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Oakland, MD 21550
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Minutes June 12, 2012

MINUTES

MEETING OF THE GARRETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Oakland, Maryland 21550

 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

 

Part I - Call to Order

Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, President, called the monthly meeting of the Board of Education to order at 4:00 p.m.  Also in attendance were Mr. Rodney Durst, Vice President; Mr. Thomas Carr, Dr. Donald Forrester, and Mrs. Cynthia Downton, associate members; and Mrs. Sue Waggoner, Interim Superintendent of Schools.  The meeting was held at Southern Middle School.  

Part II – Public Comment

            There was no public comment at this time. 

                        Part III - Executive Session

Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mr. Carr, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to move to executive session at 4:01 p.m. in accordance with Public Law 4-1-6 and Section 10-508 of the State Government Code for the purpose of discussing personnel matters affecting one or more individuals.

            Mrs. Barbara Baker, Assistant Superintendent; 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 - Re-Opening of Public Session

The Board reconvened in public session at 5:51 p.m.  Mrs. Sebold led a moment of silence after which Mr. Carr led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Mr. Durst stated that he said a silent Protestant prayer in the name of Jesus.

Part V -Acceptance of Agenda

Mr. Carr asked for an addition, under personnel, for action on the recommended Superintendent. Under continuing business, the FY13 Operating Budget was changed from an information item to an action item.  Under new business, Administrative Procedure 853.3 (a) Awarding Bus Contracts and MOU was deleted from the agenda. Under Board Business, the student board member report, the LSA report, and the Legislative Recap were deleted.  Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mr. Carr, the Board of Education unanimously approved the agenda as amended. 

            Part VI – Announcements

               There were not any announcements shared. 

Part VII – Approval of Minutes of May 14, 2012

Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mr. Carr, the minutes of May 14, 2012 were unanimously approved as amended.

            Part VIII – Approval of Minutes of May 23, 2012

Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mrs. Downton, the minutes of May 23, 2012 were unanimously approved as drafted.

            Part IV – Continuing Business

Mr. Jim Thomas, Director of Facilities and Maintenance, presented the Comprehensive Maintenance Plan for Education Facilities of Garrett County at the May14, 2012 meeting.  Mr. Thomas informed the Board that there are not any projects reflected in the plan for Kitzmiller Elementary School or Dennett Road Elementary School for FY13.  Mrs. Waggoner recommended the acceptance of the plan.  Upon a motion by Mr. Carr, seconded by Mr. Durst, the Board of Education approved (4-0) the Comprehensive Maintenance Plan for Education Facilities of Garrett County.

Mr. Thomas also presented the Educational Facilities Master Plan at the May 14, 2012 meeting.  Mr. Thomas informed the Board that he has had discussion with Dr. David Lever, Executive Director, Interagency Committee on School Construction (IAC), on how to handle information provided within the plan as a result of the uncertainty of the school closings.  Dr. Lever suggested preparing an addendum to the plan on the projections and suggested waiting until next year to submit the addendum.  Mrs. Sebold asked for a copy of the addendum for the Board members.  Mrs. Waggoner recommended the acceptance of the plan.  Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Downton, the Board of Education approved (4-0) the Educational Facilities Master Plan.

Mr. Thomas updated the Board regarding the Aging School Program.  The program is a 2012 Aging School Program; however, the funds are spent and received in 2013.  The $53,962.00 will be used this summer at Accident Elementary School to remove the wallpaper and drywall and  replace it with tile similar to Northern Middle School. He reported that the project is currently in progress. He also informed the Board that the request for funds need to be submitted by December 12, 2012. 

Dr. Phil Lauver, Supervisor of Pupil Services, presented the Student Handbook:  Rights, Responsibilities, and Discipline at the May 14, 2012 meeting as information.  Discussion ensued on several topics on the proposed changes.  Mrs. Waggoner recommended acceptance of the changes to the Student Handbook:  Rights, Responsibilities, and Discipline.  Upon a motion by Mr. Carr, seconded by Mr. Durst, the revisions presented for the Student Handbook:  Rights, Responsibilities, and Discipline were approved (4-0).

Mrs. Waggoner informed all in attendance that the budget hearing was held yesterday, June 11, 2012.  She invited Mr. Scott Germain, Food and Nutrition Manager, to share information on meal prices for the 2012/2013 school year.  He informed the Board that the Food and Nutrition Services Department would like to request an increase in the meal prices for the 2012-2013 school year based upon federal mandates.  The request is to raise the elementary lunch from $2.05 to $2.10 and the secondary lunch from $2.20 to $2.25.  The change is due to the reauthorization of the Food and Nutrition Program, which required school systems to raise prices of paid lunches to be equal to that of a free lunch reimbursement.  The reauthorization allows the price for lunches to be raised over a period of years with a maximum increase in any one year of $.10.  The price will continue to be raised annually until the required rate of $2.51 is reached.  Mr. Germain informed the Board that the cost of breakfast and free and reduced meals have not been affected at this time.  Mrs. Waggoner explained this as part of the FY13 budget.  Since the increase is part of the FY13 budget, she did recommend the increase of the .05 for lunches.  The vote on the increase will be part of the vote on the acceptance of the FY13 operating budget. 

