Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 6/14/16


The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, June 14 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 – 11:30 a.m.

Call to order – 1 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance, La Plata High School
 
Swearing-in of new Student Board member

Recognition of high school athletes - 2015-16 Spring Sports Athletic State Champions For June Board Recognition.pdf (210 KB)
 
Recognition of NAACP Read Across Charles County participants

Contract signings with Education Association of Charles County (EACC) and American
Motion to accept the EACC Contract by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Marshall, McGraw, Palko; Absent = Lukas


 Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
Motion to accept the AFSCME Contract by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Marshall, McGraw, Palko; Absent = Lukas

Superintendent’s update - Superintendents Report 06-14-16.pdf (195 KB)

Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • Kelly - Welcome to new student board members; computer science demo at NP; Warrior Dash for St. Judes; MABE conference planning; Volunteer lunch at Matula; Volunteer award to Mr. Thomas Gordon; 100 year celebration; field day at Matula
  • Crawford - Barnhart 5th grade promotion and did a rap song
  • Marshall - congrats to graduates; NSBA advocacy Institute Every Student Succeeds Act, requested a copy of book for each board member; teacher salaries
  • Palko - 198 events attended year to date; state MESA event
  • McGraw - scholarship presentations
EACC update - 2016.06.14 BOE update.pdf (51 KB)

AFSCME update

Student Board Member update - SMOB Update.pdf (71 KB)

Graduation 2016 - Graduation 2016 numbers.pdf (190 KB)

Project status update
Redistricting
Special education committee update - Special Education Task Force Board Presentation.pdf (283 KB)

Financial literacy proposal - Financial Literacy Proposal 2.pdf (2).pdf (143 KB)
  • will provide information on a semester course in a weekly update
 School naming committee - school naming 2016.pdf (122 KB) - need volunteers

Unfinished business - None

New business
Motion to accept the Out-of-county tuition rates by Marshall; Second by Palko

Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Future agenda items
  • Kelly - bus analysis, PARRC Analysis, Mentor Survey, Pre and Post Test Analysis, Transgender Bathroom Policy
  • Lukas - Allocation  at work session
 Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolutions: Maryland/Charles County Teacher of the Year, Jillian Durr, Dr. James Craik Elementary School; Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award finalist, Kevin Barry, social studies teacher, La Plata High School
  • Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Award recipient – Thomas Gordon, parent volunteer, Indian Head Elementary School
  • National Board Certified Teachers – Michelle Ignaszewski, adaptive physical education teacher, F.B. Gwynn Educational Center; and Shelby Spence, English teacher, North Point High School
  • Outstanding Vice Principal Award – Melissa Miesowitz, St. Charles High School
  • Outstanding Support Staff – Juin Lai, media instructional assistant, Henry E. Lackey High School; Veistella Milstead, building service assistant manager, Milton M. Somers Middle School; Trevor Gillum, computer analyst, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building; Susan Pond, secretary to the principal, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School; George Estevez, carpenter, Charles County Public Schools maintenance shop; George Simms, pupil data accounting specialist, Starkey Building; and Jill Sprouse, food service manager, T.C. Martin Elementary School
Public Forum – 6 p.m. (names are spelled to the best of my ability)
  • Carl Prevy - against transgender bathroom policy; discriminate is considered a dirty word but we do it all the time, we select caregivers, movies, music, etc., bathrooms should remain segregated.  what is the board doing to protect the safety of our children.
  • Father Larry Swink - Pastor at Sacred Heart in LaPlata - against the new 'bathroom law'.  for the protection of our children.  great advertising for catholic schools.  also unjust for the transgender child.  faith does not contradict human reason.  transgender is not a biological truth but an actual documented mental disorder.  Proven medical fact.  should be getting the child professional help. Please consider NOT doing this.
  • Matt Lately - father of students. provided definitions of normal, abnormal, and natural.  Seventh grade daughter goes to the nurses office to change clothes and go to the bathroom.
  • Gene Ambrosio - resident of LaPlata.   why not make the transgender student use the single occupancy bathroom.  Not sharing the multiple occupancy bathroom would be in the best interest of the transgender student.
  • Paula ???? - 20 year resident of Charles County.  Should not let federal government intimidate us.  against transgender bathroom policy.  wants us to stand up to the bully.
  • Deacon Al Graham - Sacred Heart Parrish - against transgender bathroom policy.  quotes from catholic cardinal.  man and woman are physically different and complement one another.
  • Name Unknown - against transgender bathroom policy.  transgender is a mental illness,  quotes statistics on transgenders and suicide.  encourage students to seek help.
  • Chris Fawls - father of seven.  Adopted youngest from another country.  future of her adjustment unknown.  against transgender bathroom policy and worried about the safety of special needs children like his daughter Mia.
  • Krista Fawls - mother of above family.  four  biological children and three internationally adopted.  all are treated equally.  discipline all equally.  should not allow children to act immorally.  accept the truth the are created different, male and female, by God.  Must not be changed.  Do not allow children to create their own morality.
  • Karen Cross - doesn't like that her child is being forced to feel uncomfortable and have to request the use of a separate bathroom.  Potential for her daughter to undress in a locker room with a potential boy looking on. it doesn't matter who he thinks he is.  how will the principal determine who is allowed to use the bathrooms and locker rooms.  Has homeschooled for the past several years but daughter has just been accepted into STI program at North Point.  please reverse policy.
  • Phyllis Lately - 4 daughters.  three daughters graduated LaPlata, one at Milton Somers; shows a one dollar bill and "Trust in God".  we as a nation have fallen away from God's will.  Dress codes are healthy and enforced.  Must protect the innocence and purity of the entire student body.  82% of transgenders students feel unsafe at school and have been bullied are beaten at school.  having them use their own bathroom would protect them.  "In God we Trust"
  • John Foster - father of two and follower of Christ.  solution doesn't meet the need.  puts children at greater risk on both sides.  also a pastor.  gender is now a subjective word.  parental rights as children are being used as a social experiments.  parental rights are taken away by the institution.
  • Allan Cox - teaches at Towson University and helped develop the Financial Literacy Course.  Majority of adults 18-34 live with their parents.  These are life skills being taught in this course.  Don't cut the course.
  • Chris Ogney - daughter 13 at Stoddert; thinks the board is in plausible deniability.  against transgender bathroom policy.  don't know if you have a virtue until you're tested.  Obama told you what to do and threatened to take away the money.  courage is when a virtue is tested.  Thinks Obama is lying about funding.  Take a vote.  Courage.
  • Mark Shutters - against transgender bathroom policy.  forces the majority to be uncomfortable and policy is frivolous. policy is reckless. what happens when the majority all want to use the bathroom at the same time.
  • Nicholas Shutters - Junior at LaPlata HS.  Against transgender bathroom policy.  Now has to go out of his way to use the bathroom.  Short bathroom break becomes a longer one.  discrimination against him.  transgender is not a condition, it's a choice. what if someone is raped or sexually assaulted. 
  • Christian Inunga -   SEIU Local 500 standing with the bus drivers.  urge board to recognize all bus drivers as employees with benefits
  • Rose Paige - Voiced concern to principal and was given a nurse pass.  was told she could not use the bathroom because the nurse was not in there.  Now her daughter has to go to the bathroom but is scared there will be a boy in there.
  • Mary Stettler - bus driver for 29 years.  does not believe in changing current system.  out of 24 counties only four are county owned.  Leave contractors in place.  No one has ever been voted to speak for all drivers.
  • Dee Shelton - bus driver for 15 years and has worked for two contractors.  responsibilities and benefits were clearly explained and comprehended.  pay scale, days off, days of work, retirement benefits etc were all explained.  Not one item has been reduced or eliminated. I have received everything I was promised.  Only time we worry about job security is when we don't do our job. Contractors take all the risk and liability.  if you don't like your job, find another one.  Does not want to be a county employee.would never use children to go on strike.  the few do not represent the many.
  • Chuck ????- transgender bathroom policy is not compassionate.  trades the privacy of many for the few.  disrespecting Christian values.  how will we determine who is or is not transgender.  can males now participate in girls sports.  what are the legal implications.  do we now have to provide Title 9 for those students.
  • Mark Koch - Koch trucking.  McDonough graduate.  speaker last month insinuated the buses are not safe.  deeply offended.  never had a ticket for buses not being safe.  Surprise inspection don't just last week and are done regularly.  my name is on all those buses with my family name.  my children, friends and neighbors children ride these buses. 
  • Beverly Hill - Owner and Operator of H and H bus service. Proud to be a bus contractor.  don't let the few speak for all.  explained in detail her accounting procedures.  preventive maintenance is done. 
  • Byron Payne - has worked for Koch trucking for 12 years.  when I was hired, everything was clearly explained and I accepted the job.  don't believe all the bad and we don't all need a union.
  • Keith McGirt - who supports the bus drivers, Michele Lomax and Agnes ???? did not have a dime to their name when they left this earth.  about 50 people who did not receive their $300 reimbursement for certification.  we want fairness across the board.  drivers cannot purchase a new home or go to college.  drivers are suffering.
  • Alisha Hadley - Against transgender bathroom policy.  quotes the boe mission from website.  this policy thwarts the intention of threat mission.  transgender students are more at risk for assault and bullying.  referenced minority achievement meeting. never reported that a transgender student has ever assaulted anyone in the state of Maryland.  safety issue.
  • Kristen Long - speaking on behalf of parents at Craik Elementary.  Against Ms. Calvert being moved to another elementary school.  everything isn't just about test scores. 
  • Heather mcnaulten - wants ms calvert to stay craik elementary.  Last principal was a very different type of leadership.  Ms calvert values the students and the parents.  transgender bathroom policy very sensitive issue and I don't know what the answer is.  if we want to raise caring loving compassionate children for the future we need to teach them inclusion and acceptance.
  • Kirk Barber - 8 children from 12 - 30.  why wasn't this brought to the people before it was pushed through.  it doesn't matter what you 'feel'.  it's how you were born.,  taking a risk with our children in the bathrooms, locker rooms, etc.  courage to stand up against the federal government.  you work for us not the white house.
  • Deborah Dyson - Derek Dyson is my brother and he is here.  Umbrella of 3 contractors.  has provided bus service for over 46 years.  participate in multiple charities and believe in giving back.  we care about our employees and work side by side with them every day. surprised by some comments that have been made in the past several months.  our buses are inspected and are safe.  we would never compromise the safety of our children.
  • Connie ????? - Have never been asked if I wanted to be part of the union.  I was told about some of the meetings but were told they were secret and couldn't attend.  they are wrong.  employed deception by people supposedly representing pro union.  stop complaining and schedule a meeting to sit down and talk to your contractor or a member of transportation.
  • Debbie Vahle - bus driver for 13 years.  hours allow me to be at home.  for the last two years I have watched the pro union group.  I have tried to get information to no avail.  my bus has been vandalized,  I do believe there needs to be more oversight over the contract.  drivers need to know what the contract actually says.    don't need a union if we know the boe had their backs.  had other drivers stand that do not support a union.
  • Calvin Compton - Compton bus service; becoming union would not be a good move for the county.  provided statistics.  27 small contractor bus services.   wonderful employees.  few disgruntled employees telling lies and making it difficult for everyone.  some drivers feel intimidated by these others pro union. 
Action items
Motion to accept the Minutes by Abell; Second by Marshall

Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Motion to accept the Minutes by Abell; Second by Lukas

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

  • Personnel (certificated only)
Motion to accept the Personnel Actions by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Motion to accept the Educational Facilities Master Plan by Kelly; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Motion to accept the plan for recognition by Kelly; Second by Palko
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Kindergarten Readiness Assessment
Motion to accept the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment by Kelly; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Motion to accept the 2017 Operating Budget by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Adjournment

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 6/14/16

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, June 14 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 is rebroadcast throughout the week.


Board meetings are also streamed live on the school system website at www.ccboe.com. Select CCPS TV and then choose the Live Broadcast tab. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change.


Executive session – 11:30 a.m.


Call to order – 1 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance, La Plata High School


Swearing-in of new Student Board member


Recognition of high school athletes


Recognition of NAACP Read Across Charles County participants


Contract signings with Education Association of Charles County (EACC) and American


Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)


Superintendent’s update


Reports of officers/boards/committees

  • Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • EACC update
  • AFSCME update
  • Student Board Member update
  • Graduation 2016
  • Project status update
  • Redistricting
  • Special education committee update
  • Financial literacy proposal
  • School naming committee
Unfinished business


New business and future agenda items
  • New business
    • Out-of-county tuition rates
  • Future agenda items
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolutions: Maryland/Charles County Teacher of the Year, Jillian Durr, Dr. James Craik Elementary School; Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award finalist, Kevin Barry, social studies teacher, La Plata High School
  • Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Award recipient – Thomas Gordon, parent volunteer, Indian Head Elementary School
  • National Board Certified Teachers – Michelle Ignaszewski, adaptive physical education teacher, F.B. Gwynn Educational Center; and Shelby Spence, English teacher, North Point High School
  • Outstanding Vice Principal Award – Melissa Miesowitz, St. Charles High School
  • Outstanding Support Staff – Juin Lai, media instructional assistant, Henry E. Lackey High School; Veistella Milstead, building service assistant manager, Milton M. Somers Middle School; Trevor Gillum, computer analyst, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building; Susan Pond, secretary to the principal, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School; George Estevez, carpenter, Charles County Public Schools maintenance shop; George Simms, pupil data accounting specialist, Starkey Building; and Jill Sprouse, food service manager, T.C. Martin Elementary School
Public Forum – 6 p.m.


Action items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel
  • Educational Facilities Master Plan
  • Plan for how state championship students are recognized
  • Kindergarten Readiness Assessment
  • FY2017 Operating Budget
Adjournment

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Notes from Board of Education Work Session, 5/23/16

The Board of Education Work Session on Monday, May 23 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 – 5 p.m.  - Pledge of Allegiance

Public Forum (names may be misspelled)
  • Christa Falls - Transgender bathroom policy.  Against new policy.  Privacy and respect issues.
  • Phyllis Lately - 4 daughters through CCPS.  Against new transgender policy
  • Theresa Shutters - Against transgender policy
  • Rose Age - 5 children; 2 @ LPHS.  Against transgender policy; daughter doesn't feel safe
Work Session
  • FY 2017 operating budget - BOEapprovedbudget_report item.(3).pdf (418 KB)
    • Kelly - requested information of teacher mentors and substitute buses.
    • Lukas - 2015 audit, assigned and unassigned fund balance.  unassigned will be driven to 0 by 2018.
    • Sotomeyer - assigned fund balance is for insurance etc. Gap basis = recognize expenditures of the entity during that fiscal year.
    • Palko - purchasing 14 new buses because we are required by law.  (buses cannot be over 15 years old and in service)
    • Crawford - risk of federal money on not following the federal transgender policy
  • Policy 6000 revisions - Board Revisions_Policies6000.pdf (693 KB)
    • Abell - Asked for the Chair to consider a consensus of the board to delay policy discussion until the next work session due to the needed executive session still this evening.  Approved.
Adjournment

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Agenda for Board of Education Work Session, 5/23/16

The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a public work session at 5 p.m., Monday, May 23 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 – 5 p.m.  - Pledge of Allegiance


Public Forum


Work Session

  • FY 2017 operating budget
  • Policy 6000 revisions
Adjournment

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 5/10/16

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, April 19 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.
 
With that being said, my most sincere apologies for not taking detailed notes during this session.  I was not feeling well and it took everything I had to concentrate on the meeting and ask questions but just could not keep up with the notes as well. 
 
Executive session– 12 p.m.


