Board of Education

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

Minutes April 11, 2000






Oakland, Maryland 21550


Tuesday, April 11, 2000



            Part I - Call to Order

        Mr. Rodney L. Durst, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at 2:45 p.m. Members in attendance included Mrs. Madeleine Collins, Vice President; Mrs. Camilla Rawe and Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, associate members; Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools; and Commissioner Ernest Gregg.

            Part II - Annual Student Council Presentation

        Board members received representatives of the Student Councils of Southern Middle, Northern High and Southern High Schools, along with their advisors. Northern Middle Student Council was unable to attend.

        Mr. James Raley, associate member, joined the meeting at 3:00 p.m.

        Dr. Teets recognized Michelle Harman, advisor, who introduced Allison Martinez, Kelly Carr, Malia Collins and Dan Rounds who attended as representatives of Northern High School=s Student Council. The students expressed their appreciation for the Board=s support for the auxiliary gym and thanked Scott Germain, Food and Nutrition Service Program Manager, for implementing a salad bar in the cafeteria within two weeks after coming to their school to listen to students=suggestions. Other topics of concern discussed included vending machine use, new style of report cards, AP classes and cumulative G.P.A. concerns, substitute teacher requirements, and student Board member voting privilege. Mrs. Sebold commented her concern there were no applicants for student Board member from Northern High School. The Board thanked Mrs. Harman and the representatives for coming to the meeting.

        Dr. Teets recognized Ms. Stephanie Howell, advisor, who introduced Dylan Vaughan, Trishia Townshend, and Justine Pagenhardt, Student Council representatives from Southern Middle School. The students discussed cafeteria concerns relative to the variety and price of lunch and a la carte items. Other topics included student input in school-based decisions and student representation on faculty advisory or school improvement teams, and the need for a study period at Southern Middle. The representatives were advised to talk with their principal regarding some of their school level concerns. Ms. Howell expressed her appreciation to Mr. David Mayfield, Student Council advisor at Southern High School, for his assistance as this is her first year as advisor at Southern Middle.

        Dr. Teets recognized Mr. Mayfield who introduced Emily Nemith, Shannon Folickman, Laura Hollingsworth, Erin Orr and Amanda Pagenhardt. The students offered positive comments and thanked the Board for its support of the gym renovation. Dr. Teets recognized the Commissioners=support in this area, noting the proposed timeline is June, 2000 to begin renovating the gym lobby/stage area and corridor. Other topics of interest included timeline for renovation of the library; appreciation of the Board having a student member; student member voting rights; AP, honors, and merit classes bearing on weighted G.P.A=s; and their gratitude for funds for the Council to attend a legislative session and convention. Mr. Mayfield acknowledged Mr. Lowell Leitzel=s assistance with the Student Council. He thanked Stephanie Forman for her role as this year=s student Board member, indicating she brings valuable information back to the school from her attendance at the Board meetings.

        The Board took a short break at 3:55 p.m.

            Part III - Public Comment

        There was no public comment at this time.

            Part III - Executive Session

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, 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, to consult with staff or other individuals regarding pending or potential litigation; and to consider student Board member applicants. Dr. Teets; Dr. Brenda McCartney, Assistant Superintendent; Mr. Ervin Fink, Director of Finance and Human Resources; Commissioner Ernest Gregg; and Mr. Michael Sines, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations were in attendance during all or part of the executive session. During executive session, the Board reviewed tenure candidates, resignations, retirements, leave without pay, emergency coaches, collective bargaining matters, litigation issues, and reviewed applications for student Board member.

            Part IV - Return to Public Session

        At 5:50 p.m. Mr. Durst reopened the public session. Miss Forman joined the meeting at this time. Mr. Durst noted he attended the National School Board Convention where he heard an inspiring speech by Colin Powell, who spoke of the impact of public education in his life. Mr. Durst asked the group to participate in silent prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, led by Mrs. Collins.

            Part V - Acceptance of Agenda

        Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the agenda was unanimously accepted with the addition of Mr. Durst=s report on the NSBA Conference and the inclusion of the March 2000 Attendance Bulletin as an informational item.

