Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Notes for Board of Education Meeting, 6/11/19

The Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, June 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 – 12 p.m.
Call to order – 1 p.m.  Pledge of Allegiance, North Point High School
Swearing-in of new Student Board Member
Recognition of student state winners 
Contract vote/signing – American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) 
Motion to approve the contracts by Lukas; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
Superintendent’s update - Report
Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • Lukas - Be the Difference Awards; High Education Workforce Meeting; Somers gym dedication; retirement ceremony
  • Hancock - Career Day at Mitchell; 5th grade promotion at Nanjemoy; 8th grade promotion at Picco; Torch Run; Be the Difference Awards; Thank you to fellow board members
  • Brown - CSM graduation; graduations; High Education Workforce; Matula play "Oz"; Westlake scholarships; AIP graduations; Be the Difference Awards
  • Abell - Busy month with graduations, promotions, retirements, and ceremonies; thank you to St. Charles Life Skills Class for inviting me to the Torch Run and thank you to Jamie Dyson for making run.
  • Wilson - Cobb Island Day; MABE service academy on legislation; graduations; scholarships; project graduation; rural broadband strategy workshop; new student government members welcome
  • McGraw - Cobb Island Day; JP Ryon promotion ceremony; AIP graduations; Thanks to all staff assisting with graduations.
Education Association of Charles County update - Report

AFSCME update - Report

Student Board Member update - Report

Information - North Point career and technology education (CTE) program selection process
  • Presentation
  • Battle-Lockhart - read a sample letter of denial in a program but was second option available?  unclear.  
  • Wilson - marketing of other high schools CTE programs.   Perception is NP CTE is best.
  • Battle-Lockhart - how many graduates transition into that field - PQI Report
  • McDonough Agriculture program begins next school year and already has 16 students
Information - Student services update - Presentation
  • Keith Elkins program being extended to more schools.
Information - Project status update - Presentation
  • Abell - reconfirming buildings will be kept at a comfortable level for those staff still working during the summer.
Information - Lead testing - Presentation

Information - Waldorf opportunity zones: Economic Development briefing - Presentation
  • Lukas - as a citizen and taxpayer i'm for it but as a board member i'm not.  we have to abide by APFO.  
  • Hancock - opportunity zone is also a rural legacy zone; protected.; Rapid transit line 2/3 in PG.
  • Schools affected for Waldorf would be Stone, Jenifer, Mattawoman, JP Ryon, and Hanson.
  • yield factor for housing multi family .386 and townhomes .459 would equate to 226 additional students in East Waldorf and 89 additional students in West Waldorf
  • $200M investment by developers in project.
  • Abell - likes our rural/suburban county.  not urban community.  how are we going to pay for this?  where are we going to put them?  what options are being considered and put on the table.  If separate funds are put in an account, request that they be dedicated solely to schools and not just APFO.
  • Kindergarten addition at Ryon; funding from county government/developer on Hanson renovations.
  • Wilson - requested the options be put in writing for board review.  Light rail is a ways away and all of the build up is going to cause more congestion that we aren't prepared for.  Does workforce housing include incentives for teachers?  What jobs would 
  • Lukas - priority would be to forward fund a middle school
  • Hancock - map this out of schools affected and what the overall impact would be on the system.  
  • Abell - humbly request to sit on any committees that may form.
  • McGraw - impact on schools; supports in place for renovations
Unfinished business - Policy committee assignments - 6-8 months

  • Policy 2000 & 7000 - Battle - Lockhart & Lukas
  • Policy 8000 - Brown, Hancock, McGraw
  • Policy 9000 - Wilson & Abell

Unfinished business  - Core values follow-up - Presentation
New business 


Motion to approve the tuition rates by Abell; Second by Wilson
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
Motion to approve the daily and hourly wages by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
Future agenda items

  • Wilson - town hall for parents in the fall
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Washington Post Teacher of the Year awards program: Brooke Shnipes, English teacher, La Plata High School
  • Maryland Teacher of the Year awards program: Melinda Wright, second-grade teacher, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School
  • Outstanding Vice Principal of the Year Award: Anthony Carroll, vice principal, Matthew Henson Middle School
  • Outstanding Support Staff Awards: Ronald Brawner Jr., maintenance worker, CCPS maintenance shop; Marie Woodland, building service assistant manager, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building; Tammy Dudley, kindergarten instructional assistant, J.C. Parks Elementary School; and Ronald Cave, computer analyst, Starkey.
Public Forum – 6 p.m.

