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School Board Minutes 01/09/2012
LAKE REGION SCHOOL DISTRICT
Regular Meeting
January 9, 2012

There was a Regular Meeting of the Lake Region School Board on Monday,
January 9, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Crooked River Adult and Community Education Center.  

CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL

Jody Gray called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.   Board members present were:  Janice Barter, Beth Chaplin, Cindy LeBlanc, Richard Merritt,
Sherry Miller, Laurie Mondville, Donna Norton, Erica Pond Green, Trina Sanborn, Philip Shane, Karla Swanson-Murphy, and Shelby Rider, Student Representative.   Laura Ordway was excused.

Administrators present were:  Carrie Castonguay, Lisa Caron, June Conley, Kirsten Goff, Theodore Finn, Deborah Howard, Jason Manjourides, Sherrie Small, and Joshua Sturk, Cheryl Turpin, and Kathleen Beecher, Superintendent of Schools.

Julie Johnson and Jeannine Roy were also present.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the agenda with the addition of the Agenda Addendum.  Motion carried unanimously.

MINUTES

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of December 19, 2011.  Motion carried unanimously.

PRESENTATION

Boxtops for Education

Julie Johnson shared information on contributing to “Box Tops for Education” to help schools receive donations from General Mills as follows:

  • Over 90,000 K-8 schools are enrolled in the Box Tops program.
  • The program is available to any accredited public, private or parochial school for grades K-8, …
  • District Schools have participated as follows:
                              
                                Earned           Earned       Earned                      
                           Since Enrollment     Last Year   Current Year
 
Sebago Elementary School          $7,515           $698        $  602  
Songo Locks School                 7,382            899         1,024  
Stevens Brook Elemenatary School     335            715           340  
Lake Region Middle School            208             86            85



Box Tops for Education (continued)

  • Every promotion that is currently active is listed on the Bonus Box Tops page or on Marketplace Deals & Discounts page.  If a promotion no longer appears, it has ended or has expired.
  • The program is voluntary, however, only schools that participate are eligible to receive donations from General Mills.
  • Your school can earn up to $20,000 from each of the three Box Tops for Education program components (Clip, Shop and Reading Room).
  • You can see your school’s earnings (and any other school) by going to the Progress section.
Box Tops Coupons
 
  • Clip Box Tops coupons from hundreds of participating products found in your local grocery store and send them to your school.  The school earns $.10 for each box top redeemed.
  • Each Box Top is worth $.10 for your school – sometimes there are special promotions that can earn more.
  • Send Box Tops coupons, Bonus Box Tops or Box Tops Bonus Certificates you collect to your designated school.  Your school’s volunteer Box Tops Coordinator will send them to Box Tops for Education.
  • Expired or photocopied Box Tops are not accepted.
Box Top Marketplace
  • Sign up on-line and designate a school to support, then start shopping at the Marketplace.  
  • “Cookies” must be enabled on your Internet browser to accurately track your purchases from participating stores.  By default, “cookies” are enabled in major Internet browsers, including Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Firefox and AOL.  For more information about “cookies”, consult the “HELP” function of your Internet browser.
  • When shopping on-line to earn cash for your school, you must start at Box Tops Marketplace before making a purchase.
  • You can earn up to 15 eBox Tops for your school with every $10 you spend.
  • Shop on-line at your favorite stores like J.C. Penney and Lands’ End through the Box Tops for Education Marketplace.  
  • The school earns eBoxTops with each qualifying purchase at no additional cost to you.
  • You can track your purchases by logging into the Box Tops website and go to the Progress section.  You will see your earnings and your schools earnings.     
  • After making a purchase through the Box Tops Marketplace or Reading Room your earnings will be updated with a “pending” status.  This earnings update will occur within five business days from the date of the transaction.  The transaction will remain as “pending” for 60 days in case there is a return, exchange or modification to the original purchase. Once the 60 day period is over the earnings will become “confirmed” and your school’s earnings will be updated.
  • When making a purchase through the Box Tops Marketplace or Reading Room, you will receive a confirmation email of your purchase within 5 business days from the date of the transaction.


