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Minutes March 13, 2007





Tuesday, March 13, 2007


                                    Part I – Call to Order

            Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, President of the Garrett County Board of Education called the meeting to order at 4:04 p.m.  Members in attendance included Mr. James M. Raley, Vice President; Mr. Thomas Carr, Mr. Rodney L. Durst, and Dr. Donald Forrester, 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 Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mr. Carr, the Board of Education unanimously 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 conduct a student expulsion hearing.  Dr. Teets; Dr. Brenda McCartney, Assistant Superintendent; and Mr. Ervin Fink, Executive Director of Administration, were in attendance during all or part of this portion of the executive session. 

Commissioner Ernest Gregg joined the meeting at 4:10 p.m.        

            Part IV – Re-opening of Public Session

            Mrs. Sebold reconvened public session at 5:30 p.m.  Student member, Danielle Daniels was unable to attend the meeting.  The Rev. Duane Frederick, representing the Mt. Top Ministerial Association, offered a prayer after which Mrs. Sebold 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 Dr. Forrester and a second by Mr. Carr, the agenda was unanimously approved as drafted. 

                                                Part VI – Announcements


·         Southern High’s Lady Rams won the IA State Championship basketball competition on Saturday, March 10, 2007.  Their coach is Oren Yoder. 

·         George Scheffel, student at Southern High School won a State Wrestling Championship, with the team placing 2nd in the 1A-2A State Championship.  Their coach is Dave Taylor. 

·         Brock Glotfelty, student at Northern High School also won a State Wrestling Championship, with Northern’s team placing 12th.  Their coach is Scott Stough.

·         Southern’s Girls Volleyball Team placed second in the 1A State Championships; their coach is Sue Newton.

·         Southern High’s Athletic Recognition Assembly will be held on Wednesday, March 14 at 1:00 p.m.

·         Joanna Guy, student at Southern High School, has been chosen as Miss Teen Allegany County.

·         March 26, 2007:  German exchange students arrive

·         March 27, 2007:  ACE meeting at Garrett College, 7:00 p.m.

·         March 28, 2007:  Regional Science Fair at Frostburg State University

·         The Robotics Team made it to the semifinals in the Pittsburgh Region last week where they won the Rockwell Innovation Award. 

·         Maryland Robotics Regional Championships will be held at the Naval Academy in Annapolis on March 16-17, 2007.

·         The Northern High Electric Car Competition will be held in North Carolina on March 23-24, 2007.

·         March 24:  Southern High School Prom Fashion Show

·         March 30-31:  Southern High’s Spring Play, School for Scandal

·         April 20-21:  Student Arts Fair at Garrett College

·         AIMS has selected Our Town Theatre for their Community Group Award and Mike Friend for the Educator Award.

·         Swan Meadow received an Honorable Mention – Exemplary Reading Award from the National Reading Council.

·         Susan Peterson, teacher at Southern Middle School, has received the Yale University Distinguished Educator Award.

·         The Wellness Committee will meet on March 14, 2007 at 3:30 p.m.

·         The Local Coordinating Council will meet on March 22, 2007.

·         The latest Maryland Life Magazine has an article on the Crellin School environmental project and playground.

·         Crellin Elementary will be honored at the Maryland State House on March 30, 2007 for the EPA Regional Award.

·         Mrs. Sebold will attend the MABE LSA meeting on April 2, 2007.


            Part VII – Approval of Minutes

Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester and a second by Mr. Carr, the Minutes of February 22, 2007 were unanimously approved as corrected.  

                                Part VIII – Instruction

                        Mr. Kurt Lear, Supervisor of CTE/Certification, presented the proposed Nursing Assistant Care textbook for Health Careers and Internships which was first brought to the Board at the February meeting.  Mr. Lear reported that no comments were received since the last Board meeting while the text was on display for public review and comment.  Dr. Teets recommended approval of the text.  Upon a motion by Mr. Raley and a second by Mr. Carr, the Board unanimously approved the superintendent’s recommendation.

