Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 5/8/12

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, May 8 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, North Point High School's JROTC unit

Recognition of student liaisons

Superintendent's update - See report
Correspondence/Board Member updates

  • Bowie - NSBA Conference highlights
  • Pedersen - NSBA Conference highlights
  • Cook - NSBA highlights
  • Lukas - DI Competition - congratulations
  • Wise - Every 15 Minutes program - support
Education Association of Charles County update - see report
Student Board Member update - see report

CIP update - see report
  • Wade - asked Wineland if he is comfortable with the progress of the new high school.
  • Wineland - will come back with an answer next month; opening is not in jeopardy at this point
Educational facilities master plan -see report
Title I homeless and dental care projects, partnerships - see report

Unfinished business
  • Wise - RFP's for consulting firms research presentation; thinks we should go with MABE.
  • Abell - reason MABE is so much cheaper?  due to membership dues and it is a non-profit
  • Lukas - can we ask a broad range of companies a list of questions?
  • Wade - What are the steps we HAVE to do?
  • Cook - What does piggyback mean?
  • Balides - ride behind the current RFP; valid way to get things done
  • Hettel - it needs to be a consultant for the board and should be kept out of central office and should be kept confidential; recommends a consultant
  • Pedersen - concerns on cost in the long run; person who will lead our school system for a very long time; sometimes you have to spend the money to get the cream of the crop.
  • Cook - applicants pool change with which consultant is used?
  • Lukas - timeline to have consultant confirmed?
Motion to hire MABE as consultants for the Superintendent search by Abell; Second by Cook
Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook, Lukas, Pedersen, Wade, Wise
  • Abell - K9 dogs in schools?
  • Richmond - waiting on a response from Coffey
New business
  • Wise - 3 members to work with staff on redistricting policy; Abell, Lukas, Pedersen
Future agenda items - none
Recognition – 4:15 p.m.
  • Ruth Ann Hall awards
  • Students - Aashka Pate, 5th grade, Academic Achievement, T.C. Martin Elementary School; Lauren O'Neil, 5th grade, Academic Achievement, Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School; Tolani Olaosebikan, 5th grade, Personal Responsibility, Mary B. Neal Elementary School; Emily Rawson, 8th grade, Academic Achievement, Mattawoman Middle School; Shannon Gravette, 12th grade, Career Readiness, North Point High School; Brandon Paulin, 10th grade, Henry E. Lackey High School, winner in the 2012 National Voice of Democracy’s Audio-Essay Competition
  • Employees - Kathryn Stapleson, gifted education resource teacher, Martin; Melissa Walter, instructional specialist, Mitchell; Laurie Silk, secretary, Neal; Andrea Hoover, social studies teacher, Mattawoman; Linda McLaughlin, world language teacher, North Point
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • Derrick Terry - Superintendent search -- must have a vested interest in students and county and not someone who is an exorbitant spender, have a lavish lifestyle, or interested only in furthering their own career.  Keep public involved.  No consulting firms; use online survey with the public; should be an educator, home grown.  Get rid of perks; promote from within.
  • Lourdes Saigon - Relocating -  stop allocating seats we don't have available.  Concerned about high school rezoning and whether Board is going to have the public involved. 
  • Roseman Dai - Students moving from Davis to Henson -- concerned that Henson will be at state rated capacity next year and new developments are being built in that vicinity.  What's going to happen next year?  Been attending meetings with commissioners and planning commission.  Please talk to citizens/parents and use them to communicate and communicate with the other boards as well.
Action items
  • Minutes
  • Motion to accept the Minutes by Abell; Second by Pedersen
    Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook, Lukas, Pedersen, Wade, Wise

  • Personnel

  • Motion to accept Personnel by Pedersen; Second by Lukas
    Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook, Lukas, Pedersen, Wade, Wise

  • 2013-2014 calendar

  • Motion to accept 2013-2014 Calendar by Pedersen; Second by Wade
    Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook, Lukas, Pedersen, Wade, Wise

  • Budget amendment FY 2012

  • Motion to accept Budget Amendment FY 2012 by Lukas; Second by Wade
    Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook, Lukas, Pedersen, Wade, Wise

  • Board Goals

  • Motion to accept Board Goals FY 2012 by Pedersen; Second by Wade
    Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook, Lukas, Pedersen, Wade, Wise

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