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

MINUTES OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

MOSCOW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, BINGHAM, MAINE  04920

7:00 p.m.

 

6:30 p.m. – FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING

Bonnie Atwood, Ray Francoeur, Linda Hunnewell and Virginia Rebar in attendance.  See IX (a).

                       

I.                   CALL TO ORDER – The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.

 

II.        ATTENDANCE/DECLARATION OF QUORUM

 

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

 

Absent:            None

 

Also present:   Wendy Ault and Gary Perlson (Melmac), Corey Farnham, Liz Brochu, Gerry Morrill, Kattie Sweet-Shibles, Daron Beane, Olivia Beane, Heather Merrill, 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 it was unanimously voted to approve the minutes of August 12, 2014 (regular meeting).

 

V.                ADJUSTMENTS

a)      Move XIII (a) to beginning of agenda (extra-curricular coaches and advisors)

b)      Move XIII (b) to beginning of agenda (Melmac presentation)

c)      Add and move XIII (j) to beginning of agenda (bus driver)

d)     Move XIII (g) to beginning of agenda (Debate Club)

 

VI.             GOOD NEWS AND CELEBRATION

a)      Nutrition grant received for $397 for new toasters and fruit wedger

b)      Also mentioned was the publication of an article by a high school student, Collin Miller, in the Northwoods Sporting Journal magazine and the fact that student scores on State assessments have improved.

 

VII.          COMMUNICATIONS

a)      Financial Statement - reviewed

b)      MSMA Candidate Forum on K-12 Education – September 30 – Ms. Rebar noted that a Board member is invited to serve as our delegate for the MSMA conference.  She also mentioned an invitation to all to attend a MSMA sponsored Candidate Forum on September 30th in Oakland.

 

VIII.       REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

a)      Enrollment – Ms. Rebar reported that enrollment was slightly up from last year and detailed the participation by towns and grades.

b)      Report on opening 2014-15 – Administration reported a very smooth 2014-15 school opening.

c)      November 11th Board meeting date – The fact that November 11th is Veteran’s Day was discussed.  The Board chose to have a Board meeting on that date.

d)     Proficiency based diploma extension- Ms. Rebar provided the Board with rationale, explanation, and a “walk through” of the proficiency based application for an extension (Option #6).  She detailed all of her statements with documentation.

e)      Handbooks – The Board was provided with a Moscow, Quimby, and Valley student and parent handbook.  In addition, the Board received the athletic handbook and the new coaches handbook.

f)       Discussion of fall harvest pot luck dinner/October 28 – The Board decided to once again host a Board/Staff pot luck dinner on October 28th at 6:00 p.m. at the high school.  Ms. Richard will provide a sign-up sheet.

g)      Quimby roof – Ms. Rebar explained that on August 15, 2014, Central Maine Power and our electrician, Pat Read, discovered that ice over the winter had bent the pipes holding the main power feed to the school as well as the smart meter wiring.  The gauge and bent pipes have been temporarily fixed.  A whole re-roofing and new pipes will need to be in our next budget.  In the meantime, Ms. Rebar has made arrangements for ice shields to be installed.

 

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)      Finance Committee report

The Finance Committee reported on a recommendation to restore our 4/5 guidance counselor to 5/5 due to the lack of the acquisition of a social worker because of lack of applicants.

 

X.                PROFESSIONAL STAFF INFORMATION

a)      Ms. Richard

Colin Miller studied the influence of weather on the movement of deer as a Gifted and Talented project with James Tyler last year.  He submitted his research to the Northwoods Sporting Journal and was published in the September 2014 edition.  His research is on page 15 & 25 of the publication which is currently on sale at Jimmie’s Market.

Justin Miller received the Phi Beta Kappa Award at an assembly during the first day of school this fall. This award is given to a Junior student for outstanding scholarship.

Cameron Johnson received the St. Michael’s College Book Award at that same assembly.  This award is based upon outstanding scholarship and social conscience actions.  Cameron and Justin are both seniors who were selected for these awards at the end of their Junior year.

Dual enrollment classes are courses in which a student will receive both a credit toward graduation and a three credit college course which can be transferred to most colleges in Maine.  We have three teachers at Valley who are approved to teach college classes at Valley:

·         Heather Merrill, Thomas College , College Algebra,

·          Kattie Sweet-Shibles , Thomas College, Artists and Their Lives, Art Appreciation

·         Anna Swierczewska, Univ. Of Maine, Ft. Kent Spanish & French.

This semester, Valley students are enrolled in 43 Dual Enrollment classes.

Univ of Maine Ft. Kent:

·         Intro to Spanish- 6 students

·         Spanish 2- 6 students

·         Sociology (online) 1 student

·         Pre-Calculus (online) 1 student

Thomas College: (all classes at Thomas are free to high school students)

·         College Algebra- 10 students

·         Artists and Their Lives-8 students

·         Art Appreciation- 3 students

Kennebec Valley Community College:

·         College Composition-3 students

·         Introduction to Psychology- 3 students

·         Technical Math- 1 student

University of Maine

·         Art of Music – 1 student

While students are enrolled in 43 classes this fall semester, additional courses will be offered during the spring semester.

It was a smooth opening of the school year at all three schools.  New students are adjusting, and we are learning about them to aid in their welcome to MSAD 13.

 

The Priority School committee worked over the summer , putting Moscow’s required actions into place early in the school year.

 

b)      Mr. Ferreira

I am happy to report that the 2014-15 school year is off to a good start for the Special Education Department. On August 20th I worked with our two new special educators and three veteran ed. techs doing Safety-Care specialist training. It was a productive day and provided me the opportunity of working with the new special education teachers. It also gave the teachers and ed. techs an opportunity to meet and train together prior to the start of the regular school year.

