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					                                Portland Public Schools



                              Portland School Committee

                                Business Meeting – 7pm

                              Wednesday, August 4, 2010


                 Room 250, Casco Bay High School
7:00 pm – Business Meeting

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Report of the Chair - None

Report of the Superintendent
1. Retirements: Effective August 31, 2010
Barbara Freeman Math/Lincoln 1.0                          29 years of service
Sheryl Dominic Science/DHS 1.0                            34 years of service
2. Resignations – Teachers – Effective August 31, 2010
Judith Shank                  Data-Literacy Spec/Reiche   1.0 Accepted position elsewhere
Susan Ross                    K/Longfellow                .5 Personal
Sharon Hamann                 5th Grade/Hall              .5 Personal
Kelly Fitz-Randolph           Science/King                1.0 Accepted position elsewhere
Nancy Jones                   Learning Strat/Riverton     1.0 Personal
Julie Guilbault               Spanish/PHS                 1.0 Accepted position elsewhere
Catherine Menyhart            French/CBHS                 .5 Personal

3. Enrollment update

Report of the Secretary
Consideration and action to approve the meeting minutes of June 2, 2010 and June
9, 2010.

Moved _____ Seconded _____ Voted _____ to approve the meeting minutes of June
2, 2010 and June 9, 2010.

Report of the Committees
     1. Curriculum and Educational Planning Committee
     2. Facilities and Transportation Committee
     3. Finance Committee

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      4.   Other committees and/or member concerns

Consent Items
  1. Portland High School - miscellaneous Vernier physics lab equipment valued at
      $2,045 to physics and chemistry lab by Peter Moxhay, Peaks Island
  2. Reiche School – 20 cases provided for the Reiche Road Race by Poland Spring
      Bottling Plan, Hollis.
  3. Portland Arts & Technology High School Auto Collision program – 1995 Ford
      Windstar by James Crowley, Acton.
  4. $5,000 fro Target, Biddeford to fund field trips and incidental student needs for
      elementary students at Nathan Clifford, Reiche, Riverton, East End, and
      Presumpscot.
  5. Lyman Moore Middle School, $382.30 towards the purchase of a new sound
      system by the James Cohen Family through the Portland Education Foundation

Old Business - None

New Business
  1. First reading of policies for deletion from the Policy Manual:
          A. IAA – Learning Objectives/Portland School Committee’s
              Commitment to the Learning Results
          Background information:
          Drummond Woodsum’s recommendation is that the Learning Results have
          been revised since this policy was last reviewed. This policy is not strictly
          necessary since the School Committee has already adopted the required policy
          ADF-School district Commitment to Learning Results. The Curriculum
          Subcommittee voted 5-0 along with the superintendent in support of deleting
          this policy from the policy manual.

           B. IHAN – Driver Education
           Background information:
           Drummond Woodsum’s recommendation is that it is not necessary to have a
           policy on driver education as the program within the school department no
           longer exists. The Curriculum Subcommittee voted 5-0 along with the
           superintendent in support of deleting this policy from the policy manual.

           C. IHBAE – Parental Involvement
           Background information:
           Drummond Woodsum’s recommendation is that there is no need to maintain
           board level policy on this topic and suggest that it be deleted from the policy
           manual. The Curriculum Subcommittee voted 5-0 along with the
           superintendent in support of deleting this policy from the policy manual.




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           D. IJNDA – Computer Assisted Instruction
           Background information
           Drummond Woodsum’s recommendation is that this is an old policy that has
           outlived its usefulness since computers are now thoroughly integrated in the
           curriculum and the committee should consider deleting the policy. The
           Curriculum Subcommittee voted 5-0 along with the superintendent in support
           of deleting this policy from the policy manual.

