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

MINUTES OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2013

QUIMBY MIDDLE SCHOOL, BINGHAM, MAINE  04920

7:00 p.m.

 

I.                   CALL TO ORDER – The meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m.

 

II.        ATTENDANCE/DECLARATION OF QUORUM

 

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

 

Absent:  Ray Francoeur (unexcused), Linda Hunnewell (excused), Brian Malloy (excused), and Joey McKenzie (unexcused)

 

Also present:  Kattie Sweet-Shibles, Olivia Beane, Daron Beane, Nicole Foss, Kathy McConnell, Edward Ferreira, Julie Richard (arrived at 7:14 p.m.), and Virginia Rebar

 

III.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - Conducted

 

IV.             APPROVAL OF MINUTES

a)      Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Sheree Brown the Board unanimously voted to approve the minutes of September 10, 2013 (regular meeting) with three suggestions for modifications.

1)  First Reading of NEPN/NSBA Code IJOC – Laurie Attwood suggested that the eighth paragraph from the end say that the decision of eligibility of a volunteer will be at the Superintendent’s discretion rather than have it say that the Superintendent will make the final decision.

2)  IX-a Laurie Attwood stated that the Policy Committee shared the policies they reviewed but did not endorse them for need of time to further review.

3)  Leo Hill requested more notation in VIII-a regarding the loss of students and the alleged details surrounding the decisions to leave such as fear of school closings, adjustment issues, lack of challenge, etc.

 

V.                ADJUSTMENTS

 

VI.             GOOD NEWS AND CELEBRATION

a)      Pot Luck Board/Staff Fall Harvest Supper – October 23rd at 6:00 p.m. – Ms. Rebar stated that the Pot Luck Dinner was all set to go for October 23 for the Board and District staff.

b)      M.S.A.D. #13/RSU 83 Chorus to perform at KVSA showcase, November 1 – Ms. Rebar shared that the M.S.A.D. #13/RSU 83 Chorus has been selected to participate in the KVSA showcase on November 1.

 

VII.          COMMUNICATIONS

a)      Financial Statement - reviewed

b)      Staff Directory 2013-14 - distributed

c)      Invitation to November 1 showcase event - done

d)     MSBA proposed resolutions - shared

e)      Thank you note from Laweryson family - shared

 

VIII.       REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

a)      Vocational School – college visits – Ms. Rebar shared that the Vocational School (SCTC) is taking students and their parents to community colleges on Saturdays.

b)      2013-14 planning guide for major administrative initiatives – Ms. Rebar shared the M.S.A.D. #13 planning guide for featured projects this year.

c)      Greater Somerset Health Collaborative presentation scheduled for November 12th – Ms. Rebar shared that the Greater Somerset Health Collaborative group will be presenting a report of findings to the Board on November 12 as a result of the MYDAS surveys.

d)     2013-14 faculty committee membership and meeting dates – Ms. Rebar distributed the District committee meeting dates and committee membership.  Bonnie Atwood applauded the contributions of the staff.

e)      Copy of final refined Board 2013-14 goals - done

f)       Update on robotics – Ms. Rebar announced that Andy Jacques, Beatrice Jacques, and Wendy Belanger will be starting a robotics club for students 6-9 and the Superintendent and Board recognized this community/school district collaboration.

g)      Teacher evaluation committee – Chapter 508 of Title 20-A – Ms. Rebar shared that the 125th Legislature enacted an “Act to Ensure Effective Teaching and School Leadership” impacting teacher non-renewal and lay off and may pave the way for performance based compensation.  We need to organize a committee of teachers, principal, school board members, parents, and community members.

 

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)

 

X.                PROFESSIONAL STAFF INFORMATION

a)      Ms. Richard

·         Moscow, Quimby and Valley (grade 9) held Open House which were well attended.

·         Moscow School reading volunteers have begun working with students this year.

·         Athletic teams have been active; Girls’ varsity soccer has successfully returned to varsity.  Boys’ varsity soccer are at 5 wins/5 losses in 8th spot,  Middle School soccer records 4 wins and 1 loss.  The night games for both Middle school and Varsity teams had strong support and large attendance.  FirstWind BBQ brought in $341 in donations in addition to their $600 outright contribution.

·         There has been a smooth transition in athletic director responsibilities as Ms. Merrill has worked successfully to oversee the programs. 

·         FirstWind company will provide a demonstration and powerpoint discussion of the research components of their proposed project for Middle and High School students.  The engineers and biologists from the project will answer questions from students in the last week in October following the final DEP hearing.

·         New computers has been distributed to staff and students.  Three staff have been trained on the new HP computers and plan to train remaining staff on the computer functions. 

·         The October workshop is planned for elementary math teachers to explore online resources offered with the new textbooks.  Supt. Rebar will lead other teachers in unit designs. 

·         26 students attended the college fair at Univ of Maine Orono last week. Ms. Flood-Gerow has met individually with all seniors and with all middle school students regarding career exploration.

·         Ms. Flood-Gerow and I met with Scott Voisine of Univ. ME Ft. Kent and other principals, guidance staff regarding expanded dual enrollment opportunities.

b)      Mr. Ferreira

It has been a busy and productive few weeks since my last report of the Special Education Department of MSAD 13.  We are working hard to provide high quality educational services to our students in each of our schools.  We have continued to minimize the impact of our students' disabilities, while maximizing their participation in mainstream education.

The special eduction teachers and I attended a state workshop in Augusta on September 26th which focused on aligning IEP goals with common core state standards. The conference addressed graduation issues and raised ideas, questions and some concerns.  It was good that we could attend as a department so we can understand the perspectives of the different grade levels and so we can collaborate and support our fellow educators with this complex state/federal/local initiative.  I will be happy to expand on what I have learned regarding the impact of implementation of the common core state standards on special education students and our schools and discuss questions and/or concerns that you may have now and in the future.

 

XI.             PUBLIC INPUT - None

 

XII.          OLD BUSINESS - None

 

XIII.       NEW BUSINESS

a)      Vote on first reading of the following policies:

IJOC               School Volunteers – A change in this policy was suggested as noted above.  A first reading was done – no vote was taken.

JEA-R             Attendance – Policy was reviewed.

JICH               Drug and Alcohol Use by Students – Policy was reviewed.

JRA-E             Annual Notice of Student Education Records and Information Rights – Policy was reviewed.

JRA-R             Student Education Records and Information Administrative Procedure – Policy was reviewed.

b)      Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Laurie Attwood the Board unanimously voted to approve the nomination of Luke Hartwell as Boys Varsity Basketball Coach for 2013-14 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract

c)      Discussion and review of Common Core Standards (handouts will be made available) – This item was tabled.

 

XIV.       PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF NON-AGENDA ITEMS

·         Laurie Attwood expressed that she looked into the situation regarding students withdrawing from our District.  She stated that the parents expressed concerns about lack of academic challenge and interpersonal issues.

·         Other parents shared concerns about:

Student transition to the middle school

Academic difficulties at the middle school

Locker issues at the middle school

Student adjustment issues at the middle school

Academic challenge at the middle school

·         Bonnie Atwood asked that parents bring matters of concern directly to the teachers.

·         Ms. Rebar expressed an intention to have the administration focus on these items and report back to the Board.

·         Julie Richard indicated that she has set aside every building based faculty meeting for RTI work for students not progressing satisfactorily—socially, behaviorally, and/or academically.

 

XV.          ADJOURNMENT – The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Virginia Rebar

Secretary to the Board