Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Notes from the Board of Education Meeting, 6/14/11

The Board Meeting on Tuesday, June 14th 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

Swearing-in of new Student Board member - Taylor Brooks, Westlake High School

Contract signing
Motion to accept EACC contract by Abell; Second by Wade
Yes = Unanimous

Motion to accept AFSME contract by Pedersen; Second by Wade
Yes = Unanimous

Superintendent's update - Read report

Correspondence/Board member updates
  • Wise - Graduations went well. Poor behavior by attendees in audience has to be stopped.
  • Pedersen - Thank you to...Reading Partners Luncheon, Adult Independence Graduations, Title 1 Picnic, Juvenile Drug Court
Education Association of Charles County update - Read Report (Crab Feast 10/7)

Risk assessment and internal audit plan - PLEASE Read through report for good information

Student Board Member update - Read report

Deputy Superintendent Update -
  • Graduations - statistics already reported in Supt. Report. 67% attended Project Graduation.
  • Regency Stadium incident - Thursday, June 9th approx. 1,000 students attended baseball game from the tri-county area. Heat related issues & medical problems caused the event to be cancelled early and approx. 80 students were treated and sent to hospitals. CCPS immediately sent buses to transport students. Reviewing the entire incident with all involved (stadium, EMS, etc) to gain perspective and conclusions.
  • Abell- Relay public concerns as well as my own to be considered during this review process, including being told that water was not available to students who did not have money to purchase it prior to awareness of medical issues. Why did we not cancel the event since we were aware of the temperatures and alerts at least 3-days prior? Reported, students were complaining of heat related issues prior to EMS being called, but they were instructed to sit down and behave. Wants the completed review/conclusion made available to the public.
  • Cunningham - Same trip occurred the day before for other students without incident. Students arrived about 10:30...EMS called at noon.
  • Cook - Her child was there and stated that water was offered to the students prior to the illnesses.
  • Richmond - Cancel future trips of this nature and make an evening event. Takes full responsibility.
  • Abell - Thank you to all responders in the tri-county area.
CIP update - See report
  • Gwynn Center Renovations - reviewing all programs contained therein to modify/upgrade renovations ongoing as needed.
  • Navy Housing Site - will soon be ours. Asbestos review needed. We will be responsible for tear down of existing structures. Will help aid LaPlata High School flow of traffic during renovations.
Lifelong Learning Center - See report (power point presentation to be added to Board Docs for pubic)

New Office 2010 textbooks - See report; to be placed at several high schools for public review

New policy 5118 elementary and secondary: gang activity - see new policy

Unfinished business - none

New business - none

Future agenda items - Student transfers review added to August meeting

Recognition - 4:15 p.m.
  • Ruth Ann Hall awards
  • Outstanding vice principal award
  • Outstanding support staff awards
  • Resolution - Charles County Teacher of the Year - Stephanie Fara Harris-Walent, language arts teacher, Milton M. Somers Middle School
  • Employees retirement resolution
Public Forum - 6 p.m.
  • Ryan Shauf - follow-up on his wife's statements from last month regarding bullying at their children's schools. Please continue to work with schools and staff because not all issues are being addressed properly.
Action items

  • Minutes
Motion to accept the Minutes by Cook; Second by Pedersen
Yes = Unanimous
  • Personnel
Motion to accept personnel by Pedersen; Second by Cook
Yes = Unanimous
  • Handwriting
Motion to accept the handwriting curriculum by Wade; Second by Cook
Yes = Unanimous
  • Educational Facilities Master Plan
Motion to accept the Educational Facilities Master Plan by Cook; Second by Lukas
Yes = Unanimous
  • FY 2011 inter category budget change
Motion to accept the FY 2011 inter category budget change by Pedersen; Second by Cook
Yes = Unanimous

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