BoardNotes: October 2020
Highlights from the Caroline Board of Education Meeting
INDIVIDUAL ACTION ITEMS
Citizens Advisory Committee
Kathy Dill, Board President - Megan Nichols
C. Tolbert Rowe, Board Vice President - Abigail McNinch
Louise Cheek, Board Member - Name to be submitted at a later date
George Abner, Board Member - Moneka Sudler
James Newcomb, Board Member - Richard Uva
The Board approved the following persons as exempt administrators:
- Milton Nagel, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services
- Lindsey McCormick, Director of instruction
- Elizabeth Anthony, Director of Special Programs
- Derek Simmons, Director of Student Services
- Deborah Siachos, Supervisor of Human Resources
- Erin Thornton, Comptroller
- Dawn Swann, Principal
The Board also approved the following Negotiating Team:
- Deborah Siachos, Chief Negotiator
- Edward F. Centofante
- Milton Nagel
- Lindsey McCormick
- Erin Thornton
- Dawn Swann
- Penny Bradley
Board approval of exempt administrators and the negotiating team was necessary in order to begin the negotiating process.
Comprehensive Maintenance Plan for FY21
The Board approved the FY21 Comprehensive Maintenance Plan (CMP) to be submitted to the Interagency Committee on School Construction (IAC).
The IAC requires an annual update of the Comprehensive Maintenance Plan. This plan represents one of several activities enabling the IAC to monitor and evaluate how well Maryland’s school systems are systematically and comprehensively protecting the state’s capital investment. Caroline County’s specific objectives for its CMP are to:
- Provide the most effective environment possible for teaching and learning.
- Minimize potential disruptions to the educational program.
- Preserve and protect the asset value of school property and facilities.
- Maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of facility functions and systems.
- Provide the foundation for effective risk management and preventative maintenance programs.
FY22 Capital Improvement Program
The Board approved the FY22 Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The Interagency Committee for School Construction (IAC) requires the CIP to be updated and approved annually. The CIP is also submitted to the County Commissioners for acceptance.
The proposed FY22 CIP reflects the Board’s priorities as shown in the previously approved Educational Facilities Master Plan. A summary of all current and future years projects is included, Form 102.4, and can be found on page 6 of the document. The FY22 CIP requests year three funding approval for the Greensboro Elementary Replacement School and the approval of a partial roof replacement at Ridgely Elementary School.
No Kid Hungry Recognition
According to a letter from No Kid Hungry to Superintendent Patty Saelens, "Because of the work of this dedicated staff, more than 300,000 meals were served to kids in Caroline County since COVID-19 closures began. It is not an easy task to quickly develop a way to serve kids under a new program in a brand new situation in just a few days, but they did it and did it tremendously! In addition, the FNS team jumped to action with continuing summer meals in September. It has been a challenging time with a lot of uncertainty, and Beth and her team have been inspiring."
Dr. Saelens stated, "I'm happy to recognize Beth for her leadership and the work of her team, and always so proud to say that I'm a colleague of hers." Mr. Rowe praised the new facility at the Support Services Center that houses the backpack program. Ms. Brewster, joining the meeting via Zoom, praised the amazing community that supports efforts to combat food insecurity and added the the Transition Center students volunteer to help the Backpack Program once a week.
Dr. Saelens stated that the October work session would include a complete Recovery Plan update.
Dr. Saelens asked for a moment of silence for Cathy Alder, a member of the Colonel Richardson Middle School family who recently passed away. She shared that Mrs. Alder was an integral part of the CRMS family and community, and will be greatly missed by the students and staff.
Student Representative Reports
The students report on activities from their respective schools.
1. North Caroline High School - Dr. Saelens reported that the NCHS was unable to fulfill the role, and a new representative would be identified soon.
2. Gillian Cheezum - Colonel Richardson High School Report
September Enrollment Update
Class Size Report
2020-2021 Budget Calendar
The Board approved the following calendar of events for development of the 2021-2022 budget.
Tuesday, December 1, 6:00 pm - Budget development discussion
Tuesday, January 12, 6:00 pm - Budget development discussion
Tuesday, January 19, 6:00 pm - Board work session with County Commissioners
Wednesday, January 20
- 4:30 pm - School System Improvement Council
- 6:30 pm - Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting
Tuesday, February 2, 6:00 pm - Budget Approval
Wednesday, February 3 - Submit approved proposed budget to Caroline County Commissioners
TBD, 9:00 am - Caroline County Government budget roundtable discussion
TBD, 6:00 pm - Caroline County Government public hearing to receive testimony on budget requests -
TBD, 6:00 pm - Caroline County Government public budget hearing on proposed budget
Tuesday, June 8, 6:00 pm - Final Budget Approval