Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 1/8/19

The Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, January 8 will be re-broadcast on Comcast Channel 96, Verizon FIOS Channel 12 and is available via webstream at http://www.ccboe.com/ . To view the full agenda and the various reports, please visit BoardDocs .
The below notes are my personal notes and are not intended to be all-inclusive or official minutes for the Board of Education meetings and are provided as a request from my supporters and the general public in a personal effort to be more transparent. Although I have diligently tried to make these notes as unbiased and accurate as possible, I am only human and do make mistakes.

Executive session – 12 p.m.
Call to order – 1 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance, St. Charles High School
Recognition of 2019 Maryland General Assembly Student Pages
Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman
  • Nomination for Chair of McGraw by Brown; second by Wilson
  • Nomination of Chair of Lukas by Hancock; second by Abell
    • Vote for McGraw resulted in 4 votes; Battle-Lockhart, Brown, McGraw, Wilson thereby winning the role of Chair
  • Nomination of Vice-Chair of Wilson by McGraw; second byBrown
  • Nomination of Vice-Chair of Battle-Lockhart by Battle-Lockhart; second by Hancock
  • Nomination of Vice-Chair of Abell by Hancock; second by Lukas
    • Vote for Wilson resulted in 3 votes; Brown, McGraw, Wilson
    • Vote for Battle Lockhart resulted in 1 vote; Battle-Lockhart
    • Vote for Abell resulted in 3 votes; Abell, Hancock, Lukas
      • Repeat = Vote for Wilson resulted in 4 votes; Battle-Lockhart, Brown, McGraw, Wilson thereby winning the role of Vice-Chair
Superintendent update - Report

Correspondence/Board member updates
  • McGraw - Apply for scholarships
  • Hancock - visited some schools
Education Association of Charles County update - Report

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update - Report

Student Board member update - Report

Strategic plans/goals - Report
  • Lukas - Goal 2 bullet 4...can we legally perform background checks on current employees; we will need a waiver
Kirwan update - Report

Textbooks: “Therapeutic Exercises: Foundations and Techniques” and “Muscles: Testing and Function with Posture and Pain” - Report

Project updates - Report 1; Report 2
  • Hancock - Stoddert renovation, will it relieve overcrowding at Somers; up to committee
  • Lukas - Stoddert time frame opening Aug 2022
Proposed FY2020 operating budget - Report 1; Report 2

  • Lukas - Litmus test with relationship with commissioners; compare to last year
  • Abell - Alternative Elementary School vs. ASPIRE - both will still be implemented

Legislative update - Report
Unfinished business
  • Abell - Grading Policy 5132.2 clarification needed for students attending Stethem.
  • Hill - They are given at minimum a 50% upon entry (one time) and then they earn what they get.  Policy needs to be clarified if this board approves this deviation.  This practice gives a student hope. 
New business - None

Future agenda items
  • Hancock - hear alot of discipline issues in the school system.  wants another presentation.
  • Lukas - Planning of town hall meeting
  • Board retreat
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
Resolutions:
  • Black History Month: Accepting:  The Walker Family from Berry Elementary School; Mr. John Walker & Mrs. Katrina Walker; John Walker, kindergarten; Aniya Walker, second-grade; Jordyn Walker, fourth-grade; Kaela Walker, fifth-grade
  • Career and Technical Education Week: Accepting:  Kayla Berry, eleventh-grade, North Point High School; Instructor: Alan Badeaux, Welding Technologies;  Taylor Estep, eleventh-grade, Westlake High School and Robert D. Stethem Educational Center; Instructor:  Todd Wogamon, Academy of Health Professions: Physical Rehabilitation); Donya Forohar, twelfth-grade, La Plata High School; Instructor: Michelle Schoenbauer, PLTW Biomedical Sciences
  • Gifted and Talented Education Month: Accepting:  Kaylee Alvey, eighth-grade; General Smallwood Middle School; Edwin Hall, eighth-grade; Smallwood; Sean Pearson, learning resource teacher, Milton M. Somers Middle School 
  • National School Counseling Week: Accepting: Logan Berchtold, school counselor, Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School; Melonese Williams, school counselor, T.C. Martin Elementary School
Students:
  • Emily Maljak; twelfth-grade; Personal Responsibility; Maurice J. McDonough High School; Principal: Steven Roberts
  • Trinity Treadway; eighth-grade; Career Readiness; Milton M. Somers Middle School; Principal Sandra Taylor
  • Imani Spencer; fifth-grade; Academic Achievement; Arthur Middleton Elementary School; Principal: Benjamin Harrington
  • Sherline Avila-Hernandez; fifth-grade; Academic Achievement; Gale-Bailey Elementary School; Principal: Verniece Rorie
  • Evelyn Michael; fifth-grade; Academic Achievement; Mary H. Matula Elementary School; Prinicipal: Carolyn Richardson 

