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  1. Notes from Board of Education Work Session, 9/25/17
  2. Board of Education Meeting Agenda for 9/25/17
  3. Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 9/12/17
  4. Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 9/12/17
  5. Students Show Progress on PARCC Tests
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Notes from Board of Education Work Session, 9/25/17

The Board of Education Meeting on Monday, September 25 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.

Call to order – 6 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance
Public Forum - None
Work session

  • Policy series 1000 - Individual board members asked for clarification on some of the changes, nothing major changed.
  • Billingsley Elementary School update
    • Recommendation by staff to delay opening due to permitting delays and weather conditions.  Other two options not feasible.  
      • Accelerated schedule = costs $5.9M must decide by 9/30
      • Portable classrooms = costs $3.8M must decide by 11/1
    • Lukas - delay in permitting
    • Kelly - county and state is at fault; can we ask them to cover the cost
    • no more funding available from the state
Motion to delay the opening until 2019 by McGraw; Second by Palko
Yes = Crawford, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; No = Abell, Kelly; Absent = Marshall


New Business
Motion to accept the funding by Kelly; Second by Palko
Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, McGraw, Palko; Absent = Marshall
Adjournment
    

Board of Education Meeting Agenda for 9/25/17

The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a public work session at 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 25 in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The meeting will be televised live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website at ccboe.com and broadcast on Comcast Channel 96/Verizon FiOS Channel 12.
The following is a meeting agenda and is subject to change.
Call to order – 6 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance
Public Forum
Work session
New Business
Adjournment
    

Notes from Board of Education Meeting, 9/12/17

The Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, September 12 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
Superintendent’s update - Report
Correspondence/Board Member updates
  • McGraw - State Board Meeting updates
  • Kelly - Eacc Social Media presentation on Tuesday 9/26 at 6:30 at McDonough; Synergy is great from a parent standpoint
  • Abell - Leadership Institute, New Teacher Orientation, Sign making at Rucci's, NAACP meeting, and Thomas Stone on first day.
  • Palko - Leadership Institute; Kyle Smith at State board meeting; retirement ceremony; commissioners for additional funding for training, NAACP meeting.
  • Lukas - NAACP meeting panelist
Education Association of Charles County update - Report

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

Student Board Member update - Report

Goals update - Report
  • Marshall - Syllabus of entire year given to students on first day
  • Several students relayed same expectation
  • Marshall - Salary comparison to other counties
  • Kelly - communications survey every other year?
  • Looking at McDonough for Fine Arts Program, dance?
  • Kelly - inequities amongst middle schools in elective courses
Staffing update - Report

Opening of schools
  • 149 SAIL students at McDonough and Stone
  • Immunizations is an ongoing issue
  • working to make all dismissals smooth
  • community organizations partnership is very much appreciated
  • mentoring by organizations
  • Synergy - all staff is in it and parentvue has been turned on.  Software update caused some glitches but we are working through it.  Studentvue will be coming soon.
    • Abell - substitutes, gym teachers need Ipad, Help Button on home page, push notifications via text
Project status update
  • Mudd renovations started
  • Billingsley Site work started
  • Lackey Bleacher Replacement & Track  & Field Goal post complete
  • LaPlata locker refinishing complete
  • Mt. Hope removal of underground storage tank and replacement in progress
FY 2018 Comprehensive maintenance plan - Report
  • 16,781 work orders for last year, over 93% complete
Food and nutrition update – summer meals program, free breakfast, job fair - Report
  • 25,455 meals served this summer, 600+ meals more than 2016, 26%
  • 1.8 M breakfast 
  • Oct 2 - 27th free breakfast to all students
  • hot breakfasts every day
  • online FARMS application
  • hydroponic school gardens
  • phasing out Styrofoam and plastic products
  • September 25-29 Maryland homegrown lunch week
Policy 1000 series update - Presentation delayed until October
    Unfinished business
    • Discipline and eligibility - Oral report
      • Policy 6431 - 2.5 GPA, no F's, cannot have failed a grade, fewer than 5 days of absence. 
      • Code of Conduct states if a child is suspended they are ineligible during the suspension.  Of course if you were suspended for more than 5 days you would be ineligible.
      • Athletic Handbook - student athletes who are suspended do not automatically return to eligibility.  Must be reinstated by the Principal and AD.  If a second suspension occurs, automatically ineligible for the remainder of the season.
      • data collected from 2 high schools athletes.  
        • one school - 307 students participate and of them 13 had been suspended 4.2%
        • second school - 614 athletes and of them 18 had been suspended 3%
      • Administrators feel extracurricular activities compliment the curriculum and helps getting the student to adult hood.
      • Student board member - thinks charles county sets high standards for eligibility. agrees it is a privilege
    • New Resolution for Honoring Outstanding Volunteers in the schools
    New business and future agenda items
    • New business
      • MABE Committees - Budget/Abell; Legislative/Lukas; Conference/Kelly; Nominating/Kelly; Resolutions/Palko; Federal Relations/Marshall; Policies & Procedures/McGraw
    • Future agenda items
      • Abell - CSM Meeting; 50% grading policy
      • Lukas - Teacher Town Hall and Supporting Staff; 1000 Policy at next work session
      • Palko - Updated organizational Charts and Principal listing
    Public Forum – 6 p.m.

