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School Board Minutes 05/16/16

LAKE REGION SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR MEETING
May 16, 2016


The Lake Region School Board met on Monday, May 16, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Great Room at Lake Region High School.  

LAKER PRIDE AWARDS

Superintendent Smith thanked the parents and students for coming to the meeting.  He mentioned that the students here represent many students who are recognized within their school for being positive role models, reliable, trustworthy, respectful, conscientious, consistently helpful, and selfless.  He thanked the parents and guardians present for teaching these characteristics to their children.  The following students were recognized and given a Laker Pride tee-shirt and a certificate:

Sebago Elementary School – Students:  Landen Emery, Brenden Anderson,
    Josiah Suitter, Wolfgang Hebert, Ari Mains, Cami Fusillo  
    Staff:  Anita Quinlan

Songo Locks School – Students:  Natalie Blais, Lily Hawkins,
    Shannon-Marie Goguen, Samuel Symonds, Lilly Hartnett, Dayne Brooks
    Staff:  Kimberly Hutchins

Stevens Brook Elementary School – Students:  Jaden Davis, Lauren Roy,
    Kayli Goodwin, Madison Frost, Isabella Boodoo, Marina Glendinning  
    Staff:  Miranda Walker

Lake Region Middle School – Students:  Corbyn Hatch, Keeli Towne,
    Austin Elliott, Evaristo Gutierrez, Emma Mack   Staff:  Joanne Robbins

Lake Region High School – Students:  Students:  Shaniya Bowman,
    Samantha DeSouza, Dominic Adams, Joshua Perkins, Haley Bragdon-Clements,
   Max Evans   Staff:  Gregg Watkins        

CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL

Karla Swanson Murphy 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, Tom Hancock, Cindy LeBlanc, Joseph McMahon,
Philip Shane, Nina Stoddard, and Karla Swanson Murphy.  Janice Barter was excused.  Mallory Strain, Student Representative, was absent.

Administrators present were:  Cheryl Cline, Kirsten Goff, Erik Good,
Pat Hayden, Madelyn Litz, Andrew Madura, Elisabeth Peavey, Rosie Schacht, Sherrie Small, Joshua Sturk, Cheryl Turpin, and Alan Smith, Superintendent of Schools.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Everyone was asked to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.  





APPROVAL OF AGENDA

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

MINUTES

A motion was made by Beth Chaplin, seconded by Tom Hancock, to approve the Minutes of May 2, 2016.  Motion carried unanimously.

PRESENTATION

Learning to Code

Laura Gurley-Mozie, the Extended Studies Teacher, was introduced.  She shared a power point presentation which included the following information:

Java script is the computer language used by the students for programming.

The students participated in the “Hour of Code” last year and won $10,000.00.

Importance of Coding and Computer Science

  • Computers and software are changing everything
  • Computer Science is about logic, problem solving, and creativity
  • Every industry is desperately trying to hire computer programmers everywhere
  • There are more than 500,000 open computing jobs in the United States
Computer science is foundational

  • Every 21st century child should have a chance to learn about algorithms, how to make an app, or how the internet works, just like they learn about photosynthesis, the digestive system, or electricity.  
The following students shared their programming with the Board:  
Allison O’Connor, Justin Gibbons, Susie Butler, and Griffin Duigan.

Several other students shared why they like to code and why it is important as follows:

  • “I like to code because I like to explore and create new things.  I think coding is important because you wouldn’t have applications without it.  Learning to code is essential so people can make better technology.”  
  • Coding helps you with math skills and allows you to see what is behind your games.  People don’t realize that you need to code to make games.  People like playing games but don’t know how to code them.”  
  • “We think coding is important because it helps you to better understand the computer.  Coding is fun because you make whatever you want using your imagination.”  “I think coding is important and good for you because it’s educational.  It’s like a game, but you are learning new skills as you play it.”
  • “Coding is important because it teaches you how to program a computer.  If you want to create your own website or application or game you need to know how to code.  If you know how to code you can get a really good job.”
Learning to Code  (continued)
  • “I like coding because it allows you to learn how to use computers and program them to do certain things.  When coding gets more advanced, you can make the computer do as it’s told, not just doing games, but creating applications.”   
  • “I like to code because it helps you to learn how things work and you can be creative and make whatever you want.  Coding is important because it can be used to help people by making new body parts such as arms and legs.”   
  • “I love to code because you feel like you are a real app maker and it boosts my creativity.  Coding is important because without it we wouldn’t have more medical supplies or applications.  It is important because almost every job today needs it.”   
The Students’ Favorite Coding Sites include:

  • Bitsbox – Coding for Kids
  • Code.org -
Tynker – Coding for Kids
Scratch from MIT
  • Made with Code
The students shared some of their projects which they had created using the various sites.

Laura Gurley-Mozie and the students were thanked for coming.

Virtual Field Trips

David Rathbone, the Technology Integrator at Songo Locks school, was introduced.

Mr. Rathbone shared a power point presentation as follows:

Platforms used to take Virtual Field Trips:

  • Tandberg
  • Skype
  • Zoom
  • Google Hangout
  • Blue Jeans
Types of Virtual Field Trips:

  • Interactive Virtual Academy
  • Virtual Tour
  • Interactive Virtual Field Trip
Places students have been:

  • Longwood Gardens
  • Denver Museum of Natural Science
  • Kings County California Farm Bureau
  • University of Connecticut

Field Trips the Students have Taken:

  • A Plant’s Life
  • Pollination
  • Arbor Day
  • Cotton
  • Maple Syrup
  • Mass Extinction
  • Geology of the Dinosaurs
  • Tour of the Universe
Miscellaneous

  • 15 Other Trips have been requested
  • 4 have been scheduled
  • Receiving more requests
  • Gathering materials and activities to go along with the Virtual Tour (one example was cotton
  • The tours taken to date have been free (There can be a fee for other tours.)
Mr. Rathbone was thanked for the presentation.

PUBLIC COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS

None.

ADMINISTRATIVE COMMENTS

Songo Locks School - Cheryl Cline

  • Karen Montanaro, International Dancer and Mime artist, provided a dance residency for our fifth grade students the week of April 25-29. ~She worked with each class for three 45 minute periods and all fifth grade classes participated in a performance for parents and peers on Friday of that week. ~One of the goals of this residency was for all students to demonstrate an understanding of culture through the experience of dance. ~Each classroom designed its own movements to accompany a verbal definition of culture. ~Ms. Montanaro was able to engage even the most reluctant students in a positive and productive way.
  • On April 26, Polly Glavine, of the Songo Garden Club, visited Songo Locks School and presented a check for $500.00 to our fourth grade classes to cover the costs of their field trip to the Maine State Museum in Augusta.
  • Field trips:
  • On April 25, fourth grade students attended a Portland Symphony Orchestra concert in Portland and on May 13th they went to the Maine State Museum. ~
  • Fifth grade students visited the Portland Museum of Art on April 27 and 28. ~




Songo Locks School - Cheryl Cline (continued)

  • On May 9th and 12th, third grade classrooms participated in a walking tour of Portland and visited the Wadsworth-Longfellow House. ~
  • On May 6, students from Peter Rabbit Pre-School came to visit the kindergarten classrooms.
  • The Songo Locks staff and students were thanked for the calm way they responded during a brief lockdown at the school on May 12. ~Everyone followed the procedures that were practiced in January and stayed safe while Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department arrived, assessed the situation, and gave the word to end the lockdown because conditions were safe. ~The  Sheriff’s Department was also thanked for their quick response and unobtrusive handling of the situation. ~Today Songo Locks School administrators met with Mr. Smith and Mr. Madura to discuss what went well and what to do to improve communication should a similar situation happen in the future.
  • Upcoming events;
  • On Wednesday, May 18, there will be a Teddy Bear Picnic for incoming kindergarten students and their families
Thursday, May 19
  • A panel of Lake Region Middle School “experts” will visit fifth grade classrooms
  • A District Title One family event will be held on Thursday evening.
  • Friday, May 27
  • Grades K-3 will be going to the Lake Region High School track for a Dance Mile as an End of Year PBIS Celebration.
  • Grades 4 and 5 will have a kickball tournament at Songo Locks School.
  • Field day will be held at Camp Skylemar on June 7th and June 8th.
Sebago Elementary School – Kirsten Goff

