Board of Education

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

Minutes March 12, 2002





Oakland, Maryland 21550


Tuesday, March 12, 2002



            Part I - Call to Order

        Mrs. Camilla Rawe, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at 4:02 p.m. Members in attendance included Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, Vice President; Mrs. Madeleine Collins and Mr. James M. Raley, associate members; and Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools.

            Part II - Public Comment

        Mr. William Freyman thanked the Board for their support by allowing him leave to volunteer at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

            Part III - Executive Session

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board of Education agreed, 3-0, 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. 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. Mr. Rodney L. Durst, associate member, joined the meeting at 4:10 p.m. Commissioner Ernest Gregg joined the meeting at 4:40 p.m. Personnel topics discussed included an appointment, retirements, a sabbatical leave, leaves without pay, a bus contract transfer, driver approval, and candidates for tenure.

            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 Mark Hickman of the Bethel Methodist Church 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. Collins, the Board unanimously accepted the agenda and its addendum. Dr. Teets made note of a letter to Mrs. Rawe and Board members from Mark and Teresa Domenick which was received on March 12, 2002.

            Part VI - Announcements

        The following announcements were offered:

The Student Arts Fair will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2002 at Garrett Community College (GCC) from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Board is invited to the Opening Reception celebrating High School Artists on March 22, 2002 at GCC at 7:00 p.m. sponsored by F&M Bank.

The Footworks Dance Ensemble performance sponsored by the Garrett Lake Arts Festival will perform at GCC on March 22 at 8:00 p.m.

Science Expo will be held on March 22, 2002 at Allegany College.

On March 23, 2002 the Garrett County Reading Council will host an AAuthor Signing@ at Yough Glades Elementary from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The fourth meeting of the Advisory Committee on Education will be held on March 26, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. at GCC.

Prior to the April 9 Board meeting, the annual School+Business=Partnership luncheon will held at the Will o=the Wisp.

As part of their Mamie Eisenhower Library Project, the Northern Garrett Republican Women=s organization has donated fifteen copies of Abooks, AThe Big Picture@ by Ben Carson, for placement in each school media center. The books will be presented to Dusty Stanton at their regular meeting on March 26, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hilltop Restaurant in Grantsville. Mrs. Sebold will attend. 

            Part VII - Approval of Minutes of February 12, 2002

        Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Minutes of February 12, 2002 were unanimously approved with editorial correction and clarification of Part XVII, paragraphs one and three.

            Part VIII - Instruction

        Dr. Phil Lauver, Supervisor of Pupil Services reviewed the 2000-2001 Maryland State Department of Education Suspension Report. He reported that local suspension percentages have been decreasing while the state percentage is generally increasing. Additional discussion highlighted proactive activities which contribute to better behavior of students, especially the STAR program; a comparison of the four most frequent suspension offenses, i.e. disrespect/insubordination, classroom disruption, refusal to obey school policies and regulations, and physical attacks on students; placement in alternative structure environments; and number and percentage of suspensions of students with disabilities; and the impact on report percentages in that each jurisdiction identifies what is a suspendable offense for their students. Mrs. Rawe thanked Dr. Lauver for his report.

        Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education explained that, after consultation with central office staff, school administrators, School Improvement Teams and various students who considered the number of school closings, exam schedules, and other factors which impact seniors and underclass activities at the close of the school year, it was determined June 2, 2002 was the most appropriate date for graduation. Dr. Teets recommended the Board approve the date. Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved June 2, 2002 as the date of commencement. Graduation ceremonies will take place at 1:00 p.m. at Northern High School and at 4:00 p.m. for Southern High School.

        Dr. Donald Forrester, Director of Elementary Education, and Dr. McCartney reported that Broad Ford Elementary School has received funding through the Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration Program (CSRD) for implementation of Co-Nect for the next three years. Grants will be submitted by April 2, 2002 for the following schools in the amount of $150,000 (for the first year) per site:

Dennett Road Elementary - Co-Nect

Northern Middle - Making Schools Work

Southern Middle - Making Schools Work

Northern High - Making Schools Work

Southern High - Making Schools Work

        Additionally, Dr. Forrester is in the process of developing a system level grant to encompass all requests.

