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School Board Minutes 10/05/2015

LAKE REGION SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR MEETING
October 5, 2015


There was a Regular Meeting of the Lake Region School Board on Monday, October 5, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria at Sebago Elementary School.  

CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL

Janice Barter called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  Board members present were:  Debra Albert, Ben Bowditch, Stan Buchanan, Allison Caulfield,
Beth Chaplin, Karen Eller, Tom Hancock, Cindy LeBlanc, Joseph McMahon,
Philip Shane, Nina Stoddard, and Karla Swanson-Murphy.

Administrators present were:  Lisa Caron, Cheryl Cline, Kirsten Goff, Erik Good, Andrew Madura, Elisabeth Peavey, Rosie Schacht, Guy Stickney, Joshua Sturk, Cheryl Turpin, and Alan Smith, Superintendent of Schools.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the Agenda with the addition of the Agenda Addendum.  Motion carried unanimously.

MINUTES

A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of September 14, 2015.  Motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS

None.

ADMINISTRATIVE COMMENTS

Erik Good – Lake Region High School

  • Homecoming – The school spirit was great.  Only 4 points separated the 1st place sophomores from the 4th place freshmen.  Mr. Good left the students with the challenge to maintain the energy and engagement through the year.
  • Senior and Freshmen Awareness:  
  • Senior Awareness was held on September 13 – 14.  Students climbed South Baldface Mountain in New Hampshire.  It was wet but fun.  It is hoped to re-do the hike on a good day so students can see the view.
  • Freshmen Awareness was held on September 21.  Students participated in the Ropes Course at Crooked River Academy.  The Course was led by Crooked River students and teachers.
  • Both groups focused on collaborative effort and unity in the class.
  • School Improvement Goals
  • Teachers have had several meetings to get a sense of where the school is with their goals, what practices are in place, what is important, and what needs to be changed.
  • Proficiency Based Diploma
  • Designing, tuning, administering, scoring, calibrating, and reflecting on two common proficiency based assessments in each content area.
  • Teacher Development
  • Supplement administrator observations by developing content leaders’ capacity to manage peer observation process
  • Communication/Stakeholder Engagement
  • Computer Science Academy audit and revamp of website – other school sites have been viewed
  • Teacher focus on Schoology – streamline web-based communication with parents
  • Laker Pride Academy podcasts – Mr. Good will be interviewed by the students
Invited to join the League of Innovative Schools
  • It is a network of schools from around New England working on proficiency based learning with multiple and flexible pathways.  
  • Presented to Curriculum Committee – main advantages – rich and differentiated professional learning; focused support for action planning
  • Mr. Good will be attending a League of Innovative Schools Conference on October 29 along with Ms. Hayden and a Team of Content Leaders.
Lake Region Vocational Center - Rosie Schacht

  • Students participated in a September 11 Flag Ceremony.  It gets better and better every year.  This year a Law Enforcement Student plays the trumpet so Taps was added.  
  • Students have been Pre-tested in their programming areas, they will be post-tested, and data collected.  This is a Statewide initiative that is being done as a pilot this year.
  • All juniors and seniors have taken the Fall Accuplacer test; for juniors it is an eye opening experience to let them know what areas they need to work on and seniors are trying to improve their scores.
  • The Ciderfest was very successful.  There were 13 different stations for students to participate in different activities.  Erik Botka, the Culinary Arts students, Diversified Occupations Students, and Law Enforcement students were thanked for their hard work.
  • Wednesday is Pride Kick Off Day – Shawn Moody, a motivational speaker, will be sharing his life story with the students.
  • On Friday, the Vocational staff will participate in the State Vocational Conference where staff will work with their peers on assessments, common assessments, and technology updates.
  • The Pumpkin Auction will be held at the Black Bear Café on October 21 at 6:00 p.m.  Last year the event raised $1,500.00.  
Lake Region Middle School – Matthew Lokken

  • Enrollment is at 414 students; there are 207 girls and 207 boys!!
  • A Fire Drill was held on September 15.  Mr. Lokken was impressed with how serious and quiet the students were.  Two more drills will be scheduled in October.
  • Open House was held on Thursday, September 17.  Mr. Madura and Bruce Harmon were thanked for putting up parking signs, directing traffic, and providing a shuttle for parents.  It was an impressive first impression for parents and the community.
  • Fall Scantron assessments have been completed.  The assessments are used to identify areas for intervention and supports.  
  • The Great American Opportunities Assembly was held.  Students were very respectful, engaged, and had a great time during the assembly.  
Lake Region Middle School – Matthew Lokken (continued)

  • Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services (SAPARS) - October is bullying prevention month.  During the past two weeks, students have had presentations on sexual harassment, cyber bullying, and Backbone Zone.  Monday, October 5, students wore blue to show their support for bullying awareness and posters were displayed showing positive behavior which were made by the Guidance classes.  
  • A staff meeting was held and Mr. Madura spoke about the Emergency Response protocol.  Scott Porter will attend the next meeting.
  • The Curriculum Showcase will be held on Friday.  Staff members are excited to be students instead of teachers for a day.
ACTION ITEMS

Personnel

A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the appointment of Madelyn Litz as Director of Adult and Community Education.  Motion carried unanimously.  

Ms. Litz was introduced to the Board.  Ms. Litz thanked the Board and Superintendent for their support.

A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the following personnel items as a block:  

  • Katherine Klein as a Library Media Specialist at Lake Region High School, replacing Deborah Gahm who retired.
  • Carisa Miner as a half-time English Teacher and a half-time Educational Technician III at Lake Region Vocational Center.
  • Amy Whitten as a School Bus Monitor, effective September 14, 2015.  This is a new position.
  • Amy Santos as a Day Treatment Support Technician at Stevens Brook Elementary School, effective September 30, 2015, replacing Alice Bradeen who transferred to another position.
  • Additional Duty Positions per the Memo which was distributed.
Walter Ridlon as a Student Services Coordinator at Lake Region Vocational Center, replacing Madelyn Litz who transferred to another position.
  • Ann Fifield as a part-time Library Educational Technician III (1.5 days per week) at Sebago Elementary School, effective October 5, 2015 for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year.
Motion carried unanimously.

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

Donation of a Car

A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to accept the donation of a 2001 Sunfire Pontiac to the Automotive Class at Lake Region Vocational Center with a value of $1,000.00.  



Donation of a Car

Ms. Schacht mentioned that the car will be used in the Automotive Technology class.  It provides a good tool for first year students.

Motion carried unanimously.

Overnight Field Trips – EF Tours

A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin to approve Overnight Field Trip requests through EF Tours to South Africa and Spain.

Ryan Williams, an English Teacher at Lake Region High School, mentioned that the South Africa trip is an 11-day trip.  The freshmen Humanities class is being blended with English/Language Arts.  Students are learning about the cultures of  Russia, So. East Asia, South America, Europe and other countries.  The South Africa trip will include a tour of Nelson Mandela’s house and a home stay so students will meet people in the area.  Students will see a lot of culture in one trip.  Students will read a novel so there will be a blending of literature.  The trip will make the novel come alive and there will be discussions of what cultures stayed strong and what cultures have gone by the wayside.

EF Tours invites other schools to participate in the trip to keep costs down.  The approximate cost of the trip will be $4,650.00 depending on the number of students going.  Students will need to pay $260 for 16 months.  There is a 6 to 1 ratio of students and chaperones.  At least 6 students have to go, but there is no limit on the number of students.

Mr. Williams has taken students on trips to Washington D.C., Quebec and Montreal in Canada.   He has been a personal and professional fund raiser for the last seven years so he is well versed with working with communities on fund raising.  

Brook Sulloway requested to take a group of students to Barcelona, Spain.  They will stay in that one area.  Students will get exposure to use the Spanish language.  They will have classroom time in the morning and learn vocabulary words and then be immersed in Barcelona with a shopping list in the areas of art, history, the economy, etc.   It is hoped to get 15 students for the trip.  The anticipated cost is $3,560.  

Mr. Sulloway spent a year in Barcelona when he was 15.  It is a wonderful place and he is excited to share it with the students.   He also went to Spain with
Ms. Hubka and a group of students about five years ago.

A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the trip to South Africa.  

Mr. Buchanan expressed concern regarding the trip.

Vote:  11-Yes, 1-No, 1-Abstention.  Motion carried.

A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the trip to Spain.  Vote:  11-Yes, 0-No, 2-Abstentions.  Motion carried.  




Overnight Field Trips

A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin to approve the list of Overnight Field Trips for 2015-16.

Brain Clark was present and requested to take the Alternative Education class on a camping trip to Sebago Lake State Park on October 7 and 8.   The trip is for students to get to know each other.  Approximately 30 students will attend with 3 teachers as chaperones.

