LAKE REGION SCHOOL DISTRICT
October 3, 2011
There was a Regular meeting of the Lake Region School Board on Monday, October 3, 2011 at Sebago Elementary School.
A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Laurie Mondville, to go into Executive Session to discuss negotiations, Lake Region Non-Teaching Association’s Contract, pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. 405(6)(D). Motion carried.
The Board went into Executive Session at 5:30 p.m. and returned to Public Session at 5:54 p.m.
A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Laurie Mondville, to go into Executive Session to discuss negotiations, Lake Region Teachers Association’s Contract, pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. 405(6)(D). Motion carried.
The Board went into Executive Session at 5:55 p.m. and returned to Public Session at 6:10 p.m.
A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Laurie Mondville, to go into Executive Session to consult with the District’s attorney, pursuant to
1 M.R.S.A. 405(6)(E). Motion carried.
The Board went into Executive Session at 6:15 p.m. and returned to Public Session at 7:04 p.m.
CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL
Jody Gray called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Board members present were: Beth Chaplin, Jody Gray, Cindy LeBlanc, Richard Merritt, Sherry Miller, Laurie Mondville, Lesley Niemy, Donna Norton, Laura Ordway, Erica Pond Green, Philip Shane, and Karla Swanson-Murphy. Janice Barter was excused.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Laurie Mondville, to approve the agenda with the addition of Item 8.I. Overnight Field Trip to Ferry Beach. Motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Laurie Mondville, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of September 12, 2011. Motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Donna Norton, to approve the Minutes of the Board Workshop of September 19, 2011. Motion carried unanimously.
Local Foods Boot Camp and Healthier U. S. School Challenge
Courtney Kennedy, the Health Coordinator, updated the Board on the District’s garden projects and the Maine Ingredient Workshop.
The gardens at the schools have done very well. Students are currently harvesting their crops. Each classroom is working with the gardens. Scales were purchased from the CPPW grant so students can weigh their produce.
The Maine Ingredient Workshop was held for Food Service staff. It was an intensive, interactive workshop that was held at St. Joseph’s College. The first day employees learned about sustainable food service and visited a working farm. The second day, Chef Alden and John Turenne shared recipes that incorporated local foods and home-style cooking. These will be in the students’ school lunch menus this year. The focus of the workshop was on local foods and fresh foods.
Mr. Madura and Courtney Kennedy will be representing the District in Washington D.C. at the Healthier U.S. School Challenge Recognition event. The elementary schools and the middle school will be recognized. Lake Region Middle School is the only middle school in the State of Maine to qualify for this award.
PUBLIC COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS
Ted Finn, Lake Region High School
Mr. Finn distributed a Monthly Update to the Board regarding Lake Region High School and shared the highlights as follows:
- Laker Pride Night (open house/BBQ) was held on September 8. Over 240 people attended.
- The first month of the Academies and Studios has been completed. Mr. Finn is pleased with how students and staff are adapting to this new structure.
- Homecoming week was held during the second week of September. Mr. True was commended for an outstanding job in organizing the events. The Class of 2015 (freshmen) won it all this year!
- The Alternative Education Program is up and running at the Crooked River Adult and Community Education Center. Students have been working on team building activities including using a ropes course which is located behind the high school.
- Scantron testing for all grade 9 and 10 students in the area of math and reading has been underway since the third week of September. Testing should be completed by the third week of October.
- SMCC will be testing all Juniors and Seniors with the Accuplacer Exam. Students will be tested in October and again in the spring of 2012.
- Grades will be closing for the first trimester on October 14. Reports will be ready for review by 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18.
- Lake Region High School Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place on October 26 and 27 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. by appointment only.
- Carrie Castonguay, the Adult Education Director, will be meeting with the high school staff after school on October 4 to discuss options for those students in need of credit recovery.
- College Courses
- St. Joseph’s college will be coming in on October 6 to meet with any Junior or Senior interested in taking one course per semester at
Saint Joseph’s College for high school and college credit at no charge to the students. Students will need to provide transportation to and from the college to participate.
