Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Notes from Board Meeting, 5/13/08

The Board Meeting from Tuesday, May 13th will be broadcast on Channel 96 on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.; Fridays at 9 a.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. . 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.

This meeting didn't follow the originally scheduled agenda because the Board of Education had to recess mid-meeting due to a short notice to present the Budget to the Commissioners at their meeting.

4:30 - Recognition

ACTION - Budget

Motion to accept by Abell; Second by Wise
Unanimous - PASSED

REPORT- Educational Facilities Master Plan

  • Report presented

REPORT - New High School Cost Reduction Alternatives

  • Carrington, Pedersen, Abell served on a committee with Mr. Wineland to propose cuts to the new high school
  • Bailey - pg. 1 #12 - 1 door as opposed to two on classrooms
  • Wineland - not a safety concern. Schools currently have 1 door
  • Bailey - pg. 2 #8 ceramic tile in bathrooms; hygiene
  • Wineland - Smooth service with ease in cleaning. Painting cinder block wall create a smooth surface. Same sanitary concerns can be addresses with the painted cinder block
  • Pedersen - Many things considered. Safety and well being as well as cut costs
  • Wise - Redesign 4-story building. Design fees included
  • Wineland - not have estimate at this time
  • Wineland - # thrown out by commissioners is not reachable
  • Abell - Accept committees document
  • Wineland - # of students x 150 per student x 215 sq ft per bldg or 240 sq ft per site = cost according to the state formula
  • Wineland - state did not reject the high school. delayed approval due to site issues and they have been corrected.
  • Wise - where did the misinformation come from?
  • Wineland - don't know

Motion to accept by Abell; Second by Wise
Unanimous - PASSED

REPORT - Superintendent Update

  • one of few systems completely wireless
  • asked to speak at the State Educational Technology Directors Association Education Forum
  • telepresence demonstration in Columbia including digital classroom
  • HSA's at the end of May. 88.4% have passed; 209 students have not passed
  • Schools closed on Monday due to county road closures. Letter sent to Grasmick requesting excused for one day.
  • Levilee named Maryland National Distinguished Principal
  • Graduations
  • Shah - Which schools are first for telepresence
  • Richmond - All six
  • Shah - How many units per school
  • Richmond - one room per school; like a lab; distance learning; AP courses


  • Budget; thank you for including the supplementary budget
  • Pellicore report shows commissioners have funds for budget and supplements

REPORT - 09-10 Calendar

  • Hettel - Survey being sent out; Action item in June
  • Abell - Survey results before June meeting
  • Hettel - yes

REPORT - Stethem Center Career and Cooperative Education Program

  • See presentation; fantastic program

REPORT - Out of County Tuition Fees

  • Abell - Outside Maryland vs. Maryland counties discount
  • Balides - state picks up the difference for in state tuition


  • Bailey - Summer Academy - Remedial vs. Enrichment
  • Carrington - Dir. C.C. Public Library add her to agenda
  • Sept. 4th What Counts - names submitted
  • Abell - Remind again that Policy 9336 & 8000 need to be updated

ACTION - Minutes from 4/8/08; 4/28/08

Motion to accept by Carrington; Second by Wise
Unanimous - PASSED

ACTION - Personnel

Motion to accept by Wise; Second by Pedersen
Unanimous - PASSED

ACTION - Textbooks - Advanced Placement English Language & Composition ; Health ; Marketing and Web Design

Motion to accept by Wise; Second by Pedersen
Unanimous - PASSED

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