Box Top Marketplace (continued)

  • You can only designate one school to receive the donation from any given purchase.   To change your school, click on Profile at the top of the page.   You can do this as often as you like.
  • Friends, relatives or even businesses can shop to support any school, whether it’s in the next state or across the country. They just need to sign up on-line at the Box Tops website with the school’s name and state or ZIP Code.  Once registered, every qualifying purchase they make through the Box Tops Marketplace will earn cash for your school.
Box Tops Reading Room

  • The Reading Room lets you earn money for your school when you shop on-line at Barnes & Noble.  You must start at the Box Tops Reading Room at boxtops4education.com, click on the Shop Now link, you will be sent to the Barnes and Nobles website.  Shop and check out as you normally would, and Barnes and Noble will automatically donate up to 6 eBox Tops to your school with every $10 qualifying purchase you make.
  • Be sure “cookies” is enabled on your Internet browser as explained above.  
eBoxTops
  • Each participating retailer has agreed to donate a certain number of eBox Tops for every qualifying $10 purchase a Box Top member makes through btfe.com
  • eBox Tops are worth $.10 each for your school
  • On-line Power Earner – just shop online through the Box Tops Marketplace or Box Tops Reading Room.  Each of these activities allows members to earn even more cash for their school electronically, without clipping Box Tops.  You will receive 10 Bonus Box Tops for every 100 eBox Tops you earn.  Online Power Earners begin on
November 1, 2010.
  • Bonus opportunities – Enter sweepstakes and participate in other promotions to earn cash for your school.  
  • Schools can use the money for anything it wants; for example:  computers, books, playground equipment and classroom parties.
  • Schools receive two checks per year, in December and April.  The December check includes all Box Tops earnings from March 1 to October 31 totalling $20.00 or more.  April checks includes Box Top earnings accrued from November 1 through February 28.
  • eBoxTops, like physical Box Tops, are worth $.10 each for your school.  eBoxTops are awarded electronically to your school earnings at btfe.com
Contact the school’s Box Tops Coordinator to learn how donations received have been used.

Information has been shared with parents through the PTA’s and also through school newsletters.

Mrs. Johnson was thanked for sharing this information.




PUBLIC COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS

Derek Douglass, spoke on behalf of all the Football players.  The football players support staying in Class B.  They had a meeting last week and they want a chance to get better.  They discussed ways to get more players on the team and hope to get 8th graders excited about playing football.  They are also inviting high school students including their friends to join the team.

ADMINISTRATIVE COMMENTS

Sebago Elementary School, Kirsten Goff

  • SES has started an Intervention Block on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 2:40 p.m.  During this time, most students go into the main hallway to read with a partner.  Classroom and Title I teachers along with the school’s Interventionist and Kindergarten Educational Technician all work with individuals or small groups of students on targeted instruction.  
  • The Geography Bee will be held on Thursday at 1:00 p.m.  Allen Crabtree will, once again, be the Moderator.
  • The Ski Program started today and will run for six weeks.  Students leave at 1:45 p.m. to be on the mountain at 3:00 p.m.
  • The CHOICES Program that is through the Bridgton Police Department with Officer Phil Jones begins next week for grade 5 students and will run for 6 weeks.
June Conley, Songo Locks School  

  • The Ski Program began today.  Fifty-three students are participating.  
  • The School Newsletter is on the website.  It also is being sent to Board members electronically.  It is part of the school’s communication goal this year.  
  • A Parent-Teacher Connection group is meeting on the 4th Wednesday for each month.  
  • An Email Hot Line is being used to post notices about things going on in the school.
  • The CHOICES Program will begin on January 18 for grade 5 students and Officer Phil Jones will be the instructor.
Cheryl Turpin, Stevens Brook Elementary School

  • On December 15, the school was hit very hard with the flu.  Thirty-three students called out sick and 50 students were sent home.  The Drama Clubs presentation was a couple of days later and only one student was absent.
  • The Geography Bee was held today.  Liam Opie was the winner and Zach Flynn was the runner up.  Liam will now take a written exam to see if he can participate in the State competition.  Grade 3 students came to watch the Bee.
  • Forty-three students are participating in the ski program.
  • A parent event, Puzzle Night, is being planned.  Students and parents will need to solve a secret message.  Pizza, salad, and cookies will be served.


