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Minutes of December 16, 2021

Updated: Feb 28

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING OF December 16, 2021

A meeting of the Board of Directors was held in person in North Berwick, Maine on December 2, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. with all members present except Ms. Travers and Ms. Mallet.

Ms. Hopper and Ms.Stanton were present remotely.


Public Input: None at this time


The board reviewed the minutes from December 2, 2021.


Ms. Hagenbuch made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Lovejoy to approve the minutes of December 2, 2021 as amended. All members voted in favor except Ms. Stanton and Mr. Doiro who abstained and the motion passed.


Financial Statement for the month of November. Ms. Van Campen, business manager, reviewed the statement for the board.


Ms. Van Campen then reviewed the revised assessments for the three towns that need to be re-signed by the board. Ms. Lovejoy made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Hagenbuch to:



All members voted in favor and the motion passed.


Ms. Van Campen then reviewed the lease agreements for two large passenger buses.

Mr. Doiron made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Lovejoy to:


All members voted in favor and the motion passed.


Board members then discussed the situation regarding space at North Berwick Elementary School and the options that are available to address that space in the next school years. Four board members were able to take a tour of NBES, MHA and the Knowlton School to discuss options.


Ms. Hagenbuch made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Lovejoy to have the North Berwick Elementary School 5th grade students move to the Knowlton School for the 22/23 school year. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.


Educational Update:


Student attendance from December 6- December 16, 2021 ranged between 76% to 91%.

Staff attendance from December 6- December 16, 2021 ranged between 86% and 99%.


Looking forward we anticipate 97-99 % attendance for staff.


Mondays continue to be a heavy duty contract tracing day for our schools. Tuesday is also busy but not quite as busy as Mondays. The rest of the week remains steady.


Ms. Adina Hunter, director of the Excel Program, discussed with the board her sabbatical request for second semester January, 2023-June 2023. Mr Doiron made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Hagenbuch to approve the sabbatical request of Ms. Hunter.


Employment.


Gwen Davis as teacher in the Literacy Lab at Noble High School and Robyn Hayes as Special Education Teacher at Nobel Middle School.


Ms Lovejoy made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Doiron to approve the nominations of Ms. Davis and Ms. Hayes. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.


Other Business:


Assistant Superintendent Sue Austin reported on the Code of Conduct meeting that had happened earlier in the day. Ms. Neubert and Ms. Hagenbuch attended the meeting along with representation from each of the schools. The current climate regarding student behavior was discussed, both good and not so good. Specific areas discussed were supports and consequences of behaviors and are we being consistent when behaviors are happening. Ms. Austin also spoke about the Restorative Justice practices that are being implemented at the middle and high school levels.


Executive session:


Mr. Doiron made a motion and it was seconded by Ms. Lovejoy to go into executive session for support staff negotiations pursuant to 1 MRSA 4056B. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 8:07 pm. Out at 8:32 pm.


Mr. Doiron made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Hagnebuch to adjourn the meeting. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. Out at 8:33 pm.


Respectfully submitted,

Audra Beauvais


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