Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 1/10/17

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, January 10 will be re-broadcast on Comcast Channel 96, Verizon FIOS Channel 12 and is available via webstream at http://www.ccboe.com/ . To view the full agenda and the various reports, please visit BoardDocs .
The below notes are my personal notes and are not intended to be all-inclusive or official minutes for the Board of Education meetings and are provided as a request from my supporters and the general public in a personal effort to be more transparent. Although I have diligently tried to make these notes as unbiased and accurate as possible, I am only human and do make mistakes.

Executive Session – 12 p.m.

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

Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman

Motion to elect Virginia McGraw for Chair by Marshall; Second by Palko
Motion to elect Lukas by McGraw; Second by Marshall
Ms. McGraw declined her nomination
Vote for Lukas was unanimous

Motion to elect Palko for Vice-Chair by McGraw; Second by Marshall
Vote was unanimous

Superintendent’s update - Superintendents report 1-10-17.pdf (277 KB)
  • Crawford - Visit Transportation Dept., toured maintenance shop and television studio.  Visited Malcolm Elementary.  sat through 4 hour public forum on Watershed Conservation District.  Will resume this Thursday at 6:00.  15 people in favor; 53 against.
  • Marshall - Attended Jaycees infant and toddler celebration; visited Middleton Art class
  • McGraw - Thank you to EACC for the legislative reception; Wade staff thank you for pre-holiday activities. Remind Seniors for scholarship applications.
  • Kelly - enjoyed orchestra, choir, and band holiday concerts; water safety course for 5th grade students and was rescued over 100 times.
  • Palko - Gale-Bailey visit, received a tshirt and participated in morning announcements; visited Indian Head to view flash cards for next generation science cards.
Education Association of Charles County (EACC) update - 2017-01-10 EACC update.pdf (41 KB)

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) update
  • Still two steps behind, health care insurance went up, last cola was 8 years ago, heavy workload. 
  • Requests another town hall meeting for employees and board
Student Board member update
  • General assembly on the 20th
  • college apps are due
Making a Difference: Non-traditional high school completion programs
  • About 290 students
  • Alternative Education - recognition at national level at conference
  • Opt in program start last year for alternative non-traditional education.  Application process. 
  • Only open to high school students but piloting a middle school program.
  • Evening High School program entrance through hearing process
  • Virtual Academy students by application process; use APEX software; complete 2 classes per quarter
  • student and parent testimonials were given
  • New behavioral Specialist hired fro elementary school
CIP update

Elementary school #22 update
  • out to bid for about 40 days with a pre-qualification process; 5 contractors prequalified; received 3 bids all over budget.    Have received one full year from state.  did value engineering with architecture to try and reduce cost.  Took out $1.3M.  need to resolve funding issues
Superintendent’s proposed FY 2018 operating budget
School naming committee update

Legislative update
  • state budget not in great shape $400M deficit.  will affect education.  state funding is formula driven.  many cuts will come in local funding
  • commission on excellence in education is looking at funding; consultants recommendation is to increase funding for education by $2.9M and changing formula for special ed and pre k; also recalculate the wealth formula for counties
  • Session starts tomorrow and ends early April
  • Bills could include burden of proof and an hourly school requirement vs the 180 days
Unfinished business
  • Policy #5117: Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation -
New business - None

