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School Board Minutes 08/20/2012

LAKE REGION SCHOOL DISTRICT
Regular Meeting
August 20, 2012

There was a Regular Meeting of the Lake Region School Board on Monday, August 20, 2012 at Lake Region Middle School.  

CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL

Jody Gray, Chairperson, called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  Board members present were:  Janice Barter, Beth Chaplin, Karen Eller, Elaine Heuiser,     Cindy LeBlanc, Joseph McMahon, Richard Merritt, Laurie Mondville, Peter Morrison, Philip Shane, and Karla Swanson-Murphy.  Erica Pond Green was absent.  

Administrators present were:  Tonya Arnold, Carrie Castonguay, June Conley,   John Dickerson, Ted Finn, Kirsten Goff, Andrew Madura, Sherrie Small, Cheryl Turpin, Joshua Sturk, and Kathleen Beecher, Superintendent of Schools.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Janice Barter to approve the agenda with the addition of the agenda addendum and the following changes:

  • Board Goals – first reading
  • Student Education Records and Information, JO-R – deleted
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 June 25, 2012.  Vote: 12-Yes, 0-No,
1-Abstention.  Motion carried.

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the Minutes of the School Board Retreat on August 6, 2012.  Vote:  11-Yes, 0-No.  The motion carried.

PRESENTATION

Graduation Committee – June 15 Graduation Date

Mr. Finn explained that a Graduation Committee was formed to select a date for graduation for June 14, June 15, or June 16, as requested by the Board.  A Committee made up of the 4 Senior Class Advisors and the 5 Class Officers met and selected the date of Saturday, September 5 at 4:00 p.m.

Senior Class Awareness

Kasey Huntress, Class President, and Derrek Schrader, Class Vice-President, shared information for a Senior Awareness Trip to Evans Notch in New Hampshire on Sunday, September 9 and September 10.  The cost of the trip will be $5.00 per student.  Any costs above that will be taken from the Senior class dues.  
Mr. Finn added that he totally supports the trip.





Spanish Global Studies Trip

Stewart Sulloway, a Spanish Teacher, is arranging a trip to Guatemala for students.  It is provided through the Safe Passage program which is based in Yarmouth, Maine.  It is a perfect trip for 21st Century students.  It is an 8-day
trip.  The cost for the trip and air fare will be approximately $1,200.  Students will experience what it is like to live in another area.  Students will work with students in a school that is located beside a dump.  The trip will take place during Thanksgiving week.  Students will miss two days of school.  Some fundraising will be done and students will be responsible for the remainder of the funds.  There are 16 students interested.  There will be two, possibly three chaperones.  The group may be split up into two groups.  Students will stay in Antigua and Safe Passage vans will take the students to the school.  The program has many safety measures in place.  A video of the program was shared.

Mr. Sulloway was thanked for the information and for planning the trip.

PUBLIC COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS

None.

ADMINISTRATIVE COMMENTS

Songo Locks School – June Conley

  • The staff and school are all set to go.
  • Enrollment will be between 471 – 480 students
  • Staff is 99.9% hired
Sebago Elementary School - Kirsten Goff

  • Currently there are 94 students, with the report of students leaving it is anticipated that there will be 86 students to begin the year.
  • Staff is 99.9% hired.
Stevens Brook Elementary School – Cheryl Turpin

  • Enrollment – 287 with 5 students pending.
  • All staff have been hired.
Lake Region Middle School – Tonya Arnold

  • There are currently 410 students enrolled.  
  • 20% of the staff is new.
  • There is a new Vision Statement for the school and staff will be doing things differently.
  • Students will be more responsible.
  • They will take a Foreign Language every other day this year.  
  • Staff will be setting learning targets and unpacking standards.
  • Staff and students will be discussing, “What it looks like to be a Laker?”
  • To work towards meeting the Board’s goal regarding preventing bullying, the new guidance counselor will be teaching a social and behavior curriculum to students.
Lake Region Middle School – Tonya Arnold (continued)

  • By changing the schedule, instruction time in each of the core academic subjects will be increased by 55 hours.  The number of CFA classes were increased by 9 sessions.
Lake Region High School – Ted Finn

  • Mr. Finn distributed a letter that has been put together regarding the highlights of what has transformed at Lake Region High School since receiving the School Improvement Grant (SIG).  A copy of the letter was sent to Channels 6, 8 and 13, the Portland Press Herald, and the Bridgton News.  
  • Rosie Schacht was thanked for her work with the Extended Studies Program which was held for students who received a grade below a 60 on a course.  There were 146 seniors, 140 graduated in June and the remaining 6 students attended the Extended Studies Program and completed their requirements for graduating.
  • There are 581 students enrolled.
  • Senior Awareness was a very common event until Mr. Finn came.  Roger Lowell, the former Principal, has offered to work with Mr. Finn and the Senior Officers to plan the event.  Mr. Finn supports it totally.
Lake Region Vocational Center – Rosie Schacht

