Board of Education

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

Minutes June 11, 2002



Oakland, Maryland 21550

Tuesday, June 11, 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, Mr. Rodney L. Durst and Mr. James M. Raley, associate members; and Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools.

Part II - Public Comment

Mrs. Rawe recognized Mrs. Fran Wishnick who offered comment on two values, respect and recognition, in relationship to her son= s experience in school and his senior year in the Early College Admissions Program (ECAP). Mrs. Wishnick asked the Board to consider schools= criteria for recognition programs with a perspective to the individuality and efforts of each student. Mrs. Rawe thanked Mrs. Wishnick for her comments.

Part III - Executive Session

Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to move to executive session at 4:20 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. Personnel topics discussed included appointments, transfers, retirements, resignations, emergency and volunteer coaches, bus contract deletions, drivers and assistant deletions, driver addition, and the superintendent= s recommendation of disciplinary action for an employee.

Commissioner Ernest Gregg joined the meeting at 5:25 p.m.

Part IV - Reconvene in Public Session

The Board reconvened at 6:00 p.m. Ms. Laura Hollingsworth, student Board member, joined the meeting at this time. Pastor Steve Sauder of the Gortner Union Church led the opening, after which Ms. Hollingsworth led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America. Pastor Sauder expressed his appreciation to the Board for the educational and athletic opportunities which are available to his three children.

Part V - Acceptance of Agenda

Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board voted unanimously to accept the agenda with the addition of a report of Mrs. Collins= recent LSA meeting under Board Concerns.

Part VI - Announcements

The following announcements were offered:

C Dr. Teets noted the last issue of The School Board News contains an article by Mr. Durst and a photograph of Ms. Hollingsworth.

C Dr. Teets reported there are six schools in the free breakfast program, and that Northern Middle will be added for the 2002-2003 school year.

C Mrs. Rawe commented on the successful completion of graduation ceremonies.

Part VII - Approval of Minutes

Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Minutes of May 14, 2002 were unanimously approved with the deletion of A interviewing candidates for student member@ in the first sentence of Part III.

Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Minutes of May 16, 2002 were unanimously approved with the replacement of A reviewing interviews conducted with student board member candidates on May 14, 2002 and to discuss@ with the word A discussing@ in the first sentence of Part V.

Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Minutes of May 31, 2002 were unanimously approved with the insertion of the word A twelve@ after A all@ in Part V, last paragraph.

Part VIII - Student Recognition

Mrs. Rawe recognized Lisa Carr, teacher at Northern Middle School and coach for Northern High School Cheerleading Team who won first place at the East Coast National Cheerleading Championship held in February at the Atlantic City (NJ) Convention Center. Ms. Carr introduced the members of the team and assistant coach, Larah Savage. Members present included Becca Stark, Kristen Schefft, Stephanie Hutzel, Brandy Fazenbaker, Abbi Sisler, Carrie Friend, and Amanda Friend. Team members not in attendance included Brooke Butler, Amber Weimer, Janine Beachy, Kimmy Beiler and Coty Warn who recently graduated; and Tiffany Doerr, who had a previous commitment. Ms. Carr expressed her appreciation to the team for their efforts and for the great parental and community support they received. She shared a videotape showing the competition routine. Dr. Teets and Board members congratulated the coaches and team for their national championship.

Mrs. Rawe recognized the Southern High School Girls Track Relay Team, along with coaches Steve Cosner and Fred Gregg, winners of the State Championship 400-meter relay event. Dr. Teets noted this is the first state championship in this event in the school= s history. Mr. Cosner introduced the team members Robbin Gregg, Eileen Mouyard, Brittany Friend (Miriam Sincell, fourth team member, was unable to attend). The competition, where the team won the title with a time of 51.95 seconds, took place at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County on May 25, 2002. The Board congratulated the team and thanked them for coming to the meeting.

Dr. Teets offered his congratulations to Coaches Dave Bosley and Christy Eyler and the Southern High School Varsity Softball Team for winning their second consecutive Maryland Class 1A Championship.  The year=s competition was held on May 23, 2002 with a 2-0 win over the Cactoctin Cougars in Severn, Maryland. The team had a 21-1 record this season, won the area and regional championships and maintains the best record in school history. Coach Bosley introduced the following team members who were present: Sharon Harvey, Amber Bernard, Erica Green, Autumn Uphold, Becca Flanagan, Samantha Skeweris, Melissa Flanagan, Holly Sauder, Gina Reeves, Jenna Rush and Ashley Liller. The Board congratulated the team for their outstanding achievement and thanked them for coming to the meeting.

