Monday, September 26, 2016

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

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

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

Public Forum

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

Work Session
Policy 6000 review

Adjournment 


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

The Board of Education’s next work session is Monday, Sept. 26 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 6 p.m. The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12 and is rebroadcast throughout the week.

Board meetings are also streamed live on the school system website at www.ccboe.com. Select CCPS TV and then choose the Live Broadcast tab. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change.

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

Public Forum

Work Session
Policy 6000 review

Adjournment 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

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

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, September 13 will be re-broadcast on Comcast Channel 96, Verizon FIOS Channel 12 and is available via webstream at http://www.ccboe.com/ . To view the full agenda and the various reports, please visit BoardDocs .

The below notes are my personal notes and are not intended to be all-inclusive or official minutes for the Board of Education meetings and are provided as a request from my supporters and the general public in a personal effort to be more transparent. Although I have diligently tried to make these notes as unbiased and accurate as possible, I am only human and do make mistakes.

Executive session – 12 p.m.

Call to order – 1 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance

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

Correspondence/Board Member updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Future agenda items - None

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

Public Forum – 6 p.m.

Action items
  • Personnel
  • Recurring resolutions: American Education Week; American Freedom Week; Black History Month; Gifted and Talented Education Month; Career and Technology Education Month; National School Counseling Week; Read Across America; Women’s History Month; Fine and Performing Arts Month; Month of the Young Child; National Student Leadership Week; Teacher Appreciation Week; Administrative Professionals Week; Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week; National Physical Education and Sport Week; Washington Post Principal of the Year awards program; Charles County Teacher of the Year; Washington Post Teacher of the Year awards program; Parent Involvement Matters Award; and Employees Retirement
All action items passed but since i was not in attendance during this time i couldn't record the votes.

Adjournment 

Friday, September 09, 2016

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

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 1 p.m. The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12 and is rebroadcast throughout the week.
Board meetings are also streamed live on the school system website at www.ccboe.com. Select CCPS TV and then choose the Live Broadcast tab. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change.

Executive session – 12 p.m.
Call to order – 1 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance
Superintendent’s update
Reports of officers/boards/committees

  • Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • Education Association of Charles County update
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update
  • Student Board Member update
  • Opening of schools
  • Nondiscrimination/gender identity policy
  • 2017-18 Calendar
  • FY2017 Comprehensive maintenance plan
  • Project updates
  • Food and nutrition update
  • Staffing update
Unfinished business
New business and future agenda items
  • New business
  • FY 2016 Intercategory budget transfer request
  • Future agenda items
Recognition 
  • 2016 James E. Richmond Leadership Excellence Award 
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
Action items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel
  • FY 2018 CIP State and Local Program
  • Recurring resolutions: American Education Week; American Freedom Week; Black History Month; Gifted and Talented Education Month; Career and Technology Education Month; National School Counseling Week; Read Across America; Women’s History Month; Fine and Performing Arts Month; Month of the Young Child; National Student Leadership Week; Teacher Appreciation Week; Administrative Professionals Week; Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week; National Physical Education and Sport Week; Washington Post Principal of the Year awards program; Charles County Teacher of the Year; Washington Post Teacher of the Year awards program; Parent Involvement Matters Award; and Employees Retirement
Adjournment 

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

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

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, August 9 will be re-broadcast on Comcast Channel 96, Verizon FIOS Channel 12 and is available via webstream at http://www.ccboe.com/ . To view the full agenda and the various reports, please visit BoardDocs .

 
The below notes are my personal notes and are not intended to be all-inclusive or official minutes for the Board of Education meetings and are provided as a request from my supporters and the general public in a personal effort to be more transparent. Although I have diligently tried to make these notes as unbiased and accurate as possible, I am only human and do make mistakes.

Executive session – 11 a.m.
 
Call to order – 12 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oral update on staffing - Staffing Status 8.8.2016.pdf (339 KB)
  • 96 vacancies - mainly in Math, Science and Special Education
  • Due to late notification of resignations ; not just us, nationwide
  • Still hiring and concentrating on recruitment and retention
Recurring resolutions: American Education Week; American Freedom Week; Black History Month; Gifted and Talented Education Month; Career and Technology Education Month; National School Counseling Week; Read Across America; Women’s History Month; Fine and Performing Arts Month; Month of the Young Child; National Student Leadership Week; Teacher Appreciation Week; Administrative Professionals Week; Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week; National Physical Education and Sport Week; Washington Post Principal of the Year awards program; Charles County Teacher of the Year; Washington Post Teacher of the Year awards program; and Parent Involvement Matters Award.

