Board News from September 1 Board of Education Meeting

Preston Elementary School students led off the September 1 Board of Education meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

 

 

 

 

 Ridgley Elementary School received a Gold Positive Behavior Intervention & Support award.

 

 

 

 

Federalsburg Elementary School received a Gold Positive Behavior Intervention & Support award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colonel Richardson Middle School received a Gold Positive Behavior Intervention & Support award.

 

 

 

Colonel Richardson High School received a Gold Positive Behavior Intervention & Support award.

 

 

 

 

 Denton Elementary School received a Silver Positive Behavior Intervention & Support award.

 

 

 

Lockerman Middle School received a Silver Positive Behavior Intervention & Support award.

 

 

 

 

Preston Elementary School received a Silver Positive Behavior Intervention & Support award.

 

 

 

 

 

North Caroline High School received a Bronze Positive Behavior Intervention & Support award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Greensboro Elementary School received a Bronze Positive Behavior Intervention & Support award.

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. William Duffy, Denton Walmart manager, was recognized by the Board of Education for his continuous support and contributions to Caroline County Public Schools, students and staff over the years.

 

 

 

 

 

Connor McCormick, North Caroline High School, was recognized for serving two years as the student representative to the board from NCHS.

 

 

 

REPORTS

  • School Opening Day Update: Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Patricia Saelens said the first day of school went very smoothly.
  • First Day Enrollment Update: Supervisor of Pupil Services Mr. William Allen reported first day of school attendance was down by 41 students from last year's first day of school. The county had 5,110 students in attendance on the first day of school, August 24. On the first day of school on August 26, 2014, the number of students attending the first day was 5,151. Mr. Allen said some 230 registered students did not show up for the first day of school. The Pupil Services Department is working to locate where these students are. Many of them may have moved to new schools and have not notified the school system.
  • FY 2015 Student Discipline Data: Director of Student Services Dr. Derek Simmons said comparing figures from 2013-2014 school year to 2014-2015 school year, overall total offenses are down. In 2014, the total percentage of in-school suspensions and out of school suspensions was 10.72% of students. In 2015 the percentage was only 8.71% of students. He said the schools are doing a better job of keeping students in school through the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support programs and restorative practices. "The discipline data shows we are doing well by our kids, but there is still room for improvement," said Dr. Simmons.
  • Staffing Update:  Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Mr. Milton Nagel said the system hired 60 professional staff and about 40 support staff. Fourteen teachers retired last year due to the retirement incentive; nine more teachers, who did not qualify for the incentive, also retired. The school system added 14 new teaching positiions; two teachers are on long term leaves of absences; two teachers passed away last year; three teachers were promoted to other positions and 16 more teachers resigned.
  • Caroline County Parks & Recreation: Ms. Katharina Stork reported on the successful summer school program held in conjunction with the school system and parks and recreation. She also talked about the upcoming afterschool program.
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month: School principals gave a report on what their schools are doing to celebrate and recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15.
  • Capital Projects Update: Mr. Nagel reported on various projects that are continuing and were completed over the summer. Preston Elementary School renovation is still ongoing and is set to be complete by July 2016. Other projects completed over the summer were student bathroom renovations at the Caroline Career and Technology Center, carpet replacement at Federalsburg Elementary School, stadium bleacher powerwash at Colonel Richardson High School and relocate a portable classroom at Denton Elementary School.
  • Acceptable Use of Technology for Employees: Mr. Wayne Wiley, Supervisor of Instructional Technology, updated the board on changes to the administrative policy.
  • MD Homegrown School Lunch Week Kick-Off: Mrs. Beth Brewster, Coordinator of Food Services, announced the statewide kick off for Farm to School week will take place at Preston Elementary on September 10. Maryland State Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder along with other Maryland agriculture and education officials will be at the school.

ACTION ITEMS

The Board approved the FY 2017 Capital Improvement Program( CIP). A CIP is required by the Interagency Committee for School Construction (IAC) to be updated and approved annually by all local boards of education. After board approval, the plan is submitted to the Caroline County Commissioners for their approval before being sent to the IAC. The CIP includes all current and future years projects.

DISCUSSION ITEMS

Policies discussed:

  • Student Members of the Caroline County Board of Education 120.60 (First Reading)
  • Student Attendance Policy III.30.10