                        Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education, 9-12, and Mr. Lear presented an overview of the financial literacy program and its curricular connections.  Dr. Teets recognized Mr. Rob Sharps, also in attendance, who is an active member of the Advisory Committee on Education (ACE) and a sponsor of the Stock Market teams.  Mr. Sharps has been an advocate for financial literacy education and stated that the program is one of the suggestions from the ACE meetings.  Mrs. Bell and Mr. Lear presented a slide show showing which courses and programs include various aspects of financial literacy education, and the percentage of student enrollment in those classes.  It was noted that more students will be included as financial literacy education will be added into the freshman seminar.  Mr. Lear added that the financial literacy concepts are being implemented as a new pathway for business education students for both Northern and Southern High Schools and that a marketing class will be added at Northern High.  Mrs. Bell added that an elective course entitled Personal Financial Mathematics has been available for student enrollment since 2004. 

                        Dr. Teets and Mr. Lear provided an overview of the State Farm Grant Proposal which will enable students from each high school, through service learning activities, to produce and edit a series of videos and accompanying activities which will be shared with the entire student body at both Northern and Southern High Schools.  The videos will focus on interactive research with local community representatives from various financial institutions including banks, State Farm agents, and other money management experts to explain various topics related to successful management of personal finances by teens. 

                        Mr. Sharps expressed his appreciation for the efforts of staff to present the report and to enhance efforts to provide students with financial literacy information.  Dr. Teets added that the report will be presented at the next ACE meeting.  The Board thanked Mrs. Bell and Mrs. Lear for their presentation.

                        Mr. Sharps stated that the Stock Market Game is in its thirteenth year, has been very successful and the teams have won many awards.  He has been an advisor to the team at Southern Middle for six years and for thirteen years at Southern High, accumulating over 100 hours of sponsorship. 

                        Mr. Sharps continued by updating the Board on the Southern High School Alumni Association which was formed seven years ago.  He reported that the Association’s active board has donated up to $2,000 to Southern High School each year for classroom basics and enrichment equipment.  They have invited former graduates back to the classroom to share their experiences with students, have sent newsletters and offered scholarships.  The Association has proposed another scholarship for vocational studies and a leadership scholarship.  Additionally, they are compiling a directory of Southern High alumni for publication and purchase.  Dr. Teets and the Board thanked Mr. Sharps for his efforts and interest in the students and staff of Garrett County Public Schools. 

                        After consultation with both high school principals and instructional staff, Mrs. Bell proposed the date of Sunday, June 3, 2007 as the commencement date for the class of 2007.  She explained that graduation on this date would allow students to complete HSA obligations and all senior activities prior to the beginning of underclass final exams.  Dr. Teets recommended approval of the proposed date.  Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester and a second by Mr. Carr, the Board unanimously approved the Graduation Date as Sunday, June 3, 2007, 1:00 p.m. at Southern High and 4:00 p.m. at Northern High School.

                        Mrs. Bell presented the list of Garrett County Science EXPO middle and high school participants in the March 28, 2007 event at Frostburg State University.  Winners of the EXPO will be displayed at the Wisp Resort and all participants will be given a certificate of participation.  She noted that this is the last year for the Regional Science Fair and that next year, Garrett County will be conducting its own event.

                        Dr. Pat Mullinix, Coordinator of Research, Evaluation and Information presented an overview of the 2006 Maryland School Performance Report, noting that results for both MSA and HSA indicate that Garrett County students are performing on a level consistent with or above statewide averages.  Garrett County is one of just five systems in the state with no schools in improvement and with all schools having met AYP criteria in 2006.  The Board thanked Dr. Mullinix for her report.

                                Part IX – Administration

                        Mr. Fink reported that the Calendar Committee met on March 12, 2007 and presented three proposed calendars which were developed by the committee.  He explained the committee focused on the issue of beginning school before or after Labor Day.  Three calendars were presented to the Board:  Calendar A which is modeled after the current calendar which begins school the Tuesday before Labor Day; Calendar B which is similar but closes school the Friday prior to Labor Day and extends school one day in June; and Calendar C which beings school the Tuesday after Labor Day and extends the school year in June to replace any August student days.  Board discussion included needs of businesses, impact of later start date on instructional time prior to testing dates, and the Chamber of Commerce request for a county-wide survey in regard to the school calendar.  Dr. Teets will continue to research and receive input prior to bringing his recommended calendar to the April meeting for action.

