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

MINUTES OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING

TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013

QUIMBY MIDDLE SCHOOL, BINGHAM, MAINE  04920

7:00 p.m.

 

6:00 p.m.        Policy Committee – Continue review of policy book

                        Sheree Brown, Laurie Attwood, Leo Hill

                        The Policy Committee was cancelled – no one attended.

 

6:30 p.m.        Finance Committee – Review bids on fuel oil

                        Bonnie Atwood, Linda Hunnewell, Brian Malloy

Bids were reviewed and it was determined that the A E Robinson Company’s bid would be recommended to the School Board.

 

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

 

II.        ATTENDANCE/DECLARATION OF QUORUM

 

Present:           Bonnie Atwood, Adrienne Mathieu, Ray Francoeur, Linda Hunnewell, Pauline Lagasse, Brian Malloy, Joey McKenzie, and Laurie Attwood

 

Absent:            Sheree Brown (unexcused) and Leo Hill (excused)

 

Also present:   Kattie Sweet-Shibles, Mark Shibles, 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 Ray Francoeur the Board unanimously voted to approve the minutes of April 9 (regular meeting) and April 30 (special meeting), 2013.

 

V.                ADJUSTMENTS - None

 

VI.             GOOD NEWS AND CELEBRATION

a)      Letter to be forthcoming to citizens regarding school data and successes – Ms. Rebar explained her view of the recent simplistic “grading” of schools throughout Maine and said plans were in place to offset some of this decision to grade schools based on very little evidence.

 

VII.          COMMUNICATIONS

a)      Financial Statement - reviewed

b)      Resignation and acceptance of Simon Phillips, Special Education at Valley - reviewed

c)      Resignation and acceptance of Christine Blaisdell, Mathematics at Valley - reviewed

d)     Letter to Barbara Glunn and Jeffrey Knott - shared

 

VIII.       REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

a)      Maine School Management finds recent State initiative to grade schools as highly flawed – Ms. Rebar explained her view of the recent simplistic “grading” of schools throughout Maine and said plans were in place to offset some of this decision to grade schools based on very little evidence.

b)      Revised 2012-13 ED 279 – Ms. Rebar explained that due to previous mishandling of billing on the part of Medicaid billing services, the State is now taking funding out of the current year State subsidy to pay bills in this area.  For M.S.A.D. #13, it is a $15,464.74 reduction.  She distributed a new adjusted ED 279 document.

c)      Required training for elected officials on Freedom of Access law – Ms. Rebar shared that a Freedom of Access Law requires all elected officials to be trained by virtue of reading the literature that will be in the next Board packet.

d)     Ms. Rebar shared information from the latest KVSA meetings relative to the MLTI activities.

 

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, Laurie Attwood, Leo Hill)

Negotiations (Pauline Lagasse, Brian Malloy, Joey McKenzie, Sheree Brown)

Transportation (Leo Hill, Adrienne Mathieu, Ray Francoeur)

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

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

 

a)      Report of Policy Committee - None

b)      Report of Finance Committee – The Committee recommended that the bid from A. E. Robinson be accepted by the full Board.

 

X.                PROFESSIONAL STAFF INFORMATION

1)      Principal Richard:

a)      Tim Caverley author of  Tales of the Allagash spoke to Quimby and Valley students.

b)      Hyde School came to visit Valley and presented a musical “We have a Dream”,which was an exploration of the African American experience in America. Quimby and Valley students attended.

c)      Luke Hartwell took his American Government class to District Court, where they were able to interview Judge Niverson.  Students also visited Somerset County jail.

d)     Bob Henderson spoke to American history class on the Viet Nam war.  He was very well received by students.

e)      Pre-school and Kindergarten screenings were held at Moscow School.

f)       Grades 2 & 3 will travel to Maine State Aquarium in Boothbay.

g)      Kindergarten will travel to Bates museum at Hinckley for a field trip.

h)      Quimby band joined Madison and Carrabec middle schools for a concert May 8.  It was a very successful event for our students.

i)        The Moscow’s After School Program was recognized by Spirit of America Volunteers in a Ceremony at the Hall of Flags in Augusta.

 

 

j)        Valley National Honor Society hosted a volunteer recognition Ice Cream Social to thank community volunteers, 42 attended.

k)      Five staff attended a two-day Anti-bully conference in Augusta.  The group included Deputy Mike Pike, Lucas Talpey, Janet Siddons, Karen Kemp-Webb and Julie Richard.  The group began devising a plan for grades 3-8 for next year.

l)        Valley Prom was held Saturday May 11, 2013.

m)    Valley HS announced Honor Parts for the Class of 2013.  Valedictorian: Carrington Miller, Salutatorian: Seth Malloy. Sydney Vincent will give the welcome at graduation.  Donald Beane was selected by seniors as the graduation speaker.  Graduation is Sunday June 9, 2013 at 2:00.  Senior Assembly will be Friday, June 7 at 10:00 in Dwight Littlefield gym. Baccalaureate is set for Friday, June 7, 2013, at 6:30 at Old Free Meeting House.  Seniors will take a class trip to Crabapple, to spend the day together, swimming hiking etc.  Senior Class trip is sponsored by the family of Senior Dan Rogers in memory of Dan’s father.

n)      SAT testing was held May 4, 2013.  Two students were absent on that day, but both tested on the two days following the test date.

o)      Teacher appreciation week was celebrated may 6-10.

p)      A two mile walk jog was held to benefit One Boston.  The event was sponsored by the National Honor Society and raised $230.

q)      MEA science testing was completed at both Valley and Quimby.

r)       Quimby Band and Chorus will hold a spring concert Monday may 13 at 7:00

s)       Moscow will hold a music concert at 6:30 Thursday, May 16.

t)       Early release is planned for May 15.  Faculty will be working on Standards based curriculum.

