Board of Education

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

Minutes May 11, 2004



Oakland, Maryland 21550

Tuesday, May 11, 2004


Part I - Call to Order

Mr. James M. Raley, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at 4:04 p.m. Members in attendance included Mr. Rodney L. Durst, Vice President; Mrs. Madeleine Collins, Mrs. Camilla Rawe, and Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, 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. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to move to executive session at 4:05 p.m. in accordance with Public School Law 4-106 and Section 10-508 of the State Government Code for the purpose of conducting interviews for Student Board Member for the 2004-2005 school year, to discuss personnel matters affecting one or more individuals, and to consider the acquisition of real property for a public purpose and matters directly related thereto. Dr. Teets; Dr. Brenda McCartney, Assistant Superintendent; and Mr. Ervin Fink, Director of Finance/Human Resources were present for all or part of the closed session. Additionally, one student joined the meeting for the purpose of interviewing for Student Board Member. Personnel matters included resignations, retirements, appointments, a transportation contract, and substitute teachers.

Part IV - Reopen Public Session

The Board reconvened at 5:50 p.m. Student Board Member, Annie Winter joined the meeting at this time. The Reverend Pat Kerr of St. Paul= s Methodist offered a prayer, followed by Ms. Winter leading 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. Rawe, the Tentative Agenda was accepted with the following additions: Add a return to executive session to hold Student Board Member interviews and to consult about pending or potential litigation, announcement of Student Board Member selection for 2004-2005, nominations for Charles Willis Award, and a report on the recent MABE Executive Board Meeting.

Part VI - Announcements

The following announcements were shared:

C Governor= s Proclamation for National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-8, 2004.

C Governor= s Proclamation for School Nurse Day, May 12, 2004.

C Advisory Committee on Education Meeting - May 18, 2004 @7 p.m., Garrett College

C High School Success Night - Wed., May 19th at Southern High School at 6:30 p.m.

C Teacher of the Year Luncheon in Baltimore, May 26, 2004, 11 a.m.

C Middle School Success Night - Wed., June 2, 2004 at Northern Middle School, 6 p.m.

C Swan Meadow Graduation - Friday, June 4, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.

C Bloomington Graduation, Tuesday, June 8, 2004 (same date as BOE Mtg)

C Commencement Exercises - June 6, 2004: Northern High at 1:00 p.m.; Southern High at 4:00 p.m.

C Last Day for Students - June 10, 2004

C A Service Stars@ (MD Student Service Alliance and MSDE) were honored on April 22, 1004 at the Naval Academy: Nathan Klink, Northern High, grade 12 and Holly Sauder, Southern High, grade 12; Tom Woods, Honorable Mention as Service Learning Leader

C This year Southern High School will represent Garrett County Character Education School of the Year (materials based on 2003-04 program sent to Maryland Center for Character Education).

C Capital Improvement Program for the Northern High School systemic renovation has been fully funded at $1,098,000.

C 2003 School Performance Recognition Program - Grant Awards (total of $14,926.82):

  • - Friendsville $4,000.00 Title I

  • - Kitzmiller $4,000.00 Title I

  • - Route 40 $2,926.82 Non-Title I

  • - Yough Glades $4,000.00 Title I

C Crellin Elementary was awarded $5,000 from the NiSource Grant to assist with the community restoration project

C May School Activities Calendar items:

  • 11th - SX Choral Concert @7pm 12th - FV PTO Chorus & Art Show @7pm

  • 13th- DR Excellence Fair @5-7pm 14th - SX Variety Show @7pm

  • 17th - GV Band & Chorus @7pm 18th - NH Awards Assembly @1:15pm, Spring Concert @7pm

  • 18th - SX Band Concert @7pm 20th - NX Spring Concert @7pm

  • 26th - AC Talent Show @6:30pm 28th - RF Great Bike Trip

  • 31st - SH - SGAA Awards Assembly @7pm

C Lt. Governor Steele will visit Route Forty Elementary on Monday, May 17, 2004.

C Southern High School Stock Market Team will be recognized at a meeting in Hagerstown on May 13, 2004.

