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School Committee Members

18 days ago

Elgin Charles Physic

Ward 2

207-577-0549 


ephysic25@gmail.com

         

                              Bruce Damon

                               Ward 1

                               207-212-6151

                               bdamon@lewistonpublicschools.org 


                             Kiernan I. Majerus-Collins

                             Ward 3

                             207-478-1427

                             kmajerus-collins@lewistonpublicschools.org

Tanya Whitlow

Ward 4

207-577-7872

twhitlow@lewistonpublicschools.org

                              Lynnea Hawkins


                              Ward 5

                              207-520-1852

                              lhawkins@lewistonpublicschools.org


                          Ronald Potvin

                          
                              Ward 6
                          
                              207-346-1079
                          
                             rpotvin@lewistonpublicschools.org

                         Ryan Donovan


                            Ward 7

                            207-576-1044

                            rdonovan@lewistonpublicschools.org

Megan Parks 

Co-chair person-At Large

207-344-7577

mparks@lewistonpublicschools.org

Alicia Rea

City Council Representative

207-417-0100

area@lewistonpublicschools.org

        
Our Job

Our Mission, Beliefs, and Vision

over 2 years ago

Mission

Ensuring Student Academic and Civic Success

Beliefs

  1. All students learn, have talent and want to succeed.
  2. Learners progress at different rates, in different ways, for different futures.
  3. All students deserve a safe and engaging environment where they feel valued.
  4. Students, parents, teachers and community are partners in the learning process.
  5. Student learning is enhanced by meaningful, real-life experiences requiring complex thinking.
  6. Teaching is collaborative and involves ongoing learning.
  7. Teachers are knowledgeable, competent in their field and understand human development.
  8. Student learning is fostered by frequent, formative feedback.
  9. Instruction is aligned and based on standards.
  10. Learning is enhanced by effective use of technology and exposure to the arts.

Vision

Future Learning in Lewiston Public Schools

Learning is

  • Standards-based with multiple pathways to achieve success;
  • Relevant, and rigorous for the present and the future.
  • Based on a common curriculum that cultivates higher order skills;
  • Ongoing and constant with the variables being time, place and support.

Our Students

  • Feel safe, nurtured and celebrated;
  • Help set and monitor progress toward their own educational goals;
  • Have high aspirations acquired through experiences and guidance.

Our Staff

  • Inspire, challenge and support students;
  • Use data and ongoing assessments to inform and differentiate instruction;
  • Work collaboratively in on-going professional development to improve instruction.

Our Parents and Community

  • Are actively engaged in and supportive of their children's learning;
  • Are informed about and work collaboratively with our schools;
  • Provide students opportunities for community projects and real world learning.

Adopted by School Committee January 23, 2012

 

Our Functions and Duties

over 2 years ago

Legislation/Policymaking

The School Committee develops and adopts policies upon the recommendation of the Superintendent. It also employs the Superintendent who carries out its policies.

Educational Program

The School Committee makes decisions about the scope and nature of the educational program. It is also responsible for monitoring, evaluating, and reporting the results of the educational program.

Personnel/Employment

The School Committee is responsible for employing the staff necessary for implementing all instructional and support programs, for establishing the terms and conditions of employment, and for establishing personnel policies. It also provides for the regular evaluation of the staff's effectiveness.

Budget/Finance

The School Committee prepares and presents a budget that will enable the school system to carry out all educational and support programs. It also exercises control over the budget to ensure proper use of, and accounting for, all funds allotted to the system.

School Facilities

The School Committee determines the system's facilities needs, communicates those needs to local citizens and state officials, and purchases sites and approves building plans that will house and enhance the educational and support programs.

Communication with the Public

The School Committee keeps the local citizenry informed about the schools, and keeps its members informed about the wishes and concerns of the public.

Quasi-judicial

The School Committee is responsible for acting as a court of appeal as required by state statutes, and when appropriate for personnel, students, and the public when issues involve School Committee policy and its fair implementation.

 

A Typical Meeting Agenda
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Meeting Participation

over 2 years ago

Meetings of the Lewiston School Committee are public in the sense that they are held in public. Our primary purpose for meeting is to conduct our business as charged by law. Our "Public Input" agenda item permits members of the audience to address the School Committee on non-agenda items, excluding comments concerning items which must be reserved for executive session. Additionally, the Chairperson will provide an opportunity during the consideration of each major agenda item for public comment. Comments from audience members are welcomed during these times within the following guidelines:

The Chairperson will recognize individuals wishing to be heard by the School Committee. All questions and comments should be addressed to the Chairperson.

While all comments will be heard and considered, some questions may require research and/or discussion before they are answered. Generally, the School Committee does not discuss or act on an item not on the agenda.

The number of speakers and the amount of time each speaks may be limited. In the interest of time, speakers are asked not to be repetitious of comments already made. In the case of a large audience, the chairperson may request that a group designate a spokesperson.

Any community member with a legitimate interest in the School Committee's business may speak. Employees or employee groups are generally not permitted to discuss matters for which other, more appropriate forums are provided.

Personnel and student issues should be brought to the appropriate school personnel before being brought to the School Committee.

Citizens may communicate to the School Committee in writing as well. Correspondence should be addressed to: Lewiston School Committee, 36 Oak Street, Lewiston, ME 04240.

 

Executive Sessions

In accordance with the Freedom of Access ("Right-to-Know") law, School Committee meetings are held in public. The committee may go into private or executive session upon a vote of 3/5 of the members present to consider certain matters specified by law, such as personnel matters, student suspension/expulsion, contracts to be negotiated, collective bargaining, legal advice, pending litigation, or student records which are confidential by nature. No final action may be taken during executive sessions.

 

Our Meetings
Affirmative Action / Non-Discrimination Statement
Conflict Resolution
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