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Minutes October 8, 2002

MINUTES

MEETING OF THE GARRETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Oakland, Maryland 21550

Tuesday, October 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 4:05 p.m. Members in attendance included Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, Vice President; and Mrs. Madeleine Collins, associate member; and Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools.

Part II - Public Comment

There was no public comment at this time.

Part III - Executive Session

Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education voted 3-0 to move to executive session at 4:06 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 consider matters that relate to the negotiations. 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 an appointment, retirements, tenure, emergency coaches and volunteer coaches, a leave of absence request, and transportation items which included the deletion of a contractor, transfer of contracts, and deletion of drivers and assistants.

Mr. James Raley, associate member, joined the meeting at 4:15 p.m. Mr. Rodney Durst, associate member, joined the meeting at 4:50 pm.

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. Mrs. Rawe called for a moment of silence, asking those in attendance to remember the people of Prince George= s County and others affected by the recent sniper shootings. Ms. DiSimone then 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 Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board voted unanimously to accept the agenda with the following additions under Board Concerns: invitation letter from MSDE for the Board president or designee to attend a Visionary Panel briefing on November 14, 2002 and selection of future Board agenda items.

Part VI - Announcements

The following events were announced:

C Wednesday, October 9, 2002, Allegheny Energy will award grants of $30,000 each to Accident Elementary School at 9:30 a.m. and to Route Forty Elementary School at 11:00 a.m. Board members are welcome to attend.

C Dr. Teets commented on the success of Staff Development Day for all staff on October 4th and the positive response received from staff on the presentation by guest speaker, Larry Bell. This is the first year custodians and secretaries were included for staff development day.

C Lowell Leitzel, teacher at Southern High School and several French students are planning to travel to travel to France during June-July, 2002.

C Dr. Teets shared a letter with Board members asking for participation in the American Cancer Society= s Relay for Life.

C Mrs. Rawe commented on the success of the Northern and Southern High bands during the band show on October 5, 2002.

C Mrs. Sebold thanked Mr. Durst for his representation of the local Board in his role as president at the MABE conference. Mr. Durst will remain active in MABE as immediate past president during the coming year.

C Mrs. Collins has been selected to serve on the MABE Executive Committee for the coming year.

Part VII - Approval of Minutes

Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Minutes of September 10, 2002 were unanimously approved with one correction: Change A Legislative@ to read A Legal Services Association@ on the committee listing on page 3408.

Part VIII - Administration

Dr. Teets reviewed the proposed revisions to Board Policy 344.5 The Awarding of an Honorary High School Diploma to World War II or Korean Conflict Veterans and Administrative Procedure 344.51 Application for an Honorary High School Diploma - World War II or Korean Conflict Veteran which were presented for information at last month= s meeting. Dr. Teets introduced Ms. Kasey Bell, student from Southern High School, who, along with another Southern High School student, Willie Davis (unable to attend), worked with Mr. Matthew Novak, retired teacher (deceased) to advocate the inclusion of Korean Conflict veterans in the honorary diploma program through the Maryland legislature. Ms. Bell spoke of the research done and letters sent to the legislature by the students and expressed her appreciation to Dr. Teets and the Board for their support of the project. Dr. Teets recommended the Board approve Policy 344.5 which was revised in compliance with Maryland State law under COMAR Article - Education Section 7-206.1. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mr. Durst, the Board unanimously approved the revision. Mrs. Rawe thanked Ms. Bell for attending the meeting.

Based on information presented at the September Board meeting, Dr. Teets recommended the appointment of Mr. Joe George of CBIZ Benefits and Insurance Services to serve as agent of record on the Injured Workers= Insurance Fund (IWIF) policy. Dr. Teets explained the service would be at no additional cost to the Board and would provide an additional professional resource to assist the administration in its efforts to monitor and reduce IWIF premiums. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved Mr. George to serve as agent of record on the IWIF policy.

Mr. Mike Sines, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations, presented a proposed revision to the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to include the refurbishment of Northern High School gymnasium lobby/entrances. Dr. Teets noted this area is the only aspect remaining to complete the renovations at both high schools and was inadvertently omitted from the current CIP for future consideration. Mr. Sines shared pictures of the area discussed, noting that it has been seventeen years since the initial renovation began. Construction/renovation costs are estimated at $412,000 in local funding ($30,000 of which would be for professional A/E services) and would include expansion of the existing lobby area, refurbishment of the restrooms, mechanical and electrical upgrades, storage area, and installation of ceramic tile in the girls= locker room. During discussion, Mr. Durst inquired as to the feasibility of moving the bleachers back from the Southern High football field and constructing a track around the field to take advantage of the lights and availability of restrooms. Mr. Sines reviewed problems that would occur with such a move and the costs involved. Dr. Teets recommended the Board approve the revised CIP. Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously approved the CIP. Dr. Teets noted he and Mr. Sines would take the approved CIP to the County Commissioners tomorrow prior to its submission to the State.

Part IX - Recognitions

Dr. Teets introduced Mr. Scott Germain, Program Manager for Food & Nutrition Services, who recently received a Certificate of Achievement from the Maryland State Department of Education awarded to Garrett County A as the Maryland School System having the highest rate of increase in average daily participation for breakfasts served in the 2001-2002 school year compared to the 2000-2001 school year.@

Dr. Teets thanked Mr. Germain for the efforts he, his staff and principals have made which have greatly benefitted students. Mr. Germain noted that the breakfast program is now available in each Garrett County Public School, six of which participate in the free breakfast program. Discussion included the correlation of better test scores and classroom performance with having breakfast. Mrs. Rawe and the Board expressed their appreciation of the Food & Nutrition program and congratulated Mr. Germain on the award.

