Board of Education

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

Minutes February 11, 2003



Oakland, Maryland 21550

Tuesday, February 11, 2003


Part I - Call to Order

Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at 4:13 p.m. Members in attendance included Mrs. Madeleine Collins, Mr. Rodney L. Durst, and Mrs. Camilla Rawe, associate members; 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 Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board of Education unanimously agreed 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, to conduct collective bargaining negotiations or consider matters that relate to the negotiations, 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, AssistantH Superintendent; and Mr. Ervin Fink, Director of Finance and Human Resources were in attendance during all or part of the executive session. Mrs. Ruth Oliverio was also present for a brief time. Topics discussed included a retirement, volunteer coaches, negotiations, and a parent concern.

Mr. James M. Raley, vice president, joined the meeting at 4:25 p.m.

Part IV - Reopening the Public Session

The Board reconvened in public session at 5:41 p.m. Student member Sara DiSimone joined the meeting at that time. Mrs. Sebold asked for a moment of silence, 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

Dr. Teets noted that representatives from Yough Glades Elementary, Kitzmiller Elementary, and Swan Meadow Schools= parent groups could not be present because of weather conditions. Mrs. Sebold distributed copies of AMaryland Classroom.@ Mr. Raley expressed his wish for information about countywide security readiness and its impact on schools considering the heightened security status in effect for the United States today. Emergency preparedness will be an agenda topic for the March 11, 2003 Board meeting. Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mr. Raley, the agenda was accepted noting the absence of representatives of the Yough Glades and Kitzmiller parent groups.

Part VI - Announcements

Dr. Teets reported to the Board the death of Mr. Wayne Gillespie on January 10, 2003, noting his contributions as member and past president of the Advisory Committee on Education.

Mrs. Rhonda Tasker, teacher at Southern High School, has been selected as one of thirteen A Service Learning Fellows@ and will be recognized by MSDE in March.

Northern High School Band will be traveling to New York on April 3-6, 2003 for the Heritage Music Festival.

Students from both high schools placed in the regional VICA competition in auto mechanics, computer maintenance and application.

Part VII - Approval of Minutes

Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Minutes of January 14, 2003 were unanimously approved with the following corrections: Under Part VIII, replace Mrs. Sebold= s name with that of Mrs. Collins; and on page 3438, replace A Mt. Top Mental Health Advisory@ with A Mt. Top Mental Health Associates, Inc.@

Part VIII - Administration

Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board approved the following Budget Calendar FY 2004:

Presentation of Superintendent= s Budget to Public Wednesday, March 5, 2003
- Hickory Environmental Education Center - Planetarium, 6:00 p.m.
Board of Education Action on the Budget March 11, 2003
Budget Submission to County Commissioners March 20, 2003



Part IX - Instruction

Dr. Donald Forrester, Director of Elementary Education K-5 and Dr. McCartney presented the Art Programs of Study, K-12; the Music Programs of Study, K-5 and 9-12; and the Physical Education Programs of Study, K-12 which were reviewed by the Board at the January 14, 2003 meeting. Dr. Forrester noted that the programs of study had been on display for public review and comment, and that no comment was received. Dr. Teets recommended the Board= s approval of the documents. Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the programs of study.

Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education 9-12 and Dr. McCartney presented an update on the progress of the Garrett County Making Schools Work Committee. In addition to Mrs. Bell and Dr. McCartney as co-chairs, the committee members included Mrs. Jo Ann Vent, Dr. Pat Mullinix, and principals and two staff members of each middle and high school. Committee priorities included (1) Explore revision of graduation requirements; (2) Continue and expand reading and writing initiatives across all content areas; (3) Increase parental involvement and support; (4) Expand academic extra support; (5) Increase middle school standards of performance with higher expectations for all; (6) Focus on ninth grade students; (7) Improve transitions; and (8) Provide rigorous student centered lessons. In this regard, discussion included committee recommendations of increased credit requirements and encouraging high school students to enroll in a fourth math credit; summer reading novels for fifth and eighth graders; staff development; A bridge@ programs and orientation for transitioning students; college readiness; considering a restructure of Southern High School schedule to include a short fifth period three days a week for remediation and other needs; Northern High School is considering ways to include remediation in a seven day schedule; encouraging discussion and counseling with students; implementing middle school end-of-course and mid-year assessments; implementing high school end-of-course assessments; and the development of a Garrett County Master Plan. The Board thanked Mrs. Bell and Dr. McCartney for their report.

