School Board Meeting Minutes September 28, 2010

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Cranberry Isles School Board
Minutes of 28 September 2010

I. Meeting was called to order by chairperson Barbara Meyers at 3:15 P.M. at the Islesford School. Present: Board members Barbara Meyers, Katelyn Damon and Ted
Spurling, Jr.; Superintendent Rob Liebow; Principal Carol MacRae; Selectman Chris Hathaway.
II. Approval of Voucher: Reviewed and signed by board members.
III. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meetings:
A. Minutes of 1 September 2010: Motion to approve: Barbara; Second: Katelyn; vote: yes, unanimously.
B. Minutes of 7 September 2010: Motion to approve: Katelyn; Second: Barbara; vote: yes, unanimously.
IV. Principal’s Report (see sheet): Carol expects a busy month ahead.
A. Nurse expected for immunizations.
B. Ecuadorian students to visit. Rob to give a boat tour.
C. Inter-Island (TLC) field trip: Organized by Island Fellow. Visits to various sites.
D. French Trip: Katrina Shambarger, teacher, to take seventh and eighth graders to Quebec with Tremont students.
E. Testing (NECAP): Grades 3-8. The NECAP replaces the MEA.
F. Inter-Island Event on Monhegan Island.
G. Cross-country team:
1. Cliff Smith is coaching, with Melissa Amuso assisting.
2. The students have decided not to participate in off-island competition.
3. Budget for coaching: $1500 total.
4. Meet with Frenchboro team scheduled for October 22.
H. New instructional structure: Carol is enthusiastic about the coming year. Donna Isaacs: teaching language arts and social studies; Lindsay Eysnogle teaching
math and science.
I. Island Institute program STORMS: Teachers to go to a two-day training seminar.
Lindsay unable to attend; Donna may go and if so Carol may ask for board support for lodging and travel. Cost of training to be covered by $1000 grant from Island Institute. Barbara pointed out that much of the technology covered in
the training is wireless (GPS, weather, cell phone) and raised concern about students being exposed.
V. Discussion Items:
A. Long-term Facility:
1. Barbara: where to go with façade renovation for Islesford?
a. Facilities Supervisor to oversee?
b. How to fund?
c. Talk with Jeri Spurling about plans.
d. Public presentation.
e. Safety issue: not enough room in present hallway.
f. Carol: on a scale of 1 to 10, about a 4 or 5 in priority.
g. Barbara: Settle on a preliminary plan and present at Town Meeting time.
h. List of maintenance requirements for the next year: Agreed to ask Iann Krasnow, caretaker, to itemize.
i. Barbara: We will use plans that Jeri has drawn in order to discuss at next meeting.
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j. Chris Hathaway: Selectmen had an assessment done of furnaces in town buildings. Islesford School may have furnace concerns? Chris will get report to verify.
B. Longfellow School: Materials for windows to be barged on October 11.
C. Update on School goals:
1. Carol: Islesford School on par with others in district.
2. Carol: MEA, NECAP, important, but daily assessments by teachers are more important. Individual attention; children learn better when they know where they are and where they are going—and how they have learned it. Learning needs to be deliberate and very focused.
The Inter-Island units focused on what students need to learn.
VI. Future Agenda Items:
A. Iann and Jeri to be invited to next meeting.
B. Meeting time and place to be changed? Possibly at Islesford Neighborhood House?
VII. Other Business: Ted raised a question about elementary school students who attend a private school off-island. A concern was raised by a parent that boat fare for these students is being billed to the Town. Should this be allowed if the students do not attend the Islesford School or are not high school students? Rob: Denise McCormick (Town Clerk) is aware of this. Because the school in question is a religious school, the separation of Church and State applies, and the Town may not fund this. Ted: Concerned rather that the Town not subsidize students to another school, regardless of affiliation, as we are funding a school here.
VIII. Adjournment: 4:45 P.M.
Respectfully submitted,
Theodore L. Spurling, Jr.

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