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School Board Minutes 04/12/11 Special Meeting
LAKE REGION SCHOOL DISTRICT
SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
April 12, 2011

        There was a Regular Meeting of the Lake Region School Board on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 in the Library at Lake Region High School at 7:00 p.m.

CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL

Wayne Warner called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Board members present were:  Janice Barter, Ken Brown, Beth Chaplin, Jean Clancy, Jody Gray,    Richard Merritt, Lesley Niemy Donna Norton, Laura Ordway, Philip Shane, and Kathleen Beecher, Assistant Superintendent. Laurie Mondville was excused.  
Karla Swanson-Murphy arrived late due to another commitment.  

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made, and seconded, to approve the Agenda with the addition of an Executive Session for a personnel matter, pursuant to M.R.S.A. 405 6.A.   Motion carried unanimously.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

A motion was made by Jody Gray, seconded by Janice Barter, 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 7:00 p.m.  Mr. Stickney, the student and the student’s parents were invited to attend.  Philip Shane and Donna Norton were excluded from the Executive Session.  

The Board returned to Public Session at 7:14 p.m.

A motion was made by Wayne Warner, seconded by Janice Barter, 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.  Motion carried unanimously.


A motion was made by Jody Gray, seconded by Jean Clancy, to go into Executive Session to discuss a student matter.  Motion carried unanimously.

The Board went into Executive Session at 7:16 p.m.  Guy Stickney, the student,  and the student’s guardians were present.  Janice Barter and Beth Chaplin were excluded from the Executive Session.

The Board returned to Public Session at 7:50 p.m.

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:  4-Yes, 5-No.  The motion was defeated.



EXECUTIVE SESSION (continued)

A motion was made by Donna Norton, seconded by Laura Ordway, to continue with the 10-day suspension and follow the guidelines of the re-entry plan.

An amendment was made by Laura Ordway, seconded by Donna Norton, to continue with the out-of-school suspension and follow the re-entry plan with regard to completing the impact statements and report back to the Board in a month.

There was a discussion regarding the amendment.

A motion was made by Jody Gray, seconded by Jean Clancy, to cease debate.  Vote:  6-Yes, 3-No.  Motion carried.

Vote on the amendment:  Vote:  3-Yes, 4-No.  The amendment was defeated.

Vote on the main motion:  1-Yes, 0-No.  

The student was instructed to just continue with the 10-day suspension.


A motion was made by Jody Gray, seconded by Ken Brown, to go into Executive Session to discuss a student matter.  Motion carried unanimously.

The Board went into Executive Session at 8:10 p.m.  Mr. Stickney, Ms. Caron, Ms. Bannon, the student and the student’s parents were invited to attend the Executive Session.  Jean Clancy was excluded from the Executive Session.

The Board returned to Public Session at 8:24 p.m.

A motion was made by Wayne Warner, seconded by Jody Gray, to go into Executive Session 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.  Motion carried unanimously.
  
ACTION ITEM

A.  Retirement Incentive Proposal

    A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to
    approve the Retirement Incentive Proposal.

The proposal was to provide an incentive to retire to teachers who have reached normal retirement age as defined by statute (either age 60 or age 62, depending upon dates of service) and who are presently eligible, based on service, for full retirement under the Maine Public Employee Retirement System.  This is not an early retirement incentive, and is not available to any teacher retiring before normal retirement age.






B.  Procedure:

The District will, on a one time basis, offer the following incentive program to teachers who are presently eligible to retire, as set forth above:
  • Any teacher who has submitted a letter of intent to retire by
   May 16, 2011, shall receive either 15% of his/her current base
   salary, or $10,000, whichever is less.  The amount of the      
   incentive shall be disbursed from the District in four equal
   annual installments beginning in either July 2011, or January
   2012, at the discretion of the employee.

  • All retirement incentive payments are taxable income and
  subject to state and federal taxes and withholding.

