Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 9/13/11

The Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 13 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 – 11 a.m.
Pledge of Allegiance – Thomas Stone High School's JROTC unit

Recognition of Project Graduation contributors

Superintendent's update to the board - Read Report

Correspondence/board member updates

  • Wise - Dr. Smith from MABE will be here on November 8 at 10:00 a.m. for a one hour presentation on Superintendent Selection
  • Wise - October 4 BOE meeting with commissioners
  • Wise - spoke with Delegate Murphy & possibly have a lunch meeting
Education Association of Charles County update - Read report

Student board member's update - Read report

Opening of schools - everything ran smoothly; uneventful

Update on athletic program - See report
  • Abell - Clarification on the transfers: Is it one full calendar year from date of transfer?
  • Cornette - yes
  • Lukas - Does this include those that moved into another zone and are attending another school?
  • Cornette - No, they are eligible
  • Cook - Looking at the reports, a greater number of minority students are ineligible for participation. Is this because we have a greater majority of minority participating and what are we doing to assist?
  • Cornette - We do have a monitoring and mentoring program that assists these students
  • Student - Are the numbers for freshmen first quarter taken at the beginning or end of the quarter because all freshmen are eligible?
  • Cornette - Taken at the end of first quarter
  • Pedersen - How many students are participating in our athletic programs?
  • Cornette - Will get.
  • Wise - Still need to know what we are doing to help those athletes that don't meet GPA
  • Cornette - Considering making a GPA eligibility regulation for freshmen. Have meetings with parents and discuss options, and resources.
  • Lukas - When are grades looked at during a quarter?
  • Bursick - We send grade sheets out via students for teachers to sign off on a weekly basis.
  • Brooks - Can you become ineligible at anytime during the quarter?
  • Cornette - They are assisted but don't become ineligible until the official grades.
  • Student - Has the use of Edline helped parents keep a closer eye on things and help with eligibility?
  • Cornette - Yes
Capital Improvement Program (CIP) update - See report
  • no time was lost due to facilities
  • transportation update
Report item: FY 2012 Comprehensive Maintenance Plan - See Report

Update on annual Bridge to Excellence; summer programs; Race to the Top - See report
  • Wise - How many students didn't graduate because of HSAs?
  • Jepsky - 0 for three years
  • Really in depth presentation; highly recommend watching online.
Update on staffing
  • Hired 151 new high quality teachers
  • Tough time finding the Tech Ed teachers
  • Comprehensive report next meeting
Report item: Ethics policy - See draft online; vote on next month

Unfinished business
  • Bowie - Bullying issues and concerns from parents; forums for schools to address and parents can discuss
  • Cunningham - Will have a report
  • Pedersen - Transfers and possibly form a committee to look at how we are handling our transfers.
  • Wise - Thinks a committee should be formed to look at how transfers are granted. Pedersen, Abell, Cook volunteered.
New business
  • Inter-category budget change FY 2011
  • Motion to accept Inter-category budget change by Abell; Second by Cook
    Yes = Unanimous
  • Emergency closing days - October 21st & Nov. 2; see report - Abell - Affect on teacher contract?; Hettel- They will still owe us 2 days
  • Motion to delay vote on Emergency Closing Days until after Public Forum by Abell; Second by Pedersen
    Yes = Unanimous
Future agenda items
  • Cook - Report on substitutes
  • Bowie - At first day of school noticed a higher number of Hispanic population and teachers concerned about lack of translators.
  • Lukas - Relayed public confusion of how the redistricting committee is going to be formed
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • L. Ramsey - Minister. Westlake graduate. For the use of standard gym uniforms but there needs to be a policy or rules in writing of the process for the students who cannot afford to pay for these uniforms.
Action items
  • Minutes
  • Motion to accept Minutes from August 9 by Abell; Second by Pedersen
    Yes = Abell, Bowie, Lukas, Pedersen, Wade, Wise; Abstain = Cook
    Motion to accept Minutes from August 22 by Abell; Second by Cook
    Yes = Unanimous
    Motion to accept Minutes from September 11 Conference Call by Cook; Second by Pedersen
    Yes = Unanimous
  • Personnel
  • Motion to accept Personnel by Abell; Second by Lukas
    Yes = Unanimous
  • New Office 2010 textbooks
  • Motion to accept New Office 2010 Textbooks by Abell; Second by Cook
    Yes = Unanimous
  • FY 2013 CIP state and local CIP program
  • Motion to accept FY 2013 CIP by Cook; Second by Pedersen
    Yes = Unanimous
  • Recurring resolutions: American Education Week; American Freedom Week; African-American History Month; Career and Technical Education Month; National School Counseling Week; Read Across America; Women's History Month; Fine and Performing Arts Month; Month of the Young Child; National Student Leadership Week; Teacher Appreciation Week; Administrative Professionals' Week; Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week; National Physical Education and Sport Week; Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leader; Charles County Teacher of the Year; Employees' Retirement; and Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award
  • Motion to accept Resolutions by Pedersen; Second by Cook
    Yes = Bowie, Cook, Lukas, Pedersen, Wade, Wise; Abstain = Abell
  • Emergency Closing Days
  • Motion to accept recommendation by Cook; Second by Pedersen
    Yes = Unanimous

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