BoardNotes: November 2021
Highlights from the Caroline Board of Education Meetings
NOVEMBER 2, 2021 MEETING
Board Member Reports
- MABE Conference
- Colonel Richardson Homecoming parade
- CRHS Girls Soccer Senior night
- Conference call with MABE planning for Superintendent search
- Monthly meeting conversation with Superintendent
- Appeal Hearing
- Misc. football, volleyball and soccer games
- Board meeting
- NCHS Homecoming Parade & football game
- Helped with Police Unity Ride
- Helped with Leo function
- Leo Meetings
- Work session
- Appeal Hearing
- Meet with numerous staff members during the month
- Board meeting
- Football chains
- Several volleyball games
- Appeal hearing
- North Caroline Homecoming Football Game
- Appeal Hearing
Dr. Simmons spent a day at Ridgely Elementary this month and enjoyed visiting with staff and students. He also attended the costume parade at Denton Elementary School.
Director of Instruction Lindsey McCormick highlighted after-school programs at GES and FES, high school evening school for credit recovery with transportation, tutoring during quarantine, award from Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation and the Maryland Ag Teachers Association to Jodi Callahan, and CADD students project.
Director of Special Programs and Student Services Elizabeth Anthony highlighted a new hire to fill the vacant school psychologist position with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), the upcoming SECAC meeting, and growth of the English Learners population.
Director of Operations Bill Mengel highlighted transportation department data including the number of buses on the road, number of students assigned to a bus, total miles driven every day, and current driver requirements.
Student Representative Reports
Colonel Richardson High School Student Board Representative Zahid Ashraf highlighted events and information for the schools in the south county he represents including spirit week, Spelling Bee finalists, and upcoming events.
North Caroline High School Student Board Representative Zachary O’Brien highlighted events and information for the schools in the north county he represents including fall testing, spirit week, Spelling Bee finalists, after-school programs/sports, and upcoming events.
Comptroller Erin Thornton updated the Board on pertinent financial matters on Oct 31. She noted overages in some of the line items where the budget needs to be realigned to match changes that were made after the budget was adopted, as well as unexpected needs that arise over the course of the year. Four months into the fiscal year, CCPS has spent approximately 73% of the budget and is in good fiscal shape for the year.
INDIVIDUAL ACTION ITEMS
Budget Adjustments for FY2021
Total expenditures in the areas of other instructional costs, special education, pupil personnel services, health services, operation of plant, maintenance of plant and fixed charges exceeded their budgeted amounts. The reasons for these over expenditures are as follows:
- Other Instructional Costs: Additional needs such as Brightlink projectors for GES classrooms; VoIP Gateways for classroom phones at RES, DES, LMS, NCHS; equipment for 1:1 device program
- Special Education: Actual salary costs greater than budgeted
- Pupil Personnel Services: Contract for Alternative Program (previously handled in-house)
- Health Services: Actual salary costs greater than budgeted
- Operation of Plant: Utilities higher than anticipated due to price increases
- Maintenance of Plant: Cost of supplies needed for repairs at various schools/locations was higher than anticipated; approved year-end projects
- Fixed Charges: Rising costs associated with unemployment, health insurance and accrued leave
The areas of administration, school management & support, instructional salaries, instructional supplies, pupil transportation and capital outlay will be decreased to offset the over expenditures in the above categories.
It was noted that the County Commissioners must also approve these adjustments.
Teacher Evaluation Committee
The Board approved convening a Teacher Evaluation Committee for the following purposes:
- To determine if there is a need to add “Developing” as a rating for select populations of teachers.
- To discuss a pilot of a new evaluation platform.
Committee members will include:
- Lindsey McCormick, Director of Instruction (Chair)
- Lee Sutton, Principal of Ridgely Elementary
- Takyiah Benson, Assistant Principal of Lockerman Middle School
- Dr. Nicole VonDenBosch, Principal of Colonel Richardson High School
- Melissa Mulligan, Supervisor of Instruction (Math)
- Christal Harkowa, Supervisor of Instruction (ELL/504/G&T)
- Carissa Hollinger, Supervisor of Special Education
- Amy Anderson, CCEA President or designee
- CCEA Members: Peggy Wittman, Laura Eser, Stacey Todd, Sharon Conaway