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School Board Minutes 02/04/2013

LAKE REGION SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR MEETING
February 4, 2013

There was a Regular Meeting of the Lake Region School Board on Monday,    February 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at Songo Locks 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, Peter Morrison, Erica Pond Green, Philip Shane, and Karla Swanson-Murphy.  Laurie Mondville was absent.

Administrators present were:  June Conley, Lisa Caron, Ted Finn, John Dickerson, Joshua Sturk, Cheryl Turpin, and Kathleen Beecher, Superintendent of Schools.

Others present were:  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.

PRESENTATION

None.

PUBLIC COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS

None.

ADMINISTRATIVE COMMENTS

Lake Region High School – Ted Finn

Mr. Finn reported on the following:

  • The first semester grades closed on January 18 and grades will be posted by January 24.
  • Academy Presentations will be made on January 22; the public was invited to view them at 3:00 p.m.   
  • Ninety-three percent (93%) of the high school students have registered for courses next year.  Interests are being reviewed to see what should be offered for electives.
  • Mr. Stickney met with 8th grade students at the middle school last week.
  • Teacher/Parent Conferences were held.   There was a 35% to 40% parent attendance.
  • Mr. Finn had an opportunity to go to the University of Southern Maine to watch an Indoor Track event.  The track and field athletes did a great job.
  • The Ice Cats will be playing Ice Hockey at Bridgton Academy.  
Lake Region Vocational Center – Rosie Schacht

  • As the holiday celebration was postponed, the students had a January Fiesta.  This was an opportunity for all Vocational students to interact.
Lake Region Vocational Center – Rosie Schacht  (continued)

  • The Vocational Center is observing Dating Violence Awareness Week.  Activities are planned for each day of the week including Purple Cupcake Day, Purple Snack Day, and presentations on violence dating awareness.  The girls and boys will be split for some of the presentations.
  • The Board members were invited to come to a workshop at Lake Region Vocational Center for Cumberland County Educators.  The topic was Cheap and Easy – Alternatives for Suspensions and Expulsion.  There will be a wide variety of experts available.  There will be 10 minute presentations.  
  • The Vocational Center did receive National certification from the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation.  This is the third school in the State to receive this National recognition.
Lake Region Middle School – Tonya Arnold

  • Ten middle school students participated in the District II event.
  • National Guard staff are coming this week to work with Team Kineo, and next week with Team Sugarloaf.  They will present the “Stay on Track” self-esteem, teamwork, and leadership program to help keep students from making risky choices.
  • Grade 8 students have been randomly selected to take the National Assessment of Education Program (NAEP) test next week.
  • Students who have earned points for good citizenship will go skating at Bridgton Academy in the afternoon next Monday or Tuesday.
  • On Wednesday, March 6, the Middle School Band and Chorus will perform a concert at the High School Auditorium.
  • On Thursday, March 14, the Middle School Jazz Band will perform at the High School Auditorium.
  • Team Kineo will be asking for the Board’s approval to attend Ferry Beach Ecology School from March 25 to March 27, 2013.
  • NECAP scores were released and the Middle School is making progress.  Reading is up since 2010 by 5%; Math is up by 4%; and Writing is up by 15% overall.
Adult Education – Carrie Castonguay

  • The Department of Education has decided to keep the GED test through 2014-15.  People currently in a GED Program have 11 months to complete their work.  After that, the test will be much harder and will be computer-based.
  • The Bureau of Purchases and Career Pathways has set up a Team to review standards-based education.  The District is well ahead of the State on standards-based education and the use of an advisory committee.  
Mr. Madura mentioned that there is an issue with the heat in this section of the building at Songo Locks School.  A mew motor was picked up today and will be installed tomorrow.

Line’ Mulcahy mentioned that the District’s bullying campaign is featured in the “School Bus – Transportation” Magazine.  Ms. Mulcahy was contacted by someone in Washington D.C. to get the information.




ACTION ITEMS

Policies

By Laws

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the revisions to the By Laws, File Code B, as a first reading.

Superintendent Beecher mentioned that the State law was included in the Agenda packet to explain what the towns have to do to fill a School Board member vacancy.  

An amendment was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to add to the last sentence under Section II – Organization – 1. “until the next annual municipal election.”

Motion carried unanimously.

Weapons, Violence and School Safety

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the revisions to the Weapons, Violence, and School Safety policy, File Code JICIA as a second reading.  Motion carried unanimously.  

Student Education Records and Information Administrative Procedures

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the Student Education Records and Information Administrative Procedures, File Code JO-R.  

Janice Barter questioned the note in #4.  

A motion was made by Beth Chaplin, seconded by Elaine Heuiser, to table the policy.  Motion carried unanimously.

Elementary Assistant Principal

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the Elementary Assistant Principal’s job description as a first reading.  

Karla Swanson-Murphy mentioned that the three Assistant Principal job descriptions have been revised and reviewed by the administrators and the Personnel Committee.  The job descriptions were checked for consistency and responsibilities were put in order of importance.  

Motion carried unanimously.

Middle School Assistant Principal

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the Middle School Assistant Principal’s job description as a first reading.  Motion carried unanimously.



Lake Region High School Assistant Principal

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the Lake Region High School Assistant Principal’s job description as a first reading.  Motion carried unanimously.    

Administratative Secretary for the Director of Transportation, Facilities, and Food Service

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the job description for the Administrative Secretary for the Director of Transportation, Facilities, and Food Service as a first reading.  

