Board of Education

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

Minutes February 8, 2011




Oakland, Maryland  21550


Tuesday, February 8, 2011




                        Part I – Call to Order

            Mr. Tom Carr, President, called the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education to order at 4:01 p.m.  Also in attendance were Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, Vice President; Mr. Rodney Durst, Dr. Donald Forrester, and Mrs. Cynthia Downton, associate members; and Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools.  Mr. Gregan Crawford, Ex-Officio member, was not present.  The meeting was held at the Garrett County Board of Education office.

                        Part II – Public Comment

            Mr. Gregg Harvey, President of the Bloomington Advisory Committee, and Ms. Kitty Mills, made public comment in regards to the responsibility of the elected board.

                        Part III - Executive Session

            Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mrs. Downton, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to move to executive session at 4:11 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 January 11, 2011 executive minutes, retirements, a resignation, a rescission of employment, emergency coaches, volunteer coaches, an update on the 2010-2011 school calendar, an update of the 2010-2011 school calendar regarding President’s Day, 2011-2012 personnel, and negotiations.

            Dr. Teets, Mrs. Sue Waggoner, Executive Director of Instruction; Mr. Keith Harvey, Director of Human Resources; Mr. Larry McKenzie, Director of Finance; were present during all or part of the Executive Session.

Part IV – Opening of Public Session

                        The Board reconvened in public session at 5:38 p.m.

Part V – Acceptance of Agenda

            Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education unanimously approved the agenda as amended.  Recognition of the designer of the 2010 Christmas card was postponed.

 Student Board member, Elizabeth Sines, joined the meeting at this time.  Mr. Durst offered a prayer, after which Ms. Sines led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.

                        Part VI – Announcements

  • February 12, 2011                  Bocce Match, NH @ 10:00 a.m.
  • February 18, 2011                  MABE’s Annual Legislative Day Luncheon
  • February 21, 2011                  President’s Day – Schools Closed


  • Jennifer Virts, NH Drama Teacher, has extended an invitation to the Board of Education to attend the play, The Lincoln Project, this Friday, February 11, at 7:30 p.m.  The play is an original play, written and directed by the Theatre II students and featuring the Theatre I and II students as actors.  The play is about Lincoln’s assassination and the people who were involved and directly connected to the historical event.  It will be a short play, running less than under an hour.


  • The State FLL championship is at UMBC on Saturday, February 26.  Behind doors judging occurs in the morning and the robot competition will start around 1:00 p.m. 

Five teams will be competing:  3 from NX (Pink Ice, Fiery Snowbricks, and Chesskings) and 2 from SX (NeXTGEN and the LEGO Rangers).


Also, Team 1629’s open house at GEARS is on February 20, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 


  • Tad Rodeheaver, KZ, won 2nd place in the State Young Authors Contest.


  • The following teachers have been selected as the Oakland Elks Lodge Teachers of the Year:


  • Matthew Redinger – SH – Secondary Teacher of the Year
  • Melinda Bishoff – AC – Elementary/Middle Teacher of the Year


Friends, colleagues, co-workers, and family members of the teachers are cordially invited to attend the Elks Lodge Appreciation Dinner on Sunday, February 27th.  There is no cost to attend and no limit on the number of people who can attend.  Please RSVP to Sandra Brantner at 301-334-1880 by February 21, 2011.


  • Lisa Bender, SH, has been selected as a 2011 Family Economics and Financial Education (FEFE) Maryland State Educator by the Take Charge America Institute for Consumer Financial Education and Research at the University of Arizona.

Part VII – Approval of Minutes

            Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the minutes of January 11, 2011 were unanimously approved as amended.

                        Part VIII – Continuing Business

            Mr. Harvey, Director of Human Resources, was present to answer any additional questions on Board Policy 173.4, Chapter I Federal Program Advisory Committee.  Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Downton, the Board of Education unanimously approved Board Policy 173.4, Chapter I Federal Program Advisory Committee which will now be named Board Policy 173.4, Title I Federal Program Advisory Committee.

            Mr. Harvey also present Board Policy 726.65, Whistle Blower, for approval.  He reviewed the changes the Board requested in January.  Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Downton, the Board of Education unanimously approved Board Policy 726.65, Whistle Blower.

