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

MINUTES OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2013

QUIMBY MIDDLE SCHOOL, BINGHAM, MAINE  04920

7:00 p.m.

 

6:30 p.m. – Finance Committee meeting

                        Bonnie Atwood, Ray Francoeur , Linda Hunnewell

                        Open snow removal and vehicle repair bids

Ray Francoeur was absent for the meeting.  Brian Malloy was also in attendance for the meeting.  The Committee reviewed bids for snow removal and vehicle repair.  There were two bids for the snow removal and one for vehicle repair.  The discussion led to the decision to offer bids to current vendors (Kennedy Construction and Lavallee’s Garage).

 

I.                   CALL TO ORDER – The meeting was called to order at 7:06 p.m.

 

II.                ATTENDANCE/DECLARATION OF QUORUM

 

Present:  Bonnie Atwood, Adrienne Mathieu, Sheree Brown, Leo Hill, Linda Hunnewell, Pauline Lagasse, and Brian Malloy

 

Absent:  Ray Francoeur (unexcused), Joey McKenzie (unexcused), and Laurie Attwood (excused)

 

Also present:  Robert Stevens, Jeni Paine, Julie Richard, and Virginia Rebar

 

III.             PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - conducted

 

IV.             APPROVAL OF MINUTES

a)      Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Leo Hill the Board unanimously voted to approve the minutes of July 9, 2013 (regular meeting) with the correction noted that Sheree Brown was not present at the July 9 Policy Committee meeting.

 

V.                ADJUSTMENTS

a)      Add resignation of Wade Morrill, A.D. to Communications VII-g

b)      Move nomination of Jeni Paine to beginning of agenda XIII-c

 

VI.             GOOD NEWS AND CELEBRATION

a)      Improved math scores at Moscow – Ms. Rebar shared the news that the latest NECAP results reflect improved math scores at Moscow Elementary School.

 

VII.          COMMUNICATIONS

a)      Financial Statement - reviewed

b)      Resignation and acceptance of Jason Gayne, Ed Tech III - reviewed

c)      Letter from MSAD #59 – Ms. Rebar shared the letter from Todd E. LeRoy of M.S.A.D. #59 requesting an investigation process begin with the intent of forming an AOS.  The Board discussion resulted in the decision not to join in this effort.  The Board did want the Superintendent to respond to the letter expressing an interest in sharing services if and when possible as routine expenses occur.

d)     Letter from Rachelle Tome – NCLB review – Ms. Rebar was delighted to share that we have met all requirements under the NCLB monitoring review as indicated by a letter from DOE official, Rachelle Tome.

e)      Board AD & D insurance forms – Board members were reminded to complete the AD & D insurance forms to obtain that benefit.

f)       Opening fall letter/school calendar – Ms. Rebar shared her letter to staff marking the opening of the 2013-14 school year.  She also shared the approved calendar.

g)      Resignation and acceptance of Wade Morrill, A.D. - reviewed

 

VIII.       REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

a)      Security updates (cameras, bus radios, exterior locks, access systems) – Ms. Rebar reviewed projects underway to heighten security measures at all three schools including camera installation at Moscow, bus radios, exterior re-keying of locks, operating access systems, and an ID card maker.

b)      In-service plans for 2013-14 – Ms. Rebar reviewed the administration’s plan for creating professional learning communities to enhance professional development opportunities with the use of consultant Gayla LaBreack, Maine Math & Science (Amy Yankee), and the books Seven Strategies of Assessment for Learning and Failure is Not an Option.

 

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 Finance Committee – The Committee reviewed bids for snow removal and vehicle repair.  There were two bids for the snow removal and one for vehicle repair.  The discussion led to the decision to offer bids to current vendors (Kennedy Construction and Lavallee’s Garage).

 

X.                PROFESSIONAL STAFF INFORMATION

a)      Ms. Richard

·         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 HS 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 Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approve the second reading of Policy GCSA Employee and Internet Use.

            Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approved the second reading of Policy GCSA-R Employee Computer and Internet Use Rules.

 

XIII.       NEW BUSINESS

a)      Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Sheree Brown the Board unanimously voted to approve the nomination of Robert Stevens as Bus Driver/Custodian for 2013-14 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

b)      It was moved by Pauline Lagasse and second by Sheree Brown to approve the nomination of Danny Kirk as Vocational Bus Driver for 2013-14 and authorize the Superintendent to issue a contract.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Bonnie Atwood who abstained (relative).

c)      Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Adrienne Mathieu the Board unanimously voted to approve the nomination of Jeni Paine as Social Worker/Ed Tech for 2013-14 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

d)     Vote on bids for snow removal and vehicle repair for 2013-14

Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Linda Hunnewell the Board unanimously voted to approve Kennedy Construction for snow removal for the 2013-14 school year.

Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Sheree Brown the Board unanimously voted to approve Lavallee’s Garage for vehicle repair for the 2013-14 school year.

e)      Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Sheree Brown the Board unanimously voted to increase adult lunch prices from $4.25 to $4.50 for 2013-14 to meet State guidelines.

f)       Establish 2013-14 Board goals – The Board considered the established goals and fine tuned them after considerable discussion to include the following:

Under goal two, part I, the Board would like to have a pot luck supper or a fall harvest in October with the staff at-large.  They also would like a community service component for graduation starting with the freshman class of 2013-14.  Students would be given credit for volunteering at Baker Mt., interacting with the nursing home residents, assisting the ATV clubs, extending Chamber of Commerce services, cleaning up yards, fields, parks, creating murals in the place of paper in classrooms to avoid fire hazards, etc.

Under goal two, part II, the Board would like to add a student representative position/seat at the Board meetings.

Under goal three, the Board would like to add that more educational experiences be offered to help students become more health conscious.

 

XIV.       PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF NON-AGENDA ITEMS

The Second Selectman of Bingham, Julie Richard, mentioned the mill rate slated for Bingham.

 

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

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Virginia Rebar

Secretary to the Board