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 

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, June 13 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. and student and staff recognition starts at 4:30 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 displayed in the center of the home page. 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, 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 and Education Association of Charles County

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
  • Initiatives to support positive learning environments
  • Special education case management pilot update
  • CIP update
  • Summer projects
  • Redistricting update
  • FY 2018 operating budget
Unfinished business
  • Policy 5000 series
New business and future agenda items
  • New business – FY 2018 out-of-county tuition rates; daily and hourly wage rates
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.

Action items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel
  • FY 2018 operating budget
  • Educational Facilities Master Plan
  • Elementary school redistricting
Adjournment 

Monday, June 05, 2017

Notes from Board of Education Work Session, 6/5/17

The Board of Education Work Session Monday, June 5 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

FY 2018 Operating budget
Elementary school redistricting update - 2 Board member redistricting questions 2017 (002).pdf (188 KB)
  • Please see the report for board members previously submitted questions and staff responses.
Policy series 5000 revisions update

Motion to table until next Board meeting by Kelly; Second by Marshall
Yes= ALL
 

Motion to go into Executive Session to discuss Superintendents Evaluation by Kelly; Second by McGraw
Yes= ALL


Adjournment

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 5/9/17

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, May 9 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 – 11:30 a.m.

Call to order – 1 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance, North Point High School JROTC

Recognition –
student state winners; Yuko Floyd, student chaperone with Bunkyo University; Carlos Saniel, Home Depot general manager; Ken Weikel, owner/operator of Chick-fil-A, Waldorf; and the 2016-17 student liaisons

Superintendent’s update - Superintendents Report 05-09-17.pdf (132 KB)

Correspondence/Board Member updates

  • Palko - State Supt visit; congratulate HR on job fair
  • Crawford - Federal Government removes standards for salt; Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why - experts say this show is dangerous for copycat suicides.
  • Kelly - congrats to all Math teams, solos, ensembles; DAR ceremony this weekend
Education Association of Charles County update - 2017-05-09 BOE update.pdf (46 KB)

Student Board Member update


Superintendent’s elementary school redistricting recommendation - Superintendent's recommendation elementary redistricting 2017.pdf (22,695 KB)

  • Dr. Hill recommends Alternative A
Educational facilities master plan - Report Item_package_May32017.pdf (636 KB)

Budget update -

Hiring/recruitment/transfer fair updates

Legislative update

  • HB Sick Leave Bill
  • Protection of whistle blowers in the school system
  • Cap on student testing bills in house and senate
  • HB978 - state accountability bill under ESSA
  • HB1240 - burden of proof bill
  • HB174/SB710 - Special education parent consent for IEP
  • HB425/SB651 - restrict suspensions of K students
  • SB232/HB616 - Policy on student pregnancy and absences
  • SB1060 - opiod abuse and overdose medication in schools
Discipline matrix - 20170508 Discipline Matrix and Student Code of Conduct Review.ppt (859 KB)
Policy 5000 revisions matrix.5000.complete.pdf (282 KB)
Unfinished business
  • Palko - State Adult HS Task Force; new bill passed.
  • McGraw - how we provide bus services, update
  • Lukas - Board will continue with the current bus contractor systems.
New business
  • Palko - MABE resolution committee; are we interested in changing any of the MABE resolutions.   Wants opinions by June 2nd.
Future agenda items
  • Marshall - Update on the status of goals
  • Marshall - case management of special ed
  • Crawford - when presentations come before us, wants to know what is law, policy, comar, etc.
Recognition – 4:15 p.m.
 
  • Ruth Ann Hall Scholarship awards - 2017 Ruth Ann Hall Champion Student Recognition Winners.pdf (231 KB)
  • Resolution - Washington Post Principal of the Year Awards Program: Accepting: Wilhelmina S. Pugh, Malcolm Elementary School
  • Students -
    • Talore' Forrest, eleventh-grade, Personal Responsibility, Westlake High School, Principal: Michael Meiser
    • Sohail Samar, eighth-grade, Career Readiness, Theodore G. Davis Middle School, Principal: Kimberly McClarin
    • Tiwaloluwa Dapo-Adeyemo, fifth-grade, Academic Achievement, Indian Head Elementary School, Principal: Tim Rosin
    • Natalie Halloran, fifth-grade, Personal Responsibility, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, Principal: William Miller
    • Christal Hardy, third-grade, Personal Responsibility, F.B. Gwynn Center, Principal: Daphne Burns
  • Employees
    • Megan Parsons, mathematics teacher, Davis
    • Rhonda Slater, fifth-grade teacher, Indian Head
    • Steven Timmermann, physical education teacher, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy
    • Amy Adams, special education teacher, Gwynn Center
    • Jackson Long, theater arts teacher, Westlake High School: Principal: Michael Meiser
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • Tasha Shavins - rule that children are not allowed to give out birthday cards to classmates.  Has three children with autism.  Wants an exception for children with special needs.
Action items
  • Minutes
Motion to accept the Minutes 4/4/17 by Abell; Second by McGraw
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
 
