Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 2/9/16

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, February 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 – 12 p.m.

Call to order – 1 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance, Thomas Stone High School JROTC

Superintendent’s update -
Superintendents Report II 2-9-16 (2).pdf (137 KB)
Correspondence/Board Member updates

  • Marshall - Apologize for missing Board Work Session, did not see the email; J.C. Parks tour, all staff delightful and full of smiles, no chairs in music room, GoFundMe page set up by teacher provided Ukulele's, thanks to Mr. Hettel for lights in gym.
  • Kelly - BOE celebrating 100th anniversary.  kicking off on February 17th with the BOE to meet at the one room school house.  Many events throughout the year.  Hashtag to be used #CCBOE100.  Thank you to Palko and Abell for assistance on committee; social media apps and safety, check your childs phones, set boundaries.
  • Crawford - VFW scholarship available for high school students interested in the arts and design.  check out the website.  Recognition of parents of student shadows.
  • Palko - Martin Luther King Jr breakfast, thank you to everyone; Barnhart Elementary school STEAM museum, students explored, kudos to Mr. Barnes; Kudos to Stetham on CTE program; Skills USA regional competition, congratulations to students; February 2nd had a shadow visit schools and annex buildings; thank you to CCPS print shop and mail room.
  • McGraw - Thank you to Jenifer Elementary on Geography Bee; Congratulationsto Ms. Alicia Jones named State Counselor Advocate of the Year; Scholarship Fund Meeting, seniors please apply; Town Hall with classified personnel scheduled for 2/29 at 5:00 p.m. at the Starkey Building; BOE and Commissioners Meeting on Tuesday, March 8th at 10:00 a.m. location TBD
  • Lukas - MASC meeting on Saturday.  Kudos to CCPS students. 
Education Association of Charles County update - 2016 02 09 EACC BOE Report.pdf (85 KB)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update
  • Kudos to first responders during inclement weather and thank you for supporting them
Student Board Member update - SMOB Report Feb.pdf (36 KB)
Fall athletics participation
  • Athletic Participation FALL Sports Feb 9 Brd Mtg 2016.pdf (617 KB)
  • Overall athletic GPA is up.  # of ineligible students did NOT increase wit new eligibility requirements.
  • Lukas - Thank you for the wealth of information
  • Palko - impressed GPA's went up.  Students not eligible because of the new requirements, what support system?
  • Lawson - one hour lunches and after school assistance.   Encourage coaches to monitor grades and offer study halls.
  • Benson - support for the 8th graders?
  • Lawson - working lunches and after school assistance
  • Benson - see many students with all A's and B's and one F
  • Lawson - haven't tracked this status
Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) presentation - Check presentation for $182,196 for partnership in 2015-2016.

Project status
  • Kelly - Matula & Jenifer, shorten time frame to August for completion?
  • Clements - request to state made, contractors ready.  Hopeful for compressed schedule.
  • Palko - Berry, Malcolm, Craik, Wade, Higdon still need Kindergarten additions.
  • Kelly - New Elementary School capacity 766, why Temporary classrooms in diagram
  • Clements - We always anticipate the need for portable classrooms.
  • Kelly - what is a Maker Space
  • Hungerford - student space for multi purpose
  • Student Daniel - shouldn't there be a fence to keep Kindergarten from wandering off
  • Eschbach - yes fence in place to keep students in and adults out.
  • Student - when is it opening
  • Clements - 2018
  • Student Kaylee - classrooms to plant and study organisms
  • Hungerford - Science on 2nd floor, green roof, planting boxes etc, with a fence :), trails through woods to creek, etc.
  • Crawford - Security with school being that far back in woods
  • Clements - Wetlands etc to deter intruders and consult with security personnel
  • Student Daniel - Other elementary schools close, will it take too many students
  • Clements - need for school because of overcrowding
  • Student Daniel - 4th graders in trailers but Kindergarten are fine inside
  • Student - Shelters for emergencies
  • Hungerford - yes, all has been taken into consideration
  • Student Liasion - Thoughts behind putting Special Education on the Second Floor
  • Eschbach - Consult with instructional staff as to what has to be on the first floor.  The Special Education is located right next to the elevator.
  • Student - Where does all the money come from to do all this
  • Clements - fortunate our commissioners value a strong education and they support us as well as the state.  61% state, 39% county
  • Student - during demolition, where are you putting the students
  • Clements - students will be moved to a temporary school
  • Lukas - Only zoned students for Mudd or will there be programs can be opted in.
  • Clements - Special Education program will be available for out of zone
ELL (English Language Learners) in elementary schools
  •  Kelly - thank you for the presentation and hopes of survival packets for teachers and students to use in order to break the language barrier.
 School years 2016/17 and 2017/18 calendar update
Legislative update
  • HB626 - (SB269)requires school systems to close on Veterans Day; sponsored by Delegate Wilson; we're against because it makes it harder to find the 180 mandated student dates.
  • HB29 - deals with concussions in schools with harsher penalties for coaches who ignore concussions.  Opposed because it intrudes on the local school systems authority to handle at the local level.
  • HB141 - Education accountability; limit mandated testing; we're opposed because it takes away our flexibility
  • HB570 (SB404) - appointment of the State Superintendent of Schools by the advice and consent of the Senate (majority vote); no position at this time
  • SB183 - seatbelts on school buses; we are opposed due to the extreme cost ($60M) to retrofit when there is no clear indication they make buses any safer.
  • HB352 - Legislative audit of local school system from every 6 years to only upon request of the county government maximum of every 6 years.  No position at this time but probably support.
Unfinished business - None