Call to order – 1 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance, Henry E. Lackey High School JROTC



Superintendent’s update - Superintendent’s Report 05-10-16[1].docx (15 KB)



Correspondence/Board Member updates



Education Association of Charles County update - 2016-05-10 Board of Ed report.pdf (42 KB)



Student Board Member update - SMOB report 11.pdf (120 KB)



Career Advancement Program partnership with College of Southern Maryland - Career Advancement PPT (2).pdf (521 KB)



Project status update - Copy of Construction status-April 2016.pdf (228 KB)



Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School transition update

Update on transportation study



Educational Facilities Master Plan - EFMP Report Item.pdf (827 KB)



Overview of summer opportunities - Summer Programs2016.pdf (343 KB)


Proposed financial literacy workshops - Proposed Financial Literacy.pdf (521 KB)



Plan for how state champions are recognized -

Unfinished business



New business



Future agenda items



Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolution: Washington Post Principal of the Year: Sonia B. Jones, Mattawoman Middle School
  • Parent Involvement Matters Award (PIMA): Accepting: Thomas Gordon, volunteer, Indian Head Elementary School
  • Students - Brady Keech, fifth grade, Academic Achievement, Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School, Principal: Sabrina Robinson-Taylor; Monet Fisette, fifth grade, Personal Responsibility, Mary B. Neal Elementary School, Principal: Deborah M. Brown; Aliah Brown, eighth grade, Academic Achievement, Mattawoman Middle School, Principal: Sonia Jones; Daphine Henderson, twelfth grade, Career Readiness, North Point High School, Principal: Michael Simms
  • Employees - Martin Margolis, Jr. physical education teacher, Mitchell; Katrina Garvey, secretary to the principal, Neal; Margot Savoy, language arts teacher, Mattawoman; Joseph Greenawalt, computer science teacher, North Point; Kelley Clancy, instructional assistant, STAY, F.B. Gwynn Center, Principal: Daphne Burns Recognition of 2015-16 student liaisons
Public Forum – 6 p.m.



Action items
  • Minutes
Motion to accept the Support Staff Forum minutes by Kelly; Second by Palko
Yes = Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko; Abstain = Abell


Motion to accept the Town Hall Forum minutes by Lukas; Second by Marshall
Yes = Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, Palko; Abstain = Abell, McGraw


Motion to accept the Work Session minutes by Kelly; Second by Marshall
Yes = Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, Palko; Abstain = Abell, McGraw


Motion to accept the Board Meeting minutes by Crawford; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; Abstain = Marshall
  • Personnel
Motion to accept the Personnel by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • New world language textbooks
Motion to accept the Textboks by Kelly; Second by Palko
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • FY 2016 inter-category budget transfer request
Motion to accept the budget transfer request by Lukas; Second by Palko
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Adjournment

Monday, May 09, 2016

Agenda from Board of Education Meeting, 5/10/16

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, May 10 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 also streamed live on the school system website at www.ccboe.com. Select the live steaming 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 JROTC

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
  • Career Advancement Program partnership with College of Southern Maryland
  • Project status update
  • Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School transition update
  • Update on transportation study
  • Educational Facilities Master Plan
  • Overview of summer opportunities
  • Proposed financial literacy workshops
  • Plan for how state champions are recognized
Unfinished business

New business and future agenda items

Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolution: Washington Post Principal of the Year: Sonia B. Jones, Mattawoman Middle School
  • Students
  • Employees
  • Recognition of 2015-16 student liaisons
Public Forum – 6 p.m.

Action items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel
  • New world language textbooks
  • FY 2016 inter-category budget transfer request
Adjournment

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 4/19/16

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, April 19 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, Westlake High School JROTC

Recognition of winter sports state champion athletes

Superintendent’s update - Superintendent's report April 19 20161.pdf (185 KB)

Correspondence/Board Member updates -
  • Palko - US Forestry Board - for students, Camp Hickory, week long camp; grammar counts;
  • Crawford - visited JP Ryon and Dr. Brown, Stone. congrats to everyone and a great time.
  • Kelly - be on the lookout for children now that the weather is nicer.  DI competition at the county level.  MESA competition.  Funeral and college visits excused absences.  Edline reimbursement?
 Education Association of Charles County update - 2016.04.19 BOE update.pdf (83 KB)

Student Board Member update - SMOB report.pdf (39 KB)

Review of partnership between the school system and Charles County Sheriff’s Office
  • SRO_UnitPresentation_15.16.pdf (1,847 KB)
  • Kelly - how much time is spent in the elementary schools; number of incidents at individual schools; number of tips
  • Vaughn - more of a disturbance to the students but the officers do visit and check in; tips haven't been calculated for this year yet.
  • Lawson - incidence numbers come through student services
Overview of Nanjemoy Creek program - NCEEC Board Presentation-April 2016.pdf (1,095 KB)

Student information system update

New world language textbooks - WorldLangTextbk_ReportItem_4 19 16 BrdMtg.pdf (130 KB)
 