    • Phyllis Hutchinson - on behalf of all the substitutes.  minimum wage has increased and substitutes are making less.
    Action items
    Motion to accept the Minutes by Abell; Second by Marshall
    Yes = Abell, Crawford, Lukas, Marshall, McGaw, Palko; Abstain = Kelly

    Amend motion to exclude Kelly by Kelly; Second by Abell
    Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGaw, Palko

    • Personnel
    Motion to accept Personnel by Abell; Second by Marshall
    Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGaw, Palko

    • FY 2019 CIP State and Local Program - Report
    Motion to accept the CIP by Abell; Second by McGraw
    Yes = Abell, Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGaw, Palko
      • Recurring resolutions: American Education Week; American Freedom Week; Black History Month; Gifted and Talented Education Month; Career and Technology Education Month; National School Counseling Week; Read Across America; Women’s History Month; Fine and Performing Arts Month; Month of the Young Child; National Student Leadership Week; Teacher Appreciation Week; Administrative Professionals Week; Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week; National Physical Education and Sport Week; Washington Post Principal of the Year awards program; Charles County Teacher of the Year; Washington Post Teacher of the Year awards program; Be the Difference Volunteer Award; and Employees Retirement.
      Motion to accept the Resolutions by McGraw; Second by Kelly
      Yes = Crawford, Kelly, Lukas, Marshall, McGaw, Palko; Abstain = Abell
        Adjournment  
            

        Agenda for Board of Education Meeting, 9/12/17

        The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 1 p.m. The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12 and is rebroadcast throughout the week.
        Board meetings are also streamed live on the school system website at www.ccboe.com. Select the live streaming image posted on the front page to access the meeting. The following is a tentative meeting agenda and is subject to change.
        Executive session – 12 p.m.
        Call to order – 1 p.m.
        Pledge of Allegiance
        Superintendent’s update
        Reports of officers/boards/committees
        • Correspondence/Board Member updates
        • Education Association of Charles County update
        • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees update
        • Student Board Member update
        • Goals update
        • Staffing update
        • Opening of schools
        • Project status update
        • FY 2018 Comprehensive maintenance plan
        • Food and nutrition update – summer meals program, free breakfast, job fair
        • Policy 1000 series update
        Unfinished business
        • Discipline and eligibility
        New business and future agenda items
        • New business
        • Future agenda items
        Public Forum – 6 p.m.
        Action items
        • Minutes
        • Personnel
        • FY 2019 CIP State and Local Program
        • Recurring resolutions: American Education Week; American Freedom Week; Black History Month; Gifted and Talented Education Month; Career and Technology Education Month; National School Counseling Week; Read Across America; Women’s History Month; Fine and Performing Arts Month; Month of the Young Child; National Student Leadership Week; Teacher Appreciation Week; Administrative Professionals Week; Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week; National Physical Education and Sport Week; Washington Post Principal of the Year awards program; Charles County Teacher of the Year; Washington Post Teacher of the Year awards program; Be the Difference Volunteer Award; and Employees Retirement.
        Adjournment  
            

        Students Show Progress on PARCC Tests

        The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) released local school system and school-level data today for PARCC, Maryland’s school assessments in English/Language Arts and mathematics. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) closed its gap with the state average and showed steady growth in most subjects and grades.
        “We continue to move in the right direction, with improvement in overall scores and instruction. We are focused on classroom instruction and test scores are one indicator we use to make adjustments to our curriculum and to meeting the needs of all of our students,” Superintendent Kimberly Hill said.
        CCPS students showed significant improvement in Algebra I at the middle school level and Algebra II in high school.  Algebra II scores increased to 47.6 percent, and 17.6 percent above state average.
        “We made some nice strides and improvements. The results provide us with information to help us improve classroom instruction. PARCC scores are just one of many indicators we use to meet the needs of our students and prepare our students to reach college and career readiness goals,” Deputy Superintendent Amy Hollstein said.
        According to MSDE, for students in grades 3 through 8, achieving level 4 or 5 indicates their readiness for coursework in English/Language Arts and math at the next grade, with the goal of preparing students to enter college or a career upon graduation. High school students taking Algebra I and English II are required to reach a certain proficiency level as a high school graduation requirement.
        County scores, elementary schools
        Mathematics: Overall, students in grades 3-5 scored 36.5 percent at levels 4 and 5, up from 36.1 percent in 2016. Fifth-grade students scored 31.2 percent at levels 4 and 5; fourth-grade students scored 36 percent at levels 4 and 5; and third-grade students scored 42.2 percent at levels 4 and 5.
        English/Language Arts: Overall, students in grades 3-5 scored 42.1 percent at levels 4 and 5, up from 37.4 percent in 2016. Fifth-grade students scored 46.1 percent at levels 4 and 5; fourth-grade students scored 41.3 percent at levels 4 and 5; and third-grade students scored 38.8 percent at levels 4 and 5.
        County scores, middle schools
        Mathematics: Overall, 34.4 percent of middle school students scored a combined score of 4 and 5 on the mathematics assessment, up from 30.78 in 2016. Students in eighth grade taking the mathematics assessment scored 12.9 percent at levels 4 and 5; students in seventh grade scored 27.2 percent at levels 4 and 5; and students in sixth grade scored 26 percent at levels 4 and 5. Middle school students taking the PARCC Algebra I assessment scored 71.58 percent at levels 4 and 5, up from 51.5 percent in 2016.
        Read more HERE
            

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