Board of Education

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

Minutes May 11, 1999





Oakland, Maryland 21550


Tuesday, May 11, 1999




            Part I - Call to Order

        Mr. James M. Raley, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at approximately 3:35 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.

            Part II - Public Comment

        There was no public comment.

            Part III - Executive Session

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to move to executive session at 3:35 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. All members were in attendance for the executive session. Dr. Teets; Dr. Brenda McCartney, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction; and Mr. Ervin Fink, Director of Finance and Human Resources were present during all or part of the executive session. During executive session, the Board reviewed an appointment, a reclassification, student summer maintenance workers, bus contractors, retirements, resignations, leave without pay, and planned for the superintendent=s evaluation. The Board also conducted interviews for the selection of a student Board member for the 1999-2000 school year.

            Part IV - Reopening of Public Session

        The Board reconvened in public session at 5:20 p.m. Miss Lisa Beeman, student Board member, joined the meeting at this time. Mr. Durst offered the invocation and read a lesson from the New England Primer, after which Mr. Raley led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

            Part V - Acceptance of Agenda

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously accepted the agenda with the following amendments: under #11.Administration, add Project Open Space; under #15 Board Concerns, add Appointment of Student Board Member 1999-2000, discussion time for MABE/LSA question, an invitation to meet with the Republican Women, and  Mr. Durst=s report of recent meetings.

            Part VI - Announcements

        In addition to events listed on the school activity calendar, it was noted that St. John=s Lutheran Church, Cove, will be holding Baccalaureate services, and that Garrett County=s Technology Day Camp will be held July 26-29, 1999. Miss Beeman distributed copies of Northern High School=s newspaper, The Viking, which contains an article written by her regarding her     experiences as student Board member.

            Part VII - Approval of Minutes of May 11, 1999

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Minutes of May 11, 1999, were unanimously approved with an editorial correction on page 3968.

            Part VIII - Student Recognition

        Dr. Teets welcomed members of the VICA and congratulated them on their success at the state level. He acknowledged the efforts of the advisors and teachers, John Clark, Tony Talerico and Steve Cosner, who gave an overview of the competition and judging process. The students who were present introduced themselves and explained their projects. Billy Martin and John Donaldson of Southern High School, and Charles Wilt, Sarah Garlitz, and Robert Taylor of Northern High School, will be participating in the national competition in Kansas City, Missouri, this summer. The Board members commended the students and teachers for their achievements and wished them success at the next level of competition.

        Dr. Teets recognized Ann Sebold, Northern High School, and Marshall Rodeheaver, Southern High School, who were selected as Garrett County=s student page and alternate student page, respectively, for the Maryland General Assembly Student Page Program. Each student had the opportunity to work at the State House in Annapolis for two weeks during this past legislative session. The Board thanked Miss Sebold and Mr. Rodeheaver for coming to the meeting and sharing their experiences in the General Assembly.

        At this time, Mrs. Sebold recognized the current student Board member, Lisa Beeman, who has served this past year as the third student member to the Board of Education. On behalf of the entire Board, Mrs. Sebold presented Miss Beeman with a briefcase and thanked her for her efforts during her year of service with the Board. Miss Beeman expressed her appreciation for the gift and the opportunity to participate and learn more about the Board=s duties. The Board wished Lisa success upon her graduation from Northern High School this year.

            Part IX - Instruction

        Dr. McCartney presented and Dr. Teets recommended that the Board approve a professional leave and travel request for five teachers to attend a National Educational Computing Association conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey, June 22-24, 1999. Upon a motion from Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the request.

            Part X - Student Recognition, continued

        Dr. Teets recognized members of the Southern High School Stock Market Team accompanied by their advisors, Lisa Bender and Athena Taylor, teachers, and Rob Sharps, chairman of the ACE/broker for PrimeVest. Miss Bender=s first place team recently won the Maryland State Championship in Maryland=s Stock Market Game and were featured in the March issue of Keplinger=s magazine. Southern also had teams place 6th, 12th and 25th out of the 391 teams entered in their competition. Mrs. Bender placed first in the teacher competition. Team members are Jamie Durst, Jared Fike and Bryce Taylor. Miss Taylor=s team, consisting of Nicholas Cosner, Abe VanMeter and Jason Rohrbaugh, competed in the Maryland game using the Internet version. They placed second overall out of 495 teams, and first place in the high school division. Dr. Teets recognized the Southern Middle School Stock Market Team and advisors, Miss Mary Jane Fike and Mr. Sharps. The team, consisting of Andrew Goad, Jamie Peterson, Josh McKenzie and Andrew Murphy, won first place in the middle school division. Southern middle teams also placed 15th, 20th, and 35th in the middle school division. Mr. Sharps offered his congratulations to the teams and noted that the teachers give a week during the summer to be trained at the New York Stock Exchange. The Board members and Dr. Teets congratulated the teams and their advisors on their success, and thanked the advisors for their efforts on the students=behalf.