Employees:
  • Nathan Mouli, social studies teacher, McDonough
  • Kristen Barrett, social studies teacher, Somers
  • Meagan Fox, fifth-grade teacher, Middleton
  • Kelly Kavlick, reading resource teacher, Gale-Bailey
  • Robin Figurelle, fourth-grade teacher, Matula
Public Forum – 6 p.m. 
  • Kara Vermillion - Special Education IA and two children in CCPS.  Last year has seen the decline in respect from students.  Lots of behavior issues.  Level 2 referrals are just a piece of paper.  Basics are not taught at home.  Has to be consequences for actions.  Mostly in middle school.   Cursed out by student.  Transferred to HS.  Doesnt seem to be as bad.
  • Linda McLaughlin - teacher and EACC President.  Times change and we cant continue to teach as we have in the past.  Discipline is a BHUGE issue and is driving teachers away.  Environment is toxic.  Stop pointing fingers, it takes a village.  Engage parents, train students, educators are being attacked, lets support them, no One group is at fault.  Need more counselors and psychologist.  We have to do more.
  • Maureen Mears - Parent of HS and Member of Decoding Dyslexia,  Raised awareness on additional staff training.  www.decodingdyslexiamd.com. Lobby day coming up.  Make Reading and reading instruction a priority.  85% of juveniles in court system are illiterate.  
  • Karl Grebe - 7th grade parent at Somers and also on PTSO.  Wife is teacher in school but lately barely gets to teach much (Berry) because of all the discipline issues.  It's a handful of students that allow the entire school community to be disrupted on a daily basis.  Most are 5-7 years old that run the halls and terrify the school.
  • Tom Earnest - son graduated from LaPlata in 1996.  Real Estate in 1977.  BOE members are failures for allowing teachers to flee and did not enforce discipline.  The white employees are scared of being called racist.  CCPS lawyers are not strong enough to take on changes at the state level.  Hire outside counsel to support BOE in making changes.  implement a new discipline policy with teeth not suspension or expulsion.  Disruptive children should be put in seperate education environment.  
  • Melissa Williams - teacher at Somers.  Thank you to Hancock for visiting.  Overcrowding at schools.  not enough resources and staff.  Trailers are negative education environment and are a severe safety issue.  Trailers should be temporary..  Read a letter from a student noting the cursing, lack of discipline, teacher assault, fights, no repercussions.  Sometimes I don;t feel safe going to school.
  • Lynn Higgs - curriculum - senior math class changed from college prep course to college level math this year.  Negatively affects those not ready or just entering work force.  Please review and consider functional math.  SOAR program no linger exists and courses should be added for adaptive life skills.  purpose of regionalized program.  Review curriculum and courses offered.
  • Kayla Tiller - NP HS student and president NAACP youth council..  looking for ways to partner.  Bullying is a serious issue.  Not all staff seem to care enough to make changes but the see something say something is NOT being used consistently.  Reported bullying to admin and they just receive a warning with no follow up from admin.  
  • Davonte Simms - Junior at TSHS.  Member NAACP Youth Council;  Mental health first aid in schools is needed.  Staff should be trained., added to health curriculm, have SRO's trained, more mental health counselors in school, mental healt first aid bus aids.
  • Alisha Thomas  and Nikea Burroughs - Juniors at St. Charels HS.  Discipline issues.  Suspension is a vacation.  Walking out of class is a laugh.  CCPS should take more interest in discipline students.  Students should not be excused when walking out of class and should not be made up (work).  Students leave to visit VP's and case managers in every class with no reprecussions or being told to go back to class, 
  • Kayla Harris - student at St. Charles HS.  older HS need more resources such as new textbooks.  some dont even have any.
  • Jada ???? - St. Charles HS student.- resources are need for students to be equal.
Action items

