Board of Education

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

Minutes May 10, 2005



Oakland, Maryland 21550

Tuesday, May 10, 2005


            Part I - Call to Order

        Mr. Rodney L. Durst, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at 4:06 p.m. Members in attendance included Mrs. Madeleine Collins, Vice President; 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 4:08 p.m. in accordance with Public School Law 4-106 and Section 10-508 of the State Government Code for the purpose of conducting interviews for Student Member of the Board; to discuss personnel matters affecting one or more individuals; to consult with staff, consultants, or other individuals about pending or potential litigation; and to consider the acquisition of real property for a public purpose and matters directly related thereto. Dr. Teets; Dr. Brenda McCartney, Assistant Superintendent; and Mr. Ervin Fink, Executive Director of Administration were in attendance during all or part of the executive session. Student Board Member candidates were present for interviews. Personnel items discussed included retirements, resignations, appointments, transfers, leave of absence without pay, and emergency coaches.

            Part IV - Reopen Public Session

        Mr. Durst reconvened public session at 6:30 p.m. Student Board member, Laura Costa, was in attendance. Mr. Durst asked the assembly to observe a moment of silence, after which Ms. Costa led the Pledge to the Flag of the United States of America.

            Part V - Acceptance of Agenda

        Upon a motion by Mr. Raley and a second by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously accepted the agenda, tabling the Review of MSDE Technology Survey until the June meeting.

            Part VI - Announcements

        The following announcements were offered:

  • Bloomington PTA meeting and Excellence Fair has been changed from May 10 to May 17, 2005 at 6:30pm.
  • Middle School Success Night: May 18, 2005 at 6:30 p.m.
  • High School Success Night: May 19, 2005 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Northern High Choral Concert: May 11, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Southern Middle Band Concert: May 16, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Swan Meadow Graduation: May 27, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Maryland Living History Project at 4-H Center: May 18-20, 2005 at 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Crellin Playground Work Days: June 1-4, 2005
  • Swan Meadow's Bird/Wildflower Project: The Eastern Bluebird and Wild Columbine were approved as the official bird and wildflower by the County Commissioners at their meeting earlier today.
  • Jo Ann Vent received the 2005 Career and Technology Outstanding Secondary Distinguished Service Award on Tuesday, April 19, 2005, in Baltimore.
  • Joanne Buckle, a student at Southern High, received the Service Star Award.
  • Accident Elementary was reviewed during a surprise visit by the Maryland General Services Agency. A representative of the Agency stated that Accident Elementary was "the best school we have looked at all year."
  • Shawn Nicklin, history teacher at Northern High, has been named the WalMart Teacher of the Year
  • Commencement Exercises will be held on June 5, 2005: 1:00 p.m. at Southern High and 4:00 p.m. at Northern High.
  • The Food Service Dinner will be held on May 20, 2005 at the Hickory Environmental Education Center.

            Part VII - Approval of Minutes of April 12, 2005

        Upon a motion by Mr. Raley and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Minutes of April 12, 2005 were unanimously approved with minor corrections.

            Part VIII - Instruction

        Mr. Kurt Lear, Supervisor of CTE/Certification, presented a proposed, new Board Policy 472.3 Healthful School Environment which was reviewed at the April meeting. The Board recommended the word "Therefore," be used to replace the word "So" beginning paragraph three. Dr. Teets then recommended approval of the new policy. Upon a motion by Mr. Raley and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved the policy.

        Ms. Jennifer Kotulak, Supervisor of Special Education, presented the Special Education Staffing Plan which is required to be submitted along with MSDE grant application for special education funding. The Plan will be an action item on the June agenda.

        Dr. Phil Lauver, Supervisor of Pupil Services, reviewed revisions to the attendance policy and procedure, Sections E. through I. of the Student's Rights, Responsibilities, and Discipline Handbook. He explained that the sections were generally rewritten and would be effective for the 2005-2006 school year when approved. Substantial changes include how absences will be handled for students not attending a full day; that elementary, middle, and high school students will be limited to sixteen days' absences; and that notification regarding student absences will be sent to parents when total absences reach eight days rather than the current ten days. The revisions will be an action item on the June agenda.

