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

MINUTES OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING

TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014

QUIMBY MIDDLE SCHOOL, BINGHAM, MAINE  04920

7:00 p.m.

 

6:30 p.m. – Policy Committee Meeting

Sheree Brown (arrived at 6:52 p.m.), Laurie Attwood, Leo Hill and Virginia Rebar

The group reviewed the State response from Nancy Dube through our school nurse, Mel Chadbourne, relative to questions and issues regarding the proposed concussion policy.  In short, parent responsibility, notification, evaluation and student eligibility for full participation in suspected cases of concussion and confirmed cases of concussion were clarified in addition to financial responsibility for the medical evaluations.  Next, the group reviewed a new retention, promotion, and acceleration policy for students.

 

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

 

II.        ATTENDANCE/DECLAR ATION OF QUORUM

 

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

 

Absent:            Adrienne Mathieu (excused)

 

Also present:   Julie Richard (arrived 7:15 p.m.) and Virginia Rebar

 

III.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - conducted

 

IV.             APPROVAL OF MINUTES

a)      Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Sheree Brown the Board unanimously voted to approve the minutes of March 11, 2014 (regular meeting).

 

V.                ADJUSTMENTS

a)      An adjustment was made to add XIII (g) to the agenda for the purposes of voting on the results of the negotiations between the Negotiations Committee and the UKVEA.  The present XIII was changed to (h).  The Board also adjusted XIII (f) to include a discussion of upcoming negotiations with M.S.A.D. #13 support staff.

 

VI.             GOOD NEWS AND CELEBRATION

a)      One Boston contribution – Ms. Rebar shared the thank you note from One Boston for the high school fun run to contribute to Boston after the marathon bombing last year.

b)      “We are one of the top five schools that receive Melmac funds for student federal application for federal student aid completion rates (FAFSA).  72% of our seniors have completed FAFSA this year” was stated. - Ms. Rebar indicated that the completion of these forms was a hallmark event for the eventuality of college enrollment.

c)      Superintendent secured participation and funding for Day 2 Marzano Teacher Evaluation training from Jackman and Greenville slated for August 26, 2014.  Costs will be split three ways. – Ms. Rebar shared that she had been working to involve two other districts in the teacher evaluation training mandated by the State.  This will reduce our costs considerably.

 

VII.          COMMUNICATIONS

a)      Financial Statement - reviewed

b)      Thank you from Lymphoma Research Foundation - reviewed

c)      Thank you from Grace Ferreira - reviewed

 

VIII.       REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

a)      Suicide Prevention Training completed March 17th for teachers – Ms. Rebar announced that our District completed the required suicide prevention training for teachers on March 17 and the rest of the staff will be trained next year.

b)      Marzano Teacher Evaluation Training started March 14th for teachers – The first phase of the Marzano teacher evaluation training took place on March 14 which involved Domain One or the Instructional Component.  Domains Two, Three and Four will be covered on August 26, 2014.

c)      Senior Citizens luncheon – April 7th  - Ms. Rebar attended the Senior Citizens luncheon on April 7th at the Bingham Town Hall and distributed the District newsletter, introduced herself, talked about the school District and her farm as requested.  Ms. Rebar will also be a guest speaker at an upcoming Grange Hall meeting.

d)     Spring newsletter – Ms. Rebar referred Board members to the newly developed District newsletter and thanked all contributors, especially Karen LaForgia for her work bringing the news to the public.

e)      High school course of studies – Ms. Rebar indicated that she asked Katie Flood to update the course of studies book to reflect the standards assessed in each course.  The book is almost complete and will be presented to the Board in May.

f)       Proficiency-based diplomas – Communications to parents and students – Ms. Rebar explained that communications will be going out to 7th and 8th grade parents regarding the proficiency-based diploma expectations for 2018.  An evening program will also be offered to parents around step-up day.  We will also need to adopt a new policy around this topic to replace our present credit-based graduation policy in place.

g)      Early release day training – Ms. Rebar mentioned that we recently conducted a teacher workshop on our early release day.  The training focused on focused teaching and teacher collaboration.

h)      May 13 MSMA workshop 6:00 followed by regular Board meeting at 7:00 – Ms. Rebar announced that she invited a presenter from MSMA to speak about Boardsmanship at our May meeting at 6:00 p.m.  She also added that because of this, there will be no Policy Committee meeting in May.