FY 2016 intercategory budget transfer request 
Transportation costs update - 2016SessionSummaryApril18.pdf (786 KB)
  • Lukas - lots of information and thank you.  Disappointed in ending.  No definitive as to which model we should use.  Explain PVA a litte more, maintenance cost and slide 21
  • Sotomeyer - PVA = Cost of operating business; maintenance is an average spread over 15 years(life of bus).  Slide 21 - PVA payments are covering their overhead costs
  • Palko - Admin fee vs PVA
  • Sotomeyer - Admin fee covers driver drug testing, bus inspections
  • Crawford - can we buy the busses and still contract them for everything else
  • Sotomeyer - yes we could and it would probably be cheaper
  • Kelly - ever adjust maintenance cost  to prior year actuals.  we are paying more than they are reporting.  we should renegotiate this item in the contract.  drivers work basically 180 days and get 10 days of leave
  • Hettel - maintenance cost is an average/typical  cost. 
  • Lukas - best interest to look at alternatives
  • Hill - group was suppose to lay out all the facts; not recommendations. we can provide that moving forward
  • Abell - I too was under the assumption a recommendation would be provided today.  I would request further information be provided at a future meeting with a recommendation. 
Legislative update - 2016SessionSummaryApril18.pdf (786 KB)
  • HB429 - Truancy
  • HB771 - Diabetes Care
  • HB412/SB533 - Assessments and testing
  • SB520 - Motor Fuel Tax Exemption for schools
  • HB352 - Audits
  • HB365 - Bullying
  • HB999/SB605 - Thornton 2 Bill
  • SB764 - Student Journalism
Plan for recognition of state champions during Board meetings
Unfinished business
  • Palko  - Presentation on 3-5 year plan with budget for technology
New business
  • McGraw - October meeting on the 11th Yom Kipper and begins at sunset.  Move to October 18th?  Consensus was yes.
Future agenda items
  • Kelly - establishing school zone and redistricting for new school zone and look at all levels; HPV vaccination literature; pre and post test assessment scores for PARCC and schools consistently performing well and how to relay to other schools.
  • Lukas - discuss level of allocations per school and get back to commissioners
Recognition – 4:15 p.m.
  • Ruth Ann Hall scholarship awards - 2016 Ruth Ann Hall Champion Student Recognition Winners.pdf (234 KB)
  • Resolutions: Teacher Appreciation Week - Accepting: Suzette (Suzi) Hahn, fifth grade teacher, Dr. James Craik Elementary School; Andrea Short, English teacher, Westlake High School; Gina Coughlin, STAY teacher, F.B. Gwynn Center; Administrative Professionals Week - Accepting: Laura Cuevas, secretary, supporting services; LaTasha Hall, human resources assistant; Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week - Accepting: William Kreuter and Crystal Sopher, supervisors of food service; and National Physical Education and Sport Week - Accepting: Joneiqua Gary, physical education and health teacher, Mattawoman Middle School; Mary Dempsey, physical education and health teacher, St. Charles High School
  • Students - Treasure Harvey, fifth grade, Academic Achievement, Indian Head Elementary School, Principal: Timothy Rosin; Jayln Butler, fifth grade, Academic Achievement, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, Principal: Kristin Shields; Noelle Ivey, eighth grade, Personal Responsibility, Theodore G. Davis Middle School, Principal: Kim McClarin; Jasmine Andrade, twelfth grade, Career Readiness, Westlake High School, Principal: Chrystal Benson
  • Employees - Rachel Proctor, teacher, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy; Andrew Blumhardt, music teacher, Indian Head; Mark Pavlecic, music teacher, Davis; Quentin Metzgar, testing coordinator, Westlake
  • 2016 National Distinguished Principal for Maryland - Kristin Shields, principal, Mt.Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • Art Gough - Spokesperson for Concerned Citizens of CCPS, met with transportation director and walked out because it should have been at a certain time and place. Read all bios and why is one in White Plains and in private school.  2 bus drivers died with no benefits.  Privatization is bad for everyone.
  • Anita Kelly - bus drivers are intimated for speaking out, pay discrepancies and benefits, and rights.  No study or analysis done since 1995.  Make the drivers county employees.  stop wasting revenue.
  • Pastor Freeman - wants to defer time to next speaker. Was told this isn't allowed
  • Keith McGirth - Certified drivers or to receive immediately $300.  Worked for 6 years and still haven't received it.  Offered it and now doesn't want it without interest and penalty.  Everyone up for re-election and we can take away votes.  Fellow driver out for surgery and no pay. 
  • Karen Harris - need more minority teachers.  statistics on boe web site.  stop teacher bullying. healthy food.  safe drivers.  diversity training for teachers.  smaller classrooms.
  • Kathy Lancaster - bus driver x 20 years.   Fellow driver has been out for 6-8 weeks from surgery without pay. Only has $12,000 in retirement after 20 years.  We want union. We want back up.  Who's our boss?  CCPS or contractor.

Action items
  • Minutes
Motion to accept the Minutes by Abell; Second by Palko
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; Absent = Marshall
  • Personnel
Motion to accept Personnel by Kelly; Second by Crawford
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; Absent = Marshall
  • 2017/18 school calendar
Motion to accept the 17/18 Schol Calendar by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; Absent = Marshall

Adjournment

Monday, April 18, 2016

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 4/19/16

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, April 19, 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 4:15 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 school system website at www.ccboe.com. Select the live steaming 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, Westlake High School JROTC

Recognition of winter sports state champion athletes

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
  • Review of partnership between the school system and Charles County Sheriff’s Office
  • Overview of Nanjemoy Creek program
  • Student information system update
  • New world language textbooks
  • FY 2016 intercategory budget transfer request
  • Transportation costs update
  • Legislative update
  • Plan for recognition of state champions during Board meetings
Unfinished business

New business and future agenda items

Recognition – 4:15 p.m.
  • Ruth Ann Hall scholarship awards
  • Resolutions: Teacher Appreciation Week; Administrative Professionals Week; Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week; and National Physical Education and Sport Week
  • Students
  • Employees
  • Kristin Shields, principal, Mt.Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, 2016 National Distinguished Principal for Maryland
Public Forum – 6 p.m.

