Board of Education

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

Minutes September 12, 2000




Oakland, Maryland 21550


Tuesday, September 12, 2000



            Part I - Call to Order

        Mrs. Madeleine Collins, Vice President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at 4:05 p.m. Members in attendance included Mr. James M. Raley, 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 at this time.

            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 4:07 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 consult with staff or other individuals regarding pending or potential litigation, and to consider the acquisition of real property for a public purpose. Mr. Rodney L. Durst, President of the Board joined the meeting at this time. 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. During executive session, the Board considered appointments, a retirement, a resignation, leave without pay, emergency and volunteer coaches, bus contract name change, bus driver appointments, Administrative Procedure 615.1, litigation issues, and the acquisition of property.

            Part IV- Return to Public Session

        The Board reconvened in public session at 5:30 p.m. with Mr. Durst presiding. Miss Amanda Pagenhardt, student Board member, joined the meeting at this time. Mr. Durst asked the Pastor Mark Hickman of the Mt. Top Ministerial Association to lead a prayer which was followed by Mrs. Collins leading 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 Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the agenda was unanimously accepted with the addition of AMABE Committee Representation@and ATeacher of the Year Banquet@under #14, Board Concerns; and the addition of three items under #15, Information Items.

            Part VI - Announcements

        The following announcements were offered:

  • September 16, 2000 Bus Drivers= Association Banquet at 7:00 p.m.

  • September 29, 2000 Dedication of the Southern High Field Lights at 7:15 p.m., with recognition of County Commissioners

  • September 29, 2000 Swan Meadow Harvest Sale

  • September 23, 2000 Kitzmiller Tour of Park/Gardens at 1:00 p.m.

  • Gary Reichenbecher, Principal of Northern High School was awarded Honorable Mention after his nomination as an outstanding Service Learning Program high school principal. He will also receive a $200 cash award for his school.

  • Mr. Durst is featured in the September issue of the AMABE School News.@

  • Dr. Teets noted that county-wide use of character education traits was agreed upon at the May A&S Meeting, based upon the format used at Broad Ford, Crellin, Dennett Road, and Kitzmiller Elementary Schools. September=s focus area is Self Discipline/Control.

  • Dr. Teets noted the Bio-Tech Lab, sponsored by the Farm Bureau, was at Dennett Road Elementary September 5-8, 2000 and is scheduled for the following dates:

Broad Ford on Sept. 11-15
Crellin on Sept. 18-22
Accident on Oct. 2-6
Friendsville on Oct. 9-13
Grantsville on Oct. 23-27

            Part VII - Approval of Minutes of August 8, 2000

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Minutes of August 8, 2000 were unanimously approved as drafted.

            Part VIII - Student Recognition

        Dr. Teets reported that five students from Southern and Northern High Schools competed at the National Skills-VICA Competition in Kansas City on June 26-31, 2000. All five students placed in their respective categories, as follows:

  • First Place: Occupational Safety and Health Notebook: Billy Martin and Katie Steyer, Southern High

  • Third Place: Related Technical Math: Erica Tressler, Southern High

  • Eighth Place: Action Skills Demonstration: Laurie Beth Lewis, Northern High

  • Eighth Place: Job Skills Demonstration: Josh Hook, Northern High

        Mrs. Jo Ann Vent, Supervisor of Career/Technology Education, introduced Mr. Loren Bowser, Southern High VICA advisor, who explained that the contest involved secondary and post-secondary competitors. The students summarized their experience at the competition and shared their medals and trophy. Mr. Durst presented each participant with a Certificate of Achievement. Also present with the students were Laurie=s parents, Randy and Sheila Lewis, and Katie=s mother, Karen Steyer. Mr. Bowser noted that Eric Tressler and the Northern High advisor, Mr. Bob Moranduzzo, could not be present. Dr. Teets and the Board congratulated each student and the advisors for their outstanding performance at the competition.

