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School Board Minutes 08/02/2010 Workshop
LAKE REGION SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOARD WORKSHOP
August 2, 2010


There was a Board Workshop on Monday, August 2, 2010 at the Crooked River Adult and Community Education Center.  A pot luck dinner was held at 5:00 p.m. and the meeting began at 5:45 p.m.

Board members present were:  Wayne Warner, Chairperson, Janice Barter, Ken Brown, Beth Chaplin, Jean Clancy, Jody Gray, Laurie Mondville, Lesley Niemy, Donna Norton, Laura Ordway,  Philip Shane, Karla Swanson-Murphy and Patrick Phillips, Superintendent of Schools.  Richard Merritt was absent.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA     

A motion was made by Jody Gray, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the agenda with the addition of the agenda addendum.  Motion carried unanimously.

ACTION ITEMS

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Laura Ordway, to approve the following personnel appointments for the 2010-11 school year as a block:

Professional Staff:
  • Amy Butcher as a Special Education Teacher (Gr. K-2 at Songo Locks School, replacing Cheryl Baker who has transferred to another school.)
  • Susan Grant as a District-wide part-time (.6) Psychological Service Provider and a part-time (.4) IEP Team Coordinator.  Ms. Grant will be on M+60 Step 18.
  • Holly Patenaude as a Special Education Teacher (Grades 3-5) at Songo Locks School.  (This is a new position due to enrollment numbers.  Ms. Patenaude will be on M+O Step 6 of the salary schedule.
  • Mary Beach as a Guidance Counselor at Songo Locks School and Lake Region Middle School, replacing Hilary Hamilton who has retired.  Ms. Beach will be on M+0
Step 1.
  • Linda Jacobs as a Grade 6 Math Teacher at Lake Region Middle School.  Ms. Jacobs will be on M+15 Step 13.  
  • Allen Northup as a part-time (.5) District-wide School Psychological Provider, filling a position that has been vacant for over a year.  Mr. Northup will be on M+30 Step 17.
  • Holly Barber as a Guidance Counselor at Lake Region High School, replacing    Nancy McClean who has resigned.
  • Kim Peaslee as a Special Education Co-Teacher at Lake Region High School, replacing Dan Jenkins who resigned
Educational Support Personnel:
  • Adam Corriveau as a Special Education Technician III at Songo Locks School.  This is a new position.
  • Rosemary Clow as a Day Treatment Support Technician at Stevens Brook Elementary School, replacing Donna Ross.
  • Gilbert Doughty as a Special Education Technician III at Songo Locks School, replacing Michael Toohey who has resigned.
  • Jennifer Hills as a Kindergarten Educational Technician at Songo Locks School, replacing Jennie Silverblade who was hired for a one-year only position.

Educational Support Personnel: (continued

  • Karina Johnson as a Special Education Health Care Technician at Songo Locks School, replacing Elisa Nicholas who has resigned.
  • Jeanine Nadeau as a Kindergarten Educational Technician at Songo Locks School, replacing Jennifer Hills who transferred to another position.
  • Susan Shea as a Day Treatment Support Technician at Songo Locks School, replacing Karl Gifford who has resigned.
  • Stacey Smith-Plummer as a Special Education Technician III/Interpretor at Songo Locks School.  This is a new position.
Vote:  11-Yes, 1-No, 0-Abstentions.  Motion carried.

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the above block.  Vote:  10-Yes, 2-No, 0-Abstentions.  Motion carried.

A motion was made by Janice Barter, and seconded, to approve the appointment of Lori DeCesere as a permanent substitute at Songo Locks School for the 2010-11 school year.  

There was a discussion on the motion.

Vote:  11-Yes, 1-No, 0-Abstentions.  Motion carried.

A motion was made by Jody Gray, seconded by Laurie Mondville, to table the request for a sabbatical leave of absence until more information is received from Superintendent Phillips.  Motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Jody Gray, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the reduction-in-force of the In-School Suspension position at Lake Region Middle School from 5 days to 3 days a week.  

Superintendent Phillips mentioned that Ms. Grenda had informed the Board that she felt the reason for the reduction in her time was due to a personnel issue.  Superintendent Phillips met with Ms. Grenda, Mr. Mortenson and Mr. Yorkey individually and determined that the reduction was not a result of a personnel issue.  The discussion of reducing the position to 3 days a week began at the beginning of the school year.  

There was a discussion regarding the motion as follows:
  • Students will sit outside Mr. Yorkey’s office in a study area on the two days that Ms. Grenda is not there.  Due to the number of in-school suspensions, it was felt that Mr. Yorkey could monitor the students.
  • There could be a liability issue if students are in the hall with no supervision.
  • The Health Care Attendant is also in that wing.
  • That is a busy area – students go out to the field through this hallway – it is not a proper place for kids to be sitting who have been disruptive and/or have been given a time out.
  • The purpose of in-school suspension is to have someone available to help the students with their work.
Vote:  0-Yes, 12-No, 0-Abstentions.  The motion was defeated.


Pre-Kindergarten Program

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the addition of a Pre-Kindergarten Program to be paid with ARRA Title I funds for the 2010-11 school year only.  

Superintendent Phillips explained that Kathleen Beecher has an excess of funds from the Title I ARRA grant.  She is recommending that the District pilot a 4 year old Pre-K program for the 2010-11 school year to be housed at Stevens Brook Elementary School.  The program will not start until October. It would serve 30 four-year old children (2 half-day sessions – 15 students each session).  There will be a special bus run which will arrive later than the regular runs.  A bus monitor is required to be on the bus.  Door-to-door bus service is required.  She is proposing to do it for one year and then use the data to see if the position is affective.  The program should give students a jump start for the following year and should be a money saver in the long run.

Discussion included the following:

  • This program will not affect the P.R.O.P. programs in the various towns and the program will not be income related.  
  • The program would be open to students District-wide.
  • Results of this pilot program would be reviewed prior to making recommendations for future years.
  • Students will be assessed at the beginning of the year to get baseline data and again at the end of the year to compare the growth of the students.
  • There will be one teacher
  • This is stimulus money that has to be used this year.
A motion was made by Ken Brown, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to table the discussion regarding the 4-year old program until more information is available at the next regular meeting.  Vote:  6-Yes, 4-No.  The motion carried.

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Ken Brown, to add the appointment of Amanda Nadeau as a part-time Education Technician for the Summer 8th Grade Academy to the agenda as an Action Item.  Vote:  7-Yes, 2-No.  Motion carried.

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to appoint Amanda Nadeau as a part-time Education Technician for the Summer 8th Grade Academy.  Motion carried unanimously.

BOARD WORKSHOP

The Board went into its Board Workshop at 6:50 p.m.  The topic of their discussion was “How will we know if our improvement efforts are successful?


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