Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 12/9/14

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, December 9 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 – Maurice J. McDonough High School

Superintendent’s update to the Board - See report

Correspondence/board member updates
  • Bowie - comment from parent of a former North Point student praises Dr. Hill; another comment from a parent just transferred from Fairfax County says CCPS is better than FX
  • Cook - Enjoyed It's Academic
  • Pedersen - Enjoyed It's Academic; LPHS Senior Interviews; CCASC meeting to say thank you and good bye
  • Lukas - All County Band enjoyable; Military Ball
Education Association of Charles County update - See report

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update - See report

Student Board member’s update - See report

Student Transfers - See Report
  • Slightly up due to redistricting
  • Wise - Appeals to the state level have all been upheld.  Our Policy is good.
  • Abell - and it works
CIP update - See report
  • Pool at St. Charles moving forward.  Enclosure this winter.  May 2015 Completion.
  • FB Gwynn boiler & roof going to bid
  • Dr. Brown - roof replacement; ordering eqipment for Spring
  • CIP Submission to state; state made recommendations; we appealed
  • St. Charles - requested balance
  • Stoddert MS roof and  boiler
  • Kindergarten additions at Jenifer and Matula
  • Planning for elementary #3 and Mudd renovations
  • Wise - PK legislation moving forward
  • Hill - lot of talk but nothing yet
Maryland’s College and Career Ready Standards: The CCPS blueprint - See report
  • This report was put together based on common, reoccurring concerns regarding the standards at the county level.  It addresses the instruction issues, not the political issues.  It will be shared with principals this week with hopes of sharing with parents through PTA etc at every school.
  • Addresses myths vs facts at the local level.
  • Abell - can students opt-out of HSA's or PARCC assessments?  NO.  State requirement
  • Please, please, please provide feedback on this report.  Please keep comments constructive, give specifics, and let me know of any contradictions.
Unfinished business
  • Abell - questions asked previously...when can we receive an update?  Where are we losing teachers to(surrounding counties?); Review of the World History Text Book; Portable classroom update including condition and ownership.
New business  - None

Presentation of plaques to outgoing Board

Board Farewell – 3:30 p.m.

Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Students - Paris Jones, 5th grade, Academic Achievement; C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School; Principal: Troy D. Barnes; Shana Cavanaugh, 5th grade; Academic Achievement; Dr. Brown Elementary School, Principal: Christienne Warren; Sarah Jones, 11th grade; Personal Responsibility; Henry E. Lackey High School; Principal: James Short; Roman Lakner, 5th grade; Academic Achievement; T. C. Martin Elementary School; Principal: Gregory Miller; Michael Petschk, 8th grade; Career Readiness; John Hanson Middle School; Principal: Kathy-Lynn Kiessling
  • Employees - Timothy P. Remo, fifth grade teacher, Barnhart; Carrie J. Lamb, Reading Resource teacher, Brown; Bonnie D. Jenkins, third grade teacher, Martin; Patricia A. Hodson, Media Specialist, Hanson; Camille C. Calloway, Special Education teacher, Lackey
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • Andrew Williams - CCASC - student liasions - speaking on students behalf to reinstate after school activity buses.  Understand may not be possible due to budetary concerns.  Ask the board to consider allowing each individual school to explore options to fund their own activity buses.  After school buses are a necessity for students to participate in athletics, clubs, organizations and tutoring.
Action items
  • Minutes
Motion to accept the minutes by Abell; Second by Cook
Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook, Lukas, Pedersen, Wise
  • Personnel
Motion to accept the Personnel by Cook; Second by Pedersen
Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook, Lukas, Pedersen, Wise
  • Pension policy #3920
Motion to accept the Pension Policy by Lukas; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook, Lukas, Pedersen, Wise
  • Extra-curricular and athletic eligibility requirements policy #6431
Motion to accept the Policy #6431 by Cook; Second by Pedersen
Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook, Lukas, Pedersen, Wise

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