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School Board Minutes 09/09/2013
LAKE REGION SCHOOL DISTRICT
Regular Meeting
September 9, 2013

There was a Regular Meeting of the Lake Region School Board on Monday, September 9, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Crooked River Adult and Community Education Center.  

CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL

Janice Barter, Chairperson, called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  Board members present were:  Debra Albert, Stan Buchanan, Beth Chaplin, Karen Eller, Jody Gray, Cindy LeBlanc, Joseph McMahon, Peter Morrison, Erica Green, and Philip Shane.  Elaine Heuiser was excused and Richard Merritt was absent.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Jody Gray, seconded by Stan Buchanan, to approve the Agenda with the addition of Josh Plowman as a coach.  Motion carried unanimously.

MINUTES

A motion was made by Philip Shane, seconded by Karen Eller, to approve the Minutes of the Board Retreat of August 14, 2013.  Vote:  9-Yes, 0-No,          1-Abstention.  Motion carried.

A motion was made by Philip Shane, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of August 19, 2013.  Vote:  8-Yes, 0-No,
1-Abstention.  Motion carried.

PRESENTATION

Common Core State Standards – Math

Superintendent Beecher did a presentation on the Common Core State Standards.  She shared the following information:

Dr. Beecher explained that the plan for the year is to do educational presentations so that the Board is educated in what is going on in the District and the State.  

The Common Core Standards

  • Define the knowledge and skills students need for college and career
  • Developed voluntarily and cooperatively by states; more than 40 states have adopted the Common Core
  • Provide clear, consistent standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics
Maine signed on to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium within the last two years.

Math will be the topic tonight and English/Language Arts will be split between elementary and secondary at later meetings.  Writing will be shared at a separate meeting also.


Common Core State Standards – Math (continued)

To get more information on the Common Core, you can go to the following site: Commoncorestandards.org

  • Students will be tested in English/Language Arts, Reading, Writing and Math.
  • Math standards can be found by grade level or by domain
  • SP = statistics and probability
  • An example was shared for Grade 3 – Operations and Algebraic Coding
  • An explanation noted that this was in Section C – multiplication and division.   Students will know their x table from 1 x 1 to 9 x 9 by Grade 3.
The U.S. Department of Education funded, with development grants, two consortia for new assessments aligned to college- and career ready standards.  Maine signed onto the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, along with approximately 40 other states.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

  • Involved 175 public and 13 private systems/institutions of higher education in application
  • Two higher educational representatives on the Executive Committee
  • Higher education leaders in each state and higher education faculty participating in work groups
  • Goal:  The high school assessment qualifies students for entry-level, credit-bearing coursework in college or university.
Smarter Balanced made their goal to ensure that assessment and instruction embody the Common Core State Standards and that all students, regardless of disability, language or subgroup status, have the opportunity to learn this valued content and to show what they know and can do.

Summative assessments will include:

  • Rigorous assessment of progress toward “college and career readiness”
  • Common cut scores across all Consortium states
  • Provide both achievement and growth information
  • Valid, reliable, and fair for all students, except those with “significant cognitive disabilities”
  • Administered online
  • Capitalize on the strengths of computer adaptive testing (e.g. efficient and precise measurement across the full range of achievement and quick turnaround of results)
  • Produce composite content area scores, based on the computer adaptive items and performance tasks
  • Use multiple measures
  • Operational in 2014-15 school year




Common Core State Standards – Math (continued)

The tests will be administered during the last 12 weeks of the school year in grades 3-8 and 11.

There is a Digital Library of formative tools, processes and exemplars; released items and tasks:  model curriculum units, educator training, professional development tools and resources, scorer training modules, and teacher collaboration tools with the Smarter Balanced program.

Interim testing will be available to schools to use throughout the school year.  These interim tests can be given at the beginning of the year and again later in the year to determine how students are progressing.   

The tests will…
 
  • Assesss the full range of Common Core in English language arts and mathematics for students in grades 3-8 and  grade 11 (interim assessments can be used in grades 9 and 10)
  • Measure current student achievement and growth across time, showing progress toward college and career readiness
  • Can be given once or twice a year (mandatory testing window within the last 12 weeks of the instructional year)
  • Includes a variety of question types:  selected response, short constructed response, extended constructed response, technology enhanced, and performance tasks.
  • Optional comprehensive and content-cluster assessment to help identify specific needs of each student
Using Computer Adaptive Technology for Summative and Interim Assessments

  • Increased precision – Provides accurate measurements of student growth over time
  • Tailored for each student – Item difficulty based on student response
  • Increased security – Larger item banks mean that not all students receive the same questions
  • Shorter Test Length – Fewer questions compared to fixed form tests
  • Faster results – Turnaround time is significantly reduced
  • Mature Technology – GMAT, GRE, COMPASS (ACT), Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
  • District’s still have control of their curriculum.
  • Cost estimates – Maine currently pays $85 per child, the cost with Smarter Balanced will be between $20 to $25.00 per student
Information was shared on how to read the grade level standards.


