School Board Meeting Minutes January 06, 2010

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Cranberry Isles School Board
Minutes of 6 January 2010

I. Meeting called to order by acting chairperson Barbara Meyers, at 12:40 P.M. at the Superintendent’s Office, MDI High School. Present: School Board members Barbara Meyers and Ted Spurling, Jr.; Principal Carol MacCrae; Superintendent Rob Liebow; Assistant
Superintendent Joanne Harriman; Cindy Thomas; and, via speakerphone, Eric Dyer, Cranberry Isles Municipal Facilities Supervisor. Financial Officer Nancy Thurlow entered the meeting later to discuss budget.
II. Voucher was reviewed and signed.
III. Minutes of 16 December 2009 were reviewed and approved. Motion: Barbara; Second: Ted; Vote: Yes, unanimously.
IV. Principal’s Report (taken out of order: Reordered to Items VI, V, IV respectively, to
accommodate appointment of new board member for further discussion and vote): See printed report from Carol MacRae dated January 6, 2010. Carol reported on the coming Historical Trip, tentatively to Boston/Plymouth Rock, and recommended that only older students go.
This would involve two overnights. General agreement (no vote) that olders only should go on this trip.
Carol reports that the Islesford School has a blog!
www.islesfordschool.blogspot.com
V. Discussion and Action
A. Staffing 2010-2011. Possibility of additional student from Great Cranberry Island.
Barbara commented on safety concerns regarding boating for students and the decision of one GCI family to keep their child at home on serious weather days.
Discussion about whether to hire two teachers (or) one teacher and one Ed. Tech. Carol remarked on the better quality of education with two teachers and said that the two current teachers plan to continue if re-hired. Rob calculated the impact on the Cranberry Isles tax bill that the salary differential between Teacher vs. Ed. Tech. would have—approximately $13 per $100,000 evaluation. General agreement (no vote) to continue with two teachers in light of
the higher quality of education, the good teamwork between current teachers, and the relatively light impact on the budget.
B. Budget Discussion, Fiscal Year 2010/2011: Nancy Thurlow entered for explanation as needed. The board agreed to budget for two teachers and for seven high school students (the projected enrollment with no unanticipated students, as we have a high school reserve of $9000). Motion by Barbara to accept a FY 2010-2011 budget of $427,288. Second by Ted; Vote: Yes, unanimously.
C. Discussion regarding repairs and maintenance of both Islesford School and Longfellow School to brief Cindy Thomas (by now appointed board member) of the situations and lack of progress. Some discussion about the responsibility and authority over Longfellow School (see minutes of 1/16/2009 between School Board and Selectmen.
VI. Action Items:
A. Appointment of School Committee Member to Fill Vacancy: Ted nominated Cindy Thomas, seconded by Barbara. Vote: Yes, unanimously.
B. Appointment of School Committee Chairperson: Cindy nominated Barbara, seconded by Ted. Vote: Yes, unanimously.
VII. Future Agenda Items
A. Repairs to school buildings
B. Community opinions regarding:
1. Boating of 7th and 8th graders and high school students
2. Condition of buildings
VIII. Other Business: None at this time.
IX. Adjournment at 3:07 P.M.
Respectfully submitted,
Theodore L. Spurling, Jr.

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