Board of Education

Board of Education
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550
Phone 301.334.8931
Fax 301.334.7621

Minutes January 9, 2007





Oakland, Maryland 21550


Tuesday, January 9, 2007



Part I - Call to Order

Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools, called the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education to order at 4:05 p.m.  Members in attendance included Mr. James M. Raley and Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, incumbent associate members; Mr. Rodney L. Durst, newly re-elected member; and Mr. Thomas Carr and Dr. Donald Forrester, newly elected members.

Part II – Public Comment

There was no public comment at this time.

Part III – Administration of Oath of Office 

            Dr. Teets then recognized Ms. Sondra Buckel, Chief Deputy Clerk of the Circuit Court for Garrett County, who administered the Oath of Office to the newly re-elected Board member, Mr. Rodney L. Durst, and to the two newly elected members, Mr. Thomas Carr and Dr. Donald Forrester, for the term of January 2007 through December 2010.  Ms. Buckel read the members= Commission from the Governor of Maryland, after which Mr. Carr, Mr. Durst, and Dr. Forrester signed the test book and received their copies of the Commission.

 Dr. Teets acknowledged Mrs. Peggy Carr and Mrs. Anne Forrester who were in attendance to witness the oath of office of their husbands. 

            Commissioner Ernest Gregg, ex officio member, joined the meeting at 4:16 p.m.

Part IV – Election of Officers

 In order to conduct the election for president of the Board of Education, Dr. Teets asked for nominations.  Mr. Durst nominated Mrs. Sebold.  Mr. Durst moved to close nominations with a second from Mr. Raley.  Dr. Teets called for a vote, and the Board unanimously elected Mrs. Sebold as president for 2007.

Mrs. Sebold then assumed the chair.  She thanked the Board for this honor and asked for nominations for the vice presidency.  Mr. Durst nominated Mr. Raley.  There being no further nominations, Mr. Durst moved to close nominations with a second from Mr. Carr.  Mrs. Sebold called for a vote, and the Board unanimously elected Mr. Raley as vice president for 2007.

Part V - Executive Session

Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mr. Carr, the Board of Education agreed to move to executive session at 4:17 p.m. in accordance with Public School Law 4-106 and Section 10-508 of the State Government Code for the purpose of discussing personnel matters affecting one or more individuals, and to consult with staff, consultants, or other individuals about pending or potential litigation.  Board members discussed personnel items which included appointments, a resignation, a leave without pay request, emergency and volunteer coaches, and a professional leave and travel request.  Board members also discussed Board member compensation guidelines.  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.  

Part VI - Return to Public Session

Mrs. Sebold reconvened public session at 5:45 p.m.  Student Board member, Danielle Daniels joined the meeting at this time.  The Reverend Duane Frederick offered a prayer, after which Ms. Daniels led the assembly in the Pledge to the Flag of the United States of America.

Part VII - Acceptance of Agenda

Upon a motion by Mr. Raley and a second by Dr. Forrester, the Board unanimously approved the agenda with the addition of the December 2006 Attendance Bulletin under Information Items.

                        Part VIII – Announcements

The following announcements were offered:


·         High School Assessments are taking place at Southern High this week (English, Biology, Algebra/Data Analysis, and Government).

·         Schools will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2007, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

·         January 18:  Mock Trial Schedule begins.

·         January 20:  Middle School Lego League competition at UMBC.

·         January 24:  Board of Public Works CIP Appeal.

·         January 25-26:  Mt. Maryland PACE Reception:  Mrs. Sebold, Mr. Raley and Dr. Teets will attend.

·         Students will be dismissed at noon on January 26th.  School staff will have professional development in the afternoon.

·         February 10:  High School Robotics Competition in Pittsburgh.

·         MD School Performance Recognition Program -

            Accident Elementary                 Overall Achievement and Subgroup Improvement

            Crellin Elementary                     Subgroup Improvement  and Title I Award of $2,745.82

            Friendsville Elementary              Subgroup Improvement and Title I Award of $2,745.82

            Northern Middle                        Overall Achievement and Subgroup Improvement

            Southern Middle                        Subgroup Improvement

            Swan Meadow                          Overall Achievement

            Yough Glades Elementary          Subgroup Improvement and Title I Award of $2,745.82

·         Northern High School Marching Band will be participating in the Inaugural Parade and two students from each high school will be meeting with the new governor. 


