Board of Education

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

Minutes September 2, 1997




Oakland, Maryland 21550

Tuesday, August 28, 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 6:17 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 D. Teets, Superintendent of Schools.

Part II - Acceptance of Agenda

Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mr. Durst, the Board accepted the public agenda.

Mr. Riley asked that on page 2873 of the minutes of July 8, 1997, second line from the bottom, the word "public" be amended to read "policy."

Part III - Award of Bid for Southern High Connecting Corridor

Dr. Teets related that Mr. Kevin Renwick, Architect with Foreman Architects, was pleased with the participation in the bid process as there were four contractors with bids for the corridor and three for the HVAC/Electrical bids. Even though a local contractor was the low bidder, all bids were substantially over the amount allocated for this project. Discussion followed in which an option involving the use of our own maintenance personnel was offered. Mr. Michael Sines, Supervisor of Maintenance and Operations stated that this was possible if masonry work were bid out and if the project were delayed until spring of 1998. It was decided to postpone a decision so that Mr. Sines and his staff would have sufficient time to do a financial and feasibility analysis. In response to an inquiry from Mr. Riley, Mr. Sines noted that he anticipated no problem regarding the storm water project at Southern High School.

Part IV - Review of Capital Improvement Plan

Dr. Teets explained that Mr. Sines, Mr. Coviello and he met to update and revise the proposed Capital Improvement Plan for 1999 - 2003, and that it was a working document and a planning guide. Mr. Sines gave a brief overview explaining that the plan was meant to identify critical needs, to identify projects eligible for state support funds, and to establish priorities. He pointed out priority projects and noted ones that were new candidates for this plan. Mr. Sines noted that although some of the renovation and the roof at Swan Meadow were done this summer, total replacement of pipes, a new well, etc. were still areas of critical need. He noted that Swan Meadow and Dennett Road were also in need of boiler replacement. Mr. Coviello continued with an explanation of technology needs. He explained that wiring was completed at Broad Ford in FY 1997, and will be completed at Southern Middle, Northern High, and Grantsville in FY 1998. It is anticipated that wiring will be completed in FY 1999 at Southern High and Northern Middle Schools, and that Yough Glades should receive equipment and training money in FY 1999, with the remaining elementary schools to be finished during FY 2000 and FY 2001. Mr. Coviello stated that if E-rates apply to us, the savings would result in reduced cost and, perhaps, faster completion of these wiring projects.

Mrs. Sebold suggested that the word "partial" be added to the Southern High Roof Replacement line of the CIP. In response to an inquiry from Mrs. Sebold, Mr. Sines noted that the Route Forty Elementary School was built in 1957 and was in need of total renovation of the existing building and replacement of the temporary structures with new construction.

In response to Mr. Carpenter’s inquiry as to the Northern High auxiliary gym being pushed back after Southern High’s gym, Mr. Sines replied that he was cognizant of the need at Northern High. He further explained that since Southern High’s renovation has been an on-going, piecemeal, fifteen-year renovation from its inception to the present time, some closure was needed.

Mr. Carpenter stated that he was pleased to see the Capital Improvement Program numbers remain steady. Mr. Sines related a commitment to provide realistic estimates and to prioritize in order to ask the County Commissioners to fund these requests. Mr. Carpenter mentioned that he would like to see Kitzmiller Elementary School and the central office listed on the plan, and that since FY 2002 was a lighter figure, perhaps plug in an additional project. After discussion, the plan was left as presented since it was only for five years and was a working document to be reviewed annually.

Mr. Karlo Gesner, student Board member, entered the meeting at 7:04 p.m.

Mr. Raley noted that he would like to see other projects mentioned considering the central office is listed with no plan to renovate. Mr. Sines stated that central office is listed due to the Grand Jury’s issue with the planetarium. Some discussion ensued regarding the age of the planetarium and the difficulty finding replacement parts to keep it in working order. Mr. Coviello concluded that the future of the planetarium is an issue that the Board of Education will have to address.

Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mr. Riley, the Board moved to accept the CIP with the addition of adding $100,000 to the Yough Glades equipment line.

Part V - Executive Session

At 7:25 p.m., upon a motion by Mr. Durst, 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. Mr. Albert A. Coviello, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, and Miss Henrietta Lease, Director of Personnel, remained for the executive session. Mr. Art Refosco, Director of Transportation, also joined the group for discussion.

Part VI - Re-opening of Public Session

The public session re-opened at 9:35.

Part VII - Personnel

Upon a recommendation from Dr. Teets, Mr. Raley moved, with a second by Mrs. Sebold, that the following personnel be approved:

Resignations: Peggy Weidner, Teacher, NH, effective July 15, 1997

Loretta Owen, Nurse Assistant, BR, effective 08/29/97

Daryl Gonzalez, Counselor, SH, effective 08/18/97

Retirement: Esther Bender, Teacher, GV, effective at end of her sick leave

Appointments: Pamela Neal, Coordinator, Staff Development/Professional Development Center, effective September 1, 1997

Mary Ann Fink, Secretary VI, Central Office, effective September 1, 1997

Abigail Nichols, Nurse Assistant, BR, effective September 15, 1997

Angela Beeghly, .5 Nursing Assistant, effective September 1, 1997

Lorraine Stephens, .5 Nursing Assistant, effective September 1, 1997 Melinda Lewis, English Teacher, NH, Step 1, effective 08/20/97

Temporary Employment Contract: Ed Green, Certification Assistant,up to 40 days as needed, from September 1, 1997 through June 30, 1998

Emergency Coach: Erick Gallagher, Assistant Band Director, NH, upon completion of background check

Matt Hill, Golf Coach, SH, Step 1

Termination of Bus Contract: Harriet DeBerry (Bus 69) - personal illness

Award of Bus Contract: Dale Evans (Bus 69)

Change of Bus Contract: Carroll DeWitt (deceased) to Huldah DeWitt (widow)

Part VIII - Board Concerns

Discussion ensued concerning the updating of the mailing list for the ACE Committee before the next meeting which is to be held on September 25, 1997. Also, Mr. Riley inquired about the status of the calendar which is included in the Approved Current Expense Budget under the Research, Evaluation, and Information section, and suggested that this be reviewed.

Part IX - Adjournment

By consensus, the Board agreed to adjourn at 9:50 p.m.

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