- Southern Maine Community College will be coming on October 13 to discuss a similar proposal for the juniors and seniors. They will provide the same opportunity for students (depending on how they score on the Accuplacer Test which will be given after school hours at Lake Region High School).
- The University of Southern Maine will be coming to discuss a similar program with Mr. Finn.
- Over 72 students at Lake Region High School have signed up to participate in a World Language Lab, which has been established using the Rosetta Stone program. There are 50 slots available and students have to go through an application process to be selected for one of the 50 slots.
- Four fourth graders are coming to Lake Region High School on Mondays and Wednesday’s to take part in a Spanish class with Ms. Guilbault.
- Hancock Lumber is generously sponsoring a Lake Region High School Spirit Challenge for students. The kick off was held last Friday with a tailgate/barbeque and pep rally.
- Mr. Finn was asked to do something to teach students to take tests. Mr. Finn responded that previously students could take an optional SAT Prep course. This year all juniors are required to take a SAT Prep Course. He commented that the current test is 50% Algebra 2. Students are not required to take Algebra 2. Also students are not taking physics until their Senior year and physics questions are included on the test. The current freshmen class will take the National Test and not the SAT test. Forty-seven states have signed on to take this test.
Tonya Arnold, Lake Region Middle School
- Students and staff are off to a smooth start.
- The staff is very hard working and dedicated to doing what is best for students, and the students and parents are a pleasure to work with.
- The Middle School’s web pages have a new look and features. Board members were invited to take a look.
- Open House was a big success. There was a lot of positive feedback about high levels of participation, a calm and cheerful tone, and the presence of bus safety and parent teacher partnership tables.
- The staff has embraced new learning using Google tools. They were used for collaborative goal setting.
- The school’s primary goal is to share/improve best practices to improve rigor and relevance for students. The secondary goals that support the main goal include increasing student achievement in NECAP scores, and
improving parent-school partnerships. To accomplish these goals, the staff will be reading the Skillful Teacher Book together and all team leaders are taking the course in District.
- NECAP tests are under way.
- Students will take one test a day, breakfast will be served and stretch breaks will be held prior to taking the tests. Teams have worked on test taking strategies and released items with students.
- This Friday, staff will learn to use a consistent active reading and analytical writing approach that will be used across all content areas.
- The student support center, partnered with the Technology Department, will be offering geometry and pre-algebra to students who are ready for the higher rigor than can be offered by the current schedule and team designs.
- The first Parent Teacher Partnership (PTP) meeting was held on Monday, September 26. Forty-two parents took a survey, 22 were willing to volunteer and more than 10 attended the first meeting. Meeting dates are posted on the Principal page under the LRMS web site.
- The PTP is willing to help support the Ferry Beach Ecology opportunity the science teachers and staff are hoping to offer students this year. This opportunity was shared with the Board’s Curriculum Committee. Ninety per cent of the funding would be from outside grants to FBES, the rest would be through grants or fundraising that is school-based. The Committee expressed support to the opportunity as long as the school comes up with the funding. Drew Dumsch attended the Board meeting to answer any questions and to show a powerpoint if requested. The Board needs to approve an overnight trip for 8th graders. The program will also offer a day trip for 7th graders, and FBES staff will spend a day onsite with the 6th grade students as well as a 2-hour curriculum integration
professional development session with the teaching staff. If approved by the Board, the following will take place:
- A Grade 8 parent meeting would be held on October 24.
- Professional development will be held on October 26, the late arrival day, that would focus on planning integrated curriculum connections to these experiences.
- Grade 7 students would go to Ferry Beach on November 3 and 4.
- Grade 6 students would work indoors and outside at LRMS with the FBES staff on November 7.
- Grade 8 staff and students will participate in the overnight program on November 16 – November 18.
- This program is academic and provides support for integration across the curriculum areas including connections to literacy and analytical writing, as well as team building and improving citizenship which should help prevent bullying or other negative social behaviors.
