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Minutes April 10, 2007

MINUTES

 

GARRETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

 

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

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                                    Part I – Call to Order

            Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at 4:06 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 4:08 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 first session of the executive session.  Personnel topics included retirements, resignations, an appointment, tenure candidates, professional leave with pay for the purpose of study, professional leave and travel requests, a field trip request, FY2008 salaries for non-represented employees, and emergency and volunteer coaches.  Additionally, the Board discussed a matter which is not related to public business. 

Commissioner Ernest Gregg joined the meeting at 4:20 p.m.        

                        Part IV – Re-opening of Public Session

            Mrs. Sebold reconvened public session at 5:55 p.m.  Student member Danielle Daniels joined the meeting at this time.  The Rev. Daniel Winters, representing the Mt. Top Ministerial Association, offered a prayer after 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 Dr. Forrester and a second by Mr. Raley, the agenda was unanimously approved with the following amendments:  Under Board Concerns, add a report on Northern High School JROTC by Mr. Durst, and move the Bi-Annual Financial Report for period ending March 31, 2007 from Information Items to Board Concerns. 

                        Part VI – Announcements

C         April is Library Media Month, Environmental Education Month, and Mathematics Month. 

C         April 9-13 is National Library Week.

C         April 23-27 is Public School volunteer Week.

C         April 25 is Administrative Professionals Day.

C         Skills USA Qualifiers - both are state first place winners, but are not interested in traveling to Kansas City for nationals:

            - Southern High:  Sean Sisler for Cabinet Making

            - Northern High:  Alyson McKenzie for Job Skill B (she gave a 5-7 min. presentation on a particular job outside of her pathway, which is why it states Demo B)

C         FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America):  all four students from Southern High School are first place winners in state, and are interested in traveling to Chicago for nationals near the end of June:

      - Hannah Gnegy and Rose Jackson teamed for a win in Multi-Media.

            - Nick Crabtree and Andrew Sauder teamed for a win in Web Site development. 

C         There have been seven days of school closing to date.  All were included in the calendar.  The last day for students is now June 12 for students. 

C         Student Arts Fair:  April 20-21, 2007 at Garrett College:  Friday night at 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Reception includes middle and high school Honor Chorus Performance at 7:00 p.m.   Saturday there will be student exhibits and activities from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

C         May 4th – Elementary Career Day at Garrett College

C         April 13-14 – World Lego/Robotics Championships in Atlanta GA 

C         April 16 – Garrett Council Arts Council Gallery – 5:30-6:30 p.m. for second grade arts program.

C         April 18-20 – Crellin Elementary 5th graders will be in Washington DC for Regional EPA Award activities.

C         April 20 – Minority Awards in Baltimore MD

C         April 24 – ACE Meeting at Garrett College, 7:00 p.m.

C         May 13 – Garrett County Celebrates Mathematics, Science, and Technology – WISP Resort beginning at 2:00 p.m.

C         Science Fair at Frostburg State University:  35 winners from Garrett County schools which include Northern and Southern Middle Schools, Northern and Southern High Schools, and Bloomington School.

C         Board members received an invitation to the new FSU President’s reception on April 18, 2007.

C         Richard Johnson Environmental Award will be presented to Kevin Dodge of Garrett College this year on April 19 at the Appalachian Lab at FSU.  Mrs. Sebold and Mr. Raley plan to attend.

C         April 14 – Spaghetti Dinner at Kitzmiller Elementary School

C         April 14 – Donkey basketball game at Northern High School

C         April 21 – Northern High JROTC Leader Competition:  five schools will compete beginning at 9:00 a.m.

 

                        Part VII – Approval of Minutes

            Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester and a second by Mr. Raley, the Minutes of March 13, 2007 were unanimously approved as amended.

            Upon a motion by Mr. Durst and a second by Dr. Forrester, the Minutes of March 14, 2007 were unanimously approved as amended.

                        Part VIII – Administration

            Mr. Fink reviewed the calendar which were first read at the March 13, 2007 Board meeting, noting that the Election Board notified his office that the Maryland Primary Election will now be held on February 12, 2008 rather than in March as noted on the draft calendars.  He then recognized Mr. Charlie Ross, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, and Mrs. Barbara Baker, Principal of Grantsville Elementary School, who is a member of the Calendar Committee.    

            Dr. Teets reported that seven days of school have been missed because of inclement weather, and an additional twenty-eight hours have been missed because of delayed openings and/or early dismissal.  He noted that Garrett starts school third latest of all Maryland counties, but with local inclement weather, students experience a significant loss of instructional time.  Dr. Teets expressed his respect and support for the business community and his appreciation for the business community’s support of the students.  However, input from principals, the central office instructional team, and the Calendar Committee stresses the importance of time as it relates to the instructional process and assessment. 