TIMSS 2011 Results

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2011 is the fifth administration of TIMSS carried out since 1995 by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA).  This is an international organization of national research.  Assessments were given to students in grades 4 and 8 internationally.   There were 57 countries and other educational systems that administered the test in 2011.  

    U.S.  4th-grade scores                      TIMSS scale average                                                                                 

          541                                        500                                                   

    U.S. 8th grade Scores                       TIMSS scale average      
  
          509                                        500

The U.S. was among the top 15 education     The U.S. was among the top 24           
Systems in mathematics (8 education         education systems in mathematics
Systems had higher averages and 6 were      (11 education systems had higher
not measurably different) and scored        averages and 12 were not measurably
higher, on average than 42 education        different) and scored higher, on
systems.                                    Average, than 32 education systems.

PUBLIC COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS

None.

ADMINISTRATIVE  COMMENTS

Songo Locks School – June Conley

  • The year is off to a good start – enrollment is at 467, with 93 kindergarten students
  • The attendance goal for both staff and students is 96.6%  The school has met or exceeded that goal since the first day of the school year!
  • Two evacuation drills have been completed.  Students are getting the procedures learned for these drills, as well as procedures for other common areas in our building.
Up-coming events:  

  • Kindergarten students will be attending the Cider festival at the Lake Region Vocational Center on September 27.
  • NECAP’s will be starting on October 1.
  • Congratulations to Mr. Dickerson – Vera Audrey Dickerson was born on September 8, weighing 9 lbs and 3 oz., 21 inches long.  Both mom and daughter are doing fine.
Stevens Brook Elementary School – Cheryl Turpin

  • Stevens Brook Elementary School has 299 students, with 18 move outs and 28 move ins
  • Kindergarten students will go to the Cider Festival on September 27


Stevens Brook Elementary School – Cheryl Turpin (continued)

  • A grant was received to allow students to have fresh fruits and veggies every week for the whole year
  • There is a great group of retired people who have made up the Bridgton Literacy Task Force.  They are retired people who are volunteering in the school.  They went to the beaches this summer to read to students; they gave away 1,000 books.  They are offering tutoring to students in the library.  Four students are participating.  They are looking for additional students to tutor.
  • Instrument demo was today.
  • Open House will be held on September 5
Sebago Elementary School – Kirsten Goff

  • The first day of school went well.  There are 82 students enrolled.
  • Open House was last Thursday.  It was very well attended.
  • School pictures will be taken on September 30.
Special Services – Lisa Caron

  • Due to the students who have moved in and out of the District, the Special Services positions had to be restructured.
There are two open positions; a Day Treatment Technician and a psychologist.
The following new staff were introduced:  Brett Hudson, Kristina Crowley, Joshua Obptande, Robert Beecher, Matthew Wibberly, Casey Ashey, and Christopher Small.  They were welcomed to the District.

ACTION ITEMS

Personnel

A motion was made by Jody Gray, seconded by Karen Eller, to approve the following appointments as a block:

  • Wenda Saunders as School Physician for the 2013-14 school year
  • Bonnie Coveney as a part-time music teacher; 1 day/week at Sebago Elementary School and 3 days/week at Stevens Brook Elementary School, effective    August 26, 2013, replacing Nancy Capone who retired
  • Norman Sanderson as a part-time custodian at the Educational Services Building and Lake Region High School, effective August 26, 2013
  • David Vaughn as a District-wide Computer Technician, effective September 9, 2013, replacing Anthony Calileo who resigned
  • Carisa Miner as an Educational Technician III (PLATO) at Lake Region Vocational Center, effective September 4, 2013, replacing Joanne Eaton
  • Erika Smith as a Special Education Technician III at Lake Region High School, effective September 3, 2013, replacing Kim Peterson who transferred to another position
  • Laura Rand as a Special Education Technician III at Lake Region Middle School, effective September 6, 2013, replacing Christina Dinsmore, who resigned
  • Alyson (Ally) Demers as a Special Services Clerk at the Special Services Administrative Office, effective September 5, 2013, replacing Elaine Rowe who transferred to another position

Personnel (continued)

