School Board Meeting Minutes March 25, 2009

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Cranberry Isles School Board
Minutes of 25 March 2009

I. Meeting called to order by chairperson Kate Chaplin at 1:04 P.M. at the Union 98 Office, MDIHS. Present: Board members Kate Chaplin and Ted Spurling; Principal Carol MacRae; Superintendent Rob Liebow.
II. Voucher was reviewed and signed.
III. Minutes of 2/25/2009 were approved (Motion: Kate; Second: Ted; Vote: yes, unanimously).
IV. Principal’s Report (See separate sheet): Carol discussed the trip to the musical “The Seussical” and kindergarten schedule for 2009-2010.
V. Discussion Items:
A. Room and board for high school students:
1. Reimburse island families who live off-island during the school year ½ of regular rate? General agreement: No (no vote taken).
2. Weekends: Host families may charge for non-school days at the full rate (currently ($25/day) for as many as 20 days/year if the student boards for school-related purposes. Additional days beyond 20 to be approved by Superintendent (Agreement in favor; no vote taken).
3. Agreement not to write a room & board policy at this time, but to continue with current unwritten policy (no vote taken).
B. Potential use of Fire Department Building (now vacated) behind the Islesford School: Proposal by Jasmine Samuel to use the building for a commercial enterprise beginning in summer of 2009: After discussion, the board agreed not to allow this or other commercial use (no vote taken), particularly as the public would be involved as customers. Liability issues are the main concern, also fingerprinting, as this is an active school-ground during the summer as well as school year.
C. Kate asked about the possibility of hosting a contest to redesign the entrance to the Islesford School. She mentioned safety, aesthetics and weather protection as concerns for this project.
D. Five-year maintenance plan:
1. Siding at the Islesford School: Two sides 2009-2010
2. Windows, Longfellow School: Selectmen to take responsibility.
3. Roof, Islesford School: 2015-2016
4. Renovation of Teacher’s Apartment, Islesford: 2010-2011
5. Gutters, Islesford: Particularly over back porch.
6. Fence? Possibly also in front?
7. Playground improvement/ground work, Islesford: 2012-2013. May depend on volunteers.
8. Entry, Islesford School: (See item C, above)
9. Playground safety, basketball court.
10. Basement windows.
VI. Future Agenda Items:
A. Probationary teachers: French; Music; Donna Isaacs.
B. Carol and Joanne Harriman interviewing for Guidance Counselor next week.
C. Possibility of new teacher for Physical Education.
VII. Other Business: None at this time.
VIII. Executive Session: Moved by Kate at 2:25 P.M. to enter executive session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. § 405 (6) (A) for personnel evaluation. Seconded by Ted. Vote: Yes, unan. Executive session ended 2:40.
IX. Adjournment: 2:41 P.M. Motion: Ted; Second: Kate; Vote: Yes, unan.

Respectfully submitted,
Theodore L. Spurling, Jr.

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