School Board Meeting Minutes March 26, 2008

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Cranberry Isles School Board
Minutes of 26 March 2008

I. Meeting called to order at 1:00 P.M. by chairperson Kate Chaplin.
Present: School board members Kate Chaplin, Barbara Meyers, Ted Spurling; Principal Carol MacRae; Superintendent Rob Liebow
II. Voucher reviewed and signed.
III. Minutes of 27 Feb reviewed and approved (Motion: Kate; Second: Barbara; vote: yes, unanimously
IV. Discussion Item: Wireless Technology. Barbara Meyers presented her concern about exposure to Electro-magnetic fields (EMF) in classrooms, particularly in the form of wireless internet, cordless phones and cellular phones. She had previously given board members literature on this. She is concerned that testing on wireless tech may be inadequate, and that safety standards are based upon short-term industry rather than long-term, chronic, low-intensity exposure. Because young children may be particularly vulnerable to harmful effects of radiation, Barbara suggested that the board consider hard-wiring any equipment that is now wireless. Examples: additional jacks to eliminate need for cordless phones and wireless internet.
Rob said that this is reasonable because of little expense and may prevent long-term health problems. Kate agreed that the board take the necessary steps to limit potential problems. (General agreement to pursue this; no action
taken.)
V. Action Item: Second reading of KHB (advertising in school). Ted said that schools should eliminate as much advertising as possible. Motion to approve: Barbara; second: Kate; vote: yes, unan.
VI. Other Business
A. Student safety on ferries and docks: (Code JLIA) Revised draft read and approved. Motion: Barbara; second: Ted; vote: yes, unan.
B. Principal’s Report, presented by Carol. Also discussed need for guidance teacher one day per week and need for music teacher. Carol suggested that these positions “piggy-back” with other island schools for part-time service.
C. Graduation date: (TBA) Discussion about committee to arrange food, ferries, etc. Kate to organize.
D. Maintenance:
1. Shingling side of Islesford School: Should this be put to bid?
(Yes, without vote taken). Carol suggested that $10,000 from
this year’s budget and $10,000 from next year’s be taken to pay for shingling two sides.
2. Longfellow School: Ben Fulves of Rocket Roofing to barge
material and begin shingling roof soon.
E. April board meeting: Carol noted a conflict and asked if Tuesday the 29th would work. All in agreement; no vote taken.
Cranberry Isles School Board — Minutes of 3/26/2008 — page 2
F. Draft of proposal for Board of Selectmen re: Cooperative maintenance of Longfellow school. Presented by Kate; read by all with comments and recommendations offered. Barbara said that there are maintenance issues beyond the roof. Kate suggested a caretaker for Longfellow School. Kate
to make revisions and e-mail second draft. Motion by Barbara to accept proposal with revisions. Second: Kate; vote: yes, unan.
VII. Executive Session: Moved by Barbara Meyers, seconded by Kate Chaplin and unanimously voted to enter executive session at 2:51p.m. pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A.
§ 405(6)(A) to discuss a personnel evaluation.
The board came out of executive session at 3:05 p.m.
VIII. Adjournment, 3:05 P.M.
Respectfully submitted,
Theodore L. Spurling, Jr.

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