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Minutes February 22, 2007

 

MINUTES

 

GARRETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

 

Thursday, February 22, 2007

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                                    Part I – Call to Order

            Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, President of the Garrett County Board of Education called the meeting to order at 4:07 p.m.  Members in attendance included Mr. James M. Raley, Vice President; Mr. Thomas Carr, Mr. Rodney L. Durst, and Dr. Donald Forrester, associate members; and Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools. 

                        Part II – Public Comment

            There was no public comment at this time.  

                        Part III - Executive Session

Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Dr. Forrester, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to move to executive session at 4:07 p.m. in accordance with Public School Law 4-106 and Section 10-508 of the State Government Code to discuss personnel matters affecting one or more individuals.  Dr. Teets; Dr. Brenda McCartney, Assistant Superintendent; and Mr. Ervin Fink, Executive Director of Administration were in attendance during all or part of the executive session.              Personnel items for discussion included professional leave and travel requests, an appointment, a resignation, volunteer coaches, and disciplinary action by the superintendent.

                        Part IV – Re-opening of Public Session

            Mrs. Sebold reconvened public session at 5:40 p.m.  Student member, Danielle Daniels joined the meeting at this time.  The Reverend Dr. Pat Kerr, representing the Mt. Top Ministerial Association, offered a prayer after which Ms. Daniels led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

                        Part V – Acceptance of Agenda

            Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester and a second by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously approved the agenda with one addition:  Under Administration, add “School Resource Officer Program.”

                        Part VI – Announcements

     

C         The State Board of Education formally approved the Annual Update to the Master Plan on Dec. 12, 2006. 

C         February 5-9 was National School Counselor Week.

C         February 12-16 is American Vocational Education Week.

C         Dr. Teets; Barb Baker, Grantsville Elementary Principal; and Jim Thomas, Director of Facilities met with officials from M&T Bank at Grantsville Elementary School on Friday, February 16 at 10:00 a.m. regarding M&T’s donation of land to the Board of Education.

C         Schools were closed on February 19th, President’s Day.

C         There have been five days of school closing to date.  All were included in the calendar.  The last day for students is now June 8. 

C         The Master Plan Steering Committee met this morning, February 22, 2007 at 8:30 a.m. in the Board room. 

C         Joanna Guy, student at Southern High School, was chosen for 2007 All State Senior Mixed Chorus by the Maryland Music Educators Association.  The performance will be held at Morgan State University, Murphy Fine Arts Center on Saturday, February 24, 2007.  Joanna was also a finalist at the National Storytelling Championship.

C         March 2 – Students will be dismissed at noon with staff development in the afternoon.

C         March 5-9 is National School Breakfast Week.

C         FIRST Lego League will compete in Pittsburgh on March 8-10, 2007.

C         May 4th – Elementary Career Day at Garrett College.

C         Carolyn Tice, teacher at Northern Middle and Krista Bowser, teacher at Southern High were named Elks’ Teachers of the Year. 

C         Elementary art is being exhibited at the Art Gallery in Oakland.  There will be a reception on Saturday, February 24, 2007. 

 

Additionally, Mr. Fink reported that identification cards are being developed for staff, substitutes, drivers, and Board members.  He also noted that Board of Education vehicles may now obtain gasoline at the county garage. 

                        Part VII – Approval of Minutes of January 9, 2007

            Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester and a second by Mr. Carr, the Board unanimously approved the Minutes of January 9, 2007 as drafted.

                        Part VIII – Maryland School Recognition Program

            Dr. Teets explained that several elementary and middle schools were recognized by the state for outstanding achievement in the 2005-2006 Maryland School Assessment testing program.  Schools are recognized for overall achievement or subgroup achievements.  Title I schools are the only schools eligible for monetary awards.  The principals were invited to attend the meeting and to bring staff members to be recognized by the Board as representative of staff and students.  Awards and those attending the Board meeting are as follows:     

  • Accident Elementary for overall achievement and subgroup improvement

- attending were Karen Devore, principal and Melinda Bishoff, art teacher              

  • Crellin Elementary for subgroup improvement and Title I award of $2,745.82

- attending were Becky Sanders and Linda Stephens, teachers

  • Friendsville Elementary for subgroup improvement and Title I award of $2,745.82

