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Minutes June 14, 2011

MINUTES

 

MEETING OF THE GARRETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Oakland, Maryland  21550

 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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                        Part I – Call to Order

            Mr. Tom Carr, President, called the monthly meeting of the Board of Education to order at 4:03 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.  The meeting was held at the Board of Education central office.

                        Part II – Public Comment

            Angela Corby, President of Bloomington School PTO, commented on the new assignments of principal positions.  She also presented the Board of Education with a picture of Bloomington School taken from a plane flying above the school.

Part III - Executive Session

            Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Dr. Forrester, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to move to executive session at 4:07 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 and negotiations.  Board members discussed items that included approval of the May 10, 2011 minutes and the May 17, 2011 minutes. In addition to the minutes, items discussed were appointments, retirements, resignations, a salary correction, transportation changes, emergency coaches, volunteer coaches, field trip permission request forms, contract negotiations, medical insurance update, and an update on the Bloomington survey.

            Mrs. Sue Waggoner, Executive Director of Instruction; Mr. Keith Harvey, Director of Human Resources; and Mr. Larry McKenzie, Director of Finance; Commissioner Gregan Crawford, ex-officio member; Mrs. Barbara Baker, Director of Elementary Education; Mr. Ed Wildesen, Director of Transportation,  were present during all or part of the Executive Session.

Part IV –Re-Opening of Public Session

The Board reconvened in public session at 6:04 p.m. Student Board Member, Elizabeth Sines, joined the meeting at this time.  Jeff Kroll, from Faith Evangelical Free Church, offered a prayer, after which Ms. Sines led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 Part V – Acceptance of Agenda

                        Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Downton, the Board of Education unanimously approved the agenda.

                         Part VI – Announcements

            No announcements were made at this time.   

                        Part VII – Approval of Minutes

            Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Dr. Forrester, the minutes of May 10, 2011 were unanimously approved as amended.

                        Part VIII – Approval of Minutes

            Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Dr. Forrester, the minutes of May 17, 2011 were unanimously approved as presented.

                        Part IX – Continuing Business

            Mrs. Proudfoot, Coordinator of Staff Development and Curriculum, presented Board Policy 270, School Improvement Teams, for approval.  She informed the Board that she has made the updates to the policy requested at the May meeting.  Dr. Teets recommended approval of the revised policy.  Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education unanimously approved the changes toBoard Policy 270, School Improvement Teams.

            Mrs. Waggoner presented the revised Organizational Chart which is part of Board Policy 200, Administration.  Dr. Teets recommended the revised organizational chart as amended.  Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mrs. Downton, the Board of Education unanimously approved the revised Organizational Chart.

            Mr. Thomas, Director of Facilities and Maintenance & Operations, informed the Board that the approved organizational chart will be added to the FY 12 Comprehensive Maintenance Plan for Educational Facilities of Garrett County.  Dr. Teets recommended the approval of the FY12 Comprehensive Maintenance Plan for Educational Facilities of Garrett County.  Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education unanimously approved the FY12 Comprehensive Maintenance Plan for Education Facilities of Garrett County.

            Mr. Thomas presented the revised FY12 Educational Facilities Master Plan. He informed the Board that the suggested changes at the May meeting have been made.  Dr. Teets recommended approval of the FY12 Facilities Master Plan.  Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mrs. Downton, the Board of Education unanimously approved the FY12 Facilities Master Plan.

            Mr. McKenzie presented the FY12 Operating Budget for approval.  Discussion ensued.  Dr. Teets recommended approval of the FY12 Operating Budget.  Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mrs. Downton, the Board of Education approved (4-1) the FY12 Operating Budget.  Mrs. Sebold voted against the recommendation. 

            The Board thanked everyone who had a part in creating the FY12 Operating Budget. 

                        Part X – New Business

            Mr. Thomas presented the bids for the Southern High School Window Replacement Project.  The request for bids was advertised and specific information on the project was sent to Beitzel Corporation, Day Star, and Harvel.  Beitzel Corporation did not bid.  Day Star’s bid came in at $192,800 and the Harvel bid came in at $226,900. 

            Mr. Thomas informed the Board that the architect on the project was recommending Day Star as they feel it will be a positive relationship due to past experiences.  Dr. Teets recommended the Day Star bid at $192,800 for the project.  Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Dr. Forrester, the Board of Education unanimously agreed tothe Day Star bid for $192,800 for the Southern High School Window Replacement Project. 

