Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Notes from the Board of Education Meeting, 4/20/10

The Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 20th 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, Maurice J. McDonough High School's JROTC unit

Reports of officers boards/committees

Superintendent's update

  • Read report

Correspondence/Board member updates

  • Wade - kudos to board members attending national conferences
  • Cook - spoke on sessions attended at conference
  • Pedersen - spoke on sessions attended at conference
  • Carrington - ditto
  • Wise - attended conference in Colorado Springs

Education Association of Charles County update

  • Read Report

Student Board member update

  • Read report

CIP update

  • Read Report
  • One Room School House - Edward L. Sanders, wife and son attended and spoke of the donation of the school house to CCPS. It has been relocated to the Davis Middle School Site.
  • New High School - reviewed design & floor plan. Budget is $59,580,000 without pool. Pool would cost $6.2M. Bidding to start soon & bidding is very competitive. Possible for budget to include pool. Still planning on 1600 seat HS (school will open overcrowded)...state wants 1300; building designed for plan to cut back, but would delay planned opening of 2013.

Instruction Update

  • Career & Technology - See Report

Budget Update

  • See Report

Legislative Update

  • Maintenance of Effort bills did NOT pass
  • Labor Relations Board PASSED (mediators b/n boards and unions)
  • Race to the Top PASSED
  • Policy on Gangs and violence PASSED
  • Youth Crisis hotline PASSED
  • Parents of Multiple Births student placement PASSED
  • Ethics - Conflict of Interest Policy PASSED
  • Virtual Schools PASSED
  • Transfer of Pension committee

Draft policy update 6411.11 Physical education and athletic programs for students with disabilities

Unfinished business

New business and future agenda items

  • Request from Michelle Obama to have one member from every Board to be on the Let's Move committee

Recognition 4:30 p.m.

Public Forum 6 p.m.

  • Latrina Carr - concern about implementation of topics discussed at the What Counts Forums? Wants to see topics implemented. Concerned about communication between parents and teachers and the lack thereof. Has asked on numerous occasions for responses from teachers. Needs attention.

Action items

  • Minutes
  • Motion by Carrington; Second by Cook
    (yes) Abell, Carrington, Cook, Bailey, Wise, Wade, Pedersen

  • Personnel
Motion by Carrington; Second by Pedersen
(yes) Abell, Carrington, Cook, Bailey, Wise, Wade, Pedersen
  • Revision to Superintendent's Contract

Motion by Wade; Second by Pedersen
(yes) Carrington, Cook, Wise, Wade, Pedersen: (no) Bailey: (abstain) Abell

  • SY2011 - 2012Calendar

Motion by Pedersen; Second by Wade
(yes) Abell, Carrington, Cook, Bailey, Wise, Wade, Pedersen



LegalBeaglette said...

Ummm...revision to superintendent's contract? An "Action Item?" Today?

What revision? It was not on the agenda. Yet another Super Secret, not for public disclosure?

Anonymous said...

Our overpaid superintendent's contract has always been public knowledge. One just needs to request the information from central office. Can't imagine what this "transparent" board has decided to pay him now. If I remember correctly, just a few years back he was making more than the VP of the USA. Just keep in mind, his salary is just a spit in the ocean compared to his entire compensation package. Wonder how long it will take the Independent to publish the latest escapade to bankrupt the taxypayers of CC.

Margaret Young said...

A copy of the contract is posted on the CCBOE's website. You don't need the Indy to FOIA it. Kudos to CCBOE for that bit of transparency.

That being said, I smell that fishy odor at Radio Station Road once again. First, as LegalBeaglette noted, it was not on the original published agenda. Why the change, why the rush? Was it a report item last month in executive session? Second, the posted contract is a four year contract, signed in 2009. Why is the board making changes to his contract mid term? I didn't see any reference in the existing contract to a re-opener. (Sometimes we included re-opener clauses in the EACC contract for salary discussions, especially when the contract covered 3 or more years.) A superintendent's contract has always been for 4 years (by law I think). This just doesn't add up. Something is not kosher. It's been my experience that when central office puts a rush on action items, nine times out of ten, it's so board members can't do their homework. What was the rush, and why the midterm re-opener, Jennifer?

Jennifer said...

THe "revised" Superintendents contract has been posted on the CCBOE website.

LegalBeaglette said...

Draft minutes are not posted anymore?

LegalBeaglette said...

I am told the failure to post draft minutes was simply an oversight.

Have read the now-approved minutes for the 4/20/10 session. The topical reference justifying the executive session states only “the Superintendent’s contract.” Is the fact that the Board planned to alter that contract not relevant? Key word is “alter,” after all, since the Superintendent already had a signed 4-year contract.

Interesting, too, that the approved minutes refer to “renewing” the Superintendent’s employment contract in the item title (#26); only the body refers to the fact that it was amended, and does not really explain how, or why.

The voting public has no control over the Superintendent's contract; it has control only over the board members who negotiate and approve it.