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Minutes November 13, 2007





Tuesday, November 13, 2007


                                    Part I – Call to Order

            Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at 4:10 p.m.  Members in attendance included 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 agreed (3-0) to move to executive session at 4:11 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; Mrs. Sue Waggoner, Executive Director of Instruction; and Mr. Ervin Fink, Executive Director of Administration, were in attendance during all or part of the executive session.  Personnel items discussed in executive session included resignations, emergency and volunteer coaches, bus drivers for final approval, bus drivers and bus assistants for deletion, field trip requests, and staff concerns relative to the Northern Middle renovation. 

            Mr. James M. Raley, Vice President, joined the meeting at 4:20 p.m.

                        Part IV – Return to Public Session

            Mr. Brison Harvey, student member of the Board, joined the meeting at this time. 

            Dr. Forrester, representing the Mt. Top Ministerial Association, offered a prayer, after which Mr. Harvey 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 Board unanimously approved the agenda as drafted.

                        Part VI – Announcements

            Mrs. Sebold welcomed Boy Scout Troop 57 from Swanton who were in attendance to observe a public meeting first hand as they are working toward earning a Communication Badge to achieve Eagle Rank.  The Scouts: Logan Bever, Hunter Metcalfe, Sam Thomas, Brandon Tichnell, Zach Virts, and Brian Wildman, were accompanied by their Assistant Scout Leader, Mrs. Lawre Virts.

            The following announcements were made: 

  • November is Child Safety Month.
  • This week is American Education Week and Children’s Book Week.
  • November 8:  Garrett County Board of Education was presented with an “Above and Beyond Award” by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. 

·        Nov. 16 and 17:  Southern High School Play at 8:00 p.m. – Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In.

  • Students will be dismissed on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at noon for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Schools will reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 27. 

·        November 27:  Advisory Committee on Education Meeting, 7:00 at Garrett College.

  • Choral Concerts:           

- Nov. 20:  Fall Concert with both SH and NH choral ensembles at Southern High at 7:00 p.m.

- Dec. 4:    Northern High and Northern Middle students at Northern High at 7:00 p.m. (reprise of some fall concert plus a few Christmas selections.)

- Dec. 18:  Christmas Concert at 7:00 at Northern High

·        November 29:  Garrett Reading Council Meeting at Garrett College @5-7:00 p.m.

  • State Kindergarten School Readiness Report:  Garrett County is ranked 2nd in state with 81% full readiness, Judy Center is at 85%, and the state average is 67%.


Part VII – Approval of Minutes

            Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mr. Carr, the Minutes of October 9, 2007, were unanimously approved as amended.

                        Part VIII – Continuing Business

            Mr. Kurt Lear, Supervisor of CTE/Certification, distributed a press release stating the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus and MSDE have recognized Southern and Northern Garrett High Schools by certifying that their Project Lead the Way Pre-Engineering and Engineering Technology Programs have met the stringent standards of quality set by the college.  Mr. Lear added that, as a result of ninth graders taking the Principles of Engineering course, thirty-five students have selected this pathway. 

            Mr. Lear noted that the revised Business Education Programs of Studies (Business Management, Marketing, Finance and Accounting, and Business Administrative Services) and accompanying textbook, Business Finance, have been on display for public review and comment since the last board meeting and that no comments were submitted.  Dr. Teets recommended approval of the programs of studies and the textbook.  Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester and a second by Mr. Carr, the board unanimously approved the superintendent’s recommendation.

Mr. Lear noted that the three textbooks for Project Lead the Way program were also on display for public review and comment since the October board meeting, and that no comments were submitted.  Dr. Teets recommended approval of the textbooks.  Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester and a second by Mr. Carr, the board unanimously approved the following textbooks:  Digital Electronics, 5th Edition, and Lab Manual to Accompany Digital Electronics; Robot Technology Fundamentals; and CC Programming:  Principles and Applications (Computer Numerical Controlled).

            Mrs. Sebold reviewed concerns raised by the student board member at the October meeting.  At that time, Mr. Harvey asked the board to consider changing the timeline for selecting the student board member and to allow the student board member to have an opinion vote on action items.  In consideration of changing the selection timeline, Mrs. Sebold referred to the Maryland Annotated Code, 3-601, which states under (b)(4) that the Garrett County Board consists of “One nonvoting student member” and under (f)(1) that “Each May, the elected members of the County Board shall select a student member . . .”  Discussion concluded with the understanding that board policy is aligned with the Annotated Code, therefore, it would be necessary to change the Code prior to changing board policy.  Mrs. Sebold recognized Mr. Lowell Leitzel, Garrett County Association of Student Councils (GCASC) advisor, who noted that any changes to the timeline would also affect when GCASC holds their meetings.  He suggested that wording could be changed to “No later than May.”  Mrs. Sebold suggested that the GCASC should encourage any student board member applicants to attend board meetings prior to their interview to learn about the position and meeting agenda.   In regard to allowing an opinion vote for a student board member, discussion centered on whether the Code could be interpreted to allow an opinion vote, what weight an opinion vote may carry if there is a close or split vote by elected members, whether the student member could have a “recorded opinion” rather than an “opinion vote;” and what pressure this may place on the student member.  Mrs. Sebold asked that the board consider these issues which will be revisited at a future meeting.  Mr. Harvey will also discuss this with GCASC members. 

