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Minutes August 10, 2004

MINUTES

MEETING OF THE GARRETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Oakland, Maryland 21550

Tuesday, August 10, 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 4:06 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 and to consult with staff, consultants, or other individuals about pending or potential litigation. Mr. Raley also explained the Board would reconvene in executive session at the conclusion of the public meeting in order to conduct two appeal hearings regarding a decision by the superintendent. 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, transfer of a bus contract, and volunteer coaches.

Mr. Rodney L. Durst, Board Vice President, joined the meeting at 4:07 p.m.

Part IV - Reopen Public Session

Mr. Raley reconvened in public session at 5:38 p.m. The Reverend Duane Frederick, Meadow Mountain Mennonite Church, offered a prayer, after which Mr. Raley 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. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously accepted the agenda as drafted.

Part VI - Announcements

The following announcements were shared:

  • New Teacher Orientation: Thursday, August 19, 2004 at Will O'the Wisp
  • First Day for Students: Thursday, August 26, 2004 - 1:00 p.m. dismissal
  • Dr. Teets announced that the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Point of Service RFP's were reviewed by both the Board attorney and auditors. The FNS Department will proceed with the project.
  • Duane Yoder, Executive Director of Community Action Committee, has indicated that the Grantsville Head Start will use the Woodmen of the World building.

Part VII - Minutes of July 13, 2004

Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Minutes of July 13, 2004 were unanimously approved with the following corrections: page 3584, Part VIII, paragraph one, change "Standard" to "Stanford" and on page 3587, under Theatre, insert "at Northern High School" after "to the curriculum" in line two.

            Part VIII - Minutes of August 3, 2004 Special Meeting

Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Minutes of August 3, 2004 Special Meeting were unanimously approved with the following corrections: page 3590, Part V, paragraph two, correct the date of New Teacher Orientation to read "Thursday, August 19, 2004."

Part IX - Administration

Mr. Art Refosco, Director of Transportation, presented the vehicle insurance bid. Dr. Teets recommended the Board approved the only bid submission which was received from Yoder-Hershberger Insurance through Erie Insurance in the amount of $59,596. Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved the bid award to Erie Insurance.

Mr. Scott Germain, Program Manager for Food and Nutrition Services, reviewed the Food Service Centralized Purchasing Bid Orders for the 2004-2005 school year. These bids were opened on July 1, 2004 and bids awarded according to Board policy.

Discussion held relative to tying in the new Point of Service (POS) system with an inventory program. Mr. Germain explained the programming drawbacks and training demands, noting staff will continue to do a physical inventory.

            Part X - Instruction

Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education, 9-12, reviewed Board Policy 347.7 Curricular, Co-Curricular, and Extra-Curricular Activities which was an information item on the July 13, 2004 agenda. Dr. Teets recommended its approval. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved Board Policy 347.7.

Mrs. Bell next presented for action the following programs of studies which were reviewed at the July 13, 2004 Board meeting:

  • Driver Education
  • Theatre
  • Financial Mathematics (was Consumer Math)
  • Freshman Seminar
  • Comparative Foreign Language, 6-8 and Foreign Language 9-12

The booklets were on display for the past month for public review and comment. No comments were received. Mrs. Bell noted that students completing the Freshman seminar will receive five hours of the seventy-five hour service learning graduation requirement, and a ½ hour credit toward graduation hours.

       Dr. Teets recommended the Board approve the Programs of Study. Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the Programs of Study.

Mrs. Bell presented the following textbooks which were reviewed at the July 13, 2004 Board meeting:

Freshman Seminar: Life's Greatest Lessons
  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
Financial Mathematics: Applied Business Mathematics
German: Komm mit! (Levels I-III)
Theatre:  The Stage and the School
  Theatre in Action

    The textbooks were on display for a month for public review and comment. No public comment was received. Dr. Teets recommended approval of the textbooks. Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved the superintendent's recommendation.

        Mr. Raley commented on the tremendous amount of work and scrutiny toward the 2004 Update - Bridge to Excellence Master Plan - Garrett County Public Schools and commended staff who had input into the creation and continual update of the document. Dr. Teets noted the state team reviewed the Master Plan on September 8, 2004 and expressed his appreciation of Dr. McCartney and her staff for their efforts.

Dr. McCartney provided an overview of the Master Plan Update which was an information item at the July 13, 2004 Board meeting, asking that the final document be an action item. She noted the assistance and input from the Master Plan Steering Committee which last met on July 29, 2004. Dr. McCartney highlighted the "enhancements" requested by the state, and explained other fiscal and program changes. Additionally, she distributed a chart showing revenues of major Federal Aid Formula Programs and the FY2005 Fine Arts Initiative Grant. The 2004 Update, which includes a budget narrative to explain how revenues will be used to support goals, objectives and strategies detailed in the initial five-year comprehensive plan and any revisions, included the following:

Part I - Annual Review of Goals, Objectives, and Strategies

Part II - Budget Information and Templates

Part III - ESEA and Fine Arts Program Components

Dr. Teets recommended the Board approve the 2004 Update which must be submitted to the state prior to August 16, 2004. Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe and a second by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the 2004 Update - Bridge to Excellence Master Plan - Garrett County Public Schools.

Part XI - Board Concerns

       Mrs. Collins reported on the MABE Executive Board Meeting which she attended on July 21, 2004. She noted that fifty-seven percent of the MABE budget comes from dues, and that there has been a four percent increase in those dues. Topics of discussion at the meeting included High School Assessment and questions MABE would have liked to have answered prior to the state board's decision to move forward, camera phones and cheating on tests.

Part XII - Personnel

Dr. Teets recommended the approval of the following personnel matters:

Appointments:

  • Robert S. Bonser, Drop-Out Prevention Support and Case Manager, SX, eff. 08/23/04
  • Justin Keel, Mathematics Teacher, NH, eff. 08/23/04

  • Joshua Hinebaugh, Computer/Media Technician, Central Office, eff. 08/23/04

Transportation:

  • Transfer of Bus 28 Contract: From Albertus Leroy Beeman to Michael Leroy Beeman

Dr. Teets noted this completed all professional staffing for this year and commended Mr. Fink, principals and directors for their efforts in completing the hiring process. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the superintendent's recommendation.

Part XIII - Public Comment

Ms. Liliana Rivadeneira Jones addressed the Board regarding her concerns relative to the conditions of the play areas at Broad Ford Elementary School and those associated with indoor air quality.

Part XIV - Return to Executive Session

At 7:15 p.m., the Board returned to executive session in accordance with Public School Law 4-106 and Section 10-508 of the State Government Code to conduct two appeal hearings regarding a decision of the superintendent.

Mr. Raley stated the Board would return to public session only for adjournment.

Part XV-Adjournment

The Board reconvened in public session at 10:00 p.m. Seeing no further business, the Board, by consensus, adjourned the meeting.

Part XIV - Information Items

  1. Charity Drives Report, 2003-2004
  2. MSDE News Release: Dr. Edward Root Elected State Board President (7/21/04)
  3. MSDE News Release: State Board Sets New Performance Standards for Grades 4, 6 & 7 (7/21/04)
  4. MSDE News Release: MSDE Awarded $3.7 Million Federal Improvement Grant (7/22/04)

 

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James M. Raley Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:  September 14, 2004