Minutes of Mar. 26, 2009

Rockland, Maine
March 26, 2009   

The regular meeting of the RSU #13 Board of Directors was held on Thursday, March 26, 2009 at the Cushing Elementary School.  Present were:

                                    Ruth Anne Hohfeld, Chair                  South Thomaston

                                    Brian Messing, Vice-Chair                  Rockland

                                    Loren Andrews                                                      Cushing

                                    Sally Carleton                                                      Owls Head

                                    Jamie Doubleday                                    Thomaston

                                    George Emery                                                      St. George

                                    Greg Hamlin                                                      Thomaston

                                    James Kalloch                                                      Rockland

                                    Esther Kilgour                                                      Rockland

                                    Josiah Wilson                                                      St. George

                                    Patricia Wotton                                                      Rockland

Absent was:  Julie Sanborn (Thomaston), excused.

Resigned:  Wendy Buretta (Rockland)

                 

Prior to the start of the meeting, a tour of the Cushing Elementary School was given by Principal, Beth Chamberlain.

 

Meeting was called to order by the Chair at 6:30PM.  

 

The pledge of allegiance of the United States flag was given.  Adjustments to the agenda were made.  Administrators and members of the public introduced themselves.

 

CITIZENS’ COMMENTS

Donald Choquette of St. George spoke against approving stipends for the MSAD #5 and MSAD #50 business managers. 

 

ADMINISTRATORS

Beth Chamberlain, Principal of Cushing Elementary and Lura Libby Schools, and Mary Alice McLean, Principal of Thomaston Grammar School, spoke regarding their buildings and the programs offered.  NO ACTION.

 

It was moved by Esther Kilgour and seconded by Brian Messing to nominate Dr. Judith Lucarelli for the position of Superintendent of Schools for RSU #13 under the negotiated three-year contract beginning July 1, 2009 with a salary for 2009-2010 of $113,744 and other benefits as named in the contract.  9 FOR (628) 1 OPPOSED (Wilson/72) 1 ABSTENTION (Doubleday/73) 1 ABSENT (73) .  VOTED. 

 

Dr. Lucarelli spoke about serving as Superintendent for the new RSU #13.

 

SUPERINTENDENTS’ REPORTS

Judith Harvey, Interim Assistant Superintendent, updated the Board on the Many Flags initiative.  Because of errors between the law and the guidelines provided by the DOE, both applications were voided, and both systems will have to reapply. 

 

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Judith Lucarelli, Superintendent, reported on the following items:  1) Stimulus funds for education, 2) Proposal for laptops for high school students, 3) Stabilization funds to restore subsidy cuts made in November, 4) transition planning between the two districts continues, 5) meeting with the 3rd grade students at Owls Head Central School to share with them artifacts from Alaska.  NO ACTION

 

NON-ALIGNED PERSONNEL

 2009-2010 non-aligned personnel and positions was distributed.  Superintendent recommended that the Board employ the listed individuals and award them two-year contracts for the contracted individuals.  It was further recommended that the amount of these contracts be determined through conversations over the next month, with action by the Board on April 30th.  She explained that the reason for the two-step process is to ensure support for the staffing recommendations before the next step is taken in determining compensation. 

 

It was moved by Esther Kilgour and seconded by Patricia Wotton.  That the Board approve the Superintendent’s recommendation.  10 FOR (700) 1 ABSTENTION (Hamlin/73) 1 ABSENT (73). VOTED.

 

CHAIR’S REPORT

Ruth Anne Hohfeld reported on the following items: 1) MSMA Boardsmanship Workshop, 2) Sub-Committees are meeting and developing goals for next year, 3) That support be given to the schools through special events.  She mentioned the RDHS Tiger Outreach New Orleans dinner, and the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie” being held at Georges Valley High School.  NO ACTION.

 

FINANCE COMMITTEE

Brian Messing, Chair, reported on a meeting held March 4th.  Regular meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of each month at 6PM.  The next meeting is scheduled for April 2nd at 6:00PM at the McLain School.  NO ACTION.

 

FACILITIES AND TRANSPORTATION

Greg Hamlin, Chair, had no report at this time, but noted the next meeting will be April 7th at 5PM at the McLain School.  NO ACTION.

 

CURRICULUM

Sally Carleton, Chair, reviewed a meeting held on March 24th to discuss the Gifted/Talented Programs in each District.  The next meeting will be April 14th at 5:00PM at the McLain School.  NO ACTION.

 

POLICY

Jamie Doubleday, Chair, reported on a meeting held March 23rd at 4:00PM to review policies for first reading.  Next meeting will be April 9th at 3:00PM at the McLain School.  NO ACTION.

