Board of Education

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

Minutes November 10, 1998





Oakland, Maryland 21550


Tuesday, November 10, 1998




        Part I - Call to Order

    Mr. Patrick Riley, president of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at approximately 3:07 p.m. Members in attendance included Mr. James Raley, vice president, Mr. Dale Carpenter, Mr. Rodney Durst and Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, associate members, and Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools.

        Part II - Public Comment

    There was no public comment at this time.

        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 to discuss personnel matters affecting one or more individuals. Dr. Teets; Dr. Brenda McCartney, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction; and Mr. Ervin Fink, Director of Finance /Human Resources were present during all or part of the executive session. Topics included an appointment, volunteer and emergency coaches, and bus assistants.

        Part IV - Return to Public Session

    Mr. Riley reconvened the meeting in public session at 5:05 p.m. The Reverend Don Matthews of the Oak Grove Church of the Brethren offered the invocation, after which Mr. Riley led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America. Mr. Riley welcomed Mrs. Camilla Rawe, Board member elect, who was present. Miss Lisa Beeman, student Board member, was in attendance at this time for the remainder of the meeting.

        Part V - Acceptance of Agenda

    Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the agenda was unanimously approved with the following additions: under Administrative Concerns, add Board Policy 890 Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services; under Board Concerns, add American Education Week Resolution and update by Mr. Durst relative to the Drop Out Intervention Task Force meeting. Mr. Riley welcomed Mrs. Madeleine Collins, Board member elect, upon her arrival to the meeting.

        Part VI - Announcements

    Miss Beeman distributed copies of the first yearly issue of the Northern Garrett High School newspaper. Mrs. Sebold noted that the article written by Miss Beeman provided good information to students.

    Dr. Teets reported that he was appointed to the Western Maryland Economic Development Task Force and is developing a grant for technology support for Garrett County which will be submitted November 20, 1998.

    Mrs. Sebold noted the Friendsville Elementary School will perform their dinner theater production this coming weekend, November 14-15, 1998, and that the Advisory Committee Meeting will meet on November 24, 1998 at 7:00 p.m. at Garrett Community College. Mrs. Sebold wished everyone a happy Thanksgiving holiday.

        Part VII - Approval of Minutes

    Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mr. Durst, the Minutes of October 5, 1998, were unanimously accepted.

    Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs, Sebold, the Minutes of October 13, 1998, were unanimously accepted.

        Part VII - Instructional Concerns

    Mr. Chuck Trautwein, computer resource teacher, provided a summary of the Capital Improvement Program wire projects scheduled for completion during the 1998-99 school year for Northern Middle, Northern High, and Southern High Schools. He noted that three quotes given were from Bell Atlantic Network Integration which is under state contract negotiated through the Maryland State Department of General Services. Dr. Teets recommended that the Board accept the contract awards for the TIMS projects as outlined by Mr. Trautwein. Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mr. Carpenter, the Board unanimously approved the recommendation.

    Dr. Donald Forrester, Director of Curriculum and Instruction PK-5, presented information on the EEEP annual report which was recently filed with MSDE. He noted that the enrollment in the five EEEP sites (one each at Accident, Friendsville, and Route 40 Schools, and two at Yough Glades) is 86 students, which is fourteen (14) students below the target enrollment of one hundred children mandated by the State. It is anticipated that the requested waiver from the mandatory enrollment of twenty (20) students per class will be granted by MSDE.

    Dr. Forrester explained his request for professional leave for Cherie Rettel, SEP teacher, and Dr. Gail Herman, consultant, to attend the National Association for Gifted Children 45th Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, November 12-15, 1998, explaining that funds would be utilized from the Gifted and Talented Incentive Grant. Upon a recommendation from Dr. Teets, Mr. Carpenter moved that the professional leave be granted. Mr. Durst seconded the motion, and the Board unanimously approved.

        Part IX - Administrative Concerns

    Mr. Fink presented a revised version of Administrative Procedure 536.1 Substitute Teachers, explaining that college seniors who are education majors would be allowed to substitute. He explained that the personnel office will aggressively seek applications from college seniors which, hopefully, would expand the dwindling substitute teacher list. Mr. Fink also shared with the Board a chart comparing salaries of substitute teachers in Maryland and West Virginia, noting that Garrett County compares favorably with other Maryland salaries on the survey. The following changes to Administrative Procedure 536.1 were made: change Aone year@ to Aone school year@ on #3, and change Aall applicants@ to Aall new applicants@ on #1. The Board gave its support for the revised procedure.