2)      Special Education Director Ferreira:

Springtime is typically a busy time within a Special Education Department, and this last month has been no exception.  There has been recent legislative action that has impacted the entire district, LD 243.  This is a bill that made some changes to Chapter 33, the law dealing with restraint and seclusion.  I want to remind the board, and myself for that matter, that this is a Regular (not just Special Education) Education law, effecting all students and schools in Maine.  There were three changes made to Chapter 33.  Basically the changes are that the word 'imminent' was removed (13 times by my count) from the Chapter.  So, instead of a situation that presents an 'imminent' risk of injury or harm to self or others, the new Chapter 33 reads presents a risk of injury or harm to self or others.

The second change allows for a 'brief period of physical contact to break up a fight.'  The third change allows for a 'temporary touching or holding (of a student) for the purpose of inducing a student to walk to another location, including assisting the student to the student's feet in order to be escorted.'

I am also monitoring with the Special Education staff particularly, the impact of LD 1422, a law that addresses proficiency based diplomas.  I am particularly concerned with the DOE's interpretation of this law which is that an 'IEP may modify the means by which a student with a disability demonstrates proficiency in the standards, but the IEP does not modify the standards themselves...'  This change is slotted to go into effect for July 2018.  This is a significant change to graduation requirements and requires close monitoring by districts.

I also continue to work with staff on strategies that can be defined as positive behavioral supports and interventions.  This is also a district wide effort, and I am pleased with the current status of the district in this area.  I will continue to work with Special and Regular Educators to further the district's work in this regard.

 

XI.             PUBLIC INPUT - None

 

XII.          OLD BUSINESS

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

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

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

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

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

 

XIII.       NEW BUSINESS

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

            Upon motion by Linda Hunnewell and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approve the first reading of Policy JEA Compulsory Attendance.

            Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approve the first reading of Policy JICIA Weapons, Violence and School Safety.

            Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Ray Francoeur the Board unanimously voted to approve the first reading of Policy JKF Disciplinary Removals of Students with Disabilities.

            Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Linda Hunnewell the

Board unanimously voted to approve the first reading of Policy JLDBG Reintegration

of Students from Juvenile Correctional Facilities

            Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Adrienne Mathieu the Board unanimously voted to approve the first reading of Policy JRA Student Education Records and Information.

b)      Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to approve the following teachers going onto continuing contract status for 2013-14 and authorized the Superintendent to issue contracts.

                  James Tyler

                  Jena Harvey

c)      Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to approve the following teachers for a second probationary contract for 2013-14 and authorized the Superintendent to issue contracts.

            Keith Peavey

            Anna Swierczewska

            Lucas Talpey

            Krista Wiles

d)     Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to enter Executive Session to discuss the evaluation of the Special Education Director pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. §405(6)(A).  Entered Executive Session at 8:34 p.m.  Adjourned Executive Session at 9:02 p.m.

e)      Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to approve Edward Ferreira as Special Education Director for 2013-14 (part-time) and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

f)       Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to accept the fuel oil bid for 2013-14 from A. E. Robinson Oil Company in the amount of $3.120 fixed price per gallon.

g)      Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Ray Francoeur the Board unanimously voted that the warrant for the District Budget Meeting presented to the meeting be approved and that a District budget meeting be called for June 4, 2013 for the purpose of voting on the annual budget for the District for the 2013-2014 fiscal year;

      Further Voted:  That the Warrant and Notice of Election for the District Budget Validation Referendum presented to the meeting be approved, and that a District budget validation referendum be called for June 11, 2013 for the purpose of approving the budget adopted at the District budget meeting for the 2013-2014 fiscal year and voting whether to continue the budget validation referendum process for an additional three years;

      Further Voted:  That the Notice of Amounts Adopted at Budget Meeting presented to this meeting be approved, and that the Secretary of the District be authorized and directed to complete said Notice by adding the amounts approved by the voters for each expenditure category and the total school budget summary expenditure amount, all in accordance with the District budget meeting on June 4, 2013 and to deliver attested copies of said notice, as completed, to the clerks of each municipality in the District for polling places for the June 11, 2013 District budget validation referendum.

h)      Sign warrants - done

 

XIV.       PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF NON-AGENDA ITEMS - None

 

XV.     ADJOURNMENT

            The meeting was adjourned at 9:23 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Virginia Rebar

Secretary to the Board