Action items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel
  • 2017/18 school calendar
Adjournment

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 3/8/16

mThe Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, March 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, Westlake High School JROTC
Superintendent’s update - Superintendent's report 3-8-16.pdf (135 KB)
Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • Kelly - Congrats to American History Contest Winners; Chess Players and staff in tournament; Good luck to DI teams; thank you to commissioners and staff regarding meeting on seat allocations
  • Palko - Impressive state student council meeting hosting; Read Across Charles County enjoyed; Thank you to Mr. Fisher for rolling me around.  Hello to Latrell at Thomas Stone.
  • Crawford - great time at CCASC Meeting; April 5th last day to register to vote before primary; Hogan in county couple of weeks ago
  • McGraw - enjoyed reading at schools; follow up on recognition from last month and visited Higdon's Media Center..fabulous interactive experience.
Education Association of Charles County update - 2016 03 08 EACC BOE Update.pdf (36 KB)

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update
  • Thank you for the Town Hall Meeting to listen to our concerns.
Student Board Member update - March 7th SMOB.pdf (38 KB)
 
Leadership Extension Application and Development (LEAD) program - Building a Principal Pipeline.pdf (920 KB)
  • Palko - How are teachers chosen?  Will it lead to certification
  • Gill - Applications, essays, minimum requirements, rubric - get's 2 CTU
Project status update - Copy of Construction status-2016-03 (2).pdf (305 KB)
  • Palko - Mudd renovation? Interior furniture etc.; what happens to structural stuff?  Will anything be sold?
  • Andritz - Most will be ,moved to the transition school if they are usable.  We always try to repurpose.   May sell some but it will be minimal.
  • Palko - Kindergarten Additions...number different for each school; how is that determined.
  • Andritz - based on population and trends
  • Kelly - Matula and Jenifer hitting August target date?
  • Andritz - schedule reduction for taking alternate, currently aligned with start of school.
  • Kelly - Planning Commission article; were we out of order
  • Andritz - no.  we went through process.  It was in a priority funding area. we received approval from the state.  Planning commission wants to change the PFA area and weren't aware of ramifications.  Planning commission is still in meetings to discuss.
English Language Learners (ELL) in elementary schools
  • Basically the number of ELL students is growing astronomically in this county and we are fighting to stay ahead of the curve.
  • Partnering with PG and sharing documents
  • Very lengthy discussion
  • Separate Charles County certificate?
2017-18 calendar
Motion by Abell to change the 17-18 school calendar to move the Parent Conference Day on November 8th to November 10th to also recognize Veterans Day, and to give the full Spring Break week off from March 26th - April 2nd, not to be touched by make-up snow days, with 6 snow days being built in, additional snow days will be added at end of the year. Second by Marshall.
  • Crawford - days in June not as beneficial for educating; what are we missing
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Lukas, Kelly, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
 
World language textbook - WorldLangTextbk_InfoItem_3 8 16 BrdMtg.pdf (131 KB)
  • Abell - when did we last update and are they all by the same publisher?
  • Staff - 1994-2003 was the latest and there is a variety of publishers.
  • Marshall - what is a selection committee
  • Staff - Teachers comprise the committee and then on display for public feedback
  • Kelly - are any ELL taking AP language
  • Staff - just had our first one.
Legislative update
  • SB520 - exempt school systems from paying fuel tax
  • SB575 - raising on liability limits on public schools from $100,000 - $400,000
  • HB352 - repeals requirement for 6 year legislative audit
  • HB570/SB404 - appointment of state superintendent
  • HB999/SB905 - commission on excellence in education (Thornton 2)
  • HB1433/SB461 - funding for pre-k students
  • HB141/SB407 - limiting testing
  • SB183 - Seatbelts for students on school buses
  • HB29 - penalties for coaches not reporting concussions
  • HB626/SB269 - making Veterans Day a holiday
  • HB1168 - immunizations of students entering 9th Grade
Unfinished business
  • McGraw - Spring town hall dates?  Suggested April 26th at 6:00 p.m. at Starkey Building. 
New business
Motion by Kelly; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

Amend the motion by Lukas to include one full week + 1 day of Spring Break not to be touched for snow make-up days; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

Future agenda items

Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolutions
    • Month of the Young - ChildGale-Bailey Elementary School teachers and students:  Ann Herbert, pre-kindergarten teacher; Sue Wheeler, pre-kindergarten teacher; Quinn Crawford, pre-kindergarten; Keith and Kevin Whaley, pre-kindergarten
    • National Student Leadership Week - Paris Mercier-White, alternate student Board member, St. Charles High School; Jessica Hoare, Thomas Stone High School; Michael Malherek, Maurice J. McDonough High School; Thomas Carlyle (T.C.) Martin, La Plata High School; Da’Juon Washington, North Point High School; Edmundo Medel, Westlake High School; and Katie Willett, Henry E. Lackey High School
  • Students
    • Olivia McNeil, fifth grade, Academic Achievement, William A. Diggs Elementary School, Principal: Sandra Taylor
    • Erika Urrego, fifth grade, Academic Achievement, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School, Principal: Kimberly Hairston
    • Kiara Thomas, fifth grade, Career Readiness, J.P. Ryon Elementary School, Principal: Robert Opiekun
    • Kierra Brevard, eighth grade, Academic Achievement, General Smallwood Middle School, Principal: Kathy Kiessling
    • Jenesis Andrews-Kendale, tenth grade, Personal Responsibility, Thomas Stone High School, Principal: Michael Meiser
  • Employees
    • Patricia Stokes, special education teacher, Diggs
    • Kelly Suter, pre-kindergarten teacher, Ryon
    • Tara Cardano, language arts teacher, Smallwood
    • Ruby Duehring, theater arts teacher, Stone
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • Art ???? - Retired educator, retired NEA.  Letter to sister.  Thank you for responding to his sisters letter.  Now we need to do something about the bus drivers.  Will talk to the Governor because he's on his commission for suicide prevention.
Action items
Motion to accept the Minutes by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Lukas, Kelly, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Motion to accept the Minutes by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Lukas, Kelly, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