   2. First reading of revisions to policies BE (School Committee Meetings) and
       BEA (Business Meetings and School Committee Workshops) for
       implementation in January 2011.
      Background information:
      The School Committee is being asked to consider changing its business meeting
      and workshop nights to Mondays, effective January 2011. Selecting a night earlier
      in the week could significantly benefit current and future committee members who
      need to travel for business or have other professional responsibilities that conflict
      with Wednesday meetings. Both policies BE and BEA would require revision to
      incorporate a change in meeting night. In addition, the policies need updating to
      reflect the location of our meetings at Casco Bay High School. Proposed changes
      to policy BE would also remove redundancies with policy BEA. The rationale for
      selecting January 2011 for implementation of the revised policies is for consistency
      with City Charter, which states that the schedule and meeting locations for the new
      School Committee year are established in December. Our legal counsel suggested
      that the committee could announce a change for 2011 earlier than December,
      providing even greater public notice than doing so in December.

   3. First reading of school energy projects and financing as developed by the city
      and Ameresco.
      Background information:
      The city has received and reviewed final energy audit recommendations from
      Ameresco and is seeking School Committee and City Council action to move
      forward with the recommended set of projects.

Personnel –
   1. Consideration and action to approve the Personnel items as listed:
      A. Leave of Absence: Effective September 1, 2010
Teri Caouette                  Librarian/Lincoln            1.0 to work on state MLTI team
Jen Coose                      Social Studies/CBHS          0.4 Personal

Effective September 1, 2010 – December 31, 2010
Ellen Mugar                    Adult Ed Instructor          0.5 Personal

       B. Non-Rep Elections - Effective July 1, 2010
Christopher Kaufman SPED Coordinator $87,628
Background information: Dr. Kaufman was the unanimous choice of the interview panel.
He received a B.A., Psychology, SUNY, Purchase (1983); M.S., City College of New
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York (1987) and PhD in Psychology – Graduate School and University Center of the City
University of New York (1993). He has served as lead psychologist for the Portland
Public Schools since 1999. Prior to joining Portland he was a child/adolescent
psychologist with Capital Valley Counseling Associates Concord, NH(1999);
child/adolescent psychologist, Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic, Concord NH(1997-1998); in
private practice Casper, WY (1996-1997); Senior School Psychologist, Natrona County
Public Schools, Casper, WY(1993-1997); and Post-doctoral Psychological Resident,
Casper WY(1994-1995); School Psychologist New York City Board of Education (1987-
1993).

Mary Capobianco Arts & Humanities Coordinator $84,000
Background information: Ms. Capobianco was the unanimous choice of the interview
panel. She received the following degrees from State University of New York at Albany
- BA in English/Minor, Business(1978), Master of Arts-English Education (1982),
Certificate of Advanced Study-Reading(1984) and Certificate of Advanced Study –
Educational Administration(1997). She was with the Albany Catholic Diocese as a
Reading Teacher (1983-1985) and Secondary English Teacher (1980-1983). In the
Bethlehem Central School District she served as Elementary Teacher(1985-1995), Grade
8 English Teacher (1995), Grades 6-8 Reading Teacher (1996-1998), Middle Level
Language Arts Supervisor (1995-1998) and Assistant Middle School Principal (1998-
2002). From 1995- to 2000 Ms. Capobianco was Clinical Supervisor, Academy for
Teacher Preparation for the State University of New York at Albany. Adjunct Professor
at The College of St. Rose (1999-2008). Learning Standards Coordinator of English
Language Arts (2002-2005 with Capital Region Board of Cooperative Educational
Services/Questarr III. Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction with the
Enlarged City School District of Troy (2005-2008) and Coordinator for Assessment and
Professional Development, Biddeford School Department (2008 to present).

Effective August 2, 2010
Daniel Chuhta STEM Coordinator $78,911* (Prorated to $71,274.45)
Background information: Mr. Chuhta was the unanimous choice of the interview panel.
He received a B.S. in Elementary and Early Secondary Education, Oswego State
University, NY(1999); M.S. – Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology,
The University of Albany NY(2000) and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Education
Administration, USM, (2006). He was an 8th Grade Science teacher at Massabesic Jr.
High School, Waterboro (2000-2005) and Data and Information Coordinator (2005-
2009); Statewide Longitudinal Data System Training Coordinator, Maine Department of
Education (2009 to present).