  • Conditions:
  • To be eligible for this retirement incentive program, teachers must be fully eligible for retirement in accordance with the provisions of the Maine Public Employee Retirement System. They must be at least 60 or 62 years old, depending upon dates of service, and meet all service requirements as defined by the Maine Public Employee Retirement System.  If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact the Maine Public Employee Retirement System directly at 1-800-451-9800.
  • Eligible teachers must apply for retirement, with appropriate notification, with the Maine Public Employee Retirement System.
  • The effective retirement date must be no later than August 31, 2011.
  • To be eligible a teacher must have been employed, and worked, as a teacher for at least ten years in M.S.A.D. No. 61. Part-time regular teachers will receive a prorated retirement incentive.
  • The Board reserves the right to limit the number of participants, and/or to terminate this program if it deems that the number of employees opting for the retirement incentive is insufficient from a cost-benefit perspective, at any time at its sole discretion.
  • All decisions of the Board as to the interpretation of, or the payment of any reimbursement under, this program shall be final and not subject to review.
  • To be eligible for this program a completed application must be submitted to the Superintendent by 3:30 p.m. on May 16,  2011.
  • Any teacher who receives a retirement incentive and who is later rehired by the M.S.A.D. No. 61 District must refund the total amount received prior to commencement of re-employment.
  • Teachers who have previously retired from M.S.A.D. No. 61, and have now returned to employment in M.S.A.D. No. 61, are not eligible for this incentive.

Retirement Incentive (continued)

NOTE:   The Maine Public Employee Retirement System will not treat this incentive as earnable compensation for the purpose of calculating retirement benefits.

Mr. Warner mentioned that the proposal arose from mediation with the teachers as a suggestion from the mediator.  He thought that teachers might be interested in an incentive program.  The proposal will not be included in the teachers’ negotiated agreement and will not be part of negotiations.

There was a discussion regarding the proposal as follows:

  • There are approximately 10 to 15 teachers who are eligible for the plan and it is estimated that 7 to 10 employees may be interested in retiring.
  • The state is anticipating that many teachers will retire by December 31 due to the proposed changes in Maine State Retirement and insurance benefits.
  • The purpose of offering the incentive plan now is to have people retire at the end of the school year and not wait until December 31 as it is difficult to hire quality teachers mid-year and it is difficult for students to transition to a new teacher.
  • Last year, 3 people received the incentive plan.
  • The Board reserves the right to limit the number who can participate in the plan.   
  • Governor Lepage’s insurance proposal for retirees allows a teacher to retire at age 60, however, they will not be able to get insurance at age 65.  A teacher can retire at age 62, but cannot get insurance until they are 65.
  • With positions being cut from the high school and middle school, if eligible, the people being riffed would be able to remain in the District.  
  • The proposal of 25% or a maximum dollar amount of $15,000 is too high
  • SAD #6 offered 15%; Portland offered 30%
  • The role of the mediator is to get a contract; this proposal may help you get a contract with the teachers.
A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Laura Ordway, to extend the regular meeting by 30 minutes.  Motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Richard Merritt, seconded by Ken Brown, to offer a retirement incentive proposal of 15%, with a cap of $10,000.  Vote:  7-Yes,    4-No.  Motion carried.  

The Board has the right to limit the number of employees.  The Board can do an analysis once retirement letters are received.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Personnel Issue

A motion was made by Jody Gray, seconded by Janice Barter, to go into Executive Session to discuss a personnel issue, pursuant to M.R.S.A. 405 6.A.  Motion carried unanimously.   


Personnel Issue (continued)

The Board went into Executive Session at 9:15 p.m. and returned to Public Session at 10:15 p.m.

It was the concensus of the Board to nominate Kathleen Beecher as Interim Superintendent for the period July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012.  A formal vote will be taken at a Special Board meeting on April 25, 2011 or the next Regular Meeting on May 2, 2011.

Negotiations  

The Executive Session for negotiations was tabled until the next meeting.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made and seconded to adjourn.   Motion carried unanimously.

The meeting adjourned at 10:16 p.m.

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