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Minutes of July 16, 2020

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING July 16, 2020


A meeting of the Board of Directors was held virtually on July 16, 2020 at 5:45 pm, with all members present except Travis Doiron, Rebecca Hopper. There were 5 in the audience.


Ms. Mallett, Berwick Board Member shared the explanatory statements regarding public input.


Public Input: None at this time.


The Superintendent then shared with the board the results of the budget vote on July 14th. All four budget questions passed overwhelmingly in each of the three towns. Thank you so much for your ongoing support. Ms. Neubert made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Corliss to accept the results of the budget vote. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.


Ms. Stephanie Hagenbuch, newest board member from Lebanon was officially introduced. Ms. Mallett was also re-elected. Ms. Mallett read her oath of office.


Ns. Neubert made the nomination and it was seconded by Ms. Schaeffer for Denise Mallett to be the new board chair for school year 20/21. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.


Ms. Mallett made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Schaeffer for Ms. Nancy Neubert to be the new board vice chair for school year 20/21. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.


Rebecca Hopper joined the meeting at 6:15 pm.


The minutes of June 23, 2020 budget meeting were reviewed. Ms. Neubert made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Schaeffer to accept the minutes of June 23, 2020. All members voted in favor except and the motion passed.


The minutes of June 25, 2020 board meeting were reviewed. Ms. Neubert made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Schaeffer to accept the minutes of June 25, 2020. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.


Ms. Schaeffer, former board chair, thanked Ms. Rebecca Beal for her three years on the board and the efforts that she put forth. We wish her the best of luck in her new adventures. A plaque was presented to her (virtually).


Post Hatch 79 American Legion made two $500.00 donations, one to the backpack program and one to the school nutrition program. Ms. Schaeffer made the motion and it was seconded by Ms Manley to approve and thank the


The Assistant Superintendent updated the board on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Application and shared the information regarding the use of funding for the upcoming 20/21 school year.


ESEA overview for 2020/2021


Title IA: total funds: ($492,505.46 plus Title IV funds ($55,365,91) total: $547,871.37

(Lebanon) $270,196.19

( Berwick) $270,196.18

$2,000 homeless

$5,479 Parental Involvement (1% of initial award)


Title IA Funding: Lebanon and Berwick, $547,871.37


At risk students will be identified in grades K-5. Support will be provided to those students that have been identified through a series of assessments to help them attain adequate progress in classroom assessments and on screening assessments (DIBELS, Early Numeracy, STAR). Title 1A money will be used to pay salary and benefits of Title 1A teachers and educational technicians.


Educational technicians and/or teachers will work with the students individually or in small groups., doing skill activities to review the skills in need of more instruction as determined through district and classroom assessments. Staff will sometimes reteach skills that are not secure or do activities that focus on skills that are determined to be weak Other Title 1 students will be placed in groups that will use a particular program such as: Targeted Reading or Math, Great Leaps Reading or Math, Compass Learning, Leveled Literacy Intervention, Fundations, FAME, LiPS, Keymath. Individual skills will be assessed to determine whether or not adequate progress has been made.


Student success will be measured with regular classroom assessments: Eureka Math unit assessments, running records, informal assessments and DIBELS, Early Numeracy, and STAR. 40% of all identified students will successfully meet this standard.


A whole school approach will be taken in Lebanon and a targeted needs approach will continue in Berwick.


Parental Involvement Activities: $5479.00


Activities to encourage parental support, understanding and participation with the school and with the students identified as requiring services in both Lebanon and Berwick.


Mandated Homeless Set aside: $2000.00


This funding covers the coordination of our homeless students, securing transportation, providing books and materials and support supplies as necessary. We provide supplies and materials to students and families as needed. We coordinate all transportation with the appropriate school districts and track and maintain homeless data for the district and state.



Title IIA… Professional Development for Staff and Administration: $100,936.39


STAR $7200

Ongoing professional development will be provided by a trained staff member in MSAD 60 who will have access to all STAR information, will set up individual and group trainings and provide support in utilization of the STAR testing scores for classroom teachers. All teachers who participate in the individual and group training will increase their understanding and use of the STAR testing scores.


Literacy Coach- $92,200 (includes benefits)

Literacy coach will maintain records to identify staff who have had direct instruction in the areas of literacy strategies and she will maintain notes on follow up classroom visits. In 80% of the cases, the literacy coach will be able to observe strategies that were taught and see them being incorporated in the classroom settings.


Professional Development Literacy Course taught in Lebanon… $1536.39

Literacy Coach in Lebanon will provide a mandatory literacy course to all new staff to enhance their skills in the classroom. Follow up observations and dialogue will allow new teachers to increase their literacy skill level in a timely and precise manner. The Lit coach will provide direct instruction to the staff as well as modeling.



Title V (Formerly Title VI), Rural Funds $18,993.11

Title V funds will be used to partially pay for Erin Dickson as the part time Health Coordinator for our district. Our district health coordinator focuses on curriculum in the area of health and wellness for both students and staff. This person is responsible for the oversight of the health curriculum in the district, the implementation of staff wellness programming as well as increasing student awareness and education in the specific area of substance use and abuse (tobacco, alcohol, and drugs). The coordinator makes connections with outside agencies to provide appropriate staff development and also programming for students. She is also taking a very active role in our implementation of the Building Assets and Reducing Risks (BARR) program at the middle and high school. The increased support provides opportunities for at risk students to improve their academic performance and meet curriculum standards as barriers to learning are reduced.



Total Funds to be expended: $667,800.87




Ms Schaeffer made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Corliss to accept the ESEA application that was presented by the assistant superintendent. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.


The Superintendent then shared with the board an update regarding the planning for the return of the school in the fall.


The Superintendent then shared with the board the committees that are available for board members.


The superintendent shared with the board the new hires for the updated school year.

Amanda Ruel math and multiple pathways at NHS

Amy Samson Hussey School Title I coordinator

Michelle Spiller 8th grade English



The Superintendent then shared with the board several resignations, Kristen House, NHS guidance counselor, Jessica Miller, math teacher at NHS, Katie Brown, Math teacher at NMA, Roisin McGuckkin Hanson School, Tyler Winor, assistant principal at NHS. Tyler was able to take the opportunity to thank the board for the support and caring and stated how much he will miss the Noble Community. Ms. Schaeffer made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Hopper to accept the resignations with regret. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.


Other:


The Superintendent shared an overview of the agreement with the Sanford Regional Technical Center. She noted that we have 113 students who attend SRTC and the payment for this next year is $40,164.30. M. Neubert made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Corliss to accept the agreement for SRTC. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.


The Superintendent then shared with the board a request for a change of name for the district credit card from Steve Connolly to Audra Beauvais. There was also a request for a second credit card in the assistant superintendent’s name to increase the ability to purchase PPE . Ms. Potter made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Corliss to approve the changes to the credit card names and increase the cards to two rather than one. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.


Ms. Mallett thanked Ms. Schaeffer for her dedication and leadership on the board.

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


Adjourned at 7:18 pm.


Respectfully Submitted,

Audra Beauvais


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