Students from Ridgely Elementary School led the Pledge of Allegiance to start the December Board of Education meeting.
Board member Louise Cheek was sworn in for another four-year term by Caroline County Clerk of Court Dale Minner. Cheek was won re-election to the Board of Education in November. She was joined by her husband Denzil Cheek.
Board member C. Tolbert Rowe was sworn in for another four-term on by Caroline County Clerk of Court Dale Minner. Rowe won re-election to the Board of Education in November. He was joined by one of his grandsons and one of his daughters.
During the re-organization of the Board, the board members voted to keep James Newcomb Jr. as board president and elected Rowe as the board's vice president. An appointment to fill Walter Palmer III spot has not been announced by Governor Larry Hogan's office as of the December 6 Board of Education meeting.
Colonel Richardson High School students Jeanette Banko and Sarah Wright were recognized for having artwork shown at the Walter's Art Gallery in Baltimore during a student art exhibit.
Jacob Towers, Colonel Richardson High School student, was recognized for having his artwork chosen to be on the front of the Board of Education's holiday card.
Luke Raga, a Denton Elementary School student, was recognized for having his artwork selected by the Maryland States Arts Council and the Maryland State Department of Education Fine Arts office to be on display at the House of Delegates Gallery Space.
Greensboro Elementary School was recognized by Trinity United Methodist Church, Goldsboro for donating two truckloads of food to the church's Giving Grace Food Pantry. Pastor John Allen said the food donated by the school helped some 156 families that came to the food pantry last month. He was joined by two of the church's members, Tammy Lofland and Betty Bolt. The three presented a Spirit of Community award to GES Principal Dawn Swann during the December Board of Education meeting.
The Board of Education heard a report from Board member Louise Cheek about upcoming legislation effecting education.
The Board of Education approved the following action items:
- Audit Reports prepared by TGM Group, LLC, Certified Public Accountants for FY 2016. The audit presented findings of a clean, unmodified report.
- Revision to the Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation Policy to include the specific inclusion of cyberbullying.
- Overnight field trip request for the Colonel Richardson High School marching band to travel to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in the Gatlinburg area from April 20-23, 2017 to perform in multiple venues to demonstrate practical musical knowledge.
The Board of Education held a discussion on the 2017-2018 School Year Calendar. The board looked at three possible calendars. Two of the calendars feature a post Labor Day start and an end date prior to or on June 15, 2018. The third calendar features a school start date before Labor Day and an end date earlier in June, 2018. The calendars are being presented to various stakeholder groups including employees and the Citizens Advisory Council. Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Patricia Saelens said she would like to bring back a calendar recommendation to the board after the first of the year.
More information on the Board meeting can be found at the following link: http://www.boarddocs.com/mabe/carps/Board.nsf/Public