  • Courtney Dowling - parent of two through CCPS; awesome teachers for both.  thankful for being in CCPS.  friends son committed suicide in January and was in awe with how the community came together to support the family.  Parents need to be viligant.  
  • Linda McLaughlin - EACC president.  blueprint kirwan commission.  Advocate.  Build Relationships.  Community.  make community understand the blueprint of kirwan.  
  • Jacqueline Coullivan - Fresh Start Academy.  Not assigned as a consequence.  Clear communication that it is a supporting service.  Secure a transparent parent partnership.  Proposed timeline is not adequate.  cant change behavior in 45 days.  Therapeutic support is a must.  Having surgery for injuries she received from a small child in a rage.  It's urgent that we move forward with the academy.
  • Somenet ???? - parent.  student from NP was unable to finish their program and teacher cheated on their test.  International students learning here, need to repeat the grade.  see something, say something is a joke.  Teachers are instructed to hide and avoid the problem,  Ms. Taylor is the best principal.   
Action item - Approval of May Board Meeting Minutes
Motion to approve the minutes by Abell; Second by Hancock
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
Action item - Approval of May Work Session Minutes
Motion to approve the minutes by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
Action item - Approval of Fresh Start Academy Forum Minutes
Motion to approve the minutes by Abell; Second by Hancock
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
Action item - Personnel
Motion to approve personnel by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
Action item - School year 2020-21 calendar

  • Poll on social media with over 2,000 respondents with over 75% wanted to start after labor day.
  • A lot of discussion.

Motion to request staff to make a new calendar to start after Labor Day but still a full week of Spring Break by Hancock; Second by Battle-Lockhart
Yes = Hancock; No = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Lukas, McGraw; Abstain = Wilson

Motion to approve the calendar by Lukas; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson; No=Hancock
Action item - New CTE program textbooks (Business, CASE, TAM)
Motion to approve the textbooks by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
Action item - Discipline Review Committee: cell phone policy

  • Hancock - asked for clarification on bus policy

Motion to approve the policy by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
Action item - Educational Facilities Master Plan
Motion to approve the plan by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
Action item - Contract for Eva Turner Elementary School renovations
Motion to approve the contract by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
Action item - FY 2020 operating budget

  • Lukas - line item for community service, thank you for the response in the weekly update.  How many non-ccps students are being transported?  What makes up the rest of the line item?

Motion to approve the budget by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
Adjournment 

Monday, June 10, 2019

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 6/11/19

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, June 11 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 1 p.m. and student and staff recognition starts at 4:30 p.m. The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12 and rebroadcast throughout the week.
Board meetings are streamed live on the school system website at ccboe.com. Select the live streaming image displayed in the center of the home page. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change.
Executive session – 12 p.m.
Call to order – 1 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance, North Point High School
Swearing-in of new Student Board Member
Recognition of student state winners
Contract vote/signing – American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) 
Superintendent’s update
Reports of officers/boards/committees
  • Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • Education Association of Charles County update
  • AFSCME update
  • Student Board Member update
  • North Point career and technology education (CTE) program selection process
  • Student services update
  • Project status update
  • Lead testing
  • Waldorf opportunity zones: Economic Development briefing
Unfinished business
  • Policy committee assignments
  • Core values follow-up
New business and future agenda items
  • New business
    • Tuition rates
  • Future agenda items
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Washington Post Teacher of the Year awards program: Brooke Shnipes, English teacher, La Plata High School
  • Maryland Teacher of the Year awards program: Melinda Wright, second-grade teacher, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School
  • Outstanding Vice Principal of the Year Award: Anthony Carroll, vice principal, Matthew Henson Middle School
  • Outstanding Support Staff Awards: Ronald Brawner Jr., maintenance worker, CCPS maintenance shop; Marie Woodland, building service assistant manager, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building; Tammy Dudley, kindergarten instructional assistant, J.C. Parks Elementary School; and Ronald Cave, computer analyst, Starkey.
Public Forum – 6 p.m.
Action items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel
  • School year 2020-21 calendar
  • New CTE program textbooks
  • Discipline Review Committee: cell phone policy
  • Educational Facilities Master Plan
  • Contract for Eva Turner Elementary School renovations
  • FY 2020 operating budget
Adjournment 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Class of 2019 earns nearly $120 million in scholarship offers


The Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Class of 2019 is ready to take center stage during high school graduation ceremonies set to take place May 30-31 and June 1 at the Charles County Convocation Center. This year’s graduating class features 1,997 students receiving either a diploma or certificate and a record number of scholarship offers totaling nearly $120 million.
Class of 2019 valedictorians and salutatorians were announced earlier this week and represent the top academic achievers among graduates at each school. These positions are determined by student grade-point averages. The Class of 2019 earned a total number of $119,857,363 in scholarship offers.
Leading the Henry E. Lackey High School graduating class are co-valedictorians Garrett Batchelor and Samuel Guzzone. Class salutatorian for Lackey is Ashley Herbert.
Batchelor plans to study mechanical engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, better known as Virginia Tech. Guzzone also plans to study mechanical engineering and will begin his undergraduate studies in the fall at the University of Maryland, College Park. Herbert is also an engineering major, but plans to focus on civil and infrastructure engineering. She will attend George Mason University.
La Plata High School Class of 2019 leaders include valedictorian Se Eun “Grace” Na and salutatorian Aashka Patel. In the fall, Na will begin her studies in psychology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Patel will double major in neurobiology and physiology at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Peyton Carney leads the Maurice J. McDonough High School graduating class as valedictorian. She plans to study biomedical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, a private university better known as RPI. Marie Bennett is this year’s salutatorian at McDonough. She plans to study neuroscience in the fall at George Mason University.
The North Point High School Class of 2019 is led by valedictorian Sydney Marohn-Johnson and co-salutatorians Adolf Jerald “A.J.” Accad and Matteo Marchi. All three class leaders plan to major in engineering. Marohn-Johnson will attend Vanderbilt University. Accad will major in mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park and Marchi also plans to attend the University of Maryland, College Park to study engineering.
St. Charles High School senior Stephen Duranske leads the Spartan Class of 2019 as valedictorian. He will attend the University of Maryland, College Park and plans to major in architecture and minor in theater. Katherine O’Meara is class salutatorian at St. Charles. She is set to attend the University of Pittsburgh and plans to major in nursing.
Valedictorian for the Class of 2019 at Thomas Stone High School is William Runyon, and class salutatorian is Chloe Cooke. Runyon plans to major in computer science and philosophy at Georgia State University. Cooke is set to attend Randolph-Macon College and plans to major in mathematics with a double minor in elementary education and Spanish.
The graduating class from Westlake High School is led by valedictorian Migue Darcera and co-salutatorians Krisha Patel and Brianna Wilson. Darcera is taking a gap year after graduation. Patel is set to attend the University of Maryland, College Park and plans to major in economics and finance. Wilson also plans to major in economics and is set to attend Wellesley College.
2019 graduation numbers by school (scholarship totals may increase as offers are received)
Henry E. Lackey High School
·         Total graduates: 240
·         Scholarship offers: $14,600,000
La Plata High School
·         Total graduates: 260
·         Scholarship offers: $12,280,241
Maurice J. McDonough High School
·         Total graduates: 227
·         Scholarship offers: $8,439,001
North Point High School
·         Total graduates: 392
·         Scholarship offers: $24,606,110
St. Charles High School
·         Total graduates: 320
·         Scholarship offers: $23,345,215
Thomas Stone High School
·         Total graduates: 260
·         Scholarship offers: $18,312,180
Westlake High School
·         Total graduates: 298
·         Scholarship offers: $18,274,616
Graduation ceremonies for all high schools are held at the Charles County Convocation Center located at North Point. All ceremonies are streamed live on the CCPS website at ccboe.com. For more information, and to view graduation photo galleries, visit the Graduation 2019 section of the school system website at https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/graduation-2019.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Notes from Board of Education Work Session, 5/20/19

The Board of Education meeting on Monday, May 20 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 – 5 p.m.  
Call to order – 6 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance
Public Forum - None
FY 2020 Operating budget - Report
  • Wilson - Kirwan Commission funding questions and impact on line items
  • Lukas - transportation of private school students, $300k, provide additional information provided....not dedicated routes but we are obligated by law to transport..
  • For vote at June Board Meeing
Report: Discipline Review Committee: 
  • Dress code discussion - Report
    • Abell - rips in jeans are a safety hazard; pinky tips on shorts are too short; staff dress code as well.  No official dress code for staff but are expected to follow a professional dress code.
    • McGraw - feedback from principals, yes.  
    • McGraw - consensus was to leave the wording for dress length as is.
Motion to make the dress code amendment an action item;  Abell; Second by Wilson
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas McGraw, Wilson

