Board of Education

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

Minutes July 29, 1999







Oakland, Maryland 21550


Thursday, July 29, 1999




        Part I - Call to Order

    Mr. James Raley, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the special meeting to order at 6:10 p.m. Members in attendance included Mr. Rodney L. Durst, Vice President; Mrs. Madeleine Collins and Mrs. Camilla Rawe, associate members; and Commissioner Ernest Gregg, ex officio member. Dr. Brenda McCartney, Assistant Superintendent, sat in for Dr. Wendell Teets, who was on vacation. Mrs. Sebold could not attend this special meeting because of family obligations.

    Mr. Raley asked that the group observe a moment of silence to remember Mrs. Wilda Massi who passed away on July 14, 1999, after which he led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America. Mr. Raley noted that the Board of Education was fortunate to have someone of Mrs. Massi=s caliber as a colleague and friend.

        Part II - Acceptance of Agenda

    Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the agenda was unanimously accepted as presented.

        Part III - Announcements

    Mr. Durst will attend the new teacher orientation which will be held August 24, 1999. Dr. McCartney noted that Donald Manekin, a source for possible educational foundation funding, will be in the county on August 26, 1999. Mr. Manekin and Board staff will be visiting Route 40 and Northern High Schools in the morning, having lunch and meeting with Jim Hinebaugh of the Garrett County Economic Development office, and visiting Southern Middle School in the afternoon. Mr. Gregg noted that the Stanley Smith Foundation provides funding for various projects in the county, including providing transportation for all fourth graders to visit the Garrett County Historical Museum this past school year. Mrs. Rawe reminded Board members they are invited to attend the Republican Women=s Meeting on August 31, 1999, at the Hill Top Restaurant. Mrs. Collins noted that Maryland is number seven on a list of favorable states in which to bring up a child. Mrs. Collins will attend the Health Advisory Committee meeting on July 30, 1999 for Mrs. Sebold.

        Part IV - Food and Nutrition Services Chemical Bid Award

    Mr. Scott Germain, Food and Nutrition Services Program Manager presented the following companies for approval for the chemical supplies bid for Food and Nutrition Services: Garrett Mine, Ecolab, Witmer, and US Foods. It was noted that the proposed bid award for detergent was not the lowest bid, but was the proposal with the lowest price for a safe, non-caustic product. On behalf of the superintendent, Dr. McCartney recommended the Board approve the bid as presented by Mr. Germain. Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously (3-0) approved the chemical bid award.

    Commissioner Gregg stated the county has established that vendors with county addresses may receive a two percent (2%) preference if they so request on submission of proposal.

        Part V - Executive Session

    Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to move to executive session at 6:25 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. Commissioner Gregg remained in executive session. Dr. Brenda McCartney, Assistant Superintendent, and Mr. Ervin Fink, Director of Finance/Human Resources, were present in the executive session.

        Part VII - Return to Public Session

    The Board reconvened in public session at 6:55 p.m.

        Part VIII - Personnel

    On behalf of Dr. Teets, Dr. McCartney recommended approval of the following personnel items:

            • Appointments:    Maria Zumpano, Business Education Teacher, NH/SH, effective 8/25/99

                                            Sherry (Niner) Spencer, EEEP Teacher, FV, effective 8/25/99

                                            Cathern Reeves, Special Education/Mathematics Teacher, SH, effective 8/25/99

                                            Ronald Opel, Special Education Assistant, NH, effective 8/25/99

             • Resignations:    Mary Kate Kane, Business Education Teacher, NH/SH, effective 7/15/99

                                            Jodi Green, newly appointed Level IV Special Education Teacher, DR, effective 7/15/99

                                            Phyllis Miller, 4.5 hours per day, Cafeteria Worker, GV, effective 8/1/99

            • Emergency Coaches:     Jon Houser, Assistant Football Coach, NH

                                                        Jon Houser, Assistant Baseball Coach, NH

                                                        Julie Hoffman, Head Girls= Basketball Coach, NH

    Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously (3-0) approved the recommendation.

        Part XIV - Information Items

a. MSDE Bulletin, Vol. 10, No. 12 (6/30/99)

b. MSDE News Release - Media Alert: Maryland Teachers Begin First Technology Academy Training (7/23/99)

c. Governor=s Press Release: Governor Glendening Declares Drought Emergency - Calls for Voluntary Water Conservation (7/29/99)

    Information item c. was distributed to the Board members at the end of the meeting. Commissioner Gregg noted that the county, in an effort to be proactive should a local drought emergency occur, was in the process of formulating a plan.

        Part XV - Adjournment

    The Board, by consensus, adjourned at 7:00 p.m.


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James M. Raley Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:  August 10, 1999