Future agenda items - None

Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolutions
    • Black History Month: Accepting: Taylor Fly, Senior, Thomas Stone High School and Ishaq Abdul-Rahim, Senior, Thomas Stone High School 
    • Career and Technical Education Month: Accepting: Students of CTE programs at Robert D. Stethem Educational Center: Jonathan Corbett, senior, Media; Ann Marie York, junior, TAM; Joseph Childress, junior, Auto; Shawn Gayle, junior, HVAC; Shyanne Lee, junior, Pharmacy
    • Gifted and Talented Education Month: Accepting: Lynn Hopkins, 6th grade Language Arts teacher, Milton Somers Middle School; Christian Gomez, 8th grade student, Somer
    • National School Counseling Week: Accepting: Ronnie Richmond and Megan English, counselors, General Smallwood Middle School
  • Students
    • Laniya Faulk; fifth-grade; Academic Achievement; C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School; Principal: Ben Kohlhorst
    • Edenilson Velasquez-Orellana; fourth-grade; Personal Responsibility; Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School; Principal: Christienne Warren
    • Hope Treadway; fifth-grade; Personal Responsibility; Gale-Bailey Elementary School; Principal: Verniece Rorie
    • MacKenna Zopelis; fifth-grade; Career Readiness; T.C. Martin Elementary School: Principal: Robert Opiekun
    • Yachi Madaan; eighth-grade; Academic Achievement; John Hanson Middle School; Principal: Susan McCormick
    • Shaun Hange; twelfth-grade; Personal Responsibility; Henry E. Lackey High School; Principal: Kathy Perriello
  • Staff
    • Pamela Gill, teacher, Barnhart
    • Donna Rhoades, kindergarten instructional assistant, Brown
    • Toni Adams, special education instructional assistant, Gale-Bailey
    • Melody Philpotts, library media specialist, Martin
    • Diane Fisher, science teacher, Hanson
    • Jonathan Liston, math teacher, H.E. Lackey
Public Forum – 6 p.m. (name spelling is to the best of my knowledge)
  • Leon Thornton - School naming, all names are worthy, son of Margaret Jamieson Thornton.  Wants school named after her.  Reiterated her history in education and the community.
  • Patricia Jamieson Hart - Sister to Margaret Jamieson Thornton.  Spoke on behalf of naming the school after her.  Believed in respecting the student and they would respect you.
  • Lydia Thornton Johnson - Daughter of Margaret Jamieson Thornton.  Wants school named after her mother.  devoted, passionate and always there for the students
  • Tanja Carter - Margaret Jamieson Thornton was her Aunt.  Her name should be on the side of the next elementary school as inspiration to other teachers to aspire. 
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 Palko
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Policy #5117: Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation
Motion to accept Policy #5117 with additions (see below) by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall; No = McGraw, Palko
    • exclude the list and add "including but not limited to" and reference COMAR and Education Article
Adjournment

Monday, January 09, 2017

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 1/10/17

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 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. The following is a 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

Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman

Superintendent’s update

Reports of officers/board/committees
  • Correspondence/Board member updates
  • Education Association of Charles County (EACC) update
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) update
  • Student Board member update
  • Making a Difference: Non-traditional high school completion programs
  • CIP update
  • Elementary school #22 update
  • Superintendent’s proposed FY 2018 operating budget
  • School naming committee update
  • Legislative update
Unfinished business
  • Policy #5117: Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation
New business

Future agenda items

Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolutions: Black History Month; Career and Technical Education Month; National School Counseling Week; and Gifted and Talented Education Month
  • Students
  • Staff
Public Forum – 6 p.m.

Action items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel
  • Policy #5117: Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation
Adjournment

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 12/13/16

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, December 13 will be re-broadcast on Comcast Channel 96, Verizon FIOS Channel 12 and is available via webstream at http://www.ccboe.com/ . To view the full agenda and the various reports, please visit BoardDocs .
The below notes are my personal notes and are not intended to be all-inclusive or official minutes for the Board of Education meetings and are provided as a request from my supporters and the general public in a personal effort to be more transparent. Although I have diligently tried to make these notes as unbiased and accurate as possible, I am only human and do make mistakes.

Executive session – 12 p.m.

Call to order – 1 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance – St. Charles High School

Recognition of state winners – La Plata High School marching band, Chisom Ojukwu, art contest winner, Maurice J. McDonough High School

Superintendent’s update to the Board - Superintendent's report 12.13.2016.pdf (175 KB)

Correspondence/board member updates
  • Palko - attended a counselors session at Lackey HS; senior interviews
  • Crawford - Archery Tournament at Somers; REL emails, webinar on closing the achievement gap; Jan 9, planning commission meeting, public hearing
  • Kelly - Somers band concert and Mr. Hood, thank you.
  • Lukas - It's Academic congrates to LaPlata HS; military ball; County First annual art show at Neal Elementary; legislative sub committee meeting
  • McGraw - Judy Center train night; MABE committee on school funding need a representative; suspension data is on ccboe website under At A Glance
Education Association of Charles County update - 2016-12-13 BOE update.pdf (54 KB)

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update

Student Board member’s update - student Board member update 121216.pdf (141 KB)

Elementary Reading: The Key to Academic Success
Energy savings and rewards
  • $108,990 cash back and $108,990 in credit.
Health insurance overview
Human Resources Update
  • held a meet and greet for recent graduates
School Naming Committee report - elem school naming cmte report.docx.pdf (167 KB)

Legislative update
  • teacher retirement gap - shortfall in budget
Unfinished business
Motion to approve Option 1 with Mr. Lukas' amendments by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; Abstain=Marshall

