Monday, June 25, 2018

Notes from Board of Education Work Session, 6/25/18


The Board of Education work session on Monday, June 25 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.

Call to order – 6 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance
Public Forum - None
Work Session

  • Policy 3000 series update - Pertains to Business and Non-Instructional Operations.  
  • Goals committee update - Report
    • Awesome first draft and discussion.  Please read the report linked above.  These goals, if passed are lofty have some teeth to them.  Some changes were recommended and noted.  Another draft will be coming before us.
Adjournment

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Agenda for Board of Education Work Session, 6/25/18


The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a public work session at 6 p.m. Monday, June 25 in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The meeting will be televised live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website at ccboe.com and broadcast on Comcast Channel 96/Verizon FiOS Channel 12.
The following is a meeting agenda and is subject to change.
Call to order – 6 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance
Public Forum
Work Session
·         Policy 3000 series update
·         Goals committee update
Adjournment

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Board of Education-Jennifer Abell

Maryland Independent Voter's Guide
Jennifer Abell

Jennifer Abell
50
La Plata
Senior Development Manager for March of Dimes
I have proudly served as a Board of Education member for the past 14 years. I am familiar with staffing, budget, operations and management, and I have been dedicated to helping the Board make fiscal and policy decisions that best serve our students. I focus on issues, keenly aware that meeting the needs of staff enables them to meet the educational needs of our students. I am honored to have been included on the EACC “Apple Ballot” as an EACC-friendly incumbent. While change is natural and necessary, having someone on the Board of Education who is familiar with policies and present issues is also important.
All four of my children graduated from this school system. I visit the county schools, attend special events, and take the time to listen to concerns and ideas of students, parents and staff.
Read more HERE

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 6/12/18

The Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, June 12 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, La Plata High School
Swearing-in of new Student Member to the Board
Recognition of student state winners/Unified Sports presentation
Contract vote/signing – American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and Education Association of Charles County

  • Both contracts were unanimously approved by the board.
Superintendent’s update - Report
Correspondence/Board Member updates

  • Marshall - Thank you to everyone for your support during her rehabilitation post-surgery.
  • McGraw - Thank you to graduates, volunteers and staff
  • Kelly - Drivers beware of school is out and students or on the roads
  • Lukas - CSM graduation, Serenity Farms tour
  • Abell - BYOD committee status; Cybersecurity committee; Adult Independent Program Graduation, ESOL Community Night at Stone.
  • Palko - St. Charles awards ceremony...Neal students collect $500 for an annual scholarship for a senior going into education.

Education Association of Charles County update - Report

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

Student Board Member update - Report

Block schedule - Report

  • Lackey (as an example) if adopted block scheduling they would need an additional 6 teachers.  Likes the idea; provide more opportunities
  • LaPlata - would need 8 additional teachers.
  • Marshall - non statistical date, what is staff consensus - they are in favor of it
  • Kelly - teacher planning?  actually would get more 
  • challenge is in having time for the professional development and funding and finding for the additional teachers.

Pre- and post-test results - Report

  • Abell - teachers have contacted saying their SLO's are not matching whats on Edline.  They can now go into their SLO and the calculator button in the top right hand corner.

Project status update - Report

  • IAC contacted us regarding the CIP $14,856,000 - Billingsley, Berry, Mudd, Craik

Bus contract - being finalized for the 18-19 school year

Communications update - Report

Policy 3000 series committee

  • compiling all information for June Work Session

Be the Difference committee

  • Ready and recognition at June work session

Goals committee

  • hopeful to present at June work session
Unfinished business
New business and future agenda items
·         New business – FY 2019 tuition rates; Rates
Motion to approve tuition rates by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko 
·         New business – Daily/hourly wage rates; Rates
Motion to approve daily/hourly rates by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko 
·         Future agenda items

  • Marshall - Peer to Peer Buddy System
  • Lukas - Art Alliance Art Fest - Mediation Service booth - Charles County Mediation through CSM
  • Lukas - Bridge program
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
·         Washington Post Principal of the Year Awards program: Kathleen Morgan, principal, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School
·         Outstanding Vice Principal of the Year Award: Benjamin Harrington, vice principal, Dr. James Craik Elementary School
·         Washington Post Teacher of the Year Awards program: Cynthia Pryor, first-grade teacher, William. A. Diggs Elementary School
·         Maryland Teacher of the Year Awards program: Lynn Hopkins, language arts teacher, Milton M. Somers Middle School
·         Outstanding Support Staff Awards: Clifton Shorter, building service manager, Mattawoman Middle School; Anne Zabel, preschool instructional assistant, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School; Justin Lucchesi, computer analyst, Henry E. Lackey High School; Robert Bruce, HVAC mechanic, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) maintenance shop; Sharon Bautista, student data technician, La Plata High School; and Shelley Mackey, communications specialist, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building.
Public Forum – 6 p.m.

