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School Board Minutes 05/17/2010

LAKE REGION SCHOOL DISTRICT
Regular Meeting
May 17, 2010


Good Kid Awards

Superintendent Phillips welcomed the students and the parents to the meeting.  He explained the purpose and the criteria of the Good Kid Awards.   The following students were recognized and were presented with a Good Kid tee shirt and a certificate:

Sebago Elementary School – Jaden Ballard, Morgan Fusco, Morgan Cross,
                           Isaac Purinton, Tyler Small, and Brianna Nowak
Songo Locks School       – Jonathan Boos, Isabella Russo, Ian St. John,
                           Shayla Dunn, Caitlin Bardsley, and Tyler Avery
Stevens Brook Elementary – Joshua Fadden, Fiona Murphy, Erin Stammel,
                           Ryan Walker, Kiara Smith, and Emily Simkins
Lake Region Middle School– Delainey Wescott, Ken Kauffman, Dylan King,
                           Tucker Irish, Amanda Liska, and Jade Fecteau
Lake Region High School  – Matthew Jones, Vanessa Johnston, Derrick Klecman,
                           Colton Abrams, Katherine Kugelman, and
                           David MacDonald

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Jody Gray, seconded by Janice Barter, to approve the agenda with the addition of the agenda addendum.  Motion carried unanimously.

MINUTES

A motion was made by Jody Gray, seconded by John Fillmore-Patrick, to approve the Minutes of the meeting of May 3, 2010.  Motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Jody Gray, seconded by Jean Clancy, to approve the Minutes of the Executive Session of April 26, 2010.  Motion carried unanimously.

PRESENTATION

Slam Poetry Contest Winners

Mr. Lowell introduced Lucinda Stein, an English Teacher at Lake Region High School.

Ms. Stein mentioned that she and Ian Carlson are the advisors for the Slam Poetry Club.  It is really new and really exciting.  Crystal Farrington, a Grade 11 student, initiated the club and asked Ms. Stein and Mr. Carlson to be the advisors.  On April 10, a group of students from the high school participated in the 1st Annual Youth Poetry Slam Competition in Portland, Maine which was held in conjunction with MaineReads week.  Lake Region students won the competition.  

Slam Poetry Contest Winners

Crystal Farrington introduced the other students in the club as follows:    Helen Crawford, Colton Abrams, Ethan Strain, Teagan Ramos, Derrick Klecman, and Ashley McGinn.  Crystal explained that Slam poetry includes both poetry and theater and shows a lot of feeling.  It is a way of expressing oneself, a tool for understanding who you are, and a way of channeling your feelings.  By participating in the Club, students have built good will and friendships.  

Crystal and Ashley both shared their Slam Poetry that was performed at the competition.    

ADMINISTRATIVE COMMENTS

Lake Region High School – Roger Lowell  

  • A calendar for the rest of the year was distributed.
  • The third quarter awards ceremony was held as a whole school assembly in the gym.   The Student Council set up the event and it was very successful.   Hundreds of students were recognized including 205 students for being on Special and 149 students for making the Honor Roll.
  • Prom was held at Pineland and 240 students and adults attended.  Everyone had a great time.
  • End of the Year Award Ceremonies will be held for each class for academic achievement.  
  • A notebook was distributed which shared all the events and special awards that have been received during the year.
  • The POPS Concert will be held on May 26 at 7:00 p.m.  There will be a 40-year theme.
  • Senior events are listed on the calendar and Board members were invited to take part in any of those activities.
Lake Region Middle School - Peter Mortenson

  • NWEA assessments have been completed.  This is an opportunity for teachers to know where student success is and where it is not and change teaching strategies as necessary.
  • The 7th Grade class will go to Holt Pond for the culmination of two years of work.  They have been doing a long-term study of the habitat and forms of life in Holt Pond by taking samples, graphing and doing comparisons.
  • Lake Region Middle School stocked 500 to 600 brook trout this year.  The Wildlife Inland Fisheries provided the eggs and the fish were hatched out.
  • The 7th Grade class will be going to Gilead for the Team Building Program provided by the Army National Guard.  It is the Governor’s Anti-drug Program.
  • On the Late Arrival Day teachers worked on content curriculum.
  • Eighth grade Recognition will be held on June 6 at Lake Region Middle School.

