Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Notes from Board of Education Meeting on 10/11/11

The Board Meeting on Tuesday, October 11 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
Superintendent's update to the Board- Read report. Click HERE.

Correspondence/Board member updates
  • Abell - Student Transfer Sub-Committee has met and will be reporting its findings and presenting a recommendation at the November Work Session
  • Pedersen - MABE Convention was a success.
  • Wise - New Ethics forms are quite lengthy and comprehensive
Education Association of Charles County update - Read report, click HERE

Student Board member update - Read report. Click HERE

Bullying presentation - See Presentation. Click HERE
  • Cook - Educating teachers and parents but the students still aren't reporting;
  • Abell - Interested in our students' perspective;
  • Leah (student) - Get to SGAs to present to students;
  • Lukas - Read report stating it's not relative to any socioeconomic factors;
  • Bowie - Article in somdnews.com on 10/7 regarding bullying;
  • Taylor (student) - Look at it from the perspective of the one doing the bullying to see what the problem is that's causing them to do the bullying;
  • Pedersen - Peer mediation in schools? Pamphlets in Spanish? On website?
  • Wise - Upside Down Organization;
  • Leah (student) - Not reported as much in high school because students are more mature and don't let it bother them as much.
CIP update - See report. Click HERE
  • Abell - Commissioner Kelly referred to a "phase-in" opening of the new high school. Questions?
  • Richmond - Planning on opening under capacity for 9, 10, & 11 with anticipation of the new home builds in the zone.
  • Lukas - Projections for new high school enrollment based on core capacity. Now that it has changed to state rated capacity...will it change projections?
  • Wineland - Rely on research and trends.
  • Pedersen - Considering two family homes?
  • Wineland - Transportation has software that pinpoints every child's address and name and it will be available to the redistricting committee. The name will become a number.
FY2012 independent financial audit - See report. Click HERE.
  • Abell - Condensed lunches reason for loss in funds?
  • Balides - Definitely. Doing time trials and trying different things at those schools to alleviate.
  • Abell - Requests time trials also be done at the elementary schools based on parental complaints.
  • Lukas - Ditto, Ms. Abell.
Budget update - September Financials, click HERE

STEM initiatives - See report. Click HERE

Academy of Health Professions: pharmacy technician program - See report. Click HERE
  • Abell - How are the students chosen? Prerequisites? How is it advertised to the student population?
  • Palko - All 10th grade classes were visited by counselor and given application. HSAs are a factor and strong Chemistry/Math background.
  • Lukas - Transferable credits?
  • Palko - In talks with colleges including CSM.
  • Leah(Students) - Consider adding to all high schools?
  • Richmond- Continue to develop in the current location at Stetham.
  • Taylor - Limits on number of students per school?
  • Richmond - New this year then evaluate the program and grow from there.
Recruitment and retention update - See Report. Click HERE
  • Pedersen - Are we attending and trying to recruit at the black colleges?
  • McDonald - Yes, we are.
Legislative update - See report. Click HERE

Unfinished business - None

New business -
  • Pedersen - Everyone writing a letter to General Assembly relative to the pension?
  • Consensus was to have staff write one letter for all of our signatures.
Future agenda items
  • Abell - Student Transfer Subcommittee report at Work Session in November
Recognition- 4:30 p.m.
  • Students - Kayla Nagle, 5th grade, Personal Responsibility, Gale-Bailey Elementary School; Michael Gill, 5th grade, Career Readiness, Mary H. Matula Elementary School; Thomas Carlyle Martin, Jr. (T.C.), 8th grade, Academic Achievement, Milton Somers Middle School; Courtney Jones, 12th grade, Academic Achievement, Maurice J. McDonough High School
  • Staff - Nathan Mouli, social studies teacher, McDonough; Linda Forrest, reading resource teacher, Somers; Lauren Hoza, kindergarten teacher, Matula; Joan Matthews, media instructional assistant, Gale-Bailey
  • Resolutions: American Education Week and American Freedom Week.
Public Forum- 6 p.m.
  • Robin Tyler - High school drop out rate in the state of MD 3%. Invites everyone to come to a lunch at October 20, 2011, 11:30 -1:00pm at the Maryland National Guard Armory in LaPlata to discuss this issue.
  • Robert Harlan - NCLB. Athletic Inelegibility. Last month's board discussions. Break down who the minorities are.
Action items
  • Executive Session Minutes from 9/13/11
  • Motion to accept by Cook; Second by Abell
    Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook, Lukas, Wade, Wise; Absent = Pedersen
  • Minutes from 9/13/11
  • Motion to accept by Abell; Second by Lukas
    Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook Lukas, Wade; Absent = Pedersen
  • Minutes from Commissioner Retreat 10/4/11
  • Motion to accept by Cook; Second by Abell
    Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook, Lukas Wise; Abstain = Wade; Absent = Pedersen
  • Personnel
  • Motion to accept by Abell; Second by Cook
    Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook, Lukas, Wade, Wise; Absent = Pedersen
  • FY2012 Comprehensive Maintenance Plan
Motion to accept by Cook; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook, Lukas, Wade, Wise; Absent = Pedersen

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