    On behalf of Pamela Neal, Coordinator of Staff Development and the Professional Development Center, who could not be present, Mr. Fink presented revisions to Administrative Procedure 540, noting that the AMaryland Assessment Center Program (MACP)@ is replaced with ASchool Leaders Licensure Assessment@. Mr. Fink explained that the Procedure was amended to address changes which were made at the State level. The Board gave its support for the revised procedure.

    Dr. McCartney and Mr. Fink presented an enrollment report which covered comparison information from 1992 through 1998. They explained that the enrollment figures which are down from last year bear a direct relationship to our Basic State Aid, therefore impacting the current budget process. After discussion relative to trend data and what can be done about decreased enrollment, the Board thanked Mr. Fink and Dr. McCartney for their report.

    At this time, Dr. Teets presented Mr. Riley with a replacement gavel which was obtained in Ocean City, Maryland.

        Part X - Board Concerns

    Dr. Teets briefly updated the Board regarding the Teacher of the Year Gala in Baltimore on October 16, 1998. Dr. Teets expressed his appreciation to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce which purchased a table of tickets for participants to attend the Gala. He then introduced David Mayfield, Garrett County Teacher of the Year for 1998-99, who gave a report of the event. Mr. Mayfield shared an article from the Baltimore Sun, pictures and mementos of the evening. Additionally, he shared a citation from Dr. Nancy Grasmick, State Superintendent of Schools, and a plaque from the president of the State Board of Education. As the county winner, Mr. Mayfield received a computer for his classroom, and will be called upon to attend other events during the year he serves as representative. At this time, Mr. Riley presented a plaque to Mr. Mayfield from the Board. Mr. Mayfield stated that he was honored to receive the plaque from a former student who has become the president of the Board of Education. Dr. Teets thanked Mr. Mayfield for his excellent representation and presented another plaque which will be displayed at the Board of Education building bearing Mr. Mayfield=s name with space for the names of future Teachers of the Year. Mr. Riley read a Veterans= Day Resolution in recognition and appreciation of our veterans and veterans organizations, adding that he hopes the presentation which was begun last year will become a tradition. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mr. Carpenter, the Board voted unanimously to so resolve. Mr. Carl Rebele, Veteran Post 71, accepted the Resolution (attached) signed by all Board members and thanked the Board on behalf of the American Legion Posts. Dr. Teets noted that the Southern High chorus will be singing at the courthouse on November 11, 1998, for the Veterans= Day recognition program.

    Mr. Raley read a Proclamation in recognition of the seventy-seventh observance of American Education Week, November 15-21, 1998, and in appreciation of our schools and education employees. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously accepted the Proclamation (attached). The document was signed by all Board members.

    Dr. Teets updated the Board relative to membership of the Advisory Committee on Education. Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mr. Carpenter, the Board accepted the resignations of Thomas Bratten, Jr. and Madeleine Collins, and approved the membership of Nancy Railey (northern area parent), Doris Goldsborough (Democratic Central Committee), Dwight Stover, Jr. (Juvenile Justice), and Daniel Rounds (Northern High student member).

    Mr. Durst updated the Board as to the progress being made in the MSDE Intervention Task Force committee.

        Part XI - Personnel Matters

    Dr. Teets recommended the following personnel matters:

  • Appointment:     Elizabeth Moreland, Bus Assistant, 4.25 hours/day

  • Emergency Coaches:     John Hegeman, Assistant Basketball Coach, Southern High

                                                       Bradley Frantz, Assistant Boys Basketball Coach, Northern High

                                                       Christy Eyler, Assistant Softball Coach, Southern High

  • Transportation:     Connie Brown, Bus Assistant (All contractors)

  • Paula Spear, Bus Assistant (Wayne Collier bus)

Upon a motion by Mr. Carpenter, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved the personnel recommendations.

        Part XII - Administrative Concerns, continued

    Mr. Michael Sines, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations, distributed to the Board members a copy of the proposed Board Policy 890 Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services and the revised draft of Administrative Procedure 890.1 to implement the policy. Both policy and procedure will be brought back to the December Board meeting for approval.

    At 6:40 p.m. the Board took a ten minute break.