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

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

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 6/14/16


The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, June 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 – 11:30 a.m.

Call to order – 1 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance, La Plata High School
 
Swearing-in of new Student Board member

Recognition of high school athletes - 2015-16 Spring Sports Athletic State Champions For June Board Recognition.pdf (210 KB)
 
Recognition of NAACP Read Across Charles County participants

Contract signings with Education Association of Charles County (EACC) and American
Motion to accept the EACC Contract by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Marshall, McGraw, Palko; Absent = Lukas


 Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
Motion to accept the AFSCME Contract by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Marshall, McGraw, Palko; Absent = Lukas

Superintendent’s update - Superintendents Report 06-14-16.pdf (195 KB)

Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • Kelly - Welcome to new student board members; computer science demo at NP; Warrior Dash for St. Judes; MABE conference planning; Volunteer lunch at Matula; Volunteer award to Mr. Thomas Gordon; 100 year celebration; field day at Matula
  • Crawford - Barnhart 5th grade promotion and did a rap song
  • Marshall - congrats to graduates; NSBA advocacy Institute Every Student Succeeds Act, requested a copy of book for each board member; teacher salaries
  • Palko - 198 events attended year to date; state MESA event
  • McGraw - scholarship presentations
EACC update - 2016.06.14 BOE update.pdf (51 KB)

AFSCME update

Student Board Member update - SMOB Update.pdf (71 KB)

Graduation 2016 - Graduation 2016 numbers.pdf (190 KB)

Project status update
Redistricting
Special education committee update - Special Education Task Force Board Presentation.pdf (283 KB)

Financial literacy proposal - Financial Literacy Proposal 2.pdf (2).pdf (143 KB)
  • will provide information on a semester course in a weekly update
 School naming committee - school naming 2016.pdf (122 KB) - need volunteers

Unfinished business - None

New business
Motion to accept the Out-of-county tuition rates by Marshall; Second by Palko

Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Future agenda items
  • Kelly - bus analysis, PARRC Analysis, Mentor Survey, Pre and Post Test Analysis, Transgender Bathroom Policy
  • Lukas - Allocation  at work session
 Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolutions: Maryland/Charles County Teacher of the Year, Jillian Durr, Dr. James Craik Elementary School; Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award finalist, Kevin Barry, social studies teacher, La Plata High School
  • Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Award recipient – Thomas Gordon, parent volunteer, Indian Head Elementary School
  • National Board Certified Teachers – Michelle Ignaszewski, adaptive physical education teacher, F.B. Gwynn Educational Center; and Shelby Spence, English teacher, North Point High School
  • Outstanding Vice Principal Award – Melissa Miesowitz, St. Charles High School
  • Outstanding Support Staff – Juin Lai, media instructional assistant, Henry E. Lackey High School; Veistella Milstead, building service assistant manager, Milton M. Somers Middle School; Trevor Gillum, computer analyst, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building; Susan Pond, secretary to the principal, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School; George Estevez, carpenter, Charles County Public Schools maintenance shop; George Simms, pupil data accounting specialist, Starkey Building; and Jill Sprouse, food service manager, T.C. Martin Elementary School
Public Forum – 6 p.m. (names are spelled to the best of my ability)
  • Carl Prevy - against transgender bathroom policy; discriminate is considered a dirty word but we do it all the time, we select caregivers, movies, music, etc., bathrooms should remain segregated.  what is the board doing to protect the safety of our children.
  • Father Larry Swink - Pastor at Sacred Heart in LaPlata - against the new 'bathroom law'.  for the protection of our children.  great advertising for catholic schools.  also unjust for the transgender child.  faith does not contradict human reason.  transgender is not a biological truth but an actual documented mental disorder.  Proven medical fact.  should be getting the child professional help. Please consider NOT doing this.
  • Matt Lately - father of students. provided definitions of normal, abnormal, and natural.  Seventh grade daughter goes to the nurses office to change clothes and go to the bathroom.
  • Gene Ambrosio - resident of LaPlata.   why not make the transgender student use the single occupancy bathroom.  Not sharing the multiple occupancy bathroom would be in the best interest of the transgender student.
  • Paula ???? - 20 year resident of Charles County.  Should not let federal government intimidate us.  against transgender bathroom policy.  wants us to stand up to the bully.
  • Deacon Al Graham - Sacred Heart Parrish - against transgender bathroom policy.  quotes from catholic cardinal.  man and woman are physically different and complement one another.
  • Name Unknown - against transgender bathroom policy.  transgender is a mental illness,  quotes statistics on transgenders and suicide.  encourage students to seek help.
  • Chris Fawls - father of seven.  Adopted youngest from another country.  future of her adjustment unknown.  against transgender bathroom policy and worried about the safety of special needs children like his daughter Mia.
  • Krista Fawls - mother of above family.  four  biological children and three internationally adopted.  all are treated equally.  discipline all equally.  should not allow children to act immorally.  accept the truth the are created different, male and female, by God.  Must not be changed.  Do not allow children to create their own morality.
  • Karen Cross - doesn't like that her child is being forced to feel uncomfortable and have to request the use of a separate bathroom.  Potential for her daughter to undress in a locker room with a potential boy looking on. it doesn't matter who he thinks he is.  how will the principal determine who is allowed to use the bathrooms and locker rooms.  Has homeschooled for the past several years but daughter has just been accepted into STI program at North Point.  please reverse policy.
  • Phyllis Lately - 4 daughters.  three daughters graduated LaPlata, one at Milton Somers; shows a one dollar bill and "Trust in God".  we as a nation have fallen away from God's will.  Dress codes are healthy and enforced.  Must protect the innocence and purity of the entire student body.  82% of transgenders students feel unsafe at school and have been bullied are beaten at school.  having them use their own bathroom would protect them.  "In God we Trust"
  • John Foster - father of two and follower of Christ.  solution doesn't meet the need.  puts children at greater risk on both sides.  also a pastor.  gender is now a subjective word.  parental rights as children are being used as a social experiments.  parental rights are taken away by the institution.
  • Allan Cox - teaches at Towson University and helped develop the Financial Literacy Course.  Majority of adults 18-34 live with their parents.  These are life skills being taught in this course.  Don't cut the course.
  • Chris Ogney - daughter 13 at Stoddert; thinks the board is in plausible deniability.  against transgender bathroom policy.  don't know if you have a virtue until you're tested.  Obama told you what to do and threatened to take away the money.  courage is when a virtue is tested.  Thinks Obama is lying about funding.  Take a vote.  Courage.
  • Mark Shutters - against transgender bathroom policy.  forces the majority to be uncomfortable and policy is frivolous. policy is reckless. what happens when the majority all want to use the bathroom at the same time.