  • Reappointment of Meghan McLaughlin as a Learning Center Instructor for 2013-14
  • Robert Beecher as an evening GED Instructor for 2013-14
  • Erin White as a Permanent Substitute at Lake Region High School
  • Additional Duty Position per the list dated September 9, 2013
  • Reappointment of the following positions:
  • Lynda Carscallen, RTI Coordinator
  • Eleanor Botka – Teacher/Coach – Lake Region High School
  • Eleanor Botka – Writing Teacher Co-Leader
  • Marty Miller – Writing Teacher Co-Leader
  • Jessica Frye as a K-2 Academic Support Technician at Songo Locks School, replacing Kelly Sorenson who resigned  
Motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Jody Gray, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the block.  Motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Karen Eller, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the Board Goals as a second reading.  Motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Peter Morrison, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the donation of $500 from Active Schools Acceleration Project to be used with the 100 Mile Club, BOKS, or Just Move to help reduce child obesity at Stevens Brook Elementary School.  Motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Jody Gray, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to accept the donation of $57.63 from Target for Lake Region Middle School’s activity account through its “Take Charge of Education” program.  Motion carried unanimously.

DISCUSSION ITEMS

PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

Rosie Schacht mentioned that Lake Region Vocational Center is still accepting applications.  There are one or two slots in every program.     

Barry Johnson reported that the Senior Awareness trip went very well.  Seventy-five students participated.  All but one student climbed So. Baldface.  The students were well behaved.  He thanked the Board for their support.  

INFORMATION ITEMS

Personnel

  • Julie Johnson transferred from an Adult Education Administrative Secretary to a Guidance Secretary at Lake Region High School, replacing Linda White who transferred to another position.
  • Daniel Brangwynne is a PhD level Clinical Psychologist and School Psychologist-Specialist.  He is changing from a teacher contract to a Professional Non-Teaching Contract.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Facilities Committee

Phil Shane reported that the Committee met prior to the Board meeting.  
Mr. Shane was elected as Chairperson.  The next Committee meeting will be on October 7 and then the Committee will meet before every other Board meeting.
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The Committee discussed the following:

  • Bridgton Memorial School – The Committee approved and signed the Memorandum of Agreement with the Town of Bridgton for the Bridgton Memorial School.
  • There was an update on the radon in the water at Songo Locks School.  The school is currently using bottled water.  They are currently in the process of checking on a storage area for water so the radon can be removed from the water.
  • At the next Facilities Committee meeting, the Committee will be discussing the Elementary Facilities Ad Hoc Committee’s recommendations.
  • An energy policy was discussed.  The policy will be included on the next School Board agenda.
  • The District is currently in the process of having the wood pellet boiler removed by Thayer.  A new replacement will be installed by December.   The District will keep the current silo.
Finance Committee

Joe McMahon reported that the Committee met on August 19.  He was elected as Chairperson.  The Committee discussed the following:

  • Lease Purchase of School Bus – the Committee approved proceeding with the lease-purchase as the interest rate was good.
  • Students who are attending charter schools will cost approximately $62,000 each for tuition.  No money was included in the budget for these students.
  • The Workers Comp Insurance increase was going to be $108,000.  The District changed companies and the cost was reduced to an increase of $50,000.
  • As there was an increase in the amount of the minimum receiver amount on the ED 279, the District received an additional $155,000.
  • The Warrant Review Schedule was developed.
  • The next meeting will be held on September 19.  The Committee will meet every two weeks.
Curriculum Committee

Erica Green reported that the Committee would meet on September 18 at 3:30 p.m.

Cindy LeBlanc reported that the Committee will meet on Monday, September 23 at 5:00 p.m.

Personnel Committee

Superintendent Beecher mentioned that the Committee would meet on September 23, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.



Superintendent’s Report

As teacher’s are not allowed to resign in August, if a teacher resigns during that time, a qualified candidate for that position must be hired before the teacher can be released.

Superintendent Beecher will send out possible dates for a Facilities Tour for new employees.  She mentioned that it is best to tour the schools during the day so that Board members can see the students in action.

The Guatemala trip was tabled on the last agenda but was not included on this agenda.  Superintendent Beecher mentioned that the District received information that the Wiscassett School couldn’t get everything together in time to schedule the trip.


EXECUTIVE SESSION

A motion was made by Jody Gray, seconded by Beth Chaplin, 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 8:00 p.m.  Mr. Stickney, Mr. Clark, Ms. Harrison, the student and the student’s parents were invited to attend.

The Board returned to Public Session at 8:17 p.m.

A motion was made by Jody Gray, seconded by Cindy LeBlanc, to readmit the student on Thursday, September 12.  Motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Jody Gray, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to go into Executive Session to discuss a student matter.  Motion carried unanimously.

The Board went into Executive Session at 8:22 p.m.  J.P. Yorkey, 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 Janice Barter, seconded by Erica Green, to have the student return on September 23 with required reports.  Vote:  10-Yes, 0-No,
1-Abstention.  Motion carried.  

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made, and seconded, to adjourn.  Motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 8:44 p.m.

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