BoardNotes: February 2020

Highlights from the Caroline Board of Education Meeting

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Pledge of Allegiance

Members of the Greensboro Elementary School Young Gentlemen's Club opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. They introduced themselves and their coaches, explained their purpose, and recited the club pledge. They ended by going into the audience, saying hello and shaking hands with people. Board members and Dr. Saelens thanked Dr. Jim Orr, club founder, and all the coaches and boys for getting the meeting off to a great start.


Board Member Reports

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

Mr. Newcomb stated that he enjoyed the state superintendent and state student board member visit to Caroline. He added that he later saw the student board member in Annapolis, and she shared that Caroline had been her favorite school system visit.

Ms. Dill also mentioned Dr. Salmon's visit, saying she "had a passion for Caroline" where her career began. Her favorite event this month was the guitar project presentation by Advanced Manufacturing Program students at CCTC.

Mr. Abner and Ms. Cheek both highlighted the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration and praised the students who performed, along with Janet Fountain and Wanda Molock for once again organizing the annual event.

Mr. Rowe shared that the Junior Achievement program had acquired a facility in Salisbury. He stated he strongly believes in this program, and commended the board for getting CCPS into the program.

Superintendent Report

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Imagination Library Donation

Dr. Saelens presented the Caroline County Public Library with a check in the amount of $20,000, funds raised by CCPS staff for the Imagination Library Program. Amanda Courie, Youth Services Manager for the library, Debby Bennett, library Executive Director, and Amy Brandt, library trustee, were on hand to accept the donation. Complete details are available in the CCPS news release.

Assistant Superintendent & Directors Report

Highlights from all areas of the school system during January were shared in the Instruction & Administration Snapshot.

Student Representative Reports

Isha Sehar, representative from Colonel Richardson High School (CRHS), highlighted the following news in her report:

  • Federalsburg Elementary will be conducting a Block Party night as an incentive for students.
  • Preston Elementary will be visited by the Maryland Science Center who will conduct assemblies for all students.
  • Col. Richardson Middle School FIRST Lego League teams will be traveling to UMBC for state competition.
  • Col. Richardson High School's Drama Club is presenting "Once on This Island" in February.

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

  • Denton Elementary School hosted a successful Donuts with Dads / Pastries with Pals event.
  • Greensboro Elementary School now has a Young Gentlemen's Club (see pledge details above).
  • Ridgely Elementary School held a Family Academic Night.
  • Lockerman Middle School's Purple Club 'went purple' for the boys and girls basketball games.
  • Caroline Career and Technology is holding an Open House and AMP Night on Feb. 10th.
  • North Caroline High School is hosting a countywide Black History Month event on Feb. 21st.

Finance Report

Milton Nagel, Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services, shared the monthly finance report with the Board.

Revised 2019-2020 Budget Calendar (Information Only)

Mr. Nagel, reviewed the revised Board of Education Budget Calendar for meetings during the 2019-2020 school year.


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Brittainy Simmons featured in MSET Digital Learning Showcase

Brittainy Simmons, Media Center Specialist at Federalsburg Elementary, was recognized by the Board for being the featured educator in the Maryland Society for Educational Technology (MSET) January 2020 Digital Learning Showcase. Ms. Simmons was introduced by Supervisor of Instruction Amy Shepler. Complete details are available in the CCPS News Release.


Recruitment Schedule

Supervisor of Human Resources Debbie Siachos presented the Board with the recruitment schedule for 2020.

NorthBay Environmental Sixth Grade Trip Update

Supervisor of Instruction Amy Towers provided a report on the recent CRMS and LMS Sixth Grade trip to NorthBay Environmental camp. She thanked the Board for their support each year and reported another successful year for the program. Ms. Towers also shared that the Back Home Program for students unable to attend NorthBay was also successful and well-received.

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Strategic Plan: Presentation of Equity Goal

Supervisor of Alternate Programs Nicole Fisher shared a presentation with the board that provided a closer look at the Strategic Plan's Equity goal, which is to 'create equitable opportunities to learn by providing resources according to each student’s unique needs'. Ms. Fisher that next steps with this goal are being done in collaboration with Human Resources, school building leadership, and the Excellence and Equity in Education Committee.

Legislative Update

Dr. Saelens shared the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) 2020 Legislative Positions publication, and discussed the upcoming Maryland legislative session that convened in Annapolis on January 8, 2020.


Personnel with Addendum

Supervisor of Human Resources Debbie Siachos presented personnel items to the board for their approval.


High School Course: Advanced Vocal Performance

Amy Shepler, Supervisor of Instruction, presented the board with the High School Advanced Vocal Performance course proposal, designed for students with previous choral singing experience. She explained it will provide an opportunity for vocal music students to refine and advance their musical, singing, and performance skills. The course was approved by the Board.

Communication Policy

Dr. James Orr presented the proposed Communication Policy which establishes the expectations for effective two-way communications with all stakeholders. The policy was reviewed and discussed with the Board of Education in two previous meetings, and the School System Improvement Council and the Citizens Advisory Committee at their month meeting. The Communication Policy supports the overall mission, vision and core values of the Caroline County Public Schools Strategic Plan. The policy was approved by the Board.

Citizens Advisory Committee Amendment

Dr. Derek Simmons requested the Board approve the nomination of Ms. Jessica Hall, made by PES Principal Mr. Angeloni, to fill a vacant seat on the Citizens Advisory Committee. Ms. Hall was approved by the Board.

Preliminary Budget Request

Mr. Nagel requested the Board adopt the FY 2021 budget, followed by submittal to the Caroline County Commissioners. He shared that the budget reflects maintenance of effort funding from the Commissioners, and projected State revenue reflects unofficial and preliminary data. When the official data is reflected in the State aid calculations, the actual revenue for next year will change. The budget was approved by the Board.

Dedicated Leased Fiber for Wide Area Network Service

Mr. Nagel recommended that the Board accept a bid and award a contract to the Caroline County Commissioners Office in the amount of $68,462 annually for provision and maintenance of dedicated leased fiber for CCPS’ Wide Area Network (WAN) Services. The term of the contract is July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2025. He explained these services are required to distribute internet access from the CCPS Central Office Annex to CCPS’ satellite locations and schools. CCPS intends to seek E-Rate reimbursement for all E-Rate eligible products and services provided under this contract. The funds associated with this project are provided for in the FY20 unrestricted operating budget.