Board of Education

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

Minutes December 14, 2004



Oakland, Maryland 21550

Tuesday, December 14, 2004



            Part I - Call to Order

        Mr. James M. Raley, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at 4:10 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.

        Commissioner Gregg and Student Board Member, Laura Costa were unable to attend.

            Part II - Oath of Office

        Mr. David Martin, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Garrett County, administered the Oath of Office to the newly re-elected Board members, Mrs. Charlotte Sebold and Mr. James M. Raley, for the term of January 2005 through December 2008. He then read the members' Commission from the Governor of Maryland, after which Mr. Raley and Mrs. Sebold signed the test book and received a copy of the Commission.

            Part III - Public Comment

        There was no public comment.

            Part IV - Executive Session

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to move to executive session at 4:17 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 items discussed included appointments, retirement, resignations, requests for leave without pay and professional leave, and emergency and volunteer coaches.

            Part V - Re-opening of Public Session

        Mr. Raley reconvened the public session at 5:37 p.m. He asked the assembly to observe a moment of silence following which the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America was led by Levi Lantz, student at Yough Glades Elementary School.

            Part VI - Acceptance of Agenda

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, with a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Agenda was approved with the following additions: Under Board Concerns, add Salary Study Commission Recommendation and AP Program Grant.

            Part VII - Announcements

        The following announcements were offered:

  • Dr. Teets and Mr. Mike Sines, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations will make an appeal before the IAC for funding for the Southern High School Roof Project and the Southern Middle/Broad Ford Elementary Schools' Boiler Project. These funding requests were initially denied.
  • Students will be dismissed at noon on December 23, 2004 for the Christmas holiday.
  • Congratulations were extended to the Garrett County Community Action Committee, Inc. which received the Families Count Maryland Honoree Grant by the Casey Foundation.
  • Congratulations were extended to Dana McCauley, Principal of Crellin Elementary School, who received her Doctorate on December 10, 2004.

        Dr. Teets noted that Board members may wish to attend various school programs as noted on the School Christmas Program list. Additionally, a new brochure entitled "Education Superlatives" was shared with the Board. The brochure was developed primarily by instructional staff and will be available at the Chamber of Commerce, schools, Department of Economic Development and other agencies for public use.

            Part VIII - Approval of Minutes of December 14, 2004

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Minutes of November 9, 2004 were unanimously approved with the following amendments:

  • Page 3612, Part X - Instruction, paragraph two, add after the third sentence: "The Board asked that new staff receive appropriate orientation and that this request be added to the Approval Form under 'Comments.'"
  • Page 3614, Part XV - Board Concerns, continued, sentence four, insert "were allotted" between "travel expenses" and "was discussed, . . ."

            Part IX - Garrett County Bird and Wildflower Proposal

        Dr. Teets introduced Mrs. Arlene Lantz, teacher at Swan Meadow School who gave an overview of the County Bird and Wildflower Proposal. Maria Duff, Delores Yoder, Destiny Nazelrod, and Nathan Schrock assisted Mrs. Lantz in the presentation. Mrs. Lantz explained that, with the assistance of Jon Boone, Swan Meadow students in grades three through five chose four birds through a decision matrix which was created to assist in the selection process. The students also worked with Liz McDowell in selecting four wildflowers. Mrs. Lantz asked the Board's permission to proceed with the project with a goal to ask the County Commissioners to support the project and then to have Garrett County students assist in the final selection. Dr. Teets stated he had discussed the project with other principals and recommended the Board approve the request to proceed with the project. Mr. Durst made a motion to that effect, with a second from Mrs. Sebold. Following discussion on the merits of the project and that the matrix should be on a website for parents to view, the Board unanimously approved the County Bird and Wildflower Project to proceed. Mr. Raley thanked Mrs. Lantz and the students for coming to the meeting. Also in attendance were Mrs. Randee Craig, Swan Meadow Principal and Levi Lantz, son of Mrs. Lantz.

