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MINUTES
AUGUSTA BOARD OF EDUCATION
Business Meeting
May 12, 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, Pia Holmes, Kevin Lamoreau, Kimberly Martin, Kati McCormick, Jan Michaud, Martha Witham

 

Board Member Absent:

 

Staci Fortunato

 

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

--

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:

 

  1. Presentations: None

 

  1. Approval of Minutes:
                A.  Motion to approve the minutes of the Augusta Board of Education Business Meeting of April

                     14, 2021.               

                      http://www.augustaschools.org/board_of_education/BoardMinutes210414.php

Move to approve the minutes of the Augusta Board of Education Business Meeting of April 14, 2021.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Jennifer Dumond  Second:  Kimberly Martin

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

Member

Representing

Response

Staci Fortunato

Ward 1

--

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

 

  1. Superintendent’s Report:

Mr. Anastasio gave an overview on the planning that has been taking place for students to be in school and in person next fall.  It will necessitate the hiring of additional teachers, permanent subs, interventionists, and facilities adjustments.  It will be paid for by ESSRF #2 funds.  He said at the elementary level, it would require 33 students to move around the district.  Mr. Anastasio asked that if anyone currently has a Verizon hotspot to please return and it because they are determined to be a potential hazard.  They will be replaced with a new hotspot. Outdoor classrooms will be added at Farrington, Gilbert and Cony.  Hussey does not have the space to accommodate an outdoor classroom.  He went over some of the items purchased with ESSRF #2 funds.  The Augusta Fire Department and the School Department are collaborating to host a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for students age 12 and up.

 

  1. Assistant Superintendent’s Report:

Ms. Grondin went over the plans for summer school.  She said the elementary summer school is funded by the Title I grant as well as the ESSRF #2 grant.  It will start July 6 and end August 5 and will run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon.  Kim Silsby, principal of Cony Middle/High School said they have put together a summer program for middle and high school students.  That program will run from June 15 to July 1 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 to noon.  The programs are free and food and transportation is provided.

Ms. Grondin and Jessica West, Math Mentor gave a presentation on the process for choosing the new math program Illustrative Math.

 

  1. Business Manager’s Report:

                Attachment 1

Kathy Casparius said the pre-audit date is the second and third week of June with the final audit in August.  There will be a lot of work due to the new federal grants.  The business office is in the process of closing out CRF #1 and CRF #2.  The money has to be expended by June 30. The office is also busy getting records together for the Department of Labor unemployment.  She said the ASD was assessed money for individuals who applied for unemployment who should not have received it.  A number of employee forms will be converted to Google Docs.  Employees will be able to complete them on line and return them to the Business Office with an electronic signature.  Ms. Casparius said the only hotspots they need returned are the Verizon hotspots. She said they are also working on getting student registration materials online.

 

  1. Reports from Other School Officials:

Theresa Violette, Director of Title I, shared that the administrative team has been working with their leadership teams on their Comprehensive Needs Assessment which is part of the ESSA grant.  The information is needed in order to write the grant this summer.  She also welcomed the public to give their input.  Parent engagement is a big part of the federal program.  A survey went out to parents. She said they have been sending out books, and literacy and math games.  The little free libraries are being placed in William, McCalls, Calumet and Cunningham parks as well as at Buker, Adult Ed., and at the Augusta Food Bank.

 

Heather Gauthier, Lincoln Elementary School Principal, shared that today is National School Nurses Day and wanted to give a shout out to all school nurses for their hard work this year and keeping our students and staff safe.

 

Sarah Landry, Gilbert Elementary Principal, said the elementary schools are currently in the midst of MEA testing and end of the year assessments.  She said they are planning a sixth grade celebration.  More information will be announced soon.

 

Troy Alexander, Hussey Elementary School Principal, thanked 5th and 6th grade students involved in the cPort College Aspirations Essay Contest. It is the 11th year of the program.  He also thank Mr. Ardito, CEO of cPort Credit Union and teachers for supporting students through the contest.

 

Teresa Beaudoin, Farrington Elementary School Principal, said they are encouraging remote cohort students to come in for testing.  She said the spring NWEA testing for grades 3-6 also counts as the MEA.  She said they are taking precautions for those students who have been remote. There is new science testing for the 5th grade and it has to be done in person.  She encouraged parents to register their students for kindergarten.

