Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 6/10/14

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, June 10 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 JROTC

Col. Wade Video and Recognition - all

Motion by Wise to name the St. Charles High School pool after Col. Wade; Second by Cook
Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook, Lukas, Pederse, Wise

Swearing-in of new Student Board member

Recognition Spring Athletic Accomplishments

Superintendent’s update - Report

Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • Pedersen - received a complaint from a member of the armed forces on lack of respect in audience during graduation 
  • Cook - attended adult independence graduation program
  • Wise - loved graduations, students behaved, audience did not
  • Bowie - Congratulations to Ms. Benson and Westlake Advocates; enjoyed attending graduations
Education Association of Charles County update - not present

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update - not present

Student Board Member update - Report

Athletic eligibility - Policy Proposal
  • discussion revealed consensus of 2.0 GPA was too low and 2.25 was a good starting point with a increase to 2.5
CIP update - Report

Summer Reading Academy funding success - Report

FY 2014 Inter-category budget transfer request - Report
  • Abell - questioned the $18M fund balance; yes but committed
Board policies on non-discrimination - Policy Proposal on Gender Indentity
  • discussion on gaduations, athletic teams, locker rooms, bathrooms
Policy 5156.1 (new language) - Policy Proposal on Expulsions

Unfinished business - none

New business - None

Future agenda items
  • Abell - Board Goals, review and self-evaluation
  • Abell - New Board Member Orientation Book, Freshen
  • Abell - Replace EdLine with Parent Link

Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Outstanding Vice Principal of the Year – Brenda Tillotson, General Smallwood Middle School
  • Outstanding Support Staff – Doris Hawkins, Milton M. Somers Middle School; Darlette Smith, Somers; Kristen Sackman, La Plata High School; Roy Kline, Radio Station Road Annex; Suzanne Alpert, Somers; and Richard Day, North Point High School
  • Resolutions: Maryland/Charles County Teacher of the Year, Kimberly King, mathematics teacher, Somers; Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award, Carol Eaton, first-grade teacher, Gale-Bailey Elementary School
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • Alyssa Gerhart  - started petition to get bottled water offered in elementary schools
  • Simonet Marchei - Quality of daughters education since redistricted from Diggs to Berry.  Substitute unqualified to be in classroom.  complained to principal etc.  Told this substitute would not be in CCPS again.  Saw this same teach in the school again last year.  Poor leadership, verbal abuse.
Action items
  • Minutes
Motion to accept the Minutes by Cook; Second by Pedersen
Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook, Lukas, Pedersen, Wise
  • Personnel
Motion to accept Personnel by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook, Lukas, Pedersen, Wise
  • Educational Facilities Master Plan
Motion to accept the Educational Facilities Master Plan by Abell; Second by Pedersen
Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook, Lukas, Pedersen, Wise


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