Part IX - Approval of Minutes

Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Minutes of December 12, 2006 were unanimously approved as presented.

Part X - Administration

            Mr. Scott Germain, Program Manager for Food and Nutrition Services, revisited a request for increased meal prices for the 2007-2008 school year which was tabled at the December meeting.  Mr. Germain cited an anticipated increase of $267,384 in cafeteria staff salaries over the next three years, an average of $50,000 in expenses over the last four years to replace aging equipment, a continued rise in food prices, and maintaining a fund balance for inventory and bill payment in summer as rationale for the proposed increases.  He added that the Board has not approved a meal price increase since 2003, and proposed a $.15 increase in breakfasts and $.25 in lunches for the coming school year, as follows:

                                                            FY2007  Current                       FY2008 Proposed

Elementary Breakfast                            $  .85                                        $1.00   

Secondary Breakfast                             $1.00                                        $1.15

Elementary Lunch                                 $1.60                                        $1.85

Secondary Lunch                                  $1.75                                        $2.00


Free and reduced students would not be affected by the increase.  Discussion centered on the cumulative effect of increases on family budgets, statistics showing that well-nourished students result in better test scores and achievement, the need to continue to replace aging equipment and alternative funding possibilities, and the extent to which the cafeteria program should be self-supporting.  It was noted that the Board’s operating budget covers the cost of health insurance and worker’s compensation charges.   Mrs. Sebold called for a motion.  Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester and a second by Mr. Carr, the Board approved the meal price increases, 3-1, with Mr. Raley voting in opposition.

Dr. Teets and Mr. Kurt Lear, Supervisor of CTE/Certification, provided an update on the status of the state requirement that students must have proof of immunization for Hepatitis B and Varicella (chicken pox) or must be scheduled to have vaccinations within twenty days from January 2, 2007.  The Health Department has established two additional clinics to accommodate the approximately 200 students who are not verified at this time.  As of this date, no students have been excluded from school and all applicable students have verified appointments.  Dr. Teets expressed his appreciation to Mr. Lear, school nurses and principals for their efforts to insure students are meeting the new requirements.

Part XI – Instruction

   Mr. Lear introduced Scott Hollingsworth from the Appalachian Parent Association; Lisa Jones of the Appalachian Association; and Krista Beiler and Nick Greaser, senior students at Northern High School who were in attendance to provide an overview of the Collaborative Transition Program (CTP).  Mr. Lear explained the CTP program is funded by the High School Tech Grant whose mission is to provide education to all students to prepare them for high skill and high wage jobs in a technologically advanced society.  Ms. Jones, job coach, then shared a slide presentation of the current project which provides training and expanded career opportunities to emotionally disabled or learning disabled students, grades 10-12, in both high schools.  The program functions as an extension of inclusive students’ educational course work and also provides one on one mentoring for self awareness and self advocacy.  Ms. Beiler shared the speech she gave at a recent CTP conference in Baltimore wherein she summarized the opportunities and success she has received from the program.  Mr. Greaser shared his personal experiences with the CTP program in the classroom and in work placement opportunities, highlighting the positive benefits he has gained from participation.  Mr. Hollingsworth expressed his gratitude to the Wisp Resort, the program’s business partner, who hires and assists with training students in the program with great success.  Dr. Teets and the Board wished continued success to Mr. Lear, Ms. Jones, Mr. Hollingsworth, Ms. Beiler, and Mr. Greaser, and thanked them for coming to the Board meeting and presenting their reports.  

Commissioner Gregg left the meeting at 6:50 p.m.

Part XII – Recognition

            Dr. Teets introduced Ryan Bowser, a junior student at Northern High School, who recently won first place in the State 1A Championship in Cross Country.  Accompanying Mr. Bowser were his parents, Richard and Doris Bowser of the Grantsville area, and his coach, Zach Bittinger.  The Board and Dr. Teets congratulated Mr. Bowser on his accomplishment and wished him further success, and thanked Coach Bittinger for his leadership.  Coach Bittinger thanked the Board for their support of the students and the team.

