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

MINUTES OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2015

QUIMBY MIDDLE SCHOOL, BINGHAM, MAINE  04920

7:00 p.m.

 

 

I.               CALL TO ORDER – The meeting was called to order at 7:11 p.m.

 

II.        ATTENDANCE/DECLARATION OF QUORUM

 

Present:           Adrienne Mathieu, Sheree Brown (arrived 7:15 p.m.), Leo Hill, Linda Hunnewell, Pauline Lagasse, Brian Malloy, and Scott Shaw

 

Absent:            Bonnie Atwood (excused), Nancy MacDonald (excused), and Laurie Attwood (unexcused)

 

Also present:   Edward Ferreira, Julie Richard (arrived 7:14 p.m.), and Virginia Rebar

 

III.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - Conducted

 

IV.          APPROVAL OF MINUTES

a)     Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Adrienne Mathieu the Board unanimously voted to approve the minutes of January 13, 2015 (regular meeting).

 

V.             ADJUSTMENTS

a)     Ms. Rebar requested that VI (b) be added Middle School Pine Cone League champs and (c) local hero

b)    Add VIII (h) February Superintendent meetings

 

VI.          GOOD NEWS AND CELEBRATION

a)     Superintendent Rebar – Associate Editor for State-wide ASCD newsletter

b)    Ms. Rebar shared that the Middle School Boys Basketball Team was the Pine Cone League Champions for 2014-15.

c)     Mrs. Hunnewell shared that an employee was a local hero for saving a man who had crashed his truck into a body of water.  The employee is Darryl Fortin.

 

VII.        COMMUNICATIONS

a)     Financial Statement - Reviewed

b)    Press Release-Valley Students’ Eyes are Opened Wide After a Visit to Local Historical Society – Ms. Rebar shared this item and let the Board know that the press release was going to be published in the Bingham Town Report.

c)     Letter from UKVEA regarding negotiations - Shared

d)    Certificate of appreciation to Moscow Elementary from NAEP - Shared

e)     Unemployment rate for 2015-16 – Ms. Rebar indicated that the unemployment rate will stay the same (2%) for next year.

f)     A thank you note from Pauline Lagasse regarding a donation on behalf of her mother was shared.

 

VIII.      REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

a)     Smarter balanced assessment – training required – Ms. Rebar shared that the DOE is requiring teachers to take training online that will grant them a certificate to administer their smarter balanced testing.

b)    DOE PBD site visits and preparation – Ms. Rebar summarized the extensive DOE site visit on February 5th along with the thorough report on the documentation provided from 1:00 until 5:00 regarding our District’s progress on our Proficiency Based Diploma readiness.

c)     State of Maine Administrative Review of National Lunch Program during week of March 9th – Ms. Rebar explained the considerable work that has been done relative to reporting in preparation of a DOE administrative review of our Food Service Program.

d)    Plans for Standards Based Grading and middle school – Ms. Rebar described the transition steps taken to date and planned for the incorporation of Standards Based Grading at the middle school.

e)     Gear Up notes – January 29th – Ms. Rebar shared the information provided to districts at a kick off orientation on January 29th at the University of Maine in Farmington.

f)     15-16 budget proposal review without salaries and benefits – February 25th – Ms. Rebar indicated that a budget proposal without salaries and benefits will be presented to the Board at 3:00 p.m. at Quimby on February 25, 2015.

g)    Snow days to date:  December 3, January 27, January 28, and February 2 (2 early releases and 2 delays) – Shared

h)    Ms. Rebar shared the discussions that took place with handouts from the KVSA legislative breakfast on February 10th and the SCTC Superintendent meeting on February 10th.

 

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

January school days have been busy but interrupted with flu, colds, illnesses and the weather. Three snow days added to one day in December for a total of four used. While we have an increase in student and staff illnesses, we have not reached a reportable 15% student absence.  Three cases of flu have been noted, Two at Moscow and one at Quimby.  One case of pertussis was confirmed in December.  Custodians and staff have increased their attention to cleaning, especially the public surfaces at the school, as well as encouraging student hand washing and covering coughs.  No measles cases have been reported in Maine.  District parents and guardians received an information sheet which identified ways to prevent and treat colds and flu.

Varsity and sub varsity athletic teams are finishing up their seasons with the Middle School Pine Cone Tournament set for girls play Feb. 7, at 2:15 and boys also Feb 7 at 3:30.  High School athletes are working to make the Augusta Tournament trip.  Potentially the first rounds would be Saturday Feb. 17 for boys and girls on Monday Feb 16.  High School preliminary games may be necessary if teams finish their seasons below 4th place.

