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Minutes June 10, 2003

MINUTES

MEETING OF THE GARRETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Oakland, Maryland 21550

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

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Part I - Call to Order

Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at 4:03 p.m. Members in attendance included Mr. James M. Raley, Vice President; Mrs. Madeleine Collins and Mrs. Camilla Rawe, 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. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board of Education agreed (3-0) to move to executive session at 4:04 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 recommendations discussed included appointments, resignations, emergency coaches and a forfeiture of a bus route.

Part IV - Reconvene in Public Session

Mrs. Sebold reconvened public session at 5:35 p.m. Student member Sara DiSimone joined the meeting at this time. Mrs. Sebold asked that the assembly observe a moment of silence, following which Ms. DiSimone led the Pledge to the Flag of the United States of America.

Part V - Acceptance of Agenda

Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the agenda was approved (3-0) with the following additions: Under Administration, add Administrative Procedure 855.21 Pupil Transportation - Rules and Regulations; and under Board Concerns, add Date for Retirement Dinner.

Part VI - Announcements

Mrs. Sebold congratulated the high school principals and their staffs for a nicely done graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 8, 2003. Dr. Teets informed the Board that the Advisory Committee on Education (ACE) sent a letter to local businesses requesting that they ask to see report cards as they hire students. Additional announcements included:

C National History Day state competition winners included Daniel Frederick and Andrew Goad from Southern High School who will compete on the national level in College Park, June 15-19, 2003. This year= s award topic is The Rights and Responsibilities of the Owners of Nuclear Weapons.

C Swan Meadow Graduation will take place on June 11, 2003 at 7:00 p.m.

C Bloomington Graduation will take place on June 12, 2003 at 7:00 p.m.

C Grantsville Elementary= s Fifth Grade Graduation will be held on June 13, 2003 at 9:00 a.m.

It was also noted that Mrs. Sebold, Mrs. Collins, Mr. Raley and Dr. Teets will be attending the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) Leadership Conference on June 19-20, 2003 at the Holiday Inn in Cumberland.

Part VII - Approval of Minutes

Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Minutes of May 13, 2003 were approved with typographical corrections.

Part VIII - Recognition of Maryland Skills USA VICA Competition Winners

Prior to recognizing the competition winners, Dr. Teets welcomed Mrs. Jo Ann Vent, Supervisor of Career/Technology Education, and Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education 9-12.

The Maryland Skills USA VICA Competition was held on March 29, 2003 at the Maritime Institute of Technology Conference Center with competitors from both Garrett County high schools. The following State winners from Northern High School were invited to the Board meeting to receive recognition for their achievement:

Bronze Medal for Pre-School Teaching Assistant:

  • Brandi Broadwater

Silver Medal for Opening and Closing Ceremony Team:

  • Christopher Clever

  • Brandy Custer

  • Shawn Fike

  • Anthony Flanagan

  • Tom Menges

  • Geoff Newman

  • William Rock

(Ms. Broadwater, Mr. Fike and Mr. Rock could not attend.) The students were accompanied by Mr. Tony Talerico, advisor and electronics teacher at Northern High School and Ms. Karole Beitzel, a substitute teacher who volunteers her time to assist the team. Mr. Robert Moranduzzo, advisor, could not be present due to a prior commitment.

Mr. Talerico indicated that this was the Opening and Closing Ceremony Team= s first year as a competitor. Additionally, he spoke about the good relationship between Garrett College and Fairmont State and Northern High, as well as the other programs available to vocational students.

Mrs. Beitzel introduced the students who were present, offering comments about their talents. The students commented on their experiences as team members and competitors, and thanked the Board for their support. Board members suggested the team may want to present next year= s program to them as a practice session before the competition. Congratulations were offered by Mrs. Sebold and the Board as Dr. Teets gave each student a certificate honoring their accomplishment.

Mr. Rodney L. Durst, associate Board member arrived at 6:00 p.m.

Part VIII - Recognition of Poetry Winner

Mrs. Sebold recognized Joanna Guy, a sixth grade student at Southern Middle School who was recently honored for her first place win in the poetry category in the Young Authors= Contest sponsored by the State of Maryland International Reading Association Council. Ms. Guy= s parents were also in attendance. Additionally, Mrs. Sebold introduced Pauline English-Ramsey, Joanna= s teacher who was accompanied by her husband, Walter. Mrs. English-Ramsey indicated that a reception honoring the winners, their parents and teachers was held at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn on March 12, 2003.

