Board of Education

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

Minutes January 9, 2001




Oakland, Maryland 21550


Tuesday, January 9, 2001



            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 - Oath of Office

        Mr. David Martin, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Garrett County, administered the oath of office to the newly re-elected Board members, Mrs. Charlotte Sebold and Mr. James M. Raley, for the term of January 2001 through December 2004. He then read the members=Commission from the Governor of Maryland.

            Part III - Public Comment

        There was no public comment at this time.

            Part IV - Election of Officers

        In order to conduct the election for president of the Board of Education, Mr. Durst relinquished the chair to Dr. Teets who asked for nominations. Mr. Durst stated it was his privilege to nominate Mrs. Madeleine Collins and moved to close the nominations. Upon a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board voted, 4-0 (with Mrs. Collins abstaining), to elect Mrs. Collins as president. Mrs. Collins then assumed the chair and asked for nominations for the vice presidency. Mrs. Sebold nominated Mrs. Camilla Rawe. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mr. Raley, to close the nominations, Mrs. Rawe was elected, 4-0 (with Mrs. Rawe abstaining), as vice president.

        Commissioner Ernest Gregg joined the meeting at 4:10 p.m.

            Part V - Executive Session

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to move to executive session at 4:10 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; Mr. Ervin Fink, Director of Finance and Human Resources; and Commissioner Gregg were in attendance during all or part of the executive session. During executive session, the Board discussed a resignation, emergency and volunteer coaches, and volunteer assistants, a letter from a staff member, litigation and acquisition of property.

            Part VI - 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. Mrs. Collins 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 VII - Acceptance of Agenda

        Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously accepted the agenda with the following additions: Under Instruction, action on two leave requests; under Board Concerns, discussion of the upcoming MABE legislative meeting and PACE Mountain Maryland reception; and under Information Items, an MSDE news release.

            Part VIII - Announcements

        Dr. Teets noted that David Foster would attend the meeting as representative of The Republican newspaper, as Peggy Santamaria is now employed by the Chamber of Commerce.

        Dr. McCartney reported Mr. Paul Shogren has offered to teach a Latin class during the after school program at Southern Middle School if a sufficient number of students are interested.

            Part IX - Approval of Minutes of December 12, 2000

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Minutes of December 12, 2000 were unanimously approved with Mr. Durst=s name replacing Mrs. Sebold=s under Part XIII, paragraph seven.

            Part X - Recognition of Garrett County=s First Nationally Certified Teacher

        Dr. Teets stated it was his honor to introduce Yolanda Michelle Harman, a biology teacher at Northern High School, who is Garrett County=s first staff member to be certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standard (NBPTS). Ms. Harman shared a Power Point presentation outlining the rigorous certification program which took nearly nine months to complete. She highlighted components of a comprehensive portfolio of her teaching practices and professional development activities, and touched upon the detailed essay assessment test which took nine hours to complete. Ms. Harman stated the experience, which culminated with her achievement of National Certification in Adolescent and Young Adulthood/Science, provided opportunity for extensive self-examination of her own teaching practices. Mrs. Collins and members of the Board congratulated Ms. Harman on her success, and encouraged other staff members to avail themselves of this opportunity. Dr. Teets noted that Michelle Harman=s name will be listed on a permanent plaque at the central office to recognize her and future National Board certified teachers in Garrett County.

            Part XI - Presentation to Mr. Durst

        In recognition of his past year as Board President, Dr. Teets presented Mr. Durst with the traditional gavel signed by members of the Board, and thanked him on behalf of the Board members and staff for his efforts and service to the students of Garrett County.

            Part XII - Instruction

        Mr. Martin Green, Director of Secondary Education 9-12, presented a field trip request for Northern High School band to travel to the southwest United States in March, including professional leave (4.5 days in March) for four staff members to accompany the band. Mr. Bill Robinson, band instructor, and Mrs. Susan Bell, band booster/parent, outlined the students=efforts and the trip itinerary. Dr. Teets recommended the Board approve the trip, noting the competition factor and educational value. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the field trip request.

        Dr. McCartney presented two requests for Professional Leave and Travel Approval: 1) Dr. Patricia Mullinix to attend the VoCATS Instructional Management Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina on February 21-23, 2001; and 2) Sara Ramsey, teacher at Southern Middle School, and Carolyn Tice, teacher at Northern Middle School, to attend the International Reading Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 30 - May 4, 2001. Dr. Teets recommended the approval of both requests. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved the travel requests.

        Mr. Green reviewed the High School Course Descriptors for the 2001-2002 school year, highlighting changes made to reflect the new, recently approved social studies curriculum.

        Mr. Gregg left the meeting at 6:45 p.m.

