Board of Education

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

Minutes April 30, 2013



Oakland, Maryland 21550


Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Part I - Call to Order


Mrs. Cynthia Downton, President, called the business meeting of the Board of Education to order at 5:02 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.  The meeting was held at the Northern High School gymnasium. 


Part II – Opening Ceremonies


Mrs. Downton led a moment of silence after which Dr. Forrester led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance. 


Part III – Approval of Agenda


On a motion by Mr. Carr, seconded by Mrs. Sebold and passed unanimously, the Board approved the agenda as amended.  Hearing of Constituents was added after approval of agenda. 


Part IV – Hearing of Constituents


Mike Pula, Evan West, and Karen Hickman made public comment in regards to waiver days for the 2012/2013 school calendar.


Part V – Unfinished Business


Mr. Keith Harvey, Director of Human Resources, presented information in relation to adjustments to the 2012-2013 calendar.  He stated that it is clearly understood that the employees of the Board of Education work very hard and that he has seen it firsthand.  He also stated that with contracts, there are rules.  Rules are made for a reason and they are made to be followed.  He added that our hearts are here for the students and we want to do what is right by the students.  He indicated that he has met with GCEA and reviewed the administrative contract.  The contract states that if student days are reduced, then teacher days must be reduced.  This contract language placed some inequities for all other employee groups because this language is not in their contracts.  He informed the Board that this language of the contract is currently under review. 


Mr. Harvey’s recommendation is to grant a three day waiver for students and employees.  The final three days of school, June 10, 11, 12, will change from a 2 hour early dismissal to a 3 hour early dismissal for students.  He noted that this adjustment was discussed with middle and high school principals and this will not have an effect on the time needed for final exams.  The staff will participate in professional development sessions on June 10 and 11, after student dismissal.  The afternoon of June 12, will be a record keeping time for staff, as contractually agreed. The last day of school for students will be Wednesday, June 12, 2013 and as contractually agreed, the last day for teachers will be a professional day and staff will work a 7 hour 36 minute work day.  In order to make the waiver equitable for all employee groups, it was proportionally calculated to the number of days each group actually works.  Therefore, 3 waiver days for 10 month employees, 4 waiver days for 11 month employees, and 5 waiver days for 12 month employees.  Dr. Wilson recommended Mr. Harvey’s recommendation for the adjustments to the 2012/2013 calendar.  Upon a motion by Mr. Reckart, seconded by Dr. Forrester, the Board of Education voted unanimously to accept the recommended adjustments to the 2012-2013 calendar.


Part VIII – Recess


Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education recessed the business meeting at 5:28 p.m.


Part IX – Re-Opening of Business Meeting


The Board of Education reopened the business meeting at 5:59 p.m.

Part X - Adjournment


Upon a motion by Mr. Carr, the Board adjourned the meeting at 6:00 p.m.



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Mrs. Cynthia Downton Dr. Janet S. Wilson
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   May 14, 2013