- Donna Deal, principal was unable to attend

·         Northern Middle for overall achievement and subgroup improvement

- attending were Bill Carlson, principal and Mike SanJulian, Annalea Catulle, and Carolyn Tice, teachers

  • Southern Middle for subgroup improvement

- attending was Jack Rickman, principal

  • Swan Meadow for overall achievement

- Randee Craig, principal was unable to attend

  • Yough Glades Elementary for subgroup improvement and Title I award of $2,745.82

- attending were Keith Harvey, principal, and Dara McGettigan and Patricia Shreve, teachers

 

Dr. Teets and Board members offered congratulations to each school for its success and thanked staff for coming to the meeting. 

            At the request of Dr. Teets, Becky Sanders explained to the Board that Crellin Elementary School has been honored with a regional award from the Environmental Protection Agency for their reclamation project.  She added that, as one of ten regions in the United States, the fifth grade will travel to Washington, DC on April 18-20, 2007 for a reception, tour, and to meet with the President of the United States.  Crellin Elementary has also been invited to the Maryland State House for recognition on March 29, 2007 where they will receive a Governor’s Proclamation.  Dr. Teets and Board members offered congratulations and invited staff and students to come to the Board meeting following the April event. 

                        Part IX – Recognition of FIRST Lego League Participants

            Dr. Teets recognized Mr. Chuck Trautwein, computer resource teacher, who has spearheaded the development of FIRST Lego League and FIRST Robotics participation in Garrett County.  Dr. Teets invited the five FIRST Lego League teams to be recognized by the Board at the February meeting as the best Lego League teams in Maryland.  Mr. Trautwein introduced coaches Sandy Rodeheaver, Arlene Lantz, Phil Malone, and several other volunteers and parents who accompanied the students to the meeting.   There are five teams which have won several awards this school year, as follows:

  • NeXT GEN (Southern Middle), First Place, Champion’s Award, Maryland

·         Bloomington, Second Place, Champion’s Award, Maryland

·         Southern Middle, First Place, Robot Performance, Maryland

·         NeXT GEN (Pittsburgh Team), First Place, Robot Performance, Pittsburgh PA

·         Northern Middle, First Place, Technical Design, Pittsburgh

 

The Southern Middle Championship Team will represent Maryland at the 2007 FIRST Lego League Championship event in Atlanta, April 11-15.  Mr. Trautwein expressed his appreciation to the Board for their support and to the students, coaches, and parents for their involvement and efforts toward the team’s success.  Mrs. Sebold noted that she attended the Open House for the Robotics program in Accident on Sunday, February 18, adding that the new facility in Accident is great.  She also thanked Mr. Trautwein and Mr. Malone for presenting at the Mt. Maryland PACE reception.  Dr. Teets and the Board congratulated the students and coaches and wished them much success in their endeavors. 

                        Part X – Recognition of Student Designer of the 2006 Christmas Card

Dr. Teets introduced Gabrielle Daniels, fifth grade student at Accident Elementary School, as designer of the Christmas Card which was sent from the Board and Superintendent to Board employees, each Maryland school district, and various county and state agencies in December 2006.  Dr. Teets remarked on the difficulty to choose one of many creative design submissions, noting that Ms. Daniels’ design of a penguin dancing on ice had a great expression. The Board and Dr. Teets expressed their appreciation of Ms. Daniels’ talent and artwork and presented her with a framed and matted copy of her card.  They also thanked Ms. Melinda Bishoff, Gabrielle=s art teacher, for her efforts and for coming to the meeting.  Ms. Daniels was accompanied to the meeting by her parents, Dean and Cindy Daniels.

