Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 2/11/14

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, February 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 JROTC

Superintendent’s update - See report

Correspondence/Board Member updates

  • Bowie - Westlake - Code.org Thank you for hosting and received certificate
  • Cook - Code.org can be used with any subject
  • Wise - Scholarship Committee - seniors deadline is March 1.  48 different scholarships with 70 available.
  • Wise - EACC Legislative Breakfast
  • Testify for stipend raise for board members
Education Association of Charles County update - See report

Student Board Member update - See report

New school discipline regulations - Addressed in Superintendent's comments

St. Charles High School
  • Lockers, lights, doors, cabinets, gym paint and wood floors installed. 
  • Interviews of staff transfers underway.
CIP update
  • Public works appeal
  • LaPlata HVAC approval
  • St. Charles $6M approval
  • John Hanson gym railing improvement welding done by students
  • Abell - loves to see this opportunity for students --  It's a win/win situation -- and hopes to see more of this in the future
  • Student shadow asked why students were doing it instead of professionals   :)
SMECO check presentation - rebate check for $286,075

Ninth grade Earth science textbooks - see report; available as e-book

Middle school health textbooks - Due to weather, will be available for another 30 days

High school government textbooks - Due to weather, will be available for another 30 days

Curriculum Repository
  • One stop shop for lesson plans, development, videos, etc.; Share across counties and with other counties;  Make some self-help videos available to public for homework
  • Abell - We do a subject?  Another county do a subject? etc.....   yes
  • Pedersen - Announce when ready and ask for feedback from teachers?  Constantly ongoing and testing with a handful of teachers...should be ready to test drive in the fall
Budget update

Technology planning for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
(PARCC) assessments - see report;  COST $7,126,656

SY 2015-2016 calendar
  • Abell - How will you get public input?
  • Balides - Communications will put out a survey
Legislative update
  • SB203/HB209 - Charles County board member salary
  • SB332/HB297 - optional grant expand pre-K options to add students; no facilities
  • HB117 - MSDE request waiver for state mandated testing
  • SB779/1198 - school system burden of proof on special education
  • SB232/HB727 - amend prevailing wage law 25% of state funding
  • HB300 - alcohol beverage license in Charles County
  • Baltimore - adopted new discipline practices, policies, rules, etc state-wide.  Staff has started making changes and will bring forward to Board as changes are made.

Unfinished business
  • School APFO committee report - Kudos and thank you to staff;
  • Wise - agree with report; concerned on public/private partnership
  • consensus
New business
  • Bowie - One room school house tours
Future agenda items
  • Lukas - Leadership Council Task Force on Arts; concerned with losing the arts to other programs
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Students - Reginald Alexander, 5th grade, Career Readiness, Berry Elementary School; Laura Bond, 5th grade, Academic Achievement, Eva Turner Elementary School; Madison Mote, 8th grade, Academic Achievement, Piccowaxen Middle School; Kim Jacks, 11th grade, Academic Achievement, Henry E. Lackey High School; Alec Hunsaker, 12th grade, Personal Responsibility, La Plata High School
  • Staff - Olivia Coffey, school counselor, Berry; Stephanie Boyer, music teacher, Turner; Sandra Chisolm, computer teacher, Piccowaxen; Chief Larry Adams, Air Force ROTC Instructor, Lackey; Vicki Kenworthy, instructional assistant, La Plata; Cynthia Fitzsimmons, special education teacher, F.B. Gwynn Center, Coordinator: Todd Wonderling
  • Resolutions: Read Across Charles County; Women’s History Month; and Fine and Performing Arts Month
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • Ms. Marki - Berry Elementary - Scotland Heights approval, redistricting, overcrowding Berry, 900+ students, security of trailers, more teachers needed for specials
  • Francesca Acheana(?) - Berry Elementary - Bad Table Cafeteria, Reflection Walk, 150+ more students
  • Maresha Fieldo - Berry - more trailers, security, no window on door of two trailers, fence around school incomplete
  • Ms. Campbell - Berry - Ditto - New traffic pattern dangerous....requires a U turn on Berry road, students not wanting to go to school
  • Tony Johnson - Berry - Scotland Heights - redistricting - don't we talk to commissioners?

Action items
  • Minutes
Motion to accept the Minutes by Cook; Second by Pedersen
Yes=All; Absent=Wade
  • Personnel
Motion to accept the Personnel by Pedersen; Second by Lukas
Yes=All; Absent=Wade
  • Superintendent’s proposed FY 2015 operating budget
Motion to accept the Superintendent's Proposed FY15 Operating Budget by Abell;
Second by Lukas
Yes=All; Absent=Wade

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