Motion to accept the Minutes by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Brown, Hancock, Lockhart, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

    Motion to accept Personnel by Abell; Second by Hancock
    Yes = Abell, Brown, Hancock, Lockhart, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
Adjournment 

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 1/8/19


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 1 p.m. and recognition starts at 4:30 p.m.
The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12, and rebroadcast throughout the week. Board meetings are streamed live on the school system website www.ccboe.com. Select the graphic on the center of the home page to launch the meeting. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change.
Executive session – 12 p.m.
Call to order – 1 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance, St. Charles High School
Recognition of 2019 Maryland General Assembly Student Pages
Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman
Superintendent update
Reports of officers/board/committees
·         Correspondence/Board member updates
·         Education Association of Charles County update
·         American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update
·         Student Board member update
·         Strategic plans/goals
·         Kirwan update
·         Textbooks: “Therapeutic Exercises: Foundations and Techniques” and “Muscles: Testing and Function with Posture and Pain”
·         Project updates
·         Proposed FY2020 operating budget
·         Legislative update
Unfinished business
New business and future agenda items
·         New business
·         Future agenda items
- Board retreat
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
·         Resolutions: Black History Month, Career and Technical Education Month; National School Counseling Week; and Gifted and Talented Education Month
·         Students
·         Employees 
Public Forum – 6 p.m. 
Action items
·         Minutes
·         Personnel 
Adjournment 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 12/11/18

The Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, December 11 will be re-broadcast on Comcast Channel 96, Verizon FIOS Channel 12 and is available via webstream at http://www.ccboe.com/ . To view the full agenda and the various reports, please visit BoardDocs .
The below notes are my personal notes and are not intended to be all-inclusive or official minutes for the Board of Education meetings and are provided as a request from my supporters and the general public in a personal effort to be more transparent. Although I have diligently tried to make these notes as unbiased and accurate as possible, I am only human and do make mistakes.

Executive session – 11 a.m.
Call to order – 1 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance – Westlake High School
Recognition of student state winner

  • Bailey Davis, tenth-grade, North Point High School; 2018 Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) Golf Championships; Class 3A/4A Girl's Individual Competition; Individual State Champion
Superintendent’s update to the Board - Report
Correspondence/board member updates - 

  • McGraw - It's Academic, Col. Wade Military Ball, MABE Board of Directors meeting, Thank you to outgoing board  members
  • Crawford - Memories and thank you
  • Kelly - Middle School Archery Tournament; thank you
  • Marshall - Juvenile Services Education System MSDE; thank you
  • Lukas - Ditto events; winter sports; congrats to NP football team; CC Arts Alliance; thank you
  • Abell - MABE Budget Committee, 2.5% increase in dues for FY20202; thank you
  • Palko - Senior Interviews; Culinary Arts Students; Thank you

