Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 1/12/16

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, North Point High School JROTC
Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman
Motion for Virginia McGraw as Chair by Kelly; Second by Palko
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Motion for Mike Lukas as Vice - Chair by Kelly; Second by McGraw
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Correspondence/Board member updates -
  • Palko - commends entire staff on communication, contingency plan, etc during bus driver sick-out; Attended CCASC quarterly meeting impressed, topic of anti-bullying.  Thomas Stone senior interviews; Richmond Science Center kudos; IA's being pulled from classes to substitute (Hill-being addressed)
  • McGraw - Palkos request for Town Hall meeting
  • Kelly - Thank you to EACC for the legislative breakfast; BOE Centennial celebration this year. Thank you to Abell, Palko, and O'Malley-Simpson for your help.  MABE conference committee planning is underway; greater need for ELL students at the elementary level; bilingual books; teachers need access to wifi password to Google in order to communicate with ELL students better.
  • Crawford - commend Superintendent during Sick Out of drivers and thank you to all the other drivers for showing up.  EACC legislative breakfast, thank you; Veteran of Foreign Wars Awards Ceremony
  • Lukas - MABE legislative meeting.  kudos to our county because other counties are having issues.  County It's Academic team their performance to be aired April 2.
Education Association of Charles County (EACC) update - 01 12 16 EACC Update.pdf (46 KB)

Student Board member update - student update 011216.pdf (39 KB)

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program
  • PBISPresentation_BoardMeeting_Jan2016_Final.pdf (2,299 KB)
  • Palko - more students disrespectful (Snow - not more students but hose that are disrespectful are more disrespectful than they were years ago.)
  • Crawford - teachers say they cannot discipline because of suspension rates looks back. Students always want to be reward.  Shouldn't teach kids to always do something lookin for a reward.
Project status update     Construction status-2016-01.pdf (216 KB)
James E. Richmond Science Center - INS_JERScienceCenter Jan12_16 (2).pdf (2,962 KB)

Algebra I textbook - Alg1Textbook_Report Item.pdf (25 KB)

Proposed FY2017 operating budget -
Legislative update
  • Anticipate a very political session
  • possible increase in construction funds
  • hot issue is student assessments
  • school calendar year bills
Unfinished business
  • Kelly - Centennial Celebration
  • Palko - data on CSM articulation and remedial classes
New business
Future agenda items
  • Kelly - ELL program in Elementary School
  • Palko - Nanjemoy Creek Education Center
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.        
  • Resolutions:
    • Black History Month - Accepting: Student Athlete Education Program at General Smallwood Middle School - Nikell Fitzgerald, 8th grade; Leila Evans, 8th grade; Devontea Johnson, 8th grade
    • Career and Technical Education Month - Accepting: Academy of Health Professions students at North Point High School - Alyssa Raqueno, 12th grade, Olivia Hoy, 12th grade, Edward McNeil, 12th grade, Marco Viray, 12th grade
    • National School Counseling Week - Accepting: Janice Taylor, school counselor, J.P. Ryon Elementary School and Connie Ward-Johnson, school counselor, William B. Wade Elementary School
    • Gifted and Talented Education Month - Accepting: William B. Wade Elementary School: Joe Perriello, learning resource teacher and Kaelan Parkin, 5th grade; Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School: Connie Mattingly, learning resource teacher and Steve McPhee, 5th grade
  • Students - Hayley Pinggoy, 5th grade, Academic Achievement, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer School, Principal: Nancy Seifert; Cornell Lowe, 5th grade, Career Readiness, William B. Wade Elementary School, Principal: Kevin Jackson, Sr. ; Olivia Johnson, 8th grade, Academic Achievement, Matthew Henson Middle School, Principal: Christina Caballero; Michael Weeks, 12th grade, Personal Responsibility, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center, Principal: Evelyn Arnold
  • Staff - Sandra L. Young, special education instructional assistant, Dr. Samuel Mudd Elementary School; Jamie M. Mucciolo, fifth-grade teacher, Jenifer; Maritza Davis, secretary to the Principal, Wade; Deborah D. Luehe, media instructional assistant, Henson; Sandy L. Rooney, secretary to the principal, Stethem
Public Forum – 6 p.m. (spellings of names are simply my interpretation of the verbal announcement.)
  • David Leach - CC Bus Drivers are actually slaves.  No voice.  No representation. Work for little to no pay.
  • Keith McGurt - Upset about activity buses being cancelled.  No resolve from meeting before the holidays between drivers and Superintendent.  Being held in bondage.  Asked for the Superintendent's resignation. Free your people.
  • T. Dyson - CCPS product.  Young bus driver.  Worked for Marriott with Bachelors degree but had to return to take care of elderly grandmother.  Flexibility led him to drive buses.  Disappointed in Dr. Hill and inability to help the drivers.  Board threatened him?  Asks for a supportive contractor instead of one that throws him under the bus.
  • Shane Higgs - Spouse of Special Educator, father of 3 IEP students.  What are we doing for Special Education.  Understands budgets, trainings, demands etc.  CCPS is extremely understaffed, especially in the special education department.  16 students to one teacher?  Task organize your special ed department.  separate case management from individual education.
  • Latrina Carr - Thomas Stone Dance Team coach.  wants modification to policy regarding academic and attendance requirements so clubs are not included.  Feels since the don't receive any support from CCPS they should not have to follow the same guidelines.
  • Larissa Johnson - student at Thomas Stone High School and a member of the dance team.  against the academic eligibility policy.
Action items
Motion to accept the Executive Session Minutes by Palko; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

Motion to accept the December Minutes by Marshall; Second by Palko
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
Motion to accept System Goals by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

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