Mrs. Sebold reminded all in attendance that the proposed budget is online for review.  She briefly touched on the topic of the estimated receipts, the general current unrestricted funds, and the estimated carryover.  Mrs. Waggoner added that preliminary grant award  information shows that there will be a reduction of 9.1% and that one small grant was lost due to the Infants and Toddlers program becoming part of the FY13 operating budget.  She added that three grants were acquired by the program and will become part of the budget.  Mrs. Waggoner recommended acceptance of the proposed FY13 operating budget.  Upon a motion by Mr. Carr, seconded by Dr. Forrester, the Board approved (4-0) the FY13 Operating Budget.      

            Part X – New Business

Ms. Kotulak, Supervisor of Special Education, reviewed the Special Education Staffing Plan.  The staffing plan is required by MSDE each year and approved by the Board.  Ms. Kotulak reviewed the changes and informed the Board that there were not any positions lost but relocations were made. Mrs. Waggoner recommended acceptance of the Special Education Staffing plan.  Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mr. Carr, the Board of Education approved (4-0) the Special Education Staffing Plan.

            Part XI - Recognition

The Board recognized three students for their artwork. Mrs. Jane Wildesen, Director of Elementary and Middle School Education, introduced Tybie Brenneman, from Northern High School, whose piece of art was titled The Rooster.  She also introduced Emily Fratz, from Northern High School, whose piece of art was titled Whispering Child.  Both pieces of artwork were purchased by the Board of Education.  She then introduced Alexandria Moreno, from Southern High School, whose piece of art was titled Footprints in the Sand and presented to Mrs. Waggoner for her dedication during the past year.  Mrs. Waggoner expressed her appreciation for the gift.  There were several family members in attendance to support their art students. 

            Part XII – Board Business

Mr. Carr reported that he attended a MABE meeting as the Chair of the Nominating Committee which produced the slate of Board of Directors for next year.  The slate has not yet been published.

            Part XIV – Personnel Recommendations

Mrs. Waggoner recommended approval of the following personnel matters:

 

·     Appointments:     Angelene Harrison, School Psychologist, SX, eff. 08/07/12

   Jennifer Armstrong, Diagnostic Prescriptive Teacher, Central Office Based, eff.          08/21/12

   Lindsey Strubin, Diagnostic Prescriptive Teacher, Central Office Based, eff. 08/21/12

 

·     Resignation:        Tonya Ramey, Head Custodian, KZ, eff. 06/30/12

 

·     Tenure Recommendations: Marcia Schmidt, Special Education Teacher

 

·     Transportation: 

 

Stockholder Modification:  Alice M. Bittner, Inc.

 

Driver Deletions:       Edward Eugene Bach

                                 Eric Albertus Beeman

                                 Loren Edward Bowser

                                 Sandra Jean Fitzwater

                                 Catherine Marie McKenzie

                                 Jennifer Marie Savage

                                 Larry Ellsworth Sliger

 

Assistant Deletions:   Mary Ann Bennett

                                 Sandra Jean Fitzwater

                                 Donna Lou Graham

                                 Judy Ann Nice

                                 Kela May Glotfelty

 

Final Approval:          Margaret Ann Hockman – For Sebold Trucking, Inc.

                                 Shirley Ann Slaubaugh – For Dale E. Evans, Inc.

                                 Sharon Leola Brenneman – For Delmer R. Yoder

                       

·     Field Trip Requests:    Southern High SKILLSUSA

                                 June 23-June 28, 2012

                                 Kansas City, MO

                                                                                                           

·     Professional Leave Requests:  Power School University 2012

                                              June 24-June 29, 2012

                                              St. Louis, MO

 

      Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester and a second by Mrs. Downton, the Board of Education unanimously approved the superintendent’s recommendations.

      Mr. Carr thanked everyone who had participated in the superintendent search.  The decision of the Board of Education is to appoint Dr. Janet Wilson as Superintendent with an effective date of July 1, 2012. 

      Mr. Carr made a motion to appoint Dr. Janet Wilson for the superintendent position, seconded by Dr. Forrester.  The Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Janet Wilson.

      Mrs. Sebold thanked everyone for their involvement during the process.  She informed everyone that Dr. Wilson is still carrying out her duties in Allegany County.  She thanked Mrs. Waggoner for her service during the past year.  She also thanked the Board for their attention and dedication to the superintendent search and the budget process.  Mrs. Sebold expressed her appreciation to teachers, parents, and children who will be making the change to a new school.  She added that Dr. Wilson is eager to be here and to help the school system move forward.

.                       Part XIII – Public Comment

            Barb McKenny made public comment in regards to the anticipation of the upcoming school year and pointed out the difficulty in hearing speakers without the use of the microphone.

                        Part XIV – Information Items           

            The Board members were provided with the June 2012 HOPE Health Letter

                        Part XV – Break

At 6:45 p.m., the Board took a fifteen minute break to allow for anyone who might appear to speak during the regularly scheduled public comment time of 7:00 p.m.

              Part XX – Adjourn

            Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, the Board adjourned the meeting at 7:05 p.m.

 

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Mr. Charlotte Sebold Dr. Janet S. Wilson
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   July 10, 2012