MEETING OF THE GARRETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Oakland, Maryland 21550
Tuesday, October 9, 2001
Part I - Call to Order
Mrs. Madeleine Collins, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at 4:08 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; and Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools.
Parts II - Public Comment
Mr. Ron Unger spoke before the Board regarding his daughter=s participation in the Early College Admissions Program (ECAP) at Garrett Community College, outlining the difficulties that have been encountered relative to his daughter=s access to information in the ECAP enrollment process and scholarships. Board members and the Superintendent discussed with Mr. Unger their goal of enhanced communication with parents and the parameters of the ECAP program.
Ms. Elaine Hinebaugh also conveyed her concerns relative to communication between schools and parents, especially information about program opportunities and scholarships to benefit the students. She recently learned that scholarship information is now available by accessing Southern High School; Guidance at http://www.ga.k12.md.us.
The Board thanked Mr. Unger and Ms. Hinebaugh for their comments and assured them their concerns would be given consideration.
Part III - Executive Session
Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to move to executive session at 5:00 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 and Dr. Brenda McCartney, Assistant Superintendent were in attendance during all or part of the executive session. Commissioner Ernest Gregg joined the meeting at 5:05 p.m.
Personnel topics discussed included appointments, resignations, volunteer coaches, disciplinary action of a staff member, status of an employee appeal, and the Personnel Action Summary Report.
Part IV - Reconvene in Public Session
The Board reconvened at 5:55 p.m. Miss Laura Hollingsworth, student Board member, joined the meeting at this time. Included in the audience were four students as observers from Frostburg State University=s Education Department. Mrs. Collins asked for a moment of silence for reflection and guidance, after which Miss Hollingsworth led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.
Part V - Acceptance of Agenda
Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously accepted the agenda with the following additions: d. ASBO Bulletin and Personnel Action Summary Report under #15. Information Items; University of Maryland Invitation and Board Policy 725.301 Review under #13. Board Concerns.
Part VI - Announcements
Congratulations were offered to Dr. Teets for receiving the Florence Beck Kurdle Award for Community Activism and Achievement at the 7th Annual Smart Growth Awards hosted by the Maryland Economic Growth, Resource Protection and Planning Commission. The award was presented to Dr. Teets earlier today at a ceremony in Annapolis. The award, named in honor of the former chair of the Growth Commission, recognizes the personal or professional accomplishments of an individual who has helped make Smart Growth a reality in Maryland. A team of local individuals nominated Dr. Teets for his role in the relocation of the Board of Education administrative offices which brings approximately fifty employees to downtown Oakland on a daily basis. Dr. Teets stated he accepted the award on behalf of the Board and staff and expressed his appreciation for the foresight of the County Commissioners in purchasing the two buildings on Second Street.
Other announcements included:
Part VII - Approval of Minutes of September 11, 2001
Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Minutes of September 11, 2001 were unanimously approved with typographical corrections.
Part VIII - Instruction
Dr. McCartney and Dr. Patricia Mullinix, Coordinator of Research, Evaluation and Information, presented an overview of the recently released Maryland and Garrett County Adolescent Survey. Dr. Mullinix presented slides of graphs depicting tobacco and substance usage for students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 in Maryland and Garrett County in the last thirty days and over the last twelve months. Indications that the trend of usage for Garrett County students is downward are attributed to revision of the Garrett County=s Comprehensive Health Curriculum and adoption of new texts; adoption of Project ALERT; the Tobacco Free Policy encompassing the entire public school campus including public events; and support from the Health Department including STEAM, the Tobacco Free Coalition, and after school programs for awareness; and parent support. Concern was expressed relative to the high use of smokeless tobacco by Garrett County students. Dr. McCartney said the Tobacco Free Coalition is addressing that issue.
Dr. Donald Forrester, Director of Elementary Education, presented copies of public comment sheets regarding the proposed Science Program of Studies, K-5 and accompanying text recommendations, noting a concern about the geologic time line was expressed. Dr. Forrester shared that portion of the text with the Board for their review. Dr. Teets recommended approval. Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the Science Program of Studies, K-5 and the recommended texts.
Dr. Forrester reviewed the Garrett County Pre-K School Readiness Guide, explaining that a workshop for Early Elementary Education Program (EEEP) teachers was held last July to develop a preliminary document to replace the 1988 version. This document will provide more guidance for school readiness for children in the EEEP classes, and will continue to be refined as teachers add materials. Dr. Forrester also presented the Pre-Kindergarten Progress Report which was slightly modified during the workshop.
The following Professional Leave and Travel Requests were reviewed by Dr. Forrester:
Dr. Forrester explained that the first two requests are funded through the Co-nect grant and that the AIMS staff development is funded by the Teacher Development Program (TDP) grant. Dr. Teets recommended approval of the trips. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the three requests.
Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education 9-12, presented a Field Trip request for students and staff from both high schools to attend the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, October 23-28, 2001.
Mrs. Bell also reviewed a Professional Leave and Travel request for Michelle Harman to be a presenter and participant at the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) Conference to be held on November 6-10, 2001 in Quebec, Canada.
Dr. Teets recommended approval of both the field trip and travel request. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved both requests.
