Board of Education

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

Minutes August 9, 2005





Oakland, Maryland 21550


Tuesday, August 9, 2005



Part I - Call to Order

Mr. Rodney L. Durst, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.  Members in attendance included Mrs. Madeleine Collins, Vice President; Mr. James Raley and Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, associate members; and Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools.  Mrs. Rawe was unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict.

Part II - Public Comment

There was no public comment at this time

Part III - Executive Session

Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board of Education agreed (4-0) to move to executive session at 4:05 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.  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.  Personnel matters discussed included appointments and emergency and volunteer coaches.

            Part IV ? Reopen Public Session

Mr. Durst reconvened public session at 5:37 p.m.  Student member Corey Lewis and Commissioner Ernest Gregg were in attendance.  Pastor Dan Winters, representing the Mt. Top Ministerial Association, offered a prayer following which Ms. Lewis led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

            Part V ? Acceptance of Agenda

Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board approved (4-0) the agenda with the addition of ?The Steering Wheel ? July 27, 2005? under Information Items. 

            Part VI ? Announcements

The following announcements were offered:

C           August 18, 2005:  New Teacher Orientation - Will O=the Wisp @ 8:30a.m.

C           August 25, 2005 - First Day for students

C           The Garrett County Fair will be held the following week. 

C           Katheryn Gemberling, Education Consultant and Data Specialist, will meet with the central office Leadership Team on Thursday, August 11, 2005 @ 9:00 a.m.

C                     The recent Medicaid Audit showed no findings.  Dr. Teets extended his appreciation to Judy Paugh who handles that account and to Dr. McCartney for her oversight of the program.

C                     August 17, 2005:  Early Childhood/K/PreK training at Will O? the Wisp to align Head Start and Board of Education curricula.

C                     August 30, 2005:  Multimedia Presentation re:  responsible decision making ? 9:00 a.m. at Southern Middle and 2:00 p.m. at Northern Middle

C                     Dr. Teets announced that Workers Compensation Insurance has had a favorable rating for two consecutive years resulting in a premium decrease of $38,000.

C                     The activity bus will begin on August 15, 2005 to transport students to and from practices.


                        Part VII ? Approval of Minutes

            Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold and a second by Mrs. Collins, the Minutes of July 12, 2005 were approved (4-0) as corrected.

                        Part VIII - Instruction

            Dr. McCartney introduced the following staff members who assisted in the presentation of the Social Studies Program of Studies, PK ? 12:  Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education, 9-12; Sue Waggoner, Director of Elementary Education; and Kurt Lear, Supervisor of CTE/Certification.  Dr. McCartney distributed a Scope and Sequence chart showing that the Government class was moved from grade 11 to grade 10 to better address instructional needs.  She added that the elementary and middle school teachers considered the Voluntary State Curriculum (VSC) in their curriculum review and in accordance with the Master Plan.  Proposed middle school texts were reviewed as Dr. McCartney explained there is $300,000 in the FY06 budget for textbook upgrades. 

            Mrs. Waggoner indicated that the elementary Social Studies Program of Studies is very similar to the middle school program in format.  The program focuses on a language-rich environment for Prekindergarten and kindergarten social studies along with the use of manipulatives.  Recommended texts and resource materials were reviewed. 

            Mrs. Bell explained the secondary Social Studies Program of Studies is a condensed version of several previous documents into one format.  The program of studies follows the VSC and distinguishes between merit and honor classes.  Mrs. Bell reviewed the proposed texts, noting the texts would also be available on the Internet.

            Dr. McCartney explained the Social Studies Program of Studies, along with the proposed texts and resource materials would be on display for public review and comment for a month and would be an action item on the September agenda. 

