Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 10/10/17

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, October 10 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 – Henry E. Lackey High School
Superintendent’s update to the Board - Report
Correspondence/board member updates
  • McGraw - Indian Head lunch for Homegrown Week; MABE Conference enjoyed; EACC Age of Innocence informative
  • Crawford - 10/19 Unified Tennis Tournament at Thomas Stone at 3
  • Abell - 9/26 EACC Innocence Stolen Seminar was very informative but not well attended; MABE Conference highlighted sessions on Gang Violence and Undocumented Students; Nanjemoy Heritage Day, thank you Mt. Hope Nanjemoy staff for volunteering; Rocktoberfest put on by LaPlata Business Association with proceeds to CCPS Fine Arts; Training by Center for Children Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children very informative
  • Kelly- Thank you to board members attending MABE conference; JC Parks ASPIRE classroom and strings practice; Lackey visit; LPHS marching band performed at Matula; Parent Conferences yesterday; review police access to schools
  • Palko - education building at fair was awesome; EACC session, consider showing at PAC; Lunch at Malcolm; MABE Conference DLLR vendor fliers on adult education & GED Program
  • Lukas - MABE Conference; Block Party at Stoddert; Rocktoberfest
Education Association of Charles County update - Report

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update - Report

Student board member update - Report

Human resources update - Report
  • 38 job fairs in 15 states; two in-county job fairs
  • screened over 1,500 applicants; hired 284; 201 MD certificate
  • 14 % new teachers; 74.2% female; 96 African American
  • retention rate up to 87.4%; most leave to teach in another school district
  • continue to target colleges with education program, quality candidates that stay at CCPS; build relationships with the faculties
  • retention includes check-ins, mentors, collaboration, observance, peer-to-peer
  • Palko - how many of our recent hires are from the TAM Program.
  • Lukas - are the places we recruit at different then years ago
  • Campbell - There is typically more recruiters than applicants
  • McGraw - are we doing social activities, housing information, banking information
Overview of grading guidelines - Report
  • Current practice in place for 4 years.
  • Elem.- 50% classwork; 40% assessment; 10% homework
  • MS - 0-59% is an F
  • HS - too but one school piloted no one gets an F.
  • At Lackey and Stone if nothing is turned in it's a 0.  if effort is made 50%
  • St. Charles gives actual percent earned until end and if below 50% they get a 50%.
  • PE, Music, Art - 25% Skills and Performance; 25% class/homework; 50% safety & participation
  • changing to 50% process 50% product must have a minimum of 5 assignments in each category each quarter.
  • Next meeting Nov. 10th at 2:30; will also be looking at how GPA's are determined.  
Project status update - Report
  • See report for project updates
Projected enrollments for school year 2018-19 - Report 1Report 2 
  • Enrollment analysis (report 2) shows only the elementary schools affected by the rezoning and delay of the new elementary school.
FY 2017 Independent financial audit, Clifton Larsen Allen, LLP - Report
  • all normal, nothing to note
Proposed 2018 legislative positions - Report
    Unfinished business
    • Commissioner recognition - thank you letter for funding training
    • Kirwan Commission update - Palko on committee; funding formula is outdated and addresses how to have a world class education system
    New business and Future agenda items
    • New business
      • Joint Board of Education/College of Southern Maryland meeting agenda items
        • Dual enrollment; new CTE Coordinator at CSM; are CCPS students ready or do they need remedial courses; new presidents vision
      • Open Meetings Act designation
        • Abell, Palko, Kelly, McGraw, Lukas have all completed the training
    • Future agenda items
      • Abell - Tri-County Board of Education meeting
      • McGraw - Presentation on equity
      • Palko - Review of goals and strategy and stakeholders
      • Lukas - Update on new process for project funding
    Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
    • Resolutions
      • American Education Week: Accepting:  Katie Willett, alternate student Board member, Henry E. Lackey High School;Jordyn Best, student liaison, North Point High School; Elizabeth Braziel, student liaison, Thomas Stone High School; Joyah Magee, student liaison, Maurice J. McDonough High School; Robert Jonathan Moss, student liaison, St. Charles High School; Thomas Rahill, student liaison, Westlake High School; Shaun Burroughs, student liaison, La Plata High School; Education Association of Charles County (EACC) representatives; American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) representatives
      • American Freedom Week: Accepting:  Army Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Salyers, senior, Maurice McDonough High School; Air Force Cadet Brandon Taylor, junior, Henry E. Lackey High School; Navy Cadet Seaman Rosemari Kieser, freshman, La Plata High School; Marines Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Maya Young, senior, St. Charles High School
    • Students
      • Carlos Eldridge, Jr., eleventh-grade, Academic Achievement, Westlake High School, Principal: Michael Meiser
      • Liumotumotua'an (Liu) Aumavae, eighth-grade, Academic Achievement, Theodore G. Davis Middle School, Principal: Kim McClarin
      • Izabella Krebs, fifth-grade, Personal Responsibility, Indian Head Elementary School, Principal: Timothy Rosin
      • Casey Shamenek, fifth-grade, Career Readiness, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, Principal: William Miller
    • Employees
      • Catherine Powell, school counselor, Indian Head
      • Monica Halloran, fifth-grade teacher, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy
      • Velvet Gipson, instructional specialist, Davis
      • Lori Sanchez, secretary to the principal, Westlake
      • Miriam Ratcliffe, special education teacher, F.B. Gwynn Educational Center, Principal: Daphne
    Public Forum – 6 p.m.

