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School Board Minutes 05/21/2012

Lake Region School District
Regular Meeting
May 21, 2012

EXECUTIVE SESSION

A motion was made by Jody Gray, and seconded, to go into Executive Session to consult with the District’s attorney, pursuant to M.R.S.A. 405 6.E.  Motion carried unanimously.

The Board went into Executive Session at 6:00 p.m.  Sherry Miller was absent.

The Board returned to Public Session at 6:50 p.m.

A motion was made by Jody Gray, and seconded, to reconsider the vote from
May 7, 2012 to pursue liquidated damages or actual damages, whichever is higher.  The motion was defeated.

A motion was made by Donna Norton, and seconded, to pay the sub-contractors who finish their work.  Vote:  5-Yes, 4-No.  Motion carried.  

REGULAR MEETING

There was a Regular Meeting of the Lake Region School Board on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at Songo Locks School.

Good Kid Awards

Kathy Beecher thanked the students and parents for coming to the meeting.  She explained how the students are selected and the criteria they must meet.  The following students were recognized with a certificate and a Good Kid T-shirt:  
 
SES  – Ciara Harriman, Morrigan DeJoseph, Grant Allard, Jadyn McGinn,
       Gage Terrano, and Brian Lucy
SLS  – Jansen Dion, Cynthia Cook, Justin Lees, Noah Duprey, Jackson Terry,        
       and Gabrielle Hutchinson
SBES – Wendy Ducas, Delaney Meserve, Kyla Lavoie, Kate Rose, Jacob Chadbourne,
       and Keagan Gardner
LRMS – Tanner Crockett, Autumn Tremblay, Rachel Bolling, Matt Proia,
       and Luke Porter
LRHS - Cheyanne Harden, Nick Ball, Sonia Fernald, Sam Smith, Julia Carlson,   
       and Colin Bridge-Koenigsberg

School Bus Safety Awards

Andy Madura introduced Line’ Mulcahy who taught bus safety to the students in the classroom.

Mrs. Mulcahy shared that she told students to practice, practice, practice bus safety throughout the year.
Bus drivers are encouraged to give students pop quizzes on the buses with questions such as:

  • How many emergency exits are on the bus?
  • How many feet away from the bus should you be?
  • Use the power of visualization – What would you do if?  
School Bus Safety Awards (continued)

During Bus Safety Week, Buster the Bus and Mrs. Mulcahy went to the schools and taught students how to evacuate the bus by sitting and sliding, how to have eye contact, and that the danger zone is 10 feet around the bus.  

The National Bus Safety Contest’s theme this year was “Stand Back from the Yellow and Black”.  Students were asked to draw pictures on 11” x 17” paper and they had to show proper school bus behavior.  The contest promotes school bus safety to students, their parents, and the community.  
 
There were four winners from each school.  The pictures selected by our District will be sent to the State Conference.  Winners from that event will be displayed at the Blaine House.  The first place winner’s picture from the State goes to the Federal competition.  The winner of that competition gets their picture on next year’s School Bus Safety Contest materials.     

Ms. Mulcahy thanked the students and parents for coming.  She also thanked   Mr. Mayo and Jesse Bell, a student in the senior Office Technology class for printing the calendars which included each of the winning pictures.  A calendar was given to each student to take home and also to School Board members.  The following students were recognized:

SLS  – Monica Grover, Walker DeSalizar, Brook Juno, and Sonja Wilagora
SBES – Brian Kimball, Josh Fadden, Isabella Weirs, and Grace Ross
SES  – Hannah Comacho, Morrigan DeJoseph, Michael Chase, and Joselyn
       Schwetterman

Superintendent Beecher reminded everyone of the budget vote on Tuesday at each Town’s voting location.  

CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL

Jody Gray, Chairperson, called the Regular meeting to order at 7:35 p.m.  

