Board of Education

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Oakland, MD 21550
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Minutes March 14, 2006





Monday, March 14, 2006



                        Part I - Call to Order

Mrs. Madeleine Collins, President of the Garrett County Board of Education called the meeting to order at 4:08 p.m.  Members in attendance included Mr. Rodney L. Durst, Mr. James M. Raley, and Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, associate members; and Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools.  Mrs. Camilla Rawe, Vice President was unable to attend. 

            Part II – Public Comment

There was no public comment at this time. 

            Part III – Executive Session

Upon a motion by Mr. Raley and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education agreed (3-0) to move to executive session at 4:08 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. Commissioner Ernest Gregg, ex officio member, joined the meeting at 4:18 p.m.

Board members discussed personnel items which included an appointment, leave without pay request, professional leave and travel requests, emergency and volunteer coaches, and the proposed tenure candidates.  Additionally, Board members discussed the ratified 2006-2009 Comprehensive Agreements, the proposed Garrett County Employees Health Care Plan, and salaries for non-represented staff.

            Part IV – Reconvene Public Session

Mrs. Collins reconvened public session at 5:35 p.m.  Student Board member, Corey Lewis joined the meeting at that time.  The Reverend Duane Frederick, 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

Upon a motion by Mr. Raley and a second by Mr. Durst, the Board approved the agenda (3-0) as drafted.

            Part VI – Announcements

  • FIRST Robotics Team #1629 took second place at the Pittsburgh Regional Competition last weekend.  The team also won the Motorola Design Award.
  • March 17 – Garrett Lakes Arts Festival Talent Show, 7:30 p.m. at Garrett College
  • March 18-19 – Team #1629 will compete in the 19th Chesapeake Regional Competition at the Naval Academy in Annapolis.
  • Pat Delaney, principal of Route Forty Elementary School, was awarded the 2006 Richard A. Johnson Environmental Education Award.  There will be a reception in his honor on April 20, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. in the Appalachian Lab at Frostburg State University.
  • March 21 – FY2007 Budget Presentation to the Commissioners at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room.
  • March 23 – Rotary Dictionary Fundraiser Dinner at 6:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Valley Community Center.  The fundraiser provides dictionaries to all third grade students. 
  • March 24-26 - Northern High Marching Band will travel to New York City
  • The Advisory Committee on Education meeting will be held on March 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Garrett College.
  • March 27 – Rick Bender will do a presentation on Smokeless Tobacco at both middle schools.
  • March 31 – Regional Science Fair at Allegany College Gym
  • April 3 – History Alive Presentation, “Clara Barton” – 9:45 a.m. at Southern Middle and 1:45 p.m. at Northern Middle
  • April 11 – Business Partnership Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. 
  • April 12 –  Honor Band Concert at Southern High School at 7:00 p.m.
  • April 28-29 – Student Arts Fair at Garrett College

-         Friday:  Art Exhibit at 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Honor Chorus Presentation at 7:00 p.m.

-         Saturday:  Art Exhibits from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.


            Mrs. Collins related that Dr. Teets and she attended the Blue Ribbon School Recognition Ceremony last evening at Martin’s West in Baltimore where Northern Middle School was honored as one of six 2006 Blue Ribbon schools in Maryland.  Mr. William Carlson, principal and six teachers also attended the event.  Dr. Teets reported that Northern Middle will be ineligible to participate in the national event as Garrett County middle schools offer only comparative foreign language and national competitors are required to offer a comprehensive language program.  He added that staff believes a comparative language program better serves our middle school students.  

            Mrs. Collins recognized Ms. Jennifer Raley, reporter for the Cumberland Times-News Weekender, who will be relocating to the Cumberland office.  Mrs. Collins expressed her appreciation for the fair news reporting given the Board of Education and wished Ms. Raley well in her new position.  Ms. Raley introduced her replacement, Ms. Sarah Moses.

                        Part VII – Approval of Minutes

            Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold and a second by Mr. Raley, the Board approved (3-0) the Minutes of February 13, 2006 as corrected.

                        Part VIII – Administration

            Mr. Fink presented the proposed calendars which were reviewed by the Calendar Committee on March 13, 2006.  Mrs. Sebold represented the Board on the committee.  Mr. Fink explained that three calendars were reviewed, with Calendar C receiving the most votes and Calendar A receiving the second highest number of votes.  Calendar C has the first day for students as August 31 and is better aligned at the end of school for make-ups for high school assessments.  Calendar A, with the starting day for students on August 28, has the advantage of providing additional days of instruction prior to MSA testing as well as prior to the first and second rounds of high school assessments.  The superintendent will recommend a 2006-2007 School Calendar at the April Board meeting. 