    • Maureen Meers - 1 in 5 students have dyslexia.  October is awareness month.  What can we as a district do to help our students.  Administrators and teachers must be informed.  Screening is needed.  Wants resolution for dyslexia. Decoding Dyslexia
    • Tracey Wolf - Charles County Chapter Decoding Dyslexia; early screening, identification, assistive technology
    • Kim Young - 50/50 grading system; concerned standard is going down.  Needs more information.  Checked other counties and they don't.  Cross county transfers of continuity is a concern.  Wants to know how parents and students will be selected for the upcoming committee.
    • Derrick Terry - Current health curriculum updates?  Thinks current one is watered down.  Has a free workshop he invited everyone to attend.
    • Dionne Morgan - What is the threshold for class sizes in Title 1 schools?  Two sons they have 27 and 29 students in a class room.  Child at Stoddert, standardized testing allowed to go to bathroom during testing but wont be given time back.  Where is the Policy for parents to see this and this could impact student performance.
    • Jason Delizio - friends child was punched in the throat at Mitchell Elementary today and didn't notify the parents.  Thanks to Dr. Hill & Jennifer Abell for assisting me and my son with an incident that happened off of school grounds.
    Action items
    Motion to accept the Minutes by Abell; Second by McGraw
    Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
    • Personnel 
    Motion to accept Personnel by Abell; Second by Marshall
    Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

    • FY 2018 Comprehensive Maintenance Plan - Action Item
    Motion to accept the Comprehensive Maintenance Plan by Abell; Second by Kelly
    Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

    Motion to accept Policy 1000 Revisions by Kelly; Second by Abell
    Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
      Adjournment

      Monday, October 09, 2017

      Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 10/10/17

      The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 1 p.m. The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12, and is rebroadcast throughout the week.
      Board meetings are also streamed live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, www.ccboe.com. Click on the middle of the main page to start the live streaming. The following is a meeting agenda and is subject to change.
      Executive session – 12 p.m.
      Call to order – 1 p.m.
      Pledge of Allegiance – Henry E. Lackey High School
      Superintendent’s update to the Board - Report
      Reports of officers/boards/committees
      • Correspondence/board member updates
      • Education Association of Charles County update
      • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update - Report
      • Student board member update
      • Human resources update - Report
      • Overview of grading guidelines
      • Project status update - Report
      • Projected enrollments for school year 2018-19 - Report 1; Report 2 
      • FY 2017 Independent financial audit, Clifton Larsen Allen, LLP - Report
      • Proposed 2018 legislative positions - Report
      Unfinished business
      • Commissioner recognition
      • Kirwan Commission update
      New business and Future agenda items
      • New business
        • Joint Board of Education/College of Southern Maryland meeting agenda items
        • Open Meetings Act designation
      • Future agenda items
      Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
      • Resolutions – American Education Week  and American Freedom Week
      • Students
      • Employees
      Public Forum – 6 p.m.
      Action items
      Adjournment

      Monday, September 25, 2017

      Notes from Board of Education Work Session, 9/25/17

      The Board of Education Meeting on Monday, September 25 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.

