Board of Education

Board of Education
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550
Phone 301.334.8931
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Minutes July 23, 1998






Oakland, Maryland 21550


Thursday, July 23, 1998




Part I - Call to Order

Mr. Patrick Riley, president of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the special meeting to order at approximately 3:10 p.m. Members in attendance included Mr. Dale Carpenter, Mr. James Raley and Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, associate members, and Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent. A moment of silence was observed. Mr. Ervin Fink, Director of Finance and Human Resources, was introduced and welcomed.

Part II - Acceptance of Agenda

Dr. Teets requested the addition of discussion of lease/purchase of the computer system for the central office. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mr. Carpenter, the agenda was accepted with the addition of item 4a.

Part III - Announcements

Dr. Teets announced that a general planning session for the new CIMS computer system would be held at Yough Glades Elementary School on August 10, 1998, at 10:00 a.m.

Part IV - Technology Literacy Challenge Grant

Dr. Brenda McCartney, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, gave a summary of the grant and how the funds would be expended:

1. Each school will have a Technology Resource Teacher, most schools will have two (2). Teachers will receive a stipend of $1,790. They will install software, do staff development, etc. These positions will be advertised.

2. Technology Resource Teacher - a one-year position computer resource teacher position; grant will pay for a long term substitute for the year.

3. Approximately one-half of the salary of the Coordinator of Systems Management and Data Processing ($20,000).

4. Staff Development.

She noted that the total award for this competitive grant was $174,917.00 for the 1998-99 school year.

Dr. Teets related to the Board that the lease/purchase contract for five years with NCS Computers was 11% interest rate. After inquiries with several lending agencies, an arrangement with First United National Bank and Trust was made wherein the Board of Education will open a line of credit at a 5.5% interest rate. The $45,000 budget for this year will be paid directly to NCS. Overall, by drawing upon funds only as needed, a savings of $11,000 should be realized. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board agreed to authorize Dr. Teets to execute any necessary loan documents in the amount of $134,015.00 to finalize the purchase of computer hardware/software/services.

Part V - Executive Session

At 3:35 p.m., upon a motion by Mr. Carpenter, 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. Dr. Teets, Dr. McCartney, Miss Henrietta Lease, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, 9-12 and Mr. Fink were present during portions of the executive session. During the executive session, appointments, transfers, a resignation and the superintendent=s contract were discussed.

Part VI - Return to Public Session

The Board reconvened in public session at 4:15 p.m.

Part VII - Personnel Matters

Dr. Teets made the following personnel recommendations:

Appointments:    Kimberly Grimm-Weimer, Math Resource Teacher, BR,effective 8/26/98

                           Susan Peterson, Music Teacher, SX,, effective 8/26/98

                          Donald Forrester, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, PK-5

                          Linda Buckel Principal, Grantsville Elementary School

                          Allyson Holler-Martz, School Psychologist, Northern End

                         Katy Fresh, Counselor, AC/FV/GV

                         Stephen Dauses, Alternative Education Teacher, SH

                        Tambra Ewing, Math Resource Teacher, YG

                        Elaine Bateman, Alternative Education Assistant, SH

                        Sheila Miller, Principal, Kitzmiller Elementary School

Resignation:    Naomi Wolf, Instructional Assistant, Broad Ford, effective 8/20/98

Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously approved Dr. Teets= personnel recommendations.

Mr. Raley moved that the superintendent=s contract include a $5,000 employee matched 403B plan. Mr. Carpenter seconded the motion. Mr. Raley agreed that the motion should state that this be retroactive to July 1, 1998. The motion was unanimously approved.

Part VII - Adjournment

Having no further business and hearing no public comment, the meeting was adjourned at 4:25 p.m.


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Patrick W. Riley Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:      August 11, 1998