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Minutes 9/19/19

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING September 19, 2019

A meeting of the Board of Directors was held at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine on September 19, 2019 at 6:30 pm, with all members present except Ms. Corliss, Ms. Beal and Ms. Manley. There were 3 in the audience.

Ms. Mallett made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Doiron to enter into executive session pursuant to 1MRSA 406(B), readmission of a student. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Ms. Corliss entered the meeting at 6:51 pm.

Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to readmit the student under consideration. All members voted in favor and the motion passed, except Ms. Corliss abstained.

The board welcomed two new student board members, Sam Grant from North Berwick and Caitlyn McCabe also of North Berwick. Sam is a senior at Noble and Caitlyn is a sophomore. They shared their desire to be involved with increasing student input to the school board. We are very happy to have both students aboard!

Ms. Mallett, vice chair of the board, shared the explanatory statements regarding public input.

Public Input: Mr. Mike Roberts, principal of NMS and Ms. Leclair, a guidance counselor at the Hussey School welcomed our new student members.

Mr. Doiron made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to accept the minutes of September 5th as amended. All members voted in favor except Ms. Schaeffer who abstained, and the motion passed.

Mr. Doiron made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to nominate Ms. Mallett as the MSAD 60 delegate at the Maine School Board Association conference in October.

The board tabled the electronic messaging conversation until October 3rd.

The board then discussed the immunization letter that needs to go out to families of students who are in violation. The addition of the meningococcal vaccination requirement increases the number of students in need.

The Superintendent then shared with the board an update on facilities and how we are considering upgrades (i.e., asbestos abatement, roofs, sprinkler systems) to the buildings to decrease the work that will need to be done in the future with the new construction. We will apply for School Revolving Renovation Funds for the upgrades which have recently been put back into place at the state level.

Board members asked clarifying questions regarding the revolving renovation fund and how that works in general.

He then gave an update regarding the rates of new construction and how the impact of packaging projects together decreases interest rates by 0.5. He also shared with the board that he will be negotiating with CHA, the company who was the successful interview finalist to oversee the construction process, to reduce the rates charged.

The Superintendent then updated the board about the wells in Lebanon and the relocation of a well to move it away from the road (and the brine that leaked into the wells).

The board then held second reading of Policy:

JIH(nr)- Questioning and Searches of Students

Ms. Corliss made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Doiron to accept policy JIH as presented. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

JIH-E(nr)- Student Search Checklist

Ms. Corliss made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Hopper to accept policy JIH-E as presented. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

JIH-R(nr-) Questioning and Searches of Students Procedure

Ms. Corliss made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to accept policy JIH-R as amended. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

KF(nr)- Community Use of School Facilities -- This was tabled for some re-working of the language and to be brought back in the future.

KFB(nr)- High School Facilities Use

Ms. Corliss made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Neubert to accept policy KFB as presented. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

The board then held first reading of Policy:

JJE(nr)- FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES

JICH-R(nr)-STUDENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE

JICK(r)- BULLYING

The board then agreed that this was the first reading of policies JJE, JICH-R and JICK.

The Superintendent updated the board on upcoming events:

9/23-9/28 Homecoming week here at NHS

9/27 hat day at NMS and a dance

9/25 spirit day sports day

10/4 Dance at NMS

10/4 Hussey PTO

Mr. Doiron asked about the NHS school store. Is this still occuring? Asking for an update from Ms. Plaistead. Are there opportunities for non sport students to get apparel? Sam Grant shared that it might be great to sell Noble gear during the musical, etc. There was some good discussion around community service hours and how to support the program.

Mr. Neubert made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Potter to adjourn. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.

Adjourned at 8:13 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Connolly

Secretary of the Board

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