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School Board Minutes 09/19/2016

September 19, 2016

There was a Board Workshop on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Library at Songo Locks School.  


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

Administrators present were:  Erik Good and Alan Smith, Superintendent of Schools

Jamie Riel was also present.


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


Board members had a tour of the Portable at Songo Locks School.


NEASC Board Commitment

Mr. Good reported on the NEASC process.  The Board is scheduled to be interviewed on Sunday, October 16.  Mr. Good will be meeting with the Committee Chairperson on Monday, September 26 and will ask if the Board can meet with the Committee on Monday evening prior to their Board meeting.  He told the Board that the Committee is very rigid with their schedule and it may not be possible to change the time.  Mr. Smith will let the Board know the date and time once it has been determined.

Mr. Good told Board members that the Committee will be looking for the general sense of what is going on at the high school.  They will ask questions regarding Committee support of the high school, financial support, and any other ways the Board supports the high school.

Mr. McMahon asked it the full Board was expected to attend or just a sub-set of the Board.  Mr. Good will find out on Monday.  

Jamie Riel shared a sampling of questions that the NEASC Committee may ask the Board.

Ms. Strain asked how the students that would be meeting with the NEASC Committee are going to be selected.  Mr. Good responded that teachers are making recommendations.   A cross-section of students will represent the school from the top students to those who are not engaged.  Mr. Good wants to have an honest accounting of students.

Janice Barter asked Mr. Good if the Board could have a copy of the self-study.  Mr. Good responded that he would share the Executive Summary with the Board.  There are seven standards and each standard has 4 – 12 indicators with its strengths and needs.  This information is used to develop the two and five-year plan.  Every teacher and educational technician at Lake Region High School was assigned to work on a standard.

Mr. Good and Mr. Riel were thanked for their information.

Sebago Withdrawal Update

The District has received a counter-proposal from the Sebago Withdrawal Committee.  Superintendent Smith has some legal questions that he needs answered prior to giving the proposal to the Board.  The Committee will meet next week.  A date and time will be scheduled.

Freedom of Access Training for Board Members  

Board members who had not completed the training were asked to review the Freedom of Access Training information and turn in the required Certification of Completion form.

Minutes Recordings

Joseph McMahon requested that Minutes be taken at all meetings.  There was a Building Committee Meeting and no formal Minutes were being taken.  He requested that an audio recording be taken if the meeting is not being recorded by Lake Region Television.

There was a discussion regarding recording meetings.  Mr. McMahon explained that he does not have good hearing.  The recorder allows him to amplify the meeting.  It is allowable for him to do this to compensate for his handicap.



A motion was made by Beth Chaplin, seconded by Karen Eller, to approve the appointment of Jennifer Scales as a Special Education Teacher at Songo Locks School.  Her start date will be determined.  This is a new position.   Motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Beth Chaplin, seconded by Karen Eller, to approve the appointment of Drew McLaren as a Special Education Technician III at Lake Region Middle School, effective September 19, 2016, replacing Gordon Smith who has transferred to another position.   Motion carried unanimously.


A motion was made by Beth Chaplin, seconded by Karen Eller, to approve the transfer of Kathleen DeVoe from a Special Education Teacher to a Title I Teacher at Stevens Brook Elementary School, replacing Lucy Saunders-Kish who has resigned.  Ms. DeVoe’s start date will be determined.


Phil Shane mentioned that he had attended the Open House at Songo Locks School and toured the new modular.  There was confusion with traffic.  Mr. Madura did shuttle people from the Crooked River parking lot to help with congestion.  

Superintendent Smith added that two new motels are being built in Poland which will employ 220 people.  The area is growing.

Phil Shane told Board members that at the Facilities Committee meeting, the Committee will be talking about parking at Songo Locks School and at the Middle School.  Funds will need to be included in next year’s budget for these two projects.


A motion was made by Beth Chaplin, seconded by Karen Eller, to adjourn.  Motion carried unanimously.

The meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.


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