May 7, 2018

5:30 p.m. 


Committee Members Present:  Kati McCormick – Chair; Tom Connors, April Cusick 

Board Members Present:  Jason Bersani, Christopher Clarke, Staci Fortunato, Edward Hastings, Pia Holmes 

Administrators Present:  James Anastasio, Donna Madore, Troy Alexander, Sue Dionne, Kim Silsby, Shelby Thibodeau, Teresa Violette 

Others Present:  Maureen Cooper, Caroline Eldridge 


1.  National Certified Teachers – Discussion 

Maureen Cooper and Caroline Eldridge, who are National Board Certified Teachers, talked about the process of becoming National Board Certified and how the school department can encourage other teachers in the district to pursue their certification. Maureen Cooper said there are four different components and you are allowed five years to complete them.  Teachers pay a registration fee of $75 and the State of Maine pays a fee of $475 for each component.  Maine Education Association offers classes for people who are pursuing national board certification.  Ms. Cooper said she would like to see additional pay/stipend for teachers to encourage them to become certified.  The Department of Education pays teachers a yearly stipend of $3,000 for the term of their national certification.  There are 346 teachers in Maine who are nationally certified.  There are four in the Augusta School Department.


2.  A. Review new Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teacher job description

                Attachment 1 

Assistant Superintendent Donna Madore said the new Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teacher job description was vetted with the Augusta Education Association, Special Education Department and with other school districts. 

Motion by Tom Connors to approve the new Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teacher job description, second by April Cusick, so moved 3-0. 

      B. Review Social Worker job description

                 Attachment 2  

Motion by April Cusick to amend the Social Worker job description to include Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), second by Tom Connors, so moved 3-0. 

      C.  School Counselor Evaluation System

                 Attachment 3  

      D.  School Social Worker support services

                 Attachment 4 

The committee reviewed the current social worker job description.  Social workers will be evaluated using the board approved school counselor evaluation system.  Data was provided on social worker encounters for school year 2016-2017.  There will be another presentation in the fall of school year 2017-2018.


Mr. Hastings asked how the district will evaluate the impact of additional social workers on schools and students and the cost/benefit.  Mr. Anastasio said administration will look at the number of referrals to other agencies; number of discipline and referrals due to behavior; improve the number of students who are successful; improve dropout rates and attendance; and they will help in keeping students in school and engaged.  Principal Silsby said that is what Cony experienced with their social worker.  Ms. Silsby said most of the students social workers work with are students who have had adverse childhood experiences and they are able to help students who are in immediate crisis and who wouldn’t be eligible for Kennebec Behavioral Health services.  


3.  Superintendent Evaluation timeline review and board questions regarding documents

     and/or process

            A.  Policy CBI:  Evaluation of the Superintendent

                       Attachment 5  

May 25 - Mr. Anastasio will submit his self-reflection to board members; June 1 - board members will submit their evaluations to Personnel Committee chair; June 4 - Personnel Committee to meet with all board members in executive session to discuss the superintendent’s self-reflection;  June 13 - evaluation with the superintendent in executive session after board meeting.


4.  Discussion of turnover information

                Attachment 6 

Mr. Anastasio said there are two different documents – one by level in the school district and the other by group i.e. support staff, teacher, administrator, etc.  Mr. Anastasio said two teachers who left to go to other districts have applied to come back to the Augusta School Department.  There was a discussion regarding the different reasons employees chose to leave their positions.

5.  Review FJA document revision recommendations – superintendent recommendations

     and committee recommendations

                Attachment 7 

There was a short discussion regarding functional job analysis and a decision was made to table until the next meeting.


6.  Report from Mr. Clarke regarding email research on curriculum coordinator position 

Mr. Clarke reported he received no responses to his email research and asked the committee for permission to follow-up on the emails with phone calls.  

Motion by Kati McCormick to approve Mr. Clarke following up on his emails with phone calls, second by Tom Connors, so moved 3-0.


Meeting adjourned at 6:35 p.m.