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Board of Education

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

Minutes April 13, 2010



Oakland, Maryland 21550


Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Part I - Call to Order

Dr. Donald Forrester, President, called the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education to order at 4:00 p.m.  Also in attendance were Mr. Thomas Carr, Vice President; Mr. James Raley; Mrs. Charlotte Sebold; and Mr. Rodney Durst, associate members and Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools.  

            Part II – Public Comment

            There was no public comment.

                        Part III – Executive Session

             Upon a motion by Mr. Durst and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education agreed (4-0) to move to executive session at 4:01 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 retirements, reduction in force, emergency coaches, volunteer coaches, a request for leave without pay, tenure recommendations, professional leave requests, and 2010-2011 personnel staffing.

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

            Dr. Forrester reconvened the public session at 5:39 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 Mrs. Sebold and a second by Mr. Carr, the Board approved (4-0) the agenda. 


            Part VI – Announcements


The following announcements were offered:


April 15-18    2010 FIRST Robotics Championship Competition
April 16 6:30 p.m - 9:00 p.m. Garrett County Students Art Fair at Garrett College
  7:00 p.m. High School Honor Chorus, Band & Drama
April 17 10:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m. Garrett County Students Art Fair at Garrett College
    Elementary Honor Band & Chorus and Middle School
    Honor Band, Chorus and Theatre Performance
April 19-23   Public School Volunteer Week
April 20   6:30 p.m. Budget Meeting
May 3 6:00 p.m. High School Success Banquet
    Southern High School
May 7 6:00 p.m. Southern High JROTC Award Banquet
    Southern High School Cafeteria
May 11 11:45 a.m. 21st Annual School & Business Partnership Luncheon
May 19  9:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Annual 5th Grade Career Day
    Garrett College
May 27 6:30 p.m. Middle School Success Night
    Northern Middle School



        The following announcements were also added:


April 30 6:30 p.m. Northern High School FFA Banquet
May 26 6:00 p.m. –  8:00 p.m.  Business after Hours
    Career Technology Training Center



Part VII - Approval of Minutes


Upon a motion by Mr. Durst and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the minutes of March 9, 2010 were unanimously approved as amended. 

Part VIII – Continuing Business

            Mr. Fink presented the proposed 2010-2011 school calendar to the board.  He explained that the calendar committee based the first day of school for the 2010-2011 school calendar upon the experience of this past winter.  The first day of school that is proposed is August 25, 2010.  Mr. Fink explained that there are two days off from school due to a primary and a general election.  He pointed out that there are significant changes in scheduling of make-up days.  Make up days will be made up during the week of Easter, Presidents Day, the Monday after Thanksgiving, and one day at the end of the school year.  Mr. Fink informed the board that these changes also work well with the testing calendar.  Dr. Teets recommended the calendar as proposed by the calendar committee to the Board for approval.  Mr. Durst made a motion.  Discussion and concern of the motion followed.  With no second, the motion died.

            Mr. Raley made a motion to accept the calendar as proposed without the notation for February 21, President’s Day, being used as a make- up day.  A second to the motion was made by Mr. Durst.  The vote on the motion was split by the Board of Education (2-2).  Mrs. Sebold asked for a friendly amendment stating that she would like for the first day of school to be moved to August 30 in addition to recognizing President’s Day as a holiday.  The friendly amendment was not recognized.  Dr. Forrester, President, voted in favor of the motion.  The Board of Education approved (3-2) the Superintendent’s recommendation of the 2010-2011 calendar with the exception of President’s Day being used as a make-up day.   The motion was opposed by Mrs. Sebold and Mr. Carr.

            Mrs. Bell was present to answer any additional questions regarding the proposed Health 7-12 Resource, Conception to Birth.  She informed the Board that the video has been on display for public comment for the past month.  No public comment was received.  Dr. Teets recommended the resource to the Board.  Upon a motion by Mr. Carr and a second by Mr. Raley, the Board of Education approved (4-0) the Health 7-12 Resource, Conception to Birth.

            Mr. Steve Benson, UNISERV Director, addressed his concerns to the Board, as part of Public Comment, prior to their discussion and vote on the Memorandum of Understanding for the Race To The Top. 

