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

MINUTES OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014

QUIMBY MIDDLE SCHOOL, BINGHAM, MAINE  04920

7:00 p.m.

 

6:30 p.m. – Policy Committee Meeting

                        Present:  Sheree Brown, Leo Hill, and Virginia Rebar

The group reviewed two new policies required by the Maine Department of Education.  These included JJIF (Management of Concussions and Other Head Injuries) and JJIF-E (Concussion Information Sheet).  They also discussed and endorsed KBF, KBF-E1, KBF-E2 for a second reading.

 

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, and Brian Malloy

 

Absent:            Joey McKenzie (unexcused) and Laurie Attwood (unexcused)

 

Also present:   Dee Laweryson, Wendi Spencer, Jeni Moody, Heather Merrill (arrived late), Mike Pike, Deputy Sheriff Lancaster, Edward Ferreira, Julie Richard, and Virginia Rebar

 

III.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - Conducted

 

IV.             APPROVAL OF MINUTES

a)      It was moved by Bonnie Atwood and Pauline Lagasse to approve the minutes of January 14, 2014 (regular meeting).  Discussion ensued regarding XIV Public Discussion.  A suggestion was made to include the fact that one member of the audience addressed and offered opinions on another member of the audience’s performance.  Both individuals were employees of M.S.A.D. #13.  The minutes will be amended for a vote at the next meeting.

 

V.                ADJUSTMENTS

a)      Move XIII a, d, and e to the beginning of the agenda

b)      Move VIII f to the beginning of the agenda

 

VI.             GOOD NEWS AND CELEBRATION

a)      Winter newsletter planned and is in process – Ms. Rebar shared that another winter newsletter is in the works.

b)      Anna Swierczewska’s thesis paper was published in a national journal (Polish American Journal) – Ms. Rebar gave praise to Anna Swierczewska’s accomplishment regarding the publication of her thesis paper.

 

VII.          COMMUNICATIONS

a)      Financial Statement - Reviewed

b)      Letter to Corporal Richard Putnam, Sheriff’s Department – Board members reviewed the detailing of costs relative to the January 18th high school break-in through reading a letter from the Superintendent to Corporal Richard Putnam.

c)      Letter to UKVEA regarding negotiations – Ms. Rebar shared her response letter to UKVEA regarding negotiations.

d)     Letter from Sarah’s House – The letter of appreciation from Sarah’s House was reviewed relative to the Board’s donation in memory of Norma Robinson.

e)      Superintendent’s letter to Concord residents – Ms. Rebar shared her outreach letter to parents and students of Concord communicating an open door for re-enrollment here in M.S.A.D. #13.

f)       Unemployment rate for 2014-15 – It was shared that we received a communication from Maine School Management indicating that our unemployment trust fund rate and return will not change for 2014-15.

 

VIII.       REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

a)      Budgetary factors for 2014-15 – Ms. Rebar highlighted areas that will translate to increased costs in our 2014-15 budget.

b)      Public relations update – Ms. Rebar shared that she was out and about in January reading a list that included attending four basketball games and a visit to the Bingham Town Hall.

c)      Event of 2/4/14 – Ms. Rebar explained the events at school and communications with police in the minutes after the Skowhegan Bank robbery on February 4, 2014.

d)     Bullying update (Flood, Richard, Moody) – Ms. Moody shared all of the activities she and Marcy MacDonald, Katie Flood-Gerow, and Ms. Richard were doing to create an anti-bullying atmosphere at the middle school.  A handout and power point presentation were part of this presentation.  Most impressive was a recent survey administered to students gauging their knowledge and feelings about the topic.  It was very positive.

e)      Community service policy (Richard) – Ms. Richard outlined the activities she and a committee of high school students were taking to create a requirement at the high school.  A completed, recommended policy is expected this spring.

f)       Resource Officer (Life Skills and Drug & Alcohol Prevention) – Mike Pike outlined plans for offering a life skills program for our 5th graders over a six week period.  Officer Lancaster encouraged the Board’s embrace related to this offering.  The program will include drug and alcohol awareness and skills to use to resist peer pressure, anger management, self-esteem, etc.

 

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 group reviewed two new policies required by the Maine Department of Education.  These included JJIF (Management of Concussions and Other Head Injuries) and JJIF-E (Concussion Information Sheet).  They also discussed and endorsed KBF, KBF-E1, KBF-E2 for a second reading.

 

X.                PROFESSIONAL STAFF INFORMATION

a)      Ms. Richard

·         Students are working hard in their classes; Mrs. Foran’s grade 4 students have a display of ecosystems which they constructed in the entrance of Moscow School. The trimester at Moscow ends March 7.

·         Dr. Hopper, President of Kennebec Valley Community College presented his vision of community college opportunities to a group of administrators at Somerset County Technical Center.  Valley has 8 students taking 11 college classes during the second semester.  This year Valley has offered college credit through two of our own teachers.  Mrs. Merrill taught a College Math class through Thomas College and Ms . Swierczewska is currently teaching College French through Univ. of Maine Ft. Kent.  Valley students have opportunities to select courses through Univ. of Maine Ft. Kent, Kennebec Valley Community College, Thomas College, Maine Maritime Academy, and The Univ. of Maine.

·         Ms. Flood-Gerow held a financial Aid night on January 30, 2014 to assist parents complete the FAFSA forms for college financial considerations.  About 50% of the senior class parents attended.  Other parents had earlier appointments or had experience with the form from a previous child.

