Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 8/11/15

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, August 11 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

Negotiated contract signing

Superintendent’s update  Superintendent�s Report 8-11-15.pdf (11 KB)

Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • Crawford  - Palko and him toured St. Charles HS this morning.  Impressed.
  • Crawford - VFW Honors America's teachers
  • Kelly - This Week is tax free.  Go shop
  • Abell - Andrews Air Force Base, 9/18 visit
Education Association of Charles County update - 2015 08 11 EACC update pdf.pdf (37 KB)
 
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update

Student Board Member update - August SMOB Report.pdf (28 KB)

Alternative Education Committee update - Alternative Education Committee Report to Board Final.(3).pdf (1,696 KB)
  • True Alternative Education, not just discipline, Opt in or request in
Summer meals and breakfast program
  • Lunch on Us - Summer meal program, 14 sites, hot meals
  • 13,424 meals to children and 1,327 to adults
  • 3,734 were cold meals; remainder was hot meals
Project status update
FY 2016 CIP state and local program - BdAgendaReport FY 2017 CIP.pdf (996 KB)

Social media policy - Social media policy August 2015.pdf (16 KB)
  • Abell - questioned some wording regarding prohibiting staff and student interaction; will be addressed in rules
  • Abell - questioned about Cyberbullying; again will be addressed in rules
  • Abell - Can we get proposed rules along with the policy prior to passing
  • Kelly  what will be relaying or communicating via social media; just another tool in the toolbox
  • Kelly - can we legally prohibit a staff from saying something on their personal page?
Recurring resolutions: American Education Week; American Freedom Week; African-American 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 Distinguished Educational Leader; Charles County Teacher of the Year; Employee’s Retirement; and Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award.

Unfinished business
  • Hill  - PAC with Board will be October 27th at Starkey at 7:00 p.m.
  • Hill - Teacher Rep to Meet with Board at St. Charles/Starkey November 17th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Hill - Town Hall Meeting at St. Charles High School in the evening on September 28th
  • Palko - students worked on PT305 video; Dr. Hill will check
New business -
  • Hill - Dr. Mudd community forum regarding renovations proposed; October 14th at 6:30 p.m.; March 9th at 6:30 p.m.
Future agenda items - None

Public Forum – 3:30 p.m. - None

Action items
  • Minutes - Palko made an administrative correction
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 Lukas
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

Adjournment

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 8/11/15

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, August 11 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 12 p.m. The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12 and is rebroadcast throughout the week. Board meetings are also streamed live on the school system website at www.ccboe.com. Select CCPS TV and then choose the Live Broadcast tab. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change.

Executive session – 11 a.m.

Call to order – 12 p.m.

Pledge of Allegiance

Negotiated contract signing

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
  • Alternative Education Committee update
  • Summer meals and breakfast program
  • Project status update
  • FY 2016 CIP state and local program
  • Social media policy
Recurring resolutions: American Education Week; American Freedom Week; African-American 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 Distinguished Educational Leader; Charles County Teacher of the Year; Employee’s Retirement; and Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award.

Unfinished business

New business

Future agenda items

Public Forum – 3:30 p.m.

Action items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel
Adjournment


Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Open Houses Planned for Schools

Charles County Public Schools has released its open house schedule for the 2015-­16 school year. Listed below are open house dates and times, and other activities for schools.

