Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 3/21/17


The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, March 21 will be re-broadcast on Comcast Channel 96, Verizon FIOS Channel 12 and is available via webstream at http://www.ccboe.com/ . To view the full agenda and the various reports, please visit BoardDocs .
The below notes are my personal notes and are not intended to be all-inclusive or official minutes for the Board of Education meetings and are provided as a request from my supporters and the general public in a personal effort to be more transparent. Although I have diligently tried to make these notes as unbiased and accurate as possible, I am only human and do make mistakes.

Executive session – 12 p.m.
 
Call to order – 1 p.m.  Pledge of Allegiance, Thomas Stone High School JROTC
Recognition of student state winners
Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • Lukas - HITS Expo this weekend was fantastic (History, Industry, Technology, Science); Attended Chess Tournament
  • Kelly - MESA Competition; Congrats to HITS Expo; Thank you to staff for Town Hall Meetings; MD Veteran Museum Award Winners on May 7; Suggestions for MABE Conferrence; update on International Thespian festival (we will cover cost KH)
  • Marshall - Hoyer visit; Senior Citizen Prom; attended state BOE meeting and seminar on ESEA
  • Palko - HITS Expo, fascinating Graphics Program at North Point receiving award; attended MASC meeting; thank you to Joseph Pierello - President of CCASC; Senior Citizens Prom; ROTC Drill Meet
Education Association of Charles County update - 2017-03-14 BOE update.pdf (51 KB)
 
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update - march afscme.pdf (105 KB)
 
Student Board Member update - SMOB update.pdf (96 KB)
 
2018-19 calendar - SY2018_19 Calendar.pdf (86 KB)
 
Human resources update - HR_DeclofIntent.pdf (303 KB)
  • Adding Alabama University due to it's high percentage of diversity and education majors
Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School bid - Board Report_package_Mudd Contract Award_March142017.pdf (207 KB)
  • low bidder was not awarded due to lack of meeting certain requirements and criteria.  Second to lowest was awarded.
  • Wont start until after school year is complete.  Then at the start of the year, all students will go to transition school.
  • New school 542 students
CIP Update
 
Legislative audit update
Legislative update
  • Sick Leave Bills - are passing
  • HB978/SB871 - States consolidated plan ESSA
  • HB461/SB452 - Limit Testing
  • HB1240 - Special Education Burden of Proof
  • HB174/SB710 - Consent for Changes to IEP
  • HB425/SB651 - restrict suspension/expulsion PK-3
  • SB760 - allow teachers to request binding arbitration in suspension/termination
  • VK - Update from the 4th Circuit on the Transgender Case
  • ES - Still before the 4th Circuit now; Federal Government has changed the view but no guidance has been changed yet.
  • VK - we are not bound by the 4th circuit ruling now. 
  • ES - my guidance to the board is to take no action until 4th Circuit decided case.
Unfinished business
  • Transportation update - discussion carried forward from last month on bus contracts, routes, maintenance, fuel cost etc.
New business
  • Discipline Matrix Committees - Team 1 - Crawford, Marshall, McGraw; Team 2 Abell, Palko, Kelly. Come back with ideas for change by May Meeting. (Matrix and Code of Conduct)
Future agenda items
  • Palko - Status Update on SAIL
  • Kelly - Murphy to prepare a synopsis of troops to teachers
  • Kelly - Parent demo of he new Student Information System posted on web site
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolutions
    • Month of the Young Child: Accepting: Rachael Ashby, teacher, Three-Year-Old program; Presley Ferguson, student, Three-Year-Old program, Indian Head Elementary School MonthoftheYoungChild 032117.pdf (112 KB)
    • National Student Leadership Week: Accepting: Student leaders - Da’Juon Washington, Student Board Member, North Point High School; Kaitlyn Willett, alternate Student Board Member, Henry E. Lackey High School; Sarah Gough, La Plata High School; Donnell Johnson, Maurice J. McDonough High School; Jordyn Best, North Point High School; Arianna Hebner, St. Charles High School; Amira Sago, Thomas Stone High School; and Zeles Amoah, Westlake High School StudentLeadershipResolution03-2017.(2).pdf (346 KB)
  • Students
    • Lindsey Johnson; twelfth-grade; Career Readiness; North Point High School; Principal: Michael Simms
    • Justin Butler; eighth-grade; Academic Achievement; Mattawoman Middle School, Principal: Sonia Jones
    • Astha Patel; fifth-grade; Career Readiness; Mary H. Matula Elementary School; Principal: Carrie Richardson
    • Savannah Trice, fifth-grade; Academic Achievement; Walter J. Mitchell Elementary; Principal: Sabrina Robinson-Taylor
  • Employees
    • Anastasia M. Griffin, math teacher, North Point
    • Tyler A. Miller, physical education teacher, Mattawoman
    • Christina M. Caron, learning resource teacher, Matula
    • Mary R. Montgomery, fifth-grade teacher, Mitchell
    • Yvonne S. Haws, kindergarten instructional assistant, Mary B. Neal Elementary School, Principal: Deborah M. Brown
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • Stacey Pritchett - TSHS parent. inability to play baseball this year because not enough players. Upset team was canceled. St. Charles is now playing on their fields. Was told they couldn't have just a JV team. She found this information was incorrect and wants to have a JV team.
  • Rudy Carrico Jr. - Attorney and Asst coach of TSHS baseball. The rezoning for St. Charles HS has left TS with no athletes. 5 wrestlers, 5 girl basketball, etc. St. Charles baseball using TS baseball. wants a JV team to grow the program.
  • James Proctor - Student handbook, governed by Charles County Athletic Council, and is the policy makers.  No representation from students and/or parents on this committee.  Recommends a student and a parent be placed on the committee. 
  • Denise Yates - According to Legislative Audit report - unnecessary network access to students.  Has there been a data breach?  Has a forensic software been ran?  worried about identity theft.
  • Mark Koch - representing bus contractors.  study performed by CCPS is clear that using contractors is best.  Contractors not included in study or conversation. Wants to be part of the discussion regarding reimbursement of the fuel tax.
Action items
  • Minutes
Motion to approve the Minutes by Marshall; Second by Palko
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Personnel
Motion to approve the Personnel by McGraw; Second by Kelly
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Naming of Elementary School #22
Motion to name the school Billingsley Elementary School Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Lukas, Marshall No = Kelly, McGraw, Palko
  • Superintendent’s contract approval
Motion to approve the Superintendent's Contract by Marshall; Second by Palko
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Adjournment 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 3/14/17

