Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 1/14/20

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, January 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.  Individual names are spelled to the best of my ability.

Executive session – 12 p.m.
Call to order – 1 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance, Thomas Stone High School
Recognition of Maryland General Assembly Student Pages - Report
Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman
Motion to nominate McGraw as Chair by Hancock; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

Motion to nominate Wilson as Vice-Chair by Brown; Second by McGraw
Yes = Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw
Motion to nominate Lukas as Vice-Chair by Abell; Second by Battle-Lockhart
Superintendent update - Report
Correspondence/Board member updates

  • Brown - EACC Legislation reception; military ball; John Bloom and Cecil Short memorial services; district night in Annapolis.
  • Hancock - EACC Legislative reception; Frozen at LPHS; Federal Relationship Network Committee for MABE
  • Wilson - EACC Legislative forum; Military Ball was impressive; district night in Annapolis; Scholarship deadline 3/1
  • Lukas - Military ball, EAVCC Receptoin; holiday luncheon; go to sports events; 1/26 Mattawoman Creek Arts Center
  • McGraw - Military Ball; Legistaion Reception; Executive Board MABE; District NIght in Annappolis; BOCCE Season - attend a tournament.

Education Association of Charles County update - Report

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

Student Board member update - Report

Mental health – layers of intervention report

  • Very good presentation.  All boe members, thanked panel.  MUST READ
Project status update - Report

FY 2021 Proposed Operating Budget - Report; Proposal

  • Another very informative presentation and a MUST READ
Legislative update - Report

  • Brown - more information on HB486 
    • Schwartz - regarding more in depth background checks passed last year.  some of the language is a hindrance for hiring such as the 20 day delay.  Working with delegation to tweak the wording for a FIX46 bill.
  • Hancock - HB725 
    • Schwartz - student discipline restorative approaches passed last year and we are working on implementing,

Unfinished business

  • Wilson - Policy 8000 and 9000 will be placed on agenda
  • Hancock - Draft letter on APFO; 
    • Lukas - suggested recipients as commissioners, Town of LaPlata and Indian Head
    • Abell - requested Mr. Heim review letter before sending
New business - None
Future agenda items - None
Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolutions
    • Black History Month: Accepting: Daniel St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School; DeAuni Shear, Grade 5, Jakyra Washington, Grade 5, Bryce Johnson, Grade 5, Christian Roberts, Grade 5
    • Career and Technology Education Month: Accepting: Toyd Green, automotive technician teacher, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center; Parker Stonesifer, senior, La Plata High School; Terence Stone, computer science teacher, St. Charles High School; Amir Heflin, senior, St. Charles High School; Melody Stahl, cybersecurity teacher, North Point High School; Sydney Johnson, Grade 11, North Point High School
    • Gifted and Talented Education Month: Accepting:  Christina Trest, learning resource teacher; General Smallwood Middle School; Charna Brooks, learning resource teacher; J.C. Parks Elementary School; Stacey Durham, learning resource teacher; William B. Wade Elementary School; Genesis Rodriguez-Batalla, Grade 5, Indian Head Elementary School; Sanya Sitoula, Grade 5, Indian Head Elementary School
    • National School Counseling Week: Accepting:  Sara Brewer, counselor, Maurice J. McDonough High SchoolConstance Johnson, counselor, Wade 
  • Students
    • Hannah Piazza, senior, Career Readiness, La Plata High School, Principal: Douglass Dolan
    • Aiden Gibney, Grade 8, Personal Responsibility, Piccowaxen Middle School, Principal: Wendell Martin 
    • Israel Rodriguez, Grade 5, Academic Achievement, Berry Elementary School, Principal: Louis D'Ambrosio
    • Anthony Clark, Grade 5, Personal Responsibility, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, Principal: Kathleen Morgan
    • Shayna Jaigobin, Grade 5, Academic Achievement, Eva Turner Elementary School, Principal: Gary Lesko
  • Employees 
    • Leslie Schroeck, resource teacher, La Plata
    • Keri Mona, literacy instructional assistant, Piccowaxen
    • Kimberly Sheckells, third-grade teacher, Berry
    • Barbara Brandau, special education teacher, Higdon
    • Shanelle Savoy, technology facilitator, Turner
Public Forum – 6 p.m. 
  • Theresa Hammond - School to prison pipeline. School based trauma. IEP should only be given to handicapped children and implemented appropriately. IEP's should not be given to those who are not handicapped.  Harsh treatment in the school system...must make ALL children in system successful.
  • Tim Perrier - Spoke last month.  Appearance as though no one is listening.  Some members cant even make eye contact.  Everyone should be concerned.
  • Rhonda Thomasson - Proper policies and procedures need to be established.  Tired of CCPS trying to hide things and sweep them under the rug.  Unruly student in classroom and teachers hands are tied.  What is administration teaching our students by not giving clear guidelines, consequences, and boundaries etc.  School should not be allowed to question or interrogate students without a parent present.  Child is proof of manipulated interrogation.  Dr. Hill has an over-inflated ridiculous contract.
  • Ian Herd - Student.  Promote Financial Literacy.  Extend to sophomores and through the Spring.  Thank you.  Continue looking for options to make it more equitable and financially possible for all students.  Members listened to students. 
Action items
  • Minutes
Motion to accept the minutes from the Legislative Breakfast by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, Wilson; Absent = McGraw

Motion to accept the minutes of the December Executive Session by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, Wilson; Absent = McGraw

Motion to accept the minutes of the December Board Meeting by Brown; Second by Abell

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

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

No comments: