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

MINUTES OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2015

QUIMBY MIDDLE SCHOOL, BINGHAM, MAINE  04920

7:00 p.m.

 

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, Janneke Strickland, Leo Hill, Nancy MacDonald, Danette Messer, Pauline Lagasse, Brian Malloy, Scott Shaw, and Elizabeth Brochu

 

Absent:            None

 

Also present:   Kattie Sweet-Shibles, Mark Shibles, Wendy Belanger, Paul Belanger, John Berube, Edward Ferreira, 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 October 13, 2015 (regular meeting) and October 20, 2015 (special meeting).

 

V.             ADJUSTMENTS

Add:    VIII (f) Superintendent pursuit of avenues for support staff retirement refund

            XIII (c) Vote on approval of high school field trip to New York City

            VI (c) Exceptional student scores – Smarter Balanced

XIII (d) Vote on Brian Stanley for Boys Middle School Basketball and Kattie Sweet-Shibles for Boys Elementary Basketball

            VIII (g) SCTC enrollment/JMG

 

VI.          GOOD NEWS AND CELEBRATIONS

a)     Middle School Children’s Stage Adventures Production of “Oliver Twist” a huge success (October 30)! – Ms. Rebar pointed out the highly successful drama production at the middle school.

b)    November 6th KVSA Showcase Event! – Ms. Rebar noted that Luke Malloy, Charlie Savoy, Jordan Belanger, and Cody Laweryson did a great job representing Upper Kennebec Memorial High School at the recent KVSA showcase of “Great Things Happening in Public Schools” in Augusta at the University of Maine on November 6, 2015.

c)     Exceptional student – Ms. Rebar reported that two of our students achieved the highest possible scores on the recent Smarter Balanced test, one in grade 12 and one in grade 4.

 

VII.        COMMUNICATIONS

a)     Financial Statement - Reviewed

b)    Staff Directory 2015-16 – Reviewed; Ms. Rebar mentioned that this information is confidential in part.

 

VIII.      REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

a)     Standards-Based Grading and Extra-Curricular and Co-Curricular Activities – Ms. Rebar gave the Board a summary of recent activities related to establishing eligibility for Standards Based Grading and Extra-Curricular and Co-Curricular activities through an advisory committee.  The Board asked for alternative suggestions.

b)    Highlights of Superintendent’s Accomplishments 2014-15 – Ms. Rebar indicated that Board members requested that she summarize her activities for Board review as a resource when completing her evaluation.  Ms. Rebar provided the Board with a three page listing of accomplishments for the 2014-15 school year.

c)     MSSA and MSBA conference attendance highlights – The Superintendent and Board members shared highlights of the recent MSSA and MSBA conference.  Bonnie Atwood and Nancy MacDonald shared specifics.

d)    Emergency handbooks delivered – Ms. Rebar reported that our recent upgraded Emergency Management and Crisis Handbooks have been delivered to selectmen, fire department, police, ambulance services, etc.

e)     Certification issue – Ms. Rebar thanked the Board for attending a recent Special Board meeting designed to help staff gain the status needed, pending certification to acquire benefits.

f)     Superintendent pursuit of avenues for support staff retirement refund placement – Ms. Rebar shared that she approached two local banks and received an offer from Camden Bank.  After a discussion, the Board came to the consensus to deposit the funds in a CD at Camden Bank.

g)    Ms. Rebar shared Upper Kennebec Valley Memorial High School enrollment numbers at Somerset Career and Technical Center.

 

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 (Janneke Strickland, Danette Messer, Leo Hill)

Negotiations (Pauline Lagasse, Brian Malloy, Janneke Strickland)

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

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

 

a)     Ms. Rebar reported that the individual interested in purchasing District land has indicated no desire to formalize this request at a Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting at this time.

 

X.            PROFESSIONAL STAFF INFORMATION

a)     Report of Principal

·       On October 14 sophomores and juniors took the PSAT exam at Valley HS.  The same day, Valley Freshmen traveled to the L.C. Bates Museum at Hinckley to tour the exhibitions there.  Valley seniors toured the University of Maine where they met up with four Valley grads who are currently students at U. Maine.

