Calais School Committee Meeting

By Kaileigh Deacon

The Calais School Committee met on Tuesday May 5 at 6pm in the Calais Middle/High High School Library. There was one item added to the agenda under new business and the meeting was started. 

First was the superintendent’s update from Bob Moholland. First was the No Child Left Behind audit. The Calais school system had an audit focused on Title 2 and Title 2A. Superintendent Moholland reported that the audit went smoothly and was expected to have a good result. The Superintendent’s office should have the results in a couple of weeks.

Next Superintendent Moholland reported on the Department of Education visit. This visit was a requirement for the extension on Proficiency Based Learning. Department of Education representatives were on hand to talk with teachers and staff from the Calais Schools on where they were on getting switched to the Proficiency Based system. They will receive a full report in a few weeks on how they are doing. 

Before moving on to Administrator reports the Committee allowed for a special presentation. Student Council advisor Lori Ellis presented Lenny Hanson from the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry. The check was a balance that was collected at the Hunger Games. While the Student Council presented Hansen with a check people kept donating money on their way out. 

First with Administrator reports was Sue Carter for Calais Elementary School. Carter reported that the Dental van visited the school the previous week. The Dental Van services second and third grade students around the state of Maine, providing care that not all families are able to afford. Each second grade student receives free sealants while each third grader receives a re-check. 

Also at the elementary school the Spring Concert will be held on May 11. They held the Bikes for Books program where two students (one boy and one girl) from grades 3,4,5, and 6 receive a bike. On May 14 the elementary school will hold a Health Fair on May 14. The Health Fair has a wide variety of guests who provide information on a variety of topics and give away a few freebies. Carter encourages everyone from the community to attend. On a final note Carter said that the PTO provided the teachers with a lunch for teacher appreciation week. 

Tom Robb provided the update for the high school. Student schedules have started to be generated for next year. Prom will be held on May 30 starting at 5pm in the Calais High School Gym. 

Smarter Balance testing is under way at the school for grades 7, 8, and 11 and should be completed by the middle to end of this week. The annual band trip to Boston was a huge success. The Spring Band and Chorus concert was held on May 6. The Calais Middle School Student council helped celebrate teachers at the Calais Middle/High School by providing them with small little gifts for teacher appreciation week. 

At St. Croix Regional Technical Center they held presentations at surrounding schools to tell students about the opportunities they offer. Moholland also told the School Committee that SCRTC was working with several groups to try and create and apprenticeship program with the Tissue Mill in Woodland. Moholland ended by telling the School Committee about Mrs. Batson’s fourth grade class and their visit to the Culinary Arts class to make pizza. 

Under New Business the Committee began by approving the hiring of 8 teachers and staff for the elementary school. Some of these were people who had been employed in the Calais School System in other areas while others were completely new to the Calais School System. 

Next the school committee approved the first reading for five School Committee Policies. They also approved the coaches and advisors for various sports and after school activities. 

The next item on the agenda was a discussion on the Music Department. The discussion was tabled until the next meeting. 

Next the School Committee approved the MOA between the Calais School Committee and the Robinston School Department to provided Central Office Services and Director of Special Services. 

The final item under New Business which was added at the beginning of the meeting was the approval of an Administrative Assistant for the Health Center. The committee approved the hiring of Majorie Townsend for the part-time position that is funded through a grant. 

Under Old Business the committee was provided with an update on the Superintendent Search. There were six applicants. The field was narrowed to three and interviews were set up. The interviews for Superintendent candidates were held on May 11.

Superintendent Moholland provided the committee with an update on the budget. They are still working with the budget that was provided on the April 28 Budget Workshop. The Governor’s budget has not been approved so the committee doesn’t have final numbers for what they will be getting from the state. 

Moholland: “We will be as efficient as possible without hurting the children.”

The committee then broke into executive session and when they returned the approved the Calais Support Unit 3 contract through June 30, 2018. 


The next school committee meeting will be held on May 19 at 5pm in the Calais Middle/High School Library.