            The Board discussed their concerns about signing the Memorandum of Understanding for the Race to the Top.  Those concerns included losing autonomy and control.  Dr. Teets noted his concern of jeopardizing federal funding.  Upon a motion by Mr. Raley and a second by Mr. Carr, the Board of Education unanimously approved not to sign the Memorandum of Understanding for Race To The Top at this time.   

                        Part IX – New Business

            Mr. Thomas was present to inform the Board on the Project Open Space Funding projects.  The projects are for the Southern High School Press Box Bid and the Northern High Concession Stand renovation.  He reminded the Board that when the Southern High School project was initially planned, that the cost was more than the funds available.  The plan has since been modified.  This bid does not include the razing of the existing press box.  It includes the footings, structural steel, setting the unit, and having it wired for electric and heat.  Mr. Thomas informed the Board that there was only one bid received for this project.  The company that came in with the bid, Grand Stand Design Enterprises, is the same company who did the press box for Mountain Ridge.  The bid came in within budget at $125,900.  Dr. Teets recommend the bid for the Southern High School Press Box to the Board.  Upon a motion by Mr. Durst and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education approved (4-0) to use the Project Open Space funds for the bid presented by Grand Stand Design Enterprises for the Southern High School Press Box.

            Mr. Thomas also presented the bids for the Project Open Space project, the Northern High School Concession Stand Renovation Bid.  He reminded the Board that when this project was initially planned, that the cost was more than the funds available.  The plan has since been modified and the bulk of the funds will be spent on the concession stand.  He informed the Board that four bids were received.  The highest bid came in at $167,250 and the lowest bid came in at $121,000.  Mr. Thomas wanted to award the bid based on the base bid as there were three alternates of removing and replacing existing shingles, removing existing gutters and downspouts, and removing the existing siding as part of the bid.  AE Builders came in with a base bid of $121,000.  Their bid for the alternatives came in at $5,800 for a grand total of $126,800.   If there aren’t any foreseen expenses, there will be funds remaining.  The remaining Project Open Space funds will possibly be used for the aesthetics and new windows for the press box.  Dr. Teets recommended the bid provided by AE Builders of $126,800.  Upon a motion by Mr. Carr and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education approved (4-0) to use the Project Open Space funds for the bid presented by AE Builders for the renovation on the Northern High School Concession Stand Renovation Bid and the remaining funds be used to improve the press box.

            The Board set the date for the 2010 Retirement Celebration for Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the Will ‘O Wisp.

                        Part X - Recognition

            Dr. Teets welcomed the FIRST Lego League (FLL), Fiery Snowbricks, and thanked Mr. Trautwein for all his hard work.  Mr. Trautwein recognized the Northern Middle School students on the Fiery Snowbricks team, Alexandra Miller, Sailor Wampler, Clark Morin, and Zach Voelkel.  FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is the organization who runs all the events.    He gave a PowerPoint presentation on FLL and the Fiery Snowbricks.  The presentation highlighted the amount of students who are involved nationwide as well as in our school system (36 local students), the time involved, the sponsors and businesses involved, the process of the competitions, the judging process, and the awards received by all Garrett County teams.  The team explained and gave a demonstration of their project.  Mr. Trautwein thanked the parents, students, Dr. Teets, and the Board for their support.  The parents expressed their appreciation for Mr. Trautwein for encouraging and inspiring the children.

                        Part XI – Public Comment

 Mr. Steve Benson, UNISERV Director, gave public comment prior to the vote on Race to the Top.  There was no additional public comment at this time.

            Part XII – Personnel Recommendations

            Dr. Teets recommended approval of the following personnel matters:

  • Resignations:    Lester Lewis, Custodian, NH, eff. 05/03/10

  • Retirements:    Frankye Martin, Instructional Assistant, DR, eff. 07/01/10

                                Kathy E. Ridder, Teacher, DR, eff. 07/01/10

  • Emergency Coaches:    Dominique Fazenbaker, Assistant Girls’ Track Coach, NH, Step 3

                                            Mike Fike, Boys’ Track Coach, NH, Step 1

                                            Seth Tressler, Assistant Baseball Coach, SH, Step 3

  • Tenure Recommendations: 