We also had two productive workshop days on August 25th and 26th. We covered a variety of mandatory training items on Monday, and I had the opportunity to meet with the full special education department for part of the afternoon.  I shared with the staff a philosophy of special education which I have adhered to since I learned of it. The philosophy comes from Thomas Hehir’s book, ‘New Directions in Special Education’. It is that the role of special education is to decrease the impact of a student’s disability, and to increase the level of the student’s participation. We discussed some of the implications of this philosophy on our work in MSAD 13.

I have been busy addressing the needs of seven transfer students who have entered the district with active I.E.P.s. I have also been working with our new special education teachers in addressing their roles and responsibilities as special education teachers in MSAD 13. I am happy to report that our contracted provider agreements (contracts) are in place and the services are being delivered. It has been a busy and good start to the 2014-15 school year.

 

XI.             PUBLIC INPUT - None

 

XII.          OLD BUSINESS - None

 

XIII.       NEW BUSINESS

a)      Vote on nomination of the following extra-curricular/co-curricular nominations for 2014-15 and authorize the Superintendent to issue contracts

It was moved by Bonnie Atwood and second by Linda Hunnewell to nominate Adam Farnham as Boys Varsity Soccer coach for 2014-15 and authorize the Superintendent to issue a contract.  This motion and second was rescinded and the item postponed until September 16th to allow time for community issues to be relayed to the administration.

 

Elementary Boys Basketball               Open

 

Upon motion by Sheree Brown and second by Laurie Attwood the Board unanimously voted to approve Dan McDonald as Girls Elementary Basketball Coach for 2014-15 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

 

It was moved by Pauline Lagasse and second by Sheree Brown to approve Corey Farnham as Girls Middle School Basketball Coach for 2014-15 and authorize the Superintendent to issue a contract.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Bonnie Atwood who abstained due to family relation.

 

It was moved by Linda Hunnewell and second by Bonnie Atwood to approve Adam Farnham as Boys Middle School Basketball Coach for 2014-15 and authorize the Superintendent to issue a contract.  The motion passed with Linda Hunnewell, Bonnie Atwood, Brian Malloy, Ray Francoeur, Scott Shaw, Leo Hill, and Adrienne Mathieu voting in favor and Laurie Attwood, Sheree Brown, and Pauline Lagasse voting against.

 

Upon motion by Linda Hunnewell and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to approve Erin Marden as Varsity Softball Coach for 2014-15 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

 

It was moved by Bonnie Atwood and second by Adrienne Mathieu to approve Paul Belanger as Varsity Baseball Coach for 2014-15 and authorize the Superintendent to issue a contract.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Linda Hunnewell who abstained due to family relation.

 

Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to approve Jena Harvey as Middle School Softball Coach for 2014-15 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

 

Upon motion by Linda Hunnewell and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to approve James Tyler as Middle School Baseball Coach for 2014-15 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

 

Student Council                                  Open

 

It was moved by Pauline Lagasse and second by Laurie Attwood to approve Kattie Sweet-Shibles as Yearbook Advisor for 2014-15 and authorize the Superintendent to issue a contract.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Bonnie Atwood who abstained due to family relation.

 

It was moved by Pauline Lagasse and second by Laurie Attwood to approve Kattie Sweet-Shibles as Dramatics Coach for 2014-15 and authorize the Superintendent to issue a contract.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Bonnie Atwood who abstained due to family relation.

 

Pep Band                                            None

 

Upon motion by Sheree Brown and second by Adrienne Mathieu the Board unanimously voted to approve Lori Gordon as Graduation Advisor for 2014-15 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

 

Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to approve James Tyler as Gifted/Talented Coordinator            for 2014-15 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

 

b)      Melmac presentation – Wendy Ault – Wendy Ault presented the Board with a full report of the activities and result of the Melmac Foundation grant, “Connect Aspirations to a Plan Grant.”  She explained Maine’s status as to higher ed enrollment relative to other states and the benefits of a college degree.  When we compare Valley High School to other awardees, we show profound success rates.

c)      Set 2014-15 Board goals – Ms. Rebar distributed the Board goals and asked the Board for revisions, additions, and deletions.  An adjustment was made to goal II relative to stepping up press releases.

d)     It was moved by Pauline Lagasse and second by Linda Hunnewell to nominate Bonnie Atwood as the delegate for the MSBA delegate assembly for 2014-15.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Bonnie Atwood who abstained.

e)      Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Adrienne Mathieu it was unanimously voted to approve the proficiency based extension application as presented.

f)       Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Leo Hill the Board unanimously voted to approve Carol Hines as IT Ed Tech for 2014-15 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

g)      Vote on Debate Club (pending Finance Committee decision) – This item was postponed.  The Board will enter into the pursuit of opening up negotiations with the Upper Kennebec Valley Education Association exclusively to discuss the possibility of entering into negotiations to add Debate Club to Schedule B for the 2014-15 school year.

h)      It was moved by Pauline Lagasse and second by Linda Hunnewell to restore 4/5 guidance to 5/5 guidance for 2014-15 and authorize the Superintendent to issue a contract.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Leo Hill who voted against.

i)        Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Sheree Brown the Board unanimously voted to go into Executive Session to consider the assignment of volunteers pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. §405(6)(A).  Entered Executive Session at 9:34 p.m.  Adjourned Executive Session at 9:44 p.m.

j)        Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Linda Hunnewell it was unanimously voted to approve Karen Morrell as Bus Driver for 2014-15 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

 

XIV.       PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF NON-AGENDA ITEMS - None

 

XV.          ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Virginia Rebar

Secretary to the Board