New business - None

Future agenda items
  • Marshall - Special Education concerns raised during staff forum, EACC breakfast, and during the public forum at the last board meeting.  Possibly take a closer look at Special Education program and various staff tasks required.
  • Palko - Requests copy of School System Goals
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolutions
    • Read Across Charles County - Read Across Charles County.pdf (69 KB) - Accepting: Dr. Samuel Mudd Elementary School students: Demari Rorie, kindergarten; Landon Rorie, kindergarten; Dailyn Gaines, fifth grade; Jahshuah Wade, fourth grade; Shellia Soderstrom, reading resource teacher; Kimberly Hairston, principal
    • Women’s History Month - Women History Month Resolution.pdf (164 KB) - Accepting: Maxine Somerville, vice chair, Charles County Commission for Women
    • Fine and Performing Arts Month - FineandPerformingArts Resolution.pdf (12 KB) -  Accepting: Andrew Blumhardt, general music teacher, Indian Head Elementary School; Josh Hettel, art teacher, La Plata High School; Takako Mato, music teacher, Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School; Becky Kuhn, theater/multi media teacher, St. Charles High School; Kristen Liston, chorus teacher, Milton M. Somers Middle School
  • Students - Jolie Prasad, fifth grade, Academic Achievement, Berry Elementary School, Principal: Melissa Logan; Kate Bright, fifth grade, Academic Achievement, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, Principal: Kathleen Morgan; Gabrielle Tsitsiwu, eighth grade, Personal Responsibility, Eva Turner Elementary School, Principal: Orlena Whatley; Madelyn Mudd, eighth grade, Career Readiness, Piccowaxen Middle School, Principal: Wendell Martin; Cameron Butler, twelfth grade, Personal Responsibility, La Plata High School, Principal: Douglass Dolan
  • Staff - Nicholas Gardiner, fifth grade teacher, Berry; Sarah Gobe, library media specialist, Higdon; Christina Greer, fourth grade teacher, Turner; Kristi Nelson, mathematics teacher, Piccowaxen; Angela D. Baker, mathematics teacher, La Plata High School
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • Shane Higgs - Special Education concerns...thank you for starting to look at matters to special education.  Another item would be to look at IA's...only working 5.5 hours a day.  Life Skills teacher has to transfer 14-16 students to buses by herself because her IA has already left.  More IA's will not help.  Need time restrictions lifted. Substitute Teacher pays more than IA's.
  • Lourdes Sagun - wants two way conversation with BOE not just come and speak.  School calendar survey.  Did the survey because she wants voice heard.  Saw the results and we did not make calendar from the survey results.  Kids need a full week from Spring Break. 
  • Simonetta Marchi - Berry Elementary parents were asked to pay for Chess Club.  PTO is not allocating money the parents voted on.  The principal does not speak truthfully.  (Full complaint submitted in writing to the board.)
  • Michelle Folbert - 8th and 11th grade in CCPS.  11th Grade AP student.  10% assessed on her quarterly.  Daughter spoke at Town Hall meeting.  History assessment given August 30th and English given in October.  Need to look at when the assessment is given.
  • Tony Madora? - Owns Expo America, teaches driver improvement and firearm safety.  Advocate of gun safety.  Board and administration should be trained in firearm safety.  Would benefit by having first hand knowledge of guns especially for schools that do not have a school resource officer on hand.  Offering his services to the board. 
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 Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Algebra I textbook
Motion to accept the Algebra 1 Textbook by Kelly; Second by Palko
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Superintendent’s proposed FY 2017 operating budget
Motion to accept the FY 2017 Operating Budget by Lukas; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Adjournment

