School Board Meeting Minutes April 13, 2007

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Cranberry Isles School Board
Minutes of Meeting — 13 April 2007

I. Meeting was called to order by Chairperson Kate Chaplin at 1:34 P.M.
Those present were board members Kate Chaplin and Ted Spurling at the Islesford School; and at the Union 98 Superintendent’s Office were board member Barbara Meyers; Superintendent Rob Liebow; Principal Angela Hardy; and Eve Harrison. Meeting was held via PolyCom.
II. Voucher at Superintendent’s Office—to be sent by afternoon boat for review and signatures.
III. Minutes of meeting of 8 March 2007 reviewed and approved. (Motion: Barbara; second: Ted; vote: yes, unanimous)
IV. Angela Hardy presented her Principal’s Report (see separate sheet). Topics included letter to parents, graduation date, school events through June, teachers’ schedules, and class project (Pot luck/square dance featuring band Boghat).
V. Public Comment: Eve Harrison made a brief comment about the track team.
VI. Discussion Item: Rob Liebow updated us on Governor Baldacci’s plan to consolidate school administration. The plan is currently on fast-track with no opt-out provision. He suggests some practical demands of the Governor: 1.) Demand public hearing on the bill; 2.) Slow down the process; 3.) Prove the cost-saving figures; 4.) Demand education first over cost concerns.
VII. Action Items: Recommendation of probationary teachers. Rob recommended Jane Grover from second-year probationary to continuing contract teacher. Ted moved, Barbara seconded, vote yes (unan). Rob recommended Mary Gilliland from second-year probationary to continuing contract (part-time special education). Barbara moved, Ted seconded, vote yes (unan).
VIII. Other Business: 1.) Angela discussed music education for 2007-2008. She said that the current Island Institute Fellow, Eric Dyer, is interested but could not accept payment under his contract with the Institute. He has submitted a proposal—ukulele likely. 2.) Rob said that we should explore sharing of services with other Union 98 towns for special ed, music, etc. Kate moved to explore possibilities, Barbara seconded, vote yes (unan.). 3.) Barbara said that the school grounds and jungle gym at the Longfellow School should be improved. An interested party has a bottle fund and would like to pay for some upgrade. Kate suggested a letter to the board with proposal and request for permission. No action taken.
IX. Future Agenda Items: Consolidation question.
X. Executive Session: Moved by Kate, seconded by Barbara and unanimously voted to enter executive session at 3:00 P.M. for the purpose of discussing the Principal’s self-evaluation pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. § 405(6)(A). Executive session ended at 3:10 P.M.
XI. Adjournment: 3:11 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,
Theodore L. Spurling, Jr.

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