            Mrs. Bell introduced the new JROTC instructors, Colonel Jack Riley for Southern High School and Colonel Eric Sheetz for Northern High School.  Mrs. Bell and the instructors reviewed the proposed JROTC Program of Studies, explaining that the document, at this point, is basically a curriculum developed by the Army.  The instructors gave an overview of expectations for the class.  Instruction will focus on leadership skills and making students better citizens through a variety of opportunities.  Goals are for cadets to become self-sufficient and to be successful in school, college, and the community.  In the near future, the JROTC class plans to have a color guard/drill team and later hope to add a marksmanship team.  Each high school will also have an NCO assisting the instructor.  Mrs. Bell explained that a local system may develop up to 20% of the program of studies which will be included over time as the program evolves.  Therefore, at this time, the Program of Studies is an information item only.  It will be presented to the Board in August 2006. 

            Additional discussion centered on the request and plans for a color guard/drill team and marksmanship team, especially dealing with the use of non-firing ceremonial rifles for the color guard or BB guns for marksmanship, safety issues, and community acceptance.  Instructors stated the first step would be a color guard without non-firing ceremonial rifles, progressing to using non-firing rifles.  A drill team would start and progress in the same manner.  When marksmanship begins, only the instructor or the NCO will carry and deliver BB guns to cadets.  Mr. Riley stated that at some point in the future, a competitive marksmanship team could be formed.  He indicated it could take up to four years to have the team in place.  Mr. Raley stated he would like to see the community show acceptance of the program before incorporating guns into the program.  Mr. Durst added that he believes citizens of Garrett County are familiar with hunting and guns and, therefore, accepting of cadets using guns at appropriate JROTC occasions.  Mrs. Bell noted that the program must meet certain standards to progress to BB gun use and that these arms would not be available to the program until December 2005, at the earliest.  Dr. Teets summarized that he feels the Board is comfortable with the program leadership and would like to ease into the next step.  Additional topics discussed included the successful JROTC program and marksmanship team in Preston County, the Northern and Southern High instructors? focus on post-secondary education, and the positive aspects of the instructors? presence in the high schools. 

            Mrs. Bell presented the revised Board Policy 347.7 Curricular, Co-Curricular, and Extra-Curricular Activities which was previously reviewed by the Board.  Dr. Teets recommended its approval.  Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins with a second by Mr. Raley, the Board approved (4-0) Policy 347.7.

                        Part IX ? Public Comment

            There was no public comment at this time.

                        Part X ? Instruction, continued

            Mr. Lear shared the proposed Technology Education textbooks for all ninth graders which will be on display for public review and comment for a month and returned as an action item on the September agenda.  He explained that the texts are designed as a foundation level for principles of engineering  through the Project Lead The Way program and will be purchased as a classroom resource.

                        Part XI ? Personnel

            Dr. Teets recommended the following personnel matters:

C     *Appointments:     Jennifer Parks, Mathematics Teacher, SX, eff. 08/22/05

Stephen Dyche, Science Teacher, SX, eff. 08/22/05

Josephine Coviello-Redinger,PK/K Teacher, BL, eff. 08/22/05

                                  Nathan D. Limbaugh, Special Education Teacher, AC, eff. 08/22/05

                                 SFC James C. Warnock, Non-Commissioned JROTC Officer, NH, eff. 09/01/05

                                 Cynthia Farmer, Instructional Assistant, SH, eff. 08/22/05

                                 Heather Ours, Instructional Assistant, BL, eff. 08/22/05

                                  Audrey Cross, Instructional Assistant, KZ, eff. 08/22/05

                                  Carol Frazee, Instructional Assistant, YG, eff. 08/22/05


C     *Emergency Coaches:  Dan Clark, Assistant Wrestling Coach, SH

                                       Christina Jones, Assistant Cheerleading Advisor, NH

                                       Kista Weimer, Assistant Cheerleading Coach, NH

                                       Chris Metcalfe, Softball Coach, SH 

                                       Dave Taylor, Wrestling Coach, SH 


Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved (4-0) the personnel recommendations of the superintendent.

            At this time, the Board took a short break.

                        Part XII ? Administration

            Mr. Jim Thomas, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations presented the FY2006 Comprehensive Maintenance Plan (CMP).  He explained there were very few changes in the plan from FY2005 with the exception of updating the replacement schedules for equipment and materials in the schools.  He reviewed the completed projects as listed in Appendix B and the proposed projects as listed in Appendix C.  Dr. Teets recommended approval of the CMP.  Upon a motion by Mr. Raley and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board approved (4-0) the FY2006 Comprehensive Maintenance Plan.