Elementary Schools

•C. Paul Barnhart, back-to-school night, Sept. 2, 6 – 8 p.m.;
•Berry, open house, Sept. 3, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
•Dr. Gustavus Brown, back-to-school night, Sept. 3, 6 – 8 p.m.;
•Dr. James Craik, back-to-school night, Sept. 10, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
•William A. Diggs, open house for all grades, Sept. 9, 6 – 8 p.m.;
•Gale-Bailey, open house, Sept. 15, 6 – 8 p.m.;
•Dr. Thomas L. Higdon, open house for all grades, Sept. 10, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
•Indian Head, back-to-school night, Sept. 10, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
•Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, open house, Sept. 8, grades 3-5; and Sept. 9, prekindergarten-grade 2, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
•Malcolm, open house, Sept. 10, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
•T.C. Martin, open house, Sept. 8, prekindergarten and kindergarten, 6 – 7 p.m.; grades 1-2, Sept. 8, 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.; and grades 3-5, Sept. 9, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.;
•Mary H. Matula, open house, Sept. 10, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
•Arthur Middleton, open house, Sept. 3, 6 – 8 p.m.;
•Walter J. Mitchell, open house, Sept. 10, prekindergarten-grade 2, 6 p.m.; and Sept. 10, grades 3-5, 7 p.m.;
•Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy, open house, Sept. 10, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
•Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, open house, Sept. 9, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
•Mary B. Neal, open house, Sept. 10, 7 – 8 p.m.;
•J.C. Parks, open house, prekindergarten-grade 2, Sept. 9, 6:30 – 8 p.m.; and grades 3-5, Sept. 10, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
•J.P. Ryon, open house, Oct. 6, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
•Eva Turner, open house/Title I parent night, Sept. 22, 6 – 7:30 p.m.; and
•William B. Wade, primary open house/prekindergarten-grade 2, Sept. 2, 6 – 7:30 p.m.; and Sept. 3, intermediate open house/grades 3-5, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Middle Schools

•Theodore G. Davis, open house grades 6-8, Sept. 16, 6 – 8 p.m.;
•John Hanson, open house, Sept. 15, 6 – 8 p.m.;
•Matthew Henson, open house, Sept. 17, 6 – 8 p.m.;
•Mattawoman, open house, Sept. 10, 6 – 8 p.m.;
•Piccowaxen, open house, Sept. 17, 6 – 8 p.m.;
•General Smallwood, open house, Sept. 17, 6 – 8 p.m.;
•Milton M. Somers, open house, Sept. 16, 6 – 8 p.m.; and
•Benjamin Stoddert, open house, Oct. 1, 6 – 8 p.m.

High Schools

•Henry E. Lackey, open house, Sept. 23, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
•La Plata, open house, Sept. 22, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
•Maurice J. McDonough, open house, Sept. 15, 6 – 8 p.m.;
•North Point, open house, Sept. 24, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
•St. Charles, open house, Sept. 23, 6 – 8 p.m.;
•Thomas Stone, parent/student open house, Sept. 16, 6 – 7:30 p.m.; and
•Westlake, open house, Sept. 23, 6 – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Board approves salary increases, St. Charles funding in FY 2016

The Board of Education approved its fiscal year 2016 budget Monday night, providing salary increases for employees and funding the addition of a senior class at St. Charles High School.

The Board’s FY2016 operating budget is $334.2 million, reflecting a $6.8 million increase or 2.1 percent more than FY2015. The county provided an additional $4.2 million and state funding increased $640,512. To pay for mandatory cost shortages, the school system moved $5.2 million from the fund balance to the general fund and cut nearly $7.4 million from budget categories including lapsed salaries, technology replacement reserves and utilities. The school system is using the fund balance for general operations and to complete one-time maintenance projects, such as carpet replacements and school playgrounds.

“We value our employees and providing compensation was our first priority. This is an investment in our people who we expect to provide educational access, equity and excellence while making a difference in the lives of children each day. It’s important that we remain competitive so we are able to hire the best new teachers as well as retain our experienced staff,” Superintendent Kimberly Hill said.

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees are two steps/levels behind on the salary schedule. Salary step and levels are incremental increases in salary based on previous qualifying professional experience. The last time the school system gave an across-the-board cost-of-living (COLA) increase was 2009.

Pending approval of the school system’s two employee groups, the Education Association of Charles County (EACC) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), all eligible employees will receive a step/level increase. The budget funds a 2 percent COLA for certificated employees at levels 20 or 10, depending on the assigned salary scale. The budget includes a 1 percent COLA for support staff in steps 17 and above.

In addition to salary and the St. Charles opening, other mandated increases include the teachers’ pension, Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) insurance premium, athletic trainers, bus contracts and Project Lead the Way (PLTW). There will be 24 staff members and additional supplies and materials added to St. Charles High School, which are critical to adding a senior class of more than 300 students.