Board members present were:  Janice Barter, Beth Chaplin, Cindy LeBlanc,
Donna Norton, Laura Ordway, Erica Pond Green, Philip Shane, and
Karla Swanson-Murphy.  Richard Merritt, Sherry Miller, and Laurie Mondville were absent.  Trina Sanborn was excused.

Administrators present were:  Tonya Arnold, Carrie Castonguay, Kirsten Goff, Lisa Caron, Ted Finn, Deborah Howard, Andrew Madura, Rosie Schacht,
Joshua Sturk, Sherrie Small and Kathleen Beecher, Superintendent of Schools.

Others present were:  Courtney Kennedy, Barry Johnson, and Julie Johnson.

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 May 7, 2012.  Vote:  6-Yes 0-No.  Motion carried.

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the Minutes of May 15, 2012. Vote:  8-Yes – 0-No.  Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS

None.

ADMINISTRATIVE COMMENTS

Lake Region Middle School - Tonya Arnold  

  • Grade 6 students visited the Gulf of Maine Institute.
  • The ITeam went to Orono on Thursday.
  • The “Hey You” Cruises will be held from June 4 through June 6.
  • Middle School students will perform “Alice in Wonderland” on June 6 – 7 at Bridgton Academy.
  • On June 11, 8th grade students will job shadow.
  • The Spring Concert will be held on June 13 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Open House will be held for Grade 5 parents on June 15 at 6:00 p.m.  Step-up Day for students will be the following day.
  • Eighth Grade Recognition will be held on June 15, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.  
Lake Region High School – Ted Finn

  • The “Food for Thought” study program, a grade 9-12 remediation opportunity has been very successful.  The program is held after school on Wednesday.  Students have a quiet place to go and study core subjects.  Teachers are available for help.  A light dinner is served during the session.  Twenty-five to thirty students have been participating each week.
  • The school is in its third trimester.  Students should be able to get their schedule for next year by June 13 – 15.  
  • There are 13 more school days for seniors.
  • Mr. Finn attended a Department of Education meeting last Thursday.  Maine is the only State in the country to use the SAT test as an assessment test. This will be replaced with a National Test.  There are 2 different tests that can be selected.  Forty of the 50 states have selected the Smarter Balance test which has 40,000 questions.  Twenty states also selected the Park test.  The State decided to wait one more year before implementing a new test.  Next year’s freshmen class will take the new test when they are juniors.  Students will have an opportunity to take an on-line test in the fall before they take the real test in the spring.
  • Students took second place in the Envirothon.  “K” Bolduc and her Team were congratulated.  They will go on to the State competition.   
  • A senior academy is being discussed for this summer.  Graduates do not have to be reported to the State until August 1.  This will give seniors six additional weeks to complete any work that needs to be done in order to receive their diploma.  This has been successful in Lewiston.
 

Lake Region High School – Ted Finn (continued)

  • A plan is being developed to come up with an alternative summer school.  Currently, only students who have failed a class are given a packet to complete to bring their grade up to passing.  The Extended Learning program would service students in grades 9-11.  It will be funded by the SIG grant.  A report will be made to the Curriculum Committee regarding the plan.  
  • Studio presentations will be held on June 13 for parents and students.
   Students will get their schedules.  Minor adjustments may be needed.
   
Adult Education - Carrie Castonguay

  • The Department of Education visit went well.  They were very impressed with the program and the facility.  A formal report will be sent to the District.  
  • This is the last week of structured classes.
  • Summer hours will be held on Monday – Thursday.
  • Twenty-two students will receive a High School Diploma and their GED.  There are nineteen students from the CNA class.   
Lake Region Vocational Center, Rosie Schacht  

