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Minutes June 8, 2004

MINUTES

MEETING OF THE GARRETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Oakland, Maryland 21550

Tuesday, June 8, 2004

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Part I - Call to Order

Mr. James M. Raley, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at 4:05 p.m. Members in attendance included 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 4:07 p.m. in accordance with Public School Law 4-106 and Section 10-508 of the State Government Code to discuss personnel matters affecting one or more individuals, and to consult with staff, consultants, or other individuals about pending or potential litigation. 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. Personnel discussion included appointments, a retirement, a resignation, a rescinded offer of employment, volunteer coaches, an administrative transfer, disciplinary action taken by the superintendent, bus drivers and assistants for final approval and deletion, and a staff travel request. Additionally, the Board reviewed pending litigation.

Mr. Rodney L. Durst joined the meeting at 4:09 p.m.

Part IV - Reopen Public Session

The Board reconvened in public session at 5:50 p.m. Mr. Raley asked the assembly to observe a moment of silence, after which he led the assembly in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance 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 unanimously accepted with the following changes: Add a professional leave request and an update on a proposed Grantsville Head Start, and replace the Summer Workshop Chart included with the agenda with a revised chart. Mr. Raley announced that the meeting had a shortened agenda to allow members to attend the Bloomington School graduation activities.

Part VI - Announcements

The following announcements were shared:

  • Relay for Life activities will take place at the Southern High School track, June 11-12, 2004
  • Mrs. Collins and Dr. Teets will attend the Cultural Arts for Education Conference on June 17, 2004 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
  • Mr. Raley and Dr. Teets will attend the MABE 2004 Summer Leadership Conference on June 24-25, 2004 at Chesapeake Beach, Maryland.
  • The Retirement Celebration will be held on June 15, 2004, 6:00 p.m. at the Will O'the Wisp.
  • The Wellness Committee's walking challenge with Garrett Memorial Hospital was very successful. The hospital will be donating two $500 scholarships for students planning to pursue medical careers.

Part VII - Minutes of May 11, 2004

Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Minutes of May 11, 2004 were unanimously approved as drafted.

Part VIII - Administration

Mr. Sines presented the Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) - July 2004 which was initially presented at the May meeting, noting the inclusion of a table of contents for the appendix and a letter from the Department of Planning accepting the enrollment figures. Dr. Teets recommended its approval. Upon a recommendation by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the EFMP.

Mr. Sines presented the Comprehensive Maintenance Plan (CMP) - July, 2004 which was also reviewed at the May meeting. Dr. Teets recommended its approval. Upon a recommendation by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the CMP was unanimously approved.

Mr. Sines then presented three bid proposals to complete paving construction work at Southern High, Crellin Elementary, and Northern High Schools, noting the lowest bid was from Tri-Con USA, Inc. of Frederick, Maryland. Discussion followed relative to the location of Tri-Con, local option, and quality of asphalt. Dr. Teets recommended the acceptance of the bid from Tri-Con USA, Inc. in the amount of $22,752.50. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the superintendent's recommendation.

Mr. Sines reported on the impending deregulation of the electric energy service and the consequences to local area businesses and consumers. He explained there is an opportunity to join with several counties to solicit proposals to supply electricity and provided an outline of the Frederick County Government Agency Purchasing Cooperative and a timetable for participation. Mr. Sines noted an anticipated thirty percent (30%) increase if no action is taken, amounting to a $150,000 increase in energy costs to the Board. He further explained that, although an agreement was signed with Affiliated Power Purchasers, Inc. (APPI), it was not successful in reducing energy costs. Therefore, a request for an immediate release from the APPI agreement has been requested. Additional discussion centered on the benefits of an energy cooperative, "green power" alternatives and possibility of grants, action taken by county government relative to deregulation, bid process and contract options. It was noted the maximum length of time for the proposed agreement is thirty-nine months. Dr. Teets recommended that the Board approve joining the energy cooperative and proceed accordingly. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the recommendation. Mr. Sines will again contact Mr. Gary Mullich, County Director of General Services, to share this information with county government.

Part IX - Crellin Community Corps of Discovery Project

Dr. Teets introduced Dana McCauley, Principal of Crellin Elementary School, to update the Board on the Crellin Community Corps of Discovery Project. Mrs. McCauley was accompanied by Gary Yoder, Project Coordinator, and Todd Hinebaugh, Chairman of the committee to direct restoration of the site for the town. Mr. Yoder shared drawings of the area and tentative site plans to outline the reclamation project. The project goal is to reclaim an old gob pile behind the school, document the tipple site, and restore the site which would then be transformed into an environmental laboratory to enrich the school academic program and a recreational park for the community. Columbia Gas has awarded the group a $5,000 grant through its Environmental Challenge Fund to assist with the project. Crellin students will conduct oral histories of the area, test water from Snowy Creek, and assist in planting and other hands-on projects. Others involved include the Bureau of Mines, Crellin PTO, Crellin Improvement Committee, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Garrett College, U.S. Soil Conservation District, Community Action, and Deep Creek Lake Design Studio. Additionally, Canaan Valley Institute will assist students with oral history interviewing techniques, and workers from the Youghiogheny River Watershed Association will assist students with stream testing. Ms. McCauley noted her excitement about the project and her appreciation of all involved. The Board thanked Ms. McCauley, Mr. Yoder, and Mr. Hinebaugh for their presentation and asked that they be updated as the project proceeds.

Student Board member, Annie Winter joined the meeting at 6:15 p.m.

