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School Board Minutes 11/16/2015
Lake Region School District
Regular Meeting
November 16, 2015

There was a Regular Meeting of the Lake Region School Board on Monday,
November 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria at Lake Region High School.


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, Joseph McMahon, and Karla Swanson-Murphy.
Cindy LeBlanc and Nina Stoddard were excused and Philip Shane was absent.

Administrators present were:  Lisa Caron, Cheryl Cline, Erik Good, Pat Hayden, Andrew Madura, Elisabeth Peavey, Rosie Schacht, Sherrie Small, Joshua Sturk, Maggie Thornton, Paul True, Cheryl Turpin, and Alan Smith, Superintendent of Schools.


A motion was made by Karla Swanson Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the agenda with the addition of the Agenda Addendum and addition of an Executive Session for a Personnel Matter, pursuant to 405 6.A.  Motion carried unanimously.


A motion was made by Karla Swanson Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the Minutes of November 1, 2015.  Motion carried unanimously.


Maine Elementary Science Partnership – Paul Jacques

Paul Jacques a Grade 3 Teacher at Songo Locks School shared that he is participating in the Maine Elementary Science Partnership.  The partnership is providing professional development.  It started two years ago through a grant by the Maine Center for Research in Science Education and the STEM Department at the University of Maine.  

Mr. Jacques has received over 300 hours of professional development in the science content area.  The group works directly with the University of Maine professors.  During the last 2 summers, he has spent 6 week at the University of Maine Orono and University of Southern Maine working with faculty and other teachers.

Student engagement is the single most important factor in student learning.  

Mr. Jacques serves as a liaison for other Science Teachers – Science Resource Partners.  The group has monthly meetings.

He provides ongoing support and information for other members of this District.
The energy and passion of other teachers to improve education is impressive.

Maine Elementary Science Partnership – Paul Jacques

Mr. Jacques brings information back to our school and leads study groups in the best practices in science education.  Three that have been held to date include:

Talk Science – productive talk strategies in the classroom
HOT Science – cross cutting concepts and higher order thinking skills
Write Science – collect and support science in writing

There was a task force to find K-5 resources that are inquiry-based that are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.  Several teachers have piloted the resources.

Mr. Jacques shared a video of what students are doing in the classroom.  They were working on how to design a pop fly launcher, and having a discussion on electricity.

Board members were invited into the classrooms to see the students at work.  

Twenty teachers are working with Talk Science and 9 teachers are working with Write Science.

A Study Group is held after school and it is limited only by who can attend.

Mr. Jacques was thanked for his presentation.


Bob Casimiro shared that he had recently attended three meetings of other organizations and they all began their meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.  


Stevens Brook Elementary School – Cheryl Turpin

  • Food City approached Stevens Brook to distribute “Food Bags” to all of the schools in the District.  The school would then distribute the bags to families in need.  The Food City Program invited shoppers to buy a Meal Bag filled with nonperishable food items, for a family in need.  Food City collected 61 meal bags.  The number of bags received by each school was calculated based on each school’s enrollment.  Stevens Brook was the drop off point and the Transportation Department delivered the bags to each of the schools.  Food City’s Corporate Office planned this as a one-time event; however, Bridgton Food City is planning on running the program through the year.  Mrs. Turpin publicly thanked Food City and all their shoppers for providing this important service for our families.
  • McTeacher Night at McDonald’s was a success.  The teachers raised $700 for the greenhouse fund.  The fund balance is currently at $14,878.46.               Mrs. Turpin met with Mr. Madura to determine a location for the greenhouse.  Mr. Madura is developing a cost estimate for the site work.  The next step will be for Stevens Brook to bring their project to the Facilities Committee once most of the details are worked out.
  • On October 30, Grade 5 students hiked Bald Pate Mountain.  The local Garden Club was thanked for covering the cost of the transportation.
Stevens Brook Elementary School – Cheryl Turpin (continued)

  • Parent/Teacher Conference data:  Teachers are still working to make 100% contact with parents and caregivers.  Currently, 95% of the parents and caregivers have been contacted.
  • On Saturday, November 14, the PTA held a Craft Fair featuring local artisans.  Vendors came from all over New England.  Performers played holiday music throughout the day.  The PTA sold booth space and had raffle prizes.  Approximately $1,200 in profit was raised.  
  • Kathi Grossi is a new first grade teacher this year.  She also teachers undergraduate and graduate education classes at Fitchburg State University.  As one of her strengths is reading instruction, she provided a professional development session for Kindergarten and Grade 1 teachers on phonemic awareness and phonics.
  • The Book Fair was held during the week of conferences and the librarian made $1,071.00 for the Library.
  • The Parent Involvement Committee is sponsoring a “Fit for a Feast” event on Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.  Students and families will participate in a turkey trot from the school to Ricky’s Diner, followed by a community meal with all the students and families sharing a potluck supper.  A Thanksgiving story will be read aloud at the end of the meal.
  • Holiday concerts are scheduled for December 11; K-3’s concert will be at 10:00 a.m. and grades 4 and 5 and band and chorus will be at 1:30 p.m.
Songo Locks School – Cheryl Cline

