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

MINUTES OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING

TUESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2014

QUIMBY MIDDLE SCHOOL, BINGHAM, MAINE  04920

7:00 p.m.

 

6:30 p.m. – FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING

                        Bonnie Atwood, Ray Francoeur, Linda Hunnewell

                        Open snow removal and vehicle repair bids

 

I.                   CALL TO ORDER – The meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m.

 

II.        ATTENDANCE/DECLARATION OF QUORUM

 

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

 

Absent:            Adrienne Mathieu (excused) and Laurie Attwood (unexcused)

 

Also present:   Heather Merrill, Julie Richard, and Virginia Rebar

 

III.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - Conducted

 

IV.             APPROVAL OF MINUTES

a)      Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to approve the minutes of July 22, 2014 (regular meeting).

 

V.                ADJUSTMENTS

Ms. Rebar requested that Item XIII (a) be moved to the beginning of the agenda.

 

VI.             GOOD NEWS AND CELEBRATION

a)      Buildings up and ready for 2014-15 – Ms. Rebar reported that the buildings were up and ready for school opening.  She detailed some of the work done and summarized the restoration work done at Moscow in response to the lightning strike in July.

 

VII.          COMMUNICATIONS

a)      Financial Statement - Reviewed

b)      Board meeting dates for 2014-15 - Shared

c)      Maine Department of Education Administrative Review of M.S.A.D. #13 Food Service Department and School Nutrition Program – March 2015 - Relayed

d)     Superintendent opening letter/school calendar - Shared

 

VIII.       REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

a)      Proficiency based diploma requirements and extensions – Ms. Rebar reported on the ramifications of the proficiency based diploma requirements and A Team’s decision to apply for an extension.  Many policies will be affected.

b)      Teacher evaluation model approvals pending an amendment – Ms. Rebar explained that an amendment to the teacher evaluation legalities (Chapter 508 of Title 20-A of the Maine Revised Statutes) may require that the Teachers’ Association and School Board approve the Teacher Evaluation Committee membership.

c)      A-Team summer leadership work – Ms. Rebar indicated that the M.S.A.D. #13 leadership team conducted a number of work sessions to discuss future directions based on observations formal (data) and informal (experience) for the future of the District.  Resolutions were included in the Board packets.

 

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)      The Finance Committee reported that the District received two bids on snow removal and one bid on the bus repair.  Details were shared and recommendations included acceptance of bids from Rusty Kennedy and Lavallee’s Garage.

 

X.                PROFESSIONAL STAFF INFORMATION

a)      Ms. Richard – Ms. Richard made a point of complimenting the positive working relationship experienced with fellow administrators stemming from shared core values.

Principal's Report

 

·         10 students have worked in the Valley Community Garden.  They recently harvested zucchini, yellow squash, peas, cucumbers, radishes, lettuce, and basil.  Much of the garden will be harvested once school begins, and we anticipate Denise Robinson, the Kennebec area nutritionist, will help demonstrate how to prepare healthy garden crops.

·         I will attend a math conference on best practices next week.

·         Blueberry update!  Thank you for the two blueberry bushes you gave to me in June.  Both are doing well in their new berry patch.  It has been a great year for blueberries.  I appreciate your thoughtfulness and especially the kindness of your gift.  

·         I met with our Priority School coach three times this summer, and Moscow and Valley both met all requirements last year and have a great beginning for next year's tasks.

 

b)      Mr. Ferreira

   An important task of the Special Education Department for the month of July was that of filling open special education teacher positions, and finalizing contacts with private individual or agency providers. I wish to thank Ms. Rebar and Ms. Richard for their efforts in this regard. This work has gone well.

    The administrators, led by Ms. Rebar, have been meeting regularly to set our administrative priorities and to plan for the upcoming 14-15 school year. We have been addressing a variety of issues, including the issue of proficiency based diplomas.  As you are aware, we will be seeking an extension to the implementation this law. I am in support of an extension due to the impact it will have on students with disabilities.

    The Special Education Department is readying itself for the upcoming school year. I applaud the district for it’s successful summer school opportunity for students.  Students attended willingly and with good enthusiasm. These students, who attended the summer program, will certainly enter the upcoming year with more energy and enthusiasm for learning.

      I have been rereading a book entitled, ‘Choice Theory’, by the late William Glasser this summer. This book presents excellent ideas that relate to improving human relationships, including the relationship of teachers with students. The book emphasizes the importance of the relationship between people, and explains how teachers and school personnel can strengthen their relationships with their students. Glasser posits that these improved relationships between teachers and students promote improved learning on the part of students. I plan on incorporating many of the ideas in this book in my work with students and co-workers in the upcoming 14-15 school year. The summer is going well and I look forward to a positive and productive 14-15 school year.

 

XI.             PUBLIC INPUT - None

 

XII.          OLD BUSINESS

a)      Vote on the second reading of the following policies:

Upon motion by Sheree Brown and second by Linda Hunnewell the Board unanimously voted to approve the second reading of policy JKAA Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion.

Upon motion by Sheree Brown and second by Scott Shaw the Board unanimously voted to approve the second reading of policy JKAA-R Procedures on Physical Restraint and Seclusion.

Upon motion by Sheree Brown and second by Scott Shaw the Board unanimously voted to approve the second reading of policy GBN-R1 Family and Medical Leave Administrative Procedure.

Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approve the second reading of policy IKF-R2 Community Service Graduation Requirement.

 

XIII.       NEW BUSINESS

a)      Upon motion by Scott Shaw and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approve the nomination of Bethany Szarka for Elementary School Special Education teacher for 2014-15 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

b)      Vote on nomination of Boys Varsity Soccer Coach for 2014-15 and authorize the Superintendent to issue a contract – There was no nomination at this time.

c)      Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Leo Hill the Board unanimously voted to approve the nomination of Corey Farnham for Middle School Soccer Coach for 2014-15 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

d)     Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Leo Hill the Board unanimously voted to accept the bid from Rusty Kennedy for snow removal for the 2014-15 school year.

Upon motion by Scott Shaw and second by Linda Hunnewell the Board unanimously voted to accept the bid from Lavallee’s Garage for vehicle repair for the 2014-15 school year.

e)      Contemplate 2014-15 Board goals – Ms. Rebar asked the Board to contemplate goals for the new year.  She reminded them of recent upgrades to goals and the major themes involved.

f)       Upon motion by Sheree Brown and second by Leo Hill the Board unanimously voted to have M.S.A.D. #13 implement a performance evaluation and professional growth model.

SUMMARY:  This rule establishes standards and procedures for implementation of performance evaluation and professional growth systems (PE/PG systems) for educators, as required in Chapter 508 of Title 20-A of the Maine Revised Statutes.

The Marzano model will be implemented as a pilot for the 2014-15 school year.  The 2013-14 Teacher Evaluation Committee recommended this model.

 

XIV.       PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF NON-AGENDA ITEMS

Mention was made of a desire to have the vehicle repair contract include a provision for the maintenance of a bus inspection license and notification if and when the license is not in effect.  Ms. Rebar indicated that these suggestions will be incorporated into a vehicle repair agreement.

 

XV.          ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Virginia Rebar

Secretary to the Board