Mrs. Bell presented the draft Board Policy 331 Maryland and Garrett County Graduation Requirements@ noting it was revised to be more aligned with the A Student Education Planning Guide@ (SEPG). Mrs. Sebold expressed concern about the Advanced Technology listing and compared it to the SEPG. Concerns were also expressed about the placement of the ECAP information in the SEPG and with the engineering pathway, noting what seems a lack of math and sciences, and the number of electives offered. The staff will review the suggestions and revise as applicable. Mrs. Bell noted the engineering pathway follows state guidelines and allows students to be dual pathway completers.

At 7:05 p.m. the Board took a short break.

Part X - Public Comment

There was no public comment.

Part XI - Personnel

Dr. Teets recommended the following item for Board approval:

  • Retirement: Joseph L. Winters, Coordinator of Hickory Environmental Education Center, effective July 1, 2003

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

Part XII - Discussion with Parent Groups

Dr. Teets noted that parent representatives from Yough Glades, Kitzmiller and Swan Meadow Schools were unable to attend because of weather conditions.

Mr. Rodney Glotfelty, representing Northern High School Band Boosters and Mrs. Cathy Johnson, representing the Southern High School Band Boosters presented reports on their activities, expenses, income and fund raising efforts on behalf of band students. Each expressed their gratitude for the increased funding of $3,800 from last year= s request. Discussion included the need for additional funds; instructional needs as they felt students are less prepared when beginning high school band; the need for more staff/assistants; history of excellence for both bands; benefits of music instruction in leadership skills, academic performance and social skills; and the trend toward more field competition rather than parade bands. It was noted that Northern High placed third and Southern High placed fifth in the state championship competition this past year. Mrs. Johnson also spoke of Southern High Band= s need to replace their fifteen year old uniforms at a cost of $27,000, noting a fund drive is already underway. Both representatives relayed their admiration for the band directors, Bill Robinson of Northern and Richard Clever of Southern, noting they also serve as choral directors. Mrs. Johnson and Mr. Glotfelty asked the Board to consider increasing the budget to assist with transportation, instruments or education and thanked the Board for allowing them to present their reports. The Board expressed their appreciation to them for their time and contributions given to the band students.

Part XIII - Instruction

Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved a professional leave and travel request for Paul Edwards and Ron Opel of Northern High School to attend the National Association of Basketball Coaches Convention in New Orleans, April 4-7, 2003.

Dr. Pat Mullinix, Coordinator of Research, Evaluation and Information presented the Maryland School Performance Report 2002 as a component of our comprehensive analysis for school improvement. The report shows that Garrett County schools continue to meet the satisfactory or excellent standard for all Functional Test results and attendance at all levels. The 2002 drop-out rate, although the same as 2001, reflects a slight decrease over the previous three years. MSPAP results for 2002 reflect a decline in third grade scores for the county and state; however, scores in grades five and eight show an increase over 2001 for Garrett County. Five of Garrett County schools met at least one of the state standards with over 70% of their students scoring at the satisfactory level in a particular subject. Garrett County scores on the Independence Mastery Assessment Program (IMAP) are among the highest in the state which reflect positively on the special education instructional program. Dr. Mullinix noted the increase in disaggregated data in the report as required by the No Child Left Behind Act. Additional information included a 38% participation rate of seniors taking the SAT (67% state and 46% national) with a mean scale score of 505 verbal and 519 math, with scores above state and national percentiles. Garrett County students taking the High School Assessments (results available for the first time in 2002) scored at or slightly above the state mean scale scores. The Board and Dr. Teets thanked Dr. Mullinix for her in-depth report.

