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Minutes March 8, 2005


MINUTES


MEETING OF THE GARRETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Oakland, Maryland 21550


Tuesday, March 8, 2005

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            Part I - Call to Order

        Mr. Rodney L. Durst, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at 4:07 p.m. Members in attendance included Mrs. Madeleine Collins, Vice President; Mr. James M. Raley, 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. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board of Education agreed to move to executive session at 4:07 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 a retirement, resignation, leave without pay, emergency coach, proposed tenure list, transportation drivers and assistants, and a professional leave and travel request.

            Part IV - Return to Public Session

        Mr. Durst reconvened public session at 5:38 p.m. Student Board member, Laura Costa joined the meeting at this time. County Commissioner Ernest Gregg was also present. The Reverend Duane Frederick representing the Mt. Top Ministerial Association 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 noted that Donald Manekin of the Foundation for Rural Education requested to be postponed until the April meeting. Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mr. Raley, the agenda was unanimously approved as amended.

            Part VI - Announcements

        The following announcements were offered:

  • This week is National School Breakfast Week.
  • Honor Band Concert will be on March 24th (instead of the 17th as originally scheduled) at Northern High School
  • Northern Middle Talent Show will be held on March 31th, 1:30 p.m. for students and 7:00 p.m. for public
  • Dennett Road Elementary Spring Carnival: March 11th
  • March 18th - Staff Development Day - students dismissed at noon.
  • Middle School Success Night - May 18th at Southern Middle
  • March 24th - School will be in session (make-up day for 12/20/04)
  • No school on March 25th and 28th - Easter Break
  • Advisory Committee on Education Meeting: Tuesday, March 29th at 7:00 p.m. at Garrett College
  • MICCA 2004 Technology Awards for Garrett County:

                - Pat Mullinix: Outstanding Technology Leader in Education

                - Eric Perfetti: Outstanding Technology-Using Educator

  • Northern High After Prom: May 21, 2005
  • Northern High School Wrestling Team - 6th in State - Casey Kamp, 2nd time State Champion - Ryan Glotfelty, 2nd in State - Mike Wolf - 3rd place in State
  • Southern High Wrestling: Scott Wildesen, 3rd place (defending state champion)
  • March 18-19 - Robotics Competition at Naval Academy
  • March 18 - Garrett Lakes Arts Festival Talent Show at Garrett College: several local students will be participating
  • May 4 - Environthon Team will meet at the Bittinger 4-H Camp

            Part VII - Instruction

        Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education, 9-12 read a Proclamation from the Governor of the State of Maryland in honor of Environmental Education Month, April 2005.

        Next, Mrs. Bell read a Proclamation from the Maryland State Board of Education which proclaimed 2005 as The Year of Languages.

        Mrs. Bell noted that after consultation with both high school principals and incorporating feedback from various members of the instructional staff, June 5, 2005 is being proposed as the date for Commencement Exercises. Dr. Teets recommended the Board approve the date. Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, with a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved Sunday, June 5, 2005 as the date for Commencement Exercises, 1:00 p.m. at Southern High School, and 4:00 p.m. at Northern High School. Mrs. Bell next reviewed the Health Advisory Meeting Minutes of February 1, 2005. The next meeting will be April 29, 2005.

        Dr. McCartney presented the draft Reading/English Language Arts Curriculum, explaining that the document aligns the Maryland Content Standards and the Maryland Assessment Program. She pointed out the inclusion of a list of Board of Education approved resources on the front page of the Curriculum. Additionally, Dr. McCartney explained that the Voluntary State Curriculum (VSC), which defines what students should know and be able to do at each grade level Pre-K through 8, was reviewed by local staff. The VSC can be accessed through the MSDE website (mdk12.org) or through the Board of Education website (ga.k12.md.us). The Curriculum will be available for public review and comment during the next month and will be an action item at the April meeting.

            Part VIII - Crellin Core of Discovery Presentation

        Dr. Teets and the Board welcomed Dr. Dana McCauley, Principal of Crellin Elementary School and the following students:

Daniel Adams Marshall Corby
Zach Frick Logan Hinebaugh
Cooper McCauley Derrick Noble
Evan Rodeheaver Stephanie Shahan
Michael Stemple  

        Additionally, they welcomed Crellin parents who had come for the presentation; Mr. Todd Hinebaugh, parent representative for the project; Elizabeth Broadwater and Rebecca Sanders, Crellin teachers; and Mr. Gary Yoder of the Department of Natural Resources and Project Coordinator.

        Students shared their findings from the stream analysis activities which were completed during the 2003 and 2004 summer camps. They discussed the benthic macro-invertebrates found in the waters and chemical testing results. Their findings led to questions about the history of Crellin and sparked the historical research project on the town of Crellin. Students shared what they learned as a result of their research through field trips, presentations from community members, interviews with community members, and readings. Students discovered that Crellin was a "Double Boom" town and quite active in its early days. The culmination of the presentation was an outline of future plans for the themed playground and environmental classroom. Details of the area and project were further outlined by Mr. Yoder and Dr. McCauley, with input from Mr. Hinebaugh.

