BoardNotes

Highlights from the Caroline Board of Education Meeting

MAY 2020

REPORTS

Board Member Reports

Board member reports usually highlight activities board members have attended at schools or for the district. Because of the unusual nature of the past month, no activities have occurred. Mr. Rowe reported attending several virtual meetings of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE).

Superintendent's Report

Dr. Saelens presented the CCPS Blueprint, Continuity of Learning Phases & Results which detailed technology distribution, updated requirements for students, and the various data points being used to gauge student engagement.

Instruction & Administration Snapshot

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

Student Representative Reports

Because of the school closure, student representatives did not have reports to share. However, NCHS representative Hailey Gauck sent the Board a message which read:


For the most part, Continuity of Learning has been going well. Yet, some subjects have proven to be difficult from what I gather from my peers and my younger siblings. Most are struggling with math subjects that are better learned through in-person instruction, and I realize that nothing can be done about that, but this issue has come to my attention many times.


I see and appreciate the things my school and the whole county is doing for our students, especially the seniors and I am grateful. Of course, graduation is still a mystery and I hope the Board can come to a decision that is best for our students and Caroline County's public health. I think, I speak for all seniors when I say that we'll just roll with the punches like we always have. I, for one, am just eager for college and I hope the pandemic does not affect us in the next school year.


Thank you!

Hailey Gauck

Finance Report

Mr. Nagel shared the monthly finance report with the Board.

RECOGNITIONS

Dr. Baurys Recognized for Earning Doctorate

Dr. Tamra A. Baurys, Greensboro Elementary School teacher, was recognized by the Board for receiving an Educational Doctorate Degree (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership from Wilmington University.


Dr. Baurys joined the meeting virtually, and thanked Dr. Saelens for permission to conduct the research for her dissertation, which was on therapy dog use in the classroom. She also thanked the Board for being supportive of continuing education for staff through tuition reimbursement.


Dr. Saelens and the Board congratulated Dr. Baurys on this accomplishment, and thanked her for her work in the classroom with her therapy dog, Molly.

PRESENTATIONS

Enrollment Projection

Suzanne Jones, Management Information System Coordinator, updated the Board on the countywide projected student enrollment and projected enrollment by grade. All reports may be accessed through the May Meeting BoardDocs.

Gifted and Talented Update

Christal Harkowa, Supervisor of Instruction, updated the Board on the Gifted and Talented program for students in grades 3 through 8.

CONSENT AGENDA

Personnel with Addendum

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

Regulations: Graduation Requirements for Public Schools in Caroline County

The Board discussed the regulations pertaining to the local graduation requirement of a total of 24 credits for the class of 2020. This discussion also pertained to the Individual Action Item, Graduation Requirements Policy, addressed later in the meeting. For complete details, please see the news release that followed the meeting.

Regulations: Reporting Pupil Progress

The Board engaged in a lengthy discussion of modifications to grading procedures. Due to the unexpected closure of schools, the Continuity of Learning plan was developed to provide students learning opportunities at home. This has created inequities among students who are unable, through no fault of their own, to fully access these opportunities. Therefore, adjustments were made to the grading policy. For complete details, please see the news release that followed the meeting.

The Board unanimously passed the consent agenda.

INDIVIDUAL ACTION ITEMS

Calendar Waiver Request

The Board authorized the Superintendent to request a waiver from Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, for of five (5) school days due to the mandated closure of ten (10) days in March 2020. For complete details, please see the news release that followed the meeting.

Waiver: Graduation Requirements Policy

During the Consent Agenda (above), the Board discussed the regulations pertaining to the local graduation requirement of a total of 24 credits for the class of 2020. As a result of that discussion, the Board voted to to waive the Graduation Requirements Policy. For complete details, please see the news release that followed the meeting.

Waiver: Graduation Exercises Policy (Valedictorian)

During the Consent Agenda, the Board engaged in a lengthy discussion of modifications to grading procedures. As a result, an impact to the Graduation Exercises Policy had to be addressed. For complete details, please see the news release that followed the meeting.

Changes to Commencement Ceremony

The Board voted to validate the Superintendent’s decision to modify the traditional high school graduation ceremonies, in an effort to create a viable event during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic while ensuring the health and safety of students, staff and families. For complete details, please see the news release that followed the meeting.

Waiver: Senior High Interscholastics Athletics

During the Consent Agenda, the Board engaged in a lengthy discussion of modifications to grading procedures. As a result, an impact to the Senior High Interscholastics Athletics Policy had to be addressed. For complete details, please see the news release that followed the meeting.

Contract: Abestos Removal at Greensboro Elementary

The Board accepted a bid and awarded a contract to Astec, Inc., for asbestos removal at Greensboro Elementary School.

Contract: Concrete Slabs at Four Elementary Schools

accept the bid as shown on the attached bid tabulation sheet and award a contract to J & L Services, Inc. for installation of concrete slabs at four Elementary Schools.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Because the board meeting was virtual, citizens were invited to submit public comment via email. No submissions were received.

DISCUSSION OF ITEMS FOR FUTURE BOARD ACTION

Crowdsourcing Policy - Second Reading

Mr. Nagel presented the Board with the draft Crowdsourcing Policy. This policy serves to set expectations regarding the initiation of fundraising through crowdfunding activities that support a teacher’s efforts to enhance the district or school’s educational programming. This policy is supplemental to CCPS’ Fundraising Policy, Reference I.II.10. The Board will again consider this policy at the third reading in June.