- Our students have been stepping up to higher expectations for personal responsibility and care of the facility. This hands-on applied learning experience can be connected throughout the year to curriculum in all subject areas and help to prompt high level thinking and service learning for students.
Carrie Castonguay, Adult Education Director
- The Adult Education program is using a managed enrollment system.
- Each Monday, there is a structured orientation to get a snapshot of the learner.
- Classes are being taught in six week sessions – this is a good time frame for students as they get a sense of accomplishment – students receive a ½ credit for each session.
- Last week, the daycare license was increased from 12 to 20 students.
- Ms. Castonguay will be on the Governor’s Task Force.
- There will be a Resource Fair at Crooked River Elementary School on November 17 for long-term unemployed people.
- The Adult Education budget was overextended last year by $34,500. In reviewing the numbers, it is determined that the overage was due to purchase of air conditioning and a fence for the day care. There was a shortage in the revenue projections, that did not meet the expenditures.
Lake Region Vocational Center, Rosie Schacht
- The Law Enforcement Program students, housed at Bridgton Memorial School, are raising and lowering the flag each day. All students stand at attention.
- The Construction Technology program is building on the side lawn at BMS.
- The biggest concern is the Automotive Technology Program. The Vocational Center is actively searching for places for students to work.
- The new Cooperative Education Coordinator currently has five students enrolled and seven additional applications were received last week. These students combine school with work.
- The Cider Fest was held on the field hockey field
- The students are the best teachers and they did a wonderful job. The students who came to the event had a great time.
- The Board and administrators were thanked for supporting the event.
- On Friday, the Vocational teachers will attend a State conference in Skowhegan. It is the one time a year, when the teachers meet with teachers who teach the same programs.
- On Saturday, the students will have a cheering center on the Causeway by Rick’s Cafe’ for the Patrick Dempsey Bicycle Riders. The winning section get to meet Mr. Dempsey.
- The PBIS theme this year is “wellness”.
- Students will get integrated wellness credits.
- John Jenkins will be doing a session on being healthy and well in the workplace.
- There is a Wellness Round Table, the Pride Team is involved with this; there will be three other hands-on activities.
- Skills USA and Future Leaders Business Association are up and running.
- Juniors are taking the first round of the Accuplacer test. They received great scores and took the test very seriously.
2011-12 School Calendar
A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Donna Norton, to approve the 2011-12 school calendar as a first reading.
Vote: 11-Yes, 1-No. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Donna Norton, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the following donations as a block:
- $50,000 grant received from the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) Grant
- Walmart Teacher Rewards Gift Cards for $500 to be used at Stevens Brook Elementary School ($100 to 5 different teachers).
- Donation of $7,500 from Hancock Lumber for a Lake Region High School – School Spirit Challenge.
Motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Laurie Mondville, to approve the above block. Motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Laurie Mondville, to approve the Board Goals.
An amendment was made by Sherry Miller, seconded by Laurie Mondville, to add the following two goals
- Build a school culture that fosters postsecondary education goals as early as middle school.
- Annually set the year’s college enrollment goal and identify critical activities to secure these goals (e.g., FAFSA completion; participation in college and career fairs, visits, or resume completion; and parent participation in graduation requirement workshop).
There was a discussion on the motion.
Vote: 11-Yes. Motion carried.
Vote on main motion with amendment: 11-Yes, 1-No. Motion carried.
Dr. Beecher explained that the Reapportionment numbers were included in the Board packet. To have the reapportionments change, it would be necessary for the Board to request that the Commissioner review the reapportionment. The District’s attorney reviewed the Reapportionment breakdown and the numbers do fall within the current permissible deviation.
A motion was made by Laurie Mondville, seconded by Richard Merritt, to request that the Commissioner review the reapportionment.
Vote: 5-Yes, 6-No. The motion was defeated.
A motion was made by Donna Norton, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the following personnel items as a block:
Educational Support Personnel
- William Stoloski as a Day Treatment Support Technician at Lake Region Middle School, effective September 21, 2011, replacing Brittany Cox who resigned.
