Board of Education

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

Minutes January 13, 2004




Oakland, Maryland 21550

Tuesday, January 13, 2004


Part I - Call to Order

Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at 4:10 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

Mr. Ron Unger spoke regarding fair treatment for all students and bus safety concerns. Additionally, he reported that his daughter Marianne submitted an essay to nominate Ms. Sara Steyer, chemistry teacher at Southern High School, for recognition as Outstanding High School Teacher at Loyola College where his daughter attends. Ms. Steyer was one of twelve teachers selected to attend a day of recognition at Loyola on February 20, 2004. Mr. Unger encouraged the Board to allow Ms. Steyer to attend. Dr. Teets and Board members asked that their congratulations be conveyed to Mary Ann Unger for her winning essay and thanked Mr. Unger for his comments.

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 4:25 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 items discussed included retirements, resignations, leave without pay, and volunteer coaches.

Mr. Rodney L. Durst, associate member, joined the meeting at 4:35 p.m.

Part IV - Return to Public Session

Mrs. Sebold reconvened a public session at 5:35 p.m. Student Board Member, Annie Winter was unable to attend because of road conditions. The Reverend Duane Frederick of Meadow Mountain Mennonite Church offered a prayer, after which Mrs. Sebold led the assembly in the Pledge to the Flag of the United States of America.

Part V - Acceptance of Agenda

Dr. Teets explained that recognition of Ms. Jodi Nichols= award as Republican Teacher of the Year would be deleted as Ms. Nichols was unable to attend. Dr. Teets offered congratulations to Ms. Nichols for being one of five national finalists.

Additions to the agenda included a Professional Leave Request under Instruction, Annexation of Southern High and Dennett Road Elementary Schools following the Election of Officers; MABE Workshop under Board Concerns, and an additional Information Item: Home & School Connection, January 2004.

Part VI - Announcements

The following announcements were offered:

C Allegany/Garrett County Joint Press Conference regarding Thornton Funding: Friday, January 16, 2004 at the Allegany County Board of Education

C Life Skills Open House: Monday, February 2, 2004 at the Mental Health Center on Weber Road.

C January 23, 2004 is proclaimed Maryland Family Literacy Day by Governor Ehrlich and Dr. Grasmick.

C Master Plan Steering Committee Meeting will be held on January 27, 2004 at 7:00 p.m.

C Calendar Update: Schools were closed two days which triggers April 8 and 13 for school to be in session. The January 20 professional day is now scheduled for January 22, 2004.

C Mr. Raley and Dr. Teets will attend the Mt. Maryland PACE function on January 22-23, 2004.

Part VII - Approval of Minutes

Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Minutes of December 9, 2003 were unanimously approved as drafted.

Part VIII - Election of Officers

As he expressed appreciation for her past year= s service, Dr. Teets presented the out-going president, Mrs. Sebold with the A famous gavel@ which was signed by all Board members. Mrs. Sebold thanked the Board and staff for an enjoyable year as president.

In order to conduct the election for president of the Board of Education, Mrs. Sebold relinquished the chair to Dr. Teets who asked for nominations. Mr. Durst nominated Mr. Raley. There being no additional nominations, Dr. Teets called for a motion. Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously elected Mr. Raley as president for 2004.

Mr. Raley then assumed the chair and asked for nominations for the vice presidency. Mrs. Collins nominated Mr. Durst. There being no additional nominations, Mr. Raley called for a motion. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously elected Mr. Durst as vice president for 2004.

