Minutes of October 20, 2009







Rockland, Maine

October 20, 2009        

 

A special meeting of the RSU #13 Board of Directors was held on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 in the Conference Room at the McLain Building.  Present were:  

                                                Ruth Anne Hohfeld, Chair            South Thomaston

                                                Jamie Doubleday, Vice-Chair      Thomaston (6:35PM)

                                                Loren Andrews                                 Cushing (6:54PM)

                                                Sally Carleton                                     Owls Head

                                                Steven Dyer                                       Rockland

                                                George Emery                                   St. George

                                                Gregory Hamlin                                                Thomaston

                                                James Kalloch                                    Rockland

                                                Brian Messing                                    Rockland

                                                Julie Sanborn                                     Thomaston

                                                Josiah Wilson                                     St. George

                                                Patricia Moran-Wotton                 Rockland

 

Absent (Excused):           Esther Kilgour                                    Rockland

 

1.  CALL TO ORDER   2.   PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE  

Meeting was called to order by the Chair at 6:30PM.  She stated that the purpose of the meeting was to determine the best action for the students and staff of MacDougal School.  She noted that there would not be action on this matter until the regular meeting November 5, 2009. The Pledge of allegiance of the United States flag was given.  Adjustments to the agenda were made.  

 

3.  BUSINESS ITEMS

b.  REVIEW OF PHYSICAL CONDITION OF MacDOUGAL SCHOOL – John Spear, Business Manager

Mr. Spear reported that a review of the physical condition of MacDougal School was done by Lincoln-Haney Engineering Firm.  Their report indicated that the repairs to the facility would cost an estimated $2,000,000 as opposed to an estimated $3,500,000 to build a new facility.  Their firm identified the following items, in addition to the boiler:  structural, electrical, ADA compliance, alarm system, and signage matters.    The new boiler is being installed along with a new fuel tank.  However, pipes and valves will continue to be an on-going problem.   The matter of most concern, though, is the air quality due to the water in the steam tunnels.  There was a question and answer session with the Board. 

 

a.  PRESENTATION OF ADMINISTRATIVE PLAN FOR STUDENT PLACEMENT – Dr. Judith Lucarelli, Superintendent Superintendent distributed the following information to the Board:  1) Administrative plan of where students will be placed if MacDougal was closed as of this summer.  2) In order to close a school, an enrollment projection needs to be done for the RSU.  This was distributed.  3) Floor plans for South School and RDMS.  The proposal for RDMS shows the 5th graders being moved to that facility; making South School a K-4 building.

 

c.  TIMELINE FOR CLOSURE

Superintendent reviewed the issues of maintenance, review of the state statutes, effective date of closure (recommending Summer 2010), transportation (no increase), financial impact of closing the building and a statement as to the proposed disposition of the building.

 

 

 

 

 

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Next Steps.  Superintendent reviewed that the next steps would be to come before the Board for a vote at the November 5, 2009 regular meeting.

 

The meeting was then opened to members of the public.  Those speaking to the Board were:  Louise Cornforth, Lynne Hall, Marilee Robinson, Diana Brickel, Gerald Wienan, Donald Choquette, and Jane Moore.

 

ADJOURNMENT

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

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:40PM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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