Minutes of January 7, 2010

Rockland, Maine

January 7, 2010           

 

The regular meeting of the RSU #13 Board of Directors was held on Thursday, January 7, 2010 in the Conference Room at the McLain Building.  Present were:  

                                                Ruth Anne Hohfeld, Chair            South Thomaston

                                                Jamie Doubleday, Vice-Chair      Thomaston

                                                Loren Andrews                            Cushing

                                                Sally Carleton                              Owls Head

                                                Steven Dyer                                 Rockland

            George Emery                              St. George

                                                Gregory Hamlin                           Thomaston

                                                James Kalloch                              Rockland

                                                Esther Kilgour                              Rockland

                                                Brian Messing                             Rockland

                                                Julie Sanborn                               Thomaston

            Josiah Wilson                              St. George

                                                Patricia Moran-Wotton               Rockland

 

1.  CALL TO ORDER AND DECLARATION OF A QUORUM.  2.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE   3.  ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA

Meeting was called to order by the Chair at 6:30PM.  The Pledge of allegiance of the United States flag was given. 

Chair welcomed everyone to the first meeting of 2010.

 

4.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Prior to the start of the open session, the Chair outlined the public comment section of the meeting.  She further reported that the following community forums for the High School Study Group Recommendation will be held as follows:

                January 11, 2010                                               Rockland District High School

                January 13, 2010                                               Georges Valley High School

                January 20, 2010                                               Thomaston Grammar School

                January 26, 2010                                               St. George School

                January 27, 2010                                               Rockland District Middle School

The following people spoke relative to the high school student group recommendations:  Tena Wallace from St. George; Julia Sell from Cushing; Melissa Stevens from Owls Head, Michael Ansart, GVHS Student, Michelle Philbrook, Rockland, William Reinhart, St. George, Donald Choquette, St. George, Angela Vachon, St. George,  Erik Laustsen, Rockland, Michelle Peaco, Rockland, Thomas Mellor, Thomaston, Ellen Spring, Thomaston.  The Chair thanked everyone for attending and speaking to the Board.  She also encouraged them to attend the community forums.  NO ACTION.

 

5.  COMMUNICATIONS

None at the time of the meeting.

 

6.  CONSENT AGENDA

It was moved by Esther Kilgour and seconded by Gregory Hamlin to approve the following items under the consent agenda:

a.  Approval of Minutes of Regular Meeting of December 3, 2009

b. Acceptance of Resignations

     1)  Toni Reed as Business Manager

c.  Approval of Policies in Second Reading:

     1)  JLCD – Administration of Medication to Students

     2)  EEA – Transportation Policy

13 FOR (999).  VOTED.

 

7.  REPORTS

a.  REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT. 

Superintendent Lucarelli reported on the following items that did not require Board action: 1) Enrollment for RSU #13 for November was 2,144 students in Grades K-12.  2) Thanked Alison Livengood and the students of Rockland District Middle School for the fine art display in the Board Room and the Hallway.  3) Commissioner of Education informed the District that the curtailment starting in February will be $104,000 per month.   4) Work is being done to the Maintenance and Transportation facility in order to facilitate the moving into the building. 

a.1  CONSIDERATION OF CLASS SIZE. Wanted to review  proposed class size prior to the start of the 2010-2011 .

                                                K-2:                                        15-18 students

                                                3-6:                                        18-20 students

                                                7-12                                       20-23 students

At the high school level, a review will be done with all classes showing fewer than 10 students.  NO ACTION.

 

b.  REPORT OF THE CHAIR.

Ruth Anne Hohfeld, Chair, reported on the following items: 1) Information from the legislature is very minimal at this time.  However, Senator Alfond from the State Education Committee, has stated that he would be working to improve high school retention in the coming session.  2) Many Flags/One Campus Steering Committee attended a Five-Town CSD (Camden) meeting.  3) Encouraged Board members to read the administrative reports.  NO ACTION.

 

c.  COMMITTEE REPORTS

1)  ACTIVITIES.  Esther Kilgour, Chair, reported that two meetings have been scheduled.  January 11th at 5:30PM and January 28th at 5:30PM.  Both will be held at McLain School.  NO ACTION.

 

2)  CURRICULUM.  Sally Carleton, Chair, reported on a meeting held January 5th.   Neal Guyer, Curriculum Coordinator, reviewed and discussed the draft document of the K-8 curriculum audit.  Also discussed the K-8

World language offerings.  Next meeting will be February 2nd at 6:30PM.  NO ACTION.

 

3)  FACILITIES & TRANSPORTATION.  Gregory Hamlin, Chair, reported on a meeting held  December 8th to discuss a facilities audit update.  John Spear is working with the committee on this.  He noted that the transportation software should be received some time in February.  Next meeting will be January 12th at 5:30PM.  NO ACTION.

 

4)  FINANCE & INSURANCE.  Brian Messing, Chair, reported on a meeting held December 10th.  The Committee is reviewing areas of the budget that are showing overages.  With the curtailment in the state subsidy, the RSU has to be extremely cautious with its funds.  Next meeting will be January 14th immediately following the public hearing for MacDougal School.  NO ACTION.