Jennifer Armstrong Special Education Teacher Southern Middle School
Dawna Ashby  Gear Up Teacher Central Office
Lucretia Beitzel Allied Health Teacher Southern High School
Corrine Clark Behavior Support Teacher Accident Elementary School
Melanie Collins English Teacher   Southern High School
Emily Cosner  Special Education Teacher Dennett Road Elementary School
Elizabeth Doer Phys Ed/Driver’s Ed Teacher Northern High School
Joshua Elmlinger Band/Music Teacher Southern High School
Kelli Frantz Third Grade Teacher Yough Glades Elementary School
John Hummel   Counselor Northern High School
Stephen Knepp    Kindergarten Teacher     Dennett Road Elementary School
Amber Macauley    Fourth/Fifth Grade Teacher Bloomington Elementary School
Paul Nazelrod   Science Teacher  Southern Middle School
Debra Nicklin  Pre-K – Kindergarten Teacher Bloomington Elementary School
Dawn Roberts Mathematics Teacher    Southern High School
Andrea Sessa Special Education Teacher Southern High School
Ardra Sharpless First Grade Teacher Dennett Road Elementary School
 Lisa Shaw  Special Education Teacher Bloomington Elementary School
Angela Taylor  English Teacher Northern High School
 Tracie Ward    Speech Therapist Dennett Road Elementary School


                        One teacher was recommended for a third year toward tenure.


  • Professional Leave Request:

                                    LRP’s National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities

                                    May 2-6, 2010

                                    Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida


                                    2010 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship Event

                                    April 14-18, 2010

                                    Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia


            There were also two reductions in force.  One of the two was due to the elimination of a grant.  There were also two employee leave without pay requests.

            Upon a motion by Mr. Carr and a second by Mr. Durst, the Board of Education approved (4-0) the superintendent’s recommendations.

                         Part XIII – Board Business

            Mr. Aiken reported that the GCASC met last Saturday at Garrett College.  They will attend a Pirate game on May 8 and the Senior Citizen Prom will be held on May 21.  The meeting for students at MSDE regarding Race To The Top will be held on April 30.  The last MASC executive board meeting was held on March 16.  The discussion held during the MASC meeting involved changing the platform for next year.  Student Councils will attend the May 11 board meeting. 

            The LSA meeting will be held next week.  Mr. Durst gave a report on the legislative recap.  He indicated that the meeting was very well attended and there will be a recap in two weeks.

            Dr. Forrester informed the Board that a letter was received from Pat Gordon asking for nominations for the Board of Directors.  The deadline for nominations is May 30, 2010.  Dr. Forrester indicated that he will be interested in serving on the board.  Mr. Carr will send in Dr. Forrester as a nomination.

            Mr. Raley will not be able to attend the June 21 budget meeting.  The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.  Mr. Carr will go in place of Mr. Raley.

            Dr. Teets recommended Mike Dennis, Robin Wilson, and Mikal Zimmerman as members of the Advisory Committee on Education.  Mr. Dennis will replace Tamara Canfield as the Department of Social Services Representative.  Ms. Wilson will be a media representative and Ms. Zimmerman will represent the farm bureau.  Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold and a second by Mr. Carr, the Board of Education approved (4-0) Mike Dennis, Robin Wilson, and Mikal Zimmerman as members of the Advisory Committee on Education.

            The Budget meeting will be held in the board room on April 20, 2010 at 5:30 p.m.  Mr. Carr provided the Board with a handout he received at NSBA.  He expressed that the list of federal initiatives in education is mind boggling. 

                         Part XIV - Information Items   

            In addition to the following listed items, the Board also received the March 2010 attendance bulletin, the March 11, 2010 Transportation Newsletter, The Steering Wheel, (previously e-mailed), the MSDE Taking the Next Great Step for Maryland Public Schools, the January 2010 Southern High School newspaper, The Acorn, and invitations for the High School Success Night, 21st Annual School & Business Partnership Luncheon, and the Annual 5th Grade Career Day.

  1. Erate Funding

  2. 2009 Maryland School Performance Report

  3. February 2010 Attendance Bulletin

  4. March 2010 ASBO Matters

  5. April 2010 Home & School Connection

  6. April 2010 Hope Health Letter

  7. April School Activities Calendar

  8. 2010 Student Arts Fair Flyer

                        Part XV –Adjournment

Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, the Board adjourned the meeting at 8:00 p.m. 




Dr. Donald D. Forrester

Wendell D. Teets



Approved:   May 11, 2010