MEETING OF THE GARRETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Oakland, Maryland 21550
Tuesday, July 10, 2001
Part I - Call to Order
Mrs. Madeleine Collins, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. Members in attendance included Mrs. Camilla Rawe, Vice President; Mr. Rodney L. Durst, Mr. James M. Raley and Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, associate members; Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools; and Commissioner Ernest Gregg, ex-officio member.
Parts 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 4:05 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. Dr. Teets; Commissioner Gregg; Dr. Brenda McCartney, Assistant Superintendent; and Mr. Ervin Fink, Director of Finance/Human Resources were in attendance during all or part of the executive session. During executive session, the Board discussed appointments, a retirement, resignations, emergency and volunteer coaches, and possible dates for a hearing. Commissioner Gregg left the meeting at the conclusion of the executive session.
Part IV - Reconvene in Public Session
The Board reconvened at 5:30 p.m.. Miss Laura Hollingsworth, student Board member, joined the meeting at this time. Mrs. Collins asked for a moment of silence for guidance and inspiration, after which Miss Hollingsworth led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.
Mrs. Collins welcomed Miss Hollingsworth and encouraged her to participate in discussions and share her views with other Board members.
Part V - Acceptance of Agenda
Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously accepted the agenda with the additions of an Information Item introducing Steve Bounds as the newly appointed LSA Administrator, and a brief update on the mental health program in the schools under Board Concerns.
Part VI - Announcements
Dr. Teets invited the Board to attend the Dennett Road Elementary Technology Camp multimedia slide show presentation on July 12, 2001, and to visit the Hickory Environmental Education Center Day Camp any day this week or next.
Part VII - Approval of Minutes
Corrections to the June Minutes included typographical corrections, changing Aan acquaintance@ on line 3, page 3296, to read Aa business associate@ and to spell out the acronym HSTW on page 3299, paragraph 3, to read AHigh Schools That Work.@ Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the corrected Minutes of June 12, 2001.
Part VIII - Instruction
Dr. Phil Lauver, Supervisor of Pupil Services, reported a committee met on June 27, 2001 to address minor changes and revisions to the Student Handbook - Rights, Responsibilities, and Discipline, section Suspensions C, pages 28-34, and as a follow-up to the considerable revision that was done during the summer of 2000. Dr. Lauver reviewed minor changes made to clarify C.1.a.(1)(c) and C.2.h. Additionally, he reviewed revisions to C.1.a.(2)(j) and C.1.b.(26) which address the repeal of the portable pager law. Dr. Lauver explained that addressing the use of communication devices is left to each county=s discretion. Considerable discussion ensued between Board members and staff as to the extent such devices may be appropriate in the school setting. There was agreement that cell phones and pagers be banned during the instructional day with the exception of extenuating circumstances, and that guidelines for the appropriate use of communication devices should be included in the student handbook in order to provide county-wide consistency. Dr. McCartney and Dr. Lauver will incorporate the Board=s suggestions in their handbook revision and bring all revisions back to the August Board meeting for action.
Part IX - Administration
Dr. Teets recommended the Board approve the revised Organizational Chart (page 2 of 5, Administrative Policy 200) which was presented to the Board at the March 2001 meeting. Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mr. Durst, the Board unanimously approved the chart.
Dr. Teets presented the draft Superintendent=s Report 1997-2001 - Four -Year Goals Summary and Future Goals, which highlights goals attained and ongoing for each administrative and instructional department during his term as superintendent. Dr. Teets stated he inherited a great system and wants to make each new year better than the last. Discussion included using the document as an information source for parents of prospective students, adding Staff and School Recognition information under the Staff Development section, adding increased direct communication with parents relative to tracking/pathways under Curriculum and Instruction, and a need to address public dissatisfaction with the School Improvement Team (SIT) in the areas of school-to-community communication and methods of choosing SIT members. A review of the Site-Based Management Handbook is listed as a goal to address this issue. The Board expressed their appreciation to Dr. Teets for the inclusive overview of the accomplishments of the past four years. Dr. Teets will continue to refine the report.
Dr. Teets reported on his meeting this morning with the County Commissioners and representatives of Mountain Top Mental Health, the Lighthouse and Health Department to review existing gaps in local mental health care opportunities.
At this time the Board took a short break.
Part X - Personnel
Dr. Teets recommended approval of the following personnel items:
Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved the personnel recommendations.
It was noted that Michelle Harman, who had been appointed to the position of Coordinator/Administrative Assistant at Southern High School at the June Board meeting, has been reassigned at her request back to Northern High School as a teacher.
Part X - Board Concerns
Mr. Raley, Mr. Durst and Dr. Teets gave a brief overview of the MABE Summer Leadership Conference, which they attended on June 21-22, 2001 at Solomons, Maryland. Key topics included parliamentary procedure, leadership responsibility and roundtable discussion with educational leaders and legislators.
The retirement dinner date was set for August 21, 2001. The celebration will be held at Will O=the Wisp at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Teets will send invitations to retirees and guests on behalf of the Board.
Mrs. Collins announced that Steve Bounds, newly appointed Legal Services Association (LSA) Administrator, will be conducting regional meetings with local boards and staff. Garrett County=s meeting is scheduled for July 26, 2001 at the Washington County Board of Education in Hagerstown. Mrs. Collins and Mr. Fink plan to attend.
The MABE 2001 Annual Conference will be held in Ocean City, Maryland on October 3-5, 2001. Dr. Teets asked Board members to notify his office whether they will attend so that reservations can be made.
In response to Miss Hollingsworth=s request, it was decided to include the Draft Public Minutes with the agenda packet for the student board member.
Mr. Durst announced he will attend the NSBA Southern Regional Conference in Biloxi, Mississippi on July 18-22, 2001.
Dr. Teets will serve as president-elect of the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland (PSSAM) for the 2001-2002 year.
Part XI - Adjournment
There being no further business, the Board, by consensus, adjourned at 7:55 p.m.
Part - Information Items
a. June 2001
In addition to the information items, Board Members received the FY 2002 Approved Budget Book, copies of Five Questions That Should Be Addressed Before Closing a Board Meeting, and a memo from the Financial Secretary regarding pay dates.