        At the meeting, Mr. Phil St. Moritz of Bill's Outdoor Center presented Mr. Hinebaugh with a check for $3,500 to assist in the project. According to Mr. Yoder, the 5.5 acre park project will cost an estimated $50,000 to $60,000. With donations from various local entities, including a $35,000 donation from the Carl DelSignore Charitable Foundation, the project currently has approximately $40,000. Dr. McCauley expressed her appreciation to Mr. St. Moritz for the gift from Bill's Outdoor Center.

        The Board, Dr. Teets, and Dr. McCartney commented on the student's enthusiasm for their project and thanked them for their excellent presentations. They also thanked Dr. McCauley, Mr. Yoder, Mr. Hinebaugh, Ms. Sanders, Ms. Broadwater, and the parents who attended the meeting to present information and offer their support.

        At 6:50 p.m. the Board took a short break.

            Part IX - Personnel Recommendations

        Dr. Teets recommended approval of the following personnel items:

Retirement:

  • Jerry Corder, Custodian III, SH, eff. 07/01/05

Resignation:

  • Heather Little, English Teacher, SH, eff. 6/30/05

Leaves Without Pay:

  • Linda Stephens, Teacher, CR, 9 days
  • Annalea Catulle, Teacher, NX, 4 days

Emergency Coach:

  • Lori Schmuck, Assistant Softball Coach, NH

Sabbatical Leave:

  • Laura Bolden, Instructional Assistant, RF, 01/01/06 through 12/31/06

Transportation - Drivers:

  • Renee Bittinger for Wayne Collier, Inc.
  • Ronald Bray for Herbert Myers, Inc.
  • Margaret Logan for Dale Evans, Inc.

Transportation - Assistants:

  • Margaret Logan for Dale Evans, Inc.
  • Vonda Sebold for Sebold Trucking, Inc.

Additionally, Dr. Teets recommended approval of a Professional Leave and Travel Request for three Broad Ford Elementary staff members to attend a two-day conference in New Jersey entitled The Power of One: A Focus on Teaching and Learning, sponsored by Co-nect. Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, and a second by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the superintendent's recommendations.

            Part X -Public Comment

        There was no public comment at this time.

            Part XI - Instruction, continued

        Mrs. Sue Waggoner, Director of Elementary Education presented the Elementary Health Program materials which were reviewed at the February 8, 2005 Board meeting:

  • Health Program of Studies, PK-5
  • Changing for Girls, Lesson Outline, Grades 4 and 5
  • Changing for Boys, Lesson Outline, Grades 4 and 5
  • HIV/AIDS Lesson Outline, Grade 4

 She reported no comments were received during the past month while the materials were on display for public review and comment. Dr. Teets recommended approval. Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the Program of Studies and resource materials.

        Dr. McCartney presented the Middle School Health Program materials which were also reviewed at the February 8, 2005 Board meeting:

  • Health Program of Studies, 6-8
  • Learning About Growing Up: From Boyhood to Manhood (Video), Grade 7 - Boys
  • Learning About Growing Up: From Girlhood to Womanhood (Video), Grade 7 - Girls
  • Birth Control Methods (Chart) - Grades 7, 9, and Family Life Elective, Grades 10-12
  • TIME to Wait for SEX (Video) - Grades 7, 9, and Family Life Elective, Grades 10-12

Dr. McCartney reported no comments were received during the past month while the materials were on display for public review and comment. Dr. Teets recommended approval. Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the Program of Studies and resource materials.

        Mrs. Bell presented the High School Health Program of Studies, Grade 9 and the Family Life Program of Studies, Grades 10-12 which were reviewed at the February 8, 2005 Board meeting. She noted no comments were received during the past month while the materials were on display for public review and comment. Dr. Teets recommended approval. Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the Program of Studies and resource materials.

        Dr. McCartney presented the Mathematics Curriculum, PK - 8 which aligns the Maryland Content Standards and the Maryland Assessment Program. She reviewed the use of the Voluntary State Curriculum (VSC) as a guide in the development of the Curriculum. The VSC can be accessed through the MSDE website and the Board of Education website. The Curriculum will be on display for public review and comment and brought back to the April Board meeting for approval.

        Dr. Patricia Mullinix, Coordinator of Research, Evaluation and Information reported that MSDE has partnered with the Princeton Review to provide a comprehensive benchmark assessment program for students in both reading and mathematics. The Princeton Review will develop formative assessment forms in conjunction with MSDE with the objective to ensure that each assessment form accurately addresses and aligns to both the Maryland Content Standards and the MSA for each grade level. Funds ($28,000) have been included in the county budget to purchase these formative assessments and computer assisted materials. A pilot formative assessment will be conducted in May 2005. The program will provide benchmark assessments with the primary purpose of providing feedback on each student which will be used by teachers in a diagnostic manner. Discussion included the benefits of the assessment in determining students' weak areas, modifying instruction to meet the needs of elementary and middle school students, whether a need exists for an additional student test, the role of MSDE in the advocacy of the Princeton Review formative assessments, and who should be paying for the assessments.