            Part IX - Administration

        Dr. Teets introduced Mr. Doug Gaither, Principal of Friendsville Elementary; and Mrs. Sheila Miller, Principal of Kitzmiller Elementary who reported on the success of the Maryland Meals for Achievement (MMFA) program which was implemented at their schools for the 2000-2001 school year. The program covers the cost of providing breakfast to every student, every morning, in the classroom, regardless of family income. Based on data from the Food and Nutrition Service Program Manager for the first four days of school, Kitzmiller Elementary served an average of 82 student breakfasts compared to 47 at this time last year, and Friendsville Elementary served an average of 169 student breakfasts compared to 41 at this time last year. Dr. Teets indicated the program is well received by students and staff.

            Part X - Instruction

        Ms. Jennifer Kotulak, Supervisor of Special Education, presented the newly developed, proposed Life Skills Program of Studies. Since IDEA does not exempt special education students from testing, the program of studies was developed for special education students for whom the Maryland Learning Outcomes are inappropriate, and will assist in the planning and development of IEP=s. The program of studies will be on display for review and comment and brought back to the October Board meeting for approval.

        Mr. Chuck Trautwein, computer resource teacher, presented the proposed Computer Studies for grades Pre-K through 12. He explained the program will assist students as they integrate the use of technology in the classroom as a support for existing curricula. The program of studies will be on display for public review and comment and will be brought back to the October Board meeting for approval.

        Mrs. Jo Ann Vent, Supervisor of Career/Technology Education, presented the proposed Technology Pathway for computer science and computer/network technical support career paths. Discussion centered on the feasibility of adding Net+ and A+ as suggested electives for the computer science pathway, and the impact of ITECH classes that have been offered through Garrett Community College.

        Dr. Teets introduced Mr. Duane Yoder, Executive Director of Garrett County Community Action Committee, Inc. (CAC) who, along with Dr. Don Forrester, Director of Elementary Education explained plans for a grant application to obtain funding to provide a Judy Hoyer Center to be housed in the Early Child Development Center at Overlook. The Center is a 10,000 square foot building currently being constructed by CAC to house a Head Start, Early Head Start, and before and after school child care. One of the requirements of a Hoyer Center is that a partnership be created with other providers of early child development services. Additionally, Maryland law states that the funds must flow through the local school board (as fiscal agent) but may be totally contracted to another agency. Expected funding would provide $400,000 to $450,000, with renewal possible for up to four years, to enhance and expand the readiness of children to learn when they enter school, and provide services to high-risk families in a center based setting. Mr. Yoder continued to explain how funds would be utilized and the fiscal and reporting requirements. He indicated that CAC is ready to enter into an agreement with the Board of Education to prepare the application, and to plan, implement and operate the center. Discussion continued relative to the involvement of Southern High School students in the childcare program and building trades program. The Board agreed that Mr. Yoder should proceed with the application.

        At this time the Board took a short break.

            Part XI - Public Comment

        Ms. Jo Donaldson expressed her appreciation for the excellent education her daughter Catherine (Southern High Class of 2000) received, noting her daughter=s success with freshman testing at Western Maryland College.

            Part XII - Personnel Action

        Dr. Teets recommended the following personnel matters for approval:

  • Appointments:

                    Dorothy Beitzel, Cafeteria Assistant, YG, 6.5 hrs/day, Step 1, eff. 8/25/00
                    Kim Fost, Cafeteria Worker, NH, 3.5 hrs/day, Step 1, eff. 8/25/00
                    Deborah Fulk, Cafeteria Worker, BR, 5.5 hrs/day, Step 1, eff. 8/28/00
                    Shannon Meyers, Cafeteria Worker, HEEC, 2.8 hrs/day, Step 1, eff. 9/25/00
                    Linda Holler, Cafeteria Worker, 4 hrs/day, SX, Step 1, eff. 8/25/00
                    Margarette Futch, Cafeteria Worker, 2.5 hrs/day, SH, eff. 8/2/8/00

  • Retirement:

                     Katherine Kight, Cafeteria Worker, YG, eff. 7/1/00

  • Resignation:

                     Deborah Green, Cafeteria Worker, GV, eff. 8/25/00

  • Leave Without Pay:

                     Lisa Lantz, County-wide Technology Resource Teacher, 1.5 days (.5 on Oct. 6, 1.0 on Oct. 9, 2000)
                    Susan Peterson, Teacher, SX, 2 days (October 2-3, 2000)

  • Emergency Coach:

                     Duane Salisbury, Assistant Band Director, SH, Step 1

  • Bus Contract:

                    Name change from Miriam Melissa Beeman to Albertus Leroy Beeman

  • Bus Drivers:

                   Cindy Warsaw for Bruce Warsaw
                    Dennis T. Glotfelty for Dennis G. Glotfelty

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

            Part XIII - Instruction, continued

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the professional leave and travel request for staff members from Bloomington School and Southern High School to attend Co-Nect=s 7th Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, October 18-21, 2000. All expenses are to be paid from Co-Nect grant funds. Dr. Teets noted that Bloomington school has been nominated for a national technology award sponsored by Co-Nect; winners will be announced in October.

        Dr. Forrester presented the draft Health Program of Studies, K-5. The program will be on display for public review and comment and brought back to the October Board meeting for approval.

        Dr. McCartney, Dr. Forrester and Mr. Martin Green, Director of Secondary Education, 9-12 presented the proposed Social Studies Programs of Study, K-12, and the proposed new texts which have been available for public review and comment for the past month. Dr. McCartney reviewed public comment which was received noting comments were generally favorable. Dr. Teets recommended the approval of the proposed programs of study and the textbooks. Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board approved Dr. Teets=recommendation.

        Mr. Green provided a report on courses not scheduled at both high schools for the 2000-2001 school year.

        Dr. McCartney provided a report showing which schools sponsored charity drives last school year. The report included the name of the charity and amount of instructional time involved, if any, as required by Board Policy 726.62.

            Part XIV - Board Concerns

        Mr. Durst reviewed a memorandum from MABE requesting nominations for the 2000-2001 committees in order to begin working as soon after the annual conference as possible. The following names will be submitted to MABE for the 2000-2001 committees:

Budget & Planning                James Raley
Legislative                             Rodney Durst
Federal Relations Network    James Raley
LSA Director                        Madeleine Collins

        Dr. Teets suggested a Board member attend the Teacher of the Year Gala on October 13, 2000 to honor Chuck Trautwein, Garrett County Teacher of the Year. Mr. Raley will attend.

        Dr. Teets invited Board members to have breakfast with the students at Friendsville or Kitzmiller Elementary Schools when a date is set. The Commissioners will also be invited.

            Part XV - Adjournment

        By consensus, the Board adjourned the meeting at 8:20 p.m.

Part XVI - Information Items

  1. Monthly Character Education Traits (P. Lauver: 5/31/00)

  2. Monthly Report to County Commissioners (W. Teets: 8/29/00)

  3. MSDE Bulletin, Vol. 11, No. 10 (8/4/00)

  4. MSDE News Release: Court Affirms State Board=s Unprecedented Decision to Take Over Three Failing City Schools (8/22/00)

  5. MSDE News Release: MD Welcomes National Teacher Recruitment Clearinghouse (8/26/00)

  6. MSDE News Release: Federal Funds Available for Child and Adult Care Meals (8/28/00)

  7. MSDE News Release: MD SAT Scores Continue Positive Trend (8/29/00)

  8. MSDE News Release: Benzil Elected New State Board of Education President (8/29/00)

  9. MSDE News Release: MD Correctional Ed Gets Million Dollar Grant to Provide Online Post Secondary Courses (8/29/00)

  10.  MSDE News Release: MD State Board of Education Addresses Principal Shortage (8/30/00)

  11. MSDE News Release: MD State Board Moves Toward Mandatory Full-Day Kindergarten (8/31/00)

  12. MSDE Fact Sheet 1: High School Assessments (Revised 7/11/00)

  13. Garrett County Board of Education 2000-2001 Calendar

  14. MSDE News Release: MD 2000-2001 Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalists Announced (9/11/00)

  15. Home & School Connection, September 2000

  16. ASBO Matters, Vol. XXXII, No. 5, Summer 2000


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Rodney L. Durst Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   October 10, 2000