Friday, February 05, 2016

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 2/9/16

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 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 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. Click on the slideshow image located in the center of the homepage. 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

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
  • Fall athletics participation
  • Project status
  • ELL (English Language Learners) in elementary schools
  • School years 2016/17 and 2017/18 calendar update
  • Legislative update
Unfinished business

New business and future agenda items
  • New business
  • Future agenda items
Recognition – 4:30 p.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
  • Algebra I textbook
  • Superintendent’s proposed FY 2017 operating budget
Adjournment

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Notes from Board of Education Work Session, 1/27/16

The Board of Education Work Session on Wednesday, January 27 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 hearing on the FY 2017 Budget

Public Forum

  • FY 2017 proposed operating budget
  • No one attended to speak

Work session


    • Palko - Transportation..contract out for snow removal at schools, flat amount of $200k average.
    • Kelly - migrating to a different student reistration system; we also have a visitor registration system
    • Crawford - why does our enrollment look so good
    • Sotomeyer - Baltimore lost a lot of funding and it was divided amongst counties
    • Lukas - funding for mentors; 20 mentors and staff development; how much would the mentor be compensated
    • Lukas - Health care cost;
    • Balides - more people to insure (new hires) plus increased cost
    • Lukas - breakdown on the categories; what's under all of them
    • Palko - Mentors; how many now
    • Hollstein - we have 18 now and want to recruit to 20
    • McGraw - mentors are valuable
    • Kelly - how many hours a week do mentors work ; 20 is an average
    • Kelly  how do we measure effectiveness of mentor program
    • Hollstein - survery, feedback, retention
    • Crawford - supplemental requests...where do they show up?  as an addendum
    • Kelly - BYOD initiative; for all schools?
Adjournment

Monday, January 25, 2016

Board Reschedules Budget Work Session

The Board of Education of Charles County has postponed its budget work session originally scheduled for Monday, Jan. 25. The meeting is rescheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building in La Plata.

The meeting will be aired live on Comcast Channel 96/Verizon FiOS Channel 12 and the school system website, www.ccboe.com. The agenda is subject to change and is as follows:

Call to order – 6 p.m.

  •  Pledge of Allegiance
Public hearing on the FY 2017 Budget

Public Forum
  • FY 2017 proposed operating budget
Work session
  •  FY 2017 proposed operating budget
Adjournment

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Board of Education Budget Public Hearing and Work Session, 1/25/16

The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a work session at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 25, at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building in La Plata. The meeting will be aired live on Comcast Channel 96/Verizon FiOS Channel 12 and the school system website, www.ccboe.com. The agenda is subject to change and is as follows:

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

Public hearing

  • FY 2017 proposed operating budget
Work session
  •  FY 2017 proposed operating budget
Adjournment

Friday, January 15, 2016

Why Md. lawmakers won’t take up a bill to reduce student testing this year

Washington Post
By Ovetta Wiggins
January 13, 2016


It is one of the few issues that Gov. Larry Hogan and Democratic legislative leaders agree on: students are tested too much.

But it also an issue that most likely will not get addressed this year.

Hogan said Wednesday that reducing the number of tests students are required to take each year was not something that was “on our radar screens” as lawmakers returned to Annapolis for their annual
90-day legislative session.

“It’s not a priority for this session,” he said during an annual back-to-session radio show.

The governor said he agrees with the teachers union on overtesting “in general,” noting that “we don’t agree on everything every day, but that’s one we 100 percent agree on.”

Hogan said he wants to wait for a commission that is reviewing overtesting before taking action on reducing the number of tests students take.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (D-Calvert) and House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) agreed.