New business
  • Teacher forums and support personnel - schedule? Consensus was yes
Future agenda items
  • Palko - System goals update
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Students
    • Robert Jonathon Moss, 11th grade, Academic Achievement, St. Charles High School, Principal: Richard Conley
    • Taliya Ricks, 8th grade, Academic Achievement, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, Principal: Kenneth Schroeck
    • Niya Henderson, 8th grade, Academic Achievement, Milton M. somers Middle School, Principal: Carrie Aikens
    • Anna Martin, 5th grade, Career Readiness, J.C. Parks Elementary School, Principa: Gregory Miller
    • Zoe Mudd, 5th grade, Personal Responsibility, Malcolm Elementary School, Principal: Wilhelmina Pugh
    • Rachel Chernoff, 5th grade, Academic Achievement, Dr. James Craik Elementary School, Principal: Michelle Beckwith
  • Employees
    • Susan R. Steinmetz, vocal music teacher, Craik
    • Christine E. Chinault, art teacher, Malcolm
    • Jennifer E. Fenton, teacher, Parks
    • Valerie A. Amend, language arts teacher, Somers
    • Subha B. Nathan, special education instructional assistant, Stoddert
    • Autumn A. Britt, art teacher, St. Charles
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • Calvin Compton - contractor.  responding to Keith McGirts allegations at the November board meeting.  Allegations of stealing money and not paying his drivers.  drivers turn in timesheets of routes after school starts.  insulted by lies about him and his company.
  • Keith McGirt - bus drivers bring concerns to him.  bus drivers fear to speak for themselves.  bus accidents and fatalities are in the news lately but NOT in Charles County because our drivers are dedicated.  Case in court for drivers alleging contractors failed to pay drivers. I am not a liar.
  • Deb Vahle - bus driver.  supposed union keeps information from her and makes allegations.  Vandalism happens to her bus and personal vehicle.  Soap was put into her windshield washer reservoir.
  • Wade Compton - contractor.  42 years as a bus contractor.  dispelling comments made at the November meeting by Keith McGirt.  Time sheets are submitted by drivers and all buses have GPS.  Drivers are being harassed and bullied by fellow employees to join the union.  My son confronted one of the individuals and asked the driver to stop harassing.  Driver accused him of threats.  File Peace Order.  Bus tape does not show this is accurate.
  • Mark Koch - comments made by some drivers are not accurate and is only furthering the divide.  come talk to our drivers, not the few that come to meetings and try to stir up trouble,
  • David Jansher (?) - Led to believe it was my job to wash my own bus but believes the bus contractors get paid to wash the bus.  Over time accuses board of not getting paid the overtime.  Relayed lots of heresay.  Wants answers.
  • Sam Graves - Driver.  Drivers are the first adult a child sees in the morning and the last one they see in the afternoon.  They have a chance to make a difference in a child's life.  I like my job.  I like my salary.  Supplement my retirement income.  Last December my children and their parents were scared they weren't going to have a ride home.  Another sick out is being planned, or so it is rumored.  I keep my bus at home and luckily don't have to put up with the driver drama. 
Action items
  • Minutes
Motion to approve the minutes from 11/8/16 by Marshall; Second by Abell
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
 
Motion to approve the minutes from the legislative breakfast by Marshall; Second by Abell
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko; Abstain=Kelly
 
  • Personnel
Motion to approve Personnel by Abell; Second by Palko
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

  • Policy #5117 (Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation)
Motion to approve Policy #5117 by Abell; Second by Lukas

Yes=Abell; No= Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
 
Crawford Motioned to remove the list of  harassments and Abell seconded.
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Marshall;  No=Lukas, McGraw, Palko
 
Will come back next month as a report item to vote again.
 
  • Adjournment

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting 12/13/16

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 1 p.m. The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12, and is rebroadcast throughout the week.

Board meetings are also streamed live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, www.ccboe.com. Click on the middle of the main page to start the live streaming. The following agenda is subject to change.

Executive session – 12 p.m.

Call to order – 1 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance – St. Charles High School

Recognition of state winners – La Plata High School marching band, Chisom Ojukwu, art contest winner, Maurice J. McDonough High School

Superintendent’s update to the Board

Reports of officers/boards/committees
  • Correspondence/board member updates
  • Education Association of Charles County update
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update
  • Student Board member’s update
  • Elementary Reading: The Key to Academic Success
  • Energy savings and rewards
  • Health insurance overview
  • School Naming Committee report
  • Legislative update
Unfinished business
  • 2017-18 school calendar
New business

Future agenda items
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Students
  • Employees
Public Forum – 6 p.m.

