Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 12/8/15

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

Superintendent’s update to the Board - Superintendent�s Report 12-08-15 (2).pdf (136 KB)
Correspondence/board member updates

  • Marshall - acknowledge Gary Winsett for leading the student leaders; Congrats LPHS It's Academic; enjoyed participating in Senior Portfolio interviews; tour of CTE program at North Point
  • Palko - Thank you to Winsett; It's Academic kudos; Military Ball; visited several schools
  • Kelly - Happy Holidays; thanks to students who entered DAR contest; Shop with a Cop; Senior Portfolios
  • Crawford - All Star Dads at Turner
  • McGraw - congratulations to Dr. Hill on NASDAQ invitation; Thank you to Hill and O'Malley-Simpson for organizing teacher forum; Military Ball
Education Association of Charles County update - 2015-12-08 BOE update.pdf (46 KB)

Student Board member’s update - student update 120815.pdf (112 KB)

Goals Update - Goals combined Board superintendent 3.pdf (369 KB)
  • Palko asked for clarification on several of the goals
  • Marshall asked for clarification on teacher retention/recruitment goal
  • Kelly - increase enrollment in computer science programs
  • committee will take suggestions into consideration and make changes to bring back
Oral updates on Increasing parental communication through technology; and, Stategies for monitoring student involvment in Hour Lunch Programs
  • Parent alerts, notifications, messages and photos from the classroom
Project status update - Construction status-Dec2015.pdf (216 KB)

Pre and posttests and the impact on instruction - INS_PrePostTest_BOE Dec8_15.pdf (848 KB)

Algebra I textbook - Alg1Textbook_Information Item.pdf (25 KB)
  • consensus to move forward with a 30day review at the schools
Unfinished business
  • Palko - Asked Dr. Hill for link to CTE website; theone given last month didn't seem to work
  • McGraw - Requested a worksheet on bus driver salaries, benefits etc compared to other counties.
New business - None

Future agenda items
  • Kelly - PARCC data for elementary and middle schools
  • Palko - Would non-certificated employees
  • Palko - concern on PBIS initiatives affecting creativity in the fine and performing arts and wants presentation
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Students - Aliyona Naves, fifth-grade, Academic Achievement, Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School, Principal: Christienne Warren; Tyrone Hudson, Jr., fifth-grade, Personal Responsibility, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School, Principal: Troy Barnes; Raelynn Hood, fifth-grade, Academic Achievement, T.C. Martin Elementary School, Principal: Gregory Miller; Tremaine Barrow, eighth-grade, Academic Achievement, John Hanson Middle School, Principal: Susan McCormick; Courtney Alvey, twelfth-grade, Career Readiness, Henry E. Lackey High School, Principal: Kathy Perriello
  • Employees - Luanne Cochran, instructional resource teacher, Barnhart; Rebecca Irwin, second-grade teacher, Brown; Ashley Valenzuela, first-grade teacher, Martin; Daniel Meltsner, computer teacher, Hanson; Pauline Johnson, Vice Principal, Lackey
  • 2015 James E. Richmond Leadership Excellence Award: Christine Mais, Executive Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent of School Administration
  • La Plata High School Thespian Troupe 2621 presentation to the Board by Thespian Troupe president Matthew Neel
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • Marvin Weathersby - CC bus driver for 8 years.  no policy and procedure manual.  problem with board of education and contractors fight and bus drivers lose.  wife suffers from massive depression because actions transportation took against her. 
  • Shannon Setting - drivers and attendants attend meetings and stress issues that they are having.  if they didn't come to work.
  • Marlene Jones - bus drivers income is no longer supplemental income, it's now the only income to support a family.
  • Keith Mc????? - look at colleagues suffering because of the system.  a bus driver saved a childs life  but yet worried of losing her job.  BOE holds certification over their heads.  No voice.  coming every meeting until it changes.
  • William Seaton - bus driver, thought when we were here the last time that boe was compassionate but obviously not because here we are again.   feels they are being thown under the bus.  stop marginalizing us, we are not indentured servants.
Action items


Motion to accept the minutes from the Legistative breakfast by Palko; Second by Marshall
Yes= Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko; Abstain=Abell, Crawford, Kelly

Motion to accept the minutes from the teachers forum by Lukas; Second by Marshall
Yes= Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko; Abstain=Abell, Kelly
Motion to accept the minutes from the November Board Meeting by Palko; Second by Kelly
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

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


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