  • Mr. Finn and Ms. Schacht have had several discussions and have done a lot of planning.
  • Two Automotive students participated in the Ford AAA Competition.  The competition was held at the New England Drag Strip.   
  • Health Occupation students are getting ready to take their State CNA exam.
  • Auto students will be taking their State Inspection tests.
  • The Career Fair was very successful.
  • Law Enforcement students will participate in a Mock Trial at the Bridgton Court House with Stephanie Anderson presiding.
  • Recruiting is winding down.  There are still some openings so the Vocational Center will be taking applications through September.
  • Vocational Teachers from Sanford will be touring the new facility.
  • Diversified Occupations teachers from around the State will be meeting at Lake Region Vocational Center.  This will include 15 people from other schools.
  • The Mason’s gave four $1,500 scholarship awards.
  • Culinary Arts will have a Pinning Ceremony.
  • The Awards Presentation will be held on June 1 in the Great Room.  
  • An Open House for the Vocational Center will be held on June 7.
ACTION ITEMS

Policies

Head Lice

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the revisions to the Head Lice policy, File Code JHCC, as a second reading.  Motion carried unanimously.  

Blood Borne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the Blood Borne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan as a first reading.  

Janice Barter shared the changes that were made in the plan.

Motion carried unanimously.  

Personnel

A motion was made by Donna Norton, seconded by Janice Barter, to approve the following personnel items as a block:

  • Reappointment of Non-Teaching Employees for the 2012-13 school year per the Memo dated May 16, 2012
  • Reappointment of Directors/Supervisors per the Memo dated May 16, 2012
  • Reappointment of Non-Contracted Employees for the 2012-13 school year per the Memo dated May 16, 2012
  • James Clark as a Special Education Teacher at Lake Region Middle School for the 2012-13 school year.
  • Gabriel Beury-Moore as a Day Treatment Support Technician at Lake Region High School, effective May 16, 2012 for the remainder of the 2011-12 school year.
  • Tina Peet as a Special Education Teacher at Songo Locks School for the 2012-13 school year, replacing Marian Rabe who has resigned.
  • Shelley Roberts as a Speech Pathologist at Stevens Brook Elementary School for the 2012-13 school year, replacing Yvonne Carter.
Motion carried unanimously.

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

Committee Reports

Personnel Committee

Donna Norton reported that the Committee will meet on June 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Office.  

Facilities Committee

There was no report.

Curriculum Committee

The Committee will meet on June 14 at 4:30 p.m. at the Central Office.  

Finance Committee

The next meeting will be on June 13 at 7:00 p.m.



Superintendent’s Report

  • Superintendent Beecher reminded everyone to vote on Tuesday at the Budget Validation Referendum.
  • She attended the Writing Celebration on Friday at Stevens Brook Elementary School.  She was really impressed with the work she saw.
  • Adult Education Graduation will be held on May 31 at 7:00 p.m. at the Crooked River Adult and Community Education Center.
Personnel

  • Matthew Dunckel has submitted his resignation as a Math Teacher at Lake Region Middle School, effective the end of the 2011-12 school year
  • Marjory Swick has submitted her intent to resign as a Grade 1 Teacher at Songo Locks School, effective June 19, 2012.
  • Melissa Rivet, a Special Education Technician III at Songo Locks School will be resigning at the end of the 2011-12 school year.
  • Brian Cushing resigned as Class Advisor for the Class of 2014, effective the end of the 2011-12 school year
  • Michelle Hanson was on the Educational Support Personnel list as an Educational Technician II and should have been listed as an Educational Technician III.
  • Brian Cushing has submitted his intent to retire, effective July 1, 2012.  He has taught in the District for 26 years.
Non-Agenda Items

Courtney Kennedy mentioned that the “Be My Guest” event for seniors will be held on June 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the Gymnasium at Lake Region High School.  Board members were invited to come at 5:30 p.m.

Ms. Clavette asked that if the budget passed, would the money be used to fund the elementary teachers?  Superintendent Beecher told Ms. Clavette that there were no guarantees that the money would be used for the teachers.  Ms. Clavette urged the administrators to use the money for that purpose.  
 
ADJOURNMENT

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

The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

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                                                                                 Secretary

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