Motion to approve the dress code amendment;  Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

  • Cell phone policy - Report
    • Hancock - were bus drivers asked for feedback about cell phones on buses
    • Wilson - safety of having earphones in when loading or exiting the bus.
    • Lukas - levels on the discipline matrix needs to extend especially for disrespect.
    • Hancock - agree with Lukas

New Business - Revised Intercategory Budget Change Request Amendment
  • Sotomayor - Revise the transfer to postpone the funding for the Fresh Start Academy until July.
Motion to support the revision by Brown; Second by Battle-Lockhart
Yes = Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson; No = Abell, Hancock

Adjournment

Board of Education Work Session Agenda, 5/20/19

The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a 6 p.m. work session on Monday, May 20 in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The work session will be televised live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, ccboe.com, and broadcast on Comcast Channel 96/Verizon FiOS Channel 12.
The following is an agenda and is subject to change. Executive session may be closed to the public as permitted by State Government Article 10-508 (a).
Executive session – 5 p.m.  
Call to order – 6 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance
Public Forum
Work Session
  • FY 2020 Operating budget
  • Report: Discipline Review Committee: cell phone policy and dress code discussion
Adjournment


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Public Hearing on Fresh Start Academy, 5/14/19

What is Fresh Start Academy?
Fresh Start Academy is a program for children in kindergarten through Grade 2. Children recommended for the program are those who repeatedly display extreme disruptive behaviors. The behaviors, such as destruction of classrooms, running away from the classroom and causing physical harm to others, create a barrier to learning for all students. Students may be placed at the Academy only after a school has exhausted other available and appropriate interventions. Placement in the program is for about 45 days.

Fresh Start will offer a setting that is data-driven, highly structured, and safe for kindergarten through Grade 2 students who persistently demonstrate behavior that impedes their ability to learn.


What is the goal?
The program will provide the support needed to help our youngest children develop self-control without falling behind academically. The goal of Fresh Start is to identify students with behavior problems early and address the behaviors. The experience helps the student continue with his/her regular studies while staff introduces a positive approach to behavioral support through early intervention.

Other goals include:
returning the student to their original classroom setting with support;
keeping the student on track academically;
providing professional development for staff; and
forming a partnership with parents.

Program components
Self-regulatory social and academic skills in a small group setting;
Therapeutic counseling; and
Grade-level academic standards.

Read more about the Fresh Start Academy HERE

Public Speakers (names are spelled to the best of my ability)


Jae Branch - Parent and school nurse iun another system.  Disruptive students.  Daughters class had to be evacuated on numerous ocassions due to books and desks being thrown by an out of control students.  Behavior is unfair.  Some students have experienced trauma and should be allowed to get the help they need from trained professionals.  Teachers are not therapists.

Linda McLaughlin - Pres. EACC, 31 year educator.  Therapeutic not punitive.  Suspension moratorium addressed the disparity in suspensions of students of color.  At home they received no services.  This will allow services to continue.  Keep students in schools.  Lack of parental support to partner with schools.

Peter Ullman - 19 year educator, personal experience with out of control student, 6 year old, other students have to be removed because of books and desks being thrown.  this happens several times a week.  These children need additional services and help from professionals.

Sean Heyl - HS teacher.  Thank you for addressing the discipline.  Teachers including myself would be leaving the profession if we dont have something like this in place.

Will Lewis - teacher.  Elementary teachers being assaulted, classrooms destroyed, students running out of building and down the road.  We don't want to just suspend kids, we need to help them.  The academy will work and help these kids.  Due process rights are being protected.

Kiterra Shorter - elementary teacher.  The academy will help students.  I've become masterful in the art of evacuation of my other students.  These students are calling out for help and will learn strategies to cope with their feelings.  Suspension and In school suspension doesn't allow them to receive an education or the help they need.  Think about the other 27 kids in a classroom and the fear they feel when a co-student destroys their classroom or assaults their teacher.  

Samanther Latisser? - elementary teacher.  job is becoming increasingly difficult.  second semester a student was placed in what was a calm classroom.  Other students come to her and tell her they dont feel safe.  students fear and anxiety.  what would be destroyed? do we have to evacuate again.  how much instructional time was lost for ALL students.  Assaulted by punches and kicking.  she was assaulted as well as other students because of this one child.  interventions and help were provided at the school level.  Finally sent to a specialist at another school.

