Board of Education

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

Minutes September 13, 2005




Oakland, Maryland  21550


Tuesday, September 13, 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; 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. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Collins, the Board of Education agreed (3-0) to move to executive session at 4:03 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 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, Executive Director of Administration, were in attendance during all or part of the executive session.  Personnel topics included appointments, resignations, change of retirement dates, emergency and volunteer coaches, and a bus driver for final approval.

            Mr. Raley arrived to join the meeting at 4:15 p.m.

                        Part IV - Reopening of Public Session

            Mr. Durst reconvened public session at 5:35 p.m.  Student member Corey Lewis was in attendance.  The Reverend Pat Kerr, 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. Rawe and a second by Mrs. Collins, the Board accepted the agenda with the following additions:

·         Under Instruction:  Technology Education:  Principles of Engineering textbook (Action item)

·         Under Instruction:  JROTC Update

·         Under Information Items: Courses Not Taught at Garrett County High Schools – 2005-2006

                        Part VI – Announcements

·         September 26, 2005:  Advisory Committee on Education meeting at Garrett College, Room 215 at 7:00 p.m. 

·         October 7, 2005:  Teacher of the Year Gala at Martin’s West in Baltimore.  Garrett County Teacher of the Year is Y. Michelle Harman. 

·         October 13, 2005:  Staff Development Day at Northern High School for all staff members. 

·         Joanna Guy, freshman at Southern High School, is a semi-finalist for the 2005 Discovery Channel Young Scientists Challenge.

·         Oakland and Grantsville Rotary Clubs are presenting dictionaries to students in grades 3, 4, and 5 in all county public schools this month.  Thereafter, dictionaries will be presented to all third graders annually.

·         Character Education Traits for September:  Self Discipline and Control.

·         The 8th Annual Maryland Rural Summit will be held at Garrett College on October 27-28, 2005.

·         Coordination of the student work exhibitions at the Garrett County Fair were very successful.  Jane Wildesen, Curriculum Coordinator oversaw the Fair project this year and plans to develop a reference booklet for future years. 

·         Mrs. Sebold has been asked to participate in a panel discussion regarding NCLB at the Maryland Federation of Republican Women convention on October 28-29, 2005. 

                        Part VII – Approval of Minutes

            Upon a motion by Mr. Raley and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Minutes of September 13, 2005 were unanimously approved as corrected.

                        Part VIII – Administration

            Mr. Jim Thomas, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations reviewed the FY2007 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget request. Four (4) systemic projects (Southern High Roof Replacement which was forward funded locally, Southern Middle School Boiler Replacement, Northern Middle Water Line Installation, and Crellin Elementary Roof Replacement), one (1) addition project (Grantsville/Head Start), and equipment purchase would require funding in FY2007.  Mr. Thomas indicated he spoke with the Executive Director for Public School Construction who confirmed the Grantsville addition will not jeopardize any future requests to renovate the existing facility.  Dr. Teets recommended approval of the CIP as the document is due to the State by October 7, 2005.    Upon a motion by Mr. Raley to approve the Capital Improvement Program with math corrections, and a second by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the CIP.  Prior to submission to the State, the CIP will be reviewed by the County Commissioners. 

            Dr. Teets updated the Board on the water situation at the Northern High, Northern Middle and Hickory Environmental Education Center.  He noted the need for pump repair last week, but explained that the water table has decreased dramatically.  At this point in time, the well is filling up overnight for the next day’s use and the water is potable.  Additional testing is taking place for the Northern Middle School well to ascertain the quality of that water source.  He complimented the facilities staff and maintenance workers for their efforts in monitoring the pumps.  Dr. Teets outlined contingency plans and options which will be available if the water table becomes lower.  He noted a key point would be  to expedite the installation of a public water line to Northern High School this fall, and then to complete the project in next year.  Dr. Teets requested approval for the Department of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations to pursue the installation of the public water line to the Northern complex.  Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins and a second by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously approved the superintendent’s request.

