Board of Education

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

Minutes December 13, 2010



Oakland, Maryland 21550


Monday, December 13, 2010



Part I - Call to Order

Dr. Donald Forrester, President, called the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education to order at 4:03 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.  The meeting was held at the Garrett County Board of Education office.

            Part II – Public Comment

            There was no public comment.

                        Part III – Executive Session

             Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold and a second by Mr. Carr, the Board of Education agreed (4-0) to move to executive session at 4:04 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 items that included approval of the November 9, 2010 executive minutes, an appointment, retirements, a waiver of residency, emergency coaches, volunteer coaches, a field trip request, professional leave requests, and negotiations.

Dr. Teets, Mr. Ervin Fink, Executive Director of Administration; Mrs. Sue Waggoner, Executive Director of Instruction; Mr. Keith Harvey, Director of Human Resources;  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 5:35 p.m.  Mr. Durst offered a prayer, after which Ms. Elizabeth Sines, student board member, led the assembly in the Pledge to the Flag of the United States of America.  

Dr. Forrester introduced and welcomed Mr. Kyle Lantz, the new reporter from The Republican.

                        Part V - Acceptance of Agenda

Upon a motion by Mr. Durst and a second by Mr. Carr, the Board of Education approved (4-0) the agenda as amended.  Unified Sports was changed from an action item to an information item.  A presentation on the new Human Resources web page by Mr. Harvey was added as an information item.

            Part VI – Announcements


The following announcements were offered:


·  December 14  11:30 a.m.       Administrative staff presentation to County Commissioners at the Commissioners’ Conference Room

·  December 15  7:30 p.m.         Swan Meadow Christmas Program at Pleasant Valley Community Center

·  December 16  9:00 a.m.         Joint Session with Allegany County Board of Education at Allegany County Career Center with our legislators

  • December 23                          Three hour early dismissal

  • December 24-December 31   Schools Closed – Christmas Holiday


  • Garrett County First Lego League (FLL) Qualifier is scheduled for Saturday, December 18, 2010 at Northern High School.  Opening ceremonies begin at 9:00 a.m. and the event will conclude about 3:00 p.m.  There are 18 teams competing – up from eight teams last year.  Ten will be from Garrett County, two from Allegheny County, and the rest from around the state.  Of the 18 teams competing, six will qualify to go on to compete at the State FLL Championship in late February.


  • Josh Tichinel, an eleventh grade student at Northern High School, took “Best of Show” honors at the state-level recycling sculpture competition which was held at the American Visionary Art Museum.  Best of Show is the top prize in the state.  Mr. Tichinel created an amazing life-sized alligator sculpture using Mountain Dew cans, cardboard, and various other recycled materials. 


  • In the Patriot’s Pen contest which is conducted by the VFW Post 10077, Garrett County entries took first, second, and third places in the regional competition.  Noah Reed of Northern Middle School was first and Joshua King and Heather Homberg, both of Southern Middle School, were second and third.  Noah’s entry advanced to the state judging which will be announced January 30.


In the Voice of Democracy contest which is also conducted by the VFW, Coy Ozias, a Southern High School student, finished third at the district level.


The Teacher of the Year contest conducted by Post 10077 was won by Jane Nolan of Southern Middle School.  She received a cash prize from the Post which she is using to buy additional equipment for her classroom.


Part VII - Approval of Minutes


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

Part VIII – Continuing Business

            Mrs. Bell reviewed the changes to Board Policy 347.7, Curricular, Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular Activities, Administrative Procedure 347.71, Curricular, Co-Curricular, Extra-Curricular Activities, and Form 348.73, Field Trip Permission Form.  The majority of the changes were made to align with the Unified Sports Program.  It was noted that program requirements should be changed to program goals.    Mrs. Bell indicated that she will make the requested changes and bring the policy to the January meeting for action.  Mrs. Bell also reviewed the changes made in the Extra-Curricular Handbook.  Several of the changes made to the handbook reflected wording presented in policy 347.7, procedure 347.71, and the field trip form.  Dr. Teets thanked Mrs. Bell for her work on the revisions.

            Mrs. Bell informed the Board that the insurance company will cover, without additional cost, the JROTC Marksmanship Program.  Dr. Teets recommended approval of the JROTC Marksmanship Program.  Upon a motion by Mr. Durst and a second by Mr. Carr, the Board of Education approved (4-0) the JROTC Marksmanship Program.