Action items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel
  • Policy #5117 (Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation)
Adjournment

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 11/8/16

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, November 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 – 1 p.m.
 
Call to order – 2 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance – Westlake High School

Superintendent’s update to the Board - Superintendents Report 11-08-16.pdf (133 KB)

Correspondence/board member updates
  • Kelly - Jenifer Elementary tour awesome; Lackey High School Yearbook staff; mailing report cards
  • Crawford - Elections today, impressed with school staff
  • Palko - Thank you to veterans; Thanks for riding the float to Lukas and McGraw; thanks to North Point staff and students for help building the float; Adult Graduation Ceremony; Stetham Virtual Academy
  • McGraw - Project Graduation thanks
  • Lukas - Congratulations to LaPlata Marching Band and good luck to soccer; Educators Rising event.
Education Association of Charles County update - 2016-11-08 BOE EACC Report.pdf (70 KB)

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update
  • working closely with EACC on projects and events
  • Outstanding support staff, asks for recognition more than once a year
  • Congratulations to North Point on Silver Hammer Award
Student Board member update - student update.pdf (134 KB)

Student Code of Conduct - Code of Student Conduct.pdf (748 KB)
Special populations - BOE November 2016 #2.pdf (1,321 KB)
  • 26,471 students; 600 Special population students
,eacon study students
Calendar survey - report item -- calendar survey.pdf (19 KB)

Legislative update
  • Thornton 2 - Commission on Innovation in Education
Policy #5117 - Board Policy 5117 draft October 2016.pdf (207 KB)

Unfinished business
  • Palko - HB1406 - Adult high school concept task force.  Charles County 6th best in state for adults with diplomas
New business

Future agenda items
  • Volunteers at elementary school and the number of readers that need extra help is increasing.  Get data on readers at-above-below grade level for the past four years.
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • Karen Cross - 5th time speaking during public forum.  sent email with documents regarding transgender practice.  best practices and biased organizations.  children are not a social experiment.
  • Keith McGirt - bus driver.  mediation because contractor stole money from the drivers.  system is housing thieves.  time to right the wrong.  wants to be county employees.
  • Chris Ogne - local pastor and dad.  5th time speaking on the transgender policy.   Only as good as source material.  look at other source materials.  against implementation of transgender policy and this implementation is actually teaching transgender and we should seek other source material.
  • Yolanda Brown - 6 children in the system.  if we continue with transgender policy we should also implement prayer back in school.  stop trying to be the parents
Action items
Motion to approve the Minutes from 10/18/16 by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes=Abell, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko  Absent=Crawford
 
Motion to approve the Minutes from 10/24/16 by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes=Abell, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko  Absent=Crawford  Abstain - Kelly
  • Personnel
Motion to approve Personnel by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes=Abell, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko  Absent=Crawford
  • 2017 Legislative positions
Motion to approve the Legislative positions by Lukas; Second by Kelly
Yes=Abell, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko  Absent=Crawford

Adjournment

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 10/18/16

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, October 18 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 – North Point High School

Superintendent’s update to the Board - Superintendents Report October 2016. (1).pdf (211 KB)

Correspondence/board member updates
  • Palko - Commend Mr. Roberts at McDonough for a successful parent meeting last night; One Maryland One Book at St. Charles HS, successful event; field trip from Field to Fork promoting collaborative relationship with CCPS to promote agriculture, etc.
  • Kelly - MABE Conference attendance; tonight's reception for 100th Anniversary of BOE;  CCSO emotional survival training attendance
  • Crawford - Science Center BOE presentation enjoyed
  • Lukas - Fine Arts Advisory Council Meeting in Baltimore attendance
  • McGraw - Letter from state board regarding our response to testing.
Education Association of Charles County update - 2016-10-18 BOE EACC update.pdf (49 KB)

Student board member’s update - student update.pdf (134 KB)

FY2016 Independent Financial Audit - CharlesCountyBOEFinStmtFinal.pdf (522 KB)
  • Kelly - Question regarding increasing the OPEB budget
Policy 5117 - Board Policy 5117 draft October 2016.pdf (207 KB)

Technology
Mentoring initiatives

Redistricting update - Elementary 22 redistricting presentation.pdf (544 KB)
  • Selection of redistricting committee members
Staffing update
2017 Legislative positions - Legislative Positions (2017 draft).pdf (170 KB)