            Dr. Teets recommended approval of Becky Berkebile of Northern High School and Meghan Flinn of Southern High School whose names were submitted by their principals as candidates for student representatives on the Advisory Committee on Education (ACE).  Additionally, he recommended approval of Scott Hollingsworth and the Reverend Duane Frederick as ACE members representing a local agency and the Ministerial Association, respectively.  Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold and a second by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the four individuals as ACE members. 

            Mr. Fink reported that the Garrett County Health Department would like the Board of Education to move away from the tuberculin skin testing of all employees as the disease no longer poses a health risk in this demographic area.  In this regard, the Health Department Director sent a letter to Dr. Teets outlining a procedure and policy to follow.  Mr. Fink reviewed the proposed new Board Policy, Tuberculosis Testing for Employees and its accompanying Administrative Procedure, highlighting the “risk assessment” form which all employees would be obligated to complete, and procedures to be followed if any areas of risk are identified.  Board members discussed various aspects of the proposal, including reliability of answers on the form, whether bus drivers should be included, if the new procedure will also be in place at the Health Department and Garrett Memorial Hospital, and keeping students and staff safe and comfortable.  Mr. Fink will contact the Health Department to discuss the Board’s concerns.  The policy will be an action item at a future meeting. 

                        Part IX – Instruction

            Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education, 9-12 and Mr. Chuck Trautwein, Computer Resource Teacher presented an overview of the proposed Computer Studies Program of Studies, PK-12 which was developed during a workshop in August 2005.  The Program of Studies was developed to provide continuity of technology experience from pre-kindergarten through high school.  Each section, i.e. elementary, middle and high school, has been aligned to the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS*S) to ensure that all students benefit safely from the instructional use of computers and related technology.  Proposed textbooks are as follows:

                        Introduction to Computer Science Using Java, Glencoe/McGraw Hill

                        Microsoft Office 2003 Introductory Concepts and Techniques, Thomson

                        Discovering Computers 2006 – A Gateway to Information, Shelly Cashman Series

                        Addison-Wesley’s Review For The AP Computer Science Exam in Java, Pearson, Addison-Wesley

                        Java Software Solutions for AP Computer Science, Addison-Wesley

The proposed Program of Studies and texts will be on display for public review and comment for a month and will be an action item at a future meeting.

            At the Board’s request, Mr. Trautwein provided an update of the Robotics Teams, noting the students meet each week and are planning a fundraiser in the near future.  He expresses his appreciation of Beitzel Corporation who is continuing as the team sponsor/partner.  The team is hosting the Garrett County Engineering Challenge which is scheduled for October 16, 2005 at Garrett College.  Details can be found on the Board’s website.  Mr. Trautwein noted he will submit an application for a NASA grant again this year, and that M&T Bank has given $1,500 to help support the team.

            Dr. McCartney stated the Social Studies Program of Studies, PK-12 and textbooks were on display for public review and comment during the past month, but no public comment was received.  Dr. Teets recommended approval of the Program of Studies and accompanying textbooks and materials.  Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved the recommendation.

Mr. Kurt Lear, Supervisor of CTE/Certification stated the Technology Education textbook was on display for public review and comment during the past month.  No public comment was received.  Dr. Teets recommended approval of the text which will be purchased as a classroom resource for ninth graders.  Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe and a second by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously approved the recommendation.

Dr. Teets presented a ceremonial non-firing rifle and recommended the purchase of the rifles for use by the JROTC Color Guard, noting this equipment would supersede Board policy about look-alike guns.  Mrs. Bell added that the earliest date for the Army to approve the use of air rifles would be December 2005.  Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold and a second by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the purchase of ceremonial non-firing rifles for use of the JROTC Color Guard.

Mr. Bell reported that thirty students are enrolled in JROTC at Northern High and fifty-nine at Southern High at this time.

                    Part X – Public Comment

There was no public comment at this time.

