School Board Meeting Minutes March 29, 2012

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Minutes from the Cranberry Isles School Board Meeting
March 29, 2012

PRELIMINARY PENDING APPROVAL

I. Meeting called to order at 2:47 pm at Principal’s Conference Room at MDIHS.
In attendance: School Board members, Barbara Meyers, Katelyn Damon, Kate Chaplin late by two minutes. Community members: Ben Fulves, Carol MacRae, Ingrid Gaither. Lindsay Eysnogle, Melissa Amuso via polycom on Islesford, Phil Whitney via speaker phone. Gail Grandgent (at 3 pm), Rob Liebow (at 3:06 pm) Henry Isaacs (3:10 pm via polycom) Donna Isaacs and Amy Palmer (3:15) Sally Rowan (3:20)
II. Voucher approved (BM moved, KD 2nd, unanimously approved)
III. Minutes approved as amended(added “Inspections” in front of “Not happening” in paragraph VII § A)
IV. Reorganization of School Committee:
a. BM moved, KD 2nd to nominate Kate Chaplin as secretary.
b. KD moved, KC 2nd to nominate Barbara Meyers as chair
c. BM moved, KD 2nd to nominate Carol MacRae Attendance Officer
d. BM moved, KD 2nd to nominate Richard Howland as Truant Officer
e. BM moved, KD 2nd to nominate Dr. Paynter School Doctor
V. Ben Fulves: Update on Maintenance projects (taken out of order from agenda since Superintendent not yet in attendance)
a. Jeri has completed as-built drawings for Longfellow School. Working on some other aspects of the project with Ben to pull stuff together
b. Light Switch work in progress. Jay Peruzzi is doing.
c. Rodney Weimer agreed to rebuild deck on north side of the building
d. Remediation work in Lindsay and Jason’s apartment to be done by Jim Amuso in the next couple of weeks.
e. Master key project: Original entrance was on the south side of the building. Breezeway built between two buildings when Library was built. Library locks both doors. Now, to get into the school, you need to go through the door in the breezeway. Now as fire safety exits, both doors need push bar doors. Will need to consult with fire marshall as to whether or not having those two doors is code compliant. Does the school want “Main Entry” to be the original door (which would need to remain unlocked), or a side door. How do we want access? BM: We’ve had keypad access. Ben: What does library want? Leave it? Change it? Make it main entrance to school building? BM: Still some uncertainty about how the building is going to be used. Might make more sense to have both entrances used. Okay with library? Ingrid: Library would probably be fine – had a question about the mechanics of the push bar door. We can make do. This is for safety reasons, so even if requires changes, not a problem. Right now hallway is used for storage and art displays. Would need to possibly move pieces so can’t be accessed from school. BM: Probably don’t need to lock it in both places. Ben: Making the stairs to side entrance more code compliant is a to-do on the list. BM: windows also need to be addressed, but we can’t tackle the front entry project right now due to tight agenda. Ben: Lockbox can be on one door or two doors. Will get same keys/locks for both entries that access all school doors. Interior door will be left open. Ingrid: needs more time to contact board and make arrangements for artwork, then move them.
f. Façade project should be tackled at another meeting. Need to address ramp as well as windows.
VI. Personnel Evaluation: Rob Liebow – can be put off until May since not an employment issue
VII. Discussion Items
a. School Board Meeting schedule: Hard to pack in enough stuff in two given hours. If we started earlier in the afternoon, would be a problem to polycom on Islesford to allow public access? BM: I think we need to have more school board meetings. Ben: pulling out maintenance stuff and devoting one meeting to that. April 19th?
b. Telecommunication needs at GCI – Katelyn: Island Institute working on how to set up communications using patched personal computers to Polycom
c. Middle School Options/MDES – BM: this discussion has come up several times in the past. Only reason we’re bringing it up now is that we have a time when students won’t be in the grades concerned. Opening up discussion to address needs of students who flourish in the environment as is, to address needs of students who could benefit from other experiences. Kate: will need to be parent driven. Any cooperation that can exist between two schools can be arranged based on students’ needs. Rob: State law that when school population goes to ten or below, parent has option to send student to neighboring school at town’s expense. Donna: A lot of research in middle school students, place-based learning, transitioning, etc. BM: Research doesn’t really address parents’ needs. IG: other issues to consider before middle school program. BM: Attempting to look at
KD: completely against any plan to have students commuting off-island to another school.
DI: TLC is very much a part of the environment – socially very connected, academically more involved. Practices are best practices in schools – collaborative.
LE: Social isolation not felt nearly as much. Older students drive the work.
BM: We feel very blessed to have students participate in TLC.
DI: Joy felt among students.
KC: Clear that any exploration on this topic is going to have to start with parents. If successful, great. Maybe more support. Table discussion.
d. Utilities at Library need to be administered by School.
e. School transportation – Rob: Maybe should wait until the contract for commuter service is up for award to see who gets that bid. Katelyn to check in with selectmen on that process. Will be attending meeting.
VIII. Principal’s Report – hardwiring vs wireless. Immediate and hazardous concern at school. Would like to revisit the hard-wiring requirement of computers. Will be addressed at next meeting. New School Sign needed – would like to create a nice photograph/plaque about Ashley
IX. Meeting adjourned 4:50 pm.

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