Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 4/9/19

The Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, April 9 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 – 11:15 a.m.  
Call to order – 1 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance, Thomas Stone High School
Superintendent’s update - Report

Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • Battle-Lockhart - Recruitment at Towson; Visit two schools a week; Town Hall Meeting; Women Empowerment; NSBA; Career Breakfast; CTE Career Fair
  • Hancock - Facilities tour with commissioners; teacher town hall; SECAC Meeting; School Safety and Security Town Hall; Transportation Bus Software GPS
  • Brown - NSBA; All County Chorus and Band; Career Breakfast; Safety Meeting (disappointed in parent turn out); discipline committee; HITS Expo; Restorative Practices Training; Facilities Tour; Years of Service ceremony
  • Wilson - SECAC; HIT Expo; Facilities Tour; Teacher Town Hall; All County Band; NSBA; 2 recruiting trips
  • Lukas - Spring sports and volunteers, thank you
  • Mcgraw - Career Advisors & Counselors; senior portfolio


Education Association of Charles County update - Report

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

Student Board Member update - Report

Testing overview - Report Everything you ever wanted to know about testing.

  • Lukas - how many students in Bridge Project? about 2,000; how does that compare to other states? First fail of test puts you in the Bridge program.  MSDE guidelines require proof of student achievement (pre-and post test) for teacher evaluation.  PARCC is required.  MSDE does not allow PARCC results for evaluations.
  • Hill - Post Test help with SLO as well as instruction.  Also helps to identify students needs for taking the PARCC test at a later date.
  • Hancock - not passing PARCC is the only way to get in the Bridge program.  50% of teacher evaluation is based on student achievement per MSDE.  failing PARCC and going into the bridge program does not reflect on a teacher evaluation.
  • Abell - reiterate request for data comparison to other counties.
Fresh Start Academy - Report; Fact Sheet
  • professionals with certifications www.bacb.com 
  • Hancock - 10 other jurisdictions in the state of Maryland have a similar alternative program.  Demographics of those jurisdictions.  False impression in the public that this is a school to prison pipeline and this is far from it.

New textbooks: 
  • Curriculum for Agricultural Sciences (CASE) - Report
  • Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM) programs - Report
  • Business textbooks - Report
Project status update - Report

  • solar power at Piccowaxen
  • Abell - plan for summer months and A/C for building workers; concern from last year was addressed and shouldnt be an issue this year.

Maurice J. McDonough High School phase 1 renovation plans - Report
  • Take a look at this....moving admin, adding performance arts, black box theater, and an elevator.  Kudos!!

Intercategory budget change - Report

  • $7.3M for Capital outlay, operation of plant, instruction supplies and materials, student transportation.
  • The funding sources for the aforementioned projects will be from budget savings related to lapsed salaries, and other expenditure categories. 
  • This change requires an additional $2.0 Million one-time funding from the county that will not be part of the Maintenance of Effort (MOE) calculations. 

Legislative update - Report

  • SB1030 - Blueprint for MD future; Kirwan bill
  • HB355 - BOE disclosures; ethics requirements for BOE; complete a training course in ethics
  • HB725 - restorative practices and approaches for discipline matters
  • HB486 - education personnel matters with child sex abuse
  • HB166/SB280 - minimum wage bill
  • HB87/SB529 - State board of education member adds a teacher and a parent
  • SB734 - Dyslexia bill interventions and screenings
  • HB238/SB747- removal of county superintendents by local boards
  • SB128 - school calendar bill - local board control
  • HB1019 - HS assessments.  no more state testing for graduation unless it's one year old
  • HB113/SB??? - local board accountability at state level
  • HB333/SB??? - school bus cameras
  • Hancock - SB1030 additional funding next year; HB335 who oversees ethics course, will be local; HB238 sponsor a whole list of delegates but not ours
  • Battle-Lockhart - SB128 change calendar when.probably 20-21 SY

Unfinished business
  • Support staff Town Hall date – April 29
  • Community Town Hall date
  • Be the Difference Award recognition ceremony date – June 10
  • County Planning wants to talk about school seats.
New business

