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Minutes September 10, 2002

MINUTES

MEETING OF THE GARRETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Oakland, Maryland 21550

Tuesday, September 10, 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 4:00 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 Renee Bittinger who addressed the Board concerning the lack of Pre-kindergarten classes at Grantsville Elementary School and the benefits of having pre-kindergarten classes for her child and others.

Commissioner Ernest Gregg joined the meeting at 4:10 p.m.

Part III - Executive Session

Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board of Education voted unanimously to move to executive session at 4:15 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 a request for leave without pay and emergency coaches.

Part IV - Reconvene in Public Session

The Board reconvened at 5:30 p.m. Ms. Sara DiSimone, student Board member, joined the meeting at this time. The Reverend Patrick Kerr of St. Paul= s Methodist Church offered an invocation after which Ms. DiSimone led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

Part V - Acceptance of Agenda

Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board voted unanimously to accept the agenda with the addition of A Construction Update@ under Administration Board Concerns.

Part VI - Announcements

The following events were announced:

C Bus Contractor dinner on Saturday, September 14, 2002
C September 11th Remembrance at schools
C Wayne= s Water & Wells at Accident Elementary on September 11, 2002 to relate their rescue participation at the Somerset mine accident.
C Dedication of Southern High Media Center, September 17, 2002
C Allegheny Energy will present checks for $30,000 to grant recipients on October 9, 2002 - Accident Elementary at 9:30 a.m. and Route Forty Elementary at 11:30 a.m.
C Dr. Teets reported enrollment figures are down 20-27 students from last year, noting the main reason is 30 less students enrolled in kindergarten. Official enrollment count will be on September 30.
C Southern High Ski club will be traveling to Vermont in February.
C Board members are invited to participate in Staff Development Day on October 5, 2002. All schools will be closed with staff reporting for staff development at Southern High School.
C Mrs. Rawe commented favorably on the high school programs for teachers= first day back in school.

Part VII - Approval of Minutes

Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Minutes of August 13, 2002 were unanimously approved with the deletion of the word A marginal@ on page 3401, Part XIII, second paragraph.

Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Minutes of August 20, 2002 were unanimously approved with the addition of A during all or part of@ after the word A attendance@ on page 3403, Part IV, second sentence.

Part VIII - Presentation by Joe George, CBIZ

Mr. Fink explained that in reviewing the Workers Compensation costs and experience rates, it was suggested by the Injured Workers Insurance Fund (IWIF) that an agent of record be appointed to represent the Board for its Workers Compensation Insurance. Mr. Fink and Dr. Teets interviewed the two companies who had expressed interest. Mr. Joe George of CBIZ Benefits and Insurance was asked to explain to the Board the services CBIZ representation would provide.

Mr. George presented information regarding rising insurance costs, establishing and implementing a safety program for employees, the agent=s role as intermediary and advocate, and claims review and monitoring. Additionally, he explained the experience claims rating system used to determine the cost to the employer, focusing on the benefits of lowering the Board= s Experience Modification factor (now at 1.55 of standard 1.0). Mr. George reviewed his background and experience as an agent, as well as the company= s history. He noted CBIZ is the agent of record for the courthouse. Commissioner Gregg offered the courthouse model and assistance since the program is successfully in place there. Mr. George explained there is no additional cost to the Board of Education for this service. Dr. Teets recommended that the Board appoint Mr. George as agent of record on the IWIF policy. Mrs. Collins moved, with a second by Mr. Durst, to accept the recommendation. Discussion followed as to the appropriateness of designating this as an action item as it was listed as an information item on the agenda, and the need for allowing time for public input on the topic. Mrs. Collins withdrew her motion. Appointment of an agent of record will be an action item on the October agenda.

Part IX - Instruction

Dr. Patricia Mullinix, Coordinator of Research, Evaluation and Information reported on the 2002 SAT and ACT testing results for seniors. She explained that SAT scores increased for 2002, with a combined average score of 1024, slightly above the state and national averages. The ACT combined average of 22.7 was also above the state and national averages. Dr. Mullinix noted a slight decline in the number of seniors taking the tests, with a participation rate of 41% of graduating seniors taking the SAT and 9% taking the ACT. Included in her report was a breakdown of scores by subject components and by gender, with graphs showing trends over several years. Steps taken during the past year to help students better prepare for the SAT were noted, including an additional test administration at Garrett College in November, an upgrade to the SAT study software in the media centers at both high schools, and a A SAT Prep@ class now being offered at both high schools. Discussion included using the advisory period to discuss taking the SAT and ACT, the economics of taking the tests and funding possibilities, and the controversy about the necessity of the test for admission to colleges. Dr. Teets reported that the Stoney Brook Property Association made a donation to the Board to assist in the cost of the test to students.

Dr. Mullinix then reported the Advanced Placement (AP) test results for the 2001-2002 school year were significantly higher than the previous year. Discussion centered on the benefits of taking the AP classes and tests in anticipation of college admission, the need to encourage students to take these classes, and monitoring results. The AP test is a nationwide test.

Part X -Administration

Mr. Scott Germain, Program Manager for Food and Nutrition Services, presented a summary of bid awards for food items and supplies for the 2002-2003 school year.

Mr. Germain reported that the free breakfast program now includes Northern Middle School, bringing the total to six schools. Over three hundred students participated in the free breakfast program on the first day of school. It was noted that all Garrett County schools offer a breakfast program.

Dr. Teets reviewed the proposed changes to Board Policy 344.5 The Awarding of an Honorary High School Diploma to World War II Veterans and Administrative Procedure 344.51 Application for an Honorary High School Diploma - World War II Veteran to include Korean Conflict veterans. Dr. Teets will invite Willie Davis and Kasey Bell, Southern High School students who were advocates for HB218 which allows Korean Conflict veterans to apply for the honorary diploma, to be present at the October meeting when the proposed policy revision will be on the agenda for action.

Dr. Teets provided an update on the Southern High auto shop refurbishing, planetarium construction, Route Forty Elementary School renovation, and Northern High locker room renovation. He noted that each project is on or ahead of schedule.

Part XI - Board Concerns

The Teacher of the Year Gala will be held on Friday, September 27, 2002 at Martin= s West in Baltimore. Mr. Raley and Ms. DiSimone will attend on behalf of the Board, and Mr. Durst will attend in his capacity as president of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE). Dr. Teets will invite Garrett County Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Elizabeth Rees-Gilbert to attend a future Board meeting.

At MABE= s request, the following Board members agreed to submit their names as nominees for the following MABE committees:

C Budget & Planning: Jim Raley
C Legal Services Association: Madeleine Collins (alternate, Ervin Fink)
C Federal Relations Network: Jim Raley

Part XII - Public Comment

There was no public comment at 7:00 p.m.

Part XIII - Personnel Action

Dr. Teets recommended the following personnel matters for approval:

Leave Without Pay:

  • Cynthia A. Cangley, October 17-18, 2002 after using 3 days of Personal Leave

Emergency Coaches:

  • Dan Clark, Assistant Wrestling Coach, SH

  • Sara Nawrot, Assistant Girls Soccer Coach, SH

  • Dave Taylor, Head Wrestling Coach, SH

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

Part XIII - Adjournment

There being no further business, the Board, by consensus, adjourned the meeting at 7:10 p.m.

Part XIV - Information Items

  1. Report of the MABE Resolution Committee (in preparation for the 10/2-4/02 MABE Annual Conference) (8/26/02) (Board member packets only)
  2. A The Scoop@ (9/1/02)

 

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Camilla Rawe Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   October 8, 2002