Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 9/8/20

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, September 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.

  • Employee contract signing: Education Association of Charles County (EACC) and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

Superintendent’s update - Report

Board Member correspondence
  • Wilson - Upcoming MABE conference; visit to Higdon parking lot on first day; APFO changes; Thank you to Linda McLaughlin for SRO Training; support of SRO's in schools.
  • Brown - Leadership Conference; EACC SRO training.
  • Hancock - Good to be back.  Spoke at planning commission along with fellow board members; joint meeting with the commissioners.
  • Lukas - Thank you to Dr. Hill and staff
  • McGraw - SRO workshop; MABE conference; MABE Committees.; board committees - need to start on Policy again.

EACC update - Report

Student Board Member update - Report

Draft equity policy - Report

Opening of schools - Report
  • Lukas - Request how many students in each of the population groups in Phase 2 and by school.
  • Abell - Only change between phases at end/beginning of quarter (11/5).  Students have a choice but staff do not.  Protocols to take place if COVID numbers go up or at a school.  Will owrk with county health department who will dictate actions.
  • Hancock - Equality vs Equity - make move over quarter
  • Battle-Lockhart - Current approach to teach 30 students via Zoom with no IA's.
  • Brown - no kids back before end of quarter
  • Wilson - start quarter; finish quarter
  • Abell - Assignments in Synergy
Technology update 
  • some laptops and hot spots have been delayed
  • only 30 staff; 8 always on help desk
SY 2021-2022 calendar
  • Option 1 provides for a full week of Spring Break while Option 2 only provides for the long weekend.
  • Abell - Early dismissal days all on same day of the week?
  • Hancock - wants post Labor Day start; staff says survey doesn't indicate parents want it.
Project status update - Report

School seat allocation - Presentation by county government staff; i requested a copy be uploaded to our BoardDocs.
  •  Abell - requested map of PFA's.  How did you come up with 800 as a cap?  allowing for Waldorf Station and multiple developments on PFA's per year.  How did it get expanded to include PFA's?  At a commissioner meeting.  The 800 does not include towns allocations or those allocations granted through the sunset provision.  No  Do other counties have a sunset provision?  Anne Arundel  Will definitely need  collaboration to for full forward funding.
  • Hancock - Sunset provision; can you move forward without this provision?  It will be up to the commissioners.
  • Lukas - yield factors.
  • Wilson - data, need more on six years put and current projects on list with anniversary dates for allocations.  Will forward list to county government staff.
FY 2021 Comprehensive Maintenance Plan

Recurring resolutions
  • American Education Week; American Freedom Week; Inclusion and Diversity Resolution; Black History Month; Gifted and Talented Education Month; Career and Technology Education Month; National School Counseling Week; Read Across America; Women’s History Month; Fine and Performing Arts Month; Month of the Young Child; National Student Leadership Week; Teacher Appreciation Week; Administrative Professionals Week; Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week; National Physical Education and Sport Week; Washington Post Principal of the Year Awards Program; Washington Post Teacher of the Year Awards Program; Maryland Teacher of the Year (MTOY): Charles County nominee; Be the Difference; Retirement Resolution 

Unfinished business 

New business 

  • APFO Possible Task Force - McGraw requested Abell, Lukas, Wilson to serve
  • Suspension of Board policies - Report - consensus to continue

Future agenda items

  • Herd - Fine Arts Adapting Virtually Report

  • Herd - Overview of applications/platforms being used for virtual learning.

Public forum

Action items

  • Minutes
Motion to approve the minutes from August 11, 2020 by Wilson; Second by Hancock
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

Motion to approve the minutes from September 2, 2020 by Abell; Second by Brwn
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

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

  • FY 2021 CIP State and Local Program
Motion to approve the CIP by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

  • Recurring Resolutions 
Motion to approve the recurring resolutions by Hancock; Second by Brown
Yes = Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson; Abstain = Abell

Adjournment 

Friday, September 04, 2020

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 9/8/20

The Board of Education’s next regular meeting is 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8. The Board will meet in person at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building in La Plata. In order to maintain social distancing and safety guidelines in place, 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.

