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MINUTES
AUGUSTA BOARD OF EDUCATION
BUSINESS MEETING
June 12, 2019

 

The following board members were present:

Chair:

Edward Hastings

Board Members:

Christopher Clarke, Jennifer Dumond, Staci Fortunato, Pia Holmes, Kevin   Lamoreau, Kati McCormick, Michael Michaud (7:45 p.m.)

 

Also present were:

Superintendent:

James Anastasio

Assistant   Superintendent:

Donna Madore

Business Manager

Kathy Casparius

 

7:00 p.m. 

     1.  Opening: 

     2.  Call to Order: 

     3.  Pledge of Allegiance: 

     4.  Presentations:

               A.  C-Port Essay Winners 

     5.  Approval of Minutes:

               A.  Motion to approve the minutes of the Augusta Board of Education Business Meeting of

                     May 8, 2019.

          http://www.augustaschools.org/board_of_education/BoardMinutes190508.php

Move to approve the minutes of the Augusta Board of Education Business   Meeting of May 8, 2019.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Christopher Clarke

 

 

Motion passed 6 to 0

 

               B.  Motion to approve the minutes of the Augusta Board of Education Special Meeting of May

                     22, 2019.

         http://www.augustaschools.org/board_of_education/BoardSpecialMeetingMinutes190522.php

Move to approve the minutes of the Augusta Board of Education Special   Meeting of May 22, 2019.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Christopher Clarke

 

 

Motion passed 6 to 0

 

     6.  Communications: 

     7.  Resignations and Retirements:

               1.  Resignations

                       A.  Hope Libby, LCPC, Cony High School

                       B.  Jonathan Millett, Social Studies Teacher, Cony High School

                       C.  Katie Dutil, Grade 3 Teacher, Hussey Elementary School

                       D.  Holly Daigle Grade 3 Teacher, Farrington Elementary School 

     8.  Recognitions: Timothy Flannery, Augusta Board of Education Student Representative 

     9.  Student Council Report:  Timothy Flannery

Mr. Flannery introduced Mandy Cooper, the incoming Augusta Board of Education Student Representative.  CATC’s recognition and graduation was May 29.  A group of students in the Olympia Snow Leadership Program attended a conference last month.  The high school girls track team won the regional championship and placed third at the state meet.  Anna Reny won the 300-meter hurdles and set a state record time.  The annual spring sports awards ceremony was June 3.  New athletic director, Jon Millett, recognized outgoing athletic director, Paul Vachon for all the work he has done for Cony over the years.  June 6 was Step Up Day for 6th graders.  June 7 was the 8th grade class trip and senior class day where graduating seniors were recognized.  Sunday was graduation followed with Project Graduation.  Mr. Flannery thanked the Project Graduation Committee for all their hard work. Tonight is 8th grade promotion. 

