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Minutes September 11, 2001

 

MINUTES

 

MEETING OF THE GARRETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Oakland, Maryland 21550

Tuesday, September 11, 2001

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            Part I - Call to Order

        Mrs. Madeleine Collins, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at 4:15 p.m. Members in attendance included Mrs. Camilla Rawe, Vice President; Mr. Rodney L. Durst and Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, associate members; County Commissioner Ernest Gregg, ex officio member; and Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools. Mr. James M. Raley, associate member, was not present.

            Parts II - Public Comment

        There was no public comment at this time.

            Part III - Executive Session

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board of Education agreed, on a vote of 3-0, to move to executive session at 4:17 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.

        Included in personnel items discussed during executive session were a retirement, appointments, a rescind of employment, volunteer coaches, and the status of an employee appeal.

            Part IV - Reconvene in Public Session

        The Board reconvened at 5:45 p.m. Miss Laura Hollingsworth, student Board member, joined the meeting at this time. In the face of the events earlier in the day, Mrs. Collins asked for a moment of silence and personal reflection for the victims and families of the national tragedy which occurred today (an attack wherein two hijacked airliners crashed into the Twin Towers in New York, one into the Pentagon, and one into the Somerset, Pennsylvania countryside), and for strength for us all. Miss Hollingsworth then led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

            Part V - Acceptance of Agenda

        On a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board voted 3-0 to accept the agenda with the addition of Information Item k. Home & School Connection, September 2001.

            Part VI - Announcements

        The following announcements were made:

  • Volunteers who assisted with the Northern High football field will be recognized at the first home game on Sept. 28, 2001.

  • Teacher of the Year Gala, September 28, 2001: Mr. Durst, Miss Hollingsworth and Dr. Teets will represent the Board at the event, along with staff members and family of Mr. Steve Cosner, Garrett County=s Teacher of the Year.

  • Swan Meadow Harvest Sale: September 28, 2001

  • Aqua Lab will be at the following schools for one week each, beginning next week: Dennett Road, Friendsville, Grantsville, and Route 40.

  • Board members have been invited to attend the Republican Women=s meeting on Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at Hill Top Restaurant.

  • Band Show at Northern High School on September 29, 2001

  • Board members will attend the 2001 MABE Annual Conference in Ocean City on October 3-5, 2001.

  • College Expo will be held at Garrett Community College on October 8, 2001; reception at 5:00 p.m. and Expo from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

            Part VII - Minutes of August 14, 2001

        On a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Minutes of August 14, 2001 were approved, 3-0, with typographical corrections, and the addition of the phrase Athrough interagency collaboration@after the word Astaffing@on page 3306, Part III, last sentence.

            Part VIII - Administration

        Mr. Mike Sines, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations, introduced Mr. Darryl Moser, representing Burrey-Moser-Gehr Architects, who presented the schematic drawings for the Route Forty Elementary School renovation and the construction of the planetarium facility adjoining the Hickory Environmental Education Center building. Mr. Moser explained that the facilities=designs were the result of many meetings and consultation with staff and administration during which educational specifications were developed which identify the system requirements. The resulting schematics were then submitted to the Interagency Committee on School Construction and the Maryland State Department of Education for approval. The schematics are available for public review at the Board of Education administrative offices and at the Route Forty Elementary School and Hickory sites.

        Mr. Sines presented for the Board=s approval a revised draft of the FY2003-2008 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) which was discussed at the September Board meeting. Mr. Sines explained this revision includes a column reflecting anticipated FY 2002 costs for the planetarium facility replacement ($300,000 in local funding) and Route Forty design costs ($150,000). Mr. Sines noted that Route Forty FY 2003 renovation costs have been revised to include a request for the state to participate in an additional 473 sq. ft. to be added to the state formula square footage of 27,076 sq. ft. Updated FY 2003 figures for Route Forty project $2,628,000 in state funding and $1,255,000 in local funding. Mr. Sines noted the state funding amount includes a request for $97,000 toward modular classrooms for use during the transition which may or may not be approved. Dr. Teets recommended the Board approve the revised CIP, dated September 4, 2001. Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board approved, 3-0, the CIP.

        Mr. Scott Germain, Program Manager for Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) requested the Board=s approval to implement a five cent increase in the paid lunch price to offset the labor and food cost increases and to assist in the replacement of aging equipment. He noted the price increase would result in an $11,000 increase in expected income for the current year. Additionally, Mr. Germain noted $3,000 in FY 2001 state reimbursement was not received. Dr. Teets recommended the Board approve the increase in the paid lunch price to $1.55 for middle and high school students, and $1.40 for elementary students. Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board approved, 3-0, the increase, effective October 1, 2001. Dr. Teets noted he will contact MSDE about the lack of reimbursement.

        Mr. Germain presented a report of bid awards for the FNS department for FY 2002, noting that although new suppliers are sought, contracts were awarded basically to the same suppliers as past years.

        Mr. Fink presented the draft Board Policy 534.1 Contracts, Tenure, Resignation which was discussed at the August meeting. Dr. Teets recommended approval. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board approved, 3-0, Policy 534.1.

            Part IX - Instruction

        Mrs. Dana McCauley updated the Board regarding staff development activities held over an eight week period this past summer with 450 participants in fourteen activities. She noted that each of these activities, which were based on needs assessment, were facilitated by one to five central office staff administrators. Dr. Teets expressed his appreciation of the participation level as being reflective of teacher quality and commitment.

