Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Notes from Board of Education Meeting 12/11/12

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

Superintendent's update to the Board - See Report

Correspondence/Board member updates

  • Wade - 6th Annual Military Ball
  • Bowie - New Library opening
  • Bowie - possiblity of extending winter break to two full weeks.
  • Pedersen - impressed with Senior Portfolio Interviews
  • Wise - EACC Legislative Meeting
  • Lukas - All County Band; It's Academic; Somers, Rachels Challenge
Education Association of Charles County update - see report

Student Board member update - See report

Student transfers - See statistics and reports.
  • My personal assessment - seems as though new policy is working for general residents, but i still would like to see employees out-of-zone transfers reduced and out of county tuition paid. 
  • Residency Investigation - at North Point and LaPlata, see report.
CIP update  - see report; received rebate check from SMECO

Transportation - Very in depth; detailed report.  Must Read.

Policy #3514 – Green product cleaning supplies - see recommendation

Unfinished business
  • Wade - concerned with empty homes around the county
New business
  • Pedersen - Get on the Commissioners agenda to discuss new schools at the elementary and middle school
  • Azeezat - eReaders and tablets in the classroom
Future agenda items

Recognition- 4:30 p.m.
  • Students  - Jamia Hicks, 5th grade, Personal Responsibility, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School, Principal: Amy Hollstein; Maurice Anderson, 5th grade, Career Readiness, Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School, Principal: Kathleen Morgan; Elizabeth Daniel, 5th grade, Academic Achievement, T.C. Martin Elementary School, Principal: Gregory Miller; Gabriel Cleveland, 8th grade, Academic Achievement, John Hanson Middle School, Principal: Kathy-Lynn Kiessling; Adriana Freiling, 12th grade, Academic Achievement, Henry E. Lackey High School, Principal: James Short
  • Staff - Valerie Austin, reading recovery teacher, Barnhart; Thomas Smallwood, building service assistant manager, Brown; Mollie McCauley, kindergarten teacher, Martin; Sandra Ginyard, secretary, Hanson; Juin Lai, media instructional assistant, Lackey
Public Forum- 6 p.m.

Action items
  • Minutes
Motion to accept the  Minutes by Wade; Second by Pedersen
Yes=Abell, Lukas, Pedersen, Wade, Wise; Abstain=Bowie; Absent=Cook

  • Personnel

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

Monday, December 10, 2012

REMINDER: Board of Education Meeting, December 11, 2012

The Board of Education's next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 1 p.m. and student and staff recognition starts at 4:30 p.m. The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS 12 and is rebroadcast throughout the week. All televised Board meetings are also streamed live on the school system website at http://www2.ccboe.com/boe/live/.

Executive session- 12 p.m.  Call to order- 1 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance, North Point High School's JROTC unit Superintendent's update to the Board Reports of officers/board/committees

  • Correspondence/Board member updates
  • Education Association of Charles County update
  • Student Board member update
  • Fall athletics
  • Student transfers
  • CIP update
  • Transportation
  • Policy #3514 – Green product cleaning supplies
Unfinished business

New business and future agenda items
  • New business
  • Future agenda items
Recognition- 4:30 p.m.
  • Students
  • Staff
Public Forum- 6 p.m.

Action items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Asperger's: No longer a diagnosis

Asperger's dropped from revised diagnosis manual

Saturday - 12/1/2012, 6:52pm  ET
AP Medical Writer

CHICAGO (AP) - The now familiar term "Asperger's disorder" is being dropped. And abnormally bad and frequent temper tantrums will be given a scientific-sounding diagnosis called DMDD. But "dyslexia" and other learning disorders remain.
The revisions come in the first major rewrite in nearly 20 years of the diagnostic guide used by the nation's psychiatrists. Changes were approved Saturday.
Full details of all the revisions will come next May when the American Psychiatric Association's new diagnostic manual is published, but the impact will be huge, affecting millions of children and adults worldwide. The manual also is important for the insurance industry in deciding what treatment to pay for, and it helps schools decide how to allot special education.
Read more HERE.