Phil Shane expressed his concern for the Basketball Team going away during Christmas vacation.  Students should be home to enjoy their families.   

Vote:  12-Yes, 1-No, 0-Abstentions.   Motion carried.  
 
Delegate to the Annual Delegate Assembly

A motion was made by Alison Caulfield, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to elect Janice Barter as the Delegate to the Annual Delegate Assembly.  Motion carried unanimously.

Alternate to the Annual Delegate Assembly

A motion was made by Beth Chaplin, seconded by Karla Swanson-Murphy, to elect Stan Buchanan as the Alternate to the Annual Delegate Assembly.  Motion carried unanimously.

DISCUSSION ITEMS

Update from the Building Committee on the Crooked River Project

Superintendent Smith mentioned that three Public Forums have been held at Stevens Brook Elementary School, Crooked River, and Lake Region Vocational Center.   One more is scheduled to be held at Sebago Elementary School on Wednesday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m.   The Architect has done a good job on the project.   

Lake Region TV will also tape a presentation to be put on Lake Region TV.   
Ms. Schacht will be the interviewer.   

At the next Board meeting, the Board will vote on whether or not to move the project forward.  If approved the Superintendent and Board representatives will meet with the Select people in each town.  

INFORMATION ITEMS

Curriculum Committee

Karen Eller reported that the Committee met on September 30.  The following items were discussed:

  • There was a discussion with Superintendent Smith on the curriculum areas for the Committee to focus on during 2015-16 to help implement student success.  The following areas were recommended:


Curriculum Committee (continued)

  • Proficiency-based high school diploma progress
  • NEASC Committee work
  • LRMS standards based system
  • Teacher evaluation/professional growth system
  • Piloting the administrative professional principal evaluation system
  • Increasing math achievement throughout the district
  • Continue to develop a K-12 District Curriculum document.
Mr. Good presented information on the League of Innovative Schools.  He shared his experiences as a member of the League and that it would allow the High School staff to participate in high quality professional development, which would be helpful as they work on proficiency-based diplomas.  

The next meeting will be on October 21 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Finance Committee

Karla Swanson-Murphy reported that the Committee met on September 23.
Ms. Swanson-Murphy was elected as Chairperson.

  • The Committee authorized Mr. Madura to spend up to $10,000 for vehicle replacements and to sell 9 vehicles and use that money to purchase any equipment that was needed.
  • Mr. Blatt shared information on the Crooked River project.   Financial projections were shared and what the financing might look like.
  • The next meeting will be on October 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Central Office.
Facilities Committee

Phil Shane reported that the Committee met prior to the meeting.  Mr. Shane was elected as Chairperson.   

The Committee discussed the following:

  • Board Schedule – The Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. prior to the first Board meeting of each month.
  • Mr. Madura reported on Summer Maintenance Projects including painting, cleaning, general maintenance, and carpet replacement.
  • Crooked River Project.
  • Bridgton Skate Board Park – The Town requested to take a couple of trees down so it would look better and be policed better.
  • Committee goals – Update the 10-Year Plan.
Personnel Committee

The Personnel Committee will meet on Monday, October 19 at 6:00 p.m. at Stevens Brook Elementary School.





Liaison Committee

The Liaison Committee will meet on Monday, October 19 at 5:30 p.m. at Stevens Brook Elementary School.

MSMA Fall Conference

Board members were urged to attend the MSMA Fall Conference if possible as there are many informative workshops to attend.  There are also some very good guest speakers this year.

Personnel

Resignations

  • Darcy Brook resigned as a Special Education Technician at Lake Region High School, effective October 5, 2015.
  • Bonniejean Wightman resigned as a Special Education Technician III at Lake Region High School.
  • Michelle Dunn resigned as an English/Language Arts Teacher at Lake Region Middle School, effective September 30, 2015.
Transfers

  • Alice Bradeen is transferring from a Day Treatment Support Technician at Stevens Brook Elementary School to a Special Education Technician III at Lake Region High School, effective September 28, 2015.  
  • Adam Potvin transferred from a Special Education Technician III to a English/Language Arts Long-Term Substitute at Lake Region Middle School, effective October 1, 2015.
EXECUTIVE SESSION

A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, 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 7:52 p.m.  Lisa Caron and Judith Prevost were invited to attend.  

The Board returned to Public Session at 8:25 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT

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

The Board adjourned at 8:26 p.m.

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