      Call to order – 6 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance
      Public Forum - None
      Work session

      • Policy series 1000 - Individual board members asked for clarification on some of the changes, nothing major changed.
      • Billingsley Elementary School update
        • Recommendation by staff to delay opening due to permitting delays and weather conditions.  Other two options not feasible.  
          • Accelerated schedule = costs $5.9M must decide by 9/30
          • Portable classrooms = costs $3.8M must decide by 11/1
        • Lukas - delay in permitting
        • Kelly - county and state is at fault; can we ask them to cover the cost
        • no more funding available from the state
      Motion to delay the opening until 2019 by McGraw; Second by Palko
      Yes = Crawford, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; No = Abell, Kelly; Absent = Marshall


      New Business
      Motion to accept the funding by Kelly; Second by Palko
      Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; Absent = Marshall
      Adjournment

      Friday, September 22, 2017

      Board of Education Meeting Agenda for 9/25/17

      The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a public work session at 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 25 in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The meeting will be televised live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website at ccboe.com and broadcast on Comcast Channel 96/Verizon FiOS Channel 12.
      The following is a meeting agenda and is subject to change.
      Call to order – 6 p.m.
      Pledge of Allegiance
      Public Forum
      Work session
      New Business
      Adjournment

      Tuesday, September 12, 2017

      Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 9/12/17

      The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, September 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
      Superintendent’s update - Report
      Correspondence/Board Member updates
      • McGraw - State Board Meeting updates
      • Kelly - Eacc Social Media presentation on Tuesday 9/26 at 6:30 at McDonough; Synergy is great from a parent standpoint
      • Abell - Leadership Institute, New Teacher Orientation, Sign making at Rucci's, NAACP meeting, and Thomas Stone on first day.
      • Palko - Leadership Institute; Kyle Smith at State board meeting; retirement ceremony; commissioners for additional funding for training, NAACP meeting.
      • Lukas - NAACP meeting panelist
      Education Association of Charles County update - Report

      American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update - Report

      Student Board Member update - Report

      Goals update - Report
      • Marshall - Syllabus of entire year given to students on first day
      • Several students relayed same expectation
      • Marshall - Salary comparison to other counties
      • Kelly - communications survey every other year?
      • Looking at McDonough for Fine Arts Program, dance?
      • Kelly - inequities amongst middle schools in elective courses
      Staffing update - Report

      Opening of schools
      • 149 SAIL students at McDonough and Stone
      • Immunizations is an ongoing issue
      • working to make all dismissals smooth
      • community organizations partnership is very much appreciated
      • mentoring by organizations
      • Synergy - all staff is in it and parentvue has been turned on.  Software update caused some glitches but we are working through it.  Studentvue will be coming soon.
        • Abell - substitutes, gym teachers need Ipad, Help Button on home page, push notifications via text
      Project status update
      • Mudd renovations started
      • Billingsley Site work started
      • Lackey Bleacher Replacement & Track  & Field Goal post complete
      • LaPlata locker refinishing complete
      • Mt. Hope removal of underground storage tank and replacement in progress
      FY 2018 Comprehensive maintenance plan - Report
      • 16,781 work orders for last year, over 93% complete
      Food and nutrition update – summer meals program, free breakfast, job fair - Report
      • 25,455 meals served this summer, 600+ meals more than 2016, 26%
      • 1.8 M breakfast 
      • Oct 2 - 27th free breakfast to all students
      • hot breakfasts every day
      • online FARMS application
      • hydroponic school gardens
      • phasing out Styrofoam and plastic products
      • September 25-29 Maryland homegrown lunch week
      Policy 1000 series update - Presentation delayed until October
      Unfinished business
      • Discipline and eligibility - Oral report
        • Policy 6431 - 2.5 GPA, no F's, cannot have failed a grade, fewer than 5 days of absence. 
        • Code of Conduct states if a child is suspended they are ineligible during the suspension.  Of course if you were suspended for more than 5 days you would be ineligible.
        • Athletic Handbook - student athletes who are suspended do not automatically return to eligibility.  Must be reinstated by the Principal and AD.  If a second suspension occurs, automatically ineligible for the remainder of the season.
        • data collected from 2 high schools athletes.  
          • one school - 307 students participate and of them 13 had been suspended 4.2%
          • second school - 614 athletes and of them 18 had been suspended 3%
        • Administrators feel extracurricular activities compliment the curriculum and helps getting the student to adult hood.
        • Student board member - thinks charles county sets high standards for eligibility. agrees it is a privilege
      • New Resolution for Honoring Outstanding Volunteers in the schools
      New business and future agenda items
      • New business
        • MABE Committees - Budget/Abell; Legislative/Lukas; Conference/Kelly; Nominating/Kelly; Resolutions/Palko; Federal Relations/Marshall; Policies & Procedures/McGraw
      • Future agenda items
        • Abell - CSM Meeting; 50% grading policy
        • Lukas - Teacher Town Hall and Supporting Staff; 1000 Policy at next work session
        • Palko - Updated organizational Charts and Principal listing
      Public Forum – 6 p.m.

