Board of Education

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

Minutes March 10, 2009




Oakland, Maryland 21550


Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Part I - Call to Order

Mr. Rodney L. Durst, President, called the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education to order at 4:48 p.m.  Also in attendance were Dr. Donald Forrester, Vice President; Mr. James Raley; Mrs. Charlotte Sebold; and Mr. Thomas Carr, 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, the Board of Education agreed (4-0) to move to executive session at 4:50 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 negotiations. Board members discussed personnel items which included resignations, consideration for an assistant bus driver, emergency coaches, volunteer coaches, professional leave requests, a request for sabbatical leave, a disciplinary action, and negotiations

            Dr. Teets, Mr. Ervin Fink, Executive Director of Administration; Mrs. Sue Waggoner, Executive Director of Instruction; and Commissioner Ernie Gregg ; were present during all or part of the executive session.

                         Part IV – Reopening Public Session

            Mr. Durst reconvened public session at 6:07 p.m.  Mr. Ross Glotfelty, representing the Mt. Top Ministerial Association, offered a prayer, after which Ms. Joanna Guy, student board member, led the assembly in the Pledge to the Flag of the United States of America.  

Part V - Acceptance of Agenda

Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, the Board approved (4-0) the agenda, as amended.  An addition was added to the agenda for action to be taken for the approval of the Democratic Central Committee Representative for the Advisory Committee on Education.

                        Part VI – Announcements

                                                The following announcements were offered:


·        March 11:                     Real Deal Program for juniors at Northern High

·        March 13 – 14:             Pittsburgh Robotics competition

·        March 27:                     Northern High FFA ham dinner at 5:00 p.m.

·        March 27 - 28:              Southern High Play – Arsenic & Old Lace at 8:00 p.m.

·        March 31:                     Honor Band Concert at Northern High at 7:00 p.m.

·        Friday, April 10: Schools Closed (Good Friday)

·        Monday, April 13:          Schools in session

·        April 24-25:                   County Wide Arts Fair – Garrett College

4/24:     Reception at 6:30 p.m.

            Honor Chorus (MX/HS) at 7:00 p.m.

4/25:     Art Activities & Performances

·        Swan Meadow has been selected as the Maryland State Exemplary Reading Program Award winner for the 2008-2009 school year.

·        Robotics team finished 3rd in Washington, D.C. competition out of 65 teams.

·        Southern High won the state dual and individual team wrestling championships.

·        Four Southern and one Northern wrestler won individual state championships in the state championships last weekend.

·        Southern High’s foods program students competed in their first ever ProStart state competition and did very well for the first time.  Each student won a $1,000 culinary scholarship.

·        Northern High’s FFA team’s success in Regional competition:  Ag Mechanics team – 1st place; individual students earned 2nd place in prepared speech; 2nd place in extemporaneous speaking; 7th place in Creed contest.

·        Refer to the March Activities schedule for other activities


                        Part VII - Approval of Minutes


Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, the Minutes of February 10, 2009, were unanimously approved, as amended. 

Part VIII – Continuing Business

            Mr. Jim Morris presented a power point presentation to provide updated information on the 2009 Cohort.  He reported the HSA scores from the January testing at both high schools and the second round of bridge plan project results were included in the information presented.  The numbers compared to October reflect an increase of 22 more students passing the HSA.  This leaves a balance of 39 students who still need to pass the HSA.  Of the 39, 11 are drop outs and 6 are eligible for the ALT-MSA.  Dr. Teets and Mr. Durst thanked Jim for his organization and  how well he has kept track of the student results.  Dr. Teets also credited the academic coaches and the teachers from both high schools for the success of the students.     

Part IX – New Business

            Prior to the meeting, the superintendent’s budget was presented.  Mr. Fink explained that the revenue is still questionable.  However, the Board of County Commissioners has directed all agencies to submit a budget equal to that of 2009.  The budget proposed meets that directive with the exception that there will be a request for additional funds for the projected increases in rates for medical insurance.  The county indicated the insurance increase should be listed as a separate funding request.

            Mr. Fink informed the Board that the increase for medical insurance will be either 14.95% to continue with a fully insured program or 11% to change to a self insured program.  CBIZ, the insurance consultant, will be meeting with the County Commissioners in the near future to discuss the pros and cons of the self insured program.  The county appropriation request will include figures for both scenarios. 

            Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, the Board of Education approved (4-0) to approve the appropriation request to the County Commissioners with a budget equal to that of 2009 in the amount of $23,159,000 plus $693,628 if the county chooses to go with a self insured medical plan or plus $906,012 if the county chooses to stay with the fully insured medical plan.  The motion was made with the understanding that once all state funding has been finalized, the budget will be revised to reflect any changes.  Funding from the Economic Stimulus will also be incorporated into the budget once received.  Stimulus funds will mostly affect restricted federal funded projects such as Title I and IDEA for Special Education.  Mr. Durst, Board President, asked that it be recorded that his vote was in favor of the motion, as well.

