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

MINUTES OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2015

QUIMBY MIDDLE SCHOOL, BINGHAM, MAINE  04920

7:00 p.m.

 

6:30 p.m. – Buildings and Grounds Committee

                        Leo Hill, Bonnie Atwood, Nancy MacDonald, Scott Shaw

 

                        Meeting postponed

 

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

 

The Chairperson, Brian Malloy, extended a welcome to a new Board member from Moscow, Janneke Strickland.

 

II.        ATTENDANCE/DECLARATION OF QUORUM

 

Present:           Bonnie Atwood, Adrienne Mathieu, Janneke Strickland, Leo Hill, Nancy MacDonald, Danette Messer, Pauline Lagasse, Brian Malloy, Scott Shaw, and Elizabeth Brochu

 

Absent:            None

 

Also present:   Lori Conway, Rachel Ohm, Julie Richard, 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 minutes of August 28, 2015 (amended) and September 15, 2015 (regular meeting).

 

V.             ADJUSTMENTS

a)     Move XIII (e) to beginning of agenda

b)    Add VI (c) – George Tucker communication

 

VI.          GOOD NEWS AND CELEBRATION

a)     Early College for ME program at Valley – Ms. Richard explained this program and noted that three of our high school students will receive assistance as high school students with college entry and will be monitored after entering college as freshmen.

b)    “Beating the Odds” celebration (October 2) a great success – Ms. Rebar and the entire Board expressed accolades regarding the recent District-wide celebration on October 2, 2015 due to our recent award, “Beating the Odds,” from Newsweek.  The publication named us one of the top 500 schools in the nation.

c)     Ms. Rebar shared a congratulatory letter from Priority School DOE oversight representative, George Tucker, related to our recent Newsweek award.

 

VII.        COMMUNICATIONS

a)     Financial Statement - Reviewed

b)    November 6 Showcase – Great Things Happen in Our Public Schools – Ms. Rebar reviewed the opportunity we have to showcase our college entry processes at a KVSA sponsored showcase to take place at the University of Maine in Augusta on November 6.  Board members were invited.

c)     School Board – MSMA AD & D insurance – Board members submitted their paperwork to secure this insurance.

d)    Resignation of Moscow Board member, Sheree Brown – The Board reviewed Sheree Brown’s resignation from the Board.

e)     Feedback from LeeAnn Larsen – Ms. Rebar shared a thank you e-mail from our regional representative, LeeAnn Larsen, related to inviting DOE officials to our October 2 celebration of “Beating the Odds” award.

 

VIII.      REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

a)     October 9th Workshop – Ms. Rebar reported on the professional development opportunities offered to staff on October 9.  Teachers explored the use of the Marzano teacher evaluation software and studied recent student test data to create diagnostic instruction.

b)    Workers Compensation refund – Ms. Rebar reported that we received a $2,195 refund from Workers Compensation.

c)     Report on consultation with Attorney Bill Stockmeyer regarding inquiry pertaining to District land sale in Moscow – Ms. Rebar reported on the process steps necessary should the Board consider selling any District land.  Should a formal request be made by a prospective buyer, a public meeting of the Buildings and Grounds Committee will be announced and scheduled in order to take this matter into consideration or not.

d)    October 1 enrollment – Ms. Rebar shared the District October 1 enrollment data.  The District now services 185 students.

 

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 (Vacant, Danette Messer, Leo Hill)

Negotiations (Pauline Lagasse, Brian Malloy, Vacant)

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

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

 

a)     Report of the Buildings and Grounds Committee - Postponed

 

X.            PROFESSIONAL STAFF INFORMATION

a)     Report of Principal

·       The field trip to Portland for students grades 7-12 to view the human body experience went smoothly.  Additionally students visited and ate at University of Southern Maine.

·       High school juniors and seniors traveled to University of Maine to attend a college fair last week.  Students had an opportunity to sign up for literature from many different schools.

·       The golf team was successful in their first year. Colin Miller was selected as all conference, Cody Laweryson was both an all-conference selection, and he made the cut-off for State Championship tournament. 

·       Valley High students have been participating in Spirit week Homecoming week activities.  Classes competed for boasting rights in ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, interclass competitions as well as a bonfire before the Rangeley soccer game.  The Rangeley game will also be played under the lights and is sponsored by SunEdison. 

