Board of Education

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

Minutes March 11, 2008




Oakland, Maryland 21550


Tuesday, March 11, 2008



Part I - Call to Order

Mr. James M. Raley, President, called the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education to order at 4:05 p.m.  Also in attendance were Mr. Thomas Carr, Dr. Donald Forrester, and Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, 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 to move to executive session at 4:06 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 conduct the superintendent’s evaluation.  Board members discussed personnel items which included retirements, resignations, emergency and volunteer coaches, leave without pay, bus driver for final approval, professional leave and travel requests, and a request for records.  Board members also discussed the superintendent’s evaluation.    

Mr. Rodney L. Durst, Vice President, joined the meeting at 4:10 p.m.  Dr. Teets; Mr. Ervin Fink, Executive Director of Administration; Mrs. Sue Waggoner, Executive Director of Instruction; and Commissioner Gregg were in attendance during all or part of the executive session.  

Part IV – Re-Open Public Session

             Mr. Raley reconvened public session at 5:40 p.m.  Mr. Brison Harvey, student board member, joined the meeting at this time.  The Reverend Ross Glotfelty, representing the Mt. Top Ministerial Association, offered a prayer, after which Mr. Harvey led the assembly in the Pledge to the Flag of the United States of America. 

            Reverend Glotfelty and Mrs. Linda Glotfelty announced that the National Day of Prayer will be observed on May 1, 2008, with a ceremony at the Oakland gazebo at noon.  A youth service will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the Oakland Armory. 

Part V - Acceptance of Agenda

Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester and a second by Mr. Carr, the Board unanimously approved the agenda with the addition of an Update of the Employee Health Care Plan and Consideration of a Date for a Special Board Meeting under Board Concerns.

                        Part VI – Announcements

                                                The following announcements were offered:


·        March is Music in Our School Month

·        March 13:  Middle and High School Honor Band Concert @Northern High @7:00 p.m.

·        March 14:  Teen Talent Show at Garrett College

·        March 14:  Dinner and Program at Friendsville Elementary

·        March 21 and 24:  Schools closed

·        March 14-15:  Maryland high school robotics competition will be held at the Naval Academy, starting at 9:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

·        March 21-22:  Cleveland Robotics Competition

·        JoAnna Guy, Southern High School junior, won the National Youth Storytelling Championship

·        March 27:  Northern High Talent Show at 7:00 p.m.

·        March 28-29:  Southern High Play, “Alice in Wonderland”

·        April 4-5:  Science Fair at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh

·        March 29:  Energy presentation by Next Gen team at Pleasant Valley Community Center from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

·        Northern High School Student Council won the Felix Simon Award at the MASC Convention in Ocean City. 

·        Southern High School finished second in the state individual wrestling championship for the second consecutive year.  George Scheffel -125 # state champion; Lex Ozias -112 # 2nd place; Jakob Scheffel (Brutus) -130# third place; Sean Sisler -285# and Matt Armstrong -#103 both finished fifth. 

·        For Northern, Andy Ganoe finished second in 152# and Dustin Stough finished fourth in the 160# class.

·        Charlotte Sebold will be inducted into Garrett County Women’s Hall of Fame on March 29 at their annual event. 

·        March 13:  Honor Band Concert at Northern High School at 7:00 p.m..

·        April 10:  Real Deal for Southern High School students for juniors at 8:30 a.m..

·        May 15:  Envirothon at 4-H Center.

·        Joanny Martin, Counselor at Northern High School, was given the Jan Ferra Award for her outstanding contribution to the Maryland Student Assistance Program.

·        All bus drivers and all driver education students have been trained in CPR/AED. 

·        May 2-3:  Student Arts Fair at Garrett College


Part VII - Approval of Minutes

Upon a motion by Mr. Carr, seconded by Dr. Forrester, the Minutes of February 11, 2008 were unanimously approved as amended.

Upon a motion by Mr. Carr, seconded by Dr. Forrester, the Minutes of February 25, 2008 were unanimously approved as amended.

Part VIII – Continuing Business

             Mr. Raley presented an update on the statewide charter school program and distributed a packet of materials for the board members to review. 

                        Part IX – New Business

            Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education, reported that, after consultation with both high school principals and instructional staff, the proposed date of graduation is June 1, 2008.  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 Mr. Carr and a second by Dr. Forrester, the Board unanimously approved the Graduation Date as Sunday, June 1, 2008, 1:00 p.m. at Northern High and 4:00 p.m. at Southern High School.

            Mrs. Bell distributed information regarding the Science Fair which will be held on April 4-5, 2008 at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.   Dr. Teets thanked Mrs. Bell for her work on the Science Fair. 

            Mr. Jim Morris, Coordinator of Research, Evaluation and Information, gave an overview of the newly printed Garrett County Public Schools Annual Report 2006-2007 and Education Superlatives.