The commission was created under bill that was approved during the 2015 legislative session.
Hogan named members to the commission in October. The committee has started its work and is expected to release a report in July, after the legislature has adjourned.

READ MORE HERE

Maryland State Board of Education releases student enrollment data

WBAL-TV
Tim Wooten
January 14, 2016


BALTIMORE —Even though some Maryland school systems can boast about student growth, others are being forced to close buildings.

It's all based on new data released by the state Board of Education.

Every fall, school systems take a one-day snapshot of how many students show up for classes. It determines whether that particular district is losing or gaining students.

Statewide, enrollment is up 0.6 percent to a record 879,601 students. In our region, enrollment numbers are up in Howard, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties. But that's not the case for Baltimore City, Harford County and Carroll County, where the district is set to close three schools this year.

"This enrollment projection was not unexpected," Carroll County School Superintendent Stephen Guthrie said.

Guthrie said the district has come up short more than 350 students and he expects the trend to continue.

"We've declined more rapidly than most, but it is a great concern to us not only because of the lack of students, but the lack of revenue," Guthrie said.

In spite of what the new enrollment numbers are showing, it's still hard to process for some Carroll County residents.

"I live out in Manchester and I feel like there's building out there and lots of families that are growing, so I am surprised," Carroll County resident Jackie Speights said.

"It does surprise me. I mean, with the influx of people coming in, so I would expect more kids to be around. It's not like it was when we were growing up. We had kids everywhere," Carroll County resident Glen Hawksford said.

It's been just the opposite in nearby Baltimore County. The district opened a new school in the fall and has another building on the drawing board. It's one of the many counties where school officials are keeping a very close watch on enrollment trends.

Get a closer look at statewide enrollment numbers below:

- 2015-2016 Student Publications (Maryland State Department of Education)
- Maryland Public School Enrollment report

READ MORE HERE

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 1/12/16

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, December 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, North Point High School JROTC
 
Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman
Motion for Virginia McGraw as Chair by Kelly; Second by Palko
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
 
Motion for Mike Lukas as Vice - Chair by Kelly; Second by McGraw
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
 
 
Correspondence/Board member updates -
  • Palko - commends entire staff on communication, contingency plan, etc during bus driver sick-out; Attended CCASC quarterly meeting impressed, topic of anti-bullying.  Thomas Stone senior interviews; Richmond Science Center kudos; IA's being pulled from classes to substitute (Hill-being addressed)
  • McGraw - Palkos request for Town Hall meeting
  • Kelly - Thank you to EACC for the legislative breakfast; BOE Centennial celebration this year. Thank you to Abell, Palko, and O'Malley-Simpson for your help.  MABE conference committee planning is underway; greater need for ELL students at the elementary level; bilingual books; teachers need access to wifi password to Google in order to communicate with ELL students better.
  • Crawford - commend Superintendent during Sick Out of drivers and thank you to all the other drivers for showing up.  EACC legislative breakfast, thank you; Veteran of Foreign Wars Awards Ceremony
  • Lukas - MABE legislative meeting.  kudos to our county because other counties are having issues.  County It's Academic team their performance to be aired April 2.
Education Association of Charles County (EACC) update - 01 12 16 EACC Update.pdf (46 KB)

Student Board member update - student update 011216.pdf (39 KB)

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program
  • PBISPresentation_BoardMeeting_Jan2016_Final.pdf (2,299 KB)
  • Palko - more students disrespectful (Snow - not more students but hose that are disrespectful are more disrespectful than they were years ago.)
  • Crawford - teachers say they cannot discipline because of suspension rates looks back. Students always want to be reward.  Shouldn't teach kids to always do something lookin for a reward.
Project status update     Construction status-2016-01.pdf (216 KB)
  
James E. Richmond Science Center - INS_JERScienceCenter Jan12_16 (2).pdf (2,962 KB)

Algebra I textbook - Alg1Textbook_Report Item.pdf (25 KB)

Proposed FY2017 operating budget -
Legislative update
  • Anticipate a very political session
  • possible increase in construction funds
  • hot issue is student assessments
  • school calendar year bills
Unfinished business
  • Kelly - Centennial Celebration
  • Palko - data on CSM articulation and remedial classes
New business
 