- Amy Dodge as a Special Education Technician III at Lake Region High School, effective September 26, 2011, replacing Logan Landry who resigned.
- Tim Goodwin as a part-time Title I Educational Technician III at Sebago Elementary School, effective October 17, 2011 (27 hours per week).
- Craig Adams as a Seasonal Groundskeeper effective September 9, 2011, replacing Steve Porter who transferred to another position.
- Robin Greeley as a part-time Permanent Substitute at Sebago Elementary School (.20), effective October 3, 2011.
- Robin Cook as a part-time Permanent Substitute at Sebago Elementary School (.80), effective September 28, 2011.
- Additional Duty Positions per the Memo dated October 3, 2011.
- Wenda Saunders as School Physician for the 2011-12 school year.
There was a discussion on the motion.
If the permanent substitute is not needed at Sebago Elementary School, the sub will be loaned to Songo Locks School for the day.
Vote: 11-Yes, 1-No. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Laura Ordway, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the above block. Vote: 10-Yes, 1-No. Motion carried.
Academy and Studio Leader Job Description
A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Laurie Mondville, to approve the Academy and Studio Leader Job Description as a second reading. Motion carried unanimously.
Removal of Policies
A motion was made by Donna Norton, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to remove the following policies:
- Laptop Computer Policy, FC-EDC
- Telecommunications Access and Appropriate Use, FC-EHAA
- Telecommunications Access Administrative Procedures, FC-EHAA-R
- Telecommunications Access Agreement, FC-EHAA-1
- Parent Permission for Student Access, FC-EHAA-2
Donna Norton reported that the Committee will meet on October 17 at 6:00 p.m. at Stevens Brook Elementary School.
Philip Shane reported that the Committee has not met.
Laurie Mondville reported that the Committee met on September 13. The following items were discussed:
Mr. Madura was given the authority to use up to $8,000 at a replacement vehicle auction.
The LPN at Sebago Elementary School will work 4 days a week as a Health Care Attendant and one day as a 504 Coordinator.
Laptop insurance was reviewed and a new plan approved
The next meeting will be on October 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Office.
The next Curriculum Committee meeting will be on October 19 at 3:30 p.m.
The Maine High School Assessment (SAT) scores are on-line. (SAT scores)
Dr. Beecher reported on the Retirement Incentive as follows:
Information was distributed to the Board with the agenda packet. The first 4 people received the retirement incentive. The remaining three people did not qualify. The savings for all of the retirees was $100,904.
Paul True shared a list of the $20,000 that was reduced from the 2011-12 budget. He highlighted the following:
- There is a $50.00 participation fee to play football this year. (It is one of the most expensive sports.)
- Parents were asked to purchase a season’s pass at a reduced rate for students on the ski team so the District will not have to pay lift fees.
- If a student is unable to pay the fee, the information is shared with the Athletic Director and necessary arrangements are made.
Superintendent Beecher added that the Board had not specifically voted on the participation fee or the request to purchase a season’s pass for ski team members, however, the Board had been given the information during a budget presentation. She wanted to be sure that everyone had the correct information.
A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Laurie Mondville, to extend the meeting for an additional 10 minutes. Motion carried unanimously.
- Barry Patrie is a Long-Term Substitute Math Teacher at Lake Region High School, replacing J.R. Warren for two to four weeks.
- Anna Walker, Literacy Coach, is on a Family Medical Maternity Leave of absence until approximately October 31, returning part-time until November 28.
PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS
Emily Bartlett, a senior at Lake Region High School, requested that the Board approve having the Prom at the North Conway Grand Hotel on May 19, 2012. The distance is 28.96 miles from the school.
Chairperson Gray responded that she would include the topic on the next agenda for Board action.
A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by
Laurie Mondville, to go into Executive Session to discuss a
personnel matter, pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. 405 (6)(A).
The Board went into Executive Session at 9:15 p.m.
The Board returned to Public Session at 9:35 p.m.
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn.
The meeting adjourned at 9:36 p.m.