            Part VI - Announcements

        The Southern High Alumni Association and the Board of Education is sponsoring noted speaker, Bob Moore for a community presentation on Wednesday, April 13, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. and both Thursday at both high schools. Career Day is April 14, 2000 with Dr. Mark Snyder as speaker at 9:10 a.m. that morning. The Student Arts Fair will be held April 29, with a reception at the Bausch & Lomb Gallery on April 28, 2000. Several other events from the April 2000 School Activities Calendar were highlighted. Dr. Teets reported both Northern High and Bloomington Schools=participation in the Science Fair.

            Part VII - Approval of Minutes

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Minutes of March 14, 2000 were unanimously approved as drafted.

            Part VIII - Instruction

        Mrs. Jo Ann Vent, Supervisor of Career and Technology Education, reported on the School+Business=Partnership luncheon held earlier today at the Will o=the Wisp. Mr. Kent Huber, School-to-Careers teacher, and Mrs. Vent presented Board Policy 344.52 Programs Leading to High School Completion and Administrative Procedure 344.521 Modifying the Regular Program Toward High School Graduation, highlighting the changes made. Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the policy was approved as presented.

        Mr. Chuck Trautwein, computer resource teacher, introduced Mrs. Arlene Lantz, Math Resource Teacher at Swan Meadow and Broad Ford Elementary Schools. Mrs. Lantz is the Garrett County Computer Teacher of the Year and received a plaque and award from the Maryland Instructional Computer Coordinators Association (MICCA). Mr. Trautwein praised Mrs. Lantz=s talent and dedication to teaching, noting her involvement with various programs such as TIMS, after-school tutoring and the technology camp. Mrs. Lantz was congratulated by the Board.

        Mr. Trautwein updated the Board on the Title VI, Innovative Educational Program Strategies grant which provides school libraries with software for automated circulation and catalogs, computers for classrooms, and supplies and materials to support training for Technology Resource Teachers (TRT). The grant amount for FY 2001 is $45,000.

        Mr. Trautwein reported on the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund, indicating that this fiscal year=s budget amount is $174,550. The competitive proposal for FY 2001 is due to MSDE by April 28, 2000. The proposed grant would provide stipends for school-based TRT=s and two county-wide TRT positions, TRT staff development, a multimedia classroom at Southern Middle School, and a mobile multimedia classroom (iBooks) featuring wireless networking for a total of $150,000.

        Mr. Martin Green, Director of Secondary Education, 9-12, and Mr. Chuck Harkins, Spanish Teacher at Southern High School, explained that they were seeking approval to use two sets of textbooks for the Spanish programs at the high school level. Mr. Green explained that the textbooks used by the Northern High School Spanish teacher were already approved. Mr. Harkins reviewed the texts for Spanish I - IV that he would prefer to use at Southern High School. Dr. McCartney noted that both Spanish teachers us the approved Foreign Language Program of Studies although they employ different teaching styles. The proposed Spanish texts will be on display for public review and comment and brought back for action at the May Board meeting.

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously approved a professional leave and travel request for two teachers from Bloomington School to visit the A.L.L. School in Worcester, Massachusetts on May 4, 2000 to review the incorporation of special education in a Co-NECT school setting.

            Part IX - Student Recognition

        Dr. Teets reported that Northern High School won their first Division 1A-2A wrestling championship, followed by the individual state team championship based upon having the most individual wrestlers win or place high in the final standings. Northern set a Division 1A-2A-3A-4A state record of 173 points scored in the state tournament. He recognized coach Scott Stough, who introduced the assistant coach, Steve Savage and members of the wrestling team: Pete Stein, Blake Huber, Matt McNees, Jeremiah Guard, Paul Beitzel, Brandon Stein, Brandon Kamp, Mark Wolf, and Ryan Brenneman. Team member Keith Artis could not be present. Dr. Teets recognized Southern High wrestling coach, Mr. Kurt Lear, noting his team finished 8th in the final state tournament ranking. Coach Lear introduced John Hayhurst, who placed first, and Jeremy Hayhurst, who placed second. John Hayhurst is the first individual state champion in the school=s history. Dr. Teets and the Board offered their congratulations for both teams=accomplishments.

            Part X - Administration

        Mr. Sines reviewed the Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) which must be submitted to the state by July 1, 2000. He noted that it is a requirement of the public school construction program that the EFMP be updated on an annual basis. The EMFP will be brought to the May Board meeting for action.

        At 7:10 p.m. the Board took a five minute break.

