Board of Education

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

Minutes January 11, 2005



Oakland, Maryland 21550

Tuesday, January 11, 2005


            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.

            Part II - Public Comment

        There was no public comment at this time.

            Part III - Executive Session

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education agreed to move to executive session at 4:11 p.m. in accordance with Public School Law 4-106 and Section 10-508 of the State Government Code for the purpose of discussing 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 and Human Resources were in attendance during all or part of the executive session. Personnel items discussed included appointments and a volunteer coach.

            Part IV - Return to Public Session

        Mr. Raley reconvened a public session at 5:35 p.m. Student Board member, Laura Costa joined the meeting at this time. The Reverend Mark Hickman of Bethel Methodist Church offered a prayer, after which Ms. Costa led the assembly in the Pledge to the Flag of the United States of America.

            Part V - Acceptance of Agenda

        Dr. Teets reported that Donald Manekin was unable to attend and asked that his presentation be deleted from the agenda. Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the agenda was unanimously approved as amended.

            Part VI - Announcements

        The following announcements were offered:

  • March 24, 2005 will be a school day to make up for the day schools were closed on December 20, 2004.
  • Schools will be closed on January 17, 2005 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
  • January 21, 2005 is a Professional Day for teachers. Students will be dismissed at noon on that day.
  • The Mountain Maryland PACE activities will be held on January 27-28, 2005. Dr. Teets and Mr. Raley will attend.
  • Dr. Teets has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Performing Arts Committee. Lucinda Williams will be coordinating the project which includes the construction of a performing arts center near the proposed exhibit hall in McHenry.
  • Garrett County will host the M-PAC Public Forum on May 5, 2005. Time and place will be announced. Mrs. Paige Quigley, a parent from the Accident area, serves on the state M-PAC committee.

            Part VII - Approval of Minutes

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Minutes of December 14, 2004 were unanimously approved as amended.

            Part VIII - Election of Officers

        Mr. Raley stated it was a "pleasure and honor to serve this past year" as president and he looked forward to working with the Board several more years. In order to conduct the election for president of the Board of Education, Mr. Raley relinquished the chair to Dr. Teets who asked for nominations. Mr. Raley nominated Mr. Durst, with a second from Mrs. Collins. There being no additional nominations, nominations were closed by consensus. As Dr. Teets called for a vote, the Board unanimously elected Mr. Durst as president for 2005.

        Mr. Durst then assumed the chair and asked for nominations for the vice presidency. Mrs. Sebold nominated Mrs. Collins, with a second by Mr. Raley. There being no additional nominations, Mr. Durst called for a vote. The Board unanimously elected Mrs. Collins as vice president for 2005.

            Part IX - Annual Selection

        By consensus, the Board elected to maintain the regular meeting time as the second Tuesday of each month, beginning at 4:00 p.m. to move immediately into executive session, with a public session to reopen at 5:30 p.m.

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, and a second by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously voted to retain Mr. Robert Watson, Esquire as Board Attorney.

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, and a second by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously voted to continue the services of Rodeheaver & Associates as auditor for the current year.

            Part X - Single Audit Report

        Mr. Fink presented the annual Federal Awards Programs - Single Audit Report, June 30, 2004, noting this report completed audit requirements for 2004. The auditors' report expresses an unqualified opinion on the basic financial statements of the Board of Education for federal awards, and there were no findings of material weakness in internal control or instances of noncompliance. The report showed a total of expenditures in the amount of $4,782,372 distributed over federal unrestricted and restricted current expense funds, and food service fund. Dr. Teets and Board members thanked Mr. Fink for his report and relayed their appreciation to the finance staff for their efforts.

            Part XI - 2004 Maryland School Performance Recognition

        Dr. Teets introduced Mrs. Sheila Miller, principal of Accident Elementary School, noting Accident Elementary was recognized as an "Overall Achiever" in the 2004 Maryland School Performance Recognition Program. Dr. Teets explained that, for several years, MSDE has provided cash awards to Maryland schools that make outstanding progress or improvement in the state assessment tests. The financial award in the amount is provided only to Title I schools. Mrs. Miller stated the award was possible due to the efforts of parents, staff, and students at her school. She added that the School Improvement Team, students, and parents will help prioritize how to spend the $7,233.68 award.

            Part XII - Instruction

        Mr. Kurt Lear, Supervisor of Career/Technology Education and Certification, presented a slide show presentation of Project Lead the Way, a new program whose primary goal is to grow the nation's technology workforce. He noted the research and input from Jo Ann Vent, retired supervisor, and Frank Shap and Jim Hinebaugh of the Economic Development office. He added that the program was also presented to the Advisory Committee on Education.

        Mr. Lear highlighted the comprehensive nature of the program which would strengthen the core content areas, especially in math and science. An additional pathway would be created for students, beginning with a foundation course in principles of engineering in ninth grade, with a required sequence of five credits to graduate. (The foundation course would take the place of the Tech Ed required class.) The proposed pathway would allow students to take classes in engineering design and development, digital electronics, bio-technical engineering, aerospace engineering and other specialized engineering fields. Mr. Lear plans to articulate the pathway with programs at several nearby colleges and universities. Other aspects of the proposed program include training for counselors and a workshop for tech ed teachers. Additional information about Project Lead the Way can be found at the website which will be available to teachers at all times. Mr. Lear noted an application has been made for a state incentive grant up to $70,000 to continue to develop the program.

        Mr. Durst and Dr. Teets thanked Mr. Lear for bringing this information to the Board.

        Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education, 9-12, presented the following proposed foreign language textbooks:

  • Realides 1 (Prentice Hall)
  • Realides 2 (Prentice Hall)
  • Realides 3 (Prentice Hall)
  • Discovering French (Valette-Valette McDougal Littell)

The texts were reviewed by language teachers during a workshop last summer and selected at a follow-up meeting in December 2004. The proposed textbooks will be on display for public review and comment until their return to the February Board meeting for action.

        Dr. Philip Lauver, Supervisor of Special Education, explained that February 7-11, 2005 is National School Counseling Week and noted the many services counselors provide to students in prekindergarten through grade twelve. He introduced Bonnie Sweitzer, elementary counselor based at Broad Ford Elementary School, and Michelle Pavelko, counselor at Southern Middle School who attended on behalf of school guidance counselors. Mr. Durst read the Proclamation into the record (attached) which was then signed and presented to Dr. Lauver. Dr. Teets and Board members thanked Dr. Lauver and school guidance counselors for their service and commitment to Garrett County students.

            Part XIII - Administration

        Mr. Fink reviewed the proposed budget calendar for FY2006, noting there were no significant changes from last year's calendar. By consensus, the Board approved the following Budget Calendar FY 2006:

Presentation of Superintendent's Budget to Public Tuesday, March 1, 2005

- Board Room, 6:00 p.m.

Board of Education Action on the Budget March 8, 2005
Budget Submission to County Commissioners March 2004

            Part XIV - Personnel Recommendations

        Dr. Teets presented the following personnel recommendations:


  • James E. Thomas, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations, Central Office, eff. 01/31/05
  • Michele Hanek, 5.5 Hour Per Day Cafeteria Worker, NH, eff. 01/24/05
Professional Leave and Travel Request for Sonia Pratt to attend a national arts convention

Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously approved the recommendations.

            Part XV - Board Items

        Ms. Costa reported on the January 8, 2005 meeting of the Garrett County Association of Student Councils, highlighting a planned hockey trip, the upcoming Maryland Association of Student Councils convention in Ocean City, and legislative session on February 5, 2005. Additionally, she reported on various student activities at Northern Garrett High School, including the new point of sale lunch system beginning on January 12, 2005 at Northern High.

        Mr. Durst asked Board members to select committees on which to serve for the current year. Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins and a second by Mrs. Rawe, the following committee posts were unanimously approved for 2005:

Health Advisory Committee Camilla Rawe (C. Sebold, alternate)
Hickory Env. Ed. Center Advisory Committee Charlotte Sebold (C. Rawe, alternate)
Multicultural Advisory Panel Madeleine Collins (R. Durst, alternate)
Wellness Council Charlotte Sebold (R. Durst, alternate)
Food & Nutrition Advisory Council Camilla Rawe (C. Sebold, alternate
Fine Arts Advisory Council Camilla Rawe (M. Collins, alternate)
Advisory Committee on Work Force Preparation Madeleine Collins (C. Sebold, alternate)
Advisory Committee on Education (ACE) Madeleine Collins (C. Sebold, alternate)
Ethics Panel Rodney Durst (C. Sebold, alternate)
Insurance Coalition Madeleine Collins (C. Rawe, alternate)
Calendar Committee Camilla Rawe (M. Collins, alternate)
Master Plan Steering Committee Jim Raley (M. Collins, alternate)
MABE Budget and Planning  James Raley
MABE Legislative Committee Rodney Durst
MABE Federal Relations Network James Raley
Legal Services Association (LSA) Madeleine Collins (E. Fink, alternate)
Workman's Compensation Fund Committee Camilla Rawe

        The Board asked that Dr. Teets relay an invitation to parent/teacher groups, School Improvement Teams, and other parent involvement groups to attend the February Board meeting to voice budget requests, share their concerns or outline their programs. Dr. Teets will relay this invitation to principals at the next Administrators and Supervisors Meeting. Student councils will be asked to meet with the Board in April 2005. Additionally, Mr. Durst voiced a request to schedule a meeting with legislators in December 2005.

        Mr. Durst asked for discussion on the upcoming Salary Study Commission meeting on Friday, January 14, 2005 at 7:30 p.m., to determine if the Board had a recommendation for the committee. Mr. Durst noted he planned to attend as a private citizen, not as a Board member. Mr. Raley stated he would attend on behalf of the Board. Following discussion, a consensus was reached that the Board would not ask for a specific salary increase; however, if 'across the board' percentage increases were proposed for other elected officials, then this increase should be applied to the Board of Education, also.

        Mr. Durst indicated he would attend the Maryland State Board of Education Dinner on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 to be held at the Tremont Plaza Hotel in Baltimore. Mrs. Collins will also attend as a member of the MABE Executive Board.

        Mr. Durst indicated the past four presidents of MABE have been invited to meet to discuss MABE bylaws. He will participate.

        Mrs. Collins reported on the MABE Legal Services meeting she attended on January 10, 2005, noting topics included charter schools, the insurance pool, upcoming seminars, the preauthorization of the free lunch program, and an amicus brief (Nouvelle vs. Anne Arundel County).

            Part XV - Adjournment

        There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:42 p.m.

            Part XVI - Information Items

  1. December 2004 Attendance Bulletin
  2. Home & School Connection, January 2005
  3. MSDE News Release: MSDE Launches Comic Book Initiative to Boost Reading (12/15/04)
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Rodney L. Durst Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:  February 8, 2005