        Dr. McCartney presented a summary of School Improvement Plans (SIP) which delineated important    programs and initiatives at each school.

        Dr. McCartney presented the following Professional Leave and Travel requests:

< Training of Trainers Registration, July 22-25, 2002, Indianapolis IN (B. McCartney)

< AKids Who Know and Do,@ April 25-26, 2002, San Francisco CA (BR: K. Gilpin, D. Hinebaugh, J. Neville)

< Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Convention and Expo, April 3-6, 2002, Hilton New York Hotel, NY (NX: C. Downton and C. Tice) (NH: S. Derlan and S. Noonan)

< Critical Friends Visit, April 14-17, 2002, Miami FL (SH: T. Woods, D. Bender, L. Bender)

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

            Part IX - Administration

        Mr. Mike Sines, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations presented information regarding bids which were received on March 11, 2002 for the Hickory Planetarium facility and equipment. He introduced Jim Hart, planetarium resource teacher and Joe Winters, Coordinator of Hickory Environmental Education Center, noting their efforts toward the proposed project. Mr. Sines shared the tabulation list of contractors and bid amounts, noting that proposals were significantly higher than anticipated. The only proposal received for the planetarium equipment was from Spitz and, although higher than budgeted, could be modified to $425,000. Mr. Sines suggested sending a Aletter of intention@ to Spitz to purchase the equipment, in order to secure a place on the assembly line, with a clause to cancel if a contract is not awarded. Conversely, Mr. Sines and Dr. Teets recommended the five construction bids be rejected, and that the bid specifications be revised to simplify the project, reduce the level of finishes, eliminate the special masonry system, and diminish contractor overhead in order to bring the project cost more in line with the original budget projection. Dr. Teets noted that the re-bidding could be accomplished in order to bring new proposals back to the April Board meeting for action. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, with a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board voted unanimously to reject the construction bid proposals and proceed with a new invitation to bid, and to send a letter of intention to Spitz to purchase the planetarium equipment as per the modified specifications and contingent upon a construction bid award.

        Mr. Fink presented the proposed calendar for the 2002-2003 school year as recommended by the calendar committee. The calendar will be an action item at the April meeting.

        Dr. Teets and Mr. Fink noted there was no new information from the legislature relative to additional funding at this time for the FY 2003 Superintendent=s Budget. The proposed budget, which was presented to the public on March 6, 2003 at Garrett Community College, totals $39,195,525 which includes a request for $17,237,465 in county funds. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board voted unanimously to approve the budget as presented. Mr. Fink noted the County Commissioners have seen the preliminary budget requested appropriation.

        At this time the Board took a short break.

            Part X - Recognition of State Wrestling Championship Tournament Winners

        Mrs. Rawe introduced Mr. Scott Stough, wrestling coach for Northern High School, who introduced the following students to be recognized for their outstanding performance at the Maryland Class 1A-2A State Wrestling Championship Tournament:

Pete Stein (Senior) State Champion - 125-pound division
(also State Champion as a sophomore in 103-pound division)

Darric Kamp (Junior) Second Place - 145-pound division

        In addition, he noted the accomplishments of Trey Brenneman, a senior who was unable to attend the Board meeting, who placed third in the 275-pound division. Mr. Stough noted that sixty-three teams competed in the tournament on March 1-2, 2003 at Western Maryland College where the Northern High School team placed fourth overall. The Board congratulated the students and Mr. Stough on their achievement and thanked them for coming to the meeting.

            Part XI - Public Comment

        Mrs. Rawe recognized Mr. Tom Hayhurst who expressed his concerns about strictness and implementation of policies regarding eligibility issues for participants in the athletic programs at the high schools. Dr. Teets and Board members thanked Mr. Hayhurst for coming to the Board with his comments and assured him that his concerns would be taken into consideration.

