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

MINUTES OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING

TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015

QUIMBY MIDDLE SCHOOL, BINGHAM, MAINE  04920

7:00 p.m.

 

6:30 p.m. – Policy Committee Meeting

Leo Hill (absent), Danette Messer, Sheree Brown, Brian Malloy, Cathy Foran, and Virginia Rebar

The group obtained input from the District Wellness Committee as represented by Cathy Foran.  Members reviewed our policy relative to a MSMA recommended policy and that of M.S.A.D. #59.  Virginia Rebar will incorporate all suggestions and consensus and will develop an updated policy for Committee review.  Next the group reviewed a draft of a bidding policy.  This will be further discussed at our next meeting.

 

I.               CALL TO ORDER – The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m.

 

II.        ATTENDANCE/DECLARATION OF QUORUM

 

Present:           Bonnie Atwood, Adrienne Mathieu, Sheree Brown, Nancy MacDonald, Danette Messer, Pauline Lagasse, Brian Malloy, Scott Shaw, and Elizabeth Brochu

 

Absent:            Leo Hill (excused)

 

Also present:   Lorraine Collins, Kattie Sweet-Shibles, Julie Richard (arrived at 7:15 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 the Board unanimously voted to approve the amended minutes of March 10, 2015 and the minutes of regular meeting April 14, 2015.

 

V.             ADJUSTMENTS

a)     Move XI (a) Public Input to beginning of agenda

Lorraine Collins requested the Town of Moscow be allowed to decorate Moscow Elementary School for the Town’s Bicentennial next year.  The Board agreed.

b)    Ms. Rebar asked that XIII (k) be added to the agenda – Vote to approve the Emergency Management/Crisis Response Plan

 

VI.          GOOD NEWS AND CELEBRATION

a)     Newsweek – Ms. Rebar mentioned that we received a survey request from Newsweek in reference to our status as a high ranking high school in terms of improvement.  Newsweek is in the first stage of identifying America’s finest high schools.

b)    Ms. Rebar mentioned that M.S.A.D. #13 was on the front page of the Morning Sentinel for our Screen Free Week.

c)     Pauline Lagasse commended high school students for planting flowers as a community service project.

 

VII.        COMMUNICATIONS

a)     Financial Statement - Reviewed

b)    ASCD May 13 flyer – Ms. Rebar reviewed the upcoming collaboration between M.S.A.D. #13 and ASCD to offer a timely, relevant and useful in-house professional development day for our staff on May 13th featuring Mike Anderson who presented a workshop entitled “Challenge Through Choice”.

 

VIII.      REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

a)     Emergency Management/Crisis Response Handbook – Ms. Rebar applauded the members of the Emergency Management/Crisis Response Committee for completely revamping and updating our plan.  She highlighted the various aspects of the work done.  The Board conveyed a positive response to this work product.

b)    High school Jump Rope orientation/May 4th – Ms. Rebar shared that Technology Integration Specialist, Wendy Belanger, provided the high school staff with an orientation to the Jump Rope Standards Based Grading Program on May 4th.

 

IX.          SUB-COMMITTEE REPORTS (Ad-Hoc Restructuring Committee, Finance Committee, Policy Committee, Negotiations Committee, Transportation Committee, Buildings and Grounds Committee)

Finance (Bonnie Atwood, Elizabeth Brochu, Nancy MacDonald)

Policy (Sheree Brown, Danette Messer, 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)

a)     Policy Committee - The group obtained input from the District Wellness Committee as represented by Cathy Foran.  Members reviewed our policy relative to a MSMA recommended policy and that of M.S.A.D. #59.  Virginia Rebar will incorporate all suggestions and consensus and develop an updated policy for Committee review.  Next the group reviewed a draft of a bidding policy.  This be further discussed at our next meeting.

 

X.            PROFESSIONAL STAFF INFORMATION

a)     Report of Principal

·       Moscow and Quimby Schools have completed the standardized testing required by Maine Dept. of Education.  Students were very cooperative.  Valley HS will finish their tests on Friday May 15, and those students have been engaged and cooperative in the first two components of their tests.

·       Moscow Spring Performance is Wednesday May 20 at 6:00.  Quimby School Spring Concert is scheduled for May 27 at 7:00 following a home Baseball and softball game vs Athens & Temple Christian.

·       Kindergarten “Back to School Night” will be held at 6:00 featuring a musical performance and celebration of the successful year.

·       Valley Students attended Cole’s Museum in Bangor as part of the Musical Instrument grant agreement on Wednesday.  Students and staff enjoyed the visit.

·       Moscow Students traveled to University of Maine to see a presentation at the Planetarium.  The faculty reported the presentation was excellent, and engaged student interest.  University staff remarked about the polite behavior of our students during the program and in the dining area.  Dylan Belanger collected several guest passes for faculty lunches!  Thank you Dylan!

