Board of Education

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

Minutes March 14, 2000




Oakland, Maryland 21550


Tuesday, March 14, 2000



            Part I - Call to Order

        Mr. Rodney L. Durst, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. Members in attendance included Mrs. Madeleine Collins, Vice President; Mrs. Camilla Rawe, Mr. James Raley and Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, associate members; Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools; and County Commissioner, Ernest Gregg.

            Part II - Public Comment

        There was no public comment at this time.

            Part III - Executive Session

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to move to executive session at 4:05 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 affecting one or more individuals, to consider matters that relate to the negotiations, and to consult with staff or other individuals regarding pending or potential litigation. In conjunction with the above, the Board revieweda resignation, leave without pay, military leave, sabbatical leave, candidates for tenure, volunteer and emergency coaches, temporary employment, transportation issues, and budget considerations. Dr. Teets; Dr. Brenda McCartney, Assistant Superintendent; and Mr. Ervin Fink, Director of Finance and Human Resources were in attendance during all or part of the executive session.

            Part IV- Return to Public Session

        Miss Stephanie Forman, student Board member, joined the meeting at this time.

            At 5:30 p.m. Mr. Durst reopened the public session, asking the Reverend Ann Harrison of St. Paul=s United Methodist Church to offer a prayer. Mrs. Collins led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America.

            Part V - Acceptance of Agenda

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the agenda was unanimously approved with the addition of approval of the March 8, 2000 Minutes.

            Part VI - Announcements

        Dr. Teets shared that School Breakfast Week is March 13-17, 2000 at all county elementary schools, and that Board members should contact the Food Nutrition Service Office if they would like to join the students at a school. Dr. Teets noted that the Northern High School Wrestling team captured their first state title for team and individual/team champions, and that Southern High School had its first individual team champion. Dr. Teets noted the Advisory Committee on Education meeting will be held March 22, 2000, at 7:00 p.m. at Garrett Community College. Mr. Durst announced he will attend the new Revenues Task Force meeting on March 15, 2000. Topics for discussion at the meeting include dues and fiscal year determination.

            Part VII - Approval of Minutes

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Minutes of February 8, 2000 were unanimously approved with two typographical corrections.

        Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Minutes of February 28,  2000 were unanimously approved as drafted.

        Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Minutes of March 8, 2000 were unanimously approved as drafted.

            Part VIII - Instruction

        Mr. Martin Green, Director of Secondary Education, 9-12, and Mrs. Lynn Bell, Principal, presented an overview of Southern Garrett High School AAccreditation for Growth@(AFG) program. Mrs. Bell distributed a brochure outlining the school=s Mission Statement and Objectives:

Objective I:   By the year 2005, the junior class will achieve at a higher standard than the baseline class as demonstrated by the average Objective Performance Index (OPI) on all subcomponents of the comprehensive Test of Basic Skills (CTBS-5) by a minimum of 10%.

Objective II:   By the year 2005, students will participate and achieve at a high level in challenging and academic endeavors. The following criteria will be used:

1.    An increase of at least 10% in the percentage of students enrolled in challenging and academic courses while maintaining or increasing the baseline grade point average in those courses;

2.    The percentage of students who earn a 3 or better on Advanced Placement exams will increase by 10;

3.    Participation in the Scholastic Aptitude Test will increase by 30% while maintaining the average verbal and mathematic scores of the baseline year for both males and females.

Mrs. Bell explained various projects including the student agenda book, an advisory period, mentoring, planned activities for the summer, and student portfolios which are designed to provide students with a variety of educational experiences to meet their individual needs. Mr. Green noted that Northern High School went through the accreditation process earlier this year.

        Mr. Green explained that the proposed English Literature texts have been on display for the past month and no public comment was received. Dr. Teets recommended the Board approve the series. Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the adoption of The EMC Masterpiece Series as English literature texts for grades 9-12.

        Mr. Green noted that Spanish texts are being reviewed but there is no recommendation at this time.

        Mr. Green distributed information relative to a meeting held with I-Tech of Frederick, Maryland, Garrett Community College (GCC), and Board of Education staff on February 25, 2000. I-Tech is a technology training corporation that contracts programs of instruction to colleges thereby making the equipment and software for specialized training affordable. Mrs. Jo Ann Vent, Supervisor of CTE and Mr. Green explained that, through the partnership of GCC and I-Tech, training, equipment, and software are already in place at GCC. They noted that preliminary discussions have begun centering on the possibility of dual enrollment of interested high school seniors with GCC students for both high school requirements and college credit toward certification classes or college degrees. Dr. McCartney noted that funding possibilities for this program are being explored. Dr. Teets indicated this program is an excellent example of the school system providing relevant training for our students.

        Dr. McCartney presented Board Policy 857.23 and Administrative Procedure 857.231 Crisis Management Plan, noting that these documents are considered preliminary guidance in that schools are submitting their own crisis management plans and MSDE is also devising a plan at the state level. After discussion, Dr. Teets recommended the Board approve the Board Policy. Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved Board Policy 857.23 with the following amendments: in the first sentence, add Aand orderly@after Asafe@and delete Abut the System is not immune from crisis situations;@and delete ATherefore,@in the second sentence.

            Part IX - Administration

        Mr. Fink presented the proposed 2000-2001 School Calendar, noting it will be brought to the April 11, 2000 Board meeting for approval.