Part X - Instruction

Ms. Jennifer Kotulak, Supervisor of Special Education, presented the Special Education Staffing Plan which was reviewed at the May meeting. Dr. Teets recommended its approval. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the Plan.

Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education, 9-12, reported no comment was received during the past month when the Newspaper Supplement, It's Just More Than the Birds and Bees - Understanding Your Sexuality has been on display for public comment. Dr. Teets recommended the approval of the resource material which is recommended for grades 7 and 9 health classes and Family Life Elective Course. Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the resource material.

Mrs. Bell presented for information the following Freshman Seminar books which will be on display for public review and comment:

  • The Seven HABITS of Highly Effective TEENS, by Sean Covey
  • Life's Greatest Lessons, by Hal Urban

These books will be brought back to the Board for action following the public review.

The following Professional Leave and Travel requests were reviewed:

  • AP Computer Science Workshop, July 11-16, 2004, University of North Carolina
  • Differentiated Instruction - National Conference, July 18-22, 2004, Las Vegas, NV

Dr. Teets recommended approval of both requests. Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the superintendent's recommendation.

Part XI - Personnel Matters

Dr. Teets recommended the following personnel items:

Appointments:

  • Mark Kirchner, Electronics Teacher, NH, eff. 08/23/04
  • Daniel Willaman, Business Education Teacher, NH/SH, eff. 08/23/04
  • Steven Petersheim, Comparative Foreign Language Teacher, NX, eff. 08/23/04
  • Jared Roth, Machine Tool Teacher, NH, eff. 08/23/04
  • Robert F. Shaffer, Mathematics Teacher, SH, eff. 08/23/04
  • Rose Mary Mayne, Head Custodian IV, CR, eff. 07/01/04
  • Sheila Baker, Custodian IV, RF, eff. 08/09/04
  • Lois Stiles, 3 Hour Per Day Cafeteria Worker, SH, eff. 08/25/04
  • Karen Clevenger, 4.5 Hour Per Day Cafeteria Worker, NH, eff. 08/25/04

Retirement:

  • Juanita Shaffer, Secretary III, Central Office, eff. 07/01/04

Resignation:

  • Thaddaeus Welsh, Carpentry Teacher, NH, eff. 06/11/04

Rescinded Offer of Employment:

  • Joseph P. Meiman

Transportation:

Driver Approval:

  • Yvonne Sines for Shirley Sines, Bus 75
  • William Meyers for Alan Birkby, Bus 12

Assistant Approval:

  • Rebecca Sines for Wayne E. Collier, Inc.

Driver Deletion:

  • Terry L. Beal
  • Reva D. Kriley
  • Layne A. Wassell

Assistant Deletion:

  • Cynthia L. Frantz

Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved Dr. Teets's recommendation and to uphold the superintendent's disciplinary action resulting in a five-day suspension without pay for an instructional staff member. Dr. Teets announced that, through an administrative transfer, Barbara Baker was transferred from Principal of Kitzmiller Elementary School to Principal of Grantsville Elementary School.

Part XII - Board Concerns

Ms. Winter presented her final report as Student Board Member for the 2004-2005 school year, and presented the Board members and Dr. Teets with a huge thank you card as she expressed her appreciation for a terrific year. Mr. Raley thanked Ms. Winter for her service to the students. Mr. Lowell Leitzel, student council advisor, added his gratitude for Ms. Winter's service to the Garrett County Association of Student Councils and her reports to them following Board meetings.

By consensus, the Board selected June 29, 2004, as the date for a special Board meeting if additional agenda items need to be addressed prior to the July meeting.

Dr. Teets reported that Head Start lost its facility in Jennings which leaves twenty students to be served. Head Start approached central office staff about the use of Grantsville Elementary School as a potential site. Discussion followed relative to space, staffing, and fire marshall regulations involved if a Pre-K classroom were to be included at the school. Dr. Teets and Dr. McCartney explained that options continue to be explored, and that no determination has been made.

Mr. Raley left the meeting at 6:43 p.m., leaving Mr. Durst to preside.

Dr. Teets left the meeting at 6:50 p.m.

Dr. McCartney added that staff will collaborate with Head Start and Community Action to determine what is best for the children involved. Further updates will be given to the Board as information is received.

Part XIII -Adjournment

Seeing no further business, the Board, by consensus, adjourned the meeting at 7:05 p.m.

Part XIV - Information Items

In addition to the following information items, a Northern High School Character Education Presentation, "Programs to Prevent Harassment" was on display in the Board Room. (Training and programs were funded through a MSDE grant to prevent harassment.)

  1. May 2004 Attendance Bulletin
  2. The Scoop, June 2004
  3. Hickory Environmental Education Center Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes of May 21, 2004 (L. Bell)
  4. Summer Workshop Schedule (S. Pinto)
  5. Letter from MABE Resolutions Committee re: Request for Proposals for Additions and Amendments to MABE Beliefs & Policies, dated 5/12/04
  6. Memo from MABE re MABE's position on the pending State Board adoption of proposed amendments to the graduation requirements for public high schools (COMAR 13A.03.01 & .02), dated 5/21/04
  7. MSDE News Release: Northrop Grumman Announces 23 New Engineering Scholars at Awards Dinner (5/20/04)
  8. MSDE News Release: State Board Honors Maryland Teachers of the Year (5/26/04)
  9. MSDE News Release: The Family Work Accepting Applications for 2004 Maryland Parent Leadership Institute (5/27/04)
  10. MSDE Bulletin - Vol. 15, No. 9: Testimony on High School Assessment Offers State Board a Variety of Views (5/28/04)

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James M. Raley Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:  July 13, 2004