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Minutes April 8, 2008

 

MINUTES

 

MEETING OF THE GARRETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Oakland, Maryland 21550

 

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

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Part I - Call to Order

Mr. James M. Raley, President, called the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education to order at 4:02 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. 

            Commissioner Ernest Gregg, ex officio member, and Mr. Brison Harvey, student member of the board, were also present. 

Part II – Public Comment

            There was no public comment at this time. 

Mr. Rodney L. Durst, Vice President, joined the meeting at 4:15 p.m.

                        Part III – Meeting with Student Councils

            Mr. Raley welcomed Northern High School Student Council representatives Linzi Sisler, Amanda Brenneman, Ashton Carr, Laura Buttner, and Sierra Pitman.  He noted that most of the central office administrators were in the audience to address questions and concerns of the student councils.  Mr. Lowell Leitzel, GCASC Advisor, was also in attendance.

            The Northern High Student Council thanked the board for their assistance with transportation to events, the new lighting in the parking lots, tennis courts, funds for AP testing, the activity bus, and improvements in the cafeteria.  Topics of concern included the decrease in AP test funding to cover seniors only, schedule differences between the two high schools, the foreign language and exchange program, no bus transportation for cheerleaders who have to attend games, substitute teachers, and offering vegetarian lunches. 

            Dr. Teets and board members responded that the AP funds may encompass more than seniors, depending on the number of students.  They noted that schedule differences are often the consequence of enrollment numbers, resources, and student interest.  They stated the foreign exchange program must be initiated by teaching staff willing to lead a group in this endeavor.  The board suggested that students should ascertain whether there is interest in an additional language being offered and then approach the principal about offering the course.  The board suggested the representatives speak with the principal about bus transportation for cheerleaders as it is a school matter.  In regard to substitute qualification, Dr. Teets explained every effort is made to have substitute teachers take the orientation class prior to being hired, and appreciated the students’ concern.  Mr. Scott Germain, Food and Nutrition Program Manager, stated the cafeteria could accommodate requests for vegetarian meals with prior notification.

The Board congratulated the Northern High Student Council for achieving the Felix Simon Award at the MASC Conference in Ocean City.  Mr. Leitzel explained that completing the application and documenting what the council does effectively was an invaluable experience for the students. 

Mr. Raley then welcomed Sara Harvey and Cameron Crawford, representatives from the Southern High Student Council.  They, along with Brison Harvey (also on Southern High Student Council) gave an overview of Student Council activities of the past year, such as blood drives in the fall and spring, fundraisers, sponsoring dances and winter homecoming, attending the MASC Convention, assisting with Back to School Night and escorting freshman through the building, GCASC activities, and keeping an open dialogue with school administration.  They noted plans to upgrade the next Back to School Night with more activities to encourage more freshmen to get involved. 

The students expressed their concern relative to AP testing.  Although they felt it was a good investment to prioritize AP testing for seniors, they suggested the funds could be better served by distributing according to financial need.  They added that it could be a financial burden for some who, according to the Student Handbook, must take the test if they want to take the class.   They suggested an Honors Class between AP and merit to fill that gap without the burden of AP testing. 

Mr. Leitzel thanked Dr. Teets and the Board for their invitation to attend the meeting.  He also thanked the administrative staff at Southern, noting that at least one administrator attends each student council meeting.  At a county level, he expressed gratitude for the efforts of advisors of the middle schools and Northern High and for the contribution of Brison Harvey as student board member.

Mr. Leitzel then presented the application packet for the student board member candidate for 2008-2009.  Dr. Teets commended Mr. Leitzel for his leadership and time spent with the students.  Board members thanked the representatives and Mr. Leitzel for attending.  

