Back Row: Chair Snow, Smallidge, Superintendent Hurvitt; Front Row: Wootten, Lacasse, Houghton
|Jan Snow, Chair||2019|
|Mark Hurvitt, Supt.||ex-officio|
Affirmative Action / Non-Discrimination
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 Disabilities 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 Shelly Schildroth (207-374-2202).
School Board Duties & 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 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 in pursuance of specific instructions from the board.
The Blue Hill School Committee meets at 5:00 P.M. on the second Wednesday of each month in the library of the Blue Hill Consolidated School. Agendas are prepared by the superintendent and board chair. They are published at least five weekdays in advance of each meeting and are available in the Superintendent's Office, Principal's Office, and on the school website.
Standard Board Agenda
- Call to Order - Roll Call
- Flag Salute
- Approval of Agenda
- Approval of Minutes
- Comments and/or Questions from the Public
- Old Business
- New Business
- Signing of Vouchers
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 sessions, upon vote of 3/5 of the members present and voting, for consideration of certain matters specified in 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 sessions.
Public Participation Policy
Meetings of the board are public in the sense that they are held in public. 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 set forth in board policy #8377 -- Public Participation at Board Meetings.
Therefore, the chair will provide an opportunity during the consideration of each major agenda item for public comment. Please be aware of these "ground rules" from our policy:
- 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.
- 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 interest 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.