MEETING OF THE GARRETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Oakland, Maryland 21550
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Part I - Call to Order
Dr. Donald Forrester, President, called the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education to order at 4:00 p.m. Also in attendance were Mr. Thomas Carr, Vice President; Mr. James Raley; Mrs. Charlotte Sebold; and Mr. Rodney Durst, associate members and Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools.
Part II – Public Comment
There was no public comment.
Part III – Executive Session
Upon a motion by Mr. Durst and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education agreed (4-0) to move to executive session at 4:01 p.m. in accordance with Public Law 4-106 and Section 10-508 of the State Government Code for the purpose of discussing personnel matters affecting one or more individuals. Board members discussed personnel items that included retirements, reduction in force, emergency coaches, volunteer coaches, a request for leave without pay, tenure recommendations, professional leave requests, and 2010-2011 personnel staffing.
Dr. Teets, Mr. Ervin Fink, Executive Director of Administration; Mrs. Sue Waggoner, Executive Director of Instruction; and Commissioner Ernie Gregg were present during all or part of the executive session.
Part IV – Reopening Public Session
Dr. Forrester reconvened the public session at 5:39 p.m. Reverend Duane Frederick, representing the Mt. Top Ministerial Association, offered a prayer, after which Mr. Ian Aiken, student board member, led the assembly in the Pledge to the Flag of the United States of America.
Part V - Acceptance of Agenda
Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold and a second by Mr. Carr, the Board approved (4-0) the agenda.
Part VI – Announcements
The following announcements were offered:
|April 15-18||2010 FIRST Robotics Championship Competition|
|April 16||6:30 p.m - 9:00 p.m.||Garrett County Students Art Fair at Garrett College|
|7:00 p.m.||High School Honor Chorus, Band & Drama|
|April 17||10:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.||Garrett County Students Art Fair at Garrett College|
|Elementary Honor Band & Chorus and Middle School|
|Honor Band, Chorus and Theatre Performance|
|April 19-23||Public School Volunteer Week|
|April 20||6:30 p.m.||Budget Meeting|
|May 3||6:00 p.m.||High School Success Banquet|
|Southern High School|
|May 7||6:00 p.m.||Southern High JROTC Award Banquet|
|Southern High School Cafeteria|
|May 11||11:45 a.m.||21st Annual School & Business Partnership Luncheon|
|May 19||9:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Annual 5th Grade Career Day|
|May 27||6:30 p.m.||Middle School Success Night|
|Northern Middle School|
The following announcements were also added:
|April 30||6:30 p.m.||Northern High School FFA Banquet|
|May 26||6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.||Business after Hours|
|Career Technology Training Center|
Part VII - Approval of Minutes
Upon a motion by Mr. Durst and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the minutes of March 9, 2010 were unanimously approved as amended.
Part VIII – Continuing Business
Mr. Fink presented the proposed 2010-2011 school calendar to the board. He explained that the calendar committee based the first day of school for the 2010-2011 school calendar upon the experience of this past winter. The first day of school that is proposed is August 25, 2010. Mr. Fink explained that there are two days off from school due to a primary and a general election. He pointed out that there are significant changes in scheduling of make-up days. Make up days will be made up during the week of Easter, Presidents Day, the Monday after Thanksgiving, and one day at the end of the school year. Mr. Fink informed the board that these changes also work well with the testing calendar. Dr. Teets recommended the calendar as proposed by the calendar committee to the Board for approval. Mr. Durst made a motion. Discussion and concern of the motion followed. With no second, the motion died.
Mr. Raley made a motion to accept the calendar as proposed without the notation for February 21, President’s Day, being used as a make- up day. A second to the motion was made by Mr. Durst. The vote on the motion was split by the Board of Education (2-2). Mrs. Sebold asked for a friendly amendment stating that she would like for the first day of school to be moved to August 30 in addition to recognizing President’s Day as a holiday. The friendly amendment was not recognized. Dr. Forrester, President, voted in favor of the motion. The Board of Education approved (3-2) the Superintendent’s recommendation of the 2010-2011 calendar with the exception of President’s Day being used as a make-up day. The motion was opposed by Mrs. Sebold and Mr. Carr.
