Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Notes from Board of Education Meeting 9/8/15

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, September 8 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 – St. Charles High School

Superintendent’s update to the Board - Report

Correspondence/board member updates

  • Palko - thanks for the bus tour and the most detailed reports at each school
  • Marshall - ditto Palko's comments; impressed on first day of school
  • Crawford - attended 3 days of new teacher orientation; made 15 school open houses and praise to staff.
  • Kelly - health card and emergency card...can information be pre printed?  Attended two orientations.
  • Marshall - Thank you for invite to the crab feast to EACC
Education Association of Charles County update - Report

Student board member’s update - Report

Opening of schools

Summer school
  • Marshall - time spent in summer school class does not equal time spent in the school year
  • Lukas - Center remain open a little later for testing (Novell)
Project status update - Report

Solar update
  • ground units only at 3 locations and one overhead unit at the maintenance shop
  • Consensus to allow staff to move forward with proposal
FY 2015 Comprehensive maintenance plan - Report

Teacher Academy of Maryland - Report

Staffing update - Report

Social media policy - Report

Unfinished business
  • McGraw - format of town hall meeting
  • McGraw - Meeting with CSM - room not confirmed yet; agenda suggestions compiled
New business
  • Kelly - PIMA (Parent Involvement Matters Award) should be recognized locally.  Consensus was given by Kelly, Crawford, Palko, and McGraw for wording on the resolution to be added.
Future agenda items
  • Abell - concerns regarding Special Needs bus drivers and aids not having CPR and First Aid certified.
  • Palko - requested revised staff organization charts
  • Lukas  3 year plan on implementation and goals for the new Chief of Technology position
  • Kelly - Esteemed base curriculum, adding arts into the curriculum (band vs. technology)
  • Kelly - testing update, results and schedule and comparison to other counties
  • Kelly - volunteers for schools in office clarifications and restrictions
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • Keith McGrit ??? - CCPS Bus driver, equality as other county employees, retirement plan is a joke and no benefits, wants same as other government employees
  • Kathy Lancaster - school bus driver, incident on bus, went to court, CCPS person came to court and never talked to her.  doesn't like their health insurance.  wants to be treated equally.
  • Susan Eckerle - director of instrumental music and mother of HS student with grade issues.  wants to discuss eligibility requirements.  should have been advertised and implemented more efficiently.   staff received training on 8/27.  did not know it was for extracurricular activity in addition to athletics eligibility.  wording needs to be refined to ensure it doesn't mean attending football games, prom etc.
  • Tammy Posey - been a bus driver for 20 years.  need better benefits.  sick and out of work for 4 months.
  • Brian Eckerle - LPHS student.   has grade issues.  cannot participate in marching band.  bands do not have a bench to pull from when students do not meet the grade requirements.  no hope of competing
  • Heather Hartman Janson - parent and a teacher.  unexcused absence policy.  wants to be able to write a note for her son and not take him to the doctor

Action items
  • Minutes
Motion to accept the Minutes by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Personnel
Motion to accept Personnel by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • FY 2017 CIP state and local improvements program
Motion to accept FY 2017 CIP by Lukas; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Recurring resolutions: American Education Week; American Freedom Week; African-American History Month; Career and Technology Education Month; Gifted and Talented Education Month; National School Counseling Week; Read Across America; Women’s History Month; Fine and Performing Arts Month; Month of the Young Child; National Student Leadership Week; Teacher Appreciation Week; Administrative Professionals Week; Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week; National Physical Education and Sport Week; Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leader; Charles County Teacher of the Year; Employees Retirement; and Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award.
Motion to accept Recurring Resolutions by Kelly; Second by Palko
Yes = Crawford, Kelly, Marshall, McGraw, Palko; Abstain = Abell; Lukas

Amendment to the motion to change African-American History Month to Black History month by Marshall; Second by Crawford
Yes = Crawford, Kelly, Marshall, Palko; No = Lukas; Abstain = Abell


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