TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014


7:00 p.m.


6:00 p.m. - Workshop by MSMA on Boardsmanship

Attendance:  Adrienne Mathieu, Sheree Brown, Linda Hunnewell, Ray Francoeur, Leo Hill, Laurie Attwood, and Pauline Lagasse

Ms. Rebar invited Associate Executive Director, Elaine Tomaszewski  to present a workshop for Board members on Boardsmanship.  Elaine provided a handout and power point to highlight her main points including school board powers and duties, handling complaints, code of ethics, executive sessions and confidentiality, electronic mail and nine successful traits of a school board team.


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




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


Also present:   Gerry Morrill, Ivy Beane, Edward Ferreira, Julie Richard (arrived at 7:14 p.m.), and Virginia Rebar


III.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - conducted



a)      Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Leo Hill the Board unanimously voted to approve the minutes of April 8, 2014 (regular meeting).


V.                ADJUSTMENTS - None



a)      State commendation for the high level of performance demonstrated in our district data and records in the area of special education.

b)      Ms. Rebar announced that two high school students have created a broadcast to be aired on 92 Moose and B98.5 during the weeks of May 5 and 12 (Amanda Landry and Collin Miller) sponsored by Somerset Public Health on themes of distracted driving and underage drinking.



a)      Financial Statement - reviewed

b)      April 1, 2014 enrollment - shared

c)      Ms. Rebar noted that the signed copy of the 2014-2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the M.S.A.D. #13/RSU 83 Board of Directors and the Upper Kennebec Valley Education Association was included in their packets for reference.

d)     Thank you from Baker Mt. was shared for the receipt of a donation from the Board in memory of Wes Baker.

e)      Letter from Janice Breton - shared



a)      Comments on revised 2014-15 budget proposal – Ms. Rebar distributed the revised budget paper document.  She indicated that all additions and deletions as requested by the Board on May 8th were incorporated into this revised budget.

b)      Participation in local events – April 19th and May 10th  -- Ms. Rebar mentioned her participation in local community events of late.


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, Scott Shaw)

Buildings & Grounds (Leo Hill, Bonnie Atwood, Ray Francoeur, Scott Shaw)

Ad Hoc Restructuring (Linda Hunnewell, Adrienne Mathieu, Pauline Lagasse)



a)      Ms. Richard

Dwight Littlefield was selected to be in the MPA Hall of Honor.  This award is for his contributions to Maine students and MPA sponsored athletics.  Dwight will receive his recognition May 20 at the Augusta Civic center.  The event is open to the public, ($15.00).

Kirsten Mathieu is the Valley HS Valedictorian, Dylan Belanger Salutatorian. Congratulations to both students.

Grade 7 & 8 took Smarter Balanced tests as a member of the pilot study anticipating their use next year.

I attended the Athens school High School Expo April 15 where students decided which school they wished to attend.

National Honor Society Induction was held to recognize two new members; Charlie Savoy and Jordan Belanger.  Congratulations to those two students.

Univ. of Maine at Farmington students presented a financial literacy workshop for students, a MELMAC presentation.

Valley Prom is scheduled for Saturday May 10.

Jeni Moody organized a safety presentation for high school students May 2, 2014.  The focus was on avoiding high risk drugging, drinking and driving.  A Maine State trooper presented films and discussion on texting while driving.  Officer Mike Pike had students wear “Drunk” goggles and attempt to play basketball.  Students met with a law enforcement officer who tests drivers for the presence of drugs.  He had students pledge to stand above drugs.  Students also drove the simulation vehicle where a computer will slow driving reactions as students try to steer away from another car or an animal while driving impaired.  Emphasis was on prom and graduation safety.

Spring musical season has arrived!

            Moscow Spring Music and Art Program:   Wednesday May 14  6:00

            Quimby and Valley HS  Spring Music and Art Program: Thursday May 15  7:00

            Kindergarten Spring Program:  Tuesday June 3  6:00 at Moscow School


b)      Mr. Ferreira

   April was a busy and productive month for the Special Education Department of MSAD #13.  There were a number of IEP and Section 504 meetings during the month of April. These meetings went well and in most cases students attended and actively participated in their meetings. I strongly encourage student participation in these meetings and feel student participation improves the design of the resulting educational plan.