The new revised athletic policy was implemented this fall and impacted three high school students.  One of the three is likely to return to the team.

Students recently completed the Winter NWEA test.  Only Math and reading skills were measured.  We will use the results to apply RTI, and provide additional assistance for students who are below grade expectations.

Fill the Gym was very successful.  The night was dedicated to Heart health and Valley used the slogan Hustle for Heart on their t-shirts.  Local merchants (35) provided gifts for the raffle.  Jim West and Dale Miller played the school song between games.  “Are You Better Than a Fifth Grader?” contest was a popular event, and once again won by the grade five students.  Rangeley athletes and coaches cooperated with our Fill the Gym efforts for the third consecutive year.  Lori Gordon, Heather Merrill and Carol Hines organized the event which brought in $1,850.  Valley will work with the Bingham Health Center to distribute pedometers, and vouchers for walking shoes targeting local citizens with heart health needs.  All the funds which were raised will go toward our Bingham Moscow community.

Gear-Up grant progress is growing.  Katie Flood-Gerow and Supt. Rebar attended an organizational meeting which outlined how we can design actions which support student college attending attitudes.

Valley hosted a Chem-free Super Bowl Party for our High School students.  Pizza hotdogs, and ice cream were hits with the students and were served by our Boosters.  Again our local merchants generously donated prizes which were drawn through the evening.  This is Valley’s 11th year providing a Chem-Free celebration for students.  Also, the Patriots won!

 

A discussion ensued regarding the need to clarify the eligibility requirements for students as prescribed in policy IJIC.

 

b)    Mr. Ferreira

The month of January 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 which occurred at each of the district’s schools. The Special Education Department met for our monthly meeting on Jan. 8th.  As you know, Valley High School transitioned to their second semester on Jan. 26th.  The department addressed the situation of students transferring, both from and to M.S.A.D. 13. I attended a webinar put on the Maine Department of Education which addressed the Smarter Balanced assessment.

During the January Special Education Department Meeting we reviewed the status of student re-evaluations. We also reviewed our programs and considered ways of improving our service to our students and schools. We reviewed the teacher evaluation process and did planning for the remainder of the year, and for the upcoming year.  As usual, we left time to address questions which are plentiful, useful, and helpful. The Special Education Department is working hard to meet the needs of our students and school, while staying compliant with state Special Education regulations. There certainly is a lot of paperwork, which keeps us quite busy.  January was a positive and productive month for the Special Education Department for M.S.A.D. 13.

 

XI.          PUBLIC INPUT

Leo Hill mentioned that the high school boys’ basketball team members have been very helpful in refereeing the elementary basketball games.

 

Linda Hunnewell mentioned that Mr. Hartwell should be commended on his assignment “find a veteran.”

 

XII.        OLD BUSINESS - None

 

XIII.      NEW BUSINESS

a)     Discussion regarding developing a procedure or policy requiring our District to notify parents of students with on-going underlying health issues as relates to any illnesses or diseases known among student or staff population with written communication and phone contact – Ms. Rebar outlined general procedures to date and suggested that our school nurse be invited to our next Board meeting to fine tune and upgrade our parental notice systems including acquiring more alert systems in cases of communicable diseases present in the District.

b)    Upon motion by Sheree Brown and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approve the nomination of Scott Laweryson as Varsity Baseball Coach for 2014-15 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

c)     Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Leo Hill it was unanimously voted to approve the nomination of George Nitti as Debate Club Coach for 2014-15 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

d)    Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Adrienne Mathieu it was unanimously voted to approve the nomination of an Alicia Hibbard as Ed Tech II at Moscow Elementary for 2014-15 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

e)     Upon motion by Sheree Brown and second by Pauline Lagasse it was unanimously voted to enter Executive Session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. §405(6)(A) for the purpose of discussing the evaluation of the District Principal.  Entered Executive Session at 9:11 p.m.  Adjourned Executive Session at 9:44 p.m.

f)     Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Adrienne Mathieu the Board unanimously voted to increase the Principal’s salary (the amount to be determined at a later date) and extend her current contract by one year.

g)    Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Sheree Brown the Board unanimously voted 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.  Entered Executive Session at 9:46 p.m.  Adjourned Executive Session at 9:51 p.m.

 

XIV.      PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF NON-AGENDA ITEMS - None

 

XV.        ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 9:52 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Virginia Rebar

Secretary to the Board