Board of Education

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

Minutes March 1, 1999







Oakland, Maryland 21550


Monday, March 1, 1999




        Part I - Call to Order

    Mr. James Raley, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the special meeting to order at approximately 6:25 p.m. Members in attendance included Mr. Rodney L. Durst, Vice President, Mrs. Madeleine Collins, Mrs. Camilla Rawe and Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, associate members, and Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools. Mr. Raley asked for a moment of silence and then led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

        Part II - Acceptance of Agenda

    Dr. Teets asked that consideration of approval of two travel requests be added to the agenda prior to the budget work session. Mr. Raley asked that discussion about a talk with the County Commissioners and State Board appointment be included, also. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the agenda was unanimously accepted as amended.

        Part III - Instruction

    Dr. Brenda McCartney, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction introduced a travel request for Jill Gracie, teacher at Yough Glades Elementary School, to travel to the 1999 ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show in San Francisco, California, March 6-8, 1999. Next, Dr. McCartney presented a travel request from Paul Miller, teacher at Northern High School, to attend the National Science Teachers=Association National Convention, March 24-28, 1999. Dr. Teets recommended approval of both requests. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the travel requests.

        Part IV - Board Concerns

    Mr. Raley noted that the Board of Garrett County Commissioners wish to meet with the Board of Education members. Discussion ensued relative to appropriate meeting place, time and circumstances. Dr. Teets will call the Commissioners with the suggested meeting date of March 25, 1999, with a backup date of March 23, 1999.

    In regard to the appointment of the State Board member from western Maryland, Board members were encouraged to individually contact Senator Hafer in that the consensus was that there should be representation from either Garrett or Allegany Counties.

    Dr. Teets noted that the Core Service Agency Committee was being organized and has requested that a member of the Board of Education serve as a representative on that committee. Dr. McCartney explained that the committee is responsible for looking at mental health services in our county. Dr. McCartney will let the Core Service Agency Committee know that Mrs. Sebold will serve as representative from the Board.

        Part V - FY 2000 Budget

    Dr. Teets expressed his appreciation for the support of those attending the public presentation of the superintendent=s budget on March 22, 1999, and for the staff=s fine presentation. The following represents the Goals of the FY 2000 Budget:

         • To continue to support the established goals of the Garrett County Board of Education.

         • To fund the 3% pay raise for all personnel as per the current three year negotiated agreement.

         • To continue implementation of the technology plan with emphasis on the administrative system, school wiring, and system networking.

        • To fund the capital improvement program scheduled for renovation of the Southern Garrett High School gym/foyer/library/stage, construction of the Northern Garrett High School auxiliary gym and greenhouse replacement, Swan Meadow HVA replacement, and miscellaneous equipment replacement.

        • To maintain current level of staffing.

    Mr. Ervin Fink, Director of Finance/Human Resources, presented an overview of the organization and development of the budget. He noted the per pupil school allocation figures below and explained how these amounts are represented in the budget pages:

        • Elementary School $80.00

        • Middle School $90.00

        • High School $100.00

        • Special Education, Levels I-III $11.25

        • Special Education, Level IV $37.00

    Mr. Art Refosco, Director of Transportation, provided detail as to how the transportation budget was developed and responded to questions from the Board relative to transportation issues.

    Mr. Mike Sines, Director of Facilities/Maintenance and Operations, provided an overview of the operations budget, noting that the budget focuses on the acquisition of more efficient equipment rather than more personnel. In regard to the maintenance budget, Mr. Sines noted that the buildings are twenty-plus years old and upkeep is a priority. He noted that the Aging School Program has two more years left of the funding cycle, if not renewed.

    Dr. McCartney reviewed various instructional areas, including request for math texts for middle and high schools at a projected cost of $30,000, and $48,000 for grades three through five.

    Discussion continued relative to various budget areas, including issues relating to the distance learning classroom cost effectiveness, CIMS initiatives costs, legal costs, in-county mileage rate for Board members, and merits of the retirement incentive. Mr. Fink will increase the mileage amount for Board members.

    The FY 2000 Budget Request to be submitted to the County Commissioners for approval is $33,985,403. This request includes an additional $1,144,928 from the Commissioners to fund increases in the following areas:

             • Salary/Fringes (includes 3% negotiated salary increase) $802,019

             • Health Insurance Increase (4.81%) $143,797

             • Other Expenses (2.85%) $199,112

        Part VI - Adjournment

    The Board, by consensus, adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

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James M. Raley Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:  April 13, 1999