            Part IX - Public Comment

        There was no public comment at this time.

        Part X - Personnel Matters

        Dr. Teets recommended approval of the following personnel items:


  • Michelle Zollner Bartholomew, English Teacher, NH, eff. 07/01/05
  • Alice J. Bernard, Instructional Assistant, DR, eff. 01/01/06
  • Martha Welch, Instructional Assistant, CR, eff. 01/01/06


  • Holly Diehl, Principal, FV, eff. 07/0/1/05
  • Douglas Gaither, Principal, BR, eff. 07/01/05
  • Colonel Erik A. Sheetz (retired), JROTC LTC, NH, eff. 07/01/05
  • Colonel Jack C. Riley (retired), JROTC LTC, SH, eff. 07/01/05
  • Darla Six, Family and Consumer Sciences, SX, eff. 08/22/05,
  • Amanda K. Wilburn, Comparative Foreign Language Teacher, NX, eff. 08/22/05,
  • Cindy M. Garlitz, Comparative Foreign Language Teacher, SX, eff. 08/22/05
  • Ashley A. Kitzmiller, Physical Education Teacher, NX, eff. 08/22/05
  • Jennifer Coulter, Music Teacher, BL/GV, eff. 08/22/05
  • Kayla Cathell, Secretary V, SH, eff. 07/01/05
*Leave of Absence Without Pay:
  • Teresa L. Roberts, Art Teacher, NH, 2005-2006 School Term

*Emergency Coach:

  • Andy Bowser, .5 Assistant Boys Track Coach, NH

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

            Part XI - South African Educators

        Mr. Durst and Dr. Teets welcomed the following educators from South Africa:

  • Moatlhodi Tlhacoane, Science Teacher from the Northern Cap Province
  • Ayanda Een Mampofu, Mathematics Teacher from the Eastern Cape Province
  • Doris Kgotiane, Mathematics Teacher from the Galiteng Province
  • Pamela Xulu, Science Teacher from the Kwa Zulu Natal Province
  • Hamilton Shushu, Mathematics Teacher from the Northern Cape Province
  • Christoper Manqunqa, Mathematics Teacher from the Western Cape Province

        The educators were in the county through an exchange program hosted by Garrett College to observe and learn about technology in the classrooms. Ms. Linda May Gerard, Administrative Assistant to Dr. Nancy Priselac, Dean of Student Development at Garrett College, and Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education with the Board of Education, accompanied them to the Board meeting. The visitors introduced themselves and gave an overview of their teaching responsibilities and location of their schools. During discussion with the Board, it was explained there are eleven official languages in South Africa and that English is the academic education language. Dr. Teets and Board members thanked the educators for their presentation. Mrs. Bell noted there would be a reception in their honor at Garrett College on Saturday, May 14, 2005, and at her home on May 20, 2005.

            Part XI - Instruction, continued

        Dr. Teets introduced Mr. Chuck Trautwein, computer resource teacher and advisor to the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team 1629, and commended the fine work of students and staff at the recent competition. Mr. Trautwein listed the following team members, most of whom were present at the meeting:

Northern High School Southern High School
Erik Wood Jed Crawford
Justin Beitzel (not present) James Mullenax
Zac Brosnihan (not present) Philip Adams (not present)
Mitch Hall Stephanie Lee
Zach Trautwein Sarah Storck (not present)
Chris Wood  

Additionally, he introduced the following team mentors:
Larry Friend, Beitzel Corporation
Rick Dolan, Board of Education Technician
Josh Hinebaugh, Board of Education Technician
Richard Lewis, Teacher, Northern High
Larry Mullenax, Parent
Eric Perfetti, Teacher, Northern High
Jason Watkins, Teacher, Southern High

Mentors who were unable to attend include Titus Beitzel of Beitzel Corporation; Steve Cosner, Teacher, Southern High School; and Frank Shap of the Offfice of Economic Development.

