SPECIAL MEETING OF THE GARRETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Oakland, Maryland 21550
Monday, March 31, 2008
Part I - Call to Order
Mr. James M. Raley, President, called the special meeting of the Board of Education to order at 6:04 p.m. Also in attendance were Mr. Rodney L. Durst, Vice President; Dr. Donald Forrester and Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, associate members; and Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools. Commissioner Ernest Gregg, ex officio member, was also present. Mr. Thomas Carr, associate member, was not in attendance.
Part II –Executive Session
Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education agreed to move to executive session at 6:05 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 collective bargaining negotiations or consider matters that relate to negotiations. 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 III – Reopen Public Session
Mr. Raley reopened public session at 7:20 p.m., explaining the purpose of this special meeting was to revisit the FY2009 Operating Budget and to make additional reductions at the request of the Commissioners. Mr. Brison Harvey joined the meeting at this time.
Mr. Raley noted that the budget has been scrutinized by both Board members and administration to revise and reduce the FY2009 local request at the request of the County Commissioners. He added that the current economic downturn is unfortunate, and the Board is willing to work with the Commissioners to solve the budget dilemma.
Mr. Fink explained that the Health Care Plan for the County employees, Board of Education, and Garrett College was bid out in three areas: health, dental, and vision. He noted that the recommended bids would have health care rates the same as the current year, with a slight reduction in rates for dental and vision care, resulting in a $568,032 decrease. The Commissioners will act on these bids at their monthly meeting on April 1, 2008.
Mr. Raley then led a discussion relative to Capital Outlay and what areas could be changed or reduced. He noted that the Northern Middle Renovation and Grantsville Elementary Addition projects are in progress, and that the redesign of the Northern complex parking facility is scheduled for FY2009. Dr. Teets recommended that the Northern High Parking Lot and Road be moved from 2008-2009 to 2009-2010. Additionally, Dr. Teets explained that the Northern Middle 5% contingency for change orders has been used less than expected; therefore, he recommended that the 5% be reduced to 2.5%. These changes would reduce the capital budget by $966,937.
Board members then discussed the operational portion of the budget, compiling additional reductions of four additional positions through reorganization, a one-third decrease of funds for AP testing, and elimination of summer school busing. These reductions would decrease the operating budget by $263,500.
Dr. Teets expressed his appreciation to the administration for reviewing the budget to make savings while continuing to provide services. The revised County Appropriation Request would then be reduced to $1,275,668 for the Operating Budget and $3,225,134 for the Capital Budget.
Mr. Raley called for a motion. Dr. Forrester moved the Board approve the aforementioned adjustments to the FY2009 Operating and Capital Budgets. Following a second from Mr. Durst, the Board voted 3-0 in favor of the motion. Mr. Raley explained that he would send a cover letter from both the Board and administration to the County Commissioners as they would meet on Tuesday, April 1, 2008.
Mr. Raley stated that the Northern Garrett Republican Women’s Club invited board members to join them at their meeting on September 30, 2008.
Board members discussed briefly Senate Bill 373, “Building Opportunities for All Students and Teachers (BOAST) in Maryland Tax Credit,” noting that Senator Edwards voted in opposition and that PSSAM sent staff to testify in favor of the bill. The BOAST bill would facilitate funding for private and parochial schools through an income tax credit.
Part V – Adjournment
By consensus, the board adjourned at 7:55 p.m.
|James M. Raley||Wendell D. Teets|
|Approved: May 13, 2008|