Minutes of June 25, 2009







Rockland, Maine

June 25, 2009       

The regular meeting of the RSU #13 Board of Directors was held on Thursday, June 25, 2009 in the multi-purpose room of South School.  Present were:

                                                      Ruth Anne Hohfeld, Chair                  South Thomaston

                                                      Brian Messing, Vice-Chair                  Rockland

                                                      Loren Andrews                                                      Cushing

                                                      Sally Carleton                                                      Owls Head

                                                      Jamie Doubleday                                    Thomaston

                                                      Steven Dyer                                                      Rockland

                                                      George Emery                                                      St. George (Left at 7:34PM)

                                                      Greg Hamlin                                                      Thomaston

                                                      James Kalloch                                                      Rockland

                                                      Esther Kilgour                                                      Rockland

                                                      Julie Sanborn                                                      Thomaston

                                                      Josiah Wilson                                                      St. George

                                                      Patricia Wotton                                                      Rockland

 

Meeting was called to order by the Chair at 6:01PM.  The Pledge of allegiance of the United States flag was given.  Adjustments to the agenda were made.

 

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES

It was moved by Gregory Hamlin and seconded by Josiah Wilson to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting of May 28, 2009, RSU #13 Annual Budget Meeting of June 2, 2009, and Special Meeting of June 16, 2009.  13 FOR (999). VOTED.

 

PRESENTATIONS

The following principals from the East Side schools gave presentations:

Todd Martin                                    MacDougal School

Patricia Snow                                    Gilford Butler School

Thomas Forti                                    Rockland District High School

 

COMMUNICATIONS

Two communications were received which did not require Board action at this time:

1) Resignation from Thomas Leonard, Acting Principal at Rockland District Middle School

2) Notification of grant award for the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program to the Lura Libby School

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

The Superintendent reported on the following items which did not require Board action at this time:

1) A transition committee has been form with teachers from each school in the RSU.  The first meeting is tentatively set for July 22, 2009.

2) Discuss the proposal of televising the RSU meetings.  Reported on the list of equipment that would need to be purchased.

3) Presented a calendar of meetings for the school year from July to June.  Asked that the Board members review and make changes if necessary.  The times for committee meetings will be discussed at the next regular meeting.

4) Both Districts have received the first checks of the federal stimulus funds.  The checks are the exact amount of funds that was curtailed by the Governor.

5) Requested whether we can use Title 1A stimulus funds to help purchase the laptops.

 

 

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CHAIR’S REPORT

Ruth Anne Hohfeld, Chair, reported that in five days RSU #13 will officially start.  She presented floral arrangements to Judith Harvey, MSAD #50 Superintendent and Jamie Doubleday, Board Chair for MSAD #50, Judith Lucarelli, Superintendent for MSAD #5 and Kimberly Appleby, Board Chair for MSAD #5.  She further noted that the RSU is fortunate to inherit to special districts.  NO ACTION.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

FINANCE. 

Brian Messing, Chair, reported that the Committee has not met, but the two business managers are keeping close watch on all accounts.  The Committee will schedule a meeting for August.  NO ACTION.

 

CURRICULUM & TECHNOLOGY                 

Sally Carleton, Chair, reported that the Committee has not met, but will meet on August 11th at 5:30PM.  NO ACTION.

 

ACTIVITIES

Esther Kilgour, Chair, reported on a recent meeting.  The next scheduled meeting is August 26th at 5:00PM.  NO ACTION.

 

POLICY

Jamie Doubleday, Chair, reported that the committee is continuing to approve all the required policies and add others as time allows.  There are several policies coming for first reading this evening.  Next meeting will be on July 9th at 3:00PM.  NO ACTION.

 

FACILITIES & TRANSPORTATION

Gregory Hamlin, Chair, reported on a meeting held June 3rd.  The next meeting will be at MacDougal School on July 1st at 5:00PM.

 

PERSONNEL & NEGOTIATIONS

Jamie Doubleday, Chair, reported that the committee is meeting weekly in preparation for bargaining.  Next meetings will be June 29th at 4:00PM and July 2nd at 8:00AM.  NO ACTION.

 

MID-COAST SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY

Josiah Wilson, Board Representative, reported on a meeting held Wednesday.  He updated the committee on personnel changes, and facilities updates.  NO ACTION.

 

MANY FLAGS

Jamie Doubleday reported that the Governor has signed the legislation.  It is now up to the Department of Education to set the standards and send out the request for proposals.  NO ACTION.

 

ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 2009-2010

Judith Lucarelli, Superintendent and Secretary of the Board, called for nominations for the position of Board Chair.

