Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 5/8/18

The Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, May 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, Henry E. Lackey High School
Recognition – 2017-18 student liaisons
Superintendent’s update - Report
Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • Mcgraw - MABE meeting to review legislation.  It can be found HERE.  Reviewing MABE policies.  CC Scholarship committee meeting, over 400 applicants.  
  • Lukas - TC Martin 50th celebration, Westlake AP celebration congratulations, AVID Senior Celebration, Sports - best of luck to all
  • Kelly - Westlake MS track meet, student liaisons thank you, teacher appreciation week, congratulations to all graduates.
  • Palko - Reading Partners, thank you. TC Martin 50th anniversary, Little Mermaid, Westlake AP celebration, AVID graduates 59, MABE Resolutions, from Ms. Marshall - thank you.
Education Association of Charles County update - Report

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

Student Board Member update - Report

Update on bullying data - Report
  • Middle School incidents seems to be the majority.
  • Form is not included in the student records
Discipline review/restorative circles - Report
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. program at St. Charles HS - READ THIS REPORT
    • Assigned by referral
    • Therapeutic learning opportunity; made so students don't WANT to go back.  (receives work and counseling)
  • Restorative Practices at Mattawoman - will be added to all schools
  • ASPIRE - K-2 - 
  • Parent Shadowing - All schools for second semester; the only struggle with this program is if a parent declines or does not agree to terms of program.
Cultural literacy - Report

Project status update - Report

Educational Facilities Master Plan - Report

Revised policy 4000 series - Report
  • Marshall submitted minor changes
Unfinished business

  • Kelly - Report Cards still being mailed?  Yes.  In Synergy they keep showing up under 'documents' not 'Report Cards'
New business - None
Future agenda items

  • Abell - How is confidential information deemed confidential if it's not personnel, specific student, legal or contracts
  • Abell - Legalities and implementation of K-9's searching school buildings
  • Carter - 3 step bullying program
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Students
    • MarShawn Jackson, twelfth-grade, Academic Achievement, Thomas Stone High School, Principal: Michael Charlton
    • Lilliana Smithseventh-grade, Personal Responsibility, General Smallwood Middle School, Principal: Kathy-Lynn Kiessling
    • Jason Gregory, fifth-grade, Career Readiness, William A. Diggs Elementary School, Principal: Debbie Calvert
    • Jonas Agyemanfifth-grade, Academic Achievement, J.P. Ryon Elementary School, Principal: Thadine Wright
  • Employees
    • Janis Milman, science teacher, Stone
    • Carla Joyner, language arts teacher, Smallwood
    • Susan Harris, fifth grade teacher, Diggs
    • Michelle Colbert, teacher, Ryon
Public Forum – 6 p.m.

  • Theresa Hicks - JP Ryon parent, 4th & 5th grade and children don't feel safe.  Has spoken with principal, long term sub walked out during class, VP left, parents never notified, no communication with parents.  5th grade in trailers and no security.  A lot of children misbehaving sent to office and then sent back to class.  
  • LeAnn Bold - JP Ryon parent for 7 years, communication with parents is lacking,principal does not communicate incidents to parents immediately.  Students disrupting class.  Promotion ceremony, no communication.  
Action items
Motion to approve the minutes 4/17/18 by Lukas; Second by McGraw
Yes = Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; Abstain =Abell; Absent=Marshall

Motion to approve the minutes 4/30/18 by Abell; Second by McGraw
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; Absent=Marshall
  • Personnel
Motion to approve the Personnel by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; Absent=Marshall
Motion to approve the 2019-2020 School Calendar by Kelly; Second by McGraw
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; Absent=Marshall
Motion to approve Intercategory budget transfer by McGraw; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; Absent=Marshall
Adjournment 

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Board of Education Meeting Agenda for 5/8/18

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, May 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 streamed live on the school system website at www.ccboe.com. Select the live streaming 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
Recognition – 2017-18 student liaisons
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
  • Update on bullying data
  • Discipline review/restorative circles
  • Cultural literacy
  • Project status update
  • Educational Facilities Master Plan
  • Operating budget
  • Revised policy 4000 series
Unfinished business
New business and future agenda items
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Students
  • Employees
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
Action items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel
  • 2019-20 school calendar
  • FY 2018 Intercategory budget transfer request
Adjournment 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Notes from Board of Education Work Session, 4/30/18

