School Board of Education
On behalf of the elected Limestone School Committee, I wish to invite you to attend our Committee/Board Meetings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. The schedule is listed on the home page of this site. We appreciate visitors from the public and trust your attendance will be beneficial to all of us. We feel it is very important for interested persons to know about the workings of our school system and for us to be aware of what is important to the community. You are invited to participate in the meeting in accordance with the policies and rules established by the Committee, as outlined below.
- Kathie Beaulieu, Committee Chair
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Shaun Guerrette - email@example.com Term Expires June 2020
It is the policy of this school system not to discriminate in educational programs, activities, or employment practices on the basis of race, national origin, religion, sex, age, or handicapping conditions under the provisions of Titles VI and IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The Affirmative Action Plan, as approved by the Board and submitted to the Commissioner of Education, is on file in the Superintendent's Office.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE/BOARD COMPLAINT POLICY
Parents, students, or other citizens with complaints or concerns regarding any aspect of the school system or a school employee shall be encouraged to seek a resolution at the lowest possible level. If the complaint cannot be resolved at the lowest level, the person initiating the complaint may appeal to the next level. If the complaint cannot be resolved at any lower level, it may be appealed to the Superintendent. If the complaint remains unresolved at the Superintendent's level, the person making the complaint may request that the matter be placed on the agenda of the next regular School Board meeting. The Superintendent, in consultation with the Board Chair, shall determine whether the complaint should be placed on the agenda.
Meetings of the board are public in the sense that they are held in public. This does not mean they are public meetings in the same sense as a "town meeting." There is no statutory requirement in Maine that the public be permitted to speak at board meetings.
However, we welcome comments and concerns related to the matters under consideration by the board, within the guidelines set forth in board policy BEDH - PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT BOARD MEETINGS.
Therefore, the Chair will provide an opportunity under "public comments" for individual input. The number of speakers and the time each speaks may be limited.
In the case of a large audience, speakers may be asked to sign up before the meeting so they may be called on most expediently.
Anyone with a legitimate interest in the board's business may speak. Employees or employee groups will not be permitted to discuss matters for which other, more appropriate forums are provided.
All speakers are asked to identify themselves. Gossip, defamatory comments, or abusive or vulgar language will not be permitted.
Speakers must address all comments and questions to the Chair.
Comments will be heard and considered. Generally, the board does not discuss or act on an item not on the agenda.
No complaints or allegations will be allowed in public concerning any staff member or any person connected to the school system.
Speakers are asked not to be repetitious of comments already made to the board, in the interests of most efficient use of time.
The primary purpose of the meeting is for the board to conduct its business as charged by law. Spontaneous discussion, as well as disorder and disruption, prevent the board from doing its work and will not be permitted.
SCHOOL BOARD DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Maine law charges school Committees (Boards) with the responsibility to "manage the schools". This is done essentially by selecting a superintendent and providing him/her with authority and direction. It is not the duty of the Board to operate the schools but to see that they are well operated.
The Board concerns itself primarily with committee questions of policy rather than with administrative details. The application of policies is an administrative task to be performed by the superintendent and his/her staff, who shall be held responsible for the effective administration and supervision of the entire school system.
Members of the Committee (Board) have authority only when acting as a committee legally in session. The committee shall not be bound in any way by an action or statement of an individual member except when such statement or action is in pursuance of specific instructions from the committee.
SUPERINTENDENT DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The position of the Superintendent of Schools is created by state law to provide each school committee with the benefit of advice from a professional educator. The state statutes and rules give the superintendent the necessary authority to carry out the responsibilities assigned to him/her in relation to the role assigned to the school committees.
The Limestone Community School Board generally meets at 6:30 pm on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Limestone Town Office at this time. Agendas are prepared by the Superintendent and Board Chair. They are published at least three days in advance of each meeting and are available at the Superintendent's Office and on this website.
STANDARD COMMITTEE AGENDA
Call to Order/RollCall
Pledge of Allegiance
Consideration of Minutes
Adjustment to Agenda
Consideration of Agenda Items
In accordance with the Freedom of Access ("Right-to-Know") law, Board meetings are held in public. The Board may go into private or executive session, upon vote of 3/5 of the members present and voting, for consideration of certain matters specified in law (e.g., personnel, student suspension/expulsion, contracts to be negotiated, collective bargaining, consultations with an attorney concerning legal rights, pending litigation, and settlement offers). No final action may be taken in executive sessions.