Part IX - Administration

Dr. Teets welcomed Mr. Asa McCain, Mayor of Oakland who spoke to the Board regarding his proposal to annex Southern High and Dennett Road Elementary Schools into the town of Oakland. Dr. Teets initially contacted Mayor McCain about annexing the two schools several years ago, but due to zoning classification, the project did not proceed. When the proposed annexation of the two schools by Mountain Lake Park failed to receive a zoning waiver from the county, the Mayor met with State Planning Officials and discovered these properties, while not contiguous, could be annexed. Benefits to the Board include savings of approximately $5,000 on water and sewer bills. The town of Oakland currently provides, and would continue to provide, water free of charge to the athletic fields and has enough water pressure for fire suppression. Dr. Teets sent a copy of the Mayor= s letter to the Board Attorney for review and input. Mayor McCain said additional information could be obtained from the Office of Planning and Zoning. The property would be zoned Residential, Institutional, Professional which allows for future improvements and additions. Mrs. Collins made a motion to proceed with the annexation of Southern High and Dennett Road Elementary Schools into the town of Oakland, contingent upon not receiving any negative remarks from the Board attorney. Mrs. Rawe seconded the motion. Additional discussion centered on the benefits to both the Board and town, responsibility for police coverage, road maintenance and snow removal, impact on adjacent property owners, county and town tax differentiation, and the benefit of timely approval for water bill savings. Mr. Raley indicated there was a motion on the floor and called for a vote. The Board voted unanimously to proceed. Mr. Raley and Dr. Teets thanked Mayor McCain for his presentation.

Dr. Teets reviewed the proposed Administrative Procedure 432.01 Garrett County Students Who May attend Allegany County Schools which was presented for information at the December 2003 meeting. In addition, Mr. Art Refosco, Director of Transportation, Dr. Philip Lauver, Supervisor of Pupil Services, and Mr. Jim Morris, Principal of Bloomington School were on hand for questions and discussion. Dr. Teets distributed copies of the accompanying policy and the Bloomington School newsletter which provided information about the proposed changes to area parents. He also shared a copy of a letter from Valerie Cloutier of the Attorney General= s office who found no legal problems with the procedure, and one email letter from a parent expressing concerns about her child=s attendance in Garrett County. Additional discussion centered on transportation, with Mr. Refosco noting that all new buses will have dual stop arms and fusion lighting, effective in 2004. Basically, all new students in the Bloomington attendance area will be enrolled in Garrett County Schools, with exceptions for students with siblings already attending Allegany schools, or when transportation is not easily arranged. Although the proposed procedure is not a policy, Dr. Teets recommended its approval by the Board. Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved Administrative Procedure 432.01.

Mr. Fink reviewed the proposed budget calendar for FY2005, noting there were no significant changes from last year= s. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board approved the following Budget Calendar FY 2005:

  • Presentation of Superintendent= s Budget to Public     Wednesday, March 3, 2004 Route Forty Elementary School, 6:00 p.m.

  • Board of Education Action on the Budget March 9, 2004

  • Budget Submission to County Commissioners March, 2004

Dr. Teets updated the Board relative to the appeal to Interagency Committee for full funding for the lobby renovation and addition for Northern High School. The IAC approved $598,000 of the requested $1,098,000 local request, which would allow for planning and half of the wall construction. The County Commissioners would forward fund the rest of the project with the expectation the state will fund the remainder next year. Dr. Teets and Michael Sines, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations, will appeal before the IAC again on January 28, 2004 to request the remaining half of the funding.

Part X - Instruction

Dr. Philip Lauver, Supervisor of Special Education, explained that February 2-6, 2004 is National School Counselor Week and noted the many services counselors provide to students in prekindergarten through grade twelve. He introduced Jack Settle from Northern Middle School and Tim Watson from Dennett Road Elementary who attended on behalf of school guidance counselors. Mr. Raley read the Proclamation into the record (attached) which was then signed and presented to Dr. Lauver. Dr. Teets and Board members thanked Dr. Lauver and school guidance counselors for their service and commitment to Garrett County students.

Part XI - Public Comment

There was no public comment at this time.

