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Minutes of October 20, 2022

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING OF October 20, 2022

Current Board Members-

North Berwick- Lauren Janousek, Kate Whalen, Lynn Manley

Berwick- Travis Doiron, Elva Lovejoy, Denise Mallett

Lebanon- Victoria Travers, Stephanie Hagenbuch, Nancy Neubert

A meeting of the Board of Directors was held in person in North Berwick, Maine on October 20, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. with all members attending except Ms. Neubert, Ms. Lovejoy and Ms. Hagenbuch. There were 3 in the audience.


Ms.Travers made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Mallett to go into executive session pursuant to 1M.R.S.A. §405(6)(B) Readmission of a Student. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 6:43 pm. Out at 7:09 pm.


Ms. Mallett made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Manley to readmit the student under consideration. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.


The regular meeting started at 7:12 pm Ms. Lovejoy and Ms. Hagenbuch entered the meeting at 7:12 pm.


The vice chair shared the public input statement.


Public Input: Daniel Norwood shared that he is running for state representative for Acton and Lebanon and shared that he would love to talk with the board after the meeting to determine concerns and needs of the board and the district.


Ms. Lovejoy made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Hagenbuch to approve the minutes of October 6 as amended. All members voted in favor except Ms. Mallett, who abstained, and the motion passed.


Student Report: Civil Rights Team: Intermission is coming to an end as new organizers have been established- a club dedicated to the welcoming of students from all backgrounds and sexualities increases the school’s safety and limits harassment levels by making these differences of students normalized and celebrated.


Cycling Club: proposed, meeting with interested students on Monday the 24th of October- will get students outdoors and provide new opportunities obscure to this school


Flash Fiction Contest- Noble Competes organized second annual flash fiction contest- students are writing their stories which are all based off of the same prompt- winner gets a fun prize


The board then reviewed the tri fold document that is provided at board meetings. A few updates need to be made and members discussed the editing that needs to be completed.

The board had a quick review of the Drummond and Woodsum workshop that discussed the Human Rights Act, First Amendment Rights, Book Challenges and Public Input. The takeaways were how our educators are navigating a wide range of issues on a daily basis.


The Superintendent shared and reviewed the 2022-2023 Budget Preparation Timeline for FY2024.



Educational Update:

Attendance for Students 91% to 98%

Attendance for Staff… staff out with illness highest is 7 per school.


Athletics Update:

The regular season for Fall sports has ended for all sports except Football.

Field Hockey finished 4th in the MPA Heal Points and will host Thornton Academy next Wednesday in the Quarterfinals

Girls Soccer finished 11th in the MPA Heal Points and will travel to Thornton Academy on Friday for their Preliminary playoff game.

Cross Country travels to their Regional meet this Saturday at Twin Brook in Cumberland. The state meet is next Saturday at Twin Brook.

Football hosts Massabesic on Saturday for their Senior game and is hopeful to make a playoff bid.

Volleyball and Boys Soccer had great seasons!

Golf finished the regular season a few weeks ago with many athletes making a great postseason run.


Winter Sports begin November 21st!


Transportation Update:

Driver shortages and employees being sick or out on medical leave continue to plague our department. Covid left us with two drivers out in the same week, in addition to what we have already been covering. We have continued to do our best to cover all routes, however we have had one or two that could not be covered since the beginning of the year.


Collaboration with the technology director has resolved our issues with the tracking part of Ride 360. This should help parents trying to track bus locations.


There are currently two employees who are close to being licensed. One has sent in for her skills test and should be getting a date back soon. The other is re-taking part of the written test to get permitted.


Still unable to cover activity runs at this time. Anticipating a November start date.


On a positive note, the difficulty of interactions between the Ride 360 application and other district student information systems has been resolved and will be better.


Employment Update:

Chris Russo, Technology Director has tendered his resignation. Ms. Mallett made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Lovejoy to accept the resignation of Chris Russo with a great amount of appreciation and regret. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.


Other Business:


Ms. Hagenbuch shared her updated information collection document. The board had a discussion regarding the goals of the form and how to handle the questions that come in. We will be interested in how the citizens utilize the forms. The spirit of the format is to encourage participation and attendance at meetings. There are concerns that this could potentially be challenging to fit into the roles of communication that are already in place. Review of the process and the success of the program should happen on a regular or monthly basis.


Ms. Janousek shared a question regarding photography in the school district and whether the photographer is up for bid on an annual basis.


She also had questions regarding the sharing of information regarding what our district PTOs are doing in each of the towns. The board thought having them share their updates with us would be excellent.


Ms. Whalen asked a question regarding a nutrition grant and how it is utilized in our district. The superintendent shared with the board that we have applied regularly and have received it consistently. The focus of the received funds has been on expediting breakfast in all of the schools.


Ms. Whalen offered to work with the high school and register students who are eligible to vote. We will have Mr. Dufort, Noble High Principal, connect with her.


Second Public Input:


Ms. Travers made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Lovejoy to go into executive session pursuant to 1M.R.S.A. §405(6)(D) Labor Contract Discussion- Teacher. All members voted in favor and the motion passed. In at 8:27 pm. Out 8:40 pm.


Ms. Lovejoy made the motion and it was seconded by Ms. Travers to adjourn the meeting. All members voted in favor and the motion passed.


Adjourned at 8:41 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Audra Beauvais


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