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

MINUTES OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2016

QUIMBY MIDDLE SCHOOL, BINGHAM, MAINE  04920

7:00 p.m.

 

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, Leo Hill, Danette Messer, Pauline Lagasse, Elizabeth Brochu, Nancy MacDonald (arrived 7:07 p.m.), and Scott Shaw (left at 8:55 p.m.)

 

Absent:            Brian Malloy (excused)

 

Also present:   Josh Farmer, Dana Robinson, Vicki Wyman, Corey Farnham, Kattie Sweet, Heather Merrill, Scott Collins, Carrie Pratt, Darrell Wright Jr., Maureen McDonald, Daron Beane, Olivia Beane, Audrey Savoy, Bryan Savoy, Tracy Farmer, Andy Jacques, Sheree Brown, Josh Brown, Edward Ferreira, Julie Richard, and Virginia Rebar

 

III.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - Conducted

 

IV.           APPROVAL OF MINUTES

a)     Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Adrienne Mathieu the Board unanimously voted to approve minutes of August 9 (regular meeting) and August 30 (special meeting), 2016.  Mr. Hill requested that the minutes reflect that Virginia Rebar indicated that she would work on getting a candidate for the Boys Varsity Basketball position for the August 30th Board meeting.

 

V.             ADJUSTMENTS

Move XIII (a) Schedule B assignments to beginning of meeting

            Add VII (c) Resignation of Karen Kemp

 

VI.           GOOD NEWS AND CELEBRATIONS

a)     Enrollment is up!  Twenty new students arrived for the 2016-17 school year – Ms. Rebar reported that we have twenty new students enrolled for this year; two have left for a grand total of eighteen new students, four of which are special education.

b)     We experienced a smooth 2016-17 opening – Reported.

 

VII.        COMMUNICATIONS

a)     Financial Statement – Reviewed.

b)     Resignation and acceptance of Elementary Art Teacher/Library Ed Tech III, Elisabeth Alexander – Reviewed.

c)     Resignation and acceptance of Karen Kemp - Reviewed

 

VIII.      REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

a)     Discussion of fall harvest pot luck – The event was described by Ms. Rebar.  The Board decided to host this pot luck dinner on October 24th at 5:30 p.m. at the high school.  Staff will be invited.

b)     Bus stop adjustments – Ms. Rebar explained that in the interest of efficiency and safety, she met with all of the bus drivers and substitutes to refine bus transportation including bus numbers, bus routes, and bus stops.  She read a letter that will be sent out to parents.

c)     State review scheduled for September 29 – See Extension 6 Plan – Ms. Rebar explained that we will be visited by the Department of Education in conjunction with our extension plan on September 29th.  This meeting is intended to monitor our progress and assist us on our journey to Proficiency-Based diplomas.

 

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)

 

No reports

 

X.             PROFESSIONAL STAFF INFORMATION

a)     Report of Principal

·       Open House at Moscow School was well attended and popular with parents.  Attendance was slightly stronger than the traditional time for open house.  Teachers will follow-up with parents in the third week of September.  The purpose of the follow-up call is to answer any questions or concerns folks may have about school and to offer positive observations teachers have regarding student adjustments to their new grade level and interactions with their teachers.

·       Moscow School plans to attend a play at Lakewood Theater, "The Icicle Princess" in the third week of September.

·       Jena Kamps (Harvey) met with students and parents of students who are entering grade 5 on Tuesday August 30, 2016.  The orientation only drew 6 of the 13 students and families.  Students have been enthusiastic in their new studies.

·       Valley High School welcomed grade nine students and their parents on the evening of August 29 at Valley.  Faculty presented a brief welcome and encouraged students to engage in their studies, consider sports and extracurricular activities.  Teachers also explained that extra help was always an option and offered to students at their request.  Sixteen of the eighteen freshmen students and their parents attended the Welcome Night.  Paperwork, lockers, meeting teachers and acquiring computers all added to the pizza and fruit snack offered to all.

·       Valley Staff will design an evening for parents and friends which will demonstrate student work on standards-based projects. It will be scheduled later in the quarter and is an attempt to draw interest and increased participation for high school students and parents.

·       Quimby Open House is planned for September 8, 2016 for grades 5-8.  Meet faculty, brief explanation of classes, and question and answer sessions all starts at 6:00.

·       The opening of school was generally smooth with some adjustments to student schedules. Bus routes, and services. Importantly, the additional staff, increased instructional space for IEP students and good preparation led to a very good first few days at Moscow School.

 

 

b)     Report of Special Education Director

·       The 16-17 school year is underway and we are having a good start.  As usual, it has been a busy and productive time for the Special Education Department of MSAD 13. I have been conducting staff development/teacher training, overseeing the special education programming of students attending Moscow Elementary School as well as at Quimby and Valley, doing ‘intake’ of transfer students with special education (IEP) plans, and services, and collaborating with special education teachers and contracted providers  regarding students, programs and services. We have conducted a number of Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings and have scheduled a number for the next days and weeks.

·       I attended a workshop session while at the Special Education Directors’ Summer Academy which focused on executive skills. I presented a synthesis of this information to the district’s teachers during the opening day workshop. The session was presented by Peg Dawson, Ed. D. who is a leader at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders of Portsmouth, N.H. She has written a number of books, including “Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents”, along with co-author Richard Guare. 

·       Ms. Dawson contends that there are twelve skills that make up executive skills. Examples of these skills are response inhibition, flexibility, task initiation, and emotional control. Peg Dawson goes on to present that these skills allow a person to regulate their behavior. She further contends that the development of goal directed task persistence in our students is what we educators are aiming for.   