Special Services Director, Lisa Caron

  • The December 1st Child Count has been completed.  There are 332 students receiving special services along with 19 additional students with the District who are at residential places such as Spurwink and Dodge House.
  • The Norway Board of CDS has confirmed that they will be opening up a CDS site in Bridgton.  It should open in March.  Students are screened for this program.  It is for developing students with disabilities who are 3, 4, or 5 years old.  Mrs. Caron will share more information as she learns more about the specifics.
ACTION ITEMS

Football Program – Change from Class B to Class C

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to have the Football Team change from Class B to Class C.

  • Dr. Beecher told the Board she would like to have a Board vote on this topic.  The final decision will be by Mr. True and Dr. Beecher.
  • A community survey was circulated.
  • An article was written by Wayne Rivet and included in the Bridgton News.
  • The Football’s record this year was 0 wins and 8 losses.
  • One of the reasons for suggesting the change is for the safety of the students.  Freshmen students are playing against juniors and seniors.
  • There are less feeder teams coming up.  Students at the middle school and high school are not playing football.
  • Gray-New Gloucester was in Class B and they want to go to Class C.  They have requested this through the Maine Principal’s Association.  They need a partner to be able to make the change.  Their Athletic Director approached Mr. True and Dr. Beecher to see if the District would be interested in making a change to Class C.
  • The survey results were mixed.
  • If the District changed to Class C, students would not be able to participate in post-season playoffs.
  • This is the only sport you can go down a class.  It is for a one year commitment.
  • Mr. True is concerned that other teams may not want to play this school if we go to Class C.
  • The decision is time-sensitive.
  • There was a meeting last Thursday which included football players and their families.  Team members and community members who spoke were in favor of staying in Class B and trying to get the program built up.
Mr. True added the following:
  • Superintendent Beecher gave a great explanation of the background information.
  • The discussions and dialogue have brought football back to the forefront.
  • It has created a lot of passion throughout the community and the young men in the program.


Football Program – Change from Class B to Class C (continued)

  • The sentiment is to stay put, with a re-energized focus – students want to try to make a deeper connection with the younger kids and other peers at the high school in hopes that the numbers will grow.
  • The purpose for the discussion was for exploration of the options.
  • Football is fairly new in Gray, it was an overwhelming decision that all the kids wanted to play in Class C in hopes of achieving some success.
  • In approaching our District’s Football Team, it was pretty clear that they wanted to stay in Class B.
Discussion included the following:
  • Phil Shane mentioned that he and Janice Barter had attended the Football meeting.  He was thinking that it might be good to go to Class C to get the program going.  After listening to the students, he feels that the District should stay in Class B.  The students want to get more kids involved in the sport.  A new coach needs to be hired and with some good assistants, it may be possible to turn the program around.   
  • Is it more difficult to get a coach for a Class C Team versus a Class B Team?  It is a difficult area to recruit a coach no matter what class.  It shouldn’t make a difference.  Some applications have already been received.
  • What was the number of football players at the middle school?  There were 32 football players with 16 incoming perspective Freshmen.
  • 1 Grade 6 student
  • 15 Grade 7 students
  • 16 Grade 8 students  
  • Did the pay-to-play $50 fee have an affect on the number of football players this year?  Last year there were 34 players, this year 29, numbers have been decreasing over the last 4 years.  The District does a good job communicating that there is money available to help students if they are unable to pay the fee or to help pay a portion of the fee.  
  • The District should stay in Class B so students can participate in the playoffs.  
  • It was suggested that if the District gets a new coach, see if there are enough players for a year before changing to Class C.
  • Class C Teams include Sacopee Valley, Yarmouth, Freeport, Traip Academy, Poland, Dirigo, Winthrop, and Madison.  Travel would be pretty much the same.
  • Students are proud of the work they did and spoke for what they believe in.
  • School spirit and school morale are very important, football is a good part to that.   
  • The coach needs to talk to the students at the middle school and get them fired up to play high school football.  
Vote to move from Class B to Class C:  1-Yes, 9-No.  The motion was defeated.

Board Goals

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the Board Goals as a second reading.  Motion carried unanimously.