            Mr. Morris then presented a review of the Maryland School Performance Report 2007 which includes results from the Maryland School Assessments (MSA).  Tested areas include reading and mathematics, plus graduation rate and attendance.  The Report gives data for the school system as a whole and for each individual school toward meeting the benchmarks marking Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).  The Garrett County School System has no schools identified by the state for school improvement.  Results for both the 2007 MSA and High School Assessments (HSA) indicate that Garrett County students are performing on a level consistent with or above statewide averages.  Garrett County is only one of three school systems in Maryland to make AYP in all program areas, elementary, middle, and high schools. 

            Mr. Morris shared the 2007 MSA Science results, noting that grades 5 and 8 took this test online last spring.  As a result, 74.4% of county students met the level of proficient or higher.  Garrett County results compared with state results are listed below:

Grade 5:    Garrett              Advanced:  5.5%                Proficient:    67.7%                   Basic:         26.8%

                  Maryland                           6.0%                                    53.8%                                    40.2%


Grade 8:    Garrett              Advanced   1.2%                Proficient:    74.2%                   Basic:         24.6%

                  Maryland                           3.0%                                    58.4%                                    38.6%

Dr. Teets noted the report speaks well of staff and students.  Dr. Teets and board members thanked Mr. Morris for his efforts. 

            Mr. Dale Kimble, Coordinator of Data Processing, gave an overview of the E-rate program administered by the Schools and Libraries Corporation for the Federal Communications Commission since it began in FY1999.  Garrett County has received over $825,000 in either refunds or equipment/service discounts through the program.  Application has been made for FY2009 for approval of $145,000 in requested discounts.  Mr. Kimble added that the school system’s telecommunications are affordable because of the E-rate program funds. 

            Mr. Kimble also provided information regarding donated computers from NSA, Washington County, a Pennsylvania school district, NASA, Cecil County school district, and Frostburg State University.  Approximately 425 Windows computers and 925 Apple computers have been donated with an estimated value of $472,500. 

            Mr. Fink reported that the Calendar Committee met on March 10 to review two proposed calendars.  The committee voted 5-4 for Calendar A which is modeled after the current school calendar which begins school on Tuesday before Labor Day.  Ms. Ann Ellis and Mr. Bill Meagher, two members of the committee were in attendance.  Mr. Raley recognized Mr. Meagher, representing the Chamber of Commerce, who advocated starting school after Labor Day.  He explained the impact of losing student employees prior to Labor Day, adding that the Chamber is working to make changes throughout the state and area to begin school after Labor Day.  Currently only Worchester County opens school after Labor Day.  Mr. Fink noted that several members of the committee felt that the increasing the number of instructional days prior to MSA and HSA testing should be a factor in starting school in August.  Other committee recommendations included using the Monday after Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President’s Day, and Easter Monday as make-up days prior to scheduling make-up days in June.  The committee also suggested alternatives to Staff Development Day scheduling, beginning in the fall of 2010 due to commitments already in place for 2009.  The superintendent will make a calendar recommendation to the board as an action item at the April meeting.

                        Part X – Public Comment

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

                        Part XI – Personnel Recommendations

            Dr. Teets recommended approval of the following personnel matters:


·       *Retirements:          Linda M. Booth, Teacher, SX, effective July 1, 2008 

            Richard D. Clever, Teacher, SH, effective July 1, 2008 

            Marcette K. Danner, Teacher, SX, effective July 1, 2008

            Ann U. Frantz, Case Manager, SH, effective July 1, 2008 

                                    William D. Freyman, Jr., Teacher, SH, effective July 1, 2008 

            G. Wade Grove, Teacher, SH, effective July 1, 2008 

                                    Nancy L. Klink, Teacher, RF, effective July 1, 2008

            Joanny L. Martin, Counselor, NH, effective July 1, 2008 

                                    Dorothy L. Minick, Teacher, RF, effective July 1, 2008

                                    Karlyn S. Price, Teacher, AC, effective July 1, 2008

                                    Jack Rickman, Principal, SX, effective July 1, 2008

            Mary Ann Shipe, Teacher, SH, effective July 1, 2008 

                                    Shirley F. Spiker, Teacher, SX, effective July 1, 2008

                                    Marsha Swauger, Secretary, GV, effective July 1, 2008


·       *Resignations:        Ida O’Brien, Cafeteria Assistant, AC, effective February 29, 2008  

            Debbie Sanders, Cafeteria Assistant, SH, effective February 29, 2008 


·       *Emergency Coaches:         Andrew Bowser, Boys’ Track Coach, NH

            Edward Carr, Assistant Baseball Coach, NH (1/2 contract)

                                                         Dominique Fazenbaker, Assistant Girls Track Coach, NH

      Seth Tressler, Assistant Baseball Coach, SH 

                                                Lowell J. Workman, Assistant Baseball Coach, NH (1/2 contract) 


·       *Leave Without Pay for one staff member for 2 days


·       *Transportation:  Driver for Final Approval:    Wendy Golliday for anyone


