Nov. 4th Minutes
Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting
RSU #74 Board of Directors
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Carrabec Community School
Troy Dunphy, Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.
Directors Present: Judi Dunphy, Robert Demchak, Troy Dunphy, Dwight Barron, Kevin Sousa, Danika Bates, Bobbi Sue Harrington, Valerie Pinkham, Robert Lindblom, Larry Dunphy, Ellen McQuiston, Grace Carreiro, Heather Longley, Laura Layman, and Deron Whittemore.
Directors absent with notification: None
Directors Absent without notification: None
Staff Members Present: 10
Students Present: 13
Citizens Present: 2
Agenda Item #1 ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA
Agenda Item #2 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING OF OCTOBER 7, 2020.
Upon motion by Deron Whittemore and seconded by Danika Bates the Board voted by unanimous consent to approve the Regular Board Meeting Minutes of October 7, 2020 with edits.
Agenda Item #3 PRESENTATIONS: None
Agenda Item #4 REPORTS:
A.) Superintendent’s Report - Mr. Tracy spoke about enrollment numbers, a synchronous learning pilot that the district is working on, and phase 3 planning.
Patrick Daubenberger – Volunteer Girls Basketball Coach – CHS
Kristie Leblanc – Volunteer Willpower Coach - CHS
2. Resignations: None
3. Nominations: None
B.) Administrators: Written Reports were mailed to Board members and are available online at www.carrabec.org.
C.) Committees: Academic Committee met on October 14, 2020 – Laura Layman reported.
Policy Committee met on October 14, 2020 – Robert Demchak 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 APPROVE THE TITLE IX POLICIES AC, ACAA, ACAA-R, ACAB, AND ACAB-R.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board voted 13-1 to approve the title IX policies AC, ACAA, ACAA-R, ACAB, and ACAB-R. Motion passed.
Agenda Item #7 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL APPROVE THE RDU#74 CERTIFICATION HANDBOOK UPDATES, PER RECOMMENDED CHANGES.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Kevin Sousa the Board discussed.
Ellen McQuiston made the motion to table to the December Board meeting.
No second – motion falls to the floor.
Upon motion by Valarie Pinkham and seconded by Robert Demchak the Board voted 10-4 to move the question.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Kevin Sousa the Board voted 11-1-2 to approve the Certification Handbook update, per recommended changes. Motion passed.
Agenda Item #8 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL APPROVE THAT THE RESOLUTION ENTITLED “RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE LEASE PURCHASE OF TECHNOLGY EQUIPMENT IN THE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF $231,450,” TO BE ADOPTED IN FORM PRESENTED TO THIS MEETING.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board voted 13-1. Motion passed.
Agenda Item #9 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION ACCORDING TO MRS. TITLE 1, CHAPTER13, SUBCHAPTER 1, SUBSECTION 405.6A SUPERINTENDENT EVALUATION.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board entered in to Executive Session at 8:59 pm.
The Board exited Executive Session at 9:51pm.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Derron Whittemore the Board voted by unanimous consent to defer the vote on the Superintendent Contract until the December meeting under the terms discussed.
The Board Chair declared the meeting adjourned at 9:51 pm.