TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2015


7:00 p.m.



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




Present:           Bonnie Atwood, Sheree Brown, Leo Hill, Danette Messer, Pauline Lagasse, Brian Malloy, Scott Shaw, Elizabeth Brochu, and Nancy MacDonald (arrived 7:07 p.m.)


Absent:            Adrienne Mathieu (excused)


Also present:   Jena Harvey, Crystal Rollins, Kasey Carrier, Julie Richard (arrived 7:17 p.m.), and Virginia Rebar





a)     Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approve the minutes of June 9, 2015 (regular meeting).


V.             ADJUSTMENTS

a)     Move VIII (a) to beginning of agenda

b)    Move XIII(a) to beginning of agenda



a)     Summer Gear-Up Program well received! – Ms. Richard summarized the summer Gear-Up reading program at length including college visits.

b)    Garden Community Service Program underway! – Ms. Richard summarized the Community Garden program at length including student participation, volume of plantings, and community involvement.



a)     Financial Statement - Reviewed

b)    Resignation and acceptance of Karen Kemp-Webb as Ed Tech III at Valley High School – Shared with Board

c)     Resignation and acceptance of Karen LaForgia as Art/Media Specialist – Shared with Board

d)    Resignation and acceptance of Anna Swierczewska as Foreign Language teacher – Shared with Board



a)     Elementary to Middle School transition program – Jena Harvey, Crystal Rollins , and Julie Richard were on hand to explain a reconfiguration proposal of the middle school to allow for a self-contained Grade 5.  This initiative was well received.

b)    Quimby roof project primarily completed – Ms. Rebar reported that the necessary repairs for the Quimby roof were almost completed.

c)     Emergency classroom lock down and evacuation kits – Ms. Rebar displayed the administrative emergency lockdown and evacuation kit contents as part of the District preparedness efforts in the event of an emergency.

d)    Commissioner’s Conference – Highlights – June 28, 29, 30 – Newry, Maine – Ms. Rebar highlighted some of the information she attained as a result of attending the Commissioner’s Conference in June of 2015.

e)     Leadership District Plan – Ms. Rebar informed the Board that the leadership team is working on a District Plan for the 2015-16 school year.

f)     Ten Principles of Proficiency Based Learning – Ms. Rebar shared the Ten Principles of Proficiency Based Learning provided by the Great Schools Partnership as a foundation of all of our instructional work.

g)    Review of State of the Schools Data Report – Ms. Richard detailed the statistics in our annual State of the Schools Data Report highlighting trends and areas of strengths and weaknesses.

h)    Ms. Rebar distributed a calendar of Board meetings for the 2015-16 school year.


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)     The Finance Committee presented two bids for bus repair.  The final discussion and recommendation was the Poland Repair Service in Skowhegan, Maine.



a)     Report of Principal

·       Kattie Sweet-Shibles received a grant of nearly $800 from the Oak Grove Coburn Foundation.  She will purchase art posters for use at Valley

·       The Community Garden is progressing well.  Thirty-six students volunteered, an average of four work regularly, but many have been involved.

·       The Gear-Up reading program is also progressing very well.  Students read from 8:00-12:00 Monday through Wednesday and travel to a college campus on Thursdays.  Students have visited five schools this summer.

·       The Summer School program is also meeting their goals.  All high school students who attended will have recovered credits from June grades.  Middle school attendance is strong.

b)    Report of Special Education Director

     I am pleased to report that the special education department had a good ending to the 2014-15 regular school year. The many tasks that needed to be completed prior to concluding the school year were accomplished in good fashion.

    As is my practice over the last twenty or so years that I have been a special education director, I attended the MADSEC Director’s Academy that went from June 22-24. The year’s conference was titled, “The Intersection of Mental Health and Behavior-What Works?” The conference featured Diana Browning Wright, who is educational psychologist, behavior analyst, and teacher in California. She created and is deeply involved with an organization called, ‘Positive Environments, Network of Trainers’ (PENT) which has an extensive web site (

    Diana did two full days of presenting and training on the topic noted above. She had a lot to present and did a very good job of teaching her material. Some of her central ideas included the term ‘ACE’ (adverse childhood experiences). Ms. Wright indicated that adverse childhood experiences create stress/trauma for children. She indicated that stress/trauma results in high levels of the hormone cortisol, and that REM (rapid eye movement/deep) sleep is necessary to dislodge the cortisol from a child’s system. She emphasized the importance of what she called ‘sleep hygiene’ to mitigate the effects of stress/trauma. She emphasized the need to address social/emotional learning (SEL), in order for children to become good managers of their own stress.

     Ms. Wright also introduced the distinction between what she characterized as functional behavior from social/emotional behavior. Functional behavior is defined as purposeful, goal driven behavior, while social/emotional behavior is defined as reactive, environmentally responsive behavior. Diana advocated for a differentiated approach to the two types of behavior. For functional behavior, she supported the collaborative development of behavior plans whose overall goal is to teach a functionally equivalent replacement behavior (FERB) in place of the problem behavior.  For a social/emotional behavior her recommended action is cognitive/behavioral (desensitization) therapy. Diana Wright also explored the effects of adult praise on student behavior. She noted that her review of the research indicates that praise for effort is more effective than praise for an inherent talent such as intelligence.  Ms. Wright provided a number of tools for the development of behavior plans.

   The third day of the training was provided by the special education legal team of Drummond Woodsum, made up of Hannah King, Amy Tchao, and Eric Herlan. They provided an overview of legal hearings at the district courts, hearing officers, and circuit court levels.

    June was a productive and busy month for the special education director and the special education department of M.S.A.D. #13. I wish you all a pleasant and restful summer.


XI.          PUBLIC INPUT - None


XII.        OLD BUSINESS - None



a)     Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Scott Shaw the Board unanimously voted to approve the nomination of Kasey Carrier as Middle School Math teacher for 2015-16 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract

b)    Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Nancy MacDonald the Board unanimously voted to approve Daniel McDonald as Chemical Hygiene Safety Officer for 2015-16 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

c)     Upon motion by Scott Shaw and second by Leo Hill the Board unanimously voted to approve Wendy Belanger, Melissa Lyons-Vitalone, and Heather Merrill as Administrative Liaisons for 2015-16 and authorized the Superintendent to issue contracts.

d)    Upon motion by Elizabeth Brochu and second by Sheree Brown the Board unanimously voted to accept the Vehicle Repair bid from Poland Garage in Skowhegan for 2015-16.

e)     It was moved by Bonnie Atwood and second by Leo Hill to approve the first reading Policy JL Student Wellness.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Leo Hill and Brian Malloy who opposed.

f)     It was moved by Pauline Lagasse and second by Bonnie Atwood to approve payment of NCLB Coordinator stipend for 2015-16 in the amount of $5,268.12 to Virginia Rebar to complete the 2015-16 performance report and 2015-16 application due on August 1, 2015 and to oversee the NCLB program.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Scott Shaw who opposed.



a)     The Board Chair asked that if we have only one session of PreSchool that it be held in the morning.

b)    The Board Chair asked the Superintendent to approach Embden to offer any assistance from us as they were proceeding to withdraw from S.A.D. #74.



The meeting was adjourned at 9:51 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,



Virginia Rebar

Secretary to the Board