        Dr. Mullinix distributed the Maryland School Performance Report, 2004.

            Part XII - Administration

        Mr. Fink reported that the Calendar Committee met on March 7, 2005 to review the current 2004-2005 School Calendar and to develop a 2005-2006 School Calendar. The committee voted unanimously to make up any additional days missed during the 2004-2005 school year in June rather than use the Easter Monday as a make-up day.

        The committee then prepared two calendars for 2005-2006, with data as follows:

Calendar A: School would begin Monday, August 29, 2005
  All five make-up days would be in June.
   
Calendar B: School would begin on Thursday, August 25, 2005.
  Two possible make-up days would be in April (Thursday before and Tuesday after Easter) and three make-up days would be in June.

The superintendent will discuss the calendar with various individuals and bring a recommendation for either Calendar A or B to the Board at the April meeting.

        Commissioner Gregg left the meeting at 7:50 p.m.

            Part XIII - Board Concerns

        Ms. Costa reported on student council activities and events at her school, as follows:

  • GCASC will be traveling to Johnstown for a Chiefs hockey game this weekend.
  • Northern High Blood Drive on March 21, 2005.
  • Lt. Governor Steele has invited Ms. Costa to a meeting on Friday, March 11, 2005. She plans to discuss the Princeton Review at that time.
  • Currently there are a couple of students interested in applying to be a Student Board Member for the 2005-2006 school year.

In regard to the invitation for student councils to attend the April Board meeting, Ms. Costa noted that students would like to come to the meeting after classes. One topic for that meeting will be a request from GCASC for additional funds for student council trips. Mr. Fink responded that the FY 2006 budget contains $3,600 for student council, up $1,200 from the current year.

        Dr. Teets and Mr. Fink reported there was no new information added or changes made to the Proposed Operating Budget - FY 2006 which was presented in detail at the public presentation of the budget on March 1, 2005. New initiatives for the 2005-2006 school year include the JROTC Program, Project Lead the Way, replacing textbooks, support for the Robotics program, implementation of a pre-kindergarten program at Bloomington, an employee identification system, increased support for band and athletic transportation, and sidewalks and curbing at Northern High School. The Board asked that Appendix B., Goal 3 be altered to read, "To secure local funding to close the gap between per pupil wealth of the county and per pupil local funding," and for some editorial correction. Upon a motion by Mr. Raley and a second from Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously accepted the budget, with the recommended amendments. The FY2006 budget summary is as follows:

Unrestricted Funds $42,378,188
Restricted Funds  $ 3,495,836

Total

$45,874,024
   
School Construction  $ 1,308,000
   

Total All Funds

$47,182,024

A request for $20,081,567 in operating funds and $1,308,000 in school construction funds will be requested from the county. The next step will be to present the FY2006 Budget for approval by the County Commissioners.

        Ms. Costa inquired about driver education curriculum, and what is taught regarding the handling of emergency situations while driving or as a passenger in a vehicle. Mrs. Bell responded that safety lessons are included in county curriculum in addition to what is covered by MVA guidelines. Also, conditions that are unique to Garrett County are addressed in the Driver Education Curriculum.

        Mr. Durst reported he will serve on a MABE committee of past presidents regarding the length of term of office.

        Mrs. Collins attended the State Board of Education dinner in her capacity as MABE Executive Board member. Before the dinner, she attended an Executive Board meeting. Topics discussed at the meeting included a bill to determine that Boards of Education would be under state ethics laws rather than local ethics laws (MABE remains neutral), No Child Left Behind and AYP, and maintaining a better working relationship with the State Board of Education.

Ms. Costa left the meeting at 9:05 p.m.

            Part XIV - Approval of Minutes

        Upon a motion by Mr. Raley and a second by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the Minutes of February 8, 2004 as presented.

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins and a second by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously approved the Minutes of the Special Meeting on March 1, 2008.

            Part XV - Adjournment

        There being no further business, the Board, by consensus, adjourned the meeting at 9:15 p.m.

            Part XVI - Information

  1. 2005 Tentative Summer Workshop Schedule
  2. 2005 Tentative Summer Student Activity Calendar
  3. Home & School Connection, March 2005
  4. MSDE Bulletin, Vol. 16, No. 2 - February 25, 2005
  5. MSDE News Release: High School Assessment Information Available in 13 Languages (02/28/05)
  6. MSDE News Release: Parent Advisory Council convened by Superintendent Grasmick calls for benchmarks . . . (02/23/05)

 

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Rodney L. Durst Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   April 12, 2005