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, March 14, at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 1 p.m. and student and staff recognition starts at 4:30 p.m. The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12 and is rebroadcast throughout the week.
Board meetings are also streamed live on the school system website at www.ccboe.com. Select the live steaming image displayed in the center of the home page. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change.
Executive session – 12 p.m.
Call to order – 1 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance, Thomas Stone High School JROTC
Recognition of student state winners
Recognition of Gordon Croft, founder of Croft Leominster, Inc.
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
  • 2018-19 calendar
  • Human resources update
  • Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School bid
  • Legislative audit update
  • Legislative update
Unfinished business
  • Transportation update
New business and future agenda items
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolutions: Month of the Young Child and National Student Leadership Week
  • Students
  • Employees
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
Action items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel
  • Naming of Elementary School #22
  • Superintendent’s contract approval
Adjournment 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Elementary Redistricting Plans Moving Forward



The Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) redistricting committee plans to present two comprehensive elementary school rezoning options to the Board of Education and Superintendent Kimberly Hill at the Board’s April 4 meeting.

Elementary school redistricting will create an attendance zone for a new elementary school, scheduled to open in September 2018 and located off Billingsley Road in White Plains. Additionally, it will expand the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School attendance zone and balance student enrollment across the county as needed at all other elementary schools. Dr. Mudd is scheduled to undergo a complete renovation and expansion, starting next school year.

The Board has scheduled two public hearings to allow residents to comment on the proposals. Public hearings on the committee’s proposals are set for 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 24, 2017, at Westlake High School and 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at St. Charles High School. CCPS will provide elementary school students’ parents with a fact sheet containing a synopsis of the proposals prior to the April 4 Board meeting.  Additional redistricting information is available at http://www.ccboe.com/redistricting.

The redistricting committee’s task was to develop and evaluate potential elementary school attendance zones for consideration by the Superintendent and Board. The Board selected the redistricting committee members at random from names of volunteers. Board policy requires the committee to submit two different proposals.

The following is the timeline for redistricting.

March 2017

·         Redistricting committee completes work and prepares report. CCPS staff will review and finalize the alternatives by the end of March.

