Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 8/14/18

The Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, August 14 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 – 11 a.m. 
Call to order – 12 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance 
Superintendent’s update - Report
 Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • McGraw - Thank you to Mr. Heim for tour of school facilities.  Science and engineering program briefing
  • Crawford - thank you to Stubblefield and O'Malley-Simpson for taking care with our minutes.
  • Kelly - Thank you for the Be the Difference ceremony.  Summer school graduation.  Watch for children and new student drivers.
  • Marshall - Excitement for the new school year.  Words of wisdom
  • Abell - Summer graduations, looking forward to the coming year
  • Palko - Be the Difference Awards, ceremony for teacher of the year candidates, shadowed Mr. Vance in Maintenance Department and Ms. Murphy in the Operations Department.  Tri-County board meeting, Calvert is not enthusiastic about meeting.  Consensus to wait until after the elections.
Education Association of Charles County update - Report
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update - Report
Student Board Member update - Report
Decoding dyslexia - Report
  • universal screening for all students in Kindergarten
  • County wide professional development for all SST teams; continued training throughout the year
Project status update - Report
Architect’s design presentation for Benjamin Stoddert Middle School and Eva Turner Elementary School
FY 2020 CIP State and Local Program - Report
School safety and security - Report (very good presentation, recommend watching)
  • See Something, Say Something; Handle with Care Program
  • Background checks for all volunteers too
  • online incident reporting and hotline anonymously
  • Secure entry ways completed or near completion at 9 schools
  • system safety and security upgrades and training implemented over the summer
  • New social security based back ground check.  Not all criminals are fingerprinted.
  • More intensive substitute training and onboarding process
  • updated active shooter curriculum to "option based"
  • gang intervention workgroup
  • partnerships with all first responders
  • student identification badge program and requirements
  • system-wide family reunification plan in partnership with CSM
  • continued construction and door numbering
  • Abell - thank you.  cant wait for implementation of ID badges.  What about k9's?
  • Kelly - Thank you, very busy
  • McGraw - how will information for "Handle with Care" program be disseminated
  • Crawford - impressive.  appreciate.  Charles County is taking safety seriously
  • Marshall - how  many gangs do we have.  
Recurring Resolutions: American Education Week; American Freedom Week; Be The Difference, 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; and Washington Post Teacher of the Year awards program.
Unfinished Business - None
New Business - Intercategory budget change request - Report
Motion to approve the budget change request by Abell; Second by McGraw
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

Future Agenda Items
  • McGraw - programs available now in Special Education
Public Forum – 3:30 p.m.
  • Tracey Wolff - Thank you to Abell Palko and Kelly for bringing Decoding Dyslexia forward and for your support.  Flier for presentation on Sept. 8th.
  • Maureen Mears - Decoding Dyslexia advocate.  Thank you for your support.
  • Danny Mears - student with dyslexia.  thank you
Action items
  • Minutes
Motion to approve the minutes from June board meeting by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

Motion to approve the minutes from the June work session by Abell; Second by Marshall
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Personnel
Motion to approve personnel by McGraw; Second by Abell
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

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