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

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