                        Dr. Teets indicated there have been six days when schools were closed and fourteen two-hour delays/early dismissals.  He suggested the 2006-2007 School Calendar be altered subject to the approval of the State Board of Education for the sixth day to be made up as follows:  Wednesday, June 6 and Thursday, June 7 to be changed from a 1:00 dismissal to a full day, making Friday, June 8 the final day of school with a 1:00 p.m. dismissal.  Ten-month employees would work through Tuesday, June 12.  Dr. Forrester moved, with a second from Mr. Carr, to approve the calendar changes.  Mr. Raley dissented, engaging the Board in discussion which included the productive use of class time and whether there could be more school closings.  Dr. Forrester withdrew the motion, and Mr. Carr withdrew the second, with the caveat that there might be additional inclement weather which would require other calendar changes. 

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

                                Part X – Recognition of National Board Certified Teacher

                        Dr. Teets introduced Heather Miller Savage, teacher at Southern High School who was invited to the Board meeting to be recognized for achieving National Board Certification in Social Studies – History/Adolescence and Young Adult.  In addition to having taught web publishing, journalism, computer applications, US and World History, Government, and SAT Prep, Mrs. Savage is advisor to the National Honor Society and school newspaper.  She is also advising on the Korean War Oral History Project.  Mrs. Savage received her Bachelor of Science Degree in 1994 and her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in 1998.  Dr. Teets noted she is third in Garrett County to achieve the certification, following Gayle Farrar and Michelle Harman.  Mrs. Savage’s principal, Mr. Tom Woods, commented that she is to be commended for her professionalism and volunteering for many student activities. Dr. Teets and the Board congratulated Mrs. Savage on her achievement.

                        Dr. Teets reported that Southern High School was notified that their school newspaper, The Acorn was a 2005-2006 Maryland Award winner and received a gold rating in Division B from Maryland-District of Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 2006 Publications Contest.  Mrs. Savage, advisor and several of her current journalism students who accompanied her to the meeting were recognized for this honor.  Mrs. Savage explained that several of the students from last year’s award winning newspaper staff had graduated in 2006.  She noted The Acorn will celebrate it 80th anniversary next year and that John Coffman, Southern High librarian, has been digitizing editions from the beginning which will soon be available to the public on the web.  Mrs. Sebold expressed her appreciation for the quality newspaper, wonderful articles and talented students.  The Board congratulated the students and Mrs. Savage. 

                                Part XI – Public Comment

                        No public comment was offered at 7:15 p.m.

                                Part XII – Personnel

                        Dr. Teets recommended the following personnel items for approval:

·         Retirements:       Dr. Brenda McCartney, Assistant Superintendent, Central Office, eff. 07/01/07

Dr. Patricia Mullinix, Coordinator of Research, Evaluation and Information, Central Office, eff. 08/17/07

Harold R. Swauger, Assistant in Facilities/Operations, Central Office, eff. 07/01/07

Linda J. Harr, Secretary II, Central Office, eff. 07/01/07   


·         Professional Leave and Travel Request/Field Trip Requests: 

            - 2007 FIRST Lego League Competition Championship Event, April 11-15, 2007, Georgia Dome, Atlanta GA (3 staff and six students) 

- CTE Electric Vehicle Competition Field Trip, March 22-24, 2007, Raleigh NC (4 staff and 13 students) 


·         Emergency Coaches:        Diana Ashby, Girls’ Tennis Coach, SH  

                                       Ed Carr, Assistant Baseball Coach, NH

                                       Jamie Workman, Assistant Baseball Coach, NH

                                       Zachary Bittinger, Assistant Boys Track Coach, NH

                                       Carol Humberson, Assistant Softball Coach, NH

                                             James Plank, Assistant Softball Coach, SH

                                              Daymond Schmuck, Softball Coach, NH


·         Bus Assistant for Final Approval:  Debra Glotfelty for Bus 14, Sandra Fitzwater


 Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester and a second by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously approved the personnel recommendations.

