The RSU 78 Board of Education met on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at the Rangeley Lakes Regional School. The meeting was called to order at 6:07PM.

Superintendent Georgia Campbell shared that she attended one day of a two-day conference held by the Maine School Management Association (MSMA) on the current issues facing Maine school administrators. RSU 78 Board Vice-Chair Deb Ladd also attended the conference. Both spoke highly of the presentations and had many take-aways and new ideas for our school.

The first Open House in three years was held on November 9th and was a rousing success with a tremendous turnout at nearly all grade spans. Superintendent Campbell commended the staff on their excellent work and wonderful job highlighting academia in every area of the building. Events included presentations by staff members, free books from the library and Title I, a library card drive for the Rangeley Public Library, a fully illuminated outdoor classroom, and many other wonderful and engaging activities. Therapy dog Maggie May starts school after the Thanksgiving Break. Maggie and her owner, Gail Ayr, will be in the building on Thursdays.

Superintendent Campbell also provided an update on the COPS grant. RLRS was awarded the grant and will be meeting with community stakeholders in the coming weeks to identify spending priorities.

School Nurse Lindsey Savage provided a written update on the recent medical administration policy, which included administration of naloxone (Narcan) at RLRS. Initially RLRS only had standing orders from Rangeley Family Medicine that covered the school nurse. After much research and conversation, it was decided that a collaborative agreement would allow trained, unlicensed school personnel the ability to administer naloxone where and when appropriate. This is the same type of agreement already in place for the administration of epinephrine (epi pen) for those with unknown allergies or showing signs of anaphylaxis. The next step was staff training. 17 staff members attended the training led by Ashley McCarthy from Health Community Coalition. Doses of naloxone were provided through the state program to those who wanted to carry them on their person, and additional doses were allocated to have onsite at school. Mrs Savage commented that the training was “powerful and enlightening” and “will benefit not only our staff when they are in the building, but as members of our community.”

Principal Laliberte shared that the school musical, Big Fish, is in full swing. Performances are on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 at 7:00PM and on Sunday, November 20 at 2:00PM. The first quarter has ended, and at the time of the meeting, RLRS was already a week and a half into the second quarter. Portrait of a Learner will commence in January 2023. Interest is building and a team is forming. If you are interested in participating, please email [email protected] Once again, RLRS was again chosen to be a competitive team for this year’s WinterKids program. Last year, RLRS won $2500. Lastly, Principal Laliberte offered a shout out to special education staff and their work with RLRS special education students.

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There were no updates from the student representative as they were at rehearsal for Big Fish.

Committee Reports included updates from the Policy Committee, which had a number of action items later in the meeting, Finance Committee, which will review the audit at the next meetings, and Facilities Committee, which will continue to research solar energy options. The Finance Committee also updated the board on the new HVAC system. Shawn Russell and Jeff Larochelle attended a 2.5 day training in Portland ME on the new system and site-specific training will occur in the coming weeks.

There was one resignation: Tommie Hazen, Special Education Ed Tech, and two appointments: Dawn Hunter, Special Education Ed Tech, and Carl Trafton, Middle School Boys Basketball Coach.

The Board approved three overnight trips: one for the 8th grade class to Quebec City in June, one for the RLRS Chorus to a music festival in Massachusetts, and one for the Class of 2023 to attend a Celtics game in Boston at the Garden.

A number of policy revisions were approved, and the meeting was adjourned at 7:25PM.

The next RSU Board of Education meeting will take place on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, at the Rangeley Lakes Regional School in the multi-purpose room.

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