Board of Education

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

Minutes June 22, 1999





Oakland, Maryland 21550


Tuesday, June 22, 1999




        Part I - Call to Order

    Mr. James Raley, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the special meeting to order at 10:05 a.m. Members in attendance included 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, after which he led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America. Mr. Raley noted that this special meeting was scheduled with prior knowledge that Mr. Durst would be unable to attend due to an out-of-town employment obligation.

        Part II - Acceptance of Agenda

    Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the agenda was unanimously accepted as revised.

        Part III - Announcements

    Dr. Teets noted that the Board of Education Team, AThe Pit Crew,@ participated in the National Cancer Institute=s Relay for Life, held on June 11-12, 1999, won the ABest Spirit Award A and ATop School Team Award.@ The team effort, headed by Liz Lewis, raised over $2,500 in donations.

    Mrs. Sebold announced that the Effective Schools Conference will be held at the Rocky Gap Lodge on July 12-15, 1999. Four administrators, including Dr. Teets, will attend. Also, Mrs. Sebold announced that the Sports Dinner to honor area student athletes will be held on June 23, 1999, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Hospital.

        Part IV - TIMS Wiring Projects

    Mr. Chuck Trautwein, Computer Resource Teacher, presented quotes from Bell Atlantic Network Integration to install data, voice, and video communication infrastructure to state standards in the five schools approved to participate in the Technology in Maryland Schools (TIMS) program for 1999-2000. The quotes are based on an existing contract that Bell Atlantic Integration Network has with the State of Maryland. Dr. Teets recommended that the Board approve the wiring projects in the amount of $170,000 (which includes 30% funding by the county and 70% funding by the state) for Bloomington, Dennett Road, Friendsville, Grantsville, and Kitzmiller Elementary Schools. Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously (3-0) approved the recommendation. Work should be completed prior to the opening of school this fall.

        Part V - Enhanced Contributory Pension System

    Mr. Ervin Fink, Director of Finance/Human Resources, gave an overview of Senate Bill 363, Enhanced Contributory Pension System, which is designed to improve pension benefits for employees who are members of the Pension System. If approved by the employer, the new program, retroactive to July 1, 1998, is mandatory for employees, and will require employees to contribute 2% of all compensation. Employees have the option to either pay the retroactive contributions or have an unpaid liability against their retirement. The employer would be required to contribute an additional percentage of payroll to offset the remaining cost of improved benefits. Mr. Fink explained that GCEA representative, Ms. Irene Sigel, assisted in surveying those employees who would be most affected, and found that the great majority of those polled were in favor of the plan (70 positive responses; 12 negative responses; 2 no opinion). Dr. Teets recommended that the Board adopt the resolution which must be submitted to the State Retirement Agency of Maryland before July 1, 1999. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously (3-0) endorsed the plan to allow employees to participate in the Enhanced Contributory Pension System.

        Part VI - Executive Session

    Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to move to executive session at 10:30 a.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 and to consult with staff, consultants, or other individuals regarding pending or potential litigation. Mr. Rodney Durst was not in attendance. During executive session, the Board discussed resignations, a rescind employment offer, appointments, emergency coaches, leave without pay, and pending litigation. Dr. Brenda McCartney, Assistant Superintendent, and Mr. Fink were in attendance during all or part of the executive session.

        Part VII - Return to Public Session

    The Board reconvened in public session at 11:50 a.m.

        Part VIII - Personnel

    Dr. Teets recommended approval of the following personnel items:

• Resignation:             Cynthia Glass, Counselor, SH, effective June 19, 1999

                                                   Jencene Tice, Teacher, Swan Meadow, effective July 1, 1999

• Rescind of Employment Offer:   Michelle Eggleston, Mathematics Teacher, SH

            • Appointments:        Laura Shannon, Behavior Support Teacher, based at DR

                                                Rhonda Maust, First Grade Teacher, KZ

                                                Jodi Green, Level 4 Special Education Teacher, DR

                                                Shana Rhoten, Level 4 Special Education Teacher, DR

                                                Jeffrey Bush, Technology Education Teacher, SH

                                                Larry Krupa, Jr., Mathematics Teacher, SH

                                                Bruce Taliaferro, Assistant Principal, NH

                                                Jeri Jones, Pupil Personnel Worker

                                                Karen Hickman, Title I Math Resource, BR

                                                Merilee Heidrich, Secretary V, Central Office

                                                Teresa Campbell, Instructional Assistant, BR

                                                Kathy Shumaker, Nursing Assistant, based at DR

• Emergency Coaches:    Jason Miller, Assistant Football Coach, SH

                                                        Seth Tressler, Assistant Football Coach, SH

• Leave Without Pay:   Cynthia Glass, Counselor, SH, June 21-24, 1999

    Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously (3-0) approved the superintendent=s recommendation.

        Part XIV - Information Items

a.  May 1999 Attendance Bulletin

b.  MSDE The Fact Book 1998-1999

c.  MSDE News Release: What=s Happening at MSDE! (6/18/99)

        Part XV - Adjournment

    The Board, by consensus, adjourned at 11:53 a.m.


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