            Mr. Fink reported that the calendar committee met on Monday, March 2, 2009 and that there was good dialogue.  The calendar committee recommends that the first day of school for 2009-2010 be Monday, August 31, 2009.  It starts four days later than normal but three days will be picked up due to staff development date changes, no election dates in the calendar for FY10, and also the date of Christmas this year permits three days of school that week. Mrs. Sebold attended the calendar committee meeting.  She stated that it basically comes down to when the testing is scheduled.  The calendar committee feels that the proposed calendar works out best for student’s testing schedules and for the community.  The calendar recommendation will continue to be reviewed. Dr. Teets will bring a final recommendation to the April meeting.

            Mr. Fink reviewed the drafted changes of Administrative Procedure 343.91, End-of-the-Year Instructional Activities.  The administrative procedure currently refers to the last three days as half day closings.  The revision will state school closings for the last three days as two hours early.  All early dismissals will be either three or two hours starting next year rather than the noon or one o’clock dismissals used in the past.

            Mr. Fink informed the Board that the interest bearing checking account for investment purposes has been very competitive in the past and a reasonable return has been received.  Due to the economic downturn, the interest rate on this type of account has severely declined.  In order to obtain better rates, he suggested looking at other types of investments that might be available.

            Mr. Fink met with Scott Weeks, Assistant Director of Financial Services for Garrett County, to review the types of investments used by the county.  Mr. Weeks informed Mr. Fink  the county currently utilizes the Maryland Local Government Investment Pool.  It provides all local government units of the State a safe investment vehicle for short term investment of funds. 

            The State Legislature created the Maryland Local Government Investment Pool (MLGIP) with the passage of Article 95§22G, of the Annotated Code of Maryland.  The Pool’s purpose is to assist the public finance officers by providing an investment medium in which the participants may invest their available balances.  A pooled fund strategy is utilized creating a money market fund for municipalities that is very safe, highly efficient, programmed approach to investing.  Participants are provided professional money management, a well diversified portfolio and reduced cost. 

            Commissioner Gregg added that the MLGIP has performed very will for the county.  He shared that there aren’t any requirements thus the funds can be withdrawn from the account on any day.  Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, the Board of Education voted (4-0) to pass the resolution to allow the Board of Education to participate in the Maryland Local Government Investment Pool.

            Mr. Fink presented information to the Board about The Teaching, Empowerment, Leading and Learning (TELL) Maryland Survey.  Governor Martin O’Malley wants to ensure that all Maryland educators have the supportive environment necessary to help students achieve at the highest levels.  The survey will allow every educator to indicate if they have positive teaching and learning conditions that research has shown to be important to student achievement and teacher retention.

            All public school-based certificated educators will have the opportunity to take the survey.  The state of Maryland has set a goal of 100% participation.  As of March 5, 2009, Garrett County has ranked second in the state of percentage responded.

                         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:

  • *Resignations:               Frank Rizzo, eff. 02/27/2009


  • *Transportation:            Phyllis Brown – for bus 19 Alice Bittner, Inc.


  • * Emergency Coaches:    Dominique Fazenbaker, Assistant Girls’ Track Coach, NH

Jeff Murphy, Boys’ Tennis Coach, SH

Jack Riley, Boys’ Tennis Coach, SH

Seth Tressler, Assistant Baseball Coach, SH


  • *Sabbatical Leave:         Erica Foley effective 2009-2010 school term to pursue educational goals


  • *Professional Leave Request

2009National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Convention

April 2-6, 2009

Detroit, Michigan


Grant Writing Workshop for ARC Grants

March 20, 2009

Ironton, Ohio


Upon a motion by Mr. Carr the Board approved (4-0) the superintendent’s personnel recommendations.

Part IX – New Business Continued

            Dr. Teets discussed his recommendation for the reconfiguration of Bloomington School from PK-8 to PK-5 effective the 2009-2010 school year.  He explained that the reconfiguration will better serve the instructional needs of the middle school students by attending Southern Middle School in addition to enabling Bloomington to concentrate more of the PK-5 program. 

            A parent meeting was held on March 2, 2009.  Dr. Teets, Superintendent, Mrs. Waggoner, Executive Director of Instruction, Mrs. Baker, Director of Elementary Education, Mrs. Wildesen, Principal at Southern Middle School, Mr. Shank, Assistant Principal at Southern Middle School, Ms. Panther and Mr. Paugh, Counselors at Southern Middle School, were all in attendance.  There was positive support of the change by several in attendance.  A concern in regards to transportation will be addressed with a bus extension added in order to enhance the transportation of the students.  Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, the Board of Education voted (4-0) in favor of the reconfiguration of Bloomington Elementary School.

            Mrs. Baker reviewed the new Administrative Procedure 347.311, Disposal or Donation of Obsolete Textbooks which formally outlines past practice. 

