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

Monday, April 18, 2016

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 4/19/16

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, April 19, 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 4:15 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, Westlake High School JROTC

Recognition of winter sports state champion athletes

Superintendent’s update

Reports of officers/boards/committees

  • Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • Education Association of Charles County update
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update
  • Student Board Member update
  • Review of partnership between the school system and Charles County Sheriff’s Office
  • Overview of Nanjemoy Creek program
  • Student information system update
  • New world language textbooks
  • FY 2016 intercategory budget transfer request
  • Transportation costs update
  • Legislative update
  • Plan for recognition of state champions during Board meetings
Unfinished business

New business and future agenda items

Recognition – 4:15 p.m.
  • Ruth Ann Hall scholarship awards
  • Resolutions: Teacher Appreciation Week; Administrative Professionals Week; Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week; and National Physical Education and Sport Week
  • Students
  • Employees
  • Kristin Shields, principal, Mt.Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, 2016 National Distinguished Principal for Maryland
Public Forum – 6 p.m.

Action items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel
  • 2017/18 school calendar
Adjournment

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 3/8/16

mThe Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, March 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, Westlake High School JROTC
Superintendent’s update - Superintendent's report 3-8-16.pdf (135 KB)
Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • Kelly - Congrats to American History Contest Winners; Chess Players and staff in tournament; Good luck to DI teams; thank you to commissioners and staff regarding meeting on seat allocations
  • Palko - Impressive state student council meeting hosting; Read Across Charles County enjoyed; Thank you to Mr. Fisher for rolling me around.  Hello to Latrell at Thomas Stone.
  • Crawford - great time at CCASC Meeting; April 5th last day to register to vote before primary; Hogan in county couple of weeks ago
  • McGraw - enjoyed reading at schools; follow up on recognition from last month and visited Higdon's Media Center..fabulous interactive experience.
Education Association of Charles County update - 2016 03 08 EACC BOE Update.pdf (36 KB)

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update
  • Thank you for the Town Hall Meeting to listen to our concerns.
Student Board Member update - March 7th SMOB.pdf (38 KB)
 
Leadership Extension Application and Development (LEAD) program - Building a Principal Pipeline.pdf (920 KB)
  • Palko - How are teachers chosen?  Will it lead to certification
  • Gill - Applications, essays, minimum requirements, rubric - get's 2 CTU
Project status update - Copy of Construction status-2016-03 (2).pdf (305 KB)
  • Palko - Mudd renovation? Interior furniture etc.; what happens to structural stuff?  Will anything be sold?
  • Andritz - Most will be ,moved to the transition school if they are usable.  We always try to repurpose.   May sell some but it will be minimal.
  • Palko - Kindergarten Additions...number different for each school; how is that determined.
  • Andritz - based on population and trends
  • Kelly - Matula and Jenifer hitting August target date?
  • Andritz - schedule reduction for taking alternate, currently aligned with start of school.
  • Kelly - Planning Commission article; were we out of order
  • Andritz - no.  we went through process.  It was in a priority funding area. we received approval from the state.  Planning commission wants to change the PFA area and weren't aware of ramifications.  Planning commission is still in meetings to discuss.
English Language Learners (ELL) in elementary schools
  • Basically the number of ELL students is growing astronomically in this county and we are fighting to stay ahead of the curve.
  • Partnering with PG and sharing documents
  • Very lengthy discussion
  • Separate Charles County certificate?
2017-18 calendar
Motion by Abell to change the 17-18 school calendar to move the Parent Conference Day on November 8th to November 10th to also recognize Veterans Day, and to give the full Spring Break week off from March 26th - April 2nd, not to be touched by make-up snow days, with 6 snow days being built in, additional snow days will be added at end of the year. Second by Marshall.
  • Crawford - days in June not as beneficial for educating; what are we missing
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Lukas, Kelly, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
 