Part XII - Personnel Action

Dr. Teets presented the following personnel recommendations:


  • Azelma Lewis, Classroom Teacher, BR, eff. 01/01/04

  • Pamela Eyler, Instructional Assistant, SH, eff. 02/01/04


  • Julieann Benyo, Classroom Teacher, NX, eff. 01/01/04

  • Eric Pavelko, English Teacher, SH, eff. 01/13/04

  • Linda Norman, Instructional Assistant, SX, eff. 01/01/04

  • Karen S. Friend, Cafeteria Worker, DR, eff. 01/12/04

Leave Without Pay:

  • Naomi Beitzel, Instructional Assistant, GV, 3 days

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

At this time the Board took a short break.

Part XIII - Instruction, continued

Ms. Sherry Pinto, Coordinator of Staff Development and School Improvement, reviewed Board Policy 510.0 Professional Certification which was an information item on last month=s agenda. Dr. Teets recommended approval. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, with a second from Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the policy.

Mrs. Sebold left the meeting at 7:15 p.m.

Dr. Patricia Mullinix, Coordinator of Research, Evaluation and Information distributed copies of the state and local Maryland School Performance Reports for 2003. The state report contains the 2003 results for each state and local school system, focusing on the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB): Maryland School Assessment (MSA) results, attendance and graduation rates, and qualifications of teachers. MSA data are disaggregated for each subgroup as required by NCLB and indicate whether the results for a subgroup A met@ or A did not meet@ the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) goal.

Garrett County data showed that MSA results for A all@ students are very close to statewide results. County data also provided results for SAT tests, High School Assessments (HSA), and Making Schools Work (MSW) tests. HSA results were strong in algebra/data analysis but lower than the state average in English. MSW results for Garrett County were above average for the MSW project as a whole in all areas except grade twelve reading.

Dr. McCartney reviewed the Comprehensive Master Plan, noting the document will continue to be updated and refined to address the needs of students based on test results analysis and state requirements. Dr. McCartney summarized strategies which were being developed in the areas of student achievement, pupil services and staff development. She noted that Sections 1 and 2 of the Master Plan are available on the Board website at The Master Plan Steering Committee will continue to meet annually or as needs arise.

Dr. Teets thanked both Dr. McCartney and Dr. Mullinix for their data analysis and hard work.

Mr. Fink noted that the Maryland Report shows the percentage of Garrett and Allegany County teachers holding Advanced Professional Certificates as 75.5 and 76.2, respectively. Also shown is teachers holding Provisional Certificates is less than one-half percent. Both figures rank very well in the state.

Dr. McCartney reviewed the following Professional Leave and Travel Requests:

C A Co-nect Critical Friends Review,@ Goodyear AZ, May 5-9, 2004 for Teresa Browning and Karlyn Price, teachers at Broad Ford Elementary School.

C A History of Winter Event,@ Lake Placid NY, Feb. 16-21, 2004 for Bruce Taliaferro, Coordinator of Hickory Environmental Education Center.

Dr. Teets recommended approval. Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mr. Durst, the Board approved (3-0) the two leave requests.

Part XIV - Board Concerns

Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board elected (3-0) to maintain the regular meeting time as the second Tuesday of each month, beginning at 4:00 p.m. to move immediately into executive session, with public session to reopen at 5:30 p.m. Additionally, the motion included the selection of Mr. Robert Watson, Esquire, to remain as Board Attorney; and to continue the services of Rodeheaver & Associates as auditor for the current year.

Mr. Raley asked Board members to select committees on which to serve for the current year. They are as follows:

  • Health Advisory Committee  Camilla Rawe (C. Sebold, alternate)

  • Hickory Env. Ed. Center Advisory Committee Charlotte Sebold (C. Rawe, alternate)

  • Multicultural Advisory Panel  Madeleine Collins (R. Durst, alternate)

  • Wellness Council  Charlotte Sebold (R. Durst, alternate)

  • Food & Nutrition Advisory Council  Camilla Rawe (C. Sebold, alternate)

  • Fine Arts Advisory Council  Camilla Rawe (J. Raley, alternate)

  • Advisory Committee on Work Force Preparation  Madeleine Collins (C. Sebold, alternate)

