Board of Education

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

Minutes November 9, 2004




Oakland, Maryland 21550

Tuesday, November 9, 2004


            Part I - Call to Order

        Mr. James M. Raley, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at 4:06 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 4:08 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; to consult with staff, consultants, or other individuals about pending or potential litigation; and to review a professional leave and travel request. 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 included appointments, resignations, emergency and volunteer coaches, a disciplinary action by the superintendent, and a travel request.

        Commissioner Ernest Gregg joined the meeting at 4:55 p.m.

            Part IV - Reopening of Public Session

        Mr. Raley reconvened the public session at 5:35 p.m. Ms. Laura Costa, student member, joined the meeting at this time. The Reverend Duane Frederick, representing the Mt. Top Ministerial Association, offered a prayer following which Ms. Costa led the assembly in the Pledge to the Flag of the United States of America.

            Part V - Acceptance of Agenda

        Upon a motion by Mr. Durst and a second by Mrs. Collins, the Agenda was approved with the following amendment: Move Administration item to be heard before Instructional items.

            Part VI - Announcements

        The following announcements were shared:

  • Citigroup Salute to Friends of Education Awards Luncheon on Monday, November 15, 2004 in Baltimore
  • Mr. Raley has been invited to participate in a fiscal accountability and oversight committee hosted by the State Superintendent on November 29, 2004 in Baltimore. Each Maryland jurisdiction will be audited by the State during the next several months.
  • The "Our Story" Conference hosted by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce will be held on Friday, November 12, 2004.
  • Southern High School Band won first place in the State Championship and in Chapter 13 Competition.
  • Northern High School football team will be competing in the state championship this coming Friday.
  • Volleyball regionals will be held in Smithsburg Thursday night and at Southern High School on Friday night.
  • Hickory Environmental Education Center will be the Envirothon Training Center on Wednesday night.
  • Megan Farnsworth, author of "Getting Results," has featured Friendsville Elementary School in her book.
  • The Maryland Association of Boards of Education will be sponsoring seminars on November 15 and December 3, 2004.
  • Mrs. Collins will attend the MABE Executive Committee meeting on November 10, 2004.

        Additionally, congratulations were extended to Mr. Raley and Mrs. Sebold for their successful reelection to the Board for another four-year term, January    2005 through December 2008.

            Part VII - Approval of Minutes

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold and a second by Mrs. Collins, the Minutes of October 5, 2004 were unanimously approved as drafted.

            Part VIII - Recognition of Scholarship Winner

        Mr. Bill Ewing, Coordinator of Transportation/Administrative Services and representing the Administrators and Supervisors Association (A&S), recognized Mr. Steve Savage, teacher and TRT at Southern Middle School and wrestling coach, who is this year's recipient of the $500 A&S Scholarship. Mr. Ewing explained the award is to assist candidates in their pursuit of a certificate or advanced degree in administration. Mr. Savage expressed his gratitude for the support and for the opportunity to teach in Garrett County. Dr. Teets and Board members congratulated Mr. Savage and encouraged him in his efforts.

            Part IX - Administration

        Mr. Mike Sines, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations, distributed a revised memorandum showing the following proposals for the annual janitorial supplies bid awards:

  • Janitors Supply, Co.    55 items    $53,556.19
  • A. D. Naylor & Co.    12 items     $ 2,013.33

        Dr. Teets recommended approval of the contracts, which are based upon the lowest responsible bid price per the bid specifications, in the amount of $55,579.52. Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe and a second by Mrs. Collins, the recommendation was unanimously approved.

            Part X - Instruction

        Mrs. Sue Waggoner, Director of Elementary Education reviewed the Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten Progress Reports which will be in use this school year. Both Reports were revised during a workshop led by Suzanne Sincell and Mrs. Waggoner, and predicated upon the Voluntary State Curriculum (VSC) and Maryland Multiple School Readiness (MMSR) guidelines.

        Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education, reviewed the Health Advisory Committee (HAC) Meeting Draft Minutes of September 24, 2004, noting that she, Dr. McCartney and Ms. Waggoner met with the committee at that time. During the HAC meeting, it was noted that Becky Parks would be retiring from the Health Department which would result in hiring a new nurse and team leader. The HAC recommended Heather Cooper and Jennifer Lee-Steckman to the Board of Education for approval as high school speakers to be available to teach classes on STD's and birth control in addition to assisting with other health related classes. The Board asked that new staff receive appropriate orientation and that this request be added to the Approval Form under 'Comments.' Ms. Bell noted that the Approval Form will be on display for public review and comment and will be an action item on the December Board agenda.

        Mrs. Bell reported that no comments were received relative to the proposed Science Program of Studies which was on display for public review since the October Board meeting. Dr. Teets recommended the approval of the Science Program of Studies. Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins and a second by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the recommendation.

        Mrs. Bell then reviewed the 2005-2006 Revisions to the Student Education Planning Guide. She noted the assistance of Kurt Lear, Supervisor of CTE/Certification and the team effort involved in the revision of the guide which will be in use by January 2005 to complete student scheduling for the 2005 fall semester. Mr. Lear reviewed sections of the Planning Guide relative to phasing in a "Principles of Engineering" course and other technology education classes. Mr. Lear will provide a detailed report of "Project Lead the Way" and technology education to the Board at a later date.

        Mrs. Karen Ray, Service Learning Coordinator reviewed the revised Service-Learning Handbook, acknowledging the efforts of Ms. Bell and Mr. Lear in the revision process. Topics discussed included approved projects at middle and high schools, the ceiling of ten hours of in-school service learning, the new triplicate Validation Form, and how service learning is incorporated into the Freshman Seminar.

