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11/5/19 SB Minutes

posted Nov 18, 2019, 12:19 PM by Melissa Burns

Islesboro Central School Department

School Committee Meeting

Tuesday, November 5, 2019—6:15 p.m. in Ms. Kristen’s Room



  1. Call to Order and Roll Call 

Chloe Joule called the meeting to order at 6:16

SB members present: Chloe Joule, John Gorham, Melissa Jagger, Nakomis Nelson. Absent: Bill Kelly

Others in Attendance: Supt. Chris Downing, HOS Chuck Hamm, Jack Schlottman, Karen Betts, Judy Smith, Betha Howell, Meredith Diamond, Maggie Wilcox, and students Ava Schlottman and Abi Martin. 

Jack Schlottman, Kate Legere, Melissa Burns, Jesse Burns,

  1. Approval of Agenda / Adjustments to the Agenda

Motion to approve and add/adjust coaches to agenda by Nokomis Nelson (NN),  second by Melissa Jagger (MJ), all in favor

  1. Approval of Minutes of 11/05/2019

MJ points to a name spelled incorrectly; adjusted; John Gorham (JG) moves to approve, Second by MJ, all in favor with NN abstaining.

NN moves to adjust agenda allowing students to present next, Second my MJ, all in favor.

  1. Presentations - Class of 2020 trip presentation Abi and Ava shared several handouts outlining the upcoming Senior Trip to Croatia and Italy. JG discussed the importance of opportunities to serve while traveling. JG added he looks forward to a safe return and a presentation. MJ inquires if all students had passports and visas. Abi reports they “have it covered”. 

  2. Correspondence - None

  3. Recognition/Celebration: ReVision Solar, Open House/Harvest Festival

  4. Open Session - Karen Betts asked if she could read aloud a prepared letter. Chloe Joule (CJ) denied the request and suggested Karen pass out copies of the letter to all in attendance. Karen passed out copies. The letter expressed Karen’s belief that the email response HOS Hamm sent her was deficient in explanating several of her concerns. Karen questioned the need for last year’s counselor to continue taking the ferry back and forth to school, an AD that she understood was part of the Dean position, and that the school was too small for such a large team of administrators. NN commented that this has been the plan for several years. MJ thanked her for the letter and for expressing her concerns. Betha Howell added a summary of how ICS identified the need for two counselors. JG reviewed some of his recent findings regarding taxes and the budget. Jack Schlottman clarified that he and other parents requested Jess Woods to continue on in support of senior post-secondary planning seeing as she was already familiar with the seniors and had strong relationships with them. The decision was unanimously supported by the school board. Jack thanked Cuck and the school board for their support in keeping Jess as a temporary advisor to the senior class. Karen continued with a comment re: poorly organized School Board Minutes on the ICS website.


  1. Reports:  

    1. Chair-None

    2. Head of School-Chuck highlighted the previous month in his report and pointed to his weekly Compass (found on the ICS website) for weekly updates on ICS.

    3. Superintendent-Recent MSMA conference was very beneficial to Supt. and HOS. 

    4. Dean of Students-Meredith Diamond shared a Powerpoint outlining her progress this school year. Some of her successes include the BARR grant, developing positive school culture, managing school schedules, and supporting multiple school-wide initiatives. 

    5. Committee Reports

      1. Policy - Did not meet

      2. Facility - NN reports out-Several aspects of focus include; gym floor, roof, building envelope, stage curtain, and hot water use in the summer. Facility committee feels the Town budget could absorb some of the expenses given the relationship between the Town Office and School budgets. 

      3. ADH - Nothing to report

      4. Region 8- JG gave a summary of the fantastic new facility despite some disagreement re: the perimeter fencing. A long punch list still exists before the Region 8 complex is finalized.

  1. Unfinished Business

    1. BARR grant- Meredith is pleased to report that we do have an initial confirmation.

    2. After School Activities and Programs-MJ reports collaboration with school officials is going well. Pickleball is occurring a couple of times a week and participation is gaining momentum. 

    3. Camden National Bank has $1209.48 in Islesboro Teachers' Scholarship. $0.00 money has been deposited or removed for many years. HOS suggests a motion to transfer funds to Maine Community Foundation Islesboro Teachers' Scholarship Fund where it will earn more interest and be used.

NN moves to follow Sally’s suggestion to transfer the aforementioned monies, second by MJ, all in favor. 