            Mr. McKenzie, Director of Finance, presented a Power Point on the updated preliminary-state aid projections for FY12.  He opened by informing the Board of current wealth and enrollment statistics.  Wealth statistics include Garrett County as one of six districts in the state whose wealth increased.  The increase for Garrett County is 4.95% and is the highest of any district in the state for FY12.  Mr. McKenzie stated that the FY12 increase was in real property which increased 6.81% over FY11.  He also pointed out that the state’s total wealth declined by 2.17% or about $9.2 billion in FY12.  Enrollment statistics include more than half of the districts in the state will lose enrollment in FY12.  Garrett County’s decrease of 2.6% or 98.75 students is the largest percentage loss in the state. 

            Mr. McKenzie provided a historical analysis of per pupil wealth rankings for state aid.  For FY12, Garrett County is ranked number seven.  Garrett County was ranked number eight in FY11 and number nine in FY10.  He also provided a historical analysis of full time enrollment.  FY12 has an estimated loss of enrollment of 2.36% from FY11.  A historical analysis of wealth related state funding was also provided to the Board.  The estimated state aid short fall for FY12 is $2,418,012.  He elaborated on the state aid reduction by showing the breakdown of estimated state aid reductions in regards to enrollment state aid reductions and wealth related state aid reductions.    Mr. McKenzie provided information on the FY11 analysis of full time enrollment and local appropriations.  The local appropriation per pupil for FY11 is $5,536.79.  He closed his presentation by summarizing FY12 budget issues.  These include a FY12 reduction of state aid by (10.27%) $2,418,012; loss of ARRA funding (Title I position and two special education teachers and two special education assistants) at $215,000; elimination of Title II Funding (classroom size reduction funding)  at $ 283,393; VSST – Perkins and Case Manager of $106,045; and an estimated health care cost increase (6.6%) at $440,500.  The total of all potential funding shortfalls total $3,462,950.00.

 Dr. Teets added that the reduction of state aid by 10.27% is the highest in the state.  He also informed the Board that there is a bill being proposed that would provide a state aid grant if a system’s state aid reduction is over 7%.  The amount that will be eligible is the amount over and above the 7%.  If the bill passes, this would provide approximately $700,000 in additional funding.  Because there are only two counties who will benefit from this bill, he feels there will be opposition.  Dr. Teets expressed his appreciation to Senator George Edwards for submitting the bill. 

Mr. Durst addressed all those present stating that the wealth formula is outdated and needs to be revamped.  He stated that he cannot understand how Howard County is the fourth wealthiest county in the country and is ranked below Garrett County. 

Part IX – New Business         

Mrs. Sandy Rodeheaver reviewed information on the Summer Reading Program.  The Summer Reading Program books and information can be viewed at   Ms. Rodeheaver has read all the books being offered this summer and gave an overview of each book that will be available for free to each student entering grades six and nine.  She purchases the books by using bonus points through book clubs which she has earned, community support, and funds from the media budget.  She explained that the purpose of the program is to promote reading and expanded on the fact that students who read more do better. She will continue to research other funding sources to support the program. The Board and Dr. Teets thanked Mrs. Rodeheaver for her presentation.

Mr. Harvey reviewed changes to Administrative Procedure 332, A Procedure to Modify the Curriculum of the Garrett County Public Schools by Adding and Deleting Programs and Disciplines with the Board.  He explained the changes basically correct titles that have been changed. 

Mr. Harvey presented the Board with proposed Board Policy 636.11, Work Force Plan for Non-Instructional Support Service Personnel.  He explained that the legislative auditors suggested this policy.  He informed the board that there is an existing work force plan for instructional personnel.  The policy will be brought back in March for approval.

Mr. Harvey informed the board that there was a change to the intent form this year.  In addition to asking employees if they plan to retire this year, they are asked to indicated if they plan to retire within the next one to two years or three to five years.  This will allow for future personnel planning.

Part XII - Board Business

            Ms. Sines informed the board that finals and class transition went well at Southern High School.  She also informed the Board that she has had an opportunity to meet with the Northern Student Councils.  She attended the MASC legislative session and they voted on nominees for the State Student Member of the Board.  She indicated that both choices were very good and it will be interesting to see which one is chosen.  She stated that she enjoyed having the opportunity to have lunch with other student members of the board and they shared great ideas.  She hopes to meet with the Northern High School Student Council in the upcoming weeks in order to initiate her projects, including the Study Buddy program.  She added that she has been to several of the bocce ball practices.  Everyone seems to be enjoying it, and the teams are very competitive.  Ms. Sines is a member of the School Calendar Committee and she is currently preparing for the upcoming 2011/2012 School Calendar Committee meeting. 