Additionally, Dr. Teets recognized the years of service and excellent leadership of central office administrative staff, Mrs. Jo Ann Vent, Supervisor of Career/Technology Education, and Dr. Donald Forrester, Director of Elementary Education, who will be retiring on July 1, 2004. Dr. Teets thanked them and wished them well in their retirement.

Dr. McCartney distributed information about the Summer Reading Program for grades six and eight. She noted that Sandra Rodeheaver, Media Resource Teacher, is coordinating the project which is made possible through local funds and donations from Oakland Rotary Club and the Manekin Foundation.

Part VII - Approval Minutes of April 13, 2004

Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, and a second by Mrs. Collins, the Minutes of April 13, 2004 were approved with editorial changes.

Part VIII - Recognition of Garrett County Computer Teachers of the Year

Dr. Teets introduced Mr. Chuck Trautwein, Computer Resource Teacher, thanking him for coordinating the nominations and attending the Board meeting. Mr. Trautwein explained that county nominees were recognized and presented with a plaque in conjunction with the state-wide MICCA Conference on April 27-28, 2004. The local winners were introduced:

C Technology Leader in Education James Morris, Principal of Bloomington School

C Technology-Using Educator Barbara Conway, teacher at Crellin Elementary

The Outstanding Technology-Using Educator Award recognizes a Pre-K - 12 classroom teacher who has made exemplary contributions to instructional computing practices in Maryland schools. The Outstanding Technology Leader Award recognizes an educator outside the classroom who has made exemplary contributions to the implementation of technology in Maryland schools. Mr. Trautwein highlighted the winners= expertise and contributions to their schools. The Board thanked them for attending and congratulated them on their awards. Dr. Teets added that their names have been engraved on the Computer Teacher of the Year plaque which is placed in the Board room.

Part IX - Instruction

Ms. Jennifer Kotulak, Supervisor of Special Education, presented the Special Education Staffing Plan for 2004-2005 for review, explaining that approval of this plan is a requirement for the local application for federal special education funds. She highlighted the changes from last year, noting two additional positions had been added to be funded with federal grants. The Staffing Plan will be an action item on the June agenda.

Ms. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education, reviewed the Health Advisory Meeting Minutes of April 30, 2004 and the committee= s proposed supplemental material for seventh grade health. The recommended resource, a newspaper insert from Campaign for Our Children, Inc. entitled, A It= s More than just the birds and bees@ addresses the curriculum Outcome Indicator on abstinence and resistance skills. Mrs. Bell noted the insert will be available for public review and comment during the next month, and will be an action item on the June agenda. Dr. McCartney added that the Voluntary State Curriculum and local health curriculum will be reviewed for alignment this summer.

Dr. Teets recommended approval of the following Professional Leave and Travel Request:

C Field Biology and Geology of the Taiga and Tundra Ecosystems, August 15-25, 2004 at the Brooks Range and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Fairbanks, Alaska for a science teacher at Northern High School.

Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved the recommendation.

Part X - Administration

Mr. Michael Sines, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations presented the Draft Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) - July 2004 for review. He gave an overview of each section: Goals/Standards, A Community Analysis, Inventory, Enrollment Data, Facility Needs Analysis, and Appendices. Board discussion centered on student enrollment trends, short- and long-term facility needs, condition of existing buildings, State Rated Capacity requirements= impact on declining enrollment, aging schools (noting the average age of county school facilities is thirty-five years), the five year Capital Improvement Program (CIP), and adjusting existing facilities to incorporate technology to meet the instructional program and to reflect current enrollment figures. Discussion continued on the Board= s support of community schools and the need for dialogue in preparation for the next CIP development. The EFMP will be an action item on the June agenda prior to its submission to the Interagency Committee.

Mr. Sines reviewed the Draft Comprehensive Maintenance Plan (CMP) for Educational Facilities of Garrett County - July, 2004, explaining the organization of maintenance division, duties and projects. He noted the document is required by the state to participate in facilities funding. The CMP will be an action item at the June meeting prior to its submission to the state.

Mr. Sines noted one bid proposal was received to complete the mechanical renovations at Accident Elementary School. As the bid proposal was significantly different from the projected budget for the project, Dr. Teets recommended the bid be rejected, the scope of the project be reviewed, and the project deferred until FY2006. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the recommendation.

