FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
October 1, 2018
Committee Members Present: Jason Bersani, Chair; Edward Hastings
Committee Member Absent: Kati McCormick
Board Members Present: Jennifer Dumond, Staci Fortunato, Pia Holmes, Tom Connors
Administrators Present: James Anastasio, Donna Madore, Kathy Casparius, Troy Alexander, Teresa Beaudoin, Sarah Landry, Kim Silsby, Jon Stonier
Others Present: Trista Collins
1. Accessing MaineCare in Schools
Trista Collins, State Medicaid Educational Liaison, gave an overview of how MaineCare can be utilized in schools. School-Based Services Program: When a student, who is MaineCare Eligible, has medical services on their IEP, as long as the parent consents, the school district can access Medicaid funds to be reimbursed for those services. The DOE charges a fee of approximately 38% on every claim paid by MaineCare. School Health Clinics: A School Health Clinic is dependent on what kind of staff the school has access to. Once a School Health Clinic is set up, students who do not have IEPs and are MaineCare eligible can access services. The ASD has started the process of enrolling in the School Health Clinic option. Provider Discretion: Providers who have permission from schools to utilize space in a school to provide medical services to students who do not have an IEP.
2. Facilities Update – Jon Stonier
Jon Stonier, Director of Buildings and Grounds, gave an update on projects that were slated for the summer. (See attachment) He also went over the five year Capital Improvement Plan (See attachment). Two major expenses are roof repairs for Farrington and Lincoln. Those expenses and repairs will be spread out over the next three years.
Mr. Anastasio said he met with the Augusta Education Association leadership and handed them the letter from Mr. Hastings putting them on notice that we want to start the negotiations process. Our goal is to negotiate a contract prior to finalizing the budget.
4. Ongoing Budget Discussion
Mr. Anastasio said the October 10 administrative meeting will be dedicated to conceptually putting together a three year plan for the budget. Mr. Hastings asked for the June financials and budget to actual figures. Ms. Casparius said adjustments are still being made. Mr. Anastasio said the figure for fund balance is not yet finalized.
Meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.