Melissa Santos - teacher.  student throwing chairs, yelling, hitting other students causing head injury, tried restorative circles, secret student, rewards for behavior, conferences,.  Tried to learn additional strategies.  consuited other teachers and behavior modification specialist.  Sent some students to another class to learn for the day.  Parents of other students dont understand.  students dont want to come to school and hate it.  

Jacob Gerting? - media specialist in elementary.  behavior is scary.  these are elementary students, what is it going to look like when they are in high school.  instead of suspensions wouldn't it be better to give them a fresh start and get them the help they need.  i dont understand how anyone could be against this. Yes to community schools and wrap around services but these students need more intensive  therapy and help.  Fresh Start will help pool resources and target those that need it.

Laurie Warring John Pierre - attended a PAC meeting where Assoc. Supt referred to these students as bad kids.  I was appalled.  Minority and low-income children or more likely to not be diagnosed with medical issues and are just labeld as discipline problems.  Schools and faniles are linked.  Adults that are proposing Fresh Start academy should be sent their.

Derrick Terry - parent and special educator.  Thinks public forum is disingenuous. Thinks black males will be targeted for program and interventions will not be followed.  Lack of cultural sensitivity.  need more black males teachers.  external isolation is not the answer.  what data has been collected.  PBIS and social emotional learning and restorative practices help.  Pilot program needs at least three years to obtain data.

Deron Tross - why are we here. budget was already approved. Meeting with commissioners and delegation a board member walked out.  Quoted budget for past years and money used for small amount of children.  I had an IEP in school and here i am.  I will be picketing at central office and graduation and every meeting.  The media will hear us.  after going to fresh start and going back to school they will be labelled of and made fun.

Melissa Creamy - Kind teacher.  Daughters 4th birthday and I'm still here because students are my family.  Whole class has a safe word.  Used when a student is in a rage.  this is not about labeling students, it's about providing support.  The entre school is rallying to help this 5 year old but we are not counselors or professionals to address this student and his issues.  Other students are sad and feel sad for this student and want him to succeed.  My job is to teach and keep the other students safe.  

Nicole McCann - ACLU of MD.  Civil rights advocate.  Asks commissioners to say no to isolating strudents.  MD law requires schools to give students services in their normal school.  Encourages  board to use restorative practices instead of removing the students.  (addresses us as board of commissioners)

Monisha ???? - lawyer with public justice.  Removal of students from regular school program and environment is a suspension or expulsion.  PK-2 is illegal to expel students.  unless Medical professional determines imminent danger.  quotes lawful and unlawful and urges rejection.

Amanda White - attorney for disabilities rights Maryland.  CCPS has chosen to provide additional support in an alternative environment.  Civil Rights laws are being violated,  Letter outlining legal violations sent to commissioners.  CCPS required to locate, evaluate and service children with disabilities in it's footprint.  Children with disabilities are being excluded from the learning environment.  behavior modification can be addressed in regular environment.

Melinda Taylor - MD Legal Aid.  represents children in the child welfare system.  Foster care children require additional care.  education is a right not a privilege.  Fresh Start Program proposes segregation of children.  childs perspective is they are being sent away and told they are bad and not normal.

Edith Patterson - Delegate. Sponsored bill in 2017.  HB 425 SB 651. Lots of support. Restricts suspension and expulsion in early years.  Legislative body wasnt aware until January.  Removing students from classroom does more harm.  childhood development shows that a traumatologist should also be employed.  not minimizing the trauma educators receive.  doesnt want the program at stetham.

Susie Proctor - Delegate.  teachers shape the world and is the most important and difficult job in the world.  children now a days are exposed to a lot more at an early age.  Teachers with difficult classrooms need full time master teachers to help them.  Children expressing or acting out should be given therapists and counselors.    Could have a deterrent on students for the school.  Every studemnt have a completed SST evaluation before being moved to this program.  does not support.

Clay Williams - NAACP.  wants funding to reroute to more services in schools.  expand ASPIRE program.  What about the general public.  Why are we just now hearing about this?  what are we doing to step up and help the schools and teachers.  Law states we must exhaust all other interventions.  discrimination.  targets minority are "bad" children. teachers need to be trained.  teachers job is to make students want to learn.  

