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MINUTES

AUGUSTA BOARD OF EDUCATION

Business Meeting

November 4, 2020

7:00 p.m.

Via Zoom

 

Pursuant to Section G-1 1 MRSA § 403-A – Public proceedings through remote access.  Public can access meeting via CTV7 Spectrum Channel 1301 and available on line at www.augustaschoolboard.com.  Public input available using the chat feature via livestream.  Reference policy BEDH: Public Participation at School Board Meetings.

 

The following board members were present:

Chair:

Edward Hastings

Board Members:

Christopher Clarke, Jennifer Dumond, Pia Holmes, Staci Fortunato, Kevin Lamoreau, Kati McCormick, Jan Michaud, Amanda Olson

 

Also present were:

Superintendent:

James Anastasio

Assistant Superintendent

Katy Grondin

Business Manager

Kathy Casparius

 

7:00 p.m.

 

1.  Opening:

     Motion to amend the agenda to move the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendents’ reports to

     Item 4.

Move to amend the agenda to move the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendents’ reports to Item 4.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Edward Hastings  Second:  Staci Fortunato

 

 

Motion passed 8 to 0

 

Member

Representing

Response

Staci Fortunato

Ward 1

Yea

Christopher Clarke

Ward 2

Yea

Jan Michaud

Ward 3

Yea

Kati McCormick

Ward 4

Yea

Pia Holmes

At-Large

Yea

Jennifer Dumond

At-Large

Yea

Kevin Lamoreau

At-Large

Yea

Amanda Olson

At-Large

Yea

 

2.  Call to Order:

 

3.  Pledge of Allegiance:

 

4.  Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent Reports:

Mr. Anastasio reported that all three days this week were spent dealing with the impact of COVID on faculty, staff, students and schools.  It is a very difficult and time-consuming process.  Mr. Anastasio explained the process and explained why it is handled differently from one school building to another.  He said to be considered a “close contact” you have to come into close contact with a “positive” COVID case.  Mr. Anastasio said there has been discussions around a remote instruction week after the upcoming holidays to minimize the potential impact of the holidays on the health of faculty, staff and students.  Some school districts are thinking about having remote instruction only from Thanksgiving until after the first of the year.  Mr. Anastasio recommends we have remote instruction the week following Thanksgiving.

 

Ms. Grondin said when an individual tests positive for COVID, the DOE assigns a case manager and the school department along with the DOE work together on what is considered a close contact.  She also works with the CDC on decision making.  She shared the chart they use and information that is gathered for tracking.  She and Mr. Anastasio regularly meet with staff so they can ask questions and be updated.

 

Motion to amend the agenda to include a motion to approve the recommendation of the Superintendent to go fully remote the week after Thanksgiving.

Move to amend the agenda to include a motion to approve the recommendation of the Superintendent to go fully remote the week after Thanksgiving.

 

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Edward Hastings  Second:  Kevin Lamoreau

 

 

Motion passed 8 to 0

 

Member

Representing

Response

Staci Fortunato

Ward 1

Yea

Christopher Clarke

Ward 2

Yea

Jan Michaud

Ward 3

Yea

Kati McCormick

Ward 4

Yea

Pia Holmes

At-Large

Yea

Jennifer Dumond

At-Large

Yea

Kevin Lamoreau

At-Large

Yea

Amanda Olson

At-Large

Yea

 

Motion to amend the chair’s previous motion to having the week after Thanksgiving be remote learning.

Move to amend the chair’s previous motion to having the week after Thanksgiving be remote learning.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Kevin Lamoreau  Second:  Christopher Clarke

 

 

Motion passed 8 to 0

 

Member

Representing

Response

Staci Fortunato

Ward 1

Yea

Christopher Clarke

Ward 2

Yea

Jan Michaud

Ward 3

Yea

Kati McCormick

Ward 4

Yea

Pia Holmes

At-Large

Yea

Jennifer Dumond

At-Large

Yea

Kevin Lamoreau

At-Large

Yea

Amanda Olson

At-Large

Yea

 

Motion to go full remote for the week after Thanksgiving.

Move to go full remote for the week after Thanksgiving.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Kevin Lamoreau  Second:  Christopher Clarke

 

 

Motion passed 8 to 0

 

Member

Representing

Response

Staci Fortunato

Ward 1

Yea

Christopher Clarke

Ward 2

Yea

Jan Michaud

Ward 3

Yea

Kati McCormick

Ward 4

Yea

Pia Holmes

At-Large

Yea

Jennifer Dumond

At-Large

Yea

Kevin Lamoreau

At-Large

Yea

Amanda Olson

At-Large

Yea

 

5.  Approval of Minutes:

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

                14, 2020.

          http://www.augustaschools.org/board_of_education/BoardMinutes201014.php

Move to approve the minutes of the Augusta Board of Education Business Meeting of October 14, 2020.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Amanda Olson

 

 

Motion passed 8 to 0

 

Member

Representing

Response

Staci Fortunato

Ward 1

Yea

Christopher Clarke

Ward 2

Yea

Jan Michaud

Ward 3

Yea

Kati McCormick

Ward 4

Yea

Pia Holmes

At-Large

Yea

Jennifer Dumond

At-Large

Yea

Kevin Lamoreau

At-Large

Yea

Amanda Olson

At-Large

Yea

 