        Mr. Trautwein shared a PowerPoint presentation of the preparation and activities during the Chesapeake Regional Competition which was held at the Naval Academy during April 17-19, 2005. He noted that the "rookie " team ranked 29 out of approximately 55 teams which competed; however, the seventh ranked team selected the Garrett County team to compete in alliance with them in the event's elimination round. As a result, the team finished in the quarter finals. Mr. Trautwein reviewed the expense budget for the project. The total budget for 2005 was $10,000 financed largely through a NASA grant for $6,000 which covered registration costs. Local contributions from the Beitzel Corporation, the Board of Education, Garrett Container Systems, Mettiki Coal Corporation, and approximately twelve additional sponsors covered the balance of the team's expenses. Mr. Trautwein then presented a plaque to Beitzel Corporation for "going above and beyond" with its financial and technical support of the team. Accepting the plaque, Mr. Friend stated that Beitzel Corporation will be involved again next year. Mr. Trautwein thanked staff who attended to cheer for the team at the competition and for the support of the Board. Dr. Teets and the Board offered their congratulations for the team's accomplishments.

            Part XII - Administration

        Mr. Fink reported that, beginning with the 2005-2006 renewal, the Board of Education, the County government, and Garrett College will have the same medical, dental, and vision programs through Blue Cross/Blue Shield. This collaboration results in standardized rates for all three agencies. He presented negotiated contract revisions due to the insurance program changes and standardizing the way employee charges are calculated. Proposed contract language would delete the statement, "The Board shall provide $200.00 per month for dependent coverage" and will insert "The employee's share for dependent coverage during 2005-2006 shall not be more than the employee would have paid during 2004-2005 for the same level of coverage." Mr. Fink noted that the employee bargaining units have been asked to ratify these changes which would become effective July 1, 2005. Dr. Teets recommended the Board approve the aforementioned contract changes. Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins and a second by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously approved the superintendent's recommendation.

        Mr. Fink explained that, with the standardization of insurance rates, county government has an increase of approximately 31%, the Board of Education, approximately 5.6%, and Garrett College has a decrease in rates. With the substantial shift of the rate increase to the county, the Board of Education is able to reduce its budget appropriations request to the county by $500,000. To support this change made to the County Administrator, Mr. Fink explained that the General Current Expense request could be decreased from $19,681,567 to $19,181,567. He further explained that this doesn't change our expenses, but shifts insurance costs back to the county because their rates will increase. Dr. Teets recommended the Board approve the revision to the FY2006 Budget relative to the County Appropriation Requests. Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved the recommendation.

            Part XIII - Board Concerns

        Ms. Costa noted various school and student council activities. The newly elected 2005-2006 GCASC Officers are Corey Lewis, President; Julie Swerbinsky, Vice President; James Naylor, Secretary; and Ivan Stutzman, Treasurer.

        Mr. Raley made a motion to select Corey Lewis as Student Board Member for the 2005-2006 school year, with Becky Berkebile to serve as alternate and to be appointed to the Advisory Committee on Education. Following a second from Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the motion.

        By consensus, the Board set June 9, 2005 as the date for this year's Retirement Celebration. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m, at the Will O'the Wisp in McHenry.

        Due to scheduling conflicts, Dr. Teets recommended the June Board meeting be held on Thursday, June 2, 2005 at the regular time. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold and a second by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the recommendation.

        Mr. Durst stated that Mrs. Collins, Dr. Teets and he received notice that the MABE Summer Leadership Conference will be held on June 23-24, 2004, in Columbia, Maryland.

        Mr. Durst noted the deadline for nominations for the MABE/Charles W. Willis Award is July 6, 2005.

        Dr. Teets reported that the Teacher of the Year Luncheon is May 25, 2005 and asked if a Board member would like to attend.

            Part XIV - Adjournment

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

            Part XV - Information Items

  • April 2005 Attendance Bulletin
  • Home & School Connection, May 2005
  • MSDE News Release: Education Fares Well in 2005 Legislative Session (4/13/05)
  • MSDE News Release: Outstanding Service-Learning Leaders Rewarded (4/13/05)
  • MSDE News Release: MSDE to Honor Excellence in Career and Technology Education (4/18/05)
  • MSDE News Release: MSDE Headquarters Building Named in Honor of State Superintendent Grasmick (4/27/05)


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Rodney L. Durst Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   June 2, 2005