Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 2/14/17

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, February 14 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, La Plata High School

Recognition of student athletes
  • 2017 Maryland All State Junior Band - Evangeline Gilmer, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School
  • 2017 Maryland All State Senior Band: Shelby Green, North Point High School; Annabell Tchoumak, North Point High School; Adrian Paras, St. Charles High School
  • 2017 Maryland All State Mixed Chorus - Thomas Snyder, St. Charles High School
  • 2017 Maryland All State Woman's Chorus - Iliya Coles, North Point High School; Marissa Hapner, North Point High School
Recognition of La Plata Business Association - Keith Grasso, Island Music
Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • Kelly - MABE Conference Planning Committee, Topic suggestions needed; Somers History Fair impressed; County Chess Tournament coming up
  • McGraw - PAC meeting very informative and beneficial; will be attending the Apr and Oct State board meetings and invited other members
  • Palko - Thank you notes from seniors she interviewed; CCPS and EACC well represented at State own Hall in regards to NCLB replacement
  • Crawford - EACC Lobby night
  • Marshall - Women's Heart Health Month, Black History Month - went to African American Museum in DC and highly recommends a two day excursion
  • Lukas - Palko and him went to Annapolis and learned what delegates want to do or not do with education in the coming year.

Education Association of Charles County update - 2017-02-14 BOE update.pdf (54 KB)

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update
  • Maintenance and Operations Group - additional new schools and PK and K wings and square footage with newer technology and we only added four additional employees.  Need more employees, steps and cost of living
Student Board Member update - Verbal only

Student information system update - StudentInformationSystem.pdf (1,754 KB)

Transportation update
FY2018 Proposed operating budget - See action Item

Legislative update
  • Paid sick leave for all employees, two bills; oppose both
  • Bills regarding state accountability
  • HB425/SB - Prohibit suspension PK-2nd.
  • Seatbelt on bus bills
Unfinished business
  • School naming committee - Request was made for the committee to come back with 3 names of places
  • Palko - invited to MABE executive session to report on governors task force.
New business - None

Future agenda items - None

Recognition – 4:30p.m.
  • Resolutions
    • Read Across America (Charles County): Accepting: Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School: Julue Boucher, reading resource teacher; Anita Richardson, reading recovery teacher; Zachary Miskell, fifth-grade; and Gracie Miskell, first-grade
    • Women's History Month: Accepting: Maxine Griffin Somerville, president, Charles County Commission for Women
    • Fine and Performing Arts Month: Accepting: Evangeline Gilmer; eighth-grade, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School; Rodney McGee, eleventh-grade, Maurice McDonough High School
  • Students
    • Tabitha Thorne, twelfth-grade; Career Readiness, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center, Principal: Evelyn Arnold, Ed.D.
    • Katarina Lile, eighth-grade, Academic Achievement, Matthew Henson Middle School, Principal: Christina Caballero
    • Aaliya Jamison, fifth-grade, Academic Achievement, William B. Wade Elementary, Principal: Kevin Jackson, Sr.
    • Maya Cauley, fifth-graderade, Personal Responsibility, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School, Principal: Kimberly Hairston
    • Thomas Nguyen, fifth- grade, Career Readiness, Arthur Middleton Elementary School, Principal: Louis D’Ambrosio
    • Catherine Smith, fifth-grade, Academic Achievement, Jenifer Elementary School, Principal: Nancy Seifert
  • Staff
    • Tiffany VanDyke, Acting Virtual Academy/Evening High School specialist, Stethem
    • Heather Tonnessen, language arts teacher, Henson
    • Joy Fisher, special education instructional assistant, Wade
    • Diane Smith, media instructional assistant, Mudd
    • Robin Riddick, first grade teacher, Middleton
    • Jennifer Brown, art teacher, Jenifer
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • Richard Koch - Behalf of Charles County School Bus contractors regarding study on transportation presented today.  Shows we are the best value for the county tax payers.  Study acknowledges transportation costs should increase 3% a year.  Consistent with our concerns.  Study means nothing if board fails to act on the recommendation.  Failure to act will result in additional costs to the board.  Finance at 3.5%.  it's higher than that now.  Buy at depreciated cost is unrealistic.
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

Motion to accept the Proposed Operating Budget by Kelly; Second by Abell
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

Motion to accept Elementary #22 contract award by McGraw; Second by Palko
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko


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