Lake Region Vocational Center - Rosie Schacht

  • The Lake Region Vocational Center Talent Show was held.  Chrystal Farrington and Ashley McGinn both performed, one danced and one did Slam Poetry.
  • The Ford Triple A Competition was held.   
  • Eight students had to take a written test.  We were in the top 10 teams.  On the hands-on competition, Dylan Reinhart found all the problems on the car.
  • The Annual Career Fair was held with over 40 businesses participating and providing exhibits.   Over 700 students attended.  Eighth grade students from Molly Ocket came with assignments and were questioning the business people.
  • New students and their parents toured the Vocational Center.  
  • Eighth grade students from Sacopee Valley toured the Vocational Center, had lunch on the front lawn, and then went to a College Tour, a College Fair and a Sea Dogs game.  
  • Six staff members and Ms. Schacht toured the Composite Lab at University of Maine Orono.  
  • The School Board’s Curriculum Committee toured the Vocational Center.
  • The Giant Lawn Sale at LRVC will be held on Saturday, May 22 to raise funds for the National SkillsUSA Competition.
PUBLIC COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS

Patti Grenda, the In-School Suspension Monitor at Lake Region Middle School, read a letter in support of keeping in-school suspension for 5 days instead of reducing it to 3 days per week.  
  
ACTION ITEMS

Donation

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Laura Ordway, to accept the donation by an anonymous person of $46.17 to be used for Mr. Forbes’ 6th grade band.  Motion carried unanimously.

Revolving Fund Applications

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Mody Botros, to approve submitting the Revolving Fund Applications.

Mr. Madura explained that the State has a fund which has been opened for applications that can be used for things such as ADA upgrades, asbestos removal, and fire code upgrades.  PDT Architects have toured all the buildings in the District except Crooked River Elementary School and would like to submit 10 applications to the State to allow for some funding through the renovation fund.   The applications will be reviewed and the District will hear back in September on any approvals.  

Motion carried unanimously.


Personnel
 
A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Janet Ver Planck, to approve the appointment of Elizabeth Cole as a 1st Year Continuing part-time (.60) Physical Education/Health Teacher at Songo Locks School, replacing Mark Smith who has resigned.  Vote:  11 Yes, 1 – No, 0-Abstentions.  Motion carried.

A motion was made by Jody Gray, seconded by Jean Clancy, to approve the appointment of Julie Guilbault as a 1st Year Probationary Spanish Teacher at Lake Region High School, replacing Jennifer Moore, who has resigned.  Motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Jody Gray, to approve the following reappointments for 2010-11 as a block:

  • Directors and Supervisors
  • Educational Support Personnel
  • Non-Teaching Employees
  • Technology Support Staff
  • Non-Contracted Employees
Motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Mody Botros, seconded by Janice Barter, to approve the above block.  Motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Jody Gray, to approve the request by Kimberly Nielsen for a one-year child care leave of absence for the 2010-11 school year.  Motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by John Fillmore-Patrick, to table the reduction-in-force of the In-School Suspension position until more information is provided to the Board at the next meeting.  Motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Janet Ver Planck, to approve the appointment of Kathleen Tragert as Summer School Supervisor at Lake Region Middle School.   
 
Superintendent Phillips mentioned that he had a conversation with Ms. Tragert and Mr. Mortenson to be sure that Ms. Tragert was comfortable with the transitional format of the summer school and working with the high school teachers.  Ms. Tragert was very excited to take on the Summer School Academy.   Motion carried unanimously.   

Grade 7-12 Attendance Policy

A motion was made by Jody Gray, seconded by Mody Botros, to approve the Grade 7-12 Attendance Policy as a first reading.


Grade 7-12 Attendance Policy (cont.’d)

Ms. Gray explained that the policy came to the Curriculum Committee last year.  The middle school and high school have reviewed the policy, revisions were made and the proposed policy has been presented to the Board.  Since the last Curriculum Committee meeting, there was an objection from the high school regarding the policy.  It was recommended that the policy be approved as a first reading with the stipulation that there will be further review of the policy.

