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

MINUTES OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING

TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2013

QUIMBY MIDDLE SCHOOL, BINGHAM, MAINE  04920

7:00 p.m.

 

6:30 p.m.        Policy Committee – Continue review of policy book

                        Vacant, Joey McKenzie, Sheree Brown

 

I.                   CALL TO ORDER – The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.

 

II.        ATTENDANCE/DECLARATION OF QUORUM

 

Present:           Bonnie Atwood, Adrienne Mathieu, Sheree Brown, Leo Hill, Ray Francoeur, Linda Hunnewell, Pauline Lagasse (arrived 7:10 p.m.), Brian Malloy, Joey McKenzie, and Laurie Attwood

 

Absent:            None

 

Also present:   Ivy Beane, Geraldine Morrill, Kattie Sweet, Mark Shibles, David Dorr, Edward Ferreira, Julie Richard, and Virginia Rebar

 

III.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - conducted

 

IV.             APPROVAL OF MINUTES

a)      Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Sheree Brown the Board unanimously voted to approve the minutes of March 12, 2013 (regular meeting).

 

V.                ADJUSTMENTS - None

 

VI.             GOOD NEWS AND CELEBRATION

a)      Barbara Glunn and Jeffrey Knott have volunteered the use of their property to help our gifted and talented students with their G.A.T. project. – Ms. Rebar shared that Barbara Glunn and Jeffrey Knott are allowing high school students in our gifted and talented program to use their land to fulfill the goals of their personalized learning plans.

b)      2012 Spirit of America Foundation Awards Ceremony will take place in Augusta on April 19, 2013. – Ms. Rebar announced that Ms. Richard will attend the April 19th Maine Spirit of America Annual Recognition Ceremony at the Hall of Flags in the Capitol building in Augusta, Maine.  Joe Bourque was honored for his work in the American Legion and as town ballot clerk.

c)      Positive press – Substance abuse awareness activity at middle school – Ms. Rebar shared that the Morning Sentinel featured our middle school students exhibiting a flash mob promoting an awareness of the dangers of tobacco use at a local establishment.

 

VII.          COMMUNICATIONS

a)      Financial Statement - reviewed

b)      Health insurance 0% increase – Ms. Rebar announced that the District received news that the health insurance rates will not increase for the next budgetary year (13-14).

c)      Resignation and acceptance of Kimberlee Fortin, Bus Driver – Ms. Rebar announced the resignation of bus driver, Kimberlee Fortin.

d)     Recent community message from the Superintendent – Ms. Rebar highlighted the contents of her recent message via snail mail and off the website regarding the installation of new access systems for all of our school buildings in light of security enhancement needs.

 

VIII.       REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

a)      Superintendent’s staff meeting regarding budget on April 2, 2013 – Ms. Rebar reported that she met with staff to share a packet of information on April 2, 2013.  This packet contained a reiteration of our mission, filters to use to look at the next budget 13/14, a message triangle, the voter approved budgets over the last five years (trend), losses over the years, high impact areas, recommended personnel adjustments, and the need for music at the high school.  She also stated that she planned to share this information with parents and volunteers at their next gathering (April 23).

b)      Budget adjustment announcements (health insurance, bus, vocational bus for live classes, property insurance) – Ms. Rebar announced that adjustments were being made in the draft budget around areas including health insurance, funding for a new bus (postponed to next year due to process for approval), property insurance up 15%, and the need to extend transportation to KVCC next year (voc bus).

c)      Baseball provision for grades 5-7 – Ms. Rebar announced an initiative to provide a baseball experience for middle school students.  Seventeen students have shown an interest.  Ms. Rebar has approved athletic field trips for these students to participate in the Cal Ripken Valley team program.  All games will be played in Norridgewock and Skowhegan, and Mr. Farnham will coach as a volunteer.

