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

AMENDED MINUTES OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014

QUIMBY MIDDLE SCHOOL, BINGHAM, MAINE  04920

7:00 p.m.

 

6:30 p.m. – Policy Committee Meeting

Sheree Brown, Laurie Attwood, Leo Hill (Ray Francoeur attended in the absence of Laurie Attwood)

The Committee conducted a final review of policies KBF Parent Involvement in Title I, KBF-E1 Title I Involvement Policy and KBF-E2 Title I Parent Involvement Policy.  The Committee approved the alignment to MSMA recommendations as well as two new policies for first reading on January 14, 2014.

 

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, Ray Francoeur, Linda Hunnewell, Pauline Lagasse, Brian Malloy, Joey McKenzie, and Laurie Attwood (arrived at 7:24 p.m.)

 

Absent:            None

 

Also present:   Paul Belanger, Eric Miller, Mike Pratt, Laurie Davis, Shannon Rich, Kennedy Savoy, Audrey Savoy, Jillian Miller, Jessica Pratt, Hallie Miller, Cynthia Miller, 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 Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approve the minutes of December 10, 2013 (regular meeting).

 

V.                ADJUSTMENTS

Add:    VII h – Communication from President of UKVEA

            VI c – Smarter balanced alignment study

            VIII g – Update on high school music and Go Math

 

VI.             GOOD NEWS AND CELEBRATION

a)      Principal’s contribution to the MPA Fall Conference – Ms. Rebar noted the letter of gratitude in Board packets from MPA related to Ms. Richard’s recent workshop presentation at the fall conference.

b)      Cole Land Transportation Museum Package Offer through application – overall value $10,000 – Ms. Rebar applauded Ms. Richard’s successful grant application for $10,000 worth of musical instruments.  We were one of five schools in the entire state to receive this award.

c)      Ms. Rebar commended Kelly Bailey for her invitation to participate in a national workshop, all expenses paid, in South Carolina for a Smarter Balanced Alignment study (Common Core) in March.

 

VII.          COMMUNICATIONS

a)      Financial Statement - Reviewed

b)      Letter from the Town of Bingham regarding student community work – Ms. Rebar shared a letter from the Town of Bingham commending our students for recent community service.

c)      2012-13 final audit – Ms. Rebar expressed delight in the results of our 2012-13 auditor’s report finding all financial operations in order.

d)     Letter to Essie Golden – Ms. Rebar shared a letter she wrote to Essie Golden expressing a thank you for her donation of two holiday trees to the District.

e)      Letter to Staff regarding the new year – Ms. Rebar shared her letter to the staff that outlined all of the major initiatives underway.  She commended the staff in general for their collective contributions.

f)       Communication from MPA regarding Ms. Richard’s presentation – Shared under Good News.

 

VIII.       REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

a)      Budget timeline proposal – Ms. Rebar detailed an outline for the 2014-15 budget proposal.

b)      Preliminary carryover figure estimate – Ms. Rebar indicated that after a very deliberate and careful projection study by Central Office staff, a carryover figure should be around $260,000 by year’s end.

c)      Need for short-term Ed Tech III posting and pending nomination in the near future – Ms. Rebar explained the need to post, interview, and eventually hire (upon the Board’s approval) an Ed Tech III to serve as a one-on-one for a new special education student.  The position will be paid for out of Local Entitlement funds.

d)     Public relations update – Ms. Rebar announced that each Superintendent’s Report will have a summary of the Superintendent’s efforts in this area.  Ms. Rebar shared six efforts she has extended in this area during the month of December.  She is adding this to a file on public relations efforts.

e)      Safety update regarding MSMA review and Safety Works (Department of Labor) review – Ms. Rebar shared that all of the recommendations from MSMA and Department of Labor have been addressed and corrected as it relates to safety.

f)       Student transporter issue – Ms. Rebar shared that the need for a student transporter has been resolved.

g)      Response to question regarding hot lunch engagement with state and federal regulations or not.  Complete update will be provided February 11. – Ms. Rebar indicated that you may not have an independent food service program K-8.  You can at the high school level but would then lose commodities and free and reduced meal provisions.

 

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 (Leo Hill, Sheree Brown, and Ray Francoeur (in absence of Laurie Attwood)

The Committee conducted a final review of policies KBF Parent Involvement in Title I, KBF-E1 Title I Involvement Policy and KBF-E2 Title I Parent Involvement Policy.  The Committee approved the alignment to MSMA recommendations as well as two new policies for first reading on January 14, 2014.

