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

MINUTES OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING

TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014

QUIMBY MIDDLE SCHOOL, BINGHAM, MAINE  04920

7:00 p.m.

 

6:30 p.m. – Policy Committee Meeting

Sheree Brown, Laurie Attwood, Leo Hill (Laurie Attwood arrived at 6:48 p.m.)

 

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

 

The Board Chair welcomed a new Board member, Scott Shaw, and introduced him to our Superintendent.

 

II.        ATTENDANCE/DECLAR ATION OF QUORUM

 

Present:           Bonnie Atwood, Adrienne Mathieu, Sheree Brown, Leo Hill, Ray Francoeur, Linda Hunnewell, Pauline Lagasse, Brian Malloy, Scott Shaw, and Laurie Attwood

 

Also present:   Kattie Sweet-Shibles, Mark Shibles, 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 amended minutes of January 14, 2014 (regular meeting) and the minutes of February 11, 2014 (regular meeting).

 

V.                ADJUSTMENTS

a)      An additional Executive Session was requested due to a question brought forward by the Principal regarding negotiations pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. §405(6)(D)

 

VI.             GOOD NEWS AND CELEBRATION

a)      Boys Varsity Basketball Team – Western Maine Champions – Ms. Rebar commended the level of play attained by the Boys Varsity Basketball team in order to reach a State championship playoff game in Augusta on March 1, 2014.

b)      Cole Land Transportation Museum donates musical instruments to S.A.D. #13 – Ms. Rebar shared the press coverage we received related to a recent $10,000 award from the Cole Land Transportation Museum for musical instruments.

c)      Superintendent’s letter to Camden National Bank – Ms. Rebar applauded the recent effort on the part of Camden National Bank to support free tickets to the East/West high school basketball State championship game on March 1, 2014.  She shared her letter.  She was thanked by a member of the Board for sending a fan bus to the game.

d)     Children’s Stage Adventures, Inc. – Middle school production “Androcles and the Lion” – Ms. Rebar commended the middle school staff and students for a highly successful stage production of “Androcles and the Lion” supported by a grant that secured Children’s Stage Adventures, Inc.

 

VII.          COMMUNICATIONS

a)      Financial Statement - reviewed

b)      End of year activities – shared and included in Board packet

c)      Drummond Woodsum offers School Law for Board Members – shared and included in Board packet

d)     Intent to negotiate from Support Staff – shared and included in Board packet

e)      Superintendent’s response to Support Staff intent to negotiate – shared and included in Board packet

 

VIII.       REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

a)      Cost center reports presented to Finance Committee on February 26, 2014 (see enclosed listing of highlighted items) – Ms. Rebar provided the Board with a listing of the items highlighted at the February 26th meeting with the Finance Committee.  These are impact items needed to move forward in a variety of areas.

b)      Report on delay of 279’s – Ms. Rebar indicated that the 279’s were delayed due to the fact that some towns left their districts and it took a while for the State’s EPS software to catch up with this matter.  She did say she was handed the 279 late in the day on March 11th and the report indicated that we were receiving $767,181 for 2014-15.  This year we received $888,350.

c)      Report on progress of the Standards Based Grading Committee – Ms. Rebar reported that the Standards Based Grading Committee has been hard at work guiding the staff as to policy development and standards development.

d)     Legislative breakfast sponsored by the KVSA – 3/11/14 – Ms. Rebar reported on this event.

e)      Public relations comments – Ms. Rebar mentioned her enjoyment related to attending the recent championship basketball game and school play at the middle school.

 

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, 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 reviewed the new mastery and grading policy and recommended the concussion policies for first reading.

 

X.                PROFESSIONAL STAFF INFORMATION

a)      Ms. Richard

This has been a busy month, even with the vacation days!

 

Moscow School held a Dr. Seuss Day as a Read Across America event.  Folks also declared it pajama day with many students reading in pj’s and slippers.

 

Moscow also has held a Share Your Heart fund raiser during February.  It was a great success as our students were very excited to give to the selected charity of the individual class.  Most of the charities were local.

 

A snow day before vacation prevented a pep rally before vacation but luckily, the Varsity Boys’ Team went to the State Championship, so all students attended a pep rally to wish them luck.

 

The Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Teams both did well in their tournament games.  We are very proud of how they accorded themselves, their sportsmanship, and obvious success.  Congratulations to all players and their coaches.

 

Camden Bank provided 110 tickets to the championship game to all students who wished to attend the game Prek-12.  We also sent a fan bus with about 40 students riding to the game.  Their behavior was also excellent, and they provided an exciting presence in both the Forest Hills game and the Valley game.

 

Grandparents day is planned for March 18 at Moscow School, March 19 at Quimby School and March 20 at Valley.  Turkey dinner will be served on the 18 & 19, roast beef on 20th.

 

The Middle School worked on a school wide play last week with the final production on Friday evening.

 

Students at Valley held a winter carnival March 3-7.  Events included hall decorations, game day, and a trip to Baker Mountain for skiing, sledding and indoor games. Quimby students plan for a trip to Baker Mountain on March 11 if snow conditions allow. Quimby students will also take an afternoon to snowshoe and enjoy the outdoors next week.

