RSU 83/M.S.A.D. #13 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MINUTES OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING
TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2016
MOSCOW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, MOSCOW, MAINE 04920
6:30 p.m. – POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING
Leo Hill, Janneke Strickland, and Danette Messer (absent)
Also present: Heather Merrill, Julie Richard, and Virginia Rebar
Further presentation was made to the Policy Committee about the new proposed Athletic Eligibility Policy JJIC relative to rationale as a result of transition to standards-based grading.
I. CALL TO ORDER – The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.
II. ATTENDANCE/DECLARATION OF QUORUM
Present: Bonnie Atwood, Adrienne Mathieu, Janneke Strickland, Leo Hill, Nancy MacDonald, Pauline Lagasse, Brian Malloy, and Elizabeth Brochu
Absent: Danette Messer (excused) and Scott Shaw (excused)
Also present: Laura Jones, John Thiele, Jocelyn Laweryson, Marcy Melcher, Jolene Laweryson, Heather Merrill, Julie Richard, and Virginia Rebar
a) Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approve the minutes of June 2 (budget meeting), June 14 (regular meeting), and June 16 (special meeting), 2016.
a) Move XIII (a-d) to beginning of meeting
b) Move X (a, b) to beginning of agenda
c) Move IX Policy Committee report to beginning of agenda
d) Move XIII (e) to beginning of agenda
a) Summer Schools are underway and running smoothly!
b) High school girls’ lavatory renovation in process
c) Quimby School north wall and back facing – upgrade – Ms. Rebar explained the resurfacing upgrades planned for the north outside wall of the Quimby School and the back facing (scraping and painting)
d) M.S.A.D. #13 leaders attended MPA Leadership Retreat in Northport on June 22, 23 – Ms. Rebar and Ms. Richard explained how the leadership team used the 15/16 State of the Schools report to access goal accomplishment and establish new goals for 16/17.
e) New Concord bus-August – Ms. Rebar announced that the Unorganized Territories has purchased a new bus for Concord and it will be delivered in August of 2016.
a) Financial Statement - Reviewed
b) Resignation of Jena Harvey as Gifted/Talented Coordinator for Quimby - Announced
c) Resignation of Karen LaForgia as Library Media Specialist - Announced
d) PEPG approval letter from Rachelle Tome – Ms. Rebar explained the entire PEPG approval process and was pleased to announce that our model has been approved. A letter from Academic Chief, Rachelle Tome, was included in the Board packet.
a) State of the Schools report – Ms. Rebar and Ms. Richard shared data from the M.S.A.D. #13/RSU 83 State of the Schools report.
b) MSFE (TIF 5) grant possibility (see Board packet) – Ms. Rebar shared that she recently received a call from Scott Harrison of the Maine Schools for Excellence (MDOE) indicating that there was a desire to add five rural schools to the TIF grant. We have indicated a willingness to be involved. This would involve changing our teacher evaluation model and receiving 2-3 hundred thousand dollars for professional development each year for five years.
c) Vehicle repair – bid? general? – The Board deliberated as to how to proceed with vehicle repairs given the fact that area garages tend to lose licenses. The final decision was to go out to bid in an expanded fashion. A Special Board meeting may be scheduled for July 26.
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) Policy Committee – Leo Hill, Janneke Strickland, Heather Merrill, Julie Richard, and Virginia Rebar were present. Further presentation was made to the Policy Committee about the new proposed Athletic Eligibility Policy JJIC relative to rationale as a result of transition to standards-based grading.
a) Report of Principal
-The closing of school went smoothly in June in all three buildings. Custodial staff is busy cleaning and organizing the physical plant at our schools. The removal of asphalt tiles in the Guidance and main offices has been completed, and have been replaced by an attractive grey tile. The renovation in the main ladies' room has created a handicapped toilet. This action allows Valley to be in compliance of handicapped accessibility.
-The summer lunch program is off to a strong start and has averaged 67 student lunched served per day.
-Summer school has three sections:
Regular summer school – 12 students (2 High School, 10 Middle School)
Gear-Up Grant- 12 students (1 HS, 11 middle school)
Title 1 grant- 14 students (Grade 1-3)
-All summer school programs will run 6 weeks, ending July 28, 2016.
-The garden is struggling with a very dry summer but corn, cabbage and green beans look great.
-Supt. Rebar met with school leaders to update goals for school year 2016-17. Wendy Belanger, Melissa Vitalone, Lori Conway, Heather Merrill and Julie Richard met at Great Maine Schools MPA retreat in Northport to work together on the goals and intended actions to meet the goals.
