School Board Minutes September 17, 2008

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Cranberry Isles School Board
Minutes of 17 September 2008

I. Meeting called to order by chairperson Kate Chaplin at 3:06 P.M. at the Islesford School.
Present: Board members Kate Chaplin, Barbara Meyers and Ted Spurling; Principal Carol MacRae; Superintendent Rob Liebow.
II. Moved by Barbara to accept minutes of 8/20/2008. Second by Kate. Vote: yes, unanimously.
III. Principal’s Report:
A. Upcoming trip to Baxter State Park, 9/17-19.
B. Upcoming Inter-Island Event trip to Isle au Haut 9/25-26.
C. Group of Ecuadorian high school students to visit 9/30.
D. Younger students to Criterion Theater for puppet performance 10/24.
E. Discussion about:
1. Guidance: Kip Young of the Acadia Family Center can teach about drugs and alcohol. Discussion about whether to have Kip at next board meeting or meet with parents. Agreement (no vote) to meet with parents one evening.
2. Puberty: Discussion about whether to find an expert to teach a six-week unit about health and relationships. Carol to look at options.
3. Music: Carol suggests a public performance on both islands. This could include a presentation on geology.
4. Ukuleles: Funds from REAP to purchase a ukulele for each student. Eric Dyer has offered to teach.
5. Artist-in-residence: One week during the winter term.
6. French: Katrina Shambarger to teach two days per week. Funding from REAP grant.
7. Cross-country running team: Marya Spurling has been coaching with great success. Carol believes that students who otherwise might not have been involved have been on the team.
8. Pre-school: Wednesday A.M. Art/Music; Friday mornings.
9. Pathways to Math
10. Character Education classes with Susie McNamee: Several children are enrolled in this private endeavor.
11. Wireless: Conversion back to hard-wired internet has been slow; expected to be done on coming Saturday.
12. REAP grant: School to receive $18,323.
13. Assessments
14. Items expected for October discussion:
a. Safety/emergency plans
b. Athletics
IV. Discussion item:
A. Freedom of Access Act: Explained by Superintendent Rob Liebow. The document was read and signed by each board member.
B. Middle School grading: Rob explained the proposed four-point scale. This will be brought up at the October meeting as an action item.
C. Alternative Organizational Structure (AOS): Plan for a public forum (to be sponsored by the Town) to explain the proposed transition from Union 98 to the AOS. Agreed to hold forum on Tuesday, 14 October, 3:30 P.M., at the Islesford Neighborhood House. No vote taken.
V. Action Items:
A. Approval of Clarifications to Reorganization Plan: Moved by Ted to approve; second by Kate; vote: yes, unanimously.
B. Approval of Revisions to 2008-2009 School Calendar: Moved by Kate to approve; second by Barbara; vote: yes, unanimously.
VI. Future Agenda Items: Grading; Athletics; Emergency Preparedness; Gifted and Talented Plan.
VII. Other Business: None.
VIII. Adjournment at 4:55 P.M. Moved by Ted; second by Barbara; vote: yes, unan.

Respectfully submitted,
Theodore L. Spurling, Jr.

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