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Education Planning Committee

Minutes of July 17, 2013 (Draft, subject to correction)

Deputy Town Clerk Stu Marckoon called the meeting to order at 6:07 PM

Present were: Committee members Robin Veysey, Perry Fowler, Nathan Mason, Jon VanAmringe, Robert Pulver and Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon. Prior to the meeting, Stu administered the oaths of office to all members.

Selection of Chair – Robin Veysey nominated Perry Fowler as chair. Nathan 2 nd . Vote in favor was 4-1 (Fowler opposed)

Selection of Vice Chair – Initially Bob Pulver nominated Mrs. Veysey as vice-chair and Nathan Mason 2 nd followed by a vote in favor. After discussion, it was decided that Mr. Mason should be the vice chair, and Mr. Pulver moved to do so 2 nd by Mrs. Veysey. Vote in favor was 3-0 (Fowler, Mason abstained)

Selection of Secretary – Mr. Pulver nominated Mrs. Veysey to be the Secretary. Jon VanAmringe 2 nd . Vote in favor was 4-0 (Veysey abstained). Stu said he would be happy to take the minutes for this meeting, but would not act as the board's secretary at future meetings.

Mr. Fowler said he was not certain what the function of the committee is supposed to be. Mr. Mason said the Selectmen gave an agenda of sorts for the committee to look at. Mr. Fowler asked about the RSU 24 Withdrawal Committee, and whether that functions any longer. Mr. Fowler asked if the withdrawal committee is gone. Mr. Mason said this committee is the one that develops information prior to the final withdrawal vote. Mr. VanAmringe asked how this augments the Withdrawal Committee's work. Mr. Mason said the RSU 24 Withdrawal Committee has completed its statutory mission, and this committee is not limited to the guidelines that state law lays out in the withdrawal process.

Mr. VanAmringe asked why a separate committee was formed. Mr. Mason said the previous committee is required by statute. He said there is no statute for this committee – the Selectmen opted to form it as a help to voters. He said there are a lot of questions.

Mr. VanAmringe said it appears that the charge to the committee is not to offer an opinion but to offer facts. He asked why there was no member of the withdrawal committee appointed to this committee. Mr. Mason said members of the withdrawal committee were asked, but declined to serve. Mr. VanAmringe asked if this committee could enlist their help. Stu said that was expected by the withdrawal committee. Mr. Mason said the withdrawal committee has a lot of figures. Mr. VanAmringe said this committee might need a couple more people, and it would benefit this committee to hear from the withdrawal committee. A lengthy discussion followed about information gathering.

Mr. Pulver said there are a lot of “ifs” that cannot be answered because they depend on who ends up withdrawing. Mr. Mason said the state has considered Lamoine to operate a “stand-alone” district once it withdraws. Mr. VanAmringe said the analysis has to be qualitative, not just quantitative. He said he did not think there is any way that going on its own that the town's school department would be any less expensive. He said there is a price to going it alone, and said the town would have to determine whether the price is worth it. A discussion of how far into the future to project costs, the impact of withdrawal by Ellsworth, and tuition costs followed.

The committee, after a lengthy discussion of the goals for a final report, requested the following items:

The committee discussed dates for the next meeting and settled on Monday, July 29, 2013 at 5:00 PM at the Town Hall.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:18 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Stu Marckoon, Deputy Town Clerk