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School Board Minutes 04/25/2016
LAKE REGION SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR MEETING
April 25, 2016


There was a Regular Meeting of the Lake Region School Board on Monday,      April 25, 2016 in the Great Room at Lake Region Vocational Center.

CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL

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

Administrators present were:  Lisa Caron, Cheryl Cline, Pat Hayden,
Madelyn Litz, Andrew Madura, Elisabeth Peavey, Sherrie Small, Guy Stickney, Joshua Sturk, Maggie Thornton, Cheryl Turpin, and Alan Smith, Superintendent of Schools.  Kirsten Goff was excused.

Others present were:  Sandy Arris, Jenni Null, Barry Johnson, Julie Johnson, and Wayne Rivet.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Everyone was asked to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

MOMENT OF SILENCE

Janice Barter shared that vacation week was not a quiet week.  The District had students in Ecuador and there was an earthquake.  The District was able make contact and be sure that all the students were safe.  

On Wednesday, Adam Perron, a Middle School Science Teacher, was tragically killed in an automobile accident.  He graduated from Lake Region High School and returned to the District to teach.  He had two passions in his life, his wife, Beth, and the environment.  He was very instrumental in the removal of milfoil from the lakes and streams in this area.  Chairperson Barter asked everyone to think of Adam when they go by a river or a stream and asked for a moment of silence in memory of Adam.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Debra Albert, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the Agenda with the addition of the Agenda Addendum. Motion carried unanimously.

MINUTES

A motion was made by Debra Albert, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of April 4, 2016.  Motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Debra Albert, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the Minutes of the Public Hearing regarding the Budget of April 4, 2016.  Motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Beth Chaplin, seconded by Debra Albert, to approve the Minutes of the Public Hearing regarding the Crooked River project.  Motion carried unanimously.


PRESENTATION

Art Presentation

Jenni Null thanked the Board for inviting the students to the Board meeting to share their Art.  The student’s art work was selected to be displayed at the Portland Museum of Art during Youth Art Month which began back in 1961.  It has become a National Celebration and art work of students is displayed in galleries and museums in more than 1,000 locations.

Students were recognized and they shared their art work as follows:

  • Jayden Jines, Grade 1, Songo Locks School
  • Molly Edwards, Grade 2, Stevens Brook Elementary School
  • Samantha Waligora, Grade 7, Lake Region Middle School
  • Jacqueline Morse, Grade 11, Lake Region High School
  • Haewon Kim, Grade 12, Lake Region High School
  • Lily Charpentier, Grade 12, Lake Region High School
STEM Instruction and Learning

Vicky shared that she and some other teachers at Songo Locks School have been working with Maine Math and Science Alliance to get engineering into the classroom.

Vicki Norris shared a power point presentation on “Student Engagement through STEM – Engineering a journey for a lifetime of learning” as follows:

Science, Technology, ENGINEERING and Math
  • What does that look like?  How do we engage our students?
  • Present a challenge and use the engineering design cycle
  • One example:  learning about the effects of erosion …
  • Was your design successful?
3 Units were designed:  Boat Design, The Three Little Pigs, and Jack and the Beanstalk

Boat Unit

“How do we design a boat that will carry at least 30 pennies across 30 cm of water?

  • Students built boats to test run
  • They used collaboration
  • Disagreements?  
Matter and Energy – students made boats and had to test their boats for floating ability.  Weight was added to the boats by using coins.

Earth Systems (Earth Changes)  

“How can we prevent erosion from damaging the Three Little Pig’s house?
  • What happened during the test?
  • We are careful at pouring!