Motion carried unanimously.

Race to the Top Application

Superintendent Phillips explained that he had not planned to bring this to the Board at this time, however, the Department of Education has extended the deadline for submitting a Memorandum of Understanding for the Maine application for Race to the Top funds.  The Memo of Understanding is an assurance that the local District is willing to work on projects aligned with Race to the Top funds.  The requirements are consistent with the same areas that the high school will be working on including teacher evaluation, assessments, and using data.  If Maine gets funds, the District would be eligible for Race to the Top funds.  Maine’s chances of getting Race to the Top funds are not strong, Mr. Philips believes.  

There was a discussion on the topic.

Janice Barter added that the grant could be used for grades K-12 and would provide additional funding to do some additional things not being done at the high school.  The Vocational Center could get some funding to work on assessment and teacher professional development.  Additional transition work in grades K-12 could be done to assure continuity of the standards.  

Superintendent Phillips mentioned that the State’s stakeholder group has designed a teacher evaluation model which includes student achievement.   The District will continue to work on the teacher evaluation system.  The District can adopt the ones approved by the stakeholder group or submit its own version to be approved by the stakeholder group.

A question was asked if the District was taking on more than it can handle? Superintendent Phillips responded that the District will be working on the data system, curriculum standards, and teacher evaluation system at all levels, the Race to the Top funds would just provide additional funding for the District to do the work.  

A motion was made by John Fillmore-Patrick, seconded by Nikki South, to allow the Superintendent to sign the Statement of Memorandum of Understanding for the Maine Application for Race to the Top funds.   Vote:  11-Yes, 1-No,
0-Abstentions.  Motion carried.



DISCUSSION ITEMS

None.

INFORMATION ITEMS

Committee Reports

Facilities Committee

Philip Shane reported that the Committee met prior to the Board meeting.  The following topics were discussed:
  • Updates on the energy savings.  There has been a savings of over $220,000 a year.  Mr. Madura will bring the information to the full Board at a later date.
  • Energy Grant – The towns turned over to the District $230,000 to be used for the high school window replacement and other upgrades, and update the software in the management part of the program.    
  • The Revolving Fund Applications which were mentioned earlier.
  • The paint on the roof at Stevens Brook Elementary School is coming off.  There was a 20 year warranty, so the company has been contacted.  
  • Wood Boiler – A chart showing the savings to date was shared.
  • There was an update on the middle school boiler.  A boiler was purchased for $20,000, with the insurance reimbursement, the cost will be almost even.
There was a discussion regarding changing the sign at Crooked River Elementary School.
The Bus Inspection Report was reviewed and it went very well.

The Building Committee will meet next week.  A site walk was held on May 15.  

Curriculum Committee

Jody Gray reported that the Committee met on May 12, 2010.   The following items were discussed:
  • Recommendations were presented for a core reading program.   The Committee approved the purchase of the recommended programs for K-5 teachers.  
  • The Grades 7-12 Attendance Policy was discussed and recommended for full Board action.  
  • Noreen Casey gave a presentation of the Developmental Kindergarten program.  The Committee endorsed the program for another year.
  • Officer Jones, from the Bridgton Police Department, came and talked about curriculum changes for the Choices program.  The Committee endorsed the changes.
The next meeting will be on June 9 at 3:30 p.m.





Liaison Committee

Mody Botros reported that the Committee met on May 11.  

  • The Good Kid Awards were presented at this meeting.
  • Employee Recognition will be held on June 7.  
  • Be My Guest will be held on June 10.
Finance Committee

Mr. Madura was commended for the school bus inspection.  There were 30 buses inspected; 21 were perfect and 9 had minor defects.  None had to be taken off the road.

Building Committee

  • Bids will go out on June 1.  Specs for the education building will be completed this week.
  • Next month, the specs for the high school renovation projects will be ready.
  • PDT Architects met with the Planning Board on the project and received approval upon approval of the Department of Education.
Personnel Committee

The next meeting will be on June 7.  

Wayne Warner mentioned that the Personnel Committee met informally on May 12 to discuss the Principal hiring process.   He asked for two more Board members for the Principal Search.  Janice Barter and Ken Brown volunteered.    

Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Phillips mentioned the following:  

  • He has been working on pulling together the Search Committee for the High School Principal search
  • It was the consensus of the Personnel Committee that a broad-based committee be formed.  It will include parents and community members, faculty, and School Board members, Kathleen Beecher, and the Superintendent.   
  • An email was sent to the high school staff asking for 3 teachers; 1 humanities, 1 art, and 1 science teacher, a guidance counselor, and an administrator.
  • Department heads were asked to come up with their top 5 criteria and 5 interview questions.   These will be presented to the Interview Committee.  
  • Things are moving forward on the high school work.  An internal advertisement has been done for the Teacher Leaders.  The job description was reviewed with the Personnel Committee and the current teacher leader job description will be used and minor changes made as needed.  Any changes will be reviewed with the Committee.
Superintendent’s Report (continued)

  • Kathleen Tragert is working on designing the Summer Academy.
  • Superintendent Phillips drove the Department of Education School Improvement Grant Application to Augusta.  
  • Everyone who worked on the plan was thanked for their efforts.
  • Emily, his daughter, graduated from the University of Southern Maine on Saturday and Diana, his other daughter, came home from Connecticut College for the summer.  
Personnel  

  • Daniel Jenkins has submitted his resignation as a Special Education Teacher at Lake Region High School, effective the end of the 2009-10 school year.
  • Beth Chagrasulis has submitted her resignation as a Science Teacher at Lake Region High School, effective August 30, 2010.
  • Daniel Cornely has submitted his resignation as a Grade 5 Teacher at Songo Locks School, effective the end of the 2009-10 school year.
  • Debora Kutasi has submitted her resignation as a Principal’s Secretary at Lake Region High School, effective June 30, 2010.
  • Catherine McLaughlin will be working as a Long-Term Substitute Kindergarten Teacher at Stevens Brook Elementary School, replacing Akaila Scorza, who is on a maternity Family and Medical Leave of Absence, effective May 12, 2010 for the remainder of the school year.
  • Monica Bell will be working as a Standards Interventionist at Stevens Brook Elementary School, replacing Catherine McLaughlin.
  • Mary Hubka has requested to reduce her time as a Spanish Teacher to half-time for the 2010-11 school.
PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

The District Budget Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.   Everyone was urged to attend.

The Budget Validation Referendum will be held next Tuesday in each of the four towns.  A second question is added to the ballot this year with regard to just having a town meeting to determine the budget or to continue with the town meeting followed by the budget validation referendum.   
 
EXECUTIVE SESSION

A motion was made by Nikki South, seconded by Laura Ordway, to go into Executive Session to discuss a student matter, pursuant to M.R.S.A. 405 6.B.

The Board went into Executive Session at 8:40 p.m.  Mr. Yorkey, Ms. Caron,
Mr. Toews, the student, and the student’s aunt and step-father were invited to attend.  

The Board returned to Public Session at 9:10 p.m.

EXECUTIVE SESSION (continued)

A motion was made by Wayne Warner, seconded by Jody Gray, to expel this student from school pursuant to 20-A M.R.S.A. Section 1001 (9) on the grounds that such expulsion is necessary for the peace and usefulness of the school and to direct the Superintendent to provide the student and his/her parents written notice of this action and the reasons therefor.  Vote:  6-Yes, 6-No.  There was a weighted vote.  Vote:  443 – Yes, 500-No.  The motion was defeated.

A motion was made by John Fillmore-Patrick, seconded by Mody Botros, to reduce the expulsion to ten days from May 17.  Vote:  7-Yes, 5-No, 0-Abstentions.  Motion carried.

A motion was made by Nikki South, seconded by Laura Ordway, to go into Executive Session to discuss a student matter, pursuant to M.R.S.A. 405 6.B.  Motion carried unanimously.

The Board went into Executive Session at 9:20 p.m.  Mr. Stickney, Ms. Schacht, Ms. Vanidestine, the student and the student’s mother were invited to attend.

The Board returned to Public Session at 9:29 p.m.

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Laura Ordway, to allow the student to re-enter Lake Region High School.  Motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Janet Ver Planck, and seconded, to adjourn.  Motion carried unanimously.

The meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

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