The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, June 9 was conducted via teleconference and streamed live on and aired live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOs Channel 12. The meeting will be re-broadcast on Comcast Channel 96, Verizon FIOS Channel 12 and ...
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"Ready, Willing and Abell" - 5 new articles

  1. Notes from Board of Education Teleconference Meeting, 6/9/20
  2. Agenda for Board of Education Teleconference, 6/9/20
  3. Notes from Board of Education Teleconference, 5/12/20
  4. Agenda for Board of Education Teleconference Board Meeting, 5/12/20
  5. Notes from Board of Education Teleconference Meeting, 4/21/20
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Notes from Board of Education Teleconference Meeting, 6/9/20

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, June 9 was conducted via teleconference and streamed live on ccboe.com and aired live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOs Channel 12.  The meeting 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 – 11:30 a.m.
Call to order – 1 p.m.
Swearing in of new Student Board Member – Ian Herd, La Plata High School
Superintendent’s update to the Board - Report
Correspondence/Board member updates 
  • Wilson - Welcome to Ian and new student board members; kudos to Dr. Hill and entire system.
  • Battle-Lockhart - Thank you to entire system
  • Hancock - Congratulations to Ian and all liaisons; to all students and parents; diversity and inclusion month
  • Brown - congratulate to all staff and Ian and seniors that graduated and their parents
  • Lukas - thank you to staff and to seniors ($125M in scholarship offers) best of luck.
  • McGraw - strength and worth of organization is only as good as staff.  Thank you to our staff and all graduates and Ian. 
Education Association of Charles County update: Linda McLaughlin, president - Report

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update: Sarah Burch, president

Student Board member update - Report

Summer school: Amy Hollstein, deputy superintendent

Re-opening of schools: Jason Stoddard, director of school safety and security - Report
  • Re-Opening Purposes and Principles
  • Bibliography 
  • Hancock - liklihood of state slecting openings of schools by regions
  • Stoddard - thinks it will be local control
  • Hancock - how much local control will we have on the operation of opening
  • Stoddard - local control
  • Lukas - State Supt will make decision on openings and local tailoring; opening is tied to the Gov. plan of Stage 3?  
  • Stoddard - Indication is yes.
Project status update: Michael Heim, assistant superintendent of supporting services - Report

Educational Facilities Master Plan questions: Michael Heim - Report

CARES Act funding plan: Charmaine Thompson, chief of instructional technology, and Sherri Fisher Davis, budget manager
  • Received $3.1M; 9400 devices will be purchased for all high school students
  • Lukas - how many devices were handed out during COVID?
  • Thompson - 7500+
State Board actions: Eric Schwartz, staff attorney 
  • CARES ACT - allows private schools to get money based on total population not just FARMS students.  MD state, amongst other states, will not be doing this but basing on FARMS.  Private schools not happy and may be taking legal action.
  • MD HS Assessment Waivers - seniors were waived this year and have expanded it to all students that would have taken assessments, i.e. Algebra 1 etc.  These students will never have to take the assessment and will receive credit if passing the class.
Unfinished Business 

  • Battle-Lockhart - 1969 graduates
    • Hill - recognition was scheduled and due to COVID, plans have been put on hold.
New Business
Motion to accept the tuition rates by Abell; Second by Wilson
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
Motion to accept the daily/hourly wage rates by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
Motion to continue the suspension of policies by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
Motion to suspend policy 8160 by Brown; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
Future Agenda Items 
Public Forum – email written comments to boardmail@ccboe.com 
Action Items
Motion to accept the board meeting minutes from May 12, 2020 by Abell; Second by Wilson
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