Motion to accept the Minutes 4/24/17 by Abell; Second by McGraw
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
 
Motion to accept the Minutes 4/25/17 by Abell; Second by Palko
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Marshall, McGraw, Palko; Abstain = Lukas, Kelly

  • Personnel
Motion to accept Personnel by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • 2018-19 school calendar
Motion to accept the 2018-2019 School Calendar by Palko; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • FY 2017 Intercategory budget transfer request
Motion to accept the Intercategory budget transfer by Abell; Second by Palko
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Adjournment
 
 


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Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 5/9/17

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, May 9 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. and student and staff recognition starts at 4:15 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 displayed in the center of the home page. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change.
Executive session – 11:30 a.m.
Call to order – 1 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance, North Point High School JROTC
Recognition – student state winners; Yuko Floyd, student chaperone with Bunkyo University; Carlos Saniel, Home Depot general manager; Ken Weikel, owner/operator of Chick-fil-A, Waldorf; and the 2016-17 student liaisons
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
  • Superintendent’s elementary school redistricting recommendation
  • Educational facilities master plan
  • Budget update
  • Hiring/recruitment/transfer fair updates
  • Legislative update
  • Discipline matrix
  • Policy 5000 revisions
Unfinished business
New business and future agenda items
Recognition – 4:15 p.m.
  • Ruth Ann Hall Scholarship awards
  • Resolution: Washington Post Principal of the Year: Wilhelmina Pugh, Malcolm Elementary School
  • Students
  • Employees
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
Action items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel
  • 2018-19 school calendar
  • FY 2017 Intercategory budget transfer request
Adjournment 

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 4/4/17


The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, April 4 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 JROTC
 
Recognition of student state winners - APRIL - Student List.pdf (263 KB)
  
Recognition of Gordon Croft, founder of Croft Leominster, Inc.
 
  
Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • Kelly - MESA and DI Competitions, thank you to everyone involved; NSBA conference in Denver, relationships matter; possibility of having a parent town hall
  • McGraw - History Club game night a success
  • Marshall - Black History Month at Somers during program with African drums.  Unity is Strength and Division is Weakness.  I Believe in Youth.
  • Kelly - NSBA Conference, astronaut Kelly speaker.; congratulations to staff recognized at years of service ceremony;  attended secondary MESA competition.
  • Lukas - Attended chorus and NSBA Conference.
Education Association of Charles County update - 2017-04-04 EACC BOE update.pdf (83 KB)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update - AFSCME update.pdf (96 KB)
Student Board Member update - SMOB update 040417.pdf (50 KB)
2018-19 calendar - SY2018_19 Calendar.pdf (86 KB)
  • Crawford - January 25th - closed; makes a 3 day week, no way to change
  • Marshall - hears repeatedly that the public wants their Spring Break back.  Knows our hands or tied by the Governors Executive Order.  Should have had waiver application.
  • Palko - attended state board meeting where a waiver was granted but only because they were an 11 month school.
Redistricting committee update - Elementary FINAL redis pres saved 4-4 9-56 a.m..pdf (45,446 KB)