  • Advisory Committee on Education (ACE)  Madeleine Collins (C. Sebold, alternate)

  • Ethics Panel  Rodney Durst (C. Sebold, alternate)

  • Insurance Coalition  Madeleine Collins (C. Rawe, alternate)

  • Calendar Committee  Camilla Rawe (M. Collins, alternate)

  • Mt. Top Mental Health Associates, Inc. (Board of Directors)  Charlotte Sebold (M. Collins, alternate)

  • Master Plan Steering Committee  Jim Raley (M. Collins, alternate)

  • MABE Budget and Planning  James Raley

  • MABE Legislative Committee  Rodney Durst

  • MABE Federal Relations Network James Raley

  • Legal Services Association (LSA) Madeleine Collins (E. Fink, alternate)

Dr. Teets relayed a letter from Carl Smith, MABE president, asking that Board members provide him with a list of other state committees on which they serve.

The Board asked that Dr. Teets relay an invitation to parent/teacher groups, School Improvement Teams, and other parent involvement groups to attend the February Board meeting to voice budget requests, share their concerns or outline their programs. Dr. Teets will relay this invitation to principals at the next Administrators and Supervisors Meeting. Student councils will be asked to meet with the Board following the Business Partnership Luncheon in the spring.

The Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) is hosting a Regional Forum on January 21, 2004, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Frederick County. Mr. Raley, Mrs. Sebold and Mrs. Collins will attend with Dr. Teets.

Dr. Teets presented a memo from MABE encouraging the Board and staff to attend the January 26th Rally in Annapolis to support full funding of the A Thornton@ Bridge to Excellence in Schools Act. The event is coordinated by the Coalition for Public School Funding which includes MABE, Maryland PTA, Maryland State Teachers Association, the Maryland Education Coalition, the Eastern Shore Educational Consortium, and other organizations. Discussion continued as to the funding impact of the Thornton bill. Mr. Fink noted that when Thornton takes effect (proposed next year), Garrett County is projected to receive an additional one million dollars.

Additional discussion centered on the joint Allegany/Garrett Press Conference scheduled to be held on Friday, January 16, 2004 at the Allegany County Board of Education. Press conferences are being held across the state to promote the rally and encourage support for the Thornton funding initiative. Dr. Teets noted that Board members, commissioners, superintendents, and chamber of commerce representatives of both Allegany and Garrett Counties have been invited to participate in the press conference.

Dr. Teets noted the January 26, 2004 Rally is expected to have 10-15 thousand participants. Bringing cars is discouraged. Garrett and Allegany County teachers will be taking charter buses.

MABE is offering a workshop on the Open Meetings Act on February 20, 2004 from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the MABE Conference Room.

Part XV - Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:07 p.m.

Part XVI - Information Items

  1. December 2003 Attendance Bulletin
  2. Home & School Connection, December 2003
  3. Employee Safety Committee Bulletin, January 2004
  4. Home & School Connection, January 2004
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James M. Raley Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:  February 10, 2004





WHEREAS, school counselors are employed in public and private schools to help students reach their full potential; and

WHEREAS, school counselors are actively committed to helping students explore their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents as these traits relate to career awareness and development; and

WHEREAS, school counselors help parents focus on ways to further the educational, personal and social growth of their children; and

WHEREAS, school counselors work with teachers and other educators to help students explore their potential and set realistic goals for themselves; and

WHEREAS, school counselors seek to identify and utilize community resources that can enhance and complement comprehensive school counseling programs and help students become productive members of society; and

WHEREAS, comprehensive developmental school counseling programs are considered an integral part of the educational process that enables all students to achieve success in school;

THEREFORE, We, the Board of Education of Garrett County, do hereby proclaim February 2-6, 2004, as National School Counseling Week.




Madeleine Collins


Rodney L. Durst


James M. Raley


Camilla Rawe


Charlotte Sebold


Wendell Teets, Superintendent

Signed this 13th day of January 2004