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

MINUTES OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2016

QUIMBY MIDDLE SCHOOL, BINGHAM, MAINE  04920

7:00 p.m.

 

I.                CALL TO ORDER – The meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m.

 

II.        ATTENDANCE/DECLARATION OF QUORUM

 

Present:           Bonnie Atwood, Janneke Strickland, Leo Hill, Danette Messer, Pauline Lagasse, Brian Malloy, Scott Shaw, Elizabeth Brochu, and Nancy MacDonald (arrived at 7:14 p.m.)

 

Absent:            Adrienne Mathieu (excused)

 

Also present:   Edward Ferreira, Julie Richard (arrived at 7:14 p.m.), Virginia Rebar, a group of individuals from the community, and a selectman from Moscow.

 

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 August 9, 2016 (amended regular meeting) and September 13 (regular meeting), 2016.  Leo Hill mentioned that he did not vote for the high school basketball coach.  Brian Malloy informed him that an abstention is a vote in favor.

 

V.             ADJUSTMENTS

Please move item XIII (c) and (d) to beginning of agenda and add VIII (i) committees to Superintendent’s Report

 

VI.           GOOD NEWS AND CELEBRATIONS

a)     DOE extension monitoring site visit on September 29, 2016 – Ms. Rebar reported on the substance of our DOE site visit to monitor our progress related to proficiency based diploma awards.

b)     Guest presenter, Elyse Pratt-Ronco – October 7th (see enclosed) – Ms. Rebar shared the inservice opportunity that took place for staff on October 7th featuring Elyse Pratt-Ronco of the University of Maine at Farmington.  This presentation was well received.  Staff evaluations were shared.

 

VII.        COMMUNICATIONS

a)     Financial Statement - reviewed

b)     Thank you note from family of Donald Walker - reviewed

 

VIII.      REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

a)     TIF-5 grant – Ms. Rebar shared a communication from Scott Harrison indicating that the State of Maine did not receive funding for the State’s TIF-5 grant application.

b)     Reminder – Fall Harvest Potluck Supper – October 24th at 5:30 p.m.

c)     Staff training – October 7th -- Ms. Rebar summarized the staff training that took place on October 7th and the staff evaluations of same.  All were positive regarding the training.

d)     Leadership team training – October 4th -- Ms. Rebar shared the leadership meeting she attended with the Administrative Liaisons.  The focus of the workshop was on working conditions that help recruit and retain employees.  The group has chosen to work on leadership since our principal is retiring.

e)     Reminder – Negotiations pending – Ms. Rebar reminded the Board that this year is a staff/board negotiations year.

f)      Gifted and Talented – Ms. Rebar updated the Board on the status of the Gifted and Talented program mentioning the limited oversight that is available for this.  The Superintendent has been involved as a result.

g)     MSMA Fall Conference – October 27th and 28th – The Superintendent reminded the Board of the annual Fall Conference sponsored by MSMA.

h)     Latest legal issues regarding Maine’s Proficiency Based Education – Ms. Rebar shared the progression of timing and expectations regarding legal requirements related to Maine’s Proficiency Based Education from LD. 1627 for each graduating class 2021-2024.

i)      Ms. Rebar distributed the staff names on the various District committees and meeting dates.

 

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)

 

X.             PROFESSIONAL STAFF INFORMATION

a)     Report of Principal

·       Moscow School attended “The Icicle Princess” performance at Lakewood Theater.  Moscow students enjoyed both the performance and the theater environment.

·       Grade 1 traveled to North Star Orchard to pick apples and tour the orchard.

·       The Good Shepherd Food bank has delivered produce, dry and canned food stuff to both Quimby and Moscow schools.  The delivery is made to Quimby on the first Tuesday of the month and the Moscow delivery on the third Tuesday.  Both the September and October deliveries have gone smoothly.

·       Flu shots were given to students and faculty on October 4.  A total of 39 people received the flu shot; five Quimby students & one adult, seven high school students & 4 adults, and 22 Moscow students & adults received the injection. 

·       Moscow received a huge locally grown pumpkin for the school.  Also, Moscow students plan to dress in Halloween costumes for the parade through the Nursing Home.  In the afternoon of the Halloween Parade, Moscow Faculty have planned a school wide science experiment afternoon.

·       Priority School work has continued smoothly.  Both recent workshop presenters on topics of use of data, and educational implications of poverty contributed to the selected Priority School Goals, and will assist faculty as they work to complete their targeted study.

·       Grades 9, 10 & 11 will take the PSAT test October 19, and grade 12 will visit Husson University and the University of Maine.  The field trip with seniors is open to parents who wish to view opportunities at Husson and Maine.

·       Soccer season is finishing for high school and middle school teams.  The middle school has a record of 3 wins and 4 losses with one game remaining in the season.  High school teams are fighting for a playoff round in the MPA tournament.

·       Lisa Madsen has joined the MELMAC/Gear-up team as a parent volunteer.

