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


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