Aaron Gritter Data Analyst          $50,794
Background information: Mr. Gritter was the unanimous choice of the interview panel.
He received a BS in Biology and Secondary (7-12) Teaching Certification from Calvin
College (1999); PhD in Psychology – USM (2009). He served as a Science teacher
(1999-2000) at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science and Science and
Physical Education teacher with Byron Center Public Schools (1999-2000); Science
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teacher grades 7 and 8, Grand Rapids MI (2000-2004); RTI Consultant with the
Biddeford School Department (2/2008-5/2008); Grade Research Assistant, Center for
Education Policy Applied Research and Evaluation, USM(9/2004-7/2008); Psy.D. Pre-
Doctoral Intern, ACHIEVE!, RUS1/Providence Service Corporation, USM(9/2008-
6/2009); Learning Strategist, Portland Public Schools(2009 to present).

Effective June 15, 2010
Bridget Kahn VESL/Adult Ed              $37,374
Background information: Ms. Kahn was the unanimous choice of the interview panel.
She received a BS in Anthropology, Minor in Spanish from Smith College(2007) as well
as attending Benemerita Universitario Autonoma de Puebla in Puebla, Mexico (2005-
2006). She served as Student Academic Advisor and Head of New Students at Smith
College (2004-2005); Peace and Human Rights Intern with Peace and Justice Center,
Burlington VT(May 2006-Aug.2006); Intern, Sweat-Free Communities in Florence, MA
(Sept to Dec.2006); Adaptive Technology Lab Coordinator, Disability Services at Smith
College (200602007); Coding Specialist, Health Education and Training Institute in
Portland (August 2008 to present); VESL Job Developer with Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
(Sept. 2008-Jan. 2009); VESL Job Developer, New Mainers Workforce Alliance with
Portland Adult Education (Jan. 2009 to present).

Effective September 1, 2010
Bonnie Violette SPED Coordinator $105,000
Background information: Ms. Violette was the unanimous choice of the interview panel.
She received a BA in Communication Disorders Anthropology - Oberlin College, MS in
Educational Leadership - USM, MS in Communication Disorders – University of Maine
and an MS in Computer Technology in Education – Thomas College. She has served as
Special Education teacher and Case Manager, Bureau of Mental Retardation(1980-1984)
and Developmental Disabilities Center (1977-1980); Director of Child Development
Services Aroostook, Lincoln and Cumberland Counties (1984-1996); Director of special
Education, SAD#52(Turner, Greene & Leeds)(1997-2001); Director of Special Services
K-12, Bath Public Schools (2001-2008); Special Services Administrator, Westbrook
School Department (2008 to present).

Michael Wilson Chief Financial Officer $110,000
Background information: Mr. Wilson was the unanimous choice of the interview panel.
He received a B.S.B.A. Summa Cum Laude, Western New England College and a J.D.
Cum Laude from Western New England College School of Law. Mr. Wilson has served
as an auditor with Coopers & Lybrand, Springfield, MA; Assistant Controller, Western
New England College in Springfield; Association with Hunton & Williams, Richmond
VA; Counsel with Pierce Atwood, Portland (1999-2009); Financial Consultant (2009-
present). He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Maine Bar
Association.

*pro-rated from start date


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P.A.A. Election
Effective July 19, 2010
Michael McCullum Co-Curricular/PHS $61,509*( Pro-rated $58,791.73)
Background information: Mr. McCullum was the unanimous choice of the interview
panel. He received a BA/History from the University of Southern Maine (2004). He has
served as Vice President, Sales with Rich Aluminum Company (2001 to present) and as
Head Baseball Coach, Portland High School (2009 to present).

