Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 9/12/17

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, September 12 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
Superintendent’s update - Report
Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • McGraw - State Board Meeting updates
  • Kelly - Eacc Social Media presentation on Tuesday 9/26 at 6:30 at McDonough; Synergy is great from a parent standpoint
  • Abell - Leadership Institute, New Teacher Orientation, Sign making at Rucci's, NAACP meeting, and Thomas Stone on first day.
  • Palko - Leadership Institute; Kyle Smith at State board meeting; retirement ceremony; commissioners for additional funding for training, NAACP meeting.
  • Lukas - NAACP meeting panelist
Education Association of Charles County update - Report

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update - Report

Student Board Member update - Report

Goals update - Report
  • Marshall - Syllabus of entire year given to students on first day
  • Several students relayed same expectation
  • Marshall - Salary comparison to other counties
  • Kelly - communications survey every other year?
  • Looking at McDonough for Fine Arts Program, dance?
  • Kelly - inequities amongst middle schools in elective courses
Staffing update - Report

Opening of schools
  • 149 SAIL students at McDonough and Stone
  • Immunizations is an ongoing issue
  • working to make all dismissals smooth
  • community organizations partnership is very much appreciated
  • mentoring by organizations
  • Synergy - all staff is in it and parentvue has been turned on.  Software update caused some glitches but we are working through it.  Studentvue will be coming soon.
    • Abell - substitutes, gym teachers need Ipad, Help Button on home page, push notifications via text
Project status update
  • Mudd renovations started
  • Billingsley Site work started
  • Lackey Bleacher Replacement & Track  & Field Goal post complete
  • LaPlata locker refinishing complete
  • Mt. Hope removal of underground storage tank and replacement in progress
FY 2018 Comprehensive maintenance plan - Report
  • 16,781 work orders for last year, over 93% complete
Food and nutrition update – summer meals program, free breakfast, job fair - Report
  • 25,455 meals served this summer, 600+ meals more than 2016, 26%
  • 1.8 M breakfast 
  • Oct 2 - 27th free breakfast to all students
  • hot breakfasts every day
  • online FARMS application
  • hydroponic school gardens
  • phasing out Styrofoam and plastic products
  • September 25-29 Maryland homegrown lunch week
Policy 1000 series update - Presentation delayed until October
Unfinished business
  • Discipline and eligibility - Oral report
    • Policy 6431 - 2.5 GPA, no F's, cannot have failed a grade, fewer than 5 days of absence. 
    • Code of Conduct states if a child is suspended they are ineligible during the suspension.  Of course if you were suspended for more than 5 days you would be ineligible.
    • Athletic Handbook - student athletes who are suspended do not automatically return to eligibility.  Must be reinstated by the Principal and AD.  If a second suspension occurs, automatically ineligible for the remainder of the season.
    • data collected from 2 high schools athletes.  
      • one school - 307 students participate and of them 13 had been suspended 4.2%
      • second school - 614 athletes and of them 18 had been suspended 3%
    • Administrators feel extracurricular activities compliment the curriculum and helps getting the student to adult hood.
    • Student board member - thinks charles county sets high standards for eligibility. agrees it is a privilege
  • New Resolution for Honoring Outstanding Volunteers in the schools
New business and future agenda items
  • New business
    • MABE Committees - Budget/Abell; Legislative/Lukas; Conference/Kelly; Nominating/Kelly; Resolutions/Palko; Federal Relations/Marshall; Policies & Procedures/McGraw
  • Future agenda items
    • Abell - CSM Meeting; 50% grading policy
    • Lukas - Teacher Town Hall and Supporting Staff; 1000 Policy at next work session
    • Palko - Updated organizational Charts and Principal listing
Public Forum – 6 p.m.

  • Phyllis Hutchinson - on behalf of all the substitutes.  minimum wage has increased and substitutes are making less.
Action items
Motion to accept the Minutes by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Lukas, Marshall, McGaw, Palko; Abstain = Kelly

Amend motion to exclude Kelly by Kelly; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGaw, Palko

  • Personnel
Motion to accept Personnel by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGaw, Palko

  • FY 2019 CIP State and Local Program - Report
Motion to accept the CIP by Abell; Second by McGraw
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGaw, Palko
  • Recurring resolutions: American Education Week; American Freedom Week; Black History Month; Gifted and Talented Education Month; Career and Technology Education Month; National School Counseling Week; Read Across America; Women’s History Month; Fine and Performing Arts Month; Month of the Young Child; National Student Leadership Week; Teacher Appreciation Week; Administrative Professionals Week; Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week; National Physical Education and Sport Week; Washington Post Principal of the Year awards program; Charles County Teacher of the Year; Washington Post Teacher of the Year awards program; Be the Difference Volunteer Award; and Employees Retirement.
Motion to accept the Resolutions by McGraw; Second by Kelly
Yes = Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGaw, Palko; Abstain = Abell

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