Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 5/12/15

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, May 12 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 - Report
Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • Palko - All County Band & Chorus, Skills USA - Conratulations
  • Marshall - # of citizens who watch the televised board meeting.  We are not a political body but a governing body.
  • Kelly - Yolanda Judge congratulations for Parents Matter Award; Kudos to Matula band and chorus for performance
  • Crawford - Elem. Math Challenge, lots of fun, kudos
  • Lukas - Kiwanis Clubs in County - Thank you
  • McGraw - Letter from teacher, "Thanks for standing behind us and the $1,000 bonus" - Robin Riddick
Education Association of Charles County update - Report

Student Board Member update - Report

Matthew Henson Middle School’s anti-bullying initiative - Presentation

Principal evaluations
Communications update
 Solar field projects - Oral report

Educational facilities master plan - Report
  • Lukas - questions revolving around Mudd and addition when enrollment seems to be decreasing at that school
Teacher evaluations and curriculum repository - Report

Credit recovery at Thomas Stone High School - Presentation

2016-17 calendar - Report
  • Lukas - shortening of spring break and winter break in exchange for ending earlier in June
Legislative update - Unavailable at this time

Unfinished business -
  • Abell - Meeting with CSM scheduled yet
  • Hill - Not yet; will be scheduled by end of year
  • Kelly - Quarterly meetings with commissioners; next one not scheduled
  • McGraw - has not been done yet
  • Kelly - College and Career Readiness Update
  • Hill - waiting for data
New business - None

Future agenda items
  • Kelly - request subcommittees for policy review
  • Lukas - staff overview of broad categories of policy
  • Crawford - questioned need to review policy at this time
  • Benson - Requests review transferring eligibility to play sports to say all extra curricular activities to match current policy on GPA or get rid of all together
  • Palko - PTO Guidelines adopted
  • Lawson - Jones has worked with the PTO council and it has been adopted and will be disbursed to board members
  • Kelly - Information sharing with Board members in regards to incidents at schools such as if emergency services are called are media is involved.
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolution: Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award – Thadine Wright, principal, J.C. Parks Elementary School
  • Students - Rebecca White, 5th grade, Academic Achievement, Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School, Principal: Verniece Rorie; Zaria Smith, 5th grade, Academic Achievement, Mary B. Neal Elementary School, Principal: Carol Leveillee; Jasmine Forbes, 8th grade, Career Readiness, Mattawoman Middle School, Principal: Douglass Dolan; Desiree Satchell, 12th grade, Personal Responsibility, North Point High School, Principal: Michael Simms
  • Staff - Joanne Brown, occupational therapist/special education teacher, F.B. Gwynn Center, Principal: Daphne Burns; Connie Mattingly, learning resource teacher, Mitchell; Julie Colaizzi, science teacher, Neal; Debra A. Van Roon, language arts teacher, Mattawoman; Pamela Jones, Culinary Arts teacher, North Point
  • Recognition of 2014-15 student liaisons - Georgia Benson, Student member of the Board, Westlake High School; Maya Kidane, alternate Student member of the Board, North Point High School; Chelsea Cox-Brown, Thomas Stone High School; Amanda Hobgood, Henry E. Lackey High School; Aaron King, Maurice J. McDonough High School; Thomas Martin, La Plata High School; Paris Mercier-White, St. Charles High School
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • Deb Vahle - Stetham Center Explorers Program.  Greenhouse.  Grow plants, flowers, operate tractors, career readiness, job entry, etc.  Proud of her son who is preparing to start his own company and thankful for the alternative teaching.
  • Jonathan Koger? - disappointed in the education system in CCPS.  Music is important.  Middle School son had to make a choice between music and another program.  Disservice to our students.  Competing at Towson this Saturday as a 6th grade student for clarinet but will not be participating next year because he chose technology.  Decision he shouldn't have to make.  Unfortunate.
  • Conor Orsillo - 10yo Malcolm Elem.  Big Buddy Little Buddy Program.  When entering 6th grade, assigned a 7th grader as a big buddy, a go to person for anything.  Someone who looks out for me and I look out for him.  The 7th grader will have a Grand buddy in 8th grade. :) and when i'm in 7th grade I get a little buddy. Same for high school.  can be matched by sports interest or clubs.
Action items
Motion to approve the Minutes by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Personnel
Motion to approve Personnel by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Motion to approve the intercategory budget transfer request by Lukas; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

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