STEM Instruction and Learning

Earth Systems (Earth Changes) (continued)   
 
  • Students had to prevent Little Pigs House from eroding
  • Students used milk cartons as a house and built the landscape.  
  • Water was used to see if the land would be safe from erosion.
Jack and the Bean Stalk

“How do we design a trellis to support a Kentucky Pole Bean plant as it grows?
  • Planning for trellises
  • Using criteria and constraints
     Students worked with Watkins Farm and Lakes Environmental Association.     
     Students built trellises

Grade 2 Students had the following experiences and learnings:

  • Problem Solving
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Project Design (the Engineering Design Process)
  • Online presence with community and parents (Schoology, Classroom Dojo, guest speakers
One student says…

I have enjoyed building the boats and working with my friends building the boats.  I liked making the gingerbread men and getting to eat them when we finished.  I also enjoyed learning about the electronics.  I learned about volcanoes and earthquakes and how they erupt and how fast and slow they go.”       
                                                                    Michael

Lisa March and Lynn Farrin with Maine Math and Sciene Alliance; Maine Maritime Academy; Bill Callahan and Paul Jacques; Mary Jewett with Lakes Environmental Association; Watkins Farm; and Mrs. Cline and Mrs. Peavey were thanked for their help in giving these experiences to the students.

Vicki was thanked for her presentation.

PUBLIC COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS

None.

Sebago Elementary School, Kirsten Goff (Shared by Mrs. Turpin)

  • Engineering Night was held on March 31.  It was a huge success with 85 people attending.  Randa Viitala, Ted Bridge-Koenigsberg, Anita Quinlan, and Carolynne Skarbinski were recognized for planning the event.  They have been a part of the STEM class for the past three years and this was the culminating event.



Sebago Elementary School, Kirsten Goff (continued)  

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences were held in the evening before April vacation.  There was great attendance and there are a few more families to contact.
  • MEA Testing for grades 3-5 were completed prior to vacation week.  
  • MEA Science testing for grade 5 only will be done on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
  • The PTC Science Fair will be held on Thursday, April 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  
  • Kindergarten Screening starts tomorrow.  Seventeen students are being screened for Sebago to date.
  • Fourth graders went to the Portland Museum of Art today.
  • Upcoming field trips include the Career Fair at Lake Region Vocational Center and Scribner’s Mills.
Stevens Brook Elementary School, Cheryl Turpin

  • The MEA State Assessments have been completed.  These assessments measure the progress of students toward the content standards adopted for Maine.  It took students longer than anticipated to take the test.  To celebrate the end of the testing, the kitchen staff made warm chocolate chip cookies for all the students in grades 3-5.  The cookies were delivered to each class by Liz Shane and Mrs. Turpin.
  • Science MEA’s will be taken by fifth graders on Tuesday, April 26.
  • Conferences were held prior to vacation.  Ninety-five percent of the conferences were held, with teachers meeting with the remaining parents this week.
  • The Backpack Program used all of its grant money.  Mr. Wright, the volunteer who heads the program, refused to end the support to families and was covering the cost of the food.  Ms. Shane contacted Food City seeking assistance.  Mr. Wright can shop at Food City at cost for the remainder of the school year.  Food City also donated 75 food bags to help sustain the program.
  • Kindergarten Screening will be held on April 26, 27, and 28.
  • The Talent Show, sponsored by the Student Council, will be held on Thursday, April 28 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • The Little Lady Boutique will be held this Friday.  Girls get to shop “for free” for a dress for the My Guy Dance (formerly known as the Father Daughter Dance).  Families donate outgrown dresses.  The PTA started this event last year and it was a great success.  This year, accessories such as shoes, jewelry, purses, etc. have been added.
  • Friday, May 6 is the Kentucky Fried Chicken fundraiser.  Parents preorder their meals and then pick them up at a drive-thru with two contact points.  The parents give their slip to a staff member who radios it to the assemblers.  The order is put together and a runner delivers it to the car.  The system works so well, it can be done in an hour!!
  • On May 3, the Annual Teacher Luncheon will be held which is sponsored by the PTA.
  • The My Guy Dance is on May 13.
  • Scantron Results for Math in grades 3, 4, and 5 were shared with the Board.