  • "The Land of Language", a play to be performed by the students will be held on May 17 at 1:00 p.m. It was written and directed by Marty Miller, a former teacher and volunteer extraordinaire.~
  • The annual Grandpal's~Day will be held on~Friday, May 27.  The events start at 11:30 a.m., with lunch provided by our Parent Teacher Club for all the students and guests.
  • The spring Chorus and Band Concert will be held on Tuesday, May 31 at 1:30 p.m.
  • The Board was invited to all these events.
  • The following field trips and activities are coming up:  Portland Museum of Art, Maine Wildlife~Park, Portland Water Festival, a trip to Portland for grade 3 students, the Lake Region Art show, and the in-house dance residency with Karen Montanaro.~
  • On May 4, Jess Sheldrick, a parent and a Literacy Coach from Oxford Hills, came to meet with our staff to do a refresher training on Lucy Calkins. She has volunteered her time to work with the SES teachers again over the summer.




Sebago Elementary School (continued)

The school recently began partnering with the Animal Rescue Unit in Bridgton to send food scraps to them.  There are now five very happy pigs who are enjoying the spoils.  One of our staff members, Sarah Champoli, transports the food scraps to the farm five days a week.  The school was recently acknowledged and thanked on the Animal Rescue Unit’s Facebook page when they shared how much the pigs loved the leftover food!

Stevens Brook Elementary School

  • The Kentucky Fried Chicken fundraiser was held and it was a success.  The school raised $500 for the Greenhouse Project.
  • Last Friday was the My Guy Dance and there were over 80 girls who attended.
  • Today, Grade 5 went to Schribner’s Mill for their Board sponsored field trip.
  • Tuesday, May 17, the Student Council will travel to Harvest Hill’s Animal Shelter to give them the proceeds from the fundraiser that was raised for the shelter.
  • Wednesday, May 18, a 5th grade class, along with Sebago Elementary School’s 5th grade class is going on a field trip to the Portland Art Museum.  On
June 1st, the other two 5th grade classes will go to the museum.
  • May 19
  • Grade 2 has a field trip to the Gray Animal Farm.
  • Staff from the middle school come to visit the 5th graders.
A Title I event will be held at Lake Region High School from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 20 is Pride in Our School Day, with each class doing a Reader’s Theater presentation.  That evening, the Drama Club is performing, Sleeping Walker, by Matt Buchanon.
  • Thursday, May 26, Grade 1 is going to Crescent Beach State Park for their field trip.
  • Friday, May 27, Grade 3 is going on their Portland field trip.
  • Wednesday, June 1, a Teddy Bear Picnic will be held for incoming Kindergarten students.  This is the school’s opportunity to welcome our new students into our school and provide a fun experience in the school they will attend.
  • June 2 and 3 - Field days will be held at Camp Winona.
  • Friday, June 3 - The Chorus and Band Concert will be held at SBES.
  • Saturday, June 4
  • The PTA is holding a Flea Market
  • The School is having a Ram Truck Event - this is a Drive for Kids event whereby the school makes money for people taking a test drive in our parking lot.  The money will go to the Greeenhouse Project.
  • June 6-10, Karen Montenaro will be an artist in residence for grade 5.  Each class will have four dance sessions with Karen and there will be a culminating performance on Friday.
  • Monday, June 13, Grade 5 students will visit the middle school.
  • Tuesday, June 14
  • The “Eggsceptional Learners” Breakfast, will be held where students are recognized who go beyond meeting the standards.
  • The Grade 5 Farewell will be held from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 16 - The last day assembly will be held at 9:00 a.m.
Special Services – Lisa Caron