  • Nicholas Shutters - Junior at LaPlata HS.  Against transgender bathroom policy.  Now has to go out of his way to use the bathroom.  Short bathroom break becomes a longer one.  discrimination against him.  transgender is not a condition, it's a choice. what if someone is raped or sexually assaulted. 
  • Christian Inunga -   SEIU Local 500 standing with the bus drivers.  urge board to recognize all bus drivers as employees with benefits
  • Rose Paige - Voiced concern to principal and was given a nurse pass.  was told she could not use the bathroom because the nurse was not in there.  Now her daughter has to go to the bathroom but is scared there will be a boy in there.
  • Mary Stettler - bus driver for 29 years.  does not believe in changing current system.  out of 24 counties only four are county owned.  Leave contractors in place.  No one has ever been voted to speak for all drivers.
  • Dee Shelton - bus driver for 15 years and has worked for two contractors.  responsibilities and benefits were clearly explained and comprehended.  pay scale, days off, days of work, retirement benefits etc were all explained.  Not one item has been reduced or eliminated. I have received everything I was promised.  Only time we worry about job security is when we don't do our job. Contractors take all the risk and liability.  if you don't like your job, find another one.  Does not want to be a county employee.would never use children to go on strike.  the few do not represent the many.
  • Chuck ????- transgender bathroom policy is not compassionate.  trades the privacy of many for the few.  disrespecting Christian values.  how will we determine who is or is not transgender.  can males now participate in girls sports.  what are the legal implications.  do we now have to provide Title 9 for those students.
  • Mark Koch - Koch trucking.  McDonough graduate.  speaker last month insinuated the buses are not safe.  deeply offended.  never had a ticket for buses not being safe.  Surprise inspection don't just last week and are done regularly.  my name is on all those buses with my family name.  my children, friends and neighbors children ride these buses. 
  • Beverly Hill - Owner and Operator of H and H bus service. Proud to be a bus contractor.  don't let the few speak for all.  explained in detail her accounting procedures.  preventive maintenance is done. 
  • Byron Payne - has worked for Koch trucking for 12 years.  when I was hired, everything was clearly explained and I accepted the job.  don't believe all the bad and we don't all need a union.
  • Keith McGirt - who supports the bus drivers, Michele Lomax and Agnes ???? did not have a dime to their name when they left this earth.  about 50 people who did not receive their $300 reimbursement for certification.  we want fairness across the board.  drivers cannot purchase a new home or go to college.  drivers are suffering.
  • Alisha Hadley - Against transgender bathroom policy.  quotes the boe mission from website.  this policy thwarts the intention of threat mission.  transgender students are more at risk for assault and bullying.  referenced minority achievement meeting. never reported that a transgender student has ever assaulted anyone in the state of Maryland.  safety issue.
  • Kristen Long - speaking on behalf of parents at Craik Elementary.  Against Ms. Calvert being moved to another elementary school.  everything isn't just about test scores. 
  • Heather mcnaulten - wants ms calvert to stay craik elementary.  Last principal was a very different type of leadership.  Ms calvert values the students and the parents.  transgender bathroom policy very sensitive issue and I don't know what the answer is.  if we want to raise caring loving compassionate children for the future we need to teach them inclusion and acceptance.
  • Kirk Barber - 8 children from 12 - 30.  why wasn't this brought to the people before it was pushed through.  it doesn't matter what you 'feel'.  it's how you were born.,  taking a risk with our children in the bathrooms, locker rooms, etc.  courage to stand up against the federal government.  you work for us not the white house.
  • Deborah Dyson - Derek Dyson is my brother and he is here.  Umbrella of 3 contractors.  has provided bus service for over 46 years.  participate in multiple charities and believe in giving back.  we care about our employees and work side by side with them every day. surprised by some comments that have been made in the past several months.  our buses are inspected and are safe.  we would never compromise the safety of our children.
  • Connie ????? - Have never been asked if I wanted to be part of the union.  I was told about some of the meetings but were told they were secret and couldn't attend.  they are wrong.  employed deception by people supposedly representing pro union.  stop complaining and schedule a meeting to sit down and talk to your contractor or a member of transportation.
  • Debbie Vahle - bus driver for 13 years.  hours allow me to be at home.  for the last two years I have watched the pro union group.  I have tried to get information to no avail.  my bus has been vandalized,  I do believe there needs to be more oversight over the contract.  drivers need to know what the contract actually says.    don't need a union if we know the boe had their backs.  had other drivers stand that do not support a union.
  • Calvin Compton - Compton bus service; becoming union would not be a good move for the county.  provided statistics.  27 small contractor bus services.   wonderful employees.  few disgruntled employees telling lies and making it difficult for everyone.  some drivers feel intimidated by these others pro union. 
Action items
Motion to accept the Minutes by Abell; Second by Marshall