            Mrs. Sebold recognized Mr. Ross who spoke of the needs of the business community and the hospitality industry, the employment of students in summer jobs, and the benefits of the summer resort season for county revenues.  Mrs. Sebold recognized Mrs. Baker who spoke of the need for instructional hours early in the school year prior to inclement weather and school closings.   Mrs. Sebold thanked both for coming to the meeting.

            Dr. Teets recommended Calendar A which begins school the Tuesday before Labor Day, September 28, 2007, which is similar to the current calendar.  Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester and a second by Mr. Raley, the Board approved Calendar A as the 2007-2008 School Calendar, 3-1, with Mr. Carr voting in the negative. 

            Mr. Jim Thomas, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations, reported that the Northern Middle School Modular Classrooms Project was solicited in the local paper for two weeks and ten vendors were solicited directly.  All ten vendors attended the pre-bid meeting.  Mr. Thomas reviewed the three bids which were received, noting each met the specifications as issued.  Dr. Teets recommended the contract for modular classrooms be awarded to MTI from North Carolina, who submitted the lowest responsible bid in the amount of $305,740.  Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester and a second by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously approved the superintendent’s recommendation. 

            Mr. Thomas shared a drawing where the modulars are to be placed near Northern High School, noting there would be a covered walkway into the Northern High math wing for student access.  There will be fourteen classrooms, each with heating and AC, bolted together into one building with a hallway and two restrooms.

                        Part IX – Recognition of A&S Scholarship Winner

            Mrs. Sebold introduced Mr. Bill Ewing, Assistant in Transportation & Administration and President of the A&S Association.  He explained that this year’s A&S Scholarship is being awarded in honor of Mrs. Madeleine Collins and Mrs. Camilla Rawe, Board members whose terms expired in December 2006, for their contributions to and support of education.  Mr. Ewing then introduced Ms. Toi Elliott, Gear Up Teacher at the Central Office, who is the beneficiary of this year’s $500 award.    Ms. Elliott expressed her appreciation for the scholarship funds.  The Board and Dr. Teets congratulated Ms. Elliott and wished her success in her studies. 

                        Part X – Board Concerns

            Ms. Daniels reported that thirty student council members attended the Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC) Convention in Hagerstown.  She noted that the MASC has raised approximately $70,000 for the American Cancer Society.  She added that the Senior Citizens Prom will be May 11, 2007.

            Dr. Teets reviewed an invitation from AEMS (Arts Education in Maryland School Alliance) for at least one Board member to attend a Superintendents Summit on the State of Arts Education in Maryland on May 11, 2007. 

                        Part XI – Public Comment

Mrs. Sebold recognized Mr. DeCorsey Bolden who distributed brochures regarding the proposed 219 Oakland Bypass.  Mr. Bolden shared his concerns relative to the traffic patterns, its effects on schools, and children crossing the highway.  He invited the Board to attend the next meeting with the Garrett Countians for Smart Growth on April 12, 2007 at the Commissioner’s office.  Mrs. Sebold thanked Mr. Bolden for sharing his comments. 

                        Part XII – Personnel Recommendations

            Dr. Teets recommended approval of the following personnel items:

 

·         Retirements:            Melvin Ross Glotfelty, Teacher, FV, 23 years, eff. 07/01/07

                             Judy McKenzie, Teacher, RF, 33 years, eff. 07/01/07

                             Ralph Miller, Teacher, GV, 38 years, eff. 07/01/07 

                             Cheryl Smith, Teacher, DR, 29 years, eff. 07/01/07 

                             Ernest Umbel, Teacher, NX, 34 years, eff. 07/01/07

                             Michael S. Warne, Teacher, GV, 36.5 years, 07/01/07

                                   Deborah Woods, Teacher, BR, 30 years, eff. 07/01/07

                                   Judith Paugh, Medical Assistance Clerk, AD, 16.5 years, eff. 07/01/07

                                   Peggy Tasker, Instructional Assistant, KZ, 31.8 years, eff. 07/01/07 

                                   Judith Upole, Media Assistant, SX, 30 years, eff. 07/01/07

 

·         Resignations:          Nathan Limbaugh, Teacher, AC, eff. at end of the 2006-2007 school year 

                                   Ellen Metheny, Part-Time Cafeteria Worker, AC, eff. 03/20/07

 

·         Appointments:        Sue Waggoner, Executive Director of Instruction, eff. 07/01/07

 

·         Tenure Candidates:            Darla Ayodele                               Home Economics, SX     

