Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Notes from Board of Education Virtual Meeting, 1/12/21

The Board of Education Virtual Meeting on Tuesday, January 12 was streamed live on ccboe.com and aired live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOs Channel 12.  The meeting 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. Individual names are spelled to the best of my ability.

Executive session – 11:15 a.m.

Call to order – 1 p.m.

Election of Board chairperson and Board vice chairperson

Motion to elect Tina Wilson as Chair by Hancock; Second by McGraw

Motion to elect Mike Lukas as Chair by Battle-Lockhart; Second by Abell

Voting for Ms. Wilson - Yes = Brown, Hancock, McGraw, Wilson; Ms. Wilson is the new Chair

Motion to elect Virginia McGraw as Vice-Chair by Brown; Second by Hancock

Motion to elect Mike Lukas as Vice- Chair by Battle-Lockhart; Second by Abell

Voting for Ms. McGraw - Yes = Brown, Hancock, McGraw, Wilson; Ms. McGraw is the new Vice-Chair
Superintendent’s update to the Board - Report

Board Member correspondence
  • Brown - Virtual play at McDonough
  • Battle-Lockhart - Public comments sent to the board and possibility of doing virtual comments
  • Hancock - EACC Legislative Session; Agree to adding virtual public comment period; tragedy in DC last week and our words do matter and our children are watching; real leadership means we watch what we say.
  • Lukas -  EACC Legislative reception; yes to virtual public comments; visiting Elementary schools
  • McGraw - Thanks to EACC for legislative reception; Virtual play at McDonough; Charles County Scholarship application
Education Association of Charles County (EACC) update - Report

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

Student Board Member update - Report; Proposed Resolution

Reopening of schools - Report
  • Hill - Remain virtually learning
  • Lukas - # of cases in schools does not replicate what is in the general public.  How many staff members at school on a regular basis now.  Students still coming to learning centers?  Roughly 700 kids at school on a daily basis.
  • Hill - it is hard to determine because we are at a 50% telework.
  • Hancock - Staying where we are is the right thing to do.
  • Lockhart - Is there something we can do for the parents who want to take the risk and send their students to school.
Board consensus to stay where we are and reevaluate at February meeting

Project status update - Report

Implications of school seat allocation policy changes - Report

Superintendent’s proposed FY 2022 operating budget - Report; Item 2

Legislative update
  • Kirwin Bill and additional Kirwin Bill that may include tutoring and distance learning.
  • Substitute teacher sick leave
  • HB 405 - school systems have to pay attorneys fees to parents in special education cases
  • SB 245 - Sen. Ellis - would limit school resource officers in schools

Unfinished business 

New business 

Motion to continue the suspension of board policy by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

Future Agenda Items
  • McGraw - consider Student Board Members resolution

Virtual Recognition – 4:30 p.m. 

  • ResolutionsBlack History Month, Career and Technical Education Month, Gifted and Talented Education Monthand National School Counseling Week
  • Students
    • Kendyl Lane, Grade 12, Academic Achievement, Westlake High School, Principal: Diane Roberts; 
    • Terra Newcamp, Grade 7, Career Readiness, Theodore G. Davis Middle School, Principal: Robert Griffiths
    • Meklit Abunu, Grade 5, Personal Responsibility, Billingsley Elementary School, Principal: Sabrina Robinson-Taylor;
    • Marshauna Jackson, Grade 5, Academic Achievement, Indian Head Elementary School, Principal: Shane Blandford
    • Hazel Kriebel, Grade 5, Academic Achievement, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, Principal: Nancy Seifert
  • Employees
    • 2021 January Exemplary Employees
      • Monique Burton, secretary to the principal, Billingsley Elementary School
      • Bertha Gordon, registration secretary, Indian Head Elementary School 
      • Brandon Hoch, art teacher, Theodore G. Davis Middle School
      • Clifton Posey, building service manager, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School
      • Jacqueline Thomas, art teacher, Westlake High School
    • 2020 Washington Post Principal of the Year awards program: Orlena Whatley, principal, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School
    • 2020 Outstanding Support Staff Awards (four honorees to be featured at February 2021 meeting)
      • Annemarie Murphy, secretary, school administration, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building
      • Carol Jewell, secretary to the principal, North Point High School 
      • Lisa Willis, kindergarten instructional assistant, Mary B. Neal Elementary School

Public forum

  • Email written comments to boardmail@ccboe.com
  • Abell - requests to see all email sent to boardmail moving forward; not just public forum

Action items

Motion to accept the Board Meeting Minutes from 12/8/20 by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

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

Adjournment  


 




Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 1/12/21

The Board of Education’s next regular meeting is 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12. To maintain social distancing and safety guidelines, the Board will meet virtually for this meeting. The meeting will stream live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, www.ccboe.com and air on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon Fios Channel 12. CCPS will rebroadcast the meeting as well as post it on CCPSTV under the Board meeting tab at ccboe.com.