 Mrs. Sebold then addressed the Board relative to AP testing dates, another student board member concern.  She explained that AP classes are taken over two semesters at Northern High and testing occurs near the end of the school year.  At Southern High, AP classes are taken on a semester basis with testing for both first semester classes and second semester classes near the end of the school year.   Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education, discussed the pros and cons of testing dates versus when the AP class is taken.  She explained that at Southern, students have more time (ninety days) on task when an AP course is taken first semester, and that review is available two weeks prior to taking the test.  For students taking AP classes second semester, the testing date is scheduled before the semester is finished, therefore, students have only eighty days of instruction prior to the testing date.  Mr. Harvey suggested an A-B class schedule for AP classes so that an AP class could be held during both semesters.  Mrs. Bell explained that principals have reviewed an A-B schedule, but do not plan to utilize it.  Mrs. Sebold thanked Mrs. Bell for her report and noted that it is important to continue to look at options to make AP classes feasible. 

                        Part IX – New Business

            Ms. Toi Hebden, Gear Up teacher, presented an overview of the Gear UP and STEM grants.  Gear UP (Gaining Early Access and Readiness for Undergraduates Programs) is a Federal initiative to encourage more young people to have high expectations, stay in school, study hard, and take the right courses to go onto post secondary education.  Funding is through a federal grant from the state, and is based on financial need and MSA/HSA scores.  This is the second year Garrett County has received this funding.

            Ms. Hebden explained that Garrett County has received a $10,000 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Planning Grant.  The STEM is designed to help students understand how these academic disciplines and technology function in the real world.  The grant will serve middle and high school students with the overall goal to develop, implement, and assess the efficacy of the educational processes that will generate improved student achievement.  A committee of middle and high school teachers, project coordinator, administrators, parents, and community members has been formed to address needs in STEM fields and ultimately write an implementation grant application worth $150,000 per year.  Board members thanked Ms. Hebden for her report. 

Part X - Public Comment

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

                        Part XI – Recognition of Garrett County Teacher of the Year

            Dr. Teets stated it was an honor to introduce Mr. Douglas Oxford as the 2008 Garrett County Teacher of the Year, noting Mr. Oxford represented Garrett County very well at the awards gala and other events.  On October 5, 2007, Mr. Oxford, one of seven finalists for Maryland Teacher of the Year, was honored at the Teacher of the Year Gala held at Martin’s West in Baltimore.

            Mr. Oxford has been a Social Studies Teacher at Southern High School since 1983 and, for the last 22 consecutive years, has been named “Favorite/Best All-Around Teacher” by students at the school. Mr. Oxford has been a member of MSDE’s Maryland Technology Academy’s Leadership Program, a member of the voluntary State Curriculum Write/Review Committee in American History, and currently participates in the Maryland Governor’s Academy for Government.  In 2006, 100 % of his students passed the AP Psychology Exam, with half of them receiving the highest possible score.  Among awards he has received are the 2005 National Educator of Distinction NSHSS Nobel Family, the 2005 Maryland Governor’s Citation, and the 2005 Coca-Cola National Educator of Distinction.  Mr. Oxford is an integral part of Southern’s technology efforts, and is very active in school improvement and faculty initiatives. 

            Mr. Oxford expressed his appreciation for the opportunities he has been afforded as a teacher, and recognized the assistance and efforts of administration and fellow teachers.  Dr. Teets and the Board presented Mr. Oxford with an engraved award and thanked him for his dedication and professionalism.

            Mrs. Sebold recognized County Commissioner Dennis Glotfelty who, on behalf of Delegate Wendell Beitzel, read a Proclamation by the Maryland House of Delegates in Mr. Oxford’s honor.  Additionally, Commissioner Glotfelty, on behalf of Senator George Edwards, presented a Proclamation by the Maryland Senate to Mr. Oxford.  The Board thanked Commissioner Glotfelty for coming to the meeting. 

                        Part XII – American Education Week Proclamation

            Mrs. Sebold read a Proclamation (attached) in honor of American Education Week, November 11-17, 2007, which was signed by Board members and Dr. Teets.  A signed Proclamation will be distributed to each school.

Part XIII – New Business, continued

Mrs. Bell updated the board on proposed high school credit for college courses which provide senior students with an option for dual enrollment.  She noted this has been discussed with Garrett College officials and presented an overview of the college syllabi.  Transportation would be provided from both high schools to the College and then back to the high schools for transport home.  Topics of discussion included maintaining the integrity of the high school program, providing students with classes they may be interested in pursuing after high school, the feasibility of courses at Garrett College versus the high schools, and the possibility of engaging students to take classes with a modified schedule.  Mrs. Bell gave an overview of three options for a Senior Schedule, noting she will keep the board apprised of developments.  Mrs. Sebold suggested the number of required high school credits be raised from the current 21.

