Board of Education

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

Minutes October 10, 2000




Oakland, Maryland 21550


Tuesday, October 10, 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; 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 4:02 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. 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 discussed appointments of cafeteria staff, volunteer coaches and bus drivers; an allegation of misconduct by a staff member; pending or potential litigation; and matters related to the acquisition of real property for a public purpose.

            Part IV- Return to Public Session

        The Board reconvened in public session at 4:35 p.m. Because there was a shortened executive agenda, Mr. Durst asked that the Board proceed with the public agenda, beginning with item 14. Board Concerns.

            Part V - Board Concerns

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved Laura Hollingsworth, a student from Southern High School, and Micah Plevyak, a student at Northern High School, to serve as members to the Advisory Committee on Education (ACE) for the current school year.

        Mr. Durst presented a report on the MABE 43rd Annual Conference held on October 4-6, 2000 in Baltimore. Mr. Durst, as Treasurer of MABE=s executive board, reported on financial aspects of the conference and issues related to the current dues increase.

        Mr. Durst noted he will attend a technology conference as MABE representative (president-elect) on October 17-20, 2000.

        The Board recessed at 4:50 p.m. until regular public session at 5:30 p.m.

            Part V - Opening of Public Session

        The Board reconvened in public session at 5:30 p.m. Student Board member Amanda Pagenhardt and Commissioner Ernest Gregg joined the meeting at this time. Mr. Durst asked for a moment of silence, followed by Mrs. Collins leading the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

        Mr. Durst reviewed the agenda items that were considered prior to 5:30 p.m.

            Part VI - Acceptance of Agenda

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously accepted the agenda and addendum as drafted, with the changes noted previously.

            Part VII - Announcements

        The following announcements were offered:

  • Dr. Teets invited Board members to attend Staff Development Day on Friday, October 13, 2000.

  • Mettiki Coal will receive an Excellence for Minority Achievement Award, 2000 for its efforts on behalf of the schools on October 19, 2000.

  • Advisory Committee on Education meeting - October 24, 2000, Garrett Community College @ 7:00 p.m.

  • Southern High gym/lobby/stage renovation will be complete by October 12, 2000.

  • Dr. Teets extended invitations to Board members to attend Critical Friends dinner on October 29, 2000, as part of the evaluation process of Southern High and Bloomington Schools for the Co-Nect program.

            Part VIII - Approval of Minutes of September 12, 2000

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Minutes of September 12, 2000 were unanimously approved, with one typographical correction.

            Part IX - Instruction

        Ms. Jennifer Kotulak, Supervisor of Special Education, presented the Life Skills Program of Studies which was presented to the Board at the September meeting and has been on display for public input and review since that time. Dr. McCartney noted there was no public comment offered. Dr. Teets recommended approval of the Program of Studies. Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously approved the Life Skills Program of Studies.

        Ms. Kotulak presented Board Policy 431.22 and Administrative Procedure 431.23 Homeless for review, noting the policy would be brought back to the November meeting for action. The policy and procedure addresses guidelines outlined in COMAR which obligates the school system to provide the same educational opportunities to homeless students as to other students. Ms. Kotulak noted these guidelines have been followed in our system, but it is now formally addressed in the draft policy. Mr. Chuck Trautwein, computer resource teacher, presented the Computer Program of Studies which was reviewed by the Board at the September meeting. He noted that there was no comment noted during the past month when it was available for public review. Dr. Teets recommended approval. Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the Computer Program of Studies.

        Mrs. Jo Ann Vent, Supervisor of Career/Technology Education reviewed the Technology Pathway which was discussed at the September Board meeting and available for public review and comment since that time. There was no public comment. Dr. Teets recommended its approval. Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously approved the Technology Pathway. Mr. Vent expressed her appreciation to those Board members who attended the College Expo on October 9, 2000.

