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April 05, 2007 Minutes
Central Office Board Room
Thursday, April 05, 2007
PRESENT: Mrs. Paradee, Chair, Mr. Rogers, Vice-Chair, Ms. Avery, Mr. Chase, Mrs. Dunn, Mrs. Fles, Mr. Hunnewell, Mr. Jermyn, Mrs. Kelley, Mrs. Shaw, Mr. Shea, Dr. Knowles, Ms. Rebar, Mrs. Leathers
Mrs. Paradee called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. and declared a quorum present.
Mrs. Paradee called for nominations for Board Chair.
VOTED: Motion by Mrs. Paradee, seconded by Mrs. Dunn to nominate Dick Rogers as Chair of
11 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 0 the Board.
Dr. Knowles presented Mrs. Paradee a plaque and thanked her for her yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s of service.
Motion by Mr. Shea, seconded by Mrs. Shaw to nominated Steve Hunnewell as Vice-
Chair of the Board.
Motion by Mr. Jermyn, seconded by Ms. Avery to nominate Becky Fles as Vice-Chair of the Board.
Dr. Knowles passed out ballots for the vote. Steve Hunnewell was elected Vice-Chair by a 9-2 vote.
Mr. Rogers assumed the role of Chair and Mr. Hunnewell assumed the role of Vice-Chair.
VOTED: Motion by Mrs. Kelly, seconded by Mr. Jermyn to approve the agenda as presented.
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VOTED: Motion by Mrs. Kelly, seconded by Mrs. Dunn to approve minutes of the Regular
11 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 0 Meeting of March 1, the Special Meeting of March 13 and the Bimonthly Meeting of March 22.
The following correspondence was presented to the Board:
A. A letter of resignation from Ivan Thornton, custodian at GRMS
B. A letter of resignation from Karen Stackpole, cafeteria worker at GAHS
Committee Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Reports
A. Mr. Shea, Chair of the Policy Committee, presented the minutes of the April 3 Meeting. The Committee discussed Section I and voted to bring it to the Board as a first reading with the following exceptions: IA Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Instructional Goals and Learning Objectives; IHA Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Basic Instructional Program; and IIB Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Class Size. In addition, policies covering Report Cards, Mastery and Grading, Retention/Promotion, Graduation Requirements and Instructional Goals were held for discussion in the fall until the legislature has finished with their session . It was anticipated that several changes may result from the work of the legislature.
Motion by Committee to approve Section I as presented. This comes as a first reading. The Committee also began discussions of Section K.
Mr. Shea stated the next meeting will be May 8 at 6:00 p.m. at Central Office.
B. Mr. Hunnewell, Chair of the Finance Committee, presented the minutes of the March 13 Meeting. The Committee reviewed the Transportation cost center and discussed the transportation budget. Also discussed was a meeting Sam OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Connor, Transportation Director, will be attending on consolidation of transportation services.
The Committee reviewed the audit agreement which expires this year. The Finance Committee voted to extend the audit agreement for one year and to discuss a new audit bid in the fall.
VOTED Motion by Mr. Rogers, seconded by Mrs. Kelley to accept the CommitteeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s
11 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 0 recommendation to extend the auditors contract for one year.
C. Negotiations will be discussed in an executive session at the end of the meeting.
D. Mrs. Fles, Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee, presented the minutes of the
March 27 Meeting. The Committee discussed a draft of an outline for an athletic audit. The audit will be done using Sports Done Right as a reflective tool. Karen Brown, Director of the Maine Center for Sports and Coaching will attend the next meeting to discuss the audit. The meeting will be held on April 24 at 7:00 p.m. at Central Office.
E. Mr. Rogers stated the Labor Management Committee has been disbanded. A new
Committee called RBO, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Relations by ObjectiveÃ¢â‚¬Â has been established to discuss
issues with the Teachers Association before they become contentious. The
Committee will be meeting four times a year.
F. Energy/Construction Committee Ã¢â‚¬â€œ no meting
G. 6-12 Academic Audit Committee Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Dr. Knowles stated the Committee has received surveys from students and staff and will be interviewing parent focus groups next for the last piece of data.
H. GAHS Athletic Handbook Review Committee Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Mr. Rogers stated the handbooks should be ready for the next Policy Meeting for review.
I. CCC Update Mr. Shea stated the Committee had met on Monday, April 2 to discuss the Mastery and Grading Policy and the Retention Policy. After review by CCC, these policies will be sent to the Policy Committee. He stated the Committee is also discussing the LAS system. The next meeting will be at the end of April.
The following items were presented as informational items:
A. Approved a GAHS Art Club Field Triip to Boston on March 25, 2007
B. Approved the following coaches for GRMS Spring sports:
1. Anthony Anderson Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Track
2. Kristy Ferran Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Softball
3. Ernie Martin Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Baseball
C. Hired Karen Stackpole as a 3rd shift custodian at GRMS
D. Approved the following coaches for GAHS Spring sports:
1. Charlie Lawrence Ã¢â‚¬â€œ JV Baseball
2. Pete Dennis - volunteer Baseball
3. Steve Lavallee Ã¢â‚¬â€œ volunteer Baseball
4. Brian Greenlaw Ã¢â‚¬â€œ volunteer Softball
5. Sharon Gallant Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Girls Lacrosse (Club)
6. Steve Kozma Ã¢â‚¬â€œ volunteer Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Girls Lacrosse
7. Kathy Kozma Ã¢â‚¬â€œ volunteer Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Girls LaCrosse
A. Dr. Knowles updated the Board on the siding at the high school. The air quality testing at the high school has been done. There was mold found in the ceiling in the junction connecting the main hall to the Tech wing . The area was sprayed with an anti-fungal solution. Other areas were tested but no mold was found and there are no life safety issues in the interior of the building. The damage is minimal and Mr. Stonier has taken care of any existing issues. Air will continue to be monitored for any concerns.
Dr. Knowles stated the report indicated the District could afford to wait to see if Revolving Renovation money became available.
Dr. Knowles stated there is concern as to the Pray Street money that has to be expended by next June. Dr. Knowles stated he would like to have the item on the June ballot.
B. Dr. Knowles presented several samples of worksheets for the 07/08 budget. He showed four different scenarios and the effects on the towns for tax purposes. He stated to go to the towns with no tax increase means using $150,000 from this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s carryover and reducing the budget by $80,000. He asked the Board to study the four scenarios and stated they would be discussed at the Finance Meeting on Tuesday, April 10 and the Bimonthly Meeting on April 12.
Mr. Hunnewell reminded the Board there were two very worthwhile programs that were requested that were not in the budget Ã¢â‚¬â€œ an Ed Tech for the Gifted/Talented Program and a Remedial Summer School Program.
VOTED: Motion by Mrs. Dunn, seconded by Mrs. Kelley to approve the nomination of Tracy
11 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 0 Wright, Middle School Music Teacher @$39,927.20.
Mr. Rogers thanked Mrs. Paradee for her leadership and years of service.
VOTED: Motion by Mr. Jermyn, seconded by Ms. Avery to go into executive session at
11 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 0 pursuant to M.R.S.A. Ã‚Â§ 405(6)(A) to discuss salary agreements for the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent. The Board reconvened at 8:25 p.m.
VOTED: Motion by Mrs. Dunn, seconded by Mrs. Kelly to go into executive session at 8:26 p.m.
11 - 0 pursuant to M.R.S.A. Ã‚Â§ 405 (6)(D) to discuss negotiations with the custodians. The Board reconvened at 8:50 p.m.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:51 p.m.