                        Part XI – Instruction

            Dr. McCartney presented an overview of An Evaluation of the Effect of Increased State Aid to Local School Systems Through the Bridge to Excellence Act, an initial report prepared by MGT of America, Inc. and submitted to MSDE.  The report highlighted percentages of improvement in the areas of MSA Reading and Math Proficiency for elementary and middle school for each Maryland jurisdiction from 2003 to 2006.  Key points regarding improvement by Garrett County Schools included:

·     MSA Reading Proficiency – Elementary                                                   22.8%, second highest in state

·     % of Performance Gap Improvements, Reading – Elementary                56.3%, third highest in state

·     MSA Mathematics Proficiency – Elementary                                            22.9%, fifth highest in state

·     % of Performance Gap Improvements, Math – Elementary                     55.3%, fifth highest in state

·     MSA Reading Proficiency – Middle                                                           15.1%, second highest in state

·     % of Performance Gap Improvements, Reading – Middle                       40.2%, third highest in state

·     MSA Mathematics Proficiency – Middle                                                   30.1%, seventh highest in state

·     % of Performance Gap Improvements, Math – Middle                            51.4%, sixth highest in state

 

Dr. McCartney added that Garrett County statistics were very good, indicative of “continuing the celebration of success” of Garrett County students and teachers.

Dr. McCartney added there is significant improvement in special education results, noting that Garrett County is one of ten counties in which special education students met AYP. 

            It was also noted that the Board will cover the cost of taking the Advanced Placement tests for each student test taker this year.  Dr. McCartney recognized Mrs. Lynn Bell, Director of Secondary Education for her work with the AP courses, and Mrs. Sue Waggoner, Director of Elementary Education for her efforts toward MSA. 

            Dr. Teets and the Board thanked Dr. McCartney for the excellent report. 

            Mr. Kurt Lear, Supervisor of CTE/Certification, presented the proposed Nursing Assistant Care textbook for Health Careers and Internships.  He stated the book is aligned with certified nursing curriculum and MSDE, and that students can test for CNA certification when finishing the course.  The book will be on display until the next Board meeting for public review and comment. 

                        Part XII -          Public Comment

            There was no public comment at this time.

                        Part XIII – Personnel Recommendations

            Dr. Teets recommended approval of the following:

  • Professional Leave Requests: 

         - GEAR UP Capacity Building Workshop in Atlanta GA for two staff members 

               - National Educational Computing Conference in Atlanta GA for one staff member

         - 2007 CEC Annual Convention and Expo in Louisville KY for two staff members

                       

·         Appointment:              Ellen Z. Metheny, 4 hour per day Satelliting Cafeteria Worker, AC, eff. 02/20/07 

 

·         Resignation:               Sylvia Mohr, 4 hour per day Satelliting Cafeteria Worker

 

·         Superintendent’s Disciplinary Action

 

Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester and a second by Mr. Durst, the Board unanimously approved the personnel recommendations. 

                        Part XIV – Invitation to Parent Support Groups

            Dr. Teets reported that the Board’s invitation to attend the February meeting was sent to parent involvement groups via principals.  Mr. Rodney Glotfelty, President of the Northern High School Band Boosters sent a letter to be read to the Board as he was unable to attend.  Mrs. Sebold read aloud the letter which expressed the band’s appreciation of past support of the music program at Northern High, the boosters’ appreciation for the current band director and the revitalization of the band program, and their appreciation of the addition of a chorus instructor who serves both high schools.  Additionally, the letter stated that the boosters highly recommend making the choral faculty position full time at both Northern and Southern High Schools.  The boosters thanked the Board for operating/transportation funds.  Additionally, Mr. Glotfelty expressed his wish that the Board continue to make music and the arts a viable part of each student’s education. 

            Dr. Teets explained that, as it is feasible, it is planned to add another full time chorus position. 

                        Part XV – FY 2008 Budget Calendar

Mr. Fink reviewed the proposed budget calendar for FY2008, noting there were no significant changes from last year=s calendar.  By consensus, the Board approved the following Budget Calendar FY 2008:

·         Presentation of Superintendent=s Budget to Public            Tuesday, March 6, 2007

                                                                                                - Board Room, 6:00 p.m.

