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Minutes December 16, 2006

MINUTES

 

GARRETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

 

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

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                        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. James M. Raley and Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, associate members; and Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools.    

            Part II – Public Comment

Dr. Teets recognized Ms. Madeline Sullivan who introduced herself as representative of the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL), an agency affiliated with the United States Department of Education.  She explained that her primary mission is to support educational institutions in the Atlantic region, to assist in identifying and addressing needs, and to provide research assistance and information.  Ms. Sullivan explained that she will follow up with staff by sending a flyer and setting up a meeting time with instructional staff.  Dr. Teets and Board members thanked Ms. Sullivan for coming to the Board meeting to present this information and stated they will look forward to this new opportunity.

            Commissioner Ernest Gregg, ex officio Board member, joined the meeting at 4:10 p.m.

Part III - Executive Session

Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education agreed, 3-0, to move to executive session at 4:15 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 and Dr. Brenda McCartney, Assistant Superintendent were in attendance during all or part of the executive session.   Personnel items included retirements, an appointment, bus drivers for final approval, a leave without pay request, and emergency and volunteer coaches. 

                        Part IV – Reopen Public Session

            Mrs. Collins reconvened public session at 5:35 p.m.  Ms. Danielle Daniels, student Board member, joined the meeting at this time.  Dr. Don Forrester, representing the Mt. Top Ministerial Association, offered a prayer following which Ms. Daniels led the assembly in 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 Board approved, 3-0, the agenda with the following additions:  Under Information Items, add the November 2006 Attendance Bulletin, and under Board Concerns, add MABE Board of Directors meeting report.

                        Part VI – Announcements        

 

C         FIRST LEGO League Competition in Pittsburgh on December 1, 2006:

-          Southern Garrett Team won 1st Place Trophy in Robotics Performance scoring 357 out of 400 possible; 3rd Place Trophy in Robotic Design; received a call back in research and was recognized in the top teams; and 4th Place recognition for the overall Director’s Award (4th out of 60)

-          Northern Team won 1st Place Trophy in Robotic Design and 3rd Place Trophy in Robotics Performance

-          January 20, 2007 is the Maryland Competition at UMBC. 

C         Swan Meadow Christmas Program is December 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pleasant Valley Community Center.

C         Southern High Band Concert is December 14 at 7:00 p.m.

C         Northern High Band Concert is December 19 at 7:00 p.m. (snow date 12/21)

C         Students will be dismissed at noon on Friday, December 22.

C         Schools will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2007.

C         JROTC dinner will be held at Southern High School on December 13.

C         Garrett County Public Schools are one of only five school systems to make AYP at every school and have no schools in improvement status.  Congratulations were offered to students and personnel for this achievement. 

 

Additionally, Mrs. Sebold noted that the “Real Deal” program at Northern Middle School last week was very successful. 

                        Part VII – Minutes of November 13, 2006

            Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Minutes of Monday, November 13, 2006 were approved, 3-0, as corrected.   

                        Part VIII – Instruction

            Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education, 9-12, presented the latest draft of the Student Education Planning Guide, 2007-2008.  She reported that keyboarding classes are deleted as students receive that instruction in conjunction with other classes.  Mrs. Bell also noted that revisions were done to update course titles to the same name as college courses.   

            Mrs. Bell gave an overview of two videos which are being recommended as supplemental materials by the Health Advisory Committee.  The videos, “Heart on a Chain:  The Truth about Date Violence” and “Toxic Relationships” are for ninth grade health and family life classes.  The videos will be on display for the coming month for public review and comment, and will be an action item at the January 2007 Board meeting. 

            Mrs. Bell reviewed a proposal from the high schools to consider adding indoor track at both schools as basketball is the only winter sport currently available to female student athletes.  Coaches have volunteered to coach without compensation until the next contract, and the high schools would cover transportation costs of competing in two to four meets which would qualify the teams for regional and state competitions.  Mrs. Bell explained the procedure for adding a sport has been followed with the unanimous recommendation of the Extra Curricular Activity Committee.  Mr. Tom Woods, principal of Southern High School, added that approximately twenty-five female students have expressed interest and he estimates expenses at $1,500.   At Northern High School, a boys and girls team will be implemented with approximately twenty-five students involved.

            Mr. Durst joined the meeting at 6:00 p.m.

            Dr. Teets requested a waiver to the one-year approval prior to the start of a sport as no costs to the Board would be involved until the next contract year.  Mrs. Rawe moved to have indoor track teams put into place at the high schools.  Upon a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously approved the motion.  Mrs. Collins expressed the Board’s appreciation to the coaches for volunteering their time for this endeavor. 

            Mr. Woods then thanked Mrs. Collins and Mrs. Rawe for their years of service on behalf of the A&S Association, and expressed gratitude for listening to their concerns.  In that regard, he reported that this year’s A&S Scholarship will be given in honor of both Mrs. Rawe and Mrs. Collins. 