The Board is unable to make public forum live. Questions and comments can be emailed to boardmail@ccboe.com. Submissions are provided to Board members. Board meetings are streamed live on the school system website at ccboe.com. Select the live stream 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.

  • Employee contract signing: Education Association of Charles County (EACC) and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

Superintendent’s update

Reports of officers/boards/committees

  • Board Member correspondence
  • EACC update
  • AFSCME update
  • Student Board Member update
  • Draft equity policy
  • Opening of schools
  • Technology update
  • SY 2021-2022 calendar
  • Project status update
  • School seat allocation
  • FY 2021 Comprehensive Maintenance Plan
  • Recurring resolutions
    • American Education Week; American Freedom Week; Inclusion and Diversity Resolution; Black History Month; Gifted and Talented Education Month; Career and Technology Education Month; National School Counseling Week; Read Across America; Women’s History Month; Fine and Performing Arts Month; Month of the Young Child; National Student Leadership Week; Teacher Appreciation Week; Administrative Professionals Week; Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week; National Physical Education and Sport Week; Washington Post Principal of the Year Awards Program; Washington Post Teacher of the Year Awards Program; Maryland Teacher of the Year (MTOY): Charles County nominee; Be the Difference; Retirement Resolution 

Unfinished business 

New business and future agenda items

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

Public forum

Action items

  • Minutes
  • Personnel
  • FY 2021 CIP State and Local Program
  • Recurring Resolutions 

Adjournment 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 8/11/20

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, August 11 was conducted via teleconference and 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 – 11:30 a.m.

Call to order – 1 p.m.  

Superintendent’s update - Report

Board Member correspondence - None

Education Association of Charles County (EACC) update, Linda McLaughlin, president - Report

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

Student Board Member update, Ian Herd, La Plata High School - Report

Reopening Plan

  • Reopening Plan FAQs
  • About the Reopening Plan
  • Reopening Plan
  • Reopening Powerpoint
  • Board Presentation
  • Wilson - role of Principal and VP during virtual learning and also virtual learning etiquette and assessments
  • Thompson - guidance will be provided to students, parents, and staff
  • Jones - current code of contact will be implemented as much as possible; tips to parents for setting up home workspace
  • Hollstein - the P and VP should be leading their schools both staff and parents; interims every two weeks for grades 3-12.  Wednesdays are for conferences.
  • Hancock - Criteria for moving from phase to phase.
  • Hill - no singular metric; stats, confidence and readiness of staff and students.
  • Abell - Survey results, Phase 2 date of announcement then to implementation; Long Term Sub training; number of employees denied; use of leave for positive Covid 19
  • Hollstein - # of teachers denied will have numbers forthcoming by end of week.  Just closed yesterday.  Phase two movement will happen at end of quarters not mid stream.  Long term subs will be invited to teacher orientation and training.
  • Hill - Survey results will be sent but basically 60/40 with only 40% of Phase 2 students prepared to come to school.
  • Majors - Staff must use their own leave until COVID 19 positive test is confirmed and then they will be reimbursed.
  • Battle-Lockhart - request for virtual learning denial of certain positions because it wasnt clear in survey/application.  Wearing a certain color band to signify level of comfort.  Special Ed schedules etc. Homework?
  • Hill - The band idea was abandoned because some were offended.  Fully her responsibility.
  • Prozik - still working on analysis of what day would entail.  it will be individualized by case managers. 
  • Hollstein - homework will not be emphasized during Phase 1.  Curriculum hasn't changed but method of delivery has changed.
  • Lukas - Sick Leave issue clarification; All teachers have laptops with webcams on first day
  • Majors - even if negative test they will be reimbursed but must have a doctors note up to 80 hours.  Does not include temporary employees. 
  • Thompson - yes.
  • Lukas - numbers spoken rapidly and verbally about survey seemed odd/off.  Need in writing.

