Board of Education

Board of Education
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550
Phone 301.334.8931
Fax 301.334.7621

Minutes August 12, 1997



Oakland, Maryland 21550

Tuesday, August 12, 1997



PART I - Call to Order

Mr. Dale M. Carpenter, president of the Garrett County Board of Education, called this meeting to order at approximately 3:03 p.m. Members in attendance included Mr. Patrick W. Riley, vice-president, and Mr. Rodney L. Durst, Mr. James M. Raley, and Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, associate members, and Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools. .

PART II - Public Comment

There were no requests for public comment.

PART III - Executive Session

Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to move to executive session in accordance with Public School Law 4-106 and Section 10-508 of the State Government Title for the purpose of discussing personnel matters that affect one or more individuals, a student hearing, and meeting with the Board’s Attorney. Mr. Albert A. Coviello, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, and Miss Henrietta Lease were asked to remain for the executive session. Mr. Robert Watson, Board Attorney, joined the group at approximately 3:30 p.m.

PART IV - Re-Opening of Public Session

Mr. Karlo Gesner, student member of the Board of Education, joined the public session which reopened at 5:30 p.m. Mr. Carpenter asked the Rev. Paul Harris to offer a prayer, after which Mr. Carpenter led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

PART V - Acceptance of Agenda

Dr. Teets requested that the award of Northern Middle School computer bid be added to the agenda. Upon a motion by Mr. Riley, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education accepted the agenda with the requested revision included.

PART VI - Approval of Minutes

Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mr. Riley, the minutes of July 8, 1997 and of July 29, 1997 were accepted.

PART VII - Vehicle Insurance Bid Award

Mr. Art Refosco, Director of Transportation presented information regarding the bid process for the school bus fleet insurance. Mr. Refosco announced that the lowest quotation per bid specifications was from Yoder-Hershberger Insurance through Erie Insurance. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mr. Riley, the board unanimously approved the insurance bid be awarded to the Yoder-Hershberger Insurance Company.

PART VIII- Computer Bid Award

Information regarding the bid for thirty (30) computers for Northern Middle School was presented by Mr. Chuck Trautwein. After reviewing the list of bidders with the board, Mr. Trautwein noted that the lowest bid was received from ProGen, Rustin, California. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mr. Riley, the computer bid was awarded to ProGen.

PART IX - Instructional Concerns

Mrs. Maxine Miller, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, 9-12, presented the High School Math Program of Studies and explained the various segments of the document which was developed during a workshop in June, 1997. She noted that there was very little change from last year’s document except for the Core Leaning Goals match. Mr. Riley commented on the subjective outcomes and delineation of specific skills and commended the committee for such a fine draft. He further complimented Mrs. Miller and Dr. Brenda McCartney, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Pre-K - 8, on the inclusion of memorization of algebraic concepts. Mrs. Miller introduced several members of the committee that were present.

Next, Mrs. Miller presented the High School Science Program of Studies, noting that separate booklets were developed by subject for convenience of instruction. She noted that each document incorporates lab skills throughout. During the presentation of the Earth and Space Program of Studies, Mr. Riley suggested that the Virginia Standards may be helpful to more clearly define the items. Mrs. Miller then presented the additional booklets of Principles of Technology I & II, Chemistry, Chemistry in the Community, and Biology Programs of Studies, noting that each carried a similar format. In response to Mr. Coviello’s question regarding high school assessment, Mrs. Miller explained that this year’s sixth grade students will be the ones tested so the work this summer was to get the process in line with the Core Learning Goals. Mrs. Miller introduced the members of the committee who were present and expressed her appreciation to the principals of Northern and Southern High Schools for their attendance at the workshop, their support and leadership.

Next, Dr. McCartney shared the working draft of the Science Program of Studies, 6-8, and introduced those middle school science teachers who were present. She noted that 80% of the middle school science teachers were involved in the development of the program of studies. Dr. McCartney explained that the document has been a working draft since August, 1996, and has been on display and reviewed by the public. The document was taken to the ACE Committee and has been receiving feedback from teachers who have been using it this past year. She noted that the format used was suggested by the Outcome Based Education Committee. Dr. McCartney noted that she would ask that action to approve the Science Program of Studies, 6-8 be taken at the September Board meeting.

Dr. McCartney spoke about the process of choosing a science textbook. She explained that a draft was sent to seven textbook companies and that after review, the selection was narrowed to two companies, Glencoe and Holt. She noted that both textbooks were piloted and that the recommended text is Science Plus from Holt. She explained that the evaluation form that was used was based on Board policy, criteria from page 2 of that document. She presented copies of teacher editions for grades six, seven, and eight, and noted that these would be on display for a month for public review and input. The new textbook will be brought to the Board for approval at the September meeting. Mr. Riley was in attendance at various times during the summer workshop and noted that the teachers had good discussion groups. Dr. McCartney thanked the teachers who were in attendance for all their hard work.

Dr. McCartney next introduced the committee in attendance who shared in the development of the Math Program of Studies, K-5. The document will remain a working draft for the coming year and will be finalized next summer. Dr. McCartney explained that, during that time, the program of studies will be shared with the ACE Committee and will be on display for public review. Two textbooks will also be piloted during this time, Silver Burdett at Dennett Road Elementary School and McGraw at the Grantsville Elementary School. This led to a discussion concerning the pilot selection process wherein Dr. McCartney noted that the Media Review policy and evaluation procedures were used as was done with the science textbooks.