Mr. Sines stated that one bid was received for roofing materials. Dr. Teets recommended approval of the bid submission from TREMCO, Inc. for roofing materials and services in the amount of $20,997.95. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the bid.

Next, Mr. Sines noted one bid proposal was received for the Southern Middle School ceiling replacement of existing acoustic tile and grid system, and new sprinkler heads and six additional lines and heads. He explained the project would be completed with $85,000 of Aging Schools funds, with the balance to come from local funds. Dr. Teets recommended approval of the bid submission from Penn Installations in the amount of $99,130. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the bid award.

Part XI - Public Comment

There was no public comment at this time.

Part XII - Personnel Recommendations

Dr. Teets recommended approval of the following personnel items:


  • Crystal Moon, Part-time Cafeteria Worker, SH, eff. 04/21/04

  • Wendy Simmons, English Teacher, SH, eff. 06/11/04


  • Linda M. Buckel, Principal, GV, 07/01/04

  • Wanda Hinebaugh, Custodian IV, SH, eff. 07/01/04


  • Sue Waggoner, Director of Elementary Education, Central Office, eff. 07/01/04

  • Kurt Lear, Supervisor of Career and Technology Education, Central Office, eff. 07/01/04

  • Jason K. Watkins, Technology Education Teacher, SH, eff. 08/23/04

  • Jessica F. Saturday, Math Resource Teacher, BR, eff. 08/23/04

  • Ryan T. Wolfe, Mathematics Teacher, SH, eff. 08/23/04

  • Joseph P. Meiman, Mathematics Teacher, SH, eff. 08/23/04

  • Kent A. Kenyon, Music Teacher, NH, eff. 08/23/04

  • Heather P. Raybold, Special Education Teacher, SH, eff. 08/23/04

  • Daniel F. Graham, English Teacher, SH, eff. 08/23/04

  • Jill S. Huggins, English Teacher, SH, eff. 08/23/04

  • Daniel Livengood, Custodian III, NH, eff. 07/01/04

  • Kevin Hoover, Custodian IV, SH, eff. 08/09/04


  • Editorial change ro April 13, 2004 Minutes - Bus Contract for Route 05 to read A Thomas Brothers@

Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the recommendations. Dr. Teets expressed his appreciation for the years of service of Mrs. Buckel.

Part XIII - Recognitions

Dr. Teets recognized Jarrod Hauser, teacher at Friendsville Elementary School and President of the Garrett Reading Council. Mr. Hauser introduced the students who were recognized at the April 21, 2004 meeting of the Reading Council and had their work included in the Young Authors= Anthology - Poems and Short Stories - 2B 3-2004. Each student read his/her selection:

C Briana Opel, grade 2, Grantsville Elementary School A Book

C Katie Dignan, grade 4, Friendsville Elementary School Angel Wings

C Kristoph Yoder, grade 6, Swan Meadow School My Father

C Jennifer Cosner, grade 7, Southern Middle School I Can Only Imagine

C Kelli Wilhelm, grade 8, Northern Middle School Surrounded by the Rain

C Nina Harris, grade 2, Route Forty Elementary School The Snowman

C Drew Maltba, grade 3, Grantsville Elementary School The Day I Saw A T-Rex In My Backyard

C Christopher Weddle, grade 4, Friendsville Elementary Snow Pirates

C Jaymes Kelly, Friendsville Elementary School King Jaymes= Wish

C Joanna Guy, grade 7, Southern Middle School Runaway Rumors

The following student authors could not attend the Board meeting:

C Derek Harding, grade 5, Friendsville Elementary School Homer the Baseball

C Faith Stiles, grade 8, Southern Middle School Just Wondering

Additionally, Donna Deal, teacher at Friendsville Elementary and Young Authors Chairperson, could not attend. Dr. Teets and Board members thanked the students for coming to the meeting to share their poems and short stories.