Draft equity policy


Project status update - Report

School seat allocations - Report
  • Internal committee has been preparing since January for invite to collaborate with County Government.  The invite never happened.
  • County government staff have presented a draft legislation change to the planning commission, again without board of education formal position.  This proposal includes MAJOR changes that will negatively affect class sizes and student education.
  • Not only Waldorf Station but ALL Priority Funding Areas are included.
  • Board of Education position has been sent to commissioners, planning commission and to the media. 
  • EVERYONE needs to sign up to voice your concerns to the planning commission public hearing on Monday 8/17.  Sign up must happen by this Friday at close of business.  
  • Planning commission will be voting to present their recommendations to the commissioners. 
  • Hancock - how many school seats overall are available; county government staff indicated we just need to redistrict.  Our MS are already overcrowded even if we redistricted.  We need forward funding. Our budget already wasn't fully funded.  Dont see government being able to commit to this funding. 
  • Andritz - applying the yield factor it would be 682 
  • Wilson - contact commissioners, sign up to speak at planning commission.
  • Lukas - not against development its funding to the system to provide to that development.  
FY 2022 state and local CIP program - Report

Recurring resolutions
  • American Education Week; American Freedom Week; Inclusion and Diversity Resolution; Black History Month; Gifted and Talented Education Month; Career and Technology Education Month; National School Counseling Week; Read Across America; Women’s History Month; Fine and Performing Arts Month; Month of the Young Child; National Student Leadership Week; Teacher Appreciation Week; Administrative Professionals Week; Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week; National Physical Education and Sport Week; Washington Post Principal of the Year Awards Program; Washington Post Teacher of the Year Awards Program; Maryland Teacher of the Year (MTOY): Charles County nominee; Be the Difference AwardEmployee Retirement Resolution.

Unfinished business - None

New business

  • Suspension of Board policies - Policies
  • Lukas - #3721 - no transportation?  not private schools?
  • Snow - no private school transportation at this time.  Transportation can be provided as need at the discretion of Superintendent.
Motion to suspend the policies by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

Future agenda items

  • Battle-Lockhart - add multicultural curriculum discussion

Public forum

Action items

  • Minutes
Motion to approve the minutes from June 9 Board Meeting by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

Motion to approve the minutes from June  18 Board Meeting by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

Motion to approve the minutes from June 22 Board Meeting by Lukas; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

Motion to approve the minutes from June 29 AFSME Town Hall by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

Motion to approve the minutes from June 29 Community Town Hall by Lukas; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

Motion to approve the minutes from July 7 Board Meeting by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

Motion to approve the minutes from July 14 Board Meeting by Wilson; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

  • Personnel 
Motion to approve Personnel from June 9 by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

Adjournment 

Monday, August 10, 2020

Agenda for Board of Education Teleconference, 8/11/20

The Board of Education’s next regular meeting is 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11. The meeting will be held virtually using WebEx. There is no public access for this meeting to the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata; however, 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.

Although the Board is unable to make public forum live, it is encouraging the public to email questions and comments to boardmail@ccboe.com. Comments should be limited to 250 words. Board meetings are streamed live on the school system website at ccboe.com. Select the live stream image displayed in the center of the home page. Board meetings also stream live to the CCPS YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/ccpsmd/videos.  

The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change.

Executive session – 11:30 a.m.

Call to order – 1 p.m.  

Superintendent’s update

Reports of officers/boards/committees

  • Board Member correspondence
  • Education Association of Charles County (EACC) update, Linda McLaughlin, president
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) update, Sarah Burch, president
  • Student Board Member update, Ian Herd, La Plata High School

Information/report items

  • Amy Hollstein, deputy superintendent
    • Reopening plan
    • Draft equity policy
  • Michael Heim, assistant superintendent of supporting services, and Steve Andritz, director of planning and construction
    • Project status update
    • School seat allocations
    • FY 2022 state and local CIP program
  • Recurring resolutions
    • American Education Week; American Freedom Week; Inclusion and Diversity Resolution; Black History Month; Gifted and Talented Education Month; Career and Technology Education Month; National School Counseling Week; Read Across America; Women’s History Month; Fine and Performing Arts Month; Month of the Young Child; National Student Leadership Week; Teacher Appreciation Week; Administrative Professionals Week; Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week; National Physical Education and Sport Week; Washington Post Principal of the Year Awards Program; Washington Post Teacher of the Year Awards Program; Maryland Teacher of the Year (MTOY): Charles County nominee; Be the Difference AwardEmployee Retirement Resolution.