            Part X - Recognition of Garrett County Teacher of the Year

        Mr. Raley introduced Mr. David Bender, social studies teacher at Southern Garrett High School and Garrett County Teacher of the Year, noting he is also the first state finalist from Garrett County. Dr. Teets introduced Lisa Bender, who accompanied her husband, noting her leadership of the Southern High Stock Market Team. Mr. Bender noted the Stock Market Team competition is completed for this year, and that Mrs. Bender received first place among all adults in the competition.

        Mr. Bender shared his Teacher of the Year video presentation which he created and which was shown on Staff Development Day, October 14, 2004, to all Garrett County Board of Education employees. He expressed his gratitude to the Board, administrators, his principal, and teachers for their support, stating the Teacher of the Year program is important because it honors the profession of teaching. Mr. Bender also thanked the Board for allowing him to attend a national Social Studies Conference. Dr. Teets noted the great contribution of Mr. Bender to his profession, noting the influence of teachers continues with the lives they touch every day. Board members congratulated Mr. Bender and thanked him for sharing the excellent video and for his presentation at Staff Development Day.

            Part XI - Mock Election Report

        Mr. Bender and Mrs. Lu Ann Watson reported on the recent Mock Election held at Southern High School. The Election was part of an Internet-based lesson created by the social studies department to provide awareness of citizenship and the election process through a series of activities for students in their classes. Ms. Watson and Mr. Bender also shared the school's voting statistics and showed the Webquest site. Students participated in voter registration and voting which resulted in percentages similar to those in the national presidential elections. Additionally, the social studies classes participated in a contest wherein students researched and compiled a map of states' electoral votes, with an estimation of popular votes to be used as a tiebreaker. Mr. Bender noted that four students had the same map results, and the popular vote estimate was used to break the tie. Mr. Bender introduced the winner, Gage Welch, who received congratulations from Dr. Teets and the Board for his achievement.

        Mr. Bender and Mrs. Watson noted the election project was made possible with the assistance and sponsorship of the following organizations:

  • Garrett County Republican Central Committee
  • Garrett County Democratic Central Committee
  • First United National Bank

        Ms. Brenda Butscher and Mr. Bill Grant were in attendance representing the Republican Central Committee and First United National Bank. Dr. Teets and Board members thanked them for attending and expressed their appreciation for the support given by all three organizations.

            Part XII - Public Comment

        There was no public comment at this time.

            Part XIII - Instruction

        Dr. Teets introduced Mr. Chuck Trautwein and expressed appreciation for his work and volunteer time. Mr. Trautwein provided an overview of the 2005 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. Students from both Northern and Southern High Schools will be combining to form an inaugural team to compete at the Chesapeake Regional Competition in Annapolis on March 17-19, 2004. The team will be one of sixty international teams competing at the regional competition in Annapolis and one of approximately nine hundred teams competing in other regional competitions across the country. High school competition includes a robot no heavier than 265 pounds, and involves a budget of approximately $10,000. A NASA grant will provide $6,000 this year for registration for the high school team. Mr. Trautwein also shared the FIRST 2004 Kickoff Video. He also noted the middle school students' team involves a small robot made from Legos, and provided a demonstration on a middle school competition playing field which was set up near the Board room. Dr. Teets and Board members thanked Mr. Trautwein for his report and demonstration. Additional information about FIRST organization can be found at

        Dr. McCartney presented the Garrett County Health Advisory Committee request for Supplemental Materials for Health which was reviewed at the November 9, 2004 Board meeting. The request, recommending Jennifer Lee-Steckman, CNM, MSN, RN, IBCLC and Heather Cooper, RN as STD's and Birth Control speakers for high school students, was on display for public review and comment during the past month. No public comment was received. Dr. McCartney added that a statement will be added to the form stating that new staff should be given appropriate orientation. Dr. Teets recommended approval of the new resource material. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the superintendent's recommendation.