There is no live public forum. Questions and comments can be emailed to boardmail@ccboe.com by 6 p.m., Jan. 11. Submissions are provided to Board members. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and subject to change.

Executive session – 10:30 a.m.

Call to order – 1 p.m.

Election of Board chairperson and Board vice chairperson

Superintendent’s update to the Board

Reports of officers/boards/committees

  • Board Member correspondence
  • Education Association of Charles County (EACC) update
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) update
  • Student Board Member update
  • Reopening of schools
  • Project status update
  • Implications of school seat allocation policy changes
  • Superintendent’s proposed FY 2022 operating budget
  • Legislative update

Unfinished business 

New business and future agenda items

  • New business
    • Suspension of Board policies
  • Future agenda items

Virtual Recognition – 4:30 p.m. 

  • Resolutions: Black History Month, Career and Technical Education Month, Gifted and Talented Education Month, and National School Counseling Week
  • Students
  • Employees
    • 2021 January Exemplary Employees
    • 2020 Washington Post Principal of the Year awards program: Orlena Whatley, principal, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School
    • 2020 Outstanding Support Staff Awards (four honorees to be featured at February 2021 meeting)

Public forum

Action items

  • Minutes
  • Personnel

Adjournment  


Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 12/8/20

The Board of Education Virtual Meeting on Tuesday, December  8 was streamed live on ccboe.com and aired live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOs Channel 12.  The meeting 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. Individual names are spelled to the best of my ability.

Executive session – 12 p.m.

Call to order – 1 p.m.

Superintendent’s update to the Board - Report

Board Member correspondence
  • Battle-Lockhart - Happy Holidays
  • Brown - Thank you to everyone for working through this. School allocations!
  • Hancock - Thank you to everyone.  Thank you to Dr. Hill and Hollstein for their service.  Thank you to Rucci and Bowling for taking my calls regarding APFO.  Apologies to Ms. Kiessling for comments from made by our delegation during the legislative breakfast.
  • Abell - Happy holidays, thank you to all staff.  MABE Budget committee meeting and budget submitted to Board of Directors.  Final approval will take place by February.  APFO, let your voice be heard.  Reach out to a commissioner and let them know how you feel about the proposed legislation.
  • Lukas - Thanks to staff for all the hard work.  Tutoring when i can.  Allocations...we can handle growth but we need the funding.
  • Wilson - virtual hugs and thanks and happy holidays.  Support schools during online plays.   CTE applications.  Legislative breakfast, thanks to Bowling and StewAart and CT Wilson for speaking like leaders.  APFO and commissioners having a presentation today on the Town of LaPlata and Indian Head.
  • McGraw - congrats to administrators, staff and students; Dr. Mudd for closing achievement gap; MABE Board of Directors meeting and discussed legislation.  Thank you to Dr. Hill for your service.  Selection of new Supt information forth coming.  Thank you to Amy Hollstein for her service.
Education Association of Charles County (EACC) update - Report

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

Student Board Member update - Report

First-quarter grades - Report
  • Battle-Lockhart - Students having issues; were they provided the tutoring service.  
    • Hollstein - Yes.  And we have overspent the grant and will need to have intervention services over the summer.
  • Lukas - Equity gap...is it in a specific group?  Learning support rooms
    • Yes, disconnected students and homeless population.  Now we are starting to see in ELL students and special population.  Anyone getting an I, in MS and HS were offered to attend school with bus transportation and masks.  No on-site instruction is given, just access to internet.  About 70 kids.
  • Hancock - Clarification on revised grading policy.  I was against this previously but this is entirely different circumstances.  Asked for student opinion.
Recruitment and retention strategies - Report
  • Wilson - HR has made significant gains under Ms. Majors leadership; Signing bonus task force
Project status update - Report

Overview of current budget status - Report; CARES grant Funding

Intercategory budget change - Report

Legislative update 
  • Looking for any vetoes or overrides; especially Kirwan bill
  • Public/Private partnerships for school construction in PG County and build to learn act.