Cheryl Cline, Songo Locks School

  • Mrs. Cline shared data on a Grade 5 Student Learning Objective (SLO).  
  • MEA testing was held from March 22 through April 14 and has been completed.   Grade 5 students will be completing the Science Assessments on May 2 and 3rd.
  • Students from Lake Region Vocational Center have been working with students with the “Big and Little Careers” project.  Students in Mrs. Keenan’s and Mrs. Jondro’s classes have learned about construction, automotive technology, law enforcement, health occupations, auto re-conditioning, and food service.
  • On March 20, the band and chorus joined students from the other elementary school at Stevens Brook Elementary School for a concert.  The music selections and performances were very entertaining.
  • On March 31, the Sparks Ark brought a variety of animals to Songo Locks School to teach students about Maine wildlife.  Mr. Spark is very knowledgeable and an engaging storyteller.
  • The Family STEM night was held on March 31 and was organized by the PTC.  Teachers had a great time observing and working with students and families around science, technology, engineering, and math exploration.  Stations included an earthquake simulation, pop-fly launchers, and an engineering problem involving arches.  Meteorologist Matt Zidle, Lakes Environmental Association, and the Naples Library brought in resources to share from our community.
  • Peter Arenstam, author of Nicholas: A Maine Tale, visited Songo Locks School on April 8 to share his experiences as a writer. Students are requesting to read other books by Mr. Arenstam.  Lori Andrews and Joyce Small crafted a special lunch entitled “Tuna Schooners” for the occasion.  
  • Students and staff completed the School’s reading challenge on April 8.  A goal of 3,500 hours was set and students and staff read 4,870 hours.  School Board members Janice Barter, Tom Hancock, Alison Caulfield, Karen Eller, and Mrs. Hancock were thanked for their support and participation in this event by submitting their reading hours.  For reaching the goal, select staff will participate in an obstacle course race to determine who will get to sit in a dunk tank in May.
  • Pride In Our School Day was held on April 12.  The theme was “Alice in Wonderland”.  Staff, students, and families dressed in a variety of costumes and enjoyed lunch in Wonderland.  The cafeteria and stage were filled for each of the five lunches.
  • Lori Andrews and Joyce Small were congratulated for their “Tuna Salad Schooners” being selected as the winning entry in the Maine DOE Southern Regional Farm to School Cook Off competition at Westbrook Regional Vocational Center on April 13.  The entry was inspired by the whole school reading Nicholas:  A Maine Tale.
Special Services, Lisa Caron

Kindergarten Screening will be held this week on April 26 – April 28.  It has been organized by Karen Roy and Laurel Ellis and should run very smoothly.

Special Olympics – Lake Region High School and Middle School students will be participating along with a couple of elementary students.  The event will be held at Bonny Eagle High School on April 29.  The students have had 4 coaches – on-line training, and help from the Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists.  

Special Services, Lisa Caron (continued)

Mrs. Caron has been working as the Facilitator for the Co-Teacher Teams.  The plan is to increase the number of co-taught classrooms, the initiative is definitely working to have a content expert and a differentiation expert in the classroom.

ACTION ITEMS

Personnel

A motion was made by Karla Swanson Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the request by Jennifer Scales for an unpaid leave of absence 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 reappointment of Educational Support Personnel for the 2016-17 school year.  Motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Karla Swanson Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the reappointment of Non-Teaching Employees for the 2016-17 school year.  Motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Karla Swanson Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the reappointment of Non-Contracted Employees for the 2016-17 school year.  Motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Karla Swanson Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the appointment of Nicole Thibault as a School Nurse at Songo Locks School for the 2016-17 school year, replacing Deborah Pyne-Young who has resigned.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMPUTATION AND DECLARATION OF VOTES

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

VOTED:  That the Computation and Declaration of Votes dated April 25, 2016 and attached hereto be and it is hereby approved.  

FURTHER VOTED:  That the Computation and Declaration of Votes be entered upon the records of the Maine School Administrative District No. 61 (the “District”).

FURTHER VOTED:  That a certified copy of the Computation and Declaration of Votes be sent to each of the municipal clerks within the District.

Computation and Declaration of Votes

The total number of votes cast in all the municipalities within the Maine School Administrative District No. 61 (the “District” in the affirmative on Article 1 of the Warrant and Notice of Election of the District Referendum held April 12, 2016, related to the issuance of bonds or notes of the District for school construction project purposes is 1,156, and the total number of votes cast in all of the municipalities in the District in the negative on said Article is 1,575, said notes being computed as follows:


Computation and Declaration of Votes


                                  Affirmative            Negative
Town of Bridgton                      369                   492
Town of Casco                         325                   254
Town of Naples                        419                   406
Town of Sebago                         33                   423

                                   1,156                 1,575  

The School Board hereby declares that there were less votes cast in the affirmative than in the negative on said Article and finds that said Article has failed.