     10.  Informational Items:

               A.  Administrators Professional Development

                          Attachment 1 

               B.  Fall Coaching Nominations

                           Attachment 2 

               C.  Professional Development 5/9-6/12

                         1.  Sarah Landry, Trauma – Informed Strategies to Support Student Success in the

                              Classroom, 5/10/19

                         2.  Making Best Use of Google Classroom to Strengthen Instruction, 5/13/19

                         3.  Janet Frake, Help Your Students Achieve the Next Gen Science Standards, 5/14/19

                         4.  Maureen Heikkela, Help Your Students Achieve the Next Gen Science Standards,

                              5/14/19

                         5.  Sandy Turgeon, Making the Best Use of Google Classroom to Strengthen Math

                              Instruction, 5/14/19

                         6.  Lisa Charette, Making the Best Use of Google Classroom to Strengthen Math

                              Instruction, 5/14/19

                         7.  Arielle Roy, CCC Training, 5/16/19

                         8.  Kate Parker, CCC Training, 5/16/19

                         9.  Megan Porter, CCC Training, 5/16/19

                       10.  April Hartford, CCC Training, 5/16/19

                       11.  Kelly Randall, CCC Training, 5/16/19

                       12.  Meghan Cociu, CCC Training, 5/16/19

                       13.  Cassie Thoopsamoot, CCC Training, 5/16/19

                       14.  Brenda Simonton, CCC Training, 5/16/19

                       15.  Lauren Dow, CCC Training, 5/16/19

                       16.  Samantha Simmons, CCC Training, 5/16/19

                       17.  Christina Wing, CCC Training, 5/16/19

                       18.  Rebecca Severy, Developing Strong Foundational Skills, 5/17/19

                       19.  Romeo Roy, Auto Body Technical Update, 5/17/19

                       20.  April Fenton, Civil Rights Team Spring Conference, 5/17/19

                       21.  Patricia Howe, GT Elementary Art Program, 5/21/19

                       22.  Tracy Messina, MaineCAN Best Practices Conference, 5/21/19

                       23.  Heidi Parent, Spring Tech. Update, 5/24/19

                       24.  Thomas Maines, CAL Spring Meeting, 5/28/19

                       25.  Hope Libby, Suicide Prevention School Protocol Development Training, 5/29/19

                       26.  Linda Herschenfeld, Suicide Prevention School Protocol Development Training,

                              5/29/19

                       27.  Rene Albison, Kennebec Historical Society, 6/5/19

                       28.  Megan Biter, Observation of Incoming Students, 6/7/19 

     11.  Committee Reports:

               A.  Finance Committee Report:  Jennifer Dumond

                          1.  Finance Committee, May 6, 2019 – No Meeting

                          2.  Finance Committee Minutes, June 3, 2019

            http://www.augustaschools.org/board_of_education/FinanceCommMinutes190603.php

                          3.  Business Manager’s Report

                                    Attachment 3  

               B.  Curriculum and Education Committee Report:  Pia Holmes

                          1.  Curriculum and Education Committee Minutes – May 8, 2019

            http://www.augustaschools.org/board_of_education/CurrandEdCommMinutes190508.php 

               C.  Personnel Committee Report:  Christopher Clarke

                          1.  Personnel Committee Minutes – May 6, 2019

            http://www.augustaschools.org/board_of_education/PersonnelCommitteMinutes190506.php

                          2.  Personnel Committee Minutes – June 3, 2019

            http://www.augustaschools.org/board_of_education/PersonnelCommMinutes190603.php 

               D.  Policy Committee Report:  Stacy Fortunato

                          1.  Policy Committee Minutes – May 6, 2019                                  http://www.augustaschools.org/board_of_education/PolicyCommMinutes190506.php

                          2.  Policy Committee Minutes – June 3, 2019                                  http://www.augustaschools.org/board_of_education/PolicyCommMinutes190603.php 

     12.  Consent Items:  (all matters listed under this item will be considered routine and will be

              Enacted by one motion.  A Board Member may ask to have an item(s) removed and considered

             individually.) 

                 A.  Holly Daigle, Grade 3 Teacher, Hussey Elementary School

                 B.  Stacia Duncklee, Grade 4 Teacher, Farrington Elementary School

                 C.  Thia Bridges, Grade 1 Teacher, Farrington Elementary School

                 D.  Thomas Maines, Social Studies Teacher, Cony High School

                 E.  Katelyn Ross, Kindergarten Teacher, Hussey Elementary

                 F.  Anthony Veit, LCPC/LCSW, Cony Middle/High School

                 G.  Michelle Burns, LCPC/LCSW, Cony Middle/High School 

               Motion to approve the Consent Agenda as presented.

Move to approve   the Consent Agenda as presented.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Christopher Clarke

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

     13.  Board Member Comment and/or Discussion on Non-Agenda Items:

               A.  Motion to censure Board Member Christopher Clarke. 

I move that the Augusta School Committee issue a letter of censure to Board Member Christopher Clarke (“Mr. Clarke”) based upon the following facts: 

1.  Mr. Clarke is a member of the Augusta School Committee and he represents Ward Two. 

2.  Mr. Clarke, and all School Committee members, are subject to the School Committee Members Code of Ethics (Policy Code: BCA). The Code of Ethics includes the following commitments by the School Committee members: 

  • I will support a decision graciously once it has been made by the majority of the Board (Paragraph G)
  • I will not discuss the confidential business of the Board in my home, on the street, or in my office, the place for such discussion being the Board meeting (Paragraph K)
  • I will endeavor to attend every regular and special Board meeting recognizing that my presence means representation for my town of city. If I find that this is not possible for an extended length of time, I will give consideration to resigning from my position on the Board. (Paragraph Q)
  • I will abide by the laws of the state and the regulations formulated by the Maine Department of Education and by the State Board of Education in fulfilling my Board responsibilities. (Paragraph R)

