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

MINUTES OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2013

QUIMBY MIDDLE SCHOOL, BINGHAM, MAINE  04920

7:00 p.m.

 

6:30 p.m. – Policy Committee Meeting

                        Sheree Brown (absent), Laurie Attwood, Leo Hill

The Policy Committee met and reviewed policies IJOC, JEA-R, JICH, JLC, JRA-E, JRA-R related to school volunteers, attendance, drug and alcohol use, health, annual notice of student education records and student education records and information.  Updates were endorsed by the Committee

 

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

 

II.        ATTENDANCE/DECLARATION OF QUORUM

 

Present:           Bonnie Atwood, Sheree Brown, Leo Hill, Ray Francoeur, Linda Hunnewell, Pauline Lagasse, Brian Malloy, Joey McKenzie, Laurie Attwood

 

Absent:            Adrienne Mathieu (excused)

 

Also present:   Lisette Francoeur, Jeremy White, Heather Merrill, Bea Jacques, Andy Jacques, Kattie Sweet-Shibles, Ed Ferreira, Julie Richard (entered at 7:10 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 August 13, 2013 (regular meeting) with the amendment that Joey McKenzie was excused at the August 13th meeting.

 

V.                ADJUSTMENTS

a)      Ms. Rebar asked that the nomination of an athletic director be added as XIII f

 

VI.             GOOD NEWS AND CELEBRATION

a)      Scores are up! – Ms. Rebar announced that high school SAT scores and math scores at the elementary level are up!

b)      Professional development underway! – The Superintendent outlined the accent on professional development that took place on opening day and plans for a year-long string of offerings with CEU’s.

c)      Music program at the high school – Ms. Rebar shared that the high school music program has a waiting list and there is a need for more keyboards.  She was very grateful for Board support of this program.

 

VII.          COMMUNICATIONS

a)      Financial Statement - reviewed

b)      Resignation and acceptance of Wade Morrill, Physical Education/BVBB Coach - read

c)      Resignation and acceptance of Joy West, Gifted/Talented Co-Coordinator - read

d)     Letter to SAD #59 Superintendent – Ms. Rebar summarized her letter to the Superintendent of SAD #59 that was sent at the request of the MSAD #13 Board.

e)      Letter to M.S.A.D. #13 consultant – Ms. Rebar shared details of the professional development offerings that will take place this year through a consultant.

 

VIII.       REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

a)      Enrollment – Ms. Rebar detailed the enrollment to date and indicated that communities in which student losses occurred.

b)      State of the Schools report 2012-13 – Ms. Rebar distributed a full State of the Schools report detailing data across a wide variety of areas for the Board’s review.

c)      Report on opening 2013-14 – Ms. Rebar relayed that our 2013-14 school opening was very smooth.

 

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 Policy Committee met on Tuesday, September 10, and reviewed policies IJOC, JEA-R, JICH, JLC, JRA-E, JRA-R related to school volunteers, attendance, drug and alcohol use, health, annual notice of student education records and student education records and information.  Updates were endorsed by the Committee.

 

X.                PROFESSIONAL STAFF INFORMATION

a)      Ms. Richard

·         Our schools opened smoothly excepting one young student who was not picked up by his bus.

·         Moscow Open House is planned for Sept. 11 at 6:00, Quimby School Open House Sept. 12, at 6:00.

·         Valley Freshman parent meeting is set for Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.

·         High School Open House will be redesigned slightly and set for a later date.

·         School pictures for Moscow and Quimby students are set for September 16 and September 30 for High School and athletic teams.

·         The CIPS status is not yet established, we expect to hear our status within the next two weeks.

·         The biologists from First Wind Company will provide an opportunity for students 5-12 to view the environmental studies associated with their proposed wind project.  On Sept. 25, students will learn about environmental regulations and permitting processes required for projects in Maine.

·         Homecoming soccer games will be under the lights for Middle School students Sept. 19, and for High School students Sept. 20.  First Wind has volunteered to sponsor a fund raising BBQ on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Quimby Field from 11-2.

b)      Mr. Ferreira

The Special Education Department is off to a good start to the 13-14 school year.  The contracts with private providers have been established and we have a good level of continuity from last year.  I am still in the process of finalizing one contract, and hope to have that one established by mid-September.

I have visited the special education programs and the students and staff are energized and excited to teach and learn.  I am beginning my other role in the district as the High School Special Education Teacher.  It has been a sincere pleasure to get to know the students and the staff at Valley High School.  I am focusing my teaching energy around the concepts of self-determination and transition skills, and upon student achievement of common core standards.

I continue to appreciate the support of the community and the school board and look forward to a positive and productive school year.

 

XI.             PUBLIC INPUT

 

XII.          OLD BUSINESS

a)      Vote on second reading of the following policies

Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Ray Francoeur the Board unanimously voted to approve the second reading of Policy IHBEA Lau Plan.

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

 

XIII.       NEW BUSINESS

a)      Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approve the nomination of Jeremy White as Physical Education/Health teacher for 2013-14 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

b)      Upon motion by Linda Hunnewell and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to approve the 2013-14 Board goals.

c)      Review Emergency Management Crisis Response Plan – Ms. Rebar indicated that districts are required to review the Emergency Management and Crisis Response Plan every year.  We have a Committee to oversee this and Board members were invited in to review the handbook plan.

d)     Discussion of date for fall harvest pot luck dinner – It was agreed to have the fall harvest pot luck dinner at Valley High School on Wednesday, October 23, at 6:00 p.m.

e)      Vote on delegate for MSBA Delegate Assembly – Bonnie Atwood was selected by consensus.

f)       Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approve the nomination of Heather Merrill as Athletic Director for 2013-14 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

 

XIV.       PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF NON-AGENDA ITEMS

a)      Andy Jacques was present to request that the District work to develop a robotics program.  He stressed the educational value of this activity in the areas of math and science.  He suggested that this be an after school offering.  School officials responded by saying that this request would be relayed to our staff.

 

XV.          ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 9:14 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Virginia Rebar

Secretary to the Board