Education Association of Charles County update - Report

Student Board member’s update - Report Polar Plunge 1/24

Grant funding use to enhance instruction - Report

  • Kelly - Dyslexia Portion of Grant = Just Words; Parent Center at Gwynn Center

Student suspension: the data, the law and the alternatives - Report

  • MD Law - 7-305.1 - PK-grade 2 cannot be suspended; very specific exceptions
  • MD Law -  13A.08.01.11 Principal of a school can only suspend up to 10 days.  School is still required to provide work and we have to accept it.
  • Reportable offense law- 73 crimes are reportable offenses in MD.  If under the age of 22, law has to report to school system.  Principal and system decides if it is safe for student to attend school.  If not safe, alternative education is provided under Safe Schools.  Could be home schooled.  If the student commits one of the 73 offenses AT THE SCHOOL...it is not a reportable offense and Safe Schools does not apply. (This has GOT to change.)
  • If they are Special Education - we cannot educate them in an alternative environment. 
  • Alternative Program for elementary school students to open next school year on Stetham campus
  • Matthew Henson has a program called Huskies.  Suspension numbers have decreased YOY.  Therapeutic component, in school education.  A whole team of support to keep them in the building.  
  • Abell - Who can get to the discipline/incidents stats in Synergy? Principals/teachers = yes; Tracking incidents and suspensions compared to other years...tracking below; Suggest transportation aids or other adults for Alternative Program for elementary students.; Huskies program similar to in school suspension with therapeautic component.
  • Lukas - Reportable Offense Law pertain to field trips, sporting events, etc.  because they can get school dscipline.  Synergy referrals are parents notified?  Yes.
  • McGraw - negotiated agreement states a conference with school, student, parents.  Hollstein - only if teacher requests and on severe incidents.
  • Kelly - Special Ed - have to educate in our facilities - does it have to be there home school - no.  Parent Shadowing parents not taking advantage - why?  need to collect more hard data is that they cant take off work.  Similar to SHIELD at high school.  

Project updates - PRESENTATION POSTPONED UNTIL JANUARY


Health insurance update - Report
Unfinished business - NONE
New business - NONE

Future agenda items

  • Abell - Board Member Retreat
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.

  • Students Ja'Nae Pickeral, twelfth-grade; Personal Responsibility; La Plata High School; Principal: Douglass Dolan; Steven McPhee, eighth-grade; Academic Achievement; Piccowaxen Middle School; Principal: Wendell Martin; Brandon Lin; fifth-grade; Personal Responsibility; Berry Elementary School; Principal: Louis D'Ambrosio; Anthony Cave; fifth-grade; Career Readiness; Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School; Principal: Kathleen Morgan; Tre'Joir Washington; third-grade; Academic Achievement; Eva Turner Elementary School; Principal: Ingrid Williams-Horton
  • Employees - Jennifer Joyner, theater arts teacher; La Plata; Maggie Fitzgerald, Spanish teacher; Piccowaxen; Eileen Holden, third-grade teacher; Berry; Laura Kelly, art teacher; Higdon; Keith Juarez, technology facilitator; Turner
Public Forum – 6 p.m.

  • Christy Wright - bus safety, distracted motorists, misconduct on bus, vulgar language.  safety issues, she drives her own kids to school.  Need another adult on the bus as a monitor.  Volunteer bus monitors if there isnt enough funds.
  • Melissa Williams - teacher at Somers Middle School, views and support from speech last month has been overwhelming.    Hard to get high fliers out of the building.  We understand it's state law but there is maybe 5 at each school.  Use Stethem.  Not set number of days.  Discipline problem is not happening everywhere and accept our problem.  why is it up to teachers to come up with a solution.  Charles County is in a crisis situation.  
  • Yolanda Michelle Coleman-Brown - mother of 6 in Charles County for years.  Twins in middle school and one in high school.  concerned with discipline and lack of pipe lining, lack of intervention.  Not utilizing all of our resources.  Child was suspended and she is very concerned.  Suspension is not the answer.  Boys across all races are bot being treated fairly.  Communication is not getting out to parents.  PPW, Tri-County Youth Services, Charles County Mediation Services.
Action items
·         Minutes
Motion to accept the minutes by Kelly; Second by McGraw
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
·         Personnel
Motion to accept Personnel by Marshall; Second by Kelly

Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
·         Grading policy #5132.2
Motion to accept Policy 5132.2 by Kelly; Second by Lukas

Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

Adjournment 

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Board of Education announces December 11 agenda