Mrs. Bell was present to answer any additional questions regarding the proposed Health 7-12 Resource, Conception to Birth. She informed the Board that the video has been on display for public comment for the past month. No public comment was received. Dr. Teets recommended the resource to the Board. Upon a motion by Mr. Carr and a second by Mr. Raley, the Board of Education approved (4-0) the Health 7-12 Resource, Conception to Birth.
Mr. Steve Benson, UNISERV Director, addressed his concerns to the Board, as part of Public Comment, prior to their discussion and vote on the Memorandum of Understanding for the Race To The Top.
The Board discussed their concerns about signing the Memorandum of Understanding for the Race to the Top. Those concerns included losing autonomy and control. Dr. Teets noted his concern of jeopardizing federal funding. Upon a motion by Mr. Raley and a second by Mr. Carr, the Board of Education unanimously approved not to sign the Memorandum of Understanding for Race To The Top at this time.
Part IX – New Business
Mr. Thomas was present to inform the Board on the Project Open Space Funding projects. The projects are for the Southern High School Press Box Bid and the Northern High Concession Stand renovation. He reminded the Board that when the Southern High School project was initially planned, that the cost was more than the funds available. The plan has since been modified. This bid does not include the razing of the existing press box. It includes the footings, structural steel, setting the unit, and having it wired for electric and heat. Mr. Thomas informed the Board that there was only one bid received for this project. The company that came in with the bid, Grand Stand Design Enterprises, is the same company who did the press box for Mountain Ridge. The bid came in within budget at $125,900. Dr. Teets recommend the bid for the Southern High School Press Box to the Board. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education approved (4-0) to use the Project Open Space funds for the bid presented by Grand Stand Design Enterprises for the Southern High School Press Box.
Mr. Thomas also presented the bids for the Project Open Space project, the Northern High School Concession Stand Renovation Bid. He reminded the Board that when this project was initially planned, that the cost was more than the funds available. The plan has since been modified and the bulk of the funds will be spent on the concession stand. He informed the Board that four bids were received. The highest bid came in at $167,250 and the lowest bid came in at $121,000. Mr. Thomas wanted to award the bid based on the base bid as there were three alternates of removing and replacing existing shingles, removing existing gutters and downspouts, and removing the existing siding as part of the bid. AE Builders came in with a base bid of $121,000. Their bid for the alternatives came in at $5,800 for a grand total of $126,800. If there aren’t any foreseen expenses, there will be funds remaining. The remaining Project Open Space funds will possibly be used for the aesthetics and new windows for the press box. Dr. Teets recommended the bid provided by AE Builders of $126,800. Upon a motion by Mr. Carr and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education approved (4-0) to use the Project Open Space funds for the bid presented by AE Builders for the renovation on the Northern High School Concession Stand Renovation Bid and the remaining funds be used to improve the press box.
The Board set the date for the 2010 Retirement Celebration for Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the Will ‘O Wisp.
Part X - Recognition
Dr. Teets welcomed the FIRST Lego League (FLL), Fiery Snowbricks, and thanked Mr. Trautwein for all his hard work. Mr. Trautwein recognized the Northern Middle School students on the Fiery Snowbricks team, Alexandra Miller, Sailor Wampler, Clark Morin, and Zach Voelkel. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is the organization who runs all the events. He gave a PowerPoint presentation on FLL and the Fiery Snowbricks. The presentation highlighted the amount of students who are involved nationwide as well as in our school system (36 local students), the time involved, the sponsors and businesses involved, the process of the competitions, the judging process, and the awards received by all Garrett County teams. The team explained and gave a demonstration of their project. Mr. Trautwein thanked the parents, students, Dr. Teets, and the Board for their support. The parents expressed their appreciation for Mr. Trautwein for encouraging and inspiring the children.
Part XI – Public Comment
Mr. Steve Benson, UNISERV Director, gave public comment prior to the vote on Race to the Top. There was no additional public comment at this time.
