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

MINUTES OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING

TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016

QUIMBY MIDDLE SCHOOL, BINGHAM, MAINE  04920

7:00 p.m.

 

6:30 p.m. – Policy Committee Meeting

Leo Hill (absent), Danette Messer, Janneke Strickland (absent), and Virginia Rebar – The Committee reviewed policies ADC, ADC-R, EDC and a new policy JLCDA.  Danielle Denis, a Somerset Public Health Community Educator, was present to discuss the ramifications of policy JLCDA having to do with medical marijuana.  They also reviewed policy JJIC.

 

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

 

II.        ATTENDANCE/DECLARATION OF QUORUM

 

Present:           Bonnie Atwood, Adrienne Mathieu, Janneke Strickland, Danette Messer, Pauline Lagasse, Brian Malloy, and Elizabeth Brochu

 

Absent:            Leo Hill (excused), Nancy MacDonald (excused), and Scott Shaw (excused)

 

Also present:   Edward Ferreira, Danielle Denis, Julie Richard (arrived at 7:29 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 minutes of April 12, 2016 (regular meeting).

 

V.             ADJUSTMENTS

a)     Move item X (b) to beginning of agenda

Mr. Ferreira relayed his report

b)     Move item XIII (i) to beginning of agenda – Executive Session

c)     Move item XIII (j) to beginning of agenda – Special Education Director contract

d)     Move IX (a) to beginning of agenda – Policy Committee/Visitor Danielle Denis review of policy JLCDA

 

VI.           GOOD NEWS AND CELEBRATIONS

a)     Academic Recognition Night – May 4 – Ms. Rebar reported that she was present at the annual Academic Recognition Night and the event was commendable.  The Board asked the event offer refreshments to formalize the event more so.

b)     Screen Free Week – Ms. Rebar extended a “Hats Off” to the Committee that organized the activities and the volunteers who helped during Screen Free Week.

c)     Morning Sentinel article emphasizes Valley baseball as dominant—4/14/16 – Ms. Rebar reported on an article in the Morning Sentinel 4/14/16 that emphasized Valley baseball as possible dominant this season.

 

VII.        COMMUNICATIONS

a)     Financial Statement - Reviewed

b)     Letter of appreciation to Camden Bank – Jennifer Cates, Susan Gordon, and Amber Gaouette – Ms. Rebar shared the letter she wrote to representatives of Camden Bank in appreciation for the ticket donations for students for the Class D championship game.

 

VIII.      REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

a)     Senior attendance days – Ms. Rebar reported that due to the limited number of snow days this year, the last day of school will be June 14 not June 16.  Seniors are required to have 170 days and they graduate on June 5.  Seniors were “in school” on the weekend of October 17 and 18 during their academic field trip to New York City.

b)     PEPG approval submittal form completed – Ms. Rebar reported that she had completed the new professional evaluation and professional growth submittal form as required by the DOE relative to our new teacher evaluation model.

c)     KVSA/SCTC news of May 10th meetings – Ms. Rebar reported on news from the Superintendents’ meetings she attended on May 10th including information about Medicare funding possible through training Ed Techs in the area of clinical behavioral approaches with students.  Ed Ferreira also participated in this discussion.

d)     April vacation facility upgrades—univents serviced, all boilers serviced, tiles at Moscow repaired – Ms. Rebar reported on the many facility improvements she scheduled during April vacation.

 

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)     Report of Policy Committee – The Committee reviewed policies ADC, ADC-R, EDC and a new policy JLCDA.  Danielle Denis, a Somerset Public Health Community Educator, was present to discuss the ramifications of policy JLCDA having to do with medical marijuana.  They also reviewed policy JJIC.

 

X.             PROFESSIONAL STAFF INFORMATION

a)     Report of Principal

·       Cody Laweryson was recognized by the Maine House of Representatives and Maine Senate as Central Maine Morning Sentinel Basketball Athlete of the Year.  He was awarded a certificate at the Honors night.

·       Honors night was held at Valley May 5, 2016.  It was well attended and 44 of our 51 students received recognition for honor roll or an A average.

·       Kennebec Studies class worked with Bob Henderson of the Old Canada Road Historical Society to preview the Historic Tour of Moscow.  Students saw ovens made by Italian laborers, early farms, and locations of workers of Wyman Dam in 1928-31.

·       Several regular volunteers have helped to establish distribution of Good Shepherd food donations.  They include Carol Sue Hill, Robert, Rose Marie Henderson, Bayla Beane, & Gloria Jean Shaw.  Thanks to Lori Conway for her leadership with this program.

·       Books for Bikes are a program at Moscow where students receive a ticket for each book they read.  It is sponsored by our local Masonic Keystone Lodge #60.  Each ticket goes into a container for each grade level for a drawing for a bike.  The more books a student reads the more tickets in the drawing.  Each grade level has two bikes, a boy’s and girl’s bike.  The PreK bikes were donated by Jeremy White so each grade at Moscow would have two bikes.  The drawing will be held Friday May 13 at Moscow School.

·       Moscow Music & Art program will be held May 18 @ 6:00 at Moscow Gym.

·       Moscow students in grade 2, 3, & 4 will travel to University of Maine Friday May 6 to visit the Planetarium.

·       Quimby School will travel to Cole’s Museum on Friday May 27.  This is part of the agreement with Cole’s for their donation of musical instruments, and a Smart board in Quimby’s Resource room.

·       Quimby’s Music and Art program will be held May 25 at 7:00.  The 7:00 start is because of an athletic game conflict.

·       Congratulations to Jordan Belanger Valedictorian of the Class of 2016!  Jordan plans to attend University of Maine with a major in engineering.  Also, Congratulations to Colin Miller, Salutatorian of the Class of 2016.  Colin plans to join the US Navy following graduation.

