Board of Education

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

Minutes August 13, 2002



Oakland, Maryland 21550

Tuesday, August 13, 2002


Part I - Call to Order

Mrs. Camilla Rawe, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at 4:08 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

There was no public comment.

Part III - Executive Session

Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board of Education voted 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 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 and emergency and volunteer coaches. Mr. Jack Rickman, principal of Southern Middle School was present during a portion of the session.

Commissioner Ernest Gregg joined the meeting at 4:45 p.m.

Part IV - Reconvene in Public Session

The Board reconvened at 5:35 p.m. Ms. Sara DiSimone, student board member, joined the meeting at this time. Mrs. Rawe offered an invocation 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 Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board approved (3-0) to accept the agenda with the addition of a report on the Making Schools Work Conference and action on a disciplinary appeal under Board Concerns.

Part VI - Announcements

The following events were announced:

C New teacher orientation, Aug. 20 at Will O= the Wisp

C 2002 Retirement Celebration, August 20 at Will O= the Wisp at 6:00 p.m.

C Dr. Phil Vincent, national speaker on Character Education will present his program on August 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Northern High at an open community forum. Friday, August 23, Dr. Vincent will provide a full day workshop for teaching staff at the school, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Board members are invited to attend both events.

C Monday, August 26, 2002 is the first day of school for students.

C Appreciation to Sheila Miller for coordinating the student exhibits building set-up and judging at the Garrett County Agricultural Fair.

Part VII - Approval of Minutes

Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Minutes of July 8, 2002 were approved (3-0) with editorial correction and replacing Mr. Durst=s name with that of AMr. Raley@ at the beginning of paragraph eight under Board Concerns.

Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Minutes of August 5, 2002 were approved (3-0) with one correction.

Part VIII - Recognition of A&S Scholarship Winner

Mr. Bill Ewing, scholarship chairperson for the Administrators and Supervisors Association introduced Deborah Brenneman, early childhood teacher at Route Forty Elementary School, who received the A&S Scholarship (a one-time $500 stipend) for this coming year. Ms. Brenneman, who was accompanied by her husband and two daughters, expressed her appreciation for this award which will be used to further her studies in administration with a focus in technology. Mrs. Rawe congratulated her and wished her success.

Part IX - Administration

Mr. Mike Sines, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations presented the Draft Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for FY2004 through FY2009 which was reviewed at the July meeting. Dr. Teets recommended approval. Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board approved (3-0) the CIP.

Mr. Sines presented the Comprehensive Maintenance Plan for Education Facilities of Garrett County, July 2002 (CMP) which was reviewed at the July meeting. Dr. Teets recommended its approval. Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board approved (3-0) the CMP.

Mr. Sines provided an overview of funding plans for the replacement of the boiler at Bloomington School which is scheduled on the CIP for FY2004, noting the $175,000 in state funding and the request for $15,000 of local funding.

Commissioner Gregg noted the commissioners have approved the CIP as it is tied in with state funding and expressed the need for the school system to plan ahead and to seek innovative funding programs for anticipated projects.

Mr. Sines shared pictures of the planetarium facility construction site at Hickory, explaining the project is ahead of schedule. Dr. Teets commented on the care being taken with regard to on-site trees and plants, explaining that cut trees will be used as paneling for the facility foyer.

Mr. Sines reported the Southern High School media center and auto shop classroom will be ready for students by the first day of school. Additionally, he provided an update on the Route Forty School renovation progress.

Commissioner Gregg left the meeting at 6:00 p.m.

Part X -Instruction

Dr. Donald Forrester, Director of Elementary Education reported the reading/literacy text series for grades K-5, Trophies from Harcourt, has been on display for public review and comment for the past month after its presentation to the Board at the July meeting. No public comment was offered. Dr. Teets recommended the series be approved. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board approved (3-0) the text series.

Dr. McCartney presented the proposed revisions to the Student Health Information form which is an attachment to Administrative Procedure 472.11. Discussion centered on the need to keep forms updated as family situations and/or medical status change.

Mr. Rodney Durst, associate member, joined the meeting at 6:10 p.m.

Dr. McCartney presented the proposed revisions to the Medication Order Form, attachment to Administrative Procedure 472.13, to incorporate the form onto one page.

In accordance with Board Policy 726.62, Dr. McCartney reported on the charity drives held at schools during the past school year. No charity drives were held at Route Forty Elementary and Southern Middle Schools.

Dr. McCartney noted there was no public comment offered during the past month as the proposed middle school mathematics text, Glencoe Mathematics Course 1 and Course 2 and computer-based, Accelerated Mathematics program were on display for public review. Dr. Teets recommended approval. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, with a second from Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the superintendent= s recommendation.

Part XI - Board Concerns

Dr. Teets recommended approval to sell board-owned bus 104 to Dale E. Evans, Inc. Dr. Teets explained there were no bids received during the first advertisement for bids and this was the only bid received prior to the closing time on August 7, 2002 of the second advertisement. Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the sale.

The Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) will hold its annual conference at Ocean City on October 2-4, 2002. Mrs. Rawe, Mrs. Sebold, Mrs. Collins and Dr. Teets will attend representing the Board. Mr. Durst will be attending the conference as president of MABE.

The Board will hold a special meeting on August 20, 2002, at approximately 8:30 p.m., immediately following the 2002 Retirement Celebration, to address personnel appointments prior to the beginning of the school year.

The September Board meeting will be held on September 10, 2002 which is primary election day. Schools will not be in session.

Mrs. Rawe, Mrs. Collins and Mr. Raley reported on their attendance at the Making Schools Work Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on July 10-12, 2002. Jennifer Rankin, teacher from Northern Middle School and Joanny Martin, counselor at Northern High School also attended the conference.

Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously voted to uphold the superintendent= s decision in a disciplinary appeal.

Part XII -

Dr. Teets recommended the following personnel matters for approval:


  • Debra Swerbinsky, Teacher, BR, eff. 8/21/02

  • Aaron Hordubay, Physical Education Teacher, YG, eff. 8/21/02

  • Sandra K. DeWitt, Math Resource Teacher, KZ, eff. 8/21/02

Emergency Coaches:

  • John Michael Wilburn, Assistant Football Coach, SH

  • Andy Callis, Golf Coach, NH

Volunteer Coach:

  • Greg Carr, Assistant Football Coach, NH

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

Part XIII - Public Comment

Mrs. Barbara Baker, Principal of Kitzmiller Elementary School expressed her appreciation to the Board and Dr. Teets for the opportunity to attend the Principal= s Academy.

Dr. Teets noted Garrett College will host a dinner meeting for Board of Education and Garrett College staff members to discuss cooperative initiatives for enrolling more students in postsecondary education.

Part XIV - Adjournment

There being no further business, the Board, by consensus, adjourned the meeting at 6:50 p.m.

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Camilla Rawe Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   September 10, 2002