            The Board took a short break.

                        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:                     Stephen W. Dauses, Counselor, DR, eff. 07/01/2011

                                                           Patricia A. Foley, Teacher, DR, eff. 07/01/2011

·                 Resignation:                      Sandi Smith, Senior Class Advisor, SH eff. 01/11/2011

·                 Rescind Appointment:        Robert Fazzalore, Foreign Language Teacher, SH

·                  Emergency Coaches:          Diana Ashby, Girls; Head Tennis Coach, SH

Part XII – Board Business

There was a legislative meeting on January 24.  Mr. Durst reported that the main topic of discussion was budget with an emphasis on the wealth formula.  Mr. Carr commented that Garrett County was heard.  Mr. Durst indicated that he had side bar conversations regarding bringing a law suit against the state in regards to the wealth formula.  He also discussed his idea of the State taking over salaries and retirement for all teachers.  He indicated that there is a lot of agreement from other counties during these conversations.  He reminded the Board of what Governor O’ Malley said at the PACE reception.  The Governor stated that “This is not the final word. This is the first word.”  There is a lot of work that can be done to change the Governor’s budget.  Mr. Durst also informed the Board that Senator George Edwards indicated to him that he is working on options that can help Garrett County schools in the current situation.

            Mr. Carr met with two state senators and two state delegates since that meeting and they indicated to him that there is no movement, at this point, that will indicate the retirement is going to be put back on the Board of Education or the County.  He added that there is still plenty of time left in session and this can change. 

            Mr. Carr attended a meeting in which the Executive Board of MABE and the Executive Board of PSSAM were present.  They indicated that it was worth pointing out the fact that the Boards of Education are solely responsible for funding the Pre-Kindergarten program.  Dr. Teets added that Pre-K is an unfunded mandate. 

            Mr. Carr also reported that he just returned from four days of lobbying on behalf of MABE in Washington D.C.  He will report more on the status of this next month as he is just returning from that trip today.

            On Tuesday, February 22, 2011, the annual dinner for board presidents and members of the Maryland State Board of Education will be held in Baltimore.  Mr. Carr will be in attendance in his capacity as MABE President and asked if anyone would like to go in his place.  The members of the Board will get in touch with Mr. Carr if one of them can attend.  He also reminded the Board that the legislative luncheon will be held on Friday, February 18, 2011. 

            Dr. Teets presented the school closing calendar.  The final dates for the April board meetings need to be set. The advisory group reports and hearings recommended were previously scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, March 8, 2011                                   Advisory Group Reports (Agenda Item)

  (Regular Monthly Meeting)                                           held at Southern Middle School


Tuesday, March 22, 2011          7:00 p.m.          Bloomington Elementary School Closing Hearing

Tuesday, March 29, 2011          7:00 p.m.          Make-up for Blooming Elementary School Closing Hearing

                                                                                    held at Bloomington Elementary School


Thursday, March 24, 2011         7:00 p.m.          Kitzmiller Elementary School Closing Hearing

Thursday, March 31, 2011         7:00 p.m.          Make-up for Kitzmiller Elementary School Closing Hearing

                                                                                    held at Kitzmiller Elementary School


Tuesday, April 5, 2011              8:00 p.m.          Superintendent’s Report and Final Recommendation

  (Regular Monthly Meeting)                                           held at Southern Middle School


Tuesday, April 12, 2011             6:00 p.m.          Board Final Decision on Proposed School Closings of

                                                                          Bloomington & Kitzmiller Elementary Schools 

  (Special Board Meeting)                                              held at Southern Middle School


            Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Dr. Forrester, the Board of Education unanimously approved the dates for the school closing calendar.

Part XIII – Recess

There being no further business, the meeting recessed at 7:30 p.m.  The Board returned to executive session.   

            Part XIV - Reopening of Public Session

The Board reconvened in public session at 8:45 p.m.

                        Part XV – Information Items

            Along with the items listed, the Board also received the January 2011 Attendance Bulletin.

1.          February Activities Calendar

2.          February 2011 Home & School Connection

3.          February 2011 Hope Health Letter

4.          MSDE 2009-2010 The Fact Book

                        Part XVI – Adjourn

            Upon a motion by Mrs. Downton, the Board adjourned the meeting at 8:46 p.m.


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Mr. Thomas A. Carr Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   March 8, 2011