 

X.                PROFESSIONAL STAFF INFORMATION

a)      Ms. Richard

Students and faculty have been busy this month.  The music program at Moscow was attended by more than 300 parents and friends. The performance was enjoyed by everyone. A special thanks to Wally Pratt for his decorative caroling teddy bears.

The Quimby music concert showcased both choral and band performances.  The high school keyboard class performed 2 songs to conclude the evening.  The Quimby performance drew about 100 parents and friends.  Karen LaForgia organized an art show for both Moscow and Quimby performances.  Visitors viewed student art work projects with notable descriptions of their artistic intent.

The Community Chorus performed for the entire district December 18 at Valley.  The concert blended music performed by the Community Chorus and by students joining the Community Chorus in song. 

Students and faculty are working hard to conclude the quarter and semester classes which end January 24, 2014.

I attended the teacher evaluation workshop at Mt. View Middle School December 11, 2014.  The program demonstrated how to include teacher skills in a progressive evaluation. 

Our schools survived both extreme cold and the rain/snow/sleet storms.  Rusty Kennedy plowed and sanded relentlessly providing a safe walkway for students.

January will be a busy month for student athletics with 22 contest dates (44 games) among varsity, middle, and elementary school students.

 

b)      Mr. Ferreira

The month of December was a productive month for the Special Education Department of MSAD #13.  Students worked hard to meet the learning tasks presented by their teachers.  In general, students were well behaved and strived to do their best academically and behaviorally.

Prior to the winter break, the three special education teachers of the district and the district Principal, Julie Richard, attended a conference at the Augusta Civic Center presented by the Drummond-Woodsum legal team of Eric Herlan, Amy Tcho, Michael Opuda, and others.  This conference addressed Maine's school district's obligations to students with challenging behavior.  It was an informative conference that looked at challenging student behavior from a number of special education legal perspectives.  It discussed the use of tools that the teaching profession has developed to assist teachers and administrators to effect positive change on situations where challenging student behavior is present.  Two of these tools are the 'functional behavioral analysis' and 'behavior intervention plan.'  It discussed the special education regulatory obligations regarding these tools, as well as some 'best practice' approaches to the use of these tools.  I was pleased that the special education teachers and the district Principal, Ms. Richard, were able to attend together.  As board members know, we collaborate extensively when we are addressing and intervening with a student with challenging behavior.  It was good for us to get this useful information together.

Recently we have begun the re-certification training sessions for Safety-Care, which I provide as the district's trainer.  This is the system the district has selected to meet Chapter 33's requirement for selected staff to be trained in a state approved behavior incident and management system.  The training has gone well.  As you recall, Chapter 33 is the state law/regulation that addresses physical restraint and seclusion of children in schools in Maine.

As we enter 2014, the Special Education Department continues to strive to assist our students toward a successful and productive school year.  It continues to be a pleasure for me to work in this fine district and I thank you for the opportunity.

 

XI.             PUBLIC INPUT - None

 

XII.          OLD BUSINESS - None

 

XIII.       NEW BUSINESS

a)      Vote to rescind Policy JLC           Health

Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Sheree Brown the Board unanimously voted to rescind Policy JLC Health.

b)      Vote on first reading pending of the following policies:

KBF                Parent Involvement in Title I

Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Ray Francoeur the Board unanimously voted to approve the first reading of Policy KBF Parent Involvement in Title I.

KBF-E1          Title I Parent Involvement

Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Laurie Attwood the Board unanimously voted to approve the first reading of Policy KBF-E1 Title I Parent Involvement.

KBF-E2          Title I Parent Involvement

Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Leo Hill the Board unanimously voted to approve the first reading of Policy KBF-E2 Title I Parent Involvement.

c)      Preliminary Board input/discussion regarding 2014-15 budget – A suggestion was made to address elementary technology needs.

d)     Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to enter Executive Session to discuss personnel matter pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. §405(6)(A).  Into Executive Session at 8:25 p.m.  Adjourned Executive Session at 8:51 p.m.

 

XIV.       PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF NON-AGENDA ITEMS

Parents made comments in support of the middle school girls basketball coach.  They also asked that they be provided with opportunities for input as decisions are made.  They were concerned about measures taken in an attempt to assist the coach on the part of the administration.  One member of the audience addressed and offered opinions on another member of the audience’s performance.

 

XV.          ADJOURNMENT – The meeting was adjourned at 8:52 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Virginia Rebar

Secretary to the Board