        Dr. Teets introduced Brian Price, teacher at Northern High School, and thanked him for his efforts and leadership on behalf of the students who participated in the 1999 Western Maryland Regional Science Expo held on April 9, 1999, at Frostburg State University. Northern High students were awarded 34 of the 69 awards presented. Audrey Friend, who won first place in Behavior and Social Science category and the Army Top Winner Medallion, was present to describe her project for the Board. Lisa Beeman also commented on her award as first place in Environmental Science category, a certificate from the U.S. Meteorological Society, and the Navy-Marine Corp. Science Achievement Award. Mr. Price noted that Josh Neubert, a second year grand prize winner who could not attend this Board meeting, would be participating in national competition. The Board expressed their congratulations to Mr. Price and his students for their fine work.

            Part XI - Instruction, continued

        Dr. McCartney, accompanied by Mrs. Becky Aiken, school nurse, gave an overview of the revised Administrative Procedure 431.41 Immunization Requirements. It was noted that the changes bring us into compliance with COMAR requirements.

        Dr. McCartney and Mrs. Aiken reviewed the updated Administrative Procedure 472.4 Vision/Hearing Screening, noting that the revision goes beyond what is required by COMAR regulations.

        Dr. McCartney presented information from the April 30, 1999, Health Advisory Committee Meeting. She reviewed two new resources that are recommended by the committee. AChild Support Responsibility,@ a resource for grades nine through eleven, is offered by the Department of Social Services and given by a DSS attorney. Dr. McCartney noted that the program addresses Health Outcome 5., Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting and decision-making skills to address issues related to personal, family, and community health. The second resource, offered by Kendra Todd, Community Health Educator for the Garrett County Health Department, is the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, Teen Health Theater/Pandora=s Box. This resource addresses Outcome 3., Students will demonstrate the ability to identify and practice health-enhancing behaviors and reduce health risks to live healthier, safer lives. These materials will be available for public comment during the next month and brought back to the Board next month for approval.

            Part XII - Administration

        Mr. Michael Sines, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations, presented the proposed Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) for the Board=s review. Mr. Sines briefly explained the six sections of the document which include the Goals, Standards, and Guidelines Impacting School Facilities; A Community Analysis; An Inventory and Evaluation of Existing Facilities; Enrollment Data; Facility Needs Analysis; and the Appendixes. The EFMP will be brought back to the June Board meeting for action prior to the State=s required submission date of July 1, 1999.

        Mr. Sines reviewed three bid proposals which were received for property/liability insurance coverage.

        Dr. Teets recommended that the bid be awarded to Beall, Garner, Screen & Geare in the amount of $66,804. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously accepted the recommendation.

        Mr. Sines noted that one proposal was received to supply roof products to complete preventive maintenance on the EPDM roof at Southern High School. Dr. Teets recommended the bid be awarded to Hite Associates, Inc. in the amount of $11,680.50. Upon a motion from Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the recommendation.

        Mr. Sines presented information regarding the application for Project Open Space (POS) funding for stadium lighting at Southern High School. Noting that recipients of POS funds should allow the field to be available every day of the year, Mr. Sines explained that parties at the State level have been contacted to address a concern that the ball field would need Ahealing time@ in the spring. Mr. Sines noted that the present lighting system was in need of replacement. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved Mr. Sines to pursue POS funding for replacement stadium lighting at Southern High School.

            Part XIII - Public Comment

        There was no public comment during this segment of the agenda.

            Part XIV - Personnel

        After a brief break, the Board reconvened at 7:25 p.m. Dr. Teets made the following personnel recommendations:

                Appointments:    Jennifer Kotulak, Supervisor of Special Education, effective 7/1/99

                                              Timothy Marks, Traveling Music Teacher (FV/CR/SM), effective 8/25/99

                                              Martin Green, Director of Secondary Education, 9-12, Central Office, effective 7/1/99

                                              Timothy Artice, Head Custodian IV, FV, effective 7/1/99

                Student Maintenance Workers for Summer:    David Schofield

                                                                                                    Josephine Coviello

                                                                                                    Matthew Thomas

                                                                                                    Chad Maroney

                                                                                                    Christopher Ewing

                                                                                                    David Lantz

                Bus Contractors:      Sandy Fitzwater, Special Education Route

                                                    Jim Schmidt, Kitzmiller Route

                Transfer of Contract #6:    from Delmer R. Yoder to Eva I. Yoder, wife

               Retirements effective July 1, 1999 under the VRIP:

                       Certificated:    Harry Lynn Fraley, Teacher, Southern Middle

                                                   Vera Graham, Teacher, Southern High

                                                   Carole Ann Lovett, Teacher, Title I, Crellin Elementary

                                                  William Lovett, Dennett Road Elementary

                                                  Matthew Novak, Teacher, Southern High

                                                  Linda Reeves-Cook, Teacher, Southern High

                                                  Joan Whetsell, Teacher, Friendsville Elementary

                                                  Shirley Whitmer, Teacher, Southern Middle

                                                  Vonda Yunker, Teacher, Northern High

                                                  James Zimmerman, Teacher, Southern High

                    Non-Certificated:     Melvin Dunithan, Head Custodian, Friendsville Elementary

                                                       Mary Elaine Sines, Instructional Assistant, Broad Ford Elementary

                                                      Sylvia Jean Spencer, Instructional Assistant, Broad Ford Elementary

            Resignations:    Pamela Neal, Coordinator for Staff Development/Director of the Professional Development Center, effective 6/30/99