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

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


Adjournment
    

Agenda for Board of Education Teleconference, 6/9/20

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, June 9 via teleconference. There is no public access to the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata; however, the meeting will stream live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, www.ccboe.com and air live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12. CCPS will rebroadcast the meeting as well as post it on CCPSTV under the Board meeting tab at ccboe.com.
Executive session begins at 11:30 a.m., and the public portion of the meeting starts at 1 p.m. Agenda items have been condensed to include updates and issues that require Board attention at this time. Although the Board is unable to make public forum live, it is encouraging the public to email questions and comments to boardmail@ccboe.com. Comments should be limited to 250 words. Board members will read all comments as well as post them on ccboe.com. There will be no recognitions during this meeting.
Board meetings are streamed live on the school system website at ccboe.com. Select the live stream image displayed in the center of the home page. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change.
Executive session – 11:30 a.m.
Call to order – 1 p.m.
Swearing in of new Student Board Member – Ian Herd, La Plata High School
Superintendent’s update to the Board 
Reports of officers/boards/committees
  • Correspondence/Board member updates
  • Education Association of Charles County update: Linda McLaughlin, president
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update: Sarah Burch, president
  • Student Board member update
  • Summer school: Amy Hollstein, deputy superintendent
  • Re-opening of schools: Jason Stoddard, director of school safety and security
  • Project status update: Michael Heim, assistant superintendent of supporting services
  • Educational Facilities Master Plan questions: Michael Heim
  • CARES Act funding plan: Charmaine Thompson, chief of instructional technology, and Sherri Fisher Davis, budget manager
  • State Board actions: Eric Schwartz, staff attorney 
Unfinished Business 
New Business and Future Agenda Items
  • New Business
    • FY2021 tuition rates
    • Daily/hourly wage rates
    • Continuation of suspension of Board policies
    • Suspension of Board policy 8160 
Future Agenda Items 
Public Forum – email written comments to boardmail@ccboe.com 
Action Items
  • Minutes
  • Personnel
  • Educational Facilities Master Plan 
Adjournment
    

Notes from Board of Education Teleconference, 5/12/20

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, May 12 was conducted via teleconference and streamed live on ccboe.com and aired live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOs Channel 12.  The meeting 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.
Superintendent’s update to the Board - Report

Correspondence/Board Member updates

  • Brown - attended MABE meeting and Board of Commissioners Meeting
  • Battle-Lockhart - attended a couple of lunch sites
  • Lukas - thank you to everyone in the system for trying to meet needs of students; congratulations to graduates

Education Association of Charles County (EACC) update - Report

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

Student Board Member update - Report

Graduation Oral Update - Dr. Kimberly Hill, Superintendent of Schools
  • Three options initially considered. One by appointment in person, second was a drive up, third was completely virtual.
  • Consulted with health department, Maryland state police, and Charles County Sheriff's Office which resulted in a decision of the third option, completely virtual.
  • Received additional information on Friday with revised guidelines which allows a second option.  Everyone still invited to participated in the virtual option but also have the option of an in person appointment as well.  Schools will begin reaching out tomorrow.
  • Virtual will be available on June 11th at 7:00 a.m.
Distance learning instructional Oral update – Amy Hollstein, Deputy Superintendent of Schools
  • Finish out 4th quarter and 4th quarter report cards posted in June
  • Seniors will finish May 20th
  • Online scheduling for next year
  • Uncertain what the fall will hold for us
  • Recommendation to continue suspension Policy on eligibility for the fall (6431). On the agenda later today.
  • For more information, go to CCBOE.com and go to Distance Learning for additional resources and updates.
  • Battle-Lockhart - questioned cosmetology  updates for the state.
Technology Oral update – Charmaine Thompson, Chief of Technology

  • Survey to all staff and students on technology availability and needs
  • 7,400 laptops for students, 2300 for teachers and 52 for staff
  • 2500 Help Desk Tickets
  • Quick reference guides & Webinars
  • Added expansion of wifi hotspots at schools
  • donated used ipads to SagePoint and Hospice

Project status update – Michael Heim, assistant superintendent of supporting services - Report

  • Some projects still continuing with social distancing guidelines
  • Some process and design aspects are being tackled virtually/remotely
  • Henson construction started
  • Sanitizing is ongoing

Educational Facilities Master Plan update – Michael Heim - Report

Food Nutrition Services update – Crystal Richardson and William Kreuter, supervisors of food and nutrition services - Report

  • Please view the awesome report to see all of the great things food services has accomplished.
  • Congratulations and thank you to all

Five-day waiver request – Eric Schwartz, staff attorney - Report

  • Letter to state superintendent to request the waiver

Motion to approve the minutes by Lukas; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
  • Governor vetoed the Kirwan Bill.  - This does not affect the FY 2021 funding, however that could change depending on state revenues.
  • Built to Learn Act on school construction was dependent on the Kirwan bill passing.
Unfinished business
New business

  • Continuation of suspension of Board policies - Report
Motion to approve the continued suspension of policies by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
  • Policy 6431 regarding eligibility
    • Lukas - what about students that have not tried to complete the online work
    • Hancock - Use third quarter grade as reflection
    • Abell - requested appropriate wording from legal
    • Legal (Schwartz) - Policy is suspended; continue suspension and have the Superintendent address.