  • Enrollments will be between 170 – 180 students.  
  • John Mayo will be teaching a Business Management Class in the morning with 11 students.
  • Business Office Technology I & II, a two-year program, is full with a waiting list.
  • The Grade 8 Diversified Occupations class has 11 students, with one more possible.  Jeanette Vanidestine will be the part-time instructor.  An educational technician for the class will be reimbursed by Fryeburg.  
  • The Vocational Center is looking for a Small Engines Instructor.
  • Diversified Occupations II has 20 students.
  • Drafting and Design classes are combined into the a.m. session.  
  • Nine students from the first year Law Enforcement program are going into the 2nd year program.  
  • Cooperative Education has 9 students.
  • An Americorp Volunteer will be housed at Lake Region Vocational Center to work with the PLATO program.
Special Services – Lisa Caron

  • There are 355 students who will be receiving Special Services; 110 at Lake Region High School; 87 at Lake Region Middle School; 14 at Sebago Elementary School; 89 at Songo Locks School, and 55 at Stevens Brook Elementary School.
  • There are 15 new staff members.
  • Special Services positions are 99.9% filled.
Adult and Community Education – Carrie Castonguay

  • In 2011-12, there were 172 academic students, and 939 courses offered.
  • 144 students took the Pre-GED Test.
  • 25 students took the real GED Test.
  • 67 students took the Accuplacer Test.
  • The Tamberg Equipment is needed for the data system.
  • Ms. Castonguary is waiting for the Report on the Monitoring Visit.
  • Ms. Castonguay survived the year as President of the Maine Adult Education Association.
  • She will continue to be on the Governor’s Task Force.
  • A Flabotomy Class will be held in partnership with Bridgton Hospital.
  • A Health Care Grant was received with Windham and Gray-New Gloucester.  The grant will provide scholarships for students registering for the health care classes.   
  • The CNA students will take their State exam next Tuesday.  Three students out of seven have been offered jobs at Fryeburg Health Care Center.
Board Goals

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Laurie Mondville, to approve the Board Goals.  Motion carried unanimously.

Head Lice Policy – Removal of Letter

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to remove the letter, JHCC-1, from the policy book.  Motion carried unanimously.

Overnight Field Trips

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the Overnight Field Trips for 2012-13 school year.

As dates were to be determined on many of the field trips, the Board requested that they be informed of events as they happen.

Vote:  12 –Yes, 0-No.  Motion carried.

Food Service Meal Prices

Mr. Madura explained that the current rate for K-8 lunches is $2.35.  The Federal Government has increased the maximum rate allowed to $2.50.  

Mr. Madura is recommending the following rates for 2012-13:

Breakfast:  Student - K-8  $1.25 (Reduced students are free)
           Student – 9-12  1.50 (Reduced students are free)
           Adult -         1.75

Lunch:      Student – K-8  $2.50 (Reduced $.40)
           Student – 9-12  2.75 (Reduced $.40)
           Adult   -       4.00

Milk/Juice:  ½ pint – Student - $.40, Adult - $.50

Food Service Meal Prices (continued)

There are new Federal regulations.  Students receiving a Class A meal are required to have one cup of fresh fruit/vegetables.  Also, a grain has to be a second choice.  Cereal will be offered one day a week.  

Over the summer, past due debts have been steadily coming in.  Checks have been coming in during this last week.  As email addresses are now available, an email can be sent to parents whose child’s account has a low balance.  A good response was received from doing this.

Vote:  12-Yes, 0-No.  Motion carried.

Delegate to the MSMA Annual Delegate Assembly

A motion was made by Laurie Mondville, seconded by Janice Barter, to elect    Elaine Heuiser as the Delegate to the MSMA Annual Delegate Assembly.  
Vote:  12-Yes, 0-No.  Motion carried.

A motion was made by Laurie Mondville, seconded by Cindy LeBlanc, to elect  Janice Barter as the Alternate to the MSMA Annual Delegate Assembly.  Motion carried unanimously.