·       *Professional Leave and Travel Request: 

-   2008 FIRST Lego League Competition Championship Event, Atlanta GA, April 2008 

(4 staff members) 

-   National Association of Basketball Coaches Convention, San Antonio TX, April 2008 

(2 staff members) 


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

Part XII – New Business, continued

            Mr. Fink explained that it is required that all board of education members be enrolled in the Maryland State Retirement System, as they are considered to be neither temporary nor contractual employees.  This necessitates that the board members will also be required to pay the same percentage toward retirement as other enrollees in the Employee’s Pension Retirement System.  The enrollment is retroactive to the date that each board member took office, if that board member is not already retired from the Maryland State Retirement System.  Board members asked Mr. Fink to investigate whether board members are eligible for the employee insurance program and whether it is legally appropriate for the Garrett County Board of Education to pay any accrued interest costs on retroactive retirement transactions.

         Dr. Teets reported that he and Mrs. Waggoner had been approached by several parents of Bloomington School students who will be in grades 6-8 for the 2008-2009 school year requesting that their children be allowed to attend Southern Middle School.  He explained the requests were made to afford the students an opportunity to experience a more comprehensive middle school program.  He noted that such an option regarding designated attendance is in accordance with Board Policy 431.2 Admission to School Out of Attendance Area.  Therefore, a letter was sent to all Bloomington School parents inviting them to meet with Dr. Teets and Mrs. Waggoner on March 10 at 5:00 p.m. at Bloomington School for discussion and information sharing.  Mr. Raley attended the meeting.  Mr. Jack Rickman, Principal of Southern Middle, and Mrs. Jane Wildesen, Assistant Principal, also attended the meeting to answer any questions about Southern Middle School.  Dr. Teets added that he assured Bloomington parents that there is a commitment to maintaining Bloomington School in that community while assuring the best education for their children.  He felt the overall response to the meeting was positive.  Mrs. Waggoner added that a field trip to Southern Middle School for Bloomington students in grades 5-7 and their parents is scheduled for March 19, 2008.

                        Part XIII – National Civic Star Award and Crellin Project Videos

            The National Civic Start Award for 2008, sponsored by AASA and Sodexho School Services, was presented to Garrett County Public Schools at the National Conference on Education in Tampa, Florida, in January 2008.  Dr. Teets showed a portion of the video with the award presentation and a video of the Crellin project which was shown at the Conference.  Mr. Gary Yoder of the Department of Natural Resources shared his experiences at the conference with the Board, adding that it was an honor to be a part of this project which was mostly done by volunteers and without much public funds.  Mr. Raley noted that the projects speaks to the power of community schools, kids, parents, and volunteers coming together.  Mr. Raley and the board thanked Mr. Yoder for his great contribution and time.    Dr. Teets announced that a  community-wide celebration is scheduled for May 31 in Crellin. 

                        Part XIV – Board Concerns

            Mr. Harvey reported that Ms. Michelle Harman will remain as Student Council Advisor at Northern High for the remainder of the year.  He stated that the Maryland Association of Student Council Convention in Ocean City was worthwhile, and that Northern High School Student Council won the top award, the Felix Simon Award, at the conference.  Mr. Harvey noted that one candidate has expressed interest in the Student Member of the Board position and that the student councils are planning to attend  the April board meeting.  He added that the GCASC is planning a trip to a Pirates baseball game. 

            Mr. Raley recognized Mrs. Lisa Welch, Chair of the Advisory Committee on Education (ACE), who distributed copies of the annual report of the committee.  Mrs. Welch gave a brief overview of meetings from November 2006 through October 2007, adding the committee’s appreciation of the topics presented and the hard work of board personnel.  Dr. Teets and Mr. Raley thanked Mrs. Welch for her leadership and report.

            Mr. Durst gave an overview of bills before the Maryland legislature which were discussed at a recent meeting LSA meeting. 

            Mr. Fink shared that the Garrett County Government, Board of Education, and Garrett College are working together with CBIZ consultants to secure bids for insurance services for the three agencies through the County Purchasing Department. 

            Dr. Teets shared with the board the need for a special meeting for the purpose of a student hearing appeal, suggesting several dates that were available from the appellant’s attorney.  By consensus, the board agreed to hold a special meeting on March 26, 2008, at 6:00 p.m., with March 31 as an alternate date. 

                        Part XV –Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

                        Part XVII - Information Items


            In addition to the listed items, Board members received the Maryland Public Education (January 2008) brochure and the Maryland Ranks #2 in the Nation on Advanced Placement Exams publication: 

a.     February 2008 Attendance Bulletin

b.     Home & School Connection, March 2008

c.      MSDE News Release:  Maryland Near Top in the Nation in Both AP Improvement, Scores (2/13/08)

d.     MSDE News Release: MD Statement on Westland Beef Recall (2/19/08)


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James M. Raley Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   April 8, 2008