Mrs. Rawe introduced Mrs. Barbara Baker, principal of Kitzmiller Elementary School, and congratulated her and her staff for winning the Maryland Center for Character Education Recognition Award for 2002. Mrs. Baker shared the certificate and highlighted the various components of the character education program in place at Kitzmiller Elementary. She attributed the parent involvement component as key to winning the award. Dr. Teets, Mrs. Baker, and Mrs. Kathy Klink, teacher at Kitzmiller, attended the Awards Luncheon on September 25, 2002 at the Maritime Institute of Technology for the awards presentation.

Part X - Instruction

Dr. McCartney presented a field trip permission request for the Southern High School FFA to travel to the national FFA convention in Louisville, Kentucky on October 29-November 3, 2002. Dr. Teets recommended approval. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mr. Durst, the Board unanimously approved the field trip.

Dr. McCartney presented a report outlining the courses not offered at Garrett County High Schools during the 2002-2003 school year. Discussion centered on reasons for lack of enrollment in certain classes; merit and honors classes participation; enrollment in Advanced Placement (AP) courses and initiatives to increase student interest in AP classes; and feasibility of AP independent study.

Dr. McCartney presented the Minutes of the September 27, 2002 Health Advisory Meeting. The committee endorsed an additional resource sponsored by Ms. Nellie Ashby, Director of the Mountain Top Crisis Pregnancy Center, to sponsor a presentation by Mr. Mike Long, abstinence speaker, to speak to ninth grade students at Northern High School. The committee reviewed the proposal and recommended that the presentation be extended to include eighth graders (who could be bused in) and to be offered at both high schools. Additionally, Mr. Long would have a parental/community presentation at Southern High School on Sunday, October 20, 2002 prior to his appearance at the high schools on October 22-23, 2002. Dr. Teets recommended approval. Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved the recommendation.

Part XI - Board Concerns

Dr. Teets introduced Mrs. Pam Nelson, chairperson for the Advisory Committee on Education (ACE), thanking her for her leadership. Mrs. Nelson reported the committee met five times during the 2002-2003 school year and presented an overview of topics reviewed during those meetings. The committee meets the last Tuesday of the month during September, October, November, March and April at 7:00 p.m. at Garrett College. Dr. Teets noted the need to fill several vacancies on the committee at this time. He also explained that ACE could provide feedback in the development of the Master Plan which is needed to comply with the A No Child Left Behind@ Act. Mrs. Rawe thanked Mrs. Nelson for her efforts and for sharing her report with the Board.

Part XII - Public Comment

There was no public comment. The Board took a short break until 7:10 p.m..

Part XII - Personnel Action

Dr. Teets recommended the following personnel matters for approval:

Appointment:

  •  Sandra Rodeheaver, System Level Library Media Resource Teacher (11 month position), Central Office, eff. 01/23/03 or the first day of the second semester

Retirement:

  • Emily Nock, Teacher, YG, eff. 10/01/02 (Disability Retirement)

  • Harvey M. Nock, Science Teacher, SH, eff. 10/01/02 (Disability Retirement)

Tenure:

  • Edward Bach, Masonry Teacher, NH/SH

Emergency Coaches:

  • Matt Acenowr, Assistant Band Director, NH

Leave Without Pay:

  • Susan Henline, English Teacher, SH, October 4 and 7, 2002

Transportation Items:

Deletion of Contractor:

  • Henry Eugene Schmidt, Deceased

Transfer of Contracts:

  • Henry Eugene Schmidt to Faye Biser Schmidt

  • Eva Irene Yoder to Delmer Ray Yoder

Deletion of Drivers:

  • Paula R. Hutson

  • Patricia C. Lohr

  • Harold H. Upole

Deletion of Assistants:

  • Gary W. Frantz

  • Melissa D. Mellinger

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

Part XIII - Board Concerns, continued

Mrs. Rawe, Mrs. Collins, Mrs. Sebold and Dr. Teets reported on their attendance at the MABE 2002 Annual Conference on October 2-4, 2002 at Ocean City, Maryland. Mr. Durst also attended in his capacity as president of MABE. Each shared information from various workshops and events they attended. Further discussion on conference topics highlighted the implications of the new federal legislation, A No Child Left Behind@ Act and its impact on state and local education strategies.

Mrs. Rawe shared a letter from MSDE requesting the Board president or designee to attend a Visionary Panel meeting on November 14, 2002.

Mrs. Rawe indicated a need to choose future agenda items, focusing on the need to review the current Board goals. Discussion centered on the value of goals with objectives that are measurable, such as lowering workers compensation costs and initiatives to increase the number of college bound students; and the goals as part of the framework for the Master Plan. An additional suggested agenda topic was a review of plans and procedures to address emergencies at school facilities.

Dr. Teets reviewed the Teacher of the Year Gala and award ceremony held at Martin= s West in Baltimore on September 27, 2002. The Chamber of Commerce sponsored a table for Garrett County attendees which included the new Chamber president, Mr. Charles Ross and his wife. Ms. Elizabeth Rees Gilbert, Garrett County Teacher of the Year, will be recognized at a future Board meeting. Mr. Raley and Ms. DiSimone attended as representatives of the Board.

Ms. DiSimone noted that attendance at the recent Mt. Top College Expo was down from previous years.

Part XIV - Adjournment

There being no further business, the Board, by consensus, adjourned the meeting at 8:00 p.m.

 

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Camilla Rawe Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   November 12, 2002