Minutes of November 5, 2009 Regular Meeting







Rockland, Maine

November 5, 2009           

 

The regular meeting of the RSU #13 Board of Directors was held on Thursday, November 5, 2009 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

                                                Julie Sanborn                                     Thomaston

            Josiah Wilson                                     St. George

                                                Patricia Moran-Wotton                      Rockland

Absent (Excused):                   Brian Messing                                    Rockland

 

1.  CALL TO ORDER AND DECLARATION OF A QUORUM.  2.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE  

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

 

4.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

The following people spoke regarding the closure of MacDougal School:  Mark Castellano, Nicki Castellano, Rebecca Albright, and Ann McLellan.  Rob Beverage, Principal of Georges Valley High School, informed the Board that the Girls Soccer Team are the Western Maine Champions.  They will be playing against Orono for the State championship on Saturday, November 14th.  Chairman thanked the members of the public for coming to speak to the Board.  NO ACTION.

 

5.  COMMUNICATIONS

Letter from the Dean of Admissions from M.I.T. recognizing Joshua Mahar, RDHS Science Teacher, as an inspiration to student Jason Pier.  NO ACTION.

 

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 October 1, 2009

b.  Approval of Minutes of Special Meeting of October 20, 2009

c.  Final approval of Policies in second reading:

1.  IHBG – Home Schooling

d.  Teacher Nominations:

1.  Martha Mitchell, Library Media Specialist for Gilford Butler, MacDougal, Owls Head and South

e.  Appointment of non-employee coaches:

1.  Keely Baum                  RDMS Volunteer Cheering Coach

2.  Joseph Nelson             RDHS Varsity Baseball Coach

12 FOR (919) 1 ABSENT (80).  VOTED.

It was moved by Gregory Hamlin and seconded by Jamie Doubleday to approve the following items under the

 

 

 

 

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7.  REPORTS

 

a.  REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT. 

Superintendent Lucarelli reported on two conferences she had recently attended; the Schlechty Institute in Boston and the Pegasus Systems Thinking Conference in Seattle.  She further reported on the changes within the District and commended the Board for their hard work in handling these issues.  NO ACTION.

 

b.  REPORT OF THE CHAIR

Ruth Anne Hohfeld, Chair, thanked the employees and administration for all their hard work.  She also congratulated Steven Dyer and Patricia Moran-Wotton for their recent election to the Board of Directors.  She reported on her recent attendance at the Maine School Management Association fall conference, and asked that the following members also report on the workshops they attended at the conference:  Gregory Hamlin, Patricia Moran-Wotton, George Emery and Sally Carleton.  The Superintendent distributed a list of workshops she attended.  NO ACTION.

 

C.  COMMITTEE REPORTS

1.  ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE

Esther Kilgour, Chair, reported on a meeting held October 27th.  Minutes have been posted on the website.  She noted that the next meeting will be January 26, 2010 at 5:00PM.  NO ACTION.

 

2.  CURRICULUM COMMITTEE

Sally Carleton, Chair, reported on a meeting held November 3, 2009 at MacDougal School.  A presentation was given by Todd Martin and Lori Taylor regarding the Maine Literacy Partnership.  Also observed a “data wall”.  The next meeting is scheduled for December 1, 2009 at 6:30PM.  Minutes have been posted on the website.  NO ACTION.

 

3.  FACILITIES & TRANSPORTATION

Gregory Hamlin, Chair, reported on a meeting held October 13, 2009.  At the meeting the following items were discussed:  skate park in South Thomaston, update on repairs of the MacDougal School boiler (ahead of schedule), facilities audit, parking of buses at RDHS, and that two new school buses are in operation.  Next meeting will be November 10, 2009 at 5:30PM.  Minutes were posted on the website.  NO ACTION.

 

4.  FINANCE & INSURANCE

In the absence of the Committee Chair, Gregory Hamlin reported on a meeting held October 8, 2009.  It is noted that all expenditures are on budget.  The next meeting will be November 12, 2009 at 6:30PM.  NO ACTION.

 

5.  PERSONNEL & NEGOTIATIONS

Jamie Doubleday, Chair, reported that negotiations are on-going and the committee is meeting once a week working with the MEA and the Teamsters.  The remainder of the report will be given in Executive Session.  NO ACTION.

 

6.  POLICY COMMITTEE

James Kalloch, Chair, reported that the meeting was postponed.  The next meeting of the Committee will be on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 5:30PM.  NO ACTION.

 

7.  TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

Loren Andrews, Chair, reported on a meeting held October 15th.  The committee discussed Infinite Campus and the area of need in the K-6 schools.  Next meeting will be November 19, 2009 at 6:30PM.  NO ACTION.

 

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8.  MID-COAST SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY

James Kalloch, representative from RSU #13, reported on a recent meeting.  One item of note was that MCST and RDHS are working to import pre-engineering courses at the high school level.  The next meeting will be Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 7:00PM.  NO ACTION.

