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Minutes December 8, 1998

 

MINUTES

 

MEETING OF THE GARRETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Oakland, Maryland 21550

 

Tuesday, December 8, 1998

 

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        Part I - Call to Order

    Mr. Patrick Riley, president of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at approximately 3:15 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 Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mr. Carpenter, 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 and to consult with staff, consultants, or other individuals regarding pending or potential litigation. 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. A resignation, emergency and volunteer coaches, leaves, and legal matters were discussed.

        Part IV - Return to Public Session

    At 5:00 p.m. Mr. Riley reconvened the public session and led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, followed by an invocation.

        Part V - Acceptance of Agenda

    Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mr. Carpenter, the agenda was accepted as drafted.

        Part VI - Announcements

    Dr. Teets noted that activities listed on the December 1998 School Activities for Northern High School for December 11 should be listed for December 17, 1998, and that Swan Meadow School=s Christmas Program is December 16, 1998.

    Dr. Teets reported that three students from Garrett County (school year 1997-98) have work included in the book, AOf Dandelions and Dreamers, Selections of Art and Poetry@ by Maryland Students, published by the Office of the Governor. Those selections are:

        A Squirrel=s Burial Ground (poem) Micah Plevyak, grade 8, Northern Middle School

        Nature=s Fantasy (poem) Sarah Cosner, grade 4, Yough Glades Elementary School

        Untitled (weaving artwork) Tessa Folk, grade 7, Northern Middle School

These students have been invited to the Governor=s mansion for brunch this Saturday, December 12, 1998. Dr. Teets will attend. Dr. Teets will invite the students to come to a future Board meeting.

    Mr. Durst announced that the MABE Legislative Committee meets the following Monday in Annapolis, and that the MABE Executive Board Meeting will be held the following Wednesday.

        Part VII - Approval of Minutes of December 8, 1998

    The following corrections were made to the December 8, 1998 Minutes: page 3028, first line, change Aamendments@ to Aadditions@; Part VI, first sentence, change to read A...first yearly issue...@; page 3031, second paragraph, change AMSDE@ to AMABE@. Upon a motion by Mr. Carpenter, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Minutes were unanimously approved as amended.

        Part VIII - Administrative Concerns

    Mr. Michael Sines, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations, reviewed the proposed bid quotations for janitorial supplies. Dr. Teets recommended that the bids be approved as presented, noting that the specifications were in full compliance with procurement regulations. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mr. Raley, the bids were unanimously approved as presented, for a total amount of $52,682.94.

    Mr. Sines presented a second reading of Board Policy 890 Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services and its accompanying Administrative Procedure 890.1. He noted additional changes that were made, and will add a source reference to the documents. Dr. Teets recommended that the policy be approved with those additions. Upon a motion by Mr. Carpenter, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously adopted Board Policy 890 and endorsed Administrative Procedure 890.1 with those additions.

    Mr. Sines presented the IAC=s Public School Inspection Report for Friendsville Elementary and Northern High Schools, noting that each school received a rating of AVery Good.@ He stated that this information is automatically provided to the Garrett County Commissioners. Mr. Riley stated that our staff should be commended for their superior work at those schools.

    Dr. Teets and Mr. Sines reported that the Bethel Methodist Church has purchased property beside the Southern Middle/Broad Ford School property and requests a right of easement and access over a portion of the existing access road to the schools. Since the church plans eventually to place a church building, pavilions, and ballfield in this area, discussion centered upon legal issues, the amount of usage of the road and whether it would remain a secondary access road, and potential benefit to the schools if another practice field may be available for student use. Dr. Teets recommended that any agreement include a renewable clause for right of easement, and perhaps language to restrict access during peak school traffic times. At the Board=s request, Mr. Sines and Dr. Teets will contact Rev. Mark Hickman and proceed with further discussion.

    Mr. Refosco presented information regarding school bus bids, noting that three companies offered bids. Dr. Teets recommended the Board approve the bid from American Bus Sales of Annapolis, the lowest bid in the amount of $51,289, including air brakes. Mr. Durst moved and Mr. Carpenter seconded to accept the bid. After discussion regarding safety issues and the fact that this bus contains a chair lift and replaces a county bus, the Board voted unanimously to accept the bid from American Bus Sales.