Future agenda items
  • Kelly - ELL program in Elementary School
  • Palko - Nanjemoy Creek Education Center
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.        
  • Resolutions:
    • Black History Month - Accepting: Student Athlete Education Program at General Smallwood Middle School - Nikell Fitzgerald, 8th grade; Leila Evans, 8th grade; Devontea Johnson, 8th grade
    • Career and Technical Education Month - Accepting: Academy of Health Professions students at North Point High School - Alyssa Raqueno, 12th grade, Olivia Hoy, 12th grade, Edward McNeil, 12th grade, Marco Viray, 12th grade
    • National School Counseling Week - Accepting: Janice Taylor, school counselor, J.P. Ryon Elementary School and Connie Ward-Johnson, school counselor, William B. Wade Elementary School
    • Gifted and Talented Education Month - Accepting: William B. Wade Elementary School: Joe Perriello, learning resource teacher and Kaelan Parkin, 5th grade; Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School: Connie Mattingly, learning resource teacher and Steve McPhee, 5th grade
  • Students - Hayley Pinggoy, 5th grade, Academic Achievement, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer School, Principal: Nancy Seifert; Cornell Lowe, 5th grade, Career Readiness, William B. Wade Elementary School, Principal: Kevin Jackson, Sr. ; Olivia Johnson, 8th grade, Academic Achievement, Matthew Henson Middle School, Principal: Christina Caballero; Michael Weeks, 12th grade, Personal Responsibility, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center, Principal: Evelyn Arnold
  • Staff - Sandra L. Young, special education instructional assistant, Dr. Samuel Mudd Elementary School; Jamie M. Mucciolo, fifth-grade teacher, Jenifer; Maritza Davis, secretary to the Principal, Wade; Deborah D. Luehe, media instructional assistant, Henson; Sandy L. Rooney, secretary to the principal, Stethem
Public Forum – 6 p.m. (spellings of names are simply my interpretation of the verbal announcement.)
  • David Leach - CC Bus Drivers are actually slaves.  No voice.  No representation. Work for little to no pay.
  • Keith McGurt - Upset about activity buses being cancelled.  No resolve from meeting before the holidays between drivers and Superintendent.  Being held in bondage.  Asked for the Superintendent's resignation. Free your people.
  • T. Dyson - CCPS product.  Young bus driver.  Worked for Marriott with Bachelors degree but had to return to take care of elderly grandmother.  Flexibility led him to drive buses.  Disappointed in Dr. Hill and inability to help the drivers.  Board threatened him?  Asks for a supportive contractor instead of one that throws him under the bus.
  • Shane Higgs - Spouse of Special Educator, father of 3 IEP students.  What are we doing for Special Education.  Understands budgets, trainings, demands etc.  CCPS is extremely understaffed, especially in the special education department.  16 students to one teacher?  Task organize your special ed department.  separate case management from individual education.
  • Latrina Carr - Thomas Stone Dance Team coach.  wants modification to policy regarding academic and attendance requirements so clubs are not included.  Feels since the don't receive any support from CCPS they should not have to follow the same guidelines.
  • Larissa Johnson - student at Thomas Stone High School and a member of the dance team.  against the academic eligibility policy.
Action items
Motion to accept the Executive Session Minutes by Palko; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

Motion to accept the December Minutes by Marshall; Second by Palko
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Personnel
Motion to accept Personnel by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Motion to accept System Goals by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
 
Adjournment

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 1/12/15

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 12, 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, North Point High School JROTC
 
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
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program
  • Project status update       
  • James E. Richmond Science Center
  • Algebra I textbook       
  • Proposed FY2017 operating budget
  • Legislative update
 Unfinished business
 
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
  • System goals
 
Adjournment

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 12/8/15

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, December 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 – Maurice J. McDonough High School

Superintendent’s update to the Board - Superintendent�s Report 12-08-15 (2).pdf (136 KB)
 