      The Special Education Department met for our monthly department meeting. We spent a good portion of this meeting practicing with the Learning Ally intervention, that allows audio books to be downloaded to students’ computers. I also met with some High School staff around math interventions.  There were a number of committee meetings I attended this month, including meetings of the Literacy Committee, High School Faculty Committee, and Priority School Committee. I participated in a state webinar with Superintendent’s Office staff on the Local Entitlement grant.  I also conducted teacher observations during the month.

     On April 15th, Gary Perlson of MELMC, accompanied 5 students, Mrs. Laweryson and me on a field trip to the Penobscot Job Corp Academy (PJCA) in Bangor, Maine. This was an excellent field trip. The students and I had the opportunity to visit a program which offers a viable educational option for these students. Mike Jellison, Business and Community Liason Director for PJCA conducted the tour and gave us a great understanding of the program.

    Overall, April was a good month for our department and students. 


XI.             PUBLIC INPUT

Mrs. Lagasse mentioned the absence of protective covers on outdoor bleacher metal parts at the high school.  She also recommended score board usage.



a)      Second reading and vote of the following policies

Upon motion by Linda Hunnewell and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approve the second reading of policy JJIF Management of Concussion and Other Head Injuries.

Upon motion by Linda Hunnewell and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approve the second reading of policy JJIF-E Concussion Information Sheet and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI)/Concussion Annual Statement and Acknowledgement Form.



a)      Vote on teachers going onto continuing contract status for 2014-15


b)      Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Adrienne Mathieu the Board unanimously voted to approve the following teachers for a third probationary contract for 2014-15:

            Keith Peavey

            Anna Swierczewska

            Lucas Talpey

            Krista Lyman

c)      Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approve the following teachers for a second probationary contract for 2014-15:

                  Heather Merrill

                  Jeremy White

                  Edward Ferreira

d)     Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Linda Hunnewell the Board unanimously voted to authorize the Superintendent to secure an oil bid for 2014-15.

e)      First reading and vote of the following policies was postponed due to a lack of a May 13th committee meeting:

            IKE                 Promotion, Retention, and Acceleration of Students

            IKE-E             Factors to be Considered in Retention

f)   Upon motion by Leo Hill and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to approve a Grades 6 and 7 field trip to Boston (overnight stay at St. Joseph’s College) on May 20 and 21, 2014 (Trip to take place on June 10 and 11 – Board notified in memo of May 19, 2014).

     g)   Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Sheree Brown the Board

           unanimously voted on a budget for 2014-15 in the amount of $3,335,007.

      h)   Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Ray Francoeur the Board

            unanimously voted to set May 29, 2014 for the district budget meeting and June 5,

            2014 for the validation referendum for the 2014-15 school budget

      i)  Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted that the warrant for the District Budget Meeting presented to the meeting be approved and that a District budget meeting be called for May 29, 2014 for the purpose of voting on the annual budget for the District for the 2014-2015 fiscal year;

            Further Voted:  That the Warrant and Notice of Election for the District Budget Validation Referendum presented to the meeting be approved, and that a District budget validation referendum be called for June 5, 2014 for the purpose of approving the budget adopted at the District budget meeting for the 2014-2015 fiscal year;

            Further Voted:  That the Notice of Amounts Adopted at Budget Meeting presented to this meeting be approved, and that the Secretary of the District be authorized and directed to complete said Notice by adding the amounts approved by the voters for each expenditure category and the total school budget summary expenditure amount, all in accordance with the District budget meeting on May 29, 2014 and to deliver attested copies of said notice, as completed, to the clerks of each municipality in the District for polling places for the June 5, 2014 District budget validation referendum.

      j)   Sign warrants - accomplished



The Board requested that the Superintendent ask Donald Beane to serve as moderator for the May 29th informational budget meeting.

The Board asked about the possibility of electronic handbooks, the updating of outdated scholarship applications, the formation of a food committee and a request to send Board members a notification of the May 29th hearing.



The meeting was adjourned at 8:54 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,



Virginia Rebar

Superintendent of Schools