Shamora Garner - Advocates for children and youth.  (ACY) former educator in Florida.  adverse childhood experiences.  Kindergarten is a Fresh Start.  educators require training and taken seriously.  allocate $452,000 to training.  ASPIRE expand.  Partner with ACY and make CCPS a model for the state.  impacts black male students, school to prison pipeline.  unsuccessful.  segregated and labelled.  FSA tells students they dont belong.  

Dottery Butler-Washington - CCPS is trying circumvent the law.  school to prison pipeline.  FSA is just dressed up to look like helping students while targeting black and disabled students.  racial disparity in discipline begins in Pre-K.  Stethem website says 45 days as a result of Supt process.  if it was your child would you do this?  Budget doesnt have a line item.    programs to benefit ALL students.

Jo St. George - Political Action Chair for MD NAACP.  Revisiting Brown vs. BOE.  Segregation.  Georgia Network of Therapeutic Reform.  Dept of Justice ruled this program was unconstitutional and educational programs not equal.  

Neitha Paul - Legal defender for adolescents.  school to prison pipeline.  childlike conduct is being criminalized.  children as young as seven in the system.  once in the system they dont get out.   feeling of you dont belong and dont receive the services, socialize with peers.    brain is still developing at age 5. Oppose program.

Bob Opeiken - Principal.  speak on behalf of staff.  Many babies at school with challenges.  come to school with an expectation to be safe, and loved at school.  These children need some help.  Staff receives injuries on a daily basis, ankles, wrists, bite marks.  They never ask for consequences, they ask what else they can do to help.  Talk daily about incidents.  Different alternatives.  modifications.  As a parent, my daughter was a chair thrower and a biter.  I spoke alot with her principal and tried daily for different solutions.  I wish i could go back to them and have this program for her. to have 

Krista Saldevault?? - School Psychologist in CCPS.  ASPIRE has afforded the time and space to work with students.  FSA can be positive.  4 students full time in ASPIRE program.  numerous suspensions and infractions and the ASPIRE program is helping them and 3 have gone back to their regular classrooms.  Behavior has changed.  AA students are steered into Special Education at increased rates nationwide.  Build relaitionships with all professionals, students and families.  

Cindy Pryor - elementary teacher for 21 years.  I love my students and love my profession.  K-1-2 is the foundation for learning.  Are we doing whats right for these children?  whats best for these classrooms?  for these teachers? Students i love are struggling and destroying classrooms.  It's a cry for help.  Minutes of instructional time loss for the child in crisis and their classmates.  Teachers trained to deal with extreme cases.  Actions MUST happen.  All teachers children and classrooms matter.

Vontasha Simms - special needs parent.  Student has been mistreated before and now has an IEP and an honor roll student possibly going to college next year.  Students may have disabilities, mental health issues, trauma and they are acting out and asking for help how they know.  Suicide in elementary school due to neglect and unwanted and bullied.  Other surropunding counties have tried meditation and other programs.  school to prison pipeline.  how many children have graduated from Stetham?  gone to college?  business owners?  children are being abused on transportation.  are they being locked up?

Joe Sampson - VP NAACP.  Agrees with CCPS that some students deserve and need additional help.  Just dont agree with FSA.  Use money to expand ASPIRE and specialists. Toured facility.  Cannot get answers on compare and contrast between FSA and ASPIRE.  what happens if a parent opts out.  

Monique Richardson - Spec Ed teacher 17 years.  had my share of injuries and bites.  Young children are unable to regulate.  After 45 days they go back to classrooms and how we helping that teacher and students.  if you pull these kids out they have no role model to follow. Put resources in schools.

Rhonda Goldman - 5th grade teacher in CCPS. we are at a tipping point and have to act now.  Spent an entire quarter socially, emotionally, mentally preparing students before academic for the rest of the class.  Incresae in students that are verbally and physically abusive.  every educator has a right to be safe.  

Nicole Hall - has an autistic child.  K was suspended.  got a flier on FSA.  That select small group of kids is left behind.  "Bad Kid" is being used.  Asked during IEP to never use that word again.  doesnt want to be left behind or labelled.  Use money for training educators.  

Chanel Gaines - Mother of 3 black boys and licensed clinical professional.  Concerned of FSA. Mental health services are being provided in surrounding counties but in our schools counselors dont even have time to talk to students.  Home schools are already understaffed and cant provide the resources needed to exhaust before being sent to FSA.  School to prison pipeline.

