Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting
RSU #74 Board of Directors
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Carrabec Community School
Troy Dunphy, Chair, called the meeting to order at 6:10 p.m.
Directors Present: Judi Dunphy, Robert Demchak, Troy Dunphy, Valerie Pinkham, Larry Dunphy, Ellen McQuiston, Laura Layman, Kevin Sousa, Robert Lindblom, Heather Longley, Grace Carreiro, and Deron Whittemore.
Directors absent with notification: Danika Bates and Bobbi Sue Harrington
Directors Absent without notification: Dwight Barron
Staff Members Present: 9
Students Present: 0
Citizens Present: 2
Agenda Item #1 ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA
Motion was made by Robert Demchak and seconded by Deron Whittemore to move agenda item #6 to #11a. The Board voted 11-0 by roll call vote to move agenda item #6 to agenda item #11a. Motion passed.
Agenda Item #2 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING OF APRIL 7, 2021.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board voted 11-0 by roll call vote to approve the minutes of the regular Board Meeting of April 7, 2021. Motioned passed.
Agenda Item #3 PRESENTATIONS: COVID Relief Grants (explained) – Mr. Tracy explained the COVID Relief Federal Grants. He explained the use and sought input.
Agenda Item #4 REPORTS:
A.) Superintendent’s Report - Mr. Tracy spoke about 3 new Board Members, attending the Selectmen’s meetings in each of the four towns, year-end planning, and the COVID status updates.
1. Appointments: Skip Rugh – Varsity Girls Basketball Coach – CHS – per contract
Dulcie Welch – JV Girls Basketball Coach – CHS – per contract
Mike Cahill – Girls Basketball Volunteer Asst. Coach – CHS – per contract
Patrick Daubenberger – Girls Basketball Volunteer 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: Building & Grounds met on May 5th at 4:30 – Mr. Tracy reported
SCTC Committee Meeting – Troy Dunphy presented about new Tractor Trailer Training Program
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?
Amy Price asked if students will be able to use their lockers next year.
Another member of the public asked about the location of the new CCS playground.
Agenda Item #7 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL APPROVE THE EDITS TO POLICY IJNDB-R.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board voted 12-0 by roll call vote to approve the edits to policy IJNDB-R. Motion passed.
Agenda Item #8 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL APPROVE THE FOLLOWING TEACHER NOMINATIONS AS REQUIRED BY STATUE FOR MOVEMENT FROM PROBATIONARY CONTRACT TO CONTINUING CONTRACT.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board voted 12-0 by roll call vote to approve the following Teacher nominations as required by statue for movement from probationary contract to continuing contract. Motion passed.
Agenda Item #9. TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL APPROVE THE FOLLOWING TEACHER NOMINATIONS MOVING FORWARD FROM 2-YEAR OF PROBATIONARY CONTRACT TO 3-YEAR PROBATIONARY CONTRACT.
Upon motion by Ellen McQuiston and seconded by Robert Demchak 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 11-1 by roll call vote to approve the following Teacher nominations moving forward from 2-year probationary contract to 3-year probationary contract. Motion passed.
Agenda Item #10. TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL APPROVE THE FOLLOWING TEACHER NOMINATIONS MOVING FORWARD FROM 1-YEAR OF PROBATIONARY CONTRACT TO A 2-YEAR PROBATIONARY CONTRACT.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board voted 12-0 by roll call vote to approve the following Teacher nominations moving forward from 1-year of probationary contract to a 2-year probationary contract. Motion passed.
Agenda Item #11. TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE SCHOOL HANDBOOK UPDATES.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Deron Whittemore agenda item #11 was open for discussion.
Agenda Item #11a. TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL SIGN THE NEW FY21 PROPOSED SCHOOL BUDGET WARRANTS.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board voted 11-1 by roll call vote to sign the new FY21 proposed School Budget Warrants. Motion passed.
The Board Chair declared the meeting adjourned at 7:40 pm.