The Caroline County Board of Education voted to send a letter to Maryland State Superintendent Dr. Lillian Lowery to ask her to waive two students days due to the excessive number of days missed during the 2014-2015 school year. The board approved the request during the April 7 Board of Education meeting.
Students have missed a total of ten days due to snow or ice. Adjustments were made to the school calendar during the March board meeting, converting three days into student days leaving three days to be added onto the end of the school year. If the state superintendent approves the waiver, the last day for students will be Tuesday, June 16 and the last day for teachers will be Thursday, June 17.
Superintendent Search Update
Board President C. Tolbert Rowe announced the board has received sixteen applications for the superintendent's position. "We have a very good pool of candidates," said Rowe. He said they will be working hard over the next few weeks in narrowing down the pool of candidates. Interviews will be taking place within the next few weeks. The board will be naming a new superintendent to begin on July 1, 2015.
Members of the Denton Elementary School Fuel Up to Play 60 team led the Pledge of Allegiance. The team presented board members with a Denton "banana" dolphin and some grapes. The snack is to promote healthy eating in addition to promoting getting at least 60 minutes a day of exercise.
The Board of Education recognized the North Caroline High School wrestling team for the outstanding year they had. They went 14-0 in dual meets on the Bayside and won the Bayside Tournament. In addition, coach Tim Frey earned his 350 win and wrestler Montana Walton earned his 150th win. The team had nine of its players compete at the state tournament. Walton placed fifth in the state tournament.
The Board of Education heard reports/updates on the following:
- English Language Learners (ELL) Update by Supervisor of Minority Achievement Dr. Andrea Berry-Opher
- School Counseling Programs by Coordinator of ELL and College & Career Readiness Mrs. Sandra Tilghman
- Legislative Update by Board member Mrs. Louise Cheek
- Board members gave reports on their National School Board Association 2015 Conference
The Board of Education approved the following items:
- Personnel items
- Textbook Adoption for Physical Science