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

MINUTES OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING

TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2013

QUIMBY MIDDLE SCHOOL, BINGHAM, MAINE  04920

7:00 p.m.

 

6:30 p.m. – Policy Committee meeting

Sheree Brown, Laurie Attwood, Leo Hill – The Committee decided to bring the issues in question regarding the volunteer policy to the full Board for further discussion.

 

I.                   CALL TO ORDER – The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

II.        ATTENDANCE/DECLARATION OF QUORUM

 

Present:           Bonnie Atwood, Adrienne Mathieu, Sheree Brown, Leo Hill, Ray Francoeur, Pauline Lagasse, Brian Malloy, and Laurie Attwood

 

Absent:            Linda Hunnewell (excused) and Joey McKenzie (excused)

 

Also present:   Geraldine Morrill, Kattie Sweet-Shibles, Edward Ferreira, Julie Richard (arrived at 7:17 p.m.), and Virginia Rebar

 

III.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - conducted

 

IV.             APPROVAL OF MINUTES

a)      Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approve the minutes of June 4 (budget meeting), June 11 (regular meeting) and June 18 (special meeting), 2013 and amended minutes of May 7, 2013 meeting.

 

V.                ADJUSTMENTS - None

 

VI.             GOOD NEWS AND CELEBRATION

a)      Middle school student, Jurney Beane, wins design contest – Jurney Beane and Karen LaForgia were commended on this achievement.

 

VII.          COMMUNICATIONS

a)      Financial Statement - reviewed

b)      Resignation and acceptance of Anthony Wyman, Bus Driver/Custodian - reviewed

c)      Letter from Kevin Jordan, AOS 94/SAD 46 regarding Athens students - reviewed

d)     Year end Superintendent letter - reviewed

e)      Revised ED 279 for 2013-14 – reviewed and explained

f)       MSBA officer nominations - reviewed

 

VIII.       REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

a)      End of year letter – PTO, Boosters, Selectmen – Ms. Rebar pointed out that the same letter that she sent to the Board and staff was sent to the PTO, Boosters, and Selectmen thanking all for support for the 2013-14 District budget.

b)      Security discussion 2013-14 (keys) – Ms. Rebar explained that in an effort to enhance security measures, the fee for loaning keys to groups will be increased to $20.00.  Too many keys have not been returned.  Further all outside doors will be re-keyed to ensure safety.

c)      Communication from Dexter Superintendent, Kevin Jordan – Response – Ms. Rebar shared that the Superintendent from Dexter informed us of the rate for tuition that Dexter charges.  Ms. Rebar responded back that we would be charging students the same rate we charge other communities that tuition students which is the State allowable secondary tuition rate.

d)     Street sign numbers – Ms. Rebar informed the Board that we will be posting our street sign number on our school signs to enable first responders to find our exact location easily.

e)      Music at the high school – Ms. Rebar shared that she and Ms. Richard had met with the Music teacher and high school Guidance Counselor and planned the implementation of this restored offering at the high school.

f)       Summer painting at the high school – Ms. Rebar reviewed the summer projects underway including considerable painting at the high school.

g)      Fences – repaired – Ms. Rebar reported that all fence mending that needed to be done was completed.

h)      Board goals for 2013-14 – Ms. Rebar distributed the existing Board goals and asked the Board to review these and establish continued emphasis or add/delete areas of focus.

 

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 the Policy Committee – The Committee invited the Board at large to discuss the content and parameters of the Board Volunteer Policy.  Considerable conversation and discussion took place.  In the end the Board decided to leave the eligibility status of the volunteer up to the Superintendent.

 

X.                PROFESSIONAL STAFF INFORMATION

a)      Ms. Richard – Ms. Richard provided a report as follows:

·         Summer school has 12 students attending 6 weeks of study, 24 sessions (8:30-11:30).  Students’ areas of deficit were identified and then supplied with specific instruction by the faculty.

·         School hot lunch has been served to summer school students, hut participants, basketball clinic students and others regularly from 11:30-12:30.  Lunch participants average 51 daily.

·         Custodians have been busy with significant painting tasks at the high school and cleaning has begun in all schools.

·         The first graduating class at Valley High School-1973-will meet to tour the high school on July 13 at 1:00 as part of their 50th reunion celebration.

·         I attended an iPad Application conference in late June.  The conference introduced many techniques to use the iPad technology in the K-12 classroom.

 

b)      Mr. Ferreira

On June 24-26 I attended the MADSEC Director's Academy in Bangor.  The title of the conference was 'Where do "WE" fit in Proficiency Based Education', with the "WE" referring to special education educators and students with a special education disability.

Key presenters for the first two days were Jan Breton, State Special Education Director, Don Siviski, Superintendent of Instruction for Maine Dept. of Education, John Malley, Special Education Consultant for Maine D.O.E. and Special Services Director for RSU 3, and Silvia DeRuvo, who I understand is a contracted consultant to the state.

The focus of the first two days of the conference was addressing the initiatives of student centered learning, standards-based education, proficiency-based education, and customized learning.  Special Education directors and other participants practiced writing IEP goals for students when provided with a scenario of student strengths and needs.  We aimed to align these goals with Common Core state standards (CCSS).  We were instructed to write the goals based on the grade level versus the tested achievement level of the student.  It was noted that the IEP acknowledges the achievement level of students in a section called of the IEP called present level of educational performance, but that this should not be the prominent determinant of the focus of the annual goals.  This created significant discussion among participants.  I noted a strong preference from presenters for inclusive instructional practices, i.e. mainstreaming.  There was also a strong push to enhance collaboration between special and regular educators and to expand the concept of shared responsibility for teaching and learning in our schools.

The third day of the conference was dedicated to a legal presentation from Special Education lawyers from Drmmond Woodsum, Eric Herlan and Amy Tchao.  They titled their discussion 'Special Education Year in Review.' They discussed changes to the Special Education Regulations that go into effect beginning July 19, 2013.  They discussed the recent changes made to Chapter 33, and their written materials regarding this were headed with 'Legislature loosens "Restraint" Rules'.  They also discussed how the state has targeted a number of districts for DHHS audits regarding reimbursements from Maine Care.  They also looked at the area of graduation standards, which was a major focus of the conference.  They then reviewed court and hearing office/due process hearing results that occurred in Maine during the past year.

It was an informative conference and I appreciate the opportunity to attend and to represent MSAD 13/RSU 83.

 

XI.             PUBLIC INPUT

 

XII.          OLD BUSINESS

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

            Upon motion by Laurie Attwood and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to approve the second reading of Policy IHBAA Referral and General Education Interventions Policy.

            Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Laurie Attwood the Board unanimously voted to approve the second reading of Policy IHBAA-R Referral and General Education Interventions Procedures.

 

XIII.       NEW BUSINESS

a)      Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Adrienne Mathieu the Board unanimously voted to approve payment of NCLB Coordinator stipend for 2013-14 in the amount of $5,714.91 to Virginia Rebar to complete 2013-14 performance report and 2013-14 application due on August 1, 2013 and to oversee the NCLB program.

 

XIV.       PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF NON-AGENDA ITEMS

Leo Hill questioned if we had applications for the Social Worker/Ed Tech position.  Ms. Rebar indicated that we needed a resignation before we could advertise for this dual position.

 

XV.          ADJOURNMENT – The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Virginia Rebar

Secretary to the Board