Unfinished business 

New business and future agenda items

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

Public forum

Action items

  • Minutes
  • Personnel 

Adjournment 

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 7/14/20

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, July 14 was conducted via teleconference and 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.
Reports of officers/boards/committees
  • School seat allocations - Report
    • Hancock - requests parents to pay attention to this new proposed legislation; concerned about this and the lack of public content available and lack of public knowledge and communication about these changes.
    • Lukas - decision should include stakeholders and will end up opening the flood gates for school population.  Two terms ago we had a better APFO combined committee.  Unhappy with the commissioners and the decisions they are making regarding this and the lack of communication to stakeholders.
    • Wilson - Same sentiments as Hancock and Lukas. Suggest county commissioners to reconsider moving forward on this topic for more transparency and allow more stakeholders input.  More collaboration between Board of Ed and Commissioners.  Implications of proposal will be huge on the school system.  
    • Brown - Agree with fellow colleagues.
    • Abell - Urge community to pay attention to what the commissioners are proposing.  Lack of collaboration.
    • Battle-Lockhart - Collaboration is imperative.  We need you the community to support the Board of Ed and this is happening quickly.  Attend and pay attention to commissioners meeting. 
    • McGraw - agree with all comments.  Class sizes and overcrowding will affect the quality of education.  Would like the opportunity to share our comments with our commissioners.  
  • CCPS local recovery plan overview - Report
    • Option 1 = All virtual; Option 2 = Bring back special population; Option 3 = Bring back PK-2nd and special population; Option 4 = AABB days for all population; Option 5 = All back
    • Abell - Phases as opposed to options.  Presentations not on BoardDocs, the one that is doesn't match the Options presented; not prepared to vote on this today.  Multiple children in family all on LIVE classrooms?  Bandwidth or internet issues?  Not with hotspots.
    • Lukas - Staff recommends Option 2?  Yes; staffing and logistics will be difficult; Was suppose to vote on in August and now in July; Athletics will be gradually resumed through Governors Phase 3 plan. Just bringing back all staff is a lot of people back in the buildings.
    • Hancock - no more packets and good to hear technology available to all students; Childcare for staff?  Yes, included in Option 2.  Sick staff (not COVID) how would they teach?  Substitutes will still be utilized.   If staff has ability and technology to conduct class from home, why wouldnt we give them that option?  It will be addressed with staff on a case by case basis.  
    • Herd - conducted survey of students in HS and MS.  85% said the learned less digitally.  43% said mental impact negatively 42% had a hard time getting questions answered. 84% wanted to go back in person.  If digital what platform would you use and 45% wanted interactive.  Staff should have conducted a student survey.  Also student comments have not been included in public comments on website.  Why are we not listening to our students.
    • Battle-Lockhart - needs presentations to make decision.  can we find out how many teachers want to do virtual vs classroom so we know how much staff we have before making a decision.  Thank you to Ian for sharing students opinions.  
    • McGraw - thank you to staff for putting this together.
    • Wilson - agrees with staff to open using Option 2.  
    • Lukas - how many students are we talking in Option 2?  7600 will pull numbers.  Survey questions, results broken down?  
    • Battle-Lockhart - AlphaBest, are they going to be operating in schools?  Yes. Number of kids per staff member has been decreased.  
    • Herd - David vs. Goliath.  BOE has to face COVID without fear and let students go back to school.  Cannot support Option 2 because only 15% of students support this option.  
    • Lukas - Agrees option 2 is the best way to open schools but not at this time.
    • Hancock - What would the Gwynn Center look  like under Option 2?  In person may not be offered to all students such as Infants and Toddlers.

Motion to accept school reopening plans for Option 2 by Wilson; Second by Brown

Yes =  Brown, McGraw, Wilson; No = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Hancock, Lukas
MOTION FAILS

Motion to accept school reopening plans for Option 1 with movement to Option 2 as soon as possible by Hancock; Second by Lukas
Yes =  Abell, Battle-LockhartHancock, Lukas, McGraw; No = Brown, Wilson
 Public forum
Action items
  • Future school site approval
Motion to accept future school site by Lukas; Second by Wilson
Yes = Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson;  Abstain = Abell, Battle-Lockhart

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

  • EACC and AFSCME contract signing
Motion to accept EACC and AFSCME contracts by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
 Adjournment

