Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Board of Education to Host Town Hall, 10/28/19


The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28 in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The topic will center on the future of public schools. The Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education — also known as the Kirwan Commission — put forth recommendations to improve the quality of the state’s public education system. Board members want to hear what CCPS parents and students, and county residents would like to see as the school system phases in commission recommendations.
The Town Hall 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.
Speakers should identify themselves and statements should be brief, to the point and limited to education-related topics. Personnel matters, pending or potential appeals regarding the actions or statements of individual staff members of the private lives of any individual are not appropriate topics.  
The following is an agenda and is subject to change.
Call to order – 6:30 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance
Town Hall
Adjournment

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 10/8/19


The Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, October 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, St. Charles High School 
Superintendent’s update - Report

Correspondence/Board Member Updates

  • Battle-Lockhart - Principals meeting; AVID Family Night; Fair; Visit Henson after lockdown; Equity Task Force Training; New Teacher Reception; Commissioner meeting to restore funding; MABE Conference
  • Abell - New Teacher reception, thank you to Alpha Kappa Alpha; Rocktoberfest, thank you LaPlata BUsiness Association; EACC Forum on Kirwan Blueprint
  • Brown - SECAC; Dr. Mudd Open House; Commissioners Legislative Meeting; New Teacher Reception; MABE Conference; EACC Forum
  • Lukas - MABE website has Kirwan presentation; MOU with Indian Head,; New Teacher Reception; MABE Conference; Roctoberfest; College Fair at NP
  • Wilson - Kudos to board members for being active; new teacher recption; Spoke at AVID classes at Westlake; JROTC drills; SECAC Meeting 10/16 at Gwynn Center; Fair; Rocktoberfest; EACC Blueprint Forum; Adverse Childhood Experiences; Congrats to McGraw for becoming treasurer of MABE.
  • Hancock - JC Parks visit; Rocktoberfest; MABE Conference; Fair, 4-H
  • McGraw - EACC Kirwan forum; CC Scholarship Committee; State Board Meeting; Somers Soire; National Bus Safety Week DRIVE SAFELY!
Education Association of Charles County update - Report

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update

Student Board Member update

Staffing update - Report

  • Abell - Remote teacher at Somers - ia one of our teachers over telepresence; No.  Its a contracted teacher.  $11,000 per class for year.  Certified, Highly Qualified.  Why arent we doing this in-house ourselves; logistics and schedules not lining up.
  • Battle-Lockhart - how do we make teaching more appealing with all of the issues facing education today?  ,marketing
  • Hancock - more men teachers
  • Lukas - stress our county cost of living is less than PG and Baltimore

Project status update - Report

FY 2019 independent financial audit - Report

  • Abell - OPEB needs to be increased?  It's a balancing act.
  • Lukas - Hw does it compare to other counties?  It's low 13.4

Food Nutrition Services – summer meals, free breakfasts - Report

  • Lukas - What is an open site?  Open to anyone 18 and under.
  • Lukas - Mobile Sites?  School bus is used; routes; roving
  • Battle-Lockhart - how are locations determined?  By the number of free and reduced  meals in the zone.  


Legislative update - Report

  • Hancock - does the state have any ideas about hw we would provide leave for substitutes
  • Lukas - this document is provided to our delegation as guidance
Unfinished business - Resolution discussion

  • Abell - Nothing is posted on BoardDocs.  Need to delay until public has seen.
Committee Updates
  • Abell - Policy 9000 Committee is complete and will have submission to chair this week.  Waiting for 8000 committee to complete and present both at the same timw.
  • Lukas - Policy on equity with Battle-Lockhart and Dr. Hill
New business

  • Lukas - send letters to local government and companies regarding zoning of some students and neighborhoods being split and/or grandfathered.
  • Hancock - concur
  • Abell - i would concur but caution the board against accepting solicitation  from specific developers regarding zoning of their individual developments.
  • Consensus was to continue with Dr. Hill to send letters

Future agenda items

  • Hancock - Review school bus policy and stops etc.
  • Battle-Lockhart - Revisit ISR Reflection sheet
  • Brown - Cultural competency book study
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.

