Minutes of the Chebeague Transition Committee March 28, 2007 at 7:00pm at the Parish House. (Accepted 4/4/07
The meeting was called to order by John Martin at 7:10am.
Members present: Donna Damon, Mark Dyer, Leon Hamilton, David Hill, John Martin (Chair), Jim Phipps, Doug Ross and Carol White
Absent: Stephen Todd.
Beth Howe served as secretary.
Budget: David Hill reminded people that an item had been added to the budget for $100 for the Health Clinic, to indicate that support may be needed for it in the future. Donna Damon said she does not want people to think that the Town is making a commitment to the Health Center. David agreed.
Carol White reported briefly on the education budget. She said that money had been put in the capital budget for replacing the roof. The state numbers on school aid have been released. About $40,000 is pretty certain for special education and there may be more for debt service, but that is not certain yet.
John Martin suggested setting the dates for public meetings on the budget. There was a discussion of whether to have one overall meeting and two detailed sessions. Carol White said that it would take at least two weeks to prepare and send out a mailing about each meeting. It was agreed to send out two sheets: one for revenues and one for expenses plus an agenda for the meeting and some description of how the meeting will be run. The mailing will be clear that the budget is still subject to change. Leon Hamilton said he would like the budget to be as certain as possible before the meeting. Jim Phipps said that the reason for having a public meeting is to get feedback and adjust the budget accordingly. Since Easter and school vacation come in April, it was decided to have a meeting on April 22 at 2:00 at the Hall. The mailing will be sent out before April 10. John Martin will draft a letter to go with the budget. A second meeting on May 13 was suggested but not set.
Hiring for the School Department:
The selection committee has identified two candidates to be inverviewed by the TC. The question was when should the interviews occur and what would be the role of the Education and Transition Committees. Carol White has a list of questions for the candidates that she will circulate. It was agreed to have the meetings in the evening, one candidate per evening. Carol will see if Tuesday April 10 and Thursday April 12 are ok with the candidates. They will come on the 5:00 boat and meet with the Education Committee initially. Then at 7:00 thee TC will interview the candidate.
Meeting with Peter Lowe: Carol asked whether the meeting tomorrow with Peter Lowe is just to cover warrants. Donna Damon said she has some questions about hiring.
At 8:45 David Hill moved, seconded by Mark Dyer to go into executive session pursuant to MRSA 405.6.A.1 – Title 1, Chapter 13, Section 405 to discuss personnel issues. Approved unanimously.
At 10:05 Jim Phipps moved seconded by David Hill to come out of executive session. Approved unanimously.
At 10:07 the meeting was adjourned.