Board of Education

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

Minutes March 3, 1998



Oakland, Maryland 21550

Tuesday, February 26, 1998



Part I - Call to Order

Mr. Patrick W. Riley, president of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at approximately 6:10 p.m. Members in attendance included Mr. James Raley, vice-president, Mr. Dale Carpenter, Mr. Rodney L. Durst and Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, associate members, and Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools. Because no member of the Ministerial Association was present, Mr. Riley read a passage from a book which were the words of the Chaplain of the Senate, June 4, 1984. He then led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

Part II - Acceptance of Agenda

Upon a motion from Mr. Carpenter, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the agenda was unanimously accepted with the addition of Executive Session after Item 3. Announcements.

Part III - Announcements

Mrs. Sebold announced that Senator Hafer and Delegate Edwards would be at the Garrett Community College on Saturday, March 7, 1998 to provide an update on legislative items. It was also announced that Board members who wished to read to students at a particular school should contact Sheila Miller, Reading Resource Teacher at the Board office, to have their names placed on a reading list.

Part IV - Executive Session

Following announcements, upon a motion by Mr. Carpenter, seconded by Mr. Durst, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to move to executive session at 6:14 p.m. 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. Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools, was also present. During the executive session, discussion focused on the use of "confidential" as it pertains to executive session personnel information.

Part V - Return to Public Session

Upon return to public session at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Brenda McCartney presented the Draft 21st Century Community Learning Center Program Grant proposal for the Board’s consideration. She noted that the Board of Education would act as lead agency in this endeavor, working with the Local Management Board. Dr. McCartney reviewed the various components of the grant which addressed a needs survey, available resources, and goals and objectives of the program. The three year grant would extend the day during the time of 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. on school days at the Northern and Southern Middle Schools while providing academic and fine arts opportunities, and recreational activities. After considerable discussion as to the merits and drawbacks of the proposal, Mr. Carpenter made a motion to allow Dr. McCartney to proceed with the submission of the grant. Mr. Durst seconded the motion and the Board unanimously approved the motion.

Then Dr. Teets stated that the date to submit the Requested Budget FY 1999 to the Commissioners had been moved to March 17, 1998. In view of that, it was agreed that the Board would not need to meet again until the next regularly scheduled meeting on March 10, 1998.

Part VI - Budget Work Session

At this time, Dr. Teets thanked his staff, and particularly Mr. Coviello, for the work and time involved in the development of the Requested Budget FY 1999. The central office administrative and supervisory staff was on hand to answer questions in their particular areas of the budget process. Mr. Coviello distributed an updated budget packet which gave a three-year comparison of expenditures and projections. He noted that missing from the current budget request figures were the costs of a special education bus assistant and a three-hour per day custodian for the Yough Glades Elementary School. The budget packet included the negotiated 2% raise for all personnel and a 9% increase in the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Insurance costs. Mr. Coviello noted that the local budget increase was approximately $1.2 million more than that of FY 1998.

Mr. Durst left the meeting at 8:15 p.m. at which time the Board took a short break.

The Board reviewed, as well, the School Construction Fund which is presented to Commissioners for their consideration outside the regular budget request. It was noted that for FY 1999, funds for the Northern High auxiliary gym/stage and the Southern High gym/foyer and library/stage projects were bundled together in an effort to have the projects bid out at the same time, which would result in a potential savings in architect/design fees, and would be financed over a five-year period. Much discussion followed as to specific budgetary items, and the impact of not using carry-over as a base budget funding mechanism.

Part VII - Adjournment

The Board agreed to adjourn at 10:08 p.m.

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Patrick W. Riley Wendell D. Teets

President Secretary/Treasurer

Approved: April 7, 1998