            Part IV – Emergency Service Club Presentation

            Mr. Raley explained that he had asked that the Southern High Emergency Service Club be placed on the agenda to recognize the efforts of the newly-formed group.  The club was organized in an effort to raise awareness among the student body about the vital role of public safety in the community and to promote volunteerism in emergency services.  Dr. Teets introduced Mr. Todd Dyche, science teacher at Southern High, club advisor, and President of the Garrett County Fire and Rescue Association.  Accompanying Mr. Dyche were club members Nick Crabtree, Devin Callis, Ivy Smith, and Christin Feaster, who gave a PowerPoint presentation showing the goals and mission statement which was developed by the students.  They gave an overview of current projects and collaboration with members of the Garrett County Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management.  The Director of the Department will be presenting details and accomplishments of the club at a state-wide conference in the near future and at EMS Week at the Country Club Mall in May.  The club has eighteen members with an interest in volunteering in both firefighting and emergency medical services.  They will attain several training certifications including CPR and AED.  Plans are in progress to stage a mock disaster exercise at the school highlighting the dangers of drinking  and driving.  Dr. Teets and board members commended the club members and Mr. Dyche for their efforts, and wished them success in their endeavors. 

                        Part V - Executive Session

            Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mr. Carr, the Board of Education agreed to move to executive session at 5:10 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, a resignation, emergency and volunteer coaches, tenure candidates, professional leave and travel requests, and field trip requests.  Board members also discussed proposed personnel changes for FY2009 and the superintendent’s evaluation.                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 VI – Reopen Public Session

             Mr. Raley reconvened public session at 6:25 p.m.  Mr. Brison Harvey, student board member, rejoined the meeting at this time.  The Reverend Duane Frederick, 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.  

Part VII - 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 the March Attendance Bulletin under Information Items; a MACO request  for a referendum, and correct listed times. 

                        Part VIII – Announcements

             The following announcements were offered:

     

·        April is School Library Media Month, Environmental Education Month, and Mathematics Month. 

·        April 9-12:  Southern High drama department presents “My Fair Lady” at 8:00 p.m.

·        April 10:  Real Deal Financial Literacy Program for Southern High School Juniors at 8:30 a.m.

·        April 10:  Southern Middle History Day student displays at 9:30 a.m.

·        April 22:  Advisory Committee on Education meeting at 7:00 p.m. at Garrett College.

·        May 8:  High School Success Night Banquet at Southern High School at 6:00 p.m.

·        May 15:  Envirothon at Bittinger 4-H Center

·        Crellin Elementary School is one of four national winners of the Ernest L. Boyer Character Education Award

·        Crellin Elementary Corps of Discovery was selected as the county winner of the Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Award.  A state winner will be announced at a ceremony in Annapolis on April 17.

·        April 16-17:  Young Audiences of Maryland will be in Garrett County with a program for grades PK-2 called “Songs and Stories for Little Old Children.”

·        The Maryland House of Delegates presented a Proclamation to the High School FIRST Robotics Team for winning the Engineering Award at a competition in Cleveland, Ohio. 

·        A Proclamation was issued by the Governor of Maryland in honor of School Psychology Week, April 27 – May 3, 2008 

 

Part IX - Approval of Minutes

Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Dr. Forrester, the Minutes of March 11, 2008 were unanimously approved as amended.

Part X – Continuing Business

             Dr. Teets presented his recommendation for the 2008-2009 School Calendar, citing input from administrative and supervisory personnel and other individuals.  He expressed gratitude for the support of the business community in all aspects of the school system, noting his sensitivity to their calendar concerns. Dr. Teets added that it was the consensus of administration that students should begin school prior to Labor Day to insure as much instructional time as possible before assessments.  Therefore, he recommended the Board approve Calendar A with a starting date for students of August 26, 2008.  Mr. Raley recognized Mr. Charlie Ross of the Chamber of Commerce, who spoke of the needs of the businesses which depend on Labor Day income and who hire students for summer employment.  Mr. Ross favored a school calendar which begins after Labor Day.  Board members continued discussion on the merits and disadvantages of starting school before Labor Day.  Dr. Forrester moved to accept the superintendent’s recommendation of Calendar A, with a second from Mr. Durst.  The Board voted 2-2, with Mr. Carr and Mrs. Sebold voting in the negative.  Mr. Raley noted that the chair would vote to break the tie, and voted in favor of the superintendent’s recommendation.  The final vote was 3-2.  Mr. Raley thanked Mr. Ross for his time and his support. 

            Dr. Teets updated the Board on the Southern Middle attendance option, noting the offer has been well-received.  Bloomington students and parents visited Southern Middle on March 19, 2008.  Dr. Teets and Mrs. Waggoner are continuing to finalize enrollment and address personnel needs as necessary.    