            Mr. Thomas added that he is working on the Capital Improvement Plan which has to be approved by the State and County Commissioners.  It will be an agenda item in September prior to its submission to the state by October 7, 2005. 

            Dr. Teets researched the question from last Board meeting regarding whether the Grantsville addition would put the Board in jeopardy for future CIP funds.  He indicated that Dr. David Lever, IAC, stated it would not impact future renovation.

            Dr. Teets explained that the Grantsville Head Start which was in last year?s CIP for planning is now being submitted for construction in the FY2007 CIP.  He then introduced Mr. Duane Yoder, Executive Director of Community Action Committee, Inc.

            Mr. Yoder gave a brief history of the closing of the Jennings Head Start and the quest for a new location to house the Head Start students.  He noted Dr. Teets was instrumental in securing the continued use of the current Grantsville Woodmen of the World building for short-term use.  Schematic drawings were presented, showing that a planned addition of 8,000 square feet of space to Grantsville Elementary School would incorporate a Head Start classroom, early Head Start, two kindergarten classrooms, and wrap-around child care.  He explained that the grant application submitted last spring was not selected, but feels sure it will be funded when it is resubmitted. 

            Mr. Raley left the meeting at 8:03 p.m.

            Mr. Yoder continued with discussion regarding anticipated population growth in the Grantsville area; cost sharing of cafeteria and custodial staff, as well as utilities; opportunity to more efficiently use of space at Grantsville Elementary, and meeting the Bridge to Excellence guidelines. 

            The Board thanked Mr. Yoder for his presentation.

            At the Board?s request, Mr. Thomas gave a brief update on the Northern Middle School water line.  He will submit in this year?s Capital Improvement Plan to have public water installed to Northern Middle, Northern High and Hickory Environmental Education Center.  As the new well at Northern Middle cannot be tied into the school yet due to a trace amount of arsenic, he felt it was necessary to pursue the use of public water for all three complexes.  It was noted that the Cove area is a farming preservation area and that the new water line would be dedicated just to the schools.    Mr. Fink added that any state funds received for the new water line could possibly be subtracted from state funds on a pro-rated basis, based on  the amount allocated to the Northern Middle School renovation. 

            Mr. Gregg left the meeting at 8:25 p.m.

                        Part XIII ? Board Concerns

            Dr. Teets asked the student Board member to help advertise to students and families that the activity bus is being used for practice season.

            Mrs. Collins gave a report on the MABE Executive Board meeting she attended on July 19, 2005.  Topics included a recommendation from MABE to require board training over and beyond orientation and a recap of the legislative session.

            The MABE 2005 Annual Conference will be held on September 28-30, 2005 in Ocean City.  Mrs. Collins, Mrs. Rawe, and Dr. Teets will attend.

              The MABE Board of Directors has invited local Board presidents to a luncheon meeting on September 29, 2005 during the annual conference in Ocean City.  Mrs. Collins will represent Mr. Durst at this event. 

            MABE is requesting ?Special Gifts? from each county to be awarded at various times during the annual conference.  The Board suggested that Dr. Teets procure several containers of local maple syrup to bring to the conference as Garrett County?s gift donation, as it was well received at last year?s conference. 

                        Part XIV - Adjournment

There being no further business, the Board, by consensus, adjourned the meeting at 8:50 p.m.

         Part XV ? Information Items

a.             Charity Drives Report, 2004-2005

b.             MSDE Memo: Changing from Geometry to Algebra/Data Analysis as the required NCLB Mathematics test beginning with 2005-2006 school year  (07/29/05)

c.             MSDE News Release:  Independent Study Finds MD on Track with No Child Left Behind  (7/20/05)

d.      ?The Steering Wheel ? July 27, 2005?


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Rodney L. Durst Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   September 13, 2005