      • Phyllis Hutchinson - on behalf of all the substitutes.  minimum wage has increased and substitutes are making less.
      Action items
      Motion to accept the Minutes by Abell; Second by Marshall
      Yes = Abell, Crawford, Lukas, Marshall, McGaw, Palko; Abstain = Kelly

      Amend motion to exclude Kelly by Kelly; Second by Abell
      Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGaw, Palko

      • Personnel
      Motion to accept Personnel by Abell; Second by Marshall
      Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGaw, Palko

      • FY 2019 CIP State and Local Program - Report
      Motion to accept the CIP by Abell; Second by McGraw
      Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGaw, Palko
      • 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; Be the Difference Volunteer Award; and Employees Retirement.
      Motion to accept the Resolutions by McGraw; Second by Kelly
      Yes = Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGaw, Palko; Abstain = Abell
      Adjournment  

      Thursday, September 07, 2017

      Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 9/12/17

      The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 1 p.m. The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12 and is rebroadcast throughout the week.
      Board meetings are also streamed live on the school system website at www.ccboe.com. Select the live streaming image posted on the front page to access the meeting. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change.
      Executive session – 12 p.m.
      Call to order – 1 p.m.
      Pledge of Allegiance
      Superintendent’s update
      Reports of officers/boards/committees
      • Correspondence/Board Member updates
      • Education Association of Charles County update
      • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update
      • Student Board Member update
      • Goals update
      • Staffing update
      • Opening of schools
      • Project status update
      • FY 2018 Comprehensive maintenance plan
      • Food and nutrition update – summer meals program, free breakfast, job fair
      • Policy 1000 series update
      Unfinished business
      • Discipline and eligibility
      New business and future agenda items
      • New business
      • Future agenda items
      Public Forum – 6 p.m.
      Action items
      • Minutes
      • Personnel
      • FY 2019 CIP State and Local Program
      • 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; Be the Difference Volunteer Award; and Employees Retirement.
      Adjournment  

      Wednesday, August 23, 2017

      Students Show Progress on PARCC Tests

      The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) released local school system and school-level data today for PARCC, Maryland’s school assessments in English/Language Arts and mathematics. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) closed its gap with the state average and showed steady growth in most subjects and grades.
      “We continue to move in the right direction, with improvement in overall scores and instruction. We are focused on classroom instruction and test scores are one indicator we use to make adjustments to our curriculum and to meeting the needs of all of our students,” Superintendent Kimberly Hill said.
      CCPS students showed significant improvement in Algebra I at the middle school level and Algebra II in high school.  Algebra II scores increased to 47.6 percent, and 17.6 percent above state average.
      “We made some nice strides and improvements. The results provide us with information to help us improve classroom instruction. PARCC scores are just one of many indicators we use to meet the needs of our students and prepare our students to reach college and career readiness goals,” Deputy Superintendent Amy Hollstein said.
      According to MSDE, for students in grades 3 through 8, achieving level 4 or 5 indicates their readiness for coursework in English/Language Arts and math at the next grade, with the goal of preparing students to enter college or a career upon graduation. High school students taking Algebra I and English II are required to reach a certain proficiency level as a high school graduation requirement.
      County scores, elementary schools
      Mathematics: Overall, students in grades 3-5 scored 36.5 percent at levels 4 and 5, up from 36.1 percent in 2016. Fifth-grade students scored 31.2 percent at levels 4 and 5; fourth-grade students scored 36 percent at levels 4 and 5; and third-grade students scored 42.2 percent at levels 4 and 5.
      English/Language Arts: Overall, students in grades 3-5 scored 42.1 percent at levels 4 and 5, up from 37.4 percent in 2016. Fifth-grade students scored 46.1 percent at levels 4 and 5; fourth-grade students scored 41.3 percent at levels 4 and 5; and third-grade students scored 38.8 percent at levels 4 and 5.
      County scores, middle schools
      Mathematics: Overall, 34.4 percent of middle school students scored a combined score of 4 and 5 on the mathematics assessment, up from 30.78 in 2016. Students in eighth grade taking the mathematics assessment scored 12.9 percent at levels 4 and 5; students in seventh grade scored 27.2 percent at levels 4 and 5; and students in sixth grade scored 26 percent at levels 4 and 5. Middle school students taking the PARCC Algebra I assessment scored 71.58 percent at levels 4 and 5, up from 51.5 percent in 2016.
      Read more HERE

      Tuesday, August 08, 2017

      Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 8/8/17

      The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, August 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 – 10:30 a.m.

