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Minutes July 8, 2002

MINUTES

MEETING OF THE GARRETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Oakland, Maryland 21550

Monday, July 8, 2002

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Part I - Call to Order

Mrs. Camilla Rawe, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at 4:10 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. Mrs. Rawe explained the meeting date was changed to this day instead of the regular second Tuesday to accommodate the schedule of Board members traveling to the Making Schools Work Conference.

Part II - Public Comment

There was no public comment.

Part III - Executive Session

Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board of Education voted 3-0 to move to executive session at 4:11 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 protect the privacy or reputation of individuals with respect to a matter that is not related to public business. 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, retirements, resignations, emergency and volunteer coaches, and transfer of bus contract names.

Mr. Rodney L. Durst, associate member joined the meeting at 4:30 p.m. Commissioner Ernest Gregg joined the meeting at 5:05 p.m.

Part IV - Reconvene in Public Session

The Board reconvened at 5:35 p.m. Mrs. Rawe welcomed Ms. Sara DiSimone, student board member who joined the meeting at this time. Mrs. Rawe asked the assembly to observe a moment of silence after which Ms. DiSimone led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America.

Part V - Acceptance of Agenda

Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board voted unanimously to accept the agenda with the addition of determining a date for a special meeting and a report by Mr. Raley on his participation in a task force created by HB569 under Board Concerns.

Part VI - Announcements

Dr. Teets noted he, as president of the Public School Superintendent= s Association of Maryland, would serve on a Thornton Commission committee to do a study on enrollment and the impact of funding. Dr. McCartney will be a member of the master plan committee in conjunction with the Thornton legislation.

Part VII - Approval of Minutes

Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Minutes of June 11, 2002 were unanimously approved with the addition of A brought against other counties@ after the words A Two lawsuits@ in the second sentence of paragraph four, Part XV.

Part VIII - Instruction

Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education presented the revisions made to the Extra-Curricular Handbook which were incorporated after discussion at the June 11, 2002 Board meeting. Mrs. Rawe noted the revisions will allow parents and students to better understand the connection between extra-curricular activities and the regulations as outlined in the Student Handbook. Further discussion included procedure for disciplinary actions or suspensions from extra-curricular activities and the basis of appeal being for procedural error only.

Mrs. Bell explained revisions to Administrative Procedure 499.1 Cumulative Grade Averages; Graduation Status; Class Rank; and College Admissions/Scholarships to clarify the method of student ranking using weighted and unweighted grade averages, and the means of making such information available for college admissions and/or scholarship applications. Board members suggested that the words A weighted@ and A unweighted@ be included in each section of the procedure to additionally clarify the definition of class rank and cumulative grade averages. Mrs. Bell will incorporate this suggestion and the procedure will be distributed prior to the opening of the 2002-2003 school year. Additional discussion included the impact of pass/fail courses, grades from college level courses, and grades of students who may transfer from another school.

At Board members= request, Mrs. Bell will provide an update of Spanish students= trip to Spain at a future Board meeting.

Dr. Donald Forrester, Director of Elementary Education reviewed Board Policy 431.1 Enrollment Requirements which was brought to the Board at the June meeting. Dr. Teets recommended approval of the revised policy. Upon a recommendation by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved Board Policy 431.1. Dr. Forrester added that although COMAR regulations give the system an option to elect early admission guidelines, the state has not supported this practice, nor has the county elected to do so.

Dr. Forrester noted the changes made to the draft Health Advisory Minutes of May 3, 2002, and to the proposed Internet site resource recommended by the Council, as suggested at the June meeting. Dr. Teets recommended approval of the revised resource and other three proposed resources reviewed at the June meeting. Dr. Forrester noted there was no public comment during the past month when these materials have been on display for public review. Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, and a second from Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the recommended materials.

Dr. McCartney and Dr. Forrester reported that during a reading workshop held in mid-June, participants reviewed and evaluated reading/literacy textbooks and supplemental materials from five publishers which were field-tested in five schools during the past school year. As each subgroup of participants selected the Trophies series from Harcourt, Dr. Teets recommended the purchase of this series. The series will be on display for a month for public review and comment and brought back to the Board for action at the August meeting.

