Saturday, September 17, 2016

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 9/13/16

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, September 13 will be re-broadcast on Comcast Channel 96, Verizon FIOS Channel 12 and is available via webstream at . 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

Superintendent’s update - Superintendents Report Sept. 2016.pdf (139 KB)

Correspondence/Board Member updates

Education Association of Charles County update - 2016-09-13 EACC BOE report.pdf (47 KB)

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update
  • oral update on school opening regarding maintenance and operations of schools.
Student Board Member update - student update.pdf (127 KB)

Opening of schools
  • great, uneventful first day
  • Matula and Jenifer Elem opened their full day kindergarten additions
  • 350 Ipads purchased for pre-k students at Title 1 schools.
  • all middle schools (6th grade) have incorporated digital textbooks.  rollout still happening.  loaner equipment available for students.
  • 26,214 students
Nondiscrimination/gender identity policy
  • federal non discrimination policy read.  Letter from federal government regarding schools and bathrooms.
  • 11-12 states challenged the federal law.  Texas has overturned the federal letter.
  • Maryland cannot do this because we had an appellant legal case already in place requiring us to adhere to federal law.  Currently appealed to supreme court.  4th circuit
  • Talbot County recently denied use to a male transgender student to use locker room.  Student has filed a law suit and it's on hold waiting for the Supreme Court decision.
  • Current ways we are handling transgender students and issues that may arise which is not new and we have been doing this for years.
  • Discussion between staff, board members and students
  • approx. 15 students county wide have identified as transgender.  Only 3 have asked to use the bathroom they have identified with.  not an issue for the students
2017-18 Calendar
FY2017 Comprehensive maintenance plan - cmp v2017 draft 9-1-16.pdf (3,462 KB)

Project updates - Construction status-2016-09.pdf (217 KB)

Food and nutrition update - FNS Board presention 2016_2.pdf (1,580 KB)

Staffing update
  • 35 long term subs
  • recruiting fairs have been scheduled already for the fall
Unfinished business - None

New business
Motion to accept the intercategory budget transfer by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

Future agenda items - None

  • 2016 James E. Richmond Leadership Excellence Award 
    • Paul T. Balides, assistant superintendent of finance and business (retired)
    • Keith A. Hettel, assistant superintendent of supporting services (retired)
Mr. Lukas and myself left at this time in order to attend the Commissioners Public Forum on School Allocations and therefore I could not record the details of the public forum and action items.

Public Forum – 6 p.m.

Action items
  • Personnel
  • Recurring resolutions: American Education Week; American Freedom Week; Black History Month; Gifted and Talented Education Month; Career and Technology 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 Principal of the Year awards program; Charles County Teacher of the Year; Washington Post Teacher of the Year awards program; Parent Involvement Matters Award; and Employees Retirement
All action items passed but since i was not in attendance during this time i couldn't record the votes.


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