                        Part XI – Personnel Recommendations

            Dr. Teets recommended the following personnel items for Board approval:

·         Appointments:            Sara Pumphrey, Mathematics Teacher, NH, eff. 08/31/05 

                                 Eric Uphold, Custodian III, DR, eff. 09/19/05 

                                       Lisa Rager, 3-hour per day Part-Time Custodian, BR, eff. 09/19/05

                                       Kimberly Jones, 4hour/day Part-Time Cafeteria Worker, SH

·         Resignation:               Justin Keel, Mathematics Teacher, NH, eff. 8/30/05 

                                       Stacy Hershman, 4.5 hour/day Part-Time Cafeteria Worker, SH, eff. 09/16/05

·         Change of Retirement Dates:       Alice J. Bernard from January 1, 2006 to July 1, 2006

                                                        Martha A. Welch from January 1, 2006 to July 1, 2006 

·         Emergency Coaches:        Frank Ewing, Assistant Football Coach, NH

                                       Lynn Lais, .5 Assistant Boys Soccer Coach, NH

                                       Jeremy Reed, .5 Assistant Boys Soccer Coach, NH 

                                       Jamie Workman, Assistant Football Coach, NH 


·        Transportation: Driver for Final Approval:   Raymond Paul Bennett for Dale E. Evans, Inc.

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

                                Part XII – Instruction, continued

        Dr. Patricia Mullinix, Coordinator of Research, Evaluation, and Information presented a report on 2005 Test Results.  According to NCLB requirements, the percentage of students rating proficient has to increase each year in order to make AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress).  All of Garrett County Public Schools have met AYP, although one middle school did not make AYP in a special education category. 

        Dr. McCartney presented an overview of the 2005 Annual Update to the Bridge to Excellence Master Plan, noting updates and adjustments to the Master Plan to ensure progress toward meeting federal, State, and local goals.  She noted the Plan will be an action item at the October meeting prior to its submission to the State.

                        Part XIII – Board Concerns

        Ms. Lewis presented the Student Board Member report which included the possibility that GCASC may need to cut back on trips due to the rise of gasoline prices.  Also, she questioned why high school semesters go into January rather than stop in December like a college semester.  It was clarified that schools are required by the State to have 180 days of instruction.  Ms. Lewis also discussed alternate methods of choosing the Student Board Member, noting that in some other areas of the state, students choose the representative. 

        Mrs. Collins reported on the LSA meeting she attended on Monday, September 12, 2005.  Topics included federal and State guidelines for a wellness policy, proposed required training for board members, summary of amicus briefs, use of cell phones by students, a MABE developed school law desk book, Constitution Day on September 16, and the “opt out” provision for student directory information given to recruiters. 

        The Maryland Association of Boards of Education requested nominations for their committee assignments.  The Board will continue assignments as they currently exist until January at which time MABE will be notified of any changes. 

        Arrangements are finalized for the MABE 2005 Annual Conference to be held in Ocean City on September 28-30, 2005.  Mrs. Collins, Mrs. Rawe, and Dr. Teets will attend.

                        Part IV – Adjournment

        There being no further business, the Board, by consensus, adjourned the meeting at 8:35 p.m.

                        Part XV – Information

         In addition to the information items listed below, Board members received the 2005-2006 School Calendar and the Staff Development Day (October 13, 2005) booklet and registration.

a.     Home & School Connection, September 2005

b.    Letter from Advisory Committee on Education to Maryland State Board of Education re M-PAC Recommendations (Sept. 7, 2005)

c.     MSDE News Release:  MD Schools Respond to Hurricane Katrina  (9/1/05)

d.    MSDE News Release:  MD SAT Scores Hold Steady as 7% More Students Take Test  (8/31/05)

e.     MSDE News Release:  National Experts Call MD Model for Other States in Parent Involvement . . .  (8/30/05)

f.      MSDE News Release:  State Board Strengthens School Leadership Training  (8/26/05)

g.    MSDE News Release:  MD  Releases High School Data  (8/23/05)

h.    MSDE News Release:  Finalists Named for the 2005-2006 Maryland Teacher of the Year  (8/19/05)

i.      MSDE News Release:  Schools Set to Open for the 2005-2006 Academic Year  (8/18/05)


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Rodney L. Durst Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   October 11, 2005