School Board Meeting Minutes January 16, 2009

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Cranberry Isles School Board
Minutes of 16 January 2009

I. Meeting called to order by chairperson Kate Chaplin at 1:05 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.
II. Approval of minutes of 7 January 2009: (motion: Kate; second: Barbara; vote: yes, unan.)
III. Action Item: Approval of Fiscal Year 2010 Budget
A. Carol discussed three options for capital outlay, Longfellow School.
B. Kate recalled earlier discussion with selectman Dan Lief regarding Longfellow:
1. General agreement that the expense be the Town’s, not School Department’s, in order that taxpayers understand the need and cost of maintaining the building.
2. School Dept to retain authority for use as school in the future.
3. School Dept to oversee process through Facilities Manager, re: lead removal, quality, aesthetics.
4. Rob said that it would be appropriate for the Superintendent to be involved in the process as well, that the Principal should be involved more in day-to-day operations. Large projects are typically with the Superintendent’s Office. In the case of Longfellow School, the building is not currently in use as a school and therefore not necessarily the responsibility of the Principal.
C. Discussion of budget options with Nancy Thurlow
1. $450,780 proposed.
2. Discussion to budget only for the high school students anticipated.
3. Discussion to keep tuition reserve intact.
4. Increase would be only 0.5% above 2009.
5. Special Ed reserve has approximately $65,000; adding $5000/year.
D. Moved by Kate to approve budget of $450,780. Second by Barbara. Vote: Yes, unanimously. The Town portion is expected to be $403,586.
IV. General discussion/brainstorming about the future of the island schools, tuition, board, critical mass desirable for re-opening Longfellow School, possibility of forming a magnet school (accepting off-island students for tuition), etc. Cranberry Isles has an “open tuition policy”.
V. Adjournment 2:45 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,
Theodore L. Spurling, Jr.

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