School Board Meeting Minutes March 31, 2010

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Cranberry Isles School Board
Minutes of 31 March 2010

I. Meeting was called to order by chairperson Barbara Meyers at 12:05 P.M. at the
Islesford Library. Present: Board members Barbara Meyers, Katelyn Damon and Ted Spurling, Jr.; Superintendent Rob Liebow; Principal Carol MacRae; and Cranberry Isles Facilities Manager Eric Dyer. A special welcome to new board
member Katelyn.
II. Voucher was reviewed, approved and signed.
III. Minutes of 24 February 2010 were reviewed and approved (Motion: Barbara; Second: Katelyn; Vote: Yes, unanimously.
IV. Principal’s Report (see also sheet from Carol):
A. Parent-teacher conferences to be held this week; and no school Friday.
B. Arts Week April 12-16. Middle-school students to go off-island.
C. Swim lessons to begin after April vacation.
D. Island Dog Writing Project: Excellent work by our students.
E. Field Trips:
1. May 18 musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
2. June 1-4 trip to Boston and Plymouth Rock (older students).
3. Younger students to Discovery Museum in Bangor, overnight.
F. Collaboration with other island schools via PolyCom:
1. Critical Friends Group
2. Lindsay has started teaching writing collaboratively with Monhegan teacher.
3. Proposal for Island Fellow (see application form in Principal’s Report)
V. Discussion and Action Item:
A. Islesford School
1. Barbara mentioned the possibilities for the front entry: community participation, architect’s assessment.
2. Eric suggested talking with Bill McGuinness about fundraising at the Islesford Neighborhood House.
B. Longfellow School
1. Barbara reviewed the needs of the building: windows and other upkeep.
2. Eric:
a. Suggested this be a project for fall 2010 in order to give island contractors a better opportunity to bid.
b. He said that the Town budget is slim until tax receipts begin to arrive. The Town has authorized up to $15,000, plus up to $20,000 in loans.
3. Private money solicitations:
a. Eric suggested that the Town fund the necessities and ask donors to fund for aesthetics as this would allow more flexibility.
b. Barbara offered to ask around about fundraising. The board approved (no vote taken).
4. Eric said that the fire escape door needs work and suggested that the board consider other appropriate repairs at the time of window replacement.
5. Interior moisture problems
6. Bell in Longfellow attic: (1806?) Barbara said that the Cranberry Isles Historical Society has expressed interest in this. Discussion only, no action.
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7. Eric will talk with Chuck Ives at EBS regarding window needs, options.
8. Rob suggested giving a wide range of dates to attract bids. Eric suggested four months, starting July 15 (general agreement by board, no action).
9. Barbara said that a proposal needs to have very specific language for lead containment.
VI. Action Item: Approval and Signing of Contract for School Services between the School Committees in Towns with School Choice Within the Mount Desert Island
Regional School System (AOS 91) and the School Committee of Mount Desert Island High School
A. Rob requested board approval in order to formalize the school choice option with MDIHS.
B. Moved by Katelyn Damon to sign contract. Seconded by Ted Spurling. Vote: Yes, unanimously.
C. Signed by Barbara Meyers, chairperson.
VII. Future Agenda Items (moved to end of meeting; see under Item X., Temporary Adjournment):
VIII. Other Business: None at this time.
IX. Executive Session, Pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. § 405(6)(A), Personnel Evaluation:
A. Entered session 1:30 P.M.
B. Ended session 1:48 P.M.
X. Temporary Adjournment: The board adjourned temporarily at 1:50 P.M. and reconvened at 3:00 P.M. at the Islesford School.
A. Tour of basement, discussion of possibilities.
B. Front entrance possibilities: Windbreak/covered porch area, possibly combined with enlarged entry, cubbies.
C. General maintenance concerns.
1. Ceiling paint peeling, possible lead concern.
2. Leak into interior wall onto ductwork, possibly from chimney flashing.
3. Corrosion in heating pipe between baseboard and ceiling in entry way due to leak in pressure relief valve.
D. Donna said that it will become more necessary to divide classes into older/middle/younger students and that a quiet workspace will be needed.
E. Discussion of expanding back room for teachers’ office.
F. Review of students’ work in the Island Dog Project was a treat for all. The students’ writing and artwork are impressive.
XI. Adjournment at 3:50 P.M.
Respectfully submitted,
Theodore L. Spurling, Jr.

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