School Board Minutes August 20, 2008

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Cranberry Isles School Board
Minutes of 20 August 2008

I. Meeting called to order by chairperson Kate Chaplin at 3:00 P.M. at the Islesford School.
Present: Board members Kate Chaplin and Ted Spurling;
Principal Carol MacRae; Superintendent Rob Liebow; Teacher Lindsay Eysnogle; visiting superintendent intern Chris Downing.
II. Minutes of 8 July 2008 were approved. Motion: Kate; second: Ted; vote: yes, unanimously.
III. Reports:
A. Principal’s Report: Carol reported that the hard-wiring for internet is to be installed along the walls, rather than from the ceilings or through floors and that it may be difficult to be free from wireless signals 100% of the time. Lindsay then reported on her attendance at a recent seminar for middle-level educators and said that she is working toward a master’s degree in middle-level education. Lindsay also said that she would like to take two students on a hiking/camping trip to Baxter State Park and integrate this with geological studies. Rob said that a hike along the shores of Great Cranberry Island would benefit also, as GCI is rich in geological formations. MEA scores have been received and eight students have met or exceeded the reading and math levels.
B. Ceiling Report: The ceiling beams and support columns have been installed, and all finish and trim work has been performed by Young’s Building Contractor, Inc. of Mount Desert. The work appears to be excellent, but because the contract was for $36,310 rather than the preliminary budget of $10,000, it was moved by Kate Chaplin to “encumber up to $20,000 from 2007-2008 budget and authorize the Principal to expend such Encumbered Fund Balance from the 2007-2008 fiscal year in the 2008-2009 fiscal year for the Islesford School ceiling project not completed by June 30, 2008.” Second by Ted; vote: yes, unanimously.
IV. Discussion Item: School Board Meeting Schedule. The schedule was reviewed and approved by the board. No vote taken.
V. Action Items:
A. Nomination and Election of K-4 Teacher: Principal Carol MacRae recommended hiring Donna Isaacs as teacher of kindergarten through grade four. Superintendent Rob Liebow nominated Ms. Isaacs. Moved by Ted Spurling to hire Donna Isaacs; seconded by Kate Chaplin; vote: yes, unanimously.
B. Nomination and Election of Music Teacher: Rob Liebow nominated William C. Kelly as music teacher for the coming year. Moved by Ted to hire Mr. Kelly; second by Kate; vote: yes, unanimously.
C. Request by Caitlyn Miller for use of pottery kiln in school basement: After discussion about insurance, legal technicalities, etc., it was moved by Ted to allow Caitlyn use of the kiln pending satisfactory answers to the above concerns. Seconded by Kate; vote: yes, unanimously.
D. Review and approval of:
1. Letter of intent (regarding Alternate Organizational Structure) was reviewed and approved. Moved by Kate, seconded by Ted; vote: yes, unan.
2. Inter-local Agreement (regarding MDI regional school system as an AOS—see sheet dated 8/5/2008): Moved by Ted to accept; seconded by Kate; vote: yes, unan.
3. Plan to re-organize as Alternate Organizational Structure: Moved by Ted; second by Kate; vote: yes, unan.
VI. Other Business: Susie McNamee has presented a plan for an after-school program in social skills in September 2008. This would be paid for by parents and would be extra-curricular, available to all grade levels. General discussion in favor, with no action taken as this would be extra-curricular.
VII. Adjournment at 4:30 P.M. Moved by Kate, second by Ted, vote: yes, unan.

Respectfully submitted,
Theodore L. Spurling, Jr.

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