Board of Education

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

Minutes July 13, 2004



Oakland, Maryland 21550

Tuesday, July 13, 2004



Part I - Call to Order

Mr. James M. Raley, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at 4:05 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. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to move to executive session at 4:06 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. 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 topics discussed included appointments, retirements, resignations, tenure, administrative transfers, emergency and volunteer coaches, and a professional leave request.

Commissioner Ernest Gregg joined the meeting at 4:35 p.m.

Part IV - Reopen Public Session

Mr. Raley reconvened public session at 5:40 p.m. The Reverend Duane Frederick, Meadow Mountain Mennonite Church, offered a prayer, after which Ms. Laura Costa, Student Board Member, 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. Sebold, the Board unanimously accepted the agenda as drafted.

Part VI - Announcements

The following announcements were shared:

  • Master Plan Steering Committee will meet on July 28, 2004, at 7:30 a.m. at Perkins Restaurant.
  • It has been determined there is insufficient space at Grantsville Elementary School as a potential site for Head Start. Other options are being explored.
  • Jo Donaldson has resigned her position with the Cumberland Times-News to accept a position in the Public Affairs Office of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. Her replacement at the Times-News is Tai Shadrick.
  • Sue Waggoner was introduced as the new Director of Elementary Education.
  • The construction projects at Northern High School are progressing well with wall replacements, windows in place, dry wall replacement, and renovation of the lobby.
  • Dr. Grasmick has announced that the following schools will continue to receive Maryland Meals for Achievement (breakfast program) funding for the 2004-2005 school year: Bloomington, Crellin, Dennett Road, Friendsville, Kitzmiller, and Northern Middle.
  • The deregulation of the electric energy service and its consequences are being discussed with Gary Mullich, County Director of General Services.
  • Dr. Teets shared a picture of Rodney Durst during his tour of duty guarding the White House from 1979 to 1981.
  • Senator Hafer extended an invitation to the Board to attend a function at his home at Long Stretch on Saturday, July 17, 2004, 1-4:00 p.m.

Part VII - Minutes of June 8, 2004

Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Minutes of June 8, 2004 were unanimously approved with the following amendment: Part XII, paragraph two, insert "to be" between "need" and "addressed."

Part VIII - Instruction

Dr. Patricia Mullinix, Coordinator of Research, Evaluation and Information, presented a summary of the 2004 Maryland School Assessment (MSA) and Stanford Achievement Test (SAT) 10 results. She explained the Stanford Achievement Test which is administered to grade 2 in March and the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) which is administered to grades 3, 5, and 8.

Dr. Mullinix noted that 2004-2005 was the first year the SAT 10, a multiple choice test which was selected as the best fit for the curriculum, was administered. Garrett County results are at or above the national percentile in all areas except spelling.

This being the second year for the MSA testing, improvement was noted at each grade level with the greatest increase in grade three and the least in grade eight. Additionally, Dr. Mullinix provided results for No Child Left Behind subgroups, noting that free and reduced meal (FARM) student results were above all grade levels except grade three. Special education students results fell below the State levels in grades three and five, and were comparable to State scores in grade eight. It was also noted that the male gender subgroup in elementary and middle schools is under-performing in reading. Copies of the testing results are sent to parents. Details of individual student reports can be obtained by conference with teachers.

Dr. McCartney presented a review of Garrett County's 2004 Update to the Bridge to Excellence Master Plan. She explained that 100% proficiency in MSA testing is expected by the year 2014. She reviewed the following:

I.    Enhancements requested by the Peer Review to the Master Plan:

  • Include strategies to accelerate the achievement of students with disabilities, as well as other subgroups whose data demonstrates a sizeable achievement gap.
  • Include results and specific strategies addressed through the J-ROTC program.
  • Include additional narrative information to explain the huge increase in health room referrals.
  • Consider using technology for professional development.
  • Describe the school system's family involvement policy.

II.    Significant Changes in Demographic, Fiscal, and Program Requirements That Have Affected Master Plan Implementation:

  • No significant changes in demographics.
  • The adoption of HSA results as a graduation requirement will necessitate the development of additional intervention strategies.
  • Title I funds have been reduced by approximately $97,000

III.    Progress Toward Meeting State and Local Performance Targets (preliminary):

  • Areas of Success

- MSA Reading at 3, 5, 8, 10 shows increase in percentage of all students proficient at each grade level.

