Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 1/13/15

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, January 13 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
Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman
Nomination Abell for Chair by Lukas; Second by Crawford
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Lukas
Nomination of McGraw for Chair by Marshall; Second by Palko
Yes = Kelly, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Nomination of Lukas for Vice Chair by Abell; Second by Palko
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, McGraw, Marshall, Palko
Superintendent’s  Update - See report
Correspondence/Board member updates
  • Palko - Thank you for support and training
  • Marshall - Thank you for support and training; Thank you to chorus' band and culinary students
Education Association of Charles County (EACC) update - See Update

Student Board member update - See Report
School Administration - BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

Supporting Services: CIP update - See Report
World History Textbook - See Report
2015 testing update - See Report
  • Lengthy discussion on number of tests and timing and teacher evaluations

Proposed FY2016 operating budget - See report

Legislative update - wish  i could say see report but unfortunately after repeated request for a note sheet to be added to boarddocs monthly, one is still not available
Unfinished business
  • Abell - Where are we losing teachers to? Surrounding Counties. - Provided in update
  • Abell - Portable classroom update; condition
New business
 Motion to approve the location of Elementary School #3 by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

Future agenda items
  • Palko - School Bus Cameras
  • Hill - Advertising on school buses
  • Lukas - Security issues with doors being blocked
Motion to move into Executive Session by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Recognition - 4:30 p.m.
  • Students - Manita Opoku, 5th grade, Academic Achievement, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School, Principal: Nancy Siefert; Kallyn Gold, 5th grade, Personal Responsibility, William B. Wade Elementary School, Principal: Penny Nye; Andi Bailey, 5th grade, Academic Achievement, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School, Principal: Kimberly Hairston; Terrence Griffin, 8th grade, Career Readiness, Matthew Henson Middle School, Principal: Sonia Jones; Dejane Vera, 11th grade, Academic Achievement, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center, Principal: Wayne Freeman
  • Staff - Beth A. Sorsby, Reading Resource teacher, Jenifer; Nathaniel L. Yake, Technology Facilitator, Mudd; Steven J. Baldo, Special Education teacher, Wade; Stephen P. Fitzgerald, Media Specialist, Henson; Doreen E. White, Special Education Instructional Assistant, Stethem
  • Resolutions: African-American History Month; Career and Technology Education Month; National School Counseling Week; and Gifted and Talented Education Month
  • Educator of the Year Award presented by the Arc of Southern Maryland, to Larry Johnson, instructional specialist at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building.
Public Forum - 6 p.m.
  • Joseph Cormier - Middleton PTO Pres. Kid in Kindergarten. PARCC testing.  Students with disabilites, IEP's and testing.  Urge research on special needs community.
  • Deb Vahle - bus driver. support for a raise but not part of the unionization.5 years since a raise.
  • Margaret Martin - bus driver.  lack of increase in hourly wage. lack of support from CCPS when issues arise.  cost of living increase statistics
Action items
  • Minutes
Motion to accept the Minutes by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Personnel
Motion to accept the Personnel by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • New textbooks: Microsoft Office 2013
Motion to accept the New Textbooks by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Public hearing on proposed FY2016 operating budget

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