School Board Minutes May 28, 2008

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Cranberry Isles School Board
Minutes of 28 May 2008

I. Meeting called to order at 3:10 P.M. by chairperson Kate Chaplin.
Present: School board members Kate Chaplin, Barbara Meyers and Ted Spurling; Principal Carol MacRae; Superintendent Rob Liebow; teachers Jane Grover
and Lindsey Eysnogle; parents Steve and Amy Philbrook.
II. Minutes of meeting of 12 May reviewed and approved. Motion: Ted; Second: Barbara; vote: yes, unanimously.
III. Report by teachers: The Quebec trip was a great success! Highlights included visits to forts, waterfall, Cathedral of Saint Anne, honeybees, a maple sugar shack, music. They said that it was a good choice to hire guide
service with the bus; and that they would plan meals differently next time.
IV. Discussion item:
A. Islesford School ceiling: Plans from engineer Dennis Riley were reviewed.
B. Summer meeting schedule: agreed to change June meeting to graduation day, Wednesday June 11, 3:00 P.M. Other meetings to be discussed at that meeting. No vote taken.
V. Action items:
A. French classes: Carol recommends Katrina Shambarger (currently teaching at Tremont) as part-time French teacher. Rob also recommends her, as does Lindsey. Motion by Kate to hire Katrina on a 1/5 basis; second by Barbara; vote: yes, unanimously.
B. Guidance: Carol recommends April LeClair, LCPC. April has been a school counselor for seven years in Fort Kent and Allagash. Motion by Kate to hire April one day per month; Second by Barbara; Vote: yes, unanimously.
C. Kate moved to authorize the superintendent to apply for and receive State and Federal funds. Second by Barbara; Vote: yes, unanimously.
D. Motion by Kate, Second by Barbara to authorize the superintendent to hire during summer months in the absence of a quorum. Vote: yes, unan.
E. Re-organization of school committee:
1. Election of officers:
a. Chairperson: Motion by Barbara to elect Kate Chaplin; Second by Ted; Vote: yes, unan.
b. Secretary: Motion by Barbara, Second by Kate to elect Ted; Vote: yes, unan.
2. Appointment of Truant Officer: Motion by Kate, second by Barbara to appoint Richard Howland. Vote: yes, unan.
3. Appointment of Attendance Officer: Motion by Kate, second by Barbara to appoint Carol MacRae; Vote: yes, unan.
4. School Physician: Motion by Kate, second by Barbara to appoint David Painter, M.D. Vote: yes, unan.
VI. Other Business (taken out of order and discussed prior to Action Items):
Steve and Amy Philbrook expressed desire to have one of their children participate in sports and peer group activities at Mount Desert Elementary School. They have talked with coaches and officials at MDES and say that it may be necessary for the student to attend that school at least part-time, with the majority of classes at MDES. Another possibility would be for the Mount Desert school board to allow the student onto the team regardless of place of attendance. Currently the student is on the MDES team because the coach is supportive and there is room. Rob said that the Mount Desert school board is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 4, and as this could not be placed on the agenda in time it would be unlikely for them to approve the request at that meeting, as there would need to be research, legal advice and discussion before decision. Kate asked if a full day at MDES would be better than half.
Rob said that a half-day has more possibilities for tuition purposes. Kate asked if the PolyCom could be used; discussion of this generally negative.
Lindsey said that a half-day might be disruptive to the learning process for those who remain at Islesford. Kate said that we should at least start the dialogue. We will need to hear from the Mount Desert school board and from other parents who may wish for their children to participate in such a program.
Kate asked about the possibility of a magnet school here on Islesford, for offisland students to come. Brief discussion; no action. The board agreed (no vote taken) for Rob to act on its behalf to explore the possibilities of the Philbrooks’ request with the Mount Desert school board. He said that this could take months, pending legal advice on Mount Desert’s part.
VII. Executive Session for Personnel Evaluation: Moved by Kate, seconded by Barbara and voted unanimously to enter executive session at 4:50 P.M. for the purpose of discussing personnel evaluation pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A section 405(6)(A). Executive session ended at 5:00 P.M.
VIII. Action Item: Adjustment of Salary and Renewal of Contract for Administrator: Rob recommended Carol MacRae, and at the salary of $19,329. Kate moved to approve; Second by Barbara; Vote: yes, unanimously.
IX. Adjournment: Motion by Kate, second by Barbara; Vote: yes, unanimously at 5:05 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,
Theodore L. Spurling, Jr.

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