                        Part XI – New Business

            Dr. Teets introduced Ms. Brenda Sisler and Ms. Sandy Sutton, Alcohol and Drug Prevention Coordinators with the Garrett County Health Department.  Dr. Teets stated he was approached by their supervisor, Ms. Nancy Brady, who requested to share their media campaign, “Today is the Day to Talk With Your Kids,” with the Board.  Ms. Sisler and Ms. Sutton presented an overview of the county-wide media campaign slated to begin on September 12, 2008.  The campaign will focus on having parents become engaged in meaningful conversation with their children on the dangers of alcohol and drugs.  Ms. Sisler discussed ideas for collaboration between the Health Department and the board to make the campaign a success.  She noted that several local community groups are already on board, and that involvement with the schools for poster contests, PTO presentations, assemblies, and use of school property would be very helpful.  Dr. Teets invited them to share their presentation and requests at the next Administrators and Supervisors meeting in April.  The Board was supportive of the campaign and thanked both Ms. Sutton and Ms. Sisler for sharing their presentation.

                        Part XII – Public Comment

            There was no public comment at 7:05 p.m.

                        Part XIII – Personnel Recommendations

            Dr. Teets recommended approval of the following personnel matters:

 

·       *Retirements:    Patrick R. Delaney, Principal, Route 40 Elementary, effective July 1, 2008 

Rose M. Opel, Secretary/Media Assistant, Route 40 elementary, Effective July 1, 2008

Twylah M. Stewart, Teacher, Accident Elementary, effective July 1, 2008 

Geraldine L. Teats, Secretary, Central Office, effective July 1, 2008 

                                    Kaylen Carlson, Secretary, Central Office, effective July 1, 2008

 

  • *Resignation:     Delilah Miller, Instructional Assistant, Yough Glades, effective May 16, 2008

 

·        *Emergency Coach:       Jeff Murphy, Boys Tennis Coach, Southern High, Step 1, $457.50

 

  • Tenure Recommendations:             Melissa Barnes              Art                           Southern High

Debi Beachy                 Chorus                     Southern High

Jennifer Bishoff             Science                     Southern High

                                                            Kyler Clise                    Mathematics             Southern Middle

                                                            Stephen Dyche              Science                     Southern High

                                                            Kari Elliott                    Special Education      Dennett Road

                                                            Melissa Hance               Music                       Grantsville

                                                            Denise Hartman             CPA                         Southern High

                                                            Jacqueline Hawkins        Mathematics             Northern High

                                                            Tara Hinebaugh             Third Grade              Grantsville

                                                            Christie Large                Special Education      Accident

                                                            Kathleen Lauder            Special Education      Dennett Road

                                                            Douglas Lyons              Driver Education       Southern High

                                                            Esther Marshall             Special Education      Accident

                                                            Jacqueline Parsons         Science                     Southern Middle

                                                            Heather Poe                  Music                       Yough Glades

                                                            Jennifer Roth                 Science                     Southern Middle

                                                            Anne-Marie Savage        Mathematics             Southern Middle

                                                            Deneice Shultz              Diagnostic/Prescr.     Central Office

                                                            Timothy Yoder              Alternative Educ.       Southern High

 

  • *Professional Leave and Travel Requests: 

-      2008 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship, April 2008, Atlanta GA  (4 staff members)

-      NCTM National Conference, April 2008, Salt Lake City, UT (3 staff memer) 

-      National Association of Elementary School Principals, April 2008, Nashville TN  (3 staff members and 1 parent/PTO representativet) 

-   2008 John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo, Boston MA, April 2008 (1 staff member) 

 

  • *Field Trip Permission Request Form 348.72: 

-   2008 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship, April 2008, Atlanta GA  (4 staff members and team)  

-   NorthBay Environmental Learning Center, May 19-23, 2008, North East MD   

·  (7 staff members and 6th grade students, NX)

·  (4 staff members and 6th grade students, SX)

                   

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

Part XIV – New Business, continued

             Mr. Fink reviewed the Bi-Annual Financial Report for the period ending March 31, 2008.  The report is reviewed by the County Administrator and then signed by the Board of Education’s Chief Financial Officer, the Superintendent, and the Board President prior to its submission to MSDE in April and December of each year.

