Board Notes: Highlights from the April Board of Education Meeting

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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students from Ridgely Elementary’s Afterschool STEM Club opened the meeting by leading everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.

REPORTS

Board Member Reports

Board members and Dr. Saelens shared details of their various activities and visits during the month.

  • Mr. Abner shared that he attended the National Technical Honor Society induction and was impressed with the number of students meeting the qualifications for membership.
  • Ms. Dill stated she recently spent a morning visiting at Greensboro Elementary and said she saw so many good things going on that she left feeling very positive about where CCPS is heading.
  • Mr. Newcomb shared that he attended the National School Boards Association conference and was pleased at how many sessions tied directly or indirectly to CCPS’s Essentials for Learning.
  • Ms. Cheek stated she enjoyed attending the Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM) dinner for teaching and early childhood education students held at North Caroline High School.

Superintendent Report

Dr. Saelens shared that Denton Rotary is once again holding a FLAGS FOR HEROES event. She explained that Denton Rotary supports CCPS in many ways including college scholarships, Rotary Youth Fair, books for our elementary students, and Imagination Library and asked that everyone consider supporting this opportunity that will benefit the community and our students.

Assistant Superintendent & Directors Report (Snapshot)

Activities and events from March were highlighted in the Snapshot presentation.

Student Representative Reports

Davonte Douglas, representative from Colonel Richardson High School (CRHS), highlighted the following news in his report:

  • Preston Elementary will have a Junk Rock Drumming Ensemble Assembly along with a staff dessert competition on April 16th.
  • Federalsburg Elementary held a successful Family Fun Night. All proceeds went to the Backyard bunch to help fund future events and the improvement of the reading garden.
  • Colonel Richardson Middle is hosting Colonel Goes Purple: A Conversation with CRMS Students which will feature representatives from the Caroline County Department of Emergency Services along with other allied agencies talking about prevention and response to the Opioid Epidemic.
  • Colonel Richardson High is hosting their annual Tractor Day on April 12th.

Rebecca Gibbons, representative from North Caroline High School (NCHS), highlighted the following news in her report:

  • Denton Elementary hosted 541 visitors for Grandparents Day.
  • Greensboro Elementary will celebrate Earth Day on April 18th.
  • Ridgely Elementary has almost 100 students participate in Math Carnival Night.
  • Lockerman Middle students participated in the I Can Help program with presenter Kim Karr discussing how to stop spreading negativity on social media.
  • North Caroline High School students participated in the National History Day contest.

RECOGNITIONS

Character Counts Law of Life Mid-Shore Essay Contest

Renee Hesson, Supervisor of Instruction, introduced the following students for who were recognized for winning the Character Counts Laws of Life Essay Contest:

  • Susannah Cheezum, Colonel Richardson Middle School, Grade 8
  • Gigliyana Leynes, Lockerman Middle School, Grade 8
  • Marion Grunden, Colonel Richardson High School, Grade 12
  • Darrien Brown, North Caroline High School, Grade 12
  • Matthew Good, Caroline Career and Technology Center, Grade 11

SoMLA Young Author’s Writing Contest Winner

Ms. Hesson also introduced Abry Terhune, Greensboro Elementary School 5th grader, who was being recognized for winning 2nd place in the State of Maryland Literacy Association Young Author’s Writing Contest.

2A/1A State Wrestling Champion

Dr. Derek Simmons, Director of Student Services, introduced Ryan Bauer, North Caroline High School senior, who was recognized by the Board for winning the 2A/1A State Championship title in wrestling 123 weight class.

 

Indoor Track and Field 2A State Championship in 55 Meter Hurdles Participant

Dr. Derek Simmons, Director of Student Services, introduced Emily Lewis, North Caroline High School senior, who was recognized for winning 2nd place in the Indoor Track and Field 2A State Championship in 55 meter hurdles.

 

All State Chorus Recognition

Robin Daubach, Supervisor of Instruction, introduced Rebekah Mitchell, North Caroline High School 9th Grader, who was recognized for being selected to participate in the All State Choir.

 

Bus Driver Recognition

Dr. Saelens and Carmen Milligan, Transportation Supervisor, will recognize Debra Coles, school bus driver, for responding quickly and appropriately to keep students safe during an incident happening near a local bus stop.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Mark Peach, Denton – Music in CCPS
Mr. Peach spoke to the need to give more recognition on the CCPS website and in general to student musicians and their accomplishments such as All Shore Band and Chorus.

Emma Carmean – CRHS Student
Ms. Carmean addressed the topic of scheduling music classes at the high school.

Gilliam Cheezum – CRHS Student
Ms. Cheezum addressed the topic of scheduling music classes at the high school and recognition of student musicians’ accomplishments.

CONSENT AGENDA

The Board approved all personnel items as presented by Deborah Siachos, Supervisor of Human Resources.

The Board also approved an overnight field trip request by the NCHS Educators Rising group.

 

REPORTS & PRESENTATIONS

Legislative Report

Dr. Saelens provided the Board a legislative update regarding the Maryland legislative session ending on April 8, 2019. She also shared the Maryland Association Board of Education Education Advocate publication.

INDIVIDUAL ACTION ITEMS

Administrative Appointment

On the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board approved the appointment of Matthew Spiker as principal at North Caroline High School. Mr. Spiker has been acting principal since the beginning of the school year.

 

Board Policy V.50.20: Emergency and Health Care Needs of Students

The existing Emergency and Health Care Needs of Students policy was last updated in 1990. The proposed policy was created to ensure the school system will comply with all federal, state, and local regulations related to student emergency and health care needs. An accompanying regulation was added that addresses specific areas designated to COMAR for health-related needs that require policies. The regulation will be reviewed at a minimum annually. On the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board approved the policy.

Policy: Emergency and Health Care Needs of Students

Regulation: Emergency and Health Care Needs of Students

 

DISCUSSION OF ITEMS FOR FUTURE BOARD ACTION

Milton Nagel, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services, discussed the proposed Policy IV.40.60 – Provisional Contract, first reading.

 

FINANCE REPORT

Mr. Nagel shared the monthly Finance Report with the Board.