March 4 Minutes
Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting
RSU #74 Board of Directors
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Carrabec High School
Robert Demchak, Chair, called the meeting to order at 6:03 p.m.
Directors Present: Judi Dunphy, Robert Demchak, Troy Dunphy, Heather Longley, Grace Carreiro, Dwight Barron, Kevin Sousa, David Royce, Bobbi Sue Harrington, Valerie Pinkham, Robert Lindblom, Mike Cahill, and Laura Layman.
Directors absent with notification: Deron Whittemore and Ellen McQuiston
Directors Absent without notification: None
Staff Members Present: 16
Students Present: 1
Agenda Item #1 ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA
9.A. To see if the RSU #74 School Board will direct the Superintendent to create an educational plan for the closure of Garret Schenck Elementary School by the end of June 2021.
Upon motion by Troy Dunphy and seconded by Robert Lindblom a motion was made to amend the 9.A. adjustment to the agenda to table it to the April 1, 2020 School Board Meeting.
The Board voted 8-3-2. Motion passed with Grace Carreiro and Robert Demchak abstaining.
10.A. To see if the Board will enter into executive session under Title 1, Chapter 13, Subchapter 1, SS.405.6. E. – Advice from legal counsel.
Upon motion by Troy Dunphy and seconded by David Royce the Board voted by unanimous consent to add the agenda item.
4.A.1 Appointments – Grace Cram – 504 Coordinator – per contract
4.A. 2 Resignations – Tom Desjardins – CCS Principal
Agenda Item #2 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING OF FEBRUARY 5, 2020.
Upon motion by Troy Dunphy and seconded by Kevin Sousa the Board voted by unanimous consent to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of February 5, 2020.
Agenda Item #3 PRESENTATIONS: Math Presentation – Brian Twitchell
Agenda Item #4 REPORTS:
A.) Superintendent’s Report
Mr. Tracy spoke about working as an Ed Tech at GSS, the Oxytocin meetings, filling in at CCS, the March 20th day at UMF, and the District Writing Challenge that will be deployed this spring.
Chad Caldwell – Baseball Coach – CCS – per contract
Greg Carey – Asst. Softball Coach – CHS – per contract
Grace Cram – 504 Coordinator – per contract
Tom Desjardins – CCS Principal
B.) Administrators: Written Reports were mailed to Board members and are available online at www.carrabec.org.
Negotiations Committee met on February 10th and 25th – Robert Demchak reported
Restructure met on February 26th – Robert Demchak reported
Finance Committee met on February 26th – 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?
Citizens Tammy Murray and Andrea Reichert asked questions about the budget.
Agenda Item # TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL APPROVE THE OUTDOOR CLUB OVERNIGHT TRIP TO MAINE HUTS & TRAILS ON MARCH 26TH AND 27TH.
Upon motion by Troy Dunphy and seconded by Kevin Sousa the Board voted by unanimous consent to approve the Outdoor Club overnight trip to Maine Huts & Trails on March 26th and 27th.
Agenda Item #7 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL APPROVE THE JMG OVERNIGHT TRIP TO URBAN MAINE ADVENTURE ON MAY 1ST AND MAY 2ND.
Upon motion by Troy Dunphy and seconded by Kevin Sousa the Board voted by unanimous consent to approve the JMG overnight trip to Urban Maine Adventure on May 1st and 2nd.
Agenda Item #8 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL APPROVE THE PLOWING RFP.
Upon motion by Troy Dunphy and seconded by Kevin Sousa the Board voted by unanimous consent to approve the plowing RFP for Partridge & Kids. Construction Co.
Agenda Item #9 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL APPROVE THE RUBBISH RFP.
Upon motion by Troy Dunphy and seconded by Kevin Sousa the Board voted by unanimous consent to approve the rubbish RFP for Three Rivers Disposal.
Agenda Item #10 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE BUDGET.
Upon motion by Troy Dunphy and seconded by Kevin Sousa the Board voted by unanimous consent to discuss the budget.
Agenda Item #10A TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION UNDER TITLE 1, CHAPTER 13, SUBCHAPTER 1, SS.405.6. E. – ADVICE FROM LEGAL COUNSEL.
The Board entered into Executive Session at 7:23 pm.
The Board entered back into regular session at 8:11 pm.
As a result of Executive Session, Julie Richard was appointed as the Long Term Administrative Sub at CCS – per diem.
Upon motion by David Royce and seconded by Robert Lindblom the Board voted by unanimous consent to approve Julie Richard as the Long Term Administrative Sub at VCCS – per diem.
Agenda Item #11 ADJOURNMENT
The Board Chair declared the meeting adjourned at 8:11 pm.