  1. New Business

    1. Appointment: Jesse Burns as Middle School Basketball Coach, Joshua Pedirick as Boys Varsity Asst. Coach, Cami Richards as Girls Varsity  Coach

NN moves to acknowledge appointees for coaching, MJ second, all in favor

    1. Dark Harbor 20 Sailboat-Chuck reads aloud portion of the letter he wrote to donor Mr. Truslow, stating “We understand the boat is to be used to support our education mission.” “Furthermore, ICS has no intention of selling the vessel or using it for profit at any time.” Some discussion re: possible uses of the boat. Further discussion re: Pathways. As an aside, JG invites student Abi Martin to present to the school board, her experience as a Magnet student the past eight years. No action taken on sailboat. 

    2. *Open Fuel Bids-One bid from MM Fuel, discussion re: propane use and possible large tank storage might save money. 

Motion my JG to accept fuel bid, second by MJ, all in favor

    1. Monetary donation re: Playground- Betha Howell shared a handout and talked attendees through a large project that will revitalize outdoors spaces on campus. Through a generous from Franklin Beard of $25,000, the Ansley Bell Memorial fund of $5,570, and a private donation of $6,000, ICS will install new playground equipment, a living willow dome, an outdoor classroom, an embankment slide, fitness trail, and much more. Some lively discussion followed ewnding in recognition of Betha’s hard work and efforts. 

  1. Other Business: MJ recognized how well bussing is working out with the Recreation department.  Requests Curriculum and Magnet Committees meet soon. 

  2. Executive Session: as per 1 M.R.S.A §405(6)(A) - Employment of Employees

8:05 NN moves to go into Executive Session, second by JG, all in favor 

  1. Public session at 8:40

NN moves to have Chloe fill out Waiver Form from the DOE that will waive the additional year necessary for Chuck to serve as Superintendent, MJ seconds, all in favor

  1. Adjournment MJ moves to adjourn, second my NN, all in favor at 8:45

Respectfully Submitted

Charles R. Hamm

School Board Agenda for 11/5/19

posted Nov 1, 2019, 12:47 PM by Melissa Burns   [ updated Nov 1, 2019, 12:48 PM ]

School Board meeting will be held 11/5/10 at 6:15 pm.  The meeting will be in Ms. Kristen's room of the school. 

Islesboro Central School Department

School Committee Meeting

Tuesday, November 5, 2019—6:15 p.m. in Ms. Kristen’s Room



  1. Call to Order and Roll Call 

  2. Approval of Agenda / Adjustments to the Agenda

  3. Approval of Minutes of 10/1/2019

  4. Correspondence - 

  5. Recognition/Celebration: ReVision Solar, Open House/Harvest Festival

  6. Open Session - 

  7. Presentations - Class of 2020 trip presentation 

  8. Reports:  

    1. Chair

    2. Head of School

    3. Superintendent

    4. Dean of Students

    5. Committee Reports

    1. Policy -

    2. Facility -

    3. ADH - 

  1. Unfinished Business

    1. BARR grant

  1. After School Activities and Programs

    1. Camden National Bank has $1209.48 in Islesboro Teachers' Scholarship. $0.00 money has been deposited or removed for many years. HOS suggests a motion to transfer funds to Maine Community Foundation Islesboro Teachers' Scholarship Fund where it will earn more interest and be used.

