Board of Education

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Oakland, MD 21550
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Minutes February 13, 2006






Monday, February 13, 2006


                                    Part I – Call to Order

            Mrs. Madeleine Collins, President of the Garrett County Board of Education called the meeting to order at 4:06 p.m.  Members in attendance included Mrs. Camilla Rawe, Vice President; Mr. Rodney L. Durst, Mr. James M. Raley, and Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, associate members; Commissioner Ernest Gregg, ex-officio member; 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. Rawe, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to move to executive session at 4:07 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, to consult with staff about pending or potential litigation, and to consider matters that relate to the negotiations.  Dr. Teets; Commissioner Gregg; Dr. Brenda McCartney, Assistant Superintendent; and Mr. Ervin Fink, Executive Director of Administration were in attendance during all or part of the executive session.            

Board members discussed a scheduled hearing for summary judgment and a potential litigation case, as well as the status of current negotiations.  Discussion of personnel items included a resignation, leave without pay, professional leave and travel requests, bus drivers for final approval, and volunteer and emergency coaches. 

Part IV – Mrs. Collins reconvened public session at 5:33 p.m.  Student Board member, Corey Lewis joined the meeting at this time.  Dr. Donald Forrester, 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 – Agenda

       Mrs. Sebold suggested a discussion regarding “backpack distribution of information” as an agenda item for a later date. 

Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe and a second by Mr. Raley, the agenda was unanimously approved as presented. 

                    Part VI – Announcements


  • “Annie, Jr.” will be presented at Broad Ford Elementary School on the following days:  Feb. 17th show at 7:00 p.m.; Feb. 18th dinner and show at 6:00 p.m.; and Feb. 19th dinner and show @1:00 p.m.
  • February 17, 2006:  Lego Social for middle school parent volunteers at Swan Meadow School at 7:00 p.m.
  • March 10, 2006:  Northern High School JROTC Awards Banquet at 7:00 p.m.
  • March 9-10, 2006:  Robotics Competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • March 18-19, 2006:  Robotics Competition in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Shawn Nicklin has been named the WalMart Teacher of the Year.
  • Maggie Hockman has been named the Elks Teacher of the Year.
  • The local PIERS program has received the Civic Star Award by the National Superintendents’ Association.  Dr. Teets will receive a plaque at the National Conference.  The award will be recognized at the March Board meeting.
  • The February issue of “School Transportation News” published an article on illuminated safety lights for buses and mentioned Garrett County buses.  Dr. Teets noted that Garrett County school buses use LED lights as well as fusion lighting in high fog travel areas. 


                  Part VII – Approval of Minutes

            Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe and a second by Mr. Raley, the Minutes of January 10, 2006 and the Minutes of the Special Meeting of February 6, 2006 were unanimously approved with corrections.

                        Part VIII – Instruction

            Dr. Teets introduced Mr. Kurt Lear, Supervisor of CTE/Certification and Mr. Bob Stephens, Director of Behavioral and Family Health at the Health Department, asking them to give an overview of the State School Health Council Program Award.  Mr. Lear and Mr. Stephens reported that the Garrett County Asthma Coalition received the award for 2005-2006.  The program award is given to the agency that has contributed significantly to the promotion of comprehensive school health programs in Maryland with a model program, initiative, or event during the 2004-2005 school year.  Mr. Lear noted that the Coalition has helped foster improvement in many of the eight components of comprehensive school health, as well as having enhanced school health education and services, physical education, and family and community involvement in schools.  The Coalition consists of members from the Health Department, Board of Education, Garrett Memorial Hospital and private practitioners.  Mrs. Collins and Dr. Teets presented the award plaque and thanked Mr. Lear and Mr. Stephens for their efforts on behalf of the Asthma Coalition.  Board members congratulated them on the award and thanked them for coming to the meeting. 

            Mrs. Sue Waggoner, Director of Elementary Education, reviewed the proposed Board Policy 431.101 Early Entrance Policy and Administrative Procedure 431.102 Entrance Criteria and Procedural Guidelines which was presented at a previous Board meeting.  Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe and a second by Mr. Durst, the Board unanimously approved Board Policy 431.101 as presented. 

