LAKE REGION SCHOOL DISTRICT Regular Meeting December 5, 2016 There was a Regular Meeting of the Lake Region School Board on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Great Room at Lake Region Vocational Center. Laker Pride Awards Superintendent Smith welcomed all the parents and students and thanked them for coming. He explained the criteria for receiving the Laker Pride Award. The following students and staff were recognized and received a Laker Pride Certificate and tee-shirt: Sebago Elementary School: Aliviah Berry, Imoli Godwin Peter, Brody Theriault, Dylan Smith, Kayleigh Phillips, and Jessica Loiselle. Staff member: June Berry. Songo Locks School: Joshua Legere, Daniel Rollins, Cody Parker, Charles Herrick, Dylan Pratt, and Emmitt Ruby. Staff member: Joshua Obptande. Stevens Brook Elementary School: Everett Yanelli, Audrey Philbrook, Liam Runnells, Dylan Blair, Natalie Thomas, and Hannah Vincent. Staff member: Kimberly Guptill. Lake Region Middle School: Marlow Dinsmore, Larissa Harmon, Kathryn McIntyre, Leah Plummer, and Justin Lees. Staff member: Thomas Cody. Lake Region High School: Eleina Sturk, Alyvia Wilson, Theodore Snow, and Travis Harden. Staff member: Shawne Hargis. Lake Region Vocational Center:
Transportation, Facilities, and Food Service:
Central Office, Adult Education, Special Education Office:
District Art Collection Janice Barter introduced the following students whose art work was chosen to be included in the District’s Art Collection at the Central Office:
Devon Guptill – Grade 3 – Stevens Brook Elementary School Grace Ross - Grade 8 - Lake Region Middle School Hannah Baldwin - Grade 11 - Lake Region High School
Each student shared their art work with the Board. Board Presentations
Beth Chaplin was recognized with a Lamp of Learning plaque for 6 years of service. Phil Shane was recognized for 23 years of service on the School Board.
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CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL Janice Barter called the meeting to order at 7:20 p.m. Board members present were: Debra Albert, Ben Bowditch, Stan Buchanan, Alison Caulfield, Beth Chaplin, Karen Eller, Tom Hancock, Cindy LeBlanc, Joseph McMahon, and Karla Swanson Murphy. Nina Stoddard was excused and Philip Shane was absent. Administrators present were: Cheryl Cline, Kirsten Goff, Erik Good, Pat Hayden, Madelyn Litz, Elisabeth Peavey, Sherrie Small, Joshua Sturk, Maggie Thornton, Paul True, Cheryl Turpin, and Alan Smith, Superintendent of Schools. Anne McMahon was also present. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Everyone was asked to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. APPROVAL OF AGENDA A motion was made by Karla Swanson Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the agenda with the following changes:
Addition of the Agenda Addendum Removal of the Presentation for the State Assessment Results Administrative Comments by Lisa Caron
Motion carried unanimously. MINUTES A motion was made by Karla Swanson Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the Minutes of November 21, 2016. Motion carried unanimously. ADMINISTRATIVE COMMENTS Elementary Principals Stevens Brook Elementary School – Cheryl Turpin Cheryl Turpin reported on the following:
On voting day, the kindergarten classes walked to the Bridgton Town Hall, as part of their learning about civil engagement. They observed the voting process and then stood outside cheering voters on with their chant, “Every vote counts!” A video of them chanting is on the school’s website. On November 14, Tooth Protectors hosted a Dental Clinic and provided free dental cleanings for students. On November 17, the school hosted, “Fit For a Feast”. This was a community event for students and their families. For the “fit” part of the event, students did circuit training along a course that was set up in the building. They jumped, ran, exercised and went through an obstacle course. For the “feast”, everyone participated in a pot luck supper.
