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

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