Also affecting the budget is the increased cost of health insurance. To offset increases, the school system and unions agreed to raise health insurance copays for office visits and prescriptions by $5 and emergency room visits by $75, unless admitted. The change is anticipated to save the system $500,000.

Hill said staff worked to avoid program and staffing cuts while making budget reductions. Funding the increases requires reducing an additional $7.4 million beyond state and county funding levels. Savings came from lapsed salaries and FICA targets, increasing health insurance copays, decreasing classified pension plan funding, and eliminating reserve budgets for unanticipated expenditures in programs, technology and utilities.

The FY2016 budget increases the per pupil operating cost to $13,104.

“This budget does not reduce or eliminate successful programs or school improvements. This is a budget that will help us maintain our academic success and provide strong support to the classroom, our students and our staff,” Hill said.

A copy of the Board’s approved fiscal year 2016 budget summary is available at http://www.ccboe.com/aboutus/boe/budget.php.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Notes from Board of Education Work Session, 6/22/15

The Board of Education Work Session on Monday, June 22 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 – 5 p.m.

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

Public Forum

  • Mina Tarajamo - North Point student in 10th grade.  Reconsider transfer of Timothy Lobell, Theater Arts Teacher to Thomas Stone High School.  Loves him, he works hard, don't move him.  Petition, letter to the editor.
Action Items
  • FY 2016 operating budget - BOEApproved FY2016 Operating Budget.pdf (203 KB)
  • Kelly - Cutting budget on instructional materials and increased cost on transportation after assuming some routes internally?
  • Lukas - Page 5 savings from lapsed salaries? 3.4M is insurance; fund balance
  • McGraw - Classified pension plan funding
  • Kelly - State funding calculation noticed; GCEI not funded but compensatory funding for free and reduced funding went up.
  • Kelly - what if transfer tax not approved on 6/24; funding should stay intact, they would need to come up with a different revenue source.
Motion to accept the FY2016 Operating Budget by Lukas; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Motion to accept the Out of County Tuition Rates by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Approval of FY 2016 daily and hourly salaries - Hourly Salaries 2015-2016.pdf (12 KB)
  • Abell - Instructional Assistants increase; increase to same as temporary
  • Kelly - Computer Analyst Max salary - becoming increasing complicated and needing more experience
Motion to accept the FY2016 Daily and Hourly Rates by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Approval of the Education Association of Charles County (EACC) contract
Motion to accept the EACC Contract Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Approval of the American Federation of State, County, &Municipal Employees (AFSCME) contract
Motion to accept the AFSCME Contract Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Approval of Personnel
Motion to accept Personnel Contract Marshall; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

Work Session - Board goals - suggested Board goals-blended w/ Supt goals 042715.(2).pdf (51 KB)
  •  Kelly - Change order of goals by importance?
  • Abell - add disclaimer, "in no certain order"
  • Kelly - add federal funding under Goal #4
  • Palko - #7 doesn't like increase enrollment
  • McGraw - #8 Continue to promote and implement
  • Palko - #6 no STEAM to STEM but add Fine and Performing Arts
  • Lukas and Kelly - quantifiable, measureable goals
Adjournment

Friday, June 19, 2015

Board of Education Work Session, 6/22/15

The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a public work session at 6 p.m., Monday, June 22, in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The agenda is as follows and is subject to change:

Executive session – 5 p.m.

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

Public Forum

Work session
FY 2016 operating budget

Out-of-county tuition rates

FY 2016 daily and hourly salaries

Board goals

Adjournment

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Principal, Vice-Principal Transfers and Appointments

PrincipalThe Board of Education today approved the appointment of five new principals and 10 new vice principals for the 2015-16 school year. Additionally, Superintendent Kimberly Hill announced nine principal transfers, nine vice principal transfers and administrative appointments.