 

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

Finance (Bonnie Atwood, Linda Hunnewell, Ray Francoeur)

Policy (Sheree Brown, Joey McKenzie, Vacant)

Negotiations (Pauline Lagasse, Brian Malloy, Joey McKenzie)

Transportation (Leo Hill, Adrienne Mathieu, Ray Francoeur)

Buildings & Grounds (Leo Hill, Bonnie Atwood, Ray Francoeur, Vacant)

Ad Hoc Restructuring (Vacant, Adrienne Mathieu, Pauline Lagasse)

 

a)      Report of Policy Committee – Mr. McKenzie reported that the Committee reviewed policies JEA, JICIA, JKF-R, JLDBG and JRA.  These policies cover compulsory attendance, weapons, administrative procedures for removal of students with disabilities, reintegration of students from juvenile correctional facilities, and student records.  Most needed alignment to MSMA recommendation and language changes.

b)      Report of Negotiations Committee – Mr. Malloy reported that the Committee has had one meeting with staff representatives and each group exchanged package proposals.  He stated that negotiations will continue on April 11th.

 

X.                PROFESSIONAL STAFF INFORMATION

a)      Ms. Richard

·         Carrington Miller has been awarded Principal’s Award for 2013.  He will be honored at a luncheon April 6 in Bangor.

·         “Math Makes my Career” night was a success.  Twenty- two presenters explained their careers to students from grades 3-12.  Attendance was great with more than 50% of the high School in attendance, 35 Quimby students and 8 Moscow students in attendance.

·         MEA science exams have been completed at the High School, grades 5 & 8 will take theirs in May.

·         Grandparents Day at all three schools was a success with great participation.  Quimby 28, Moscow 61, Valley 13 (including Senior Citizens)

·         Flash Mob at Jimmy’s Market had students demonstrating against tobacco on national Kick Butts day.

·         Teacher workshops on literacy, mathematics and restraint training went well, especially with a focus on changing to standards-based grading of the Common Core.

·         Bob Stewart was guest speaker at Quimby and Moscow where he encouraged students to consider careers.

 

b)      Mr. Ferreira

This is busy season in our schools generally, and particularly in the Special Education Department of MSAD 13.  We have been working hard providing students with special needs disabilities with quality instructional direct and related services programs.  We have been conducting a number of re-evaluations.  We have been focused on meeting the procedural duties/ paperwork demands of MUSER (Maine Unified Special Education Regulations), which includes annual review meetings, development and implementation of well designed individualized education plans (IEPs), and other responsibilities.

I recently attended a state conference/training for Special Education Directors and secondary Special Education Teachers in Augusta with Mr. Phillips, High School Special Educator.  It covered a wide range of special education areas.  Included was information that addressed:

It is my sense that we are making good strides to meet our procedural duties, and to assist our students with their school performance.  Thomas Hehir, who was at one time the OSEP (federal Office of Special Education Programs ) Director, wrote a book entitled 'New Directions in Special Education' a few years ago.  He put forth his belief that the goal of special education is to minimize the impact of a student's disability, and to maximize the level of that student's participation in the life and activities of their school.  I share this belief and am pleased with the department and district's progress in this regard.  Thank you for continued support.

 

XI.             PUBLIC INPUT

a)      Geraldine Morrill mentioned that the Moscow Book Fair was a success.  Each teacher will receive $55 worth of book purchases for their classrooms.

b)      Mr. McKenzie recommended a fence for the Moscow playground.

 

 

XII.          OLD BUSINESS

a)      Vote on the second reading of the following policies:

      Upon motion by Linda Hunnewell and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to approve the second reading of policy JICK Bullying.

      Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Linda Hunnewell the Board unanimously voted to approve the second reading of policy JICK-R Bullying – Administrative Procedure.

      Upon motion by Linda Hunnewell and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to approve the second reading of policy JICK-E1 Bullying Report Form.

      Upon motion by Linda Hunnewell and second by Ray Francoeur the Board unanimously voted to approve the second reading of policy JICK-E2 Bullying Investigation Form.

      Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Sheree Brown the Board unanimously voted to approve the second reading of policy JICK-E3 Documentation of Disciplinary and Remedial Actions Taken.

            Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Sheree Brown the Board

      unanimously voted to approve the second reading of policy JICK-E4 Bullying

      Reporting, Investigation and Intervention/Resolution Process

 

XIII.       NEW BUSINESS

a)      Board election of officers and committee assignments for 2013-14

      It was moved the Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse to nominate Brian Malloy as Board Chairman for 2013-14.  It was moved by Linda Hunnewell and second by Pauline Lagasse to cease nominations for Chairman.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Brian Malloy who abstained.  The Board voted to approve Brian Malloy as Board Chairman for 2013-14 with all voting in favor except Brian Malloy who abstained.