Dr. McCartney then introduced the Math Program of Studies, 6-8 which has already been taken to the ACE committee and been on public display for a year. She explained that the search for a textbook has begun. The Math Program of Studies, 6-8 will be brought back to the Board meeting in September for approval. Mr. Riley noted that a lot of estimation and use of technology were included and asked if recall of facts skills were evident in the document. Dr. McCartney responded that memorization skills and recall of basic facts and drill are included.

PART X - Public Comment

As there were no requests for public comment, the board agreed to take a short break at 7:00 p.m. and reconvene at 7:10 p.m.

PART XI - Personnel Matters

The following personnel recommendations were presented by Dr. Teets:

Emergency Coach

Amy Nemith, Cheerleader Advisor, SH, effective 08/15/97

Diane Arnett, Assistant Cheerleader Advisor, SH, effective 08/15/97


Charlotte Fike, Cafeteria Worker, 4.5 hours per day, SH, effective 08/22/97

Kelly Martz, English Teacher, NH, effective 08/13/97


F. Denise Blocher, Cafeteria Assistant, 6 hours per day, GV, effective 08/22/97

Mary Ann Hare, Title I Teacher, BR, effective 08/20/97

Janet Gregory, .7 Math Resource Teacher, DR, effective 08/20/97

Sue Hillen, .7 Math Resource Teacher, RH/YG, effective 08/20/97

Christopher Jones, Elementary Music Teacher, GV/BL, effective 08/20/97

Change of Name for Bus Contractor

Lori A. Wiley requests a name change to Lori A. Kyle

Bus Drivers for Deletion

Brenton Craig Evans

Richard Clinton Kimble

Elwood Franklin Jamison

Driver for Approval

Andrew Sines for any contractor

Upon a motion by Mr. Riley, seconded by Mr. Raley, the board unanimously moved to accept the superintendent’s personnel recommendations.

PART XII - Presentation of Award to Maggie Hockman

Mrs. Wilda Massi introduced Mrs. Maggie Hockman and presented her with an award from the University of Maryland’ s Center for the Study of Troubling Behavior. The plaque, presented originally at a luncheon on July 14, 1997, was awarded for Exemplary Service to Children’s Mental Health in School Settings. Mrs. Massi noted that the award, which was presented to only three people in the state of Maryland, was well deserved by Mrs. Hockman in that the STAR Program has been very successful in our school system. Mrs. Hockman acknowledged the team effort involved, as well as the support of the administrators and board members. Dr. Teets noted that he attended two morning training sessions and was quite impressed with the presentation. Mrs. Massi added that an additional discretionary grant would be forthcoming to provide more staff development, to upgrade and review the CPA program, and to provide a transitioning program for students involved in the alternate education program at the middle school level.

PART XIII - Student Handbook

Mrs. Massi presented the latest revision of the Student Handbook. Extensive discussion focused on the refinement of language and detail, and the need for several revisions were pointed out to Mrs. Massi.. Points of clarification concerned the appeal process, reporting of child abuse/neglect, legal foundations, fighting with regard to physical attack or threat, asbestos management plan, and number of excused absences. Mr. Coviello provided some historical perspective as to how the number of days was selected, further explaining that now students have two days off while employees have staff development activities. In response to a question about the legality of not granting credit for missing too many days, Mr. Coviello discussed law and policy and suggested that Mrs. Massi bring that topic to the State Pupil Services meeting. Upon a motion from Mr. Durst, seconded by Mr. Raley, the board unanimously approved the Student Handbook with the aforementioned revisions.

PART XIV - Hospitality/Tourism Program Training Manual and Supplemental Materials

Mrs. Jo Ann Vent noted that although there were no comments submitted during the public preview time for the Hospitality/Tourism Program Training Manual, she did receive a message from Mr. Ken Perrin, Oakland Postmaster, which she shared with the board. Mr. Perrin’s letter offered favorable comments regarding the proposed program. During discussion, Mr. Riley added that he had some hesitancy regarding the emphasis on tourism, but has seen the benefits of such a program for our students. Upon a motion from Mr. Raley, seconded by Mr. Riley, the board unanimously adopted the recommendation of Dr. Teets to approve the Hospitality/Tourism Program.

PART XV - Travel Request

Dr. Teets presented a travel request for Mr. Coviello and Mrs. Vent to attend the American Vocational Association’s Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, from December 11 through December 14, 1997. Mrs. Vent explained that the Tech Prep, School-to-Careers Program funds would be used to cover expenses for the trip. In response to Mr. Riley’s concerns about attending conventions at such as distance, Mrs. Vent explained that she attended the annual events for several years and felt that she and her program benefited from the information and resources gained by attending the conventions. Mr. Coviello will attend as the chairperson of the Regional Implementation Team. It was also mentioned that national conventions are located in large cities across the United States in order to attract a wider participation. Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mr. Durst, the board voted to approve the travel request.

PART XVI - Public Official Bond Resolution

Pursuant to Public School Law 6-110 (b), Education Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, a county superintendent is required to obtain and submit to the Comptroller of the Treasury a Public Official Bond in an amount set by the County Board of Education. Upon a recommendation by Dr. Teets, Mr. Riley moved to resolve, seconded by Mr. Durst, that

The Board of Education of Garrett County, as a result of its action on August 12, 1997, set the Superintendent’s Official Bond at $20,000. This amount would remain in effect for the period July 1, 1997 to June 30, 2001 in conjunction with the Superintendent’s current contract.

PART XVII - Change Date of Special Meeting

The board agreed to move the special meeting from August 21, 1997 to August 28, 1997 to accommodate the architect’s timeline for the awarding of the bid for construction of the Southern High School connecting corridor, and to attend to personnel matters.

PART XVIII - Adjournment

The Board of Education agreed to adjourn at 8:25 p.m.


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Dale M. Carpenter Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
  Approved: September 9, 1997