Board of Education

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Oakland, MD 21550
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Minutes July 6, 2006





Thursday, July 6, 2006



                        Part I - Call to Order

Mrs. Madeleine Collins, President of the Garrett County Board of Education called the meeting to order at 4:05 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; 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 and a second by Mr. Raley, the Board of Education agreed to move to executive session at 4:05 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 protect the privacy or reputation of individuals with respect to a matter that is not related to public business.  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 joined the meeting at 4:20 p.m.  During closed session, board members discussed personnel items which included retirements, a resignation, appointments, emergency coaches, bus driver for final approval, a professional leave request, and school staffing.   

            Part IV – Reconvene Public Session

            Mrs. Collins reconvened public session at 5:45 p.m.  Student Board member, Danielle Daniels joined the meeting at that time.  Mrs. Collins asked the assembly to take a moment for reflection, following which Ms. Daniels led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

            Part V – Acceptance of Agenda

Upon a motion by Mr. Raley and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Agenda was unanimously accepted as presented. 

Part VI – Announcements

  • Jared Roth, teacher at Northern High School, has been awarded one of 10 Appalachian Regional Commission Entrepreneurship Awards. 

·    Dr. Teets reported that the appeal funding has been granted by IAC for the Grantsville Elementary School renovation project.  He added that preliminary drawings of both the Grantsville Elementary and Northern Middle School projects will be available at the August meeting.


Additionally, Board members and the superintendent expressed their appreciation for the “Garrett County Celebrates Math, Science, and Technology Education” event which was held at the Wisp Resort on May 21, 2006.  They cited the amount of work which was done to produce the event which was coordinated by Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education, 9-12.  Board members also expressed their appreciation for the successful Retirement Celebration which was held on June 9, 2006 at the Will O’the Wisp. 

                        Part VII - Approval of Minutes

            Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved the Minutes of June 13, 2006 with corrections.

                        Part VIII – Administration

             Mr. Jim Thomas, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations presented the Comprehensive Maintenance Plan (CMP) which was first read at the June 13, 2006 Board meeting.  Dr. Teets recommended its approval.  Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold and a second by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously approved the CMP.

            Dr. Teets gave a brief overview of “Garrett County Board of Education Highlights” which was compiled at the request of Mr. Frank Shap, Information Technologist with the Office of Economic Development.  Mr. Shap asked Board staff for information, in addition to the “Education Superlatives” brochure, which could be disseminated to prospective business owners who may consider moving to Garrett County. 

                        Part IX – Instruction

            Dr. Phil Lauver, Supervisor of Pupil Services, presented proposed revisions to the “Student’s Rights, Responsibilities, and Discipline Handbook.”  He explained that the suggestions from the Board were incorporated into the final revisions.  Dr. Teets recommended approval of the 2006 revisions.  Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold and a second by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously approved the superintendent’s recommendation. 

            Dr. McCartney presented a summary of the 2006 MSA Results which show improvement in all areas over the county scores for 2005.  She reported that results exceed state results for all grades except grade five math and that results for the special education subgroup are much improved.  Additionally, county results exceed the state for FARMs (free and reduced meal students) in all grades.  Dr. McCartney added that staff will look at results in more detail to provide input into strategies for the Master Plan.  Dr. Teets expressed his appreciation for Dr. McCartney’s leadership, and the efforts of staff and students.  Dr. Teets, Mrs. Collins and Board members asked that a note of appreciation be forwarded to staff. 

                        Part X – Board Concerns

            Ms. Daniels asked for an update on the status of the GCASC’s request for a final exam exemption policy.  Dr. Teets responded that the suggested policy is being reviewed by the Director of Secondary Education and staff.  Ms. Daniels thanked the Board for their invitation to attend the MABE Leadership Conference at the Wisp in McHenry.  She also inquired as to the process of hiring teachers. 

            Dr. Teets and Board members who attended the MABE Leadership Conference shared a report on experiences at the conference, noting the student work exhibits were very well received, as well as the local entertainment and extra activities which were provided.  Dr. Teets thanked Mrs. Jane Wildesen, Curriculum Coordinator who supervised the exhibits and student involvement. 

            The MABE Annual Conference will be held in Ocean City on October 3-6, 2006.  Board members who wish to register were asked to contact the superintendent’s office. 

            Mr. Raley will attend the MABE Budget Meeting on Monday, July 10, 2006 in Annapolis.


                        Part XI - Personnel Matters


Dr. Teets recommended the following personnel matters for approval:

·         Retirements:       Frederick M. Pratt, English Teacher, SH, eff. 07/01/06

                          Sonia L. Pratt, Art Teacher, SH, eff. 07/01/06

        Carol W. Slagle, Mathematics Teacher, SH, eff. 07/01/06


·         Resignation:        Shana Roten, Special Education Teacher, DR, eff. 06/20/06


·         Appointments:     Tara Hinebaugh, Teacher, GV, eff. 08/24/06

                                Krista McKenzie, English Teacher, SH, eff. 08/24/06

                          Timothy Yoder, Alternative/Special Education Teacher, SH, eff. 08/24/06

                          Jacqueline Parsons, Science Teacher, SX, eff. 08/24/06

                          Jennifer Roth, Science Teacher, SX, eff. 08/24/06

                          Kari Elliott, Special Education Teacher, DR, eff. 08/24/06

                          Lena (Kathryn) Servilio, Special Education, BR, eff. 08/24/06

                          Darrin Isom, Art Teacher, SH, eff. 08/24/06


·         Emergency Coaches:           Angie Biggs, Assistant Cheerleading Advisor, SH

                                          Robert Bonser, Boys Head Soccer Coach, SH

                                          Gary Grove, Assistant Boys Soccer Coach, SH

                                          Josh Hinebaugh, Assistant Football Coach, SH

                                          Walter Lee, Athletic Trainer, SH

                                          Dave Martin, Golf Coach, SH


·         Transportation:    Driver Final Approval:  Charles C. Baker for Dale E. Evans, Inc. 


·        Professional Leave and Travel Request:  2006 Prader Willi Syndrome General Conference for one staff member in July


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

            Commissioner Gregg left the meeting at 6:55 p.m.

                        Part XII – Public Comment

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

                        Part XIII - Adjournment

            There being no further business, the Board adjourned by consensus at 7:05 p.m.


               Part XVI – Information Items


a.             May 2006 Attendance Bulletin

b.             June 2006 Attendance Bulletin

c.             MSDE News Release: Maryland State Department of Education Selected as One of Three Nationally to Participate in Leadership Excellence Academies . . . (6/15/06)

d.             MSDE News Release: Maryland School Assessment Scores Show More Improvement  (6/20/06)



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Madeleine Collins Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   August 8, 2006