  • Personnel
Motion to accept the Minutes by Kelly; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Lukas, Kelly, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

Adjournment

Monday, March 07, 2016

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 3/8/16

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, March 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 also streamed live on the school system website at www.ccboe.com. Select the live steaming 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, Westlake High School JROTC
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
  • Leadership Extension Application and Development (LEAD) program
  • Project status update
  • English Language Learners (ELL) in elementary schools
  • 2017-18 calendar
  • World language textbook
  • Legislative update
Unfinished business

New business and future agenda items
  • New business – 2016/17 calendar changes
  • Future agenda items
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolutions: Month of the Young Child; and National Student Leadership Week.
  • Students
  • Employees

Public Forum – 6 p.m.
Action items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel
Adjournment

Joint Meeting with Commissioners, March 8 2016.

The Board of Education will meet with the Charles County Commissioners during their public meeting on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Charles County Government Building regarding School Allocation Recommendations.  The presentation being provided by Jason Groth, Chief of Resource & Infrastructure Management and Mr. John Mudd, Resource Manager can be found in the link below.



Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 2/9/16

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, February 9 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, Thomas Stone High School JROTC

Superintendent’s update -
Superintendents Report II 2-9-16 (2).pdf (137 KB)
Correspondence/Board Member updates

  • Marshall - Apologize for missing Board Work Session, did not see the email; J.C. Parks tour, all staff delightful and full of smiles, no chairs in music room, GoFundMe page set up by teacher provided Ukulele's, thanks to Mr. Hettel for lights in gym.
  • Kelly - BOE celebrating 100th anniversary.  kicking off on February 17th with the BOE to meet at the one room school house.  Many events throughout the year.  Hashtag to be used #CCBOE100.  Thank you to Palko and Abell for assistance on committee; social media apps and safety, check your childs phones, set boundaries.
  • Crawford - VFW scholarship available for high school students interested in the arts and design.  check out the website.  Recognition of parents of student shadows.
  • Palko - Martin Luther King Jr breakfast, thank you to everyone; Barnhart Elementary school STEAM museum, students explored, kudos to Mr. Barnes; Kudos to Stetham on CTE program; Skills USA regional competition, congratulations to students; February 2nd had a shadow visit schools and annex buildings; thank you to CCPS print shop and mail room.
  • McGraw - Thank you to Jenifer Elementary on Geography Bee; Congratulationsto Ms. Alicia Jones named State Counselor Advocate of the Year; Scholarship Fund Meeting, seniors please apply; Town Hall with classified personnel scheduled for 2/29 at 5:00 p.m. at the Starkey Building; BOE and Commissioners Meeting on Tuesday, March 8th at 10:00 a.m. location TBD
  • Lukas - MASC meeting on Saturday.  Kudos to CCPS students. 
Education Association of Charles County update - 2016 02 09 EACC BOE Report.pdf (85 KB)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update
  • Kudos to first responders during inclement weather and thank you for supporting them
Student Board Member update - SMOB Report Feb.pdf (36 KB)
Fall athletics participation
  • Athletic Participation FALL Sports Feb 9 Brd Mtg 2016.pdf (617 KB)
  • Overall athletic GPA is up.  # of ineligible students did NOT increase wit new eligibility requirements.
  • Lukas - Thank you for the wealth of information
  • Palko - impressed GPA's went up.  Students not eligible because of the new requirements, what support system?
  • Lawson - one hour lunches and after school assistance.   Encourage coaches to monitor grades and offer study halls.
  • Benson - support for the 8th graders?
  • Lawson - working lunches and after school assistance
  • Benson - see many students with all A's and B's and one F
  • Lawson - haven't tracked this status
Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) presentation - Check presentation for $182,196 for partnership in 2015-2016.

