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Minutes November 13, 2006






Monday, November 13, 2006



                        Part I - Call to Order

Mrs. Madeleine Collins, President of the Garrett County Board of Education called the meeting to order at 4:09 p.m.  Members in attendance included Mrs. Camilla Rawe, Vice President; Mr. James M. Raley and Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, associate members; and Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools.   Commissioner Ernest Gregg, ex officio member, was also present.

            Part II – Public Comment

There was no public comment at this time. 

Part III – German Student Exchange

            Dr. Teets asked that the agenda be changed to include a brief presentation from Mr. David Bender, teacher at Southern High School.  Mr. Bender provided the Board with an overview of the proposed Southern High School American German International Exchange program, and asked for approval from the Board to pursue this year’s exchange.  He explained that, through his participation in the Fulbright Teacher Linkage Program, arrangements have been made with Klaus Kessler of Gymnasium Heepen (a bi-lingual school) in Bielefeld, Germany to facilitate an exchange program between the two schools.  He and Kathleen Doyle, German teacher at Southern High School, have planned a trip to Germany on June 9-23, 2006 and have German students visiting Southern High from March 25 – April 7, 2007.  Mr. Lowell Leitzel will accompany the students on the trip.  Mr. Bender noted the need for host families for the German students.  Mr. Bender gave a brief description of the itinerary for the students, traveling and housing arrangements, and costs for Southern High students.  The Board, by consensus, approved the concept of the exchange so that Mr. Bender and staff could move forward with the exchange program plans. 

            Mr. Rodney L. Durst, associate member, joined the meeting at 4:20 p.m.

Part IV - Executive Session

Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe and a second by Mr. Raley, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to move to executive session at 4:30 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.  Dr. Teets; Dr. Brenda McCartney, Assistant Superintendent; Mr. Ervin Fink, Executive Director of Administration were in attendance during all or part of the executive session.   Personnel items discussed during executive session included appointments, a resignation, emergency and volunteer coaches, a request for leave without pay, and a disciplinary action by the superintendent.

            Part V – Reopen to Public Session

Mrs. Collins reconvened public session at 5:38 p.m. Dr. Don Forrester, representing the Mt. Top Ministerial Association, offered a prayer following which Mrs. Collins led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.  Mrs. Collins congratulated Dr. Forrester on his recent election to the Board of Education.

            Student Board member, Danielle Daniels was absent as she is at volleyball practice for State Championship semi-final competition which will be held on Tuesday, November 14 in College Park.  (The monthly Board meeting date was changed to November 13 in order that the superintendent and staff could attend the game on November 14, 2006.)

                        Part VI – Announcements


·         November 12-18, 2006:  National Education Week and Children’s Book Week

·         November 13-19, 2006:  International Education Week – Theme is International Education: Engaging in Global Partnerships and Opportunities

·         Southern High School Band won first place in Chapter 13 Competition in Martinsburg WV and Northern High School Band finished second.  The Southern High Band finished 16th in Eastern Nationals in Scranton, PA – the highest they have ever finished in this competition.

·         Southern Girls Volleyball Team will compete against Havre de Grace in state championships on Tuesday, November 14th at 8:30 p.m. in College Park.  If they win this game, they will compete on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

·         Ryan Bowser was the 1A Individual State Champion in Cross Country.  Northern High Boys Cross Country placed second in state.  Sierra Wassell placed 8th in girls cross country.  Both were designated All-State.  Zack Bittinger is the Cross County Team Coach. 

·         Students will be dismissed at noon on Wednesday, November 22 through Monday, November 27 for Thanksgiving holiday. 

·         Former Student Board Member, Laura Hollingsworth, is attending Yale Medical School after graduating from Johns Hopkins University.

·         Garrett County is only one of five school systems in Maryland to have met AYP in all schools and to have no schools in improvement. 

·         December 7, 2006:  Real Deal Activities are planned at Northern Middle School, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

·         The first Annual Fall Choral Concert held on October 30, 2006 was very well received.  Many students and parents in attendance praised the new choral teacher, Debi Beachy. 

·         Mrs. Collins, on behalf of the Board, congratulated Northern High School staff and those involved from central office for the recent Northern High School accreditation, noting that the three-day visitation by the accreditation team was extremely rewarding and highly successful. 


                        Part VII – Approval of Minutes of October 10, 2006

            Upon a motion by Mr. Raley and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Minutes of October 10, 2006 were unanimously approved as amended.

                        Part VIII – Administration

            Dr. Teets and Mr. Jim Thomas, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations, provided an overview of the changes and updates to the originally approved Capital Improvement Program (CIP).  It was noted that in the original CIP, there was interest in using funds saved from FY2007 projects to build a JROTC building at each high school.  After further investigation, the cost of the buildings was above what was anticipated and the preferred size of the buildings could not be accommodated in the space available.  Discussion centered on what projects would be impacted by amending the CIP to include the JROTC project for FY2010, how the project could qualify for state funding participation, and the feasibility of the project at this time.  Board consensus was to have the CIP projects remain as originally approved and revisit the JROTC project at a later date.

            Dr. Teets and Mr. Thomas briefed the Board on funds approved by the Interagency Committee (IAC) on July 5, 2006 for the FY2007 Grantsville Elementary Head Start Addition Project in the amount of $288,822.  In a memo from IAC, dated July 14, 2006, it was explained that the cost per square foot was adjusted to a much higher rate due to escalation of construction costs, and that for projects which were partially funded in the FY2007 CIP, the balance of requested funding will be based on the previously established cost per square foot.  Dr. Teets recommended the CIP be revised to rescind the FY2007 Grantsville funding and reallocate that amount to an FY2008 project.  Mr. Durst moved to approve the revised CIP and request the amount of $288,822 awarded for Grantsville Elementary Head Start Project for FY2007 state funds be rescinded, with said funds to be reallocated to an FY2008 CIP project.  Mr. Raley seconded the motion and the Board unanimously approved the recommendation.  Dr. Teets will forward a letter to IAC with the Board’s request. 