Part IX - Administration

Mr. Michael Sines, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations, presented the two bid proposals for the Grantsville Elementary School carpet replacement. Dr. Teets recommended the bid be awarded to Delano= s Inc. in the amount of $19,699.47. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mr. Durst, the Board unanimously approved the recommendation. The carpet replacement will be funded through Aging School Program (ASP) funds.

Mr. Sines explained that one bid was received for the locker replacement project at Southern Middle School, also to be funded by the ASP. Dr. Teets recommended the bid be awarded to Liberty Erection Service, Inc. in the amount of $20,865.00. Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously approved the recommendation.

Mr. Sines reported that Keystone Waterproofing, Inc. will complete the chimney stack repair at Northern High School, another ASP funded project. The project dollar value is less than the required amount for the bid process. Also through ASP funding, Mr. Sines plans to gather proposals for other projects including Southern Middle School sidewalks and Northern High School locker room tile.

Mr. Sines gave a brief progress report on the renovations of Southern High library/media center and Route Forty School, and construction of the planetarium facility. Additionally, he reported on the clean-up and salvage process following the fire at the Southern High automotive shop area.

Dr. Teets stated these facility projects are in addition to the regular summer schedule for the maintenance staff.

Dr. Teets explained that he and Mr. Sines met with Mr. Britten L. Martin, mayor of Mt. Lake Park, concerning the town= s planned annexation of additional property which would include the Yough Glades School property. Dr. Teets noted a projected savings to the Board of $6,500 in sewer charges should this occur. He then recommended approval of Yough Glades School property annexation into the town of Mt. Lake Park if the town is successful in gaining annexation of the proposed additional property. Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mr. Durst, the Board unanimously approved the recommendation.

At this time the Board took a short break.

Part X - Recognition of Student Board Member

Mrs. Rawe stated the Board was privileged to have had Laura Hollingsworth serve as student member for the past year. Ms. Hollingsworth was presented with a leather briefcase as a gift from the Board members as they offered their congratulations. Ms. Hollingsworth responded with gifts to each Board member, Dr. Teets and Dr. McCartney in appreciation of their support. Mrs. Sebold requested that Ms. Hollingsworth return to the July meeting to report on her attendance at the MABE Summer Leadership Conference and welcomed her input into a proposed compilation of a student Board Member informational packet. Miss Hollingsworth will enter Johns Hopkins University as a student this fall.

Part XI - Instruction

Dr. Patricia Mullinix, Coordinator of Research, Evaluation and Information, gave a report of the CTBS/5 testing results for Garrett County, highlighting comparisons of scores spanning 1997 through 2002. The test shows that, overall, of the twenty-eight countywide scores across the four grades (grades 2, 4, 6 and 11) tested, our median national percentile rank is at or above 55 on 25 of the 28 scores, and it is above 60 on 20 of the scores. All grade mean equivalent scores are at or above the expected levels, except for grade 6 spelling. Additional discussion centered on the slight decline in science scores, increased special education student participation, and the consistency of positive long term trend patterns. The Board thanked Dr. Mullinix for her report.

Part - XII - Public Comment

There was no public comment at this time.

Part XIII - Personnel Action

Dr. Teets recommended the following personnel matters for approval:


  • Duane Stein, Carpentry Teacher, NH, eff. 08/21/02

  • Laurie Walker, Computer/Business Education Teacher, NH/SH, eff. 08/21/02

  • Ronald Opel, Social Studies Teacher, NH, eff. 08/21/02

  • Eric Pavelko, English Teacher, SH, eff. 08/21/02

  • Sherry Taylor, CPA Teacher, SX, eff. 8/21/02

  • Debra Nicklin, Instructional Assistant, FV, eff. 08/21/02

  • Brenda Buser, .5 Secretary VI, BR, eff. 8/19/02


  • Janet Cosner, Secretary III, Central Office to .5 Secretary VI/.5 Media Assistant, CR, eff. 08/18/02 (last day in Central Office is 07/12/02)