- MSA Math at 3, 5, 8 shows increase in percentage of all students proficient at each grade level.

- MSA Reading for FARM students shows Garrett County above state at 5, 8, 10. MSA Reading, grade 3 FARM students, is just 5.3% below the State.

- MSA Math for FARM students shows Garrett County above State at grades 3, 5, and 8. High school math results are not available.

  • Areas for Improvement

- Although grade 3 reading increased by 9.6%, it is below the State by 8.5%.

- Proficiency levels of special education students in both reading and math are a concern.

IV.    School Improvement, Corrective Action, and Restructuring:

  • No elementary or middle schools have been identified for school improvement, corrective action, or restructuring.
  • Based on reading results, no high school has been identified. Status cannot be finalized until the geometry test results are available.

V.     Local School System Improvement and Corrective Action

  • County results regarding AYP for all cells are not currently available.
  • Since the question is "potential to be identified" the Master Plan Update will include countywide plans to address the needs of special education students noted in Section I.

Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education, 9-12, reviewed proposed changes to Board Policy 347.7 and Administrative Procedure 347.71 Curricular, Co-Curricular, and Extra-Curricular Activities. It was suggested that a better type of identification of language amendments (i.e., insertion/deletion) be used to more clearly identify proposed changes. Policy 347.7 will be an action item on the August agenda.

Part IX - Public Comment

There was no public comment.

Part X - Personnel Matters

Dr. Teets recommended the following personnel items:

  • Candy Dolan-Opel, Principal, KZ., eff. 08/09/04
  • Dennis Albright, Principal, BL, eff. 08/09/04
  • Thaddeus Kiesnowski, Assistant Principal, SX, eff. 08/09/04
  • Christina Garofalo, School Psychologist, Central Office, eff. 08/09/04
  • James M. SanJulian, CPA Teacher, NX, eff. 08/23/04
  • Karla Waldo, Special Education Teacher, AC, eff. 08/23/04
  • Derek J. Berger, Physics/Earth Science Teacher, NH, eff. 08/23/04
  • Thomas Tusing, Alternative Education Teacher, NH/SH, eff. 08/23/04
  • Tamara Snider, Special Education Teacher, NX, eff. 08/23/04
  • Jeffrey D. Beitzel, Carpentry Teacher, NH, eff. 08//23/04
  • Carol Savage, Secretary III, Central Office, eff. 08/09/04
  • Lester Lewis, 4 Hour Per Day Custodian, AC, eff. 08/09/04


  • Charlotte Ward, SEP Teacher, DR/YG, eff. 07/01/04
  • Sandra Carlson, Media Assistant, BR, eff. O7//01/04


  • Sherry Pinto, Coordinator of Staff Development and School Improvement, eff. 07/02/04
  • Melissa Kenny, Teacher, AC, eff. 07/14/04
  • Brenda Bernard, Secretary VI, SX, eff. 07/06/04


  • Duane Salisbury, Music Teacher, Traveling Elementary Teacher based at YG

Emergency Coaches:

  • Angela Biggs, .5 Assistant Cheerleading Advisor, SH
  • Dan Clark, Assistant Wrestling Coach, SH
  • Gary Grove, Assistant Boys Soccer Coach, SH
  • Walter Lee, Athletic Trainer, SH, Step 3
  • Sara Nawrot, Assistant Girls Soccer Coach
  • Dave Taylor, Wrestling Coach
  • Ron Petrella, Girls Head Soccer Coach, SH

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

Part XI - Instruction, continued

Mrs. Bell reviewed the updated Handbook for Extra-Curricular Activities. Discussion included the recommendation that the Handbook language match that of the Policies and Procedures Manual and the Student Handbook - Rights, Responsibilities, and Discipline. It was also recommended to add a space for a cell phone number on the blue "Field Trip Permission Form."

At this time, the Board took a short break.

