Board of Education

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

Minutes April 7, 1998



Oakland, Maryland 21550

Tuesday, April 7, 1998


Part I - Call to Order

Mr. Patrick W. Riley, president of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at approximately 3:05 p.m. and asked for a brief moment of silence. Members in attendance included Mr. Dale Carpenter, Mr. Rodney Durst, Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, and Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools.

Part II - Public Comment

There was no public comment.

Part III - Recognition of Southern High Boys’ Cross Country Team

Dr. Teets welcomed Coach Carl Booth and the Southern High Boys’ Cross Country Team. Dr. Teets praised the team and coaching staff on their accomplishment winning the Boys Cross Country State Championship. Coach Booth noted this is the fifth consecutive year that the team has won the State title and, when they win next year they will tie the State record of six years consecutively. Coach Booth introduced the members of the team who were in attendance. Mr. Riley thanked the team for coming to the Board meeting to be recognized for their success and, along with Dr. Teets, presented the team with a banner to commemorate the State Championship.

Part IV - Executive Session

Upon a motion by Mr. Carpenter, seconded by Mr. Durst, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to move to executive session at 3:20 p.m. in accordance with Public School Law 4-106 and Section 10-508 of the State Government Title for the purpose of discussing personnel matters that affect one or more individuals. Dr. Teets and Miss Henrietta Lease, Director of Personnel, were in attendance. Mr. James Raley, vice-president, arrived during the executive session. Mrs. Lynn Bell, Principal of Southern High School, was asked to be present during a portion of the executive session. During the executive session, retirements, leaves without pay, volunteer coaches, assignments, bus drivers, reclassification of teaching certificate, tenure, sabbatical leave, and student Board member selection were discussed.

Part V - Return to Public Session

At 5:15 p.m., Mr. Riley reopened the meeting. After offering an invocation, Mr. Riley led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America. Mr. Karlo Gesner, student Board member, was present at this time.

Part VI - Acceptance of Agenda

Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the agenda was accepted with the addition of discussion of Coordinating Council for Professional Development Center as an item under Board Concerns.

Part VII - Announcements

Mrs. Sebold noted dates for upcoming events, including the following:

April 17 Career Day April 28 ACE Meeting at Yough Glades Elementary

April 18 League of Women Voters meeting with May 2 Yough Glades Dedication/Open House

Senator Hafer and Delegate Edwards May 4-8 Teacher Appreciation Week

April 21 State Superintendent’s visit to Garrett County May 7 National Prayer Day

April 23-24 Health Advisory Meeting May 9 High School Proms/After Proms

Mr. Riley noted the Family Violence Prevention Planning Meeting would be held on April 16, 1998, at the Will O’the Wisp and asked that any interested Board members attend.

Part VIII - Approval of Minutes

Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mr. Carpenter, the Minutes of February 26, 1998, were unanimously approved with the following amendment: Page 2954, Part VI, last sentence, change "request" to "increase". Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mr. Durst, the Minutes of March 10, 1998, were unanimously approved as presented.

Part IX - Administrative Concerns

Mr. Donald Knode, Assistant in Food and Nutrition Services, requested professional leave and travel approval to attend the American Food Service Association conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 11-16, 1998. He noted the advantages of attending the conference and explained that all expenses would be covered by the Food and Nutrition Department budget. Upon a recommendation by Dr. Teets, Mr. Carpenter made a motion to approve professional leave as requested by Mr. Knode. Mr. Durst seconded the motion which was unanimously approved by the Board.

Dr. Teets recommended that the Board give input or approval for the removal of four large trees in front of the Board of Education building. Mr. Michael Sines, Supervisor of Maintenance and Operation explained that the tree removal work would be done in-house and the result would benefit the building, as well as show an improvement to the grounds. By consensus, the Board approved the removal of the trees.

Dr. Teets shared plans that were underway for the scheduled visit of Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick, State Superintendent, to Garrett County on April 21, 1998. He noted the visit would begin at Yough Glades Elementary at 9:30 a.m. and would include a visit to Southern Middle School before ending at Southern High School. At Southern High School, the group would be served lunch in the food service classroom by students under the direction of Mary Ann Shipe, teacher. Board members were encouraged to attend.

Mr. Sines distributed to Board members a copy of the floor plan and schematic detailing the construction of a Head Start Center at the Crellin Elementary School. He noted that the new construction would be a 2860 square foot addition, with only minor alterations to the elementary school. The funding for this project, which is to be completed by the opening of school next fall, is coming from the Community Development Block Grant via the County Commissioners and from Health and Human Resources Services’ Head Start Program.