 

9.  MANY FLAGS/ONE CAMPUS

Jamie Doubleday reported that the application has been received and is due to the Department of Education in March.  NO ACTION.

 

D.  PRESENTATION ON RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION

Neal Guyer, Director of Curriculum, and Thomas Wright, Director of Special Programs, reported on the Response to Intervention initiative now being initiated in RSU #13.  NO ACTION.

 

8.  BUSINESS ITEMS

 

a.  BOARD ACTION TO CLOSE MacDOUGAL SCHOOL EFFECTIVE JUNE 30, 2010.

Superintendent distributed enrollment data from the Maine State Planning Office.  She further explained the process of closing a school under the RSU legislation.  She recommended that the Board support the closing of MacDougal School.

 

It was moved by Loren Andrews and seconded by Steven Dyer to close MacDougal School effective July 1, 2010 and to authorize the Superintendent to provide the required materials to the Commission of Education and the City of Rockland.

 

Discussion followed.

 

The vote on the motion was then taken:  8 FOR (Andrews, Carleton, Doubleday, Dyer, Emery, Hamlin, Hohfeld, Kalloch/614) 4 OPPOSED (Kilgour, Sanborn, Wilson, Wotton/305) 1 ABSENT (Messing/80). VOTED.

       

b.  APPROVAL OF LEASE PURCHASE OF TWO SCHOOL BUSES 

It was moved by Jamie Doubleday and seconded by Gregory Hamlin that under and pursuant to the provision of Title 20-A MRSA Sections 1001 and 1055 and any other applicable authority under the laws of the State of Maine, the Superintendent of Schools be and hereby is authorized to execute and deliver a Municipal Lease Purchase Agreement with Gorham Savings Leasing Group,  in the name and on behalf of Maine Regional School Unit #13 for two 2010 International school busses, with an aggregate purchase price not to exceed one hundred forty two thousand, eight hundred eighty dollars ($142,880), at a per annum interest rate of 2.95%, for a term of three (3) years, and in such form as the Superintendent may approve (the ‘Lease Purchase Agreement’); and that the appropriate officials of Maine Regional School Unit #13 be and hereby are authorized to execute and deliver on behalf of Maine Regional School Unit #13 such other documents and certificates as may be required in connection with the Lease Purchase Agreement; and that no part of the proceeds of the Lease Purchase Agreement shall be used, directly or indirectly, to acquire any securities and obligations, the acquisition of which would cause the Lease Purchase Agreement to be a ‘private activity bond’ or an ‘arbitrage bond’ within the meaning of Sections 142 and 148, respectively, of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the ‘Code’); and that the Lease Purchase Agreement issued pursuant hereto be designated as a qualified tax-exempt obligation within the meaning of Section 265 (b) (3) (B) (ii) of said Code; and that the  Superintendent be and hereby is authorized to covenant on behalf of the school unit to file any information report and pay any rebate due to the United States in

 

 

 

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connection with the issuance of the Lease Purchase Agreement, and to take all other lawful actions necessary to insure the interest portion of the rental payments under and pursuant to the Lease Purchase Agreement will be excluded from the gross income of owners thereof for purposes of federal income taxation and to refrain from taking any action which would cause such interest portion of the rental payments to become includable in the gross income of the owners thereof. 11 FOR (839) 2 ABSENT (Kilgour, Messing/160).  VOTED.  

 

c.  CHANGE CALENDAR TO PROVIDE EARLY DISMISSAL ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23RD FOR TEACHER TRAINING.

It was moved by Gregory Hamlin and seconded by Steven Dyer, that the 2009-2010 calendar be changed to reflect an early release day on December 23, 2009.  11 FOR (839) 2 ABSENT (Kilgour, Messing/160). VOTED.

 

d.  PROCEDURE FOR APPROVING WARRANTS

Discussion and action will be held at the regular meeting on December 3, 2009.  NO ACTION.

 

e.  COLLECTIVE BARGAINING (In Executive Session).

 

f.  APPOINTMENT OF EXTRA-CURRICULAR PERSONNEL

It was moved by Esther Kilgour and seconded by James Kalloch that Scott Johnson be employed as GVHS Boys Varsity Basketball Coach and Don Haskell be employed as GVHS Girls JV Basketball coach for the 2009-2010 school year.  12 FOR (919) 1 ABSENT (80). VOTED.

 

9.  ANNOUNCE UP-COMING MEETINGS

A list of up-coming meetings were announced, and notification will be sent to the Board members.  NO ACTION.

 

It was moved by Esther Kilgour and seconded by James Kalloch that the Board go into executive session for the purpose of negotiations.  12 FOR (919) 1 ABSENT (80). VOTED.

Into executive session at 9:00PM.  Out of executive session at 9:30PM

 

10. ADJOURNMENT

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

 

Meeting adjourned at 9:31PM.

           

                       

 

 

 

 

                                                _________________________________________________

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