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

Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

  • Personnel (certificated only)
Motion to accept the Personnel Actions by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Motion to accept the Educational Facilities Master Plan by Kelly; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Motion to accept the plan for recognition by Kelly; Second by Palko
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Kindergarten Readiness Assessment
Motion to accept the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment by Kelly; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Motion to accept the 2017 Operating Budget by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Adjournment

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 6/14/16

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, June 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 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 – 11:30 a.m.


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


Swearing-in of new Student Board member


Recognition of high school athletes


Recognition of NAACP Read Across Charles County participants


Contract signings with Education Association of Charles County (EACC) and American


Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)


Superintendent’s update


Reports of officers/boards/committees

  • Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • EACC update
  • AFSCME update
  • Student Board Member update
  • Graduation 2016
  • Project status update
  • Redistricting
  • Special education committee update
  • Financial literacy proposal
  • School naming committee
Unfinished business


New business and future agenda items
  • New business
    • Out-of-county tuition rates
  • Future agenda items
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolutions: Maryland/Charles County Teacher of the Year, Jillian Durr, Dr. James Craik Elementary School; Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award finalist, Kevin Barry, social studies teacher, La Plata High School
  • Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Award recipient – Thomas Gordon, parent volunteer, Indian Head Elementary School
  • National Board Certified Teachers – Michelle Ignaszewski, adaptive physical education teacher, F.B. Gwynn Educational Center; and Shelby Spence, English teacher, North Point High School
  • Outstanding Vice Principal Award – Melissa Miesowitz, St. Charles High School
  • Outstanding Support Staff – Juin Lai, media instructional assistant, Henry E. Lackey High School; Veistella Milstead, building service assistant manager, Milton M. Somers Middle School; Trevor Gillum, computer analyst, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building; Susan Pond, secretary to the principal, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School; George Estevez, carpenter, Charles County Public Schools maintenance shop; George Simms, pupil data accounting specialist, Starkey Building; and Jill Sprouse, food service manager, T.C. Martin Elementary School
Public Forum – 6 p.m.


Action items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel
  • Educational Facilities Master Plan
  • Plan for how state championship students are recognized
  • Kindergarten Readiness Assessment
  • FY2017 Operating Budget
Adjournment

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Notes from Board of Education Work Session, 5/23/16

The Board of Education Work Session on Monday, May 23 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 – 5 p.m.  - Pledge of Allegiance

Public Forum (names may be misspelled)
  • Christa Falls - Transgender bathroom policy.  Against new policy.  Privacy and respect issues.
  • Phyllis Lately - 4 daughters through CCPS.  Against new transgender policy
  • Theresa Shutters - Against transgender policy
  • Rose Age - 5 children; 2 @ LPHS.  Against transgender policy; daughter doesn't feel safe
Work Session
  • FY 2017 operating budget - BOEapprovedbudget_report item.(3).pdf (418 KB)
    • Kelly - requested information of teacher mentors and substitute buses.
    • Lukas - 2015 audit, assigned and unassigned fund balance.  unassigned will be driven to 0 by 2018.
    • Sotomeyer - assigned fund balance is for insurance etc. Gap basis = recognize expenditures of the entity during that fiscal year.
    • Palko - purchasing 14 new buses because we are required by law.  (buses cannot be over 15 years old and in service)
    • Crawford - risk of federal money on not following the federal transgender policy
  • Policy 6000 revisions - Board Revisions_Policies6000.pdf (693 KB)
    • Abell - Asked for the Chair to consider a consensus of the board to delay policy discussion until the next work session due to the needed executive session still this evening.  Approved.
Adjournment

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Agenda for Board of Education Work Session, 5/23/16

The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a public work session at 5 p.m., Monday, May 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.


Call to order – 5 p.m.  - Pledge of Allegiance


Public Forum


Work Session

  • FY 2017 operating budget
  • Policy 6000 revisions
Adjournment

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 5/10/16

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, April 19 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.
 
With that being said, my most sincere apologies for not taking detailed notes during this session.  I was not feeling well and it took everything I had to concentrate on the meeting and ask questions but just could not keep up with the notes as well. 
 
Executive session– 12 p.m.


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



Superintendent’s update - Superintendent’s Report 05-10-16[1].docx (15 KB)



Correspondence/Board Member updates



Education Association of Charles County update - 2016-05-10 Board of Ed report.pdf (42 KB)



Student Board Member update - SMOB report 11.pdf (120 KB)



Career Advancement Program partnership with College of Southern Maryland - Career Advancement PPT (2).pdf (521 KB)



Project status update - Copy of Construction status-April 2016.pdf (228 KB)



Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School transition update

Update on transportation study



Educational Facilities Master Plan - EFMP Report Item.pdf (827 KB)



Overview of summer opportunities - Summer Programs2016.pdf (343 KB)


Proposed financial literacy workshops - Proposed Financial Literacy.pdf (521 KB)



Plan for how state champions are recognized -

Unfinished business



New business



Future agenda items



Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolution: Washington Post Principal of the Year: Sonia B. Jones, Mattawoman Middle School
  • Parent Involvement Matters Award (PIMA): Accepting: Thomas Gordon, volunteer, Indian Head Elementary School
  • Students - Brady Keech, fifth grade, Academic Achievement, Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School, Principal: Sabrina Robinson-Taylor; Monet Fisette, fifth grade, Personal Responsibility, Mary B. Neal Elementary School, Principal: Deborah M. Brown; Aliah Brown, eighth grade, Academic Achievement, Mattawoman Middle School, Principal: Sonia Jones; Daphine Henderson, twelfth grade, Career Readiness, North Point High School, Principal: Michael Simms
  • Employees - Martin Margolis, Jr. physical education teacher, Mitchell; Katrina Garvey, secretary to the principal, Neal; Margot Savoy, language arts teacher, Mattawoman; Joseph Greenawalt, computer science teacher, North Point; Kelley Clancy, instructional assistant, STAY, F.B. Gwynn Center, Principal: Daphne Burns Recognition of 2015-16 student liaisons
Public Forum – 6 p.m.