            Mrs. Bell was present to recommend the date of Sunday, June 7, 2009 for the graduation commencement exercises.  Upon a motion by Mr. Carr, the Board of Education voted (4-0) for the 2009 graduation commencement exercises to be held on Sunday, June 7, 2009.  Southern High School will begin commencement exercises at 1:00 p.m. with Northern High School’s commencement exercises at 4:00 p.m.

            Dr. Lauver presented a power point presentation on the results of the 2007 Maryland Adolescent Survey.  The survey conducted questioned Garrett County students about their use of alcohol, marijuana, narcotics, and other drugs over a chosen period of time.  The results were then compared to previous years.  Dr. Lauver also provided a comparison of suspensions and expulsions for drugs and alcohol over the last 3 years.  Garrett County Public Schools have many prevention curricular programs offered to students.  There are several Collaborative Interagency Committees in Garrett County who work together to prevent and reduce alcohol and drug abuse.  The collaboration also provides for intervention and treatment of alcohol and drug abuse for identified youth.  The Board thanked Dr. Lauver for his presentation.

                        Part XII – Recognition

            The Board of Education recognized the members of the Southern High School State IA-IIA Wrestling Team for their state dual and individual team championships.  Also, several individual students from Northern and Southern High School were recognized for winning state championships or making it to the finals at the Maryland State IA-IIA Wrestling Tournament.  Members of both teams were in attendance as well as the coaches, assistants, and several parents.

            Dr. Teets and Mr. Durst congratulated the wrestlers and talked about how proud the entire community is of their accomplishments.  Mr. Dave Taylor, Southern High Coach, stated that the wrestlers did an outstanding job all year and that they worked very hard to achieve this great season.  He also stated that it is rare for a school to win the state dual championship as well as the state tournament.  This has only been done four times in state history with Northern High School and Southern High School holding that position for two out of the four times. 

                         Part XV – Board Concerns

Joanna Guy expressed concern from GCASC for the lack of time provided for clubs to meet in the new schedule being adopted by the high schools for the 2009-2010 school year.  She stated that it will be very difficult for the student government to accomplish what they do without the allotted time to meet.  The GCASC is trying to come up with a way to resolve the issue and is aware that a scheduling consultant will be working with administrators.    

      Dr. Teets recognized the legitimate concern of the GCASC and assured that the time for clubs to meet is being reviewed.  Lynn Bell added that currently the minimal time for clubs to meet will be at least once a month.  She also offered the time before and after school as an option.  Ms. Guy replied that this option was discussed at the GCASC meeting and transportation becomes an issue if club meeting times are before and/or after school.  Mrs. Bell informed the Board that the scheduling consultant will be in Garrett County on March 25th and 26th.  The consultant will spend one day at Southern High School and one day at Northern High School.  She also explained that the change was to have both high schools on the same schedule to better address the needs of the students.

After further discussion of the new schedule, the Board asked for a presentation at a future meeting so that they have an understanding of the schedule.

      Student council meets with the Board during the April or May meeting.  Mr. Raley reminded the Board that it was discussed at a previous meeting that it would be helpful and easier for the board members to go to the middle school student council meetings at the individual schools rather than it would be for the student council to attend a Board meeting.   Dr. Teets will talk with the principals to see if student councils will be able to attend a meeting or if they desire board members to visit their schools for a meeting. 

Dr. Teets recommended approval of Ms. Teresa Burch as the Democratic Central Committee member of the Advisory Committee on Education.  Upon a motion by Mr. Carr, the Board of Education approved (3-0) the superintendent’s recommendation.  Dr. Forrester abstained due to his involvement with the ACE committee.

      Dr. Forrester is on the MABE nominating committee.  He has been asked to bring nominations for the MABE Board of Directors.  The Board of Education members are all in favor of nominating Mr. Carr to serve again on the MABE Board of Directors.

      Mr. Carr provided a handout to the Board summarizing the past months events.  He attended the MABE Leadership Academy, “Working on the State Board”.  He shared Governor O’Malley’s “Seven Points” Mission, Transformation, and Legacy and discussed the binding arbitration bills.  Mr. Carr also attended the MABE Board of Directors meeting.  He gave an update on T.E.L.L., a legislative update, and announced that the Summer Leadership Conference will be held on June 18th and 19th with the location to be determined.  Mr. Carr reported that he also attended the MABE Board Presidents and State Board Dinner.

                        Part XVI –Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:27 p.m.

Part XVI - Information Items

            In addition to the listed items, Board members also received the MSDE 2007-2008 The Fact Book and the 2008-2009 Maryland School Guide.

a.           Erate Funding YTD

b.          Memo from MABE: Activities in San Diego

c.           MSDE Maryland High School Assessments & Your Child

d.          February Attendance Bulletin

e.           March Activities Calendar

f.           March Home & School Connection

g.           March HOPE Health Letter


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James M. Raley Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   April 14, 2009