New principals include:
  • Christina Caballero, vice principal at Mattawoman Middle School, has been named as principal at Matthew Henson Middle School.
  • Louis D’Ambrosio, vice principal at William A. Diggs Elementary School, has been named as principal at Arthur Middleton Elementary School. 
  • Kevin Jackson, vice principal at Theodore G. Davis Middle School, has been named as principal at William B. Wade Elementary School.
  • Kim McClarin, vice principal at North Point High School, has been named as principal at Theodore G. Davis Middle School. 
  • Susan McCormick, vice principal at Thomas Stone High School, has been named as principal at John Hanson Middle School. 
Hill also announced a number of principal and administrative transfers, including:
  • Evelyn Arnold, principal of La Plata High School, transfers to principal at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center.
  • Douglass Dolan, principal of Mattawoman, transfers to principal at La Plata High School.
  • Sonia Jones, principal of Henson, transfers to principal of Mattawoman.
  • Kathy Kiessling, principal of Hanson, transfers to principal of General Smallwood Middle School.
  • Kathy Perriello, principal of Smallwood, transfers to principal at Henry E. Lackey High School.
  • Sabrina Robinson-Taylor, principal of Middleton, transfers to principal at Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School.
  • Verniece Rorie, principal of Mitchell, transfers to principal at Gale-Bailey Elementary School.
  • James Short, principal at Lackey, has been named as the Director, Hearing Officer/Court Liaison for the school system.
  • Stephanie Wesolowski, principal at Davis, has been named as Coordinator of Instructional Assessment.
Vice principal appointments include:
  • Paul Alvarez, administrative assistant at Thomas Stone to vice principal at St. Charles High School;
  • Shane Blandford, teacher from William B. Wade Elementary School to vice principal at Mary H. Matula Elementary School;
  • Nichole Bolden, teacher at Mattawoman to vice principal at Milton M. Somers Middle School;
  • Anthony Carroll, instructional resource teacher at Smallwood to vice principal at Henson;
  • Brian King, administrative assistant at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School to vice principal at Davis;
  • Gary Lesko, administrative assistant at St. Charles High School to vice principal at Mattawoman;
  • Jason Mackey, administrative assistant at Smallwood to vice principal at Lackey;
  • Shanif Pearl, administrative assistant at La Plata to vice principal at Thomas Stone;
  • Kevin Reisinger, administrative assistant at North Point to vice principal at Maurice J. McDonough High School; and
  • Todd Wonderling, teacher at Piccowaxen Middle School to vice principal at Mitchell.
Vice principal transfers for the 2015-16 school year include:
  • Nicholas Adam, from Malcolm Elementary School to Diggs;
  • Michelle Beckwith, from Mitchell to Middleton;
  • Patricia Mooring, from Middleton to Malcolm;
  • Tamra Nissen, from Henson to Hanson;
  • Carl Pascarella, from Lackey to McDonough;
  • Jean Ritter, from Matula to Indian Head Elementary School;
  • Steven Roberts, from McDonough to North Point;
  • Belinda Shatley, from Somers to Davis; and
  • Brad Williams, from Davis to Stethem.
Administrative appointments include:
  • Michael Heim, assistant supervisor of transportation as director of transportation. 
Hill also announced the retirement of three principals: Penny Nye of Wade, Toni Melton-Trainor of Gale-Bailey and Wayne Freeman of Stethem.
The Board approved the Superintendent’s appointments on June 9. All new assignments take effect July 1.

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 6/9/15

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, May 12 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
Swearing-in of new Student Board member - Welcome Pearson Benson
Recognition of high school athletes

Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • Kelly - attended MABE training; Art exhibit; K field trip to the zoo; 5th grade field trip to Richmond Science Center; Parents Matter dinner - we should recognize at the BOE; Move from STEM to STEAM
  • Crawford - Praise on graduation to planning; wore stars and stripes tie in honor of Flag Day
  • Palko - NPHS Academy of Nursing pinning ceremony; LaPlata Art Exhibit
  • Abell - Attended Adult Independence Program Graduation, kudos to staff and students; Alternative Education Committee held its last meeting and should be presenting to the board shortly; FIMR Committee requesting another staff person to replace Molly Johnson who retired; Graduations - kudos to staff,  CCSO, SHA, county government, NP Culinary Academy and of course all the students.  Received numerous email and FB messages regarding the inability to hear their child's name called.  Discuss in more detail under Ms. Lawson's presentation.
  • Marshall - Well orchestrated graduation.  Thank you to Ms. Delacruz who hosted the CCSO and SHA at Diggs during graduations.
Education Association of Charles County update