        Part IX - Instructional Concerns

    Dr. Donald Forrester, Director of Curriculum and Instruction PK-5, reported that MSDE has reviewed the Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration Program grant applications for the school system and five schools. Notification has been received that two schools selected for a site visit will be awarded a total of $185,995 for the period of December 1, 1998 through September 30, 1999. Bloomington School will receive $82,995, Southern High School will receive $100,000, while the school system will receive $3,000 to cover administrative overhead for an evaluation specialist. Dr. Forrester noted that the schools can reapply for a renewal grant for up to three (3) years. The schools will use these funds to work with the Internet and provide staff development utilizing Co-Nect, a national assistance organization that emphasizes the employment of modern technologies as a catalyst for school wide reform. Mr. Riley noted that this being a demonstration grant, it will present empirical data for research on reform studies. Dr. McCartney stated that there is a strong assessment component built into the program which is why the system will utilize an evaluation specialist.

    Dr. Forrester reported that a Maryland Partnership-2000 Schools Grant Application has been submitted to MSDE to seek funding for the implementation of a model to advance school, parent and community partnerships. The grant would provide $500 to Accident, Dennett Road, Friendsville and Yough Glades Elementary Schools, respectively, and $3,000 for administrative and technical support. The four (4) elementary schools and the school system have applied to MSDE for membership in the Maryland and National Network of Partnership Schools, which would provide members with a copy of Dr. Joyce Epstein=s manual, School, Family, and Community Partnerships: A Handbook for Action, a semi-annual newsletter, and access via the Internet to pertinent research and best practices for improved parent and community participation in the education process. Dr. McCartney noted that other grant possibilities are being explored to provide similar benefits to the middle schools.

    Dr. Pat Mullinix, Coordinator of Research, Evaluation and Information, presented the Maryland School Performance Report, 1998 which was released earlier this morning at the Maryland State Department of Education by Dr. Nancy Grasmick, State Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Mullinix noted that the report included state and school systems= results, not those of individual schools. Individual school reports will be presented on December 15, 1998 at the Administrators= and Supervisors= Meeting. She noted that twenty (20) of the twenty-four (24) Maryland school systems are performing above the forty percent (40%) range. Dr. Mullinix stated that, even though Garrett County=s results dropped for 1998, our composite index is forty-four percent (44%) for 1998, just about at state level. Dr. Mullinix continued with information regarding grade level results, tracking and comparisons of same groups of students, and other factors and indicators that contribute to the overall results. Dr. Teets said that although hopeful of increased results, he was pleased with overall trends and we have an excellent staff with a continued commitment to improvement.

        Part X - Personnel Matters

    Dr. Teets recommended the following personnel for action:

  • Resignation: Elizabeth Moreland, bus assistant, effective 11/13/98

  • Emergency Coaches: Dianne DeWitt, NH Assistant Girls= Basketball

  • Volunteer Coach: Ron Opel, assistant Boys= JV freshman basketball, NH

Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mr. Durst, the Board unanimously approved the recommendations of Dr. Teets.

    At this time, the Board took a short break.

        Part XI - Board Concerns

    Dr. Teets and Dr. McCartney recognized seven (7) schools who were named among the state=s fastest improving schools as part of the School Recognition program initiated by Governor Glendening in 1996: Accident, Broad Ford, Crellin, Dennett Road, Grantsville, Loch Lynn and Red House (now Yough Glades) Elementary Schools. The current and previous year=s principals were in attendance as Mr. Riley read the Governor=s Citation and the Board expressed their congratulations. In addition to the citation, Red House and Loch Lynn Schools were awarded $32,156 for achieving Asubstantial and meaningful improvement@ on state test scores. Dr. Teets presented Mrs. Lindsay Stanton, principal of Yough Glades, a copy of the check and award letter. Mrs. Stanton thanked Dr. Teets and the Board on behalf on her combined Loch Lynn and Red House Elementary staff, and commented on their commitment to meeting the state standards.

