Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 6/12/18

The Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, June 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, La Plata High School
Swearing-in of new Student Member to the Board
Recognition of student state winners/Unified Sports presentation
Contract vote/signing – American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and Education Association of Charles County

  • Both contracts were unanimously approved by the board.
Superintendent’s update - Report
Correspondence/Board Member updates

  • Marshall - Thank you to everyone for your support during her rehabilitation post-surgery.
  • McGraw - Thank you to graduates, volunteers and staff
  • Kelly - Drivers beware of school is out and students or on the roads
  • Lukas - CSM graduation, Serenity Farms tour
  • Abell - BYOD committee status; Cybersecurity committee; Adult Independent Program Graduation, ESOL Community Night at Stone.
  • Palko - St. Charles awards ceremony...Neal students collect $500 for an annual scholarship for a senior going into education.

Education Association of Charles County update - Report

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

Student Board Member update - Report

Block schedule - Report

  • Lackey (as an example) if adopted block scheduling they would need an additional 6 teachers.  Likes the idea; provide more opportunities
  • LaPlata - would need 8 additional teachers.
  • Marshall - non statistical date, what is staff consensus - they are in favor of it
  • Kelly - teacher planning?  actually would get more 
  • challenge is in having time for the professional development and funding and finding for the additional teachers.

Pre- and post-test results - Report

  • Abell - teachers have contacted saying their SLO's are not matching whats on Edline.  They can now go into their SLO and the calculator button in the top right hand corner.

Project status update - Report

  • IAC contacted us regarding the CIP $14,856,000 - Billingsley, Berry, Mudd, Craik

Bus contract - being finalized for the 18-19 school year

Communications update - Report

Policy 3000 series committee

  • compiling all information for June Work Session

Be the Difference committee

  • Ready and recognition at June work session

Goals committee

  • hopeful to present at June work session
Unfinished business
New business and future agenda items
·         New business – FY 2019 tuition rates; Rates
Motion to approve tuition rates by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko 
·         New business – Daily/hourly wage rates; Rates
Motion to approve daily/hourly rates by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko 
·         Future agenda items

  • Marshall - Peer to Peer Buddy System
  • Lukas - Art Alliance Art Fest - Mediation Service booth - Charles County Mediation through CSM
  • Lukas - Bridge program
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
·         Washington Post Principal of the Year Awards program: Kathleen Morgan, principal, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School
·         Outstanding Vice Principal of the Year Award: Benjamin Harrington, vice principal, Dr. James Craik Elementary School
·         Washington Post Teacher of the Year Awards program: Cynthia Pryor, first-grade teacher, William. A. Diggs Elementary School
·         Maryland Teacher of the Year Awards program: Lynn Hopkins, language arts teacher, Milton M. Somers Middle School
·         Outstanding Support Staff Awards: Clifton Shorter, building service manager, Mattawoman Middle School; Anne Zabel, preschool instructional assistant, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School; Justin Lucchesi, computer analyst, Henry E. Lackey High School; Robert Bruce, HVAC mechanic, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) maintenance shop; Sharon Bautista, student data technician, La Plata High School; and Shelley Mackey, communications specialist, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building.
Public Forum – 6 p.m.

  • Theresa Hicks - JP Ryon parent.  Hill speech on attitude.  Negative attitude in school.  Plenty of red flags.  School is not supported.  Email received from Hollstein didn't provide support.  Front office is negative.
  • Deron Tross - Parent.  daughter was sexually abused in another school system.  She's now 31 but feels he let her down as a father.  BOE member taken to court over an apple but no one is speaking out about the assaults.  School system needs to be better than normal. Do something for the children.  We deserve better.  Top 5 property taxes in MD.  businesses are not going to want to move here.  They read the paper.  
  • Kim Williams - Parent, sexual abuse of students to stop.  teacher indictments.  hard to leave daughter at school knowing she is not safe.  Parents have restricted access to schools and we rely on the staff. Letter to Dr. Hill 3 weeks ago went unanswered.  Should communicate comprehensive response.  Parents need to feel their children are safe and secure.  More information is required.
  • Alim Saddiq?? - 11th grade student at westlake.  teacher told them not to have one on one interactions with students anymore
Action items
·         Minutes
Motion to approve minutes by Kelly; Second by Abell

Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko ; Abstain - Marshall
·         Personnel
Motion to approve personnel by Abell; Second by Kelly

Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko 
·         Policy 4000
Motion to approve Policy 4000 by Kelly; Second by Marshall

Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko 
·         Educational Facilities Master Plan
Motion to approve Educational Facilities Master Plan by Lukas; Second by Abell

Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko 
·         Operating budget
Motion to approve operating budget by Abell; Second by Kelly

Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko 
  • Lukas - Requested activity buses.
Executive session 

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