Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Notes from the Board of Education Meeting 8/10/10

The Board Meeting on Tuesday, August 10th 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 10 a.m.

Call to order 11 a.m.

Pledge of Allegiance


  • Sacred Heart Ladies' Auxiliary #301, Knights of St. John International
  • Book donation to school libraries from the Maryland Retired School Personnel Association

Motion by Pedersen; Second by Carrington

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

Reports of officers/boards/committees

Superintendent's update - read report

Correspondence/Board member updates

  • Wise - Pedersen appointment to O'Malleys committee, Maryland Council for Educator Effectiveness
  • Abell - Asked for tasing in the schools to be added to the agenda for September as a discussion item and invited board members to attend tasing on Friday, August 13 at noon.
  • Richmond - Elliot Cohen to attend in October from the Space Foundation and invited board for 10:30 on October 12.

Education Association of Charles County update - Read report

Student Board Member update - Read Report.

Deputy Superintendent Update - Opening of Schools; evaluations; MSA scores

CIP update - See report; renovations to stay current in the technology fields

Instruction Update - Summer Programs, See report. 5,407 students participated

Human Resources Update - Staffing

  • 4 English, 1 Math and 1 of various other openings still need to be filled
  • Pedersen - number hired this year to previous years? Remains steady per Hettel

Legal Update - Board Chairman Election Bylaw

  • Staff recommendations to make the process more transparent rather than by hidden anonymous ballots

Recurring Resolutions

  • Bailey - Questioned what the school system does on 9/17, Constitution Day. Estep will provide update.

Unfinished business

  • Pedersen - Blue Ribbon Commission for Diversity...public is invited to attend and share about experiences of diveristy in the workplace.

New business - None

Future agenda items

  • Wade - Update on athletic preparations
  • Pedersen - Update on overnight field trips
  • Wade - Review of cell phone policy; one modification has been made due to the number of suspensions

Public Forum 3:30 p.m.

  • Paddy Mudd - wants school named Piney Forest High School, gave history
  • Craig Renner - VP Public Relations ACPT - wants school named St. Charles High School gave history

Action items

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

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

  • School Naming
  • Motion by Bailey; Second by Cook to delay vote until next month
    (yes) Bailey; (no) Abell, Carrington, Cook, Pedersen, Wade, Wise

    Motion by Pedersen; Second by Carrington to name St. Charles HS

    (yes) Bailey, Carrington, Pedersen, Wade, Wise ;(no) Cook; (Abstain) Abell


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