Superintendent Report #CarrabecProud
From: Mike Tracy, Superintendent
To: RSU # 74 School Board
A. Current Legal Update: N/A
II. Governance / Policy:
A. Current Local Update:
1. Next REGULAR RSU #74 Board Meeting is scheduled for November 3, 2021.
2. The Policy Sub-Committee is scheduled for October 13, 2021
3. The Academic Sub-Committee is scheduled for October 13, 2021 @ 4:30 pm.
B. a. MSMA Updates:
US DOL says Vaccination or Test Requirements will apply to Maine Public Schools
AUGUSTA - The U.S. Department of Labor has informed the Maine Department of Labor that its forthcoming COVID-19 vaccination requirement will apply to public sector employers in Maine, including state, county, and local governments and public school systems. On Sept. 9, President Biden announced that he has directed OSHA to develop a rule requiring all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated for COVID -19 or require any workers who remain unvaccinated to produce a negative COVID-19 test result on at least a weekly basis before coming to work.
OSHA will issue an Emergency Temporary Standard to implement this requirement. While this Emergency Temporary Standard applies to private employers nationwide, the Maine Department of Labor sought clarification from OSHA about the rule's applicability to public employers because, under longstanding state law and a 2015 agreement with the Federal government known as a "state plan," Maine is required to adopt and enforce for public employers all of OSHAs occupational safety and health standards. Under an approved OSHA plan, the Maine Department of Labor is designated as the state agency responsible for the development and enforcement of occupational safety and health standards applicable to state and local government employment throughout the state.
Meanwhile, Federal OSHA enforces standards in Maine's private sector employment. Maine is one of 26 states and two territories to have a state plan agreement with the Federal government. OSHA confirmed with the Maine Department of Labor that the forthcoming Emergency Temporary Standard will apply to public sector employers with 100 or more employees in Maine and the 25 other states and two territories with a state OSHA plan.
In Maine, these public entities include: State and local governments, public school systems, the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System, Maine Maritime Academy, the Maine Turnpike Authority, and sewer and water districts. The Maine Board of Occupational Safety and Health is required to adopt and enforce OSHAs forthcoming rule for public employers within 30 days of the rules release. OSHAs standards are considered minimum requirements, so states may implement more rigorous standards but cannot implement less rigorous standards than those set out by OSHA. OSHA has yet to release its Emergency Temporary Standard so the timeframe and details of its implementation are unknown at this time. The Maine Department of Labor will continue to communicate with impacted stakeholders and the public as more information becomes available from the Federal government.
C. Legislative Update:
Mr. Tracy attended a legislative update meeting last week and will update the School Board on any applicable legislative updates and changes most applicable to our schools.
D. Policy Update:
Mr. Tracy is bringing the last of the 10 year old policies to the full Board for updating at their October meeting (we have been working on this for 5 years now). The Board reviewed two new policies, one that fell off the books on student code of conduct (JIC), and is general, and another policy regarding Remote Board meetings (BED). That policy (BED) is a work in progress.
III. Budget and Finance:
A. State Level:
B. Finance Local:
Typically in October we schedule to meet with our auditors to discuss the audit conducted over the summer on last year’s finances (FY21). Once we hear from them, we will get that meeting scheduled.
The Building and grounds committee met last week to discuss the summer facilities tour and to discuss major projects up and coming. Ms. Agren will report.
V. Principal’s Reports: (GSS, Solon, CSS and CHS)
Administrators will report on their respective buildings and departments.
VI. Mr. Tracy Updates and Board Meeting Information:
RSU #74 Academic Goals 2021-22 Presentation (postponed from last month):
Mr. Tracy met with the administrative team at their annual retreat, and led them through the goals planning process on August 11-12, 2021. They reviewed the district strategic plan, the last few years worth of data, and a staff professional development survey with recommendations. They then synthesized that information into a few goals for this school year. He plans to present these goals at next week’s meeting.
The RSU #74 COVID Response Plan/tool:
The Green, Yellow, Orange and Red Plan is in place. Three (3) of our Four (4) schools are currently in outbreak status. We monitor this daily, and are working to mitigate transmission and lessen school cases. We continue to applaud staff, students and families who are working hard to “do the right thing,” in these efforts to keep everyone safe and as healthy as possible.
*COVID-19 Update: Positive COVID-19 Cases: One (1) Staff in Solon, Four (4) Students in Solon, Zero (0) at GSS, Zero (0) at CCS, and Zero (0) at CHS as of the writing of this report.