The Board of Education Work Session on Monday, April 30 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 - None
Work Session
  • "Be the Difference" Award Discussion - Report
    • Recognition at the June Work Session, 6/25 at 5:00 p.m. at the Starkey Bldg
    • Nominators and Principals would be invited as well as nominee and family.
  • Policy 4000 committee update - Report
    • Various policies were tweaked for wording.  No major changes made.
  • School Calendar Discussion - Report
    • Clarification on state ruling and discussion on bringing back a full Spring Break and extending school until June 22nd.   Read attached letter of clarification.
Executive Session - Safety Concerns

Adjournment

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Board of Education Work Session Agenda, 4/30/18

The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a public work session at 6 p.m., Monday, April 30 in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The meeting will be televised live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website at ccboe.com and broadcast on Comcast Channel 96/Verizon FiOS Channel 12.
The following is a meeting agenda and is subject to change.
Call to order – 6 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance
Public Forum
Work Session
  • Policy 4000 committee update
Adjournment

Friday, April 13, 2018

Board of Education Meeting Agenda, 4/17/18

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, April 17 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 streamed live on the school system website at www.ccboe.com. Select the live stream image displayed in the center of the home page. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change.
To view agenda documents, please click here
Executive session – 12 p.m.
Call to order – 1 p.m. Pledge of Allegiance, St. Charles High School
Recognition of student state winners
Recognition of Henry E. Lackey High School students
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
  • 2019-2020 calendar
  • District Committee on Assessment
  • Project status update
  • Feasibility of moratorium for Berry and Mary H. Matula elementary schools
  • Activity buses
  • Cameras on buses
  • FY 2018 Intercategory budget transfer request
  • Legislative update
Recognition of Ruth Ann Hall Scholar Awards
Unfinished business
New business and future agenda items
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolutions: Teacher Appreciation Week; Administrative Professionals Week; Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week; and National Physical Education and Sport Week
  • Students
  • Employees
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
Action items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel
  • Eligibility policy
Adjournment 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

School Safety Roundtable Discussion with Congressman Hoyer, Students, Staff and Parents

This meeting was broadcast live on the CCPS Live TV.  The files are currently being uploaded and should be available for viewing at http://www.ccboe.com/   by tomorrow morning.  Here is a link to the video.

I do apologize but I did not take copius notes, only consistent topics.  I was very interested in hearing what our students, staff and parents and had to say and was intently listening.

The first half of the morning consisted of the students roundtable with Congressman Hoyer, Superintendent Kim Hill, and Sheriff Troy Berry during the first half of the morning.  The repetitive themes were...

  • Mental Illness Training for Teachers & Awareness
  • More Counselors to actually counsel (Psychologist)
  • More School resource Officers
  • Peers, students, reaching out to one another
  • Metal Detectors (pro's & cons) - students seemed split
  • Arming teachers - again students seemed split
  • Uniforms
The secondhalf of the morning consisted of the parents, teachers, Hoyer, Hill, Berry.  Hoyer opened by blaming society and parents for not parenting and always blaming the teachers and schools.  The repetitive themes in the discussion...
  • Lack of parental involvement
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Discipline
  • Lack of walls and doors
  • Security of trailers
  • Shooter Detection System
  • Securing front vestibule's (BTW-all of these have been planned and should be completed in 2 years.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Notes from Board of Education Work Session, 3/26/18

