Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Notes from the Board of Education Meeting, 6/01/10

The Board Meeting on Tuesday, June 1st 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 La Plata High School's JROTC unit

Swearing-in of new Student Board member


  • Westlake High School coed indoor track team
  • Maurice J. McDonough High School's unified track team
  • Indian Head Elementary School's Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) team
  • SMART team, Henry E. Lackey High School
  • Alexander Smith, La Plata High School, Maryland 2010 Trigonometry Competition

Reports of officers/boards/committees

Superintendent's update - read report

Correspondence/Board member updates - None

Education Association of Charles County update - Read report

Deputy Superintendent Update - Graduation & Project graduation

Student Board Member update - Thank you's & introduction of new members

CIP update - See report; capacity for new high school approved at 1600; Gwynn Center renovation has been approved

Unfinished business - None

New business and future agenda items

  • EACC negotiations

    Motion by Pedersen; Second by Wade
    (yes) unanimous

  • AFSME negotiations

Motion by Bailey; Second by Pedersen
(yes) unanimous

  • Award bid to Scheibel Construction for Phase 1 of new high school

Motion by Abell; Second by Pedersen
(yes) unanimous

Future agenda items

  • Pedersen - nutrional values of lunches

Here there was a 90-minute recess so , a side note for your amusement and for me to see who actually reads these notes...right before the recess I received a frantic call from my 13 year old saying the downstairs ceiling was "leaking" and there was water everywhere. After answering all my questions we concluded that the AC unit in the attic of the second floor was leaking through the second floor ceiling onto the carpet and then trough the first floor ceiling and onto the hardwood. Needless to say a quick trip home was needed. After doing a quick change from my dress clothes, grabbing a ladder, flashlight, screw driver, and placing buckets out I hoisted myself into the attic (ladder was too short). Upon investigating, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Some insulation was absorbing condensation running down a section of a tape and leaking onto an area outside of the drain pan. So after removing some foil tape and wet insulation, problem solved.Clean-up is needed but that part can wait till after the meeting later tonight. Now I rushed and put the dress clothes back on, ran to Lowe's for more foil tape, and now I'm finishing the meeting with a very itchy fiberglass rash and cough. Why the heck do they put fiberglass in the insulation and what do you have to do to get it off? Life, as always, is never boring.

Recognition 4:30 p.m.

  • Maryland Retired School Personnel Association book donation
  • Students
  • 2009-10 Student Liaisons
  • Outstanding vice principal award
  • Outstanding support staff awards
  • Resolution Charles County Teacher of the Year Mark Howell, social studies teacher, Westlake High School
  • Resolution Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award Jill Jowdy, physical education teacher, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School
  • Recognition of Charles County Teacher of the Year nominees Joy Thompson, reading teacher, Milton M. Somers Middle School; Mary Long, reading resource teacher, Higdon; and Jennifer Gimmel, prekindergarten teacher, Williams A. Diggs Elementary School
  • Recognition of Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award nominees Richard Ivanac, art teacher, Somers; Linda McLaughlin, foreign language teacher, North Point High School; Jo Anne Shelak, elementary teacher, Diggs; and Gina Tallon, mathematics teacher, Westlake
  • Employees' retirement resolution

Public Forum 6 p.m. - none

Action items

  • Minutes
  • Motion by Carrington; Second by Wade
    (yes) unanimous

  • Personnel
  • Motion by Carrington; Second by Wade
    (yes) unanimous

  • Educational facilities master plan
  • Motion by Pedersen; Second by Carrington
    (yes) unanimous

  • Out-of-county tuition fees
  • Motion by Cook; Second by Pedersen
    (yes) unanimous

  • Policy 3910 (debt management); 4740 (severance); 4820 (general policies and procedures: duties and responsibilities); and policy series 6000

Motion by Carrington; Second by Pedersen

(yes) unanimous

  • 3320 (expenditure: purchasing procedures)
  • Motion by Cook; Second by Pedersen

    (yes) Abell, Cook, Carrington, Pedersen, Wade, Wise



Bonnie J. said...

Hope you got the fiberglass all off!

Jennifer said...

Yay! Someone DOES read them.