Mikayla Wilson - parent.  Oppose FSA. Segregation.school to prison pipeline.  Separation not an opporunity.  Find another way.  Reallocate funds to keep students in schools.

Michelle Beckwith - Principal Craik elementary school.  crisis students are rallied by staff and students alike,  we are still struggling.  these students need to be able to find success.  trainer for restorative practices and all staff has been trained.  my staff has been hurt and parents want to know what else can be done.  How are you going to help my child?  Staff asks what else can be done.  more resources and more tools.  

Vernice Rorie - Principal at Gale Bailey elementary .  Called to first grade class for an evacuation.  other students are crying and fearful and trembling.  Student out of control throwing things and crying out for help.  Move students to safety to manage the student in crisis.  Other students wont come to school for fear.  The earlier we intervene and provide alternative ways to cope the more successful they will be.  

Linda Hayden - Teacher at Gale Bailey elementary.  Are the teachers trrained?  Yes.  Need respect safety and peace in classroom to do job.  Felt bad for child in crisis.  Comforted children having belongings destroyed.  Something has got to be done.  Students are being victimized.  Teachers are beiung assaulted.  Students need help and teachers are leaving.  

N. Buller?? - parent of an ASPIRE program.  The one that throws things and runs around the school.  Diagnosed with ADHD.  I have done my part in a wonderful loving environment.  Has nothing to do with behaviorly challenged,  Six years old and suspended for 10 days.  Never heard about IEP or SST testing.  School has been lacking in support and coping.  Teachers not trained to deal with son.  Psychologist is no help.  ASPIRE program pushed.  Isolation is unethical.

Melissa Bender - Chief of Staff for Debra Davis.  also former educator.  behavioral issues are typically caused by trauma.  Shouldnt target just behavior and needs to address the underlying root causes.  needs a social services aspect.  Do teachers receiving the students back after 45days have the resources they need.  CCPS legal liability for opeing seperate school.  Anything more than 3 days out of classroom is considered suspension and expulsion.

Stacey Olson - teacher at TC Martin elementary.  Love the babies i teach.  All the staff and administrator support but i never know what my day will be like.  data has been taken and central office staff has even tried to help.  biting kicking hitting and scratching.  i feel defeated before i have even started.  teachers and students injured.  what about all the other students.  early intervention is key.

Alicia Warren - sounds like we need to go back to the drawing board.  why couldn't the student be 'fixed' in his regular classroom.  change our thinking to change our world.  change the way we treat each other, we can change the world.  What about medical difficulties?  Do we really meet all their needs?  

Omad Bueler??? - parent in fieldside neighborhood. need a more holistic approach.  has meditation been tried.  restorative practices.  school to prison pipeline.  we dont have the opportunity to come into the classroom because we have to make an appointment.  doesnt like the school board and school systems.    i will pay for private schools.  we are not being represented and this is not okay.  Batimore City uses holistic approach.  reallocate funds to help entire community.  CCPS has a problem.




Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 5/14/19

The Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, May 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 – 1 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance, Maurice J. McDonough High School
Recognition – student state award winners, 2018-19 student liaisons
Superintendent’s update - Report
Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • Battle-Lockhart - Attened Commissioners Meeting on Fresh Start Academy and School Allocations; CCPS Town Hall; MABE Committee; Fresh Start Tour; Career day
  • Brown - AP Celebration Westlake; AVID Graduatiuon; ESOL Community Night; Fresh Start Academy Tour
  • Hancock - Transportation Facility Tour; Ironman Pinewood Derby race; LifeSkills Visit at farm
  • Wilson - AVID graduation 61 students $7.3M scholarships; McDonough Play "In the Heights"; TSHS Student Government Meeting; Project Graduation; ESOL Community Night; PAC Meeting; Visit schools for teacher appreciation; MD State Board meeting.
Education Association of Charles County update - Report

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

Student Board Member update - Report

Discipline Review Committee suggestions: cell phone policy and dress code - Report