Regular Meeting December 5, 2016 Stevens Brook Elementary School – Cheryl Turpin (continued)
On November 21, High School Social Studies teacher, Roger Smith, brought a group of students to our school to share the Revolutionary War stories they had written. Students rotated through 5 stations to hear 5 different stories written and illustrated by the high school students. On November 29, the Bridgton Lions Club provided a free vision screening for students. They are also coming back on December 19 to complete the screenings. That same day, grade 3 students travelled to Portland to Merrill Auditorium for an abreviated performance of the Nutcraker. Our students were able to attend because we were fortunate to receive free tickets and the PTA covered the transportation. The employees at TD Bank North donated snacks for students. They made up 61 individual snack bags that each contained two snacks and a handwritten note. Because we regularly promote healthy eating and physical activity, our school achieved Gold Level recognition from the “5-2-1-0 Let's Go” national campaign. Our cafeteria was recognized for achieving Silver Level recognition. This past Saturday, the PTA held it’s second annual Craft Fair. It was a great opportunity for people to shop for the holidays and choose from a large selection of local artisans. Our holiday concerts are this Friday. In the morning, the Kindergarten, first, second, and third grade students concert will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The fourth and fifth grade concert, which includes band and chorus will be from 1:30-2:40 p.m. On Friday evening, we have Santa’s Workshop sponsored by the PTA. Students come and shop for their parents. So that the presents can be a surprise, parents aren’t allowed in the café and students shop with the assistance of an elf. On December 22, Carmel Collins is bringing her dance students to SBES to perform for the whole school. Currently, there are 304 students at Stevens Brook Elementary School. To date, 83 students moved in or out; 51 moved in and 32 moved out, which gives us a transiency rate of 30%.
Sebago Elementary School – Kirsten Goff
The Annual Penny War was held to benefit the “Making Holiday Wishes” program that helps Sebago families in need during the holiday season. The families raised $880.00! A big thanks goes out to our parent volunteers and Student Council members for helping to count all of the coins. On Friday, the Student Council members will go to Walmart to help purchase gifts using the proceeds. The Hampstead Players were here this morning and presented a kid friendly version of A Christmas Carol to all of the students. Just two people did the entire play. The Sebago Rec. sponsored this event for us. Grade 2 students were invited by our local senior citizens for a luncheon tomorrow. Students will eat lunch and share some of their stories with the senior citizens. We'd like to thank TD Bank for donating a large shopping bag full of snack bags. Many children will enjoy these healthy snacks.
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Sebago Elementary School – Kirsten Goff (continued)
Report cards go home this Friday. Our holiday concerts will be held on Tuesday, December 13. The concert for K-3 will be held at 10:00 a.m. Grades 4, 5, and Chorus/Band will have theirs at 1:30 p.m. Walmart Vision Screening will be held on the morning of December 19 and then Santa will be visiting in the afternoon.
Songo Locks School – Cheryl Cline
SLS music teacher, Linda McVety, organized Veteran’s Day assemblies for our K-2 and 3-5 students. Over 100 parents and grandparents who were Veterans attended. They listened to students sing patriotic songs and many joined in with the singing themselves. Grade 4 and 5 students created and presented acrostic poems on “What Freedom Means to Me,” and the grade 5 band students performed “Yankee Doodle.” The Naples American Legion color guard and Commander, Peter McVety, also played a role in the celebrations. During the week of November 14-18 students in grades 1 through 5 had an opportunity to work with presenters from The Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness. The program teaches acceptance and understanding in order to promote safer and more inclusive educational and social communities for children with special needs. Grade 4 students attended a youth concert called “What Is American Music?” at the Portland Symphony Orchestra on November 14. Eighty-one (81) children attended the PTC Craft Workshop at Songo Locks on Saturday, December 3. Educational researcher, Robert Marzano, asserts that students who can identify what they are learning significantly outscore those who cannot. Posting learning objectives or targets is one step that teachers can take to ensure that students know what they are learning. At Songo Locks School the expectation has been set that learning targets will be identified in lesson plans and posted for student reference. I have seen learning targets posted in many different ways as follows: o In addition to writing the learning target on the board, I have observed one teacher using a flip chart that she can carry from classroom to classroom. She can also flip back to objectives that have been taught previously. o Another teacher created an anchor chart for a lesson on introductory paragraphs that stated the learning target and listed several examples used by good writers for students to reference during the lesson and during independent practice. o A third teacher posed her learning targets in the form of questions and then used the posting as an organizer to record notes which the students could reference to complete their individual written response. o Students are able to respond more readily when administrators ask students what they are learning or why their teachers are asking them to engage in activities.