Future agenda items

  • Battle-Lockhart - 19/20 school calendar
  • Hancock - community member awards
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolutions
    • Teacher Appreciation Week - Niyati Green, English teacher, Thomas Stone High School; Ki'Tira Shorter, first-grade teacher, Berry Elementary School and Tanya Munford, AVID IV elective teacher, Stone; April Westgard, special education teacher, Berry
    • Administrative Professionals Week - Angela McDonald, secretary to the principal, Indian Head Elementary School; Susan Pond, secretary to the principal; John Hanson Middle School;Carol Jewel, secretary to the principal; North Point High School; Sandy Rooney,secretary to the principal; Robert D. Stethem Educational Center
    • Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week - Crystal Richardson and William Kreuter, supervisors of Food and Nutrition Services
    • National Physical Education and Sport Week - Brittany Aley, physical education teacher, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School; Kristin Jones, physical education teacher, Mattawoman Middle School
  • Students
    • Deuvon Desir, twelfth grade, Academic Achievement, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center, Principal: Curry Werkheiser
    • Maize Wimbush, seventh grade, Personal Responsibility, Matthew Henson Middle School, Principal: Christina Caballero
    • Asalah Keita, fifth grade, Career Readiness, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School, Principal: Nancy Seifert
    • Jamel Williams, Jr., fifth grade, Academic Achievement, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School, Principal: Orlena Whatley
    • Faith Fisher, fifth grade, Academic Achievement, William B. Wade Elementary School, Principal: Kevin Jackson, Sr.
  • Employees
    • Brinson Lundegard, science teacher, Stethem
    • Ayesha Claytor-Stanislas, social studies teacher, Henson
    • Alexandra Anderson, fourth-grade teacher, Jenifer
    • Shellia Soderstrom, reading resource teacher, Mudd
    • Jennifer Diaz, secretary, Wade
Public Forum – 6 p.m. (name spelling is to my best phonetic ability)
  • Keva Morgan - DI Team.  3rd place teams will not advance to globals per CCPS.
  • Recario Lawson - Di Team.  4th and 5th place teams from other counties will take their place,  Stripped of ability to attend without input.
  • Amira Clark - DI Team.  Service Learning.  Give back to community.  Mental health day.  Tried to involve CCBOE via email and no one responded.
  • Asheem ???? - DI Team.  Mental Health will be the second largest cause of death.  1 out of 5 people will have mental health issues.  
  • Dione Morgan - parent, volunteer, team manager for DI,  Disappointed in decision to not allow team to attend globals.  Parents were not given the opportunity to raise funds.  Received a go fund me request from teams that took their place.  All eligible teams should be allowed to go.  Especially for Stoddert students who have been stigmatizerd.
  • Alisa Rios - North Point HS.  DI teams  Six DI teams from CCPS was prohibited from going.  Fundraising should be allowed.  A third place team qualifies for globals but not allowed to go and werent allowed to fundraise. Who decided this.  Given a letter that they couldnt attend at the same time given award for 3rd place.
  • Dakia Roberts - Di team.  disheartening.  
  • Dajonie Witherspoon - DI Team from NP. parents and students deserved to go.  Parents money spent on props and attending practices.  shouldve been allowed to fundraise to attend.
  • Joe Sampson - Vp NAACP on behalf of Dyothea Sweat Pres.  Voice concern over Fresh Start Academy.  Agree there are students in need of additional programs but don;t believe this is it.  Agree in funding but think the students should receive programs in their home schools.
  • Lynn Higgs - congratulations to DI teams.  17 years in CCPS.  Teacher  Third time speaking before public forum.  Thank you Ms. Kelly and Ms. Brown after public forum.  Thank you to Ms. McGraw and Dr. Hill for visiting classroom.
Action items
  • Minutes
Motion to approve the retreat minutes by Abell; Second by Brown

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


Motion to approve the March minutes by Abell; Second by Hancock

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


Motion to approve the Teacher Town Hall minutes by Brown; Second by Lockhart


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


Motion to approve the March Work Session minutes by Hancock; Second by Abell


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

  • Personnel
Motion to approve personnel by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, Wilson; Absent = McGraw

  • Grading policy
Motion to approve the grading policy by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, Wilson; Absent = McGraw
Adjournment