Secondary Academy of International Languages (SAIL) update - SAIL_AprilBrdMtg_2017.pdf (544 KB)
  • Expansion proposal because we hit a ceiling on numbers at McDonough.  Expand to two high schools.  Largest numbers of ELL populations is Thomas Stone and Westlake.  McDonough enrollment will decrease.  Will create the same support system at the two new schools.
FY 2017 Intercategory budget transfer request - BOARD-REPORT-ITEM-Intercategory_Request_2017 (002)(5).pdf (400 KB)
Legislative update
  • Sick Leave bills have passed thus far in both houses.  Unclear about substitute teachers. 
  • HB461/SB462 - Testing cap bills have passed both houses.
  • HB978 - States accountability plan has passed house.
  • HB1240 - special education burden of proof
  • HB174/SB710 - parents rights in IEP process
  • HB425/SB651 - K,1,2 suspensions
  • SB760 - teacher recommended for termination or suspension right to arbitration
  • SB232/HB616 - require local boards to set policy on attendance of pregnant students
  • SB1060/HB1082 - require boards to expand addiction services and adopt policies on administering and  storing overdose medications.
Unfinished business
  • Kelly - State CIP Meeting and if Stoddert expansion was approved.
  • Kelly - wants to know if we can readdress the naming of the school.
New business
  • None
Future agenda items
  • None  
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolutions
    • Teacher Appreciation Week: Accepting: Margo Barbone, science teacher, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School; Charnice Frazier, music teacher, Thomas Stone High School, and Sonia Flecca, special education teacher. J.C. Parks Elementary School 
    • Administrative Professionals' Week: Accepting: Bethany Cusic and Ramona DiBenedetto, human resources assistants, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building
    • Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week: Accepting: Crystal Sopher and William Kreuter, supervisors of food service, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building
    • National Physical Education and Sport Week: Accepting: Brooke Lyon, physical education teacher, Milton M. Somers Middle School; Stephanie Sanfilipo, physical education teacher, Henry E. Lackey High School; Jill Jowdy, physical education teacher, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School
  • Students
    • Tania Harris; twelfth-grade; Career Readiness; Thomas Stone High School; Principal: Chrystal Benson
    • Brynna Bode; eighth-grade, Academic Achievement; General Smallwood Middle School; Principal: Kathy-Lynn Kiessling
    • Kaelyn Buoy; fifth-grade; Personal Responsibility; William A. Diggs Elementary School; Principal: Debra Calvert
    • Nicholas Steed; fifth-grade; Personal Responsibility; Mary B. Neal Elementary; Principal: Deborah M. Brown
    • Amelia Ortiz; fifth-grade; Academic Achievement; J.P. Ryon Elementary School; Principal: Thadine Wright
  • Employees
    • Donald Mayer, literacy instructional assistant, Stone
    • Sean Anderson, mathematics teacher, Smallwood
    • Brittany Thomas, special education teacher, Ryon
    • Michael Johnson, science teacher, Diggs
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • None

Action items
  • Minutes
Motion to accept the minutes by Abell; Second by Palko
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall McGraw, Palko
  • Personnel
Motion to accept the Personnel by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall McGraw, Palko
  • Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School bid
Motion to accept the school bid for Mudd by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall McGraw, Palko
 
Adjournment

Board of Education Meeting Agenda, 4/4/17

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, April 4 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. and student and staff recognition starts at 4:30 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 stream image displayed in the center of the home page. 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, Maurice J. McDonough High School JROTC

Recognition of student state winners

Recognition of Gordon Croft, founder of Croft Leominster, Inc.

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
•2018-19 calendar
•Redistricting committee update
•FY 2017 Intercategory budget transfer request
•Legislative update

Unfinished business

New business and future agenda items

Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
•Resolutions: Teacher Appreciation Week; Administrative Professionals Week; Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week; and National Physical Education and Sport Week
•Students
•Employees

Public Forum – 6 p.m.

Action items
•Minutes
•Personnel
•Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School bid

Adjournment

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 3/21/17


The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, March 21 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, Thomas Stone High School JROTC
Recognition of student state winners
Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • Lukas - HITS Expo this weekend was fantastic (History, Industry, Technology, Science); Attended Chess Tournament
  • Kelly - MESA Competition; Congrats to HITS Expo; Thank you to staff for Town Hall Meetings; MD Veteran Museum Award Winners on May 7; Suggestions for MABE Conferrence; update on International Thespian festival (we will cover cost KH)
  • Marshall - Hoyer visit; Senior Citizen Prom; attended state BOE meeting and seminar on ESEA
  • Palko - HITS Expo, fascinating Graphics Program at North Point receiving award; attended MASC meeting; thank you to Joseph Pierello - President of CCASC; Senior Citizens Prom; ROTC Drill Meet
Education Association of Charles County update - 2017-03-14 BOE update.pdf (51 KB)
 
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update - march afscme.pdf (105 KB)
 
Student Board Member update - SMOB update.pdf (96 KB)
 
2018-19 calendar - SY2018_19 Calendar.pdf (86 KB)
 
Human resources update - HR_DeclofIntent.pdf (303 KB)
  • Adding Alabama University due to it's high percentage of diversity and education majors
Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School bid - Board Report_package_Mudd Contract Award_March142017.pdf (207 KB)
  • low bidder was not awarded due to lack of meeting certain requirements and criteria.  Second to lowest was awarded.
  • Wont start until after school year is complete.  Then at the start of the year, all students will go to transition school.
  • New school 542 students
CIP Update
 
