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

MINUTES OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING

TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2015

QUIMBY MIDDLE SCHOOL, BINGHAM, MAINE  04920

7:00 p.m.

 

 

I.               CALL TO ORDER – The meeting was called to order at 7:01 p.m.

 

II.        ATTENDANCE/DECLARATION OF QUORUM

 

Present:           Bonnie Atwood, Adrienne Mathieu, Leo Hill, Nancy MacDonald, Linda Hunnewell, Pauline Lagasse, Brian Malloy, and Scott Shaw

 

Absent:            Sheree Brown (unexcused) and Laurie Attwood (unexcused)

 

Also present:   Julie Richard (arrived 7:25 p.m.) 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 December 16, 2014 (regular meeting).

 

V.             ADJUSTMENTS - None

 

VI.          GOOD NEWS AND CELEBRATION

a)     Gear Up Grant ($25-75,000/year for seven years) – Presentation

Mary Callen was present representing the Gear Up grant and provided the Board with an overview as to the parameters for spending the funds and goals of the grant.  Ms. Richard was commended for completing the application for this grant.

b)    Moscow Elementary receives Bronze award from Somerset Health

Ms. Rebar applauded the After School Program at Moscow for receiving a Bronze Award from Somerset Health for promoting positive health activities and nutrition.

 

VII.        COMMUNICATIONS

a)     Financial Statement - Reviewed

b)    Gifted and Talented program approval letter – Ms. Rebar mentioned that considerable emphasis has been given to cultivating a substantial Gifted/Talented program under the direction of the Superintendent and teacher, James Tyler.

c)     Special commission recommends changes to school funding – Ms. Rebar reviewed the recommended changes in school funding as promoted by a special commission in the areas of Pre-Kindergarten, Title I funds, extended learning, professional development, funding for minimum receivers, and unfunded teacher retirement liability.  These were forwarded to the Education Committee at the State level.

 

VIII.      REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

a)     Teacher Evaluation Model complete and pilot will start in January – Ms. Rebar thanked the members of the Teacher Evaluation Committee (Steering Committee) for working very hard to incorporate a model that met all of the Chapter 508 of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A and Rule Chapter 180 requirements.  We are piloting this now.

b)    Budget timeline – Ms. Rebar distributed the proposed budget timeline for the 2015-16 budget development.  She pointed out that February 25 was slated for Board members to meet with representatives of the various cost centers to gain information as to the rationale and need for requested dollars.

c)     January newsletter – mailing and website posting – Ms. Rebar shared the District winter newsletter and pointed out the advertised public appointment office days.  She noted that this will be mailed to all residents of Moscow and Quimby and postings will be on the website.

d)    Superintendent’s advertised public appointment office days – Monday and Wednesday - Ms. Rebar shared the District winter newsletter and pointed out the advertised public appointment office days.  She noted that this will be mailed to all residents of Moscow and Quimby and postings will be on the website.

e)     Pilot Principal Evaluation Model (Maine Principals Association Model) to take place in January – Ms. Rebar announced that we are piloting a new principal’s evaluation model in January.  This is a requirement of Chapter 508.

f)     Standards based grading will be extended to the Middle School for the end of third quarter.  There will be a parent informational meeting on January 28th.  Parents will receive a letter on January 12th and access to “Jump Rope” which is the grading software.  Parents, students, and staff will complete surveys on their understanding of standards based grading later in the school year.  This information will guide us as to parent educational programs and professional development needs as we continue to incorporate this new grading policy. – Ms. Rebar mentioned that the parent meeting date is tentative and subject to change as we work to incorporate the new tracking system in the best interest of students, parents, and staff.

g)    Superintendent goals 2015 - Shared

1)    Establish public office hours

2)    Continue information outreach through newsletter, press releases, and website

3)    Provide regular educational program updates for the Board

 

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, Nancy MacDonald)

Policy (Sheree Brown, Laurie Attwood, Leo Hill)

Negotiations (Pauline Lagasse, Brian Malloy, Sheree Brown)

Transportation (Leo Hill, Adrienne Mathieu, Nancy MacDonald, Scott Shaw)

Buildings & Grounds (Leo Hill, Bonnie Atwood, Nancy MacDonald, Scott Shaw)

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

 

 

 

X.            PROFESSIONAL STAFF INFORMATION

a)     Ms. Richard

The Community Chorus presented a concert to the MSAD 13 students on December 19, 2014.  It was the first live broadcast event on our website.  The technology worked well, picture and sound were both very good.  Thanks to Derek Hussey and Karen LaForgia.