·       The recent Valley Homecoming was well attended with nearly 40 high school students and some additional middle school students.  Students enjoyed a hollow log bonfire, apples with caramel, cider, hot chocolate, and s’mores.  Students also challenged each other with bean bag toss and fooseball games.

·       Seventeen students attended the college fair held recently at the University of Maine.

·       The school has partnered with the Bingham Recreational Department by sending students via bus to Tuesday and Thursday practices at Quimby School.

·       Bus drivers and administration have worked together to balance the student load on our daily bus runs.  The adjustments which were adopted have worked well.

b)     Report of Special Education Director

     September and early October have been busy and productive months for the Special Education Department of M.S.A.D. 13/RSU 83. The department has conducted numerous IEP and section 504 meetings. We have had productive I.E.P. and section 504 meetings with active participation by parents and students, where appropriate. We have developed good educational plans that are designed to confer educational benefit to our students.

    On September 29th, our district’s proficiency based diploma team, led by Ms. Rebar, met with representatives of the state Department of Education, Diana Doiron and LeAnn Larsen. The team had an opportunity to discuss LD 1627, which is the law which went into effect in July, titled “An Act to Implement Certain Recommendations of the Maine Proficiency Education Council.”  The team discussed the implications of the new language that reads that a students with a disability…” become eligible for a diploma by demonstrating proficiency in state standards established in the system of learning results through performance tasks and accommodations that maintain the integrity of the standards as specified in the student’s individualized education program by the student’s individualized education program team pursuant to the requirements of chapter 301.”  Ms. Doiron noted that she has been in consultation with Jan Breton, the state Special Education Director, to clarify this section of the bill.  The team discussed the importance of executive skills, which have similarities to non-academic standards, ‘habits of the mind’ and the guiding principles of the learning results.  LD 1627 will affect the graduating class of 2020-21, who are our current 8th graders.

    Our special education department is meeting regularly to discuss the state program review findings and to fine tune our special education documentation efforts. We continue to engage in the Safety-Care training that keeps our district in compliance with Chapter 33. The district continues to provide high quality services through our contracted service providers.  We, as a district, continue to provide educational services collaboratively between regular education and special education in least restrictive environments that work to minimize the impact of a student’s disability, and maximizes the student’s level of participation in the mission of our district.

 

XI.           PUBLIC INPUT

a)         Pauline Lagasse expressed concern about being lied to regarding recommendations regarding the recent naming of the high school boys basketball coach.

b)         Maureen McDonald expressed concerns about the middle school soccer program.

c)         Lisa Madsen inquired about Jump Rope.

d)         Olivia Beane asked about a parent letter.

e)         Audrey Savoy expressed concern about the hiring process of coaches.

f)         Mike Staples also expressed concern for students and the hiring process for coaches.

 

XII.        OLD BUSINESS

a)         Board goals review for 2016-17 – The Board discussed the need to emphasize community relations and community involvement, such as, live streaming of Board meetings.

b)         Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Bonnie Atwood the Board unanimously voted to approve the second reading of Policy KF School Facilities Use.

c)         Considerations regarding closing Quimby Middle School and/or Moscow Elementary School – Item postponed

d)         Creation of Ad Hoc Administrative Restructuring Committee/Set up meeting dates – The purpose and composition of this committee was shared by Ms. Rebar.  Members will be taxed with the charge of making recommendations for what the administrative structure will look like for 2017-18.  Leo Hill, Bonnie Atwood, and Brian Malloy volunteered.

e)         Discussion regarding formation of Board Personnel Committee – Mr. Malloy expressed the purpose and function of a Board Personnel Committee.  Purpose:  To provide input regarding final candidates for support staff positions.  Bonnie Atwood, Brian Malloy, and Leo Hill volunteered.  Pauline Lagasse made a motion to create this Committee and Bonnie Atwood seconded.

 

XIII.      NEW BUSINESS

a)     Upon motion by Elizabeth Brochu and second by Danette Messer the Board unanimously voted to approve Bonnie Atwood as delegate and Nancy MacDonald as alternate for the MSBA Delegate Assembly being held October 27 and 28.

b)     Discussion of Board agenda order – The Board decided to place Public Input after the approval of minutes on the Board agenda.  Leo Hill motioned and Janneke Strickland seconded.  The vote was unanimous.  They also decided to place the Administrative Reports after Public Input.  Leo Hill motioned and Pauline Lagasse seconded with all agreeing.

c)     Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approve Maria Cirelli as 50% Elementary Art teacher and part-time Library Ed Tech III for 2016-17 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

d)     Upon motion by Bonnie Atwood and second by Pauline Lagasse the Board unanimously voted to approve Melissa McQuilkin as Middle School Math teacher for 2016-17 and authorized the Superintendent to issue a contract.

e)     Upon motion by Pauline Lagasse and second by Janneke Strickland the Board unanimously voted to approve Joe Garbowski and Kattie Sweet-Shibles as Homework Café Coordinators for 2016-17.

 

XIV.      PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF NON-AGENDA ITEMS

A letter from a student was read by Leo Hill.

 

XV.         ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 10:06 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Virginia Rebar

Secretary to the Board