Unfinished business

New business

Future agenda items

Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolutions AmericanEducationWeekResolution2016.pdf (351 KB): Accepting: John Groat, AFSCME president, Linda McLaughlin, EACC president; Da'Juon Washington, Student Board member, North Point High School; American Freedom Week.pdf (74 KB): Accepting: USAF: Cadet Technical Sergeant Deja Cash, 11th grade, North Point High School; Marines: Cadet 1st Lt. Antony C. Nader, 12th grade, St. Charles High School; Army: Cadet Major Matthew Kenlon, 12th grade, McDonough High School; Navy: Cadet LCDR Danyell Hankerson, 12th grade, Westlake High School
  • Students - Elizabeth Saoud, 11th grade, Academic Achievement, Maurice J. McDonough High School, Principal: Steven Roberts; Kikayla Cox, 12 grade, Academic Achievement, La Plata High School, Principal: Douglass Dolan; Caroline Edelen, 8th grade, Personal Responsibility, Piccowaxen Middle School, Principal: Wendell Martin; Zachary Berke, 5th grade, Personal Responsibility, Berry Elementary School, Principal: Sandra Taylor; Aurelie Hein, 5th grade, Academic Achievement, Dr. Thomas Higdon Elementary School, Principal: Kathleen Morgan; Keeva Morgan, 5th grade, Career Readiness, Eva Turner Elementary School, Principal: Orlena Whatley
  • Employees - Stephanie Barry, special education teacher, La Plata; Erin Amore, third grade teacher, Berry; Janice Earnshaw, fourth grade teacher, Higdon; Ivy Wade, instructional assistant, Turner; Valerie Benton, school counselor, Piccowaxen; Kathleen Davis, resource teacher, McDonough
Public Forum – 6 p.m.

  • Eugene Kirsh - petition of 2,000 regarding transgender issue.
  • Anna Albritten - Transgender bathroom policy sends the wrong message.  Send the message that biological sex is wrong.  same as telling anorexics its okay to starve yourself.  Please change it.
  • Norm Quick - 4 young boys attending school.  state policy promotes LGBTQ agenda.  against it.  no bullying should be tolerated.  transgender is not a physical condition but a mental condition.  Please reject this document.
  • Robin Talbot - 3 boys.  Transgenders deserve respect and love as everyone else but I have the right to teach my children as the Bible teaches.  What is the timeline for implantation.
  • Didn't catch name - education of morality should be left up to parents.  witnessed civil rights years ago but have seen this country digress in recent years.  concerns of pedophilia and molestation.  People will be held liable.  needs of many outweigh needs of one
  • Steve Shwann - 3 children.  Any empirical studies done on purported problems.  26,000 students; approximately 7 identify as transgender, 3 have requested bathroom accommodations.  what is the criteria or testing will be done to identify transgender and what protection is in place to protect against predators and how will they be enforced.
  • Todd Corey - Charles County native, police officer, receives extensive training on LGBT and asked fellow officers and they object to it.  Quote from Stand United website.  Do not teach transgender identification in schools.  Baffled.  Age appropriateness comes in to play.  Should be addressed at home. 
  • Erin Falls - 7th grader at Piccowaxen....feel uncomfortable using bathroom at school.  boys are boys, girls are girls.
  • Liam Falls - 6th grader at Piccowaxen.  uncomfortable going to a bathroom with a girl.  It's embarrassing to ask the teacher to go to the nurse to use the bathroom
  • Christa Falls - 6 kids in CCPS.  Transgender added to non discrimination policy in June 2015.  October 2015 state issued policy to include.  Dr. Hill laid out her plan in May 2016 to include transgender.  Males and Females on field trips on separate wings was stricken from policy.  Boys and Girls should be separate.  Make Dr. Hill change her implantation of policy.
  • Chris Falls - 6 kids in CCPS.  safety of children, especially special needs children.  Policy opens doors for predators.  Held accountable to Jesus Christ.  Please reconsider the implantation of the transgender policy.
  • Chris Ogne - Pastor and father of 4.  Speaks of the bible book of Ester.  Morticae.  We do not have the right to say who is boy and who is girl.  Only God does. Dr.Hill has the authority to change the implementation of this policy. 
  • Tom DeSabla - CC Republican Central Committee - Safe Spaces Policy.  Rights for one person ends where the rights for another person begins.  Surprised by policy document,  Completely put together by LGBTQ community and organizations.  MD graduating seniors are below the national average on SAT scores.  Doesn't sound like you have time to teach transgender identification or sexual orientation.
  • Karen Cross - 4th time speaking.  Upset as everyone else.  First year her child is in CCPS.  Teacher.  Training is phenomenal.  Watched meetings and thank you for your dedication.  Teacher shortage.  Need this transgender policy needs to go away so we can focus on more important items.  Saw work session where field trip language was changed in policy.  Will transgender teachers be allowed to chaperone on over night field trips.
  • Yolanda Coleman Brown - comes from blended family with 6 children through CCPS.  Been on PTO boards and volunteer in community.  Upset about our students witnessing this.  They have to choose which bathroom they go to.  Go back to prayer in schools. I voted for most of you.  It's time to take a stand.  board thinks parents are ignorant
  • Carl Briggey - quoted bible verse; 12 states have pushed back against it.  Counties have pushed back against it.  change policy
Action items
Motion to accept the Minutes by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas,, McGraw, Palko; Absent = Marshall
 