Consensus of board to allow Superintendent to make determination of eligibility
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson


Future agenda items

  • Lukas - Work Session to discuss budget; possible date Wednesday, May 27th
Action items

  • Minutes
Motion to approve the minutes by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

  • Personnel

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

Adjournment

    

Agenda for Board of Education Teleconference Board Meeting, 5/12/20


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, May 12. The Board is observing social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it will conduct the meeting via teleconference. There is no public access to the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata; however, the meeting will stream live on ccboe.com and air live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOs Channel 12. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will rebroadcast the meeting as well as post it on CCPSTV under the Board Meeting tab.
Executive session begins at noon, and the public portion of the meeting starts at 1 p.m. Agenda items have been condensed to include updates and issues that require Board attention at this time. Although the Board is unable to make Public Forum live, it is encouraging the public to email comments to boardmail@ccboe.com. Comments should be limited to 250 words. Board members will read all comments as well as post them on ccboe.com. There will not be any recognitions during this meeting.
Board meetings are streamed live on the school system website at www.ccboe.com. Select the live stream image displayed in the center of the home page. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change. 
Executive session – 12 p.m.
Call to order – 1 p.m.
Superintendent’s update to the Board
Reports of officers/boards/committees
·         Correspondence/Board Member updates
·         Education Association of Charles County (EACC) update
·         American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) update
·         Student Board Member update
·         Distance learning instructional update – Amy Hollstein, deputy superintendent of schools
·         Technology update – Charmaine Thompson, chief of technology
·         Project status update – Michael Heim, assistant superintendent of supporting services
·         Educational Facilities Master Plan update – Michael Heim
·         Food Nutrition Services update – Crystal Richardson and William Kreuter, supervisors of food and nutrition services
·         Five-day waiver request – Eric Schwartz, staff attorney

Unfinished business
New business and future agenda items
·         New business
o    Continuation of suspension of Board policies
·         Future agenda items
Action items
·         Minutes
·         Personnel
Adjournment

    

Notes from Board of Education Teleconference Meeting, 4/21/20

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, April 21 was conducted via teleconference and streamed live on ccboe.com and aired live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOs Channel 12.  The meeting 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.

Agenda 
Executive Session – 12 p.m.
Call to Order – 1 p.m.
Superintendent’s update to the Board - Report

Correspondence/Board members’ updates 

  • All members relayed thanks and appreciation for Dr. Hill and all staff including the tireless food service workers.  Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding.  All have and are doing a great job!

Education Association of Charles County update: Linda McLaughlin, president - Report

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

Student Board member’s update - Report

Review of instructional policies that may need to be suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic - Report

Grading options - Option 1Option 2Option 3Diagram

  • work is graded on completion not content. 
  • seniors without technology will work with a counselor via phone for verification of work.

 Intercategory budget change - Report

Review of non-instructional policies that may need to be suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic - Report
Unfinished Business

  • Budget submission to commissioners.  Due to pandemic, county revenues will be down.  Consideration for changing our budget request.  Recommendations for reduction in three areas.
    • K-2 Reading program $700,000; therapeutic intervention program $1.2M; additional school psychologist $300,000; alternative education ???
    • Healthcare cost estimate
    • dont budget for 100% employment; reduce to 98%
New Business
Motion to suspend board policies relating to instruction as specified in presentation by Wilson; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson


Motion to approve grading option #1 by Abell; Second by Wilson
Motion to amend the motion to include middle school for quality points by Battle-Lockhart; Second by Wilson
Vote on Amendment = No = Abell, Brown, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson; Yes = Battle-Lockhart; Abstain = Hancock
Vote on Amendment = Yes = Abell,  Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson; Abstain = Battle-Lockhart


Motion to approve intercategory budget transfer Wilson; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson


Motion to amend budget submission of option 1 by Abell; Second by Wildon
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson


Motion to amend budget submission of option 2 by Lukas; Second by Abell
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson


Motion to amend budget submission of option 3 to deny & stay at 100% by Abell; Second by Lukas
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson


Motion to suspend board policies relating to non-instruction as specified in presentation by Wilson; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson


Future Agenda Items
Action Items


  • Minutes
Motion to approve the board meeting minutes from 3/10/20 by Abell; Second by Wilson
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson

Motion to approve the board meeting minutes from 4/3/20 by Abell; Second by Wilson
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
  • Personnel
Motion to approve personnel by Abell; Second by Brown
Yes = Abell, Battle-Lockhart, Brown, Hancock, Lukas, McGraw, Wilson
Adjournment

    

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