Dr. McCartney provided information on the proposed Glencoe Mathematics series which is recommended for the accelerated math program at the middle schools. The series is computer text format and adaptable to student ability level. The materials will be on display for public review and comment and brought back for Board approval at the August meeting.

Dr. McCartney presented a summary of the A Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program@ grant application. Mr. Gary Stanton, library/media resource teacher, has developed this application in order to provide approximately $187,000 for additional library materials, network capable computers, intra-library loan procedure between county middle and high schools, after hours availability of elementary libraries to community, and staff development for library assistants. Dr. McCartney will provide updates of the grant application progress.

Part IX - Administration

Mr. Mike Sines, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations reviewed the Draft Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for FY2004 through FY2009. He noted the chart did not include an inflationary index and would need to be adjusted when new figures were available. The state and local percentage for funding is 70/30 on eligible items, with design costs not eligible. The CIP will be brought to the August meeting for Board approval.

Mr. Sines noted the inclusion of Garrett County Board of Education in a class action suit regarding the replacement roof at Accident Elementary School.

Mr. Sines presented the draft Comprehensive Maintenance Plan for Education Facilities of Garrett County, July 2002 (CMP) for the Board= s review. He explained the document is an update of state requirements which is used locally as a blueprint for maintenance planning and as a tool in the evaluation of maintenance and custodial staff. Additionally, it contains a list of completed projects and proposed projects. The CMP will be brought back to the August Board meeting for approval.

Mrs. Sebold asked Mr. Sines to relay to his staff the many positive comments she has heard about the upkeep of the schools. Dr. Teets also extended his appreciation to the students and staff for their assistance in maintaining the buildings.

Mr. Sines provided an update of the progress made on the Southern High School auto shop fire salvage and cleanup process, the Route Forty School renovation, and planetarium facility construction. Additionally, Mr. Sines noted that QZAB fund projects, i.e. carpeting at Northern High, lockers for both high schools, and the Southern High School library renovation were progressing ahead of schedule.

Dr. Teets reviewed a request from the Mayor and Town Council of Mt. Lake Park to add Dennett Road School to their annexation plans, and recommended the Board approve this action contingent on the success of the project. He noted an estimated annual savings to the Board of $1,770 for sewer costs for Dennett Road School with the annexation. Additionally, he explained that the deed for Southern High and Dennett Road Schools would have to be separated, with the town of Mt. Lake Park picking up the costs. Commissioner Gregg explained the tax differential benefits to Mt. Lake Park relative to a credit for real estate tax. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the recommendation of Dr. Teets.

Dr. Teets will check with the town of Oakland regarding the possibility of annexing Southern High School.

Part X -Public Comment

There was no public comment at this time.

At 7:15 p.m. the Board took a short break

Part XI - Personnel Action

Dr. Teets recommended the following personnel matters for approval:

Appointments:

  • Stephen Dyche, Science Teacher, NH, eff. 8/21/02

  • Brooks Elliott, Special Education Teacher, SH, eff. 8/21/02

  • Ann Frantz, Vocational Support/School to Careers Case Manager, eff. 8/14/02

  • Kimberly Sweitzer, Spanish Teacher, SH, eff. 8/21/02

  • Tamya Dugan, Nursing Assistant, DR/SX, eff. 8/21/02

  • Deborah L. Mark, .5 Nursing Assistant, AC, eff. 8/21/02

  • Erin DiBacco, Data Processing Secretary III, Central Office, eff. 8/01/02

  • Glenna Wiles, Secretary III, Central Office, eff. 7/09/02

  • Sharon VanNosdeln, Instructional Assistant, NH, eff. 8/21/02

  • Dana Rush, Custodian IV, YG, eff. 8/12/02

Retirements:

  • Dorothy Beitzel, 7 hour per day Cafeteria Assistant, YG, eff. 7/1/02

Resignations:

  • Marsha Diaz, Special Education Teacher, SH, eff. 6/17/02

  • Carmen Harden, Spanish Teacher, SH, eff. 7/10/02

  • Brenda F. Kyle, Secretary IV, SX, eff. 8/20/02

Emergency Coaches:

