Girls Middle School Basketball Coach for 2017-18 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

d)     Upon motion by Janneke Strickland and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approve the need for Ed Tech II position in Special Education.

e)     Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Jessica Mills the Board unanimously voted to approve the nomination of Wendy Belanger as Moscow Administrative Liaison for 2017-18 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

f)      Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Janneke Strickland the Board unanimously voted to approve the nomination of Cathy Foran as Quimby Administrative Liaison for 2017-18 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

g)     Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Jessica Mills the Board unanimously voted to approve the nomination of James Tyler as Valley Administrative Liaison for 2017-18 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

h)     Review Board goals for 2017-18

i)      Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second Executive Session for the purpose of discussing negotiations with the UKVEA, UKVEA-ESP, and Central Office clerical staff pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. §405(6)(D).  Entered Executive Session at 8:22 p.m.  Adjourned Executive Session at 8:36 p.m.

 

XIV.      ADJOURNMENT – The meeting was adjourned at 8:37 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Virginia Rebar

Secretary to the Board