World language textbook - WorldLangTextbk_InfoItem_3 8 16 BrdMtg.pdf (131 KB)
  • Abell - when did we last update and are they all by the same publisher?
  • Staff - 1994-2003 was the latest and there is a variety of publishers.
  • Marshall - what is a selection committee
  • Staff - Teachers comprise the committee and then on display for public feedback
  • Kelly - are any ELL taking AP language
  • Staff - just had our first one.
Legislative update
  • SB520 - exempt school systems from paying fuel tax
  • SB575 - raising on liability limits on public schools from $100,000 - $400,000
  • HB352 - repeals requirement for 6 year legislative audit
  • HB570/SB404 - appointment of state superintendent
  • HB999/SB905 - commission on excellence in education (Thornton 2)
  • HB1433/SB461 - funding for pre-k students
  • HB141/SB407 - limiting testing
  • SB183 - Seatbelts for students on school buses
  • HB29 - penalties for coaches not reporting concussions
  • HB626/SB269 - making Veterans Day a holiday
  • HB1168 - immunizations of students entering 9th Grade
Unfinished business
  • McGraw - Spring town hall dates?  Suggested April 26th at 6:00 p.m. at Starkey Building. 
New business
Motion by Kelly; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

Amend the motion by Lukas to include one full week + 1 day of Spring Break not to be touched for snow make-up days; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

Future agenda items

Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolutions
    • Month of the Young - ChildGale-Bailey Elementary School teachers and students:  Ann Herbert, pre-kindergarten teacher; Sue Wheeler, pre-kindergarten teacher; Quinn Crawford, pre-kindergarten; Keith and Kevin Whaley, pre-kindergarten
    • National Student Leadership Week - Paris Mercier-White, alternate student Board member, St. Charles High School; Jessica Hoare, Thomas Stone High School; Michael Malherek, Maurice J. McDonough High School; Thomas Carlyle (T.C.) Martin, La Plata High School; Da’Juon Washington, North Point High School; Edmundo Medel, Westlake High School; and Katie Willett, Henry E. Lackey High School
  • Students
    • Olivia McNeil, fifth grade, Academic Achievement, William A. Diggs Elementary School, Principal: Sandra Taylor
    • Erika Urrego, fifth grade, Academic Achievement, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School, Principal: Kimberly Hairston
    • Kiara Thomas, fifth grade, Career Readiness, J.P. Ryon Elementary School, Principal: Robert Opiekun
    • Kierra Brevard, eighth grade, Academic Achievement, General Smallwood Middle School, Principal: Kathy Kiessling
    • Jenesis Andrews-Kendale, tenth grade, Personal Responsibility, Thomas Stone High School, Principal: Michael Meiser
  • Employees
    • Patricia Stokes, special education teacher, Diggs
    • Kelly Suter, pre-kindergarten teacher, Ryon
    • Tara Cardano, language arts teacher, Smallwood
    • Ruby Duehring, theater arts teacher, Stone
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • Art ???? - Retired educator, retired NEA.  Letter to sister.  Thank you for responding to his sisters letter.  Now we need to do something about the bus drivers.  Will talk to the Governor because he's on his commission for suicide prevention.
Action items
Motion to accept the Minutes by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Lukas, Kelly, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Motion to accept the Minutes by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Lukas, Kelly, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

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

Adjournment

Monday, March 07, 2016

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 3/8/16

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, March 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. 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, Westlake 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
  • Leadership Extension Application and Development (LEAD) program
  • Project status update
  • English Language Learners (ELL) in elementary schools
  • 2017-18 calendar
  • World language textbook
  • Legislative update
Unfinished business

New business and future agenda items
  • New business – 2016/17 calendar changes
  • Future agenda items
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolutions: Month of the Young Child; and National Student Leadership Week.
  • Students
  • Employees

Public Forum – 6 p.m.
Action items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel
Adjournment

Joint Meeting with Commissioners, March 8 2016.

The Board of Education will meet with the Charles County Commissioners during their public meeting on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Charles County Government Building regarding School Allocation Recommendations.  The presentation being provided by Jason Groth, Chief of Resource & Infrastructure Management and Mr. John Mudd, Resource Manager can be found in the link below.



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