The Board of Education Work Session on Monday, March 26 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.
The following is a meeting agenda and is subject to change.
Call to order – 6 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance
Public Forum - None
Work Session
  • Eligibility
    • Option 2 all the way down is the staff and committee recommendation
    • Chair called for a consensus on each item.
    • 9th grade waiver - Abell recommend dropping requirement for middle school and first quarter of 9th.
      • consensus is yes
    • GPA - Kelly recommended Option 1 (2.25 GPA and no F's).
      • Abell, Kelly, Lukas, Crawford agreed
      • McGraw -Option 2 (2.25 GPA and 1 F)
      • Consensus is Option 1
    • Attendance - Abell recommends another option.  5 absences no notes; 5 absences with notes but allow parent notes
      • Consensus agrees.
    • Staff will prepare a draft policy recommendation to present to the board based off of our consensus for the April board meeting.
  • Block scheduling
    • Kelly requested sample schedules
    • Would cost over $5M to implement.
  • Grading Policy  Report
    • Additional articles
    • Abell 
      • Parent Vue grades and daily assignments vs quarter grade
        • parents will see actual grades.  change will only be on quarter grades not individual assignments.
      • NHI = 0; Equity?
        • NHI will still be a zero but quarter grade will be changed to 50%.  Could not answer the equity question clearly.
      • Currently, two illegal absences = failing for the quarter.  

    • Lukas 
      • How is final grade composed?
        • 1 & 2 Qtr Avg; 3&4 Qtr Avg; both semesters AVG
      • Stats needed on Failing by attendance vs grade & subject
      • Recovery progams in MS & HS; not greater than a 60;how are students chosen
    • McGraw
      • Trying to have an open mind but a complete change in thinking.
    • Kelly 
      • were parents included on committee
        • next step to get parent feedback
      • behavior/citizenship grades
        • should not be graded; grades for academics
      • CCPS Mission statement; this new grading policy would not follow our mission
      • If a student were to earn 0,0,70,70 in the 4 quarters, but we give them 50,50,70,70, they can pass the class overall for only doing half the work.
    • Crawford
      • Are we being asked to be unfair?  Same as grade inflation.  What is the economic factor?
        • Professional Development will need to be done no matter what to enforce consistency.
    • Abell
      • based on Ms. Kelly's analogy with the 0,0,70,70.  What prevents students from taking advantage of this and only doing half the work.  Why not 70,70,0,0.
    • Palko
      • Students forced to complete work was mentioned in an article but not mentioned here.
      • Additional information needed.
Adjournment

Sunday, March 18, 2018

School Facility Index Sets Some Goalposts on School Construction

3/15/18
Zach Hands
Conduit Street

Senate Bill 1183 would establish educational facilities sufficiency standards and a facility condition index and use the index to rank all of Maryland’s public schools. This can help accurately inform the State and counties about what school construction needs exist here in Maryland. However, the indexing of facilities through a ranking system are a concern because it would be difficult for the index to properly take into account all of the factors and priorities that go into local decision making with school construction.
MACo Research Director Robin Eilenberg testified in support with amendments of HB 1495 before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on March 15, 2018.
Read more HERE

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Expanding County Flexibility Opens the Door on School Construction

3/15/18
Zach Hands
Conduit Street

MACo Research Director Robin Eilenberg testified in support on Senate Bill 1145, “County Boards of Education – Leasing of School Property”, before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on March 15, 2018. This bill gives counties significant flexibility in finding alternative means of financing school construction.
Among the newfound authorities granted to counties are:
1. the ability to use alternative financing methods;
2. engage in competitive negotiation, including construction management at–risk arrangements;
3. accept unsolicited proposals for the development of public schools;
4. Use quality–based selection, in which selection is based on a combination of qualifications and
cost factors, to select developers and builders; AND
5. Lease property from a county or private entity for use as a public school.
Read more HERE

Friday, March 16, 2018

Funding Bolsters Free and Reduced-Price Meal Program

03/13/18
Zach Hands
Conduit Street

MACo submitted written testimony in support with amendments of House Bill 1235, “Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program – Eligibility and Annual Appropriation”, to the House Ways and Means Committee on March 13, 2018.
The bill allows schools that fall below 40% of students that qualify for the free and reduced-price meal (FRPM) program to remain eligible for one year following the fall below the 40% threshold. This allows schools that experience an anomaly in those eligible for the program to not lose eligibility from what could be a blip on the radar.
Additionally, the bill requires the governor to appropriate 11.9 million to the Maryland Meals for Achievement (MMFA) program annually. MACo generally supports the principles of the bill, but is seeking an amendment that would not make the annual allocation concrete, so as to not potentially siphon off resources from other educational priorities.
Read more HERE