Mrs. Bell explained the first Garrett County Envirothon Competition was conducted on Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at the 4-H Center in Swanton. Ten student teams from Bloomington, Northern Middle, Northern High, Southern Middle, and Southern High worked through field/lab experiences and questions to demonstrate their understanding of wildlife, soils, aquatics, forestry and fifth issues. Mrs. Bell recognized the winning team, Northern Lights (of Northern High School), and their advisor, April Slagle, teacher at Northern High, for their success. Team members attending the meeting were Margaret Mastej, Mike McKewen, Amanda Sisler, and Annie Winter. Team member Angel Giron and advisor Liz McDowell could not attend. The first place team will represent Garrett County at the state competition in Prince George= s County Schmidt Center on June 22-24, 2004. Each team member was presented with an award certificate by Mrs. Bell. Board members commended the team for its success.

Mrs. Bell then acknowledged the artwork of Julie Nixon, student at Northern High, who designed the logo which is used as the Envirothon emblem. In Ms. Nixon= s absence, Mrs. Bell presented a certificate, t-shirt, and gift certificate to Mr. Gary Reichenbecher, Principal of Northern High School, to take to Julie.

The Board thanked Mrs. Bell for organizing and coordinating the Envirothon event.

Dr. Teets reported the Northern High Husky Cheer Team competed against eight small varsity cheer teams across Maryland at the state championship in January, 2004. The team placed second which entitled them to compete in the East Coast National Championships in Atlantic City, Jew Jersey, on February 20, 2004. There, the team placed second overall. Dr. Teets introduced Lisa Carr, teacher at Northern Middle School and advisor to the Northern High Cheer Team. Ms. Carr introduced Ms. Larah Savage, co-advisor, and the following team members:

Kimmy Beiler, Captain Amanda Friend

  Darsey Branthoover

Abbi Sisler  Becca Stark  Chloe Bauermaster
Janine Beachy  Laura Costa

 Stephanie Law

Team members Caitlin Carr, Angela Nunez and Shayla Rodeheaver could not attend as they were participating in a track meet. Ms. Carr expressed appreciation for all the support the team received, especially that of Mr. Reichenbecher. Following a video presentation of both state and national competition numbers, Mrs. Bell presented each team member with certificates of appreciation. Board members congratulated the Cheer Team for its success and thanked them for attending the meeting.

Dr. Teets noted that, at the March 20, 2004, Skills USA - VICA competition in Baltimore, the Northern High School Opening/Closing Team won first place. Coach Karole Beitzel and team members Kim Beitzel, Sarah Rounds, and Becca Stark gave an overview of the team= s efforts and experience at the competition. Team members Anthony Flanagan, Tiffany Doerr, Brandy Custer, and Billy Jones were unable to attend. Ms. Ann Ellis attended for advisor Bob Moranduzzo who had a prior commitment. Ms. Beitzel noted the need for additional funding so that winning teams could proceed to national competition as the team was financially unable to attend nationals this year. The Board thanked Ms. Beitzel for bringing the matter to their attention and congratulated the team on its success. Mrs. Bell presented team members with certificates of appreciation.

Dr. Teets asked Mr. Larry Deal, Vocational Agriculture teacher at Northern High School and Agronomy Team advisor to introduce the Agronomy team and give an overview of their achievements. Mr. Deal explained the team placed first at the March 30, 2004, state competition at the University of Maryland, with students being tested individually on the identification of various plant, seed, and insect species and the process of plant growth. They also competed as a team in a problem-solving task. Mr. Deal recognized the following team members:

C Lacie Berkebile (also first place individually in state)

C Becky Berkebile (also sixth place individually in state)

C Bridgette Welch

C Randi Rodeheaver

The team will compete in nationals in October, 2004. The Board congratulated the team and Mr. Deal for their accomplishments and wished them well at the national competition. Mrs. Bell presented the team with certificates of appreciation.

Part XIV - Board Concerns

Ms. Winter presented her report on various end-of-the-year activities and testing schedules for seniors. She also commented on students= appreciation of the Envirothon competition and meeting the South African educators.

Mrs. Collins then presented Ms. Winter with a gift for her year of service as Student Board Member as Board members expressed their appreciation of her comments and input during the past year. Ms. Winter thanked the Board for the LLBean backpack and stated it has been a wonderful year being on the Board. Ms. Winter left the meeting at 8:20 p.m. to prepare for finals.