Unfinished business 

New business

  • Suspension of Board policies - Report
Motion to approve continued suspension of policies by Abell; Second by Wilson
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

  • Suspension of grading policy for the first quarter 
Motion to approve suspension of grading policy by Wilson; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

  • Approval of multi-year contract for architectural services for Charles County Public Schools - Report
Motion to approve contract by Lukas; Second by Wilson
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

Future agenda items
  • Wilson - student board member presentation on the student representative staff and officers
  • Hancock - Student forum in regards to SRO's
  • Wilson - work group with HR regarding signing bonuses

Virtual Recognition – 4:30 p.m. 

  • Students
    • Tamia Smith, Grade 12, Career Readiness, Thomas Stone High School, Principal: Shanif Pearl
    • Rajan Venkatesh, Grade 8, Academic Achievement, General Smallwood Middle School, Principal: Brenda Tillotson             
    • Makayla Russell, Grade 5, Personal Responsibility, William A. Diggs Elementary School, Principal: Debra Calvert
    • Payton Jones, Grade 5, Academic Achievement, J.P. Ryon Elementary School, Principal: Melinda Johnson, Ed.D.
  • Employees
    • Luciano Morales, Jr., instructional assistant, SAIL program, Stone
    • Trevor Gillum, computer analyst III, Smallwood
    • Kim Powell, kindergarten instructional assistant, Diggs
    • Donna Rzechula, instructional assistant, Three-Year Old program, Ryon
    • Wanda Woodland, instructional assistant, STAY program, F.B. Gwynn Center, Principal: Daphne Burns

Public forum

Action items

Motion to approve  November Board Meeting Minutes by Lukas; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell,  Brown, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson; Absent = Battle-Lockhart, Hancock

  • November Board Work Session Minutes
Motion to approve November Board Work Session Minutes by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell,  Brown, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson; Absent = Battle-Lockhart, Hancock

  • Legislative Meeting Minutes
Motion to approve Legislative Meeting Minutes by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell,  Brown, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson; Absent = Battle-Lockhart, Hancock

  • Personnel
Motion to approve Personnel by Brown; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell,  Brown, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson; Absent = Battle-Lockhart, Hancock

  • Intercategory budget change
Motion to approve Intercategory Budget change by Lukas; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell,  Brown, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson; Absent = Battle-Lockhart, Hancock

Adjournment  

Monday, December 07, 2020

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 12/8/20

 The Board of Education’s next regular meeting is 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8. To maintain social distancing and safety guidelines, the Board will meet virtually for this meeting. The meeting will stream live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, www.ccboe.com and air on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon Fios Channel 12. CCPS will rebroadcast the meeting as well as post it on CCPSTV under the Board meeting tab at ccboe.com.

There is no live public forum. Questions and comments can be emailed to boardmail@ccboe.com by 6 p.m., Dec. 7. Submissions are provided to Board members. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and subject to change.

Executive session – 12 p.m.

Call to order – 1 p.m.

Superintendent’s update to the Board

Reports of officers/boards/committees

  • Board Member correspondence
  • Education Association of Charles County (EACC) update
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) update
  • Student Board Member update
  • First-quarter grades
  • Recruitment and retention strategies
  • Project status update
  • Overview of current budget status
  • Intercategory budget change
  • Legislative update

 Unfinished business 

New business and future agenda items

  • New business
    • Suspension of Board policies
    • Suspension of grading policy
    • Approval of multi-year contract for architectural services for Charles County Public Schools
  • Future agenda items

Virtual Recognition – 4:30 p.m. 

  • Students
  • Employees

Public forum

Action items

  • Minutes
  • Personnel
  • Intercategory budget change

Adjournment  

Monday, November 23, 2020

Notes from Board of Education Virtual Work Session, 11/23/20

The Board of Education Virtual Work Session on Monday, November 23 was streamed live on ccboe.com and aired live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOs Channel 12.  The meeting 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. Individual names are spelled to the best of my ability.

Executive session – 5 p.m.

