Approved Minutes from 9/1/2020

posted Oct 19, 2020, 10:50 AM by Moriah Nutter


Special Meeting Approved Minutes from 9/14/20

posted Oct 19, 2020, 5:05 AM by Moriah Nutter



“Creating resourceful, knowledgeable and compassionate citizens of tomorrow.”


SPECIAL MEETING Approved Minutes

Monday, September 14, 2020 - 4:45 PM

Deer Isle-Stonington High School Gymnasium


Board Members Present: Jane Osborne, Tracie Morey, Liz Perez, Darrell Williams, William Shepard

Staff: Chris Elkington Dennis Duquette, Tara McKechnie, Betsy Woodward, Eric Beachy

Guests: Tara Perez, Jackie Carter, Denise Rytky, Leslie Landrigan


  1. Call to Order and Declaration of Quorum under emergency legislation 

The Chair called the meeting to order and declared a quorum at 4:55 p.m.


  1. Moment of Silence
  2. Introductions
  3. Approval of the Agenda

Motion by Shepard to approve the agenda.  Second by Perez.  Vote:  5/Y 0/N


  1. Review of Policy 2.01P Public Participation at School Board Meetings

The Chair reviewed the policy with the public


  1. Citizen’s Comments on non-agenda items


  1. Action Item:

a.     Reconsideration of Varsity Soccer Competition Status

Superintendent Elkington sent out a recommendation to reconsider prior to the meeting.  The Superintendent added that last week Ellsworth voted to participate in fall sports, Bucksport will vote tomorrow night and GSA will decide in a couple of weeks.  MDI has not made a decision yet as school has not opened in-person yet for them.  The Superintendent recommends that we only schedule with schools from Hancock County, Washington County and with Searsport High School.


i.  Review of the updated Community Sports Guidelines & MPA changes for competitive soccer.

Superintendent Elkington reviewed the updated guidelines.


ii.  Medical professional thoughts

Medical professionals were invited to the meeting to provide information and answer any medical questions that may arise.  The medical professional guests were Tara Perez and Jackie Carter from Northern Light.  They began by stating that coaches and students need to understand the guidelines are for themselves and everyone around them in their community.  Guidelines are extensive but all are very needed.  Medicine also recognizes that schools and students need normalcy as well for their social well-being.  Never let your guard down.  Jackie Carter says the guidelines are good and thorough.  Coaching staff should review the guidelines and make themselves familiar with all rules and regulations.  Education of COVID 19 needs to happen.  After much discussion Superintendent Elkington says that the MPA has made it mandatory for ADs and Coaches to watch a video on the guidelines and COVID-19.  The Superintendent suggested to AD Woodward and the Principal Duquette that it would be valuable to have a medical professional speak with our teams. He suggested that the school schedule this meeting.  Tara Perez also stated that it is extremely important to take attendance for every game and/or practice.  This includes everyone present not just athletes but officials and spectators as well.


1.     Board questions

Board member Williams asked for clarification on tier testing.  The three tiers were explained and how testing could be expedited.  Board member Shepard asked if there was any data of other schools who may have participated in competitive sports.  There was no data.  Chair Osborne thanked the medical staff.


Superintendent Elkington says it is beneficial for all staff to hear the information the medical staff provided.


2.     Citizen questions


                        iii.  Citizen’s Comments

                                    Denise Rytky was present to represent and advocate for parents and athletes.  Ms

Rytky read a statement to the Board.  The Board thanked Ms. Rytky for her statement.


                        iv.  DISHS Principal and AD thoughts

                                    Principal Duquette and AD Woodward shared their thoughts.


                        v.  Superintendent’s Recommendation

                                    Was shared in his previous memo.


b.     Executive Session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. §405 (6)(E)Consultation w/Attorney

Motion by Morey to enter into Executive Session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. §405 (6)(E)Consultation w/Attorney @ 5:52 p.m..  Second by Perez.  Vote: 5/Y 0/N

Back to regular session @ 6:09 p.m.


c.     Motion to Approve Superintendent’s Recommendation on Varsity Soccer Competition:

i. Moved by:  Morey    Seconded by: Perez

ii. Vote: 4/Y 1/N (Shepard)

Board member Morey asked if there was a way to fence the area of where spectators and participants can be.  Board member Shepard says this is a hard decision because students need sports but we have to keep our community in mind as well.

  1. Adjournment

Motion by Morey to adjourn at 6:22 p.m.  Second by Williams.  Vote: 5/Y 0/N


Respectfully submitted,

Rhonda Eaton, Secretary









Special Meeting Approved Minutes from 10/6/20

posted Oct 19, 2020, 5:04 AM by Moriah Nutter


       “Creating resourceful, knowledgeable and compassionate citizens of tomorrow.”