 

Quimby students will travel to Colby College art museum on March 12 with their art classes.

 

Valley art and history combined a field trip to Farmington to view the new movie Monuments Men.  Instructors Hartwell and Sweet-Shibles describe a very successful event which supported their curriculum efforts.

 

Randi Kaplan of Embden is currently a student teacher in physical education.  She will teach in all three schools in the district.  We are pleased to welcome Randi back to our school and community.  She is a student at University of Maine at Presque Isle.

 

Moscow Priority School Committee continues to work on elements of school wide best practices.  School coach Steve Cottrell announced we were among the top school as we progress through the Maine State itemized tasks.

 

Our music program received 21 instruments from Cole Family Foundation just prior to vacation.  Ms. Wiles reports all but two instruments have been issued to students to date.  We were fortunate to receive great news coverage as we received the gift.

 

Teacher workshops are set for March 14 and 17th-- on Friday the 14th the Marizano teacher education training model will be presented.  March 17 will be a combination of required suicide prevention training and wellness activities for staff.

 

b)      Mr. Ferreira

The month of February was a busy month for the Special Education Department. The special education department continues to meet our instructional and procedural  duties to the district’s students.  We special educators continue to reflect on the implications and ramifications of standards based I.E.P. goals, and proficiency based diplomas.

     The department has learned about the Learning Ally program, which is a web based program that allows students with reading disabilities to gain access to recorded (audio) books utilizing their laptop computers. This approach represents an accommodation that has significant potential in assisting students with reading disability to get access to print material. The department is moving forward with this initiative.

   Transition planning and transition work continue to be a focus area of the special education department. A field trip to the Penobscot Job Corps Academy in Bangor for some Valley High School students has been arranged for March. This trip is being made with the collaboration of  Gary Perlson, Valley High School’s MELMAC coach. I have learned more about this interesting federal program (Job Corps) and am looking forward to visiting the Penobscot Academy program with some Valley High School students.

    We special educators continue to work with students to minimize the impact of their special education or section 504 identified disability, and to maximize the student’s participation in the typical activities of their respective school. We all enjoyed the Valley High School basketball teams exciting playoffs, and the other fun and team building activities at our schools. It is clear to me that there is a strong culture of inclusion in M.S.A.D 13/RSU 83 for all students. I continue to enjoy my work here and wish to express my appreciation for the support that I and the program receives.

 

 

XI.             PUBLIC INPUT

a)      Linda Hunnewell requested that we renew the awarding of letters to athletes.  Bonnie Atwood said she would discuss support for this with the Boosters Club.  The Athletic Director said we were out of letters.

 

XII.          OLD BUSINESS

 

XIII.       NEW BUSINESS

a)      Vote on first reading of the following policies:

Policy JJIF      Management of Concussion and Other Head Injuries

Policy JJIF-E   RSU 83/M.S.A.D. #13 Concussion Information Sheet

RSU 83/M.S.A.D. #13 Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI)/Concussion Annual Statement and Acknowledgement Form

Questions arose regarding participation in school activities and the finances for medical reviews of students.  This matter was tabled.

b)      It was moved by Pauline Lagasse and second by Sheree Brown to approve the school calendar for 2014-15 as presented.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Leo Hill who opposed.

c)      Budget workshop/discussion – Already covered in the Superintendent’s report.

d)     Vote on adding an extra curricular position for the editor of our District newsletter starting in 2014-15 – This item was tabled.

e)      Vote on adding an extra curricular position to fund a Robotics advisor starting in 2014-15 – This item was tabled.

f)       Discussion of inclusion or exclusion of grace period for athletic eligibility for team membership K-12 for the 2014-15 school year

      It was moved by Bonnie Atwood and second by Laurie Attwood to approve the recommendation provided by the Athletic Director and Principal as follows:  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Sheree Brown and Adrienne Mathieu who voted against.

            Extra-curricular Participation Policy

      Students are expected to meet the academic expectations of all their classes, each quarter or trimester, to be eligible for extra-curricular activities in RSU 83/M.S.A.D. #13.  The grades of either the fourth quarter or the third trimester of the previous year will determine eligibility for extra-curricular activities in the fall term.

      If a student does not pass, or does not meet the academic expectations of one class, the student may use a three week probationary period to improve his or her grade.  The student may practice and travel with the team or activity group, but may not participate in any event or game.  If the student improves the grade to passing or meeting the academic expectation, the student may return to full participation at any time.  If the student is not passing or has not met academic expectations following the three week grace period, the student is removed from the athletic team or extra-curricular activity.  Students may return to eligible status following any successful trimester or quarter.

g)      Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse 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 9:35 p.m.  Adjourned Executive Session at 9:41 p.m.

h)      Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to enter Executive Session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. §405(6)(D) for the purpose of a question regarding negotiations of the Principal.  Entered Executive Session at 9:41 p.m.  Adjourned Executive Session at 9:59 p.m.

      Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approve a two year contract for the Principal for 2014-15 and 2015-16.

 

XIV.       PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF NON-AGENDA ITEMS - None

 

XV.          ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 10:00 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Virginia Rebar

Secretary to the Board