  1. New Business

    1. Appointment: Jesse Burns as Middle School Basketball coach.

    2. Dark Harbor 20 Sailboat

    3. *Open Fuel Bids

    4. Monetary donation re: Playground

  1. Other Business:

  2. Executive Session: as per 1 M.R.S.A §405(6)(A) - Employment of Employees

  3. Adjournment

10/01/2019 School Board Agenda

posted Sep 27, 2019, 11:00 AM by Melissa Burns

Islesboro Central School Department

School Committee Meeting

Tuesday, October 1, 2019—6:15 p.m. in Ms. Kristen’s Room



  1. Call to Order and Roll Call 

  2. Approval of Agenda / Adjustments to the Agenda

  3. Approval of Minutes of 9/3/2019

  4. Correspondence - MSFS

  5. Recognition/Celebration: Staff video

  6. Open Session - 

  7. Presentations - 

  8. Reports:  

    1. Chair

    2. Head of School

    3. Superintendent

    4. Dean of Students

    5. Committee Reports

    1. Policy - Nutrition Program, Lunch pricing breakdown

    2. Facility - Exterior Envelope Specialists

    3. ADH - Bidding process

    4. Solar Project - Oct. 9 Celebration

  1. Unfinished Business

    1. After School Activities and Programs - Intramurals between Soccer and Basketball

    2. Open Forum discussion

  1. New Business

    1. Review Mission Statement

    2. Civil Rights Team proposal

    3. Appointment- Tammy Tyler as Library Ed Tech

    4. MSMA updates-Chloe and Chuck report out

  1.  Other Business:

  1. Adjournment

9/3/19 School Board Agenda

posted Aug 31, 2019, 2:31 PM by Melissa Burns

4 Schillings Short to play for ICS. Public Welcome

posted Aug 23, 2019, 5:48 AM by Melissa Burns

Please join us Sept 12th at 2pm with 4 Schillings Short.   We are excited for their performance of  Around the World in 30 Instruments !  Please see the attached flyer for more information. 

Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year!

posted Aug 19, 2019, 9:32 AM by Melissa Burns

Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year

      There is nothing finer than crossing the bay on a gorgeous summer morning and breathing in the fresh coastal air while schooners slide by under blue skies. The restorative properties of the Maine coast are truly remarkable. 

     ICS has been a busy place these past couple of months. We said goodbye to a handful of staff and students and have spent considerable time and energy rebuilding and restoring some key positions. Our efforts have reaped wonderful results. In fact, several of the new staff have moved to Islesboro with their school-age children. We all extend a warm welcome to the new community members. We also have two adorable staff babies attending the Islesboro Preschool. 

        ICS continues to be an ever-evolving school. Happily, we have recently been recognized as the 9th best school district--out of 116--in the state of Maine by Niche! Niche’s 2020 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. In an effort to rekindle the school’s community bonds, ICS will also be hosting a forum featuring a plenary session followed by a World Cafe style meeting. More information will be available soon. Dates for Open House and the Harvest Festival will also be forthcoming. 

Staff have been busy this summer working on professional development, traveling, enjoying their families, and spending time reflecting on their craft as educators. The ICS facility hosted Adventure Camp and Summer School recently. 

Students’ families can expect to hear about our in-house mentoring program. We will be expanding that a bit this year to include all three schools. We are also pushing our Pathways Program down into the eighth grade. A dedicated piece of the schedule will support students as they delve into our hallmark program. Head of School’s weekly memos will continue under “In The News” tab on our website. Our Instagram link can be found on our website, or you can follow us @icspathways. An ICS Parent Facebook page is also up and running. Additionally, we will be collecting cell numbers and email addresses from families for use with a program that will allow alerts, cancellations, and weekly memos. 

Heading into the school year, we welcome several new members of the ICS family. We have a new superintendent, Chris Downing. Chris hails from Searsport, where he serves as their part-time superintendent. He also mentors a principal in the Rangeley Lakes Region. Chris comes with a wealth of experience and is a perfect fit for ICS. You might not see him very often, however, since he will be working only two days a month. 

     Meredith Diamond, our new Dean of Students, has been working diligently throughout the summer. Meredith’s work ethic and obvious commitment to ICS is going to be an incredible asset. She has already made strong ties within the greater community and eagerly awaits the arrival of staff and students. Meredith exhibits confidence and optimism in navigating the intricacies of her new position. She and the rest of the staff are fast becoming friends and partners in education. Welcome, Meredith!

     Arla Casselman will be teaching Science and Sustainability as well as working on K-12 curriculum alignment of the same. She will also play a crucial role in maintaining the gardens, greenhouses, and orchards. Arla recently taught at Medomak High School and brings a vast array of knowledge and experience. Another great catch, Arla is no stranger to hard work and multi-tasking. She owns and operates a blueberry business and shears sheep across the state in her “spare” time.  An avid runner, Arla is self disciplined and extremely capable. Welcome to ICS, Arla. 

     Lindsay Dakers is joining the ICS family as our Middle School and High school counselor. She and her family are in the process of moving to Isleboro from western Maine. Lindsay’s two children will be enrolled in our elementary school. As luck would have it, Lindsay has collaborated with the Rural Aspirations Project in the past and has developed a Pathways Program out of that experience. She possesses a buoyant attitude that is simply contagious.  Please say hello, introduce yourself, and welcome Lindsay when you get a chance.  

