Board of Education

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

Minutes January 8, 2002




Oakland, Maryland 21550


Tuesday, January 8, 2002



            Part I - Call to Order

        Mrs. Madeleine Collins, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at 4:05 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 - Election of Officers

        In order to conduct the election for president of the Board of Education, Mrs. Collins relinquished the chair to Dr. Teets who asked for nominations. Mrs. Sebold nominated Mrs. Camilla Rawe for president, with a second from Mrs. Collins. There being no further nominations or discussion, the Board elected Mrs. Rawe, 4-0 (with Mrs. Rawe abstaining), as president. Mrs. Rawe then assumed the chair and asked for nominations for the vice presidency. Mrs. Collins nominated Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, with a second from Mr. Durst. There being no further nominations or discussion, Mrs. Sebold was elected, 4-0 (with Mrs. Sebold abstaining), as vice president.

            Part IV - 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 Code 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 appointment of an emergency coach and review of volunteer coaching applications. Commissioner Gregg joined the meeting at 4:50 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. Rawe 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. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously accepted the agenda as presented.

            Part VI - Announcements

        The following announcements were offered:

  • Gayle Farrar, science teacher at Southern Middle School, has achieved certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

  • Garrett County Association of Student Councils will attend their annual convention in Ocean City in April, 2002.

  • A grant application to assist in the construction of restrooms at the Southern High School track area has been submitted to AProject Open Space

  • Dr. Nancy Grasmick, State Superintendent of Schools, and Dr. Kathy Oliver, Assistant State Superintendent, visited in Garrett County on January 3, 2002. They toured the new Board offices, had lunch with staff, explored the I-Tech Program at Garrett Community College, and visited Route 40 Elementary School since it will soon be renovated.

  • Mrs. Collins, Dr. Teets and Mr. Mike Sines, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations, presented an appeal to the Interagency Committee in Baltimore on December 13, 2001 for reinstatement of funding allocated for the construction of a planetarium facility at Hickory Environmental Education Center. Dr. Teets reported that the appeal was successful.

            Part VII - Approval of Minutes of December 11, 2001

        Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Minutes of December 11, 2001 were unanimously approved with correction of the president=s name on the signature page.

            Part VIII - Instruction

        Ms. Jennifer Kotulak, Supervisor of Special Education, presented the proposed Board Policy 345.1 Special Education Policy and Procedures and the Public Agency Standards Submission (PASS) And Special Education Handbook recently developed to comply with federal and State regulations. Ms. Kotulak explained the process of developing the documents and submitting them for comprehensive review and approval by the Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services at MSDE. Approval of Policy 345.1 and PASS will replace current Board Policy 345.1 Garrett County Procedures for Handicapped Children Placed in Parochial and Other Private Schools by Their Parents and Administrative Procedure 345.22 Special Education Parent Complaint Procedure. The new PASS would be accessible in the central office, each school administrative office and media center, and would be updated as laws change. The proposed policy will be on the February agenda for action.

        Mrs. Jo Ann Vent, Supervisor of Career/Technology Education, presented the Business Education Program of Studies which was reviewed and discussed at the January Board meeting. Dr. Teets recommended its approval. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, with a second by Mr. Raley, the Business Education Program of Studies was unanimously approved.

        Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education, presented the high school Course Descriptions and Registration Packet for school year 2002-2003. She explained that many revisions were made to develop one packet to serve all students throughout the county. Extensive discussion while reviewing the various sections of the packet included: certain classes may not be offered based on insufficient enrollment; changes in course prerequisites; inclusion of SAT Prep as an elective with 0.5 credit at Northern High and 1.0 credit at Southern High based on scheduling parameters; availability of fee assistance for Advanced Placement exams; feasibility of alternative music class for students not desiring marching band; need for research into four versus seven period scheduling; possibility of a ROTC program; adjustments for in-county and out-of-county transfer students relative to scheduling and required testing; and college entrance requirements.

        Dr. McCartney presented and Dr. Teets recommended approval of the following Professional Leave and Travel requests from Broad Ford Elementary School:

  • Co-nect School Facilitator Institute, Emory Conference Center, Atlanta, GA, Jan. 27 - Feb. 1, 2002 for Debbie Hinebaugh and Martha Neville

  • Co-nect Principal Summit, Emory Conference Center, Atlanta, GA, Jan. 29 - Fe. 1, 2002 for Doug Gaither, Principal

Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the requests.

            Part IX - Personnel Recommendations

        Dr. Teets recommended approval of the following personnel item:

  • Emergency Coach: Aaron Hordubay, Assistant Wrestling Coach, Northern High School

Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved the recommendation.

            Part X - Board Concerns

        In order to fill a vacancy on the Food & Nutrition Advisory Committee, Dr. Teets recommended approval of Jane Gibson, teacher at Southern High School, who has indicated her willingness to serve in this capacity. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved the recommendation.