 

·         Board of Education Action on the Budget                       March 13, 2007

 

·         Budget Submission to County Commissioners                  March 2007

 

                        Part XIV – Invitation to Parent Support Groups, continued

            Mrs. Sebold recognized Mrs. Lisa Drummond, president of the Southern High Band Boosters, and Mrs. Libby Riley, treasurer.  Mrs. Sebold explained that the Board’s invitation to attend the February meeting is an annual event prior to the budget presentation so that parent groups can meet with the Board to discuss their events, fundraising efforts, and budgetary needs.   Mrs. Riley thanked the Board for its support and funding for music and transportation costs.  She relayed a request from Richard Clever, Southern High Band director, for a new drum battery (an entire drum array and covers) to replace the band’s nine-year old set.   The boosters discussed the cost of the equipment trailer transportation and fundraising efforts, and whether the trailer driver could fall under the transportation budget.  Additional discussion centered on band enrollment, ways to increase the numbers, parade involvement and competitions, and that students can take band as an extra-curricular activity.  Board members thanked Mrs. Drummond and Mrs. Riley for attending the meeting and assured them their needs would be considered. 

                        Part XV – Administration, continued

            Dr. Teets presented a proposal for a School Resource Officer Program to be funded by the Sheriff’s office.  The proposal would fund two officers to be assigned to the school system during the school year.   Dr. Teets explained that the officers would primarily support the curriculum in drug awareness and safety education related areas, informal counseling, and in a school-community liaison role.  Mr. Bill Ewing, Administrative Assistant, is assisting Dr. Teets in developing this proposal.  Mrs. Sebold referred to 2001 Minutes (when this proposal was first considered) wherein the Board stated its concerns how the program would operate and the need for obtaining a Memorandum of Understanding between the Board of Education and the Sheriff’s office.   Other points of discussion included who would be responsible for the officers’ schedule and time and the mechanics of the job.  Dr. Teets stated the need for action by the Board on the proposal at the March 13, 2007 meeting so that the project can proceed to secure funding.  Mr. Ewing and he will have more details at the March meeting. 

                        Part XVI – Board concerns

            Ms. Daniels reported that student council members couldn’t attend the legislative session because of the snow.  The GCASC will hold its next meeting on March 10 at Garrett College.  The Senior Prom will be held on May 11 at St. Peter’s Social Hall.  The Southern High Student Council plans to sponsor a dance with $1.00 from each ticket to go to the Leukemia Society. 

            The State Board Dinner for Local Board Presidents will be held on February 27, 2007 in Baltimore.  As Mrs. Sebold is unable to attend, she asked for a Board member to go in her stead. 

            Board members discussed various legislative topics, including a task force for high school assessment, the geographic cost of education index, Thornton funding, cell phones usage by drivers, reauthorization of NCLB, reinstituting truancy officers, etc. 

            Dr. Teets and Mr. Lear announced that State Farm Insurance and its Youth Advisory Board plan to award a grant to Garrett County Schools in the area of service learning.  The grant will be used in conjunction with the financial literacy program to purchase audio/video equipment for students to interview area school business partners.  State Farm representative, Rob Michael will present the check to the Board of Education on Monday, February 26 in the Board room. 

                        Part XVII – Adjournment

            There being no further business, the Board adjourned by consensus at 8:30 p.m.

                        Part XVIII – Information Items

            In addition to the information items listed below, Board members received the Maryland Directory of Public Education 2006-2007, The Fact Book 2005-2006  (MSDE), Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2005 (MSDE), and the Achievement Matters Most – A Parent’s Guide, January 2007  (MSDE).

a.       January 2007 Attendance Bulletin

b.       GarrettCounty Public Schools Annual Report 2005-2006 and Education Superlatives

c.       Home & School Connection, February 2007
d.       MSDE News Release:  State Improvement in AP Remains Tops in the Nation (2/6/07)

e.       MSDE News Release:  MSDE Receives Gates Foundation Grant (2/5/07)
f.        MSDE News Release: Study Finds Bridge to Excellence is Producing Desired Outcomes  (2/1/07)

g.       MSDE News Release:  MSDE’s GEAR II Program to Focus on Mathematics (1/16/07)
h.       MSDE News Release:  MSDE to Offer Funding for Chess Programs  (1/11/07)

 

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Charlotte Sebold Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   March 13, 2007