York School Committee 2019-2020
Upcoming York School Committee Meetings:
Executive Session: October 16, 2019, 4 p.m., Central Office: In Accordance with Title I MRSA Sec. 405 (6) (B) (Student)
Next Business Meeting: October 16, 2019, 7 p.m., York Public Library
Agenda (includes links to policies under review)
School Committee 2019-2020 Goals
Brenda Alexander, Chair FY20 (Term Expires 2022)
David Herbein, Vice-Chair FY20 (Term Expires 2020)
Julie Eneman (Term Expires 2021)
Meredith Schmid (Term Expires 2022)
Meaghan Schoff (Term Expires 2021)
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Lou Goscinski, Superintendent of Schools
Zak Harding, Business Administrator
Anita Bernhardt, Assistant Superintendent of Schools
Erin Frazier, Director of Special Education
Eric Lawson, Director of Technology and Libraries
The School Committee welcomes you to our meeting. We appreciate visitors from the public and trust your attendance will be beneficial to both you and 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 of York. You are invited to participate in the meeting in accordance with the policy and rules established by the board.
The York Schools - in partnership with students, families, and the community - are dedicated to educating, inspiring, and challenging all students to be life-long learners and ethical citizens prepared to contribute to a changing and complex world.
We believe in providing each student with the opportunity to develop, to his or her fullest potential, in an academically challenging, supportive, and safe environment. Our graduates will leave able to demonstrate and apply essential knowledge and skills across a content-rich curriculum with literacy and numeracy as cornerstones.
School Board Duties and Responsibilities
Maine State law charges school boards with the responsibility to "manage the schools." This is done essentially by selecting a superintendent and providing him/her with the 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 broad 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 board have authority only when acting as a board legally in session. The board shall not be bound in any way by an action or statement of an individual member except when such statement or action is pursuant to specific instructions of the board.
The York School Committee meets at 7:00 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month at the York Public Library. Agendas are prepared by the Superintendent and Board Chair, are published at least three weekdays in advance of each meeting and are posted on the district website, York Town Hall, the local cable network, and in area newspapers.
Standard Board Agenda:
Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Minutes
Comments from the Public
Old and Unfinished Business
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 for consideration of certain matters specified in the law (such as personnel, student suspension/expulsion, contracts to be negotiated, collective bargaining, legal advice or pending litigation). No final action may be taken in executive session.
Public Participation Policy
Meetings of the board are open in the sense that they are held in public session. 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 listed below.
The chair will provide an opportunity for public comment at the outset of consideration of each major agenda item. The following "ground rules" will be followed:
- 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.
Thank you for your cooperation.
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 Disability Education 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. The Affirmative Action Officer is Anita Bernhardt (firstname.lastname@example.org).