Thursday, January 23, 2020

Agenda for Board of Education Work Session, 1/27/20

The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a work session 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 27 in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building in La Plata. The meeting airs live on Comcast Channel 96/Verizon FiOS Channel 12 and the school system website at ccboe.com.
The agenda is as follows and subject to change.
Call to order – 6 p.m.
Public hearing
  • FY2021 Superintendent’s proposed operating budget
Public Forum
Work session 
  • FY 2021 Superintendent’s proposed operating budget
  • Policy series 8000 and 9000 review
Adjournment

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 1/14/20

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, January 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.  Individual names are spelled to the best of my ability.

Executive session – 12 p.m.
Call to order – 1 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance, Thomas Stone High School
Recognition of Maryland General Assembly Student Pages - Report
Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman
Motion to nominate McGraw as Chair by Hancock; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

Motion to nominate Wilson as Vice-Chair by Brown; Second by McGraw
Yes = Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw
Motion to nominate Lukas as Vice-Chair by Abell; Second by Battle-Lockhart
Superintendent update - Report
Correspondence/Board member updates

  • Brown - EACC Legislation reception; military ball; John Bloom and Cecil Short memorial services; district night in Annapolis.
  • Hancock - EACC Legislative reception; Frozen at LPHS; Federal Relationship Network Committee for MABE
  • Wilson - EACC Legislative forum; Military Ball was impressive; district night in Annapolis; Scholarship deadline 3/1
  • Lukas - Military ball, EAVCC Receptoin; holiday luncheon; go to sports events; 1/26 Mattawoman Creek Arts Center
  • McGraw - Military Ball; Legistaion Reception; Executive Board MABE; District NIght in Annappolis; BOCCE Season - attend a tournament.

Education Association of Charles County update - Report

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

Student Board member update - Report

Mental health – layers of intervention report

  • Very good presentation.  All boe members, thanked panel.  MUST READ
Project status update - Report

FY 2021 Proposed Operating Budget - Report; Proposal

  • Another very informative presentation and a MUST READ
Legislative update - Report

  • Brown - more information on HB486 
    • Schwartz - regarding more in depth background checks passed last year.  some of the language is a hindrance for hiring such as the 20 day delay.  Working with delegation to tweak the wording for a FIX46 bill.
  • Hancock - HB725 
    • Schwartz - student discipline restorative approaches passed last year and we are working on implementing,

Unfinished business

  • Wilson - Policy 8000 and 9000 will be placed on agenda
  • Hancock - Draft letter on APFO; 
    • Lukas - suggested recipients as commissioners, Town of LaPlata and Indian Head
    • Abell - requested Mr. Heim review letter before sending
New business - None
Future agenda items - None
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolutions
    • Black History Month: Accepting: Daniel St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School; DeAuni Shear, Grade 5, Jakyra Washington, Grade 5, Bryce Johnson, Grade 5, Christian Roberts, Grade 5
    • Career and Technology Education Month: Accepting: Toyd Green, automotive technician teacher, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center; Parker Stonesifer, senior, La Plata High School; Terence Stone, computer science teacher, St. Charles High School; Amir Heflin, senior, St. Charles High School; Melody Stahl, cybersecurity teacher, North Point High School; Sydney Johnson, Grade 11, North Point High School
    • Gifted and Talented Education Month: Accepting:  Christina Trest, learning resource teacher; General Smallwood Middle School; Charna Brooks, learning resource teacher; J.C. Parks Elementary School; Stacey Durham, learning resource teacher; William B. Wade Elementary School; Genesis Rodriguez-Batalla, Grade 5, Indian Head Elementary School; Sanya Sitoula, Grade 5, Indian Head Elementary School
    • National School Counseling Week: Accepting:  Sara Brewer, counselor, Maurice J. McDonough High SchoolConstance Johnson, counselor, Wade 
  • Students
    • Hannah Piazza, senior, Career Readiness, La Plata High School, Principal: Douglass Dolan
    • Aiden Gibney, Grade 8, Personal Responsibility, Piccowaxen Middle School, Principal: Wendell Martin 
    • Israel Rodriguez, Grade 5, Academic Achievement, Berry Elementary School, Principal: Louis D'Ambrosio
    • Anthony Clark, Grade 5, Personal Responsibility, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, Principal: Kathleen Morgan
    • Shayna Jaigobin, Grade 5, Academic Achievement, Eva Turner Elementary School, Principal: Gary Lesko
  • Employees 
    • Leslie Schroeck, resource teacher, La Plata
    • Keri Mona, literacy instructional assistant, Piccowaxen
    • Kimberly Sheckells, third-grade teacher, Berry
    • Barbara Brandau, special education teacher, Higdon
    • Shanelle Savoy, technology facilitator, Turner
Public Forum – 6 p.m. 
  • Theresa Hammond - School to prison pipeline. School based trauma. IEP should only be given to handicapped children and implemented appropriately. IEP's should not be given to those who are not handicapped.  Harsh treatment in the school system...must make ALL children in system successful.
  • Tim Perrier - Spoke last month.  Appearance as though no one is listening.  Some members cant even make eye contact.  Everyone should be concerned.
  • Rhonda Thomasson - Proper policies and procedures need to be established.  Tired of CCPS trying to hide things and sweep them under the rug.  Unruly student in classroom and teachers hands are tied.  What is administration teaching our students by not giving clear guidelines, consequences, and boundaries etc.  School should not be allowed to question or interrogate students without a parent present.  Child is proof of manipulated interrogation.  Dr. Hill has an over-inflated ridiculous contract.
  • Ian Herd - Student.  Promote Financial Literacy.  Extend to sophomores and through the Spring.  Thank you.  Continue looking for options to make it more equitable and financially possible for all students.  Members listened to students. 
Action items
  • Minutes
Motion to accept the minutes from the Legislative Breakfast by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, Wilson; Absent = McGraw