Special Meeting Approved Minutes

Remote Access Meeting Per 1 MRSA §403-A  

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 - 6:15 PM


In accordance with An Act to Implement Provisions Necessary to the Health, Welfare and Safety of the Citizens of Maine in Response to the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency, as enacted to read: Sec. G-1 1 MRSA §403-A Public proceedings through remote access during declaration of state of emergency due to Covid-19 the meeting will be held though a ZOOM Mtg. (Directions for joining mtg. will be shared)


Board Members Present: Jane Osborne, Tracie Morey, Liz Perez, Darrell Williams, William Shepard

Staff: Christian Elkington, Betsy Woodward, Lori Thompson, Jessica Talbot, Clara Stone, Katharine Schrader, Traci Martin, Rebecca Beachy, Darlene Allen, Dorothy Conte, Jean Vadeboncoeur

Guests: Leslie Landrigan, Phyllis, Hunter



1.     The Chair called the meeting to order and declared a quorum under emergency legislation at 6:19 pm.


2.     Expectations Review for Remote Meetings – the Chair reviewed the expectations and procedures for remote board meetings.


  1. Moment of Silence
  2. Introductions
  3. Approval of the Agenda

            Moved by: Perez   Seconded by: Shepard.  No discussion. Motion carries. 

            Vote:  5/Y 0/N


  1. Citizens’ Comments – none


  1. Executive Session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. §405(6)(D) Labor Negotiations w/Teachers

            Moved by: Williams    Seconded by: Morey

            Vote: 5/Y 0/N

The Board went into Executive Session at 6:24 pm and came back into regular session at 8:35.


  1. Adjournment

            Moved to adjourn at 8:36pm by Perez, Seconded by Shepard.

            Vote: 5/Y 0/N


       Respectfully submitted,


       Christian Elkington


Student Meal Ordering

posted Sep 25, 2020, 10:31 AM by Moriah Nutter

Student Meal Ordering Form 
Above is the link to order meals for Remote and Homeschool families. Because of limited resources we need families to pick-up. If determined by the principal that there is a special circumstance we will work with a few families to deliver.

9-25-20 Remote & Homeschool Families

posted Sep 25, 2020, 10:25 AM by Moriah Nutter

OFIP Press Release and Oct. 18th Event Info.

posted Oct 9, 2018, 10:28 AM by Moriah Nutter

Attached are two documents, a press release and flyer, about OFIP's Navigating a Path to Opiate Treatment and Recovery event on Thursday, October 18th at 5:00pm at the Reach Performing Arts Center.

Untitled Post

posted Sep 20, 2018, 8:38 PM by Carla Magoon

Ready By 21 Mentoring is now open at DISHS!
Mentors will be available during the following days and times:
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursdays during Focus Study
After School 2:40-4:00 P.M. (and by appointment!)

'Tis the Season..for Ticks!

posted May 1, 2018, 7:30 AM by Calla Jordan

With Spring comes plenty of sunshine and green grass...and also some unwanted guests...Ticks! Please see the attached document for helpful information on identifying the different types and what you can do to protect yourself and your children. 

Congratulations Orly Vaughn!!!

posted Mar 6, 2018, 10:55 AM by Calla Jordan

Orly Vaughn of Deer Isle, a senior at Deer Isle-Stonington High School, has been selected to receive the 2018 Principal's Award, Principal Ed Hatch announced today. The award, sponsored by the Maine Principal's Association is given in recognition of a high school senior's academic achievement and citizenship. Throughout her time at DISHS, Orly has excelled as a leader in the classroom, on the court/fields, and in the community. Orly, Mr. Hatch, and other award winners and their principals will attend an Honors Luncheon at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 12:30 P.M. The honors banquet recognizes these outstanding students with the presentation of an individual plaque and the awarding of five $1,000 scholarships in the names of Horace O. McGowan and Richard W. Tyler. Mr. McGowan and Mr. Tyler were former Maine principals and executive directors of the Association. An additional five $1,000 scholarships will be presented thought he efforts of the MPA Scholarship Golf Tournament. The Principal's Award is presented in more than 100 Maine public and private high schools by member principals of the MPA, the professional association which represents Maine's school administrators. 

Agenda for School Board Meeting taking place March 6th at 5:30 PM

posted Mar 5, 2018, 7:59 AM by Calla Jordan   [ updated Mar 5, 2018, 8:00 AM ]

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