            Part X - Board Concerns

        Upon a recommendation by Dr. Teets, Mrs. Rawe moved, with a second from Mrs. Sebold, that the graduation date be set for June 4, 2000. The Board unanimously approved the motion. Commencement exercises will be held at 1:00 p.m. at Northern High School and at 4:00 p.m. at Southern High School.

        Mrs. Collins reported that Mr. Durst and she attended a dinner meeting on February 22, 2000 with the State Board of Education, the State Superintendent and other staff from MSDE. She noted topics of discussion included the need for more emphasis on middle school curricula and the organizational structure of middle schools. The Board then discussed current issues such as the need for intervention regarding high school assessment and specific areas of the MSPAP, and the need for more dialogue between state and local boards.

        Mr. Durst asked for input relative to nominations for the 2000-2001 Executive Committee Nominations, as requested by MABE. Since Mr. Durst currently serves on the MABE Executive Committee, no other nominations were suggested. Mr. Raley noted his desire that MABE meetings be held in evenings to accommodate persons employed during the day.

            Part XI - Personnel

        Dr. Teets made the following personnel recommendations:

. Leave Without Pay:     Sharon DiGioia, Feb. 24-25, 2000

. Sabbatical Leave Request:    Irene Sigel, DR (for school year 2000-2001)

. *Emergency Coach:    Thomas Reilly, Assistant Softball Coach, NH

                       Joanne Ashby, Girls Tennis Coach, SH

. *Resignation:    Charlotte Friend, Cafeteria Worker, NH, 3.5 hours/day, eff. 3/21/00

. *Temporary Employment:    Debra Swerbinsky, Project Circles Parent Meeting Facilitator Teacher

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

            Part XII - Public Comment

        At 7:05 p.m. Mr. Durst asked that the Public Comment portion of the Board meeting be moved to the planetarium classroom in order to accommodate the large number of individuals who were present to comment on an issue of concern to students and families in the Kitzmiller area. Barbara J. McKenney, spokesperson for the group, distributed a packet of materials outlining their concern that the Board was dismissing one bus contractor and changing the opening time of Kitzmiller Elementary School to an earlier time. Dr. Teets explained that, while the principal was gathering information through the committee process and the Director of Transportation was assembling data on bus routes, proposed bus route schedules are not final and no decisions have been made toward the proposed changes. Extensive dialogue took place between members of the Kitzmiller group and staff and members of the Board of Education relative to the extent of disruption in schedules if such a change would occur, benefits to and safety of the children involved, and community input in the decision-making process. The Board thanked the group for coming to the meeting to share their comments. At 8:50 p.m. Mr. Durst asked that the meeting resume with the next agenda item in the Board room

            Part XIII - Board Concerns, continued

        Mr. Fink presented the Superintendent=s Budget for FY 2001, highlighting points from the Current Expense (General Operating) section, the Food and Nutrition Services Budget, School Construction Fund, and Dedicated Programs Budget for a total budget request of $36,099,168. Mr. Fink noted that within the Current Expense Budget, an amount necessary to meet the Governor=s Salary Challenge is included which provides for a 5% salary increase for certificated personnel (i.e., 4% local and 1% Governor=s Challenge state funds) and a 4% salary increase for support personnel. It was noted that the exact amount of additional state funds for the Governor=s Challenge and Enhancement Funding is still being determined by the legislature. Mr. Fink explained that since medical insurance claims have risen about 25% the past year there will be a significant increase in medical insurance costs. He noted the transportation budget has increased as a result of the increase in fuel costs. Mr. Fink explained that the request for local funding from the County Commissioners would be $14,834,883.

        Subsequent discussion centered on the extent and timing of additional transportation fund requests; costs in Data Processing Services; historical use of a carryover to balance the budget; and capital improvement projects. Capital projects ($1,483,500) requested from the County Commissioners are for Southern High Gymnasium Lobby/Stage Area and Football/Soccer Field Lights; Dennett Road Elementary Boiler Replacement; Northern High Auxiliary Gym Complex; and various school equipment.

        Dr. Teets recommended the Board adopt the budget as presented. Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the budget for FY 2001.

        Mr. Durst noted he would attend the National School Board Convention in Orlando, Florida next month as a MABE executive officer. Mr. Raley stated that MABE, rather than local boards, should pay mileage costs for executive committee members.

            Part XIV - Adjournment

        By consensus, the Board agreed to adjourn at 10:10 p.m.

            Part XVII - Information

a.    Staff Development Newsletter, March 2000, Volume 1, Issue 7

b.    February 2000 Attendance Bulletin

c.    Permission Request Form 348.72: Northern Garrett High School Band to Disney World, April 7-May 1, 2000

d.    Early College Admission Program (ECAP) - Revisions (School Year 2000-2001)

e.    Memo from Dr. Forrester: FY2000 Fine Arts Grant Approval Update (3/14/00)

f.    MSDE News Release: MSDE Announces Schedule of Summer Centers for Gifted and Talented (2/24/00)

g.    MSDE Bulletin, Vol. 11, No. 4 (2/29/00)

h.    MSDE News Release: Maryland 1999 Blue Ribbon Schools Recognized by General Assembly (3/7/00)

i.    Report to County Commissioners (WT: 2/29/00)

j.    MSDE News Release: 12 Maryland High Schools Make Newsweek=s List of Nation=s Best High Schools (3/8/00)

k.    MSDE News Release: Maryland Classroom Breakfast Program Improves Student, School Performance (3/9/00

l.    The Steering Wheel (March 2000)

m.   ASBO Matters, Volume XXXII, No. 4 (March 2000


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Rodney L. Durst Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   April 11, 2000