            Dr. Teets recommended that the Annual Retirement Celebration be held the week of June 9, 2008.  Upon a motion by Mr. Carr and a second by Mr. Durst, the Annual Retirement Celebration will be held on Thursday, June 12, 2008.  The superintendent’s office will make arrangements for the event to be held at the Will O’the Wisp, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

                        Part XV – Board Concerns

            Mr. Harvey reported that the GCASC will be traveling to Pittsburgh to see a Pirates game on Saturday.  As a follow-up of Northern High Student Council’s concerns, Mr. Harvey asked about qualifications for a substitute teacher.  It was noted that every attempt is made to secure a well qualified teacher as a long-term substitute teacher.  Mr. Raley added that many of the student councils’ concerns should be addressed to the school administration rather than have the board intervene.

                        Part XVI – Recognition of Anti-Drug Poster Winners

            Dr. Teets explained that an anti-drug awareness project, initiated by the Health Advisory Committee as a result of the number of students involved in prescription drug related incidents on school property, was conducted during February.  The committee, with funding from the Safe and Drug Free Schools Grant, plans to develop posters, announcements, theatre slides, and newspaper ads that educate   the community about prescription drug problems affecting young people.  Winners of the poster contest were invited to attend the board meeting to be recognized for their participation.  (Those who were able to attend are marked with an asterisk.)

1st Place;                             Kaitlyn Walker, Northern High                                     *Jordan Schwinabart, Southern High

                                             *Amber Glotfelty, Southern Middle                             *Samantha Tichnell, Bloomington

                                             *Dustin Kyle, Route Forty

 

2nd Place:                            Neil Buckel, Northern High                                          *Brittany Morgan, Southern High

                                             *Cody Hoye, Southern Middle                                      Sarah Holtschneider, Bloomington

                                             *Noah Werner, Route Forty

 

3rd Place:                             Justin Rosenberger, Northern High                              Will Ashby, Southern High

                                             *Matt Blamble, Southern Middle                                  Levi Bever, Bloomington

                                             Ethan Snyder, Route Forty

 

Honorable Mention:          Heather Singell, Northern High                                     Paula Bender, Northern High

                                             Amanda Stanley, Northern High                                    *Blake Moore, Northern High

                                             Brad Benton, Northern High                                          *Emily Nazelrod, Southern Middle

                                             *Tilla Lynch, Southern Middle                                      Sydney Lyons, Bloomington

                                             Hannah Virts, Bloomington

 

Mr. Raley congratulated the students and noted that the hardest thing they may ever do is to get help for a friend in trouble.  Dr. Teets thanked the students for coming to the meeting. 

            Commissioner Gregg left the meeting at 7:35 p.m.

                        Part XVII – Board Concerns, continued

            Mr. Carr reported on a MABE workshop he attended on March 12. 

            Mr. Durst noted the next LSA meeting will be held on April 21. 

            Mr. Raley listed upcoming MABE workshops on Records Retention, Decision-making, a Day in the Life of a Pupil Personnel Worker, and Fraud.  Mr. Fink plans to attend the latter. 

            The deadline for the Charles Willis Award is July 3, 2008.

            In response to a request from MABE for nominees for Board of Directors, Mr. Carr asked that his name be resubmitted to continue on the Board of Directors.

            Mr. Raley stated that he had received a request from Commissioner Glotfelty regarding the Board’s support for the slot machines referendum.  He added that the referendum will be on the ballot this fall, and that 70% of the profits from the slots are earmarked for education.  Maryland State Teachers Association is in support of the referendum.  In response to Mr. Raley’s request whether to take action on this request, the Board decided to table the topic until the May meeting. 

                                    Part XVIII –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 MABE Directory 2008 and an MSDE publication entitled, A Parent’s Guide to Achievement Matters Most.   

a.        Home & School Connection, April 2008

b.        Proclamation from the Governor of the State of Maryland:  School Psychology Week,

        April 27-May 3, 2008

c.         MSDE News Release: April Proclaimed Environmental Education Month In Maryland  (4/1/08)

d.        MSDE News Release: Going Beyond Google:  MSDE’s AskUsNow! Program Celebrates Five Year of Helping to Answer Thousands of Questions  (3/19/08)

e.         MSDE News Release:  Comment Period Opens for IDEA Application  (3/14/08)

f.          March 2008 Attendance Bulletin

 

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James M. Raley Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   May 13, 2008