Public Forum – written comments to boardmail@ccboe.com

Call to Order– 6 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance

Work session discussion - Student Board member voting rights

  • Hancock - how many voting student board  members have a county government consisting of county council vs county commissioners.  Both student board members on the call indicated they were under county council.  Hancock emphasized that under county council the BOE has limited power.
  • McGraw - shared input received from teachers, principals and community.  Student board members are not elected and are chosen by a small portion of students and do not have life experiences.  They are a special interest group.  
  • Wilson - agrees and shared examples of student members input and bringing forth recommendations.  Voting rights not needed.  Concerned about outside influence.
  • Abell - very concerned with pressure of influence, pressure and manipulation by other adults not only in the community but from other political elected officials.
  • Lukas - deadline to meet?  Herd was trying to meet Charles County Commissioners legislative deadline.  Asked Schwartz to provide process.  Delegation from Annapolis can with/or without approval from commissioners could sponsor a bill.
  • Schwartz - change in state law would have to go through General Assembly.  Would need to be proposed by delegation.  
  • Hancock - Of the counties that have SMOBs with voting rights, how many have a council vs commissioners and explain the difference.
  • Schwartz - they all have councils not commissioners
  • Brown - 
  • Battle-Lockhart - what meeting?; Herd's deadline and intent?  What was the hardest thing as a student board member.  Starting off.
  • Wilson - learning experience.  concerned about level of responsibility, pressures and the proposal is very broad.
  • Abell - onboarding for a board member takes a good 9-12 months.  Student board members are only here for a year.
  • Hancock - process; if I want to get something through I have to reach out and get 3 other board members on board.  We are not beholden to one special group; we are appointed by the county as a whole.  We have commissioners not councils.  This would diminish our authority as a board.
  • Lukas - Decision lies with commissioners?  True?   Delegates can put anything forward with or without commissioner approval.
  • McGraw - what did you meant by "any other non staff related issues"
Motion to not support student board member voting rights by Wilson; Second by Abell
Call for the question by Abell
Yes = Abell, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson; Abstain = Battle-Lockhart

Adjournment 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 11/10/20

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, November 10 was streamed live on ccboe.com and aired live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOs Channel 12.  The meeting 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. Individual names are spelled to the best of my ability.

Executive session – 12 p.m.

Call to order – 1 p.m.

Superintendent’s update to the Board - Report

Board Member correspondence 
  • Wilson - Visit to Piccowaxen with Mr. Martin, renovations and tour along with a visit to s. Farrell's science class.  CCPS got an "A" from Hunger Solutions for feeding our students.  Scholarship funds FAFSA opened in October, submit your application.  School allocations deadline for written comment to the commissioners is November 20.  Need more time to collaborate and discuss the issues.
  • Hancock - School Allocations, long term ramifications, please contact your county commissioners before November 20th.  Commend Supt for applying the brakes on Phase 2.  The right decision was made.  Ms.Wilson thank you for your service to our con
  • Abell - MABE Budget committee meeting; APFO Subcommittee meeting.  Legislation being proposed to commissioners to increase allocations.  CCPS does not have an issue with allocations for Waldorf Station or even the Opportunity Zone.  We do have issues with the remainder of the proposal.  After meeting with the Town of LaPlata and discussing the explosion of development that will happen within city limits (does not have to get allocations through the county and will increase by more than 5,000 over the next 10 years), we feel the rest of the proposal needs to be reconsidered and a collaboration with CCPS is of the utmost importance.  In addition, full forward funding is paramount to accelerate our Capital Improvement Plan and address the growth being planned for our county.
  • Lukas - Collaboration is key for smart growth and fully funding growth.  Making trips to elementary schools and getting care packages.  MABE Conference virtually attended.  MABE legislative positions and members can submit their proposals.  Thank you to parents, staff, and administrators and vor veterans for their service.
  • Battle-Lockhart - CCPS African American Task force attended; imperfect bias training and MABE annual conference, learning center comment from EACC letter, comments from public, i requested a Special Meeting and the other board members voted not to meet in regards to the COVID pandemic.
  • Brown - Thank you to all our veterans and to Dr. Hill for making the decision to remain virtual.  Thank you to Dr. Hill for meeting with me and answering my questions.  MABE conference attended.
  • McGraw - Scholarship Foundation meeting and application will go live soon.  Virtual scholarship fair happening on Dec. 15th.  Added 6 additional scholarships.  Congratulations to Ms. Starcher for representing the "Get Out To Vote".  Thank you to Dr. Hill for all of your efforts and to all staff for everything you do, and our parents and students.
Education Association of Charles County (EACC) update - Report

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

Student Board Member update - Report

Beginning of Phase 2 update - 
  • November Board report
  • COVID 19 Decisions
  • Battle-Lockhart - effectiveness of temperature strips.  - Will get back to us.
  • Hancock - Reconsideration of telework   - continue to monitor situation and press conference tonight from Gov.
  • Wilson - Teacher/staff anxiety and thank you for sending emails   - yes we read them all, yes we lose sleep, yes we take the difficult decisions to heart
  • Battle-Lockhart - greatest challenges with so much concern and anxiety.   - suggest calling EAP and also a response to all emails and calls
  • Lukas - was the health department asked if they were in support of our move to Phase 2?    - yes and it was affirmative.  What is the magic number for moving forward?
  • Battle-Lockhart - Applications for accommodations, are we still accepting?   - yes, can be submitted at anytime.  571 thus far have requested; 181 approved
Hybrid Instruction - Report

