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MINUTES

AUGUSTA BOARD OF EDUCATION

 

November 10, 2010

 

 

The following Board Members were present:

Chair:

William Burney

Board Members:

Members Susan Campbell, Deborah Towle, Betty Jo Libby, Willie Emerson, Nancy Bernier

 

The following Board Members were absent:

Board Members:

Nathanael Rende, Jane Dennison

 

Also present were:

Superintendent:

Cornelia L. Brown

Curriculum Coordinator:

Tina Meserve

Business Manager:

 Karla Miller

Student Representative

      Nathaniel Nalley

 

 

1)      Opening:

 

2)      Call to Order: Chairperson Burney called the meeting to Order at 7:00

 

3)      Pledge of Allegiance:

 

4)      Presentations:

 

5)      Approval of Minutes:

  1. The Augusta School Board approved the minutes for the Business Meeting of October 13, 2010

The Augusta School Board approved the minutes for the Business Meeting of October 13, 2010

Motion:

Yeas: 6

Nays: 0

Vote:

Susan Campbell   Second     Willie Emerson

 

 

Motion Passed:  6 to 0

 

  1. The Augusta School Board approved the minutes for the Special Meeting of October 27, 2010

The Augusta School Board approved the minutes for the Special Meeting of October 27, 2010

Motion:

Yeas: 6

Nays: 0

Vote:

Susan Campbell   Second     Willie Emerson

 

 

Motion Passed:  6 to 0

 

6)      Communications:

  1. Dr. Brown informed the Augusta School Board of a letter that she received from the Maine School Management Association, thanking her for presenting at the MSMA conference. 

 

7)      Resignations and Retirements:

  1. Resignations: None

 

  1. Retirements:
    1. Jeffrey Small – Library / Media Specialist, Cony High School
    2. Jane Pare – Third Grade teacher, Gilbert Elementary
    3. Jennifer Morrison – Art Department Supervisor, Cony High School

 

8)      Recognitions: 

Dr. Brown and the Augusta School Board recognized Melinda Doiron and Rita Clement, Pre-School teachers, as well as Troy Alexander concerning the successful implementation of the Tools of the Mind Pre-School program. 

 

9)      Student Council Report:

Mr. Nathaniel Nalley shared with the Board events that the Student Council is planning for the school year.  One of the first items that the council planned to work on was a dance conduct policy.  Mr. Nalley spoke about the success of last month’s blood drive, as well as The Walk for Hope (the student council would like to thank Mr. Vachon the football coach for gathering many of the student athletes for the walk.)  Chairperson Burney asked if Mr. Nalley could share his thoughts about the current climate of Cony High School.  Mr. Nalley comment that he felt that over all the school’s climate was improving. 

 

10)  Informational Items:

  1. Professional Day Requests
    1. Troy Alexander – Tools of the Mind Pre-School training (Lexington, MA)
    2. Deborah Orth – American Council of Teaching Foreign Language (Boston, MA)
    3. Scott Phair – NEASTC Annual Conference (Boston, MA)
    4. Lori Bolster – Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day (Boston, MA)

 

  1. 2010-2011 Enrollment Data

 Dr. Brown reviewed the October 1, 2010 enrollment data with the Augusta School Board.  This data is used to calculate subsidy information, reimbursements, poverty rates, etc.

Enrollment at the secondary level is decreasing while enrollment at the elementary level is stable and increasing.

 

11)  Committee Reports:

  1. Finance Committee Report:  Mrs. Dennison
    1. Finance Committee Meeting Minutes – (None)

 

  1. Business Manager’s Report:

Mrs. Karla Miller commented that budget meetings with department and building administrators will start to take place of the development of the 2011-2012 school budget.  Mrs. Miller also spoke about the transportation bid that is going out, since this is the last year on the contract with First Student.  Mr. Burney asked Mrs. Miller to also look at what the cost of the Augusta School Department owning their own buses and employing drivers as compared to contracting to an outside company. 

 

 

 

  1. Curriculum & Education Committee Report:    None

Curriculum Coordinator’s Report:

Mrs. Meserve commented about the 5K Paws and Claws race; there were 117 participants this year, compared to last year that had approximately 70.  Mrs. Meserve noted how well the Library program was doing. 

  1. Personnel Committee Report:  Mrs. Campbell

Personnel Committee Report:

Member Campbell reviewed the minutes from the meeting of the Personnel Committee November 1.  Dr. Brown shared with the committee that she had been in contact with Maine Labor Board Executive Director Marc Ayotte concerning potential mediators for the upcoming support unit mediation. 

 

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.)   

  1. Kelly Kelley - Title 1 Farrington Elementary
  2. Jill Smith - School Nurse and Health Center Coordinator

Move to approve the consent agenda.

Motion:

Yeas: 6

Nays: 0

Vote:

Susan Campbell   Second     Willie Emerson

 

 

Motion Passed:  6 to 0

 

13)  Public Comment on Non-Personnel Agenda Items:  None

 

14)  Unfinished Business: None

 

15)  New Business:

  1. Motion: Move to approve the 2010 CATC Cooperative Agreement:

Mr. Scott Phair spoke concerning the changes to the Agreement .Mr. Phair commented that there were only minor changes made to the Cooperative Agreement, such as the removal of the reference to the CATC 7 program as it is no longer offered.

Move to approve the 2010 CATC Cooperative Agreement.

Motion:

Yeas: 6

Nays: 0

Vote:

Susan Campbell   Second     Willie Emerson

 

 

Motion Passed:  6 to 0

 

  1. Motion: Move to approve receipt of $889,810.00 from the Revolving Renovation Fund for Gilbert Elementary School pursuant to the terms set by the Department of Education:

Dr. Brown asked Mr. John Pucciarelli to inform the Augusta School Board what the funds would be used for on Gilbert Elementary School.  Mr. Pucciarelli stated that the funds would be used to address air quality.  Chairperson asked if Principal Dionne could speak on how the day to day air quality in the building was.  Principal Dionne commented that in entering the building you could feel the negative air pressure; there have been comments that he air is warm in the rooms.  Dr. Brown spoke to what the terms of the agreement would be.

Move to approve receipt of $889,810.00 from the Revolving Renovation Fund for Gilbert Elementary School pursuant to the terms set by the Department of Education.

Motion:

Yeas: 6

Nays: 0

Vote:

Susan Campbell   Second     Willie Emerson

 

 

Motion Passed:  6 to 0

16)  Superintendent’s Report:

Dr. Brown offered congratulations to Katie Vose, Kimberley Martin, and Member Emerson on their election to the Augusta School Board.  Dr. Brown commented that the 2011-2012 budget meetings are scheduled to begin in December.

 

17)  Reports from Other School Officials:

Mrs. Meserve commented on behalf of Ms. Kathy Casparious about the technology training that has been happening in the district i.e. smart-board training, curriculum mapping, power media, and iWalkthrough. 

 

Lincoln Elementary School Principal Lori Bolster commented how nice it was to have member Emerson at an after school meeting on bullying and harassing.  Mrs. Bolster commented that the 6th grade class at Lincoln has been having some behavioral problems.

 

18)  Audience Recognition for Non-Agenda Items: None

 

19)  Adjourn:

A.  Motion to Adjourn:

Motion to Adjourn

 

Motion:

Yeas: 6

Nays: 0

Vote:

Time:

Susan Campbell   Second     Willie Emerson

 

 

Motion PASSED 6 to 0

7:40 P.M.

 

 

Next Meeting of the

Augusta Board of Education

7:00 p.m., December 8, 2010

CATC Cafeteria