Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting
RSU #74 Board of Directors
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Carrabec Community School
Troy Dunphy, Chair, called the meeting to order at 6:03 p.m.
Directors Present: Judi Dunphy, Robert Demchak, Troy Dunphy, Danika Bates, Valerie Pinkham, Larry Dunphy, Ellen McQuiston, Laura Layman, Kevin Sousa, Robert Lindblom, Heather Longley, Grace Carreiro, and Deron Whittemore.
Directors absent with notification: None
Directors Absent without notification: Dwight Barron and Bobbi Sue Harrington
Staff Members Present: 9
Students Present: 0
Citizens Present: 3
Agenda Item #1 ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA
Add Agenda Item #4. A.1. Appointments – Dave Ela – Volunteer Baseball Coach – CHS
Rob Peabody – Volunteer Baseball Coach – CHS
Add Agenda Item #4.A.2. Resignations – Peter Turcotte – Custodian – CHS
Kalyla Oliver – Custodian - CHS
Agenda Item #2 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING OF MARCH 3, 2021.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Kevin Sousa the Board voted 12-0 by roll call vote to approve the minutes of the regular Board Meeting of March 3, 2021. Motioned passed.
Agenda Item #3 PRESENTATIONS: Preliminary Budget – Mr. Tracy presented
Agenda Item #4 REPORTS:
A.) Superintendent’s Report - Mr. Tracy spoke about the Budget process, a community zoom on April 28th, some student calendar changes, a positive COVID-19 case in the district, and the standard operating procedure.
1. Appointments: Victoria Greene – Long Term Sub – CCS
Dulcie Welch – Softball Coach – CHS
Mackenzie Baker – Assistant Softball Coach – CHS
Blaise Kandiko – Track Coach – CHS
Kim Cahill – Track Coach – CHS
Chad Caldwell – Baseball Coach – CCS
Jeff Fowler – Boys Tennis Coach – CHS
George Carter – Custodian – CCS
Holly Deal – Custodian – CCS
Dave Ela – Volunteer Baseball Coach – CHS
Rob Peabody – Volunteer Baseball Coach - CHS
2. Resignations: Peter Turcotte – Custodian – CHS
Kayla Oliver – Custodian -- CHS
3. Nominations: None
B.) Administrators: Written Reports were mailed to Board members and are available online at www.carrabec.org.
Ms. Butler offered an update on our use of the federal COVID relief funds.
C.) Committees: Finance Committee met on March 3rd – Troy Reported
Agenda Item #5 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
On behalf of the RSU #74 Board of Directors, I want to make it clear that we encourage public comment during the Public Comment portion of this meeting. There are restrictions, however, on what is allowed to be discussed publicly. Those comments are limited to policy and procedures in general terms.
Comments or complaints that may pertain to personnel and/or personnel issues should be raised through RSU #74 School Board Policy JII/KI/GBK. This policy outlines the procedures to be followed.
Each individual choosing to speak tonight will be provided with 3 minutes so that we can hear from as many members of the public as possible.
The RSU #74 Board of Directors will follow RSU #74 School Board Policy BEDH/KD in that public participation will be limited to no more than 30 minutes in total length and that all comments at a regular meeting may deal with any topic related to the Board of Directors’ conduct of the schools. The Board of Directors shall give due attention to comments and contributions from the audience but shall not respond or take any immediate action.”
For those who wish to participate, please note that in order to keep things running smoothly, we do have a number of guidelines that people need to follow when making public comment. Those include the following:
1. Please address your thoughts to me, the Chair, and the rest of the School Board.
2. We expect all members of the public to remain civil during the public comment period. This includes the speaker, as well as members of the audience. This means you may not share gossip, make defamatory comments, or use abusive or vulgar language.
3. Individuals should not provide thoughts/reactions/commentary unless recognized by the Chair. We request that you do not clap, boo, or provide similar reactions.
4. Comments about specific individuals, including students and school employees, have the potential to violate the rights of those individuals, and will not be tolerated.
If the Board has specific procedures or policies with respect to the matter on which you are commenting, I may redirect you to those policies rather than allow you to continue. If another commenter discusses the issue you wish you discuss, you may address the Board, but please try to reduce repetition.
Please note that if you violate these rules or exceed the time allotted to you, I may give you a warning or ask you to stop. If you choose to continue, you will be asked to leave and escorted out.
On behalf of the Board, we appreciate your interest and look forward to hearing from you. I will now recognize the first speaker – are there any individuals present that would like to address the Board?
Agenda Item #6 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL ADD $125,000 TO THE RSU#74 CAPITAL RESERVE FUND.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board voted 13-0 by roll call vote to approve to add $125, 000 to the RSU #74 Capital Reserve Fund.
Agenda Item #7 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE FALL REOPENING PLAN.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board discussed the Fall Reopening Plans.
Mr. Tracy reviewed the reopening plan.
Agenda Item #8 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE 2021-22 BUDGET.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board discussed.
Mr. Tracy presented the FY22 School District Budget page by page.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board voted 10-1 by roll call vote to approve the budget as presented. Motion passed.
The Board Chair declared the meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm.