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MINUTES
AUGUSTA BOARD OF EDUCATION
Business Meeting
April 14, 2021
7:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

 

Pursuant to Section G-1 1 MRSA § 403-A – Public proceedings through remote access.  Public can access meeting via CTV7 Spectrum Channel 1301 and available on line at www.augustaschoolboard.com.  Public input available using the chat feature via livestream.  Reference Policy BEDH: Public Participation at Board Meetings

 

The following board members were present:

Chair:

Amanda Olson

Board Members:

Jennifer Dumond, Staci Fortunato, Pia Holmes, Kevin Lamoreau, Kimberly Martin, Kati McCormick, Jan Michaud, Martha Witham

 

Also present were:

Superintendent:

James Anastasio

Assistant Superintendent

Katy Grondin

Business Manager

Kathy Casparius

 

 

7:00 p.m.

 

  1. Opening:

 

  1. Call to Order:

             Pursuant to 1 MRSA§ 403-A, we will now confirm that each member of the Augusta School Board can both hear and be heard.  We will do this by calling the role, members present are asked  to say yea.  I ask all other members to               listen and report any audio difficulties when the roll call is complete.

 

Member

Representing

Response

Staci Fortunato

Ward 1

Yea

Martha Witham

Ward 2

Yea

Jan Michaud

Ward 3

Yea

Kati McCormick

Ward 4

Yea

Pia Holmes

At-Large

Yea

Jennifer Dumond

At-Large

Yea

Kevin Lamoreau

At-Large

Yea

Kimberly Martin

At-Large

Yea

Mandy Cooper

Student Representative

Yea

 

  1. Pledge of Allegiance:

 

      Executive Session Re:  Personnel
           A.  Motion to enter into Executive Session regarding personnel pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. § 405(6)(A).

 

Move to enter into Executive Session regarding personnel pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. § 405(6)(A).

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Time:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 8 to 0

7:02 p.m.

 

Member

Representing

Response

Staci Fortunato

Ward 1

Yea

Martha Witham

Ward 2

Yea

Jan Michaud

Ward 3

Yea

Kati McCormick

Ward 4

Yea

Pia Holmes

At-Large

Yea

Jennifer Dumond

At-Large

Yea

Kevin Lamoreau

At-Large

Yea

Kimberly Martin

At-Large

Yea

 
            B.  Motion to exit from Executive Session:

Move to exit from Executive Session.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Time:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

7:12 p.m.

 

Member

Representing

Response

Staci Fortunato

Ward 1

Yea

Martha Witham

Ward 2

Yea

Jan Michaud

Ward 3

--

Kati McCormick

Ward 4

Yea

Pia Holmes

At-Large

Yea

Jennifer Dumond

At-Large

Yea

Kevin Lamoreau

At-Large

Yea

Kimberly Martin

At-Large

Yea

 

  1. Presentations: None

 

  1. Approval of Minutes:
                A.  Motion to approve the minutes of the Augusta Board of Education Business Meeting of March 10, 2021.

           http://www.augustaschools.org/board_of_education/BoardMinutes210310(2).php

Move to approve the minutes of the Augusta Board of Education Business Meeting of March 10, 2021.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

 Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

Member

Representing

Response

Staci Fortunato

Ward 1

Yea

Martha Witham

Ward 2

Yea

Jan Michaud

Ward 3

--

Kati McCormick

Ward 4

Yea

Pia Holmes

At-Large

Yea

Jennifer Dumond

At-Large

Yea

Kevin Lamoreau

At-Large

Yea

Kimberly Martin

At-Large

Yea

 

  1. Superintendent’s Report:

Mr. Anastasio said he has had an initial meeting with the board chair and architect who is going to help us through the process leading up to the Hussey capital construction approval.  A decision was made to have three different visioning forums.  Each public forum will be scheduled twice to give members of the public more opportunity to participate.  All forums will be via Zoom and will be publicized. 

