Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting
RSU #74 Board of Directors
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Carrabec Community School
Troy Dunphy, Chair, called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m.
Directors Present: Judi Dunphy, Robert Demchak, Troy Dunphy, Danika Bates, Valerie Pinkham, Larry Dunphy, Ellen McQuiston, Grace Carreiro, Heather Longley, Laura Layman, Kevin Sousa, and Deron Whittemore.
Directors absent with notification: Dwight Barron, Bobbi Sue Harrington, and Robert Lindblom.
Directors Absent without notification:
Staff Members Present: 10
Students Present: 0
Citizens Present: 1
Agenda Item #1 ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA
4. A.2 Resignations: Carol Campbell – Grade 1 Teacher – Solon (end of school year)
Agenda Item #2 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING OF JANUARY 6, 2021.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board voted 12-0 by roll call vote to approve the minutes of the regular Board Meeting of January 6, 2021. Motioned passed.
Agenda Item #3 PRESENTATIONS: None
Agenda Item #4 REPORTS:
A.) Superintendent’s Report - Mr. Tracy spoke about all of the hard work the staff at RSU #74 has been doing, the remote week of school, the CARES Act 2 money application, possibly getting some mobile units, and the February 24th Mid-Year Data Workshop.
1. Appointments: None
2. Resignations: Carol Campbell – Grade 1 Teacher- Solon
3. Nominations: None
B.) Administrators: Written Reports were mailed to Board members and are available online at www.carrabec.org.
C.) Committees: Building &Grounds subcommittee met on January 13th – Troy reported
Policy subcommittee met on January 13th – Troy reported
Academic subcommittee January 27th – cancelled
Finance subcommittee January 27th - cancelled
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?
A citizen from Anson spoke about a couple of things she would like to see done differently in the school district, and thanked the staff at RSU #74.
Agenda Item #6 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL TAKE ACTION REGARDING THE AFTER SCHOOL, SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAM (CACFP).
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board voted 11-0 by roll call vote to not participate in the after school, school nutrition program. Motioned passed.
Agenda Item #7 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL APPROVE THE FIRST READING OF POLICY ACAC.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Laura Layman the Board voted 12-0 by roll call vote to approve the first reading of Policy ACAC with edits. Motion passed.
Agenda Item #8 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL APPROVE POLICIES ACA, BBBAA, BEA, BEDFA, BG, BG-R, BIA, BIB, CHD, DFF, JRB, EBCC-R, GCMA, IIB(DELETED), JEE(DELETED), JF, JHB, JHD, JIHA, AND JJE.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board discussed.
Upon motion by Deron Whittemore and seconded by Larry Dunphy the Board voted 6-6 by roll call vote to move the question. Motion failed.
Upon motion by Ellen McQuiston and seconded by Laura Layman the Board voted 8-4 by roll call vote to approve the amendment to the original motion to remove the policies JRB and EBCC-R Motioned passed.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board voted 12-0 by roll call vote to approve policies ACAM BBBAA, BEA, BEDFA, BG, BG-R, BIA, BIB, CHD, DFF, GCMA, IIB (DELETED), JEE (DELETED), JF, JHB, JHD, JIHA, AND JJE as amended. Motion passed.
Agenda Item #9 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS ATHLETICS WHILE IN YELLOW.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Deron Whittemore Agenda item #8 was open for discussion to see if the Board will allow students to play in yellow.
The Board discussed taking action on this matter.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board voted 12-0 by roll call vote to move the question. Motion passed.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board voted 12-0 by roll call vote to allow the students to play while in yellow status. Motion passed.
Mr. Dunphy reminded the Board the even though they voted yes to play in yellow that the Superintendent and the Principal/AD have the authority to cancel games due to positive COVID-19 cases.
The Board Chair declared the meeting adjourned at 7:55 pm.