 

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 group reviewed the State response from Nancy Dube through our school nurse, Mel Chadbourne, relative to questions and issues regarding the proposed concussion policy.  In short, parent responsibility, notification, evaluation and student eligibility for full participation in suspected cases of concussion and confirmed cases of concussion were clarified in addition to financial responsibility for the medical evaluations.  Next, the group reviewed a new retention, promotion, and acceleration policy for students.

b)      Negotiations Committee – Issues will be discussed under XIII (f).

 

X.                PROFESSIONAL STAFF INFORMATION

a)      Ms. Richard

MacDonald’s’ High School All Star selections for Valley High School included Dylan Belanger and Teagan Laweryson.  Luke Hartwell was selected as the Coach of the Year for Basketball by Central Maine Morning Sentinel.

Students participated in Wellness day at Baker Mountain March 5 (Valley) and March 11 (Quimby School).  Moscow held an outdoor day on Friday 14 March with an afternoon of snowmen and games. Students enjoyed the activities and thank the volunteers who helped make their day fun.

Grandparents’ Days were held at each school with a dodge for some bad weather.  Moscow had 62 guests, Quimby 38 despite a rescheduled date, and Valley hosted 17 grandparents.  Students and grandparents enjoyed the day and the great food which was served.

Russian culture day was held at Colby College March 12.   7 Quimby students and 12 Valley students attended as day where students attended events which introduced cultural cooking and foods, athletics in Russia, stories and literature and language were some of the topics our students enjoyed.

A CPR and first aid class will be held Friday April 4 for staff to update their training. 

Kirsten Mathieu received the Maine Principals’ Association award for Valley High School.  She will attend an honors banquet on Saturday April 5 in Bangor.

The National Honor Society will hold an Induction Ceremony for two new members on April 9 at Valley HS.  Congratulations to sophomores; Jordan Belanger and Charlie Savoy as the two new members to Valley’s chapter.

The National Honor Society will host a Volunteer Recognition & Ice Cream Sundae event on April 14 at 6:00.  Students will honor and recognize local volunteers for their service.

Grades 7 & 8 at Quimby School will field test the new Smarter Balanced test during the week prior to April Vacation.  The test is an online test which will replace the present New England Comprehensive Assessment test beginning in the spring of 2015.  The practice opportunity will help familiarize students with the newest testing.

There will be an Emergency Shelter Training Session on April 3 at Valley.  The Red Cross will provide a training of individuals who will be able to manage a Civic Emergency Shelter at Valley should it be necessary.

April 28 several University of Maine Farmington students will be at Valley to present Financial Literacy to our students.  They will be with students to discuss a variety of financial topics helpful to young adults.  This event is sponsored by MELMAC.

Valley students will have a Dinner Theater April 4 at Valley.  The evening will start at 6:00 and students will present The Little Prince.

Quimby School held a Scholastic Book Fair last week for students.

 

b)      Mr. Ferreira

    March was a busy and productive and month for the Special Education Department of MSAD 13.  A major emphasis of this month, and of every month, was providing quality special education services to the district and the district’s students. The services provided during this month included developing or facilitating relevant special education evaluations and providing relevant transition experiences for our secondary (high school) students. We provided referral services for some students and also provided transfer services to some students.

      We had IEP meetings on a number of students and developed written notices and IEPs from those meetings.  Specially designed instruction and related services were also provided to students with special education or 504 disabilities during the month. 

   I continued my work with the Priority School Committee, the Literacy Committee, and the MELMAC Committee. Students at our three schools worked to improve their academic and functional skills. It was a good month with lots of learning occurring in our excellent schools.

 

XI.             PUBLIC INPUT - None

 

XII.          OLD BUSINESS - None

 

XIII.       NEW BUSINESS

a)      Board election of officers and committee assignments for 2014-15

            Present Chairman:             Brian Malloy

      It was moved by Pauline Lagasse and second by Bonnie Atwood to elect Brian Malloy as Board Chairman for 2014-15.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Brian Malloy who abstained.

            Present Vice-Chairman:    Bonnie Atwood

      It was moved by Pauline Lagasse and second by Linda Hunnewell to elect Bonnie Atwood as Vice-Chairman for 2014-15.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Bonnie Atwood who abstained.

            Present Committees:

            FINANCE:                       Bonnie Atwood, Linda Hunnewell, Ray Francoeur

      It was moved by Pauline Lagasse and second by Laurie Attwood to elect Bonnie Atwood, Linda Hunnewell, and Ray Francoeur to the Finance Committee for 2014-15.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except nominees Bonnie Atwood, Linda Hunnewell, and Ray Francoeur who abstained.

            POLICY:                          Leo Hill, Laurie Attwood, Sheree Brown

      It was moved by Pauline Lagasse and second by Bonnie Atwood to elect Leo Hill, Laurie Attwood, and Sheree Brown to the Policy Committee for 2014-15.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except nominees Leo Hill, Laurie Attwood, and Sheree Brown who abstained.

            NEGOTIATIONS:           Brian Malloy, Pauline Lagasse, Sheree Brown

      It was moved by Bonnie Atwood and second by Linda Hunnewell to elect Brian Malloy, Pauline Lagasse, and Sheree Brown to the Negotiations Committee for 2014-15.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except nominees Brian Malloy, Pauline Lagasse, and Sheree Brown who abstained.

            TRANSPORTATION:     Leo Hill, Adrienne Mathieu, Ray Francoeur

      It was moved by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse to elect Leo Hill, Adrienne Mathieu, Ray Francoeur, and Scott Shaw to the Transportation Committee for 2014-15.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except nominees Leo Hill, Ray Francoeur, and Scott Shaw who abstained (Adrienne Mathieu absent).

            BLDGS/GROUNDS:       Bonnie Atwood, Laurie Attwood, Ray Francoeur,

                                                      Leo Hill

            It was moved by Linda Hunnewell and second by Leo Hill to elect Bonnie

      Atwood, Scott Shaw, Ray Francoeur, and Leo Hill to the Buildings/Grounds

      Committee for 2014-15.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except

      nominees Bonnie Atwood, Scott Shaw, Ray Francoeur, and Leo Hill

      who abstained.

            AD HOC Restructuring    Vacant, Adrienne Mathieu, Pauline Lagasse

            It was moved by Bonnie Atwood and second by Leo Hill to elect Adrienne

     Mathieu, Pauline Lagasse, and Linda Hunnewell to the Ad Hoc Restructuring

     Committee for 2014-15.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except

     nominees Pauine Lagasse and Linda Hunnewell who abstained (Adrienne Mathieu

     absent).

b)      Vote on Recertification Steering Committee for 2014-15

The Recertification Steering Committee is responsible for overseeing professional development renewal plans for teachers and educational technicians.  They also oversee teacher action plans for new teachers and highly qualified statuses.

            Kelly Bailey, Chair                       Alternates:       Rhonda Roberts, Chair

            Jena Harvey                                                          John Berube

            Cathy Foran, Advisor                                           Wendy Belanger, Advisor

Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to approve the Recertification Steering Committee for 2014-15 as presented.

c)      The Superintendent would like to report to the Board that the following is a list of all continuing contract teachers, no action is required:

            Joy West                           Gloree Robinson                     Kelly Bailey

            Katie Flood                       Mary Collins                           Wendy Belanger

            Rhonda Roberts                Catherine Foran                      Karen LaForgia

            Rebecca York                   Vicki Fluet                              Luke Hartwell

            Brenda Fanjoy                  Kattie Sweet-Shibles              Daniel McDonald

            John Berube                      James Tyler                             Jena Harvey

No action taken

d)     Opportunity to offer middle school baseball and MPA restrictions regarding 8th grade participation at the high school level – Ms. Rebar explained that there was a desire to offer middle school baseball due to MPA rule that 8th graders could not participate in high school sport if high school population had over 40 boys.  8th grade boys are too old for Cal Ripken Norridgewock program.  Funds to pay for a coach could be used from lack of a Pep Band and other unused Schedule B funds.  Further we do have a teacher interested in offering this program.

      Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Laurie Attwood the Board unanimously voted to offer middle school baseball for 2013-14.

e)      Vote on first reading of the following policies:

Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approve the first reading of the following policies with corrections for the second reading:

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

f)       Vote 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 and the upcoming negotiations with M.S.A.D. #13 support staff.

      Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to enter Executive Session for the purpose of discussion upcoming negotiations between the UKVEA and the Board of Directors pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. §405(6)(D).  Entered Executive Session at 8:07 p.m.  Adjourned Executive Session at 8:38 p.m.

g)      Vote on agreements made during negotiations for the 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17 years with the UKVEA.

      It was moved by Pauline Lagasse and second by Leo Hill the Board voted to approve the collective bargaining agreement with the UKVEA for 2014-17 as presented.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Bonnie Atwood and Linda Hunnewell who abstained due to family relations.

h)      2014-15 budget discussion pending negotiations progress – Ms. Rebar indicated a desire to bring a budget proposal to the Board in May along with a timeline for completion of the budget approval process.

 

XIV.       PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF NON-AGENDA ITEMS - None

 

XV.     ADJOURNMENT

            The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Virginia Rebar

Secretary to the Board