·       Faculty worked on the new evaluation model during the most recent early release day.  This included review of the Marzano model.

·       I attended the MELMAC conference September 21 where the presenters detailed additional career opportunities for SCTC students. 

·       On September 25 I attended the required Priority School principals meeting in Augusta.  I will present MSAD 13 progress at the October Priority School Principals’ meeting.

·       It was an absolutely fabulous celebration held at Valley HS last Friday.  Students and community were both very proud of their schools.

·       The Middle School will make the final harvest of the garden October 8.  Last year we harvested about 350 pounds of vegetables.  This year an estimated 700 pounds of vegetables. 

 

b)    Report of Special Education Director

    The 2015-16 school year has gotten underway as you are well aware, and we in the Special Education Department are working hard assisting our students, and schools so that they have a successful year educationally. We were all heartened to see the High School win recognition for ‘Beating the Odds’. And we in the Special Education Department want all our schools and students to ‘beat the odds’, or in other words, overcome the obstacles between them and a successful, rewarding school year.

   To that end, I have established goals for me to assist the department in the accomplishment of this worthy endeavor.  The goals are to successfully lead the district’s special education department through its state performance review. Another of my goals is to lead and educate the department and the district in the development and implementation of effective behavior intervention plans (BIPs). My third goal involves what I consider the prime operative of all special education departments everywhere. This is to assist in minimizing the impact of students’ disabilities, and to assist in maximizing the students’ participation levels in our schools.

   The 2015-16 school year has shaped up to be busy, challenging, and interesting year for me and the Special Education Department.  I am optimistic, that together, we can assist our students to continue to ‘beat the odds’, and overcome the challenges so that they can have a successful and growth filled 2015-16 school year.

 

XI.          PUBLIC INPUT – None

 

XII.        OLD BUSINESS

a)     Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approve the second reading of Policy DJ Bidding/Purchasing Requirements.  Ms. Rebar mentioned that we have just a few more policies to review.

 

XIII.      NEW BUSINESS

a)     Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Adrienne Mathieu the Board unanimously voted to approve the nomination of Diane Pinkham as Ed Tech II at Quimby Middle School for 2015-16 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

b)    Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to approve the nomination of Elisabeth Alexander as Ed Tech III Library Aide for 2015-16 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

c)     Vote on co-coordinators for Gifted/Talented for 2015-16 and authorize the Superintendent to issue a contracts – Kattie Sweet-Shibles at Valley High School; Wendy Belanger at Moscow Elementary; Jena Harvey at Quimby Middle

It was moved by Pauline Lagasse and second by Nancy MacDonald to approve Kattie Sweet-Shibles as Gifted/Talented Co-Coordinator for 2015-16 and authorize the Superintendent to issue a contract.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Bonnie Atwood who abstained due to family relationship.

Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Adrienne Mathieu the Board unanimously voted to approve Wendy Belanger as Co-Coordinator for 2015-16 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Nancy MacDonald it was unanimously voted to approve Jena Harvey as Co-Coordinator for 2015-16 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

d)    Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Nancy MacDonald it was unanimously voted to approve Karen Kemp-Webb and Daniel McDonald as Gear-Up attendants for the Gear-Up Homework Café at Valley High School for 2015-16.

e)     Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Nancy MacDonald it was unanimously voted to approve the nomination of Lori Conway as Guidance Counselor for 2015-16 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

f)     Appoint Committee members to Policy and Negotiations Committees – The Board appointed Janneke Strickland to the Policy and Negotiations Committees.

g)    Discussion regarding restructuring schools – Quimby – The Board discussed the consideration of closing a school due to declining enrollment.  The members decided to postpone this discussion for at least one year.

 

XIV.      PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF NON-AGENDA ITEMS

a.     Bonnie Atwood mentioned that the Brochu children allowed art work to be taken from their home for the schools.

b.     Leo Hill asked about the content of holiday concerts.

c.     Leo Hill asked about facilities’ use by parents.

d.     Brian Malloy asked about making a donation in light of a staff member’s sister’s demise.

 

XV.        ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 8:47 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Virginia Rebar

Secretary to the Board