PEA Election - Contract: Probationary 1, Effective June 15, 2010
Deborah Breiting ELL/Adult Ed          $39,799
Background information: Ms. Breiting was the unanimous choice of the interview panel.
She receive a BA in Linguistics and German from the University of British
Columbia(1996); TESL Certificate from the ESL International Training Centre,
Vancouver, Canada(1998) and Certificate of Intercultural Studies from the University of
British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (2002). From 2001-2006 she worked as an
Employment Counselor at the Training Resource Center in Portland, ME. Beginning in
2006 Ms. Breiting began working with Portland Adult Education as a Lead Worksite
ESOL teacher and has served as a Job Class Coordinator/Instruction with Portland Adult
Education since 2008.

Effective September 1, 2010
Kelly Wallent Literacy/Moore            $51,947
Background information: Ms. Wallent was the unanimous choice of the interview panel.
She received a BA from College of Charleston, Charleston SC with certification in
Learning Disabilities, Emotional/Behavioral Disturbances(2000) and an MS in Reading
K-12 – Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, VT(2005). She served as a Special
Education teacher with: Just Kids Early Childhood Learning Center in Middle Island, NY
(2000-2002), Edmunds Middle School, Burlington VT (2002-2005), Kenmore Middle
School(2005-2007) and Reading Teacher, Special Educator, Swanson Middle School
(2007-present), Arlington, VA.

Meredith Doyle Grade 3/Riverton       $45,167
Background information: Ms. Doyle was the unanimous choice of the interview panel.
She received BS in Elementary Ed from the University of Maine-Orono(2001). She has
served as Director of Discovery Youth Group (1999-2001) and Camp Counselor with
Northeast Harbor Neighborhood House(1993-2002);
Fourth grade teacher, Connors-Emerson School, Bar Harbor (2002-2004); ESL
paraprofessional (Spanish) Jackson Elementary School, Jackson, Wyoming(2004-2005),
and third-Fourth Grade Looping Teacher, Wentworth Intermediate School,
Scarborough(2006-present).




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Jeff Gahn Guidance/King               $42,273
Background information: Mr. Gahn was the unanimous choice of the interview panel.
He received a B.M., Music Education with emphasis in saxophone from Miami
University, Oxford OH(2002) and an MS in Counseling from Xavier University,
Cincinnati OH(2007). He has served as High School Marching Band Camp staff,
Cincinnati OH(2001-2004);Instrumental Music Director Oak Hills Local School District,
Cincinnati OH(2003-2004); Assistant Instrumental Music Director, Lakota Local School
District, West Chester OH(2004); Guidance Counselor Internship with Princeton City
Schools, Cincinnati OH(2007); Middle School Guidance Counselor, Massabesic Middle
School, East Waterboro, ME (2007 to present).

Chad Hart Art/Riverton                  $33,669
Background information: Mr. Hart was the unanimous choice of the interview panel. He
received a BA in Studio Art, Bowdoin College(2003) and a Post Baccalaureate in Art
Education from the Maine College of Art (2010). Mr. Hart’s professional and related art
experiences include working with various schools - Portland High School (Fall 2009),
Middle School Project with Space Gallery in Portland (Fall 2009), Cape Elizabeth
Middle School (Fall 2009), Breakwater School (Fall 2009), Waterville High School,
(Nov.-Dec.2009), Thornton Academy Middle School (March-April 2010), Hall
Elementary School (Spring 2010), Riverton Elementary School (May-June 2010). He has
prior experience as a Graphic Designer/Print Production and Creative/Designer/Field
Marketing Specialist with Pine State Beverage in Gardiner (2003-2008).