  • Jon Houser, Assistant Football Coach, NH

  • Lynn Lais, Girls Head Soccer Coach, NH

  • Robert Bonser, Boys Head Soccer Coach, SH

  • Larah Savage, Assistant Cheerleading Advisor, NH

  • Frank Ewing, Assistant Football Coach, NH

Volunteer Coach:

  • Richard Perry, Assistant Boys Soccer Coach, SH

Transportation:

Transfer of Bus Contract Names:

  • Dennis Gerald Glotfelty to Double G

  • Warren Ray Glotfelty to Double G

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

Part XIII - Recognition of Christa McAuliffe Award Winner

Dr. Teets introduced Michelle Harman, teacher at Northern High School who was chosen as one of six teachers across the state to receive the national Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Award. She was accompanied by her mother and son. Dr. Teets noted that Ms. Harman has also been recognized as the Maryland Biology Teacher of the Year and is the first Garrett County teacher to achieve national certification, and congratulated her for three major accomplishments in one year. The Fellowship was created in 1987 in memory of the New Hampshire teacher who served as an astronaut on the space shuttle Challenger in January 1986. Teachers are selected on the basis of professional experience and accomplishments, demonstration of community/partnership involvement and leadership experience. Ms. Harman explained that her duties as a Fellow include attending state meetings and conferences to assist MSDE in furthering its efforts to support and sustain new teaching staff. She will be working with regional programs for retaining new teachers and supporting veteran teachers. The Board and Dr. Teets offered their congratulations to Ms. Harman for her prestigious award and thanked her for sharing her time.

Part XIV - Recognition of FFA Winners

Mrs. Jo Ann Vent, Supervisor of Career/Technology Education, introduced Southern High School students Chase Ashby, Travis Sines, and Joshua McKnight who recently competed in the 2002 FFA Agricultural Mechanics Career Development Event held at the University of Maryland, College park on April 23, 2002. Nick Sines, who also competed and Mr. Steve Kisner, advisor were unable to attend the Board meeting. The team of four students took first place in the event with its theme of A Material Handling Systems@ with an emphasis on Grains. Individually, Chase Ashby (also class Salutatorian) placed first in the state; Travis Sines placed eighth; Joshua McKnight placed ninth; and Nick Sines placed eleventh overall. The students explained what skills were necessary as they worked through the competition protocol which centered around the handling of grain from the field to the market or storage. Dr. Teets and Board members offered their congratulations and wished them success in their future endeavors. The team plans to compete in October, representing the Maryland State FFA Association at the National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

Part XV - Board Concerns

Dr. Teets, Mrs. Rawe and Mr. Durst presented a report on their attendance at the MABE Summer Leadership Conference, highlighting the various sessions each attended.

Dr. Teets asked that Board members decide by the August meeting if they plan to attend the 2002 MABE Annual Conference to be held in Ocean City on October 2-3, 2002. Mrs. Rawe encouraged the student Board member to attend if her schedule allows her to do so.

The date for the annual retirement celebration was set for August 20, 2002 at 6:00 p.m. at Will O= the Wisp.

Mrs. Sebold will be taking leave from her position as representative on the Mt. Top Mental Health Board and asked if another Board member would be willing to fill in for her.

The development of a student board member informational packet was tabled until a later date.

Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board voted unanimously to hold a special meeting on August 5, 2002 at 6:30 p.m. for personnel matters and an appeal hearing.

Mr. Raley noted that the MABE dues for FY2003 will be $8,378 and will increase by five percent for FY2004 to $8,816.

Mr. Raley reported that HB 569 establishes a task force to study certain regulations, such as circumstances for use of physical restraint. He will attend a meeting in Columbia on July 9 in this regard.

The Board briefly discussed the recent Supreme Court ruling that school vouchers are acceptable and the ramifications of school choice.

Part - XVI - Adjournment

There being no further business, the Board, by consensus, adjourned the meeting at 8:10 p.m.

Part XX - Information Items

In addition to the following items, each Board member was given a MABE Annual Conference registration packet and the completed FY2003 Budget Book:

  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:   August 13, 2002