Mrs. Bell presented an overview of the following Draft Programs of Study:

  • Driver Education: It was explained that the content includes more than is required by state law.
  • Theatre: Mrs. Bell noted that staff is working with Garrett College to offer Levels 3 and 4 as an evening class. Board members suggested a performance be added to the curriculum at Northern High School to increase student interest and enrollment. Proposed Theatre Program of Study textbooks, The Stage and the School and Theatre in Action, were also reviewed.
  • Consumer Math: Discussion included renaming the course to attract more students, the deadline of August 1 to make a decision to offer the course if enrollment increases, and a review of the course textbook, Applied Business Mathematics.
  • Comparative Foreign Language, 6-8 and Foreign Language, 9-12: Dr. McCartney noted that all middle school students participate in the Comparative Foreign Language curriculum. Additionally, she noted the positive impact of the program on the development of reading skills, as well as knowledge of geography and cultures. Mrs. Bell also reviewed the proposed German textbook, Komm Mit!.

Each of these revised Programs of Study and proposed textbooks will be on display for public comment and review until they are brought back to the August meeting for Board action.

At 7:55 p.m. Commissioner Gregg left the meeting.

Part XII - Administration

Mr. Scott Germain, Program Manager for Food and Nutrition Services, presented the Point of Sale (POS) Proposals, noting eight responses to the request for proposals (RFP) were received. He explained that he and a committee have visited two districts to view actual operation of POS programs, and have carefully reviewed each of the proposals. Mr. Germain recommended to the superintendent that School House Software, Inc. be considered for the county POS program, noting that an integrated accounting package can be added at a later date. Dr. Teets recommended the Board approve the contract to School House Software, for a total software and training cost of $34,470 and annual support cost of $7,800. Additionally, the cost of purchasing hardware for each school to implement the POS system is expected to total approximately $62,000. Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the superintendent's recommendation upon the condition that the proposals are reviewed by Rodeheaver & Associates and Mr. Robert Watson, Board Attorney, to verify the proposals legally meet the state requirements for bids.

At 8:35 p.m., Ms. Costa left the meeting.

Part XIII - Instruction, continued

Dr. McCartney reviewed the paper Bid Order for the 2004-2005 school year, explaining the bid proposal included delivery of the paper to each school. Dr. Teets recommended the contract be awarded to Savin Corporation for the sum of $32,781.09 for goods and services as per specifications. Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved the recommendation.

Part XIV - Administration, continued

Dr. Teets recommended Mrs. Sandy Bello to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee on Education (ACE), representating the Democratic Central Committee. Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved Ms. Bello as a member of the Committee.

Mr. Fink presented a summary of proposed budget supplements and transfers for FY 2004 which were necessary in order to comply with new budgeting and auditing requirements that involve changes in fund categories. He reviewed transfers between categories in the amount of $163,444.90, dealing mainly with moving funds under Instruction for Transfers to MD LEA's to Special Education for Other Transfers Not LEA's. In order to comply with proper coding, a transfer was also completed from Capital Outlay under General Current Expense to Maintenance of Plant. Other small amounts included miscellaneous transfers resulting mostly from changes in school allocation budgets. Mr. Fink explained these transfers are needed so that actual budget expenditures for FY2004 in each category will not exceed the approved budgeted category amount. Dr. Teets recommended the Board approve the FY2004 changes. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the superintendent's recommendation. Additionally, it was noted that, under Maryland Annotated Code, the County Commissioners will also need to approve these changes.

Part XV - Board Concerns

Mrs. Collins presented a report of the LSA Meeting and the Arts in Education Conference, which she recently attended.

Mr. Raley reported on the MABE Summer Leadership Conference which he and Dr. Teets attended on June 24-25, 2004, in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland.

Board members were asked to submit registration information by early August if they wish to attend the 2004 Annual MABE Conference, September 29-October 1, 2004.

The Board selected Tuesday, August 3, 2004, as the date for a Special Board Meeting to address personnel and additional agenda items prior to the August 10, 2004 meeting.

Part XIII -Adjournment

Seeing no further business, the Board, by consensus, adjourned the meeting at 9:30 p.m.

Part XIV - Information Items

  1. June 2004 Attendance Bulletin
  2. State of Maryland Press Release: Governor Ehrlich Issues Proclamation in Honor of President Reagan (6/11/04)
  3. MSDE News Release: Program credited with improving academics, behavior, well-being (6/8/04)
  4. MSDE News Release: Board's Vote Ties High School Assessments to the High School Diploma (6/15/04)
  5. MSDE News Release: Maryland School Assessment Scores Improve Statewide . . . (6/15/04)
  6. MSDE News Release: Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick Reappointed State Superintendent of Schools (6/16/04)

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    James M. Raley Wendell D. Teets
    President Secretary/Treasurer
    Approved:  August 10, 2004