May 13, 2020

5:30 p.m.


Committee Members Present:  Chair: Pia Holmes; Staci Fortunato, Kati McCormick


Board Members Present:  Edward Hastings


Administrators Present:  James Anastasio, Donna Madore, Kathy Casparius, Troy Alexander, Teresa Beaudoin, Nick Gannon, Heather Gauthier, Sarah Landry, Kim Silsby, Theresa Violette, Susan Walters


Others Present:  Erin Hartill



     1.  Engage stakeholder Title I consolidated ESEA application


Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is a Title I federal grant which replaces No Child Left Behind.  Theresa Violette, Title I Director, said one of the requirements of the act is to engage stakeholders. She explained that Title I is used for supplementary support for literacy and math; supports the jobs of five literacy specialists and 12 education technicians at the elementary level; a math interventionist at the middle school level; provides equitable services to St. Michaels; family involvement funds; McKinney Vento (homeless) support; and the position of Director of Title I.  This year there will be an increase in funding of about $56,000. Title II supports district teachers with professional development for pre-k through 12 and it provides a math and literacy coach and professional workshops.  This year there is a decrease of $9,500.  Title III also falls under the ESEA grant and supports English language learners.  There is an increase of approximately $500.  Title IV funds are used for safe and healthy schools and effective use of technology. This year there will be increase of $5,000.  Title V is created to address the needs of Maine rural school districts and preliminary funding is $24,200 which is a $350 increase from last year.  Ms. Violette said another grant we receive is “Local Entitlement” for Special Education Programming.  Susan Walters said funds for pre-school is up about $5,000 and local entitlement for school age students is up about $13,000.  Ms. Walters said this funding is monies that The Federal government feels our community needs to support special education.


Mr. Anastasio said we are waiting for information about CARES funding which is money that is supposed to help school districts mitigate the impact of the pandemic to meet the needs of students.  It will be funded through the Title I grant.


Ms. Violette said Gilbert and Lincoln schools completed their Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) as part of their tier III designation so they will be getting more funding from the State to improve student academic performance.  She said they utilize state and local data along with the work on the CNA to develop the grant application to determine the best use of our funding.  They welcome public comment as the plan is developed and completed.  The grant application is due August 1.


     2.  End of the year plans for seniors, 8th grade, and 6th grade

               Senior Letter

                    Attachment 1

               8th Grade Information Sheet 

                    Attachment 2

               Quarter 4 Recovery from COVID-19

                    Attachment 3


Kim Silsby, Principal of Cony Middle/High School reported on the end of year plans.  See the attached informational items.  This information was posted on Facebook, Augusta Schools’ website, mailings and email bursts.


Elementary principals spoke about their preliminary plans regarding 6th graders who will move up to middle school. 


Kim Silsby said the Quarter 4 Recovery document is a collaboration of a lot of different people including Central Office, department heads and Cony administration.  Please see the attached document for specifics.


Meeting adjourned at 6:25 p.m.