            Part XI - Board Concerns

        In honor of the 83rd observance of American Education Week, November 14 - 20, 2004, Mr. Raley read a Proclamation citing the efforts of education employees in their efforts "to strengthen the process of teaching and learning." (Complete Proclamation attached)

        In honor of Veterans Day, November 11, 2004, Mr. Raley read a Resolution to "honor the service and sacrifice of the men and women of our Armed Forces-our veterans, . . ." He noted that students will be in school on Veterans Day and will conduct appropriate exercises to honor this day. (Complete Resolution attached)

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved the Resolution and Proclamation and affixed their signatures. The documents will be distributed to the schools for posting.

        At this time, Board members took a short break.

            Part XII - Public Comment

        There was no public comment at this time.

            Part XIII - Personnel Recommendations

        Dr. Teets recommended approval of the following:

- Appointment:

  • Anthony Sean McGoldrick, Head Custodian, GV, eff. 01/01/05
  • Wendy Miner, 4.5 Hour per day Cafeteria Worker, NH, eff. 11/15/04

- Resignations:

  • Ruth E. Miller, 8 hour per day Cafeteria Assistant, NH, eff. 10/22/04
  • Angela Smith, 4.5 hour per day Cafeteria Worker, NH, eff. 10/08/04

- Emergency Coach:

  • Donna Hoffman, Assistant Girls Basketball Coach, NH

- Disciplinary Action by the Superintendent

- Professional Leave and Travel Request for a teacher to attend a national convention in Chicago, IL

        Upon a motion by Mr. Durst and a second by Mrs. Collins, the Board approved the recommendations of the superintendent.

            Part XIV - Student Recognition

        Dr. Teets recognized Jadyn Swerbinsky and Andrew Goad, students from Southern High School. This past summer, the students were elected Senators for the State of Maryland and represented Maryland at their respective Girls and Boys Nations at a conference sponsored by the American Legion and its Auxiliary. Both students were in David Bender's AP US Government and Politics class at Southern. Dr. Teets noted Mr. Bender was invited to attend the Board meeting with the students, but had a previous commitment at Frostburg State University. Dr. Teets congratulated the students, noting this is the first time a student from Garrett County has been elected as Senator in this program.

        Ms. Swerbinsky and Mr. Goad gave an overview of activities in which they participated at the weeklong conference, such as the introduction and debate on bills and resolutions, organization of party conventions, and participation in the political process. Mr. Raley, Dr. Teets, and Board members congratulated the students on their achievement and wished them well in their studies.

            Part XV - Board Concerns, continued

        Ms. Costa presented her report on student activities and issues. Discussion topics included finding a drama advisor for Northern High, consequences of road work causing tardiness to school, and meeting with principal regarding book bag use. She also noted the Garrett County Association of Student Councils (GCASC) Halloween Dance was successful and that five GCASC members would be attending the Student Council Leadership Conference on November 20, 2004. Clarification on how convention travel expenses were allotted was discussed, as well as a review of monies budgeted for school field trips. Dr. McCartney noted that $4,000 is in the Operating Budget for substitutes for field trips outside of sports. Ms. Costa then reviewed the visit from Lieutenant Governor Steele to Northern where he dialogued with students on various issues. Lt. Gov. Steele seemed quite impressed with the students' answers to his questions and relationships at school. Mr. Raley thanked Ms. Costa for her report.

        Dr. Teets recognized Mrs. Pam Nelson, Chairperson for the Advisory Committee on Education (ACE), noting she has been elected chair for the third consecutive year. Mr. Raley thanked her for taking the time to address the Board and for the time given all year. Mrs. Nelson gave a synopsis of topics presented to ACE during the past year, as follows:

  • Meeting at Hickory Environmental Education Center with a tour and Planetarium show at the newly constructed facility.
  • School utilization of the proposed Exhibit Hall, Performing Arts Center, and Garrett College Recreation Center
  • Several updates on the Master Plan and opportunity for input
  • Accelerated Math Program and positive results of program
  • Partnership between the Pre-K program and GCCAC Overlook Judy Center
  • FY2005 Budget
  • High School Assessment: requirements and discuss relative to curriculum alignment and subsequent delivery of instruction
  • Summer Curriculum and Fine Arts programs
  • 2004 Test Results, testing calendar and update of changes
  • Proposed JROTC Program components and opportunity for input

        In response to Board members' questions about the JROTC discussion, Ms. Nelson added the committee did not perceive the marksmanship component of the program would be a problem locally.

        It was noted the ACE was formed to give the community opportunity to be informed and to give input into Board of Education programs. Ms. Nelson thanked the members of the Board, Dr. Teets, Dr. McCartney and staff for their attendance at ACE meetings and for the opportunity to share and discuss various issues that impact the education of students.

        Mr. Raley revisited the Salary Study Commission, asking that information from other Boards of Education be gathered. As Mrs. Collins will attend a MABE Executive Committee meeting on Wednesday, November 10, 2004, she will ask that such information be forwarded to the Board.

            Part XVI - Adjournment

        By consensus, the Board adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

            Part XVII - Information Items

  • September 2004 Attendance Bulletin
  • Courses Not Taught at Garrett County High Schools - 2004-2005 (L. Bell, 10/28/04)
  • Home & School Connection, November 2004
  • MSDE Press Release: School System Results Improve as MSDE Unveils Final 2004 MSA Data (10/2504)
  • MSDE Press Release: MSDE Awarded $816,000 Federal Special Education Grant (10/21/04)
  • MSDE Press Release: Queen Anne's Bradford Engel Named Maryland's "Teacher of the Year" (10/08/04)


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


Proclamation - American Education Week (November 14-20, 2004)

Veterans Day Resolution (November 11, 2004)