Cony administration and Cony nurses are working extremely hard to do all the work they have to do in relation to positive COVID cases.  Last week there were 13 positive student cases, 1 positive staff member and 39 staff members identified as close contacts.  Teachers or employees who are deemed essential personnel can take a rapid COVID test every morning at Cony during the time they would be quarantined and if they test negative they can work.  Yesterday, we had 20 educators on the Cony campus all waiting for a rapid test before the school day began.  In addition, there were 15 additional employees who were are out sick unrelated to being quarantined.  A decision was made to go remote because there wasn’t enough staff to effectively run the school.  In addition, there are 179 students identified as close contacts. Most of the staff and students will be out of quarantine by the time school resumes after school vacation. The elementary schools did not have the same intense number of cases or number of people having to quarantine as the secondary school.

  1. Assistant Superintendent’s Report:

Ms. Grondin said Cony staff administration, nurses and secretaries in the health center are doing a great job with COVID contact tracing.

Grade level meetings were held last Wednesday at the elementary level.  Teachers met in grade levels and had a rotation with the math and literacy coaches.  Each session had a lot of discussion on what is needed for next year planning.  Siabhan Whalen from the Office of Maine Refugees Services did a professional development called Global Migration US Refugee Settlement in Maine.  It was a great opportunity to learn out what is going on in the state of Maine, nationally and internationally. It was very informative for the staff.

Applications for summer school are starting to come in.  She said Theresa Violette has done a lot of work organizing that and they have partnered to work as a team to get staff on board.  She said they are looking for 10 teachers and 10 educational technicians of which five teachers and 7 educational technicians have applied. Two guidance counselors and two LCPCs are interested.  They are also looking for a nurse and librarian. 

  1. Business Manager’s Report:

           Attachment 1

Ms. Casparius said the interim audit report is June 14 and auditors will be here for three days.  The official audit will begin in August.  She said they also received the documents that are needed to do the GASB 75 report which is part of the audit process.  Auditors go through the (OPEB) Other Post-Employment Benefits and make sure we are current and up-to-date.  That report will go to the auditors and become part of our final audit.  The Anthem insurance increase this year is 2.431%.  We had budgeted for 5.5%.  That’s good news and a little bit of a savings.  The dental insurance came in at 0% increase and we budgeted 3.5%.  Next year CATC is going to receive $37,000 more in subsidies.

  1. Reports from Other School Officials:

Kim Silsby thanked the Cony administrative team and nurses for all their help this week and she thanked Central Office for their support.  A reminder to families to keep the school in the loop on what’s going on in regards to COVID and keeping students home when they are not feeling well.  It’s a very important piece to keeping everyone safe.  She said they are planning on moving forward with planning a graduation at the Civic Center.  There will be a limit as to how many people can attend.  A letter was sent to all parents of seniors.  A meeting was held with 8th grade parents to plan the 8th grade promotion.

Teresa Beaudoin reminded students there is no school on Friday as it is a workshop day and next week is school vacation.  She said they are starting to accept kindergarten registrations at all the elementary schools.  Parents should call their neighborhood schools.  In May, there will be NWEA testing for grades 2-6.  There is a series of three assessments.  One was done in the fall and one in the winter.  This will be the spring assessment.

  1. Communications:
  1. Resignations and Retirements:
                 A.  Resignations
                           1.  Chad Strout, Re-Integration Specialist, Cony Middle/High School
                           2.  Michelle Lemelin, Kindergarten Teacher, Hussey Elementary School
                           3.  Christie Jernigan, Assistant Principal, Cony Middle/High School
                           4.  Kathryn Wroten, Grade 8 Math Teacher, Cony Middle/High School
  1. Recognitions:
  1. Student Council Report: Mandy Cooper

Ms. Cooper reported that the fourth quarter has begun at Cony and spring sports have started.  April vacation begins this Friday.  Extra-curricular activities will resume April 19.  National Honor Society hosted a “clear the closet” event where students can get any available items needed from the Community Closet.  School supplies for quarter 4 were passed out.  Planning for this year’s graduation is underway.  The senior class is hosting a senior semi-formal dance on May 15 at the Elks Club.  Chizzle Wizzle will have a limited edition showcase this year and performances for this year’s show will begin recording in early May.  This year’s pin design winner for the show is Samantha Vermeer.  Ms. Cooper said they are looking for a new student school board representative for the next school year.