-The Priority Schools Committee met for two days following the close of school to complete curriculum revisions and plan for initial organization of the upcoming school year.
Summer workshops which are related to Priority Schools, and Title 1 will be held:
- July 20 Title 1 Mathematics Institute (Kelly Bailey 2 days, Julie Richard 1 day),
-August 8 Waterville, Use of Data in Schools, (Wendy Belanger, Heather Merrill, Cathy Foran, Julie Richard.)
-August 15 & 16 Bangor, Donna Beegle , poverty expert, Life-changing Speaker and Recognized Author. ( 7 teachers and Educational Technicians from Moscow School)
These workshops are all funded by Priority School Grants or Title 1 grant.
b) Report of Special Education Director
June was a busy and productive month for the Special Education Department of M.S.A.D. 13. The school year ended on a positive note for the district as a whole and for the Special Education Department. I sensed a feeling of accomplishment on the part of our students for their school year’s efforts. The staff of the Special Education Department had substantive planning discussions for the upcoming 2016-17 school year.
I attended the MADSEC Special Education Director’s Summer Academy in Bar Harbor June 22-24. The first two days the conference presentations were made by school psychologists and focused on school refusal and truancy, and executive skills in children and adolescents. The third day’s presentations were made by lawyers from Drummond Woodsum law firm and focused on Maine Special Education rulings and updates for the 2015-16 school year. All the presentations were relevant and useful to me in my practice of Special Education directing.
Key takeaways from the session addressing school refusal and truancy were that interventions can be characterized in tiers, similar to the response to intervention approach. Tier 1 approaches, which are characterized as universal/ school wide strategies, include creating and maintaining a positive school climate where interpersonal relationships are positive and supportive.
Mary Wimmer, the presenter and author writes, “When students feel a genuine sense of acceptance and interest from school personnel, they are more likely to feel good about themselves and about coming to school.”
Ms. Wimmer recommends building positive relationships with students by talking and listening to students, and asking about students’ interests, and respecting students’ opinions. She also recommends school practices that promote student engagement, and moving away from discipline practices that are harsh and of a ‘zero tolerance’ nature. She also advocates for what she characterizes as ‘Trauma Sensitive Schools’. Such schools acknowledge the prevalence adverse childhood experiences (ace), but utilize practices that assist students in successfully coping with the adverse childhood experience (ace).
The sessions addressing executive functioning skills and the legal rulings were also informative. There are many connections between these topics and sessions and I gained a lot from attending this conference. I appreciate the district’s commitment to the professional development of the staff of M.S.A.D. 13.
XII. OLD BUSINESS
a) Vote on second reading of the following policies:
Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Adrienne Mathieu the Board unanimously voted to approve the second reading of Policy ADC Tobacco Use and Possession.
Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Leo Hill the Board unanimously voted to approve the second reading of Policy ADC-R Tobacco Use and Possession-Administrative Procedure.
Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Adrienne Mathieu the Board unanimously voted to approve the second reading of Policy EDC Acceptable Use of Technology Devices.
b) Vote on second reading of the following policy:
It was moved by Bonnie Atwood and second by Elizabeth Brochu to approve the second reading of Policy JJIC Athletic Eligibility. The motion passed with all voting in favor except Brian Malloy and Adrienne Mathieu who voted against.
a) It was moved by Pauline Lagasse and second by Bonnie Atwood to approve Jocelyn Laweryson as Title I Ed Tech I for 2016-17 and authorize the Superintendent to issue a contract. The motion passed with all voting in favor except Brian Malloy who abstained due to family relationship.
b) Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to approve Laura Jones as Special Education Ed Tech III behavior room at Moscow for 2016-17 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.
c) Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Adrienne Mathieu the Board unanimously voted to approve John Thiele as One-on-One Ed Tech III at Moscow for 2016-17 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.
d) It was moved by Pauline Lagasse and second by Bonnie Atwood to approve Marcy Melcher as Social Worker 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.
e) Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Janneke Strickland the Board unanimously voted to approve Paul Belanger for Girls Varsity Basketball Coach for 2016-17 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.
f) Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to approve the M.S.A.D. #13/RSU 83 Teacher Evaluation Model (PEPG) Educator Effectiveness Law (2012) Chapter 508 of the Maine Revised Statutes.
Bonnie Atwood mentioned a desire to discuss our facilities use policy relative to kitchen utilization. A Policy Committee meeting will be scheduled before the next Board meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:48 p.m.
Secretary to the Board