            Mrs. Bell presented the revisions to the World Language Program of Studies at the November meeting.  She informed the Board that teachers have developed exams for all levels and that she believes the program is moving in the right direction.  Dr. Teets recommended approval of the World Language Program of Studies 6-8 and 9-12.  Upon a motion by Mr. Carr and a second by Mr. Raley, the Board of Education approved (4-0) the World Language Program of Studies 6-8 and 9-12. 

            Mr. Harvey presented the revisions for Board Policy 173.36, Garrett County Board of Education Wellness Council; Board Policy 175, Ethic Provisions; Board Policy 534.1, Contracts, Tenure, Resignation; and Board Policy 650.1, Use of Sick Leave by Supportive Services Employees, at the November meeting.  Dr. Teets recommended approval of all the policies.  Upon a motion by Mr. Raley and a second by Mr. Carr, the Board of Education approved (4-0) the revisions for Board Policy 173.36, Garrett County Board of Education Wellness Council; Board Policy 175, Ethic Provisions; Board Policy 534.1, Contracts, Tenure, Resignation; and Board Policy 650.1, Use of Sick Leave by Supportive Services Employees.

Part IX – New Business

             Mr. Richard McRobie, Agriculture Teacher at Northern High, gave a presentation on the Northern High School Agricultural Education/FFA Program.  Mr. McRobie indicated that he was pleased to be invited to share the success of the program with the Board.  Dr. Teets welcomed and congratulated Mr. McRobie on all the achievements of the program.  Mr. McRobie brought three of his students, Michael Frantz, Toby Grove, and Colton Grove, along to help present the program and to share their personal accomplishments.  Mr. McRobie shared the enrollment statistics, awards, and individual student successes.  He also provided information on the Timothy Umbel Environmental Education Trail, located in the vicinity of Northern Middle School and Northern High School.  Northern High School FFA has been awarded a second round of funding for the trail to be extended five-hundred feet. 

            Dr. Teets again congratulated Mr. McRobie and his students.  Mr. Raley added that Mr. McRobie is a great leader and that his great leadership is what contributes to the success of the program.  Mr. McRobie thanked the Board for their support. 

            Mrs. Bell reviewed the changes of the Student Education Planning Guide.  Discussion ensued on why the AP classes are not listed in the guide until the senior year.  Mrs. Bell explained that there are some AP classes that can be taken in tenth, eleventh, and/or twelfth grade and they are listed in the course description area of the guide, but they are not listed on the career path pages.  She indicated that she will update the career pathways with the AP courses.  Mrs. Bell explained that if a student is not on a career pathway then they can be a University of Maryland completer.  If they are on a career pathway and complete the requirements for the University of Maryland, they will be considered a dual completer. The Student Education Planning Guide will be sent to Sincell Publishing for printing before the beginning of the week in order for it to be ready the middle of January.

Part X – Public Comment

            There was no public comment.

                        Part IX – New Business

            Mr. Harvey gave an overview of the new Human Resources web page on the Board of Education website.  He informed the Board that he will be presenting the information to the principals so that they can share it with staff.  Information on the Human Resources web page includes teacher certification, insurance benefits, employment opportunities, forms, recruitment, retirement, substitute teaching, wellness news, and the monthly newsletter which will begin in January.  Mr. Harvey explained that the web page provides a wealth of human resources information for employees as well as those seeking employment.  He informed the Board that the web page is a work in progress and will continue to be updated.

                        Part XI – Personnel Recommendations

            Dr. Teets recommended approval of the following personnel matters:

·Appointments:              Robert Fazzalore, World Language Teacher, SH, eff. 01/19/11


·Retirements:                 Elizabeth Ann Ellis, Instructional Assistant, NH, eff. 01/01/2011

Vida Jean Richardson, Instructional Assistant, NH, eff. 01/01/2011


·        Waiver of Residency Policy:      Lawrence S. McKenzie, Director of Finance


