Board of Education

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

Minutes December 13, 2005





Oakland, Maryland  21550


Tuesday, December 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 4:10 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 (3-0) to move to executive session at 4:12 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; and Mr. Ervin Fink, Executive Director of Administration were in attendance during all or part of the executive session.  Personnel matters included appointments, a resignation, bus driver and assistant for final approval, and emergency and volunteer coaches. 

            Mr. James M. Raley, associate member, arrived at 4:15 p.m.

                        Part IV – Reopening of Public Session

            Mr. Durst reconvened public session at 5:50 p.m.  Student member Corey Lewis was also in attendance.  The Reverend Pat Kerr of the Mt. Top Ministerial Association offered a prayer following which Ms. Lewis led 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 Mr. Raley, the agenda was unanimously accepted with the deletion of the Early Entrance Policy and Procedure Information under Instruction.

                        Part VI - Announcements

·         The ITech Open House will be held on Dec. 15, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. at Garrett College.

·         The Discovery Channel will air its program featuring finalists in the Young Scientists program on December 18, 2005 at noon and on December 25 at 9:00 p.m.  Joanna Guy, freshman at Southern High School and Science Expo winner is a finalist in the Discovery Channel Young Scientist and will be a part of the televised program.

·         The first inspection for the new JROTC program was last week.  Both high schools rated well (Northern = 88.5 and Southern = 92.4). 

·         The JROTC program will be hosting a dinner on December 21, 2005.

·         Permission from the State Board of Education has been given to allow Garrett County Public Schools to be in session on January 16, 2006 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) and February 20, 2006 (President’s Day) as make-up days.  Schools have been closed five days due to inclement weather as of this date.


                        Part VII – Approval of Minutes

            Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold and a second by Mrs. Rawe, the Board approved (3-0) the Minutes of November 1, 2005 as corrected and the Minutes of November 29, 2007 as drafted.  Mr. Raley abstained from voting as he was absent for the public session on November 1, 2005.

                        Part VIII – Administration

            Mr. Scott Germain, Program Manager for the Food and Nutrition Services, reviewed the Student Nutrition and Wellness Policy which was presented to the Board for information at the November 1, 2005 meeting.  Dr. Teets recommended approval of the policy.  Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe and a second by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the policy.

            Mr. Jim Thomas, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations, offered updates on current projects.  He explained that the installation of the water line from the Overlook to Northern High School property line is being funded by the County Commissioners in the amount of $263,396.  The State approved emergency funds ($29,400) for the installation of the water line from the property line to Northern High School.  The County Commissioners are forward funding $23,774 for installing the water line from Northern High to Northern Middle and $42,779 for installation from Northern Middle to the Hickory complex.  The IAC has recommended approval of these lines to the Board of Public Works.  A contract was awarded to Carl Belt in the amount of $359,349.  Mr. Thomas added that, at this time, installation is 50% completed on school property and 40% completed on state property. 

            Mr. Thomas reported that the IAC recommended approval of all of the Capital Improvement Program submissions except for the Crellin Roof Repair and the Planning and Construction of the Grantsville Addition.  Dr. Teets, Duane Yoder of the Community Action Committee, and Mr. Thomas appeared at an IAC Appeals Hearing in Baltimore last week to ask for reconsideration.  He received a message today that the IAC is recommending to the Board of Public Works for Planning only for the Grantsville Addition in 2007.  The Crellin Roof was not recommended for approval.

            Mr. Thomas continued with an update on the Northern Middle School Renovation, noting that the Ed Specs Committee has been meeting once a week and plans to have the specifications completed by the end of January 2006.  He also explained that the RFQ (Request for Qualifications) was received this week to hire an architect for the project, and that a committee began architect evaluations today.

            The Board thanked Mr. Thomas for his report.

                        Part IX – Instruction

            Dr. McCartney reviewed the Computer Program of Studies, PK-12 which was presented to the Board for information in September, highlighting any changes which were made to the document since that time.  She noted the document had been on display for public review and comment and that no comments were received.  Dr. Teets recommended approval of the Computer Program of Studies.  Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe and a second by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the recommendation.

            Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education, 9-12 presented the Student Education Planning Guide - 2006-2007. The Planning Guide, which will be given to students in January, covers information regarding graduation requirements, types of classes and exams, college credit options, course descriptions, and career pathways.  She reviewed changes and improvements from last year’s booklet.