Board members discussed a date to honor the current year= s retirees, and the possibility of inviting retirees to attend a Board meeting. Consensus was to have a retirement celebration and dinner on either June 11, 14, or 15, 2004, depending on availability of location and attendees. Dr. Teets will determine the date, oversee preparations for the event and send invitations.

Mr. Raley suggested the Board hold a second meeting in June so that the June 8, 2004 regular meeting could be shortened to allow members to attend the Bloomington Graduation at 7:00 p.m. on Board meeting night.

Dr. Teets and Mr. Raley will attend the MABE Summer Leadership Conference on June 24-25, 2004 in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland.

Mrs. Collins and Dr. Teets will attend the Cultural Arts for Education V Conference on June 17, 2004 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, sponsored by Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance (AEMS) and hosted by MSDE.

The Board reviewed a letter from MABE regarding a public hearing on High School Assessment to be held on May 25, 2004. Mrs. Collins stated this was the main topic of the last MABE Executive Board meeting and that the hearing is an organized effort by MABE to have as many people as possible testify. She noted the need for coordination between the testimonies of superintendents and boards. The MABE Executive Board will meet on May 18, 2004 prior to the hearing to organize.

Dr. Teets noted the need to support rigorous assessment in our classrooms. He reported that the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland (PSSAM) has submitted testimony stating that assessments must be aligned with curriculum, having cut scores within reasonable parameters, and having detailed information available regarding student performance. The superintendents would also advocate a combined composite score, although more time and more study is needed. Dr. Teets stated it is not realistic to expect the State Board to delay action altogether.

Information was provided for nominations for the Charles Willis Awards. Deadline for nomination submission to MABE is July 9, 2004.

Part XV - Introduction of and Dialogue with South African Educators

Dr. Teets welcomed the following educators from South Africa:

Maria Catarina Dos Santos Jacqueline Elizabeth Johnson Elizabeth Christina Marais
Festus Sello Tshepe Pakeng Franwell Ntake

Ncomeka Cynthia Njokweni

Gordon Tahnkosi Msekele Tsokolo Eric Mofokena Marcus Madoda Mgoboli
Zukisa Mgijima Michael Thobile Melamane Jeremiah Khuzeni Majombuks
Guette Honwana Maureen Dino Gaosekwe

Nomasonto Nomusa Shezi

He then introduced Dr. Nancy Priselac, Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Development for Garrett College, who is coordinating institutes and activities for the visiting educators who are being sponsored by Garrett College. The group was also accompanied by Linda May Guard, Administrative Assistant to Dr. Priselac. Dr. Priselac explained that, while in the area to learn how we use technology in the classroom, the educators have visited the public schools, traveled to nearby areas of interest, and engaged in various social activities to share their culture and knowledge. She thanked the Board and staff for their support in the coordination of activities. After brief remarks from the visitors and discussion with Board members, the educators sang their national anthem. The Board thanked Dr. Priselac, Ms. Guard and the South Africans for attending the Board meeting and sharing their thoughts and experiences.

Part XVI - Return to Executive Session

The Board reconvened in executive session at 9:20 p.m. to continue Student Board Member interviews and to consult about pending or potential litigation. All members were present along with Dr. McCartney and Dr. Teets. Two students were present during interview sessions.

Part XVII - Reconvene in Public Session

At 11:00 p.m., the Board reconvened in public session. Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mr. Durst, the Board unanimously approved the selection of Laura Costa, student at Northern High School, as Student Board Member for the 2004-2005 school year, with Jadyn Swerbinsky, Southern High School, to serve as alternate.

Part XVIII - Adjournment

There being no further business, the Board adjourned by consensus at 11:02 p.m.

Part XIX - Information Items

  1. May 2004 Attendance Bulletin
  2. Home & School Connection, April 2004
  3. MSDE News Release: MSDE to Honor Student and Educator Service-Learning Leaders (04/22/04)
  4. MSDE News Release: MD honors 586 schools with awards, funds . . . (05/05/04)

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James M. Raley Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:  June 8, 2004