                        Part IX – Instruction

            Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education, 9-12, explained that after consultation with high school principals and incorporating feedback from various members of the instructional staff, June 4 is the proposed date of graduation in 2006.  Dr. Teets recommended the Board approve the proposed date.  Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold and a second by Mr. Durst, the Board approved June 4, 2006 as the date of graduation, with commencement exercises at Northern High beginning at 1:00 p.m., and at Southern High at 4:00 p.m.

            Mrs. Bell reviewed proposed revision to Board Policy 344.5 The Awarding of an Honorary High School Diploma to World Ward II and the Korean Conflict and its accompanying procedure to include veterans of the Viet Nam war.  The policy will be an agenda item at the April meeting. 

            Dr. Phil Lauver, Supervisor of Pupil Services presented the proposed policy and procedure for Criminal Background Checks for Volunteer Services which was reviewed at an earlier Board meeting.  Dr. Lauver explained that, following review by the Board, the documents were reviewed by many groups who offered input which resulted in several revisions being made to the original.  He explained the policy and procedure were developed to provide for student safety in certain situations where there is no direct supervision by Board employees. Discussion included the process of background checks, which individuals would be checked, how to insure the checks are not of an arbitrary nature, and whether Maryland has any state mandates for training of chaperones.  Dr. Teets and Dr. McCartney noted they have not seen any mandate of that type. The policy will continue to be refined and brought back to the Board for action at a future meeting. 

            Dr. Patricia Mullinix, Coordinator of Research, Evaluation and Information, distributed copies of the 2005 School Performance Report and the Annual Report/Education Superlatives for 2005.  Dr. Mullinix reported that Garrett County Schools met all Maryland School Assessment, attendance, and graduation requirements to avoid System Improvement Status.  Although the AYP standards for 2005 were not met for the special education cells in reading and mathematics, results for this group of students show significant improvement over 2003 and 2004.  Overall, results indicate that Garrett County students are performing on a level consistent with or above statewide averages.  The Board thanked Dr. Mullinix for her report. 

                        Part X – Board Concerns

            Ms. Lewis presented her report on various student council and school activities.  Topics included the creation of a student-created GCASC website and whether it could be linked to the Board of Education home page, who bears the cost of AP study books, and a revisit of a previous discussion on scheduling of student council and club meetings at Northern High School.

            Dr. Teets recommended the approval of two new members for the Advisory Committee on Education, noting each candidate would be an excellent addition to the committee.  Upon a motion by Mr. Raley and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board approved (3-0) the appointments of Beth Bowers (media) and Kristen Enlow (northern area/Farm Bureau).

            Action regarding a change of date for the July meeting was postponed until a later meeting.

                        Part XI – Public Comment

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

                        Part XII – Personnel Recommendations

            Dr. Teets recommended the following personnel matters for approval:


Appointment:                    James Magruder, Custodian IV, SH, eff. 03/20/06


Leave Without Pay:          Shirley Larue, Part-Time Cafeteria Worker, SH, 6 days


Professional Leave and Travel Requests: 

·         ASCD 2006 Annual Conference, Chicago IL. for one staff member 

·         Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society Annual Conference, Toms River, NJ, for one staff member

·         2006 Gurian Summer Training Institute, Colorado Springs  CO, for one staff member 

·         National Reading First Conference, Reno-Sparks Convention Center, NV, for two staff members


Emergency Coaches:        Andrew Bowser, Boys Track Coach, NH 

                                       Dominique Fazenbaker, Assistant Girls Track Coach, NH


Upon a motion by Mr. Durst and a second by Mr. Raley, the Board approved (3-0) the superintendent’s recommendations.

                        Part XIII – Recognition of Student Designer of 2005 Christmas Card

            Dr. Teets welcomed Tabytha Boleyne, student at Northern High School, class of 2007, who is the designer of the Board’s 2005 Christmas card which was sent to Board employees, each Maryland superintendent, and various county and state agencies in December.  He also recognized her art teacher, Mr. Jay Paxton.  Dr. Teets noted that many excellent designs were submitted from both high schools.  Board members expressed their appreciation for her design which was a cardinal perched on a bird house in the pines.  Ms. Collins presented Ms. Boleyne with a framed copy of the Christmas card and thanked her for attending the Board meeting.  Accompanying Ms. Boleyne to the Board meeting were Mr. Bill Herring and daughter Sammy, and Zachary Dunne.


