Board of Education

Board of Education
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550
Phone 301.334.8931
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Minutes November 1, 2005




Oakland, Maryland  21550


Tuesday, November 1, 2005



                        Part I – Call to Order

            Mr. Rodney L. Durst, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at 3:05 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. Sebold, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to move to executive session at 3:07 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 consider matters that relate to the negotiations.  Dr. Teets; Dr. Brenda McCartney, Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Ervin Fink, Executive Director of Administration, and County Commissioner Ernest Gregg were in attendance during all or part of the executive session.  Personnel topics included an appointment, bus drivers for final approval, and a professional leave and travel request.

            Mr. Lamont Pagenhardt, County Administrator and Mrs. Wendy Yoder, County Finance Director were present during part of the executive session. 

                        Part IV - Reopening of Public Session

            Mr. Durst reconvened public session at 5:35 p.m.  Student member Corey Lewis was unable to attend.  Mr. Durst asked the assembly to observe a moment of silence, following which Mrs. Sebold led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

            Mr. Raley left the meeting at 4:00 p.m. to attend a previously scheduled event.

                        Part IV – Acceptance of Agenda

            Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board accepted (3-0) the agenda with the following addition under Board Concerns:

·         American Education Week Proclamation


                        Part V – Announcements                 

·         This year’s enrollment increased to 4,745, up for the first time in many years.

·         Fall sports/athletic playoffs are starting now.

·         Our Story Conference, hosted by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, will be held on November 3-4, 2005 at Garrett College.

·         School was closed three days last week because of inclement weather resulting in power outages.  This will necessitate adding three days to the end of the school calendar. 

·         The Advisory Committee on Education will meet on November 8 at Garrett College.  The November 29th meeting has been cancelled.

·         There will be a Special Board meeting on November 29, 2005 for executive session only.


                        Part VI – Approval of Minutes

            Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold and a second by Mrs. Collins, the Minutes of October 11, 2005 were unanimously approved as corrected.

                    Part VII – Instruction

Mr. Kurt Lear, Supervisor of CTE/Certification, explained that the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Program of Studies, 9-12 on display for public review and comment for the past month after being reviewed at the October Board meeting.  No public comments were made.  Dr. Teets emphasized that the PLTW Program of Studies completely aligns with state curriculum and recommended its approval.  Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board approved, 3-0, the superintendent’s recommendation

            Dr. Phil Lauver, Supervisor of Pupil Services, reviewed a policy and procedure on Informal Kinship Care which was done to meet guidelines as outlined in the Annotated Code and Code of Maryland Regulations.  Dr. Teets recommended approval of the policy.  Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold and a second by Mrs. Rawe, the Board approved (3-0) the superintendent’s recommendation. 

            Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education, 9-12, reviewed the draft Music Program of Studies, 9-12, noting the program of studies was reviewed and revised by her and the music teachers of both high schools.  She then distributed course outlines for music, band and chorus, noting that some of the Board’s recommendations from previous discussion were included.  Mrs. Bell also noted the Board’s recommendation of hiring another vocal music teacher to serve both high schools will be considered next year.  The Program of Studies will be on display for public review and comment until brought back to the Board for action.

            Mrs. Bell revisited the following list of computer textbooks which she and Mr. Chuck Trautwein reviewed at the September Board meeting, indicating they have been on display for public review and comment: 

                        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

Dr. Teets recommended approval of the textbooks.  Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board approved, 3-0, the superintendent’s recommendation.

                        Part VIII – Administration

            Mr. Scott Germain, Program Manager for Food and Nutrition Services, provided an overview of the draft Board Policy 866.8 Student Nutrition and Wellness Policy and its accompanying draft Administrative Procedure Student Nutrition and Wellness Procedure.   Using guidelines set forth by the Federal Government, along with information from national and state training sessions, a committee met to devise a local policy.  Mr. Germain and Dr. McCartney co-chaired the committee.  The draft policy and procedure were then presented to the A&S group, followed by a presentation to the Health Advisory Committee and the Garrett County Association of Student Councils.  Mr. Germain explained the documents include nutritional guidelines for all foods available on each school campus under the local educational agency during the school day with the objectives of promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity.  Mr. Durst recognized Ms. Ann Ellis from the audience who commented on the disruption during the school day from various fundraising efforts involving food items and measures taken to preclude disruption.  Mrs. Sebold asked that the fundraising policy be reviewed in regard to the proposed wellness policy.  The wellness policy will be brought to a future Board meeting for action.

            At 6:20 p.m., the Board took a short break.