            Mr. Thomas provided a progress report as well as the proposed schedule to continue the pursuit of a Detailed Energy Audit.  He informed the Board that the preliminary energy audit was conducted by Johnson Controls in February.  Mr. Thomas summarized the energy audit for the Board.  Action will be taken by the Board in July on whether or not to proceed with the audit. 

                        Part XI - Public Comment

            There was no public comment at this time.

                        Part X – New Business (continued)

            Mr. Chuck Trautwein presented a Power Point to the Board highlighting the past events and successes of the Robotics Teams.    Students who were in attendance included:  Sam Thomas, John McGettigan, Nick McGettigan, Emily Huxford, Kyle Maust, Kevin Haenftling, and Becca Lee.  Supporters of Team 1629 in attendance included Phil Malone, GEARS representative; Titus Beitzel, Beitzel Corporation; Larry Friend, Pillar representative; and Dusty Huxford, parent representative.  Team 1629 will be recognized by the Board of Education at a later date.  Several students were unable to attend due to scheduled vacations.

            Mr. Trautwein and Team 1629 presented Dr. Teets with an engraved LEGO model to commemorate his years of support for the robotics programs.  Dr. Teets commented that Garrett County is the leader in Maryland when it comes to the robotics program.  He stated that he has enjoyed attending all the competitions and that Garrett County students exhibit outstanding behavior.  He also thanked everyone who gives their own time to support the extracurricular program. 

                        Part XIII - Recognition

            Mrs. Devore, Principal at Accident Elementary School, introduced Angie Rush, 5th grade teacher at Accident Elementary, as the 2011/2012 Teacher of the Year.  Mrs. DeVore stated that Mrs. Rush is an exemplary teacher and that she was is very proud that she was selected as the Teacher of the Year.  Arletta Bittinger, Mrs. Rush’s grandmother, accompanied her to the meeting.

            Mrs. Rush stated she is a Garrett County girl and attributed her success to several of her past teachers.  She stated it is a privilege to be from Garrett County and to be able to serve as Teacher of the Year.  She is humbled, honored, and looks forward to all the exciting events for the upcoming year.  Mrs. Baker, Director of Elementary Education, stated that Mrs. Rush will do a great job representing Garrett County. Mrs. Waggoner added that Mrs. Rush epitomizes what a teacher should be and will represent all the teachers of Garrett County. 

            The Board took a short break.

                        Part XII – Personnel Recommendations

            Dr. Teets recommended approval of the following personnel matters:

·     Appointments:   Jane Wildesen, Director of Elementary/Middle School Education, eff. 07/01/11

Heather Cisneros, World Language Teacher, SH, eff. 08/18/11

Susan Henline, Diagnostic Prescriptive Teacher, CO, eff. 08/18/11

Jack Riley, JROTC Instructor, NH, eff. 07/01/11

Timothy Wilson, JROTC Instructor, SH, eff. 07/01/11

                                Donita Shaw, Library Media Assistant, SM, eff. 08/15/11

                                Lisa Hostetler, Secretary V, NX, eff. 07/01/11

Jeffrey Carr, Custodian III, NX, eff. 07/01/11

Daniel Cummings, Head Custodian V, CR, eff. 07/01/11

Dana Rush, Head Custodian, RF, eff. 07/01/11

DeAnna Schroyer, Custodian III, NH, eff. 07/01/11 

·     Retirements:  Julia Sines, Secretary, FV, eff. 07/01/11                                 

·     Resignations:      Heather Ours, Instructional Assistant, BL, eff. end of 2011/2012 school year  

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

Dave Monahan, Jr., Assistant Girls’ Basketball Coach, NH

                                                Jason Rice, Head Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach, NH

                                                Rob Speicher, Golf Coach, NH

                                    Lowell Workman, Assistant Baseball Coach, NH 

·    Transportation:

Driver Deletions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Dale Brown

Douglas Eugene Fitzwater

Dennis Toby Glotfelty

Kenneth Ware Harding, Jr.

Margaret Elizabeth Logan

Arlin Jay Maust

Pamela Kay Ragione

Ron Ray Rounds

Wanda Gayle Wassell

John Kevin Shingler

Jill Morgan-Rounds

No physical, in-service

No physical, in-service

No physical, in-service

No physical, in-service

No physical, in-service

No physical, in-service

No physical

No physical, in-service

Retired

In-service

In-service

     
Assistant Deletions: Vickie Lynn Scott No physical, in-service
     
Drivers – Final: Paula Rachelle Hutson For Bus 80

                                                                     

Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mr. Durst, the Board of Education unanimously approved the superintendent’s recommendations.