     Another key member of our new staff, Melissa Burns, has made herself at home in the front office. The importance of her role as our administrative assistant cannot be overstated. We are incredibly fortunate to have her on board. Melissa has moved to Islesboro with her husband Jesse and their four children--three of whom are enrolled at ICS. They come to us from Arizona and are thrilled with the warm welcome they have received from the island community. Let’s extend our welcome as Melissa settles into the rhythm of the school year. 

     Jesse Burns, Melissa’s husband, interviewed for our custodial position and made it clear that his broad skill set and past work experience make him the perfect person for the job. Jesse will be working after school hours for the most part, although you will probably see him coming and going as he appears quite comfortable in his new role. I suspect Jesse will soon be driving the bus as well. When you see Jesse, ask him about his dogs.

     Another new face can be found in our kitchen, working alongside Pete. Lisa Govoni has graciously accepted the position as assistant cook. Pete and Lisa have worked together in the past and are eager to impress us with delicious meals and friendly banter. Welcome, Lisa, and thank you in advance for your hard work and creativity.

     Over the summer, Melissa Olson decided to accept the Librarian position at the Islesboro Town Library. We wish her the best of luck and will miss her presence at school. At the time of this writing, the Librarian position at ICS is still open. Given our track record lately, we are confident we will find a wonderful candidate to fill this important role.

     Our student population continues to wax and wane with the seasons. We witnessed a decline in enrollment with the loss of several Magnet students at the end of the last school year. We also accepted several staff resignations. That being said, we have enrolled five new students due to new staff moving to the island. We’ve also gained a few students from other families that have either moved to the island or who were home-schooling. Additionally, there has been a rise in interest from families hoping to enroll students in the Magnet program. As the dust settles, we should end up with about the same enrollment as last year. An interesting commonality new families share is that they are aware of our incredible reputation as a school--in part, through social media and our website. 

     In other news, the Anne Dillon House is slowly making progress, and the solar array is near completion. The building has been spruced up with shiny floors and some fresh paint. The School Board has been busy with strategic planning and continues to support the efforts of the staff. 

     In closing this rather long welcome letter, we thank the custodial staff--Dick Cilley, Jesse Burns, and Tammy Sweetland--and admin assistant Melissa Burns for doing all the behind-the-scenes work that makes our beautiful school function as well as it does. 

     As always, it is my humble honor to serve and support Islesboro Central School to the best of my abilities. Let’s have a strong start and a terrific school year in all regards!


Chuck Hamm

Head of School


posted Aug 16, 2019, 4:13 PM by Melissa Burns

Its that time of year again, TIME TO GET SIGNED UP FOR ICS FALL SPORTS!  Please use the link below to sign up.  This year we are proud to offer MS Soccer, MS Cross Country (5-8 grade), as well as Varsity Soccer & Varsity Cross Country (8-12 grade).  

Welcome Meredith Diamond, Dean of Students

posted Aug 16, 2019, 3:49 PM by Katie Yeatts

Please click here.

Welcome Lindsay Dakers!

posted Aug 16, 2019, 3:43 PM by Katie Yeatts

Islesboro Central School is pleased to announce they have recently hired Lindsay Dakers as their Middle School and High School counselor. 

Lindsay is joining Islesboro Central School with a background in career and technical education, alternative education, and the coordination of middle and high school career and college readiness programs for rural Maine schools. Most recently she served as the multiple pathways coordinator for Mount Abram Regional High School, located in Franklin County.  

Lindsay is from the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, but has lived in the mountains of Western Maine for the last ten years. Lindsay has a degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America, a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science from Northern Vermont University, and a Master of Science in School Counseling from Gwynedd Mercy University. 

Lindsay’s education and training in school counseling are based on the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) National Model. Lindsay is looking forward to supporting Islesboro’s students in their academic and postsecondary planning, and she has a strong commitment to ensuring social/emotional learning supports for all students.

           Outside of working with students, you’re likely to find Lindsay trying to keep up with her two children on skis or a bike. She and her family are excited to relocate to and explore the midcoast area. 

Magnet Application Deadline Extended!

posted Jul 16, 2019, 4:21 PM by Katie Yeatts

Magnet Application Deadline Extended!

Magnet applications for students in grades 9 -12 will be accepted through the summer!  Please click for more information!

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