Motion carried unanimously.

DISCUSSION ITEMS

None.

PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

None.

INFORMATION ITEMS                                                                                                                                 
Committee Reports

Liaison Committee

Cindy LeBlanc reported that the “Be My Guest” event will be held on June 9 at 6:30 p.m.

The Committee will discuss doing the event earlier in the year so the Culinary Arts students are available to prepare the meal.

There are no more meetings planned for the Committee this year.

Facilities Committee

Phil Shane reported that the Committee will meet on Monday, May 2 at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Room at Lake Region Vocational Center.  

Personnel Committee

The Personnel Committee met prior to the meeting.  The following topics were discussed:

  • Pat Hayden gave the Committee information regarding a grant at Tri-County Mental Health.  Beginning April 29, a counselor will be available at Lake Region High School one day a week for 4 to 4.5 hours at no cost to the District or to the students referred.  This will continue for the remainder of the year and may be expanded for more hours in 2016-17.
  • The Parent/Student Handbook for Lake Region High School was reviewed.
  • The interscholastic Handbook will be reviewed at the next meeting which will be held on May 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Room at Lake Region Vocational Center.
Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on will meet on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.  There was a discussion regarding grant requests and the security system for the Educational Services Building.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at the Central Office.  It is hoped that bid requests will be back for the next meeting.

Curriculum Committee

Karen Eller reported that the Curriculum Committee met on April 6.  They discussed the High School Science standards and what needs to be done to prove mastery.  The Committee also began reviewing the Bullying Policy and revisions are being made to comply with State law.  It is hoped that the Committee will have the policy completed for a first reading at the second meeting in May and a final reading at the first meeting in June.   

The next meeting will be on May 4 at 3:30 p.m. at the Central Office.

Superintendent’s Report

  • Superintendent Smith shared that he was disappointed with the outcome of the Crooked River vote.  
  • The District will be addressing the overcrowding issue at Songo Locks School.  Currently, a four-classroom portable being looked into.
Moving the fifth grade to Lake Region Middle School is no longer an option due to the number of students in that class.
Seat capacity is not available in the other schools to relieve the overcrowding.
  • The use of portable classrooms is like throwing money away.  The Board will continue to work towards a long-term solution.  
  • The Town of Sebago has given the District their withdrawal proposal.  The District must organize a small working committee to review the proposal.  The Committee will include the District’s attorney, the Finance Director,  the Board Chair and a couple other people.  The Board Chair will be the other people to serve on the Committee.  The Committee will meet on Thursday, May 5 at the Central Office to review the proposal.  The Committee will report back to the full Board in Executive Session to review the proposal and the recommended direction to go.  The Board will have an opportunity to make adjustments and the proposal will be given back to the Sebago Committee.  
Personnel

Retirement

  • Katherine Minigell has submitted her intent to retire at the end of the 2015-16 school year.  Ms. Minigell has been employed in the District for 37 years.
Resignations

  • Stephanie Farrell has resigned as a Math Teacher at Lake Region Middle School, effective the end of the 2015-16 school year.
  • Andrea Utz has resigned as a World Language Teacher at Lake Region Middle School, effective the end of the 2015-16 school year.
Resignations (continued)

  • Michelle Gagnon has resigned as a Guidance Counselor at Lake Region High School, effective the end of the 2015-16 school year.
  • Jessica L. Hunt has resigned as a Kindergarten Teacher at Stevens Brook Elementary School, effective April 15, 2016.
  • Evelyn Johnston has resigned as a K-2 Academic Support Technician at Stevens Brook Elementary School, effective March 18, 2016.
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.

The Board went into Executive Session at 8:05 p.m.  Guy Stickney,
Rosie Schacht, Jeanette Vanidestine, Patricia Murphy, the student and the student’s parents were invited to attend.  

The Board returned to Public Session at 8:20 p.m.

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson Murphy, to allow the student to return to school.  Motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT

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

The meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m.  

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