  • Resolutions
    • American Education Week; Linda McLaughlin, president, Education Association of Charles County (EACC); Sarah Burch, president, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
    • American Freedom Week;  Cadet Captain Jalen Hagans, senior, St. Charles High School, Marine Corp; Cadet 1st Lt. Immanuel Harvest, senior, Henry E. Lackey High School, Air Force; C/CSM Brooke Quade, senior, Thomas Stone High School, Army; C/CPT Donnesha Dee, senior, Thomas Stone High School; Cadet Chief Petty Officer Devin Selph, sophomore, Westlake High School, NJROTC

  • Students
    • Jasmine Glover, Grade 12; Personal Responsibility; North Point High School, Principal: Daniel Kaple
    • Adrian Evans-Jones, Grade 8; Career Readiness; Mattawoman Middle School, Principal: Sonia Blue
    • Matthew Bowling, Grade 5; Academic Achievement; Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School, Principal: Nicholas Adam
    • Gabriella Varela, Grade 5; Academic Achievement; Mary B. Neal Elementary School, Principal: Debbie Brown
  • Staff
    • Joseph Burton, math teacher, North Point
    • Anisah Ansari, language arts teacher, Mattawoman
    • Jennifer Elder, instructional resource teacher, Mitchell
    • Cassandra Baugherspecial education teacher, Neal
Public Forum – 6 p.m.

  • Derrick Terry - 2% of teachers are black males.  He quit teaching because of that.  CCPS and the nation have failed to address the root of the problem.  Due to little to no autonomy in the classroom.  used as a disciplinarian rather than a scholar. low pay.  We need to fix the black male crisis.  
  • Dion Morgan - DI Program.  3rd place teams last year could qualify to go but werent allowed to go.  Will boe pay for them to go this year or can they fundraise on their own?  
Action items
·         Minutes
Motion to approve the minutes by Lukas; Second by Hancock
Yes = Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson; Abstain = Abell

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

·         FY 2020 Comprehensive Maintenance Plan
Motion to approve the Comprehensive Plan by Lukas; Second by Hancock
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

·          Benjamin Stoddert Middle School Contract
Motion to approve the Comprehensive Plan by Lukas; Second by Hancock
Yes =  Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson; Abstain = Abell, Battle-Lockhart

Adjournment 

Friday, October 04, 2019

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 10/8/19


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 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. The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12, and rebroadcast throughout the week.
Board meetings are streamed live on the school system website at ccboe.com. Select the live streaming image posted on the front page to access the meeting. 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, St. Charles High School 
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
·         Staffing update
·         Project status update
·         FY 2019 independent financial audit
·         Food Nutrition Services – summer meals, free breakfasts
·         Legislative update
Unfinished business
·         Resolution discussion
New business and future agenda items
·         New business
·         Future agenda items
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
·         Resolutions – American Education Week and American Freedom Week
·         Students
·         Staff
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
Action items
·         Minutes
·         Personnel
·         FY 2020 Comprehensive Maintenance Plan
Adjournment 

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 9/10/19


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 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. The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12, and rebroadcast throughout the week.
Board meetings are streamed live on the school system website at http://www.ccboe.com. Select the live streaming image posted on the front page to access the meeting. 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
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
·         Goals update
·         Financial literacy update
·         Project status update
·         FY 2020 Comprehensive Maintenance Plan
·         Legislative update
Unfinished business
·         Fresh Start Academy Advisory Board representative
New business and future agenda items
·         New business
·         Future agenda items
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
Action items
·         Minutes
·         Personnel
·         FY 2021 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; Be the Difference awards program; and Employees Retirement.
National Hispanic Heritage Month recognized Sept. 15-Oct. 15
LGBTQ + Pride Month recognized in June
Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month recognized in May
Adjournment

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 8/13/19


The Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, August 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 – 10:30 a.m. 
Call to order – 12 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance 
Superintendent’s update - Report
Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • Battle-Lockhart – Summer graduations
  • Hancock – Summer Graduations; July attended swim meet to deliver certificates; Thank you to Dr. Hill for putting discipline first
  • Brown – AVID Training; Attracting and Retaining Top Talent Seminar;  NSWC apprenticeship program; Commissioner Stewart Back to School Fiesta
  • Wilson – Avid Leadership Institute; Attracting and Retaining Top Talent Seminar – onboarding coaching feedback; NSWC Apprentice Program – expand; Summer graduation; Kudos to Welcome Back to School Safety; Congratulations to Lt. Col. Johnathan Brown for Crystal Apple Award from vet to another; discipline is a serious topic; Student members let us know if there is events you want us to attend.
  • Lukas – July 15 – NPHS MSDE Fine Arts Advisory Council;
  • Abell – Rocktoberfest on October 5th.  Please come visit me as lead bartender at the beer truck
  •  McGraw – NSWC Apprenticeship program amazing, SEAP; Thank you to Dr. Hill for the activities and trainings provided to staff over the summer; Restorative practices training;  MABE board of directors meeting on discipline.  New member of MSDE, Warren Sumter (former MABE President),