                        Part IX – Recognition

            Dr. Teets introduced Ms. Joanna Guy, a freshman at Southern High School, who was named as one of forty finalists in the Discovery Channel’s Young Scientist Challenge from 75,000 science fair participants nationwide.  Ms. Guy developed her science project entitled, “What Do You Expect:  Does Expectation of Difficulty Level Affect Student Test Performance?” as an eighth grade student at Southern Middle School, under the direction of her advisor, Mrs. Gayle Farrar.  The project won high honors in Social and Behavioral Sciences at last year’s Science Expo at Frostburg State College.  Ms. Guy noted she was eligible to compete through the University of Maryland on October 15-19, 2005 where she presented to the National Academy of Scientists.  The event was televised and will be aired on December 18, 2005.  She then presented her project, giving an overview of her method and results.  The Board and Dr. Teets congratulated Ms. Guy for her excellent presentation and achievement.  Commissioner Gregg added that her accomplishment is good publicity for the Science Expo.  Ms. Guy was accompanied to the Board meeting by her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Guy, and Mr. Tom Woods, Southern High School principal.

                        Part X – Board Concerns

Mrs. Collins read a Proclamation (attached) in honor of American Education Week, November 13-19, 2005, which was signed by Board members.

Mr. Durst read the Veterans Day Resolution (attached) in honor of all veterans on November 11, 2005, which was signed by Board members.

            The Maryland Association of Boards of Education asked for input on its draft of a proposed regulation, marked “for discussion purposes only,” regarding proposed minimum requirements for training of board members.  Discussion included the impact of such regulation on an elected board, the costs associated with travel and trainers, whether it is an unfunded mandate, and time involved.  Dr. Teets asked that Board members send their comments to him to be forwarded to MABE.

                    Part X – Public Comment

There was no public comment at 7:00 p.m.

                        Part XI – Personnel Recommendations

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

·                     Appointment:   Mary Adele Naylor, Nurse Assistant, DR, eff. 11/02/05

·                     Bus Drivers for Final Approval:    Kevin Corbin for Ralph Miller, Routes 55 & 78

      Kevin Green for Bertha Green Bus Service, Inc., Routes 07 & 23

·                    Professional Leave and Travel Request for a music teacher to travel to  Southern Harmony Many Voices One Spirit (2 days)

      Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe and a second by Mrs. Collins, the Board approved (3-0) the personnel recommendations.

                                Part XII – Recognition of Maryland School Performance Program Awards

                        Dr. Teets explained that for a number of years, there have been state awards for School Performance Program.  Now the financial awards are basically awarded to Title I schools.  The following schools were recognized:

                                Dennett Road Elementary              $3,107.90  (Title I School)

                                Kitzmiller Elementary                     $3,107.90  (Title I School)

                                Northern Middle School                Certificate

                        Board members congratulated Mr. Gary Galloway who was in attendance representing Dennett Road Elementary School.  Mr. Galloway noted his award was for a sub-group and that a committee would make the decision how to spend the award money.  Dr. Teets added that Dennett Road is also the Character Education School of the Year and the Board will have them back in recognition of that award, also. 

                        Staff from Northern Middle included Principal Bill Carlson, Jack and Sharon Settle, Jack and Lorie Burdock, Michael San Julian, Steve Petersheim, Annalea Catulle, Lisa Carr, Jennifer Rankin, and Cathleen Hershberger.  Dr. Teets and Board members welcomed staff members and offered congratulations on their achievement.  Dr. Teets added that it was announced on Staff Development Day that Northern Middle was selected as one of six Blue Ribbon Schools in the state.  Mr. Carlson replied that the awards are a team effort.  He expressed his appreciation for his staff which keeps up with the best in education and then takes it one step further.  He noted the support of the community and feeder schools which make the Blue Ribbon a system award.  Board members thanked Mr. Carlson and staff members for their efforts and their achievements. 

                        Board members and Dr. Teets then congratulated Mrs. Candy Dolan-Opel, principal and staff members, Sandra DeWitt and Wendy Craver, who accompanied her.  Ms. Opel noted their School Performance Award was for a sub-group and staff plans to purchase supplemental reading materials with the award money.

                                Part XIII – Executive Function

                        Board members, Commissioner Gregg, Dr. McCartney, and the Board’s secretary then met briefly in executive function.

                        Part XIV – Board Concerns

            At 7:35 p.m., The Board reconvened in public session. 

Ms. Pam Nelson, Chairperson for the Advisory Committee on Education, presented the annual report of meetings held during the 2004-2005 school year.  She thanked Dr. Teets and the various staff members who attended to give updates and seek input on projects and proposals.  She added that attendance has increased and there are many new members. 

                        Part XV - Adjournment

            There being no further business, the Board, by consensus, adjourned the meeting at 7:45 p.m.

               Part XVI – Information

 a.             MSDE News Release:  More Than 680 Schools Across State Participate in the Unprecedented Campaign  (10/17/05)

b.              MSDE News Release:  2004 MD Adolescent Survey Shows Declining Substance Abuse Over Last Decade in Majority of Categories  (10/26/05)



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


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Veterans Day Resolution - November 11, 2005

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