School Board Meeting Minutes February 25, 2009

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Cranberry Isles School Board
Minutes of 25 February 2009

I. Meeting called to order by chairperson Kate Chaplin at 1:00 P.M. at the Union 98 Office, MDIHS. Present: Board members Kate Chaplin, Barbara Meyers, Ted Spurling; Principal Carol MacRae; Superintendent Rob Liebow; Financial Officer Nancy Thurlow during budget discussion; and Chris Downing, interning with the superintendent.

II. Voucher was reviewed and signed.

III. Minutes of 1/7/2009 and 1/16/2009 were approved (Motion: Barbara; Second: Kate; Vote: yes, unanimously).

IV. Principal’s Report (See separate sheet dated 2/25/2009): Carol described past and future events, including Professional Development Conference in Houston (both teachers attending); Learning Showcase on both islands; Lego Robotics (Thank-you to Amy Philbrook!); Ukuleles; Artist-in-residence; April activities; Arts Week at Mt. Desert Elementary School; Opera in Stonington; and To Kill a Mockingbird at the University of Maine.

V. Discussion Item: Demographics/Budget 2009-2010; Fiscal year 2010 budget update.
A. Moved by Kate to approve budget of $405,662 with Town appropriation of $343,302. Seconded by Barbara. Vote: Yes, unanimously.
B. Facilities update:
1. None by Carol: “Nothing has broken this month!”
2. Barbara presented a diagram from Mike Westphal based on a discussion with Bob Young of Northeast Plumbing. The estimate to re-zone the furnace at Longfellow School is $1800 to $2000.
C. Policy regarding room and board for high school students (See separate sheet based on Swans Island policy): Some discussion.

VI. Action Items:
A. Approval of 2009-2010 School calendar: (Motion: Ted; Second: Kate; Vote: Yes, unan).
B. (See separate sheet) Approval of the form of Notice of Amounts Adopted at Town Meeting, pursuant to 20-A M.R.S.A. §§ 1486(2) and 2307 (Motion: Barbara; Second: Ted; Vote: Yes, unan).

VII. Future Agenda Items:
A. Revisiting the room/board issue.
B. Caretaker of Longfellow School: possibly Mike Westphal.

VIII. Other Business: Discussion about graduation.

IX. Adjournment: 2:50 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Theodore L. Spurling, Jr.

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