Motion to accept the minutes of the December Executive Session by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, Wilson; Absent = McGraw

Motion to accept the minutes of the December Board Meeting by Brown; Second by Abell

Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, Wilson; Absent = McGraw

  • Personnel 
Motion to accept Personnel by Lukas; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, Wilson; Absent = McGraw
Adjournment

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 1/14/20

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 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 rebroadcast throughout the week. Board meetings are streamed live on the school system website www.ccboe.com. Select the graphic on the center of the home page to launch the meeting. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change.
Executive session – 12 p.m.
Call to order – 1 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance, Thomas Stone High School
Recognition of Maryland General Assembly Student Pages
Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman
Superintendent update
Reports of officers/Board/committees
  • Correspondence/Board member updates
  • Education Association of Charles County update
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update
  • Student Board member update
  • Mental health – layers of intervention report
  • Project status update
  • FY 2021 Proposed Operating Budget
  • Legislative update
Unfinished business
New business and future agenda items
  • 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
  • Employees 
Public Forum – 6 p.m. 
Action items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel 
Adjournment 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 12/10/19

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, December 10 will be re-broadcast on Comcast Channel 96, Verizon FIOS Channel 12 and is available via webstream at http://www.ccboe.com/ . To view the full agenda and the various reports, please visit BoardDocs .

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

Executive session – 12 p.m.
Call to order – 1 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance – La Plata High School
Recognition of student state golf winners - Names
Superintendent’s update to the Board - Report

Correspondence/board member updates
  • Abell - MABE Budget Committee Meeting, increase 2.5% dues increase for 2021; requested MABE salaries; APFO Subcommittee met and requested more data to delve into at our January meeting to start coming up with recommendations.
  • Battle-Lockhart - Business Management and Finance Committee; CTE Open House North Point; Legislative Breakfast
  • Lukas - Mt Hope Senior Dinner; Safety Town Hall at Stone; CTE Open House North Point; Open House at Stethem; It's Academic; Attend sports; Art Show at Matula; Mattawoman MS Art Show
  • Hancock - LPHS PTO Security Meeting; Dr. Mudd MD Agriculture classroom trailer; Legislative Breakfast
  • Brown - MABE Legislative Committee Meeting focus on discipline; Mt. Hope Senior Meal; Safety and Security Town Hall; Dr. Muddd Reading Fest; CSM Scholarship Awards; Frozen at Westlake; Legislative Breakfast; Volunteer at Middleton Hall for Thanksgiving Meal
  • Wilson - EACC Ice ream Social; Congratulate to Woods for play at Stone; Legislative Breakfast; Mt. Hope Senior Dinner
  • McGraw - Play at Stone congratulations to Mr. Woods; MABE Board of Directors Meeting; MABE Equity AdHoc Committee; MABE 2021 Budget Committee; Congrats to Student Board Member Jake Burgess for Gen Assembly Page.
Education Association of Charles County update - Report

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

Student Board member’s update - Report

Disproportionality in special education - Report

  • Lukas - asked regarding calculations; data from  9 schools dominated
  • Hancock - timeline and reporting requirements; due by June
  • Woods - are the numbers per student or occurrences? occurrences; what is process for interventions vs suspension.; students with disability limited to 10 days out of school suspension per year.
  • Wilson - We're in the top 3 of fastest growing in the state for students with disabilities; does transitional students count against us.  Only reported suspensions happening here in this county; Requests a report on transitional students number.