Charles County Student Board member voting rights proposal - Presentation
  • Hancock - You are leaders and the future of this country.  If you get an angry email from one of your teachers about the way you voted how would you handle it?  In a professional manner the same way any adult would.
  • Lukas - All of you represent yourself very well and the presentation was wonderful.  Budget and teacher negotiations may be staff related but code of conduct and dress code definitely.
  • Wilson -   Systematic instructional change was a common theme relayed for public comments.  Meaning?  By giving us rights.
  • Wilson - why did you not present to us first instead of going to the commissioners?
  • Abell - Thank you for the presentation, all of you represent yourself very well, and you addressed all of the concerns i had when we spoke.
  • Lukas - election process - where is that delegated to CCASC
  • Battle-Lockhart - impressed with all of you and your presentation.  
  • McGraw - Thank you and very important issue.  Warrants an in depth discussion.
  • Abell - what is our timeline?  I don't believe we are ready to vote today.
  • Hancock - recommends removing budget and definitely not personnel.  Needs more time and research and ask constituents.
  • McGraw - Work Session scheduled for 11/23 to discuss in more detail.
Project status update - Report

Eva Turner Elementary School renovations - Report

2021 Legislative positions - Report
  • Hancock - COVID funding
  • Abell - Please add to our calendars
  • Lukas - transportation and bus life span move from 15 years
  • Hancock - add support for SRO's
Agenda for virtual legislative breakfast

 Unfinished business 

  • Lukas - Students without internet connection - let the students be at the school without their parents for the connection center for a day or two a week.

New business

Motion to approve the Suspension of Board Policies by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, Mcgraw, Wilson

    • 2021 Legislative positions - Report
Motion to approve the Suspension of Board Policies by Lukas; Second by Hancock
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, Mcgraw, Wilson

Future agenda items
  • Wilson - COVID funding update

Virtual Recognition – 4:30 p.m. 

  • Students
    • Liliana Gordon, Grade 11, Career Readiness, North Point High School, Principal: Dan Kaple
    • Sydnee Smalls, Grade 8, Academic Achievement, Mattawoman Middle School, Principal: Sonia Blue
    • Grant Petterson, Grade 5, Academic Achievement, Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School, Principal: Nicholas Adam
    • Carter Harrigan, Grade 5, Personal Responsibility, Mary B. Neal Elementary School, Principal: Deborah Brown
  • Employees
    • Holly Dolan, resource teacher, North Point
    • Amanda Jones, language arts teacher, Mattawoman
    • Margaret Grove, fifth-grade teacher, Mitchell
    • Melissa Bridegum, second-grade teacher, Neal

Public forum

Action items

  • Minutes
Motion to approve the 10/13/2020 Executive Session Minutes by Abell; Second by Wilson
Yes = Abell, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, Mcgraw, Wilson; Absent =  Battle-Lockhart

Motion to approve the 10/13/2020 Board Meeting Minutes by Lukas; Second by Brown
Yes = Brown, Hancock, Lukas, Mcgraw, Wilson; Abstain = Abell; Abesent -  Battle-Lockhart

Motion to approve the Redistricting Hearing Minutes by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, Mcgraw, Wilson; Abesent -  Battle-Lockhart 

  • Personnel
Motion to approve Personnel by Wilson; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, Mcgraw, Wilson; Absent =  Battle-Lockhart

  • 2021-22 calendar 
Motion to approve the 2021-2022 Calendar by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Brown, Lukas, Mcgraw, Wilson; No = Hancock; Absent =  Battle-Lockhart

Adjournment 

Sunday, November 08, 2020

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 11/10/20

The Board of Education’s next regular meeting is 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The Board will meet in person at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building in La Plata. To maintain social distancing and safety guidelines, there is no public access to the Starkey building for this meeting. The meeting will stream live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, www.ccboe.com and air on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon Fios Channel 12. CCPS will rebroadcast the meeting as well as post it on CCPSTV under the Board meeting tab at ccboe.com.

There is no live public forum. Questions and comments can be emailed to boardmail@ccboe.com. Submissions are provided to Board members. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change.

Executive session – 12 p.m.