      Call to order – 12 p.m.  Pledge of Allegiance

      Education Association of Charles County (EACC) contract signing

      Superintendent’s update - Superintendent's report August 2017 final.pdf (136 KB)

      Correspondence/Board Member updates
      • McGraw - Back to School fiesta sponsored by Commissioner Amanda Stewart; Attending August State BOE meeting on August 22 at 8:30 representing MABE if anyone wants to join.
      • Crawford - Eclipse at Richmond Science Center; Trump donation of salary to Dept of Education.
      • Kelly - Remind drivers to look out for buses and new student driver; parents stay diligent in monitoring students use of technology and social media.
      • Palko - Support staff picnic at end of June; State BOE presentation by CCPS in June;  Republic of Korea educators visited.
      • Lukas - Summer school graduation.
      Education Association of Charles County update - 2017.08.07 EACC BOE report.pdf (47 KB)

      American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update - AFSCME Local 2981 aug2017.pdf (241 KB)

      Student Board Member update - Drew Carter update 8-8.pdf (80 KB)

      Staffing update - (Report to be placed on BoardDocs Soon)
      • 240 new teachers hired for 2017.    67 retirements.  183 resignations/terminations 52 openings in secondary schools, under 10 for elementary; ahead of where we were last year.  Special Education teachers are still our biggest loss. 
      • Abell - exit surveys on those teachers not completing their certification.  What are the barriers for them not completing and can we address those barriers.
      • Palko - attended March job fair and was impressed.
      Project status update - Final Construction status-2017-08.pdf (224 KB)
      • Mudd Transition School - has gym, occupancy permitting complete, activities beginning
      • Billingsley Elementary
      • Thomas Stone High School Site Improvements
      • John Hanson Middle School
      • Arthur Middleton Elementary School Gym Floor
      • LaPlata High School Fire Alarm Replacement and Locker Refinishing
      • Lackey High School Gym Floor Refinishing and Track Replacement
      • McDonough Water Heater Booster Panel
      • Westlake Tennis Courts Repairs
      • Berry Elementary - Portable Classroom maintenance
      • Berry and Craik Kindergarten additions bids are in, construction starts October
      FY 2019 CIP State and Local Program - Final Board Report FY 2019 CIP_package.pdf (188 KB)

      Student information system update (SIS)
      • all inclusive one stop shop where each custodial parent will have their own account. 
      • Discipline Matrix Updates on parameters; code of conduct training for teachers
      Recurring resolutions:
      Unfinished business - None

      New business

      Future agenda items
      • Lukas - 1000 Policy review.
      • Kelly - waiting on staff comments
      • Kelly - 2016/2017 matrix review
      • Marshall - Greek organizations involvement in schools report
      • Palko - Archaeological dig at Henson site; student presentation.
      Public Forum – 6 p.m.
      • Kenneth Savoid - School crossing guard; retired PGSO; Retired Dir. of Transp in PGPS; Program SCATE (Stop Child Abuse Through Education)...partner with PG County to come up with solutions together.  Problem is on the rise again.
      Action items
      • Minutes
      Motion to approve the Minutes by Abell; Second Marshall
      Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
      • Personnel
      Motion to approve Personnel by Abell; Second McGraw
      Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
      • Policy 5000 series revisions
      Motion to approve Policy 5000 by Abell; Second Kelly
      • Palko - Policy 5117 on Bullying.  will not vote for the policy.
      • McGraw - Policy 5117; no changes, but says revised
      Call for the Question by Abell; Second by Crawford
      Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw;  No=Palko
       
      Vote on Original motion
      Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall;  No= McGraw, Palko

      Adjournment 

      Wednesday, July 26, 2017

      Teacher Job Fair, Friday, 7/31/17

      Charles County Public Schools is holding a job fair for teachers later this month. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 31, teachers can come to St. Charles High School in Waldorf to interview for teaching positions.

      Job seekers should bring copies of their resume, and certified teachers should bring a copy of their teaching certificate. Candidates should dress to impress, there will be on-site interviews conducted.
      For a list of job opportunities, visit www.ccboe.com/jobs/currentopenings.php?category=Instructional or call 301-934-7255. St. Charles High School is at 5305 Piney Church Road.