Ms. Guy read her poem entitled, A Perspectives@ and gave an account of her travel to the reception in Baltimore. Mrs. Sebold and Board members offered their congratulations to her and thanked her teacher and parents for coming to the meeting.

Part IX - Instruction

Mrs. Sebold gave an overview of the following programs available to staff during the past year through the Wellness Program:

C Hope Health Newsletter

C Flue Vaccine

C Health Screening

C Weight Watchers Incentive

C Aerobics classes

C Walking Challenge, A The Great Escape@

C Water and Pretzels for Staff Development Day

These programs were offered at a total cost to the Board of $11,478. Mrs. Randee Craig, Coordinator for School Improvement and Staff Development, who administers the Wellness program and budget added that participation was excellent during the walking challenge.

Mrs. Bell and Dr. Donald Forrester, Director of Elementary Education reported on the April 25, 2003 meeting of the Health Advisory Committee. Mrs. Rawe serves on this committee; but, as Board of Education representative, abstains from voting on issues or recommendations. The committee recommended a new supplemental material (poster) to be used with grades nine and eleven Family Life classes. The poster would be displayed during lessons dealing with sexually transmitted diseases and related health behaviors. Also, the committee recommended the addition of an additional health resource person (community health nurse) as a speaker to assist with teaching health education outcomes in grades nine and eleven. These two recommendations will be available for public review and comment and will be brought back to the Board for action at the July 8, 2003 meeting.

Additional discussion centered on a proposal for revisions to the DARE program which was reviewed at the Health Advisory Meeting, even though the committee= s approval of the revisions is not required. The new drug awareness program, called WINNERS, was developed by the Sheriff= s office. It was reviewed by Dr. McCartney; Deputy Rob Corley, DARE officer; and middle school health teachers and will be incorporated into the existing middle school health program with follow-up sessions offered to ninth grade health classes.

Dr. Phil Lauver, Supervisor of Pupil Services, provided a report on Suspensions, Expulsions, and Health Related Exclusions - Maryland Public Schools - 2001-2002 compiled by the Maryland State Department of Education. Dr. Lauver noted a decrease in suspensions for Garrett County to which he credited a strict behavior policy and positive intervention activities. Discussion centered on statistics for ninth grade, intervention strategies, percentages for students with disabilities, the lack of comparative information for expulsions, effect of No Child Left Behind requirements on current practices, and health related exclusions such as immunizations. The Board thanked Dr. Lauver for his report.

Dr. McCartney presented a request for professional leave for Randy Paugh, counselor at Southern Middle School to attend the 2003 ASCA Conference in St. Louis, Missouri on June 29-July 2, 2003. Dr. Teets recommended approval of the request. Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the trip.

Dr. Patricia Mullinix, Coordinator of Research, Evaluation and Information, presented the CTBS/5 Results for Garrett County - 2003-1997 Comparison. Dr. Mullinix explained that although CTBS testing is no longer required as we are phasing into the new Maryland Assessment Program, principals and staff wanted to continue testing grades two and eleven in 2003. This will be the last year for CTBS testing in grade eleven. Standardized testing will continue for grades four and seven beginning this fall so that teachers will have data to use with student instruction during the 2003-2004 school year. She highlighted statistics from a comparison chart which showed some slight declines over last year, but overall good scores. Dr. Mullinix pointed out factors which may have influenced the 2003 scores were inclement weather resulting in approximately fifteen fewer instructional days than the 2002 testing and the number of students who took nonstandard administrations of the test. She also reported that gender disparity in scores will be a target area in the Garrett County Master Plan, especially in the area of language and reading.

Additionally, Dr. Mullinix noted the increase in data from PSAT testing for tenth graders. The Board thanked Dr. Mullinix for her report.

Part X - Public Comment

There was no public comment at this time.

Part XI - Personnel Recommendations

Dr. Teets recommended the following personnel for approval:

Appointments:

  • Edward S. Wildesen, Coordinator/Administrative Assistant, SH, eff. 07/01/03

  • Thaddaeus A. Welsh, Carpentry Teacher, NH, eff. 08/20/03

  • Elizabeth D. Hazelwood, Math Resource Teacher, BR, eff. 08/20/03

  • Amy L. Flanigan, Math Resource Teacher, BR, eff. 08/20/03

  • Heather L. Little, English Teacher, SH, eff. 08/20/03

  • Timothy J. Hinebaugh, Language Arts Teacher, SX, eff. 08/20/03

  • Carrie M. Darrah, Reading Enrichment Teacher, SX, eff. 08/20/03

  • Brenda J. Umbel, 5.5 hours per day Cafeteria Worker, FV, eff. 08/22/03

  • Angela F. Smith, 4.5 hours per day Cafeteria Worker, NH, eff. 08/22/03

Resignation:

  • Joshua Grove, Computer Science Teacher, NH, effective 06/18/03

  • Wanda Sue Liller, Teacher, CR, effective 06/18/03

Emergency Coaches for the 2003-2004 Season:

  • Dan Clark, Assistant Wrestling Coach, SH

  • Walter Lee, Athletic Trainer, SH

  • Dave Taylor, Head Wrestling Coach

Transportation:

  • Forfeiture of Bumble Bee Road Route by Double G (Denny & Warren Glotfelty)

Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the superintendent= s recommendations.

Part XII - Administration

Mr. Michael Sines, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations, presented additional information for the Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) which was reviewed at the May Board meeting. He noted the inclusion of Hickory Environmental Education Center in the inventory section; the rewording of page 49 to clarify enrollment data; and new language on page 78 to clarify long range plans of aging schools. Dr. Teets recommended the Board= s approval of the EFMP. Upon a recommendation by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously approved the Plan which will be forwarded to MSDE.

Mr. Sines then presented changes to the Comprehensive Maintenance Plan (CMP) which was reviewed at the May Board meeting. Dr. Teets recommended its approval. Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the document which will also be forwarded to MSDE.

Mr. Sines presented bid submissions for the Roof Replacement Project for Accident Elementary School. Dr. Teets recommended approval of the lowest bid from Hite Roofing Associates, Inc. for the sum of $359,000. Mr. Sines also noted that, in addition to the lump sum bid, funds for deck re-mediation are expected from a class action suit which should provide reimbursement on a per square foot basis. Upon a motion from Mr. Durst, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously approved the bid award.

Mr. Sines presented three bids for the replacement of the evaporative condensers at Friendsville Elementary School, noting all bids were significantly over the amount of funds budgeted. Dr. Teets recommended that the Board reject all bids. Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously rejected all bids. Mr. Sines noted he will review the bid specifications as originally developed.

Mr. Sines presented four bid proposals for the installation of a fire alarm system at Hickory Environmental Education Center. He noted the intent to install the system with as little disruption to Hickory summer programs as possible. Dr. Teets recommended approval of the bid submission from Peak Electrical Systems in the amount of $22,660. Upon a recommendation by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board approved the bid award 3-0, with Mr. Raley abstaining (citing a business associate having an interest in Peak Electrical).

Mr. Sines noted Folk= s Paint and Glass submitted the only bid proposal to replace the window system at Swan Meadow School. Dr. Teets recommended the Board= s approval. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board approved the contract with Folk= s Paint and Glass in the amount of $17, 200.

The Accident Elementary, Hickory and Swan Meadow projects will be funded by the Aging Schools Program grant.

Mr. Scott Germain, Program Manager for the Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) Department, presented his proposal to increase meal prices for the 2003-3004 school year, as follows:

 

 

Current

2003-2004 Proposed

Increase

Elementary Breakfast

$0.75

$0.85

$0.10

Secondary Breakfast

$0.75

$1.00

$0.25

Elementary Lunch

$1.40

$1.60

$0.20

Secondary Lunch

$1.55

$1.75

$0.20

Mr. Germain cited the need to increase prices due to the overall costs of running the program (including an increase of $43,994 in salaries for FY 2004) and the need to continue to replace aging equipment. He explained that free and reduced costs would not change. Additional measures to increase revenues include adding a second entree to the elementary lunch menu, to boost participation at all levels, and to revamp the ala carte menu. Extensive discussion centered on the loss of revenue for missed days due to inclement weather, Board subsidization of the FNS insurance program in the amount of $220,000, gradual price increases over two years, impact on families= funds, the need for FNS to remain self-sufficient, review of possible increased subsidization by the Board, and methods to increase participation. Dr. Teets recommended approval of the price increases as presented. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board approved the price changes on a vote of 3-1, with Mrs. Collins voting in the negative. Mrs. Sebold added that perhaps requests of this nature should be presented along with the spring budget presentation.