·       Peg Dawson also presented that science has linked executive skills to the pre-frontal cortex area of the brain. Science indicates this part of the brain doesn’t fully mature in humans till they reach approximately 25 years of age.  In this view, the lagging development of these executive skills directly contribute to the lagging of behavioral regulation in children.

·       Ms. Dawson advocates a multi-tiered intervention system with universal, targeted, and intensive levels of intervention/support for executive skill development as needed. She contends that intervention generally consists of teaching the executive skill (through practicing the skill), modifying the environment (to provide more flexibility in the environment) and using incentives to engage students’ motivation to learn difficult skills.

·       I believe this information regarding executive skills is valuable as it supports our work of minimizing the impact of a student’s disability, and of maximizing the student’s level of participation. As we support the growth and development of our students’ executive skills we should see improved behavioral self-regulation skills from our students. Ms. Dawson and her ideas lead one to believe that improved self-regulation will eventually translate to improved goal directed task persistence. This executive skill of goal directed task persistence should help our students find success in education and learning. I will work with our department and our district to see how this information, as well as other ideas, initiatives, and feedback, can enhance our department’s work with students, their parents, and our colleagues

 

XI.           PUBLIC INPUT

 

XII.        OLD BUSINESS

 

XIII.      NEW BUSINESS

(a)        It was moved by Elizabeth Brochu and second by Janneke Strickland to approve Curtis Miller as Boys Varsity Basketball Coach for 2016-17 and authorize the Superintendent to issue a contract.  The motion passed with all voting in favor except Pauline Lagasse who voted no and Adrienne Mathieu who abstained due to feeling the need for more discussion.  (Abstention can only be forwarded as a result of a conflict of interest, hence this vote is deemed to be yes.)  Leo Hill asked that it be placed in the minutes that Bonnie Atwood asked him to be quiet.

It was moved by Elizabeth Brochu and second by Janneke Strickland to approve Kattie Sweet-Shibles as Elementary Boys Basketball Coach for 2016-17 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 Leo Hill and second by Adrienne Mathieu the Board unanimously voted to approve Daniel McDonald as Elementary Girls Basketball Coach for 2016-17 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

It was moved by Janneke Strickland and second by Danette Messer to approve Corey Farnham as Girls Middle School Basketball 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.

There were no applications for Boys Middle School Basketball Coach.

Upon motion by Janneke Strickland and second by Adrienne Mathieu the Board unanimously voted to approve Erin Marden as Varsity Softball Coach for 2016-17 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

There were no applications for Varsity Baseball.

It was moved by Danette Messer and second by Janneke Strickland to approve Kattie Sweet-Shibles as Middle School Softball Coach for 2016-17 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.

There were no applications for Middle School Baseball.

Upon motion by Adrienne Mathieu and second by Janneke Strickland the Board unanimously voted to approve James Tyler as Strength Training Coach for 2016-17 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

It was moved by Janneke Strickland and second by Nancy MacDonald to approve Kattie Sweet-Shibles as Student Council Advisor for 2016-17 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.

It was moved by Janneke Strickland and second by Danette Messer to approve Kattie Sweet-Shibles as Yearbook Advisor for 2016-17 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.

It was moved by Adrienne Mathieu and second by Janneke Strickland to approve Kattie Sweet-Shibles as Dramatics Coach for 2016-17 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 Adrienne Mathieu and second by Janneke Strickland the Board unanimously voted to approve Adam Soosman as Pep Band Advisor for 2016-17 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

Upon motion by Adrienne Mathieu and second by Danette Messer the Board unanimously voted to approve Lori Gordon as Graduation Advisor for 2016-17 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

Debate was held due to no student interest.

Upon motion by Janneke Strickland and second by Danette Messer the Board unanimously voted to approved Kelly Vicneire as Middle School Intramurals(Robotics) Coach for 2016-17 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

(b)       Board goals review for 2016-17 – postponed

(c)        Upon motion by Adrienne Mathieu and second by Janneke Strickland the Board unanimously voted to approve the first reading of Policy KF School Facilities Use.

(d)       Considerations regarding closing Quimby Middle School or not – postponed

(e)        Creation of Ad Hoc Administrative Restructuring Committee – postponed

(f)        Upon motion by Janneke Strickland and second by Nancy MacDonald the Board unanimously voted to approve the job description for School Librarian/Media Specialist.

(g)       Discussion regarding formation of Board Personnel Committee – postponed

(h)       Discussion regarding the date of the October Board meeting (October 11) – Changed to October 18.

(i)        Discussion regarding the date of the November Board meeting (November 8-Election Day) – Changed to November 15.

 

XIV.      PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF NON-AGENDA ITEMS

Questions were asked by Janneke Strickland regarding the Gifted/Talented program.  Ms. Rebar summarized her work and thoughts on approaches being pursued to elevate this program delivery.  She also asked about peanuts and allergies present if any.  Ms. Rebar said she would check on this.

Pauline Lagasse asked about the credentials of a taxi driver and a student.  Ms. Rebar explained that students involved with Superintendent’s agreements provide their own transportation to the school they are attending from the residing area.

Leo Hill asked about tuition.  Ms. Rebar explained that no tuition is involved on our part in this instance.

Pauline Lagasse asked whether or not drivers of students we agree to transport out of District fall under the same guidelines as other staff for fingerprinting.  The response was yes.

 

XV.         ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 9:35 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Virginia Rebar

Secretary to the Board