      Monday, June 26, 2017

      Notes from Board of Education Work Session, 6/26/17

      The Board of Education Meeting on Monday, June 26 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.

      Call to order – 6 p.m. 

      Public Forum - None

      Work session 

      Action Items

      Motion to approve EACC Contract by Abell; Second by Marshall
      Yes = ALL
       
      Motion to approve Personnel by Abell; Second by Kelly
      Yes = ALL

      Adjournment 

      Tuesday, June 13, 2017

      Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 6/13/17

      The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, June 13 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, Westlake High School JROTC unit

      Swearing-in of new Student Member to the Board

      Recognition of student state winners – Unified track, MESA, SkillsUSA, and track and field

      Contract vote/signing – American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
      Motion to approve the AFSCME contract as negotiated by Abell; Second by McGraw
      Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

      Superintendent’s update - Superintendents Report 06-13-17.pdf (63 KB)

      Correspondence/Board Member updates
      • McGraw - congrats to Stoddert Builders Club; committee at state level to develop equity amongst schools
      • Kelly - Congratulations to graduates; school is out and so are kids, drivers be alert
      • Marshall - congratulations to all graduates and promotions as well as retired employees; reading partners looking for more volunteers.  Report on the MD Dept of Juvenile Services, serves on state council.
      • Palko - town hall substitute training for TAM students
      • Lukas - Project graduation
      Education Association of Charles County update - 2017-06-12 BOE update.pdf (72 KB)

      American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update

      Student Board Member update - Drew Carter SMOB update for 6-13-17.pdf (299 KB)

      Initiatives to support positive learning environments
      • BehaviorMatrix_Final (002).pdf (567 KB)
      • JC Parks and JP Ryon will pilot the ASPIRE program
      • Parent Shadowing will be piloted at two schools at each level
      • Restorative Practices will be implemented at all middle schools first
      • Position of Hearing Officer is no more.  Developed (2) Student Conduct and Engagement Officers.  One for elementary and middle and one for high school.
      • Kelly - ASPIRE program involves the parents?  Yes
      Special education case management pilot update
      CIP update - Oral Report

      Summer projects - Oral Report

      Redistricting update - Oral report

      FY 2018 operating budget
      Unfinished business
      • Policy 5000 series - to be discussed at next work session
      New business – FY 2018 out-of-county tuition rates; daily and hourly wage rates
      Motion to approve the rates by Marshall; Second by McGraw
      Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
      Motion to approve the rates by Abell; Second by McGraw
      Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
       
      Future agenda items
      • Kelly - Synergy sandbox trial for board members
      Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
      • Resolution – Washington Post Teacher of the Year Awards program: Kelly Lundeen, third-grade teacher, Dr. James Craik Elementary School
      • Charles County Teacher of the Year: Denise Childers, English teacher, La Plata High School
      • Outstanding Vice Principal of the Year Award: Belinda Shatley, vice principal, Theodore G. Davis Middle School
      • Outstanding Support Staff Awards: Travis Harman, roof mechanic, Maintenance Shop; Barbara Tillman, secretary to the principal, Berry Elementary School; Gail Slaughter, food service manager, Henry E. Lackey High School; Jacqueline Douglas, kindergarten instructional assistant, Dr. James Craik Elementary School; and David Troxel, computer analyst, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building
      Public Forum – 6 p.m.
      • Sean Heyl - Teacher at McDonough and parent.  Discipline Matrix good first steps and continue dialog.  Last two years have been the worst in 24 year career due to discipline problems, fighting and violence. Promote and support administrative discretion on consequences.  Point system for ISR.  Points based on severity of infraction.
      • Allisa Gains - Daughter going in 7th grade.  Graduation Fridays with Diggs and Davis out on Friday.  Can other schools be out that day as well to attend sibling graduations?  Provide waivers.
      • Calvin Compton - Bus contractor.  Report from legislative auditors false information.  Payroll tax is indicated as a minimal amount when in fact it is not.
      • Jenna Heyl - McDonough High School teacher and parent.  Renovations still needed at McDonough.  Discipline matrix, repercussions have been devastating due to COMAR changes.  Possible solutions...more mental health assistance/guidance from professionals,  responsive classrooms, in-school intervention (calvert county). 
      Action items
      Motion to approve the minutes by Abell; Second by Palko
      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 operating budget by Kelly; Second by Palko
      Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
      Motion to approve the EFMP by Abell; Second by Marshall
      Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
      Motion to approve redistricting proposal A by McGraw; Second by Kelly
      Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

      Adjournment