MEETING OF THE GARRETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Oakland, Maryland 21550
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Part I – Call to Order
Mr. Tom Carr, President, called the monthly meeting of the Board of Education to order at 4:02 p.m. Also in attendance were Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, Vice President; Mr. Rodney Durst, Dr. Donald Forrester, and Mrs. Cynthia Downton, associate members; and Mrs. Sue Waggoner, Interim Superintendent of Schools. The meeting was held at the Board of Education central office. Mr. Gregan Crawford, Mr. James Raley, and Mr. Robert Gatto, Board of Garrett County Commissioners, were also present.
Part II – Public Comment
Mrs. Kitty Mills thanked the Board of Education for the format of the superintendent search which is being conducted by Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE).
Part III – MABE Superintendent Search
Mr. Carr welcomed Mr. William T. Middleton, Superintendent Search Lead Consultant and Kathryn F. Blumsack, MABE Director of Board Development. Mr. Middleton thanked the Board of Education for allowing MABE to facilitate the superintendent search. They assured the Board that they will find someone who will fit and who will stay.
Mr. Middleton informed the Board that the goal is to advertise for the superintendent position prior to Christmas and to hire for the position in May. He explained that a public meeting is being held this evening at the Garrett College. The meeting will allow for the public to have input on what they are looking for in a superintendent. Participants have been asked to comment to the following:
- two to four reasons why Garrett County is a good place to live, work, and learn
- four to six characteristics of someone who would fit the role
- two or three challenges that a new superintendent would be facing
- other concerns
Mr. Middleton shared that there will be as much advertising and as many press releases as possible to keep the public up to date on the progress of the search. He explained the interview process pointing out that there will be a series of interviews prior to selecting the final candidates. After final candidates have been selected, the finalists will be asked to spend a day in Garrett County for final interviews. Mr. Middleton informed the Board that reference checks will be completed and that he will work directly with the Maryland State Department of Education on the selected candidate’s certification. He also assured the Board that all applications received will be available to the Board for review. Mr. Carr announced that the Board of Commissioners will spend some time with Mr. Middleton and Ms. Blumsack to discuss the superintendent search and then join the Board of Education in executive session.
Part IV – Executive Session
Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mrs. Downton, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to move to executive session at 4:17 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 including an appointment, extra duty compensated coaches, emergency coaches, professional leave requests, negotiations and the five-year plan.
Mrs. Barbara Baker, Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Keith Harvey, Director of Human Resources; Mr. Larry McKenzie, Director of Finance; and the Board of Garrett County Commissioners were present during all or part of the Executive Session.
Part V –Re-Opening of Public Session
The Board reconvened in public session at 6:45 p.m. Student Board Member, Elizabeth Sines, joined the meeting at this time. Mr. Carr led a moment of silence after which Ms. Sines led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Durst stated that he said a silent Protestant prayer in the name of Jesus.
Part VI – Acceptance of Agenda
Mrs. Waggoner announced that there are two changes to the agenda. The first one is an addition of an action item, Pre-K through 8th grade Health Program of Studies, to be presented by Mrs. Wildesen and the deletion of an action item, Environmental Literacy Program. A revised agenda was provided to the Board. Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education unanimously approved the agenda.
Part VII – Public Comment
There was no public comment at this time.
Part VIII – Announcements
November 11 Veterans’ Day
November 13-19 American Education Week
November 23 Three-hour early dismissal
November 24 Thanksgiving Day – Schools Closed
November 25 Schools Closed
November 28 Schools Closed
The Infants and Toddlers program has been officially transferred from the Partnership for Children and Families to the Board of Education as of November 1, 2011.
Megan Rinker, graduate of Southern High School, entered all the information for the bus stops on the Board of Education website
The Southern High School JROTC will present a Veterans Day program on November 9 at Southern High School at 10:00 a.m. Senator Edwards will be present. The Northern High School JROTC will present the closing Veterans Day program on November 11 at Garrett College.