Motion to accept the Minutes by Kelly; Second by Palko
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas,, McGraw, Palko; Absent = Marshall
 
  • Personnel
Motion to accept Personnel by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; Absent=Marshall
Motion to accept the Comprehensive Maintenance Plan by Lukas; Second by Abell
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; Absent=Marshall

Adjournment

Monday, September 26, 2016

Notes from Board of Education Work Session, 9/26/16

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, September 13 will be re-broadcast on Comcast Channel 96, Verizon FIOS Channel 12 and is available via webstream at http://www.ccboe.com/ . To view the full agenda and the various reports, please visit BoardDocs .
The below notes are my personal notes and are not intended to be all-inclusive or official minutes for the Board of Education meetings and are provided as a request from my supporters and the general public in a personal effort to be more transparent. Although I have diligently tried to make these notes as unbiased and accurate as possible, I am only human and do make mistakes.

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

Public Forum

  • Dr. Howard Haft - Daughters at McDonough High School.  Concerned about the increase in violence.  Students need more accountability.
  • Lisa Akers - McDonough High School increase in violence.  daily fights.  more support and discipline for students.  Recommendations include a second resource officer, another psychologist/social worker, community task force, state involvement, ESSL students
  • Lenny Hicks jr. @ McDonough, phone video taped fights. daughter scared to go to school.  graduating early and fore going her senior year. complex issues at school that need addressing. letter to the editor
  • Christine Siud - Junior and a freshman, violent atmosphere, small group of students are the problem,  whole body is being punished.  happy with staff
  • Kelly Robertson -  Junior and recent graduate.  increase in violence on buses.  girls from group homes are initiating.  daughter wont ride the bus anymore.
  • Susie Haley - 2 McDonough graduates, 1 -10th grade, 1-8th grade, students need more,support.  students have issues.  consequences of actions are not harsh enough.  support staff and administrators.

Work Session
Policy 6000 review

Adjournment 


Agenda for Board of Education Work Session, 9/26/16

The Board of Education’s next work session is Monday, Sept. 26 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 6 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.

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

Public Forum

Work Session
Policy 6000 review

Adjournment 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 9/13/16

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, September 13 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

Superintendent’s update - Superintendents Report Sept. 2016.pdf (139 KB)

Correspondence/Board Member updates

Education Association of Charles County update - 2016-09-13 EACC BOE report.pdf (47 KB)

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update
  • oral update on school opening regarding maintenance and operations of schools.
Student Board Member update - student update.pdf (127 KB)

Opening of schools
  • great, uneventful first day
  • Matula and Jenifer Elem opened their full day kindergarten additions
  • 350 Ipads purchased for pre-k students at Title 1 schools.
  • all middle schools (6th grade) have incorporated digital textbooks.  rollout still happening.  loaner equipment available for students.
  • 26,214 students
Nondiscrimination/gender identity policy
  • federal non discrimination policy read.  Letter from federal government regarding schools and bathrooms.
  • 11-12 states challenged the federal law.  Texas has overturned the federal letter.
  • Maryland cannot do this because we had an appellant legal case already in place requiring us to adhere to federal law.  Currently appealed to supreme court.  4th circuit
  • Talbot County recently denied use to a male transgender student to use locker room.  Student has filed a law suit and it's on hold waiting for the Supreme Court decision.
  • Current ways we are handling transgender students and issues that may arise which is not new and we have been doing this for years.
  • Discussion between staff, board members and students
  • approx. 15 students county wide have identified as transgender.  Only 3 have asked to use the bathroom they have identified with.  not an issue for the students
2017-18 Calendar
FY2017 Comprehensive maintenance plan - cmp v2017 draft 9-1-16.pdf (3,462 KB)