      It was moved the Ray Francoeur and second by Pauline Lagasse to nominate Bonnie Atwood as Board Vice-Chairman for 2013-14.  It was moved by Pauline Lagasse and second by Linda Hunnewell to cease nominations for Vice-Chairman.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Bonnie Atwood who abstained.  The Board voted to approve Bonnie Atwood as Board Vice-Chairman for 2013-14 with all voting in favor except Bonnie Atwood who abstained.

           

      FINANCE:  It was moved by Pauline Lagasse and second by Sheree Brown to approve Bonnie Atwood, Linda Hunnewell, Ray Francoeur as members of the Finance Committee for 2013-14.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Bonnie Atwood, Linda Hunnewell, and Ray Francoeur who abstained.

      POLICY:  It was moved by Linda Hunnewell and second by Bonnie Atwood voted to approve Laurie Attwood, Sheree Brown, and Leo Hill as members of the Policy Committee for 2013-14.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Laurie Attwood, Sheree Brown, and Leo Hill who abstained.

      NEGOTIATIONS:  It was moved by Bonnie Atwood and second by Laurie Attwood to approve Brian Malloy, Pauline Lagasse, Joey McKenzie, and Sheree Brown as members of the Negotiations Committee for 2013-14.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Brian Malloy, Pauline Lagasse, Joey McKenzie, and Sheree Brown who abstained.

      TRANSPORTATION:  It was moved by Pauline Lagasse and second by Sheree Brown to approve Leo Hill, Adrienne Mathieu, and Ray Francoeur as members of the Transportation Committee for 2013-14.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Leo Hill, Adrienne Mathieu, and Ray Francoeur who abstained.

      BLDGS/GROUNDS:  It was moved by Pauline Lagasse and second by Sheree Brown to approve Bonnie Atwood, Laurie Attwood, Ray Francoeur, and Leo Hill as members of the Buildings and Grounds Committee for 2013-14.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Bonnie Atwood, Laurie Attwood, Ray Francoeur, and Leo Hill who abstained.

b)      Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approve the Recertification Steering Committee for 2013-14 as follows:

The Recertification Steering Committee is responsible for overseeing professional development renewal plans for teachers and educational technicians.  They also oversee teacher action plans for new teachers and highly qualified statuses.

            Cathy Foran, Chair                       Alternates:       Rhonda Roberts, Chair

            Kelly Bailey                                                          John Berube

            Mary Collins, Advisor                                          Wendy Belanger, Advisor

c)      The Superintendent would like to report to the Board that the following is a list of all continuing contract teachers, no action is required:

            Joy West                           Gloree Robinson                     Kelly Bailey

            Katie Flood                       Mary Collins                           Wendy Belanger

            Rhonda Roberts                Catherine Foran                      Karen LaForgia

            Rebecca York                   Vicki Fluet                              Luke Hartwell

            Brenda Fanjoy                  Kattie Sweet-Shibles              Daniel McDonald

            Wade Morrill                     John Berube

d)     Upon motion by Linda Hunnewell and second by Ray Francoeur the Board unanimously voted to approve the proposed school calendar for 2013-2014.

e)      Vote on the first reading of the following policies:

            Upon motion by Linda Hunnewell and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to approve the first reading of Policy JK Student Discipline.

            Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Adrienne Mathieu the Board unanimously voted to approve the first reading of Policy JKD Suspension of Students.

            Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approve the first reading of Policy JKE Expulsion of Students.

            Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Ray Francoeur the Board unanimously voted to approve the first reading of Policy JKE-R Expulsion Guidelines.

f)       Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to enter Executive Session for the purpose of discussion of negotiations pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. §405(6)(D).  Entered Executive Session at 9:27 p.m.  Adjourned Executive Session at 10:09 p.m.

g)      Budget Workshop/Discussion

 

XIV.       PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF NON-AGENDA ITEMS - None

 

XV.          ADJOURNMENT – The meeting was adjourned at 10:09 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Virginia Rebar

Secretary to the Board