·       Katie Flood-Gerow reports that eight Juniors have taken 16 Dual enrollment classes for a total of 45 credits.  Ten Seniors have taken 22 classes for 66 credits this year which combine with 18 credits taken as juniors for 84 college credits.  Congratulations to those students.

·       The Valley Boys’ Basketball Team received the Maurice “Doc” Rancourt Sportsmanship Award.  This sportsmanship award is given to Valley by a vote of the basketball officials of Central Maine Board #20.

·       The Prom is scheduled for Saturday May 9, 2015.

·       I included a copy of the End of the Year Schedule for your interest.

b)    Report of Special Education Director

I usually start my board reports by noting that the previous month, in this case April, was a busy and productive one. I would like to report that the month of April was particularly busy and productive. This is due to the quantity of tasks that are required by the end of each school year for Special Education Departments.

As is typical of the spring season, there are numerous I.E.P and 504 meetings. These meetings have been occurring with regularity within the district. A number of these meetings have involved three year re-evaluations. This has been a particularly busy year with regards to re-evaluations. We have been requiring quite a few occupational therapist and speech therapy evaluations from our contracted service providers. We have also utilized two different school psychologists to conduct evaluations for district students this year. It is my professional view that all the evaluations have been of high quality and have assisted the I.E.P. team in making accurate decisions as to special education eligibility of our students.

We have had very good parental participation in these I.E.P. and Section 504 meetings. We have also had good student participation in these meetings. This, as you know, is especially important at the high school level as a major component of the meetings involve planning for the student’s future (transition planning). We have also had good student participation at the middle school level.

Overall, April was a productive month for me and the Special Education Department for M.S.A.D. 13. I continue to enjoy providing services to the schools and students of this fine district.

 

XI.          PUBLIC INPUT

a)     Lorraine Collins – Facilities Request - Lorraine Collins requested the Town of Moscow be allowed to decorate Moscow Elementary School for the Town’s Bicentennial next year.  The Board agreed.

 

XII.        OLD BUSINESS - None

 

XIII.      NEW BUSINESS

a)     Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Sheree Brown the Board unanimously voted to approve Krista Lyman and Anna Swierczewska for continuing contract status for 2015-16 and authorized the Superintendent to issue contracts.

b)    Upon motion by Sheree Brown and second by Adrienne Mathieu the Board unanimously voted to approve Jeremy White, Heather Merrill, and Edward Ferreira for a third probationary contract for 2015-16 and authorized the Superintendent to issue contracts.

c)     Upon motion by Sheree Brown and second by Adrienne Mathieu the Board unanimously voted to approve Melissa Lyons-Vitalone, Bethany Szarka, and Crystal Rollins for a second probationary contract for 2015-16 and authorized the Superintendent to issue contracts.

d)    Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Sheree Brown the Board unanimously voted to approve Paul Belanger as girls varsity basketball coach for 2015-16 and Luke Hartwell as boys varsity basketball coach for 2015-16 and authorized the Superintendent to issue contracts.

e)     Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to enter Executive Session for the purpose of discussion of negotiations pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. §405(6)(D).  Entered Executive Session at 7:46 p.m.  Adjourned Executive Session at 7:54 p.m.

f)     Vote on the salary/benefits for 2015-16 and 2016-17 for the Upper Kennebec Valley Education Association (Teachers) - Postponed

g)    Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Nancy MacDonald the Board unanimously voted to approve a budget for 2015-16 in the amount of $3,432,903.00.

h)    Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to set May 28, 2015 for the district budget meeting and June 9, 2015 for the validation referendum for the 2015-16 budget.

i)      Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Adrienne Mathieu it was unanimously voted that the warrant for the District budget meeting presented to the meeting be approved and that a District budget meeting be called for May 28, 2015 for the purpose of voting on the annual budget for the District for the 2015-16 fiscal year;

Further voted:  That the Warrant and Notice of Election for the District

budget validation referendum presented to the meeting be approved, and that a District budget validation referendum be called for June 9, 2015 for the purpose of approving the budget adopted at the District budget meeting for the 2015-16 fiscal year;

            Further voted:  That the Notice of Amounts Adopted at Budget Meeting presented to this meeting be approved, and that the Secretary of the District be authorized and directed to complete said Notice by adding the amounts approved by the voters for each expenditure category and the total school budget summary expenditure amount, all in accordance with the District budget meeting on May 28, 2015 and to deliver attested copies of said notice, as completed, to the clerks of each municipality in the District for polling places for the June 9, 2015 District budget validation referendum.

j)      Sign warrants – The Board signed warrants.

k)    Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Sheree Brown the Board unanimously voted to approve the updated Emergency Management and Crisis Response plan.

 

XIV.      PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF NON-AGENDA ITEMS - None

 

XV.        ADJOURNMENT – The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Virginia Rebar

Secretary to the Board