Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 1/8/19

The Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, January 8 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, St. Charles High School
Recognition of 2019 Maryland General Assembly Student Pages
Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman
  • Nomination for Chair of McGraw by Brown; second by Wilson
  • Nomination of Chair of Lukas by Hancock; second by Abell
    • Vote for McGraw resulted in 4 votes; Battle-Lockhart, Brown, McGraw, Wilson thereby winning the role of Chair
  • Nomination of Vice-Chair of Wilson by McGraw; second byBrown
  • Nomination of Vice-Chair of Battle-Lockhart by Battle-Lockhart; second by Hancock
  • Nomination of Vice-Chair of Abell by Hancock; second by Lukas
    • Vote for Wilson resulted in 3 votes; Brown, McGraw, Wilson
    • Vote for Battle Lockhart resulted in 1 vote; Battle-Lockhart
    • Vote for Abell resulted in 3 votes; Abell, Hancock, Lukas
      • Repeat = Vote for Wilson resulted in 4 votes; Battle-Lockhart, Brown, McGraw, Wilson thereby winning the role of Vice-Chair
Superintendent update - Report

Correspondence/Board member updates
  • McGraw - Apply for scholarships
  • Hancock - visited some schools
Education Association of Charles County update - Report

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

Student Board member update - Report

Strategic plans/goals - Report
  • Lukas - Goal 2 bullet 4...can we legally perform background checks on current employees; we will need a waiver
Kirwan update - Report

Textbooks: “Therapeutic Exercises: Foundations and Techniques” and “Muscles: Testing and Function with Posture and Pain” - Report

Project updates - Report 1; Report 2
  • Hancock - Stoddert renovation, will it relieve overcrowding at Somers; up to committee
  • Lukas - Stoddert time frame opening Aug 2022
Proposed FY2020 operating budget - Report 1; Report 2

  • Lukas - Litmus test with relationship with commissioners; compare to last year
  • Abell - Alternative Elementary School vs. ASPIRE - both will still be implemented

Legislative update - Report
Unfinished business
  • Abell - Grading Policy 5132.2 clarification needed for students attending Stethem.
  • Hill - They are given at minimum a 50% upon entry (one time) and then they earn what they get.  Policy needs to be clarified if this board approves this deviation.  This practice gives a student hope. 
New business - None

Future agenda items
  • Hancock - hear alot of discipline issues in the school system.  wants another presentation.
  • Lukas - Planning of town hall meeting
  • Board retreat
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Black History Month: Accepting:  The Walker Family from Berry Elementary School; Mr. John Walker & Mrs. Katrina Walker; John Walker, kindergarten; Aniya Walker, second-grade; Jordyn Walker, fourth-grade; Kaela Walker, fifth-grade
  • Career and Technical Education Week: Accepting:  Kayla Berry, eleventh-grade, North Point High School; Instructor: Alan Badeaux, Welding Technologies;  Taylor Estep, eleventh-grade, Westlake High School and Robert D. Stethem Educational Center; Instructor:  Todd Wogamon, Academy of Health Professions: Physical Rehabilitation); Donya Forohar, twelfth-grade, La Plata High School; Instructor: Michelle Schoenbauer, PLTW Biomedical Sciences
  • Gifted and Talented Education Month: Accepting:  Kaylee Alvey, eighth-grade; General Smallwood Middle School; Edwin Hall, eighth-grade; Smallwood; Sean Pearson, learning resource teacher, Milton M. Somers Middle School 
  • National School Counseling Week: Accepting: Logan Berchtold, school counselor, Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School; Melonese Williams, school counselor, T.C. Martin Elementary School
  • Emily Maljak; twelfth-grade; Personal Responsibility; Maurice J. McDonough High School; Principal: Steven Roberts
  • Trinity Treadway; eighth-grade; Career Readiness; Milton M. Somers Middle School; Principal Sandra Taylor
  • Imani Spencer; fifth-grade; Academic Achievement; Arthur Middleton Elementary School; Principal: Benjamin Harrington
  • Sherline Avila-Hernandez; fifth-grade; Academic Achievement; Gale-Bailey Elementary School; Principal: Verniece Rorie
  • Evelyn Michael; fifth-grade; Academic Achievement; Mary H. Matula Elementary School; Prinicipal: Carolyn Richardson 

