Oct. 7th Minutes
Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting
RSU #74 Board of Directors
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Carrabec Community School
Troy Dunphy, Chair, called the meeting to order at 6:02 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, and Deron Whittemore.
Directors absent with notification: Heather Longley and Laura Layman
Directors Absent without notification: Grace Carreiro
Staff Members Present: 9
Students Present: 1
Citizens Present: 2
Agenda Item #1 ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA
Add 7a. To see if the Board will approve the selling of three out of service school buses.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board voted by unanimous consent to add agenda item #7a.
Agenda Item #2 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 2, 2020 AND THE SPECIAL BOARD MEETING MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 16, 2020.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Kevin Sousa the Board voted 11-1 to approve the Regular Board Meeting Minutes of September 2, 2020 and the Special Board Meeting Minutes of September 16, 2020.
Agenda Item #3 PRESENTATIONS: Jean Butler gave a presentation on the Federal Grant Application Update and what types of things the money has been spent on.
Agenda Item #4 REPORTS:
A.) Superintendent’s Report - Mr. Tracy spoke about getting ready for Phase II. He thanked all of the Teachers and Support Staff for all of their hard work. He also met with Teachers and the Association about some of their concerns. He spoke about parent trainings happening in the district, virtual snow days, sending masks and a letter out to remote learners, and student enrollment for the last three years.
Charles Price – Boys Soccer Coach – CCS
Mathias Twitchell – COVID Info Technologist Asst. – District (temp)
Tim Richards – AD – CHS – stipend $7500
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: Policy Committee met on September 23, 2020.
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 ELECT A DELEGATE AND ALTERNATE DELEGATE FOR THE MAINE SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION.
Upon motion by Kevin Sousa and seconded by Judi Dunphy, Troy Dunphy was elected delegate and Robert Demchak elected alternate delegate by unanimous consent.
Agenda Item #7 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL APPROVE THE POLICIES AC, ACAA, ACAA-R, ACAB, AND ACAB-R.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board voted to move agenda item #7. 6 voted yes and the Board Chair declared the agenda item failed because there wasn’t a 2/3 majority.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Kevin Sousa the Board voted 5-7 to accept the policies as written. Motion failed.
Upon motion Bobbi Sue Harrington and seconded by Larry Dunphy the Board voted 5-6-1 to move the policies back to the Policy Committee. Motioned failed.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board voted 9-3 to table the policies to the next meeting. Motion passed.
Agenda Item #7a. TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL APPROVE THE SELLING OF THREE OUT OF SERVICE BUSES.
Upon motion by Robert Demchak and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board voted by unanimous consent to approve the selling of three out of service buses.
Agenda Item #8 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS ATHLETICS.
Mr. Richards gave an update on options for recording games.
The Board Chair declared the meeting adjourned at 7:48 pm.