Board of Education

Board of Education
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Oakland, MD 21550
Phone 301.334.8931
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Minutes October 16, 1997



Oakland, Maryland 21550

Thursday, October 16, 1997


Part I - Call to Order

Mr. Dale M. Carpenter, president of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the special 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 Raley, and Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, associate members, and Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools.

Part II - Acceptance of Agenda

Mr. Riley asked that a time in which he might clarify his remarks regarding the Family Education Network be added to the agenda after the high school assessment topic. Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the amended agenda was accepted.

Part III - Abstinence Grant Update

In response to concerns raised about the Health Department being the governing body relative to the after school program, Dr. Brenda McCartney, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, PreK-8, noted that the Health Advisory Group will serve as the community advisory board for the abstinence component of the program. Following discussion, Mr. Riley moved to approve the program with the following sections removed: Lesson 5, pages 65-82; Lessons 6, 20, 21, and 22; handout 24.4; and noting that Lesson 7, Masculinity and Feminity, will receive low priority; and to show support of the abstinence grant through a letter of support to Dr. Rex Archer, Director of the Garrett County Health Department. Upon a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously agreed to approve Mr. Riley's motion.

Part IV - High School Assessment

Dr. Teets presented a letter addressed to Mrs. Rose LaPlaca, President of the Maryland State Board of Education, which outlines the Board's concerns about the rapid pace with which the High School Assessment project is progressing. In the letter, the Board requests that the pace be reduced to ensure time for adequate input from local stakeholders; that the number of proposed examinations be reduced to a total of four at this time; that a bi-partisan panel, with representation for rural concerns, be established to ensure that the Core Learning Goals and testing be free of regional, political, or other bias, as well as in compliance with the Grassley Amendment to Goals 2000; and that the State Board address these concerns before taking any further action regarding implementation of the high school assessment program. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mr. Riley, the Board voted unanimously to accept the letter as drafted.

Part V - Family Education Network

Mr. Riley stated that he believes that a program such as Family Education Network, wherein simplified templates are offered to a school so that it could produce its own web page, could be of great benefit to school systems who do not have the capabilities to create their own web pages. He sees "great benefit in being on the Internet" and believes that Garrett County Schools already have the capabilities which exceed what is offered by the Family Education Network.

Part VI - Executive Session

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, and to meet with the Board's attorney. During executive session, the Board continued a review of a staff grievance appeal that was heard at the October 14, 1997 Board of Education meeting.

Part IV - Return to Public Session

Upon return to public session, Mr. Durst moved to overturn the administrative decision and to hereby direct the administration to place Mrs. Doris Evans into the position of Custodian III at Southern Middle School, as soon as possible. Mrs. Sebold seconded, and the Board voted unanimously to accept the motion. It was noted that a written decision would be forthcoming within eight (8) days as the Negotiated Contract requires.

Part V - Adjournment

The Board, by consensus, agreed to adjourn at 8:45 p.m.

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Dale M. Carpenter Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved: November 11, 1997