            Mr. Jim Thomas, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations, presented the Grantsville Elementary Addition Project Bid Award, noting that Harbel Inc. was the lowest responsible, responsive bidder.  Five bids were received.  Dr. Teets added that he communicated the results of the bid opening to each board member and the need to present a letter of intent to the lowest bidder to proceed with the project prior to the board meeting.  Since time was of the essence for this project, board members, by telephone poll, unanimously agreed to approve the base bid and Add Alternates as submitted by Harbel Inc, with the knowledge that a contract could not be issued until the official vote at the November meeting.  Dr. Teets recommended official approval of the base bid of $5,398,000 plus Add Alternates 3,4,6,7,8,9,15,17, and 18 in the amount of $326,200.  Upon a motion by Mr. Carr and a second by Dr. Forrester, the board unanimously approved the superintendent’s recommendation. 

                        Part XIV - Personnel Recommendations

            Dr. Teets recommended approval of the following personnel items:


·        Retirement:             Delbert Liller, Machine Tool Teacher, SH, eff. 01/17/08 or end of first semester 


·        Emergency Coach:   Jon Hegeman, Assistant Boys Basketball Coach, SH


·        Transportation:        Drivers for Final Approval:         William Brown – for anyone

                                                                                    Melissa Ramhoff – for Alice Bittner, Inc.

                                                                                    James Burns – for Wayne Collier, Inc.

                                                                                    Susan Green – for Sebold Trucking, Inc.

                                                                                    Charles Ward – for anyone


                                    Drivers for Deletion:                  Mary Hunt

                                                                                    Joseph Paugh


                                    Assistants for Deletions:             Kevin Spiker

                                                                                    Angela Welch


·        Field Trip Permission Request: 

      - Southern High French II, III, IV and Spanish II, III, IV Trip to France and Spain, June – July 2008  (teacher and 10-20 students from grades 11-12 French and Spanish classes

      - Southern High School FFA, National FFA Convention, October, 2007 (teacher and 4 students)


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

                        Part XI - New Business, continued

      Mr. Fink reviewed the Federal Awards Programs – Single Audit Report, June 30, 2007, noting this report concludes audit requirements for FY2007.  The auditors’ report expresses an unqualified opinion on the basic financial statements of the Board of Education for federal awards, and states that the Board of Education complied, in all material aspects, with the requirements that are applicable to each of its major federal programs for the year ended June 30, 2007.    The one program tested this year was Title I.  The report showed a total of $4,586,089 distributed over federal unrestricted and restricted current expense funds and the food service fund.  Dr. Teets thanked Mr. Fink and his staff for their efforts. 

                        Part XIV – Board Concerns

            Mr. Harvey reported that GCASC will meet on Saturday, December 1 at 9:00 a.m. at Garrett College.  Other planned events include attending the Maryland Association of Student Councils’ Legislative session scheduled for February 2 and preparing for the senior citizen prom.  Mr. Harvey inquired about policy regarding drug searches, drug testing of athletes, and the use of drug dogs in school.  Mrs. Sebold suggested taking these concerns to the school administrative staff. 

            Mr. Carr noted he attended the MABE Orientation for New Board Members on October 26-27, 2007 in Baltimore.  On November 8, he attended the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education in Baltimore.  At that meeting, topics included the Maryland Scholar Program and a summary of Maryland’s success with AP classes, with the keynote address about the need for math and science teachers and the global competition our students face in the 21st century.  On November 13, Mr. Carr, in his new position as a member of the MABE Board of Directors, met with MABE’s new board to discuss its priorities.  Mr. Carr will attend the State Board meeting on March 25-26, 2008 as the MABE representative. 

            Mr. Raley sent a letter to Delegate Beitzel and Senator Edwards requesting support for funding.

            Dr. Teets notes GCEI index will likely be partially funded this year.  Garrett County is one of eleven systems that do not receive funding.  He stated that if the formula were to be revised to reflect our living costs, Garrett County would be funded. 

            Mrs. Sebold notes Mr. Carr’s request for leadership training and the need to pay for the MABE session.  She noted her appreciation of Mr. Carr’s participation.

                        Part XV – Adjournment

There being no further business, the Board, by consensus, adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

                        Part XVI - Information Items


a.           October 2007 Attendance Bulletin

b.           MSDE News Release:  $2.9 million grant targets graduation and employment success for MD high school students with disabilities  (10/11/07)

c.           MSDE News Release:  State Board Reaffirms High School Assessment Plan  (10/31/07)

d.           MSDE News Release:  State Superintendent of Schools Joins Autism Experts to Launch New AutismConnect Event  (11/05/07)

e.           Home & School Connection, November 2007





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Charlotte Sebold Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   December 11, 2007