                        Part XIII - Instruction, continued

            Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education, 9-12, reviewed supportive comments which were received while the following videos were on display for public review and comment since the December meeting:

·      Heart on a Chain:  The Truth About Date Violence

·      Toxic Relationships


Dr. Teets recommended approval of the videos which were reviewed and recommended by the Health Advisory Committee as supplemental materials for the ninth grade health and high school family life programs.  Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester and a second by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously approved the videos. 

                        Part XIV - Public Comment

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

                        Part XV – Personnel Recommendations

            Dr. Teets presented the following personnel recommendations:


·         *Appointments:          James Magruder, Head Custodian, BL, eff. 01/02/07

Odus Henline, Custodian IV, SH, eff. 01/10/07


·         *Resignation:              Krista McKenzie, English Teacher, SH, eff. at end of the first semester


·         *Leave Without Pay:  Karen Hickman, Teacher, DR, 0.5 day

                                       Betty Elliott, Cafeteria Worker, BR, 5 days


·         *Emergency Coaches:Danny Bosley, Assistant Girls Basketball, SH

         Seth Tressler, Assistant Baseball, SH


·         *Professional Leave Request:  Two coaches to attend the National Association of Basketball Coaches Convention


Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester and a second by Mr. Carr, the Board unanimously approved the superintendent’s recommendations.

Part XVI – Board Concerns

            Ms. Daniels presented the Student Board Member report.  The Garrett County Association of Student Councils held a meeting on January 6, 2007.  Ms. Daniels will be attending the Maryland Association of Student Councils conference where she will meet the nominees for student member to the State Board of Education.

            Upon a motion by Mr. Raley and a second by Dr. Forrester, the following selections were unanimously approved for 2007:

C                     The regular meeting time will remain as the second Tuesday of each month, beginning at 4:00 p.m. to move immediately into executive session, with a public session to reopen at 5:30 p.m.  Time will be set aside for public comment at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

C                     The Board will retain Mr. Robert Watson, Esquire as Board Attorney.

C                     The Board will continue to use the services of Rodeheaver & Associates as auditor for the current year.


Mrs. Sebold asked Board members to select committees on which to serve for the current year.  By consensus, Board members choose which committees on which to serve as ex officio members, as follows:

C               Health Advisory Committee                                  Charlotte Sebold (T. Carr, alternate)

C               Hickory Env. Ed. Center Advisory Committee       Charlotte Sebold (D. Forrester, alternate)

C               Multicultural Advisory Panel                                 Rodney Durst (T. Carr, alternate)

C               Wellness Council                                                  Rodney Durst (C. Sebold, alternate)

C               Food & Nutrition Advisory Council                        Tom Carr (C. Sebold, alternate)

C               Fine Arts Advisory Council                                   Don Forrester (T. Carr, alternate)

C               Advisory Committee on Work Force Preparation    Don Forrester (C. Sebold, alternate)

C               Advisory Committee on Education (ACE)              Don Forrester (C. Sebold, alternate)

C               Ethics Panel                                                         Rodney Durst (D. Forrester, alternate)

C               Calendar Committee                                             Charlotte Sebold (D. Forrester, alternate)

C               Master Plan Steering Committee                           Jim Raley (T. Carr, alternate)

C               MABE Budget and Planning                                 James Raley

C               MABE Legislative Committee                               Rodney Durst (T. Carr, alternate)

C               MABE Federal Relations Network                        James Raley (T. Carr, alternate)

C               Legal Services Association (LSA)                         Charlotte Sebold (D. Forrester, alternate)


            Dr. Teets stated he would relay the Board’s annual invitation to parent/teacher groups, School Improvement Teams, and other parent involvement groups to attend the February Board meeting to voice budget requests, share their concerns or outline their programs.  Dr. Teets will relay this invitation to principals at the next Administrators and Supervisors Meeting.  The superintendent’s budget presentation will be held in March.         

            It was noted the MABE Legislative Day will be held on February 15, 2005.  Board members discussed whether to attend the MABE function or to meet with Garrett County’s legislative representatives at another time.

Part XVI - Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m.


               Part XVII - Information

  1. Home & School Connection, January 2007

  2. MSDE Memo re:  Maryland School Performance Recognition Program (Dr. Grasmick, 12/15/06)

  3. MSDE News Release:  State Board Accepts Strategic Plan for Early Childhood Development (12/13/06)

  4. December 2006 Attendance Bulletin


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Charlotte Sebold Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   February 22, 2007