                        Part IX – Board Concerns

            Ms. Lewis presented the Student Board Member Report which included a request from GCASC for a student to be a member of the calendar committee.  Ms. Lewis also questioned whether American Sign Language is being considered as a foreign language credit.  Additionally, it was noted that the student councils are traditionally invited to attend the April meeting.  Ms. Lewis also stated an item being discussed by GCASC is the waiver of finals for some students with a high grade average.

            By consensus, Board members set the date for the May Board meeting on May 2, 2006 to accommodate schedules.

            Dr. Teets reported on the Maryland Association of Boards of Education Summer Leadership Conference which is slated to be held at the Wisp Resort on June 22-23, 2006.  He noted that Ms. Jane Wildesen, Curriculum Coordinator, is facilitating efforts to provide projects from the schools for display and various other items.  Additional discussion centered on proposed activities for conference attendees and related matters.

                        Part X – Meeting with Parent Involvement Groups

            Dr. Teets noted that invitations to attend the February 13, 2006 meeting were sent to parent involvement groups via principals and that Accident Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) accepted the invitation.  Mrs. Collins introduced Mrs. Angie Rush, teacher and PTO Co-President, and Mrs. Sheila Miller, principal of Accident Elementary.  (Ms. Sandy Vincent, Co-President, was unable to attend.)  Mrs. Miller gave a brief report on Accident Elementary’s successful inclusion program, highlighting staff training and strategies used in the classroom.  She thanked Mrs. Rush for her initiative in making the inclusion program a success and for her extra efforts relative to the PTO group.  Mrs. Rush gave an overview of various fundraisers and activities which are sponsored by the PTO, and which school programs are benefited by the funds which are raised.  She also expressed a need for better outdoor lighting at the school so that the playground is accessible to the community and safe.  Mrs. Rush then distributed a brochure about the PTO and its mission which is given to new enrollees and their families to encourage participation.  Board members commented on the excellent presentation by Mrs. Rush and Mrs. Miller and thanked them for coming to the Board meeting.  Board members and Dr. Teets will investigate better outdoor lighting at the school.

                        Part XI – Board Concerns, continued

            Mrs. Collins relayed that she will attend the State Board Dinner Meeting for school board presidents on February 28, 2006, in Baltimore.

            Mrs. Collins and Dr. Teets attended the MABE Legislative Luncheon and briefing on February 16, 2006.

            Mr. Durst gave a brief report on his attendance at the Legislative Committee meeting.  Dr. Teets added that two proposed bills affecting Garrett County are HB618 which is to move JROTC instructors into the Teachers’ Negotiations Unit and HB269 to update Board member expenses to reflect the budget figure. 

            The Superintendent and Board members completed their Financial Disclosure Questionnaire for 2005. 

                        Part XII – Public Comment

            There was no public comment at this time.

                        Part XIII – Personnel Recommendations

            Dr. Teets recommended the following personnel matters for approval:


Resignation:                     Eric S. Uphold, Custodian III, DR, eff. 02/17/06 


Leave Without Pay:          William K. Ack, Teacher, BL, 2 days


Professional Leave and Travel Requests:

·         One staff member to attend the Nike Coach of the Year Clinic in February 2006

·         One staff member to attend the History of Winter 2006 workshop in February 2006

·         Two staff members to attend the National Association of Basketball Coaches Convention in March and April 2006


Transportation - Drivers for final approval:               Brenda Arnold, for anyone

                                                                              Steven Royce for Harry Martin, Route 61


Emergency Coaches:        Ed Carr, Assistant Baseball Coach (.5), NH

                                       Bryan Lenhart, Assistant Softball Coach, NH

                                       Jamie Workman, Assistant Baseball Coach (.5)


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

                        Part XIV – Adjournment

            There being no further business, the Board, by consensus, adjourned the meeting at 7:12 p.m.

                        Part XV – Information Items

            In addition to the following items, Board members received the 2004-2005 MSDE Fact Book

a.             January 2006 Attendance Bulletin

b.             Student Education Planning Guide 2006-2007

c.             Home & School Connection, February 2006

d.             MSDE News Release:  Montgomery County Kindergarten Teacher is One of Four Teachers Up for Honor (1/17/06)

e.             MSDE News Release:  External Review Praises State’s Social Studies Curriculum (1/26/06)

f.              MSDE News Release:  State Improvement in Advanced Placement Testing Leads the Nation  (02/07/06)


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Madeleine Collins Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   March 13, 2006