  • Nathan Mouli, social studies teacher, McDonough
  • Kristen Barrett, social studies teacher, Somers
  • Meagan Fox, fifth-grade teacher, Middleton
  • Kelly Kavlick, reading resource teacher, Gale-Bailey
  • Robin Figurelle, fourth-grade teacher, Matula
Public Forum – 6 p.m. 
  • Kara Vermillion - Special Education IA and two children in CCPS.  Last year has seen the decline in respect from students.  Lots of behavior issues.  Level 2 referrals are just a piece of paper.  Basics are not taught at home.  Has to be consequences for actions.  Mostly in middle school.   Cursed out by student.  Transferred to HS.  Doesnt seem to be as bad.
  • Linda McLaughlin - teacher and EACC President.  Times change and we cant continue to teach as we have in the past.  Discipline is a BHUGE issue and is driving teachers away.  Environment is toxic.  Stop pointing fingers, it takes a village.  Engage parents, train students, educators are being attacked, lets support them, no One group is at fault.  Need more counselors and psychologist.  We have to do more.
  • Maureen Mears - Parent of HS and Member of Decoding Dyslexia,  Raised awareness on additional staff training.  www.decodingdyslexiamd.com. Lobby day coming up.  Make Reading and reading instruction a priority.  85% of juveniles in court system are illiterate.  
  • Karl Grebe - 7th grade parent at Somers and also on PTSO.  Wife is teacher in school but lately barely gets to teach much (Berry) because of all the discipline issues.  It's a handful of students that allow the entire school community to be disrupted on a daily basis.  Most are 5-7 years old that run the halls and terrify the school.
  • Tom Earnest - son graduated from LaPlata in 1996.  Real Estate in 1977.  BOE members are failures for allowing teachers to flee and did not enforce discipline.  The white employees are scared of being called racist.  CCPS lawyers are not strong enough to take on changes at the state level.  Hire outside counsel to support BOE in making changes.  implement a new discipline policy with teeth not suspension or expulsion.  Disruptive children should be put in seperate education environment.  
  • Melissa Williams - teacher at Somers.  Thank you to Hancock for visiting.  Overcrowding at schools.  not enough resources and staff.  Trailers are negative education environment and are a severe safety issue.  Trailers should be temporary..  Read a letter from a student noting the cursing, lack of discipline, teacher assault, fights, no repercussions.  Sometimes I don;t feel safe going to school.
  • Lynn Higgs - curriculum - senior math class changed from college prep course to college level math this year.  Negatively affects those not ready or just entering work force.  Please review and consider functional math.  SOAR program no linger exists and courses should be added for adaptive life skills.  purpose of regionalized program.  Review curriculum and courses offered.
  • Kayla Tiller - NP HS student and president NAACP youth council..  looking for ways to partner.  Bullying is a serious issue.  Not all staff seem to care enough to make changes but the see something say something is NOT being used consistently.  Reported bullying to admin and they just receive a warning with no follow up from admin.  
  • Davonte Simms - Junior at TSHS.  Member NAACP Youth Council;  Mental health first aid in schools is needed.  Staff should be trained., added to health curriculm, have SRO's trained, more mental health counselors in school, mental healt first aid bus aids.
  • Alisha Thomas  and Nikea Burroughs - Juniors at St. Charels HS.  Discipline issues.  Suspension is a vacation.  Walking out of class is a laugh.  CCPS should take more interest in discipline students.  Students should not be excused when walking out of class and should not be made up (work).  Students leave to visit VP's and case managers in every class with no reprecussions or being told to go back to class, 
  • Kayla Harris - student at St. Charles HS.  older HS need more resources such as new textbooks.  some dont even have any.
  • Jada ???? - St. Charles HS student.- resources are need for students to be equal.
Action items

Motion to accept the Minutes by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Brown, Hancock, Lockhart, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

    Motion to accept Personnel by Abell; Second by Hancock
    Yes = Abell, Brown, Hancock, Lockhart, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

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