Project updates - Construction status-2016-09.pdf (217 KB)

Food and nutrition update - FNS Board presention 2016_2.pdf (1,580 KB)

Staffing update
  • 35 long term subs
  • recruiting fairs have been scheduled already for the fall
Unfinished business - None

New business
Motion to accept the intercategory budget transfer by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

Future agenda items - None

Recognition 
  • 2016 James E. Richmond Leadership Excellence Award 
    • Paul T. Balides, assistant superintendent of finance and business (retired)
    • Keith A. Hettel, assistant superintendent of supporting services (retired)
Mr. Lukas and myself left at this time in order to attend the Commissioners Public Forum on School Allocations and therefore I could not record the details of the public forum and action items.

Public Forum – 6 p.m.

Action items
  • Personnel
  • Recurring resolutions: American Education Week; American Freedom Week; 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; Charles County Teacher of the Year; Washington Post Teacher of the Year awards program; Parent Involvement Matters Award; and Employees Retirement
All action items passed but since i was not in attendance during this time i couldn't record the votes.

Adjournment 

Friday, September 09, 2016

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 9/13/16

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 1 p.m. The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12 and is rebroadcast throughout the week.
Board meetings are also streamed live on the 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 – 12 p.m.
Call to order – 1 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance
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
  • Opening of schools
  • Nondiscrimination/gender identity policy
  • 2017-18 Calendar
  • FY2017 Comprehensive maintenance plan
  • Project updates
  • Food and nutrition update
  • Staffing update
Unfinished business
New business and future agenda items
  • New business
  • FY 2016 Intercategory budget transfer request
  • Future agenda items
Recognition 
  • 2016 James E. Richmond Leadership Excellence Award 
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
Action items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel
  • FY 2018 CIP State and Local Program
  • Recurring resolutions: American Education Week; American Freedom Week; 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; Charles County Teacher of the Year; Washington Post Teacher of the Year awards program; Parent Involvement Matters Award; and Employees Retirement
Adjournment 

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 8/9/16

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, August 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 – 11 a.m.
 
Call to order – 12 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance

Superintendent’s update - Superintendent's report August 2016.docx (17 KB)

Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • Kelly - watch for buses; 100th anniversary update...look for us at the fair, October 1 at the Richmond Science Center, October 2 at the one room school house.  Requested follow up on sveral previously discussed items.
  • Palko - financial literacy, received email from Dr. Cox at Towson; invited by bus contractors to visit and did so at Koch, very informative.
  • Marshall - Read poem from grandson
  • McGraw- appointed to state adult education task force; reviewed MABE committees and appointees
Education Association of Charles County update - 2016 08 09 EACC BOE report.pdf (39 KB)

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update - verbal update provided John Groat; AFSME now offers Associate degrees to employees and families in specific areas.

Student Board Member update - student board memberr update.pdf (149 KB)

Review of Maryland’s use of assessment and testing in public schools - CCPS_Assessment_Overview.pdf (275 KB)
  • Focus on formative assessments
  • District Committee of teachers, parents, stakeholders, etc. to be formed
  • Questionable as to why students with IEP cannot have their specific accommodations during PARCC testing.  mandated by COMAR not decided by us
New GED Pilot Pathway for SAIL students - BOE GED Options 8.9.2016.pdf (321 KB)

Project status update - Construction status-2016-08R.pdf (224 KB)
  • Love the new report format
FY 2018 CIP state and local program - BdAgendaReport FY 2018 CIP_package.pdf (1,914 KB)

Oral update on staffing - Staffing Status 8.8.2016.pdf (339 KB)
  • 96 vacancies - mainly in Math, Science and Special Education
  • Due to late notification of resignations ; not just us, nationwide
  • Still hiring and concentrating on recruitment and retention
Recurring resolutions: American Education Week; American Freedom Week; 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; Charles County Teacher of the Year; Washington Post Teacher of the Year awards program; and Parent Involvement Matters Award.