·       World Language student will travel to Quebec City Friday May 6, 2016.  The group will be led by Joe Grabowski, French and German instructor at Valley.  The trip includes a visit to Laval University, and the old section of the city.  Students will leave at 7:30 and expect to return at 8:00.  Seventeen students and chaperones will be involved.

b)     Report of Special Education Director

·       Like most months during the school year, April was a busy and productive month for the Special Education Department of MSAD 13. April tends to be a month when there are many IEP (Individualized Education Program) meetings despite the vacation week, and this April was no exception. There are various reasons for IEP meetings, such as annual review meetings, three year reevaluation meetings, review of program meetings, initial referral meetings and meetings to address special considerations and/or concerns. April included meetings in these categories.

·       Our department continues to emphasize the approach promoted by Thomas Hehir, in his book ‘New Directions in Special Education’, which is to minimize the impact of a student’s identified disability, and to maximize the student’s level of participation in his school. This is accomplished through a variety of special education interventions.

·       A primary responsibility is for the IEP team is to address the concerns in three major areas of educational development. These areas are academic concerns, functional concerns, and developmental concerns.  Academic concerns are typically addressed through what is termed as specially designed instruction, which is  individualized instruction delivered by a special educator which addresses academic goals developed and agreed upon by the IEP team.

·       Functional concerns are addressed by a variety of interventions. If the functional concerns relate to communication deficits, a typical intervention is speech/language therapy. Concerns regarding motor development deficits, may involve the intervention of the related service of occupational therapy.

·       If the concern relates to the student’s display of problem behavior in the school setting, a typical intervention is the development of a behavior intervention plan (BIP). Teams develop these plans in a collaborative fashion. The team analyzes the function that the problem behavior provides for the student. Common functions for the student are to gain something or avoid something. The team reaches a hypothesis as to the function of the problem behavior and then looks at ways collaborates on a replacement behavior, which is a school sanctioned behavior that provides the same function as the problem behavior. This replacement behavior is called a functionally equivalent replacement behavior (termed FERB).

·       The goals of behavior intervention plans are three fold. They are to have the student reduce the displays of the problem behavior, increase displays of appropriate behavior (termed the desired alternative), and for the student to display the replacement behavior rather than the problem behavior. These goals serve to minimize the impact of a student’s tendency to display a problem behavior, and to help the student replace the problem behavior with a school approved behavior that meets the student’s same functional need.

 

XI.           PUBLIC INPUT - None

 

XII.        OLD BUSINESS - None

 

XIII.      NEW BUSINESS

a)     Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Janneke Strickland it was unanimously voted to approve Heather Merrill for continuing contract status for 2016-17 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

b)     Upon motion by Adrienne Mathieu and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to approve Melissa Lyons-Vitalone for a third probationary contract for 2016-17 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

Upon motion by Adrienne Mathieu and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to approve Bethany Szarka for a third probationary contract for 2016-17 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

It was moved by Adrienne Mathieu and second by Bonnie Atwood to approve

Crystal Rollins for a third probationary contract for 2016-17 and to authorize the Superintendent to issue a contract.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Pauline Lagasse who abstained due to family relationship.

c)     It was moved by Bonnie Atwood and second by Adrienne Mathieu to approve Adam Soosman for a second probationary contract for 2016-17 and to authorize the Superintendent to issue a contract.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Pauline Lagasse who opposed.

Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Janneke Strickland it was

unanimously voted to approve Elisabeth Alexander for a second probationary contract for 2016-17 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

It was moved by Danette Messer and second by Janneke Strickland to

approve Joseph Garbowski for a second probationary contract for 2016-17 and to authorize the Superintendent to issue a contract.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Bonnie Atwood who opposed.

Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board

unanimously voted to approve Lori Conway for a second probationary contract for 2016-17 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

d)     It was moved by Bonnie Atwood and second by Adrienne Mathieu to approve Adam Farnham as Boys Varsity Soccer Coach for 2016-17 and authorize the Superintendent to issue a contract.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Elizabeth Brochu who abstained due to family relationship.

Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board

unanimously voted to approve Scott Laweryson as Girls Varsity Soccer Coach for 2016-17 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

It was moved by Bonnie Atwood and second by Danette Messer to approve

Corey Farnham as Middle School Soccer Coach for 2016-17 and authorize the Superintendent to issue a contract.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Elizabeth Brochu who abstained due to family relationship.

Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Danette Messer the Board

unanimously voted to approve Paul Belanger as Varsity Golf Coach for 2016-17 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

e)     Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted on a budget for 2016-17 in the amount of $3,459,508.00.

f)      Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Adrienne Mathieu the Board unanimously voted to set June 2, 2016 for the district budget meeting and June 14, 2016 for the validation referendum for the 2016-17 budget.

g)     Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse 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 June 2, 2016 for the purpose of voting on the annual budget for the District for the 2016-2017 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 14, 2016 for the purpose of approving the budget adopted at the District budget meeting for the 2016-2017 fiscal year and voting whether to continue the budget validation referendum process for an additional three years;

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 June 2, 2016 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 14, 2016 District budget validation referendum

h)     Sign warrants – Warrants were signed.

i)      Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to enter Executive Session for the purpose of evaluation of the Special Education Director pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. §405(6)(A).  Entered Executive Session at 7:46 p.m.  Adjourned Executive Session at 7:56 p.m.

j)      Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted on the Special Education Director contract for Edward Ferreira for 2016 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

k)     Vote on second reading of Policy JJIC Athletic Eligibility - Postponed

 

XIV.      PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF NON-AGENDA ITEMS

 

XV.         ADJOURNMENT – The meeting was adjourned at 9:20 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Virginia Rebar

Secretary to the Board