Dr. McCartney reviewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Board action regarding the Making Schools Work program. She explained that the middle and high schools will participate in the program which focuses on staff development and includes student surveys and testing every other year for grades eight and twelve. She noted the MOU has been reviewed by MSDE, RESA and Board of Education staff. Dr. Teets recommended approval. Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the MOU.
Part IX - Public Comment
There was no public comment at this time.
Commissioner Gregg left the meeting at 7:10 p.m.
Part X - Instruction, continued
Dr. McCartney presented the Science Program of Study and Textbooks Recommendation, 6-12 and texts which have been on display for public review and comment during the past month. She distributed copies of the public comment sheets, noting similar written statements about evolution theory for the life science and earth science texts. The Board reviewed the comments and pertinent sections of the texts. Dr. Teets recommended approval. Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the Science Program of Study, 6-12 and textbooks.
Part XI - Personnel Action
Dr. Teets recommended the following personnel action:
Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the personnel recommendations and an employee disciplinary action taken by the superintendent.
Part XII - Character Education Recognition Award
Dr. Teets introduced Mr. Douglas Gaither, Principal and Ms. Bonnie Swyter, counselor at Broad Ford Elementary School, noting that Board Ford Elementary School was one of twenty-eight schools across the State of Maryland chosen to receive the Maryland Center for Character Education Recognition Award for 2001. Mr. Gaither explained that he and several members of his staff attended the awards presentation on September 19, 2001 at the Maritime Institute where they received a certificate and flag. He credited Ms. Swyter with much of the success of the school=s program. Dr. McCartney commended the Broad Ford staff and Ms. Swyter on the excellent presentation of their program. Mr. Gaither noted there will be a total school celebration when it can be scheduled with Mr. Tom Fowler who recently retired as Broad Ford Elementary Principal. The Board emphasized the need for tolerance and respect as an important aspect of character education in the school environment and offered congratulations to the entire Broad Ford Elementary staff for their achievement.
Part XIII - Administration
Mr. Michael Sines, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations, presented the Summer 2001 Project List report which is an annual compilation of summer projects accomplished by the Facilities, Maintenance and Operations department, with some assistance from the twelve-month school custodial staff and summer college students. Dr. Teets expressed his appreciation to Mr. Sines and his staff for their commendable efforts and talents directed toward the summer projects and care of the school and central office facilities throughout the year. Mr. Sines introduced the Maintenance staff and explained each one=s particular duties. In attendance were Mr. Adrian ABud@Shaffer, Mr. Roscoe Bray, Mr. Dave Browning, Mr. Brian Schofield, Mr. Jim Barrick, Mr. Delmar Rodeheaver, Mr. Jim Bittinger, and the Assistant in Maintenance and Operations, Mr. Harold Swauger. Mr. Sines praised the crew as able to take on any task that is needed, being adept at many trades and working in an exemplary manner to complete projects in an efficient and timely manner. He stated he was proud to be associated with such a fine group. The Board expressed their appreciation for the contributions of the maintenance staff to the school system and thanked them for coming to the Board meeting.
Dr. Teets recommended approval of Board Policy 725.0Authorization and Approval of Expenditures of Board of Education Funds which was updated at the suggestion of the Board=s auditor. Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the policy was unanimously approved with the ASource@noted and the following additional paragraph: AProcurement of items, products, and equipment must be advertised and secured in compliance with the applicable section of Maryland Public School Law.@
Part XIV - Board Concerns
Dr. Teets recommended that Brian Crabtree of Southern High School and Micah Plevyak of Northern High School be approved to serve on the Advisory Committee on Education (ACE). Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved the appointments. Dr. Teets noted this is a second year for Mr. Plevyak. Miss Hollingsworth reported that the ACE student members enjoyed participating in the last meeting on October 27, 2001 at Garrett Community College.
Mrs. Collins led a discussion on highlights from the MABE Annual Conference on October 3-5, 2001 in Ocean City. All agreed there were many interesting topics presented and two excellent speakers at this year=s conference.
Mrs. Sebold asked for discussion regarding Board Policy 725.301 Board Member Expenses and clarification of procedure relevant to prior approval for mandatory or elective training sessions and/or conventions/conferences for Board members. Requests for funds for such must be brought before the Board for discussion and/or approval by the Board prior to the event.
Mrs. Collins reviewed an invitation from MSDE to a conference sponsored by the University of Maryland on student minority and the achievement gap, scheduled for Wednesday, November 7, 2001.
In response to an inquiry from Mrs. Rawe, Dr. McCartney noted she heard many positive comments regarding Staff Development Day on October 5, 2001. She shared comments about the excellent keynote speaker and other presentations, as well as staff=s appreciation of moving the event to the week prior to Autumn Glory week.
Part XV - Adjournment
There being no further business, the Board, by consensus, adjourned at 8:50 p.m.
Part XVI - Information Items
a. MSDE New Release: National Expert in Interpreting Media Messages Available to Consult with MD Teachers, Administrators in Wake of Tragic Events (9/13/01)
b. MSDE Media Alert: Maryland Teacher of the Year to be Named (9/26/01)
c. Home & School Connection, October 2001
d. ASBO Bulletin
e. Personnel Action Summary Report (WT: 9/01)