Saturday, October 18, 2008

NOTES: Board Meeting, 10/14/08

The Board Meeting Tuesday, October 14th will be re-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.

Executive session - 12 p.m.
Call to order - 1 p.m.

  • Pledge of Allegiance, Maurice J. McDonough High School's JROTC unit

REPORT - Superintendent's Update to the Board

  • CISCO - telepresence
  • 5th graders to visit CSM
  • CSM Board of Trustees Meeting
  • Parent@ School- looking for replacement

REPORT - Board Member Updates (no report available)

  • Wise - Re-creation of rainforest
  • Wise - Phone call from Connie Graves re: recycling
  • Carrington - recommends CC Government to supply bins
  • Pedersen - what counts results have been emailed
  • Berringer - sporting events recycling
  • Abell - Q & A Meeting. Than k you to Carrington and Wade for attending. Topics discussed included recycling, hand washing, school zones, school lunches
  • Cook - Suggests all BOE members to conduct meetings
  • Pedersen - great idea but more than one member at a time
  • Carrington - visiting schools
  • Wade - MABE committees

REPORT - Education Association of Charles County Update

  • Read report
  • Pedersen - will forward What Counts results
  • (BTW, since these were mentioned throughout the board meeting, I have since requested they be posted for the public viewing...still waiting)

REPORT - Student Board Member Update

  • Thanks to Wise and Cook for attending
  • Safe driving

REPORT - Deputy Superintendent Update - School Recognitions (no report available)

  • Enrollment 26,731 students...up 557 from last year
  • 3,192 students new to Charles County
  • Out of the 3,192 students new to Charles County, 1,436 are attending school for the first time
  • Changes in County Recognition program - wants to change to one per semester instead of quarterly and hold one at each high school on all the same night..
  • Abell - concern with parents no getting to see both children if at different high schools
  • Richmond - trying to increase parent participation and attendance; no way not to conflict with some other event
  • Wise - What if we did only three high schools
  • Pedersen - Talked about personal experiences
  • Abell - suggests six different dates
  • Richmond - won't work; trying for one year

REPORT - Finance Update - FY2008 Audit Presentation; Audit Report; Budget Update

  • Met 9/30 deadline
  • All is good
  • Read report

REPORT - Supporting Service Update - CIP update

  • All schools have recycle dumpsters and blue bins but not enough for every classroom
  • Read report
  • Security system - remotely monitoring from all over the country regarding alarms. Not a physical body at the building monitoring systems on nights, weekends, and holidays.

REPORT - Instruction Update - Student Service Learning; PowerPoint

  • See report and power point
  • Abell - pointed out that an organization does NOT have to be a member of the United Way in order to qualify for this

REPORT - Instruction Update - Title I Parent Involvement Policy; CCPS Policy

  • See report

REPORT - Instruction Update - Testing

  • See report (all 8,455 pages; jk) ...covers MSA's, SAT''s, and AP's...lots of information
  • Abell - Asked for numbers of graduating seniors "predicting" they will be attending universities, 2-year colleges, vocational, military, etc.
  • Eichel - That information is in the graduation programs
  • Abell - unfortunately didn't save them from all the graduations for the last three years
  • Eichel - will compile data and forward
  • Abell - asked for AP scores by high school, by course
  • Eichel - already on the CCBOE website
  • Abell - reason for not including in this report
  • Eichel - didn't want to make the report to lengthy
  • Abell - ROFLOL

REPORT - Instruction Update - New Health Curriculum - (Moved to November)

REPORT - Human Resources Update - Teacher Retention

  • See report
  • Abell - student teachers...o we still have; haven't seen any in my visits to schools over the last few years
  • Hettel - not as many; University of Maryland students stay around campus; occasionally we will get some that live in this area


  • Carrington - National Conference, thinks we should go, it's in the budget
  • Cook - agreed; most MABE members are going
  • Wise - FEA sponsors can't go to their conference?
  • Cunningham - Talking to the principals tomorrow about this. Also, parents have to fund their students. In this economic turmoil, there may not be as many attending anyway.

NEW BUSINESS - Contract Award for Full-Day Kindergarten

Motion by Wise; Second by Pedersen
Accept Superintendent's recommendation


  • Wade - thank you to board members for participating and attending all that you do
  • Wade - New high school briefing paper
  • Wade - 10/27 forum; no work session this month
  • Pedersen - what counts information; November work session
  • Abell - school lunch program from start to finish; where do we get the food, who decides the food, which schools prepare on-site; nutritional value; costs, etc.

RECOGNITION - 4:30 p.m. - October Recognitions

PUBLIC FORUM - 6 p.m. (Rules)

  • Male - "Drive to Survive"; teaches officers how to respond to emergencies safely. Program to minimize panic behind the wheel. Sheriff Coffey endorsement. Wants to offer to all students. Offer twice a month. Eight hour program for 15 students and awareness clinic for parents
  • (I just wanted to add here...this gentleman brought the car simulator and I had a chance to try it out after the meeting...I was impressed. You wear goggles that has a video while your actually sitting in a car and using the pedals and steering wheels. Similar to a video game. I don't know how useful this would be in actually letting the students FEEL a car sliding across ice or how not to over correct when you drop of the edge of the road)

ACTION - Minutes September 9, 2008; Motions September 9; Minutes September 30, 2008

Motion by Carrington; Second by Wise
Accept the Minutes

ACTION - Personnel

Motion by Wise; Second by Pedersen
Accept Superintendent's recommendation

ACTION - FY 2009 Comprehensive Maintenance Plan

Motion by Wise; Second by Cook
Accept Superintendent's recommendation

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