Minutes from May 4, 2010




May 4, 2010


Committee Members Present        :           S. Carleton, L. Andrews, G. Emery,

Other Board Members Present      :           none

Staff Members Present                   :           N. Guyer, T. Wright,

Others Present                                 :           W. Todd, M. Vanesse, S. Rademaker

Location                                             :           Herring Gut Learning Center, Port Clyde



I.              Call to order:


This meeting was called to order by Sally Carleton, Curriculum Committee Chair, at 3:45 PM.


II.         Introduction to the Herring Gut Learning Center program and tour of the facility:


            This meeting took place at the Herring Gut Learning Center (HGLC) in Port Clyde.  This visitation was arranged so that committee members could gain a deeper level of understanding regarding the unique learning opportunities available via collaborative efforts that currently exist between HGLC and RSU 13, and hopes for expanded collaboration in the future. During this visit:


·         Wes Todd (HGLC Director), Sara Rademaker (HGLC Teacher), and Maryanne Vanesse (HGLC Admin. Assistant) explained the center’s history and program elements that are currently in operation.

·         The committee members toured the facility – inclusive of the oyster hatchery & aquaponics greenhouse where RSU 13 students and faculty engage in learning activities.

·         Since students were not in attendance during the timeframe for this visitation, committee members viewed a DVD that has been produced for HGLC featuring a comprehensive profile of the mid-level alternative educational program that is currently in place.

·         Committee members were made aware of the joint endeavors currently in place consisting of mid-level alternative education, high school biology, and professional development offerings for faculty.  Committee members also learned of the planned expansion of the mid-level alternative program for 2010-2011.



III.        Additional Curriculum Committee updates: N. Guyer:


      Earlier in the meeting Neal Guyer updated committee members regarding two items:

·         The Jules Verne – French world language visiting teacher application has been processed and there is on-going contact between RSU 13 and the French Ministry of Education.  Although these contacts are promising, no confirmation of a placement agreement has been received.  If successful, this teacher will be deployed in former MSAD 5 elementary grades for 2010-2011.

·         Committee members were asked to visit the website containing RSU 13 assessment data and offer any and all comments on how the site might be improved.  The main priority of the website is to be ‘user friendly’ for multiple constituencies.  The website is accessed through the ‘central office’ banner at (www.rsu13.org).


IV.       Other/Adjourn.


            This meeting was adjourned by Sally Carleton at approximately 5:00 PM.


            The Curriculum Committee will next meet on June 1st, 6:30 PM, at the Superintendent’s Office.