  • Ninety-nine students were screened for Kindergarten.  There are usually between 115 – 150 students screened.  Another screening will be held in August.
  • Staff are currently working on planning for 2016-17.  There are 20 eighth graders who will be transitioning to Lake Region High School and 40 grade 5 students transitioning to Lake Region Middle School.  With the co-teaching model, staff are determining how to best service all students.
ACTION ITEMS

Personnel

A motion was made by Beth Chaplin, seconded by Tom Hancock, to approve the following personnel items as a block:

  • Reappointment of Patricia Hayden as Assistant Superintendent for the period July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2018.
Richard Doble as a Head Custodian at Songo Locks School, effective May 23, 2016, replacing Rick McConkey who has retired.
  • Douglas Maker as a Grade 7/8 Teacher at Lake Region Middle School for the 2016-17 school year.
  • Chandra Nizamoff as a Science Teacher at Lake Region Middle School for the 2016-17 school year.
  • Jennifer Hills as a Permanent Substitute at Lake Region Middle School, effective April 13, 2016 for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year.
  • Jennifer Hills as a Permanent Substitute at Lake Region Middle School for the 2016-17 school year.
Motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Beth Chaplin, seconded by Tom Hancock, to approve the above block.  Motion carried unanimously.

Granite Bench in Memory of Adam Perron

A motion was made by Beth Chaplin, seconded by Tom Hancock, to approve the request to locate a granite bench in memory of Adam Perron at Lake Region Middle School.  

Andrea Capano shared the process of how the bench was suggested.

Ms. Capano came back from April vacation and she was the teacher stepping into  Adam Perron’s class.  A very organic process was started for remembering      Mr. Perron.  Students came up with amazing ideas such as a memorial garden, a walkway, composting, a memorial bench.  Students went on-line to research and some were checking out building a bench from lumber.  Mr. Lang, from Arthur’s Memorial in Center Conway, without solicitation, offered to donate a beautiful granite bench.  


Granite Bench in Memory of Adam Perron

On April 29 a plan was put together with documentation and plans for inscription on the bench.  The Kids as Planners group modified the inscription and selected where the bench should go.  It will be located in front of the school centered between the trees.  

Mr. Lang was thanked for all his help.

As was required by Board policy, a petition signed by the students and letters of support were given to the Board.

The students and staff were thanked for doing a great job.

Vote:  Motion carried unanimously

Donations

A motion was made by Beth Chaplin, seconded by Tom Hancock, to approve the following donations as a block:

  • Arthur’s Memorials, Center Conway, New Hampshire is donating a granite bench in memory of Adam Perron to Lake Region Middle School.  
  • The Town of Sebago donated a 1990 Ford (aka Engine II), VIN Number:         1FDYD8OU2LVA21377 to M.S.A.D. #61 for educational purposes with the understanding that when Engine II no longer serves a useful purpose to the Fire Training Program, Engine II will be returned to the Town of Sebago.  The estimated value is $5,000.00.  
  • The Songo Locks Garden Club has donated $500 for grade 4 students at Songo Locks School to go to the Maine State Museum in Augusta.  
Motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Beth Chaplin, seconded by Tom Hancock, to approve the above block.  Motion carried unanimously.

Policies

A motion was made by Beth Chaplin, seconded by Tom Hancock, to approve the following policies as a first reading, as a block:

  • Bullying and Cyberbullying Policy, File Code JICK
  • Bullying and Cyberbullying – Administrative Procedure, File Code JICK-R
  • M.S.A.D. #61 Bullying Report Form, File Code JICK-F1
  • Bullying Investigation Form, File Code JICK-F2
  • Documentation of Disciplinary and Remedial Actions Taken, File Code JICK-F3
  • Bullying Reporting, Investigation and Intervention/Resolution Process,   JICK-F4
Karen Eller shared that the Curriculum Committee reviewed the Bullying policy and added the Cyberbullying to it.  The policy is required by State law.  The procedures and other forms are for implementing the policy.

Vote:  Motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Beth Chaplin, seconded by Tom Hancock, to approve the above block.  Motion carried unanimously.   


Bids

A motion was made by Beth Chaplin, seconded by Tom Hancock, to approve awarding the Audit Bid to RHR Smith Company.