                        Part XIII – Administration, continued

            Dr. Teets and Mr. Bill Ewing, Assistant in Transportation/Administrative Services presented a proposal for two resource officers to work with elementary, middle and high schools.  The School Resource Officer Program would be funded entirely by the Sheriff’s budget and would be assigned one each to the Northern and Southern attendance areas.  Dr. Teets explained that a Memorandum of Understanding will be developed to provide clear direction for involvement, supervision, accountability, and administration of the program.  Mr. Ewing and Dr. Teets shared comments and input from school administrators and a letter of support from the State’s Attorney for Garrett County.  Mr. Woods added his support of the program in academic and programmatic areas, and additional supervision at extra-curricular events.  Dr. Teets reviewed various areas of the curriculum wherein the resource officers will provide a variety of support and resources to complement the current programs, and recommended the Board approve the program.  Mr. Durst made a motion to approve the School Resource Officer Program.  Upon a second by Dr. Forrester, the Board unanimously approved the superintendent’s recommendation.

                        Part XIV – Board Concerns

            Mr. Fink presented corrections to be made to the Superintendent’s Proposed Operating Budget – FY 2008, noting that both instructional coaches would be from local funding and that the mentoring program was moved from the county budget to Title I to offset some of the expenses.  Additionally, he addressed a concern which was expressed at the Public Presentation of the Budget relative to the change in budget request in Pupil Services.  Mr. Raley complimented Mr. Fink on the budget book which is easy to understand; however, he expressed concern about the lack of description and listing of miscellaneous categories, i.e., superintendent’s designated projects, special education, and Food and Nutrition Services.   Additionally, Mr. Raley asked for clarification of the food and nutrition department budget, asking that the figures reflect the recent approval of an increase in meal prices and the reasons for doing so.  Mrs. Sebold thanked Mr. Fink for responding to her questions prior to the Board meeting.  She also discussed bus driver and contractor compensation and requested information regarding formulae for allotments, fuel costs, physical examinations, salaries, etc.   She requested a presentation at a future Board meeting.  Additional Board discussion centered on student population decreases and  student/staff ratios.

            Mr. Fink and Dr. Teets responded to the miscellaneous categories question by giving examples of the superintendent’s designated projects, noting the funds would be for student support and would have to be moved to the appropriate code when used for unexpected events such as award presentation, bus trips for VICA, robotics, German exchange activities, etc.  As this category is not administrative, Mr. Fink will move the category to instruction. 

            Mr. Fink noted the miscellaneous category in special education deals with Medicare funds. 

            Mr. Fink stated that, although the food and nutrition department operates rather independently, he will reconsider the budget line items with the Program Manager, Mr. Scott Germain to clarify the miscellaneous category.  Dr. Teets noted that the Food and Nutrition Department will receive $2,000 less in revenues for each two-hour school delay.

            Mrs. Sebold commended how the budget was done this year and that the Board received the proposed budget in a timely fashion.  The Board expressed appreciation to staff for their hard work to compile and finalize the document.  Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester and a second from Mr. Carr, the Board unanimously approved the FY 2008 Operating Budget with the inclusion of miscellaneous items being reconfigured.  

                        Part XV – Return to Executive Session

At 8:07 p.m. the Board returned to executive session to conduct a hearing regarding the superintendent’s decision of student expulsion.  In addition to the Board and Dr. Teets, the following individuals were present during all or part of this portion of the executive session:

Parents of the Appellant

Mr. Bob Watson, Board Attorney

Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education, 9-12

Mr. Gary Reichenbecher, Principal of Northern High School

Mr. Jim Maddy, Assistant Principal of Northern Middle School


                        Part XVI – Return to Public Session and Adjournment


            Upon return to public session at 8:37 p.m., Mrs. Sebold announced that the hearing was postponed until March 14, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. 

The Board, by consensus adjourned the meeting.

                        Part XVII – Information Items


         In addition to the following information items, the Board received the 2006-2007 MABE Directory:

                  a.   February 2007 Attendance Bulletin

                  b.   Home & School Connection, March 2007

                  c.   The Steering Wheel, February 23, 2007

                  d.   MSDE News Release:   State Moves Forward with HSA Plan, Making Provisions for Special Services Students  (02/28/07)

                  e.   MSDE News Release:   MSDE and Comcast Relaunch PRIDE:  Maryland Public Schools Campaign  (2/22/07)



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Charlotte Sebold Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   April 10, 2007