  • Dress Code
    • Abell - not comfortable changing fingertips to fists
    • Lukas - how to measure
    • Battle-Lockhart - no to fists
    • Wilson - student opinion
    • students - want fists
    • abell - asked students to stand and demonstrate
    • Lukas - leggings...include opaque wording
    • Battle-Locklhart - Mid hip pants?
    • Lukas - #15 - school sponsored events...only for participating students, not spectators
    • Patel - disrupting/distracting vs dress code
  • Cell Phone
    • Hancock - need to ensure enforcement
2020-21 school calendar - Report
  • Battle-Lockhart - why cant we change the 19-20 SY
  • Hancock - time for public to weigh in
  • Lukas - start even earlier than 8/31?
  • Student - not enough recognition for the heritage months
  • Hancock - workload; 190 days is contract with union.
  • Lukas - possible longer school year with more breaks
Early childhood programs - Report
New textbooks for career and technology education (CTE) programs Reports
Project status update - Report
Educational Facilities Master Plan - Report
Contract for Eva Turner Elementary Schools Renovations - Report
Pilot compost program at Piccowaxen Middle School and Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School - Report
Unfinished business - None
New business - None

Future agenda items

  • Battle-Lockhart - Review 8000 series; miscommunication
  • Hancock - Review fundraising for extracurricular activities
  • Abell - Previous agenda requests (Special Education stats and Bridge Program caomparisn to other districts
Recognition – 4:15 p.m.
  • Ruth Ann Hall Scholarship Awards
    • Theodore G. Davis Middle School - Deonta Greer, grade 6, nominated by Cameron Ashbaugh; Nicholas Fink-Mellerson, grade 7, nominated by Marjorie Childs; Jaylen Chisley, grade 8, nominated by Wendie Newcamp
    • John Hanson Middle School - Mauricio Flores Soto, grade 6, nominated by Stefanie Buzby; Naydelin Lemus-Mendez, grade 7 nominated by Stefanie Buzby; Diamond Venson, grade 8, nominated by Diane Fisher & Victoria Davenport
    • Matthew Henson Middle School - Chinemerem Nwigwe, grade 6, nominated by Heather White and Elizabeth Medina; Charlene Carlos, grade 7, nominated by Mrs. Claytor-Stanislas; Cornelius Dukes, grade 8, nominated by Heather White and Elizabeth Medina
    • Mattawoman Middle School - Nayeli Lovo Guevara, grade 8, nominated by Amy Miller; Edwin Urias Santa Maria, grade 8, nominated by Amy Miller and Margot Savoy; Axe Velasquez Martinez, grade 8, nominated by Amy Miller
    • Milton M Somers Middle School - Samantha Best, grade 7, nominated by Natalie Gilliom and Kristen Barrett
    • General Smallwood Middle School - Ky’Mari Bowman, grade 6, nominated by Matthew Newcamp; Christopher Pikolycky, grade 8, nominated by Kristi Wicevic-Rust
    • Benjamin Stoddert Middle School - Devontae Russell, grade 6, nominated by Ronnie Richmond; Jamiya Price, grade 8, nominated by Christina Toomer
  • ResolutionWashington Post Principal of the Year: Kathy Perriello, Henry E. Lackey High School
  • Students
    • Danny Beverly, Jr., senior; Academic Achievement; North Point High School; Principal: Dan Kaple
    • Tyrone Hudson, Jr., eighth grade; Personal Responsibility; Mattawoman Middle School; Principal: Sonia Blue
    • Terra Newcamp, fifth grade; Career Readiness; Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School; Principal: Nicholas Adam
    • Mariah Carter, fifth grade; Academic Achievement; Mary B. Neal Elementary School; Principal: Deborah Brown
  • Employees
    • Melissa Palmer, education careers teacher, North Point
    • Kimberly Stackhouse-Isaac, math teacher, Mattawoman
    • Corey Specht, fifth-grade teacher, Mitchell
    • Julie Glorioso, special education teacher, Neal
Public Forum – 6 p.m.

  • Sean Heyl - Teacher/Parent.  Discipline.  classrooms will be impacted by changes.  disciplin matrix and changes will make teachers more counselors than teachers.  Thanks for hearing us.
Action items

  • Minutes
Motion to approve the minutes 4/9/19 Meeting by Abell; Second by Wilson
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw Wilson


Motion to approve the minutes 4/29/19 Meeting by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, McGraw Wilson; Abstain = Lukas

Motion to approve the minutes 4/29/19 Town Hall by Abell; Second by Hancock
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, McGraw Wilson; Abstain = Lukas

  • Personnel

Motion to approve the minutes by Lukas; Second by Abell

Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw Wilson
  • FY 2019 Intercategory budget transfer request
Motion to approve the minutes by Abell; Second by Lukas

Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw Wilson
Adjournment