Miss Lease presented for approval the school calendar 1998-99. After discussion centering on noon versus 1:00 p.m. student dismissal times, Dr. Teets noted that he will do further research on the issue. Mr. Carpenter moved that the calendar be accepted as presented. Mr. Durst seconded the motion which was unanimously approved.

Dr. Teets presented for discussion a revised Board Policy 853.321 Drug Testing of School Bus Operators and Operator Applicants. He noted the minor changes pertained to arranging to do drug testing locally. After some discussion regarding listing one specific physician versus an "approved list" and to whom the policy pertains, Dr. Teets agreed to bring the policy back at a future date after more study.

Part X - Instructional Concerns

Dr. Brenda McCartney, Director of Curriculum and Instruction PreK-8, presented Board Policy 431.1 Enrollment Requirements and Administrative Procedure 431.11 Student Selection Criteria and Procedural Guidelines for Determining Eligibility and Selection of Prekindergarten Students, which were previously discussed at the March Board meeting. Dr. McCartney noted additional revisions including the inclusion of "Sources" at the bottom of each page and the changes made in the order of eligibility guidelines. In response to an earlier inquiry by Mr. Riley, Dr. McCartney noted there was no COMAR regulation stating a student’s social security number is required. In view of that, Mr. Riley asked that "optional" be added to that part of 431.11, the program questionnaire form. Dr. McCartney said that any future applications that are distributed will include that notation. After more discussion, Mr. Durst moved that the policy be approved as revised. Mr. Carpenter seconded and the Board approved the policy 3-1, with Mrs. Sebold voting in the negative.

Next, Dr. McCartney presented for action the Social Studies Program of Studies, 6-8, noting that the document was discussed at the last Advisory Committee on Education meeting. She distributed to the Board copies of public comments. Several social studies teachers were in attendance to ask for further clarification pertaining to Mr. Riley’s written review and suggestions for the program of studies (Draft: January 1998), as well as to respond to questions from the Board. After discussion, it was decided to delay action on the program of studies until summer because the State will have draft Content Standards by June 31, 1998, which may necessitate additional revision.

Dr. McCartney distributed copies of the Approved Minutes of the Middle School Health Program, Sub-Committee of the Health Advisory Committee meeting of March 11, 1998.

Mrs. Maxine Miller, Director of Curriculum and Instruction 9-12, presented a request for professional leave and travel approval for Michelle Harman, science teacher at Northern High School and student, Josh Neubert, to attend the International Science and Engineering Fair in Fort Worth, Texas, May 9-16, 1998. She noted that all requested travel expenses were funded by RESA. Mrs. Sebold noted that this is the first time in ten years of Science Fair competition that Garrett County has had a winner at this level. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mr. Carpenter, the Board unanimously agreed to approve the travel request.

Part XI - Public Comment

Mr. Riley recognized Mr. Scott Hollingsworth who asked to speak during public comment session. Mr. Hollingsworth said that, as a parent, he was overwhelmed by the quality of his children’s education and environment. Looking at his children’s educational experience as a totality, he felt it to be of excellent quality. However, Mr. Hollingsworth felt that a few teachers are not as effective as they could be and inquired as to the process for evaluating teachers. Dr. Teets responded that an evaluation and visitation system is in place which is effective, and that this year a more formal Plan of Improvement process has been implemented when indicated.

Mr. Durst thanked the staff and school Board for all the calls and flowers he received during his recent illness.

Part XII - Personnel Matters

Dr. Teets made the following personnel recommendations:

Retirement: Vivian Brantner, Instructional Assistant, Kitzmiller, effective July 1, 1998

Dolores Boal, Instructional Assistant, Bloomington , effective July 1, 1998

Violet Groves, Instructional Assistant, Broad Ford, effective July 1, 1998

Extended Leave Without Pay: Shirley Noonan, Teacher, Northern Middle, March 30, 1998

Assignment: Ricky Dolan, Media/Computer Technician, Central Office,effective April 27, 1998

Mary Bennett, Bus Assistant, County

Catherine Williams, Bus Assistant for Samuel Thomas, Route 2

Drivers: John Hockman, for Dennis Glotfelty, Routes 46,64

William Bonney, for Lester Chaney, Route 24

Sabbatical for 1998-99: Kathy Ridder, Dennett Road Elementary

Tenure: Christina Ashby, Accident Elementary

Carol Beard, Accident Elementary

Loren Bowser, Southern High

Jennifer Burdock, Northern Middle

Christopher Csonka, Southern High

James Friend, Friendsville Elementary

Adrienne Ingram, Kitzmiller Elementary

Stephen Plum, Southern High

Rhonda Savage, Broad Ford Elementary

Beverly Sincell, Dennett Road

Amy Thayer, Yough Glades Elementary

Winona Thomas, Bloomington

Michael Warne, Dennett Road

LuAnn Watson, Northern High

Darren Wilburn, Northern Middle

Upon a motion by Mr. Carpenter, seconded by Mr. Durst, the Board unanimously approved the personnel recommendations.

