Board of Education

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

Minutes October 13, 2009



Oakland, Maryland 21550


Tuesday, October 13, 2009



Part I - Call to Order

Mr. Rodney L. Durst, President, called the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education to order at 4:04 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 4:05 p.m. in accordance with Public Law 4-106 and Section 10-508 of the State Government Code for the purpose of discussing personnel matters affecting one or more individuals.  Board members discussed personnel items that included a resignation, emergency coaches, volunteer coaches, a professional leave request, and a field trip.

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

                        Part IV – Reopening Public Session

            Mr. Durst reconvened public session at 5:35 p.m. Reverend Duane Frederick, representing the Mt. Top Ministerial Association, offered a prayer, after which Mr. Ian Aiken, 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 Mr. Carr, the Board approved (4-0) the agenda.

                         Part VI – Announcements


The following announcements were offered:


  • October 16                   National Bosses Day
  • October 19-23              Teen Read Week
  • October 19-23              National School bus Safety Week
  • October 20                   October A & S Meeting
  • October 21                   Staff Development / 3 hour early dismissal
  • October 26-30              Red Ribbon Week
  • Jennifer Rankin, Maryland Teacher of the Year


Part VII - Approval of Minutes


Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, the Minutes of September 8, 2009, were unanimously approved as amended.  Upon a motion by Mr. Carr, the Minutes of the September 22, 2009 special board meeting were unanimously approved.

Part IX – New Business

            Awards were presented across the state to schools that were designated as “Asthma Friendly Schools”.  Each school did an internal evaluation, this past spring, and indicated the number of areas in the school which met or exceeded a list of established criteria.  This process was facilitated by the school health staff at each school.  All Garrett County Schools received a bronze level of achievement for the work in the area of Asthma.  Garrett County is the only school system in the state to have all the schools receive a level of recognition. Many schools attempted the process, but only reached a level designated as honorable mention.  Dr. Cheryl DePinto, Medical Director for School and Adolescent Health at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Rachel Hess-Mutinidz, Program Director, were present to share information about the Asthma Friendly awards Dr. DePinto, expressed her appreciation to Kurt Lear and Becky Aiken, lead nurse, both in attendance, for all their efforts in achieving a bronze level for all schools including Hickory Environmental Education Center.  She presented Dr. Teets with a plaque.  Dr. Teets thanked Dr. DePinto and Ms. Hess-Mutinidz for traveling so far to recognize Garrett County Schools.  Mr. Bob Stephens, Garrett County Health Department, was also in attendance for the presentation.  He commented that it has been a great working partnership between all involved.

            Mrs. Bell reviewed the changes in the Art program of Studies for grades 9-12.  She explained that a fine art credit is required by every student.  However, she pointed out that not all students may choose to take Art I. They may take band or chorus.  Action will be taken on the Art Program of Studies at the November meeting.  The textbook, ArtTalk, Fourth Edition, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 2005 will be put on display at the central office for public to comment.  Action will be taken on the textbook at the November meeting.

            Mr. Morris presented a power point presentation to the Board on the 2008-2009 HSA and AYP.  Mr. Morris gave information on the population of students passing the Biology, Government, Algebra, and English HSA’s.  He compared scores by gender, FARMS and non-FARMS, and special education and non-special education.  Mr. Morris provided details of the 2009 cohort and gave an updated status on the 2010 cohort. 

            Mr. Morris informed the Board of the 2008-2009 AYP findings by individual schools, by county, and also provided the system improvement status for the county.  Mr. Carr thanked Mr. Morris for doing a great job gathering and preparing all of the data.  The Board asked Mr. Morris to provide information on future charts to reflect scores for first time test takers.  The Board thanked Mr. Morris and Mrs. Bell for helping the students graduate and meet the requirements. 

                        Part X – Public Comment

 There was no public comment at this time. 