  • Theresa Hicks - JP Ryon parent.  Hill speech on attitude.  Negative attitude in school.  Plenty of red flags.  School is not supported.  Email received from Hollstein didn't provide support.  Front office is negative.
  • Deron Tross - Parent.  daughter was sexually abused in another school system.  She's now 31 but feels he let her down as a father.  BOE member taken to court over an apple but no one is speaking out about the assaults.  School system needs to be better than normal. Do something for the children.  We deserve better.  Top 5 property taxes in MD.  businesses are not going to want to move here.  They read the paper.  
  • Kim Williams - Parent, sexual abuse of students to stop.  teacher indictments.  hard to leave daughter at school knowing she is not safe.  Parents have restricted access to schools and we rely on the staff. Letter to Dr. Hill 3 weeks ago went unanswered.  Should communicate comprehensive response.  Parents need to feel their children are safe and secure.  More information is required.
  • Alim Saddiq?? - 11th grade student at westlake.  teacher told them not to have one on one interactions with students anymore
Action items
·         Minutes
Motion to approve minutes by Kelly; Second by Abell

Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko ; Abstain - Marshall
·         Personnel
Motion to approve personnel by Abell; Second by Kelly

Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko 
·         Policy 4000
Motion to approve Policy 4000 by Kelly; Second by Marshall

Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko 
·         Educational Facilities Master Plan
Motion to approve Educational Facilities Master Plan by Lukas; Second by Abell

Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko 
·         Operating budget
Motion to approve operating budget by Abell; Second by Kelly

Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko 
  • Lukas - Requested activity buses.
Adjournment 
Executive session 

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Board of Education Agenda, 6/12/18


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, June 12 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 student and staff recognition starts at 4:30 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 streamed live on the school system website at ccboe.com. Select the live streaming image displayed in the center of the home page. 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, La Plata High School
Swearing-in of new Student Member to the Board
Recognition of student state winners/Unified Sports presentation
Contract vote/signing – American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and Education Association of Charles County
Superintendent’s update
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 update
·         Block schedule
·         Pre- and post-test results
·         Project status update
·         Bus contract
·         Communications update
·         Policy 3000 series committee
·         Be the Difference committee
·         Goals committee
Unfinished business
New business and future agenda items
·         New business – FY 2019 tuition rates
·         New business – Daily/hourly wage rates
·         Future agenda items
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
·         Washington Post Principal of the Year Awards program: Kathleen Morgan, principal, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School
·         Outstanding Vice Principal of the Year Award: Benjamin Harrington, vice principal, Dr. James Craik Elementary School
·         Washington Post Teacher of the Year Awards program: Cynthia Pryor, first-grade teacher, William. A. Diggs Elementary School
·         Maryland Teacher of the Year Awards program: Lynn Hopkins, language arts teacher, Milton M. Somers Middle School
·         Outstanding Support Staff Awards: Clifton Shorter, building service manager, Mattawoman Middle School; Anne Zabel, preschool instructional assistant, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School; Justin Lucchesi, computer analyst, Henry E. Lackey High School; Robert Bruce, HVAC mechanic, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) maintenance shop; Sharon Bautista, student data technician, La Plata High School; and Shelley Mackey, communications specialist, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building.
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
Action items
·         Minutes
·         Personnel
·         Policy 4000
·         Educational Facilities Master Plan
·         Operating budget
Adjournment 
Executive session 

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Countdown to July 1 for New Rules in School Construction


The General Assembly passed landmark legislation in school construction this year, which included many reforms counties have sought for years. With the law going into effect July 1, which county will be the first to make a move?
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School is almost out for summer. While students are on vacation, many school systems dig in to facility updates and renovations for the coming year and review long-range plans for school construction.
The earth is shifting below those school systems, this summer, with new rules in school construction, passed by the General Assembly this year, taking effect on July 1. The 21st Century School Facilities Act makes many changes to school construction law. One of the areas of change is in the State’s rules for private-public partnerships.
Public-private partnerships in school construction have long been an area of interest of county governments. Counties struggle to ensure that school system needs are met, even as costs are increasing and the amount of available State funding is limited.
Read more HERE