        Mrs. McCauley reported on attendance and costs involved in various Wellness Programs for 2000-2001. She noted there was excellent participation in the flu vaccine and health screening programs. As this is the last year to fund the Wellness Program through the rate stabilization fund, Mrs. Sebold urged the Board to consider alternate funding for the FY2003 budget.

        Dr. Patricia Mullinix, Coordinator of Research, Evaluation and Information reported on the SAT and ACT data for Class of 2001 graduating seniors. She explained that SAT scores were down slightly from the previous year. In general, male students in the county did better than female students in the math portion and about the same in verbal. Locally, fifty-five percent of the SAT test-takers were female and this percentage appears to be increasing. Both high schools are exploring ways to promote extra SAT study, perhaps in the form of an elective class or computer study version. The average composite ACT score was 21.3 which is slightly above the Maryland and national averages.

            Part X - Public Comment

        Mrs. Collins recognized Mr. Jared Zitweir who offered comment relative to promotion of self-esteem for youth and the elderly and distributed information about his research business in this regard. Dr. McCartney will distribute the materials from Mr. Zitweir to appropriate staff.

            Part XI - Personnel Action

        Dr. Teets made the following personnel recommendations:

Retirement: 

  • Sandra Nesline, past principal of AC, effective 11//01/01

Appointments:

  • Michael T. Woods, Principal, SH, effective 9/24/01

  • Patrick J. Damon, Teacher, SX, effective 8/22/01

  • Jennifer Schroyer, Part-time Cafeteria Worker,4 hours per day, NH, effective 9/17/01

Rescind of employment:

  • Timothy Mullens, Elementary Music Teacher

Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board approved, 3-0, the personnel recommendations. Dr. Teets expressed his appreciation of Mrs. Nesline=s work as past principal of Accident Elementary School.

        The Board took a short break at 7:30 p.m.

            Part XII - Instruction, continued

        Dr. Donald Forrester, Director of Elementary Education, explained that forty-nine participants in a summer workshop worked to produce science programs of studies spanning the kindergarten through grade twelve program. It was noted that Gary Heath from MSDE provided assistance in explaining state expectations in science content and assessment. Dr. Forrester presented the draft Science Program of Studies, K-5 along with the proposed Newbridge texts for kindergarten and the Scott Foresman texts for grades 1-5, noting these materials would be available at the Board office for public review and comment and brought back to the October meeting for action.

        Dr. McCartney highlighted the major science focus areas from kindergarten through high school which was the guide for the program of studies development. She distributed the proposed draft program of studies for grades six through eight which was developed during the summer workshop. Additionally, she distributed the high school programs of studies, noting that the chemistry and ecology programs of studies were still in progress. Dr. McCartney noted that during the workshop, high school teachers recommended that all students be required to take earth science in ninth grade; all students take biology in tenth grade; and that environmental science replace ecology and be offered at both high schools. Other materials reviewed by Dr. McCartney included the Prentice Hall earth science text for special needs classes and an environmental science text from Harcourt College Publishers. The grade 6-8 and high school programs of studies along with recommended textbooks and materials will be on display for public review and comment during the next month and brought back to the October meeting for action.

        Dr. Teets recommended approval of the Glencoe earth science textbook which was reviewed at the August meeting. Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board approved, 3-0, the recommendation.

        Commissioner Gregg left the meeting at 8:15 p.m.

        Dr. McCartney presented a summary report of classes not scheduled at both high schools during this academic year.

        Mrs. Sebold commented on the need for a fine arts or advanced music class for students who enter high school with a basic knowledge of music and for whom a band or basic music class would be inappropriate.

            Part XIII - Board Concerns

        Mrs. Collins shared a memo from MABE asking for nominations for various MABE committees for the 2001-2002 year. The following names will be submitted to MABE as candidates for the committees:

            Budget & Planning:                James Raley
            Legislative:                            (Rodney Durst will serve ex officio on this committee.)
            LSA Director:                        Madeleine Collins
            Insurance Program Trustee:    Camilla Rawe

        Mrs. Collins noted that she submitted donated items for MABE=s ASpecial Gifts@request for the 2001 Annual Conference.

        Mr. Durst reported on the Thornton Commission regional hearing held on September 10, 2001, noting that the main topics discussed were special education funding and equality for counties funding. Dr. McCartney and Mr. Fink also attended the hearing at which Mr. Fink presented testimony on behalf of Dr. Teets. The state hearing is scheduled for October 28, 2001.

        Mrs. Collins asked members for questions or comment about the final draft of the Superintendent=s Report - Four-Year Goals Summary and Future Goals, July 1, 1997 - June 30, 2001.Positive comments were offered along with a suggestion to make the document available to media and the public.

        Mrs. Sebold expressed interest in learning the number of students taking the AP tests and their scores.

        Dr. Teets noted that Duane Yoder, Director of Community Action Committee, Inc. will be submitting a new application for a Judy Hoyer Center in Garrett County.

            Part XIV - Adjournment

        There being no further business, the Board, by consensus, adjourned the meeting at 8:50 p.m.

 

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Madeleine Collins Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   October 9, 2001