    In recognition of the two retiring Board members, a resolution in tribute to Mr. Riley (attached) was read by Mrs. Sebold and a resolution in tribute to Mr. Carpenter (attached) was read by Mr. Durst. Dr. Teets noted that it has been an honor to work with each of them in his capacity as superintendent. Mr. Riley and Mr. Carpenter expressed their pleasure to have served as Board members, and expressed their gratitude to fellow Board members and staff. Dr. Teets then presented each of them with a gavel signed by the remaining Board members and a brass bell engraved with their names and length of term.

        Part XII - Public Comment

    Ms. Mary Jane Berry commented that, on the anniversary of the request for girls= high school soccer, she thought it appropriate to return to the Board to say thank you for approving that request. Sarah Teets and Alison Ulino, soccer team members #13 and #5, read a letter thanking the Board for their support and noting that their record was 10-3-1, the team was undefeated in the Western Maryland Interscholastic League, and that seventeen of the twenty team members were honor roll students. Dr. Teets and Mr. Riley congratulated them on their fine record and thanked them for coming back to the Board with the letter.

        Part XIII - Information Items

a.     MSDE Bulletin, 10/30/98

b.     MSDE News Release: Ten Public Schools Named 1999 Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools (11/13/98)

c.    Elementary Parent-Teacher Conference Report (Dr. Forrester: 11/25/98)

d.    Memorandum re: Monthly Report to the County Commissioners (Dr. Teets: 11/24/98)

e.    December 1998 School Activities

f.    The Scoop, December 1998

g.    Home & School Connection, December 1998

 

        Part XIV - Adjournment

    By consensus, the meeting was adjourned at 7:13 p.m.

 

 

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James M. Raley Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:  January 12, 1999

 

 

A

RESOLUTION OF APPRECIATION

for

PATRICK W. RILEY

January 1, 1993 - December 31, 1998

 

WHEREAS, Mr. Patrick W. Riley, having served the people of Garrett County for the past four years as a school board member, and

WHEREAS, this service was distinguished by a ready willingness to express his thoughts with both candor and conviction, and

WHEREAS, Mr. Riley was particularly supportive of efforts to review and define curriculum to support students in realizing their roles as United States citizens and in gaining a full understanding of their rights and responsibilities, and

WHEREAS, his interest in all aspects of curriculum, instruction and technology enhancement was evident by his thoughtful decision-making, as well as his awareness of current educational issues, and

WHEREAS, this support was evidenced by his rigorous pursuit of academic excellence for the youth of Garrett County, and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Garrett County Board of Education, on behalf of the students, school board staff, and citizens of Garrett County and the State of Maryland, acknowledges with sincere gratitude this worthy service, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Mr. Riley enjoy continued happiness, success, and good health in the future.

 

GARRETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

  (James M. Raley)         Vice President

  (Rodney L. Durst)       Associate Member

  (Charlotte Sebold)       Associate Member

  (Wendell Teets)          Superintendent

December 8, 1998

 

 

A

RESOLUTION OF APPRECIATION

for

DALE M. CARPENTER

January 1, 1993 - December 31, 1998

 

WHEREAS, Mr. Dale M. Carpenter, having served the people of Garrett County for the past four years as a school board member, and

WHEREAS, this service was distinguished by a ready willingness to express his thoughts with both candor and conviction, and

WHEREAS, Mr. Carpenter was particularly supportive of the efforts of the administrative, educational and support staff, and

WHEREAS, his interest in all aspects of curriculum, instruction and technology enhancement was evident by his thoughtful decision-making, as well as his awareness of current educational issues, and

WHEREAS, this civic-minded citizen of Garrett County exhibited a relentless belief in young people,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Garrett County Board of Education, on behalf of the students, school board staff, and citizens of Garrett County and the State of Maryland, acknowledges with sincere gratitude this worthy service, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Mr. Carpenter enjoy continued happiness, success, and good health in the future.

 

GARRETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

  (James M. Raley)       Vice President

  (Rodney L. Durst)     Associate Member

  (Charlotte Sebold)    Associate Member

  (Wendell Teets)       Superintendent

December 8, 1998