            Part XIII - Administration

        After review by Mr. Fink, the Board agreed to the following FY 2002 Budget Calendar:

• Director=s Review of Proposed Budgets                                             January 22, 2001

• Compilation of Budget Submissions                                                    January 31, 2001

• Board of Education Review of Submissions to Superintendent
and Presentation of Superintendent=s Budget to the Public
(Garrett Community College @6:00 p.m.)                                           March 5, 2001

• Board of Education Action on the Budget                                          March 13, 2001

After Board action on the FY 2002 Budget, it will be submitted to the County Commissioners.

            Part XIV - Board Concerns

        By consensus, the Board elected to maintain the regular meeting time as the second Tuesday of each month, beginning at 4:00 p.m. to move immediately into executive session, with public session to reopen at 5:30 p.m. Additionally, by consensus, the Board selected Mr. Robert Watson, Esquire, to remain as Board Attorney; and to continue to retain the services of Rodeheaver & Associates as auditor for the current year.

        Mrs. Collins asked Board members to select committees on which to serve for the current year. By consensus, the following were assigned for the 2001 calendar year:

• Health Advisory Committee
• Hickory Env. Ed. Center Advisory Committee
• Multicultural Advisory Panel
• Wellness Council
• Food & Nutrition Advisory Council
• Fine Arts Advisory Council
• Advisory Committee on Work Force Preparation
• Advisory Committee on Education (ACE)
• Ethics Panel
• Western MD Economic Dev. Task Force (Education Sub-committee)
• Insurance Coalition
• Calendar Committee
• MABE Budget and Planning
• MABE Legislative Committee
• MABE Federal Relations Network
• Legal Services Association
Charlotte Sebold (C. Rawe, alternate)
Charlotte Sebold (C. Rawe, alternate)
Madeleine Collins (C. Sebold, alternate)
Charlotte Sebold (C. Rawe, alternate)
Camilla Rawe (C. Sebold, alternate)
James Raley (C. Rawe, alternate)
Charlotte Sebold (M. Collins, alternate)
Madeleine Collins (C. Sebold, alternate)
Rodney Durst (C. Sebold, alternate)
Madeleine Collins (C. Sebold, alternate)
Madeleine Collins (C. Rawe, alternate)
Camilla Rawe (M. Collins, alternate)
Rodney Durst (M. Collins, alternate)
Rodney Durst (J. Raley, alternate)
James Raley
Madeleine Collins (E. Fink, alternate)

         Mr. Durst reported that the annual MABE Legislative Day will be held in Annapolis on February 1, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. Mrs. Collins, Mrs. Rawe, Mrs. Sebold and Dr. Teets indicated they would attend. Dr. Teets will arrange a lunch meeting with Delegate Edwards and Senator Hafer for the Board members.

        Dr. Teets and Mr. Raley reported on the PACE/Mountain Maryland legislative reception on January 25-26, 2001. The event is a cooperative effort of Garrett and Allegany Counties to meet and converse with Maryland legislators. Dr. Teets and Mr. Raley plan to attend the evening reception, with Dr. Teets also attending the breakfast on Friday morning.

        Mrs. Collins asks that School Improvement Teams, Parent/Teacher groups, and other parent involvement groups be invited to attend the February Board meeting to share their concerns or outline their programs. Dr. Teets will relay this information to principals at the next Administrators and Supervisors meeting.

        Dr. Teets explained he will attend a meeting with area superintendents on January 10, 2001, to explore the possibility of absorbing students from the Salisbury/Elk Lick (Pennsylvania) area on a tuition basis if that district decides to close their high school.

        In response to Mrs. Collins=question, Dr. McCartney noted that no advisor has been identified to sponsor Southern Middle School student council.

            Part XV - Personnel Action

        Dr. Teets recommended the following personnel matters for approval:

        •   *Resignation:                      Shannon Rexrode, JV Girls=Basketball Coach

        •   *Emergency Coaches:       Christopher Elliott, Assistant Basketball, NH, Step 1
                                           Walter C. Lee, Athletic Trainer Assistant, SH, (.75) Step 1

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

            Part XVI - Public Comment

        Mr. Durst expressed his appreciation for the flowers and other kindnesses his family received from many people in the school system following the death of his mother.

            Part XVII - Announcement of New Facility

        Dr. Teets reported that earlier this day the Garrett County Commissioners announced the County has purchased the M&T Bank Buildings on Second Street in Oakland on behalf of the Board of Education for use as administrative offices. Dr. Teets stated that preparation for the transfer of central office staff and records to the new facility would begin immediately, with expected completion in early Spring. Dr. Teets and the Board expressed their gratitude for the efforts of the Commissioners and Board staff.

            Part XVIII - Adjournment

        By consensus, the Board adjourned the meeting at 7:20 p.m.

            Part XIX - Information Items

a.    MSDE Bulletin, Vol. 11, No. 15 (December 19, 2000)

b.    MSDE News Release: State Establishes Early Child Care Education Centers . . . (12/19/00)

c.    Home & School Connection, January 2001

d.    December 2000 Attendance Bulletin


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Madeleine Collins Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   February 13, 2001