  • Abigail Nichols, Nursing Assistant at DR to Instructional Assistant at SH, eff. 08/21/02


  • Gary Stanton, Media Resource Teacher, eff. 12/01/02

  • Mary Ann Fink, Data Processing Secretary III, eff. 08/1/02


  • Sheri D. Weeks, Teacher, CR, eff. 06/05/02

  • Lizabeth McDowell, Biology/Science Teacher, NH, eff. 07/01/02

Emergency Coaches:

  • Jeff Friend, Head Golf Coach, SH

  • Jon Hegeman, Assistant Boys Basketball Coach, SH

  • Walter Lee, Athletic Trainer, SH

  • Ron Petrella, Head Girls Soccer Coach, SH

  • Jeremy Skiles, Assistant Girls Basketball Coach, SH


    Contract Deletions:

  • Colin Sanders, deceased

Driver Deletions:

  • Ralph E. Liller, other employment

  • William R. Meyers, didn't complete in-service

  • Colin Sanders, deceased

Assistant Deletions:

  • Donna Graham, family obligations

Driver Additions:

  • Bonita Bowers, for anyone

Superintendent=s Disciplinary Action of an Employee

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

Part XIV - Instruction, continued

Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education, 9-12, provided the Board with an overview of proposed revisions to the Handbook for Extra Curricular Activities, as developed by a committee this past March and May. Among topics discussed were Board members= suggestions for inclusion of information from the Student Handbook regarding disciplinary actions in order to facilitate signing of the A Rules of Conduct and Training@ form by parents and students; the need for more information available to parents; and that individual coaches= guidelines for specific extra curricular activities be separately available for signatures. Mrs. Bell will share the discussion with the committee and bring a revised document to the July meeting for the Board= s review, with the goal of having the Handbook ready for the coming school year.

Dr. Donald Forrester, Director of Elementary Education, reviewed the proposed changes to Board Policy 431.1 Enrollment Requirements to comply with state regulations. He provided an overview of the new table for determining the entrance dates into school for students beginning pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade, explaining that letters have been sent informing parents of the changes. The chart will also be available through the local newspaper. The Policy will be brought back to the July meeting for approval.

Dr. Forrester gave an overview of the May 3, 2002 Health Advisory Meeting and four proposed resources for inclusion in the high school and/or middle and high school health education classes. Mrs. Sebold suggested that language be clarified in the proposed A Selected Internet Sites@ resource to denote whole class instruction and that student use of the Internet is under the teacher= s control. Additionally, Mrs. Sebold asked for corrections to the Draft Health Advisor Minutes to clarify date and modify language in item three under New Business. The proposed resources and posters will be on display for public review and comment until the July Board meeting when they will be brought to the Board for approval.

Dr. McCartney presented an abstract and project overview for the Jacob Javits Grant application. She explained this is a collaborative effort among several educational systems to develop and implement a program to meet the academic needs of underrepresented groups of gifted students. The grant would provide identification of and enrichment programs for targeted groups of students, professional development for staff, and supplies and materials. Dr. McCartney will report on the progress of the proposed grant.

Part XV - Board Concerns

Dr. Teets recommended the approval of the following two students whose names were submitted by their principals as candidates for student representative on the Advisory Committee on Education (ACE):

C Curt Taylor, Southern High School

C Annie Winter, Northern High School

Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the two students to serve on the ACE committee.

In order to accommodate schedules of Board members who will be leaving on July 9, 2002 for the Making Schools Work Conference, the Board agreed to hold its regular July meeting on Monday, July 8, 2002 at 4:00 p.m.

At Mrs. Rawe= s request, Mr. Fink updated the Board on the status of the Workmen= s Compensation Insurance for employees.

Mrs. Collins shared points of interest from the MABE Legal Services Association meeting which she attended. Two lawsuits brought against other counties were reviewed and the issue of adding LSA staff to handle policy services and development was discussed at the meeting.

Dr. Teets noted the deadline for Willis Award nominations is July 8, 2002.

Part - XVI - Adjournment

There being no further business, the Board, by consensus, adjourned the meeting at 8:40 p.m.

Part XX - Information Items

  1. Tentative Schedule for 2002 Summer Workshops for Garrett County, revised 5/30/02
  2. May 2002 Attendance Bulletin
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Camilla Rawe Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   July 8, 2002