3.  During the 2018-2019 school year, Mr. Clarke has missed a significant number of Board meetings and committee meetings. On January 23, 2019 the School Committee discussed Mr. Clarke’s lack of attendance. He subsequently explained his personal circumstances, and indicated that his attendance would improve. Since this discussion Mr. Clarke has been absent from 9 Board and/or Committee meetings. These absences occurred on 2/20/19, 2/27/19, 3/13/19, 3/20/19, 4/10/19, 4/24/19, 5/6/19, 5/8/19 and 6/3/19. 

4.  Mr. Clarke’s absences not only impact his ability to serve the school’s students and the community, it also prevents him from staying current regarding important school business. 

5.  On May 22, 2019 the School Committee met in executive session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A § 405 (D) to discuss the labor contract and negotiations with the Augusta Administrator’s Association. Discussions in executive session are confidential and not subject to public disclosure. The Board came out of the executive session and voted in open session on the proposed labor contract. Mr. Clarke voted against the labor contract.

6.  Subsequently, at 8:46 pm on May 22nd, Mr. Clarke posted comments on his Facebook account. In these comments, he provided his account of confidential discussions that had occurred in executive session relating to the labor contract. In doing so, he violated the Code of Ethics by discussing confidential business of the Board. Mr. Clarke is of course at liberty during open session of the Board meeting to explain his vote, provided he maintains the confidentiality of the discussions that took place in executive session. He did not explain his vote at the time he cast it, but instead went onto social media where he described his account of the discussion in executive session. Such actions are not in accordance with the Code of Ethics, and they interfere with effective debate and dialogue amongst Board members. 

7.  Given Mr. Clarke’s continued absences from meetings and the impact this has on staying current with Board issues, the Board Chair requested Mr. Clarke’s resignation. Mr. Clarke declined to resign. 

8.  Therefore, the School Committee resolves to issue this letter of censure for Mr. Clarke’s failure to comply with the Code of Ethics and his unsatisfactory attendance. 

Move to Censure Board Member Christopher Clarke.

Motion:

Yeas:

 

Nays:

Vote:

Edward Hastings  Second:  Staci Fortunato

Dumond, Fortunato, Holmes, McCormick, Lamoreau, Michaud

Clarke

Motion passed 6 to 1

 

     14.  Public Comment on Non-Personnel Agenda Items: 

     15.  Unfinished Business: 

     16.  New Business:

               A.  Motion to approve a donation of a variety of items from Staples valued at $500 to both

                     Cony High School and Middle School.

Move to approve a donation of a variety of items   from Staples valued at $500 to both Cony High School and Middle School.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

               B.  Motion to approve the first reading of policy AC-R:  Grievance Procedure for Persons with

                     Disabilities.

                          Attachment 4

Move to approve   the first reading of policy AC-R:    Grievance Procedure for Persons with Disabilities.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

               C.  Motion to approve the first reading of policy KCD: Public Gifts/Donations to the Augusta

                     School Department.

                          Attachment 5

Move to approve   the first reading of policy KCD: Public Gifts/Donations to the Augusta School   Department.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

               D.  Motion to approve the first reading of policy KDD:  Media Relations.

                          Attachment 6

Move to approve   the first reading of policy KDD:  Media   Relations.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

               E.  Motion to approve the first reading of policy IHAI:  Capital Area Technical Center Applied

                     Learning Projects.

                          Attachment 7

Move to approve   the first reading of policy IHAI:    Capital Area Technical Center Applied Learning Projects.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

               F.  Motion to approve the first reading of policy BHC:  Board Communications with Staff.

                          Attachment 8

Move to approve   the first reading of policy BHC:  Board   Communications with Staff.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

               G.  Motion to approve the first reading of policy KLGA:  Relations with School

                     Resource Officers and Law Enforcement Authorities.

                          Attachment 9

Move to approve   the first reading of policy KLGA:    Relations with School Resource Officers and Law Enforcement   Authorities.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

               H.  Motion to approve the first reading of policy KLGA-R:  School Resource Officer/Law

                     Enforcement Administrative Procedure.