Student Board Member update - Pearson Benson SMOB report for June 9th.pdf (28 KB)

Graduations 2015 - TurnstileCountsFor2015Graduation.pdf (48 KB)
  • Ms. Lawson ensured the board that a task force will be formed to address strategies regarding the crowds at graduations and the inability of parents to hear their child's name called.  Students, parents, administrators will brainstorm and provide recommendations for next year's graduations.
CIP update - CIP Update_ June 9 2015.pdf (330 KB)
  • Martin - site improvement; enlarge parking, lighting
  • Brown - rooftop units, boiler and new ceiling
  • Gwynn Center - boiler and roof replacement
  • Gaile-Bailey - Sanitary improvements; sewer; design roof replacement; improve parking, lighting
  • Matula - Kindergarten addition; august 2016 occupancy
  • Jenifer - Kindergarten addition; august 2016 occupancy
  • Elementary school #2 - site acquisition on Billingsley Road approved by state
  • Mudd - planning and design for renovations
  • Parks - connect to public waterline
Partnership between CCPS and the College of Southern Maryland - Instruction - CCPS_CSM_JuneBoard Presentation 5 9 15.pdf (221 KB)

Legislative update

Unfinished business
  • Kelly - Board correspondence regarding emergency situations at schools; on work session
  • Palko - Video of PT305 update
  • Hill/Abell - Staff/parent/board committee to discuss assessments, curriculum, testing.  Parent meeting will happen during PAC on October 27th at 7.  staff committee will be convened.
New business
  • April 2016 Board Meeting - needs to be moved because it is during the national conference.  Consensus was to move it to the following week.  Tuesday, April 19th.
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolutions: Maryland/Charles County Teacher of the Year, Sarah Desrosiers, Life Skills teacher, Theodore G. Davis Middle School; Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award, Gene Hopkins Jr., social studies teacher, Milton M. Somers Middle School
  • Outstanding Vice Principal of the Year – Louis D’Ambrosio, William A. Diggs Elementary School
  • Outstanding Support Staff – Victor Woodland, building service manager, Theodore G. Davis Middle School; Madonna Gaume, technology facilitator, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School; Eric McElhenny, electronic technician, CCPS Radio Station Road Annex; Bijon Trice, secretary to the principal, John Hanson Middle School; Nghia Dang, computer analyst, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building; and Renee Ward, head of accounts payable, Starkey Building.
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • Keith McGrit - bus driver from Compton Bus
  • Kathy Lancaster - bus drivers and attendants not happy with salaries; don't get paid for days missed, holidays, overtime, etc.  No unemployment benefits during the summer.  no health insurance because contractor didn't pay the insurance premium.  do not have adequate retirement plans.
  • David Beach - bus driver, graduation ceremonies students praised teachers and staff but not bus drivers.  we are only recognized when something goes wrong.
  • Casey Hochum - St. Charles High School parent; fights occur daily, scared to go to school, Spanish class out of control, principal denied problem of fights, staff confirmed.  Teachers have stated the class is out of control.  teachers and students scared to go to school. students are disrespectful, rude.  No control or consequences...teachers quitting, students want to be homeschooled.
  • Teresa Ward - parent at St. Charles, son is scared to go to school; poorly ran, changing classes, lunch taken away one week and given back the next week, no consistency, teachers and students both feel this year has been a waste.  Child is a guinea pig and ripped from one school to another.  Students uncontrollable and cant learn in class because kids are disruptive.  don't feel welcome, wants to be homeschooled.  time for change.  asked the school about home schooling.  asked to walk the halls with administrative central office staff and they never called back for an appointment.
Action items
  • Minutes
Motion to approve the Minutes by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Personnel
Motion to approve Personnel by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Educational Facilities Master Plan
Motion to approve the Educational Facilities Master Plan by Kelly; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • 2016-17 Calendar
Motion to approve the 2016-17 Calendar by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Adjournment

