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School Board Minutes 10/20/2014

October 20, 2014

There was a Regular Meeting of the Lake Region School Board on Monday,
October 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria at Stevens Brook Elementary School.


Janice Barter called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  Board members present were:  Debra Albert, Ben Bowditch, Stan Buchanan, Alison Caulfield,
Beth Chaplin, Karen Eller, Jody Gray, Cindy LeBlanc, Joseph McMahon, and
Karla Swanson-Murphy.  Paula Grace was excused.  Philip Shane was absent.

Administrators present were:  Tonya Arnold, Lisa Caron, Cheryl Cline, Ted Finn,
Kirsten Goff, Deborah Howard, Andrew Madura, Stephen McFarland, Rosie Schacht, Sherrie Small, Joshua Sturk, Cheryl Turpin, and Alan Smith, Superintendent of Schools.

Barry Johnson and Julie Johnson were also present.


A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Jody Gray, to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried unanimously.      
A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of October 6, 2014.  Motion carried unanimously,   


Stevens Brook Elementary School - Cheryl Turpin

  • A staff member was going to do a presentation on the before school exercise program, but was sick.  
  • The school has a daily motor break.  Music is played and students have learned movements to go it.  A session will be recorded and sent to      Lake Region Television.  This month’s song is the “Monster Mash”.  Kids are enjoying this time.  
  • Last week grade 3 went on a walk in Bridgton and worked with a local artist to learn about the Town.  A gentlemen shared an old typewriter and the children were in awe.

Stevens Brook Elementary School - Cheryl Turpin (continued)

  • The Bus Safety program was shared with students on October 6.  Line’ Mulcahy was commended as she made 5 presentations to the students just at Stevens Brook Elementary School.
  • Picture retake day is on October 24.
  • The Bridgton Fire Department will be coming to the school on Friday.  They are bringing the smoke machine and doing a fire drill.  
  • Parent conferences will be held on October 28 and 30.  
  • The Bridgton Group of Retired Professionals will be coming in to read to the students.
Songo Locks School - Cheryl Cline
  • Ms. Frechette mentioned that she had recently gotten married and was out for a week.  She had a wonderful return.  Her name has changed to Mrs. Cline.  
  • Enrollment is at 476 students.  This is up from the last report in April and another transfer is expected tomorrow.  
  • October is Bus Safety and Fire Prevention Month.  There have been lots of safety drills.  Naples and Casco Fire Departments did presentations for the students.  The Fire Departments will come back later to share Christmas tree safety with the older students.  
  • A staff meeting was held and the topic of “How can we unleash the power of data” was discussed along with other topics.
  • The Parent/Teacher Connection Group and Family Game Night events have been scheduled.
  • Roxanne Mayhew is leading health in the school including Yoga, walking, jogging, etc.
Sebago Elementary School - Kirsten Goff

  • Mrs. Goff was planning on doing a slide show but there was no projector.
  • Parent teacher conferences are being held on October 28 and 30.
  • Loon Echo and the PTC paid for Chewonki to come and give presentations to all the classes about the different kinds of animals, bugs, and ecosystems in Maine.
  • The pre-school parade will happen again this year on October 31.  Pre-school aged children from the Town of Sebago come to the school dressed up in costumes and parade through the school.  This has been done as a way to introduce them to the school as a safe and welcoming place to be.
  • Fire Safety presentations will be given by the Sebago Fire Department on October 27.
  • The Bus Safety program will be shared with students on Monday, November 3.
Lisa Caron, Director of Special Services

  • Presentations from now through January will have to do with the special education review.  The second formal letter came last week.  Part of the review is with Ms. Caron and part of it is with Sherrie Small, the Financial Coordinator.  A form is due by December 30, along with a lot of information which needs to be gathered.  The on-site review is schedule for January 15.    A hand out was distributed to the Board.
Lisa Caron, Director of Special Services (continued)

  • Mrs. Caron mentioned that the focus of the Special Services Department has been on technology.  The Department decided to purchase Ipads.  There are currently 132 Ipads available.  A plan is in place to purchase additional Ipads.  Teachers and students will come to a future Board meeting to show what they are using the Ipads for.  The Department is working with Mr. Sturk on the best use of these resources.
Employee Recognition Policy

A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the revisions to the Employee Recognition policy, File Code GBN, as a second reading.  Motion carried unanimously.
Appointment of Teachers’ Effectiveness Committee

A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to appoint the following teachers to the Teachers’ Effectiveness Committee:

Barry Johnson, Diane Geiser, Steve Mercer, Elizabeth Shane, Jeanine Roy,
Cindy Jones, Betsy Mayo, and Carmel Collins.

Superintendent Smith mentioned that the State mandated that teachers be appointed by the Board and approved by the Teachers Association.  These staff members will need to do the majority of the work on the Teacher Effectiveness Evaluation System.

Barry Johnson mentioned that the Lake Region Teachers Association has not voted on the list yet as he needs to get a current list of teachers to be able to contact them all.

Motion carried unanimously.






Committee Reports

Curriculum Committee

Karen Eller reported that the Committee met and worked on the following items:
  • Code of Conduct
  • Presentation format for when staff presents curriculum to the committee

Personnel Committee

The Committee will meet following the School Board meeting.

Facilities Committee

Andrew Madura reported that the Committee met prior to the School Board meeting.  Deluca Hoffman came and gave proposals regarding the entrance at Songo Locks School.  The Committee will meet again on November 12 at Songo Locks School.

Finance Committee

Karla Swanson-Murphy reported that the Committee had not met since the last Board meeting.  The next meeting is scheduled for October 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Office.

Liaison Committee

Debra Albert reported that the Committee met prior to the School Board meeting.   

The following items were discussed:

  • Dine and Discuss and whether it is a good format to connect with staff.
  • Good Kid Awards and possibly changing it to a Laker Pride award, which could include staff members.  The color of the t-shirts and the logo may change as well.
  • The Committee is looking for ideas to connect with the community.
Superintendent’s Report

  • Superintendent Smith distributed an agenda for the MSMA conference which will be held this week.
  • The State has received our request for an extension on the proficiency based diploma, Option 5.
Audrey Langley will transfer from a full-time Lake Region Vocational Center Teacher to a half-time Teacher at Lake Region Vocational Center and a part-time Technology Integrator.

A motion was made by Karla-Swanson Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to adjourn.  The motion carried unanimously.

The meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.


                                                                                   Date Approved