School Board Meeting Minutes April 28, 2010

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Cranberry Isles School Board
Minutes of 28 April 2010

I. Meeting was called to order by chairperson Barbara Meyers at 1:00 P.M. at the Superintendent’s Office, MDIHS. Present: Board members Barbara Meyers, Katelyn
Damon and Ted Spurling, Jr.; Superintendent Rob Liebow; Principal Carol MacRae.
II. Voucher was reviewed, approved and signed.
III. Minutes of 31 March 2010 were reviewed and approved (Motion: Barbara; Second: Katelyn; Vote: Yes, unanimously.
IV. Principal’s Report (see also sheet from Carol):
A. Arts Week
B. Island Connection Project – Island Institute Fellow
C. Maine Community Grant Training and Support to Island Teachers
D. Field Trips
1. Swim
2. Whale Museum
3. Musical: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
4. Youngers and kinders to Maine Discovery Museum and Leonard’s Mill
5. Oceanarium
E. Testing
V. Discussion and Action Item
A. Possible Signing of Memo of Understanding for Race to the Top Proposal
1. Rob explained the advantage of signing: State to get grant. Schools to meet standards and possibly win grant money. Rob believes that signing will leave option open without committing to risk.
2. Katelyn moved for the school department chairperson to sign. Ted seconded. Vote: Yes,
unanimously.

B. Summer Maintenance Projects
1. Carol: Ceilings at Islesford School are #1 priority because of peeling paint and possible lead content (now being tested by Riverside Lane Corp).
2. Window shades needed: For south side, possible awning; tenting; combination of shades/curtains. Question whether blackout capability is necessary with modern projection/display screens.
3. Insulation under Teachers’ Office: Iann Krasnow to install.
4. Mice have gotten into the insulation [in the stove?]
a. Can get new insulation
b. Prevent mouse problem (NO poisons)
c. Close gaps
d. Encourage cat (!)
5. Septic needs to be pumped. Carol to talk with Bill McGuinness to see if the Neighborhood House will be having a truck come out—in order to
share barging.
6. Carol suggested a community forum to talk about direction of the school. Possibilities for entrance, basement. Carol said that the front steps are also a safety issue.
a. Concept rendering (sketch) of possibilities needed
b. Example of priorities:
i. Safety
ii. Efficiency
iii. Aesthetic character to be preserved
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c. Discussion about asking Jeri Spurling about doing a sketch
d. Rob suggested that Ted abstain from discussion and vote.
e. Katelyn moved to contact Jeri Spurling about concept drawing for entrance and to authorize up to $500. Barbara seconded. Vote: yes, unanimously, with Ted abstaining.
f. Katelyn suggested asking Jeri to come to May meeting.
g. Carol agreed to contact Jeri about needs and to ask that she come to the meeting on May 26th. This is to concern only the entrance, but with potential to tie in to basement renovation.
7. Possibility of replacing steps this summer. Iann to be asked to come to the May meeting.
VI. Action Items
A. Nomination and Election of Probationary Teachers: Carol discussed strengths and weaknesses of each teacher in consideration.
1. Patrick Lessard, P.E. Teacher: Carol recommended; Rob nominated; Katelyn moved to promote Mr. Lessard from first year to second year probationary contract. Barbara seconded. Vote: Yes, unanimously.
2. Willy Kelley, Music Teacher: Carol recommended, Rob nominated; Barbara moved to place Mr. Kelley on continuing contract. Ted seconded. Vote: Yes (Barbara and Ted: Yes; Katelyn: No).
3. Katrina Shambarger, French Teacher: Carol recommended highly; Rob nominated; Ted moved to place Ms. Shambarger on continuing contract. Barbara seconded. Vote: Yes, unanimously.
4. Donna Isaacs: Carol recommended highly; Rob nominated; Katelyn moved to place Ms. Isaacs on continuing contract. Barbara seconded. Vote: Yes, unanimously.
B. Appointment of Representative to MDIHS Board (alternate):
1. Of the four non-contracted towns, Rob recommended that Trenton and Swans Island have representatives and that Cranberry Isles and Frenchboro have alternates.
2. Ted nominated Katelyn Damon as alternate. Barbara seconded. Vote: Yes, unanimously.
VII. Future Agenda Items:
A. Conceptual presentation for entrance
B. Iann Krasnow at meeting to discuss maintenance
C. Lead report (ceiling)
VIII. Other Business: Barbara called for discussion of early boat for high school students.
Rob said that this was a reactivation of an ongoing program. Barbara asked whether the money authorized for transportation/board ($25/day) was sufficient, and to ask Nancy Thurlow, financial officer, if so. The service is to start May 11th (general agreement, no vote taken).
IX. Executive Session for Personnel Evaluation: Postponed.
X. Action Item: Renewal of Contract and Adjustment of Salary for Administrator: Postponed.
XI. Adjournment: 3:17 P.M.
Respectfully submitted,
Theodore L. Spurling, Jr.

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