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 5/8/18

The Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, May 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, Henry E. Lackey High School
Recognition – 2017-18 student liaisons
Superintendent’s update - Report
Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • Mcgraw - MABE meeting to review legislation.  It can be found HERE.  Reviewing MABE policies.  CC Scholarship committee meeting, over 400 applicants.  
  • Lukas - TC Martin 50th celebration, Westlake AP celebration congratulations, AVID Senior Celebration, Sports - best of luck to all
  • Kelly - Westlake MS track meet, student liaisons thank you, teacher appreciation week, congratulations to all graduates.
  • Palko - Reading Partners, thank you. TC Martin 50th anniversary, Little Mermaid, Westlake AP celebration, AVID graduates 59, MABE Resolutions, from Ms. Marshall - thank you.
Education Association of Charles County update - Report

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

Student Board Member update - Report

Update on bullying data - Report
  • Middle School incidents seems to be the majority.
  • Form is not included in the student records
Discipline review/restorative circles - Report
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. program at St. Charles HS - READ THIS REPORT
    • Assigned by referral
    • Therapeutic learning opportunity; made so students don't WANT to go back.  (receives work and counseling)
  • Restorative Practices at Mattawoman - will be added to all schools
  • ASPIRE - K-2 - 
  • Parent Shadowing - All schools for second semester; the only struggle with this program is if a parent declines or does not agree to terms of program.
Cultural literacy - Report

Project status update - Report

Educational Facilities Master Plan - Report

Revised policy 4000 series - Report
  • Marshall submitted minor changes
Unfinished business

  • Kelly - Report Cards still being mailed?  Yes.  In Synergy they keep showing up under 'documents' not 'Report Cards'
New business - None
Future agenda items

  • Abell - How is confidential information deemed confidential if it's not personnel, specific student, legal or contracts
  • Abell - Legalities and implementation of K-9's searching school buildings
  • Carter - 3 step bullying program
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Students
    • MarShawn Jackson, twelfth-grade, Academic Achievement, Thomas Stone High School, Principal: Michael Charlton
    • Lilliana Smithseventh-grade, Personal Responsibility, General Smallwood Middle School, Principal: Kathy-Lynn Kiessling
    • Jason Gregory, fifth-grade, Career Readiness, William A. Diggs Elementary School, Principal: Debbie Calvert
    • Jonas Agyemanfifth-grade, Academic Achievement, J.P. Ryon Elementary School, Principal: Thadine Wright
  • Employees
    • Janis Milman, science teacher, Stone
    • Carla Joyner, language arts teacher, Smallwood
    • Susan Harris, fifth grade teacher, Diggs
    • Michelle Colbert, teacher, Ryon
Public Forum – 6 p.m.

  • Theresa Hicks - JP Ryon parent, 4th & 5th grade and children don't feel safe.  Has spoken with principal, long term sub walked out during class, VP left, parents never notified, no communication with parents.  5th grade in trailers and no security.  A lot of children misbehaving sent to office and then sent back to class.  
  • LeAnn Bold - JP Ryon parent for 7 years, communication with parents is lacking,principal does not communicate incidents to parents immediately.  Students disrupting class.  Promotion ceremony, no communication.  
Action items
Motion to approve the minutes 4/17/18 by Lukas; Second by McGraw
Yes = Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; Abstain =Abell; Absent=Marshall

Motion to approve the minutes 4/30/18 by Abell; Second by McGraw
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; Absent=Marshall
  • Personnel
Motion to approve the Personnel by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; Absent=Marshall
Motion to approve the 2019-2020 School Calendar by Kelly; Second by McGraw
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; Absent=Marshall
Motion to approve Intercategory budget transfer by McGraw; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; Absent=Marshall
Adjournment 

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Board of Education Meeting Agenda for 5/8/18

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, May 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 student and staff recognition starts at 4:30 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 streamed live on the school system website at www.ccboe.com. Select the live streaming image displayed in the center of the home page. 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, Henry E. Lackey High School
Recognition – 2017-18 student liaisons
Superintendent’s update
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 update
  • Update on bullying data
  • Discipline review/restorative circles
  • Cultural literacy
  • Project status update
  • Educational Facilities Master Plan
  • Operating budget
  • Revised policy 4000 series
Unfinished business
New business and future agenda items
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Students
  • Employees
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
Action items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel
  • 2019-20 school calendar
  • FY 2018 Intercategory budget transfer request
Adjournment