 

ACTIVITIES

Esther Kilgour, Chair, reported on meetings held March 9th and March 16th.  The next meeting is scheduled for May 7th at 5:00PM at the McLain School.  NO ACTION.

 

MANY FLAGS

Jamie Doubleday, Many Flags Representative, reported that a meeting has been scheduled on Friday, April 4th to review the next steps to be taken.  NO ACTION.

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REGION 8

Josiah Wilson reported on a meeting held at the Mid-Coast School of Technology on March 25th.  The Board was updated on the programs at that facility.  NO ACTION.

 

NEGOTIATIONS

Jamie Doubleday, Chair, reported on a meeting held March 19th and noted that the next meeting will be on March 30th at 8:00AM at the McLain Building.  She also requested that John Spear and Judith Lucarelli be invited to join the Committee as they start their review of contracts.  NO ACTION.

 

BUSINESS MANAGERS’ STIPENDS

The Superintendent and Finance Committee recommended that stipends be paid to John Spear and Toni Reed for their work in preparing for the RSU.  The monies to pay these stipends are provided in the approved 2008-2009 budgets for the two SADs.  Based on the work, it is recommended that $16,000 be provided for Business Manager stipends, to be divided equally by John Spear and Toni Reed.  This is a one-time stipend and does not affect their base pay for purposes of determining future compensation. 

 

It was moved by Loren Andrews and seconded by Josiah Wilson to table for further consideration.

 

Josiah Wilson withdrew his seconded.

 

Motion failed for lack of a second.

 

It was moved by Jamie Doubleday and Seconded by Greg Hamlin that the Board approve the business managers stipend in the amount of $16,000 to be equally divided by John Spear and Toni Reed.

 

Discussion followed.

 

It was moved by Loren Andrews and seconded by Patricia Wotton that the motion be tabled.

3 FOR (Andrews. Wilson, Wotton/219) 8 OPPOSED (554) 1 ABSENT (73).  DEFEATED.

 

The vote on the motion was then taken:  7 FOR (461) 4 OPPOSED (312) 1 ABSENT (73). VOTED.

 

POLICIES IN FIRST READING.

It was moved by Jamie Doubleday and seconded by James Kalloch that the Board approved the policies in Section A, B, C, and D as presented for first reading.  11 FOR (773) 1 ABSENT (73). VOTED.

 

SCHOOL CALENDAR

It was moved by Patricia Wotton and seconded by Josiah Wilson that the Board adopt the calendar for 2009-2010 as presented.  11 FOR (773) 1 ABSENT (73). VOTED.

 

BUSINESS MANAGER’S PECUNIARY INTEREST

It was moved by Jamie Doubleday and Seconded by Greg Hamlin that John Spear, Business Manager, has, or may have a pecuniary interest in the outcome of teacher negotiations, and that the Board finds that as John Spear’s role in negotiations with teachers does not involved approval authority, that no conflict of interest exists.  9 FOR (613) 1 OPPOSED (Wotton/80) 1 ABSTENTION (Messing/80) 1 ABSENT (73).  VOTED.

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MSMA UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION TRUST FUND

It was moved by Greg Hamlin and Seconded by Esther Kilgour that the Board authorize RSU #13 to enter into a trust agreement, between the MSMA Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund and RSU #13 dated July 1, 2009, and to make contributions to the Trust Fund on behalf of employees.  Further move that RSU #13 meet its obligation to provide unemployment compensation protection on its employees, through reimbursing method, by participating in the MSMA Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund, and further move that the Superintendent of RSU #13 be authorized to create a new account with the MSMA Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund.  The Superintendent is further authorized to enter into an agreement to administer our unemployment compensation program with MSMA on behalf of RSU #13.  11 FOR (773) 1 ABSENT (73). VOTED.

 

RECEIVE THE 2009-2010 RSU #13 BUDGET

Superintendent Lucarelli distributed copies of the proposed 2009-2010 budget.  The next meeting to discuss the budget will be on March 30th at Georges Valley High School and then on April 1st at Rockland District High School.  Both meetings will be held at 6:00PM.  It was further noted that this is the expenditure budget.  The revenue budget and the Adult Education portion will be presented at a later date.  NO ACTION.

 

Jamie Doubleday wanted it noted for the record that she thanked Judith Harvey for her offering to forego the second half of her stipend.

 

It was moved by Esther Kilgour and seconded by Josiah Wilson that the meeting be adjourned.  11 FOR (773) 1 ABSENT (73). VOTED.

 

Meeting adjourned at 9:35PM.