Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting
RSU #74 Board of Directors
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Carrabec Community School
Robert Demchak, Chair, called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m.
Directors Present: Judi Dunphy, Robert Demchak, Troy Dunphy, Heather Longley, Grace Carreiro, Ellen McQuiston, Larry Dunphy, Dwight Barron, Kevin Sousa, Danika Bates, Valerie Pinkham, Robert Lindblom, Deron Whittemore, and Laura Layman.
Directors absent with notification: Bobbi Sue Harrington
Directors Absent without notification: None
Staff Members Present: 9
Students Present: 2
Agenda Item #1 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL ELECT A CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR.
Upon motion by Valerie Pinkham and seconded by Kevin Sousa the board voted 13-1 to nominate Troy Dunphy as the Board Chair. Motion Passed.
Upon motion by Upon motion by Kevin Sousa and seconded by Larry Dunphy the Board voted 13-1 to nominate Robert Demchak as the Board Vice Chair. Motion passed.
Agenda Item #2 ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA
Upon motion by Ellen McQuiston and seconded by Heather Longley the Board voted to add agenda item 11a. To discuss the Teacher Mentor job description qualifications if needed.
Agenda Item #3 STO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING OF JUNE 4, 2020, THE SPECIAL BOARD MEETING OF JUNE 10, 2020, AND THE SPECIAL BOARD MEETING OF JUNE 25, 2020.
Upon motion by Ellen McQuiston and seconded by Larry Dunphy the Board voted by unanimous consent to separate approving the minutes.
Upon motion by Robert Lindblom and seconded by Kevin Sousa the Board voted by unanimous consent to approve the June 4, 2020 Regular Board Meeting Minutes as amended.
Upon motion by Kevin Sousa and seconded by Robert Lindblom the Board voted by unanimous consent to approve the June 10, 2020 Special Board Meeting Minutes.
Upon motion by Larry Dunphy and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board voted by unanimous consent to approve the June 25, 2020 Special Board Meeting Minutes as amended.
Agenda Item #4 PRESENTATIONS: None
Agenda Item #5 REPORTS:
A.) Superintendent’s Report
Mr. Tracy spoke about the reopening of schools and surveys being sent out by the Maine Department of Education. He reminded everyone of the Budget vote on July 14th from 8am to 8pm at the town office, and also gave information on the description of teacher mentors.
Chudala Holden – IEP Coordinator – stipend
Grace Cram – 504 Coordinator – stipend
Katie Hall – Advisory Dean – CHS – stipend
Candy Lebeau – Yearbook Advisor – CCS – stipend
Kim Cole – Yearbook Advisor – CHS – stipend
Jennifer Lachance – Lead Teacher – Solon – stipend $2000
Dorrie Dunham- Robinson – Lead Teacher – GSS – stipend $2000
Michelle Stevens – New Teacher Mentor – Solon – stipend – per contract
Stacey Robinson – New Teacher Mentor – CHS – stipend – per contract
Priscilla Ellis – New Teacher Mentor – CCS – stipend – per contract
Tanya Carey – New Teacher Chief Mentor – stipend – per contract
Mary Keenan – Ed Tech Authorization Chair – stipend $1000
Brian Twitchell – Certification Chair – stipend $1000
Amy Price – Ed Tech III – CHS – per contract
2. Resignations: None
Lindsay Burke-Cinsov – District Music Teacher – per contract
Upon motion by Judi Dunphy and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board voted by unanimous consent to approve the hiring of Lindsay Burke-Cinsov as the District Music Teacher.
Taylor Savage = Fourth Grade Teacher – CCS – per contract
Upon motion by Judi Dunphy and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board voted by unanimous consent to approve the hiring of Taylor Savage as the Fourth Grade Teacher at CCS.
B.) Administrators: Written Reports were mailed to Board members and are available online at www.carrabec.org.
C.) Committees: None
Agenda Item #6 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?
No citizens spoke.
Agenda Item #7 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL APPROVE THE MADISON HEALTH CENTER AS THE SCHOOL PHYSICIAN.
Upon motion by Deron Whittemore and seconded by Kevin Sousa the Board voted by unanimous consent to approve the Madison Health Center as the School Physician.
Agenda Item #8 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WOULD LIKE TO STATE THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AT THE BEGINNING OF EVERY BOARD MEETING
Upon motion by Robert Lindblom and seconded by Deron Whittemore the Board voted 13-1 to state the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of every Board Meeting. Motion passed.
Agenda Item #9 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL INCREASE THE PROPERTY & CASUALTY INSURANCE AND AUTO LIABILITY DEDUCTIBLE TO $1000 FROM $500.
Upon motion by Robert Lindblom and seconded by Kevin Sousa the Board voted 13-1 to increase the Property & Casualty Insurance and Auto Liability deductible to $1000 from $500. Motion Passed.
Agenda Item #10 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE HANDBOOK CHANGES.
Upon motion by Robert Lindblom and seconded by Kevin Sousa agenda item #10 was open for discussion.
Agenda Item #11 TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE ESEA APPLICATION.
Upon motion by Robert Lindblom and seconded by Kevin Sousa agenda item #11 was open for discussion.
Agenda Item #11a. TO SEE IF THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE TEACHER MENTOR JOB DESCRIPTION QUALIFICATIONS.
Upon motion by Ellen McQuiston and seconded by Heather Longley agenda item # 11a was open for discussion.
Upon motion by Kevin Sousa and seconded by Deron Whittemore the discussion was moved.
The Board Chair declared the meeting adjourned at 7:22 pm.