Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 2/11/20

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

Executive session – 12 p.m.  
Call to order – 1 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance, Maurice J. McDonough High School
Performance by Thomas Stone High School A Cappella group “Thomas Tones”
Superintendent’s update - Report
Correspondence/Board Member updates

  • Lukas - Thank you to county commissioners for funding Public Education; Lackey vs North Point basketball game; Skills Competition, Charles County did very well; 7-Up Art Show; St. Charles student led performances
  • Hancock - Thank you to cimmissioners; National Technical Honor Society at Stetham; Night to Shine
  • Brown - CSM graduations; Fresh Start Advisory Committee; Visited Indian Head Elementary to observe "Move the World" Program; Visited Smallwood; STEM fair at Dr. Mudd; MABE Legislative Committee; National Technical Honor Society; MS & HS Jazz Concert; NSBA Equity Symposium; Commissioner Bowling Town Hall in Waldorf; PBS Awards at Matula; Human Trafficking Forum in Annapolis.
  • Battle-Lockhart - Stone Performance was amazing
  • Abell - MABE Board of Directors passed the proposed budget of the committee; APFO Subcommittee continues to meet and included staff from government and upcoming staff from Torn of LaPlata and Indian Head.
  • Wilson - Recruitment Strategy Committee; MABE Professional development, Key Works of School Boards; NSBA Equity Symposium; Scholarship Symposium; Deadline for Scholarships 3/1; Congrats to National Board Certified Teachers
  • McGraw - 1/21 Genereral Asembly of Student Council;  feedback from council on badges; thank you to commissioners on budget meeting; NSBA Equity Symposium outstanding; Scholarship Committee Meeting, 3 new scholarships deadline 3/1.

Education Association of Charles County update - Report
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update - Report
Student Board Member update - Report
Fine and performing arts program update - Report
Project status update - Report

  • IAC sadly reported only $9.7M for projects; did appeal decision and rejected
  • Stoddert information night yesterday on construction was well attended
  • Turner modernazation; students moved out
  • McGraw - TC Martin etc in design phase

FY 2021 operating budget - Report

  • Lukas - fund balance history; no good to use fund balance in operation but we have had to in the past few years.

Legislative update

  • 2600 bills introduced in Annapolis
  • SB1000/HB1300 - Kirwan Bill; Commission recommendations; will be approved in some form
  • SB1/HB1 - Built to Learn Bill; need to study amendments
  • HB1022 - Education Alternative Schools Reporting; Davis is sponsor - students who are in alternative programs and transition back to school.  Opposed by MABE; Similar SB830 was filed but is not currently supported by Ellis.
  • HB1008 - Fixes HB486 from last year that Wilson sponsored- requirement of background checks on all employees, Wilson sponsoring this year
  • SB241- Fixes previous bill to fix sick leave for ALL employees.  Wording currently includes substitute teachers.
Unfinished business - None
New business

  • SY 2020-21 calendar - Report; Calendar
  • change needed to accomodate Tuesday, Nov. 3rd election day and schools being closed for voting.  Add no additional days to current calendar.  Take away one of the four snow days.

Motion to approve the calendar changes by Abell; Second by Lukas

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

Future agenda items - None

Recognition – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resolutions:
    • Read Across Charles County: Accepting: Billingsley Elementary School, Anthony Cruz, Grade 1; Kayla Cruz, Grade 3; Melinda Jackowski, reading resource teacher
    • Women's History Month: Accepting: Charles County Commission for Women, Clarissa S. Stroud-Kemp, Chair; Patricia Stine, member
    • Fine and Performing Arts Month: Accepting:  Scott Shuttleworth, instrumental music teacher, Westlake High School; Caroline Metcalfe, art teacher, Indian Head Elementary School; Gabriel Gray, general music teacher, William A. Diggs Elementary School
  • Students
    • Kalah Sauers, senior, Career Readiness, Maurice J. McDonough High School, Principal: Steven Roberts
    • MacKenna Zopelis, Grade 8, Academic Achievement, Milton M. Somers Middle School, Principal: Sandra Taylor
    • Camila Uribe, Grade 5, Academic Achievement, Gale-Bailey Elementary School, Principal: Tangela Scales
    • Taylor Carter, Grade 5, Personal Responsibility, Mary H. Matula Elementary School, Principal: Carrie Richardson
    • Leo Abramson, Grade 5, Academic Achievement, Arthur Middleton Elementary School, Principal: Benjamin Harrington
  • Staff
    • Courtney Abell, English teacher, McDonough
    • Brooke Lyon, physical education teacher, Somers
    • Trina Short, kindergarten instructional assistant, Gale-Bailey
    • Amber Smith, special education teacher, Matula
    • Erin Locke, special education teacher, Middleton
Public Forum – 6 p.m.

  • Linda McLaughlin - EACC; Kirwan Commission, casino money, CHarles County got $7M last year.  New funding formula.  Talk to elected officials and support Kirwan Commission blueprint recommendations.
  • Marie Melchor- Project Lead the Way student.  Concerned because they will be receiving a pin instead of award at graduation. Please reconsider
  • Chelsea Perez - Project Lead the Way, unfair tassels taken away and only pins. Please reconsider.
Action items
  • Minutes

Motion to approve the January Executive Session minutes by Abell; Second by Wilson

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

Motion to approve the January Board Meeting minutes by Brown; Second by Abell

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

Motion to approve the January Work Session minutes by Brown; Second by Hancock

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

  • Personnel

Motion to approve the personnel by Abell; Second by Wilson

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

  • FY2021 proposed operating budget

Motion to approve the FY2021 Operating Budget by Lukas; Second by Brown

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

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