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The Directors of the Board of Education meet every two weeks. Unless otherwise noted all meetings are held at the South Portland High School Lecture Hall. Please enter the building near the cafeteria.

In the event of a national holiday, meetings are held on Wednesdays.

All meetings are open to the public. Regular meetings allow for an "Audience of Citizens."

Citizens in the audience will be privileged to speak on any educational topic. Such privilege is to be limited to one presentation per citizen of not more than five minutes.

Most meetings are recorded and may be viewed online here

Meeting of the Board of Education

November 13, 2017

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South Portland High School Lecture Hall 7:00 pm


Call to Order

Roll Call









*student representatives

Pledge of Allegiance

Opening Statement

Report of the Secretary

1. Approval of the minutes from the Regular Meeting held on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

Report of the Chair

1. Announcement of the next Regular Meeting of the Board of Education: Monday, December 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the SPHS Lecture Hall.

2. Announcement of the Board of Education Inauguration: Monday, December 4, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers.

Report of the Superintendent

1. Announcements/Recognitions – Mr. Kunin

  • Southern Maine First Lego League Robotics Qualifier: November 18, 9:00 – 4:00 p.m., SPHS Beal Gym

  • SPHS Marching Band receives unprecedented 12th Gold Medal!

2. Retirements – Mr. Kunin

Retirements: Margaret Hawkins, Principal, Brown School

Martha Casey, Special Education, Memorial

Russ Brigham, Director of Building and Grounds

3. Report on Enrollment – Mr. Kunin

4. Update on Regionalization – Mr. Kunin

5. Report on New Business items – Mr. Kunin

Report of Committees

1. Report of the Finance Committee – Ms. House/Mr. Perkins

2. Report of the Buildings & Grounds Committee – Mr. Matthews/Ms. Kirk

3. Report of the Policy Committee – Mr. Callaghan/Ms. Tipton

(First Read) Policy IIAA – Textbook Selection and Adoption

(First Read) Policy IIAB – Supplementary Materials Selection and Adoption

(First Read) Policy IIAC – Library Materials Selection and Adoption

(Second Read) Policy JB – Transgender Students

(Second Read) Policy JB-R – Transgender Student Guidelines

4. Report of the Middle School Building Committee - Mr. Matthews/Ms. Callaghan

Next meeting of the Committee: Thursday, November 16, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at SPHS Learning Commons.


New Business

1. Consideration and action to approve the following personnel items:

a. Elections:

Paisley Richard, Special Education (1 Year Only), Memorial

b. Appointments:


Indoor Track, Assistant Ryan Tuttle

Indoor Track, Assistant Stacy Nixon

Basketball, Girls Grade 7 Abby Hasson


Indoor Track, Head Coach Matt Green

Indoor Track, Assistant Greg Trefsger

Indoor Track, Assistant Vince Mathews

Middle School

Swimming, Head Coach Casey Parent

Swimming, Assistant Ryan Green

Swimming, Assistant Kara Ciampi

2. Consideration and action to approve policy JB – Transgender Students.

3. Consideration and action to approve policy JB-R – Transgender Students Guidelines.

4. Consideration and action to authorize a raffle of a truck provided by Pape Chevrolet per the Superintendent’s memo.

5. Consideration and action to accept the donations/grants:

  • $500 donation from Pape Chevrolet to the Riot Rack food pantry/clothing closet which is available to
  • any SPHS family in need.

6. Consideration and action to authorize the School Board Chair to sign the Memorandum of Agreement with the South Portland Service Employees Association (SPSEA) regarding disputed vacation days.

7. Consideration and action to enter into Executive Session pursuant to 1.MRSA § 405(6) (A) to conduct the Superintendent’s evaluation.