The Gear-Up Regional Representative,  Sally Beaulieu, met with Supt. Rebar and me to explain aspects of the Gear-Up  program including; purposes of the grant, how to support parents, and how grant funds can be used.  Our school district will have $25,000 each year for seven years to prepare students who are economically disadvantaged for higher education. 

December 19 Early Dismissal day allowed Moscow faculty to work with Quimby faculty to organize the electronic standards based records.  This work continued on Monday Dec 22, 2014.  High School teachers learned to implement an electronic scheduler which will contact students by email, requiring a student to attend an extra help session with the teacher.

State and Federal requirements are a focus:

NEAP testing of grade 4 January 29

NEAP testing of grade 8 February 10

MYDAS Health and safety testing of grades 7-12 February 2

Smarter Balanced practice test last week of January 3-11.

NWEA local assessments Jan 20-30.

LEGO Mind Storms have arrived for students in grades 3 & 4, also for grades 5-8.  They are a result of a fast track grant application by Mr. & Mrs. Jacques.  Students will experiment with force, motion and preliminary robotics.  We plan for a combined use within our science curriculum and after school.

The new teacher evaluation process is in place and actual pilot trial will occur with three volunteer faculty members this January.

 

b)    Mr. Ferreira

  December was a typically busy month for the Special Education Department of M.S.A.D. 13. There were a number of I.E.P. meetings, some of which were three year re-evaluation meetings.

We also had a Special Education Department meeting this month on Dec. 11th.  The Special Education Teachers and I discussed issues related to special education case management, including re-evaluations and referrals.

    We also discussed the status of the behavior improvement or intervention plans (BIPs) that we are utilizing with our students who require this intervention. We reviewed our understandings of the function of behavior of students with BIPs.

    We also discussed some of the instructional initiatives we are implementing in our programs. We discussed concepts and models of co-teaching, and the universal design of instructional accommodations. The special education teachers and I also engaged in scheduling for upcoming meetings. It was a productive and efficient meeting.

    The teacher workshop day on Dec. 22nd was also a productive day. High School staff discussed and planned for the implementation of the ‘Educsched’ intervention. We also discussed interventions to support and assist students whose level of progress requires such intervention. December was a productive month for the Special Education Department. I continue to enjoy working in this caring and professional school district.

 

 

XI.          PUBLIC INPUT - None

 

XII.        OLD BUSINESS

a)     Upon motion by Linda Hunnewell and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to approve the second reading of Policy JICIA Addendum to Policy JICIA School Publications and Weapons, Violence, and School Safety.

 

XIII.      NEW BUSINESS

a)     Preliminary Board input/discussion regarding 2015-16 budget – Discussion centered around providing motel/hotel provisions for athletes traveling to Vinalhaven and the reverse instead of expecting them to sleep on the gym floor.

b)    Preliminary discussion regarding negotiations with teachers – This was postponed until 279 information (State funding) was available.

 

XIV.      PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF NON-AGENDA ITEMS

Pauline Lagasse mentioned anonymous concerns about dress codes for coaches and expectations.  Ms. Rebar encouraged Pauline to urge public member(s) to contact our Athletic Director when and if questions or concerns arise.

Adrienne Mathieu expressed concerns about a lack of the national anthem at a recent basketball game vs. Jackman.  Ms. Richard indicated that secondary plans will be made in the event of a singer’s illness.

 

XV.        ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 8:51 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Virginia Rebar

Secretary to the Board