Correspondence/board member updates

  • Marshall - acknowledge Gary Winsett for leading the student leaders; Congrats LPHS It's Academic; enjoyed participating in Senior Portfolio interviews; tour of CTE program at North Point
  • Palko - Thank you to Winsett; It's Academic kudos; Military Ball; visited several schools
  • Kelly - Happy Holidays; thanks to students who entered DAR contest; Shop with a Cop; Senior Portfolios
  • Crawford - All Star Dads at Turner
  • McGraw - congratulations to Dr. Hill on NASDAQ invitation; Thank you to Hill and O'Malley-Simpson for organizing teacher forum; Military Ball
Education Association of Charles County update - 2015-12-08 BOE update.pdf (46 KB)

Student Board member’s update - student update 120815.pdf (112 KB)

Goals Update - Goals combined Board superintendent 3.pdf (369 KB)
  • Palko asked for clarification on several of the goals
  • Marshall asked for clarification on teacher retention/recruitment goal
  • Kelly - increase enrollment in computer science programs
  • committee will take suggestions into consideration and make changes to bring back
Oral updates on Increasing parental communication through technology; and, Stategies for monitoring student involvment in Hour Lunch Programs
  • Parent alerts, notifications, messages and photos from the classroom
Project status update - Construction status-Dec2015.pdf (216 KB)

Pre and posttests and the impact on instruction - INS_PrePostTest_BOE Dec8_15.pdf (848 KB)

Algebra I textbook - Alg1Textbook_Information Item.pdf (25 KB)
  • consensus to move forward with a 30day review at the schools
Unfinished business
  • Palko - Asked Dr. Hill for link to CTE website; theone given last month didn't seem to work
  • McGraw - Requested a worksheet on bus driver salaries, benefits etc compared to other counties.
New business - None

Future agenda items
  • Kelly - PARCC data for elementary and middle schools
  • Palko - Would non-certificated employees
  • Palko - concern on PBIS initiatives affecting creativity in the fine and performing arts and wants presentation
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Students - Aliyona Naves, fifth-grade, Academic Achievement, Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School, Principal: Christienne Warren; Tyrone Hudson, Jr., fifth-grade, Personal Responsibility, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School, Principal: Troy Barnes; Raelynn Hood, fifth-grade, Academic Achievement, T.C. Martin Elementary School, Principal: Gregory Miller; Tremaine Barrow, eighth-grade, Academic Achievement, John Hanson Middle School, Principal: Susan McCormick; Courtney Alvey, twelfth-grade, Career Readiness, Henry E. Lackey High School, Principal: Kathy Perriello
  • Employees - Luanne Cochran, instructional resource teacher, Barnhart; Rebecca Irwin, second-grade teacher, Brown; Ashley Valenzuela, first-grade teacher, Martin; Daniel Meltsner, computer teacher, Hanson; Pauline Johnson, Vice Principal, Lackey
  • 2015 James E. Richmond Leadership Excellence Award: Christine Mais, Executive Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent of School Administration
  • La Plata High School Thespian Troupe 2621 presentation to the Board by Thespian Troupe president Matthew Neel
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • Marvin Weathersby - CC bus driver for 8 years.  no policy and procedure manual.  problem with board of education and contractors fight and bus drivers lose.  wife suffers from massive depression because actions transportation took against her. 
  • Shannon Setting - drivers and attendants attend meetings and stress issues that they are having.  if they didn't come to work.
  • Marlene Jones - bus drivers income is no longer supplemental income, it's now the only income to support a family.
  • Keith Mc????? - look at colleagues suffering because of the system.  a bus driver saved a childs life  but yet worried of losing her job.  BOE holds certification over their heads.  No voice.  coming every meeting until it changes.
  • William Seaton - bus driver, thought when we were here the last time that boe was compassionate but obviously not because here we are again.   feels they are being thown under the bus.  stop marginalizing us, we are not indentured servants.
Action items

Minutes

Motion to accept the minutes from the Legistative breakfast by Palko; Second by Marshall
Yes= Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko; Abstain=Abell, Crawford, Kelly

Motion to accept the minutes from the teachers forum by Lukas; Second by Marshall
Yes= Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko; Abstain=Abell, Kelly
 
 
Motion to accept the minutes from the November Board Meeting by Palko; Second by Kelly
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

Personnel
Motion to accept personnel by Crawford; Second by Kelly
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

Adjournment

State Releases Baseline Data for PARCC

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) released local school system and school-level data today for PARCC, Maryland’s new middle and elementary school assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics.