                        Part XI – Personnel Recommendations

            Dr. Teets recommended approval of the following personnel matters:

  • Retirements:                  Arthur A. Refosco, Jr., Director of Transportation, CO, eff. 12/31/09


  • Resignations:                Allison L. Rook, Teacher, SH, eff. 10/16/2009


  • Emergency Coaches:     Edward Carr, Assistant Baseball Coach, NH

Dean Daniels, Assistant Boys’ Soccer Coach, NH

Chris Elliott, Assistant Boys’ Basketball Coach, NH

Carol Humberson, Softball Coach, NH

Oliver Jones, Assistant Boys’ Basketball Coach, NH

Robert Speicher, Assistant Boys’ Basketball Coach, NH

Lowell J. Workman, Assistant Baseball Coach, NH

Jon Hegeman, Head Boys’ Basketball Coach, SH

Jeff Murphy, Tennis Coach, SH

Steven Skipper, Assistant Football Coach, SH


  • Transportation:

Contract modification:

                        Lewis Deane Savage and Nancy K. Savage

                        Corporate officers & owners of S. & S. Bus Services, Inc.

  • Professional Leave Request

National Association of Elementary School Principals Annual Convention

April 8-11, 2010

George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas


  • Field Trip Permission

National FFA Convention

October 20-24, 2009

Indianapolis, IN

Northern High School – FFA- Richard McRobie

Southern High School – FFA – Steve Kisner



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

            Part XII –Recognition

Dr. Teets and the Board welcomed the 2010 Maryland State Teacher of the Year, Northern Middle School teacher, Jennifer Burdock Rankin.  Mrs. Rankin gave the Board an overview of all the upcoming Teacher of the Year events.  Some of the highlights are space camp in the summer, conference in Dallas, TX in January to meet with other state teachers, speaking at the MSEA convention, trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with the President in April, speaking at the Towson commencement ceremonies, and a conference in Oregon in July.  She informed the Board that her national competition application is due on November 5.  Four finalists will be selected in March and the winner will be announced during the trip to Washington, D.C.  All of Mrs. Rankin’s students are very excited.  Dr. Teets expressed how proud he and the Board are of having Mrs. Rankin as the Maryland Teacher of the Year.  He thanked Mrs. Waggoner for all she has done with the Teacher of the Year program.

The Transitional Age Youth Program (TAY) began in 2001 as a collaborative effort between the Core Service Agency, the school system, and Garrett College’s Adventure Sports program.  TAY introduces activities designed to build self-confidence, improve teamwork, and develop good decision making and problem solving skills to the participants.  The TAY Program focuses on eighth grade students with a separate limited program for high school students who were in the program in middle school.

The program has been highly successful.  Mr. Scott Richardson and Mr. Michael Logsdon, of Garrett College, presented a power point presentation of the program as well as providing attendance, school performance, and outcomes of the participants of the program.  Dr. Teets thanked Mr. Richardson and Mr. Logsdon for all their work with the program and for presenting the information to the Board.

Part XIII - Board Business

            Mr. Aiken was not able to attend the last GCASC meeting due to a previous engagement.  He has been asked by the Maryland Association of Student Councils to teach a workshop at the High School Leadership Conference on charitable donations and how to make events more profitable.  Mr. Aiken is also planning on attending the state student council board meeting at the end of October.  Events that he reported on are the Northern High School powder puff games and the fall costume dance.

            Dr. Teets commented on the wonderful job he did representing the Autumn Glory court and the Board of Education during Autumn Glory.  Mr. Carr added that he did a great job during the MABE conference as well.

            Mr. Carr reported that the speaker at the last LSA meeting spoke on green schools.  He indicated that the main focus was on the process of school certification which is very expensive. The cost is 10% to 20% more on any given product and that the up front cost should make up for itself over the lifetime of the school.

            Mr. Durst reported that there will be a legislative meeting on October 19. 

            Dr. Forrester commented on the MABE Annual Conference held in Ocean City.  He stated that he enjoyed the keynote speaker at the luncheon on Wednesday.  He thought all the sessions were informative and enlightening.

            The Board would once again like to invite Delegate George Edwards and Senator Wendell Betizel to a Board meeting to discuss topics of interest.

            It was announced that Chuck Trautwein will also be presenting a workshop on robotics at MSEA.

                        Part XIV –Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:13 p.m.  

Part XIV - Information Items    

a.           Erate Funding YTD

b.          Financial Report for period ending June 20, 2009

c.          Single Audit Report for period ending June 20, 2009

d.          2009/2010 Directory

e.           October Student Activities Calendar

f.           October 2009 Home & School Connections



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James M. Raley Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   November 10, 2009