            Part XIV - Administration

        Mr. Fink reported that Senate Bill 894 of the 2004 session added a number of reporting requirements to both the Maryland State Department of Education and the local school systems. Among these is the requirement for a bi-annual financial status report, as indicated in Section 5-114 of the Education Article which states that a local superintendent or CEO shall file a bi-annual report on or before April 30 and December 31 of each fiscal year; and attest to the accuracy of said report which is submitted to the Board of Education and the county governing body. Mr. Fink indicated the superintendent, chief financial officer, and the Board of Education president must sign the report and explained various other details. He noted a copy of the report will be provided to the Board and County Commissioners each time it is completed.

            Part XV - Board Concerns

        Mrs. Collins gave a summary of the MABE Executive Board Meeting which she attended on November 10, 2004. Topics at the meeting included 2005 priorities such as Thornton funding, school construction funding, remedial programs for high school students, and executive function meetings.

        Mr. Raley noted the Salary Study Commission will meet on January 17, 2005. The Commission, established by central county government, is to meet with all    elected officials of the county to make a recommendation for salaries for these officials. Discussion topics included compensation levels in other Maryland jurisdictions, mileage reimbursement and other supplemental expenses, and whether differential compensation should be offered for longevity or position on Board. Mr. Raley noted for the record that the new schedule will not directly impact anyone who may be in office through 2006, but that Mrs. Sebold and he would receive any recommended compensation since their term extends to 2008. He also suggested that the Board take a "hold the line" stance unless there is an increase for other elected officials, in which case the Commission should do the same for all. This topic will be revisited at the January 2005 Board meeting.

        Mrs. Sebold shared a letter to the Board from Hogan & Hartson law firm in which they report means to obtain funding to train teachers to teach AP courses and help pay for the test. It was noted that Garrett County receives a grant in this regard from MSDE.

            Part XVI - Personnel Recommendations

        Dr. Teets recommended the following personnel items for approval:


  • Dennis Rodeheaver, Custodian III, NH, eff. 01/01/05
  • Arnold Slaubaugh, Custodian III, SH, eff. 01/01/05
  • Julia Sines, Secretary VI, FV, eff. 01/01/05
  • Kim Fost, 6.5 Hour Per Day Cafeteria Assistant, NH, eff. 01/01/05


  • Marilyn McCain, Secretary III, Central Office, 31 years of service, eff. 01/01/05


  • Michael Sines, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations, 31 years of service, eff. 02/25/05
  • Catherine Coddington, Custodian III, Central Office, eff. 12/03/04

Leave Without Pay:

  • Naomi Beitzel, Instructional Assistant, GV, Jan. 26 - Feb. 7, 2005 (8 days)
  • Judy Nice, Cafeteria Worker, BR, Dec. 22-23 (2 days)
Emergency Coach:
  • Christopher Elliott, Assistant Boys Basketball Coach, NH

Professional Leave and Travel Request for two teachers to attend a convention in St. Louis, MO

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, and a second by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the personnel recommendations.

            Part XVII - Adjournment

        Mr. Raley expressed his appreciation for a great year as president and reminded the Board that new officers would be elected at the January meeting. He then wished a happy and safe holiday to all those present.

        There being no further business, the Board, by consensus, adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

            Part XVIII - Information Items

  • October 2004 Attendance Bulletin
  • November 2004 Attendance Bulletin
  • MSDE Press Release: MSDE-Sponsored Nutrition Summit Focuses on Healthy School Environment (12/01/04)
  • MSDE Press Release: MD honors 562 for overall achievement . . . (12/01/04)
  • MSDE Press Release: Clarification on State Stance on Religion in Schools (11/24/04)
  • MSDE Press Release: Nomination Period Begins for the Student Member of the State Board of Education (11/22/04)
  • MSDE Press Release: Task Force Named to Study Social Studies Education in Maryland (11/19/04)
  • MSDE Press Release: Five Friends of Maryland Education Named (11/16/04)


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James M. Raley Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   January 11, 2005