Education Association of Charles County update - Report
  • Contract signing

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

Student Board Member update - Report

Project status update - Report
  • Lukas – what budgets are used; capital projects use CIP budget and smaller maintenance projects are part of operating budget

Summer projects - Report
  • McGraw – Looking at school, whats happening with construction on left hand side?  Connect 
  • Wilson – Opening Ceremonies; Oct 11 for Mudd; 4/17 Billingsley
  • Hancock – Mudd new additions SRC?  542 approximately, being re-evaluated and may be 585
  • Hancock – Stoddert renovations, special needs student’s entry (long walk); separate entrance
  • Lukas – possibility of using bond from commissioners for some one time projects

School seat allocations - Report
  • Abell – push for changes to the APFO at the county government.  We should have a task force to address.
  • McGraw – yes, we need to be proactive and make a task force within the school system.
  • Hancock – Agrees with everything and a question about SRC on graph
  • Lukas – APFO should also focus on funding and increasing capacity. 

Motion to start an internal CCPS APFO task force to include staff and request chair to contact commissioners and request reconvening the previous APFO task force by Abell; Second by Hancock
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
  • McGraw – Ms. Abell willing to serve on this task force?  yes 

FY 2020 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) state and local program - Report
  • Hancock – don’t see any immediate or long term relief for Somers.  County wide redistricting.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) update - Report
  • Lukas – estimated cost of software; investment for the next 32 years…$3M-$6M.
  • Battle-Lockhart – sounds exciting.  Will cause reduction on salaries.
  • Abell – Just went through this with March of Dimes.  Year long process with hurdles but so well worth it.
  • Hancock – Good use of time and finances to streamline processes and thank you to your team

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 Be the Difference awards program.
  • Woods (student board member) – Presented 3 new resolutions for consideration, National Hispanic Heritage Month, Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month, LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Unfinished business
  • McGraw - Announcement of violation of Opening Meetings Act on June 3rd and June 13th.
  • Community Town Hall dates – Oct. 21 or Oct. 28
  • Abell – request the 28th and keep on regular work session dates.  Also please add to all works sessions to board calendars.

New business
  • Equity policy, Board representation – Lukas and Battle-Lockhart volunteered
  • Superintendent Contract to increase salary and post-retirement benefits
    • Lukas – cannot vote in favor of post-retirement benefits
Motion to amend the Superintendent’s Contract for a change in salary and post-retirement benefits by Brown; Second by Wilson
Yes = Brown, Hancock, McGraw, Wilson; No = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Lukas

Future agenda items
  • Abell – Financial Literacy Update with the suggestions offered by the students during public forum
  • Wilson – Community Schools…what are they and how can grow and utilize. 
  • Wilson - JumpStart Summer Program.
  • Wilson – Reading Programs
  • Wilson – AVID Program
  • Wilson – ROTC Programs
  • Battle-Lockhart – AlphaBest presentation and review of program
  • Abell – Be The Hero program
  • Hancock – how to get involved as community members either financially or mentoring
  • Wilson – how to conduct voter registration; at project graduation table is set up.   Could become political

Public Forum – 3:30 p.m. (Names are spelled to the best of my ability)
  • Ian Heard – Student.  Financial Literacy.  Thankful for the class.  Confused on the future of course.  Wants clarity on the changes being implemented.  Create a financial literacy workshop on the last four days of the school year that are underutilized as is.
  • Sylvia Saveto – CCPS parent and intervention advocate.  Child was helped with early intervention at the Gwynn Center.  Early intervention is key.
  • Asha Patel – Student, financial literacy.  Take FL last four days of school is needed.
  • Kalise Taylor – student.  Financial literacy. Is very instrumental and needed.  Best for the last four half days of school.
  • Eric Taylor – parent.  Thank you for allowing the students to come and speak.

Action items
Motion to approve the minutes of June 3rd by Hancock; Second by Wilson
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

Motion to approve the minutes of June 4 by Brown; Second by Hancock
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

Motion to approve the minutes of June 17 by Lukas; Second by Hancock
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

Motion to approve the minutes of June 19 by Abell; Second by Wilson
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
  • Personnel
Motion to approve personnel by Lukas; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
Motion to approve the Core Values by Hancock; Second by Wilson
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
Adjournment