Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Notes From Board Meeting 3/13/07

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. Please follow-up for official minutes upon approval. For copies of printed reports presented visit Board Docs.

Public Forum

  • Gentleman spoke about the bus contracts and bus lots and negotiations

Action - Approval of Minutes from 2/13/07 and 2/26/07

*Vote to approve minutes

Correspondence/Board Member Updates

  • Abell – Motioned for public, staff, and EACC input during a public forum or town meeting regarding parent visitation policy and rules. Cook seconded motion. Some discussion

*Vote to hold a public forum to gather input regarding the parent visitation policy

Report – EACC – Bill Fisher

  • Read Aoss America success
  • FEA members went to San Diego, CA for conference
  • EACC members testified before a joint House Committee re: HSA's
  • Thank you for reinstating resolutions

Report - Student Board Member – Andrew VanWoerken

  • CCASC meeting – reviewed agenda
  • Senior Citizen Prom 3/23 6-9 pm @ Jaycees
  • MASC Convention 3/28-30th in Hagerstown

Report – Superintendent – Jim Richmond

  • Japan visitors
  • State Superintendent Meeting re: testing and the future of HSA
  • 5th Grade transition dinners
  • 1st live classroom exchange with Pensa, Russia in future

Report – Deputy Superintendent – Ron Cunningham

  • Feels positive about upcoming tests.
  • Visits to schools and student manners are outstanding

Report – Redistricting Committee Neal Elementary

  • Alternative A (pg. 15 of report) Matula –172; Ryon –118; Martin -17; Mitchell +17; Turner –153
  • Alternative B (pg. 16 of report) Matula –172; Ryon –89; Martin -17; Mitchell +17; Turner –153

Report – CIP - Wineland

  • Davis MS – 80% complete; finish in June
  • 20 year renovation plan is now over 1 billion $$
  • Pedersen – Craik roof; what happens if state denies funding
  • Wineland – discuss in private later
  • Further discussion about how to fund renovations and fund balance

Report - Technology Update

  • Demonstration of electronic notification and email notification per student, class, school, or system
  • Abell – Possibility of using other languages for families where English is not the primary languages
  • Capability is there. Will review and update later

Report – Curriculum - Judy Estep and Minnie Reynolds

  • MESA – Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement Overview. Students from Stoddert MESA team. Competition 3/26 and 3/27 at North Point HS
  • Indian Education Program – federally funded by Title VII grant – Office of Indian Education program moved from Bumpy Oak to building 102 in SY 06 because of (1) safe environment (2) CCPS mission (3) centrally located; officials from Office of Indian Education to visit 4/2007. Total grant $49,413

Report – Budget – Paul Balides

  • February Financial Reports
  • These reports will be available in update from now on

Report – Human Resources – Keith Hettel

  • Calendar for 08-09; Election day – teachers and safety concerns with in service day; winter break; discussion at March Work Session
  • Richmond – recommends for Presidential election year
  • March 19 First time home buyer seminar
  • June 2 Teacher Hiring Fair

Report – Legislative – Eric Schwartz

  • Bridge to Excellence currently fully funded. Possibility to be cut
  • $400M for school construction – probably cut over next years
  • #164 House Bill – Air Quality on relocateables. More expensive
  • #669 Senate Bill – Charter schools; MABE supports
  • Physical Education mandates. A lot of stress on school system
  • Truancy Bills – restrict drivers license of truant students and school boards would need to establish review boards
  • Labor relations
  • Master Plan mandates extended
  • House Bill 994 re: high school assessments
  • Schwartz suggests sending a letter to delegation in support of task force.
  • Discussion continued

* Vote to send a letter to delegation
Yes – Cook, Carrington, Wade, Wise
No – Abell, Bailey, Pedersen

Action – Personnel

* Vote to accept staff recommendations

Action – Policy Amendments

  • Abell – urged fellow Board members to consider this policy for future Boards not just the current one.

* Vote to accept staff recommendations
Yes – Bailey, Carrington, Cook, Pedersen, Wade, Wise
No - Abell

New Business & Future Agenda Items

  • Wise – reinstate resolutions; National School Counseling Week; Career and Technical Education Week, Health Careers Month, National Physical Education and Sport Week

* Vote to reinstate resolutions
Yes – Bailey, Carrington, Cook, Pedersen, Wade, Wise
No - Abell


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