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Minutes

Augusta Board of Education

Business Meeting

March 9, 2016

 

The following Board Members were present:

Chair:

Kimberly Martin

Board Members:

Tom Connors, April Cusick, Jennifer Day, Laura Hamilton, Edward Hastings, Jennifer Neumeyer, Deborah Towle, Katie Vose

 

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.  Lynne Adams – SPED

                B.  Gretchen Livingston – Guatemala Trip

                                        

        5.  Approval of Minutes:

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

          February 10, 2016.

                        http://cms2.revize.com/revize/augusta/board_of_education/BoardMinutes160210.php

Move to approve the minutes of the Augusta Board of Education Business meeting of February 10, 2016.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Deborah Towle     Second:  Jennifer Day

 

 

Motion (Passed/Failed)  8 to 0

                           

       6.  Communications:

 

                A.  Letter from Maine Developmental Disabilities Council

                            Attachment 1

 

       7.  Resignations and Retirements:

                A.  Charles Hinds, Guidance Counselor, Cony High School

                B.  Tom Wells, English Teacher, Cony High School

               

       8.  Recognitions: 

               

       9.  Student Council Report:  Ciara Tenney

 

      10.  Informational Items:

    A.  Cony Middle/High School Coaching Nominations

                    Attachment 2

 

      11.  Committee Reports:

                A.  Personnel Committee Report:  Deborah Towle

                        1.  Personnel Committee Meeting – March 7, 2016 – Minutes not available

                B.  Finance Committee Report:   Jennifer Day

                        1.  Finance Committee Meeting – March 7, 2016 – Minutes not available

                        2.  Business Manager’s Report

                                    Attachment 3                         

                C.  Policy Committee Report:  Laura Hamilton

                        1.  Policy Committee Meeting – March 7, 2016 – Minutes not available

                D.  Curriculum and Education Committee Report:  Katie Vose

                        1.  Curriculum and Education Committee Meeting – February 10, 2016                              http://cms2.revize.com/revize/augusta/board_of_education/CurrandEdMinutes160210.php

                E.  Other Committee Reports:   None                             

 

      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:

 

    Motion to group Items A through D.

Move to group Items A through D.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Deborah Towle     Second:  Jennifer Day

 

 

Motion (Passed/Failed)  8 to 0

 

    A.  Motion to delete policy IKB:  Homework.

                Attachment 4

Move to delete policy IKB:  Homework.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Deborah Towle     Second:  Jennifer Day

 

 

Motion (Passed/Failed)  8 to 0

 

    B.  Motion to delete policy IKAB:  Student Progress Reports to Parents.

                Attachment 5

Move to delete policy IKAB:  Student Progress Reports to Parents.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Deborah Towle     Second:  Jennifer Day

 

 

Motion (Passed/Failed)  8 to 0

   

    C.  Motion to delete policy IKA:  Grading Systems.

                Attachment 6

Move to delete policy IKA:  Grading Systems.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Deborah Towle     Second:  Jennifer Day

 

 

Motion (Passed/Failed)  8 to 0

   

    D.  Motion to delete policy JEDA:  Truancy.

                Attachment 7

Move to delete policy JEDA:  Truancy.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Deborah Towle     Second:  Jennifer Day

 

 

Motion (Passed/Failed)  8 to 0

 

    E.  Motion to approve the Graduation Improvement Plan.

                Attachment 8

Move to approve the Graduation Improvement Plan.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Deborah Towle     Second:  Jennifer Day

 

 

Motion (Passed/Failed)  8 to 0

 

    F.  Motion to approve receipt of $337,750 from School Revolving Renovation Fund for Hussey

         Elementary School pursuant to the terms set by the Department of Education.

                Attachment 9

Move to approve receipt of $337,750 from School Revolving Renovation Fund for Hussey Elementary School pursuant to the terms set by the Department of Education.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Deborah Towle     Second:  Jennifer Day

 

 

Motion (Passed/Failed)  8 to 0

 

    G.  Motion to approve a Professional Day Request for Robin Wilkinson to attend the

          Massachusetts Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages Conference in

          Framingham, MA, May 5-6, 2016.

                Attachment 10

Move to approve a Professional Day Request for Robin Wilkinson to attend the Massachusetts Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages Conference in Framingham, MA, May 5-6, 2016.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Deborah Towle     Second:  Jennifer Day

 

 

Motion (Passed/Failed)  8 to 0

 

    H.  Motion to approve an overnight trip request for Rambow GSTA students to attend the

          Rainbow Ball Conference April 8-10 in Machias.

                Attachment 11

Move to approve an overnight trip request for Rambow GSTA students to attend the Rainbow Ball Conference April 8-10 in Machias.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Deborah Towle     Second:  Jennifer Day

 

 

Motion (Passed/Failed)  8 to 0

 

 

                I.  Approval of 2016-2017 budget articles:

 

Motion to approve these Expenditures, Articles 1 to 11 in the following Cost Center Categories within the Proposed Operating Budget for school year 2016-2017 in the total amount of $29,640,019.