                          Attachment 10

Move to approve   the first reading of policy KLGA-R:    School Resource Officer/Law Enforcement Administrative Procedure.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

               I.  Motion to approve the first reading of policy GBB:  Staff Involvement in Decision Making.

                          Attachment 11

Move to approve   the first reading of policy GBB:  Staff   Involvement in Decision Making.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

               J.  Motion to delete policy KNAF:  Relations with Health Authorities.

                          Attachment 12

Move to delete   policy KNAF:  Relations with Health   Authorities.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

               K.  Motion to delete policy KNAK:  Relations with Fire Authorities.

                          Attachment 13

Move to delete policy   KNAK:  Relations with Fire Authorities.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

               L.  Motion to delete policy KMK:  Relations with Senior Citizens.

                          Attachment 14

Move to delete   policy KMK:  Relations with Senior   Citizens.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

               M.  Motion to delete policy LBB:  Cooperative Education Programs.

                          Attachment 15

Move to delete   policy LBB:  Cooperative Education   Programs.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

               N.  Motion to delete policy JHFD:  Student Automobile Use.

                          Attachment 16

Move to delete policy JHFD:  Student Automobile Use.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

               O.  Motion to delete policy JC:  School Attendance Areas.

                          Attachment 17

Move to delete policy JC:    School Attendance Areas.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

               P.  Motion to delete policy KM:  Custodial and Non-Custodial Parent Rights and

                     Responsibilities.

                          Attachment 18

Move to delete policy KM:  Custodial and Non-Custodial Parent   Rights and Responsibilities.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

               Q.  Motion to delete policy GBD:  Board-Staff Communications.

                          Attachment 19

Move to delete   policy GBD:  Board-Staff   Communications.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

               R.  Motion to approve an Out-of-State Professional Development Request for Joshua Poulin to

                     attend the Calculus AB Advanced Topics Workshop, June 25-28, 2019 at Carleton College

                     in Northfield, MN.

                          Attachment 20

Move to approve an   Out-of-State Professional Development Request for Joshua Poulin to attend the   Calculus AB Advanced Topics Workshop, June 25-28, 2019 at Carleton College in   Northfield, MN.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

               S.  Motion to approve Out-of-State Professional Development Request for Karina Escajeda to

                     attend the WIDA Annual Conference in Providence, RI, October 15-18, 2019.

                          Attachment 21

Move to approve   Out-of-State Professional Development Request for Karina Escajeda to attend   the WIDA Annual Conference in Providence, RI, October 15-18, 2019.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

               T.  Motion to approve a donation, from Jean Parent, of supplies for the CATC plumbing and

                     heating program valued at $2,260.

                          Attachment 22

Move to approve a   donation, from Jean Parent, of supplies for the CATC plumbing and heating program   valued at $2,260.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

     17.  Assistant Superintendent’s Report:

Ms. Madore reported that since the last meeting in May, five truancy notices were sent out.  She is gearing up for the Admin. Professional Development sessions held every Wednesday during the summer break. 

     18.  Superintendent’s Report:

Mr. Anastasio said tomorrow is the last day for students and teachers.  He said we have had a very good year and thanked the students; parents for their support; teachers; and the board for the work they do on behalf of staff and students. 

     19.  Reports from Other School Officials: 

     20.  Audience Recognition for Non-Agenda Items: 

     21.  Executive Session Re:  Labor Negotiations:

               A.  Motion to enter into Executive Session regarding labor contract negotiations pursuant to 1

         M.R.S.A. § 405(6)(D).

Move to enter into Executive Session regarding labor contract   negotiations pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. § 405(6)(D).

 

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Time:

Kati McCormick  Second:  Staci Fortunato

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

8:35 p.m.

 

    B.  Motion to exit from Executive Session:

Move to exit from Executive   Session.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Time:

Michael Michaud  Second: Christopher Clarke

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

9:55 p.m.

 

     22.  Adjourn:

               A.  Motion to Adjourn:

Move to Adjourn.

 

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Time:

Staci Fortunato Second: Michael Michaud

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

9:56 p.m.

 

Next Augusta Board of Education Business Meeting
July 10, 2019
Pre Board Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Council Chambers
City Center