BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES
MEETING OF THE GARRETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Oakland, Maryland 21550
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Part I - Call to Order
Mrs. Cynthia Downton, President, called the business meeting of the Board of Education to order at 6:30 p.m. Also in attendance were Dr. Donald Forrester, Vice President; Mr. Thomas Carr, Mr. Rodney Reckart, Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, associate members; and Dr. Janet Wilson, Superintendent of Schools. Miriam Sincell, Board Attorney and Commissioner Robert Gatto, Ex-Officio member, were also present. The meeting was held at central office.
Part II – Opening Ceremonies
Mrs. Downton led a moment of silence after which Ms. Parandhamaia, 2012/2013 student board member, led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Part III – Consent Agenda
On a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mr. Reckart and passed unanimously, the Board approved the items on the Consent Agenda EXCEPT for Personnel.
Item 1 Approve Agenda
Item 2 Approve Minutes for February 7, 2013
Item 3 Approve Minutes for February 12, 2013
Part IV – Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Wilson reported the following announcements:
February 11-March 15 Elementary School Student Art Exhibit at the Gallery Shop
March 14-16 FIRST Robotics Competition: Pittsburgh Regional at Peterson Event Center, Pittsburgh, PA
March 20-23 MASC Convention for Student Council in Ocean City, MD
March 28-30 FIRST Robotics Competition: Buckeye Regional, Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
March 29 No School – Good Friday
April 5 Science Fair – Middle and High Schools at Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh
April 19–20 Garrett County Student Arts Fair at Fairgrounds Building, McHenry
April 24-27 FIRST Robotics Competition: FIRST Championship Event in St. Louis, MO
· The Northern chapter of the FFA has been named the State of Maryland’s Career and Technology Student Organization of the Year. Mr. Rick McCrobie, FFA advisor, and his organization will be awarded with this honor on April 23rd in Baltimore at the Career and Technology Awards of Excellence.
Part V – Unfinished Business
Mr. Ed Wildesen, Director of Transportation, reviewed the proposed revisions to Board Policy 853.3(a), Awarding Bus Contracts, which was initially presented at the February board meeting. Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mr. Reckart, the Board of Education unanimously approved the revisions to Board Policy 853.3(a), Awarding Bus Contracts. Mr. Wildesen informed the board that the changes to the administrative procedure, which was presented in February, have been very well received by the bus contractors.
Mr. Paul Edwards was present to answer any additional questions or concerns the Board might have in regards to the 2013 graduation. The request to the Board is to hold the graduation ceremonies at the Community Aquatic and Recreational Center (CARC) at Garrett College due to unlimited seating for the graduate’s guests and the space will remove the element of weather. This change is being supported by both senior classes as well as both principals. Dr. MacLennan, President of Garrett College, is also supportive of the change and will allow the use of the facility without a fee. Upon a motion by Mr. Carr, seconded by Dr. Forrester, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to hold the 2013 and future graduation commencement ceremonies at the CARC.
Part VI – New Business
Mr. Edwards suggested Saturday, June 1, 2013 as the graduation date for both high schools. The change of day from Sunday to Saturday is supported by both high schools. The ceremony for Southern High School will be 10:00 a.m. and Northern High School will be held at 3:00 p.m. Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mr. Carr, the Board of Education unanimously approved the 2013 graduation date of June 1, 2013.
Mr. Harvey presented the proposed revisions to Board Policy 534.1, Contracts, Tenure, Resignation, during the work session and asked the Board to waive a second reading and vote on the proposed changes this evening. Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mr. Reckart, the Board of Education unanimously approved the revision of Board Policy 534.1, Contracts, Tenure, Resignation.
Mr. Harvey requested that the Board move for Dr. Wilson to request a five day student waiver to Dr. Lowery for days missed due to Super Storm Sandy. He also requested that schools be in session during the Spring break from March 25-28, 2013 and closed on Easter Monday. This will include the central office staff as well. Dr. Wilson made Mr. Harvey’s request a recommendation. Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mr. Reckart, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to Dr. Wilson requesting the five day student waiver, that school to be in session during the Spring break from March 25-28, and for schools and central office to be closed on Easter Monday, April 1, 2013.
Information on the newly forming Foundation by the Board of Education was made during work session. Information presented included the draft By Laws, draft Articles, and possible names for the Foundation. Mrs. Sincell requested that the Board adopt the name Garrett County Public Schools Foundation, LLC. The name of Dr. Wendell D. Teets Curricular/Co-Curricular/Extra Curricular is being recommended as the name of a committee of the Foundation. Upon a motion by Mr. Carr, seconded by Dr. Forrester, the Board of Education unanimously approved the name of Garrett County Public Schools Foundation, LLC as the name of the Foundation and also approved the name of a committee as the Dr. Wendell D. Teets Curricular/Co-Curricular/Extra Curricular Committee.
Part VII – Hearing of Constituents
There were no constituents signed up to speak.
Part VIII – Board Business
Ms. Parandhamaia presented an interactive PowerPoint on an Anti-Bullying Campaign for middle school students created by the Garrett County Association of Student Councils (GCASC). This PowerPoint presentation will be shared by both middle schools and both high schools.
Mr. Carr informed the board that the Board of Directors met on February 20, 2013 and various topics were presented. He also presented information from the MABE Annual Luncheon which was held on March 8, 2013. Topics of concerned shared at the luncheon included a four year mathematics requirement and an initiative to stop using testing materials to evaluate principals and teachers until further study is completed and the new curriculum is established.
Mrs. Downton reminded the Board that the ACE Committee has been sunsetted and she informed the Board that she has sent a letter to Lisa Thayer-Welch, Chair of the ACE Committee, informing her of the sunset and asking her to contact members of the committee asking them to please consider serving on other advisory committees of the Board as well as the Board of Directors for the Foundation. Mrs. Downton indicated the next step is to set up a meeting with those members interested in serving on the other advisory committees or the Foundation. Each Board member will personally contact each of the ACE Committee members.
The Board will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at central office for the proposed FY14 Budget.
Part IX – Recess
Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mr. Reckart, the Board of Education recessed the business meeting at 7:24 p.m.
Part X – Re-Opening of Business Meeting
The Board reconvened the business meeting at 7:37 p.m. Dr. Wilson recommended personnel matters presented to the Board. Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mr. Reckart, the Board of Education unanimously approved the personnel recommendations.
Part XI – Information Items
a. March 2013 HOPE health letter
b. March Activities Calendar
Part XII – Adjournment
Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, the Board adjourned the meeting at 7:38 p.m.
|Mrs. Cynthia Downton||Dr. Janet S. Wilson|
|Approved: April 9, 2013|