                                       Lori Bicehouse                              Special Education, YG

                                       Melinda Bishoff                            Art, AC

                                             Pamela Denning                           Vision/Special Education, AC

                                             Elizabeth Friend                           Grade 4 Classroom, FV

                                             Cindy Garlitz                                Foreign Language, SX

                                             Ashley Kitzmiller                           Physical Education, NX

                                             Melody Logan                               English, NH                              

                                             Patricia Martin                             Title I/Math Resource, BR

                                             Jennifer Parks                              Mathematics, SX

                                             Matthew Pyle                                Technology Education, SH

                                              Josephine Redinger                        Pre-K/Kindergarten, BL

                                             Jackie Resh Daniels                       Grade 5 Classroom, GV

                                             Jeremy Rice                                  Physical Education, NX

                                             Jared Roth                                    Machine Tool, NH

                                             Patrick Shaffer                             Math Resource, BR

                                             Robert Shaffer                              Mathematics, SH

                                             Jennifer Theriot                            English, NH

                                             Jennifer Vitez                                Art, BL

                                             Amanda Wilburn                           Foreign Language, NX

 

·         Professional Leave Without Pay:        Steven Petersheim, 2007-2008 School Year, Year’s Leave of Absence for the Purpose of Study   

 

 

·         Professional Leave and Travel Requests: 

-          International Symposium on Music in Public Schools, “Music:  A Child’s Birthright,” in May at Yale University – one teacher from Southern Middle School

-          National Technology and Social Science Conference,  in April in Las Vegas, NV – one teacher from Grantsville Elementary

 

·         Field Trip Request:  Fiesta-val International Music Festival, April 26-29, 2007, Atlanta GA (2 teachers and 50 students) 

 

·         Emergency Coaches:         Andrew Bowser, Head Boys Track Coach, NH

   Dominque Fazenbaker, Assistant Girls Track Coach, NH

 

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

            Mrs. Sebold reported that the Board, in closed session on March 14, 2007, heard an expulsion appeal of the decision of the superintendent.  She read the following into the record:

Appeal Hearing:  Opinion and Decision:  It is the responsibility of the Garrett County Board of Education to ensure that the administration carry out the procedures established in administering the policies of the Garrett County Board of Education and the Student Handbook – Rights, Responsibilities and Discipline Handbook.  The administration followed all procedures and policies contained within the Garrett County Policies and Procedures Handbook in expelling the student.  Further the administration followed the guidelines outlined in the Garrett County Board of Education Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Discipline Handbook.  The “severe” nature of the incident is the primary factor considered by the Board in considering the appeal of expulsion decision.  The Board feels the testimony presented substantiates the “severity” of the physical attack and warrants the strictest of punishment as set forth in the expulsion by the superintendent of schools.

 

Therefore, the Garrett County Board of Education unanimously upholds the decision of the Superintendent of Garrett County Schools to expel [the student] for the remainder of the 2006-2007 school year. 

 

Upon a motion by Mr. Raley to uphold the decision of the superintendent, and with a second by Mr. Carr, the Board unanimously voted in the affirmative to uphold the decision and opinion of the superintendent.  Each Board member signed the decision. 

                        Part XIII – Board Concerns, continued

            Mrs. Sebold reported that nominations are being solicited for MABE’s Charles Willis Award for Outstanding Board Member.  Mr. Durst was last year’s recipient of the award. 

            Mr. Raley has been confirmed as a member of MABE’s Budget and Finance Committee.

            Mrs. Sebold provided a report of the last meeting of the Legal Services Committee, including discussion of Thornton funding and proposed geographical index funding cuts.    She noted the October MABE conference topics will be technology and records retention.  She noted the LSA dues increased $100. 

            Mr. Fink gave a brief overview of the Bi-Annual Financial Report for the period ending March 31, 2007.  He explained the Chief Financial Officer, The Superintendent, and the President of the Board of Education are required to sign the certificate which is submitted in April and December of each year.  Mrs. Sebold asked that an explanation be added to the Variance Column to explain Other Resources/Transfers and that totals be revised prior to its submission. 

            Mr. Durst reported that he spoke with JROTC students at Northern High School, and was asked to being the following information back to the Board:

·         Keith Covell has been nominated to represent Garrett County at a state award ceremony.

·         JROTC will be taking a field trip to Hickory Environmental Education Center on April 21.

·         The National Guard is erecting a climbing wall at Northern on April 25 and at Southern on April 26 to be used as a recruiting tool for JROTC classes.

·         The JROTC students will be taking a field trip to Camp Dawson and will be holding a flag ceremony at Hickory on May 3.         

 

Mr. Durst gave an overview of the equipment donated to the JROTC classroom by the Army.  He explained the need for a phone line in the classroom.  Overall, Mr. Durst noted a favorable impression with the program.

            Dr. Teets informed the Board that the FY2008 Budget Presentation to the County Commissioners is scheduled for April 24 at 11:30 a.m. 

                        Part XIV – Adjournment

            There being no further business, the Board, by consensus, adjourned the meeting at 8:00 p.m.

 

 

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Charlotte Sebold Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   May 8, 2007