Friday, February 15, 2008

Notes from BOE & Commissioner Retreat

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. Although official minutes were not taken, to my knowledge, Denise Ferguson from the Commissioners office did record notes for them.

In addition, I did not take detailed notes, most of the presentations were on handouts. Please contact the appropriate entitys to request copies.

Government Budget

  • Housing market; county is 2nd highest in state for forclosure
  • 52% from property tax; 28% income tax; 7% Recordation; 3% HIghway user; 10% other
  • HB #1 - BOE takes the largest decrease in revenue growth
  • Commissioners action - hiring freeze; reduce discretionary spending by 10%
  • 13th in state on per capita net taxable income; 23rd in net taxable income

CCPS Budget

  • 52.4% of UNDESIGNATED county funds. Funds that use to be undesignated is now designated. The undesignated piece of the pie has gradually decreased therefore making the BOE portion slightly smaller.

New High School

  • Presentation on schematics
  • Green Building - Gold level
  • $23M per year to operate; average for all high schoools
  • 1600 students - 1900 core capacity

New School Construction

  • Enrollment Trends
  • School construction predictions
  • Prototype schools

So. MD Assoc. of Realtors

  • Presentation on letter of positions involving APFO

Commissioners Task Force on APFO

  • Report to commissioners on findings
  • Recommendations

Commissioners & BOE APFO Subcommittee Report

  • Recommendations

Workforce Housing

  • Keys for Employees Program
  • County is working on affordable housing
  • considering changing house size restrictions from 1650 square feet to 1200 square feet
  • Looking into building apartments on a parcel of land near an elementary school in Waldorf
  • Mobile homes are acceptable and allowed in Charles County contrary to popular belief

Goals and Future Needs

  • Wade - Committee and board meet three times a year; June, Sept., Feb
  • HSA graduation requirements
  • Discussion
  • Relayed via commissioners, possible sale of something to do with negotiations with companies from overseas...could provide substantial UNDESIGNATED income.
  • County to go to New York in a couple of weeks to present and receive bond rating.


  • Item #1 - CIP Schools - Discussion
  • Comm. Patterson unprepared to take action at this time.

*Motion by Patterson, seconded by Graves to postpone action until July
Yes = Patterson, Graves, Cooper; No=Hodge; Collins

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