Project status
  • Kelly - Matula & Jenifer, shorten time frame to August for completion?
  • Clements - request to state made, contractors ready.  Hopeful for compressed schedule.
  • Palko - Berry, Malcolm, Craik, Wade, Higdon still need Kindergarten additions.
  • Kelly - New Elementary School capacity 766, why Temporary classrooms in diagram
  • Clements - We always anticipate the need for portable classrooms.
  • Kelly - what is a Maker Space
  • Hungerford - student space for multi purpose
  • Student Daniel - shouldn't there be a fence to keep Kindergarten from wandering off
  • Eschbach - yes fence in place to keep students in and adults out.
  • Student - when is it opening
  • Clements - 2018
  • Student Kaylee - classrooms to plant and study organisms
  • Hungerford - Science on 2nd floor, green roof, planting boxes etc, with a fence :), trails through woods to creek, etc.
  • Crawford - Security with school being that far back in woods
  • Clements - Wetlands etc to deter intruders and consult with security personnel
  • Student Daniel - Other elementary schools close, will it take too many students
  • Clements - need for school because of overcrowding
  • Student Daniel - 4th graders in trailers but Kindergarten are fine inside
  • Student - Shelters for emergencies
  • Hungerford - yes, all has been taken into consideration
  • Student Liasion - Thoughts behind putting Special Education on the Second Floor
  • Eschbach - Consult with instructional staff as to what has to be on the first floor.  The Special Education is located right next to the elevator.
  • Student - Where does all the money come from to do all this
  • Clements - fortunate our commissioners value a strong education and they support us as well as the state.  61% state, 39% county
  • Student - during demolition, where are you putting the students
  • Clements - students will be moved to a temporary school
  • Lukas - Only zoned students for Mudd or will there be programs can be opted in.
  • Clements - Special Education program will be available for out of zone
ELL (English Language Learners) in elementary schools
  •  Kelly - thank you for the presentation and hopes of survival packets for teachers and students to use in order to break the language barrier.
 School years 2016/17 and 2017/18 calendar update
Legislative update
  • HB626 - (SB269)requires school systems to close on Veterans Day; sponsored by Delegate Wilson; we're against because it makes it harder to find the 180 mandated student dates.
  • HB29 - deals with concussions in schools with harsher penalties for coaches who ignore concussions.  Opposed because it intrudes on the local school systems authority to handle at the local level.
  • HB141 - Education accountability; limit mandated testing; we're opposed because it takes away our flexibility
  • HB570 (SB404) - appointment of the State Superintendent of Schools by the advice and consent of the Senate (majority vote); no position at this time
  • SB183 - seatbelts on school buses; we are opposed due to the extreme cost ($60M) to retrofit when there is no clear indication they make buses any safer.
  • HB352 - Legislative audit of local school system from every 6 years to only upon request of the county government maximum of every 6 years.  No position at this time but probably support.
Unfinished business - None

New business - None

Future agenda items
  • Marshall - Special Education concerns raised during staff forum, EACC breakfast, and during the public forum at the last board meeting.  Possibly take a closer look at Special Education program and various staff tasks required.
  • Palko - Requests copy of School System Goals
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolutions
    • Read Across Charles County - Read Across Charles County.pdf (69 KB) - Accepting: Dr. Samuel Mudd Elementary School students: Demari Rorie, kindergarten; Landon Rorie, kindergarten; Dailyn Gaines, fifth grade; Jahshuah Wade, fourth grade; Shellia Soderstrom, reading resource teacher; Kimberly Hairston, principal
    • Women’s History Month - Women History Month Resolution.pdf (164 KB) - Accepting: Maxine Somerville, vice chair, Charles County Commission for Women
    • Fine and Performing Arts Month - FineandPerformingArts Resolution.pdf (12 KB) -  Accepting: Andrew Blumhardt, general music teacher, Indian Head Elementary School; Josh Hettel, art teacher, La Plata High School; Takako Mato, music teacher, Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School; Becky Kuhn, theater/multi media teacher, St. Charles High School; Kristen Liston, chorus teacher, Milton M. Somers Middle School
  • Students - Jolie Prasad, fifth grade, Academic Achievement, Berry Elementary School, Principal: Melissa Logan; Kate Bright, fifth grade, Academic Achievement, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, Principal: Kathleen Morgan; Gabrielle Tsitsiwu, eighth grade, Personal Responsibility, Eva Turner Elementary School, Principal: Orlena Whatley; Madelyn Mudd, eighth grade, Career Readiness, Piccowaxen Middle School, Principal: Wendell Martin; Cameron Butler, twelfth grade, Personal Responsibility, La Plata High School, Principal: Douglass Dolan
  • Staff - Nicholas Gardiner, fifth grade teacher, Berry; Sarah Gobe, library media specialist, Higdon; Christina Greer, fourth grade teacher, Turner; Kristi Nelson, mathematics teacher, Piccowaxen; Angela D. Baker, mathematics teacher, La Plata High School
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • Shane Higgs - Special Education concerns...thank you for starting to look at matters to special education.  Another item would be to look at IA's...only working 5.5 hours a day.  Life Skills teacher has to transfer 14-16 students to buses by herself because her IA has already left.  More IA's will not help.  Need time restrictions lifted. Substitute Teacher pays more than IA's.
  • Lourdes Sagun - wants two way conversation with BOE not just come and speak.  School calendar survey.  Did the survey because she wants voice heard.  Saw the results and we did not make calendar from the survey results.  Kids need a full week from Spring Break. 
  • Simonetta Marchi - Berry Elementary parents were asked to pay for Chess Club.  PTO is not allocating money the parents voted on.  The principal does not speak truthfully.  (Full complaint submitted in writing to the board.)
  • Michelle Folbert - 8th and 11th grade in CCPS.  11th Grade AP student.  10% assessed on her quarterly.  Daughter spoke at Town Hall meeting.  History assessment given August 30th and English given in October.  Need to look at when the assessment is given.
  • Tony Madora? - Owns Expo America, teaches driver improvement and firearm safety.  Advocate of gun safety.  Board and administration should be trained in firearm safety.  Would benefit by having first hand knowledge of guns especially for schools that do not have a school resource officer on hand.  Offering his services to the board. 
Action items
  • Minutes
Motion to accept the Minutes by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Personnel
Motion to accept Personnel by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Algebra I textbook
Motion to accept the Algebra 1 Textbook by Kelly; Second by Palko
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Superintendent’s proposed FY 2017 operating budget
Motion to accept the FY 2017 Operating Budget by Lukas; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Adjournment