Part IX – Approval of Minutes – September 29, 2011
Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mrs. Downton, the minutes of September 29, 2011 were unanimously approved as amended.
Part X – Approval of Minutes – October 11, 2011
Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mr. Durst, the minutes of October 11, 2011 were unanimously approved as amended.
Part XI – Personnel Recommendations
Mrs. Waggoner recommended approval of the following personnel matters:
· Appointments: Angie Corby, Part-Time Custodian, YG, eff. December 1, 2011
· Extra Duty Compensated Coaches:
Erin Coffman, Assistant Boys’ Track Coach, SH
John Coffman, Head Boys’ Track Coach, SH
Sara Shaffer, Head Girls’ Soccer Coach, SH
Jennifer Virts, Drama Coach, NH
Ryan White, Assistant Boys’ Basketball Coach, SH
Ryan Wolf, Assistant Unified Bocce Coach, SH
Ron Opel, Head Girls’ Basketball Coach, NH
Jon Hegeman, Head Boys’ Basketball Coach, SH
John Sharpless, Bowling Coach, SH
Bill Weissgerber, Assistant Girls’ Basketball Coach
John Durst, Assistant Boys’ Basketball Coach, NH
· *Professional Leave Request
National Green School Conference, February 24-29, 2011, Denver Colorado
JSOCC Certification Course, October 31, 2011, Ft. Knox, KY
JSOCC, November 14-18, 2011, Fort Knox, KY
Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education unanimously approved the superintendent’s recommendations.
Part XII – Recognition
Dr. Dana McCauley, Crellin Elementary School principal, and Mrs. Becky Sanders, 5th grade teacher at Crellin Elementary School, were present to represent the Crellin staff to be recognized for the school’s achievement of theIntel Schools of Distinction for Mathematics Award. Dr. McCauley was excited to share the experience with the Board.
Crellin Elementary School was chosen as one of the 18 finalists out of 4,000 applications. The finalist attended a gala in Washington, D.C. and there received a $10,000 cash award. In addition to that award, Crellin will receive thousands of additional dollars in cash awards and technology equipment. Dr. McCauley shared in detail all the new technology equipment, and Mrs. Baker explained that all schools in the system will benefit from Crellin’s achievement. The majority of the Crellin staff and Mr. Carr attended the gala. Mr. Carr stated that it was a wonderful experience. He thanked Dr. McCauley and Mrs. Sanders for sharing their experience with the Board. Mrs. Waggoner congratulated their staff and stated that Crellin Elementary School makes us very proud.
Dr. Forrester read a Proclamation (attached) in honor of American Education Week, November 13-19, 2011, which was signed by Board members and Mrs. Waggoner. A signed Proclamation will be distributed to each school. The Proclamation was presented to Maria Zupano-Lipscomb, Representative of GCEA.
Mr. Durst, Veteran, read the Veterans Day Resolution (attached) in honor of Veterans Day, November 11, 2011, which was signed by Board members and Mrs. Waggoner. Mr. Carr recognized Mr. Ron Friend, American Legion Post 71 Commander, who was in attendance to accept a copy of the Resolution in honor of all veterans. Mr. Friend invited all in attendance to a Veteran’s Day ceremony which would be held at Veteran’s Park on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. He also invited those in attendance to a luncheon for Veterans and their family that would be held at the VFW following the ceremony. Mrs. Waggoner and the Board thanked Mr. Friend for his service and for attending the meeting.
Part XIII – Continuing Business
There was extensive discussion at the October board meeting regarding the Board’s involvement in advertising the Comcast Essentials Internet program for eligible students. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mrs. Downton, the Board of Education unanimously agreed not to participate in the advertising of the Comcast Essentials Internet program for eligible students.
Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education, was present to present Board Policy 331, Maryland and Garrett County Graduation Requirements, to the Board for approval. Mrs. Bell had introduced the changes in the policy at the October meeting. Mrs. Waggoner recommended the approval of the policy. Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education unanimously approved Board Policy, 331, Maryland and Garrett County Graduation Requirements.
