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March 1, 2007 Minutes
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
Central Office Board Room
March 1, 2007
PRESENT:Mrs. Paradee, Chair, Mr. Rogers, Vice-Chair, Mrs. Dunn, Mr. Hunnewell, Mr. Jermyn, Mrs. Kelley, Mrs. Shaw, Mr. Shea, Mr. Taylor, Dr. Knowles, Mrs. Leathers
ABSENT: Mr. Brown, Mrs. Fles, Mr. King, Ms. Rebar
Mrs. Paradee called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. and declared a quorum present.
Student Council President, Alexandra Fish, updated the Board on activities at the high school. Winter Carnival was held the Friday before February vacation. There were many activities including an obstacle course, eating competition, and sporting events in the gym. The Council will use the money generated by activities this year to provide two $500 scholarships.
Harvey DeVane, a member of the audience, asked if a Clerk of the Works was present
when the siding at the high school was installed. He was assured there was.
Mrs. Paradee presented an amended agenda.
VOTED:Motion by Mrs. Kelly, seconded by Mr. Rogers to approve the additions to the agenda.
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VOTED:Motion by Mrs. Dunn, seconded by Mrs. Kelley to approve the minutes of the February
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Recognition and Celebrations
A. Dr. Knowles announced that all five elementary schools have received $500 Sun Safety Mini Grants.
B. Mrs. Paradee recognized Charlie Brown and Richard Taylor, members from Randolph whose terms were up, and thanked them for their work on the Board.
The following correspondence was presented to the Board:
A. A letter of retirement from Ken Bell, Music Teacher at GRMS
B. A letter from New England Association regarding GAHS accreditation, complementing the high school for their Pre-Self Study Report
C. A letter from MDOE denying Revolving Renovation funds for GAHS siding
D. A letter from Bill Stockmeyer, Esq. concerning legal findings in the GAHS siding case
E. A draft survey from Peter Coughlan, Randolph resident, for the proposed Hamlin/Pittston construction.
Dr. Knowles stated he had exhausted all avenues for help to pay for the replacement of the siding on the Tech wing. He stated the Board would need to discuss how to pay for the project.
Mrs. Paradee asked the Board to look the Hamlin/Pittston survey over and call with any concerns. Mr. Coughlan stated he would like it to go to the printing company by the first of the week.
A. Mr. Shea, Chair of the Policy Committee, presented the minutes of the February 6 meeting. He stated the Committee is still working on Section C of the Policy manual and will bring it back to the meeting in April. The Committee is also working on Section I. The next meeting is Tuesday, March 6, at 6:00 p.m.
B. Mr. Hunnewell, Chair of the Finance Committee, presented the minutes of the February 13 meeting. Discussed at that meeting were the Capital Improvement Plan for 07/08, maintenance contracts and how to budget for large ticket items. The next meeting will be March 13 at 7:00 p.m. The Committee will be reviewing transportation.
C. Negotiations Ã¢â‚¬â€œ to be discussed at the end of the meeting in executive session
D. Mr. Shea, presented the February 26 minutes of the Long Range Planning Committee. He presented a draft of the Program Review Overview discussed at that meeting.
VOTED: Motion by Committee to approve the Program Review Overview.
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E. Labor Management Ã¢â‚¬â€œ no meeting
F. Energy/Construction Committee Ã¢â‚¬â€œ no meeting
G. Dr. Knowles stated the 6-12 Academic Audit sub-committee has posted a survey for students and staff on the website and will be gathering information from that.
H. Mr. Rogers stated the GAHS Athletic Handbook Review Committee met on
Feb 28 and drafted needed changes. The Committee is meeting once more to review changes. The Handbook will then be reviewed by legal counsel and then referred to Policy.
I. CCC Ã¢â‚¬â€œ no meeting
The following information was presented to the Board:.
A.Transferred Tiffany Cockrell from Grade 1(One year position) at T.C. Hamlin
to Grade 1 at LER
B. Transferred Joe White from Grade 3 at Helen Thompson (One Year Position)
to Grade 5 at River View
C. Hired Keith Johnson as a 3rd shift custodian at GAHS
D. Approved the hiring of spring coaches (See attachment No. 1)
A. Dr. Knowles presented the final draft of the District enrollment survey. The District will stay fairly stable, but student enrollment will drop over the next ten years.
B. Dr. Knowles stated the District has positioned itself to put in an application for
construction and will need to make a decision by May or June of this year in time to
prepare an application by next December. The Board will wait for information from
the two town meetings and the survey from Mr. Coughlan and will discuss the matter in April.
C. Dr. Knowles presented a packet of information from Stephen Blatt Architects regarding the scope of the project for replacing the siding at GAHS and information from Bill Stockmeyer, Esq., for options for paying for the project. Dr. Knowles stated one option was to use the Pray Street money.
He stated the District is also pricing testing for air quality to make sure there are no problems and would need authorization from the Board for that testing.
Mr. Rogers stated he still would like to see some more panels removed to see if there is any structural damage.
Mr. Hunnewell stated he was glad to see the testing done, because if there were no air
quality issues, the District might be able to wait to apply for Revolving Renovation money. Mr. Rogers stated if there were air quality issues, the District might be able to reapply for emergency repair funds.
VOTED: Motion by Mr. Rogers, seconded by Mr. Jermyn to authorize the expenditure for
9 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ0 air quality testing at the high school.
VOTED: Motion by Mrs. Dunn, seconded by Mr. Shea to approve contract extensions for
9 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 0 Administrators.
Two year Diann Bailey, Juan Lavalle-Rivera, Chad Kempton, Margaret Long, Irene MacDougall, Teresa McGuire, Donna McGibney, Jacqueline Pare, Shelly Simpson, Howard Tuttle, Stewart Brittner. One year: Arthur Warren, Barbara Evan, Anthony Anderson (pending funding)
VOTED:Motion by Mr. Rogers, seconded by Mr. Jermyn to go into executive session at 8:03
9 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 0 p.m. to discuss Negotiations with the Teachers Association, pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. Ã‚Â§ 405(6)(D). The Board reconvened at 8:05 p.m.
VOTED:Motion by Mrs. Kelley, seconded by Mrs. Dunn to go into executive session at 8:05
9 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 0 p.m. to discuss the replacement of the Business Manager, pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. Ã‚Â§
405(6)A. The Board reconvened at 8:15 p.m.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.