        Dr. Donald Forrester, Director of Elementary Education and Dr. McCartney presented an overview of the Minutes of the Health Advisory Committee (HAC) meeting on September 29, 2000. The HAC endorsed the draft Family Life Program of Studies, 10-12, and the new parent approval letter to be recommended to the Board of Education for approval. It was noted that Bylaw requires that the Family Life course be offered, and it is an elective course typically for eleventh grade students. Additionally, the HAC endorsed the Family Life textbook, Human Sexuality - Responsible Life Choices, with accompanying teacher=s edition, and resource materials for the elective high school course. Next, two videos were reviewed which were also endorsed by the HAC for Board of Education approval. Mrs. Carol Clark, Director of Clinical Services with the Health Department requested that HAC review the video, ABe Prepared, Be Protected.@It was recommended for use with the ninth grade health class and as a high school family life class resource. Mrs. Linda Spassil, Executive Director of the Dove Center requested the HAC=s review of the video,ABreak the Silence: Kids Against Child Abuse@which featured four vignettes pertaining to physical and sexual abuse and neglect of children. The HAC felt that only vignettes 2 & 3 fell under the purview of the committee and recommended the video as a resource for the seventh grade health curriculum and as a resource at the high school level. Each of these materials recommended by the Health Advisory Committee will be available for public review and comment until the November Board meeting.

        Next, Dr. McCartney referred to the attachment to the Health Advisory Committee Minutes which contained information about a presentation by Katherine Koestner on sexual assault (date rape), which is targeted at college students and high school students prior to leaving home for college. At Dr. McCartney=s request, Mrs. Spassil explained to the Board that the Dove Center would defray the fees associated with the program and that materials would be available to high school principals in advance of this program for their review and approval. She noted her desire to have the Ms. Koestner=s program presented at Garrett Community College the evening before the high school presentation sometime in the spring, prior to proms. Dr. McCartney will inform Mr. Green and the high school principals of this program opportunity.

        Dr. Forrester presented two requests for professional leave and travel. The first request was for Christina Ashby, teacher at Accident Elementary School, to attend the 79th Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics to be held in Orlando, Florida, April 4-8, 2001. He noted that expenses would be paid from an Eisenhower Grant. The second request was for Linda Fleming, principal of Swan Meadow School and Arlene Lantz, mathematics resource teacher to attend an Advanced Reading Renaissance seminar in Williamsburg, Virginia on November 1-2, 2000, with expenses to be covered by TIMS funds. Dr. Teets recommended approval of both requests. Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved Dr. Teets=recommendation.

        Dr. Teets presented Board Policy 344.5 and Administrative Procedure 344.51 Awarding of an Honorary High School Diploma. He explained that the Maryland legislature passed a law last session which allowed an individual who was honorably discharged from military service to apply to a specified county board of education to obtain a high school diploma if the individual withdrew from a full-time public or private school to enlist in the United States armed forces during World Ward II; and required that each county board of education adopt rules and regulations that establish procedures for awarding diplomas. Discussion centered on diploma design and ceremony. Mr. Gregg expressed his regret that WWII veteran, Mr. Elwood Groves passed away before he could receive such a diploma. Dr. Teets noted the policy was in final form and recommended its approval at this time. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the Board Policy 344.5. Dr. Teets stated that the policy and procedure, including application form, will be immediately available to veterans to begin the process to obtain a diploma.

        At 6:30 p.m. the Board took a short break.

        Dr. Patricia Mullinix, Coordinator of Research, Development and Information, presented a summary report for SAT and ACT test scores for the class of 2000. She noted that participation of SAT test takers increased from 143 seniors in 1999 to 150 seniors in 2000 (49% of the senior class), with a total gain of 18 points in scoring. Garrett County SAT mean scores for all class of 2000 participants (verbal, 511 and math, 519) were above both state and national averages. Dr. Mullinix shared data showing the five-year trend and discussed concerns of male/female score discrepancies. She noted that the high schools=goals include increased participation in SAT and ACT while maintaining scores. Dr. McCartney explained that, while the high schools do not offer a SAT prep class, increasing honors classes, encouragement from guidance counselors, and some computer preparation can be credited for increased participation and more students considering college. Dr. Mullinix informed the Board that ACT scores (22.6 mean for all students) were also higher than state and national scores. Dr. Teets and the Board expressed their appreciation to Dr. Mullinix for her report.

        Dr. McCartney presented a request for professional leave and travel for Bill Carlson, principal of Northern Middle School, and either Bruce Taliaferro, Assistant Principal or Gary Reichenbecher, Principal of Northern High School, to attend a National Staff Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, December 2-6, 2000, with expenses to be covered by the Regional (RESA) Professional Development Grant. Dr. Teets recommended approval. Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved the request.