        Mr. Fink reviewed the proposed 2000-2001 School Calendar, pointing out the notation which permits Presidents=Day to be used as a make-up day may need revision if the Governor signs a proposed bill to make that day an official holiday. Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the calendar with the understanding that a revision may be made regarding Presidents=Day.

            Part XI - Personnel

        Dr. Teets presented the following personnel recommendations:

•    Tenure Candidates:

                Danny Anderson Mathematics Teacher, SH

                Stephen Dauses Counselor, SH

                Paul Edwards Social Studies Teacher, NH

                Elizabeth Fousek Classroom Teacher, SM

                Katy Fresh Counselor, AC

                Allyson Holler-Martz School Psychologist, NX

                Todd Mason Music Teacher, AC

                Robyn Nestor Special Education Teacher, SH

                Susan Peterson Music/Physical Education Teacher, SX

                Angie Rush Classroom Teacher, AC

                Jason Shank Technology Education Teacher, SX

                Sheri Weeks Classroom Teacher, CR

                Kimberly Weimer Classroom Teacher, BR

                Amy Yoder-Yutzy Speech Therapist, AC

• Resignations:

                Jean Alvarez, Special Education Teacher, SH, on professional leave for school year 1999-2000, eff. 7/1/2000

                Steve Campbell, Alternative Education Teacher, SH, eff. 6/8/00 (resignation as Head Football Coach, effective immediately)

• Retirements:

                Amy Rolf, Instructional Assistant, YG, eff. 7/1/2000

                Robert E. Johnson, Jr., Food Service Driver, Central Office, eff. 7/1/2000

                Glenna Reese, 4.5 hours/day Cafeteria Worker, NX, eff. 7/1/2000

                Mary Wildman, Teacher, SX, eff. 7/1/2000

                Diane Klotzbaugh, VSST Instructional Assistant, NH, eff. 8/1/2000

• Leave Without Pay:

                Y. Michelle Harman, Teacher, NH, 2.5 days during week of June 5-9, 2000

• Emergency Coaches:

                Steven Savage, Assistant Track Coach, NH

                Kelly Stewart, Assistant Track Coach, NH

                Steven Savage, Assistant Track Coach, NH

                Kelly Stewart, Assistant Track Coach, NH

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

            Part XII - Board Concerns

        Mr. Durst reported on his recent trip to the National School Board Conference in Orlando, Florida as a MABE executive committee representative. He noted topics discussed at the conference included school prayer, voucher issues, and state mandated curriculum. It was suggested that the Board allow one of the members to attend a national conference each year.

        Dr. Teets updated the Board on his trip to the Superintendents=National Conference in San Francisco.

        The Board tentatively set April 19, 2000 as the date for an additional meeting.

        Mrs. Sebold inquired about the MSDE News Release regarding Maryland=s participation in two middle school reform programs with the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) to address middle school performance. Dr. Teets responded that Garrett County was approached, but staff was cognizant of the attached commitments and declined at this time.

        The Board congratulated Dr. McCartney on the recent approval of a $200,000 grant which provides a major initiative to support reading and writing across all content areas in grades six through eight. Dr. McCartney noted the grant will provide two staff people in the schools and will complement the current GEAR UP grant.

            Part XIII- Adjournment

        By consensus, the Board adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

            Part XIV - Information Items

a.    MSDE News Release: State Board of Education Names Management Company for Reconstitution of 3 Baltimore City Schools (3/21/00)

b.    MSDE News Release: State Acts to Elevate Flat Middle School Performance (3/21/00)

c.    MSDE News Release: Maryland adolescent survey shows decreases, leveling of substance abuse (3/22/00)

d.    MSDE Bulletin, Vol. 11, No. 5

e.    Monthly Report to County Commissioners (WT: 3/28/00)

f.    VICA Skills USA Competition (3/24/00) Winners (CTE Office)

g.    Letter to Dr. Teets re: Schools for Success/Goals 2000 Grant Award (Dr. Grasmick:3/28/00)

h.    Home & School Connection, April 2000

i.    Staff Development Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 8

j.    Booklet: Certification Information for Garrett County Board of Education Certificated Personnel, March 2000 (D. McCauley)

k    ASBO Matters, Volume XXXIII, No. 4 (March 2000) (Board member agenda only)

l.    March 2000 Attendance Bulletin

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Rodney L. Durst Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:  May 9, 2000