Board News from February 2017 Board of Education Meeting








The Preston Elementary School Lego Reading Club began the February Board of Education meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.


Newly appointed Board of Education member Mrs. Kathy S. Dill took the oath of office at the beginning of the Board of Education meeting. Mrs. Dill will serve a four year term as an appointed member of the board. Mrs. Dill is taking over the seat of former Board member Walter Palmer, III. Palmer did not seek re-appointment to the board of education. Mrs. Dill's four-year term ends in December 2020.



Dolly McMahan (center) was recognized for her 15 years of service as Family Services Coordinator. Pictured with Mrs. McMahan is Robin Fox, coordinator of special education; Elizabeth Anthony, supervisor of special education; Dr. Patricia Saelens, interim superintendent of schools and Milton Nagel, assistant superintendent for administrative services.



Caroline County Public Schools presented a check for $17,000 to the Caroline County Public Library for the Imagination Library. Staff at the schools and central office raised money during the winter to go towards the program. Imagination Library provides a free age appropriate book every month for a child ages zero to five. Pictured from left to right is Denton Elementary Principal Missy Butler, Greensboro Elementary Principal Dawn Swann, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Milton Nagel, Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Saelens, Caroline County Public Library administrator Debby Bennett, Dylan Vickers of the YMCA, Rachel Berry, representing Caroline County Economic Development and Preston Elementary Principal Dr. Kari Clow.


The Board of Education heard the following reports:

  • FY 2017 Recruitment Schedule  - Milton Nagel gave an update on the 2017 college recruitment schedule.
  • Legislative Update


The Board of Education approved the following items:

  • Policy on Policy Development - provides a uniformed and consistent process for policy development and implementation for the district. This document provides a comprehensive and consistent process for policy analysis, formulation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Learning Sciences International (LSI) contract - In partnership with Learning Sciences International (LSI), LLC and Caroline County Public Schools plans to implement an intensive, professional development and coaching progression, called SOAR (Student Opportunities to Achieve Rigor) where all schools become Demonstration Schools for Rigor.  Learning Sciences developed the Demonstration Schools for Rigor Initiative to address the critical need to develop today's students for tomorrow's challenges.  These schools will exemplify the level of teaching and learning required by rigorous state standards.  Within Demonstration School for Rigor, all teachers plan and deliver lessons that guide students to master complex content.  Working at increasing levels of autonomy, students will take ownership of their own learning.     The partnership goals and benefits are: 1) identify barriers to performance and build on opportunities for growth; 2) build internal capacity for instructional leadership; and 3) track outcomes in real time and adjust strategies to maximize growth.
  • Revised Negotiation Team - approve Mrs. Susan McCandless, supervisor of instruction, as an exempt administrator and that she be added to the Negotiating Team replacing Dr. Patricia Saelens, Interim Superintendent of Schools.
  • FY 2018 Preliminary Budget Request - The budget reflects maintenance of effort funding from the Caroline County Commissioners.  Our official enrollment has increased by eighty-two (82) students, which results in an increase in maintenance of effort funding of $221,496.  Projected State revenue reflects unofficial and preliminary data.  When the official data is reflected in the State aid calculations, the actual revenue for next year will change.  Part three of the budget summary lists a number of requested additions to the budget that are not contained in the full budget document and will not be funded unless our level of funding increases, other funding sources are identified, or projected cost increases can be reduced.
  • Personnel
  • Textbook Adoption: Fundamentals of Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair - The textbook will align with the Maintenance and Light Repair Curriculum for Automotive. Chapters of the textbook are devoted to Safety, Engine Repair, Automotive Transmissions, Steering & Suspension, Brakes and Engine Performance.  These are all key concepts leading to ASE/NATEF certification. This textbook will serve as a vital resource for students enrolled in the automotive program.