Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, October 14 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 – Henry E. Lackey High School

Superintendent’s update to the Board - See Report

Correspondence/board member updates
  • Pedersen - GWWO survey, thank you to everyone for attending
  • Wise - College Fair
  • Abell - APFO Committee; commissioners dismissing
  • Lukas - New Teacher Reception
Education Association of Charles County update - See Report
  • testing, teacher workloads, emails of complaints, edline does NOT make it easier, natives are restless, do more with less, no one listening to concerns, SLO workshop
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update - See Report
  • Assist Lifestyles, collecting Twin size blankets to help the homeless.
  • North Point HS incident.  Lockdown.  Commend them on their efficiency regarding students.  Need training for visiting staff, maintenance, and parents.
Student Board member’s update - See report

Access control system
  • All exterior doors will be locked during school hours. Main door entrance will need to be buzzed in.  Doors utilized by students during school hours have been fitted with access control panels.
Student recognition update
  • Individual plans for each school.  More opportunity for students to be recognized.  Board members will receive invitations.
  • No more cluster recognition
FY 2014 Independent financial audit - nothing noted; no abnormal findings
Pension Policy -
CIP update - Report
  • St. Charles High School - Pool walls are going on now.
  • F.B. Gwynn Center - Completeing roof top units and Boiler replacements
  • Dr. Brown - Completeing roof top units and Boiler replacements
  • Lighting Improvement project at 18 schools almost complete
  • Gale-Bailey - new sewer system should be complete in the Spring.
  • Henson - Gym upgrade ongoing
  • LaPlata - Gym upgrade just began in September
  • Aging schools program - funding from state to replace ventilators
  • Access Controls - large project; installation, badges, programing and training; lost badges should be reported ASAP and there is no penalty
  • Security initiative to place outside cameras at 18 schools
  • T.C. Martin - site refurbishment for parking and bus flow to get permit for work over the summer
Bridge to Excellence and Race to the Top - Report

Secondary Academy of International Languages (SAIL)
Microsoft Office Textbook Approval - Report
  • Book will be on display at Thomas Stone, Westlake LaPlata and Starkey building)
Recruitment and staffing update - Report
  • Math and English areas of greatest need
  • Special Education is a need across the state
  • Attended additional job fairs at historically black colleges
  • Abell - requested additional information on where are we losing teachers to?
Proposed 2015 legislative positions - Report

Unfinished business
  • Review of 2012 Board goals - alot of talk about not reviewing, changes, not holding accountability.  I again requested a review on how we, as a board, did on the goals we set just two years ago.
  • Review of Board benchmarks - done in 2005, different board, rejected.
  • Bowie - requested next board to be more proactive and almost demanding of co-board meetings with the commissioners, delegates, etc.
  • Pedersen - board should get more involved in other community agencies, such as the planning commission.
New business - none

Future agenda items -
  • Lukas - eligibilty requirements, based on current numbers how would we fair
  • Pedersen - how is lack of activity buses affecting extracurricular activities other than sports and was the number of buses being used prior inflated.  Could we reinstate at lower quanitity.
  • Abell - GWWO study review of public comments and decide where we are going from here.
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Students - Jack Goodwin, 5th grade; Academic Achievement; Gale-Bailey Elementary School, Principal: Toni Melton-Trainor; John Gibson, 5th grade; Personal Responsibility; Mary H. Matula Elementary School; Principal: Carrie Richardson; Allissa Barnes, 5th grade; Academic Achievement; Arthur Middleton Elementary School; Principal: Sabrina Robinson-Taylor; Emily Maljack, 8th grade; Personal Responsibility; Milton M. Somers Middle School; Jordan Parker, 12th grade; Career Readiness; Maurice J. McDonough High School; Principal: Bradley Snow
  • Employees - Debra C. Haan, physical education teacher, Middleton; Christine D. Busey, pre-k instructional assistant, Bailey; Lauren M. Hoza, kindergarten teacher, Matula; Holly C. Marsh, instructional assistant, Somer
  • ResolutionsAmerican Education Week; Accepting: Linda McLaughlin, President of EACC, Georgia Benson, student member of the Board; and student liasion; American Freedom Week: Accepting: Henry E. Lackey's JROTC Unit
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • Jonathan Cook - Broadband education and issues in the county.  Disparity. FCC information provided.  Copper, fiber optic, cellular, satellite, fair access...bandwidth restrictions.  Homework or data given to our students eats through a families data usage.  Please consider when assigning homework.
  • Debbie Vahl - school bus driver; notification of delayed opening, closing, bad weather, etc. Now has to log into email.  wants schoolsout.com reinstated.  Notification needs to be made sooner and more efficiently.  Staff explained new county system. 
Action items
Motion to accept the minutes by Cook; Second by Pedersen
Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook, Lukas, Pedersen, Wise
  • Personnel
Motion to accept the personnel by Abell; Second by Pedersen
Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook, Lukas, Pedersen, Wise
Motion to accept the comprehensive maintenance plan by Lukas; Second by Pedersen
Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook, Lukas, Pedersen, Wise


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