Minutes May 31, 2017
Minutes of the Special Board Meeting
RSU #74 Board of Directors
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
At Carrabec High School
Directors Present: Dwight Barron, Patrick Daubenberger, Robert Demchak, Kathleen Bertini, Heather Hilenski, Bobbi Sue Harrington, Laura Layman, Tammy Murray, and Dulcie Welch
Directors absent with notification: Kevin Sousa
Directors Absent without notification: Dana Beaulieu, Troy Dunphy, Annette Folco, G. Wayne Rugh, and Deron Whittemore.
Staff Members Present: 22
Students Present: 0
Citizens Present: 35
Agenda Item #1 TO ELECT A MODERATOR TO PRESIDE AT THE MEETING.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Laura Layman, Phil Curtis was elected as Moderator.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Laura Layman the motion was made to “cease nominations”. Motion passes.
Phil Curtis was elected by affirmative show of hands.
Agenda Item #2 THE SUPERINTENDENT WILL ADMINISTER THE OATH OF OFFICE TO THE MODERATOR.
Lyford Beverage announced that Phil Curtis was elected Moderator and administered the Oath of Office to the Moderator.
Agenda Item #3 THE MODERATOR WILL ADMINISTER THE OATH OF OFFICE TO THE BALLOT CLERKS.
Phil Curtis, Moderator, appointed the following to serve as ballet clerks:
Anson: Nancy Gove
Embden: Bonnie Baker
New Portland: Kristen Mitchell and Marilyn Gorman
Solon: Leslie Giroux and Sharon Begin
A motion was made by Mary Keenan to approve articles 1-11 as written.
A motion was made by Elaine Aloes and seconded by a citizen to amend the first motion by reducing articles 1-11 by $91,428.00. Motion failed.
A motion was made by Elaine Aloes and seconded by a citizen to amend the first motion by reducing articles 1-11 by $50,000.00. Motion failed.
Back to original motion to approve articles 1-11 as written the residents voted by show of hands in the affirmative to accept articles 1-11 as written.
Explanation: The Regional School Unit’s contribution to the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act is the amount of money determined by state law to be the minimum amount that the Regional School Unit must raise and assess in order to receive the full amount of state dollars.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by a Citizen in the audience the residents voted by majority of hands in the affirmative.
ARTICLE #13 (WRITTEN BALLOT REQUIRED) TO SEE WHAT SUM THE REGIONAL SCHOOL UNIT WILL RAISE AND APPROPRIATE IN ADDITIONAL LOCAL FUNDS (Recommend $1,491,428), WHICH EXCEEDS THE STATE’S ESSENTIAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES ALLOCATION MODEL BY (Recommend $1,271,790) AS REQUIRED TO FUND THE BUDGET RECOMMENDED BY THE SCHOOL BOARD.
THE SCHOOL BOARD RECOMMENDS $1,491,428 FOR ADDITIONAL LOCAL FUNDS AND GIVES THE FOLLOWING REASONS FOR EXCEEDING THE STATE’S ESSENTIAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FUNDING MODEL BY $1,271,790: THIS AMOUNT IS NEEDED TO COVER COSTS OF REGIONAL SCHOOLS THAT STATE’S FUNDING MODEL DOES NOT RECOGNIZE INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING: 1) COSTS OF MAINTAINING STUDENT-TEACHER RATIOS, 2) COSTS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMMING, 3) COSTS Of EXTRA-CURRICULAR AND CO-CURRICULAR PROGRAMS, 4) TRANSPORTATION COSTS, AND 5) FOOD SERVICE COSTS.
Explanation: The additional local funds are those locally raised funds over and above the Regional School Unit’s local contribution to the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act and local amounts raised for the annual payment on non-state funded debt service that will help achieve the Regional School Unit budget for educational programs.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Patrick Daubenberger the residents voted by written ballot 32 yes and 13 No in the affirmative.
ARTICLE #14 TO SEE WHAT SUM THE REGIONAL SCHOOL UNIT WILL AUTHORIZE THE SCHOOL BOARD TO EXPEND FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JULY 1, 2017FROM THE REGIONAL SCHOOL UNIT’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE TOTAL COST OF FUNDING PUBLIC EDUCATION FROM KINDERGARTEN TO GRADE 12 AS DESCRIBED IN THE ESSENTIAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FUNDING ACT, NON-STATE FUNDED SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS, ADDITIONAL LOCAL FUNDS FOR SCHOOL PURPOSES UNDER THE MAINE REVISED STATUTES, TITLE 20-A, SECTION 15690, UNEXPENDED BALANCES, TUITION RECEIPTS, STATE SUBSIDY AND OTHER RECEIPTS FOR THE SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS.
SCHOOL RECOMMNEDS $10,058,505.00
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Erik Carey the residents voted by majority of hands in the affirmative.
ARTICE #15 IN THE EVENT THAT THE REGIONAL SCHOOL UNIT RECEIVES MORE STATE EDUCATION SUBSIDY THAN THE AMOUNT INCLUDED IN ITS BUDGET, SHALL THE SCHOL BOARD BE AUTHORIZED TO USE ALL OR PART OF THE ADDITIONAL STATE SUBSIDY TO DECREASE THE LOCAL COST SHARE EXPECTATION, AS DEFINED IN TITLE 20-A, SECTION 15671A(1)(B), FOR LOCAL PROPERTY TAXPAYERS FOR FUNDING PUBLIC EDUCATION AS APPROVED BY THE SCHOOL BOARD?
School Recommends a “Yes” vote.
Citizen urged board to use “all” to decrease local share.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Dulcie Welch the residents voted by majority of hands in the affirmative.
ARTICLE #16 IN ADDITION TO AMOUNTS APPROVED IN THE PRECEDING ARTICLES, SHALL THE SCHOOL BOARD BE AUTHORIZED TO EXPEND SUCH OTHER SUMS AS MAY BE RECEIVED FROM FEDERAL OR STATE GRANTS OR PROGRAMS OR OTHER SOURCES DURING THE FISCAL YEAR FOR SCHOOL PURPOSES, PROVIDED THAT SUCH GRANTS, PROGRAMS OR OTHER RESOURCES DO NOT REQUIRE THE EXPENDITURE OF OTHER FUNDS NOT PREVIOUSLY APPROPRIATED?
Upon motion by Dulcie Welch and seconded by Laura Layman the residents voted by majority of hands in the affirmative.
ARTICLE #17 TO SEE IF RSU 374 WILL APPROPRIATE $10,000 FOR ADULT EDUCATION AND RAISE $5,000 AS THE LOCAL SHARE; WITH AUTHORIZATION TO EXPEND ANY ADDITIONAL, INCIDENTAL, OR MISCELLANEUS RECEIPTS IN THE INTEREST AND FOR THE WELL-BEING OF THE ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Bobbi Sue Harrington the residents voted by majority of hands in the affirmative.
The Moderator declared the meeting adjourned at 6:33 p.m.