Karla Swanson-Murphy mentioned that the job description was reviewed by the Personnel Committee.  As this position has different job responsibilities than the general Secretary job description and there was a vacancy due to a retirement, a new job description was written.

Motion carried unanimously.

Administrative Secretary for the Director of Special Services

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the job description for the Administrative Secretary for the Director of Special Services as a first reading.  

Karla Swanson-Murphy mentioned that as the job description is more specific than the general Secretary job description and there was a vacancy due to a retirement, a new job description was written.

Motion carried unanimously.

Donation

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to accept the donation of $100 from Toothe Protectors Inc. for Songo Locks School.  The school was the September 2012 winner in their “Smile Back Rewards Program”.  The funds will be used to purchase clothes to have on hand for students if they get wet.  Motion carried unanimously.

Personnel

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the appointment of Ellen Duluca as a Special Education Teacher at Lake Region Middle School, effective January 24, 2013 for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year, replacing Kim LeClair.

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the appointment of Marie Libby as a Day Treatment Support Technician at Songo Locks School, replacing Sarah Champoli.  

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the appointment of Christine Zidle as a K-2 Academic Support Technician at Songo Locks School, effective February 4, 2013 for the remainder of the school year, replacing Teresa Odum who resigned.  Motion carried unanimously.

Personnel (continued

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the appointment of Christopher Maguire as a School Bus Driver, effective  February 4, 2013 for the remainder of the school year, replacing Jennifer Secord.

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to approve the request by Sebago Elementary School to have a school field trip to Storyland in New Hampshire.  

Kirsten Goff mentioned that Corinne Davis shared information regarding the field trip.  The teachers were asked if they would prefer a K-2 or a K-5 field trip.  It was decided to take the entire staff and students to Storyland.  The PTC and Sebago Recreation will help fund the trip along with other sponsors and fundraising activities.  There are links for each grade level for the various fairy tales which the teachers will be incorporating into their curriculum.  

Motion carried unanimously.       

DISCUSSION ITEMS

None.

INFORMATION ITEMS

Committee reports

Personnel Committee

Karla Swanson-Murphy mentioned that the Committee met on January 28 in Executive Session.  The next meeting will be on Monday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the Library at Lake Region High School.

Finance Committee

Janice Barter mentioned that the Committee has not met.  The Committee will meet next Monday to begin budget deliberations.

Curriculum Committee

Erica Pond Green reported that the Committee met on January 23.  The following was discussed:

Policies were reviewed, revised, and will go back to the Committee for further review.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 6 at 3:30 p.m.   

Liaison Committee

Cindy LeBlanc reported that the Liaison Committee met at 5:30 p.m. prior to this meeting.  The following was discussed:

  • Good Kid awards will be held on April 1 at Crooked River Elementary School.

Liaison Committee (continued)

  • Student/Board Breakfasts are scheduled as follows:  March 8 at Lake Region Middle School, March 11 for grades 9-10, and March 25 for grades 11-12 at Lake
Region High School.  The breakfasts will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.   All Board members were strongly urged to attend.
  • A Dine and Discuss for staff will be held on March 4.  Time to be determined.
Facilities Committee

Phil Shane reported that the Committee met prior to the meeting.  The following was discussed:

  • Mr. Madura gave an update of the Facilities Ad Hoc Committee status.
  • There was an update on the White House bid.  There have been no bids to date.  The building will be checked to see if some of the building can be saved for storage.   
  • The Lake Region Community Theatre requested use of storage space.  As there is no available space at the current time this was put on hold.
  • Pellet Boiler update.  Mr. Madura is hoping to hear something before the week is out.
  • Carrie Castonguay had a request from a person wanting to lease space at Crooked River Elementary School that didn’t meet the school Use of Facilities policy.  This was not approved.   
The next meeting will be on Monday, March 4 at 6:00 p.m.

Superintendent’s Report

Dr. Beecher reported on the following:

  • Proposal from Governor LePage regarding Maine State Retirement - teachers, educational technicians and guidance staff pay 7.65% into Maine State Retirement.  The State currently pays 2.65%.  Governor LePage’s proposal is for the District to take over some portion or all of the 2.75%.  The District is not on the 100% list at the current time.
  • Revenue Sharing to the Towns – John Kerry, State Representative, came in for a meeting to update Dr. Beecher on what is happening in the Legislature.  There is a possibility that revenue sharing will not be paid to the Towns.  This will be voted on by the Legislature in May.  If this is passed, it would affect the District.
  • The NAEP Testing is done in grades 4 and 8.  Students are randomly selected.  All three elementary schools will have students tested.  The results will come out in about a year.
Personnel

Nancy Capone has submitted her intent to retire at the end of the 2012-13 school year.  Ms. Capone has been employed by the District for 12 years.






PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

The Lake Region High School Girls’ Basketball Team is #1 in Class B.  Senior Night will be on Friday night for both the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams.  Both games should be good.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

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

The Board went into Executive Session at 7:45 p.m. and returned to Public Session and 8:35 p.m.  

A motion was made by Cindy LeBlanc, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to go into Executive Session to discuss negotiations, pursuant to M.R.S.A. 405 6.D.  Motion carried unanimously.

The Board went into Executive Session at 8:35 p.m. and returned to Public Session at 9:00 p.m.

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to go into Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter, pursuant to M.R.S.A. 405 6.A.  Motion carried unanimously.  
  
The Board went into Executive Session at 9:00 p.m. and returned to Public Session at 9:20 p.m.  Philip Shane and Elaine Heuiser were not present for the Executive Session.

ADJOURNMENT

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

The meeting adjourned at 9:21 p.m.

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