Legislative audit update
Legislative update
  • Sick Leave Bills - are passing
  • HB978/SB871 - States consolidated plan ESSA
  • HB461/SB452 - Limit Testing
  • HB1240 - Special Education Burden of Proof
  • HB174/SB710 - Consent for Changes to IEP
  • HB425/SB651 - restrict suspension/expulsion PK-3
  • SB760 - allow teachers to request binding arbitration in suspension/termination
  • VK - Update from the 4th Circuit on the Transgender Case
  • ES - Still before the 4th Circuit now; Federal Government has changed the view but no guidance has been changed yet.
  • VK - we are not bound by the 4th circuit ruling now. 
  • ES - my guidance to the board is to take no action until 4th Circuit decided case.
Unfinished business
  • Transportation update - discussion carried forward from last month on bus contracts, routes, maintenance, fuel cost etc.
New business
  • Discipline Matrix Committees - Team 1 - Crawford, Marshall, McGraw; Team 2 Abell, Palko, Kelly. Come back with ideas for change by May Meeting. (Matrix and Code of Conduct)
Future agenda items
  • Palko - Status Update on SAIL
  • Kelly - Murphy to prepare a synopsis of troops to teachers
  • Kelly - Parent demo of he new Student Information System posted on web site
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolutions
    • Month of the Young Child: Accepting: Rachael Ashby, teacher, Three-Year-Old program; Presley Ferguson, student, Three-Year-Old program, Indian Head Elementary School MonthoftheYoungChild 032117.pdf (112 KB)
    • National Student Leadership Week: Accepting: Student leaders - Da’Juon Washington, Student Board Member, North Point High School; Kaitlyn Willett, alternate Student Board Member, Henry E. Lackey High School; Sarah Gough, La Plata High School; Donnell Johnson, Maurice J. McDonough High School; Jordyn Best, North Point High School; Arianna Hebner, St. Charles High School; Amira Sago, Thomas Stone High School; and Zeles Amoah, Westlake High School StudentLeadershipResolution03-2017.(2).pdf (346 KB)
  • Students
    • Lindsey Johnson; twelfth-grade; Career Readiness; North Point High School; Principal: Michael Simms
    • Justin Butler; eighth-grade; Academic Achievement; Mattawoman Middle School, Principal: Sonia Jones
    • Astha Patel; fifth-grade; Career Readiness; Mary H. Matula Elementary School; Principal: Carrie Richardson
    • Savannah Trice, fifth-grade; Academic Achievement; Walter J. Mitchell Elementary; Principal: Sabrina Robinson-Taylor
  • Employees
    • Anastasia M. Griffin, math teacher, North Point
    • Tyler A. Miller, physical education teacher, Mattawoman
    • Christina M. Caron, learning resource teacher, Matula
    • Mary R. Montgomery, fifth-grade teacher, Mitchell
    • Yvonne S. Haws, kindergarten instructional assistant, Mary B. Neal Elementary School, Principal: Deborah M. Brown
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • Stacey Pritchett - TSHS parent. inability to play baseball this year because not enough players. Upset team was canceled. St. Charles is now playing on their fields. Was told they couldn't have just a JV team. She found this information was incorrect and wants to have a JV team.
  • Rudy Carrico Jr. - Attorney and Asst coach of TSHS baseball. The rezoning for St. Charles HS has left TS with no athletes. 5 wrestlers, 5 girl basketball, etc. St. Charles baseball using TS baseball. wants a JV team to grow the program.
  • James Proctor - Student handbook, governed by Charles County Athletic Council, and is the policy makers.  No representation from students and/or parents on this committee.  Recommends a student and a parent be placed on the committee. 
  • Denise Yates - According to Legislative Audit report - unnecessary network access to students.  Has there been a data breach?  Has a forensic software been ran?  worried about identity theft.
  • Mark Koch - representing bus contractors.  study performed by CCPS is clear that using contractors is best.  Contractors not included in study or conversation. Wants to be part of the discussion regarding reimbursement of the fuel tax.
Action items
  • Minutes
Motion to approve the Minutes by Marshall; Second by Palko
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Personnel
Motion to approve the Personnel by McGraw; Second by Kelly
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Naming of Elementary School #22
Motion to name the school Billingsley Elementary School Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Lukas, Marshall No = Kelly, McGraw, Palko
  • Superintendent’s contract approval
Motion to approve the Superintendent's Contract by Marshall; Second by Palko
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
Adjournment 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 3/14/17