Call to order – 1 p.m.

Superintendent’s update to the Board

Reports of officers/boards/committees

  • Board Member correspondence
  • Education Association of Charles County (EACC) update
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) update
  • Student Board Member update
  • Beginning of Phase 2 update
  • Charles County student Board member voting rights proposal
  • Project status update
  • Eva Turner Elementary School renovations
  • 2021 Legislative positions
  • Agenda for virtual legislative breakfast

 Unfinished business 

New business and future agenda items

  • New business
    • Suspension of Board policies
    • 2021 Legislative positions
  • Future agenda items

Virtual Recognition – 4:30 p.m. 

  • Students
  • Employees

Public forum

Action items

  • Minutes
  • Personnel
  • 2021-22 calendar 

Adjournment 

Friday, October 23, 2020

REDISTRICTING HEARING IS 6 P.M. OCT. 26, REGISTRATION REQUIRED

 The Board of Education and Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) are hosting a virtual meeting through Zoom on the middle school redistricting process at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26. Staff members will explain the redistricting timeline, committee selection process, how alternatives will be created and provide opportunities for community input. The meeting will be broadcast live at ccboe.com and on YouTube. A question and answer period will follow the presentation. The presentation is posted on the CCPS website here.

Members of the public can join the meeting as an attendee and submit questions using the meeting chat feature. Staff will monitor the chat area and provide submitted questions to the panelists. Attendee registration is required and available through the link below. Registration closes at 6 p.m. on Monday.

Click here to register. Registration is limited to 1,000 attendees.

As part of the registration process, participants must submit their first and last name and email contact information. Anyone planning to register for the meeting must create or have an active Zoom account. Attendees will be required to sign in using a Zoom account. Audio and video for attendees will not be enabled; attendees can submit questions through the chat feature once the staff presentation is complete. CCPS reserves the right to remove any attendee from the meeting.

The middle school redistricting committee has not yet developed alternatives or proposals. Committee work begins following the Oct. 26 public meeting.

The redistricting committee’s task is to develop and evaluate potential middle school attendance zones for consideration by the Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Education. The middle school redistricting committee, selected at random at the Board’s Oct. 13 meeting, may take as long as five months to develop proposals. The Board of Education, through policy, requires the committee to submit two different proposals. The Superintendent and Board will hold public hearings on the committee’s proposals in the spring.

The redistricting will be comprehensive and could affect students at all eight CCPS middle schools. Middle school redistricting will revise attendance zones and reduce overcrowding at some schools. It will take effect in August 2022 once a renovation and expansion are complete at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School. The $48 million renovations and addition increase Stoddert’s square footage from 105,800 to 148,317 square feet and its state-rated capacity from 711 to 970.

Staff regularly posts information about redistricting on the school system’s website at https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/redistricting-middle-school-ql

Redistricting timeline

  • On Oct. 13, the Board randomly selected parent and community members from those who applied to serve.
  • The Board will hold a public information session on Monday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be virtual and streamed live at ccboe.com. Committee members will attend to hear concerns or suggestions from the community.
  • Starting next month, the redistricting committee will meet weekly at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building in La Plata for as long as it takes to develop two different middle school redistricting proposals. Dates and times for meetings will be determined after the Oct. 26 public information meeting.
  • The Superintendent will present the committee’s two proposals to the community at two public meetings in the spring and after the recommendations are complete. Tentatively, the committee will submit its proposals at the April 20, 2021, Board of Education meeting. The Superintendent will hold a public hearing on the proposals shortly after that presentation. A fact sheet outlining the proposals will be emailed to parents and posted on the school system’s website at https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/redistricting-middle-school-ql.
  • The Superintendent’s recommendation will be presented to the Board of Education the following month, on May 11. The Board will schedule a public hearing before approval of the boundary changes and following the Superintendent’s recommendation to the Board.
  • The Board will approve the new school attendance areas for the 2022-23 school year at its meeting on June 8. The redistricting decision occurs one year before taking effect.
  • Redistricting takes effect at the start of the 2022-23 school year when CCPS finishes the renovation and addition at Stoddert. All students affected by the redistricting will change schools in August/September 2022.

This schedule may change depending on the length of time it takes the committee to develop its alternatives.

Throughout the process, CCPS will provide information through telephone calls and emails, CCPS television stations Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon Fios Channel 12, and the CCPS website at https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/redistricting-middle-school-ql. The Board will also accept written comments. Send comments or questions to redistrict@ccboe.com or Charles County Public Schools, Redistricting, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646.