After a slow start caused by difficulties with filling all of our open teaching and support positions, we are slowly growing our number of co-teach classrooms. In addition to one grade 5 grade math and 2 grade 5 writing classrooms, we have a grade 2 math class and reading class where a regular education and a special education teacher are
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Songo Locks School – Cheryl Cline (continued)
working together to provide instruction. Some of our regular education teachers have begun to work together to provide some instruction in a co-teach setting as well. Two of the second grade teachers are combining classes for some math instruction and another pair of second grade teachers are combining students for some writing and some science instruction. Board members were invited to one of the holiday concerts on December 15. Grade 2 will perform at 9:00 a.m., Grade 3 will perform at 10:30 a.m. and the Band and Chorus will perform at 1:45.
PUBLIC COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS None. ACTION ITEMS Personnel A motion was made by Karla Swanson Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the appointment of Kate Dargie as a Day Treatment Support Technician at Songo Locks School, effective December 12, 2016, replacing Tania Brooks who resigned. Motion carried unanimously. A motion was made by Karla Swanson Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the appointment of the Additional Duty positions. Motion carried unanimously. Policy Use of Facilities Fee Schedule A motion was made by Karla Swanson Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the Use of Facilities Fee Schedule as a second reading. Motion carried unanimously. Job Descriptions A motion was made by Karla Swanson Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the revisions to the following job descriptions as second readings as a block:
School Bus Driver, Locator 5.37 School Bus Monitor, Locator 5.37.1 School Bus Driver/Transportation Trainer, Locator 5.37.2 School Bus Driver/Transportation Dispatcher, Locator 5.36.3 Van Driver, Locator 5.38
Motion carried unanimously. A motion was made by Karla Swanson Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to approve the above block. Motion carried unanimously.
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Donation A motion was made by Theresa Hammond of Fiber Arts Cottage in Bridgton of $500.00 worth of material (cloth) to be used at Lake Region High School. Motion carried unanimously. DISCUSSION ITEMS PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS None. INFORMATION ITEMS Committee Reports Liaison Committee Cindy LeBlanc reported that the next meeting will be on January 23, 2017. Curriculum Committee Karen Eller reported that the Curriculum Committee met on November 30, 2016. The Committee discussed the following: Erik Good and Matt Lokken were present to review the travel policies. The Committee approved a policy which would include the trip being facilitated by a District employee, a building administrator approving the request prior to it coming to the Board, an updated itinerary, roster, and contact information being submitted to the building administrator one week prior to the trip and any changes after that date being submitted before departure. Students and chaperones must follow District policies and school rules or will be subject to disciplinary consequences. The first reading of the policy will be on December 21. Finance Committee Karla Swanson Murphy reported that the Committee will meet on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Crooked River School. She mentioned to Board members that the District’s Budget Timeline had been distributed to the Board. The Timeline is broken down into three phases: (1) Administrative Budget Development; (2) Finance Committee Budget Review; and (3) Board Review and Adoption. Board members were asked to let Mr. Smith know if they were interested in participating in Phase 1. Board members were also asked who would like a full budget book. Personnel Committee Debra Albert reported that the Committee met prior to the Board meeting and discussed the following:
Teacher Evaluation Policy including the rubrics. The policy will be included on the next agenda. A Recordings policy was reviewed and will be moving forward as a first reading on the next agenda.
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Personnel Committee (continued)
Update on communication re: Parents/Teachers/Schools – Mr. Smith will be working with the Administrators on this topic. Superintendent Evaluations were requested to be sent to Debra Albert as soon as possible.
The next Personnel Committee meeting will be on Monday, January 23, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Room at Lake Region Vocational Center. Superintendent’s Report Superintendent Smith mentioned that he had emailed Mark Eastman the Facilitator for the Sebago Withdrawal Committee. The Committee will be sending the District a Counter Proposal to review. The Sebago Withdrawal Committee also applied and was granted an extension through February 19 for filing their proposal to the State. Once the District receives the Counter Proposal, a meeting will be scheduled to review the document. ADJOURNMENT A motion was made by Karla Swanson Murphy, seconded by Beth Chaplin, to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:43 p.m. __________________________ Secretary ___________________________ Date Approved