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

MINUTES OF SPECIAL BOARD MEETING

TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2015

QUIMBY MIDDLE SCHOOL, BINGHAM, MAINE  04920

7:00 p.m.

 

I.                   CALL TO ORDER – The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

Mr. Malloy welcomed Danette Messer as a new Board member representing Moscow.

 

II.        ATTENDANCE/DECLARATION OF QUORUM

 

Present:           Bonnie Atwood, Adrienne Mathieu, Sheree Brown, Leo Hill, Danette Messer, Pauline Lagasse, Brian Malloy, Scott Shaw and Laurie Attwood

 

Absent:            Nancy MacDonald (excused)

 

Also present:   Linda Hunnewell and Virginia Rebar

 

III.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - Conducted

 

IV.             APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

V.                ADJUSTMENTS

Ms. Rebar asked that the following items be added to the agenda:

VIII – d – Open testimonial letter for Linda Hunnewell

XIII – a 5 – High school renovation as an option

VII – c – Volunteer ice cream social – April 13, 2015

 

Mrs. Linda Hunnewell was given a framed testimonial letter in honor of her fifty years of service to our educational community.

 

VI.             GOOD NEWS AND CELEBRATION

a)      Highly successful March 17th Grandparents Day at Moscow—56 grandparents attended with 111 meals served – Ms. Rebar also mentioned that the Quimby Grandparents Day was also highly successful with 42 grandparents attending on March 24, 2015.

b)      Wellness Day on March 16th and workshops highly productive – Ms. Rebar summarized the wellness activities for staff and the workshops that followed on March 16.

 

VII.          COMMUNICATIONS

a)      Thank you note from Bingham Grange – Ms. Rebar shared a thank you note received from the Bingham Grange on behalf of Leola Rollins.

b)      Resignation of Board member – The Board reviewed the letter of resignation from Laurie Attwood as a Bingham Board member and declared a vacant position.

 

VIII.       REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

a)      Press release – Plum Creek – Ms. Rebar shared a press release recently completed on the seventh grade trip to a Pleasant Ridge deer yard sponsored by Plum Creek.

b)      Facilities inventory report – Ms. Rebar indicated that she recently met with Mike McCormick, our facilities inventory engineer, and found out information about the age of our boilers at Quimby.  A report was filed as required by the DOE.

c)      Chapter 124 Basic Approval Standards:  Public PreSchool Programs – Ms. Rebar shared the requirements of this new law including a sink in the PreSchool classroom, a fenced in playground, and other specifications.

 

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)

 

None

 

X.                PROFESSIONAL STAFF INFORMATION - None

 

XI.             PUBLIC INPUT - None

 

XII.          OLD BUSINESS - None

 

XIII.       NEW BUSINESS

a)      Discussion/vote on Maine State Retirement System/PLD refund options:

1)      Support staff retirement

2)      PreSchool fence, shade

3)      Boiler replacement designated reserve

4)      Investment

b)      Carryover discussion for 2015-16 budget

1)      Repair bus #5 engine

2)      Purchase lawn mower

The Board deliberated over options to consider relative to the use of a recent refund from the Maine State Retirement System.  The Board also considered whether or not to purchase some postponed purchases (lawn mower) and a new engine for bus #5.  After much discussion, the Board decided to purchase a new engine for bus #5 and add all necessary repairs to meet inspection requirements, purchase a new lawn mower primarily for use on lawns (not fields), a shade cover for the Moscow playground and a fence for the playground with 2014-15 carryover funds.  The Board decided to place the Maine State Retirement refund aside for further consideration.

 

c)      Budget discussion for 2015-16 budget – Suggested special board meeting for purpose of finalizing 2015-16 budget – Date:  May 5th - Done

d)     Suggested Negotiations dates

March 31, April 7, April 13, and April 15 – Dates established were March 30, April 7, and April 15

 

XIV.       PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF NON-AGENDA ITEMS

 

XV.          ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 8:59 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Virginia Rebar

Secretary to the Board