Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 10/8/19

The Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, October 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 
Superintendent’s update - Report

Correspondence/Board Member Updates

  • Battle-Lockhart - Principals meeting; AVID Family Night; Fair; Visit Henson after lockdown; Equity Task Force Training; New Teacher Reception; Commissioner meeting to restore funding; MABE Conference
  • Abell - New Teacher reception, thank you to Alpha Kappa Alpha; Rocktoberfest, thank you LaPlata BUsiness Association; EACC Forum on Kirwan Blueprint
  • Brown - SECAC; Dr. Mudd Open House; Commissioners Legislative Meeting; New Teacher Reception; MABE Conference; EACC Forum
  • Lukas - MABE website has Kirwan presentation; MOU with Indian Head,; New Teacher Reception; MABE Conference; Roctoberfest; College Fair at NP
  • Wilson - Kudos to board members for being active; new teacher recption; Spoke at AVID classes at Westlake; JROTC drills; SECAC Meeting 10/16 at Gwynn Center; Fair; Rocktoberfest; EACC Blueprint Forum; Adverse Childhood Experiences; Congrats to McGraw for becoming treasurer of MABE.
  • Hancock - JC Parks visit; Rocktoberfest; MABE Conference; Fair, 4-H
  • McGraw - EACC Kirwan forum; CC Scholarship Committee; State Board Meeting; Somers Soire; National Bus Safety Week DRIVE SAFELY!
Education Association of Charles County update - Report

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update

Student Board Member update

Staffing update - Report

  • Abell - Remote teacher at Somers - ia one of our teachers over telepresence; No.  Its a contracted teacher.  $11,000 per class for year.  Certified, Highly Qualified.  Why arent we doing this in-house ourselves; logistics and schedules not lining up.
  • Battle-Lockhart - how do we make teaching more appealing with all of the issues facing education today?  ,marketing
  • Hancock - more men teachers
  • Lukas - stress our county cost of living is less than PG and Baltimore

Project status update - Report

FY 2019 independent financial audit - Report

  • Abell - OPEB needs to be increased?  It's a balancing act.
  • Lukas - Hw does it compare to other counties?  It's low 13.4

Food Nutrition Services – summer meals, free breakfasts - Report

  • Lukas - What is an open site?  Open to anyone 18 and under.
  • Lukas - Mobile Sites?  School bus is used; routes; roving
  • Battle-Lockhart - how are locations determined?  By the number of free and reduced  meals in the zone.  

Legislative update - Report

  • Hancock - does the state have any ideas about hw we would provide leave for substitutes
  • Lukas - this document is provided to our delegation as guidance
Unfinished business - Resolution discussion

  • Abell - Nothing is posted on BoardDocs.  Need to delay until public has seen.
Committee Updates
  • Abell - Policy 9000 Committee is complete and will have submission to chair this week.  Waiting for 8000 committee to complete and present both at the same timw.
  • Lukas - Policy on equity with Battle-Lockhart and Dr. Hill
New business

  • Lukas - send letters to local government and companies regarding zoning of some students and neighborhoods being split and/or grandfathered.
  • Hancock - concur
  • Abell - i would concur but caution the board against accepting solicitation  from specific developers regarding zoning of their individual developments.
  • Consensus was to continue with Dr. Hill to send letters

Future agenda items

  • Hancock - Review school bus policy and stops etc.
  • Battle-Lockhart - Revisit ISR Reflection sheet
  • Brown - Cultural competency book study
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.

  • Resolutions
    • American Education Week; Linda McLaughlin, president, Education Association of Charles County (EACC); Sarah Burch, president, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
    • American Freedom Week;  Cadet Captain Jalen Hagans, senior, St. Charles High School, Marine Corp; Cadet 1st Lt. Immanuel Harvest, senior, Henry E. Lackey High School, Air Force; C/CSM Brooke Quade, senior, Thomas Stone High School, Army; C/CPT Donnesha Dee, senior, Thomas Stone High School; Cadet Chief Petty Officer Devin Selph, sophomore, Westlake High School, NJROTC

  • Students
    • Jasmine Glover, Grade 12; Personal Responsibility; North Point High School, Principal: Daniel Kaple
    • Adrian Evans-Jones, Grade 8; Career Readiness; Mattawoman Middle School, Principal: Sonia Blue
    • Matthew Bowling, Grade 5; Academic Achievement; Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School, Principal: Nicholas Adam
    • Gabriella Varela, Grade 5; Academic Achievement; Mary B. Neal Elementary School, Principal: Debbie Brown
  • Staff
    • Joseph Burton, math teacher, North Point
    • Anisah Ansari, language arts teacher, Mattawoman
    • Jennifer Elder, instructional resource teacher, Mitchell
    • Cassandra Baugherspecial education teacher, Neal
Public Forum – 6 p.m.

  • Derrick Terry - 2% of teachers are black males.  He quit teaching because of that.  CCPS and the nation have failed to address the root of the problem.  Due to little to no autonomy in the classroom.  used as a disciplinarian rather than a scholar. low pay.  We need to fix the black male crisis.  
  • Dion Morgan - DI Program.  3rd place teams last year could qualify to go but werent allowed to go.  Will boe pay for them to go this year or can they fundraise on their own?  
Action items
·         Minutes
Motion to approve the minutes by Lukas; Second by Hancock
Yes = Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson; Abstain = Abell

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

·         FY 2020 Comprehensive Maintenance Plan
Motion to approve the Comprehensive Plan by Lukas; Second by Hancock
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

·          Benjamin Stoddert Middle School Contract
Motion to approve the Comprehensive Plan by Lukas; Second by Hancock
Yes =  Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson; Abstain = Abell, Battle-Lockhart


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