More than 30 percent of Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) elementary students in grades 3-5 of the PARCC English Language Arts/Literacy assessment last spring scored at a level of 4 and 5 combined. Levels 4 and 5 are the highest levels on the PARCC five-point scale. Additionally, more than 30 percent of Charles County’s middle students reached Level 4 and 5 combined in English Language Arts/Literacy.

More than 30 percent of middle school students taking the mathematics or Algebra I PARCC assessment, and 28.9 percent of students in grades 3-5 scored at Level 4 and 5 combined.

According to MSDE, for students in grades 3 through 8, achieving Level 4 or 5 indicates their readiness for coursework in English and math at the next grade, with the goal of preparing students to enter college or career upon graduation. The scores required to meet these thresholds were determined over the summer by Maryland educators and their peers around the country.

The assessment uses a five-point score scale set by Maryland educators and others:

  • Level 5 - Exceeded Expectations
  • Level 4 - Met Expectations 
  • Level 3 - Approached Expectations
  • Level 2 - Partially Met Expectations
  • Level 1 - Did Not Yet Meet Expectations
CCPS students improved greatly on the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) during the decade it was used as the measure of student achievement. Its lifespan was from 2003-2013 and during that decade, elementary school students increased math scores from 39.9 percent to 81.3 percent; reading scores from 60.6 percent to 84.2 percent; middle school math from 36.8 percent to 76.9 percent; and middle school reading from 61.8 percent to 81.7 percent.
County scores, middle school

Algebra 1/mathematics: Overall, 32.9 percent of middle school students scored a combined score of 4 and 5 on the mathematics and Algebra I assessments. Students taking the Algebra I test for math scored a 72.3 percent at level 4 and 5. Students in eighth grade taking the mathematics assessment scored 8.3 percent at levels 4 and 5; students in seventh grade scored 22.9 percent at levels 4 and 5; and students in sixth grade scored 27.9 percent at levels 4 and 5.

English/Language Arts: Overall, 30.1 percent of middle school students scored at level 4 and 5 combined. Countywide, students in eighth grade scored 32.4 percent at levels 4 and 5; students in seventh grade scored 27.6 percent at levels 4 and 5; and students in sixth grade scored 30.4 percent at levels 4 and 5.

County scores, elementary school

Mathematics: Overall, students in grades 3-5 scored 28.9 percent at levels 4 and 5. Fifth-grade students scored 25 percent at levels 4 and 5; fourth-grade students scored 26.3 percent at levels 4 and 5; and third-grade students scored 35.5 percent at levels 4 and 5.

English/Language Arts: Overall, students in grades 3-5 scored 33.9 percent at levels 4 and 5. Fifth-grade students scored 35 percent at levels 4 and 5; fourth-grade students scored 33.9 percent at levels 4 and 5; and third-grade students scored 32.7 percent at levels 4 and 5.

According to MSDE, PARCC results cannot be compared with the MSA, which the state used for a decade, both because this is a new test and a different test. PARCC is the first assessment aligned to Maryland’s College and Career Ready Standards, which set a higher bar for student learning. The tests go beyond the old “fill in the blank” model of standardized tests by emphasizing the need for students to demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving and clear writing.

These tests also will show growth in student achievement over time. For example, parents and teachers will better be able to determine if students taking the math and reading assessments in third grade are progressing in their understanding of the subject matter when they reach fourth grade and beyond.

The pattern of raising standards and creating new assessments has been in place in Maryland since the 1980s.

Individual elementary and middle school student reports will be sent home to parents within the next few weeks.

For complete CCPS results, visit http://reportcard.msde.maryland.gov/.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 12/8/15

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 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 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 is a meeting agenda, and is subject to change.

Executive session – 12 p.m.

Call to order – 1 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance – 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
  • Increasing parental communication through technology
  • Strategies for monitoring student involvement in hour lunch programs
  • Project status update
  • Pre and posttests and the impact on instruction
  • Algebra I textbook
  • Legislative update
Unfinished business

New business and Future agenda items
  • New business
  • Future agenda items
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Students
  • Employees
  • 2015 James E. Richmond Leadership in Excellence Award: Christine Mais, executive assistant to the assistant superintendent of school administration
  • La Plata High School Thespian Troupe presentation
Public Forum – 6 p.m.

Action items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel
Adjournment