 

Move to approve all of the below Expenditures in the following Cost Center Categories within the Proposed Operating Budget for school year 2016-2017 in the total amount of $29,640,019

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Deborah Towle   Second :  Jennifer Day

 

 

Motion Passed/Failed:  _____ to ______

 

 

Motion to table articles 1 through 11.

               

Move to table articles 1 through 11.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Edward Hastings     Second:  Jennifer Neumeyer

 

 

Motion (Passed/Failed)  8 to 0

 

 

ARTICLES 1 THROUGH 11 AUTHORIZE EXPENDITURES IN THE FOLLOWING COST CENTER CATEGORIES:

 

ARTICLE 1: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for Regular Instruction.

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $9,484,060

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

ARTICLE 2: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for Special Education.

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $4,621,003

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

ARTICLE 3: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for Career and Technical Education.

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $2,450,909

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

ARTICLE 4: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for Other Instruction.

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $577,338                                                                     City Council Recommends:                            $

 

ARTICLE 5: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for Student and Staff Support.

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $2,427,730

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

ARTICLE 6: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for System Administration.

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $952,059

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

ARTICLE 7: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for School Administration.

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $1,680,469

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

ARTICLE 8: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for Transportation.

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $1,691,526

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

ARTICLE 9: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for Facilities Maintenance.

 

                                               

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

ARTICLE 10: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for Debt Service and Other Commitments.

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $2,357,092

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

ARTICLE 11:  To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for All Other Expenditures.

 

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $5,312

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Needs from Taxation

 

Move to approve Article 12 in the amount of $12,675,479.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Deborah Towle       Second:  Jennifer Day

 

 

Motion Passed/Failed:  _____ to ______

 

Motion to table Article 12.

               

Move to table Articles 12.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Edward Hastings     Second:  Jennifer Neumeyer

 

 

Motion (Passed/Failed)  8 to 0

 

ARTICLE 12: Shall the City raise $29,640,019 and appropriate $12,675,479  for the total cost of funding public education from Pre-kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act and to see what sum the municipality will raise as the municipality’s contribution to the total cost of funding public education from Per-kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15688.

 

School Board Recommends:                 $29,640,019  and $12,675,479

 

Explanation:  The City’s contribution to the total cost of funding public education from Pre-kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act is the amount of money determined by state law to be the minimum amount that a municipality must raise in order to receive the full amount of state dollars.  At this date, the amount raised is less than the state required minimum; however, there is pending legislation to waive this requirement as the State is not meeting its funding obligation.

 

 

 

a)      Local Only Debt Service

 

Move to approve Article 13 in the amount of $655,867

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Deborah Towle       Second:  Jennifer Day

 

 

Motion Passed/Failed:  _____ to ______

 

Motion to table Article 13.

               

Move to table Articles 13.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Edward Hastings     Second:  Jennifer Neumeyer

 

 

Motion (Passed/Failed)  8 to 0

 

ARTICLE 13:  Shall the City raise and appropriate $655,867 for the annual payments on debt service previously approved by the legislative body for non-state-funded school construction projects, non-state-funded portions of school construction projects and minor capital projects in addition to the funds appropriated as the local share of the school administrative unit’s contribution to the total cost of funding public education from Pre-kindergarten to grade 12.

 

School Board Recommends:                          $655,867        

 

Explanation: Non-state-funded debt service is the amount of money needed for the annual payments on the municipality/district long-term debt for major capital school construction projects and minor capital renovation projects that are not approved for state subsidy.  The bonding of this long-term debt was previously approved by the voters or other legislative body.

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE 15 SUMMARIZES THE PROPOSED SCHOOL BUDGET:

 

ARTICLE 15:  To see what sum the City will authorize the School Board to expend for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017, from the City’s contribution to the total cost of funding public education from Pre-kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act, non-state-funded school construction projects, additional local funds for school purposes under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15690, unexpended balances, tuition receipts, state subsidy and other receipts for the support of schools.

 

School Board Recommends:                                      $29,640,019

 

 

 

 

b)      Adult Education

 

Move to approve Article 16 in the amounts of $617,581 and $395,081.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Deborah Towle    Second:  Jennifer Day

 

 

Motion Passed/Failed:  _____ to ______

 

Motion to table Article 16.

               

Move to table Article 16.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Edward Hastings     Second:  Jennifer Neumeyer

 

 

Motion (Passed/Failed)  8 to 0

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE 16:   Shall the City appropriate $617,581 for Adult Education and raise $395,081 as the local share; with authorization to expend any additional, incidental, or miscellaneous receipts in the interest and for the well-being of the adult education program.

 

School Board Recommends:                                                  $617,581 and $395,081

                       

 

      17.  Assistant Superintendent’s Report:

 

      18.  Superintendent’s Report:

 

      19.  Reports from Other School Officials:

 

      20.  Audience Recognition for Non-Agenda Items:

 

      21.  Adjourn:

    A.  Motion to Adjourn:

Move to Adjourn.

 

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Time:

Deborah Towle  Second:  Jennifer Day

 

 

Motion (Passed/Failed) 8 to 0

8:28 p.m.

 

 

 

Next Augusta Board of Education Business Meeting

 

April 13, 2016

Pre Board Meeting 6:30 p.m.

Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Council Chambers