Part XIII - Recognition of Green School Award

Mrs. Sebold recognized Mrs. Barbara Baker, Principal of Kitzmiller Elementary School who shared a notebook of environmental education projects for their school, the Proclamation and Governor= s Citation, and the Green School Flag for their selection as a 2003 Green School. Kitzmiller Elementary was honored for this award at a celebration on Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at the National Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel, Maryland. Mrs. Baker introduced Lacey McRobie and Lawrence Armstrong, students, and Richard Stephens and Deborah Paugh, teachers at Kitzmiller who then shared their Power Point program with the Board. Dr. Teets and the Board offered congratulations for their achievement and thanked each of them for coming to the meeting.

Part XIV - Recognition of Poster Winners

Mrs. Baker introduced Caitlyn Virts, fourth grade student at Kitzmiller, and Brittany Scott, fifth grade student at Kitzmiller, whose artworks were selected for publication in the 2004 Calendar by the Maryland Association of Realtors. Mrs. Baker noted that there were twelve winners across the state, but Garrett County is the only county to have two posters chosen. The students, their parents and their art teacher, Jay Paxton traveled to Annapolis for this recognition and met the Governor. Dr. Teets and the Board congratulated the students on their achievements and thanked them for attending the meeting.

Part XV - Administration, continued

Dr. Teets and Dr. McCartney presented the Draft Comprehensive Master Plan - 2003-2008 which has been developed with input and support from many staff members along with various stakeholders comprising a steering committee. Dr. McCartney reviewed the following components of the document:

  • Part I: Goals, Objectives, and Strategies

  • Part II:     Cross-Program Themes

  • Part III: Strategies to Manage the Master Plan Components

  • Part IV: Capital Improvements

  • Part V: Budget Components

  • Part VI: Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Program Components

  • Part VII: Master Plan Certifications and Assurances

The Master Plan provides a five year action plan to guide the school system in preparing students to achieve higher academic levels and in eliminating achievement gaps among subgroups of students.

It was noted that budget figures in Parts V and VI may not be finalized by MSDE until the July meeting when the Master Plan will be an action item on the agenda. Discussion included the role of the No Child Left Behind Act in the development of the plan, how various funding sources are used, demographic information, and objectives and measures of progress. Dr. McCartney explained the steering committee will continue to meet once or twice a year, as needed, to keep the plan current.

Dr. Teets presented a draft Administrative Procedure 855.21 Student Transportation - Rules and Regulations which was updated prior to being incorporated into a student brochure for the coming school year.

Part XVI - Recognition of Student Board Member Service

On behalf of the Board, Mrs. Sebold presented a gift of a leather briefcase to Ms. DiSimone for her past year of service as student member to the Board. Ms. DiSimone thanked Board members and staff for a wonderful year, noting this is A one of the greatest things@ she= s done. Board members thanked her for her contributions during the meetings and for her participation at other Board functions, as well.

Part XVII - Board Concerns

Dr. Teets recommended approval of the following two students to serve as student representatives on the Advisory Committee on Education (ACE) for the 2003-2004 school year, noting both students have agreed to return for a second year:

C Curt Taylor, Southern High School

C Annie Winter, Northern High School

Additionally, Dr. Teets recommended that a former Student Board Member may become part of the ACE if they desire to do so and are still in high school, as their unique experience working with the Board would bring additional student perspective to the committee= s advisory role. Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the recommendations.

Mrs. Sebold noted the deadline of July 7 for proposed additions and amendments to MABE= s current Continuing Resolutions and Beliefs & Policies Statement.

The term of office for the Board= s current Legal Services Association (LSA) Director and Alternate will expire on June 30, 2003. Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mr. Durst, it was unanimously agreed the current LSA Director Madeleine Collins and Alternate Ervin Fink will continue to serve as representatives for two years, beginning July 1, 2003.

The Board will host its annual dinner for this year= s staff retirees on August 19, 2003 at 6:00 p.m. Dr. Teets will check on the availability of the Sitzmark Room at the Will O= the Wisp.

Mr. Durst reported on MABE= s nominating committee and its selection of officer candidates to be determined by July 7, 2003.

A brief discussion relative to Memorial Day student attendance percentages resulted in a consensus to have this day remain as a school holiday in future calendars.

Mrs. Sebold reviewed the Information Items with the agenda, noting that Garrett County= s Student Service Stars are Tina Opel, senior at Northern High School and Amanda Ray, senior at Southern High School. Also noted was the selection of Rhonda Tasker, teacher at Southern High School, as being honored by MSDE for Service Learning Leadership.

MSDE will announce the annual Maryland Teacher of the Year Award at a Gala on Friday, October 10, 2003.

MABE will hold its annual conference in Ocean City on October 1-3, 2003.

Part XVIII - Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:55 p.m.

 

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Charlotte Sebold Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   July 8, 2003