Mrs. Bell provided the Board with the final version of the Student Planning Guide.
Part XIV– New Business
Mrs. Wildesen, Director of Elementary/Middle School Education presented the updated Health Program of Studies for PrekK-8th grade. The Board will have an opportunity to review it and Mrs. Wildesen will be at the December meeting to present the program of studies as an action item
Mrs. Bell presented the updated Health Program of Studies for the 9th grade. The Board will have an opportunity to review it and the program of studies will be presented at the December meeting as an action item.
Because Mrs. Bell will be retiring at the end of the year, Mr. Carr took the opportunity to thank Mrs. Bell for the phenomenal job she has done throughout her career with the Garrett County Public Schools. Mrs. Bell thanked the Board of Education for the opportunity to serve. She stated that she is very proud of the students in the county and the dedicated staff.
Mr. Durst read the state law to the Board regarding bullying. He pointed out that students cannot be discriminated against for several reasons but the one reason, which he feels is one of the most important, is that of physical appearance. He stated that self-awareness and self-esteem are vital in children’s lives. He appreciates that it is a topic in the 6th grade Health Program of Studies.
Mrs. Bell provided a copy of the Environmental Literacy Program which is in draft form and will be piloted this school year. The Environmental Literacy Program had been presented as an information item at the October meeting. Mrs. Waggoner again thanked Mrs. Bell for her leadership in completing the Environmental Literacy Plan.
Mrs. Baker thanked both Mrs. Wildesen and Mrs. Bell for their work on the programs. Mrs. Bell encouraged the Board, if at all possible, to replace her position. She feels that the high schools need a high school director to be a representative of those students and that it will be very difficult for the existing central office staff to fulfill those duties. Mrs. Waggoner thanked Mrs. Bell and shared that she will be missed but hopes she enjoys retirement.
Part XV – Board Business
Ms. Sines reported that the Garrett Cup game went really well. The Garrett Cup will remain at Northern High School for another year. She also informed the Board that there was a GCASC meeting on November 5, and that it was unanimously approved to participate in Lobbying Day on February 27, 2012 and that the students are looking forward to preparing the presentation on the wealth formula with input from Mr. McKenzie.
The superintendent search and the desired qualities of the new superintendent was also discussed at the meeting. Mr. Carr informed Ms. Sines that the Board will be seeking input from the GCASC in regards to the search.
Mr. Durst discussed issues of the MABE legislative committee which included rebasing of Maintenance of Effort, state education funding in regards to the retirement being the responsibility of the counties, and educating the new members of the responsibilities of the legislative committee. Mr. Durst commented too on the fact that Garrett County is possibly facing taxation without representation due to legislative redistricting.
Mrs. Sebold informed the Board that she is interested in attending the PACE meeting. It was decided that both Mrs. Sebold and Mrs. Waggoner will attend. The PACE meeting will be held on January 26-27, 2012.
Mrs. Kotulak, Supervisor of Special Education, was present to answer any questions the Board had about information item, Special Education Procedure – Personnel Activity Reports. MSDE asked that a procedure be created in order to have a record of hours worked by those employees who are paid by federal fund grants.
Part XVI – Recess:
There being no further business, the meeting recessed at 8:22 p.m. The Board returned to executive session after a five minute break.
Part XVII - Reopening of Public Session
The Board reconvened in public session at 9:52 p.m.
Part XVIII – Information Items
The Board also received the following information items:
a. Special Education Procedure – Personnel Activity Reports
b. November 2011 Home & School Connection
c. November 2011 Activities Calendar
d. October HOPE Health Letter
e. November HOPE Health Letter
Part XIX – Adjourn
Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, the Board adjourned the meeting at 9:53 p.m.
|Mr. Thomas A. Carr||Sue Waggoner|
|Approved: December 13, 2011|