Personnel

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the following teaching staff for the 2012-13 school year as a block:

  • Jessica Hunt as a Grade 4 Teacher at Stevens Brook Elementary School, replacing Sharon Rogers who transferred to Songo Locks School.
  • Jennie Greene as a Kindergarten Teacher at Stevens Brook Elementary School, replacing Pam Lord who resigned.
  • Robert Gross as a Grade 8 Math Teacher at Lake Region Middle School, replacing Larry Toothaker who retired.
  • Courtney Kennedy as a Diversified Occupations Teacher at Lake Region Vocational Center, replacing Jeanette Vanidestine who retired.
  • Jessica Frye as a Grade 1 Teacher at Songo Locks School, replacing Diane Geiser who is on a leave of absence.  This is a one-year only position.  
  • Julia Schrader as a part-time Guidance Counselor at Sebago Elementary School for the 2012-13 school year, replacing Amy Vacchiano who resigned.  
  • Melissa Tibbetts as a Speech Clinician at Lake Region Middle School, replacing a contracted service provider.  
Motion carried unanimously.

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

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the following Educational Support Personnel for the 2012-13 school year as a block:

  • Susie Mayberry as a Student Support Center Technician at Lake Region Middle School, replacing Jacqueline Caron who has transferred to another position.
  • Kelly Sorenson as a K-2 Academic Support Technician at Songo Locks School, replacing Brian Rounds who resigned.

Personnel (continued)

  • Brian Woodson as a Grade 8 Diversified Occupations Educational Technician III at Lake Region Vocational Center.  This is a newly budgeted program.
  • Madeleine Lane-Duigan as a Special Education Technician III at Lake Region High School, replacing Ashlee Buzzell who resigned.  
  • Amanda Doherty as a K-2 Academic Support Technician at Stevens Brook Elementary School.
Motion carried unanimously.

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

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve Wayne Kuvaja as a School Bus Driver for the 2012-13 school year.  Motion carried unanimously.  

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the following Additional Duty Positions:

  • Courtney Kennedy – Health Coordinator
  • Darlene Perry – Affirmative Action Officer
  • Kathy Minigell – Middle School Team Leader
Motion carried unanimously.

DISCUSSION ITEMS

Teacher Introductions

The following staff were introduced:

Songo Locks School  - John Dickerson, Assistant Principal and Jessica Frye,
                      Grade 1 Teacher

Stevens Brook Elementary School - Jessica Hunt, Grade 4 Teacher, Jennie Greene,
                                  Kindergarten Teacher

Sebago Elementary School – Julie Schrader, part-time Guidance Counselor

Lake Region Middle School – Megan Grimshaw, Guidance Counselor

Lake Region High School – Teal Carlson, part-time Art Teacher; Sasha Kantro,
                          English Teacher.

Special Services – Norma Jean Senechal, Special Services Teacher at Stevens Brook
                   Elementary School

INFORMATION ITEMS

Committee Reports

None.

Superintendent’s Report

  • Superintendent Beecher mentioned that she had the pleasure of interviewing all of the new teaching candidates.  
  • She asked Board members to let her know if they would be interested in touring the District’s facilities.  She recommended that the tour be during the day so Board members could see students in action.  She will send out possible dates to Board members.  
Personnel

Transfers

  • Cynthia Worcester is transferring from an Art Teacher at Lake Region High School to an Art Teacher at Lake Region Middle School for the 2012-13 school year, replacing Molly Mains who retired
  • Evelyn Johnston is transferring from Songo Locks School to Stevens Brook Elementary School as an K-2 Academic Support Technician
  • Brook Sulloway is transferring from a half-time Spanish Teacher to a full-time Spanish Teacher at Lake Region High School, replacing Julie Guilbault who has
Resigned

Long-Term Substitutes

  • Benjamin Braasch is a Long-Term Substitute Science Teacher at Lake Region Middle School, replacing Douglas Maker who is on a medical leave of absence.  
  • Rebekah Wark is a Long-Term Substitute Grade 2 Teacher at Stevens Brook Elementary School, replacing Krystal Carriere, who is on a maternity leave of absence.               
        
Resignations

  • Ashlee Buzzell has resigned as a Special Education Technician III at Lake Region Middle School, effective August 8, 2012.
  • Kate Callahen has resigned as a Special Education Technician at Songo Locks School.  
  • Julie Guilbault, has resigned as a Spanish Teacher at Lake Region High School.
  • Mary MacKinnon, has resigned as a Gifted and Talented Teacher at Lake Region Middle School.
  • Kristen Sands resigned as a Special Education Health Care Technician, effective August 17, 2012.
Leave of Absence

  • Douglas Maker will be on a family and medical leave of absence from August 27, 2012 through October 9, 2012.
PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

None.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Laurie Mondville, to adjourn.  
Motion carried unanimously.

The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

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