            Part X - Public Comment

        There was no public comment at 7:00 p.m.

        Part XI - Personnel Action

            Dr. Teets recommended the following personnel matters for approval:

  • Appointments:    Amanda Green, 3.5 hr/day Cafeteria Worker, NH

                                            George Skiles, 3.5 hr/day Cafeteria Worker, NH

                                            Jennifer Schroyer, 3.5 hr/day Cafeteria Worker (Satelliting), NH

  • Bus Drivers for Final Approval:    Abner Swartzentruber, for anyone

                                                                        Wayne Jamison, for anyone

                                                                        Robin Sines, for Wayne E. Collier, Inc.

Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously approved Dr. Teets=recommendation. Additionally, Dr. Teets listed the following volunteer coaches:

                                            Ronald C. Boyer, Envirothon Club Assistant, NH

                                            Rick Wakefield, Football Assistant, SH

                                            Deanne M. Heller, Band Assistant, SH

            Part XII - School Recognition

        Dr. Teets introduced Mrs. Sandy Nesline, Principal of Accident Elementary School and announced that Accident Elementary has been named a Maryland Character Education School for the 2000-2001 school year by the Maryland Center for Character Education. Mrs. Nesline reviewed key points of their character education program, specifically mentioning the impact of the STAR program and committee chair, Mrs. Maggie Hockman. She then introduced Mrs. Cyndi Kolbe who gave a Power Point presentation highlighting the various aspects of the program. Mrs. Nesline shared the banner and certificate of recognition which she received at a luncheon ceremony honoring the winners on September 29, 2000 at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum, Maryland. The Board offered their congratulations to Mrs. Nesline, the students and staff of Accident Elementary School for their noteworthy accomplishment.

        Dr. McCartney gave a report on the Academic Intervention Plan, outlining intervention strategies already in place during and after the school day and proposed summer interventions. Additionally, she noted that additional intervention funds were available from the state and outlined the grant proposal that would need to be submitted by the end of October. Dr. McCartney explained criteria used for identification of students in need of services at the middle school level, explaining staffing needs and 2001 budget projections ($125,719) for delivery of services during the school year and after the school day. Intervention strategies would also be in place during the summer for eighth grade students who have not passed the Maryland Functional Tests in reading, mathematics, and writing, with the goal for students to have functional testing finished prior to high school.

            Part XIII - Administration

        Mr. Michael Sines, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations reviewed the list of summer 2000 maintenance projects accomplished at each school and the central office. Mr. Sines shared digital photographs of students and staff working on various projects. Dr. Teets complimented Mr. Sines and the maintenance staff for the quantity and quality of the work they do. Mr. Sines noted that since additional square footage has been added at facilities without adding additional manpower for maintenance, the Board may want to consider additional staff when planning for the future.

        As required by State mandate, time was set aside at 8:00 p.m. for a public hearing on the Board of Education=s Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPM). This is the last year a required hearing must be held. Mr. Sines noted there were five applications of pesticide so far, with two of those occurring this year. There were no public comments relative to the IPM Plan.

            Part XIV - Adjournment

        By consensus, the Board adjourned the meeting at 8:05 p.m.

            Part XVII - Information Items

a. Monthly Report to Commissioners (W. Teets: 9/26/00)

b. MSDE News Release: MD Library Advocates Named to National Honor Roll (9/18/00)

c. MSDE News Release: MSDE Awarded Grant to Recruit and Train Library Media Specialists (9/12/00)

d. MSDE News Release: MSDE To Honor Principals for Service-Learning Leadership (9/26/00)

e. MSDE News Release: MD Teacher Shortage Expected to Grow Significantly in Coming Year (9/26/00)

f. MSDE News Release: State Superintendent Says MD Team Deserves Credit for National Award (9/28/00)

g. MSDE Bulletin: Vol. 11, No. 11 (9/18/00)

h. Home and School Connection, October 2000

i. MSDE News Release: State Department of Education, 6 Local Systems Pursue Efficiency Through Baldridge Initiative (10/6/00)

j. Maryland News Release: Four National Educators Receive $25,000 National Award (10/6/00)

k. ASBO Matters, Volume XXXIII, No. 1 (September 2000)


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Rodney L. Durst Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   November 14, 2000