            Mrs. Bell reported that the Music Program of Studies which was presented to the Board for information at the November meeting was on display for public review and comment for the past month and that no public comment was received.  She also noted the Program of Studies was presented to the Fine Arts Committee who expressed support for the document.  Dr. Teets recommended approval of the Music Program of Studies.  Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe and a second by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the superintendent’s recommendation.

            The Board discussed the new guidelines for attendance relative to seniors who attend school to take one class for the day.  Discussion included the impact of the guideline on enrollment and attendance figures, how students who take this option are faring, whether the number of credits required in Garrett County should be increased, and how to evaluate the overall impact of the new regulation.  It was noted that seniors are counted as full-time enrollees if four classes are taken at Northern High and two classes per semester at Southern High, that enrollment is stable although enrollment in vocational programs is slightly affected, that remediation classes do not receive credit, and that the situation needs to be monitored.  Mrs. Bell added that her department tracks how many credits students actually take.  Board members agreed to continue conversation on this matter.

            Dr. McCartney presented proposed changes to Administrative Procedure 939.1 Application for a Public Charter School, noting that she and Mrs. Sue Waggoner, Director of Elementary Education, updated the procedure to include recent information from the State.  In response to Board member’s questions, Dr. McCartney explained that charter schools would be required to follow testing, staffing, and contract requirements, although curriculum requirements may be somewhat different.  She will check further as to whether a line should be included in the procedure stating that charter schools should follow local policies and procedures.

                        Part X – Board Concerns

            Ms. Lewis reported that both high schools are surveying students and staff as to whether students with an “A” in a particular class could be exempt from final exams in that class.  Additionally, she noted she is gathering data from other counties as to their methods of selecting Student Board Members.  Ms. Lewis also reported that the Garrett County Association of Student Councils is considering changes in membership, perhaps having a second vice president from middle school.

            Dr. Teets, Mr. Raley and Mr. Durst will attend the Mountain Maryland PACE Events on January 26-27, 2006 in Annapolis.

            Board members were given an invitation to attend the December A&S luncheon.  Mrs. Sebold was available to attend. 

            Mrs. Collins’ term on the MABE Board of Directors has expired, but she will continue to attend LSA Meetings.  Mr. Durst will attend MABE Legislative Committee meetings.

            Comments from Mr. Raley regarding MABE’s request for input on mandatory training for board members was forwarded to MABE.  Mr. Raley stated that if the bill continues to move forward, he may ask the Board to take a stand against mandatory training.

            Mrs. Collins reported on the LSA meeting she attended, noting topics included what schools are allowed to distribute through normal distribution channels.

            Dr. Teets responded to a question about the state’s position on saying the Pledge to the Flag, noting that students have the right to dissent to participate.  Dr. Teets will review this issue with A&S staff. 

                        Part XI – Public Comment

            There was no public comment at 7:05 p.m.

                        Part XII – Personnel Matters

            Dr. Teets recommended the following personnel for approval:

      Appointment:    Larry Carr, Custodian IV, SH, eff. 12/19/05  

                                    Delilah Miller, Instructional Assistant, YG, eff. 01/03/06

             Resignation:    Gary Bittinger, Custodian IV, SH, eff. 11/08/05   

             Transportation:    Bus Assistant for Final Approval:    Kevin Spiker for Alice Bittner, Inc., Route 19

                                 Bus Driver for Final Approval:        Melissa Frantz for Eric Frantz, Route 86


        Emergency Coach:    Chris Elliott, NH, Assistant Boys Basketball Coach

Upon a motion by Mr. Raley and a second by Mrs. Collins, the Board unanimously approved the superintendent’s recommendations.

                        Part XIII – Board Concerns, continued

         Dr. Teets expressed his gratitude to the Board for the November 29, 2005 surprise reception at the Will O’the Wisp in honor of his being named Maryland Superintendent of the Year. 

         Mr. Durst recognized Ms. Kay Carlson, Secretary to the Superintendent, as he read a Proclamation of Appreciation for her “dedication and commitment to excellence which supports the success of all of us.”

                        Part XIV – Adjournment

         There being no further business, the Board, by consensus, adjourned the meeting at 7:15 p.m.


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Rodney L. Durst Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   January 10, 2006