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, March 14, 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. and student and staff recognition starts at 4:30 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 steaming image displayed in the center of the home page. 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, Thomas Stone High School JROTC
Recognition of student state winners
Recognition of Gordon Croft, founder of Croft Leominster, Inc.
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
  • 2018-19 calendar
  • Human resources update
  • Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School bid
  • Legislative audit update
  • Legislative update
Unfinished business
  • Transportation update
New business and future agenda items
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolutions: Month of the Young Child and National Student Leadership Week
  • Students
  • Employees
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
Action items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel
  • Naming of Elementary School #22
  • Superintendent’s contract approval
Adjournment 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Elementary Redistricting Plans Moving Forward



The Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) redistricting committee plans to present two comprehensive elementary school rezoning options to the Board of Education and Superintendent Kimberly Hill at the Board’s April 4 meeting.

Elementary school redistricting will create an attendance zone for a new elementary school, scheduled to open in September 2018 and located off Billingsley Road in White Plains. Additionally, it will expand the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School attendance zone and balance student enrollment across the county as needed at all other elementary schools. Dr. Mudd is scheduled to undergo a complete renovation and expansion, starting next school year.

The Board has scheduled two public hearings to allow residents to comment on the proposals. Public hearings on the committee’s proposals are set for 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 24, 2017, at Westlake High School and 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at St. Charles High School. CCPS will provide elementary school students’ parents with a fact sheet containing a synopsis of the proposals prior to the April 4 Board meeting.  Additional redistricting information is available at http://www.ccboe.com/redistricting.

The redistricting committee’s task was to develop and evaluate potential elementary school attendance zones for consideration by the Superintendent and Board. The Board selected the redistricting committee members at random from names of volunteers. Board policy requires the committee to submit two different proposals.

The following is the timeline for redistricting.

March 2017

·         Redistricting committee completes work and prepares report. CCPS staff will review and finalize the alternatives by the end of March.

·         In late March, CCPS will distribute the second of four redistricting fact sheets. This fact sheet will contain a synopsis of the redistricting committee’s two recommendations.

April 2017

·         The Board will receive a report on the committee’s recommendations at the April 4 meeting. The redistricting committee’s report will be available to the public. Public hearings on the redistricting alternatives are 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 24, 2017, at Westlake High School and 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at St. Charles High School.

May 2017

·         The Superintendent will present a redistricting recommendation to the Board at the May 9, 2017, meeting; CCPS will send a third fact sheet to parents. Tentatively, the Board has scheduled two public hearings to receive comment on the Superintendent's recommendation. Dates are Monday, May 15, 2017, and Monday May 22, 2017. Time and locations to be determined.

June 2017

·         The Board will take action on the Superintendent's recommendation. The Board is making the redistricting decision one year prior to the opening of Elementary 22 and two years before the reopening of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School in order to provide parents ample notice of the change. The communications office will prepare and distribute a final fact sheet with the Board’s decision.

August 27, 2018

·         Redistricting takes effect. Students affected by the elementary school redistricting move to their new schools starting with the 2018-19 school year. Students affected by redistricting involving Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School will move to the transition school starting with the 2018-19 school year and to the renovated building in the 2019-20 school year.

How will comments be received?

The Board of Education believes community input is essential to a successful redistricting.

There are several ways for residents to share ideas about the upcoming redistricting:

·         Email ideas and comments to redistrict@ccboe.com. Emails will be forwarded to all Board members.

·         Hold a neighborhood information meeting with Charles County Public Schools staff. If you have a smaller group, such as a community or neighborhood association, that would like to meet with staff members to learn more about the redistricting process, why it is needed or to provide ideas, please email Brad Snow, director of transportation and redistricting facilitator, at bsnow@ccboe.com.

·         Participate in public hearings.

Where to find redistricting information

There are a number of ways parents and the community can keep up-to-date on redistricting. CCPS continually posts information on the school system website at http://www.ccboe.com/redistricting, including time lines, meeting notices, publications and parent notifications, maps, fact sheets and more. Additionally, all parents receive four informational fact sheets – an introduction to redistricting, committee proposals, the Superintendent’s recommendation to the Board of Education and the accepted redistricting plan. Board meetings include updates on the process and are televised live and aired on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12. The meetings also stream live on the school system website at www.ccboe.com.