            Part XII - Personnel Recommendations

        Dr. Teets recommended approval of the following personnel item:

Appointment:    Wanda Hinebaugh, Custodian IV, SH, eff. 03/18/02

Retirements:    Jane B. Avery, English Teacher, SH, eff. 07/01/02
Patricia J. Bonafield, Teacher, DR, eff. 07/01/02
                      Jeffrey L. Montgomery, Carpentry Teacher, NH, eff. 07/01/02
                     Janet Judy, PIC, YG, eff. 07/01/02

Sabbatical Leave:    Virginia R. Craig, Reading Resource Teacher, Central Office, 24 years in Garrett County,
                         for the 2002-2003 School Term

Leave Without Pay:    Melvin Glotfelty, Teacher, FV, 1 day (February 28, 2002)
                           Sherrill A. Meyers, Cafeteria Worker, NX, 9 days (Feb. 19 - March 1, 2002)

Transportation - : Contract Transfer:    from Shirley L. Fadeley to I.R.A. Bus Service (daughter, Angela Austin)

Transportation - Driver for Final Approval:    Ralph W. Livengood, Jr. for James E. Schmidt

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

            Part XIII - Administration, continued

        Dr. Teets recommended the approval of the following Advisory Committee on Education (ACE) representative changes:

Resignation:    Dwight Stover, Jr., representative for the Department of Juvenile Justice

 New Members:    Randy Whitaker, Family Services Coordinator for the Department of Juvenile Justice, to replace Mr. Stover

                                Gene Flinn, Assistant Vice President/Commercial Lending Officer for First United National Bank, to
                               represent the office of County Commissioners

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously approved the recommendations. Dr. Teets noted the next ACE meeting would be held on March 26, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. at Garrett Community College.

        Mrs. Rawe relayed a request from Sandy French of the Nominating Committee of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) for Board of Directors= nominations for 2002-2003 and asked the Board to consider choices. This will be discussed at the April Board meeting.

        Mrs. Rawe introduced Ms. Irene Sigel, representing the Garrett County Education Association, who requested to present information from GCEA on the collective bargaining bill. Mrs. Sigel read a statement from GCEA outlining their proactive position on this issue and its effects on the negotiation process. The Board thanked Mrs. Sigel for sharing GCEA=s views with them.

        Mr. Durst moved that the Board take a position in opposition to HB290/SB233, the collective bargaining bill. Mr. Raley noted he offered testimony last week in support of the governor=s bill which allows permissive bargaining. He further added the Board should remain neutral on the issue to retain the respect of teachers and to avoid sending a mixed message to Senator Hafer who is on the committee. Mrs. Collins seconded Mr. Durst=s motion, noting if the Board feels strongly about this it should proceed with a statement. After much discussion of the impact to the negotiation process, the Board voted 3-1, with Mr. Raley voting in the negative, to oppose HB290/SB233. Dr. Teets will prepare a statement to forward to legislative representatives.

        Additional discussion centered on the status of the Thornton Commission bill and the bus bill. The bus bill, which is still in committee, was amended from five to three points penalty for passing a bus with flashing lights.

        Dr. Teets reported on his trip to the AASA national conference in San Diego, California.

            Part XIV - Adjournment

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

            Part XV - Information Items

a.    February 2002 Attendance Bulletin

b.    FY 2002 Maintenance Survey of School Facilities (Stenzler: 12/01)

c.    Home & School Connection, March 2002

d.    ASBO Matters, Vol. XXXIV, No. 3 (Winter 2002) (Board members only)

e.    MSDE News Release: State Launches Development of Second Phase of Accountability System (03/05/02)

f.    Memo to Dr. Teets re: Update on Plan for Spring 2002 MSPAP Administration (Grasmick: 03/11/02)

g.    GCBOE: Annual Report for the 2000-2001 School Year


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Camilla Rawe Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   April 9, 2002