Monday, June 08, 2015

Charles County Public High Schools Ethnicity Statistics

I was recently asked by a reader to provide the statistics of black (African American) / white students in our high schools.  The MSDE 2014 Report Card, which is publicly accessible, provides such demographic data for all Maryland public schools, and includes student mobility, students receiving special services, attendance and graduation rates, and teacher qualifications.    In response to the specific request that was made:


Thomas Stone = 1,287 Total Students

  • 728 Black/African American = 57%
  • 408 White = 32%
Lackey = 1,208 Total Students
  • 695 Black/African American = 57%
  • 414 White = 34%
Westlake = 1,425 Total Students
  • 1,104 Black/African American = 77%
  • 130 White = 9%
North Point = 2,203 Total Students
  • 1,253 Black/African American = 59%
  • 580 White = 26%
McDonough = 1,118 Total Students
  • 585 Black/African American = 52%
  • 405 White = 36%
La Plata = 1,412 Total Students
  • 307 Black/African American = 22%
  • 944 White = 67%

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 6/9/15

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, June 9 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 1 p.m. and recognition starts at 4:30 p.m. The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12 and is rebroadcast throughout the week. Board meetings are also streamed live on the school system website at www.ccboe.com. Select CCPS TV and then choose the Live Broadcast tab. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change.

Executive session – 12 p.m.
Call to order – 1 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance, St. Charles High School

Swearing-in of new Student Board member
Recognition of high school athletes

Superintendent’s update
Reports of officers/boards/committees
  • Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • Education Association of Charles County update
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update
  • Student Board Member update
  • Graduations 2015
  • CIP update
  • Partnership between CCPS and the College of Southern Maryland
  • Legislative update
Unfinished business

New business
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolutions: Maryland/CharLes County Teacher of the Year, Sarah Desrosiers, Life Skills teacher, Theodore G. Davis Middle School; Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award, Gene Hopkins Jr., social studies teacher, Milton M. Somers Middle School
  • Outstanding Vice Principal of the Year – Louis D’Ambrosio, William A. Diggs Elementary School
  • Outstanding Support Staff – Victor Woodland, building service manager, Theodore G. Davis Middle School; Madonna Gaume, technology facilitator, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School; Eric McElhenny, electronic technician, CCPS Radio Station Road Annex; Bijon Trice, secretary to the principal, John Hanson Middle School; Nghia Dang, computer analyst, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building; and Renee Ward, head of accounts payable, Starkey Building.
Public Forum – 6 p.m.

Action items
  • Minutes
  • PersonneL
  • Educational Facilities Master Plan
  • 2016-17 calendar
Adjournment
 
Executive session

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

PARCC Shortens Its Common-Core Test

Education Week
Published Online: May 21, 2015
 
In the face of rising opposition to testing, the PARCC consortium has decided to carve 90 minutes off its 10- to 11-hour-long assessment, and shift the start of testing to later in the school year.

The redesign of the test was approved Wednesday in a unanimous phone-conference vote by the board of governors of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC. Eleven states and the District of Columbia belong to the consortium, which created tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The revised design will take effect with the 2015-16 PARCC tests in English/language arts and mathematics, which are given to students in grades 3-11.
In addition to shortening the test, the new design also folds PARCC’s two testing windows into one 30-day window, and requires that states wait until three-quarters of the way through the school year before starting the testing period.

Currently, PARCC states have a 12-week window to give the longer, more-complex performance tasks, between Feb. 16 and May 8. They have an eight-week window for the end-of-year component, which contains shorter-answer items: from April 13 to June 5. Within those windows, states choose 20-day periods in which to administer the tests.

Next year, states will have one 30-day period to give the tests. It can’t begin until 75 percent of instruction has been completed—day 133 in a 180-day instructional year—and it must be finished by the time 90 percent of instruction has been completed.

This year, teachers in states that began early—such as Ohio, which opened its testing season on Feb. 16—complained that they hadn’t had enough time to teach their material before testing began.

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