Board of Education

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

Minutes December 11, 2001





Oakland, Maryland 21550


Tuesday, December 11, 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; 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. 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 and to consult with staff or other individuals regarding pending or potential litigation. 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. Personnel discussion topics included appointments, a resignation, emergency and volunteer coaches, a leave request and a pending appeal. Commissioner Gregg joined the meeting at 4:10 p.m.

            Part IV - Reconvene in Public Session

        The Board reconvened at 5:30 p.m. Ms. Laura Hollingsworth, student Board member, joined the meeting at this time. Mrs. Collins recognized the Reverend Dave Johnson of the Mt. Top Christian Assembly who led the opening, after which Ms. Hollingsworth led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America.

            Part V - Acceptance of Agenda

        Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously accepted the agenda with two additional information items: (e) MSDE Bulletin: Vol. 12, No. 14 (Dec. 10, 2001); and (f) Letter from Rodney Durst, President of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) to the President of MSDE regarding high school assessment issues, Dec. 6, 2001.

            Part VI - Announcements

        The following announcements were offered:

  • Garrett County Health Center Open House: December 18, 2001, dedication at 11:00 a.m. with tours during the afternoon.

  • Swan Meadow School Christmas Program has been rescheduled for December 20, 2001 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Judy Hoyer Center grant, a joint project with Community Action Committee, has been approved.

  • Mr. Mike Sines, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations, Mrs. Collins and Dr. Teets will travel to Baltimore on December 13, 2001 to meet with Interagency Committee to appeal funding decision for Planetarium center.

  • Northern and Southern High School French classes will travel to Quebec, Canada on March 26-31, 2002.

  • Northern High School band will travel to Toronto, Canada on April 18-22, 2002.

        Dr. Teets provided an update on the bus flashing lights issue, reporting that legislation may be introduced to impose a $500 fine (currently $40) for drivers not stopping for school bus flashing lights and that staff is investigating grants to fund the installation of cameras on bus AStop@arms. He noted the efforts of Barbara Michael and Board staff to provide more awareness to media, parents and students of the need for drivers to stop when bus lights are flashing.

            Part VII - Approval of Minutes of November 13, 2001

        In addition to a typographical correction, the following amendments were requested: under Part VI - Announcements, change ABrian Savage@to read ARyan Savage@; and under Part IX - Administration, paragraph one (auditor=s report), include balance for total fund equity showing designated and undesignated subtotals, as follows: AThe report showed that, as of June 30, there was $1,583,865 total fund equity. Of this amount, $950,000 has been designated for FY 2002 budget, $160,082 has been designated for employee benefit rate stabilization, with $473,783 as undesignated and unreserved funds.@Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Minutes of November 13, 2001 were unanimously approved as amended.

            Part VIII - Recognition of Outstanding Biology Teacher

        Dr. Teets introduced Ms. Y. Michelle Harman, teacher at Northern High School, who was honored by the Maryland Association of Biology Teachers (MABT), representing the National Association of Biology Teachers, as the 2001 Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year. Dr. Teets noted he attended the MABT Fall Conference and Awards Luncheon on September 29, 2001 at Western Maryland College where Ms. Harman was recognized for her skill and professionalism as a biology teacher. Dr. Teets and the Board presented a plaque to Ms. Harman which will be placed in the Board Room as a historical record of her accomplishment. Ms. Harman thanked the Board for their support throughout her tenure as a teacher and while she achieved national teacher certification. She also expressed her appreciation to her family and the staff of Northern High School. Board members congratulated Ms. Harman on her award and expressed their appreciation for her expertise and commitment to her profession and students.

            Part IX - Administration

        Mr. Sines presented the following proposed bid awards for annual janitorial supplies:

  • Art Snyder Sanitary Supply    24 items    $42,179.08

  • Calico Industries, Inc.            18 items      $5,438.54

  • C.N. Robinson Lighting          10 items     $5,471.29

  • Garrett Mine Supplies              1 item       $1,683.63

  • Weiss Bros.                             7 items      $2,008.19

Dr. Teets recommended acceptance of the bid quotations. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the bids.