Project status update - Report
  • Turner - demolition complete; reconstruction begun
  • Stoddert - erosion controls and temporary parking
  • Hancock - redistricting; will begin next fall with committees for middle school redistricting
  • IAC Funding Update - receiving less than last year by about $4M.  Recommendations on projects.  Will appeal decision.  
  • Water testing - 123 outlets exceeded, turned off for public use and have been repaired; process of retesting

Health insurance update - Report 1; Report 2
  • Wilson - Case management is the new way of keeping cost down

Legislative update - Report
  • Substitute Teachers database will be initiated for those that are disqualified from substituting in the state of MD.
Unfinished business

  • Battle-Lockhart - Policy 8000, 9000; follow-up from Town Hall meeting; virtual math training
New business

Future agenda items

  • Lukas - Kirwan legislation and community partners.
  • Battle-Lockhart - Waldorf development - teacher housing; ASPIRE vs STAY vs Fresh Start
  • Woods - intervention strategies and implicit bias training
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Students    
    • Quinten Echard, SeniorCareer Readiness; Westlake High School; Principal: Diane Roberts
    • Suki AumavaeGrade 8; Academic Achievement; Theodore G. Davis Middle School; Principal: Kim McClarin
    • Emmaline Ogungbesan; Grade 5; Academic Achievement;  Billingsley Elementary School; Principal: Sabrina Robinson-Taylor
    • Genesis Rodriquez Batalla, Grade 5; Academic Achievement; Indian Head Elementary School; Principal: Shane Blanford
    • Genesis Zelaya Villalobos, Grade 5; Academic Achievement; Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School; Principal: Nancy Seifert 
  • Employees
    • Scott Shuttleworthinstrumental music teacher, Westlake 
    • Linda Breitingerinstructional resource teacher, Davis
    • Charles Ford, building service manager, Billingsley
    • Cynthia Asimeniosspecial education instructional assistant, Indian Head
    • Catherine Graff, prekindergarten teacher, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy
Public Forum – 6 p.m. (names are spelled to the best of my ability)
  • Karl Grebe - 8th grade student at Somers; support families at Gale-Bailey; something happened with his son in October, Son was hit in the back of the head and then in the side of the head breaking his glasses, the other student was not removed, disappointed in the process.  Not enough regulation on when admin has to follow through or how they follow through.  Somers Spirit Night at Greene Turtle on Tuesday
  • Linda McLaughlin - EACC president, discipline.  want to talk about looking at causes.  need to integrate socio-emotional learning back into curriculum at an early age.  Students dont have the ability to follow single or multi step guidance.  We are failing.  Causing burn-out with students and teachers. Cant teach content unless the skill of self management is learned
  • Dawn Proctor - Daughter at Gale Bailey.  Assaulted on the school bus.  Hit in her private parts.  Student stuck his middle finger up and licked it.  Girl told driver, driver told school.  Boy was never disciplined.  VP bullied parent when she called the school.  Nothing was done. Need to pay attention to elementary school, not just a ms or hs issue.  Policy was not followed.  Volunteers go through training but the people we report to or not following the process.
  • Nancy Jean - Somers parent.  Parent involvement is critical but not easy.  Tries to visit sons classes but was told she had to pick two and only two per quarter.  Referenced policy.  Couldn't have birthday lunch with child because it was not pre-scheduled.   school climate is not welcoming. 
  • Tim Perrier - 41 days ago daughter was sexually assaulted by 3 boys.  Nothing is being done.  Failure by VP, moving children to other victims classroom, put them on the bus, now they sit at home not going to school.  Told because they are juveniles, we cant do anything.  Legislators say this is not true.  Not ok to put victims in the classroom with their assaulters.  Met with other families that say the same thing has happened to their students but nothing is being done.  Urge board to make right choice and decisions.
  • Chelsea Spencer - My daughter was assaulted at Indian Head Elementary on Friday.  Kindergarten.  A boy put his hands down my daughters pants.  Daughter said she was fine and sent to recess but when she came home she wasn't fine.  Met with VP and Principal on Monday.  He was moved to a different class but she still sees him at recess and the cafeteria.  She was withdrawn from school and i had to call the police myself.  Nothing they could do because he's under 7.  
  • Rhonda Thomasson - Lack of communication has always been an issue and nothing is being done about it.  Incidents are happening more frequently.  Parents should not have to find out about incidents at school through social media.  Harassment is considered a threat per our own bullying report.  Expects an email or a call when something happens.  Three minutes does not do justice for our children.
  • Seth Heisserman - six children under 11 yo.  41 days ago terrible things happened to our children.  Passionately advocating for our children and all children.  Culture of failure to report sexual assault in CCPS.  Culture to hide incidents.  Reflects poorly on all of us. Irresponsible, immoral and illegal. Never received an offer for counseling for their daughters.or even the boys.  October 1, 2019 educators can now be prosecuted for not reporting sexual assaults.
  • Deron Tross - County founded in 1658 and we are still operating as such.  CCPS failed by the way they handle and/or respond to situations.  Did you learn anything from Carlos Bell.  Have a thumb drive full of information I'm delivering to (media) in DC.
Action items
Motion to accept the Minutes from the November 12th Executive Session Meeting by Wilson; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

Motion to accept the Minutes from the November 26th Executive Session Meeting by Lukas; Second by Hancock
Yes =  Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson; Abstain = Abell

Motion to accept the Minutes from the November 12th Board Meeting by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

Motion to accept the Minutes from the December 2 Executive Board Meeting by Abell; Second by Wilson
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

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

Adjournment