·         In late March, CCPS will distribute the second of four redistricting fact sheets. This fact sheet will contain a synopsis of the redistricting committee’s two recommendations.

April 2017

·         The Board will receive a report on the committee’s recommendations at the April 4 meeting. The redistricting committee’s report will be available to the public. Public hearings on the redistricting alternatives are 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 24, 2017, at Westlake High School and 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at St. Charles High School.

May 2017

·         The Superintendent will present a redistricting recommendation to the Board at the May 9, 2017, meeting; CCPS will send a third fact sheet to parents. Tentatively, the Board has scheduled two public hearings to receive comment on the Superintendent's recommendation. Dates are Monday, May 15, 2017, and Monday May 22, 2017. Time and locations to be determined.

June 2017

·         The Board will take action on the Superintendent's recommendation. The Board is making the redistricting decision one year prior to the opening of Elementary 22 and two years before the reopening of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School in order to provide parents ample notice of the change. The communications office will prepare and distribute a final fact sheet with the Board’s decision.

August 27, 2018

·         Redistricting takes effect. Students affected by the elementary school redistricting move to their new schools starting with the 2018-19 school year. Students affected by redistricting involving Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School will move to the transition school starting with the 2018-19 school year and to the renovated building in the 2019-20 school year.

How will comments be received?

The Board of Education believes community input is essential to a successful redistricting.

There are several ways for residents to share ideas about the upcoming redistricting:

·         Email ideas and comments to redistrict@ccboe.com. Emails will be forwarded to all Board members.

·         Hold a neighborhood information meeting with Charles County Public Schools staff. If you have a smaller group, such as a community or neighborhood association, that would like to meet with staff members to learn more about the redistricting process, why it is needed or to provide ideas, please email Brad Snow, director of transportation and redistricting facilitator, at bsnow@ccboe.com.

·         Participate in public hearings.

Where to find redistricting information

There are a number of ways parents and the community can keep up-to-date on redistricting. CCPS continually posts information on the school system website at http://www.ccboe.com/redistricting, including time lines, meeting notices, publications and parent notifications, maps, fact sheets and more. Additionally, all parents receive four informational fact sheets – an introduction to redistricting, committee proposals, the Superintendent’s recommendation to the Board of Education and the accepted redistricting plan. Board meetings include updates on the process and are televised live and aired on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12. The meetings also stream live on the school system website at www.ccboe.com.

Agenda for Board of Education Work Session, 2/27/17


The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a public work session at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27 in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The meeting will be televised live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website at ccboe.com and broadcast on Comcast Channel 96/Verizon FiOS Channel 12.
The following is a meeting agenda and is subject to change.
Call to order – 6 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance
Public Forum
Work session
·         Policy 6000 series
·         School Naming Committee report
 
Adjournment

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 2/14/17

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, February 14 will be re-broadcast on Comcast Channel 96, Verizon FIOS Channel 12 and is available via webstream at http://www.ccboe.com/ . To view the full agenda and the various reports, please visit BoardDocs .
The below notes are my personal notes and are not intended to be all-inclusive or official minutes for the Board of Education meetings and are provided as a request from my supporters and the general public in a personal effort to be more transparent. Although I have diligently tried to make these notes as unbiased and accurate as possible, I am only human and do make mistakes.
 
Executive session – 12 p.m.

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

Recognition of student athletes
  • 2017 Maryland All State Junior Band - Evangeline Gilmer, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School
  • 2017 Maryland All State Senior Band: Shelby Green, North Point High School; Annabell Tchoumak, North Point High School; Adrian Paras, St. Charles High School
  • 2017 Maryland All State Mixed Chorus - Thomas Snyder, St. Charles High School
  • 2017 Maryland All State Woman's Chorus - Iliya Coles, North Point High School; Marissa Hapner, North Point High School
Recognition of La Plata Business Association - Keith Grasso, Island Music
Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • Kelly - MABE Conference Planning Committee, Topic suggestions needed; Somers History Fair impressed; County Chess Tournament coming up
  • McGraw - PAC meeting very informative and beneficial; will be attending the Apr and Oct State board meetings and invited other members
  • Palko - Thank you notes from seniors she interviewed; CCPS and EACC well represented at State own Hall in regards to NCLB replacement
  • Crawford - EACC Lobby night
  • Marshall - Women's Heart Health Month, Black History Month - went to African American Museum in DC and highly recommends a two day excursion
  • Lukas - Palko and him went to Annapolis and learned what delegates want to do or not do with education in the coming year.