  1. Informational Items:
                A.  Professional Development
                          1.  Elena Sullivan, Foreign Language Association of Maine Conference, 3/12 and 3/13, 2021
                          2.  Tanya Lerley, Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Maine Virtual Conference, 3/13/21
                          3.  Tifani-Rae McLaughlin, Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Maine Virtual Conference, 3/13/21
                          4.  Debbie Connell-Duncan, Finance Authority of Maine’s 15th Annual Financial Aid 101,3/17/21
                          5.  Lisa Plourde, Finance Authority of Maine’s 15th Annual Financial Aid 101, 3/17/21
                          6.  Erin Hartill, Finance Authority of Maine’s 15th Annual Financial Aid 101, 3/17/21
                          7.  Stephanie Turgeon, Finance Authority of Maine’s 15th Annual Financial Aid 101, 3/17/21
                         8.  Patricia Bernier, Language Disorders vs. Language Differences for English Language Learners, 3/18/21
                         9.  Hope Libby, Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Education – How to Deal with Mandate During COVID, 3/25/21
                        10.  Jessica Inch, Teachers Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Convention, 3/26/21.
                        11.  Robin Wilkinson, Teachers Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Convention, 3/26/21.
                        12.  Shelly Couture, Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, 3/31/21
                        13.  Nasya Monroe, Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, 3/31/21
                        14.  Maggie Wachtl, Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, 3/31/21
                        15. Toni Richardson, Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, 3/31/21
                        16.  Anthony Veit, The Ultimate Grief Treatment Toolbox, 4/7/21
                        17.  Michelle Burns, The Ultimate Grief Treatment Toolbox, 4/7/21
                        18.  Erin Card, First Steps in Music Certification, 4/10/21
                        19.  Karen Parker, Mindfulness, Increased Self Control, Decrease Anxiety, 4/12/21
                        20.  Bethany Gilliam, Mindfulness, Increased Self Control, Decrease Anxiety, 4/12/21
                        21.  Heidi Parent, Mindfulness, Increased Self Control, Decrease Anxiety, 4/12/21
                        22.  Michael Parent, Mindfulness, Increased Self Control, Decrease Anxiety, 4/12/21

  1. Committee Reports:
                    A.  Finance Committee Report:  Jennifer Dumond
                              1.  Finance Committee Meeting, April 5, 2021 – No Meeting
                   B.  Curriculum and Education Committee Report:  Pia Holmes
                            1.  Curriculum and Education Committee Meeting March 10, 2021 – No meeting    
                   C.  Personnel Committee Report:  Kimberly Martin

                            1.   Personnel Committee Meeting, April 5, 2021 – Meeting cancelled
                  D.  Policy Committee Report:  Staci Fortunato
                            1.  Policy Committee Meeting, April 5, 2021 – Meeting cancelled

 

  1. Consent Items: (all matters listed under this item will be considered routine and will be enacted by one motion.  A Board Member may ask to have an item(s) removed and considered individually.)
  1. Board Member Comment and/or Discussion on Non-Agenda Items:
  1. Public Comment on Non-Personnel Agenda Items:
  1. Unfinished Business:
  1. New Business:
                    A.  Motion to approve Shelby Thibodeau as Director of Special Education.

Move to approve Shelby Thibodeau as Director of Special Education.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

Member

Representing

Response

Staci Fortunato

Ward 1

Yea

Martha Witham

Ward 2

Yea

Jan Michaud

Ward 3

Yea

Kati McCormick

Ward 4

--

Pia Holmes

At-Large

Yea

Jennifer Dumond

At-Large

Yea

Kevin Lamoreau

At-Large

Yea

Kimberly Martin

At-Large

Yea

 

  1. Audience Recognition for Non-Agenda Items:
  1. Adjourn:
                    A.  Motion to Adjourn:

Move to Adjourn.

 

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Time:

Staci Fortunato  Second:  Jennifer Dumond

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

7:50 p.m.

 

Member

Representing

Response

Staci Fortunato

Ward 1

Yea

Martha Witham

Ward 2

Yea

Jan Michaud

Ward 3

Yea

Kati McCormick

Ward 4

--

Pia Holmes

At-Large

Yea

Jennifer Dumond

At-Large

Yea

Kevin Lamoreau

At-Large

Yea

Kimberly Martin

At-Large

Yea

 

 

Next Augusta Board of Education Business Meeting
May 12, 2021
7:00 p.m.
Via Zoom