Dr. McCartney provided an update on the Master Plan 2003-2008 development which has as its goal: Develop a master plan to direct the use of current and new state, federal, and local funds to eliminate the achievement gaps and to challenge each student to higher academic levels. The five year comprehensive master plan will organize and align research-based practices, instructional services, professional development and resource distribution to guide the Garrett County School System.@ Dr. McCartney noted the Steering Committee met on January 30, 2003 to review the first draft which is to be submitted to MSDE by October 1, 2003. She highlighted the various aspects of the plan which include needs assessment and review of existing programs and instructional approaches and resource distribution. The next meeting of the Steering Committee will be February 27, 2003.

Part XIV - Board Concerns

Mrs. Sebold, Mrs. Collins and Dr. Teets attended the Chamber of Commerce conference entitled A Our Story@ on January 31, 2003 which highlighted the economic growth of Garrett County. The Chamber plans to make this an annual event.

Mrs. Collins and Mrs. Sebold plan to attend the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) Annual Legislative Day meeting on February 20, 2003 in Annapolis. Dr. Teets will arrange to have Delegate George Edwards and Senator John Hafer meet with them at lunch.

Mr. Raley suggested that the Board meet with the local delegation annually to discuss their proposed legislation. Discussion was held in reference to HB 218 which would allow home schooled students to participate in extra-curricular activities in public schools. Mr. Raley proposed the Board should vote to oppose the bill.

Mrs. Sebold will attend the annual invitation to Board Presidents to meet with the State Board on February 25, 2003 in Baltimore. Mrs. Collins and Mr. Durst will also attend the meeting as members of MABE= s executive board.

Mrs. Sebold noted the letter from Anthony L. Wong, President of MABE requesting feedback and suggestions for changes and/or additions to their Draft Strategic Plan 2003-2008. At the Board= s request, Dr. Teets will draft a letter to MABE with the Board= s suggestion that if the plan involves fees for additional services, it should be a A pay as you receive services,@ rather than a dues increase.

Several legislative issues were reviewed by Board members. Dr. Teets will testify on Thursday, February 13, 2003 in favor of SB 370 which would increase points (5 points) and fines ($1,000) for running the red lights on school buses. He also noted HB 585 for repealing the speed limit restriction on school buses which was not supported by urban constituents last year. Mrs. Sebold noted several bills introduced by Robert Kittleman, including a bill about the prevailing wage which would favor Garrett County. Mr. Raley asked Mrs. Sebold and Mrs. Collins to have Delegate Edwards provide more information about HB 324 on procurement. Dr. Teets noted Maryland superintendents will likely oppose the SB 81 dealing with authority of a county board to remove a superintendent.

Mr. Raley moved that a letter of opposition to HB 218 which allows participation of home schooled students in public school extra-curricular activities be sent to Delegate Edwards outlining the reasons for non-support. Mrs. Collins seconded the motion. Discussion followed as to home school parents as taxpayers, public school system providing services to home schooled students without receiving funding, the Board= s responsibility to oversee home school programs, qualifications of home school instructors, and public school students= requirements for participation in extra-curricular activities. Mrs. Sebold called the motion, and the Board voted unanimously to send the letter of opposition.

Part XV - Adjournment of Public Session

By consensus, the Board adjourned the public session at 9:17 p.m. to return to executive session to continue discussion on the negotiations.

Part XVI - Information Items

  1. January 2003 Attendance Bulletin
  2. Home & School Connection, February 2003
  3. Home & School Connection, March 2003
  4. MSDE News Release: MSDE Provides over $200,000 to Implement a National Pre-engineering Program in High Schools - 11 Schools in 9 Systems to Share Funds (01/13/03)
  5. MSDE News Release: State Publishes New Booklet for Parents (01/24/03)
  6. MSDE News Release: 5-Year Plan for Achieving School Readiness in Maryland Presented to State Board of Education (01/28/03)
  7. MSDE New Release: State Board of Education to Honor Local Businessman for Commitment to Arts Education (01/29/03)
  8. MSDE News Release: Now on the Web: Sample Test Questions for the Maryland School Assessment (01/30/03)
  9. MSDE News Release: MSDE Launches News from the Board on Web Site (01/30/03)
  10. MSDE News Release: Summer Food Service Program Offers Federal Funds to Programs in Maryland (02/03/03)
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Charlotte Sebold Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   March 11, 2003