Action items
  • Minutes
Motion to accept the Support Staff Forum minutes by Kelly; Second by Palko
Yes = Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko; Abstain = Abell


Motion to accept the Town Hall Forum minutes by Lukas; Second by Marshall
Yes = Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, Palko; Abstain = Abell, McGraw


Motion to accept the Work Session minutes by Kelly; Second by Marshall
Yes = Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, Palko; Abstain = Abell, McGraw


Motion to accept the Board Meeting minutes by Crawford; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; Abstain = Marshall
  • Personnel
Motion to accept the Personnel by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • New world language textbooks
Motion to accept the Textboks by Kelly; Second by Palko
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • FY 2016 inter-category budget transfer request
Motion to accept the budget transfer request by Lukas; Second by Palko
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Adjournment

Monday, May 09, 2016

Agenda from Board of Education Meeting, 5/10/16

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, May 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. 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, Henry E. Lackey 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
  • Career Advancement Program partnership with College of Southern Maryland
  • Project status update
  • Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School transition update
  • Update on transportation study
  • Educational Facilities Master Plan
  • Overview of summer opportunities
  • Proposed financial literacy workshops
  • Plan for how state champions are recognized
Unfinished business

New business and future agenda items

Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolution: Washington Post Principal of the Year: Sonia B. Jones, Mattawoman Middle School
  • Students
  • Employees
  • Recognition of 2015-16 student liaisons
Public Forum – 6 p.m.

Action items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel
  • New world language textbooks
  • FY 2016 inter-category budget transfer request
Adjournment

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 4/19/16

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, April 19 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, Westlake High School JROTC

Recognition of winter sports state champion athletes

Superintendent’s update - Superintendent's report April 19 20161.pdf (185 KB)

Correspondence/Board Member updates -
  • Palko - US Forestry Board - for students, Camp Hickory, week long camp; grammar counts;
  • Crawford - visited JP Ryon and Dr. Brown, Stone. congrats to everyone and a great time.
  • Kelly - be on the lookout for children now that the weather is nicer.  DI competition at the county level.  MESA competition.  Funeral and college visits excused absences.  Edline reimbursement?
 Education Association of Charles County update - 2016.04.19 BOE update.pdf (83 KB)

Student Board Member update - SMOB report.pdf (39 KB)

Review of partnership between the school system and Charles County Sheriff’s Office
  • SRO_UnitPresentation_15.16.pdf (1,847 KB)
  • Kelly - how much time is spent in the elementary schools; number of incidents at individual schools; number of tips
  • Vaughn - more of a disturbance to the students but the officers do visit and check in; tips haven't been calculated for this year yet.
  • Lawson - incidence numbers come through student services
Overview of Nanjemoy Creek program - NCEEC Board Presentation-April 2016.pdf (1,095 KB)

Student information system update

New world language textbooks - WorldLangTextbk_ReportItem_4 19 16 BrdMtg.pdf (130 KB)
 