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 1 p.m. The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12, and is rebroadcast throughout the week.
Board meetings are also streamed live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, www.ccboe.com. Click on the middle of the main page to start the live streaming. The following agenda is tentative and subject to change.
Executive session – 11 a.m.
Call to order – 1 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance – Westlake High School
Recognition of student state winner
Superintendent’s update to the Board
Reports of officers/boards/committees
·         Correspondence/board member updates
·         Education Association of Charles County update
·         American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update
·         Student Board member’s update
·         Grant funding use to enhance instruction
·         Student suspension: the data, the law and the alternatives
·         Project updates
·         Health insurance update
Unfinished business
New business and Future agenda items
·         New business
·         Future agenda items
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
·         Students
·         Employees
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
Action items
·         Minutes
·         Personnel
·         Grading policy #5132.2
Adjournment 

Maryland releases new report card, rating system


Maryland has changed its school report card using a new format that shows how schools across the state are doing. Today, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) released the new report card, which grades schools on academic performance and growth as well as school quality.
Every Maryland public school receives a final score measuring its performance on the state’s new accountability system. Scores show how a school is doing in comparison to others in the state. Each Maryland public school also received a star rating, based on a 1 to 5 scale. All Charles County schools earned three or more stars. Three schools received five stars, 24 schools earned four stars and 10 schools received three stars. Each school’s score measures specific indicators, such as success and growth on state tests in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics, progress in achieving English language proficiency for English learners, chronic absenteeism, preparation for postsecondary success, access to a well-rounded curriculum and graduation rate.
Elementary schools could earn a maximum of 85 percent on the 2017-18 report card. The combined Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) elementary score is 67 percent with no school earning less than three stars. Elementary accountability results are based on academic achievement in English Language Arts (ELA) and math, student growth in ELA and math, completion of a well-rounded curriculum and progress in achieving English language (EL) proficiency. Additionally, the report card includes chronic absenteeism, measured by the percent of students not chronically absent, and access to a well-rounded curriculum.
Middle school scores are based on a maximum of 83 points. CCPS middle schools combined score is 58 percent. Indicators for middle school include achievement in ELA and math, growth in ELA and math, completion of a well-rounded curriculum, progress in achieving EL proficiency, chronic absenteeism and access to a well-rounded curriculum.
CCPS high schools scored 66 points out of a possible 90 points. High school indicators include academic achievement in ELA and math, high school graduation rate, progress in achieving EL proficiency, percentage of ninth graders on track to graduate, chronic absenteeism and access to a well-rounded curriculum.
“We will use this information to target areas of growth for each school so that schools continue to improve every year. The new report card makes the information easier for parents to understand and sets clear accountability measures. Every school in our district has strengths and areas that need improvement,” Superintendent Kimberly A. Hill said.
School reports may be found on MSDE’s Report Card website at MdReportCard.org and additional information is posted on the CCPS website at  https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/new-maryland-report-card.
Charles County Public Schools Star Ratings 
Five Stars
·         James Craik Elementary School, T.C. Martin Elementary School and North Point High School
Four Stars
·         Paul Barnhart Elementary School, Berry Elementary School, William A. Diggs Elementary School, Gale-Bailey Elementary School, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, Indian Head Elementary School, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School, Malcolm Elementary School, Mary H. Matula Elementary School, Arthur Middleton Elementary School, Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, Mary B. Neal Elementary School, J.C. Parks Elementary School, William B. Wade Elementary School, Theodore G. Davis Middle School, Mattawoman Middle School, Piccowaxen Middle School, Henry E. Lackey High School, La Plata High School. Maurice J. McDonough High School, St. Charles High School and Westlake High School
Three Stars
·         Gustavas Brown Elementary School, J.P. Ryon Elementary School, Eva Turner Elementary School, John Hanson Middle School, Matthew Henson Middle School, General Smallwood Middle School, Milton M. Somers Middle School, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, Thomas Stone High School and Robert D. Stethem Educational Center
Two Stars
·         None
One Star
·         None