Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Notes from the Board of Education Meeting, 10/12/10

The Board Meeting on Tuesday, October 12th 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.

Call to order  10:30 a.m.

Presentation on Space Foundation partnership
(I was unable to attend this portion)

Executive session  12 p.m.

Correspondence/board member updates

  • Pedersen - spoke about MABE conference in Ocean City.  Would like to discuss policy on social media.
  • Cook - would like to discuss Data 3.0 during a work session.
  • Wade - discussed a seminar he attended regarding minorities and another one on African American Minority Achievement
Education Association of Charles County update  - Read report

Student board member update  - still awaiting for an advisor to be appointed

Use of tasers update by Sheriff Rex Coffey -safe to use; see video

Recruitment and retention update  - see report - lots of nice statistics

FY 2010 Independent financial audit  - see report.  no deficiencies reported

Legislative audit  - see report.  17 recommendations noted

Unfinished business - none

New business
Motion by Pedersen to award contract for Middleton renovation
Second by Cook
Vote Unanimous

Future agenda items - None

Recognition  4:30 p.m.  - See agenda
  • Resolutions: American Education Week, American Freedom Week
Public Forum  6 p.m.
  • Al Jackson - NAACP - MD Attorney General report on the use of electronic weapons.  Didn't realize tasers, guns, etc were already used in the schools.  Why do we have violent weapons in the school?  What is the educational value?  The demonstration was not the normal level of tasers.  Australia has banned for their officers.  Wants board to reconsider their use.
  • Janice Wilson - NAACP - concerned about the use of electronic weapons in the schools.  Task force findings in the MD report.  Risk of serious injury or death.  Believes police trainings and guidelines severely underestimate the level of injury or death.  Believe tasers are used more on African American persons than on caucasians.
Action Items
  • Minutes - Pedersen has one correction on item 16.
Motion by Cook; second by Carrington
Vote Unanimous
  • Personnel
Motion by Carrington;  second by Wade
Vote Unanimous 
  • FY2011 Comprehensive Maintenance Plan
Motion by Cook; second by Carrington
Vote Unanimous
  • Board chairman election bylaw
Motion by Carrington; second by Wade
Vote Unanimous


LegalBeaglette said...

Does anyone else find the new CCPS BoardDocs link as convoluted as I do? There is no longer a posting a draft minutes (I thought the elected BoE was committed to that?) and there is no searchable index of meeting minutes. In order to access minutes of a meeting, one must click through four depths of links — agenda, minutes, scroll, open link to .pdf -- and remember to do it in the agenda of the month FOLLOWING the actual meeting. I do not think CCPS could make this more complicated!

Jennifer said...

In CCPS defense....BoardDocs recently did a software upgrade and we ae "learning" the kinks ourselves. I will bring upi your valid concerns at the November Board meeting.