FY 2016 intercategory budget transfer request 
Transportation costs update - 2016SessionSummaryApril18.pdf (786 KB)
  • Lukas - lots of information and thank you.  Disappointed in ending.  No definitive as to which model we should use.  Explain PVA a litte more, maintenance cost and slide 21
  • Sotomeyer - PVA = Cost of operating business; maintenance is an average spread over 15 years(life of bus).  Slide 21 - PVA payments are covering their overhead costs
  • Palko - Admin fee vs PVA
  • Sotomeyer - Admin fee covers driver drug testing, bus inspections
  • Crawford - can we buy the busses and still contract them for everything else
  • Sotomeyer - yes we could and it would probably be cheaper
  • Kelly - ever adjust maintenance cost  to prior year actuals.  we are paying more than they are reporting.  we should renegotiate this item in the contract.  drivers work basically 180 days and get 10 days of leave
  • Hettel - maintenance cost is an average/typical  cost. 
  • Lukas - best interest to look at alternatives
  • Hill - group was suppose to lay out all the facts; not recommendations. we can provide that moving forward
  • Abell - I too was under the assumption a recommendation would be provided today.  I would request further information be provided at a future meeting with a recommendation. 
Legislative update - 2016SessionSummaryApril18.pdf (786 KB)
  • HB429 - Truancy
  • HB771 - Diabetes Care
  • HB412/SB533 - Assessments and testing
  • SB520 - Motor Fuel Tax Exemption for schools
  • HB352 - Audits
  • HB365 - Bullying
  • HB999/SB605 - Thornton 2 Bill
  • SB764 - Student Journalism
Plan for recognition of state champions during Board meetings
Unfinished business
  • Palko  - Presentation on 3-5 year plan with budget for technology
New business
  • McGraw - October meeting on the 11th Yom Kipper and begins at sunset.  Move to October 18th?  Consensus was yes.
Future agenda items
  • Kelly - establishing school zone and redistricting for new school zone and look at all levels; HPV vaccination literature; pre and post test assessment scores for PARCC and schools consistently performing well and how to relay to other schools.
  • Lukas - discuss level of allocations per school and get back to commissioners
Recognition – 4:15 p.m.
  • Ruth Ann Hall scholarship awards - 2016 Ruth Ann Hall Champion Student Recognition Winners.pdf (234 KB)
  • Resolutions: Teacher Appreciation Week - Accepting: Suzette (Suzi) Hahn, fifth grade teacher, Dr. James Craik Elementary School; Andrea Short, English teacher, Westlake High School; Gina Coughlin, STAY teacher, F.B. Gwynn Center; Administrative Professionals Week - Accepting: Laura Cuevas, secretary, supporting services; LaTasha Hall, human resources assistant; Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week - Accepting: William Kreuter and Crystal Sopher, supervisors of food service; and National Physical Education and Sport Week - Accepting: Joneiqua Gary, physical education and health teacher, Mattawoman Middle School; Mary Dempsey, physical education and health teacher, St. Charles High School
  • Students - Treasure Harvey, fifth grade, Academic Achievement, Indian Head Elementary School, Principal: Timothy Rosin; Jayln Butler, fifth grade, Academic Achievement, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, Principal: Kristin Shields; Noelle Ivey, eighth grade, Personal Responsibility, Theodore G. Davis Middle School, Principal: Kim McClarin; Jasmine Andrade, twelfth grade, Career Readiness, Westlake High School, Principal: Chrystal Benson
  • Employees - Rachel Proctor, teacher, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy; Andrew Blumhardt, music teacher, Indian Head; Mark Pavlecic, music teacher, Davis; Quentin Metzgar, testing coordinator, Westlake
  • 2016 National Distinguished Principal for Maryland - Kristin Shields, principal, Mt.Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • Art Gough - Spokesperson for Concerned Citizens of CCPS, met with transportation director and walked out because it should have been at a certain time and place. Read all bios and why is one in White Plains and in private school.  2 bus drivers died with no benefits.  Privatization is bad for everyone.
  • Anita Kelly - bus drivers are intimated for speaking out, pay discrepancies and benefits, and rights.  No study or analysis done since 1995.  Make the drivers county employees.  stop wasting revenue.
  • Pastor Freeman - wants to defer time to next speaker. Was told this isn't allowed
  • Keith McGirth - Certified drivers or to receive immediately $300.  Worked for 6 years and still haven't received it.  Offered it and now doesn't want it without interest and penalty.  Everyone up for re-election and we can take away votes.  Fellow driver out for surgery and no pay. 
  • Karen Harris - need more minority teachers.  statistics on boe web site.  stop teacher bullying. healthy food.  safe drivers.  diversity training for teachers.  smaller classrooms.
  • Kathy Lancaster - bus driver x 20 years.   Fellow driver has been out for 6-8 weeks from surgery without pay. Only has $12,000 in retirement after 20 years.  We want union. We want back up.  Who's our boss?  CCPS or contractor.

Action items
  • Minutes
Motion to accept the Minutes by Abell; Second by Palko
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; Absent = Marshall
  • Personnel
Motion to accept Personnel by Kelly; Second by Crawford
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; Absent = Marshall
  • 2017/18 school calendar
Motion to accept the 17/18 Schol Calendar by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; Absent = Marshall

Adjournment