                        Part XIV – Recognition of Maryland State Winner of AASA and Sodexho USA’s 2006 Civic Star Award


            Mrs. Collins recognized the following staff members who were in attendance to be recognized for their participation in the PIERS (Partners in Ecology and Restoration of Schoolyards) Program which is the recipient of the Maryland State 2006 Civic Star Award:

            Pat Delaney, Principal, Route Forty Elementary School

            Keith Harvey, Principal, Yough Glades Elementary School

            Gary Galloway, Principal, Dennett Road Elementary School

            Darlene Taylor, Teacher, Dennett Road Elementary School

            Bruce Taliaferro, Coordinator of Hickory Environmental Education Center

Also participating in the PIERS Program but unable to attend are Sheila Miller, Principal of Accident Elementary School and Candy Dolan-Opel, Principal of Kitzmiller Elementary School.  Dr. Teets explained that the PIERS Program is done in cooperation with the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science Appalachian Laboratory at Frostburg State University.  The program has students, staff, and members of the Lab working together to establish or enhance natural habitats in Accident, Dennett Road, Kitzmiller, Route Forty, and Yough Glades elementary schoolyards, as well as Hickory.  PIERS has also assisted these schools to use their restoration and protection projects to educate students about local ecology and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  Staff members gave an overview of the program that is in place at their facilities.  Dr. Teets distributed copies of The School Administrator magazine in which the winning schools were featured and shared the plaque which was awarded during the American Association of School Administrators National Conference in February in San Diego.  Board members congratulated staff members who participated in the PIERS endeavor, expressing their gratitude for all the hard work and extra effort to enhance their schools. 

                        Part XV – Board Concerns, continued

            Dr. Teets discussed the criteria through which Garrett County students may participate in the County Tuition Scholarship Program.  Board members discussed the expectations of the program which are to upgrade skill levels, raise the standard of living in Garrett County, provide enrichment to high school classes, and to provide more students a way to go to college.  Discussion also included the impact on the high school program, dual enrollment status, release time, how scholarship students will be screened, and that the program will continue to be fine-tuned. 

            Mr. Fink reported that the 2006-2009 negotiated contracts have been ratified by the following employee groups, GCEA, GCEA Support, GCFT, and A&S Association.  Dr. Teets recommended Board approval.  Upon a motion by Mr. Raley and a second by Mr. Durst, the Board approved (3-0) the four negotiated contracts for the period July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2009. 

            Mr. Fink reviewed revised pages to the FY2007 Superintendent’s Budget which were changed to reflect the latest figures from the State.  He noted that beginning in January 2007, Board members will receive a $200 annual increase per Salary Commission guidelines.  There being no further discussion, Dr. Teets recommended that the Board adopt the FY2007 Budget as presented.  Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold and a second by Mr. Durst, the Board adopted (3-0) the FY2007 Budget.   The FY2007 budget, which will be presented to the County Commissioners for approval later this month, reflects the following totals:

·        Unrestricted Funds                   $ 44,238,306

·        Restricted Funds                       $   3,238,306

Total                                        $ 44,983,397


·        School Construction                 $   1,299,032


Total All Funds                         $ 49,520,735


            Mrs. Collins gave a brief overview of proposed legislation regarding funding of charter schools, noting there will be a hearing in that regard on March 17, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. in Annapolis.

            Mrs. Collins and Dr. Teets gave a brief overview of the MABE Legislative Luncheon which was held on February 16, 2006 in Annapolis.

            Mrs. Collins attended the State Board Dinner Meeting with local Board presidents.  Items discussed included HSA, mediation, and teacher retention.

            Dr. Teets reported that plans are being finalized for the 2006 MABE Summer Leadership Conference to be held at the Wisp Resort in McHenry on June 22-23, 2006.

                        Part XVI – Adjournment

            There being no further business, the Board adjourned by consensus at 8:40 p.m.

               Part XVII – Information Items


a.      February 2006 Attendance Bulletin

b.      2005-2006 School Calendar Update (W. Teets Memo, dated 03/07/06)

c.      Tentative Professional Development Workshop Schedule – Summer 2006

d.      Home & School Connection, March 2006

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

f.       MSDE News Release:  MSDE Announces $4.1 Million in Afterschool Program Grants (02/22/06)

g.      MSDE News Release:  Kindergarten Entrance Changes to be Completed This Fall (02/23/06)


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Madeleine Collins Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   April 11, 2006