·Emergency Coaches:     Danny Bosley, Girls’ Head Basketball Coach, SH

Jordan Brenneman, Assistant Wrestling Coach, NH

Oliver Jones, Assistant Boys’ Basketball Coach, NH

Melanie McFarland, Assistant Girls’ Soccer Coach, NH

Ted Raynovich, Assistant Girls’ Basketball Coach, SH

Diane Smith, Mock Trial Advisor, NH

Seth Tressler, Assistant Baseball Coach, SH


·       Professional Leave Request:

PowerSchool University 2011

February 27 – March 3, 2011

Walt Disney World Swan Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL  32830


National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP)

Orlando, FL

February 13, 2011 – February 16, 2011


·      Field Trip Permission Request:

Southern High FFA

May 2-7, 2011

Oklahoma City, OK


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

There was a ceremony to recognize Mr. Fink, Executive Director of Administration, who has served for thirteen years and will retire effective as of January 1, 2011; Mr. Ernie Gregg, outgoing Garrett County Commissioner liaison to the Board of Education, who has served for twenty-four years; and Mr. Raley, Board member, who has served for thirteen years and will resign as a Board member on December 14, 2010 to serve in his elected capacity as a Garrett County Commissioner.  Mr. Raley indicated that Gregan Crawford will be the new Garrett County Commissioner liaison for the Board of Education.  Dr. Teets, Mrs. Waggoner, and all Board members reminisced, praised, and extended much appreciation for all that each of these individuals have done for the Garrett County school system.  It was also expressed how much each of these individuals and their contributions will be missed.  Each outgoing representative expressed their appreciation of support and their sincere gratitude for being part of the Board of Education.           

Part XII – Board Business

Ms. Sines reported that the Study Buddy Program is going really well and that she is very excited about it.  She informed the Board that the tutors for the Study Buddy Program are National Honor Society students.  Ms. Sines reported that the War of the Classes was recently held at each of the respective schools.  She also informed the Board that extra-curricular activities are going very well.  She highlighted the Southern High School play, Beauty and the Beast, and indicated that the Southern High School Mock Trial had to have try outs this year due to the amount of student interest.  She is concerned that there has not yet been a GCASC meeting because an advisor has not been chosen.  Mr. Fink indicated that Michelle Harmon is accepting the appointment as advisor for GCASC. She reported that both student councils are working on charity events.  Southern High is working in collaboration with the Deep Creek Dunk and may take part in the state dunk.  Ms. Sines informed the Board that the MASC state charity for this year will benefit the Unified Sports Program. 

Dr. Teets, Mrs. Sebold, Mr. Carr, and Mr. Durst will attend the Mountain Maryland PACE which is being held on January 27 and 28, 2011 at the Loews Annapolis Hotel.  There is a possibility that Dr. Forrester will attend. 

Mr. Carr gave an update on the various meetings that he has been attending in his capacity as a board member as well as the MABE president.  Mr. Carr attended the Business Roundtable where Dr. Grasmick gave the State of Maryland Education Address.  She also gave a pitch for Pre-K education.  He also spoke for MABE at Cass Taylor’s Commission for Retirement Benefits.  Mr. Carr attended the Governor’s P20 Council.  Topics included ESE Reform; Alignment, which includes Common Core Standards & Assessments, Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College & Career Consortium (PARCC); and Competitiveness, which includes Skills2Compete, MD Biotech, Cyber Security, Career & Technology Education (CTE), and STEM.  He attended the PSSAM-MABE meeting and the MABE Leadership Academy.  The MABE Leadership Academy meeting discussion was in regards to the Maryland Open Meetings Act.  He also informed the Board that the TELL survey that was completed last year is going to be completed again by request of the Governor.

Part XIII - Information Items

            In addition to the following items, the Board also received the October/November 2010 issue of the Northern High newspaper, The Paw Print.  Board members were also given the Cohort 2010 Test Results Through the Years, ACE Committee on Education information, and information regarding the Superintendent’s Advisory Committees at Bloomington and Kitzmiller.

a.          Testing Calendar 2010-2011 Revised Testing Calendar

b.          October 2010 Attendance Bulletin

c.          November 2010 Attendance Bulletin

d.          December 2010 School Activities Calendar

e.          December 2010 Home & School Connection

f.            December 2010 HOPE Health Letter October Hope Health Letter 

                        Part XIV - Adjournment

Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, the Board adjourned the meeting at 8:30 p.m. 




Dr. Donald D. Forrester

Wendell D. Teets



Approved:   January 11, 2011