 

Esther Kilgour nominated Ruth Anne Hohfeld.

 

It was moved by Steven Dyer and seconded by Esther Kilgour that nominations cease.  13 FOR (999). VOTED.

 

By a vote of 13 to 0 (999), Ruth Anne Hohfeld was declared Chair of the Board of Directors for 2009-2010.

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The Board Chair called for nominations for the position of Vice-Chair.

 

James Kalloch nominated Brian Messing.

 

Loren Andrews nominated Jamie Doubleday

 

Josiah Wilson nominated Steven Dyer

 

Brian Messing withdrew his name from the nomination of Vice-Chair.

 

It was moved by Julie Sanborn and seconded by Loren Andrews that nominations cease.  12 FOR (919) 1 ABSENT (80). VOTED.

 

Jamie Doubleday for Vice-Chair:  9 FOR (687) 2 OPPOSED (Kalloch, Wilson/152) 1 ABSTENTION (Messing/80) 1 ABSENT (80).  VOTED.

 

Steven Dyer for Vice-Chair:  2 FOR (Kalloch, Wilson/152) 9 OPPOSED (687) 1 ABSTENTION (Messing/80) 1 ABSENT (80).  VOTED.

 

Jamie Doubleday was declared Vice-Chair of the RSU #13 Board of Directors.

 

REPORT ON STATUS OF MacDOUGAL SCHOOL BUILDING

The Superintendent reported that the building is currently undergoing an engineering study.  The report will be presented at the Facilities & Transportation meeting.  NO ACTION.

 

ALLOCATION OF $30,000 ADDED TO THE 2009-2010 BUDGET

It was moved by Brian Messing and seconded by Gregory Hamlin to add $30,000 to the instructional contingency line of Article I of the 2009-2010 budget.  11 FOR (847) 1 OPPOSED (Wilson/72) 1 ABSENT (80). VOTED.

 

ADD TITLE 1A ED TECH III AT GILFORD BUTLER SCHOOL

It was moved by Patricia Wotton and seconded by Steven Dyer to add a Title 1A Educational Technician at Gilford Butler School for the 2009-2010 school year.

 

Discussion followed.

 

The vote was then taken:  9 FOR (679) 3 ABSENT (Carleton, Messing, Wilson/240) 1 ABSENT (80). VOTED.

 

ESTABLISH 2009-2010 SCHOOL LUNCH AND BREAKFAST PRICES

It was moved by Jamie Doubleday and seconded by Steven Dyer to adopt the following lunch prices for the 2009-2010 school year (Adult Lunch changed to $3.50):

                                                                                          RSU 13 EAST SIDE                                                      RSU 13 WEST SIDE

K-8 Lunch                                                                                          2.25                                                                                          2.00

9-12 Lunch                                                                                          2.50                                                                                          2.25

Adult Lunch                                                                                          3.50                                                                                          3.50

K-8 Breakfast                                                                                          1.00                                                                                          1.00

9-12 Breakfast                                                                                          1.25                                                                                          1.00

Adult Breakfast                                                                                          1.75                                                                                          1.75

11 FOR (847) 1 OPPOSED (Wilson/72) 1 ABSENT (80). VOTED.

 

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RETAINER FOR LEGAL SERVICES THROUGH DRUMMOND WOODSUM

It was moved by Brian Messing and seconded by Gregory Hamlin to authorize the Superintendent of Schools to negotiate a retainer through Drummond Woodsum up to the balance of the RSU Transition funds.  12 FOR (919) 1 ABSENT (80). VOTED.

 

BOARD ACTION REGARDING BUDGET VALIDATION REFERENDUM RESULTS

1.  REQUIRED VOTES FOR COMPUTATION AND DECLARATION OF VOTES

It was moved by Gregory Hamlin and seconded by Brian Messing that the Computation and Declaration of Votes, dated June 25, 2009 and attached hereto, regarding the 2009-2010 Regional School Unit No. 13 general fund budget, is hereby approved.  Further, that the Computation and Declaration of Votes dated June 25, 2009 and attached hereto, regarding the 2009-2010 Regional School Unit No. 13 general fund budget, be entered upon records of Regional School Unit No. 13, and that a certified copy of the Computation and Declaration of Votes, dated June 25, 2009 and attached hereto, regarding the 2009-2010 Regional School Unit No. 13 general fund budget, be sent to each of the Municipal Clerks within Regional School Unit No. 13.  12 FOR (919) 1 ABSENT (80). VOTED.