  • Red Ribbon Week was celebrated during the week of October 26.  It is a reminder to stay drug and alcohol free.  The Student Council encouraged staff and students to embrace:  “Respect Yourself … and your health … Stay Drug Free!”
  • Staff and students represented their commitment to remaining drug and alcohol free by dressing up during the week:
  • “TOO BRIGHT for drugs” – Wear your neon and bright colors!!!
  • “SOCK IT to drugs” – Wear crazy, mismatched socks!
  • “RED-y to say ‘no’ to drugs!  Wear as much red as possible!
  • “Say ‘PEACE OUT’ to drugs!  Wear tye-dye!!
  • “Be a superhero.  Have the power to say “NO” to drugs!  Dress up as your favorite superhero!!!
  • Parent conferences were held on October 27 and 29.  Approximately 92% of the students had a family member attend a parent/teacher conference.
  • On November 5, the Songo Locks School Parent Teacher Connection organized a fun-filled Family Bingo Night with lots of prizes.  More than 200 students and family members attended the event.  All the parents and teachers who helped make the event a success were publicly thanked.
  • On October 29, the local fire departments did a presentation for students in Kindergarten through Grade 3.  They also participated in a practice evacuation drill that day.  There will be a safety presentation for students in grades 4 and 5 on November 24.

Songo Locks School – Cheryl Cline (continued)

  • The second PBIS Principal Star Assembly was held at the beginning of the month.  Students from each class were awarded a principal star for demonstrating one or more of the ROCK behavior expectations consistently.  
  • The Student Council is sponsoring a new holiday fundraiser this year!      Mr. Gasbarro and Mr. Elder have agreed to shave their beards in a design voted upon by the student body.  Students will give a donation of $.50 to place a vote for the teacher and the design.  Students can vote each morning of the week.  The funds collected will support local families during the holiday season.  The week will end with a “crazy hair” day on Friday, November 20 so that Mr. Elder and Mrs. Gasbarro won’t be alone in the fun!!
  • On December 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., the PTC will be holding its annual Holiday Craft Workshop for Songo Locks School students to attend.  
  • The Songo Locks music teachers will hold holiday concerts on December 16 and December 17.
Special Services – Lisa Caron

Update on Staff – There were 7 educational technician openings and now there are 5 openings.  Interviews will be held for a speech pathologist this week.
MADSEC held a contest for the best selfie and joint selfie with a decorated pumpkin.  Proceeds will go to helping a student with a disability go to college.  MADSEC will collect donations now through June.



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

  • Michael DiBiase as a Special Education Technician II at Lake Region High School
  • Sean Murphy as a Permanent Substitute for the Special Services Department
  • Additional Duty Positions
  • Adam Potvin as an English/Language Arts Teacher at Lake Region Middle School, effective November 16, 2015 for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year only
  • Michelle McDougall as a Special Education Technician III at Stevens Brook Elementary School, effective November 23, 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.

Pledge of Allegiance

A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to say the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of each Board meeting.  

There was a discussion regarding the motion.  Comments included:

  • It is said at least twice a month at other meetings, doesn’t like to be pushed to say we have to do it.
  • No harm in doing it, sends the right message to students and the community.
Vote:  Motion carried unanimously.

Janice Barter mentioned that the Board’s By Laws will need to be revised to include the Pledge of Allegiance.


A motion was made by Karla Swanson Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the donation from the Bridgton PTA of $1,000 to be used for the Greenhouse project.  Motion carried unanimously.

Job Descriptions

Mechanic Shop Coordinator

A motion was made by Karla Swanson Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the review of the Mechanic Shop Coordinator job description (Locator 5.36).  No changes were made.  Motion carried unanimously.


A motion was made by Karla Swanson Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the review of the Mechanic job description (Locator 5.36.1).  No changes were made.  Motion carried unanimously.

Mechanic’s Helper

A motion was made by Karla Swanson Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the review of the Mechanic’s Helper job description (Locator 5.36.2).  No changes were made.  Motion carried unanimously.


Rosie Schacht formally invited Board members to attend a dinner at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 7.  Culinary Arts students will be presenting their formal dinner to two visiting chefs.  She asked Board members to RSVP.  


Committee Reports

Personnel Committee

The Personnel Committee met prior to the Board meeting.  The following was discussed:   

  • The evaluation process for the Superintendent was reviewed.  The Superintendent gave the Committee a self-review of what has been done this past year.  Board members will get a packet with the self-evaluation and the rubrics to complete and return to the next meeting.  
  • Teacher negotiations will begin soon.  A date will be determined with the teachers.
  • The next meeting of the Committee will be on December 21 at 6:00 p.m.
Curriculum Committee

  • Karen Eller reported that the Committee met on November 4, 2015.  Mr. Good reported on the League of Innovative Schools and the Committee began talking about the overall curriculum – looking at Math.
  • The next meeting will be on December 9.
Finance Committee

Karla Swanson-Murphy reported that the Committee met on November 4.  Ms. Small updated the Committee on the QSCB bond.  The interest rate went down to 6.8% from 8.7%; the bidding policy was reviewed; and the bid schedule for various items such as insurance, copiers, scanning documents, and systems was reviewed.

The next meeting will be on December 9 at 6:30 p.m.

The Facilities and Liaison Committee which usually meets on the first Monday of the month will be postponed until the January meeting.

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent mentioned that he would be meeting at the Town of Sebago at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the Crooked River project.  Board members were invited to attend.

Janice Barter asked Board members to let her know if they were interested in being on the Teacher Negotiations Team.  Meetings will begin in December.


Jessica Littlefield transferred from a Special Education Technician III to a Day Treatment Support Technician at Stevens Brook Elementary School, effective November 23, 2015.


A motion was made by Karla Swanson Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, 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 7:45 p.m. and returned to Public Session at 8:05 p.m.  


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

The meeting adjourned at 8:06 p.m.


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