Part XIII - Instructional Concerns, continued

Mrs. Maxine Miller provided an update on the High School Assessment Project. She noted that the State Superintendent has made two recommendations:

A. The Maryland High School Improvement Program will include individual student accountability assessments of the Core Learning Goals. Achieving a yet-to-be-established passing score on the assessments will be one of several criteria students must meet in order to receive a Maryland high school diploma.

B. The assessment portion of the Maryland High School Improvement Program will be phased in over a period of years.

Mrs. Miller noted that Phase I testing would include English I, Algebra I or Geometry, and Government. Biology would be listed as a local option for Phase I. She further explained that the local superintendent may request a waiver for the Maryland Test of Citizenship Skills (MCTS) in lieu of the Government test. The ninth grade class in the year 2000 is expected to be the first class to be tested, although 1999 may be used as a "no-fault" test year. Discussion centered on recognizing the need for funding for staff development, early identification as it pertains to remediation, budget implications for no-fault testing, scoring procedures, and the need for continuation of an exploratory program.

Mrs. Wilda Massi, Director of Pupil Services, presented a request for professional leave and travel approval for Maggie Hockman and Patricia Yoder to attend a conference, "Managing Kids at Risk, Effective Strategies for Teachers," June 27 through July 1, 1998, at Virginia Beach. The two will present Garrett County’s STAR Program at this conference. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously approved the request.

Mrs. Jo Ann Vent, Supervisor of Career/Technology Education, noted that the result of the State VICA contest indicated that there are five Garrett County students eligible to go on to the National Competition in Kansas. She stated that the winners would be present at the School+Business=Partnership luncheon on May 12, 1998.

Mrs. Vent reported on the March 31, 1998, meeting of the Career & Technology Advisory Committee, noting that the committee recommends that CTE classes with enrollment of less than five students not be offered for that school year. During the year that the program would not be offered, an evaluation would take place to decide whether to update, restructure, or eliminate said program. Mrs. Vent introduced Scott Hollingsworth as chairperson for the advisory committee. Discussion centered on agreement that a program with enrollment less than five be placed on hiatus for the year, the need for evaluation and/or restructuring, and consideration of blending classes (e.g., carpentry and masonry). Mrs. Vent will come back to the next Board meeting with a recommendation.

Next, Mrs. Vent explained that a Marine Technology course has been proposed to begin the fall semester of 1998, with the intent to increase career and technology opportunities in the Marine industry. The pilot program, funded through a grant from the Regional Employer Involvement Fund, would target senior students only. The course would consist of two portions, customer service training in classroom and a marine technology internship on-site. Further discussion centered on safety concerns and advantages of the program. Part XIV - Board Concerns

Dr. Teets noted that the School+Business=Partnership Luncheon would be held on the next regular Board meeting day at noon at the Will O’the Wisp. He noted that the regular Board meeting would convene following the luncheon to accommodate student councils’ participation beginning at approximately 2:00 p.m. Also, student Board member interviews will be held during executive session at the May Board meeting.

Mr. Tom Powers, teacher and boys varsity soccer coach at Southern High School, appeared before the Board with a proposal to remove the asphalted team area pads in order to widen the playing field. He noted that the coaches and volunteers would donate time and labor, that Green Acres would donate equipment and manpower, that fill dirt would be donated by Mettiki Coal Corporation, and additional monies would be covered by fundraising. Dr. Teets recommended that the Board support Mr. Powers’ request to modify the athletic field. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mr. Carpenter, the Board unanimously voted to accept Dr. Teets’ recommendation.

Mr. Riley noted he would be attending the Professional Development Center Coordinating Council meeting on April 23, 1998, at 1:00 p.m. He asked for input as to what course offerings could be offered to our teachers as part of a cooperative program. In addition to a new teacher orientation class, a reading class may be offered. Mr. Riley stated he believes it would be appropriate for us to recommend more teaching of reading instruction, which includes instruction in phonics.

Part XV - Adjournment

By consensus, the Board agreed to adjourn at 8:32 p.m.

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Patrick W. Riley Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
  Approved: April 7, 1998