 

2.  EXECUTE MUNICIPAL ASSESSMENT

It was moved by James Kalloch and seconded by Gregory Hamlin to execute the State of Maine Assessment of Regional School Unit No. 13 Tax for the municipalities of Cushing, Owls Head, Rockland, Saint George, South Thomaston, and Thomaston for the period beginning July 1, 2009 and ending June 30, 2010.  10 FOR (767) 2 OPPOSED (Dyer, Wilson/152) 1 ABSENT (80).  VOTED.

 

The assessments were signed by the Board of Directors.

 

COMPENSATION OF EAST SIDE SCHOOL NURSES

It was moved by Jamie Doubleday and seconded by Josiah Wilson to increase the salaries of Ilmi Carter and Lynne Hall by $995.00 with the eligibility for a COLA if one is approved.  10 FOR (767) 2 ABSTENTIONS (Messing, Wilson/152) 1 ABSENT (80). VOTED.

 

NOMINATION OF TEACHERS AND ADMISTRATORS

It was moved by Josiah Wilson and seconded by Sally Carleton that Lori Taylor be nominated as Literacy Coach at MacDougal School for the 2009-2010 school year, and to authorize the Superintendent to issue a probationary contract.  11 FOR (839) 1 OPPOSED (Messing/80) 1 ABSENT (80). VOTED.

 

It was moved by Sally Carleton and seconded by Josiah Wilson that Benjamin Tripp be nominated as Grade 1 teacher at MacDougal School for the 2009-2010 school year, and to authorize the Superintendent to issue a probationary contract.  11 FOR (847) 1 ABSTENTION (Wilson/72) 1 ABSENT (80). VOTED.

 

It was moved by Jamie Doubleday and seconded by Josiah Wilson that Teel Foster be appointed to the position of Girls Varsity Head Basketball Coach at RDHS for the 2009-2010 school year.  12 FOR (919) 1 ABSENT (80). VOTED.

 

FINAL APPROVAL OF POLICIES IN SECOND READING

It was moved by Brian Messing and seconded by Jamie Doubleday to approve the following policies in second reading:

                  BB                                    Cooperative Board Legal Status (Delete Policy)

                  BBAA                                    Cooperative Board Member Authority and Responsibilities

                  BBB                                    Cooperative Board Membership/Elections/Appointments

                  BED-2                                    Cooperative Board Amendments

                 

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BEDC                                    Cooperative Board Quorum and Weighted Votes

                  BEA                                    School Board Use of Electronic Mail

                  EBAA                                    Hazard Reporting and Warning Program

                  EBCC                                    Bomb Threats

                  ECB                                    Pest Management in School Facilities and on School Grounds

                  EEAEAA                                    Drug and Alcohol Testing of School Bus Drivers

                  EEAEAA-R                  Drug and Alcohol Testing of School Bus Drivers/Administrative Procedure

                  EFE                                    Competitive Food Sales: Sales of Food in Competition with the School Food

                                                      Service Program

                  GBEC                                    Drug-Free Workplace

                  GCG                                    Employment of Substitutes

                  GCOA                                    Supervision and Evaluation of Professional Staff

                  GCQC                                    Resignation of School Unit Employees

                  IJNDC                                    Student Home Use of MLTI Laptops

                  JCA                                    Assignment of Students to Schools

11 FOR (767) 2 OPPOSED (Dyer, Wilson/152) 1 ABSENT (80). VOTED.

 

CONSIDERATION OF POLICIES IN FIRST READING

It was moved by Patricia Wotton and seconded by Gregory Hamlin to approve the following policies in first reading:

                  BHC                                    School Board Communications with Employees

                  DJ                                    Purchasing Requirements

                  GCSA                                    Employee Computer and Internet Use

                  IKF                                    Graduation Requirements

12 FOR (919) 1 ABSENT (80). VOTED

 

GRADUATION DATES

It was moved by Gregory Hamlin and seconded by Josiah Wilson that the RDHS Graduation be changed to Monday, June 14, 2010, and GVHS be Thursday, June 10, 2010. 12 FOR (919) 1 ABSENT (80). VOTED.

 

MEETING DATE

It was moved by Jamie Doubleday and seconded by Gregory Hamlin that the regular monthly meeting of the RSU #13 Board of Directors be held on the first Thursday of each month starting in August.  12 FOR (919) 1 ABSENT (80). VOTED.

 

There will be no meeting in July, so the next regular meeting will be August 6, 2009.

 

ADJOURNMENT

It was moved by Steven Dyer and seconded by Sally Carleton that the meeting be adjourned.  12 FOR (919) 1 ABSENT (80). VOTED.

 

Meeting adjourned at 9:00PM.