        Part XIII - Recognition of Northern Garrett High School Band Championships

    Dr. Teets introduced Mr. Bill Robinson, band instructor for Northern High School, and congratulated the band on its standing in recent competitions. The Band placed first in the Maryland State Championship, Group 1 and first in Chapter 13, Group 1 competition. The win in Chapter 13 qualifies the band to compete in the Atlantic Coast Competition. Mr. Robinson introduced the senior band students who accompanied him to the Board meeting: Julia Geisler (drum major), Emily Green, Jeremy Green, Carrie Kelley, Sean Miller, Jesse Powell, and Beverly Sebold, noting that senior Art Winter could not be present. Also in attendance were John and Sharon McLaughlin, Susan Bell and Eric Gallagher. Mr. Robinson expressed his appreciation to the community and the many volunteers who have assisted the band during the season, and to the students for their dedication and hard work. Mr. Riley extended his thanks to Mr. Robinson, parents, and members of the band and congratulated them on their winning season.

        Part XIV - Public Comment

    There was no public comment.

        Part XV - Information Items

a. MSDE News Release: Calvert County Teacher Named MD Teacher of the Year (10/16/98)

b. Home & School Connection, November, 1998

c. Memo re: Report to County Commissioners (Dr. Teets: 10/27/98)

d. Parent Conference Week Schedule - Nov. 9-13, 1998

e. Garrett County Board of Education Calendar Evaluation Form (Dr. Mullinix)

f. Garrett Community College and Garrett County Board of Education Articulation Agreement for Information Systems Technologies Certificate (Mrs. Vent)

g. Letter to Nellie Ashby, Mt. Top Crisis Pregnancy Centers, Inc., re: Molly Kelly (11/4/98) (Dr. McCartney)

h. ASBO Matters, Volume 30, No. 7 (10/98)

i. Attendance Bulletin, October 1998

j. Baltimore Sun Article (11/08/98)

        Part XV - Adjournment

    The Board, by consensus, agreed to adjourn at 7:20 p.m.


_______________________________________ _______________________________________
Patrick W. Riley Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:      December 8, 1998






Whereas, today we enjoy the precious blessings of freedom, the right of life, liberty and property due to the service and sacrifice of the men and women of our Armed Forces--our veterans; and

Whereas, our Nation has set aside November 11, formerly Armistice Day to honor those who have bravely served in our Nation=s Armed Forces; and

Whereas, if we are to pass the torch of freedom from generation to generation, Veterans= Day must also be a day of education, we must instill in children the great privilege of being an American, they must be taught the foundational principles of our Country and instilled with a sense of duty, honor and responsibility for its preservation; and

Whereas, the stories of our veterans are not only of past or current sacrifice on the battlefield, but of continued service in our community; and

Now, therefore, be it resolved, that the Garrett County Board of Education hereby expresses our most sincere gratitude to all our veterans, we honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom, we also remember the families of those who never returned from their service; and

Be it further resolved, that we desire to honor our veterans by encouraging our employees in their teaching of the history of our veterans= sacrifices and the importance of their contributions, we encourage partnerships with veterans and veterans= organizations to enhance this endeavor; and

Be it further resolved, that we thank our veterans and veterans= organizations for their service in our community, especially as it relates to their programs to educate children about America=s foundational principles and the value of their preservation; and

Be it further resolved, that the public schools shall conduct appropriate patriotic exercises in accordance with title seven, section one hundred three and section one hundred five of the Maryland Education Article.

In Witness Whereof, we, the Members of the Garrett County Board of Education, hereunto set our hands this tenth day of the eleventh month, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and twenty-third.



Patrick W. Riley, President


James M. Raley, Vice President


Dale M. Carpenter, Associate Member


Rodney L. Durst, Associate Member


Charlotte Sebold, Associate Member

Date: November 10, 1998



 American Education Week



WHEREAS, throughout American history, schools have helped democratize our nation, strengthen our communities, and widen opportunities for all people; and

WHEREAS, by integrating different groups through commonly shared values, schools prepare this nation=s diverse population to live harmoniously in a democratic society; and

WHEREAS, education employees strive continually to serve our children and our communities with dedication, professionalism, and compassion; and

WHEREAS, for generations, our schools have answered the call to cultivate the future leaders of our families, our communities, and our nation; and

WHEREAS, the sound education of our children is a great legacy;

Now, therefore, we, as members of the Garrett County Board of Education of Garrett County do hereby proclaim November fifteenth through twenty-first, nineteen hundred ninety-eight as the 77th observance of AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK.


______________________________Patrick W. Riley, President

______________________________James M. Raley, Vice President

______________________________Dale M. Carpenter, Associate Member

______________________________Rodney L. Durst, Associate Member

______________________________Charlotte Sebold, Associate Member

Date: November 10, 1998