Karla Swanson Murphy shared that the Finance Committee met on Thursday, May 12 to review the bids.  The Committee recommended awarding the audit bid to RHR Smith Company who is the company currently doing the District’s audit.

Motion carried unanimously.  

A motion was made by Beth Chaplin, seconded by Tom Hancock, to award the Property and Liability Insurance Bid to Cross Insurance for $8,460.00.

Karla Swanson Murphy stated that the Finance Committee recommended that Cross Insurance be awarded the bid for $8,460.00.  This amount is less than the previous amount.

Motion carried unanimously.  

Educator Effectiveness Stakeholder Committee

A motion was made by Beth Chaplin, seconded by Tom Hancock, to appoint the following people to the Educator Effectiveness Stakeholder Committee:

  • Johanna Bartlett (SLS)
  • Kelly Davis (LRMS)
  • Kim Guptill (SBES)
  • Karen Lepage (SBES)
  • Kathleen Tragert (LRMS)
  • Deanna Woodward (SBES)
Motion carried unanimously.

INFORMATION ITEMS

Committee Reports

Finance Committee

Karla Swanson Murphy reported that the Committee met on May 12 and reviewed the audit and the property and liability insurance bids.  They also reviewed the anticipated year-end financial numbers.  She reminded everyone that the District Budget Meeting would be held on Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the gym at Lake Region High School.  

Personnel Committee

Debra Albert reported that the Committee met prior to the Board meeting.  They continued their work on the Parent/Student Handbook and the Athletic Handbook.  The next meeting will be on Monday, June 20 at 6:00 p.m.




Curriculum Committee

Karen Eller reported that the Curriculum Committee met on Wednesday, May 4.  The Committee discussed the following:

  • Bullying policy
  • Middle School Daily Schedule presented by Mr. Lokken – Mr. Lokken will bring back additional information at the next meeting
  • The Code of Conduct was reviewed with respect to paraphernalia - if a student has a vaporizer it will be considered possession
Facilities Committee

Phil Shane reported that the next meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 6.

Liaison Committee

Cindy LeBlanc reported that Staff Recognition will be held on June 6.  The “Be My Guest” event for seniors will be held on June 9.  If Board members wish to attend, they should contact Linda White as soon as possible.  No more meetings are planned for this year.

Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Smith reminded everyone of the District Budget Meeting which will be held on Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gym at Lake Region High School.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

A motion was made by Beth Chaplin, seconded by Tom Hancock, 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 8:31 p.m.  The student, the student’s parent, and Andrea Capano were invited to attend.

The Board returned to Public Session at 8:45 p.m.

A motion was made by Beth Chaplin, seconded by Tom Hancock, to table the Executive Session until Tuesday, May 17, following the District Budget Meeting.  Motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Beth Chaplin, seconded by Tom Hancock, 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 8:46 p.m.  Guy Stickney, the student, and the student’s parents were invited to attend.

The Board returned to Public Session at 9:17 p.m.

A motion was made by Karla Swanson Murphy, seconded by Tom Hancock, to expel this student from school pursuant to 20-A M.R.S.A. Section 1001(9) on the grounds that such expulsion is necessary for the peace and usefulness of the school and to direct the Superintendent to provide the student and his/her parents written notice of this action and the reasons therefor.

Motion carried unanimously.


ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Beth Chaplin, seconded by Tom Hancock, to adjourn.  Motion carried unanimously.

The meeting adjourned at 9:18 p.m.

                                                             
Lake Region School Board
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

EXECUTIVE SESSION (continued)

The Executive Session which was tabled on May 16, 2016, was resumed on May 17, 2016 following the District Budget Meeting.

A motion was made by Janice Barter, seconded by Karla Swanson Murphy, 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 7:15 p.m.  Matt Lokken, the student and the student’s parents were invited to attend.  

The Board returned to Public Session at 8:02 p.m.

A motion was made by Karla Swanson-Murphy, seconded by Joe McMahon, to allow the student to return to school with provisions.  Motion carried unanimously.   


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