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Notes from Board of Education Teleconference Meeting, 6/9/20

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, June 9 was conducted via teleconference and 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 – 11:30 a.m.
Call to order – 1 p.m.
Swearing in of new Student Board Member – Ian Herd, La Plata High School
Superintendent’s update to the Board - Report
Correspondence/Board member updates 
  • Wilson - Welcome to Ian and new student board members; kudos to Dr. Hill and entire system.
  • Battle-Lockhart - Thank you to entire system
  • Hancock - Congratulations to Ian and all liaisons; to all students and parents; diversity and inclusion month
  • Brown - congratulate to all staff and Ian and seniors that graduated and their parents
  • Lukas - thank you to staff and to seniors ($125M in scholarship offers) best of luck.
  • McGraw - strength and worth of organization is only as good as staff.  Thank you to our staff and all graduates and Ian. 
Education Association of Charles County update: Linda McLaughlin, president - Report

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update: Sarah Burch, president

Student Board member update - Report

Summer school: Amy Hollstein, deputy superintendent

Re-opening of schools: Jason Stoddard, director of school safety and security - Report
  • Re-Opening Purposes and Principles
  • Bibliography 
  • Hancock - liklihood of state slecting openings of schools by regions
  • Stoddard - thinks it will be local control
  • Hancock - how much local control will we have on the operation of opening
  • Stoddard - local control
  • Lukas - State Supt will make decision on openings and local tailoring; opening is tied to the Gov. plan of Stage 3?  
  • Stoddard - Indication is yes.
Project status update: Michael Heim, assistant superintendent of supporting services - Report

Educational Facilities Master Plan questions: Michael Heim - Report

CARES Act funding plan: Charmaine Thompson, chief of instructional technology, and Sherri Fisher Davis, budget manager
  • Received $3.1M; 9400 devices will be purchased for all high school students
  • Lukas - how many devices were handed out during COVID?
  • Thompson - 7500+
State Board actions: Eric Schwartz, staff attorney 
  • CARES ACT - allows private schools to get money based on total population not just FARMS students.  MD state, amongst other states, will not be doing this but basing on FARMS.  Private schools not happy and may be taking legal action.
  • MD HS Assessment Waivers - seniors were waived this year and have expanded it to all students that would have taken assessments, i.e. Algebra 1 etc.  These students will never have to take the assessment and will receive credit if passing the class.
Unfinished Business 

  • Battle-Lockhart - 1969 graduates
    • Hill - recognition was scheduled and due to COVID, plans have been put on hold.
New Business
Motion to accept the tuition rates by Abell; Second by Wilson
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
Motion to accept the daily/hourly wage rates by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
Motion to continue the suspension of policies by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
Motion to suspend policy 8160 by Brown; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
Future Agenda Items 
Public Forum – email written comments to boardmail@ccboe.com 
Action Items
Motion to accept the board meeting minutes from May 12, 2020 by Abell; Second by Wilson
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

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

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


Adjournment

Friday, June 05, 2020

Agenda for Board of Education Teleconference, 6/9/20

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, June 9 via teleconference. There is no public access to the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata; however, the meeting will stream live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, www.ccboe.com and air live 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.
Executive session begins at 11:30 a.m., and the public portion of the meeting starts at 1 p.m. Agenda items have been condensed to include updates and issues that require Board attention at this time. Although the Board is unable to make public forum live, it is encouraging the public to email questions and comments to boardmail@ccboe.com. Comments should be limited to 250 words. Board members will read all comments as well as post them on ccboe.com. There will be no recognitions during this meeting.
Board meetings are streamed live on the school system website at ccboe.com. Select the live stream image displayed in the center of the home page. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change.
Executive session – 11:30 a.m.
Call to order – 1 p.m.
Swearing in of new Student Board Member – Ian Herd, La Plata High School
Superintendent’s update to the Board 
Reports of officers/boards/committees
  • Correspondence/Board member updates
  • Education Association of Charles County update: Linda McLaughlin, president
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update: Sarah Burch, president
  • Student Board member update
  • Summer school: Amy Hollstein, deputy superintendent
  • Re-opening of schools: Jason Stoddard, director of school safety and security
  • Project status update: Michael Heim, assistant superintendent of supporting services
  • Educational Facilities Master Plan questions: Michael Heim
  • CARES Act funding plan: Charmaine Thompson, chief of instructional technology, and Sherri Fisher Davis, budget manager
  • State Board actions: Eric Schwartz, staff attorney 
Unfinished Business 
New Business and Future Agenda Items
  • New Business
    • FY2021 tuition rates
    • Daily/hourly wage rates
    • Continuation of suspension of Board policies
    • Suspension of Board policy 8160 
Future Agenda Items 
Public Forum – email written comments to boardmail@ccboe.com 
Action Items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel
  • Educational Facilities Master Plan 
Adjournment