6.  Communications:

 

7.  Resignations and Retirements:

 

8.  Recognitions:

 

9.  Student Council Report:  Mandy Cooper

 

Ms. Cooper reported that fall sports have ended and they went very well and all had successful seasons. Key Club has been fundraising for the Family Violence Project.  Usually this would be through the Annual Calloway Coffeehouse.  This year donations can be made directly through the organization and information can be found on the Cony Facebook page.  Planning for Chizzle Wizzle is underway and although it will be changed significantly due to COVID, it is very important to honor the tradition.  Senior pictures are due Nov. 20.  If any parents/guardians want to change their child’s cohort they can contact Assistant Principal Gabe Levesque by the end of the first quarter which is November 6.

 

10.  Informational Items:

            A.  Professional Development

                       1.  Maureen Cooper, Remote Teaching CCC Sets, 10/13/20

                       2.  Cassie Thoopsamoot, ACTEM, 10/20-10/21/20

                       3.  Dustin Weber, ACTEM, 10/20-10/21/20

                       4.  Anita Vose, Math4ME, 10/21/20

                       5.  Mark Dennett, Math4ME, 10/21/20

                       6.  Nicole Sawyer, Parent Child Integrative Therapy Training, 10/22 and 10/23/20

                       7.  Meghan Marston, Teaching Being a Read Small Group Sets, 10/27/20

                       8.  Erin Card, Distance Learning: Strengthening Your Online General Music Program,

                            10/29/20

                       9.  Jason Paquette, Distance Learning: Strengthening Your Online General Music Program,

                            10/29/20

                     10.  Stephen Vellani, MAHPERD Virtual Conference, 11/2 and 11/9/20

                     11.  Sandy Belanger, 5 Steps Every Educator can Take to Address Behavior, Trauma and

                            SEL, 11/3/20

                     12.  Michelle Noiles, Proactive Strategies to Increase School Attendance, 11/6 and 11/13/20

                     13.  Teresa Beaudoin, Proactive Strategies to Increase School Attendance, 11/6 and 11/13/20

                     14.  Hope Libby, Proactive Strategies to Increase School Attendance, 11/6 and 11/13/20

                     15.  Patricia Howe, NAGC National Annual Conference, 11/13 and 11/16/20

 

11.  Committee Reports:

            A.  Finance Committee Report:  Jennifer Dumond

                       1.  Finance Committee Meeting, November 2, 2020 – No Meeting

                       2.  Business Manager’s Report - None

 

            B.  Curriculum and Education Committee Report:  Pia Holmes

                       1.  Curriculum and Education Committee Minutes – October 14, 2020

            http://www.augustaschools.org/board_of_education/CurrandEdCommMinutes201014.php

 

            C.  Personnel Committee Report:  Kevin Lamoreau

                       1.  Personnel Committee Meeting, November 2, 2020 - Minutes on next Board Agenda

 

            D.  Policy Committee Report:  Staci Fortunato

                       1.  Policy Committee Meeting, November 2, 2020 – Minutes on next Board Agenda

 

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.)

 

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

      

14.  Public Comment on Non-Personnel Agenda Items:

 

15.  Unfinished Business:

 

16.  New Business:

            A.  Motion to approve a donation of books and backpacks from Feed the Children valued at

                  $650.13.

                       Attachment 1

Move to approve a donation of books and backpacks from Feed the Children valued at $650.13.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 8 to 0

 

Member

Representing

Response

Staci Fortunato

Ward 1

Yea

Christopher Clarke

Ward 2

Yea

Jan Michaud

Ward 3

Yea

Kati McCormick

Ward 4

Yea

Pia Holmes

At-Large

Yea

Jennifer Dumond

At-Large

Yea

Kevin Lamoreau

At-Large

Yea

Amanda Olson

At-Large

Yea

 

            B.  Motion to approve the agreement between the Augusta Board of Education and the Augusta

                  Education Association Support Unit.

Move to approve the agreement between the Augusta Board of Education and the Augusta Education Association Support Unit.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 8 to 0

 

Member

Representing

Response

Staci Fortunato

Ward 1

Yea

Christopher Clarke

Ward 2

Yea

Jan Michaud

Ward 3

Yea

Kati McCormick

Ward 4

Yea

Pia Holmes

At-Large

Yea

Jennifer Dumond

At-Large

Yea

Kevin Lamoreau

At-Large

Yea

Amanda Olson

At-Large

Yea

 

17.  Reports from Other School Officials:

 

18.  Audience Recognition for Non-Agenda Items:

       

19.  Adjourn:

            A.  Motion to Adjourn:

Move to Adjourn.

 

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Time:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jan Michaud

 

 

Motion passed 8 to 0

8:48 p.m.

 

Member

Representing

Response

Staci Fortunato

Ward 1

Yea

Christopher Clarke

Ward 2

Yea

Jan Michaud

Ward 3

Yea

Kati McCormick

Ward 4

Yea

Pia Holmes

At-Large

Yea

Jennifer Dumond

At-Large

Yea

Kevin Lamoreau

At-Large

Yea

Amanda Olson

At-Large

Yea