 

Monique Roy, Adult Education Director, said this is the first year they are doing a spring art show to display artwork from students in the community.  Adult Education has paired up with Gallant Studio at 345 Water Street.  The opening night is May 21, and the program runs through June 11.

 

  1. Communications:
  1. Resignations and Retirements:
                A.  Resignations
                          1.  Shelby Thibodeau, Assistant Special Education Director
                          2.  Susan Mallon, Middle School ELL Teacher, Cony Middle/High School
                          3.  Mandy Massey, Nurse, Cony Middle/High School

 

  1. Recognitions:

 

  1. Student Council Report: Mandy Cooper

Ms. Cooper said this school year is starting to wrap up.  Senior graduation is June 13 at the Civic Center.  Each senior will get four tickets to invite friends and family.  There is much more information on graduation on the senior Facebook page.  June 11 is senior class day and the 8th grade promotion will be June 10 at the Civic Center.  Elections are currently being held for next year’s school board student representative. Spring sports are under way.  The sophomore class is selling Chizzle Wizzle t-shirts for this year’s show which was performed and recorded May 1st.  She said she it has been a privilege and an honor to be the student representative to the board and it was a great experience.

 

  1. Informational Items:
                A.  Professional Development
                      1.  Megan Biter, Safety Care Trainer Recertification, 4/15/21
                      2.  Brenda Gasperini, Teaching Digital Citizenship, 4/28/21
                      3.  Brenda Pridham, 2021 Reading Round Up Conference, 4/29/21
                      4.  Kelley Drisko, 2021 Reading Round Up Conference, 4/29/21
                      5.  Cindy Reppucci, 2021 Reading Round Up Conference, 4/29/21
                      6.  Elizabeth Soares, 2021 Reading Round Up Conference, 4/29/21
                      7.  Alisha Parker, 2021 Reading Round Up Conference, 4/29/21
                     8.  Elena Sullivan, 2021 Maine ESOL Meeting, 5/7/21
                     9.  Micole Moore, 2021 Maine ESOL Meeting, 5/7/21

 

  1. Committee Reports:
                A.  Finance Committee Report:  Jennifer Dumond
                           1.  Finance Committee Meeting, May 3, 2021 – No meeting

 

                B.  Curriculum and Education Committee Report:  Pia Holmes
                           1. Curriculum and Education Committee Meeting Minutes, April 14, 2021

                  http://www.augustaschools.org/board_of_education/CurrandEdCommMinutes210414.php

                          2.  Curriculum and Education Committee Meeting minutes, May 3, 2021

                  http://www.augustaschools.org/board_of_education/CurrandEdCommMinutes210503.php

   

                 C.  Personnel Committee Report:  Kimberly Martin
 
                           1.  Personnel Committee Meeting minutes, May 3, 2021

                  http://www.augustaschools.org/board_of_education/PersCommMinutes210503.php

 

                 D.  Policy Committee Report:  Staci Fortunato
                            1.  Policy Committee Meeting Minutes, May 3, 2021

                  http://www.augustaschools.org/board_of_education/PolicyCommMinutes210503.php

 

  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.)

 
                A.  Jessie Rubner, Grade 1 Teacher, Farrington Elementary School
                B.  Mollie Kaubrys, Guidance Counselor, Cony Middle/High School
                C.  Laura Richardson, Guidance Counselor, Cony Middle/High School
                D.  Seth Anderson, Grade 7 ELA Teacher, Cony Middle/High School
 
                E.  Augusta Educators Nominated for Year 1 Probationary Contract
    1. Wesley Daunis
    2. Nicholas Hart
    3. Mathew Withee

 