·       Moscow School traveled to Corinna Corn Maze November 2.  Students enjoyed the adventure.

·       Boys’ Soccer defeated Vinalhaven to earn seventh place in the tournament. They met second place Richmond in the next round where Valley suffered a 7-1 loss. 

·       Parent conferences have been held at Moscow and Quimby schools with solid attendance at both.  Valley will hold conferences following the posting of quarter one grades November 9, 10 and 12.

·       “Math Makes My Career” was held October 27 at Valley.  Fifteen townspeople presented to students grades 3-12.  Discussions typically began with uses of math and moved into career exploration.

·       Cheyenne Stevens accepted the “Spirit of America Award” for Valley Community Garden October 21.

·       Quimby School students presented the play, “Oliver Twist” to great acclaim last Friday.  More than 175 people attended.  Students practiced only sixteen hours during the week prior to the final production.  Quimby live-streamed the play, and it continues to be available on the website.

·       Four students, and two teachers will represent Valley at the November 6, 2015 Kennebec Valley Legislative Expo.  Our team will present our work on College Readiness.

·       Community Service Day at Valley and Quimby occurred Wednesday November 4, 2015.  Students raked leaves at Old Free Meeting House, Mike & Madeline Morris’ home, Union Library, the Old Canada Road Historical Society, Don & Rosalie Walker’s home, Bingham Town office. Students also planted bulbs at the Post Office, and at Valley HS.  Other students worked to repair and improve the athletic fields at Valley.

 

b)    Report of Special Education Director

     The month of October has been a busy and productive month for the Special Education Department of M.S.A.D. #13. We, in the Special Education Department, have been implementing and tuning our programs to maximize the effectiveness of our efforts. We have focused our energies on both the academic and functional needs of our students.

     Maine Unified Special Education Regulations (MUSER) defines functional performance as,

   “Functional performance means how the child demonstrates his/her skills and behaviors in cognition, communication, motor, adaptive, social/emotional and sensory areas.”(page 6).

    All students are working on the development of functional performance skills. Functional performance is an area of lagging skills for some students with a special education disability. Some students have functional skills that are significantly lagging. We special educators have spent significant time and energy implementing and fine tuning effective functional performance plans in collaboration with our regular education colleagues and the other members of the I.E.P. team. These plans are called behavior intervention plans (BIPs), and the purpose of these plans is to assist these students to enhance and improve their functional performance skills.

    Improved functional performance skills enable students to spend more time being available for instruction. This instructional availability is very important to academic achievement.   By assisting a student to improve their functional performance and their availability for instruction, we educators are minimizing the impact of the students’ disability, and maximizing their participation in the work of their classroom and the school. As you know, this is one of special educator’s primary purposes.

 

XI.          PUBLIC INPUT

Bonnie Atwood mentioned that First Aid training, AED training, and CPR training would be available on November 16 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the high school for $40.00.

 

XII.        OLD BUSINESS - None

 

XIII.      NEW BUSINESS

a)     Start-up process for Superintendent’s evaluation – Ms. Rebar urged Board members to review her accomplishment summary located in Board packets as information pertaining to her wide scale performance for 2014-15.

b)    Vote on middle school boys basketball coach for 2015-16 and authorize the Superintendent to issue a contract, if available – See (d)

c)     Vote on approval of high school field trip to New York City – Kattie Sweet-Shibles and Ms. Rebar provided the Board with the details, costs, transportation plans, and outline of trip visits and experiences.

Upon motion by Elizabeth Brochu and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approve the high school field trip to New York City.

d)    Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Leo Hill the Board unanimously voted to approve Brian Stanley for Boys Middle School Basketball coach for 2015-16 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

It was moved by Pauline Lagasse and second by Leo Hill to approve Kattie Sweet-Shibles as Boys Elementary Basketball coach 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.

 

XIV.      PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF NON-AGENDA ITEMS

 

XV.        ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Virginia Rebar

Secretary to the Board