        Dr. Teets and Mr. Fink reported that an analysis of the FY 2002 Budget indicates the shortfall from the lack of expected Tax Amnesty funding should be fully covered by carryover and additional savings from the current budget. Dr. Teets again emphasized the need to eliminate the need for carryover in the budget process. He explained that other legislative funding issues are being explored through the Thornton Commission.

            Part X - Instruction

        Mrs. Jo Ann Vent, Supervisor of Career Technology Education, provided an update of classes offered at the secondary level in the business and technology programs. During a review and update of class offerings, the following changes were recommended by teachers and supported by the Business Advisory Committee: Office Procedures to be renamed Business Applications; the completer program Business Data Processing to be renamed Business Information Management; and a Web Design class to be added to the Business Information Management completer program. Mrs. Vent noted that the revisions will allow completer programs to be more technology based, more challenging to the business technology student, and more current with labor market needs. These changes have been incorporated into the Business Program of Studies which will be an action item at the next Board meeting.

        Dr. McCartney presented the following professional leave and travel requests:

  • US Allstar Track and Field and Cross Country Clinic, December 13-14, 20001, Atlantic City, New Jersey for Jamie Beeman and Steve Cosner of Southern High School

  • National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), March 29, 2002, Atlanta, Georgia for Paul Edwards and Ron Opel of Northern High School

Dr. Teets recommended approval. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously approved both travel requests.

            Part XI - Board Concerns

        Dr. McCartney presented information relative to changes made to the School Improvement Team and Site-Based Management Handbook during the summer of 2001. Copies of the Handbook were available for review. Dr. Teets noted the changes address the Board=s desire for more parental involvement in school improvement efforts. Dr. McCartney, in reviewing the Handbook with administrative staff, emphasized School Improvement Team (SIT) membership, advance notice of meetings, maintaining minutes, and input of members in the school budgetary process. Additionally, it was noted that the Making Schools Work initiative supports increased SIT activities, that the Handbook was distributed and reviewed at the August Administrators and Supervisors Meeting, and that the need for inclusion of SIT input in the school budgeting process was reinforced at a Budget Information Session for new principals on December 4, 2001. Mrs. Collins thanked Dr. McCartney and her staff for the review and efforts on behalf of the community the Board serves.

        Dr. Teets introduced Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education, and thanked her for her work in the Making Schools Work program. Mrs. Bell presented an overview of various activities conducted at the high schools during the homeroom/advisory periods. Discussion centered on the intent of the advisory activities, the direction the program has taken, a need for more career exploration and encouragement, and the need to continue to enhance the effectiveness of the program.

            Part XII - Personnel Recommendations

        Dr. Teets recommended approval of the following personnel matters:


  • Janet Herring, Instructional Assistant, AC, Step 1 +$1,000 for degree, effective 01/02/02

  • Dana Rush, 4-hour per day Custodia Worker, AC, $8.06/hour, effective 12/12/01


  • Anthony Miller, part-time Custodian, AC, effective 11/2/01

Emergency Coach:

  • Mike Wilburn, Assistant Football Coach, SH, Step 1, $2,511

Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously approved the recommendations.

            Part XIII - Public Comment

        There was no public comment at this time.

            Part XIV - Adjournment

        There being no further business, the Board by consensus adjourned the meeting at 6:55 p.m.

            Part XV - Information Items

a.    November 2001 Attendance Bulletin

b.    MSDE Bulletin, Vol. 12, No. 12 (11/5/01)

c.    MSDE News Release: State Expands Program to Increase School Readiness with $7 Million in Grants (11/30/01)

d.    The Scoop, Vol. 11, No. 2 (December 2001)

e.    MSDE Bulletin, Vol. 12, No. 14 (December 10, 2001)

f.    Letter from Rodney Durst, MABE President, to the President of MSDE re: high school assessment (12/06/01)

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Madeleine Collins Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   January 8, 2002