September Board News

The Caroline County Board of Education held their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 2. Students from Preston Elementary School led the meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

 

 

 

RECOGNITIONS

The Board recognized eight schools for receiving Positive Behavior Intervention & Support (PBIS) School Recognitions from the state of Maryland.

Bronze Awards - award targeted to schools that are in the implementation phase for school-wide PBIS.

  Denton Elementary School. In front from left to right: Interim Superintendenton Milton Nagel, Board member Walter Palmer III, Denton principal Missy Butler;  Courtney Handte, assistant principal; Monica Taylor, school psychologist; teacher Amy Bauman; school counselor Christina Gorsuch, teacher Amanda Biddle and instructional assistant Michelle Rogers. In back from left to right: James Newcomb Jr., board vice president; Louise Cheek and George Abner, board members; and Tolbert Rowe, board president.

Greensboro Elementary School. In front from left to right Greensboro Principal Dawn Swann, teachers Katelyn Daniels, Alan Nagel and Kaytlin Magaha. In back from left to right: Milton Nagel, interim superintendent; Walter Palmer III, board member; James Newcomb Jr., board vice president; board members Louise Cheek and George Abner and board president Tolbert Rowe.

 

 

 

  Preston Elementary School. In front from left to right: Interim Superintendent Milton Nagel; Walter Palmer III, board member; teacher Karin Miller, Lois McCoy, principal; Kari Clow, assistant principal. In back from left to right: board member Louise Cheek; James Newcomb Jr., board vice president; board member George Abner and board president Tolbert Rowe.

 

 

 

Lockerman Middle School. In front from let to right: Principal Lee Sutton; Rob Willoughby, assistant principal; teacher Shawn Parks. In back from left to right: Milton Nagel, interim superintendent; Walter Palmer III, board member; James Newcomb Jr., board vice president; board members Louise Cheek and George Abner and board president Tolbert Rowe.

 

 

 

 

Silver Award - award for school that have succesfully implemented school-wide PBIS and can demonstrate that their implementation has had positive effects on their discipline data for at least one year.

Colonel Richardson High School. In front from left to right: Assistant Principal Christal Harkowa, media specialist Ann Wilson; teachers Susan Skelton and Mike Sousa. In back from left to right: Milton Nagel, interim superintendent; Walter Palmer III, board member; James Newcomb Jr., board vice president; board members Louise Cheek and George Abner and Tolbert Rowe, board president.

 

 

 

Gold Award - award presented to schools that are demonstrating sustainability for the system, practices, and data utilization for school-wide PBIS and can demonstrate that their implementation has had positive effects on both their discipline and achievement data for the last two years.

  Federalsburg Elementary School. In front from left to right: Susan Potter, instructional assistant; Nikki VonDenBosch, principal; Tania Alexander, assistant principal; Veronica Hayes, school counselor; teachers Emily Sherman, Jacob Benczo and Debra Riggin. In back from left to right: Milton Nagel, interim superintendent; Walter Palmer III, board member; James Newcomb Jr., board vice president; board members Louise Cheek and George Abner and board president Tolbert Rowe.

 

Ridgely Elementary School. In front from left to right: Tracy Ward, teacher; Christine Fortner, media specialist; principal Roger Banko. In back from left to right: Milton Nagel, interim superintendent; board member Walter Palmer III; James Newcomb Jr., board vice president; board members Louise Cheek and George Abner and board president Tolbert Rowe.

 

 

 

  Colonel Richardson Middle School. In front from left to right: Lynn Willey, principal; Yolanda Holloway, assistant principal; teachers Victoria McConnell, Amy Shepler and Anne Quidas; Coletta Miller, school counselor and media specialist Melissa Gillespie. In back from left to right: Milton Nagel, interim superintendent; Walter Palmer III, board member; James Newcomb Jr., board vice president; board members Louise Cheek and George Abner and board president Tolbert Rowe.

 

 

The board recognized Dr. Andrea Berry-Opher, supervisor of minority student achievement for having her first children's book, "Stand Tall, Stand Proud and ASPIRE" published.

Dr. Berry-Opher is congratulated by the Board of Education and members of her family.

 

 

 

 

 

REPORTS

  • Caroline County Sheriff's Office Captain James Henning and Caroline County Sheriff Randy Bounds gave an update on the School Resource Officer program. The Sheriff's office provides two deputies to be resource officers for North Caroline High School, Colonel Richardson High School and Colonel Richardson Middle School. This year they are putting a new officer at North Caroline High School and one officer will split his time between North Caroline High School and Lockerman Middle School.
  • Dr. Patricia Saelens, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, reported the first day of school went smoothly.
  • Mr. Bill Allen, Supervisor of Pupil Services, said there were 5151 students in seats on the first day of school, August 26. He said that number is up 69 students from the first day of school last year. The enrollment figures will not be final until September 30.
  • Supervisor of Human Resources Mr. Brian Spiering updated the board on staffing for this school year. He said the system hired 41 new teachers and all teaching positions are filled. He said the majority of the new teachers came from the Delmarva area, with 11 of those being Caroline County Public Schools  graduates. There were two central office teacher specialist positions, 15 elementary, 11 middle school and 13 high school positions. Twenty-five of the positions were filled in critical shortage areas: six mathematics, 15 special education, three world language and one ELL position.

ACTION ITEMS

  • The Board of Education approved a memorandum of understanding for school resource officers with the Caroline County Commissioners.