Education Association of Charles County update - 2017-02-14 BOE update.pdf (54 KB)

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update
  • Maintenance and Operations Group - additional new schools and PK and K wings and square footage with newer technology and we only added four additional employees.  Need more employees, steps and cost of living
Student Board Member update - Verbal only

Student information system update - StudentInformationSystem.pdf (1,754 KB)

Transportation update
FY2018 Proposed operating budget - See action Item

Legislative update
  • Paid sick leave for all employees, two bills; oppose both
  • Bills regarding state accountability
  • HB425/SB - Prohibit suspension PK-2nd.
  • Seatbelt on bus bills
Unfinished business
  • School naming committee - Request was made for the committee to come back with 3 names of places
  • Palko - invited to MABE executive session to report on governors task force.
New business - None

Future agenda items - None

Recognition – 4:30p.m.
  • Resolutions
    • Read Across America (Charles County): Accepting: Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School: Julue Boucher, reading resource teacher; Anita Richardson, reading recovery teacher; Zachary Miskell, fifth-grade; and Gracie Miskell, first-grade
    • Women's History Month: Accepting: Maxine Griffin Somerville, president, Charles County Commission for Women
    • Fine and Performing Arts Month: Accepting: Evangeline Gilmer; eighth-grade, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School; Rodney McGee, eleventh-grade, Maurice McDonough High School
  • Students
    • Tabitha Thorne, twelfth-grade; Career Readiness, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center, Principal: Evelyn Arnold, Ed.D.
    • Katarina Lile, eighth-grade, Academic Achievement, Matthew Henson Middle School, Principal: Christina Caballero
    • Aaliya Jamison, fifth-grade, Academic Achievement, William B. Wade Elementary, Principal: Kevin Jackson, Sr.
    • Maya Cauley, fifth-graderade, Personal Responsibility, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School, Principal: Kimberly Hairston
    • Thomas Nguyen, fifth- grade, Career Readiness, Arthur Middleton Elementary School, Principal: Louis D’Ambrosio
    • Catherine Smith, fifth-grade, Academic Achievement, Jenifer Elementary School, Principal: Nancy Seifert
  • Staff
    • Tiffany VanDyke, Acting Virtual Academy/Evening High School specialist, Stethem
    • Heather Tonnessen, language arts teacher, Henson
    • Joy Fisher, special education instructional assistant, Wade
    • Diane Smith, media instructional assistant, Mudd
    • Robin Riddick, first grade teacher, Middleton
    • Jennifer Brown, art teacher, Jenifer
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • Richard Koch - Behalf of Charles County School Bus contractors regarding study on transportation presented today.  Shows we are the best value for the county tax payers.  Study acknowledges transportation costs should increase 3% a year.  Consistent with our concerns.  Study means nothing if board fails to act on the recommendation.  Failure to act will result in additional costs to the board.  Finance at 3.5%.  it's higher than that now.  Buy at depreciated cost is unrealistic.
Action items
Motion to accept the Minutes by Abell; Second by McGraw
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Personnel
Motion to accept Personnel by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

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

Motion to accept Elementary #22 contract award by McGraw; Second by Palko
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

Adjournment

Friday, February 10, 2017

Board of education Meeting Agenda, 2/14/17

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 1 p.m. and 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 tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change.

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

Recognition of student athletes
Recognition of La Plata Business Association
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
  • Student information system update
  • Transportation update
  • FY2018 Proposed operating budget
  • Legislative update
Unfinished business
  • School naming committee
New business and future agenda items
  • New business
  • Future agenda items
Recognition – 4:30p.m.
  • Resolutions: Read Across Charles County; Women’s History Month; and Fine and Performing Arts Month
  • Students
  • Staff
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
Action items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel
  • FY2018 proposed operating budget
  • Elementary #22 contract award
Adjournment

Monday, January 23, 2017

Board of Education Work Session Agenda, 1/23/17

The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a public work session at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23 in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The meeting will be televised live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website at ccboe.com and broadcast on Comcast Channel 96/Verizon FiOS Channel 12.

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

Executive session – 5 p.m.

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

Public Forum

Report on Elementary #22 contract award

Public hearing on FY2018 proposed operating budget

Work Session

  • FY 2018 Proposed operating budget
Adjournment

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