Part XII – Personnel Recommendations
Dr. Teets recommended approval of the following personnel matters:
Resignations: Lester Lewis, Custodian, NH, eff. 05/03/10
Retirements: Frankye Martin, Instructional Assistant, DR, eff. 07/01/10
Kathy E. Ridder, Teacher, DR, eff. 07/01/10
Emergency Coaches: Dominique Fazenbaker, Assistant Girls’ Track Coach, NH, Step 3
Mike Fike, Boys’ Track Coach, NH, Step 1
Seth Tressler, Assistant Baseball Coach, SH, Step 3
|Jennifer Armstrong||Special Education Teacher||Southern Middle School|
|Dawna Ashby||Gear Up Teacher||Central Office|
|Lucretia Beitzel||Allied Health Teacher||Southern High School|
|Corrine Clark||Behavior Support Teacher||Accident Elementary School|
|Melanie Collins||English Teacher||Southern High School|
|Emily Cosner||Special Education Teacher||Dennett Road Elementary School|
|Elizabeth Doer||Phys Ed/Driver’s Ed Teacher||Northern High School|
|Joshua Elmlinger||Band/Music Teacher||Southern High School|
|Kelli Frantz||Third Grade Teacher||Yough Glades Elementary School|
|John Hummel||Counselor||Northern High School|
|Stephen Knepp||Kindergarten Teacher||Dennett Road Elementary School|
|Amber Macauley||Fourth/Fifth Grade Teacher||Bloomington Elementary School|
|Paul Nazelrod||Science Teacher||Southern Middle School|
|Debra Nicklin||Pre-K – Kindergarten Teacher||Bloomington Elementary School|
|Dawn Roberts||Mathematics Teacher||Southern High School|
|Andrea Sessa||Special Education Teacher||Southern High School|
|Ardra Sharpless||First Grade Teacher||Dennett Road Elementary School|
|Lisa Shaw||Special Education Teacher||Bloomington Elementary School|
|Angela Taylor||English Teacher||Northern High School|
|Tracie Ward||Speech Therapist||Dennett Road Elementary School|
One teacher was recommended for a third year toward tenure.
Professional Leave Request:
LRP’s National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities
May 2-6, 2010
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
2010 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship Event
April 14-18, 2010
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
There were also two reductions in force. One of the two was due to the elimination of a grant. There were also two employee leave without pay requests.
Upon a motion by Mr. Carr and a second by Mr. Durst, the Board of Education approved (4-0) the superintendent’s recommendations.
Part XIII – Board Business
Mr. Aiken reported that the GCASC met last Saturday at Garrett College. They will attend a Pirate game on May 8 and the Senior Citizen Prom will be held on May 21. The meeting for students at MSDE regarding Race To The Top will be held on April 30. The last MASC executive board meeting was held on March 16. The discussion held during the MASC meeting involved changing the platform for next year. Student Councils will attend the May 11 board meeting.
The LSA meeting will be held next week. Mr. Durst gave a report on the legislative recap. He indicated that the meeting was very well attended and there will be a recap in two weeks.
Dr. Forrester informed the Board that a letter was received from Pat Gordon asking for nominations for the Board of Directors. The deadline for nominations is May 30, 2010. Dr. Forrester indicated that he will be interested in serving on the board. Mr. Carr will send in Dr. Forrester as a nomination.
Mr. Raley will not be able to attend the June 21 budget meeting. The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Carr will go in place of Mr. Raley.
Dr. Teets recommended Mike Dennis, Robin Wilson, and Mikal Zimmerman as members of the Advisory Committee on Education. Mr. Dennis will replace Tamara Canfield as the Department of Social Services Representative. Ms. Wilson will be a media representative and Ms. Zimmerman will represent the farm bureau. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold and a second by Mr. Carr, the Board of Education approved (4-0) Mike Dennis, Robin Wilson, and Mikal Zimmerman as members of the Advisory Committee on Education.
The Budget meeting will be held in the board room on April 20, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. Mr. Carr provided the Board with a handout he received at NSBA. He expressed that the list of federal initiatives in education is mind boggling.
Part XIV - Information Items
In addition to the following listed items, the Board also received the March 2010 attendance bulletin, the March 11, 2010 Transportation Newsletter, The Steering Wheel, (previously e-mailed), the MSDE Taking the Next Great Step for Maryland Public Schools, the January 2010 Southern High School newspaper, The Acorn, and invitations for the High School Success Night, 21st Annual School & Business Partnership Luncheon, and the Annual 5th Grade Career Day.
2009 Maryland School Performance Report
February 2010 Attendance Bulletin
March 2010 ASBO Matters
April 2010 Home & School Connection
April 2010 Hope Health Letter
April School Activities Calendar
2010 Student Arts Fair Flyer
Part XV –Adjournment
Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, the Board adjourned the meeting at 8:00 p.m.
Dr. Donald D. Forrester
Wendell D. Teets
Approved: May 11, 2010