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Notes from Board of Education Teleconference, 5/12/20

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, May 12 was conducted via teleconference and 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

Correspondence/Board Member updates

  • Brown - attended MABE meeting and Board of Commissioners Meeting
  • Battle-Lockhart - attended a couple of lunch sites
  • Lukas - thank you to everyone in the system for trying to meet needs of students; congratulations to graduates

Education Association of Charles County (EACC) update - Report

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

Student Board Member update - Report

Graduation Oral Update - Dr. Kimberly Hill, Superintendent of Schools
  • Three options initially considered. One by appointment in person, second was a drive up, third was completely virtual.
  • Consulted with health department, Maryland state police, and Charles County Sheriff's Office which resulted in a decision of the third option, completely virtual.
  • Received additional information on Friday with revised guidelines which allows a second option.  Everyone still invited to participated in the virtual option but also have the option of an in person appointment as well.  Schools will begin reaching out tomorrow.
  • Virtual will be available on June 11th at 7:00 a.m.
Distance learning instructional Oral update – Amy Hollstein, Deputy Superintendent of Schools
  • Finish out 4th quarter and 4th quarter report cards posted in June
  • Seniors will finish May 20th
  • Online scheduling for next year
  • Uncertain what the fall will hold for us
  • Recommendation to continue suspension Policy on eligibility for the fall (6431). On the agenda later today.
  • For more information, go to CCBOE.com and go to Distance Learning for additional resources and updates.
  • Battle-Lockhart - questioned cosmetology  updates for the state.
Technology Oral update – Charmaine Thompson, Chief of Technology

  • Survey to all staff and students on technology availability and needs
  • 7,400 laptops for students, 2300 for teachers and 52 for staff
  • 2500 Help Desk Tickets
  • Quick reference guides & Webinars
  • Added expansion of wifi hotspots at schools
  • donated used ipads to SagePoint and Hospice

Project status update – Michael Heim, assistant superintendent of supporting services - Report

  • Some projects still continuing with social distancing guidelines
  • Some process and design aspects are being tackled virtually/remotely
  • Henson construction started
  • Sanitizing is ongoing

Educational Facilities Master Plan update – Michael Heim - Report

Food Nutrition Services update – Crystal Richardson and William Kreuter, supervisors of food and nutrition services - Report

  • Please view the awesome report to see all of the great things food services has accomplished.
  • Congratulations and thank you to all

Five-day waiver request – Eric Schwartz, staff attorney - Report

  • Letter to state superintendent to request the waiver

Motion to approve the minutes by Lukas; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
  • Governor vetoed the Kirwan Bill.  - This does not affect the FY 2021 funding, however that could change depending on state revenues.
  • Built to Learn Act on school construction was dependent on the Kirwan bill passing.
Unfinished business
New business

  • Continuation of suspension of Board policies - Report
Motion to approve the continued suspension of policies by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
  • Policy 6431 regarding eligibility
    • Lukas - what about students that have not tried to complete the online work
    • Hancock - Use third quarter grade as reflection
    • Abell - requested appropriate wording from legal
    • Legal (Schwartz) - Policy is suspended; continue suspension and have the Superintendent address.

Consensus of board to allow Superintendent to make determination of eligibility
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson


Future agenda items

  • Lukas - Work Session to discuss budget; possible date Wednesday, May 27th
Action items

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

  • Personnel

Motion to approve the personnel by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Brown, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson; Abstain = Battle-Lockhart, Hancock

Adjournment