                        Part IX – Instruction

            Mr. Chuck Trautwein, accompanied by Mr. Phil Malone and Mrs. Arlene Lantz, presented an update on the Garrett Engineering and Robotics Society (GEARS).  He noted GEARS is a non-profit community based group currently occupying 5,000 square feet of the old Phenix Technology Building located in the Central Garrett Industrial Park in Accident, Maryland.  He credited Mr. Frank Shap and Jim Hinebaugh of the Economic Development Office for obtaining the building space where the group will hold periodic community robotic events, competitions, and mini-camps.  The next event will be on November 26, 2006 for FIRST LEGO League pre-tournament competition.  Mr. Trautwein reported there are five middle school teams which will be competing:  two in Pittsburgh on December 2, 2006 and three in Baltimore on January 20, 2007.  The high school teams will hold their kickoff event the first weekend in January, with the Pittsburgh Regional Competition on March 9-10, 2007 and the Chesapeake Regional on March 16-17, 2007.  Information on FIRST LEGO League and other programs available through GEARS may be accessed through their website,  Dr. Teets and Board members thanked them for coming to the meeting and for the opportunities they provide to students. 

            Commissioner Gregg left the meeting at 6:20 p.m.

            Mr. Kurt Lear reported there were no public comments received during the previous month while the proposed Introduction to Engineering textbook was on display for public review and comment.  Dr. Teets recommended approval of the textbook which was first presented at the October meeting.  Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved the textbook, Engineering Drawing and Design by Delmar Publishing/Thompson Learning (third edition).

                        Part X – Board Concerns

            Mrs. Collins read a Proclamation (attached) in honor of American Education Week, November 12-18, 2006, which was signed by Board members and Dr. Teets.  A signed Proclamation will be distributed to each school.

                        Dr. Forrester, chairperson of the Advisory Committee on Education (ACE), presented the annual report of items reviewed and discussed at the past years’ meetings.  Dr. Teets thanked Dr. Forrester for his thorough report. 

                        Dr. Teets recommended the Board approve Mr. Wayne Caple as a member of ACE.  Mr. Caple’s name was submitted by the Democratic Central Committee to replace Mrs. Sandy Bello who has resigned from that organization.  Upon a motion by Mr. Raley and a second by Mr. Durst, the Board unanimously approved Mr. Caple as ACE representative.

                        Mrs. Sebold attended the “Our Story” Conference sponsored by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce on November 3, 2006.  She reported the conference was informative with information relative to county and Chamber growth.

                        At this time, Board members took a short break, reconvening at 7:10 p.m.

                                Part XI – Public Comment

                        Mrs. Collins recognized Mrs. Cynthia Lynch who commented on the good work of Mr. Steve Dauses, Family Support Worker and Mr. Steve Savage, teacher at Southern Middle.  She spoke about the support and kindnesses shown to her children by the two staff members and recently sent a letter about the two staff members to Dr. Teets.  Dr. Teets replied that her comments were forwarded to the teachers and principals, and that he has placed a copy of her letter in Mr. Dauses’ and Mr. Savage’s personnel files.  Mrs. Collins and Dr. Teets thanked Mrs. Lynch for taking the time to recognize the teachers and for sharing her comments with the Board. 

                                Part XII – Recognition of the Math Teacher of the Year

                        Mrs. Collins introduced Mrs. Janet Gregory, math teacher at Southern Middle School and her principal, Mr. Jack Rickman.  Mrs. Gregory has been named one of nine outstanding math teachers in Maryland from all levels, kindergarten through college, by the Maryland Council of Mathematics (MCTM).  She received her award on October 19, 2006 in Millersville, Maryland.  Mr. Rickman explained that he and Mr. Thaddeus Kiesnowski, previous assistant principal of Southern Middle, nominated Mrs. Gregory for this award because of her superior teaching and leadership in the school.  Mrs. Gregory is a graduate of Southern High School and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Frostburg State University.  She thanked the Board for the opportunity to meet with them, and expressed her appreciation to Mr. Rickman and staff at Southern Middle for their support.  Dr. Teets and Board members congratulated Mrs. Gregory and thanked her for coming to the meeting.

                                Part XIII – Personnel

                        Dr. Teets recommended the following personnel items be approved:       

·         Appointments:                     Glenna Wiles, Secretary II, Central Office, eff. date to be announced             

                                                        Ida O’Brien, 2.5 hour per day Cafeteria Worker, NH, eff. 11/27/06


·         *Resignation:                       Merilee Heidrich, Secretary, Central Office, eff. 12/01/06


·         *Emergency Coaches:         Chris Elliott, NH, Assistant Boys Basketball

                                                        Steve Fratz, NH, Assistant Girls Basketball

                                                        Donna Hoffman, NH, Assistant Girls Basketball


·         Request for Leave Without Pay for a teacher for one (1) day in December


Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved the personnel recommendations.

                        Part XIV – Board Concerns, continued

            Mrs. Collins acknowledged the new Board members-elect, Dr. Donald Forrester and Mr. Thomas Carr, who were in the audience.   

            Mr. Durst gave an overview of the MABE Legislative Committee Meeting which he recently attended. 

            Mr. Raley stated he will attend, as a private citizen not representing the Board, the Garrett County Commissioners’ hearings on gaming legislation on December 4, 2006.

                        Part XV – Adjournment

            There being no further business, the Board adjourned by consensus at 8:05 p.m.




________________________________________ _______________________________________
Madeleine Collins Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   December 12, 2006






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