            Part X – New Business (continued)

Mrs. Jennifer Kotulak, Director of Special Education, presented the Special Education Staffing Plan.  She informed the Board there are 490 special education students and the population continues to decrease.  She reviewed the reductions in the staffing plan and explained the duties will be redistributed to other staff members.  The Special Education Staffing Plan will be listed as an action item on the July agenda. 

Dr. Lauver reviewed the 2011 revisions to the Student’s Rights, Responsibilities, and Discipline Handbook with the Board.  A short discussion ensued on the possibility of having the handbook on the website.  Dr. Lauver reminded that Board that each student is responsible for signing that he/she has received a copy of the handbook.  He informed the Board that he is working on a new policy on gangs.  The revisions will be an action item in July.

Mr. Harvey presented the Board with the changes to the association contracts in regards to language changes and salaries for approval, which were discussed during executive session.  Mr. Harvey informed the Board that all units have ratified the agreements.    Mr. Harvey informed the Board that the change in salary will include all employees who are part of a bargaining unit as well as those central office employees who are not represented by a bargaining unit.  Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mr. Durst, the Board of Education approves (4-1) the contract changes for the Garrett County Education Association, Garrett Administrative & Supervisors Association, Garrett County Education Support Association, and Garrett County Federation of Teachers.  The approved changes also cover the central office employees who are not represented in an association.  Mrs. Sebold voted against the recommendation.

Mr. McKenzie reviewed new Board Policy 725.01, Financial Reporting Fund Balance Classification, with the Board.  The new policy addresses how fund balances are to be classified on financial statements for governmental entities.  The classifications allow for readers of the financial statements to have a better understanding of what commitments are on the financial statements.  Mr. McKenzie explained the details of the policy.  He asked for the Board to take action, if comfortable, on the newly introduced policy.  He explained that before any funds can be committed, the policy must be adopted.  Dr. Teets clarified that other agencies are adopting a similar policy.  Dr. Teets recommended approval of the policy.  Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mrs. Downton, the Board of Education unanimously approved new Board Policy 725.01, Financial Reporting Fund Balance Classifications.

Mr. Crawford left the meeting at 8:30 p.m.

                        Part XIV – Board Business

            Ms. Sines reported that GCASC had a meeting the next morning at Perkins Restaurant for all officers.  She read some kind thoughts for Dr. Teets stating that his dedication to the Garrett County students had been astounding and his presence would be missed.  She thanked him on behalf of the Garrett County students for his countless hours of service and leadership. 

            The Board members discussed the selection of the 2011/2012 Student Member of the Board.  Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education unanimously approved, Elizabeth Sines, twelfth-grader at  Southern High School, to serve as the 2011/2012 Student Member of the Board.

            Mr. Carr informed the Board that he was invited to attend a session in Baltimore for military children.  He informed the Board that there are 60 students in Garrett County who have deployed parents.  Mr. Carr indicated that he will share resources with Dr. Lauver and also informed the Board that there is a very active support group for military families.

            Mr. Carr shared that he was giving out AEMS Art Awards on Thursday for Washington County and Anne Arundel County and that he had the opportunity to watch several performances.

            MABE, as an association, is drafting an amendment to refute the language to the Maintenance of Effort Bill which was changed in committee without a hearing.  If a county ignores it, the responsibility falls on the school board.  MABE is also gearing up for a possible rebuttal of Mike Miller’s recommendation that the Governor pass back part of teacher retirement to the school boards. Mr. Carr discussed the MABE Summer Leadership Conference highlighting some of the sessions which would be held on June 23-24, 2011. 

            Mr. Carr informed the Board that he has the documentation for the Wendell D. Teets Foundation for Garrett County Public Schools.  He also indicated that there are several support resources readily available to help with the foundation. 

            Dr. Teets added that the foundation will add value for students and staff.  He stated that he is much honored and appreciates it.  He also thanked the Board for their continual support and for the fact that they have always had the kids and staff at heart.   

                        Part XIII – Recess

There being no further business, the meeting recessed at 8:56 p.m.  The Board returned to executive session.   

            Part XIV - Reopening of Public Session

The Board reconvened in public session at 10:23 p.m.

                        Part XV – Information Items

            Along with the items listed, the Board also received the June 2011 attendance bulletin and the March/April 2011 issue of The Acorn.

a)          May 2011 Attendance Bulletin

b)         June 2011 Hope Health Letter

 

                        Part XVI – Adjourn

            Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, the Board adjourned the meeting at 10:24 p.m.

 

 

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Mr. Thomas A. Carr Sue Waggoner
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   July 12, 2011