Rebecca Bell Nurse/CBHS & PATHS $63,010
Background information: Ms. Bell was the unanimous choice of the interview panel.
She received an A.A.S. in Nursing from Raritan Valley Community College, NJ(1979);
BA in Human Services (1998) and MS in Nursing from St. Joseph’s College(2009). Her
experience includes Acute Care Clinical Nurse(1986-1998) and RN Health Educator
(1998-2005) and Employee Wellness Project Coordinator(2005-2008) at Eastern Maine
Medial Center, Bangor; Adjunct instructor, Dept. of Nursing at Husson University School
of Nursing, Bangor(2004-2008); School Nurse, SAD#22-
Hampden/Newburgh/Winterport(2004-2006); Staff Developer-Outreach Coordinator,
The Acadia Hospital, Bangor(2009-present).

Carol Dayn ELL/Riverton                $65,575
Background information: Ms. Dayn was the unanimous choice of the interview panel.
She received a BA from the University of Colorado; Master’s in Education from Boston
State College, CAS in Educational Administration from USM and has State of Maine
Endorsement for English as a Second Language. She joined the Portland Public Schools
as an ESL teacher at Reiche School (1998-2002); Principal at Adams School (2002-2006)
and Principal at EECS (2006-2010).



James Siegel ELL/Moore                $60,444
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Background information: Mr. Siegel was the unanimous choice of the interview panel.
He received his BFA in writing from Brooklyn College, (1992), Master of Arts, Teacher
of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Adelphi University(1998); Master
of Fine Arts in Writing-Poetry, USM-Stonecoast Program (2005). He has worked for the
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn as an Adult Education Teacher of English
to Speakers of Other Languages(1992-1994), as well as at the Kingsborough Community
College and Brooklyn College (1992-1998); English teacher and District Coordinator -
English for Speakers of Other Languages, MSAD#57, Waterboro(1998-2007); English
Teacher - in Portland(2007-2008), Brunswick School Dept. (2008-2009), Cape Elizabeth
School Dept. (2009 to present).

Amy Reuter ELL/Moore                    $40,083
Background information: Ms. Reuter was the unanimous choice of the interview panel.
She received a BA from the University of Maine, Farmington (2002) and a Masters in
Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Long Island
University(2010). She has worked as a Field Instructor with San Juan Youth Works, in
Colorado(2005), Naturalist/Teacher/Environmental Educator with Naturalists at Large,
California(2005), and with Second Nature Therapeutic Wilderness Program in Utah
(winter/spring 2006); English teacher at Hobby School in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia (2006-
2007) as well as Renchinlkhumbe School, Renchinlkhumbe, Mongolia(July-Dec.
2007);Site Director with Peak After School Program, Portsmouth NH(Jan-June 2008);
English Teacher for newly arrived immigrants at the Bronx International High School,
Bronx NY (2008-2009) and Flushing International High School, Queens (2009-2010).

Bruce Cramer Librarian/Lincoln        $50,664
Background information: Mr. Cramer was the unanimous choice of the interview panel.
He received a BS in Psychology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1993) and an MS in
Library Science – State University of New York (1995). His experience includes Branch
Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library (1995-1996); Systems Librarian, Compaq Computer,
Littleton, MA (1997-1999); Cybrarian/Category Manager, FairMarket, Inc, Woburn MA
(2000-2001); Librarian, Minuteman Regional High School, Lexington MA (2001-2002);
Library Media Specialist, Brookline High School, Brookline MA (2002-2004); Library
Media Specialist-Lilla Frederick Pilot Middle School (2004-2005) and Library Media
Specialist Jeremiah E. Burke High (2005-present).

Sarah Gimeo Spanish/District         $36,235
Background information: Ms. Gimeo was the unanimous choice of the interview panel.
She received BA in Fine Arts – Universidad Politecinca de Valencia (2001). She taught
at the American School of Valencia, Puzol, Valencia, Spain(2004-2005 and Feb.2009-
June 2009); Instituto de Benicassim, Castellon, Spain (2005-2007); South Robeson High
School, Rowland, NC (2007-2008); Greeley Middle School, Cumberland (2009-2010).



Contract: Probationary 2
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Shayna Malyata Language Arts/Lincoln                              $48,580
      MS in Education in Literacy/USM

Benjamin Donaldson Science/CBHS                                    $43,449
      BA Environmental Studies/Bates College

Stewart Croft Humanities/CBHS                                   $37,517
       BS in Secondary English Education – University of Arizona

PEA Elections: 1st Continuing Contract Effective 9/1/10
Chris Fallis                        PLATO Math/PATHS              $36,235
       BS in Architecture – Northeastern University

PEA Elections: Continuing Contract Effective 9/1/10
Carol Hager                        Math/Lincoln                   $61,727
       BA in Biology – University of Rochester

Jennifer Coose                    .6 ELL/DHS                    $54,512*
       MS in Teaching and Learning (*pro-rated from start date)

Brenda Murphy                  ELL/Clifford                       $66,010
      MA in ESL – Vermont School of International Training

Moved _____ Seconded _____ Voted _____ to approve the Personnel items as listed.

Committee Focus on Educational Issues - None

Public Comment Prior to 11:00 PM on any items not on the evening’s agenda

Adjournment
Moved _____ Seconded _____ Voted ____ to adjourn the meeting at _____.

Workshop
1. Discussion of school energy projects and financing as developed by the city and
Ameresco – Doug Sherwood and Ian Houseal

Upcoming School Committee Meetings
August 18, 7pm    Business Meeting, Room 250, Casco Bay High School
August 25, 5:30pm Retreat at the Barron Center – Bernstein Room, Brighton Ave.

September 1, 7pm Business meeting, Room 250, Casco Bay High School
September 8       No meeting – Rosh Hashanah
September 22, 7pm Business meeting, Room 250, Casco Bay High School

October 6, 7pm      Business meeting, Room 250, Casco Bay High School
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October 20, 7pm    Business meeting, Room 250, Casco Bay High School

Nov. 3, 7pm        Business meeting, Room 250, Casco Bay High School
Nov. 17, 7pm       Business meeting, Room 250, Casco Bay High School

Dec. 1             No meeting - Hanukah
Dec. 6, 4pm        Inauguration, City Hall, Council Chambers
Dec. 8, 7pm        Business meeting, Room 250, Casco Bay High School

Upcoming Workshops
September 15, 7pm Workshop, Room 250, Casco Bay High School
October 13, 7pm   Workshop, Room 250, Casco Bay High School
Nov. 10, 7pm      Workshop, Room 250, Casco Bay High School
Dec. 15, 7pm      Workshop, Room 250, Casco Bay High School

Upcoming Subcommittee Meetings
August 11, 5:30pm Facilities/Transportation, Room 321, PATHS
August 11, 7:pm   Finance Committee, Room 321, PATHS
August 18, 5:30pm Curriculum and Ed Planning Committee, Room 321, PATHS

Sept. 1, 6pm       Finance Committee, Room 321, PATHS
Sept. 15, 5:30pm   Facilities/Transportation, Room 321, PATHS
Sept. 22, 5:30pm   Curriculum/Ed Planning, Room 321, PATHS
Sept. 29, 5:30pm   Curriculum/Ed Planning, Room 321, PATHS

Oct. 6, 6pm        Finance Committee, Room 321, PATHS
Oct. 13, 5:30pm    Facilities/Transportation, Room 321, PATHS
Oct. 20, 5:30pm    Curriculum/Ed Planning, Room 321, PATHS
Oct. 27, 5:30pm    Curriculum/Ed Planning, Room 321, PATHS

Nov. 3, 6pm        Finance Committee, Room 321, PATHS
Nov. 10, 5:30pm    Facilities/Transportation, Room 321, PATHS
Nov. 17, 5:30pm    Curriculum/Ed Planning, Room 321, PATHS

Dec. 8, 6pm        Finance Committee, Room 321, PATHS
Dec. 15, 5:30pm    Facilities/Transportation, Room 321, PATHS
Dec. 22, 5:30pm    Curriculum/Ed Planning, Room 321, PATHS




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