Personnel

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the following personnel items as a block:

  • Elizabeth Maher as a Kindergarten Educational Technician II at Stevens Brook Elementary School  
  • Stewart Sulloway as an Assistant Alpine Coach at Lake Region High School
  • Eleanor Botka as a Writing Teacher Co-Leader
  • Marcia (Marty) Miller as a Writing Teacher Co-Leader
Motion carried unanimously.

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

Superintendent Beecher explained that the Writing Teacher Leader position had not been advertised until after the budget was approved in August.  The position was posted for 2 or 3 weeks in August and no one qualified or any teaching staff applied for the position.  It was advertized again and two very qualified applicants have agreed to share the position.  One applicant will work at all of the elementary schools and one will work at the high school, and the middle school will be shared by both.

The Assistant Ski Coach is being funded by a half-stipend position remaining from an Assistant Football Coach position.  The position is recommended due to the number of students on the team.

Motion carried unanimously.

Shelby Rider, the Student Representative for the Board, was introduced as there were several new Board members who had not met her previously.

INFORMATION ITEMS

Committee Reports

Personnel Committee

The Personnel Committee will meet on Monday, January 23, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. at Stevens Brook Elementary School.

Facilities Committee

Phil Shane reported that the Facilities Committee met prior to the Board meeting.  Items discussed included the following:

  • Update on the construction projects
  • By the end of the week, the Automotive and the Construction part of the Educational Services building should be usable.
  • The Bus Garage should be usable next week.  
  • The sale of the Vocational modular -  Schiavi has quite a few modulars sitting around.  The building will be advertised to see if there is any interest.
Facilities Committee (continued)

  • Facilities use  - what it costs for different programs to use the schools -  There will be an update at the February meeting.
  • Use of Bridgton Memorial School – possibility of keeping it to use for storage - The Committee unanimously agreed to keep the building for the time being.
  • Update on the 2012-13 school budget – capital improvements for facilities -  A proposal of $1,000 more than last year was shared.
Curriculum Committee

Janice Barter reported that the Committee will meet on January 18 at 5:00 p.m.

Finance Committee

Janice Barter reported that at the last meeting the Committee discussed the audit and the payables’ warrants.  The Committee will meet on January 24, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Crooked River Adult and Community Education Center.

Liaison Committee

The Liaison Committee will meet on January 10 at 4:00 p.m. at the Central Office.

Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Beecher informed the Board that there had been a Human Rights Complaint by a staff member last year.  There was a settlement agreement on April 2011 with certain stipulations.  One of the stipulations was that the legal fees of $2,750 be paid.  This was not paid during the last fiscal year so it needs to be paid this year.

Personnel  

  • Dana Rand is transferring from a School Bus Driver, to a Delivery Technician (District-wide Facilities and Food Service), effective December 15, 2011.
  • Donald Wright has been laid off as a Crossing Guard at Stevens Brook Elementary School, effective December 22, 2011, as there are no students at the crossing.
  • Mark O’Connor has resigned as a Junior Class Advisor at Lake Region High School, effective January 5, 2012.
PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

None.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to go into Executive Session to discuss a student matter, pursuant to M.R.S.A. 405 6.B.  Motion carried unanimously.



EXECUTIVE SESSION (continued)

The Board went into Executive Session at 8:05 p.m.  Mr. Stickney, the student and the student’s parent were invited to attend.  Trina Sanborn and
Cindy LeBlanc were excluded from the Executive Session.

The Board returned to Public Session at 8:22 p.m.

A motion was made by Jody Gray, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to expel this student 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:  0-Yes, 10-No.  The motion was defeated.

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, 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 8:25 p.m.  Mr. Stickney, the student and the student’s parent were invited to attend.  

The Board returned to Public Session at 8:43 p.m.   

A motion was made by Jody Gray, 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 Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to go into Executive Session to discuss a student matter, pursuant to M.R.S.A. 405 6.B.  Motion carried.

The Board went into Executive Session at 8:45 p.m.  Mr. Stickney, the student and the student’s parent were invited to attend.  

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

A motion was made by Jody Gray, 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.

Vote:  10-Yes, 2-No.  Motion carried.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to adjourn.  Motion carried unanimously.

The meeting adjourned at 9:11 p.m.

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