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously approved the following selections for the 2002 year:

  • Meeting Day, Time, Place Second Tuesday of the Month, 4:00 p.m., Board Room

  • Attorney Robert Watson

  • Auditor Rodeheaver & Associates

        By consensus, the Board agreed on the following committee assignments:

Health Adv. Committee  Charlotte Sebold  Camilla Rawe, Alternate
HEEC Adv. Committee  Charlotte Sebold  Camilla Rawe, Alternate
Multicultural Adv. Panel Madeleine Collins  Charlotte Sebold, Alternate
Wellness Council Charlotte Sebold  Camilla Rawe, Alternate
FNS Advisory Council  Camilla Rawe Charlotte Sebold, Alternate
Fine Arts Adv. Committee James Raley Camilla Rawe, Alternate

Advisory Committee for Work Force Preparation 

Charlotte Sebold  Madeleine Collins, Alternate
Advisory Comm. on Education  Madeleine Collins Charlotte Sebold, Alternate
Ethics Panel  Rodney Durst  Charlotte Sebold, Alternate

Western MD Economic Development
   Task Force - Subcommittee on Education

Madeleine Collins Charlotte Sebold, Alternate
Insurance Coalition Madeleine Collins  Camilla Rawe, Alternate
Calendar Committee Camilla Rawe Madeleine Collins, Alternate
MABE Committees
     - Budget & Planning Rodney Durst Madeleine Collins, Alternate
     - Legislative Rodney Durst James Raley, Alternate
     - Federal Relations Network James Raley
     - Legal Services Assn. (LSA)  Madeleine Collins Ervin Fink, Alternate

        Dr. Teets noted the upcoming National School Boards Association annual conference which will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 5-9, 2002. Mr. Durst will be attending as president of MABE.

            Part XI - Recognition of Third Grade Writing Contest Winners and Honorable Mentions

        Mrs. Rawe introduced Randee Craig, SEP Resource Teacher, who coordinated the writing contest for third grade students in Garrett County. Dr. Teets recognized Mr. and Mrs. Jim Rollins who, in memory of their son Michael and in coordination with the Garrett County Character Education Program, sponsored the writing contest. Dr. Teets expressed his appreciation to Mr. and Mrs. Rollins for making the contest possible and to Ms. Craig for coordinating the event.

        Ms. Craig briefly described how she and Dr. McCartney met with the Rollins=who brought them a story written by their eight-year old son Michael in December, 1958. Michael, who was diagnosed with leukemia, wrote about caring and giving. In memory of their son and his love of writing, Mr. and Mrs. Rollins wished to sponsor a contest for third grade students. It was decided that the contest essay should reflect the November character traits which were ACaring and Giving.@Ms. Craig also mentioned that Mr. Rollins would graduate from Frostburg State University with a degree in English in May, 2002.

        Mr. Rollins expressed his appreciation for the teachers who have guided the students, noting the Aproducts of their efforts are here with us tonight@in the quality of the student essays.

        Ms. Craig introduced the following students who had honorable mention in the contest:

Honorable Mention:

  • Christina Ferrell Accident Elementary

  • Bryanna Coddington Crellin Elementary (unable to attend)

  • Chantal Craig Crellin Elementary

  • Paula Bender Grantsville Elementary

  • Megan Wilhelm Grantsville Elementary

  • Kristi Warnick Kitzmiller Elementary

  • Shelly Moreland Yough Glades Elementary

  • Katelyn Gnegy Yough Glades Elementary

Each student received a certificate from Ms. Craig and congratulations and a bond award from Mr. Rollins as names were acknowledged. Ms. Craig then recognized the following students and asked them to read their winning essays :

  • 1st Place Jennifer Shaffer Accident Elementary

  • 2nd Place Carson Paige Quigley Accident Elementary

  • 3rd Place Kristie Wagner Yough Glades Elementary (unable to attend; essay was read by her teacher, Emily Nock)

The winners received a plaque from Mrs. Craig and congratulations and a bond award from Mr. Rollins. Additionally, teachers, principals and parents of the students were recognized. Ms. Craig also introduced Mr. and Mrs. Rollins=son Paul.

        Board members congratulated the winners and expressed their appreciation to the Rollins family for their sponsorship of the contest and support of education. Dr. Teets also thanked parents and staff for their support and invited everyone to remain for the reception in honor of the students and the Rollins family which followed immediately in the first floor lobby.

            Part XII - Public Comment

        Mrs. Liliana Rivadeneira, mother of two children attending Garrett County public schools and parent volunteer, expressed her concerns on the need to challenge students and raise expectations of learning levels. Mrs. Rawe thanked her for her interest and taking the time to share her ideas with the Board.

            Part XIII - Board Concerns, continued

        Dr. Teets will relay information about the MABE Legislative Day as soon as it is available.

        Mrs. Rawe will attend the Maryland State Board of Education dinner for local board presidents on Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at the Wyndham Hotel in Baltimore, along with MABE Board of Directors and Carl Smith, MABE Executive Director.

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

        Part XIV - Adjournment

        There being no further business, the Board, by consensus, adjourned the meeting at 7:25 p.m. to attend the reception for the Rollins family and contest winners.

        Part XV - Information Items

a.    Home & School Connection, December 2001

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Camilla Rawe Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   February 12, 2002