                                         Michelle Smith, Counselor, Southern Middle, effective 6/30/99

                                        Vera Dunithan, Custodial Worker, Friendsville

           Leave Without Pay:    Maureen Sharps, Teacher, Dennett Road, 4 days: 5/20-26/99

                                                   Betty Elliott, Cafeteria Worker, Broad Ford, up to 4 days: 6/14-17/99


        Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the personnel recommendations.

            Part XV - Teacher of the Year

        Dr. Teets explained that this is the second year that Garrett County has participated in the Maryland Teacher of the Year Program, and that he is pleased with the support and interest from the schools, as well as the high caliber of candidates considered. He then introduced the Garrett County Teacher of the Year for 1999-2000, Mr. Robert Yunker, who teaches Social Studies at Northern High School. Mr. Yunker will attend a breakfast in Baltimore on May 25, 1999, where the local Teachers of the Year will be recognized by the State. Dr. Teets noted that Mr. Yunker will be officially honored by our Board in the fall of 1999. Mr. Yunker stated that he was Ahonored@ and would Ado his utmost to successfully represent our county.@ Board members congratulated Mr. Yunker and thanked him for his devotion to his students in the classroom and through his leadership in other activities.

            XVI - Administration

        Mr. Scott Germain, Foods and Nutrition Services Program Manager, presented a resolution (attached) as a ASalute to School Food and Nutrition Services Personnel Day@ on May 12, 1999. Mr. Raley read the resolution into the record and thanked Mr. Germain and his staff for the work and dedication toward the food service program in our schools.

        Mr. Fink explained that since Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a state-mandated holiday, it cannot be used as a make-up day on the 1999-2000 School Calendar as it was approved last month. Additionally, February 21, 2000, would be designated as a make-up day. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the 1999-2000 School Calendar was approved as amended, 3-1, with Mr. Durst voting in the negative.

        Mr. Fink presented updated FY 2000 Budget information based on the $800,000 increase allowed this year by the County Commissioners, which was $344,928 short of the proposed budget request. It was noted that with the retirement incentive program savings and the carryover balance, the salary increase, fixed costs, and insurance increase could still be funded as originally planned. Additionally, the capital improvement program request was funded with the exception of the greenhouse replacement. Dr. Teets stated that he was pleased that the AGoals of the Proposed FY 2000 Budget@ were essentially achieved and has expressed our appreciation to the Commissioners for their support.

            PART XVII - Board Concerns

        Mr. Raley noted that the Board met with three excellent candidates for Student Board Member and that it was a difficult choice to make. Upon a recommendation by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously appointed Stephanie Forman, Southern High School, as the Student Board Member for school year 1999-2000, and Allison Martinez, Northern High School, as alternate.

        Mrs. Rawe noted that the Republican Women have invited the Board to meet with them at the Hill Top Restaurant on August 31, 1999 at 7:00 p.m. Board members will attend that meeting.

        Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved Mrs. Sebold=s recommendation to allow the MABE Legal Services Association (LSA) to file a brief in support of a special education case now being appealed to the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (Board of Education of Harford County vs. Susan Thomas). Mr. Eric Schwartz will write the case for the LSA. Mrs. Sebold will respond to the LSA=s poll on the Board=s behalf.

        Mr. Durst reported on the latest meeting of the MABE Legislative Committee, and the upcoming MABE Nominating Committee meeting. He will also serve on the Committee to plan the next convention which will be held in Ocean City next fall. Mr. Durst noted that the convention sites will be rotated to three different locations: eastern shore, central and western Maryland.

        The Board selected June 10, 1999, with June 14, 1999 as an alternate date, to hold a retirement dinner to honor this year=s retirees. Administrative staff will make the arrangements and send invitations.

        It was noted that the State Board Forum will be held at Allegany College of Maryland on June 16, 1999, at 7:00 p..m. The MABE/State Board Regional Meeting and Dinner will take place before the public forum.

            Part XVIII - Information Items

    a.    MSDE Bulletin, Vol. 10, No. 7 (4/15/99)

    b.    The Steering Wheel (4/23/99)

    c.    MSDE News Release: State Superintendent Issues Statement on School Safety (4/30/99)

    d.    April Report to County Commissioners

    e.    Governor=s Proclamation: Salute to School Food and Nutrition Service Personnel Day, May 12, 1999

    f.    Attendance Bulletin, March 1999

    g.    Home & School Connection, May 1999

    h.    Thank You Letter from Virginia Craig re: International Reading Conference attendance (5/10/99)


            Part XVII - Adjournment

        By consensus, the Board agreed to adjourn at 8:26 p.m.


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James M. Raley Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:  June 8, 1999