Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 9/11/18

The Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, September 11 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 – 1 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance, Thomas Stone High School 
Superintendent’s update - Report

Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • McGraw - Start of school year, state board of education meeting.
  • Kelly - Start of school year, #choosekind, MABE conference, safety and security conference, Rocktoberfest
  • Marshall - attendance at first day of school, emotional
  • Abell - Thank EACC  for crab feast,  all staff and parents for a smooth first day, personally attended McDonough, JC Parks and Matthew Henson.

Education Association of Charles County update - Report

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

Student Board Member update - Report

Grading policy - Report
  • Abell - if we have credit and grade recovery, why do we need this also?  It seems  as though we are diluting our grades on many levels
  • Lukas - On slide 4, could we find out how many students this represents
  • Kelly - data from other counties was obtained last year; lots of options to achieve without offering a minimum grade; cannot support; cites Hogan's comments on accountability and an article about Chicago Public School System
  • Hill - no grade fixing taking place in CCPS
  • Crawford - We have supports in place already for students that need them.
  • Marshall - complex situation with very contradicting points of view.  Support total development of child, grades aren't everything.  Shouldn't be done on a case by case basis but every student is different.
  • McGraw - Some MS and HS have done this in the past and some HS currently.  Children have different needs and we need to provide equity.
  • Patel - students would not be held to a standard and some will only take advantage of a policy like this;
Opening of schools - Report

Physical rehabilitation textbooks - Report

Summer projects - Report
  • Kelly - Billingsley completion date moved to December
  • Marshall - accolades, staff appreciative of enclosures
  • Kelly - cause for delays at Billingsley; redesign and bidding process for septic 
FY 2019 Comprehensive Maintenance Plan - Report
  • Palko - work order analysis, inspection?  Depends on school
  • McGraw - impressed with new streamlined work order process
Food and nutrition services update – summer meals and free breakfast - Report
  • Charles County has over 150,000 residents.  Over 8,000 live below poverty.  Over 700 CHILDREN are homeless.
  • Summer meals program 20,921 meals served which is about 4500 meals down
  • Breakfast = over 1.8 million
  • FREE Breakfast to ALL students Oct 1-26
  • Homegrown lunch week 9/24-28
  • No fees for using My Payments Plus
  • New and improved menus and quality (frozen to fresh)
  • hydroponic gardens
Staffing update - Report
  • attended 37 job fairs at colleges; held 3 job fairs locally
  • looking to hire December graduates;  will also begin meeting with juniors at universities now and offering letters of intent, CCPS scholarship program begins...and retention of current teachers
  • MS & HS - 163 new hires; ES - 119 - see report for specific content areas and/or locations
  • 211 Females; 71 males; 163 white; 110 black; 8 other
  • Kelly - thank you for closing the loop on the communication to applicants.  Black male teachers 20 out of the 110 blacks hired.  Wants stats on certificated staff in system
Policy 3000 series  - Report
Unfinished business - None
New business
  • Intercategory budget change
Motion to approve Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

Future agenda items
  • Kelly - Grading Policy
  • Lukas - Cost for having athletics in the school
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
  • Deron Tross - congratulations on the start of the new school year.  Researched communications directors etc across the county.  Use of ccboe on personal social media pages is not right.  And should not be allowed to block people.  Said member who has the ccboe domain on their personal social media page, can be hacked and not secure.  urge county attorney to investigate.   
Action items
  • Minutes
Motion to approve Executive Session Minutes by Abell; Second by Kelly
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Marshall, McGraw, Palko; Abstain=Lukas

Motion to approve Meeting Minutes by Abell; Second by Mcgraw
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko
  • Personnel
Motion to approve Personnel by Kelly; Second by Marshall
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko

  • FY 2020 CIP state and local program
Motion to approve  CIP by Kelly; Second by Lukas
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, 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 awards program; and Employees Retirement.
Motion to approve Resolutions by McGraw; Second by Kelly
Yes=Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGraw, Palko; Abstain=Abell
  • System goals
    • Marshall - concerned about the 3 in goal 1.D.
Motion to approve goals by Abell; Second by Lukas

Motion to amend 1.d to a 4 or above by Marshall; No second

original motion
Yes=Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; Abstain=Marshall

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