 

5)  PERSONNEL AND NEGOTIATIONS.  Jamie Doubleday, Chair, reported on recent negotiations.  The Committee has also reviewed the retirement incentive, with action being taken later this evening.  A ten-day notice has been received from the Teachers’ Association.  Remainder of the report will be given in executive session.  NO ACTION.

 

6)  POLICY.   James Kalloch, Chair, reported on a recent meeting to review policies coming before the Board this evening.  The next meeting is scheduled for January 19th at 5:30PM.  NO ACTION.

 

7)  TECHNOLOGY.  Loren Andrews, Chair, reported that the next meeting would be January 21st at 6:30PM. NO ACTION.

 

8)  MID-COAST SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY.  Josiah Wilson, Board representative, reported on a meeting held at MCST on December 16th.  NO ACTION.

 

9)  MANY FLAGS/ONE CAMPUS.  Jamie Doubleday reported on the presentation before the Five-Town CSD, and that one was also scheduled with MSAD #40.  The application is due to the State of March 15th, but the Board will have a chance to review the application some time in February.  NO ACTION.

 

8.  BUSINESS ITEMS

a.  PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDY GROUP RECOMMENDATION.

Judith Lucarelli, Superintendent and James Kalloch, Board Member, gave an overview of the High School study group recommendations.  A question and answer period followed.

 

It was moved by Jamie Doubleday and seconded by Loren Andrews that we present the high school study group recommendations as a concept, without a timeline,  for further consideration and that the Board gather information from the public, students, and staff as to whether or not this is a good plan.

 

Discussion followed.

 

The vote was then taken:  11 FOR (847) 2 OPPOSED (Kalloch, Wilson/152).  VOTED.

 

b.  APPROVE AND SIGN WARRANTS FOR CLOSURE OF MacDOUGAL SCHOOL

 

It was moved by Jamie Doubleday and seconded by Esther Kilgour that the warrant and notice of election presented to the meeting be and is hereby approved and that a regional meeting referendum be and is hereby called for February 9, 2010 for the purpose of approving the closure of the MacDougal School as described therein.  Further voted that the Notice of public Hearing presented to the meeting be and is hereby approved and that a public hearing on closure of the MacDougal School will be held on January 14, 2010 at 6:00PM as provided therein.  12 FOR (927) 1 OPPOSED (Wilson/72).  VOTED.

 

The warrants were then signed by members of the Board if Directors.

 

c.  APPROVE RETIREMENT INCENTIVES FOR EMPLOYEES

Jamie Doubleday, Chair of the Personnel Committee, presented the retirement incentive forms.  These were presented to the MEA on January 6, 2010, and the Teamsters is scheduled for January 8, 2010.  Staff have until March 1, 2010 to respond.

 

It was moved by Gregory Hamlin and seconded by Sally Carleton to accept the retirement incentives for employees.  13 FOR (999).  VOTED.

 

d.  APPROVAL OF POLICIES IN SECOND READING:

     1)  FORMATION OF NEW CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

     2)  IHCDA – POST SECONDARY ENROLLMENT OPTIONS

 

It was moved by James Kalloch and seconded by Steven Dyer to accept the policies in second reading.  13 FOR (999).  VOTED.

The following  items will be handled in executive session:

                e.  Employment of Business Manager

                f.  Consideration of Superintendent’s Goals

                g.  Collective Bargaining

 

9.  ANNOUNCE UP-COMING MEETINGS (ALL ARE AT McLAIN SCHOOL):

     a.  Curriculum Committee                       6:30PM                 February 2, 2010

     b.  Facilities & Transportation 5:30PM                 January 12, 2010

     c.  Finance                                                      6:00PM                 January 14, 2010

     d.  Policy                                                         5:30PM                 January 19, 2010

     e.  Technology                                              6:30PM                 January 21, 2010

     f.  Activities                                                    5:30PM                 January 11th and January 28, 2010

     g.  School Board                                           6:30PM                 February 4, 2010

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

It was moved by Steven Dyer and seconded by Esther Kilgour that the Board go into executive session.

13 FOR (999).  VOTED.

 

Into executive session at 9:20PM.  Out of executive session at 9:23PM.

 

It was moved by Steven Dyer and seconded by Esther Kilgour to approve the employment of Peter Roche as Business Manager for RSU #13.  Contract to go through June 30, 2011.  Salary for the term from February 2010 to June 30, 2010 will be $73,000 (pro-rated).  Benefits in compliance with the terms of non-aligned personnel. 

13 FOR (999). VOTED.

 

It was moved by George Emery and seconded by Brian Messing that the Board go into executive session.

13 FOR (999).  VOTED.

 

Into executive session at 9:24PM. Out of executive session at 9:40PM.

 

It was moved by Julie Sanborn and seconded by Josiah Wilson that the meeting be adjourned.  13 FOR (999).  VOTED.

 

Meeting adjourned at 9:43PM.

 

 

 

 

                                                _________________________________________________

                                                Dr. Judith M. Lucarelli, Secretary/RSU #13 Board of Directors