·         Valley and Quimby semester grades reflect solid expectations from instructors and illustrate a shift toward standards based scores- mostly A’s, B’s & C’s with just a few D’s or F’s.

Valley:          A’s-63, B’s-70, C’s-38, D’s-10, F’s-12

 

b)      Mr. Ferreira

The month of January was a busy and productive month for the Special Education Department of M.S.A.D. 13.  The Special Education personnel of the district's three schools provided high quality special education and related services during this month.  Safety-care training was a focus as I went through my re-certification to be a trainer on January 8th and the staff members completed their training to be specialists on January 14.

Transition services were also a focus of the department's work, especially at the high school level.  Janet Schlegel, of Vocational Rehabilitation, visited Valley High School and worked with student/clients and their parents in designing work experience opportunities, and explored other ways that the Vocational Rehabilitation Department can assist young adult students prepare for their careers.  Gary Perlson, of MELMAC , has been working with me to explore post-secondary options for student with special education and section 504 disabilities, and we are planning a visit to the Job Corps Program in Bangor in early March.

On January 28, Julie Richard and I attended a training workshop put on by Maine's Department of Education in Augusta that was called a phase two training related to standards based education and its impact on students with IEPs and special education disabilities.  Much of the training was based on a power point presentation, entitled, 'Present Levels of Performance, The Foundation of Programmatically Sound Standards Based IEPs.'  The presenters discussed the M.D.O.E.’s stance on standards based requirements for graduation for students with special education disabilities.  They referenced a communication from the Maine D.O.E. entitled 'Policy on Standard-Based IEP Goals'.  This 1and 1/2 page document provides 5 points related to the department's positions and timelines for implementation of this change.

Recently I received copies of two studies that were commissioned by the state legislature regarding the “development, costs, and impacts of standards -based school programs...”  One was titled, 'Preliminary Implementation of Maine's Proficiency-Based Diploma Program' (2013), and the second was titled, 'Implementation of a Proficiency-Based Diploma System in Maine: Phase II -District Level Analysis (Jan. 2014).'  Both studies were conducted by personnel from the Maine Education Policy Research Institute (formerly the Muskie Center, I believe), at the University of Southern Maine.  In the summary of the second study, the authors write, “implementing a proficiency-based diploma system by 2018 represents a sea change in the way education is provided for Maine children.”  I also recently received a copy of a report from the National Center for Learning Disabilities entitled, “Diplomas at Risk:  A Critical Look at Graduation Rates of Students with Leaning Disabilities.”

I agree that the change to a proficiency-based diploma is a 'sea change' for the schools, students, school boards, and communities of Maine.  I am concerned with the speed, timetable and possible impacts of these changes for students with special education disabilities.  I will be monitoring this process closely in the upcoming months. I continue to enjoy working in M.S. A.D. #13, RSU #83, and thank you for this opportunity.

 

XI.             PUBLIC INPUT - None

 

XII.          OLD BUSINESS - None

 

XIII.       NEW BUSINESS

a)      Discussion of food service updates – Dee Laweryson outlined steps taken to offer the best and most efficient food service program possible.  Her report included student survey information, the changes in food offerings at the high school, the addition of the fruit and veggie grant and salad bar at Moscow, the best selling home made items, the reality of limited waste, the process in place for students who are in debt, the facts regarding statewide struggling food service programs, and comparative meal prices with other towns.

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

Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Sheree Brown the Board unanimously voted to approve the second reading of policy KBF Parent Involvement in Title I.

Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Leo Hill the Board unanimously voted to approve the second reading of policy KBF-E1 Title I Parent Involvement.

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

c)      Second vote to rescind Policy JLC     Health

Upon motion by Sheree Brown and second by Adrienne Mathieu the Board unanimously voted to approve the second rescind of policy JLC Health.

d)     Discussion/clarification of eligibility for participation in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities relative to in-school suspension, grades, and grace period for participation – The Board indicated that students who receive an in-school suspension should not be allowed to participate in any athletic or co-curricular activities on that date(s).  The administration requested clarification from the Board relative to the Board’s preference related to academics and co-curricular participation and extra-curricular activity participation in light of the recent change to a no grace period at the high school.  After much discussion, it was decided to table the topic of a grace period until more information was gathered from coaches.

e)      Discussion of timing of required physical exams for sports participation – The Board indicated a preference to keep the existing requirement for an annual physical exam before a student could participate in sports.

f)       Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Leo Hill the Board unanimously voted to approve the nomination of Karen Kemp-Webb as Ed Tech III through Local Entitlement for 2013-14 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

g)      Upon motion by Sheree Brown and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to enter Executive Session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. §405(6)(A) for the purpose of discussing the evaluation of the District Principal.  Entered Executive Session at 9:45 p.m.  Adjourned Executive Session at 9:51 p.m.

h)      Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Ray Francoeur the Board unanimously voted that two personal days would be added to the Principal’s 2014-15 contract with all other compensation, sick days, and professional days remaining the same.

i)        Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Sheree Brown the Board unanimously voted to enter Executive Session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. §405(6)(D) for the purpose of discussing upcoming negotiations between the UKVEA and the Board of Directors.  Entered Executive Session at 9:59 p.m.  Adjourned Executive Session at 10:31 p.m.

 

XIV.       PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF NON-AGENDA ITEMS

Topics covered Board procedures, an upcoming workshop in May sponsored by MSMA, and a meeting regarding the construction of wind mills in Bingham scheduled for February 12, 2014.

 

XV.          ADJOURNMENT – The meeting was adjourned at 10:31 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Virginia Rebar

Secretary to the Board