                F.  Augusta Educators Nominated for Year 2 Probationary Contract
    1. Levi Barnes
    2. Mallory Bouchard
    3. Danielle Burns
    4. Erin Card
    5. Alyssa Charette
    6. Shannon Chase
    7. Deborah Connell-Duncan
    8. Melissa Curll
    9. Emily Darby
    10. Emily Davis
    11. Sarah Enaire
    12.   Brenda Gasperini
    13. Carson Hope
    14. Lexi Lettre
    15. Alexis Libby
    16. Ashley Lindemann
    17. Renee Madore
    18. Kasey McLeod
    19. Micole Moore
    20. Taylor Newbeck
    21. Linda Pare
    22. Erin Pottle
    23. Megan Russell
    24. Nicole Sawyer
    25. Ellen Stebbins
    26. Cynthia Streznewski
    27. Hayley Valdivia
    28. Dustin Weber
 
               G.  Augusta Educators Nominated for Year 3 Probationary Contract
    1. Michelle Burns
    2. Sueann Call
    3. Jaime Clark
    4. Timothy Clifford
    5. Brad Davis
    6. Emily Dennett
    7. Jessie Eastman
    8. Kristan Gibson
    9. Kimberly Gurney
    10. Erin Hartill
    11. Francis Johnson
    12. Chelsey Kaiser
    13. Taylor Lenentine
    14. Katelyn Lerette Rodriguez
    15. Mandy Massey
    16. Jason Paquette
    17. Donald Plourde
    18. Katelyn Ross
    19. Romeo Roy
    20. Claire Sabine
    21. Troy Scott
    22. Nicholas Seile
    23. James Smith
    24. Anthony Veit
    25. Milagros Velasquez Caruso

 

                H.  Augusta Educators Nominated for Year 1 Continuing Contract
    1. Kimberly Baker
    2. Lisa Charette
    3. Meghan Cociu
    4. Kimberly Courtemanche
    5. Lauren Dow
    6. Leah Glazier
    7. Patricia Howe
    8. Timothy Jordan
    9. Meghan Marston
    10. Heather Murdough
    11. Katherine Parker
    12. Heather Pelletier
    13. Megan Reed
    14. Krystal Savadge
    15. Virginia Shannon
    16. Kathryn Slein
    17. Erin Soule
    18. Maria Elena Sullivan
 
               I.  Augusta Educators Nominated for Year 2 Continuing Contract
    1. Brad Bolduc
    2. Dayle Chaput
    3. Bonnie Dixon-Tribou
    4. Michael Fraser
    5. April Hartford
    6. Jessica Inch
    7. Jane Moore
    8. Brittany Porter
    9. Megan Porter
    10. Dylane Saylor
    11. Cassandra Thoopsamoot
    12. Stephen Vellani
    13. Jodie Watson Kurz

 

Motion to approve the Consent Agenda as presented.

Move to approve the Consent Agenda as presented.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Jennifer Dumond Second: Kevin Lamoreau

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

Member

Representing

Response

Staci Fortunato

Ward 1

--

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

 

  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 a donation of $300 from Techno Metal Posts of Maine, Mike Brochu, for

                      the JMG activity account.

                       Attachment 2

Move to approve a donation of $300 from Techno Metal Posts of Maine, Mike Brochu, for the JMG activity account.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Jennifer Dumond  Second:  Kimberly Martin

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

Member

Representing

Response

Staci Fortunato

Ward 1

--

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 approve a donation of $600 from Maine Environmental Education Association for

                      Cony Middle/High School.
                            Attachment 3

Move to approve a donation of $600 from Maine Environmental Education Association for Cony Middle/High School.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Jennifer Dumond  Second:  Jan Michaud

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

Member

Representing

Response

Staci Fortunato

Ward 1

--

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

 

                  C.  Motion to approve Illustrative Math as the new math curriculum.                             

Move to approve Illustrative Math as the new math curriculum.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Martha Witham  Second:  Pia Holmes

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

 

Member

Representing

Response

Staci Fortunato

Ward 1

--

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

 

  1. Audience Recognition for Non-Agenda Items:

 

  1. Adjourn:
      
                A.  Motion to Adjourn:

Move to Adjourn.

 

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Time:

Jan Michaud  Second:  Martha Witham

 

 

Motion passed 7 to 0

8:22 p.m.

 

Member

Representing

Response

Staci Fortunato

Ward 1

--

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

 

 

Next Augusta Board of Education Business Meeting
June 9, 2021
7:00 p.m.
City Center, Council Chambers