Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Notes from Board of Education Meeting 2/10/15

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, February 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, Thomas Stone High School JROTC

Superintendent’s update -
See Report

Correspondence/Board Member updates

  • Palko - BYOD visited several schools to see in action
  • Marshall - wants to discuss Teachers Academy of MD with teachers; volunteered to serve on MABE Federal Relations Committee
  • Kelly - Art Fair & Science Fair; Daughter of American Revolution Results
  • Crawford - SECAC Meeting
  • Abell - APFO Subcommittee Update; MABE Budget approved; Alternative Education Committee Update
  • McGraw - Scholarship Committee
Education Association of Charles County update
- See report

Student Board Member update - See Report

System goals - See report
  • Marshall - one hour lunch - discipline concerns?  no
  • Marshall - Counselor in all schools not just for at risk students
  • Marshall - cultural competency training for staff same as diversity training
  • Marshall - wants BOE to help CCPS at public forums
  • Marshall - lots of our job shadow students questions, couldn't keep up with them all
  • Kelly - Homegrown teacher recruitment
  • Kelly - marketing county in recruitment
  • Abell - C.C. Special Ed students 3rd fastest growing in state, why?  We are good at what we do
  • Abell - Diversity in teacher recruitment should still be a goal even though we are above the state and national average and should be stated as a goal
2015-16 Code of Student Conduct - See report
CIP update -see report
  • Portables Update - See report
  • State owned portables have a flat roof; local owned have a sloped roof
Overview of transportation department - See Report
  • Palko - Camera cost?  $1,800 per bus...all new buses hav cameras and any old bus routes with a possible issue can be fitted.
CCPS maintenance presentation - See report
Flipped classroom demonstration
Legislative update -
  • $4.6M budget cuts at state
  • GCEI index cut in half for Charles County
  • HB28 - requiring school resource officers in every school in state; to be funded by the state
  • HB135 - school construction excise tax rates - increase in $1.2M
  • SB183 -HB215 GCEI - Mandate the formula
  • HB344 - Special Education due process; who has burden of proof
  • HB389 - Labor Day Bill - School Start after Labor Day
  • SB595 - Amend Charter School Law to make it easier to start chart schools
Teacher separation update - See report
Unfinished business
New business
Future agenda items
  • Abell - Request for the percentage of students in our system using waivers to avoid immunizations.

Recognition – 4:30 p.m
  • Students - Haakon Berglund, 5th grade, Academic Achievement, Berry Elementary School, Principal: Melissa Logan; Kailyn Pratta, 5th grade, Personal Responsibility, Dr. Thomas L Higdon Elementary School, Principal: Kathleen Morgan; Cheyenne Toma, 5th grade, Academic Achievement, Eva Turner Elementary School, Principal: Orlena Whatley; Camdin Edge, 8th grade, Career Readiness, Piccowaxen Middle School, Principal: Wendall Martin; Jessica Foster, 12th grade, Career Readiness, La Plata High School, Principal: Evelyn Arnold
  • Staff - David S. Johnson, Building Service Assistant Manager, Berry; Betty T. Horton, first grade teacher, Higdon; Laura M. Birchfield, fifth grade teacher, Turner; Sara T. Keener, Language Arts teacher, Piccowaxen; Kevin D. Barry, Social Studies teacher, La Plata
  • Resolutions Read Across Charles County: Accepting:  Sahana Venkatesh, 6th grade, General Smallwood Middle School; Linda Forrest, Reading Resource Teacher, General Smallwood Middle School, Rajan Venkatesh, 2nd grade, Gale-Bailey Elementary School, Diedra Barnett, Reading Resource Teacher, Gale-Bailey Elementary School
    Women's History Month: Accepting: Dr. Sonya Ford, Chairperson, Charles County Commission for Women
    Fine and Performing Arts: Accepting: Timothy Bodamer, Specialist, Fine and Performing Arts; Madison Meiser, 7th grade, Piccowaxen, Middle School, Orchestra

Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • Deb Vahle - bus drivers are now receiving school closing notifications  by 5, thank you
  • Shantiqua Wheeler - Princ. Wade overstepping her authority.  teachers are being told they are giving out to many A's and to stop.
Action items
  • Minutes
Motion to accept the Minutes by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Motion to amend the Minutes by Kelly; Second By Crawford
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Amendment was made to reflect there wasnt a no vote for any candidate for the offices.
  • Personnel
Motion to accept Personnel by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Superintendent’s proposed FY 2016 operating budget
Motion to Amend remove the PASS program from the budget by Kelly; Second by Crawford
Yes = Kelly; No = Abell, Crawford, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

Motion to accept the Budget by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

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