                        Part IX – Administration

            Mr. Scott Germain, Program Manager for Food and Nutrition Services, requested consideration of an increase in meal prices for the 2007-2008 school year, noting the last increase was in August 2003.  He reviewed a chart of 2005-2006 school meal prices for the entire state for comparison.  Mr. Germain noted that the proposed increase would add approximately $60,000 to the FNS budget revenues, citing overall program costs and the ongoing replacement of aging equipment as the reason for this request.  Board members discussed means to replace equipment without raising meal prices, concluding in tabling the discussion and decision until the January 2007 meeting.

            Commissioner Gregg left the meeting at 6:25 p.m.

            Dr. Teets provided an update of the Capital Improvement Program relative to the Grantsville Head Start Addition and Northern Middle Renovation.  He and Mr. Jim Thomas, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations appeared before the Interagency Council to appeal for funding for both the Grantsville and Northern Middle projects.

                        Part X – Board Concerns

            Ms. Daniels reported that the Garrett County Association of Student Councils (GCASC) met on December 6, 2006 and that January 6, 2007 would be the next meeting.  She reported that both high schools held meetings with cheer sections relative to good sportsmanship and team support. 

            Mr. Durst gave an overview of the MABE Legislative Committee meeting on December 11, 2006.  The MABE Legislative Day is January 15, 2007. 

            Mrs. Rawe reviewed topics covered at the MABE Board of Directors meeting.  She noted the focus was on HSA and remediation. 

            Mrs. Sebold asked for clarification on the Year-to-Date revenues as projected total revenues on the Bi-Annual Report for the period ending November 30, 2006.  Dr. Teets will have the Executive Director of Administration contact her in this regard. 

                        Part XI – Personnel Recommendations

            Dr. Teets recommended approval of the following personnel requests:

 

·         Retirements:               Linda Garris, English Teacher, SH, eff. 02/01/07 

                                       Garry Bray, Head Custodian, BL, eff. 01/01/07 

 

·         Appointment:              Kristi Davis, Secretary III, Central Office, eff. 01/02/07

 

·         Transportation:  Drivers for Final Approval:

                                             Joseph Paugh  for William E. Fitzwater, III, Route 39

                                             Dean Georg for Wayne E. Collier, Inc.

                                            

·         Emergency Coaches:  John Hegeman, Assistant Boys’ Basketball, SH

 

·         Leave Without Pay:    2 to 3 days for a teacher in February 2007

 

Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe and a second from Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously approved the superintendent’s recommendation.

                        Part XII – Public Comment

            Mrs. Beth Bowers, reporter for The Republican Newspaper introduced Ms. Rachel Sincell who will be the Board of Education reporter starting in January 2007 when Mrs. Bowers moves to the position of manager of The Print Shop for Sincell Publishing.  Mrs. Bowers thanked the Board members and staff for their kindnesses while she was reporter.  Mrs. Collins and Dr. Teets responded that the trusting relationship between the Board and media is much appreciated and that Mrs. Bowers will be missed.  Dr. Teets added that he appreciates Sincell Publishing Company for the many articles on student activities and support of education. 

            At this time, the Board took a short break. 

            At 7:10 p.m., Dr. Teets recognized Mrs. Collins and Mrs. Rawe for their eight years of service as elected Board of Education members.  He introduced Ms. Vonda Bryner who, on behalf of the Garrett County Education Association (GCEA), expressed appreciation for the dedication and hard work of Mrs. Rawe and Mrs. Collins.  Mr. Woods extended an invitation to each to attend lunch or breakfast with the A&S group on Tuesday, December 19, 2006, where they will receive a Certificate of Appreciation. 

            Mr. Raley then read A Resolution of Appreciation for Madeleine Collins and Camilla Rawe (attached), wherein Mr. Durst, Mr. Raley, Mrs. Sebold, Ms. Daniels, and Dr. Teets expressed abiding gratitude for their eight years of exemplary service to students, parents, citizens, and the education community during their terms of office.  Mrs. Rawe and Mrs. Collins were each presented with a signed copy of the Resolution in their honor and an engraved brass apple as their terms will expire at the end of December 2006. 

            As is tradition, Dr. Teets presented the “esteemed wooden gavel” signed by the superintendent and Board members to Mrs. Collins as outgoing president. 

            Mrs. Collins presented the superintendent with artwork which she created, a wooden plaque in the shape of Garrett County with stars designating school sites.  The plaque also contained a block of wood, a piece of brick, and an antique nail from the old Board of Education building at 40 South Fourth Street.   Dr. Teets thanked her for the gift which will be hung in the Board Room for all to enjoy.  

            Mrs. Collins concluded by stating that the opportunity to be a Board member has been unbelievably rewarding, intellectually stimulating, and challenging.  She added it has been an honor through which she has gained much respect for her peers during her eight years.

            Mrs. Rawe added that her eight years have been a constant learning experience and enjoyable while also conducting the business of education.  She expressed her appreciation for the administration, teachers, staff, and students who make the Board look good and who are responsible for achieving AYP. 

                        Part XIII – Adjournment           

            There being no further business, the Board adjourned by consensus at 7:45 p.m.

 

 

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Madeleine Collins Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   January 9, 2007

 

Click here to print resolution:

RESOLUTION OF APPRECIATION FOR MADELEINE COLLINS

 

 

Click here to print resolution:

RESOLUTION OF APPRECIATION FOR CAMILLA RAWE