Unfinished business
  • Palko - Needs information on our adult ed population in Charles County and per pupil expenses for her to take to the state task force meeting
  • Kelly - status on PPO Council, Mentor survey results, status on summer gym
New business

Future agenda items
  • Marshall - Policy 6000 completion; transgender bathroom issue
Public Forum – 3:30 p.m. (name spellings are guesstimates)
  • Gene Kirsch - no religion in schools is a myth.  Satan is infiltrating all aspects of society.  Normalization of satanic values.  Satanic laws are being passed by the federal government.  Transgenderism is an abomination.
  • MaryAnn Linker - Support contractor owned buses.  Worked for 11 years in PG county and likes the privately owned bus system in Charles County much better.  Contractor has a vested interest in their buses and drivers.  Issues are addressed in a timely manner.
  • John Melnenson - Concerned parent and graduate of Lackey.  15yo and 5yo daughter.  cannot believe we would vote to have transgender students in the bathrooms with his daughters. Opening the door to pedophiles.   Doctors just trying to make a buck will diagnosis them as transgenders.  Goes against the laws of mother nature.  God help you if you don't change this.
  • Karen Cross - transgender policy...everyone has a different definition for compassion.  Creates confusion and division amongst us and our children.  Beliefs and opinions and have been spread as truths.  Read scripture from Matthew.  Please reconsider and help these children accept who they are the way God made them.
  • Christa Fawls - Mother of 7. what are we going to do because school will be starting soon.  schools are not prepared to accommodate the number of children that will be requesting private bathrooms and changing rooms.  why even have dress codes because everything will be revealed in the locker rooms.  Love everyone but don't contribute to their delusions.
  • Chris Fawls - reality is bigger than a policy at school.  not just about the transgender individual.  It is a mental ailment/conflict.  County in Virginia won a reprieve just last week because the stood up.
  • Crystal Rajesky - transgender policy.  locker rooms and bathrooms used to be private.  anyone can dress as they wish.  children will now be forced to find individual bathrooms.
  • Ellen Blumhart - transgender policy.  concerned about the logistics for the students and don't believe we can accommodate them.  doesn't thing this is the best policy for any of the students.  believe that these students need support and we provide support
  • Mark Koch - Koch trucking...speaking for bus contractors.  priority is safety of school children.  referenced the boe survey.  contractors are concerned the consultants are not reviewing the correct and adequate data.  wants representation with the consultants. wants equitable representation.  rate of return presented by ccps staff are not correct.3
  • Jessica Rainey - Owner/Operator bus company.  9 buses and 12 employees.  concerned about inadequate contract with operating costs.  include the small businesses in the transportation study and realize they have gone 3 years without an increase.
  • Norman Sheff - Sheff bus service. 20 employees.  board does not understand the costs and maintenance required to run a bus service.  tires for a bus is $2k+.  add in oil, filters, brakes, rotors, crossing gates, thermostats, diesel emissions fluids.  contract payment for maintenance does not cover the cost of the actual maintenance.  wants to be included in study and wants us to look at contract.
  • Joe Roberts - school contractor.  PVA payment is not inflated like the auditors state.  doesn't even provide enough to cover the bus payment much less than the employee benefits and company expenses.  model Calvert county.  administrative fees.
  • Richard Pope - bus contractor.  father taught him to be honest and fair.  life of a bus used to be 10 years.  then it changed to 12 years.  then it changed to 15 years.  that is a long time to keep a bus in running order and safe.  You can buy a bus but you have to have good employees, managers, secretary's, etc.  safety is number one.  thank you for coming down.
  • Keith McGirt - representing bus drivers.  did a survey and asked how many drivers could afford to purchase a house or to send a child to college and not one of them could.  shouldn't need 3-4 jobs to send a child to college.  Needs improvement in benefits and salaries.
  • Chris Ogney - Pastor with 4 daughters.  wants to know when the transgender item will be on the agenda.  thousands of children are being taught that biology does not dictate gender.  wants an opportunity to discuss the policies and vote so everyone can see which  board members are on which side.
  • Calvin Compton - bus contractor.  Drivers health insurance policy history.  ccps pays 60%, driver pays 20% and company pays 20% of a $10,000 annual bill.  just about 10 years ago the company only had to pay $250.  do not take away the fuel refund.
Action items
• Minutes - 061416 brdmin GOOD.pdf (263 KB)062716 work session brd min GOOD.pdf (150 KB)
Motion to accept the minutes by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
• Personnel
Motion to accept the personnel by Kelly; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
• Financial literacy
  • Proposal #1 - workshop model - 9-11th grade - last 4 days of the school year; 3-5th grade, 6-8th grade
  • Proposal #2 - leave as is, required during school or Novell during the year or summer school.  $50 fee refunded if passed
Motion to accept the financial literacy proposal 2 by Palko; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Adjournment