Board of Education

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

Minutes December 12, 2000





Oakland, Maryland 21550

Tuesday, December 12, 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. Collins, 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 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. Commissioner Ernest Gregg joined the meeting at 4:45 p.m. During executive session, the Board discussed a resignation, leave without pay requests, emergency and volunteer coaches, volunteer assistants, a custodial appointment, litigation and acquisition of property.

            Part V - Opening of Public Session

        The Board reconvened in public session at 5:35 p.m. Student Board member Amanda Pagenhardt joined the meeting at this time. Mr. Durst asked for a moment of silence, followed by Miss Pagenhardt leading the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

            Part VI - Acceptance of Agenda

        Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously accepted the agenda with the additions of a December 8, 2000 MSDE News Release, an invitation and agenda for Southern High School=s official gym lobby dedication ceremony, replacement page 3 of the June 30, 2000 Audit Report letter, a copy of the new Student Handbook as information items; and, under Board Concerns, upcoming NSBA conference discussion.

            Part VII - Announcements

        Dr. Teets shared the Governor=s Citation for the Safe Schools Initiative which was received at a meeting which he, Lieutenant Lucas of the Maryland State Police, and Sheriff Dick Sanders attended on December 5, 2000, in Glen Burnie.

        Dr. Teets invited Board members to attend the December A&S Meeting luncheon.

            Part VIII - Approval of Minutes of November 14, 2000

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Minutes of November 14, 2000 were unanimously approved, with typographical corrections.

            Part IX - Recognition of Advisory Committee on Education (ACE) Chairman

        Dr. Teets introduced Mr. Rob Sharps who has served as ACE chairman from the committee=s inception in 1991 until the end of his term on October 24, 2000. Dr. Teets related that it has been a pleasure working with Mr. Sharps and expressed his gratitude to Mr. Sharps for his leadership and involvement not only with ACE, but with the stock market teams and other school functions. He noted that Mr. Sharps is highly involved in the Southern High School Alumni Association. Mr. Durst presented a plaque to Mr. Sharps and expressed his appreciation on behalf of the Board members. Mr. Sharps thanked the Board and staff for their support, noting that the advisory committee has grown from a concept to become an effective tool for periodic, aggressive review of programs of instruction. Mr. Sharps highlighted the creation of School Improvement Teams as one of the committee=s goals of parent involvement in the school system. He stated the committee has seen significant changes in curriculum and instruction and technology growth in our schools, and thanked staff members for their attendance at meetings to share and discuss various issues. Mr. Sharps expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to work with the Board, and will continue as an active member of the committee.

        Mr. Wayne Gillespie was elected as chairman at the October 24, 2000 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Education.

            Part X - Instruction

        Dr. Patricia Mullinix, Coordinator of Research, Evaluation, and Information distributed copies of the Maryland School Performance Report 2000, School Reform: Where It Counts (November 2000 issue), and copies of her slide presentation. During her slide presentation, she noted that Garrett County schools=MSPAP Composite Scores for all grades, all subjects went from 45.4% in 1999 to 48.2% in 2000. She noted that while the county is at 48.2%, six schools (Accident, Bloomington, Crellin, Northern Middle, Route 40, and Southern Middle) have a composite score above 50%. Dr. Teets stated that although these are the highest scores received for the county, the immediate goal is to reach 50% for all schools. Dr. Mullinix also reviewed CTBS scores, the IMAP assessment program, and SAT results for 1999 and 2000. Highlights of her report are as follows:

•    Garrett met six of the seven Functional Test standards at the Excellent level.
•    Garrett=s dropout standard was at 3.78 for 2000; about the same as for 1999.
•    Garrett met the elementary attendance standard at the Excellent level.
•    Garrett was the only school system to meet middle school attendance standard at the Excellent Level.
•    Garrett met the high school attendance standard at 95.5%; 96% is Excellent level.

        Mr. Durst thanked Dr. Mullinix for her report, and expressed his appreciation to instructional supervisory staff for their hard work and leadership.

            Part XI - Administration

        Dr. Teets presented the janitorial supplies bid recommendation as compiled by the Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations. Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously awarded the bid of $62,042.35 in the following manner:

        •    Art Snyder Sanitary Supply $35,137.13
        •    Calico Industries, Inc. $6,881.65
        •    C.N. Robinson Lighting Co. $4,208.50
        •    Garrett Mine Supplies $2,130.93
        •    Weiss Bros. $7,000.68
        •    XPEDX $3,482.46

            Part XII - Personnel Action

        Dr. Teets recommended the following personnel matters for approval:

•    Resignation:    Ann Stanley, Media Assistant, SH, effective 11/29/00

•    Leave Without Pay:    Kendra Sweitzer, Music Teacher, FV, April 4,5,,9,10, 2001
                            Judy Duling, Cafeteria Worker, BR, January 2-12, 2001

•    Emergency Coach:    Jamie Sterner, Assistant Basketball Coach, NH, Step 1

•    Appointment:    Anthony Miller, Part-time custodian (4 hrs/day, 210 days), AC, Step 1, $7.75/hr

            Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved Dr. Teets=recommendation.

            Part XIII - Board Concerns

        The National School Board Association Annual Conference will be held in San Diego, California on March 23-27, 2001. Mr. Durst stated he will attend as MABE representative, and asked Board members to consider whether they would like to attend.

        Dr. Teets noted that Michelle Harman, teacher at Northern High School, would be attending the January Board meeting to present a report of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards program. Ms. Harman has passed the test for national teacher certification and will share details of the process.

        Dr. Teets asked the Board to consider any need for agenda time changes based upon a few shorter meetings. Time will be scheduled on the January agenda for annual review.

        Mr. Raley stated that the MABE Federal Relations Network and 2001 conference would be held February 4-6, 2001, in Washington, D.C. He explained that he is an alternate delegate to the Federal Relations committee and as such, would receive no reimbursement by MABE.

        Commissioner Gregg left the meeting at 6:30 p.m.

        Miss Pagenhardt, on behalf of the Southern High School student council, encouraged the Board to assist in finding a student council advisor for Southern Middle School so student council could be reinstated. Miss Pagenhardt left the meeting at 6:40 p.m.

        Mr. Raley and Mr. Durst attended a meeting of the Garrett Salary Review Committee on November 15, 2000. Mr. Raley suggested that since there is no county PTA Council, a member of the ACE committee might act as representative to that committee.

        Mrs. Collins updated the Board regarding Northern High football coach Frank Ewing who was accidentally injured during a game.

            Part XIV - Public Comment

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

            Part XV - Adjournment

        By consensus, the Board adjourned the meeting at 7:00 p.m.

            Part XVII - Information Items

a.    November 2000 Attendance Bulletin
b.    Home & School Connection (December 2000)
c.    MSDE News Release: 19 of 24 School Systems Statewide Show Overall Improvements (11/29/00)
d.    MSDE News Release: MSDE and America Online Announce Initiative to Utilize AOL@School Statewide (12/6/00)
e.    The Scoop, Vol. 10, No. 2 (December 2000)
f.    ASBO Matters, Volume XXXIII, No. 2 (November 2000)
g.    MSDE News Release: Number of Nationally Certified MD Teachers Nearly Tripled over 1999 (12/8/00)


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Rodney L. Durst Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   January 9, 2001